Friday, December 5, 2014

All Night Long

top: target
jeans: hm
jacket: f21
shoes: new balance
backpack: tessel supply

Lately I've been pulling a lot of accidental all-nighters. I say accidental because the night usually starts with me getting into bed around 10pm thinking, "Wow, look at me. I'm SO ADULT RIGHT NOW" but then one thing leads to another, and BAM--it's 3am and I'm on some obscure spam-filled website, clicking through a gallery of pictures explaining all of Justin Bieber's tattoos.

We've all been there.

But then I tell people I stayed up till 4 in the morning and they're like, "Wait, you're not even in school. What are you doing up so late?" And it's a valid question. So for anyone that's ever asked, here are some highlights from last night:

- starting this blog post, then hitting writers block after one sentence.

- "Outfit Planning," which is really just code for "pulling everything out of my closet, taking gratuitous mirror selfies, and climbing in bed after resolving to hang everything back up tomorrow."

- going through all of Taylor Swift's tumblr archives and finally reaching that point where you think, how can I get Taylor Swift to notice me and want to be my best friend and invite me over to her house to play with her cat make inside jokes with her... without sounding like a desperate fangirl?

- ...


- getting a burst of energy and deciding to do push ups. But actually doing maybe 4 pushups...which are really just me in plank position slightly bending my elbows.

- hearing mysterious noises in my house and classifying them into three categories: 1) normal house sounds, 2) intruder sounds, 3) ghost sounds.

- feeling extra paranoid and turning on an episode of The Colbert Show to drown out categories 2 and 3.

- having an anxiety attack over small, inconsequential embarrassing things I did like 3 years ago.

- emotionally-induced songwriting.

- deciding to become vegetarian.

- making my first ever food-related board on Pinterest, and somehow feeling like I'm finally maturing because I pinned recipes that involve quinoa.

- finally doing that one little thing for work that I've been putting off all day, and taking about 6x longer than I should because I keep getting lost in a buzzfeed vacuum.

- getting back to this blog post and falling asleep with my computer in my lap 2 minutes later.

I have now reached level-10 procrastination because I actually procrastinate doing the things I'm using to procrastinate doing actual things I have to get done. It's like procrasti-ception.

Gosh, I have issues.

xo, Lo

Monday, December 1, 2014

Post Black Friday Recovery + a Musana Jewelry Giveaway

dress: f21
jacket: gap
necklace: c/o Musana Jewelry
boots: c/o shoe carnival

If you're like me, you're probably recovering from the hellish monstrosity that was Black Friday shopping. Black Friday, I've realized, is the consumerist equivalent of a toxic relationship; The more you hate it, the more you can't resist it. But we all do it anyways, and yes, we hate ourselves for it. So as I was waiting in line just to get in to J. Crew, wearing an outfit that could only be described as something between "tired soccer mom" and "hobo," watching hoards of people destroy each other over the 3 dollar bins, I thought, there has to be more to life than this. 

So on this hollowed Cyber Monday, if you're needing your faith in humanity restored, let me introduce you to a really awesome local company called Musana Jewelry. Musana is a social enterprise that not only sells cute jewelry, but provides stable employment and educational opportunities to women in Uganda. Each piece of jewelry is designed and handcrafted by a woman in Uganda. Through the Musana enterprise, these artisans not only gain valuable skills and a steady income to lift them out of poverty, but are also empowered through classes in literacy, entrepreneurship, and health. 

Today, Musana is also giving away a necklace or jewelry item of your choice to one lucky Awkward Girls reader! All you have to do is like their Facebook page, and follow the instructions in the widget below. The contest will end next Monday, and a winner will be chosen and contacted through email the next day. Good luck! 

Oh, and for all you Cyber Monday shoppers out there, Musana is offering 20% off their entire website, today only, with the code: CYBERMONDAY

xo, Lo

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Thing About November

top: hm
skirt: hm (similar)
shoes: bass

Historically, the autumn months are not a good time for me. In the past, this time of the year is typically racked with breakups, sad playlists, and that post-summer weight gain that inevitably comes when your body is physically prepping for the winter like animals do when they're getting ready for hibernation (and it has nothing to do with the fact that I ate 7 cookies for breakfast this morning because they were the closest edible thing in proximity to my bed). It's science. Look it up.

