I'm really into this long-hair-don't-care-coffee-is-king-typography-is-my-god look lately. I plan on rocking it as soon as my Tattly order arrives. Meanwhile, I'll be watching YouTube videos on how to get my ombre hair lookin' right.
Today is the one-year anniversary of The Spendicate! It's hard to believe that I've been sharing my shopping obsession with you good folks for a year now. It feels like just yesterday that I was scribbling around on my laptop when my doppleganger appeared from the ether. So to celebrate, let's look back at my five favorite Spendicate posts, in no particular order:
Thanks for reading -- let's keep spending!
I officially graduate with a Master's degree in 2 and a half weeks, and I've already found the dress I plan on wearing to the ceremony. Since the dress was on the sale rack at Madewell, it was an easy choice. My only problem now is: what shoes should I buy? The weight of the decision is crippling -- the shoes are the only part of the outfit anyone will see when I'm on stage in my cap and gown. What. Do. I. Do?
This past Saturday, I attended a "style session" with Clinton Kelly -- co-host of What Not to Wear -- at Macy's. I used to be a fan of What Not to Wear back in the day, but I didn't expect Clinton Kelly to be so hilarious -- and actually informative.
Key takeaways from Saturday:
I'm really glad he did a speech on pattern mixing, since I'm obsessed with the pants above (and below), and I would like to pattern mix them without looking like a crazy person. I guess we'll see if I can pull that off.
To conclude this beach-dreaming series, I want to reiterate my love of maxi dresses. As a petite person, I've actually found that they make me look taller -- or at least, in my mind they do. But it doesn't get any simpler than tossing a maxi dress over a bikini, and you look oh so beach-chic bohemian when you do. When I go to the beach, I prefer thinking as little as possible... so it looks like I'll be working the maxi dress this season.
I don't normally write about beauty. I'm not sure why, but I don't really care about makeup and such. Sure, I like a nice lip gloss as much as the next girl, and sure, I geek out upon entering a Sephora. But I've got my makeup routine down pat, and as sparse as it is, I would like to savor my as-little-makeup-as-possible days for as long as I can get away with it.
However, I am confused about a certain trend as of late: nail art. I keep hearing that bare, biege, and muted is where it's at, since a few stars hit the various red carpets with naked nails. (Gasp!) But I just discovered this not-yet-released-but-still-sold-out-somehow chalkboard manicure, and I'm intrigued. Would I look even more like a 12 year old at the office with chalkboard nails? Do I care? Obviously, Zooey Deschanel would approve.
URBN -- the company behind Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Free People -- had a meeting with analysts back in September 2012. During this meeting, they described the customers served by each of their brands, and the descriptions were leaked to the media. I read these descriptions out of curiosity, only to come away a little ... well, freaked out, actually. Come to find out, I fit the Free People consumer to a T.
According to Free People president, Meg Hayne, the FP girl "is independent yet loves being with her friends, her family and her mate. She travels every spring to festivals, Coachella and Wanderlust being her favorite. She runs and practices yoga to stay fit and balanced. She is influenced by fashion but yet seeks inspiration from all over the world to put together a look that is her own. She is a mix of sweet, cool and boho and everything in between. We target age 26..."
But I'm not quite 26 ... AHA! Take that, Free People.
I'm still a little worried, though. I am a little obsessed with Free People's new yoga line...
I was debating finally trying out Rent the Runway for a wedding I'm attending in July, but on a spree through Anthropologie, I found the dress featured below. I haven't committed yet, but I think I might be sold -- especially for the excuse to wear bright blue-green heels.
Also, I'm just going to say this now: The "Shorty is Bangin'" poster is my new favorite thing and will probably make an appearance in more than one blog post. You've been warned.
The discovery of Curio Road, a new shopping site that specializes in unique, handmade design, has only encouraged my desire to own more adorable things. What constitutes "adorable," you ask? How about unexpected details? And bows, of course.