Friday, March 24, 2017

Going Green

Hey friends!

We are back with an outfit post AND we are linking up with the bad ass ladies who host Diversity Chic!  They chose the theme "Shades of Green" - for March, duh.  We both really enjoy this link up. It's so fun putting together an outfit based on a theme someone else dreams up.  It takes a layer of the pressure off and we really enjoy exploring how others plan outfits around the same theme.  You get such a mixture of kick ass outfits and personalities.  Anyway, these are the Green  outfits we chose:

So, green is one of my favorite colors (obvs, based on my glasses choice) and as I was combing through my closet I discovered I actually own a lot of different shades of green--even a lovey pea green that I'm sure only I and Rachel Green find attractive.  I was having a very indecisive morning but once I realized green would go great with my new floral bomber, I decided to just build the outfit around that.  I also recently bought a couple of long sleeved bodysuits and I feel like they are completely transforming my wardrobe and my ability to layer.  They've literally just "made" so many outfits.

As I'm sure you can tell, we got a little silly with our poses this time. We are really trying to find our "signature" poses and mixing things up to see what works for us.  

Me: Determined to find a signature glasses pose and probably failing. :)

Now that I think about it, I do find it funny that I have such an affinity for green since I really don't love St. Patrick's Day. Can we all just agree this isn't a real holiday? I also feel like I trashed Valentine's Day so maybe I'm just not a huge holiday person (other than decorating for holidays!). Just call me Debbie Downer or Complaining Cassidy.  It does remind me of spring and flowers and new life and GNOMES after a long, cold winter so maybe that's where my love for green comes from. 

Outfit Details
Bodysuit {Forever 21} / Jeggings {H&M - beware they lack pockets} / Booties {Rue 21} / Bomber {Forever 21 - recently sold out (similar)}

Even though we are linking up late, I was pretty excited to bust out some green this month for the Diversity Chic link up. Unlike Jen, I don't own a ton of green. I've worn this skirt on the blog before, but I think I own a green plaid dress and a green cardigan. That's it. Which is a little weird, because green goes great with my bright red hair. I might have to start adding more green into my wardrobe this Spring! 

These photos were so fun to shoot. We are so bad about never looking for pose inspiration until we are shooting the photos themselves, but this time we got super playful and it was fun to hang out with my bestie looking cute and taking pictures for the blog. I also got to rock my new sweater, which I've worn so many times since I got it, mostly because sweater weather is coming to a close and it's almost time to retire long sleeves. I also got to bust out my new hair waver which is one of the best things I've bought. I consistently get hair compliments when I use it. 

I'm a fan of most holidays, though I have never celebrated St. Patricks Day (or Mardi Gras) but I hope one day to maybe drink some green beers at a parade or something. I'm becoming less likely to venture out to crowded things as I get older, but I also have a great time when I push myself out of my comfort zone of my couch so I'm trying to balance those new experiences with maybe not going too crazy (your girl just cannot handle a hangover like I used to).

Outfit Details 
Sweater {Stay Home Club--hurry they are retiring this design soon!} / Skirt {Modcloth-sold out but here's a similar one} / Booties {Target

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Feminist AF

Morning friends! 

In January, I set a goal to buy one feminist tee a month so by the time the end of the year rolled around, my feminist tee collection would be lit.  With this climate being as hateful as it is, it is amazing to see love shine through others. So many small shops I follow on instagram have been running great promotions and donating proceeds to different organizations that do amazing things. I absolutely felt I needed to contribute and take part in this community so my entire tee collection is growing more rapidly than even I could have predicted. The tees have not been limited to solely feminism since feminism is intersectional.

Tee (teesandtankyous) / Shorts (Modcloth) / Converse (Famous Footwear)

While I didn't make it a goal to buy more feminist tees this year like Jen, I have a pretty solid collection of them myself. My Woman Up tee is maybeeee my favorite. I did almost wear my "Nevertheless, She Persisted" shirt from Everyday Unicorns, but it was in the wash when we scheduled this shoot so it will have to make an appearance another time. These two shirts make weekly appearances in my wardrobe and I always get positive comments and high fives when I wear them. 

I wear this shirt weekly, but most recently I wore it on my last day of my Arizona trip a few weeks ago. While going through security I forgot to take my kindle out of my purse so it had to be hand searched by a security personnel. While waiting for him to finish up, he looked at my tee and said, "That's funny, you just need to cover up the w o and it says Man Up" which year man, that's the point. I am all for woman up over man up and just kind of reclaiming that phrase in the name of feminism. 

Fun fact: a week after we took these photos it was snowing so Missouri weather is forever unpredictable. 

