3.27.2015

It's Here! Lilly Pulitzer for Target

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Collaged from Refinery 29 & Target
Oh, man, do I miss Target. Maybe it's a good thing it's not here, or else I'd be in real trouble. With winter still trying to hold on in these cold mornings, I'm ready for warm weather and flowers and sun more than ever. And what better to get me excited than the reveal of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection! Yay! A pink background, resort prints, pineapple sandals. Guys, I can feel the rays of some Florida beach right. now.

Now, I know. I'm the chick that loves black and white and solid prints. And you're totally right. Scanning through the collection fills me with summertime happiness, but actually choosing which items I'd want to buy and wear erry day, all day is a different matter entirely. I bought a green and blue striped dress once and almost hyperventilated at the colors on me. What I did find myself drawn to were the navy and white patterns and mixes. If black and white are my winter colors, navy and white are my summer ones. There's something so crisp about the contrast, so classic. I'm pretty pumped that Lilly has it in abundance, and the accessories are gold.

Here's what I'm deciding between in terms of convincing my sister to run out to the nearest Target next month and pick up for me.

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Collaged from Refinery 29 & Target

What do you think? What's your favorite piece? I'm so jonesin' for those pineapple sandals!

3.25.2015

The Chatuchak Market in Bangkok

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If I'm going to be perfectly honest, my 48 hours in Bangkok were a bit a blur, particularly the first day. After getting off the plane and in our hostel sometime after midnight, we woke-up around nine to meet one of the girl's cousin who is teaching in Thailand. Our hostel was about fifteen minutes walking from the Chatuchak market, so we thought it'd be a good starting point to meet him and buy some summery clothes (particularly Thai pants). We were in the market for maybe an hour, and the rest of the day was spent around Bangkok along the more off the beaten paths and lesser known places (more on that later). The Chatuchak market is a definite experience, and while we didn't spend as long as I'd hoped exploring this famous weekend shopping area, I did manage to see a lot. Plus, you know, it probably helped my buying habits that we didn't stay too long. 
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There is a ton of stuff in the market (technically 9 different kinds of things), and we probably saw a small fraction of it. It's huge. Not all of it of particular quality (okay, most of it is not of any quality), and there are of course a lot of fakes. Don't buy that Michael Kors look alike purse, it's painfully obviously fake, and I will judge you for it if I see it on you before it falls apart. Like a shopping raid in Forever 21, you don't go through this market to buy things you want to last. Buy a few fun things for cheap prices, try your hand at bargaining, and enjoy the fun elephant prints while they last. 
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We bought mostly some clothes, specifically our Thaibodia wardrobe. Listen, I was not stylish for the majority of this trip. I kind of tried, and then I gave-up when my hair started freaking out. I bought a smattering of Thai pants that ripped or shrunk in the wash, but I lived in those $7 joys all vacation long when I could. I still have some here for around the house and possibly summer camp. 
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If you want to be nearby, I highly recommend staying at Udee Hostel. Otherwise you can get there by taking the Sky Train to Mo Chit Station, and getting off at Exit 1 or the Subway to Chatuchak Park Station, Exit 1.
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Enjoy the vibe, eat some yummy food in between. I wouldn't necessarily give yourself a time restraint on the market. Just walk along and if you get bored, venture out to other markets. If you're on a mission to find the craziest things, you might get a bit overwhelmed.

Have you been? It's considered the largest market in Thailand!

3.24.2015

Watch Obsessed

I love accessories. Once upon a time, shoes were my thing, but these days it's accessories. Specifically, I'm a bit watch obsessed. It started at my first and only retail job, the same one I held through college. I won't tell you which one it is, but it's not that hard to figure out. The thing there was to wear a watch, and slowly I felt this urge to have one. I got my classic gold watch almost three years ago, and I still love it. I have since added a silver addition, and now I'm eyeing some pretty leather ones to add. I won't be buying soon as I told myself I'd be more restrained with my purchases, but these are the three brands are the contenders for my watch obsessed heart. The best is the stories behind the companies!

