Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The One Where I Catch a Cold and Fall Off the Face of the Planet

top: target | similar
shorts: AE | cute option
boots: overstock | similar
watch: exact
bracelets: groopdealz & DIY | similar & diy


Please pardon my utter lack of posts this last little while.  An especially nasty cold took me out of commission for over a week.  Basically all I could do for days was lie on the couch and watch TV.  And even that was pushing it.  I still have it, but I'm finally beyond the stage where forming coherent thoughts isn't a chore.  And even though I've lost my voice, I am happy to report that I can still speak as much as I like as long as I type it onto a screen (or whisper to people, which isn't awkward at all).

This little number was my outfit of choice for a date with a friend at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC two weeks ago.  I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking, so I tested these shoes out to ensure they'd be nice and comfy while strolling for miles around the museum and city.  They passed the comfort test at home, only to completely and thoroughly disappoint me once out in the field.  Luckily my friend was patient each and every time I made a pit stop to add a band aid to a sore spot, or to complain about the woes of being a woman  who cares about trivial things like cute shoes, all while looking longingly at his size twelves and wishing - just for a fleeting moment - that my feet were big enough to borrow his sneakers.

Linking up with my homies today.

JLeer Giveaway

Hey guys, I'm back from my unexpected hiatus (more on that tomorrow), and I have a giveaway for you!  Today's giveaway comes from JLeer, an indie denim brand that marries quality and function with their innovative deep pocket jeans (perfect for anyone who fills their pockets up with keys, a phone, or a wallet, and needs a little more wiggle room in there).  

Along with @FemaleBloggerRT and the awesome ladies below, JLeer is giving away $50 PayPal cash and a pair of their jeans!

Enter.  Be awesome.  And come back here on September 2 to see if you've won!
(Open to US residents only)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I Love the 80's

It's undeniable.  I am a child of the 80's.  And I know this because I see 80's fashions coming back into style, and while most people scoff, I love it!  (On a side note, there are some decidedly 90s styles coming back, too: overalls!  flannel! And - wait for it - scrunchies!  But that's a whole glorious topic for another post).

Lately I'm seeing 80's influences all around, even in fancy schmancy homecoming & prom dresses!  And I honestly can't get enough.  I was browsing the dress selection at, and came across this 80's-inspired, fluffy confection of a dress.  With a train!  And just like that, I'm humming Like A Virgin and looking up videos of Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk.  I may be well out of high school and college, but don't think I'm not wracking my brain trying to think of an appropriate place to wear this.  The best I can come up with is 80's night at a club.  But let's be honest - 80's fashions > 80's music, so I probably won't be hitting up 80's night anytime soon.  It all seems so unfair - in the 80's I was too young to wear any of these styles, and now that they're back in fashion I'm too old.  Sometimes irony sucks.

Which reminds me - anyone need a prom date by any chance?  It'll be really fun!  I'll show you and your friends how to do the MC Hammer dance.  And then I'll explain who MC Hammer is....  

For more adorable prom and homecoming dresses (like these), check out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Style Gather Giveaway

We gather the style for you!   
Today I have an exciting giveaway from Style Gather!  Style Gather is a unique clothing site designed to use social sharing to create a group discount.  Here's how it works: Choose a style you like and share it on social media with your friends.  (They rely on word of mouth to keep their prices low.)  And new items are being released all the time.

But just because the prices are reasonable doesn't mean the clothes aren't without tons of style.  These are some of my favorites.

(I'll take one of each, please).

Style Gather has also recently entered into a partnership with Sears, in a collaboration called  Every week, OpenSky will create a curated assortment of products from its merchant brands, the most recent one being Style Gather.  And to celebrate, Style Gather, along with the help of @FemaleBloggerRT and the lovely co-hosts below (who you should absolutely go check out!) is giving away $50 PayPal cash and a $50 gift card to their store!
The giveaway will close August 17.  Open to US residents only.
Enter.  Be awesome.  And come back here on August 18 to see if you won.
Good luck!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I have two important questions:  Do you have kids?  Or maybe you just know some that you hang around with every once in a while?  Well, then I have a giveaway for you.

Kid's Academy is all about teaching children through educational songs, stories, and games.  Some of their apps have been in the top-50 educational apps in the iTunes App Store, and they've even brought the well-known stories and nursery rhymes The Three Little Pigs and Five Little Monkeys to life with interactive apps. The simple interfaces of the apps allow children to take the reins and play on their own, and the sing-a-longs and other activities are perfect for parent or teacher engagement as well.  

Even though I don't have children, my family and friends have some kiddos that I hang out with, and I'm so excited to play these educational games with them.  I love being the aunt who's fun to play with, but is so sneaky that she's actually teaching at the same time. Tricking kids into getting smarter.  Yeah, that's how I roll.

Anyway.  On to the giveaway!  Entry is super simple.  Just download this free app and write a review in the iTunes app store.  At the end of August, Kids Academy will randomly choose 2 lucky winners who will each win a $100 Amazon gift card!  

1. Download the FREE app located here
2. Write a short, honest review on the iTunes App Store.  If you've already reviewed this app, simply update your review and you will be entered.  That's all!

Enter.  Be Awesome.  
And keep your fingers crossed until end of August for that $100 gift card!
Good Luck!

ModCloth Home Decor Sale

This post contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking them. 

ModCloth may be your go-to for cute dresses and clothing, but did you know they have a stylishly quirky decor department, too?  Think fun and unique adornments for your home, kitchen, bedroom, or office. If that’s not incentive enough to check it out, they just so happen to be having a 20% Off Decor Sale !  No code needed, just shop to your hearts content, and there really will be no place like your home!  (See what I did there?)


bandeau: DIY | option
top: c/o chicwish | similar 1, 2
shorts: exact (but different wash)
booties: c/o chicwish | so similar
necklace: AE | option 1, 2
purse: target | option
watch: exact


This kind of outfit is quickly becoming my standard summer uniform: sheer neutral top, shorts, booties - what's not to love?  I had plans to meet friends at a beer garden this weekend* and surprise, surprise, settled on a slightly varied version of this outfit I just wore.  Please, try not to be blown away by my boundless creativity.  Except this time, I put the sweater on and realized it is waaaay too see-through.  So I grabbed this bandeau that I DIY'ed (and by DIY I mean I cut the top off a pair of old leggings and sewed one side so it was tight enough to stay on) to cover up a bit.  I looked in the mirror and thought censor bar - you know the kind that appears over, well, things just of this nature. How literally apropos.  I'm pretty sure the generously inebriated patrons of the bar got what I was going for there.

*We went to Studio Square Beer Garden in Long Island City, NY - if you're ever in the area, do yourself a favor and stop by - it's one of the best beer gardens I've visited.  Also worth mentioning is that later on we wound up at a club called Output in Brooklyn, which is another fine establishment with face-melting beats and a nice rooftop lounge, worthy of a visit anytime you feel like dancing your ass off till 6am.

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