Friday, July 19, 2013

Take a Break

First of all, I'm sorry for the lack of updates this month! July just felt like the perfect time to take a little (much needed) break. And then there were finals to study for, and papers to write…

…which lead to a fashion break on top of the blogging break, as I'm currently living in pajama shorts and T-shirts. But even that can be quite stylish in its own way... 

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Which is your favorite?

Peace, Love, and Tiny Umbrellas in Your Drinks,

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fun in The Sun

This week's IFB assignment  is to blog  about our summer essentials, and I decided to divide them into three categories:


Hats help you to stay cool in both senses of the word. This one's from Burberry.

Usually I reach for the big tortoise shades, but when it's really hot out I simply prefer my aviator's. The smaller Ray Ban's to be specific. 

You know I'm all substance over style,  but H&M has the most amazing camis on sale. And for 2.99, who cares if they won't last forever?


Burberry Brit Summer 2012 – ok I'm cheating because I love to wear this all year round, but that is because it makes me think of summer no matter how how miserable the weather is.

Max Factor Eye Brightening Tonal Black Mascara  – I picked this up because it came with a free eyeliner, which  seemed like a good deal. I didn't really believe that it would actually make my eyes brighter, but it actually does. I put this on, and it's the only eye makeup I need. The only downside is that it doesn't come in a waterproof version, but so far I wore it to work out and during a heavy rainstorm, and didn't have any raccoon eye issues.

Pineapple lip balm, because it tastes like summer.


Summer is the time for carefree country music  (I'm thinking Gloriana, Hunter Hayes, and Kingston)
classic horror movies, bonus points if they are set in a coastal Town like Lost Boys,  and Detective Novels that take you to the Beach like Phoebe Atwood Taylor's Cape Cod Mysteries.

What are your summer essentials? Let me know, comment below!

Peace, Love, and Tiny Umbrellas in Your Drinks,

Sunday, July 7, 2013

One More Thing...

This week's IFB project asked us to share our favorite vintage piece and mine is – how could it not? – a trench coat: 

But here's a surprise for you: it's not Burberry! I found this lightweight Ralph Lauren trench at a thriftstore a while back, and it quickly became one of my favorite pieces:

The detail and craftsmanship on this coat are amazing. It's exactly what I dreamed of since I was five and jealous of all the cool TV detectives in their awesome coats (yes, I had mature taste in TV), and I know that I will wear it for years to come – the more beat-up, the better!

What is your favorite vintage piece? Let me know, comment below!

Peace, Love, and Tiny Umbrellas in Your Drinks,

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hump Day Homework: Let's talk Carny...

This week's assignment: A visit to the carnival!

Read: Stephen King's Joyland 

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 First of all: Thank you Sam for picking this out for our bookclub!

The Story follows Devon Jones, a 21 year old college student and aspiring writer, who spends the summer of 1973 working and "wearing the fur" at Joyland, a small North Carolina amusement park with a dark history.  

I have to admit it took me a while to get into it. I started it under the assumption that it would be a thrilling mystery, and I read, and read, and read...  and as sweet as the story was, it  just wasn't very "thrilling". BUT once I let go of that assumption and started reading it as the heartfelt coming of age story that it is - I enjoyed it immensely. I might even go as far as saying that it is the best book I've read all year.

And how cool is the pulpy cover?

Watch: Adventureland

The trailer makes it look like an 80s version of Superbad, but this movie actually has a lot more depth than your average teen comedy. It's certainly not the best movie out there, but if you are looking  for a good time at an amusement park without leaving your home than Adventureland is the right address.

Listen to: Glastonbury 2013

Festival, carnival, close enough... 

By now all the highlights are available to watch on the official BBC site and the iPlayer, so don't waste any time! Go watch Mumford again!

Peace, Love, and Tiny Umbrellas in Your Drinks,