Outfit Details 
Tee {WomanUpTee} / Skirt {Forever 21} / Booties {Target

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why You Should Read The Handmaid’s Tale + Giveaway

As you know, basically we are all living in a dystopian nightmare recently (if you had any question which way our political leanings go), so The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was the perfect choice for February. If you don’t know much about it, it follows the story of Offred, a Handmaid assigned to an Commander with the job of producing a child for the Commander and his wife within two years. After that she will be assigned to another house, or sent away if she passes child bearing years. Pretty scary right? Because while reading this, it totally felt like it could be very real with the current administration. 

This book is a favorite among feminists and book lovers alike, so it felt like there were a lot of expectations attached. I was trying to be cautious going in, and honestly, I ended up loving it. The expectations were high for a reason, and I am starting to think this should be required reading. Here are a few reasons you need to add this to your reading list ASAP. 

Ok so I touched on this briefly above, but this story felt like one that could become all too real. The government is wiped out (blamed on Islamic extremists of course) and within weeks women can’t work and their bank accounts cannot be accessed without the permission of a husband. The borders get shut down scary quick and before you know it, women who can bear children become Handmaids, assigned to different houses for a few years with monthly meetings to try and procreate. Reading this was accompanied with a feeling of dread, since it felt like we could possibly come to a point where women are no more than property and used for reproduction. 

There are very real people in our current government (and even closer to home, in our jobs and towns and maybe even families) who feel like women can’t be trusted to make their own choices in regards to their bodies. Family planning is something they feel like needs to be regulated or harder to get. Right now there are people who want to defund Planned Parenthood, a place the provides affordable healthcare for women across the country. Not only just access to healthcare, but women also face more pressure as mothers than fathers do. Pressure to return to work quickly, and non stop judgement on every single parenting decision you make, from staying home vs. working, to bottle feeding vs. breastfeeding, to being a single mom vs. parenting with your partner. We have more responsibility thrust on us and more judgement than men, but our rights are still being infringed on. 

While this might feel like it devolved into a mini rant on women’s rights, I promise you The Handmaid’s Tale echoes all of these things, in an eloquent and compelling way, that still feels relevant today despite being publishing in 1986. You are only doing yourself a favor by grabbing this book immediately. 

Luckily, when I ordered my copy on Amazon, they sent me two so I’m giving one away to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog and you are entered to win my extra copy! Giveaway ends on March 13th, open to both US and International entries. 

Happy reading friends!

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Small Goals

Ok so personally, February was a real shit month for me. It felt like life kind of piled it on until the end of the month, but I was pretty happy to say goodbye to the shortest month this year. I hope your February went much better, and I've got some high hopes that March has better things in store for me (and you!). So my small goals were basically forgotten this month and while I hate that, I'm using it to motivate me in March. Part of my funk has totally been mindset related so I'm hoping by being more mindful I can force a shift. Anyway, let's see how we did in February and what goals Jen and I are bringing to the table for March. As always, we are linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl so go ahead and check out all the other goals while you are at it! 

Jen's February Small Goals 
1. Buy fabric to sew a top.  Done! I ordered enough fabric for a top and a dress. I feel super inspired and I cant wait to make all my clothes. I'm already planning a hand made pajama wardrobe in my head.
2.  Pay off credit card.    Bye bye credit card!
3.  Call my Representatives weekly. I did this the first two weeks but have felt super discouraged about it. I don't feel like my feelings are getting across to anyone and I'm just wasting time. I don't know, the process is frustrating.
4.  Schedule a Haircut.  So I'm not sure if this one is a fail. I'm a fickle person and I change my mind on the reg. Halfway through this month and I decided my super long hair was great and I couldn't even entertain the idea of cutting it. Maybe closer to the summer?
5.  Replenish Cat Toys.  Yay for the kitties, they got a couple of new toys.  I didn't want to go crazy until I can really nail down their favorites, but they got a couple.

3/5 Goals is pretty ok with me!

March Small Goals 
1.  Sew Top.  So I ordered some great multi-colored striped fabric and it will become a peplum top this month.
2.  Order Glasses.  My dream is to be able to match my glasses with my outfits. I've never really been able to financially accommodate this but after checking into some online glasses providers I'm not certain I can swing this.  My goal is to order 2 new pairs of glasses this month.
3.  Join Meowgical Box.  It's no secret that I love pins.  In January, I joined a pin of the month club sponsored by The Pink Samurai.  It's so fun to receive a mystery pin each month.  I've been following Meowgical Box on instagram for a while now and I think I'm ready to take the plunge and sign up for this monthly subscription box.  It's basically cats and accessories and you can't go wrong with either. Plus this month theme is feminism and just picture that in cat form and not sign up. I dare you.
4.  New Comics.  I've been in a weird reading funk lately and am hoping changing the pace up a bit will help. I'm going to order a few new comics and give it a shot.
5.  Start a Patch Collection.  Ok, I've been a bit hesitant to join in on the patch game mostly due to being overwhelmed. But last fall I bought an oversized denim jacket that is basically begging for patches.

