2013 Blogging Goals Revisited

The year 2013 is coming to an end and I must say it's been an exciting one full of ups and downs and everything in between. I think I can sincerely say that 2013 was life changing and I can't wait for all the things life has in store in 2014!

That said, sometimes it's good to look back at and reflect on some of the goals you set up for yourself so that you see how much you've accomplished and what you may want to improve on in the next year. Here were my goals for my blog when it was conceived early 2013 and my honest analysis of how I think I did with it:

Sparkles | Sequin Skirt and Black Blazer

Happy New Years Eve everyone!


 I'm going to dinner with my family tonight and this is the outfit I'm planning to wear. I wanted to tone down the sequins and sparkle of this skirt so I paired it with a black blazer and a plain white tee. I also really wanted add some color to the neutral palette so I added red accents. Family friendly outfit, no? :]

Currently... (Vol. 4)

Boy has it been a while, lovelies!

I mentioned last week that I got a promotion and the transition into my new position has been insane! The person I'm taking over for had only a week left in the office so she was cramming everything she knew into y brain all at once. I would come home and literally have a headache and all I wanted to do was go to sleep. Thus, my neglect of this blog...

That said, I'm so excited to start officially in my new job next week! It seems like a challenging yet rewarding position and I'm extremely happy to be there.

Now to the fun stuff - what I've been interested in currently:


Currently

Open Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

Hey there, it’s been a while. I know I haven’t written to you since I was 6, on account of the fact that my mom was really bad at pretending to be you – I asked her why Santa uses our wrapping paper and she couldn’t answer – and the fact that the house I lived in didn’t have a chimney.

Holiday Song Lyrics

The thing that I love about the holidays are the songs that are played on the radio. All the Christmas classics that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside – best time of the year!

It wasn't until recently while visiting my parents, however, that I realized I actually don’t know any holiday songs all the way through.

I started singing the song “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” while making breakfast. As I start flipping my pancakes, the lyrics come out of my mouth in this way: “Have a holly jolly Christmas! It’s the best time of the year…..mmmmm mmm mm mmmm mmm mmmmmmmmmmmm mmm. HA~AVE a holly jolly Christmas!” And then the cycle repeats.

4 times.

My mom, after listening in the corner for a while, suddenly asks, “Do you actually know the rest of the lyrics to that song?”

didn't

And the sad thing is, there are many other holiday songs that I don’t know all the way through, like:
  • “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know…..” and then what?
  • Oh the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful/ and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! ….” and then what?
  • “Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin’? in the lane snow is glistenin’! …..” and then what??
  • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!…” yeah, I don’t know how the rest goes
  • “I’ll be home for Christmas…” that’s all I got
Am I crazy? I can’t be the only one who only memorizes a few lines in holiday songs, right?  Let me know if you actually know the complete lyrics of a holiday song!

Closet Strategy: Plaid Shirt

There's something about the colder weather that just makes people reach for their plaid shirts. I think most people just do the whole, "plaid shirt and jeans" look and it's a great pulled together outfit for days when you're in a hurry. BUT on days you just want to go above and beyond, here are a few suggestions:

Thanksgiving Break Essentials

So I, like every other American out there, am eagerly anticipating going home for Thanksgiving. Luckily my parents don't live too far away from where I do now (about an hour and a half drive) so I don't have a huge packing list like some of my other friends and co-workers. Most likely I'll be bringing some dirty laundry so I can wash it for free (hehe).

However, every Thanksgiving, I find myself needing a few key things that I can never seem to be without:

Thanksgiving Break Essentials

Wendybox sweater ($37) / Zara boots ($189) / Game of Thrones books (28.76) / iPhone ($200) / Modcloth Dress ($45)

Closet Strategy: Leather Skirt

I have been obsessed with this skirt since the day I got it! It's been a closet staple for the past month and I'm not ready to give it quite yet, despite the cold weather telling me it's time to do so.
Forever 21 leather skater skirt
Here are my day to night looks:

Office Chic | Leopard Hearts and Pencil Skirt

(Note - this post was supposed to go out on Friday but I was so ill this past week I couldn't bring myself to take pictures and get this post out. I have since recovered and this post is now out, albeit a bit late. Hope you enjoy!)

Hello my beautiful readers!



I have another work outfit for you guys today - one that involves leopard print! 

Let's Get Organized: Smartphone Apps


As some of you may remember, I'm getting a new phone this month. While I'm still trying to settle the debate in my head between the iPhone 5s or the Galaxy Note 3 it got me thinking about how to organize all the apps that I have currently. Now I recently went out of my way to clear some space on my iPhone 4 so I could download iOS 7 but I've been thinking of how I'm going to organize my new phone when I get it.

