ModCloth Autumn Wish List

Lately I feel like I’ve been having a fashion identity crisis (which I recently tweeted about!).  I really want to add more basic staple pieces to my wardrobe and purge my closet of everything that isn’t autumnal or timelessly fashionable.  I want to be able to go into my closet at a moments notice, grab any dress or any skirt / shirt combo and be able to have everything match without giving it a second thought.  This means I’ve been filling my fall wardrobe with more reds, blacks, whites, blues, tans and plaids.  I’ve also continued to be really attracted to any pieces with heart prints, peter pan collars, ribbon neck ties, etc.  As for accessories, I’m loving any simple jewelry made out of silver or gold with the occasional statement ring, blanket scarves, oxfords and chunky heels.  My favorite store has always been ModCloth and I’m addicted to browsing their new releases each day at noon so that’s where I’ve been indulging in my evolved fashion choices.  What Fall trends are you looking most forward to exploring?  Have you also been feeling any wardrobe burnout? (If you want to view the full set & see where you can buy any of these items, click here)

Autumn ModCloth Wish List
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Book Look OOTD: Nantucket Red by Leila Howland

Ever since I read the Nantucket duology by Leila Howland I’ve wished that I could visit Nantucket for a summer.  While I don’t miss being in school, I do truly miss having a two plus month summer vacation each year.  Since I tend to mostly read YA novels, I feel even more envious of those with a long break just about every time I pick up a book.  Why I didn’t become an English teacher with summers off is beyond me.  Anyway, Nantucket Red is the second book in the duology and I think this series, more than any, really encompasses ~summer~  I love the main character Cricket and I would do just about anything for a third book because I often daydream about what she’s doing now.  When I saw this ModCloth dress, it immediately reminded me of something I could wear to walk the boardwalk so I paired it with my mermaid necklace, chambray headband and sunflower sandals to give it an extra bit of that summer something and make it Nantucket-worthy.  If you haven’t read any of Lelia’s lovely series, you can check out my review for the first bookNantucket Blue, and see if it’s something you’d be interested in.

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Outfit Details: Dress (ModCloth)  |  Shoes (Kate Spade – Similar

Necklace (Eclectic Eccentricity)  |  Sunglasses (Ray-ban)  |  Headband (Forever 21 – Similar)

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Book Look OOTD: Tiny Pretty Things

Last week I devoured my copy of Tiny Pretty Things by Sonia Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton and I completely loved everything about it.  (You can read my full review here.)  I’ve been wanting to do outfit posts inspired by books for a while but now that my bookshelves are finally up and running, I feel like I have the background I envisioned and so my “book looks” outfits are commencing! Tiny Pretty Things is about a bunch of cutthroat ballerinas and if you were anywhere near as obsessed with Center Stage as I was in your teenage years, I have no doubt that you’ll also love this book.  I cannot stress how much I truly enjoyed the story, loving and loving to hate the characters, theorizing about the ending and now I’m left dying for it’s sequel Shiny Broken Pieces which comes out  on July 12th!

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Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best. (via Goodreads)

Outfit Deatails: Shirt (ModCloth)  |  Cardigan (ModCloth)  |  Necklace (ModCloth – N/A)

Leggings (BlackMilk)  |  Shoes (Melissa – similar)  |  Hairbow (Forever 21 – similar)

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Outfit of the Day: I Know My Value

I’ve always been a huge fan of Karen Hallion’s artwork but I’ve never felt as compelled to own one of her shirts as when she debuted her Agent Carter design. The top means a lot to me for multiple reasons, the first being that I used to do video recaps each week for the Agent Carter televsion show while it was premiering on ABC.  Besides loving the show and the character, I devoted so many hours of those few months to the SSR.  I ended up quitting that position shortly after Agent Carter ended because the criticism I received from my then boss was that I’m “too female,” and it “alienates male viewers.”  Never have I felt as disheartened about the comic book industry as I did then.  Being female is not a thing I can or want to change so channeling Peggy and knowing my value, I quit without the slightest hint of guilt and I’ve never regretted it since.