 I think my goals are turning more wishlisty this month but that's ok, right?

Heather's February Small Goals 
1. Spend zero money on clothes Fail. I didn't spend much but I didn't spend a little. I'm an emotional spender and this was a surprisingly emotional month 
2. Plan my week & meals on Sunday nights Another big fat fail, which I'm pretty bummed about. I might carry this over 
3. Call my Representatives once a week  The only goal I was able to accomplish but it was an important one 
4. Plan a girls trip Nope, but I'm still hoping to work this one out 
5. Work out 3 times a week  Another no. Just didn't happen this month. 

1/5 goals accomplished. Not great at all.

March Small Goals 
1. Set daily intentions I started out my year with taking a few minutes each morning to focus on deep breathing and setting my intentions for the day ahead. I could tell a huge difference on days when I did this vs. when I forgot, so I need to make it a priority again 
2. Buy supplies to knit a sweater One of my big goals this year is knitting a sweater. I have a pattern picked out, I just need to get the supplies 
3. Add reviews to books on Goodreads I've been trying to add small reviews to each book I read. There's no set length, but I'm a bit behind so I'd like to catch up on this 
4. Attend my first Feminist Literary Society meeting I joined the St. Louis chapter of the Feminist Literary society in January. Despite reading along each month, I haven't made it to a meeting yet. I'm making it my mission to make it to the March meeting 
5. Pick a degree program So I've been toying with the idea of going back to school for the past few months. I don't have a degree and I think I'd like the security that can come with one. I want to settle on a degree program and finishing my application process. I'm leaning toward Library Sciences, but I need to talk to more people in that field before I decide. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February Rewind

{From top left: work photo booth on Valentine's Day, sunset after work, Super Bowl snacks, baby blanket I made for a friend}

I’ve become a regular at my local library this month it seems like. I love putting books I’m interested on hold and waiting for them with the interlibrary loan program. Then they all come in at once and I’m reading 4 books at a time. This month I was able to dive into some good thrillers: The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Beautiful Dead. I also read a kindle book Hate List, which is a YA that deals with the aftermath of a school shooting. It was so heartbreaking but interesting. It’s told from the point of view of the shooter’s girlfriend  and I cannot recommend this book enough.

This month has been all about the Oscars. I think I’ve mentioned the yearly Oscar bet I have with my boyfriend, so almost every night we have been watching at least one Oscar nominated movie a night (sometimes like 5-6 movies on weekends). I’m planning on writing a post with my favorite Oscar nominated movies so I’ll leave this for now. 

This month I’ve started listening to The Night Circus on my commute and it’s so lovely! Jim Dale narrates it and he might be the best narrator of an audiobook I’ve had so far. The story is also so interesting and magical. Besides that, I’ve fit in a few episodes of the podcast Sooo Many White Guys by Phoebe Robinson. She’s hilarious and her guest are always funny with interesting perspectives. 

Also this month:

*One Year Celebrations
This month had two big milestones for me. I got to celebrate one year at Square (the coolest job around) and one year of officially living with Jarrett. The past year has flown by and while I didn’t do anything too big to celebrate either, it’s always fun to see how far things have come in the past year. 

*Vacation time 
I’m prepping this post early so by the time you read this I will be on a mini vacation in Arizona! I would say I’m excited for warmer temps but it’s been in like the 70s for the past week in Missouri. I am excited to see family and to take the girls on their first “vacation”. We are also spending one day at the Grand Canyon so all the hiking we are about to do will be exciting. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to blow up Instagram with all my cool vacation pics. 

*New Crafts 
This month I made a baby blanket for a dear friends baby shower! I bought the fabric weeks ago but I'm awful at procrastinating and finished it one day before the shower. It's one of my favorite craft things I've made and I know my friend loved the handmade touch. I also have been knitting hats like crazy for me and the girls. I want to knit a million hats but I don't think my joints can handle that. 

{From top left: Holiday Garland, Holiday Table Runners, Winter Cross-stitch, Hooch cuddles}
Yea, I'm still in a weird book funk. I reread Truthwitch and proceeded to Windwitch by Susan Dennard. It's a fun fantasy series but I found myself not as enthused about it this go round. Guysssss, this is the weirdest reading space I've been in since we've stared this club and I'm really hoping to move past this hurdle soon. 

Oh man, so I watched The People vs. OJ Simpson on Netflix and I loooooved it. I was just so transfixed.  I was under 10 when it happened so I don't remember a lot and I found the entire saga so interesting! I think it's inspiring a true crime love so I naturally stared How to Get Away with Murder and I'm super into it. I'm about to wrap up season 1.  I also started watching Girls with my husband and I'm finding the awkwardness absolutely hilarious. I wasn't single at all in my 20's and I find the awkwardness of the sexual experiences most interesting and I can't stop wondering what my 20's would have been like if I were single. My guess, awkward AF. 

