posh frock friday

I'm pretty sure that the only people who still read my blog are the ones who have been following it since the beginning, but just in case anyone new has stumbled upon my little corner of the internet since I last posted about this series three years ago --- Posh Frock Friday originated in 2010 as a way of getting to wear the fancier pieces in my closet that don't normally see the light of day unless it's New Year's Eve or my birthday. It's a way to jump-start your self esteem, too, since seeing a dolled-up reflection in the mirror in the morning definitely adds some pep to your step for the rest of the day!

I was going through my dresses for ANOTHER shop my closet sale (I wish I could say that I'm becoming one of those de-cluttering, live-simple wizards but I just need money) and realized I have a whole lot of fancy dresses that I never get to wear. And so Posh Frock Friday was re-born! I'm not going to have a link-up widget on my posts like I used to, but I *am* going to hashtag my outfit posts #poshfrockfridays on instagram if you want to join in! I'm kind of a major failure at ever like.. "starting something" .. so I'm fully expecting the hashtag to be entirely (and pathetically) populated with photos of me alone, but hopefully this time I'll be pleasantly surprised :D

GOD this is the most self deprecating post ever, lol. It's just been that kind of week, mentally. Anyway, I'm hoping to stick with this and maybe be a fraction as dedicated to the series as I was in 2011 when I got dressed up for Posh Frock Friday even though I was sick in bed.

live every week like it's shark week

Yesterday I saw Jaws for the first time! It was on my 30 before 30 watchlist, and it's the 3rd film from that list that I got to see on the big screen (the others were Blade Runner and City Lights.) The Garden in Princeton was showing it as part of their Hollywood Summer Nights series, and slyly scheduled it the same week as Shark Week. My mom came with me, and it was her first time seeing it since it was first released 41 years ago. She actually saw it at The Garden in 1975! I thought that symmetry was kind of cool :)

I have no idea how this movie stayed off my radar for so long. I went into this completely naive -- I had no idea how it ended, who was in it, nothing. I knew it was about sharks, and that was about it. I wasn't actually expecting to like it as much as I did! I just wanted to see it so I could finally get the cultural references and because it seems like the kind of movie you really SHOULD see if you're going to call yourself a movie buff. But I was pleasantly surprised, I enjoyed it so much that it made it into my favorite new-to-me movies of 2016. It was the kind of experience where you really get wrapped up in the plot and are able to detach yourself from pesky thoughts for a couple hours. I think that's the best kind of movie -- give me escapism or give me death!

Anyway, here is a little shark-themed outfit to go with Jaws and Shark Week! The patch features a quote from 30 Rock (Tracy Jordan gives Kenneth the Page the advice, "live every week like it's shark week") but even if you're not a fan of the show, I think the advice should still apply ;) The patch is available in my shop right here.

jean jacket - asos | shirt - forever 21 | skirt - shop mallory

that went well

I took these outfit posts a couple weeks ago and then there was a combination of not remembering to post them and then not liking them enough to want to share them and then feeling like I really SHOULD share them because it was part of my remix challenge.

So anyway, here it is! To be honest, even though I clearly didn't keep up with the challenge for a full 30 days, I'm pretty happy with what I did accomplish. I think I posted almost as many outfits in the month of June as I did all year so far. And it really did help get me out of my getting-dressed rut. I think as soon as I have an uneventful month (July and August are looking super busy at the moment!) I'll try it again, and next time hopefully I'll at least follow through for more than 12 days lol

golden ticket

TCM is re-releasing Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in theaters this week! I went to one of yesterday's showings, and it's going to be playing again this coming Wednesday. You can check here to see if it'll be playing in a theater near you :)

Saturday night just as I was about to fall asleep I suddenly realized that I had (or at least was 99% sure that I had) a purple velvet dress. I turned on the light, hopped out of bed, and went over to my closet to rummage through my dresses.(If you're not familiar with the movie, you can see why my desire for purple velvet was so urgent right here.) I hadn't had an opportunity to wear this pretty vintage number yet, mainly because it's little big in the shoulders on me, but I had to wear it anyway. It just screams Willy Wonka!

