Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Florida Project

After seeing Lady Bird I thought the best movie of 2017 (IMO) was in the bag butttttt fast forward 5 months and I cannot stop thinking about The Florida Project. WARNING I'm giving my candid thoughts about the film so don't continue reading if you haven't seen it and don't want to know specifics about it. It's a "slice of life" film about a mom and daughter who live in the purple Magic Castle motel near Disney World. The Magic Castle is a real place btw but it looks like it is $55 a night IRL but it was $38 in the movie.

The main character is Moonee, a wild six year old. The portrayal of childhood was the most realistic and vivid that I've ever seen, it was truly magical. Specific things like water being poured over head via a cup for baths, running up and down stairs playing hide and go seek tag in hotels, wandering around outside for hours, and the seemingly unbearable boredom of waiting for your parent to be done with something were things I don't think I've thought of since experiencing them. Of course, the whole movie is about living below the poverty line and just trying to get enough money to get by each day so there are some really, really sad and raw moments too. There were several parts of the movie that I was like "why does everyone always have that reaction to that lol" like how when the old condos were on fire and everyone ran and it was like a big event watching it and Halley wanted to take Moonee's picture with it. I also loveddd when Moonee and Scooty were giving Jancey the low down on everyone in the motel pointing at all of the people's doors while walking by. That is so true how when people live close in vicinity like that and are living their separate lives simultaneously they are still intrinsically connected because of where they live.

The movie portrays the poor and marginalized by giving you a peek at what their life and struggles look like for a typical summer. It was key that the movie didn't try and get you to feel one way about the main characters or explain how they got there, it just let them live. Oh, also I thought it was cool that Sean Baker used mostly first time actors and literally found the girl who plays Halley on IG. I hope I'm not turning into a huge worrywart because in several scenes starting with the fire scene I felt tons of impending doom and was SO worried someone was going to get hurt and stuff.

The FL Project was timely for me because earlier this week I listened to the Hidden Brain on "the scarcity trap" and how when people are in the mode of trying to figure out what they need to survive the day they are very resourceful and thrifty but that prevents them from thinking and planning long term which is why if they get money they often spend it right away without thinking of trying to stretch it out etc. Your brain can also get into that mode when you're really, really desperate for sleep or friends the podcast mentioned. I totalllly thought of this in the scene when Halley & Moonee had just gotten the man to buy the wristbands and got $400 or something and were like "we're rich" and went on a little shopping spree and got plastic jewelry and stuff.

I didn't hate the ending at all, I was sad the movie was ending just because I was kinda hooked on their life and when Sean Baker switched to filming on an iphone I was like OMG is this the end this can't be the end and tried to pause the movie to see how much time was left.

Overall, HIGHLY encourage watching it's on Amazon right now for your viewing pleasure.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Cheers to.....

I am a huge fan of celebrating everything because YOLO, right?? few things are more narcissistic than talking about oneself as a child BUT when I was able to write and was hopefully younger than 3rd grade I would write "formal invitations" to my imaginary friends / stuffed animals for play dates. Getting something on an actual invite somehow makes it so much more fun. My bible study (aka Kelly ) is the best about creating the cutest evites for Saint feast days, bachelorette parties, flannel parties, and Stranger Things watch parties just to name a few. One of my go-to's for festive invitations or just reaching out to a friend in a fun nuanced way is Paperless Post. Paperless Post lets you upload your own design or choose from their templates. You can also easily customize all of their designs to make them how you want! Another great thing about Paperless Post is you can easily track RSVPs all in one spot online. Some of my favorite of their templates are...

I am still and will forever be obsessed with metallic gold accents. This design is super versatile and works for any kind of event or just a sweet note to a friend.

Love the classic grey stripes and gold!

Love this minimalist design

This one is perfect for derby parties! I am obsessed with themed drinks, even making cocktails that go with whatever movie / show you are watching I think is super fun. 


This would be a cute galentine's party design. I still love emojis!

Monday, March 5, 2018

One Piece Swimsuit Ideas

since it was above 50 degrees one day I've been obsessively planning what bathing suits I want to get this year. I didn't get any new ones last year and one of my fave ones from the year before got destroyed by the washing machine (I 100% take responsibility for this because I never read care instructions, I just throw everything in). bathing suits have to be the hardest thing to order online for me, actually the only difficult clothing or accessory thing besides eyeglasses. but as long as returns are easy trial and error isn't too much of a hassle.

I'm going to continue adding suits to this list as I find ones I like this season, so check back!