The Awkward, Ugly, Phase

I had a nice night out yesterday with a few old friends that I have known since high school. The great thing about these friends is that they knew what I looked like nine years ago and still chose to be my friend.
Picture taken in 2006

Let’s face it: EVERYONE had an awkward or an ugly phase in their lives. Whether it happened in middle school, high school, college, or even after college, the period of our lives where we feel like ugly ducklings instead of the swans we are is inevitable for everyone.

For me, that phase was in high school. I was a bit chubby for my height and I never had the right clothes. I wore glasses, I hunched, and I had crooked teeth. It was not pretty.

Pencil Spots | Polka Dot Skirt and Red Accents

Happy Monday my pretties!



I'm continuing my work-oriented outfits series with this look - my polka dot pencil skirt and and a plain blouse! I know, this outfit is probably not the most exciting look I've ever featured, but to be honest this is the kind of outfit I wear to work quite often. I work in politics so my office is pretty conservative. I try not to go too overboard with my clothes but I think a pop of polka dots and a splash of red is still a toned down look that isn't boring, right? :]

Closet Strategy: Shift Dress

All right guys, I know everyone and their mothers own this shift dress from J Crew but I'm going to feature it in today's Closet Strategy anyway. Shift dresses are pretty much an everyday uniform for women in DC but I love how this particular dress has scalloped edges - it really serves to elevate the whole look. That said, there are multiple ways I wear this in my daily, non-blog life:


J Crew Scallop hem dress

The Morning Shift | Color Block Dress and Satin Pumps

Another day, another dollar.



Now that we're in November, I have to start winter-fying my outfits. I wore this shift dress a lot this fall and even in the summer (three words: air conditioned offices. Make for cold employees :/ ) but now I'm wearing it with a button up underneath and some tights to fight the cold air. I really like the idea of bringing in warm weather staples into the winter. I feel like I get more mileage out of my closet that way. 

Belated Halloween | Bowler Hat and Leather Leggings

So I'm not usually a big costume person. I definitely used to love dressing up for Halloween but as I got older there was a lot of Mean Girls-itis ("Halloween is the one night a year you can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it"). It got to the point where last year I just wore a T-shirt that said "LIFE" on it and handed out lemons (badum tss!)



The Morning After | Travel Pants and Embroidered Peplum

Happy Friday lovelies!


While some of you may be lucky enough to have today off after a night of Halloween activities, I unfortunately have to get back to work. Lucky for me, it's Casual Friday! I decided to wear my new Lilly Pulitzer Travel pants! They're super comfortable - they feel like leggings but they're thicker and more structured so they're perfect for a more relaxed day at the office. 

Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

Hello lovelies!

For this month's book review I wanted to talk about an oldie but a goodie: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of a dystopian society, the Republic of Gilead, through the narrator, Offred. The world Offred depicts is a sad, misogynistic, racist, and homophobic one where marriages are contractual and children are born through third party concubines, or handmaids, like Offred. Gilead was founded through a staged terrorist attack that kills off most of the senior-ranking members of the US Government (including the President and many members of Congress) which led to the adoption of a theocratic military dictatorship headed by a extremist Christian cult. Many of the institutions and names in the book are biblical (for example, the handmaids are trained at the Rachel and Leah Center), which goes to show how extreme religion of any kind can really slow progression of a country.

Currently... (Vol. 2)

Happy Sunday!

Another week has come and gone - I feel like I was doing something big every single day this past week (hence the lack of posts - oops!). Whenever I found myself catching a break, these are the things I gravitated towards:

Currently (10.27.2013)

El Clasico | Real Madrid Scarf and Converse Lo-Tops

So here's a confession that will most likely make a lot of my European readers hate me: I'm a huge soccer fan - specifically, a Real Madrid fan! I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain my junior year of college where I gained an appreciation for both the sport and the team. My host family that I was staying with threatened me with eviction (they were kidding of course) if they ever caught me cheering for Barcelona. Real Madrid definitely has a special place in my heart - it was my first real exposure to European Football and Madrid culture.



Mesh and Lace | Mesh Skirt and Red Details

TGIFriday everyone!



Just a quick post today - I'm going camping this weekend. In my hurry to get this post up, I realized I hadn't thought of a title and thus... "Mesh and Lace" was born. Although, to be fair, "mesh and lace" reminds me of that song, "Melt with You." It's fitting for my outfit - Mesh panels with lace top. 

Let's Get Organized: Computer


I was trying to find a few files on my computer this past weekend and I realized that I didn't know where anything was! It's funny - I never really think about organizing my computer or my laptop getting messy but... here we are. Here are some ways I went about organizing my Macbook:

Closet Strategy: Cropped Trench

Hi lovelies! It's been a while since my last Closet Strategy post hasn't it?