But this year, I'm finally starting to embrace November. September and October have and always will suck, I've accepted that. But, November, people. November is when things get good again. 

When all it takes to keep you going is the knowledge that you're getting at least one giant home-cooked meal this month.

When you can wear all black and not be asked if you're supposed to be a witch or a cat. 

When you don't feel obligated to go out on the weekends because the icy cold weather is curbing FOMO, and replacing it with FODITS (Fear Of Driving In The Snow).

When you can finally decide that this will be the year you start wearing turtlenecks again, and buy one, only to return it the next day because you can't get over how much you look like Steve Jobs in it. 

When November Sweeps pulls through and your favorite TV couples finally get together and everything is right with the world.

When beanies and beards start making their long awaited comeback and every male becomes instantaneously more attractive (or maybe you're just getting more desperate but either way, it's good).

So here's to November and all the beautiful little things that come with it. I would advise you to go to Trader Joe's and buy all the "pumpkin" flavored items you can get ahold of. Watch the Thanksgiving episode of Gossip Girl just to get into the spirit of the season. Take game-changing pictures of your feet in the fall leaves like no one has ever done before, because you can. November is a time to do what you wanna do and be who you wanna be, and no one can stop you. 

Plus, our diet starts December 1st. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dates, decor, and other grown up things.

At the beginning of this year, I was set up on a date with a guy who was in his thirties. He had been well out of college, owned his own company, drove a sleek black car, sported some really awesome facial hair; you know, super impressive and totally had his crap together. I, at the time, was a soon-to-be college grad and emotional wreck, with my crap very much not together. Needless to say, it didn't work out. But that's besides the point. 

While on that date, I asked him if he had any advice for someone who was about to graduate college. He sat on the question for a cool minute, before giving a response that was completely underwhelming:

"Don't buy furniture."

Half disappointed, half amused, I just took it. And it wasn't until the moment I was standing in an IKEA, deciding between the Fürgendürgen and the Hügendögen for my first unfurnished "big girl" apartment, that I realized what he meant; If I buy this, what am I supposed to do with it when I want to move out? Does buying this mean I'm stuck here? Will I ever get out of Utah? What's the meaning of life?... And that is precisely how a quarter-life crisis is born. In the middle of a Swedish superstore. All because I didn't listen to the thirty-something beard guy with his crap together.

Though the permanence that comes with buying furniture is still what keeps me up at night, I've actually grown to really enjoy decorating this little space of mine since then. So much so, that I posted this picture on Instagram, and a few of you asked if I would talk about it on the blog. Eventually I'll give you a glimpse into my whole apartment, and maybe even take higher quality pics. But this is what you get for now.

So let's start with my desk.
I work from home a lot so creating a space that was actually comfortable and enticing for me to work at was at the top of my priority list. I ended up finding this one from Target, and at the time it was 30% off (currently it's $109.99). I originally saw it in the natural wood finish and fell in love, but Target only had it in white and I was too antsy to order online. The square shelves on top of my desk are also from Target and a similar one can be found HERE.

Art Prints 
Once upon a time I worked at The Gap and in a sad twist of fate, the store closed. The plus side to that- we got to raid the store's visuals, where I found that black and white print above my desk, framed and everything. The other prints are just ripped from an old coffee table book about Missoni I found at a thrift store for $4, mixed in with a few black and white photography prints from yours truly. The moral of the story here is that you can find cool stuff in the least expected of places, so always be on the look out! Expert tip: black and white washi tape is really great for the effect, but horrible at keeping your pictures up. Use mounting putty in addition to the tape so your pictures don't fall down in the middle of the night and give you a damn heart attack.

Aside from making your parents think you're really into drug culture, this is also a cheap, easy way to decorate your walls. I chose the word "DOPE" because, well, it's dope. But the possibilities are endless. I bought mine at JoAnn's and used the app to get 40% off my purchase.

