Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Style Edit: Thanksgiving

 When I moved 2,000 miles away from my family, I didn't think about the consequences— like missing out on Thanksgiving and more importantly— my mom's famous mashed potatoes. I mean, I can cook, but it's nice being able to sleep and then waking up to a lot of food and then going right back to sleep. 

This year will be the second of a new Thanksgiving tradition, just chilling with my roommate, Thuy Lan, and cooking and eating way too much food for just two people. More on that after Thanksgiving though. 

Because there are just two of us, I don't really bother dressing up. I just throw on an oversized sweater and call it a day. Pants are too restricting for all of the food I eat. But, if you are spending Thanksgiving with your family or a big group of people, keep scrolling for some outfit inspiration!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Begonia Sky Presents: A Day in the Life with K on the Bay

I think it might be a Midwesterner thing, but anytime I meet someone from the Midwest, it's like that scene from Step Brothers— "Did we just become best friends?" "Yup!" It happened with my current roommate, the girl who became my "work mom" and with anyone that came into any of the places I've worked. Maybe it's the shared accent, or finding people that don't think it's weird when I say pop instead of soda. Or maybe I just can't escape the friendly Midwestern attitude, no matter how much I'd love to be like a New Yorker. 

When I found out Kristin was a fellow Michigander, I knew I definitely had to feature her. She was already in because of her amazing blog, K on the Bay, but I mean the Michigan thing just sealed the deal. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Weekender: Thankful

With Thanksgiving coming up, my Facebook newsfeed is littered with posts about what people are thankful for. It's something I've come to expect during the month of November— but not during the other 11 months.

I complain a lot, like all of the other 20-somethings out there (although generally not on Facebook), but I have a lot to be thankful for.

1. My roommate and one of my best friends who feeds me and doesn't judge me.
2. Bellatrix, aka the cutest cat in the world.
3. My incredible best friend who is just as weird as me, but way smarter.
4. My little sister who had to live with my weird antics.
5. My stepdad who took me (and still does) to the grocery store.
6. My big brother who has always been there for me (except when he tormented me as a kid).
7. One of my best friends who I saw for the first time in three years last year.
8. My big sister who picks moose noses with me.
9. My mom and grandma. My mom has always put up with my weirdness and let me steal her shoes and clothes. My grandma was always there to offer advice that I would probably not take.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Begonia Sky Presents: A Day in the Life with Girl in Betsey

Krystin, of Girl in Betsey, was lovely enough to participate in my guest blogger series that I posted about on the Lucky Contributors site and I am so glad she did! Her style is so effortlessly cool— I'm super jealous. She is such a cool girl with a great blog. I know you'll all enjoy it as much as I do!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Weekender: Adventures

This weekend reminded me of how important it is to make time for fun. I have been really stressed lately— with school, having three jobs, blogging, and attempting to have a social life. It hasn't been easy. If anything, my social life has suffered the most. I haven't really even found time to catch up with old friends via text or a phone call. 

When everything starts to pile up, I find that getting away for just a day helps. I know, I know, it's probably better to just get all of my work done and focus, but sometimes mini vacations are just necessary. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Winter Wish List: The White Pepper Edition

I was perusing the interwebs one day, as I generally tend to do when avoiding homework, and stumbled upon The White Pepper. And holy moly was I glad I did. 

The White Pepper is based in East London (which was one of my favorite areas I went to when I was last there). Every item on their site is designed in their East London studio. 

I fell in love instantly with the collection, Les Parisiennes. Go on, click the link, I'm sure you'll fall in love too. 

I put together a little wish list, like my summer wish list. For some reason I love creating these, maybe it's because I get to use Photoshop, or maybe I just like to torture myself with having all of the things I want in one place— just to look at. 

1. Coat Dress Leopard
2. Velvet Spangle Collar Dress
3. Sleeveless Spangle Dress in Pink
4. Crop Sleeve Blouse in Leopard
5. Crop Sleeve Blouse Lace
6. Tulle Skirt
7. Polka Dot Crop Shirt
8. Textured Faux Fur Shoulder Bag in Leopard
9. Denim Dungarees Black Wash
I do not own these photos.
All photos courtesy of The White Pepper website.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Begonia Sky Presents: A Day in the Life with The Vanity

I met Ayat through Lucky Contributors and I'm so glad she responded to my Guest Blogger post! She has such a wonderful sense of style and I was so happy to feature someone from Egypt on my blog (how cool is that?!). The fact that the blogging community has allowed me to meet someone—even if it is virtually— from a country so far away is so incredible. Anyway, Ayat's blog, The Vanity, is lovely and I encourage you all to check it out! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Style Edit: Arizona Autumn

Life in the desert is not always fun (by not always, I mean almost never). Autumn here is all about layering. It's generally chilly when I leave my house in the morning, but by the time I get to wherever I'm going it's between 80 and 90 degrees. Then there's the air conditioning debacle. And when I leave to come home, it's cold again. It's almost as bad as the weather in Michigan— okay, not quite, but it's still bad.

Hat: Furious Denim Italia
Shirt: H&M
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Very Volatile

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Hair Journey

If you've been following along on Instagram, you may know that I, very briefly, had red hair. After three and a half days as a redhead, I had to dye my hair back. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Begonia Sky Presents: A Day in the Life with Playdates + Pearls

When I first saw Samantha's blog, I knew I wanted her to be a part of this series. She has a wonderful blog and manages to balance everything— including taking care of her adorable daughter. I don't know how she does it.