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T-shirt: Art by Karen Hallion (TeeFury) | Dress: ModCloth (similar) | Shoes: Nordstrom (similar)

Bracelet: Comikaze Vendor | Toys: Captain America, Agent Carter – Funko

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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Outfit of the Day: Accio Pumpkin Spice

The season of pumpkin spice has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited! Even though my enthusiasm for my favorite flavor comes along with incessant mocking from my much cooler friends, I couldn’t care less. I am a proud pumpkin spice lover and I truly wish it were available year round.  Today’s outfit of the day celebrates the waiting period until September finally hits and the wish that I had magical powers to summon the necessary foods to satiate my cravings. Outfit details below ^.^

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Cardigan: Modcloth | Tank: Look Human | Leggings: Black Milk

Scarf: Modcloth | Earrings: imyourpresent | Wand: Universal Studios

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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Thanksgiving Recap

Since I wasn’t able to create a pre-Thanksgiving blog post due to all of the BEAUTIFUL design updates 801red recently made to my site, I thought now would be a good time to take the opportunity to recap my holiday and give thanks for the people and aspects of my life that I love most.  I think it’s important to constantly be in the habit of expressing gratitude throughout the years instead of just recognizing those things on that one designated day.  First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful for my family, my amazing boyfriend and my best friends.  It’s the people we spend the most time with that truly enrich our lives and I realize how lucky I am to have been blessed with such wonderful people.  I would be a completely less happy person if it weren’t for them.
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This year has been very transitory for me.  I met Andrew, I moved into my friend Taylor’s apartment in New York City (less trains YAY!), and I got a new job.  Since I’ve moved I’ve been able to focus so much more of my energy on doing the things that make me happy.  My stress levels have reduced beyond belief which is due to not having to drive anymore (I HATE driving with a fiery passion), and working in a place where I feel like I belong and my work is appreciated.

There are so many more little things that I’m grateful for each day but these three are the major sources of my happiness.  So now, on to Thanksgiving! (Below is my OMG IT’S SNOWING FACE during our train ride back to Long Island.)

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This year I basically celebrated Thanksgiving twice.  On the actual holiday Andrew and I spent the day with his family (and I got to wear my new fall foliage top from ModCloth!) which is always so much fun!  He’s one of five so there is never a dull moment in his household and each member of his family has a different specific interest so they’re all really fascinating to converse with!  We watched the Thanksgiving day parade for a little while and I fell completely in love with the winter Pikachu float.  SO adorable. Look at that hat and those cheeks!!

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I’m a vegetarian and people always assume that means I can’t eat anything on Thanksgiving, but you can see a photo of my FULL plate of food below.  So many delicious side dishes!  For dinner I always make a sweet potato casserole that basically should be dessert because it tastes like cake.  This year I also tried out a new dessert recipe out for these amazing chocolate peanut butter brownies from the Seriously Delish cookbook.  It’s a layer of brownies with a peanut butter filling and a milk chocolate ganache topping with mini peanut butter cups.  It’s so rich but totally yummy!
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The next day we left Andrew’s and headed back to my house to see my parents and my brother.  Both sets of my grandparents joined us for leftovers and one of my aunts came over for dessert so since we behaved like Hobbits, we’re referring to it as our Second Thanksgiving.  It’s still strange not seeing my family every single day (even though I talk to my mom on the phone almost every night!), so I really love getting the opportunity to go home and spend time with them when I can.  After dinner, my newly-married-best-friend-since-first-grade, Amanda, and her husband Brian came over for drinks and to catch up in general.  We had so much fun but by the time they left we were EXHAUSTED.  Overall, it was one of the best Thanksgiving’s and Second Thanksgiving’s I can ever remember!