THE FIFTH WATCHES

I don't even know how I found The Fifth Watches. It was on Instragram, but I'm not even sure how that happened. It's not even a year old as a company! I love the approach. Basically, there are five styles. They're launched on the fifth of each month for five days only. Additionally there are five surprises a month. The founder was inspired by the "classic design from New York and the contemporary style of Melbourne," and the Fifth comes from NYC's Fifth Avenue.  I just love this guy's vibe. He wants to focus on the art of design for reasonable prices, and  he wants to approach fashion in a "holistic" way. The brand also appears to have a socially conscious mind. I couldn't find much about the actual manufacturing of the watches (like I said, it's maybe three months old!), but its goal is not only to "support enthusiastic designers from all corners of the globe and provide opportunities for those who are passionate about fashion," it reveals its consciousness in its giveaways. The most current giveaway is to win a watch for you, four of your friends, and $500 to a charity of your choice.

tHe HORSE

Photo from The Horse Stockist Page

If you're wondering what the modern day "mom and pop" shop looks like, let me point you to the cutest founding story ever. tHe Horse was founded on shoe making and cobbling, but has expanded to include watches. Essentially, Scott's great grandfather was a boot maker and cobbler who kept three stools in his workshop- one for himself and two for whomever wanted to stop by for a chat. Scott constantly goes overseas to look at leather production and make sure the company utilizes the best possible manufactures in terms of quality of the leather and working conditions. Twice a year they fill those now metaphorical two empty seats with local Sydney artists and designers to collaborate on the next range of products. Um, hello? That sounds amazing. The watches range from the Originals to the Classics, ranging from around $100 USD to a little less than $150 USD.


DANIEL WELLINGTON

Photo Used from the Daniel Wellington Journal
The story behind this company sounds like an adventure. The founder met a man named Daniel Wellington who was "genteel but still relaxed and unpretentious," wearing his watches on old NATO straps. The two became friends and the founder was inspired to create watches based on this man's life stories. The vision is this preppy=a Daniel Wellington watch. Each watch can be placed on a NATO strap or a leather strap. You can buy extra straps as well to always customize it. Suffice to say, Daniel Wellington is quickly becoming, if not already, the new it watch to have.  

3.23.2015

#GoodbyeGlee

So, "Glee" has officially ended. I may or may not have sobbed throughout the entire two hour finale. Like ugly cry sob. Because although I have never seen a television show crash quite as badly as I have with "Glee," when it wants to tear your heart out, boy it does. The finale was the perfect place to tear our hearts out, fill us with all sorts of those fuzzy, dreamy feelings, and make us smile all in a span of two hours.

Let's start with the first part, "2009." We go back to where it all began, and the cast reverts back to their 2009 selves to reveal new scenes. We focus on Kurt, Mercedes, Tina, and Artie, seeing how they decided to join the new club. We see the cast now back in their hair and make-up of almost six years ago. "2009" brings us back to when "Glee" was not only just good, but it was sheer magic. It came on in my senior year of high school, and it was one of the few TV shows I needed to watch as soon as it came on. The musical numbers, the fast-paced talking, the quippy one-liners... The show was on fire. It was groundbreaking. If you didn't feel this swell of joy when Rachel Berry stamped down the aisles with "Don't Rain on My parade," you had no soul. For once, the underdogs were on top, and music was the thing. For that beautiful episode of "2009" we were transported not only to the beginning of "Glee," but we were also transported back to ourselves watching this show in 2009. Six years is a long time to not change. The real waterworks started when they inserted that iconic number, "Don't Stop Believin'" at the end of this episode. Finn's face, those red T-shirts... How was I not gonna sob?
With that set-up, the final final part was watched through tears. "Dreams Come True" follows the Nationals win for the "new" New Directions, and follows our core cast as they say goodbye in the present only to reveal their lives five years from now (guys, 2020 IS FIVE YEARS FROM NOW). I'll admit I simply haven't watched this season at all, but I feel like I want to go back and give it a chance. The "new" New Directions actually look awesome, and I need to watch for Samantha Marie Ware's fabulous outfits as Jane Hayward, not to mention her voice. Rest assured that our guys leave the show out on top. Rachel wins her Tony with Jesse St. James on her arm (because besides Finn, who else would be perfect besides Lea Michele's bestie from long before her "Glee" days, Jonathon Groff?). Mercedes has gone from opening for Beyonce to being on her own world tour. Artie and Tina are together and making films. Sam has taken over the New Directions. Mr. Shue is now principal of McKinley after it has been turned into an arts school. Sue is Vice President with the perfect matching tracksuits. The show ends with all the New Directions old and current (seriously everyone) singing one last song together in the Finn Hudson Auditorium. We fade out on a plaque with a picture of all these people and the leaving quote, "See the world not as it is, but as it should be."

It's been one crazy ride. #GoodbyeGlee

3.20.2015

Weekend Reading #1

I find myself discovering so many random new articles each week from other bloggers, the news, social media, and more, so I thought I'd start a weekend reading diary to share with everyone the little articles I find and an opinion or two (or three or four if it calls for it!). I'm personally spending this weekend doing what I haven't done in a few months: absolutely nothing. I do think I might start Into Mind's minimalist challenge
Other big reads: