The first photo is titled “First day of the semester while it’s 5 degrees with windchill in the negatives,” the second is my current bag-carrying situation.

I’m always torn whether or not I want to use a backpack or my purse. I don’t dislike either option, I have a wonderful little Fjallraven Kanken (in the Black/Ox Red) but I do hate having to stick all my contents of my purse into my backpack and then switch it again for work/weekend. Since my classes don’t require bringing textbooks I don’t have to worry about lugging anything to heavy with me around campus; I only carry my handy Five Star 5 Subject notebook, my planner (discussed here), and my iPad, which is in this amazing case.

The ClamCase Pro was introduced to me by my brother, a total tech freak. While it does make my iPad significantly heavier, it is incredibly sturdy — no worrying about that baby falling out, as it snaps into the back — and I  absolutely love the keyboard which is exactly like a MacBook Pro keyboard. It also rotates 360 degrees, so I can prop it up while watching Netflix (or just not using the keyboard) or keep it flat when playing sudoku. It fits perfectly in my bag and on the occasion where I choose to type notes instead of handwrite them, it will be super useful.

So this is my basic entourage when hauling ass to my classes. I’m still debating whether or not I prefer the backpack look — it does free up my hands a lot and I do adore my Fjallraven — but we’ll see how this works out for now.

Inside Llewyn Davis [The Coen Brothers, 2013] 

Incredible film, incredibly soundtrack. Who knew Oscar Isaac had such an amazing voice?

Item ProfileZara Boots

These are my Trusty Boots. They are what I reach for whenever I’m running out the door or when I need to round off any outfit. I’ve worn them through winter, spring, summer, fall and winter again. They trekked me all throughout London while I was living there (Trusty Boots’ original home, purchased from the Oxford Circus Zara), through Paris, Seattle, New York City, my hometown, and my current city of residence, to name a few. They’ve been on my feet for 24 hours at a time. They’ve been splattered with mud, alcohol, vomit, and probably blood, and they still grace my feet at least 5 days out of the week.

I haven’t loved a pair of shoes as much as these ever since I was in high school and still rocking checkered slip-on Vans (which, coincidentally, I am looking to repurchase). I remember stalking the Zara site one day in my West London flat (the only time I’ll ever be living in an area so posh) and saving the pictures of these and a pair of gorgeous, shiny, tan Chelsea boots. I was leaning towards the Chelsea boots until I walked into the second floor of Zara and saw these babies. I ran over to the shelf that housed them and immediately asked for my size. Once they were on my feet it was love at first site. The calf leather was unbelievably comfortable, the slight heel didn’t hurt (I have issues with my feet), and best of all they were actual lace ups, not the fake lace-up boots with zippers on the inside.

The leather was so clean and beautiful when I first bought them. Overtime it just molded perfectly to my feet and now it is aging incredibly, with scuffs and worn-in lines. The clack loudly when I walk, as if announcing my very important presence to those around me. I can wear them untied if I’m in a rush and I won’t slip out. I probably trust these boots more than some people in my life.

I purchased my boots for £70, and unfortunately they are no longer available. However I’ve had my eye on these Zara Brogue Leather Ankle Boots which are currently on sale for $80. The colour is almost identical to my Trusty Boots which means these babies will probably age just as beautifully. It will be a sad, sad day when the Trusty Boots fall apart, but the quality is so amazing I don’t see that happening for a while. Anyone know a good shoe repairman I can keep on retainer for when the time strikes?

PS - I realize the above picture is a little dark, so here is an over-instagrammed picture of them where you can see the details (and wear) a little better.

Her [Spike Jonze, 2013]

I’ve been waiting so long to watch this and I am so, so glad I finally did. I love Spike Jonze movies, I love Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, and I am terrifyingly obsessed with Rooney Mara, so this was basically the perfect film. It was surprisingly funny and surprisingly sad, but I left the theatre feeling happy and hopeful. I loved the style in the film as well, the clothing was so interesting and the colours were beautiful. And Rooney was perfect. Have I mentioned how much I love Rooney Mara? Definitely recommend this.

The Fuck is on My Face #1

This is basically my every day go to makeup look. I normally don’t use primer on a day-to-day basis, so after moisturizers and mattifiers (I’m an oily bitch) I slap on the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Mattifying Foundation (once again, oily bitch). I cover up any spots with the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, the absolute most amazing concealer I’ve ever used. Definite HOLY GRAIL status. For blush I’ve been using Nars’ Deep Throat recently, but I do tend to switch up this category often. I seal off the base with a powder, specifically Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light.

For eyes, I start with eyebrows: Hourglass Brow Arch in Dark Brunette, definitely the best brow product I’ve used. It’s super easy to maneuver and gives me the exact arch I want. I use the Maybelline Clear Brow Gel to finish them off (though honestly this step is out of habit, I don’t think it does anything to help them stay in place). I prime my lids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, cos if I don’t anything I put on my lids will slip n slide right off (3rd time — oily bitch). I then, embarrassingly, use three different liquid liners to perfect my winged liner. The Maybelline Line Stiletto is my favorite, I love using it to outline the wing to the perfect length, but to get the accuracy and pointy-ness I switch off between the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Pen Liner (I really only picked this up cos I couldn’t find the Line Stiletto) and the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. My all-time, absolute number 1 favorite mascara in the world is the Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara — my eyelashes have never looked so amazing with any other drug store or high end brand. I then line the outer lower lashes with the Rimmel ScandalEyes liner in Taupe and to brighten up the eyes I line the waterline with the Rimmel ScandalEyes liner in Nude.

My lip products do switch all the time, but on the every day basis I prefer sheer lipsticks, and today I chose the Dior Addict Lip Glow in Pink, which gives a super nice, light-pink-but-better-than-the-normal colour to my lips. Plus it’s just like a lip balm, so it’s fairly moisturizing as well.

I know that a lot of these brands are high end and fairly expensive, which partially is just cos I’m insane. But for matters such as foundation, my skin is a fairly weird tone so it’s mostly higher end brands that have matches for me. I really recommend all of the products here cos I use them daily, but uh I probably wouldn’t recommend buying them all at once lest you want your credit card to max out.

I went into Nordstrom the other day with the intent on making the decision on whether or not to pull the trigger on Tom Ford’s Black Orchid perfume. I didn’t totally love the smell at first but when I wore it there were moments when I did. However, the lady at the counter had another thing in mind and sprayed me with Oud Wood. Unfortunately I fell nose over tail in love with it, and after much convincing of ANOTHER employee at the counter, I was allowed to take a very small, measly sample home with me.

Oud Wood rings in at a cringe-inducing $210 for 1.7 oz and $290 for 3.4 oz. In my world it is increasingly easier to justify prices for such things, with my reasoning being “Oh, well I guess if you wear this every day you’d want to purchase the bigger size which is twice as much, but you’re only paying $80 more rather than twice the price.” See how easy that was?

Anyway, the scent is described to have “a blend of exotic rosewood, cardamom, oud wood, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean, and amber.” I prefer my description better, which was as follows:

So, as much as I’ve been pretending that I’d never spend so much on a fragrance, I think we all know I really am capable of doing so and am planning on purchasing it in the near future. The price, of course, is as much as a paycheck for me so it won’t be for a while. However the new battle is… buy the small or bigger bottle?

Went in aiming for the Soo Joo, came out looking like a bougie calmer version of Kelly Osbourne. Get ready cos I’m about to talk about a hair journey with you.

Early 2012, I woke up one morning and decided I fucking hated my hair. It was a little past my shoulders, a bitch to take care of every day (meaning I was too lazy to straighten), and my normal brunette. So I booked an appointment for that day and chopped it the fuck off, pixie style. I’d enter a picture here but I won’t cos looking back I really, really hate that hairstyle. I looked like a boy, and not in a way where I’d actually want to look like a boy, ya know? Ya know.

So I spent the rest of the year trying to grow it out to get it ~healthy~ again cos I took shit care of it prior, but when I went to London and found an incredible hairstylist (at the Dalston branch of Blue Tit) I decided to go all Rooney Mara version of Lisbeth Salander inspired and I cut it right back off, made it asymmetrical, and got some short-ass baby bangs. I loved it, that hairstyle made it grow out beautifully, and I kept my healthy new virgin hair for a while until about 3 months ago.

I decided I was sick of being brunette, I’d been my whole life besides a phase in high school when I decided it would be cool to bleach the lower layer of my hair and dye it bright red or purple or blue (I shopped a lot at Hot Topic). So I went blonde. And then a little blonder. And then I saw Frozen and kept stalking Soo Joo Park’s instagram (unrelated) and went as blonde as I could. The original plan was to do it white, ice queen blonde but I got a bit derailed as my hair stylist told me she learnt all these cool washes to do on blondes, and I fucking fell for it. And you know what? I fucking love it. I don’t care if I lost my Rita-Ora-lookalikeness or if people will start telling me it’s like Kelly Osbourne’s hair or if I look like a castoff from a soft grunge blog. I also don’t care that in the current employee handbook at where I work it says to keep your hair natural colours (my manager loves my hair, by the way). I can do whatever the fuck I want with my hair, and, to a further extent, my style. I can have lightly purple/blonde hair and wear a faux fur leopard print jacket around a strip mall (what I was doing in that picture). I can do whatever I want!

And you can too.

Details // 3, 4

3: Madewell bangle, snake spine bracelet bought in Okinawa, Madewell friendship bracelet, skull bracelet purchased in Portobello Market, Burberry watch

4: Madewell bag, gifted/thrifted rings, Banana Republic leather chain bracelet, Clarks desert boot

Wear What You Love

John Jannuzzi is someone I’ve followed for a while, from To My Wife to Textbook to his hilarious Twitter. I’ve really enjoyed the few glimpses into his personal style that I’ve seen and am constantly left wanting more. He just recently left his position at Lucky Mag for GQ Magazine and I’m excited to see what he’ll bring to the table there, as I’m actually a huge fan of GQ. Maybe I should renew my subscription?

Anyway, these were his parting words at Lucky and they really resonated with me. I highly suggest you go read the whole thing, cos it’s quite good, but I’ve pulled the last paragraph that really made me smile.

But you know what? Forget those girls, and forget their dumb fingers. Yes, I looked ridiculous and still think that coat is a little over the top, but I love it. I love that coat, my black leather jacket, my jeans with their crotch holes, my boots that are falling apart and even the completely absurd sleeveless sweatshirt I bought along with all the other weird things sitting in my apartment. They hang in my closet like a proud collection — my evolving dream team. Let the pointing girls laugh at me, let them laugh at you… It doesn’t matter in the least. Buy and wear what you love.

I have to apologize for these iPhone-mirror pic outfit posts cos I feel like they are so shitty for a ~style~ blog, but whatever. I left my nice camera at my apartment and this blog was an on-the-whim thing. And who doesn’t love a selfy.

Anyway, this outfit incorporates four things that I will fight to the death over: double denim, double button-ups, camo, and snap backs. I love nothing more than a good double denim outfit, and though I tend to go for differing washes so they don’t all blend together, there is nothing more exciting than seeing someone look good in a one-wash denim outfit (no, not Britney + Justin level, but I’ve seen some good styled adverts). Also, surprise, but this outfit is technically TRIPLE DENIM, as my two button-ups both are. I love the pop of pattern that the camo one gives to the outfit. I used all those pictures of Alison Mosshart styling her button ups as inspiration, though I’m nowhere near as crazy with my patterns as she can be. Finally, my snapback — I’ve acquired a frightening amount of hats in a short amount of time, and I’ll wear them till the day I die. I just want to be Kristen Stewart, okay? I used to feel stupid as fuck wearing hats out, like I looked like a boy or something, but I’ve grown so much in the past few years and I’ve learned to just straight up not care what anyone will think. Are those people snickering at you cos you’re wearing a snapback? Fuk them, do what you want, you’re a badass bitch and you feel good in them. Soz, didn’t mean for this to turn into a pep talk.

Shirts are both from Madewell — camo unavailable, other is here
Denim is BDG High-Rise Seamed Jean in Bandit
Snapback is Stussy, from Urban Outfitters, currently unavailable