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So, that’s pretty much it.  Thanksgiving YAY!  How was your holiday?  What are you thankful for?
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5 Fandom Friday: Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is near and dear to my heart because if there’s one device that monopolizes the majority of my time, it would be my trusty iPhone 5c.  We’re inseparable. The apps I chose are the ones where I spend the majority of my time and that I feel I absolutely could not survive without.  In a shocking twist, Twitter did not make my list (gasp!) but it would definitely be the first honorable mention.  While I haven’t been as active on Twitter lately as I have been in the past, I still manage to spend a good portion of some days reading what everyone is excited or complaining about.  Although, avoiding the complaining is part of the reason that I’ve been turning to other social media apps for entertainment as of late.
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Instagram – Instagram is my go to social media app.  I even wrote about how much I love it as part of the I Heart Instagram Tag.  I check it each time I have a free second and sometimes I’ll browse through hashtags and lose myself while I admire other users photos and discover new blogs and photography styles I like.
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Disney’s Tsum Tsum – This is officially the most addicting game I have ever played.  I cannot stop.  There’s a daily mission that I make sure to achieve before bed each night, and I’ve gotten so many of my friends to join that I always have tons of hearts to use when I start up my app.  I had to stop sneaking in games at work because I *may* have used 8 GB’s of data the first month I started playing.  By the way, if you also happen to be addicted, my username is SuperSpaceChick so if you leave yours below we can be friends and send each other hearts yay!
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ModCloth – ModCloth and BlackMilk are my two biggest clothing addictions and the ModCloth app helps me satisfy my fashion fiend-i-ness (yes, I’m inventing new words).  Since ModCloth updates their site every single day with new merchandise at 12pm my time (9am for you west coasters) I’ve had a longstanding date with my app and a cup of tea while I evaluate and determine what needs to be added to my wardrobe rotation.
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Goodreads – I think my affinity for Goodreads stems from a combination of my deep love of list-making and my passion for reading.  Goodreads lets you catalogue the books you’ve read or want to read on your digital bookshelves.  You can declare the book you’re reading and update your progress during your journey (I usually only update my progress if I’m reading something particularly lengthy and feel too impatient to wait to update until I’m done) and once you’ve completed reading, you move the title to the “read” shelf and give it your one-out-of-five-star rating.  You can see what all of your friends are reading by scrolling through your feed (I also receive a daily email with friend updates which I really look forward to), and it’s the best way to find out about new books.
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Feedly – I am obsessed with Feedly.  Feedly is a site that I use to keep track of all the new posts on my favorite blogs and websites.  I have everything separated into categories which makes browsing easier, but if I don’t check it several times during the day, I will end up with over 500 articles to sort through which can get pretty overwhelming.  But, it’s in my nature to not want to miss anything so I can’t help loving it even when it’s taking time away from other things.  I’ve recently started using Bloglovin more and I’m going to determine once and for all which one I like better.
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PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS

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November 14th: Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st: Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th: Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For
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December 5th – My Favorite Holiday Songs To Spread Cheer
December 12th – Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me
December 19th – My Must See List of Christmas Movies
December 26th – New Years Blogging Resolutions
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January 2nd – New Years Fandom Resolutions
January 9th – My Favorite Things About Winter
January 16th – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend
January 23rd – Songs That Changed My Life
January 30th – Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own
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Summer Wish List Inspired By The Sweetest Treats

Ever since the sun began making all of our days more pleasant this season I’ve been daydreaming about scorching hot days, oversized sunglasses, ice cream cones, denim shorts, and that incredible energy level that comes along with my favorite season.  My last wish list theme was very magical girl, and as I’ve started building my next wish list I’ve noticed that it’s inspired by some of my favorite dessert foods.  Macarons, cupcakes and pies, oh my!  I decided to start a new list after happening upon the beautiful cherry pie crossbody purse I found by Betsey Johnson last night.  It reminds me of one of my favorite television shows, Pushing Daisies, and I feel like I must have it.  What does the warm weather having you wish for this summer season?

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Macaron t-shirt by BDG $18 (Urban Outfitters)

1Bubble Tea Ring by Fatally Feminine $15 (Etsy)

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My Sweet Art Cupcake Print Dress $89.99 (ModCloth)

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Betsey Johnson Cherry Pie Crossbody Purse $68 (Macy’s)

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Watermelon iPhone Case $19.50 (Etsy)

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Pops! Icy Treats For Everyone By Krystina Castella $15.95 (QuirkBooks)

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Scented Heart Cookie Earrings by Fatally Feminine $32 (Etsy)

1Heart Cut Out Ice Cream Print Dress $89.00 (Etsy)

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Macarons by Mowie Kay $13 (Amazon)

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Lime Crime Nail Polish in Pastelchio $8 (Lime Crime)

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