July 21st, 2013 – Like Billy Madison

“Back to school, back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.”

Okay, guys. It seriously pains me to say this, but just like every other year summer will soon be ending and a new school year beginning. Yes, it’s a bummer, but it’s something all of us students have to accept! So why not go back feeling and looking fresh to death? (Wait.. You mean I’m actually not Lupe Fiasco? Okay, fine..) Anyway, I put together a little board of some of my fave backpacks that I’ve seen so far. (You can also check out this rad slide show from Teen Vogue!)

backpacks 2013

1. The Fates By Stolen Girlfriends Club Waves Backpack at Urban Outfitters, $155.00 – Personally, I find this one a little too pricey. However, I do really like the colors and unique design, and if you have the money, go for it! (p.s. on the UO website this is described as “an extra fab school bag”. Nice.)

2. BDG Lightweight Nylon Convertible Backpack at Urban Outfitters, $34.00 – I think this one is quite cute; I love the sweet color and pattern! I also have a backpack from BDG and can say that they are quite nice quality as well!

3. Studded Faux Leather Backpack at Go Jane, $50.60 – I love this! It reminds me of the one I currently use, and the fact that it is black and a leather-like material makes it easy to keep clean! (p.s. I got my back pack from UO last year, and unfortunately they don’t carry it anymore!)

4. Spacer Mini Backpack at Nasty Gal, $140.00 – Again, I personally would not spend that much on a bag. However, it’s nice to drool over! I love this funky little bag! Yes, little. The fact that it’s titled as a “mini” bag would concern me if I were to buy this for school. However, it’s still a cool option, and would be perfect used as more of a purse while out and about on foot or at a music festival!

5. Deena & Ozzy Vegan Leather Studded Square Backpack at Urban Outfitters, $39.00 – This is such a cute one; the color is the perfect shade and the studding detail really brings the backpack to a new level. I don’t know how to explain the way the material looks, but I think it would unfortunately stain easily! But that’s only a concern if you’re messy – like me! (p.s. this one is only described as “a fab school bag”. Ouch, UO!)

6. Watermelon Backpack at Nasty Gal, $60.00 – Sooooo cute! This is the perfect bag to subtly show that you’re still holding onto the summertime! It’s also perfect if you want to match with Ariana Grande (and I mean, who doesn’t want to match with Ariana Grande?). I love this backpack, and the price is almost unbeatable!

Learn in style, kids! Because you aren’t too cool for school. 😉

 

June 24th, 2013 – Mood Board

06.24.13 Mood Board

*Listed from top row to bottom row, from left to right*

  • Audrey Hepburn. I couldn’t not add this classy woman. She is the epitome of a lady and I strive to be as beautiful of a person, inside and out, as she is. What a goddess!
  • Ariana Grande. I don’t have a direct link for where the photo is found, so clicking on the name will take you to her instagram (which I do suggest having a look through!). She is a gorgeous lady, with a perfectly cute style to go along with her somewhat bashful, soft personality.
  • Woman in red. I don’t have a link for this! Let me know if you have the original source and I will link it.
  • Diagram for the classic French roll. I love the French roll! I have quite long hair though, so it’s tough for my to roll all of it and not look like I have a growth bulging from the back of my head. I especially love this diagram. The print below the illustration says “Classic French Roll – Different from the flatter French twist, this is a rounded put-up. Brush hair all to one side first and insert crisscross row of bobby pins as shown. Wrap hair back over pinned section, rolling ends smoothly inside. Fasten with hairpins.” And there you have it! Classic and chic.
  • The Great Gastby (1974) – The Great Gatsby (2013)I do have to admit that I have not seen the 1974 film. However, I have read the book and also saw this year’s film in theatres. And let me tell you…it was magical! Everything you would ever hope for it to be. Whenever I read the book, I felt sort of lost/confused by the end. Its ending broke my heart and I didn’t understand the point of writing a book that doesn’t really seem to mean anything in the end. But, after breaking it apart bit by bit, I found that it is an incredible work and means so much more than what you see on the surface. It’s set in the 1920’s, and I’m sure we can all agree that those were very different times, of course. The relationships between people are what is so important and meaningful. It really portrays the distance that people kept from each other, the tight lips and confusing exchanges, and hidden situations. READ THE BOOK BEFORE WATCHING THE MOVIE! Seriously, do it. It’s really a very short book and the use of language is impeccable.
  • Vintage Pink Tweed Coat. I love classic-style winter coats that flare at the hips; it’s flattering for any shape! The pink color of this one in particular is quite nice too, and I like the shoulder poofs as well.
  • “It’s as true today as it ever was – he who seeks beauty will find it.” Bill Cunningham The link goes to his documentary on Hulu. I love him! And this quote. He said it while receiving an award (filmed in the documentary). He is a fashion photographer for NY Times, and I very very very strongly encourage you to watch the documentary! He’s the sweetest man and it’s so refreshing to see someone so passionate about fashion/their work.
  • Vintage car wallpaper from shopruche.com. This is actually my computer wallpaper! It was a tough choice between all the nice ones on the Ruche website. I dream of having a nice, old-fashioned car like this one day.