Almost everything else (rug, fur pillow, cork board, succulents, picture frames) are from IKEA, because, duh. My chair was $5.00 from DI (holla), and the shelving unit was inherited from a friend.

The desk lamp was actually from my freshman year of college. It used to have this giant ugly plastic thing at the bottom where you could store pens and pencils, so I was about to throw it away until I realized that underneath the plastic eyesore was a cool, chrome base. I just took a hammer to the poor thing, and there you have it.

I still don't know what I'm going to do with all this stuff when I move out, and I still don't know when that will be, or what my future holds, but what I do know is that I finally feel happy and comfortable being home, and taking the time to put a personal touch into your space makes all the difference.

So take that, beard-guy.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Life lessons from my high school diary.

On Family:
"I need to be less rude to my parents. It's my worst habit. Other than not wearing my retainer."

On Vocabulary:
"It's an analogy. Have you ever noticed there's the word anal in that?"

On Responsibility:
"So I got this 50 dollar bill today, and at some point I got up and left it sitting on the table. Mom and Cindy decided to teach me a 'responsibility lesson' by hiding it from me. When I finally found it, I went back downstairs and like an hour later I realized I didn't have the money. So I start frantically searching for it and freaking out. Then Cindy comes up to me, reaches in my shirt, and pulls the bill out of my bra. I put it there after I lost it the first time so I wouldn't lose it again. I feel like such an idiot."

On Education:
"High school is just a big fat suffering contest."

On Spelling:
"Definately [sic]."

On Priorities:
"What's something I want to be remembered for when I die? That I had good taste in music."

On Friendship:
"I want to slap her every time she talks about him. Which is all the time"

On Setting Goals:
"Well I'm crossing my fingers and hoping I don't screw this up!" (October 21, 2007)

"So I may have screwed this up." (October 23, 2007)

On Dating:
"Never kiss a guy who, at any point in his life, has had a mullet and/or rattail."

On Humility:
"Sometimes I wish I could be really selfish. Because people who are selfish always get exactly what they want, and they don't even feel bad about it. Haha. Sucks to be such a good person."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

To tell you the truth...

dress: cotton on (similar)
jacket: vero moda (similar here, and here-$18!!!)
shoes: franco sarto via tjmaxx (I maybe drove around to 3 different TJ Maxxes in Utah just to get these in my size, only to find out you can now shop TJ Maxx online. Still not regretting it.)
bag: bass outlet (Oh and it's reversible. Two bags in one. Holla. Find it here, and similar option with a cross-body strap here)

This post has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time now because I haven't been able to write anything that's both authentic and optimistic. So to save you some directionless ramblings about the basic life problems I encounter as I try to navigate this arbitrary world of "being an adult," let me just tell you the truth, as it stands, in this very moment:

It's currently 10:30 in the morning and I have no productive plans today; therefore, I am sitting in my bed, wearing nothing but my alumni shirt and my underwear and my brand new New Balance sneakers that I love so much that putting them on is the first thing I do when I wake up.

That is the truth.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

At Least I'm Not Addicted to Meth: A Swimsuit Story

swimsuit: pacsun (sold out, but other cool options here and here)
shorts: thrifted vintage levi's
shoes: converse
photos: Kenzie Gossling Photography

I know summer is basically over, but either I just totally forgot about these pictures, or I subconsciously try to block any visuals of me in a swimsuit from my mind. At some point I had big plans to write up a post about my ultimate guilty pleasure buys (swimsuits), yet here we are at the end of August and that's probably useless to you now. But I'm gonna do it anyways. The good news though, pretty much all swimsuits everywhere are on sale right now, and yes, I have a few coming for me in the mail as we speak (which will probably be returned because... my butt).

I don't know what it is, but I buy swimsuits all year long. Let's keep in mind that I live in Utah; where there are no beaches, no pools open past September 1st, and winter clothes are required 8 months out of the year. But I can't stop. They're like the Blue Sky of the online shopping world, and I'm Walter White. Did that metaphor even make sense? Don't think about it. It sounded cool in my head.

Anyways, if you have the same problem, let me be an enabler and direct you to my favorite suits, all under $50. Happy shopping (addiction)!

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