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Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

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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.

I remember first reading this novel for a philosophy class in University. I literally finished the book in an entire day and did no homework for any other class because this book was just that interesting! I can't even imagine a world where I would be treated like a second-class citizen because I'm female. Where my marriage would be arranged and if either myself or my husband were infertile, the blame would be on me and I'd be forced to sit in on a "ceremony," watching my husband have sex with another woman so we could have children. Because that would be the law of the land. Just wow. 

I can't recommend this book enough to you guys - it's one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking books I've read in a while. 

Great Balls of Fire | Red Trench and Skater Skirt

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Happy Monday, readers!

Don't you just adore this coat? It's so obnoxiously bright! My little cousins visited DC this weekend and when one of them saw my coat, he commented it was bright like fire. He then proceeded to sing "Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls o' Fire!" And thus a title for this post was born! 

What's your favorite color to wear? Also a reader in a previous post said that it would be better if my pictures were bigger so she could see more of the details. To be honest I previously avoided having bigger pictures because I'm always a bit nervous about having a giant picture of my face anywhere really. However I think she was right - I do put effort into getting the details right so please excuse my vanity and enjoy the outfits :]

Top: Banana Republic coat, Forever 21 sweater
Bottoms: Charlotte Russe skirt
Accessories: Forever 21 sunnies, vintage Prada bag, H&M belt, H&M necklace
Shoes: Zara pumps

Currently... (Vol. 2)

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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)

  • Wearing: Forever 21 Leather skirt - I've been loving this skirt so much! Perhaps you'll remember it in this post. I've worn it out quite a few times since I bought it and I've always received compliments on it
  • Watching: Scandal - I live in DC and work in politics. What can I say? :]
  • Eating: Haribo Gummy Bears - I really don't think this requires a long explanation. It is a known fact that gummy bears are the best. Period :]
  • Listening: Lorde - I've been obsessed with this girl's music since she first came out with her sing, Royals. Can you believe she's only 16?
  • Reading: - This tumblr matches bikinis with book covers. As a literature nerd and a fashion lover, this is a match made in heave all wrapped up in one excellent website!
  • Obsessed With: ASOS Scallop Shopper - This has been my go-to work bag! I love that it's structured but the scallops make it whimsical and fun. I guess my only gripe about it is that it's a bit heavy but I got it on sale for $88 (original price is around $126) so I can't really complain :]
Thanks for reading!

El Clasico | Real Madrid Scarf and Converse Lo-Tops

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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.

Since then I try to catch every game that they play. In case you're unfamiliar with soccer or Spanish La Liga, Real Madrid has kind of a rivalry going on with Barcelona. They have two matches per season so when they do meet on the field, tickets are sold out and there's excitement in the air. The last game Madrid ended up winning 2-1. Here's hoping we can win it again!

Though I am personally a Real Madrid fan, I appreciate Barcelona. In fact there's something interesting about European clubs and that are just so different from teams in other continents (here's looking at you, America!). Their teamwork is superb and there are moments where I feel like the game is magical! Anyways, I'm quite excited about this match.

Do you guys watch soccer? Are you a Madrid fan or Team Barça? Also please don't hate me too much for liking Real Madrid :]

Top: H&M black v-neck tee
Bottoms: H&M denim capris
Accessories: Real Madrid scarf
Shoes: Converse shoes

Closet Strategy: Leather Jacket

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Leather is proving to be fashionable once again this season and what better way to incorporate this trend than with a basic leather bomber jacket?

Lefties leather bomber jacket
Here are some ways I like to wear my leather jacket:

Outfit 1: Rebel with a Cause
There's something really cool and James Dean-ish about a leather jacket and aviator sunnies. I wanted to keep the outfit simple so I wore this jacket with jeans and a plain white tee, thereby making this jacket the focus of the outfit. This is a perfect look for a day out running errands. 

Top: Forever 21 t-shirt
Bottoms: American Eagle boyfriend jeans
Accessories: Vintage aviator sunglasses, Juicy Couture clutch
Shoes: Zara pumps

Outfit 2: Perfectly Preppy
The nice thing about a leather bomber jacket is that it adds the perfect amount of edge to any outfit! I wanted to spice up the simple outfit from the previous look so I switched out my plain jeans for these cute polka-dot ones. A blouse and a bright cardigan gives this look a preppy feel, but the jacket makes it a bit edgy. This is a good outfit to wear to school or going out with friends.