There are certain movies you watch as a kid, only to revisit them and think "maybe I should have left that one in my childhood." But Willy Wonka only gets better each time I see it. I notice quotes I had previously missed, subtle messages or brilliant set-pieces. This time I was acutely aware of how much I enjoyed Gene Wilder's performance as the titular eccentric chocolatier. It might just be one of my favorite movie roles of all time.

dress - vintage | shoes - bait footwear

jungle red

I think this is my favorite (I overuse the word favorite, but I can't find a satisfactory replacement!) from my remix challenge so far. I LOVE the way this top looks over my dress, but I was really puzzled when it came to the shoes. I didn't really feel like the red matched the outfit at first but I also didn't want to add any red accessories because I didn't want to mess with the simplicity. Then it dawned on me -- match my lipstick to my shoes! haha! I need to remember this more often. I mean, it only really works if I need to match something red or pink (and with pink my hair kind of takes care of that) but I think it's such a perfectly subtle way of tying everything together without adding any accessories.

dress - modcloth | top - asos

it it's not broke

Remember a month or two ago when Instagram first announced that they were ditching chronological timelines and everyone frantically asked their followers to turn on notifications? I can't stand the idea of algorithm-based feeds, and I've watched with sadness as the move away from recency ruined facebook and etsy. I still change my search to "most recent" whenever I search on etsy (especially when searching vintage. relevant constantly yields very un-relevant results, in my opinion) and I switch from "top stories" to "most recent" on facebook constantly. Neither site offers the option to actually change your settings permanently, but at least I can toggle it whenever I need to.

Personally I thought the notifications idea wasn't the best way to handle the instagram change -- that is, until I got the new timeline a couple weeks ago. Now I'm missing out on posts from my friends constantly. I ended up unfollowing a bunch of accounts that I don't like *quite* as much, just so that my chances of seeing my favorite accounts would increase. And even then I still see the same couple posts repeating at the top of my feed when new, relevant, interesting content that I WANT to see is hidden dozens of posts down. I feel like a creeper but I keep manually checking my friends' accounts to see what they're up to, because their photos aren't showing up in my timeline anymore. I was doing that last night (being a creeper) when I realized that this is what the notifications are for. This is why everyone had that idea. I'm turning on notifications for my friends today. It feels so stupid to me, but it honestly seems like the only way that I can still enjoy instagram without unfollowing everyone but like my 8 closest friends and family members.

Anyway, I think the whole reason all this bothers me is the larger picture that companies like facebook (who owns instagram) can make stupid changes that literally NOBODY wanted, and there's just nothing you can do about it. Sometimes it feels like every week one of the websites that I rely on for either amusement (like, say, twitter) or business (like shopify or etsy) or both (like instagram) makes some massive change that was wholly unnecessary, that nobody wants, that messes things up for the people who actually use the site. It's like nobody in the business/tech world has ever heard the phrase "if it's not broke, don't fix it!"

dress - le bomb shop | cardigan - old navy

little black skirt

This skirt is my all-time favorite skirt EVER. I got it during the winter and I loved it so much that I bought two more just to be on the safe side (which was a wise decision since it's only left in size 2 now, which would MAYBE fit around my ankles but definitely not my hips or waist.) I'm planning on wearing this until it's threadbare so it doesn't hurt to have backups. I've wanted a simple black mini skirt for so long, but I've always had a hard time finding one that fit me perfectly. I wanted it to be thick fabric, fitted at the waist, and flared out slightly at the hips. This one checks off all of those boxes PLUS... it has pockets, the holy grail of women's apparel.

shirt - vintage | skirt - urban outfitters | necklace - f21

vacation wishlist

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My trip to Paris and Rome is only 38 days away now (!!!) so it's time to start thinking about what I'm going to wear. If I haven't traveled in a while sometimes I start planning outlandish outfits and decide that THIS TIME I'll wear heels every. single. day. I'm glad that I had my trip to Hollywood last month because it reminded me that when it comes to travel, simple + comfortable wins every time. I ended up buying jeans at H&M and slumming it for most of my trip because I had packed so many uncomfortable, fussy things.

So my plan for Europe is to wear dresses that work on their own without accessories (except maybe a belt), and no layering except for a light jacket or something if it gets chilly at night. Comfortable, low heeled or flat closed-toe sandals, and probably a pair of sneakers. One bag, one pair of sunglasses. Simple, simple, simple!