First up I have my fave one piece options that are currently out there. A plain black scoop back one piece has been on my to by list for a while but I'm still waiting to find the perfect one. 

dunes one piece / reformation $148
I'm only including this one because it is my absolute favorite because it's currently only available in an xs. you can select to be on the waitlist for the other sizes but in my experience i've never been contacted that something has come back in stock. I love how this looks like a ballet leo/ bodysuit and the leg isn't too high and the scoop back is exactly the scoop back i'm looking for. you can justify the price if it fits perfectly and if you can also wear it with jean shorts to music festivals.

this looks super cute on everyone I've seen it on. If you like stripes they also have a black stripe version that is fun. 

this is too classy for me I think but I'm obsessedddd with this back, I love how structured it looks! it comes in red & white too which I think I prefer, but that color combo didn't have an on model image. 

ribbed one piece / a + f $58

At first I was unsure about all the textured bathing suits but now I am all about them. here's another abercrombie suit option. If I don't like the one I ordered from jcrew I'll probs get this one. again, this would look super cute with levi 501s which I could def see myself wearing a lot this summer. 

pretty sure my stomach is def too huge for this but LOVEE. I love the vintage look, the perfect scoop and it would look great if you were super tan. asos is your best bet IMO if you're looking for lots of different swim options at low price points they have like a million things.

limonada one piece / for love and lemons $207

I feel obligated to always include for love and lemons whenever I do bathing suit picks. the little off the shoulder shawl part of this suit is actually removable so you could also wear it like a plain strapless bathing suit if you want. super cute back, this is an exception to my "flat things only" bathing suit rule. I like being able to easily wear my suit under clothes so I don't usually like ties or anything but it's also fun to have like a "fun suit" option I guess.

this classic suit has stellar reviews. again, if the one I got from jcrew doesn't work out this one is on my to get list. The black color is my fave. The one I got has a lower back and smaller straps but kinda regretting it lol, it hasn't arrived yet.

seersucker lace up back swim suit / jcrew $110

I've always loved seersucker suits! love the criss cross back on this one because it makes the seersucker look the opposite of baby ish.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Valentine's Day Things

I missed my op to post of all of my fave festive heart things before Valentine's Day but better later than never! and also I just got my wisdom teeth removed this morning so I am stuck on the couch and gave up TV for Lent....

    gabriel dress
I saw this dress featured on revolve's homepage in their "lovers and friends" collection and was instantly obsessed. love the wrap style and the polka dots are super fun. I could see myself wearing this a lot with an oversized jean jacket and black chelsea boots.

super drawn to the color of these guys! You would have to watch the silk in the rain but these are an easy pick me up to add to any otherwise boring outfit.

I'm super into sweatsuits and matching lounge things right now. In Spain I was introduced to this brand Oysho who do lounge wear & active wear superbly.  Unfortunately they don't ship to the U.S. 

heart succulent
a cute little succulent in a subtle heart shape! also love the color of the pot.

oxford stripe nightshirt
cute pajamas help you feel so much more put together IMO. Also I've been spending wayyy more time in bed than usual watching as much Mad Men as possible before Lent so that could have something to do with me being into the cause for cute pajamas.

loveee white linen dresses. this one is especially cute. Can't wait until it is finally seasonably appropriate to wear them.

have y'all seen the alice + olivia & starbs collab cups this year?? they're even cuter than the previous ones which I didn't think was possible. Unfortunately they're only available in Asia so don't get too excited. This mini wallet also has a little key chain.

pretty sure I've def included this in a gift guide before but this handle that has surprise earrings inside is such a perfect gift! one six five is one of the cbus establishments that I miss the most.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gift Guide- BFF Edition

here are my gift picks for someone who hates all the same things you do, is your mostly companion, and you know their shoe size

fuzzy faux fur slippers / these look kind of like little dogs. love the blush pink color and you could totally wear these out of the house. 

reindeer tree dome / this little woodsy guy would make a festive desk friend and would also look great on a mantle. this needs batteries so if you gift this don't forget those

open dolman cardigan / this cardi is from tigertree and tigertree is one of the things I miss the most about cbus (esp. living right across the street from it). cardigans make good clothing gifts because they're easy to size and look good oversized. this one goes with everything and it pulls off being super cozy & nubby

cozy reversible coat / I bought this last year for a cruella de vil (had no idea it was spelled like that) costume and am still obsessed. I got it in black & white which they don't have this year but the other colors are great too. it's SOOOO soft it makes you like excited to get out of bed and put it on. it's by far the softest thing I own I want to get it in an additional color

essential set / birchbox type gift sets are so fun! this one is perfectly curated IMO and comes in a cute mini suitcase container. this is perf for all frequent travelers. away has different themes of the little kits and tons of colors for each one. 

