Sunday, May 24, 2015

The best tip for moving

Summer is here for some people and right around the corner for many others. Summertime means a lot of activity going on, especially with moving. People moving out of dorms, into apartments, houses, etc - the warm weather months equal lots of outdoors activities and getting the indoors ready for the new space or new season. For some people, moving is stress-free and easy with concise items to fill their spaces. For someone like me though, moving, while I am very fast (Thanks to 32 moves in my 26 years) can be very challenging due to a limit amount of space and an ability to form attachments to my clothes and jewelry. I once had a wardrobe so big it took up two closets and two bureaus. For someone who moves often, it was bad. Really bad.

It's not that I can't let go of things I don't wear anymore, it's that for me a piece of clothing can bring back a memory to a great trip or time in my life, which makes it a very long, drawn-out process for me to donate things that don't fit or I don't wear anymore. Don't get me wrong, I always end up donating, but then I'm left with sadness of never seeing the item again.  Up until about a year ago I would struggle for weeks about what to keep vs. what to give away, until I started a conversation with a woman at Whole Foods during a shopping trip one day. It started innocently enough about the vegan alfredo sauce, but then it turned to moving. Somehow alfredo transitioned into moving and I wound up telling her my problem with forming emotional attachments to clothing. That's when she suggested taking a picture of  the item. The picture would stay on my phone, easy to store with little space taken, and I would be able to look at the item whenever I wanted to, without having to pack and unpack it every time we moved.

Simple enough, and wildly effective. In the last year I've moved twice, and that advice was the best I've ever heard.

For anyone struggling with what to keep and what to give away, whether it's from spring cleaning, moving in with a partner or just moving by yourself, just remember: take it a picture. It'll more than likely last longer than the item itself, and cost waaaay less to move.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The end of an era

One night about 3 years ago I was on a couch with two of my close friends watching "Hell's Kitchen". The wife turned to me while Ramsay screamed in the background that night and asked if I wanted to watch "Mad Men" instead, and I admitted I had never seen it. Of course I had heard of it here and there; people around me talked often about how good it was and I couldn't help but overhear. Much like I had been with Breaking Bad though, I was hesitant to dive into a new show that could potentially become something I would love and binge-watch to catch up then wait every week for the new episode to come out. With my friend's relentless persuasion that night, we ended up watching an episode, and I determined I needed to start watching the show from the beginning...immediately.

Suffice to say I fell head-over-heels in love with the show, the characters, the costumes, and genuinely every. single. thing about it. Mad men over the last 3 years became a constant fixture, something that didn't feel like a show - it felt like a movie I watched a part of every week. Finales are always bittersweet, but instead of being sad it ended Sunday, I want to celebrate it's amazing run. Even if you've never watched it, Mad Men influenced many aspects of the fashion world. Below are some of my favorite screenshots from the show and all it's costume glory.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May Ipsy Unbagging

Hey lovelies, I got some great goodies this month; I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

This goes out to all the mothers out there, those who have kids that walk on two legs, four legs, have scales, or wings. Being a mother means so many different things, and every single one is as equally important and deserving of recognition as the other <.3

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The TRUE Met Gala Superstar

 The Met Gala happened on Monday, and since then the internet has of course been flooded with pictures of our favorite celebrities rocking their sharpest tuxes and most interesting dresses. I looked through the pictures like countless others this week, ooohing and ahhhhing at the out-of-this-world head pieces and flowing gowns. I clicked, I saw, and I was impressed, but the pictures of Slayonce or Rihanna didn't make me giddy - it was another individual, one not pictured in any of the photo galleries that literally made me yell "OH MY GOD, YESSSS!" when I saw that he had attended...and made a video of it.

For those of you who have never heard of Casey Neistat, you're now welcome. Casey Neistat is a photographer, film director & producer, and my inspiration for how to live life. I was stumbling around on Youtube one day about 4 months ago and came across a video of him and his son running around a giant waterpark in Germany. At first I thought he was a fun-loving ex-pat, until I checked out his other videos - I was instantly hooked. It took no time at all to realize he's the younger version of the Dos Equis guy with a camera attached to his hand at all times. 

I originally had a post planned for today about something fashion-y, but last night when I saw the video Casey made for Vogue about the Met Gala, I had to talk about him instead. His video style is so unique and captivating. He has 143 videos on his Youtube channel - I've watched 30+ of them, and I have yet to find myself bored for a single moment. Not only is his video style amazing, his personal style is awesome too. It may or may not have something to do with the fact that his wife is Candice Pool, creative director of Finn Jewelry. Yes, THAT Finn Jewelry from Barney's New York that you keep seeing highlighted in magazines and on the necks of those beautiful famous people. 
Since discovering Casey's work, I've become rather...passionate about it. And by passionate I mean every single one of my friends has been told about 10 times to check out his Youtube channel. I'm one step away from going door to door and asking "Have you heard about our Youtube lord & savior Casey Neistat?". In one of his videos he buys a $300 Commes De Garcon wallet and burns his name into it. Literally. I know people who would call that sacrilege. I call it fearless.

I could sit here and go on all day about his work, but the last thing I'll say is this: if there's one person in this world who I would want to create a movie about my life, I would want it to be Casey Neistat.

El Fin.