Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gold Shoes

I have an equal amount of black and brown in my closet. This can be problematic when deciding whether to purchase black shoes or brown shoes. But I have discovered the magical non-boring neutral that is gold. It holds up a bit better than silver, matches everything, and can be dressed up or down. Gold shoes. Do it.

(clockwise from top right: marc jacobs glitter mule wedges, TOMS glitter slip-on, betisa gold shoes, joy and alexandre herchcovitch jelly oxfords, metallic t-bar flats sigerson morrison)

Let's Be Bandits

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is one of my FAVORITE bands of all time. And this is one of my favorite songs of all time. Make sure to keep watching until the actual songs starts. The piano stuff in the beginning is just a sort of intro.

Midlake's music always reminds me of springtime. Especially early spring, when there are still cold days and dirty snow piles. Which is weird, because pretty much everything about this time of year is ugly. But this music is gorgeous.

It is so simple but lush, deep but unpretentious, emotional but not too sappy. I love that every song is a story. The harmonies are lovely, and holy man alive the guitar solos KILL me. These songs seem like they come from a different era; sometimes the past and sometimes the future. I would recommend everything this band has ever done, especially the album this song is from, The Trials of Van Occupanther.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March Favorites

It is kind of a given that I would love Adele. She is soulful, British, timeless, with a flair for drama... All things I aspire to be. But dang, her new album is ridiculous. Not only does she sing soul/pop in a refreshingly big yet clever way, but there is also just some really good songwriting going on. A lot of this album is on repeat for me this month.

I recently purchased a pair of bright coral-red jeans. I was a little freaked out by them at first, but they just looked so happy. I pair them with neutrals, like a chestnut sweater and boots, so the whole look isn't too overwhelmingly vibrant. I love them, and I am excited for a pair of shorts in the same vein when things warm up around here! I could probably wear them with tights if I get impatient... Hmm...

Alec Soth has gained a lot of worldwide attention for his photography over the last few years, so it is kind of cool that he remains a local boy here in the Twin Cities. I love his "Sleeping by the Mississippi" series. On the surface the images can be sorrowful, almost grim, but I see so much hope and life in them. Check him out!

Another bright color... Can you tell I am sick of winter? Now that I am completely comfortable/kind of addicted to red lipstick, I thought it was time to branch out a bit. I have always heard good things about MAC lipstick, and I am thrilled with my purchase of this bright pink shade called "Girl About Town." It is a bit shocking at first, especially for daytime... But I think if you wear it with a smile, and once again, not too many other bright colors, it is a piece of cake!

I am not getting nearly as much downtime as my brain requires in order to not be a walking ball of stress. But the downtime I DO get is so so sweet. More, please?

(shorts from Forever 21; photo by Alec Soth; lipstick from MAC; Emma Watson image from here!)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Etsy window shopping

I like this striped blouse, and I like her haircut, and I like that her Etsy shop is organized by color.

That's all. Back to watching Dexter, eating an incredible fried egg, bacon and avocado sandwich, and writing wedding thank you's. Good stuff.