velvet mockneck tee / still not over velvet, probably never will be. there is a fine line though likes some looks super cheap and it just totally doesn't work but madewell usually does it right. I have a similar style comfort colors tee from Madewell and I lovee the fit of it. also I love the wintery / iciness of this blue color
fresh sugar lip collection / these are mini versions of the original and are super cute and fit easily into wristlets or mini bags. they have SPF and I like just wearing them solo 

heattech ultra warm leggings / these are supposedly 2.2x warmer than regular heattech, these are perfect for wearing to sleep, under jeans or dresses if it's freezing, or with sweaters. also currently on sale for only $19.90. I'm thinking they'd make a perfect all black outfit paired with this

new afternoon mini dress / I usually only like gifting & getting things that you can wear now but this dress was too cute not to include. it reminds me of a little tennis dress.

match set / comes with a set of 5 match boxes. Books featured are Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby,  Lord of the Flies, and The Outsiders. One of my favorite rituals is working at home with a fun drink like wine or beer or champagne or tea or coffee with one of the candles I made at The Candle Lab while listening to fleet foxes or flume. having pretty matches makes this ritual even more fun.

snow ball cactus key chain / you guys this is a REAL mini cactus! the prickly pear version of this is already sold out but it was also really cute. This would make a great addition to a bag if you don't want to actually use it as a key chain. also great convo starter at bars or fests.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Favorite Flannels

hi! This weekend Kelly & I did our 1st official fall activity. We went to Cider Hill Apple Orchard, it was super cute & good temps. It's still funny/ weird to me to think of going to an apple orchard besides Lynd's because in Cbus it was always just Lynd's.  

I rounded up some of my current fave flannels and you can find them below. Some things I look for in a perfect flannel are no loose stitches, flattering drape, not fitted, no weird pockets, oversized enough to layer, and durable enough to resist abrasion so it doesn't pill. 

hope everyone is having a lovely week! is it just me or does it feel like it should be Thursday to anyone else? 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

What's Making Me Happy This Week

1. Exit Through the Gift Shop. All I knew before watching this was that it is a "weird doc" and now I wanna plan my life around seeing street art. This is on Netflix and I highly recommend it. I was feeling kind of "meh" and this little doc totally made me so happy such interesting people existed. I LOL'd multiple times.

2. JW Anderson for Uniqlo. JW Anderson did a collab with Uniqlo that launched online last Thursday. It was in my planner for a while so I was looking forward to it because I saw the look book and was super excited about this

I am regretting not getting that puffer coat because now it is sold out but I did scoop up this trench 

A trench coat has been on my "to buy" list for a long time and I really wanted something from this collection lol so I just got it. There is a LOT of material so I probably woulda been better off getting an XS. It's extremely well made. It's super heavy and the stitches are really good. Oh, another fun thing is that it is reversible! The reverse side is the same plaid that is the sleeves. If you cinch the waist it looks very I can't think of what I'm trying to say right now but like "I look put together because I am wearing this thick thing but I am actually totally not". 

3. Beatification of Stanley Rother. On Friday I went to OKC with my roomie and some other peeps because a Oklahoma priest & martyr was being beatified. Being beatified is one of the steps to becoming a Saint, the next one is being canonized. This is super rare to happen in the United States so it felt really cool & historical to be there for it. If you wanna read more about the guy the OKC diocese has some info

4. Saks GWPs. I drove to Cbus the other weekend (yes just for the weekend lol) and left my little travel case thing which had all my makeup / contacts in it and now it is MIA so I've been with only fresh sugar lip things ever since. I don't really wear makeup bc I have no clue what I am doing and usually get out of bed 10 minutes before I need to be out of the house but it is nice to be able to have the option to not look like S*&*. Anyways, so I ordered all new stuff and Saks is having a pretty good GWP rn if you spend $150 or more, you can see it here. You can use up to 5 codes at a time and if you qualify for that there are lots of other GWPs you can get too here. I just love samples!

5. Pumpkin K-Cups® at Trader Joes. It's finally starting to not be hot af. These pumpkin K-Cups are just the right amount of spice flavor for black coffee. They totally smell like fall too.

6. Tbell & Forever 21 Collab. Taco Bell is going to have a line at Forever 21 (praise hands & dancing girl emoji). This will launch October 11th. I actually think this is a really good idea lol

7. Ex Liberis. Ex Liberis is Fredrick Wiseman's latest doc. It's about the NYPL. This sounds SO good and I will be SO bummed if I am not able to see it! You can see where it is playing here.

Okay, that's all I've been into lately.

xoxox, Bye