With Autumn in full swing I've been thinking about ways to keep warm. I tend to get cold easily so I've been gravitating towards my trusty cropped trench. There's something very classic but casual about a cropped trench coat. I've been finding various ways to wear this and I'd like to share them with you guys;

The Pros and Cons of Fashion Blogging

While I may not consider myself a high-fashion blogger and I certainly do not blog full time, I think I now have a good idea now about what goes into being a fashion blogger. I've gotta admit it's a lot more work than I originally thought it would be, but, like anything worth doing, it has both its ups and downs.

Currently... (Vol.1)

It has been one insane week! I've mentioned this a lot on this blog but I work in US politics and if you've been paying attention to the news at all lately, you'll know that our government has been shut down except for non-essential personnel. Living in DC, most of the population works in either politics or government so I've witnessed many of my friends sitting at home this past week fuming while stuck at home furloughed. I've been fortunate not to have been furloughed so I can still go to work and collect my paycheck but my workload has gotten significantly heavier - it's to be expected though. I'm just thankful I still have a job.

Anyways I haven't been able to be as active on the blogosphere lately and even when I do get a free minute, I've been avoiding getting on the computer because the news has been quite depressing and it's hard for me to avoid it. Instead I've been just using that time to relax and just enjoy the things I want to enjoy. And thus, my idea for  new blog column was born!

Allow me to introduce "Currently..." A weekly roundup of the things I'm doing and liking. Here are the things I've been doing currently:

Currently (10.06.2013)

Oh That Skirt | Mesh Panel Skirt and Polka Dots

It's finally Friday, lovelies!


I bought this skirt on a whim but I'm actually really loving it now! I usually don't make too many impulse buys - Usually I'll only buy things if I still like it after two weeks - but since this skirt was around $15, I figured it's not too big of an investment and wouldn't be devastated if it didn't work out for me. Well, folks, I'm so glad that it is working out. Best $15 I've spent in a while!

Movie Night: Battleground on Hulu

I don't know about you guys but I'm always fascinated by political campaigns. Most people I know don't really like politics, but campaigns, and especially Presidential campaigns, are entertaining.
Maybe it's the way politicians are framed by their opponents, but there's always a sense of good versus evil; two teams pitted against each other. It's a publicized feud between countrymen and the stakes are high and the entire world is watching.

That's why the TV show Battleground on Hulu piqued my interest.


Wake Me Up When September Ends | Leather Shorts and Red Clutch

Hello gorgeous readers!



Today is the last day of September and that always makes me a bit sad. Out here in DC people like to joke and say that we only have two seasons: Summer and Winter. Sometimes I feel it's somewhat true - our fall and springs are so short. So when September ends and October begins, I think to myself, "Winter is coming" all Ned Stark style (high fives for a Game of Thrones reference, anyone?)

Book Club: Game of Thrones

Hello lovelies!

Today I wanted to talk about a book that has been insanely popular - Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.

I got into the TV show at the urge of my friends who said it's nothing like anything they've ever seen before. I admit, I didn't like the first episode too much but I pushed through and now I'm addicted. I seriously sat down one weekend and went through the entire show in two days. Once I finished that up, I went into Game of Thrones withdrawal and while I now eagerly await the start of the fourth season, I figured I should fill in the time slot with reading the book series that started it all.

Game of Thrones is actually the title of the first book but the book series is called The Song of Ice and Fire. If you like being happy and you like seeing the heroes and heroines win all the time, I would say this series is perhaps not for you. While I'm currently reading the fourth book in the series, I can only advise you all that if you do choose to read the books, don't get too attached to any one character because mostly likely, that is when they will die. The writer is evil - he will make the characters so likable and make them appear to be central to the story and then just kill them off in one fell stroke. And yet I can't stop reading!

In case you haven't seen the show, Game of Thrones is a fantasy book that takes place in a land called Westeros. There are kings, queens, knights, princes, princesses, and lords and all the other archetypes that you would imagine a fantasy novel would have. What makes to book stand out is how deeply the author delves into characterizing every single person that he creates. He gives everyone a voice and a story and you honestly can't help but get sucked into his world.

Embrace the Hair! | Maxi skirt and Short Hair

Happy Monday beautiful readers!



Full disclosure - I was just a tad sad when I cut my hair. It was a little shorter than I really wanted it to be so I kept it up so people wouldn't notice how strange I thought it looked. Today, though, I wanted to highlight it - short hair is beautiful! Never really was attached to my hair - I think I was just shocked by how different I looked is all. Today, I will embrace it!