I'm finally, finally all caught up on The Best of Friend's Podcast.  I've only been listening to it for about 10 months so it feels great to listen to actual current events thrown in with friend's talk.  I've started Gilmore Guys and I'm super enjoying that. But I'm still searching for something new and refreshing so hit me up with any suggestions!

Also this month:
Cut the Cord
I've been wanting to cancel cable for a couple of years now. It just seems like such a crazy expense when you can sign up for a few streaming services for a fraction of the costs.  My husband however, is a huge baseball fan and was super resistant to this idea until he found a streaming service with his specific sports package and then he was sold. Now we are a cable free home and we are saving money while still getting to watch most of our shows.  Seems like a win so far.

Craft To-Do List
Yeah, yeah. I know this was a goal which was a complete fail last month. But I've sat down, wrote out a list, went through supplies on hand, ordered supplies I needed to finish projects and organized some supplies.  I've actually already made a little headway on my list and it feels good to know what direction my crafty life will take for the next several months. Still no quilt projects....yet.

Upgraded Jacket Wardrobe
Man, I don't know what it was about February, but I was on a major jacket purchasing kick. It must have been all the pleasant spring weather we've been experiencing.  Anyway, I bought a total of 3 jackets and I felt like I was showing considerable restraint. But I'm pleased to announce I'm now part of the moto jacket club! I also bought to amazing bomber jackets: a super shiny one and a floral one. The shiny bomber jacket is literally my favorite thing. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Book Club

When Jen and I were talking about book club for March (side note: how is it already March?!), we realized 2017 has been a really collaborative year, as far as book club selection goes. When we started this whole thing in 2013, we pretty strictly alternated months. Jen would choose one month, then I would choose. We didn't really discuss it before hand, it was just like "Ok here's what I'm picking for this month."  It was really cool since we were both figuring out what we liked in the book world and we got to develop our tastes together. This year we've worked together each month on what book to select and I think this method might be my favorite. Jen threw out something by V.E Schwab as an option for March, since we both own multiple books by her, and I settled on A Darker Shade of Magic. Teamwork! Even better? It's on sale for $2.99 for Kindle

So, what's it about? 
Kell is one of the last travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. 

There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King--George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered--and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London--a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. 

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

Obviously, we are both really excited about this read! We both tend to love anything with a hint of magic (thanks Harry Potter!). Hopefully you're interested too and you'll join us in reading A Darker Shade of Magic. Then we are get real deep into a book discussion in a few weeks. 

Happy reading friends! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Winter Layers

Morning, friends! Can you believe it's almost March? It felt like January was never ending but man did February fly by. We had to make sure we squeezed in this very on trend winter theme before it was too warm to pull it off.  Spring is showing up pretty early this year around here.  The day we shot these it was cold AF if you can't tell by our red noses and body language but was very fitting for our theme.  But we wanted to try to inspire cuteness even when the weather is against us.  We each deal with fighting the winter temps while maintaining looking cute and stylish in different ways.

If I have to go outside in the winter and looking cute is a priority, this would be a go to outfit for sure.  I'm all about feeling cozy at all times during the winter and the scarf and socks really help me to attain that.  I've actually had this outfit for a few seasons and I still love it, which feels like a rarity sometimes. It just feels so simply and muted with just a pop of color.  Plus, plaid is one of my favorite winter prints.  For an outfit that looks so pulled together, it really feels effortless to wear.

Outfit Details
Dress (Rue 21-old) / Cardigan (Target-old) / Scarf & Tights (Rue 21-old) / boots (GoJane-old)

Like Jen said, it was so cold on the day we took these photos it’s kind of ridiculous. And now it’s like 70 degrees here when we are finally posting them. Global warming, amirite? I'm kind of worried that this super early spring weather means super early summer weather and I'm just not ready for the humidity to hit yet. Also I got bit by a mosquito the other day, and like chill. It's still February, stop biting me! Anyway, luckily we were able to fit in some winter looks before the weather went too crazy. 

Being cute and cozy in winter is all about layers. Most of the time I’m just focusing on cozy, because I have to walk like 2 blocks from my parking spot to my job, so wind is never my friend when I wear dresses. But tights/dresses/scarves are my go to winter cute look for going out or weekend brunches. I’m a big fan of Spring/Fall looks but I’m trying to enjoy the different seasons and not wish them away, since I know before I know it we will all be complaining about the heat and humidity. 

Outfit Details
Hat (Handmade by me) / Scarf (Modcloth) / Dress (Forever 21-old) / Sweater (Target) / Booties (Forever 21-old)