Top: H&M blouse, H&M cardigan
Bottoms: Forever 21 jeans
Accessories: H&M satchel, H&M necklace, vintage pearl earrings
Shoes: Glaze by Adi sandals

Outfit 3: Feminized 
I like how a leather jacket looks with a flirty dress. The juxtaposition of sweet and edgy creates an interesting look. While the jacket is tough, the A-Line silhouette of this dress feminizes the look. I would wear this outfit for a casual date night.

Dress: Target dress
Accessories: Forever 21 clutch, Stradivarius beanie, Lilly Pulitzer belt
Shoes: Forever 21 shoes

Do you like leather bomber jackets? Are you a fan of the traditional black or do you favor colorful leather?

Happy Camper | Utility Jacket and Plaid Shirt

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Hey loves!

I went camping this weekend with my friends! I thought it would be the perfect time to whip out my utility jacket I bought last month again. How cute are the details on this jacket? The studs, the leather sleeves, the perfect olive color - what's not to love? 

What did you do this weekend?

Top: Forever 21 jacket, target shirt
Bottoms: Levi's jeans
Accessories: Forever 21 satchel
Shoes: Forever 21 boots

Scallop Addiction | Scallop Dress and Scallop Bag

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Hello, my name is Deborah and I'm addicted to scallops.

Well, scallop edges, that is. Please allow me to introduce the newest addition to my bag collection, my ASOS scallop edge shopper! She had a brief introduction last week and yesterday but here she is in all her glory. 

I'd been eying it on the ASOS website for the past two months debating whether I should get it or not. Since I received quite a bit of cash from my birthday (thanks, family!) I decided to go back on the site and get it. Well, lucky for me, it went on sale that particular week so there was really no excuse anymore! It's been my go-to bag for work since the moment I got it! I love that it's structured enough for an office setting but the scallops give it a feminine flair that really showcases my style, even in my professional outfits. Need I remind you of my love for scallops? ;-) 

What's your fashion addiction?

Dress: J Crew 
Accessories: ASOS bag, H&M necklace, Forever 21 bracelets
Shoes: Steve Madden Getta pumps

Mesh and Lace | Mesh Skirt and Red Details

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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. 

Have a good weekend!

Top: Forever 21
Bottoms: Forever 21 skirt
Accessories: Nine West clutch, H&M belt, LouLou's bracelets
Shoes: Michael Antonio pumps

Soft Leather | Sheer Top and Leather Shorts

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Hello my pretties!

I seriously can't get enough of leather this season - it's so edgy but also very versatile! In my last outfit post, I wore a leather skirt with a chunky sweater but today I wanted to keep it soft and paired my leather shorts with a light pink bow blouse. 

Do you guys have a favorite clothing texture? Or am I just crazy?

Top: Pink Forever 21 blouse
Bottoms: Forever 21 shorts
Accessories: Juicy Couture clutch, Forever 21 studs
Shoes: Zara pumps

New Banner, More Changes

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Hello everyone,

Did you notice anything different about my blog? I got a new banner! I had the day off from work yesterday and I decided to play around with my blog a bit. I admit when I first started this blog I wanted a simple layout and let the content stand out for itself, but I ended up putting more attention to my posts and sort of neglected the rest of my blog.

It's still a work in progress but I'm slowly learning html and css. It's actually quite interesting and everything is coming along. My blog isn't quite what I want it to be just yet but it's getting there. In the meantime, tell me what you think of my new banner! It was done by my best friend, Jen Muller! Definitely check out her tumblr - she's very artsy!

Autumn Leather | Leather Skirt and Peter Pan Collar

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Hello lovelies!

Leather seems to come back in fashion every fall and winter! I picked up this skirt a few weeks ago but the weather was too warm to wear it. Now that temperatures are finally cooling down I was able to wear this outfit to lunch with my friends this weekend. 

Leather is actually one of my favorite autumn trends. It's funny because I used to never really like leather that much - I saw the movie DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story as a kid and there was a scene where the main team's dodgeball uniforms accidentally got switched with a group of bondage enthusiasts. Every time I thought of leather, I remembered how ridiculous the Average Joe's looked wearing leather bondage costumes and playing dodgeball. It's a look I have tried very hard to avoid. 

I love how leather pieces that are coming out now are very chic and luxe. The thing with leather though is that a little goes a long way. What do you guys think of leather pieces?

Top: Forever 21 sweater (similar here), Forever 21 peter pan collar top
Bottoms: Forever 21 skirt (similar here)
Accessories: Nine West crossbody, Bloomingdale's bracelet (similar here)
Shoes: booties (similar here)