cat nap

I've been so sleepy this week! I've never been out of my own time zone before so I'm not sure if my body is just having a tough time adjusting to the CA/NJ trip or if I'm just worn out. Or maybe I've just been hanging around my cats too much and I'm jealous of their 18 hour sleep schedule, lol ;) Seriously though, as someone who really loves her zzz's I'm pretty envious of how much time cats get to spend fast asleep!

Speaking of cats-- you know you have a problem when you own the same dress in long sleeve and sleeveless. But this cat pattern is just too purr-fect to pass up any variation, right?

dress- c/o oasap | tights - h&m | shoes - delias | belt - forever 21

Giveaway: $40 credit to Ladybird Likes

Zoe from Ladybird Likes is offering one lucky lady $40 in store credit! I'm a huge fan of Zoe's work and seem to be building quite a collection of her jewelry -- my personal favorites right now are the Cat Lady brooches and basically the whole "I like you nearly as much as..." line -- The Walking Dead, Jurassic Park and cats being the obvious frontrunners ;)

What you'll win: One person will win $40 in store credit to Ladybird Likes

How to enter: Visit Ladybird Likes and let us know what your favorite item is using the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also gain extra entries by following Zoe on instagram, following Zoe's blog and tweeting about the giveaway. You must be a follower to enter (and, please, none of this follow-and-leave as soon as the giveaway is over jazz.. that's super rude!) This giveaway is open to everyone on planet earth.

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Giveaway ends April 28th at 12:01AM EST.

happy easter!

Happy Easter! I can't believe how quickly this sprung up on me this year... I feel like it should be closer to Valentine's Day or something! It's probably because it didn't start to feel like spring until this week, I was caught off guard! :)

Yesterday my dad and I went out to get our Easter meals from Whole Foods (my grandmom makes ham so we pick up meat-free meals instead) and stopped at Princeton Record Exchange for Record Store Day. I walked away with Faithless by Marianne Faithfull, Strange Mercy by St. Vincent and two Beatles albums (I'm kind of obsessed after seeing A Hard Day's Night last week.) I already have Faithless and Strange Mercy on itunes but there's something about being able to play them on my turntable that I can't resist -- I'm a diehard analog girl, I can't help it.

dress - modcloth | cardigan - old navy | necklace - c/o ladybird likes
tights - target | shoes - asos | scalloped basket - walgreens

TCM Film Festival - Part 1

I didn't mean to abandon my blog while I was on vacation... oops! I was just having so much fun!! I think I only got to take two proper outfit posts, too! Yikes! Touristy snapshots will just have to suffice for now. I was really happy with all of my outfits so I need to share them anyway :)

The first day was pretty amazing. My friends and I have known each other for five years but this was our first time getting together as a group. We've been discussing it ever since we met, dreaming about our "five year epic meetup" but I think all of us were doubtful that it would ever actually happen. We all have busy lives and the thought that everyone would be able to drop what they're doing for a week to meet at the same time seemed so unlikely! But when the TCM Film Festival idea came up, we all jumped on board. We originally met through our classic film blogs (I used to blog regularly at Silents & Talkies before I started Scathingly Brilliant) and it was just SO fitting.

Left to right: Millie, Me, Nicole, Sarah, Casey

On our first day we went out to eat at a cute little restaurant and then split up temporarily. Casey got to go to a really cool TCM social networking party, and the rest of us played typical tourists on Hollywood Blvd. I majorly freaked out at Grauman's Chinese Theater. I've been dreaming about seeing Frank Sinatra's handprints since I was thirteen, so that was beyond exciting for me. (That's me with Frank's prints in the picture at the top.)

Some of the highlights of the trip were seeing Alec Baldwin in person (Jack Donaghy!) falling in love with The Beatles at the Hard Day's Night screening, seeing my all time favorite movie, Sunday in New York, on the big screen (I wept with happiness, omg!), two midnight screenings (I've been trying to get people to go to midnight movies with me forever and nobody ever wants to do it with me!), late night chats with Millie, and I finally got to go to Disneyland!! At the end of the trip I also got to meet up with Danielle and Diana, too! All in all this was one of the best weeks of my whole life. I can't possibly fit everything in one post so I'm going to break it up by day, with some non-vacation posts in between so you don't get sick of it too quickly ;)

dress - red velvet (by elsie from a beautiful mess) | shoes - c/o bait footwear

the walk of fame

I'm in California!! Yesterday we went to the Chinese Theater where all the hand prints are and it was just absolutely surreal. I got to see Frank Sinatra's hand prints (ahhh!) I just kept geeking out over every name I saw. Barbara Stanwyck! Fred Astaire! Hayley Mills! Gary Cooper! Be still my heart!

I'm having such a fun time with my friends. The five of us have been friends since 2009 when we met through our classic film blogs. I've met two already before (hi Sarah and Nicola!) but this is the first time all five of us are hanging out together and it's just SO MUCH FUN! I'm so sad that the trip is only a few days, I want to spend more time with them! I also think I need to come back here with my family at some point, I just keep running into things that my parents & my brother would flip out over. I sent Kyle a picture of Tim McGraw's star on the walk of fame yesterday and I'm pretty sure he has never been more jealous of me in his entire life lol ;)

dress- c/o blue window vintage | shoes - bait footwear


My favorite part of the day is right before I go to sleep. I get in bed and read for a little while. As soon as I crack open a book, Hubble jumps up on the bed and collapses right next to me, his arms usually wrapped over mine as if he's reading along with me. After I've read for a while I turn on the tv and Arrietty usually makes her appearance around the same time, cuddling up either right next to Hubble or down near my feet. And then I watch 30 Rock or The Office for 1-2 episodes and drift off to sleep with two adorable cats dozing beside me. It's such a relaxing, happy way to end the day.

April giveaway: green scalloped purse

This year I'm doing one giveaway every month (in addition to my blog anniversary & birthday giveaways) There's one catch -- to enter, you have to perform a random act of kindness today. It's on the honor system, obviously, I can't actually make sure that everyone does it, but I trust that you will. If you're stumped on what to do, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a list of ideas right here!

What you'll win: One person will win this scalloped edge green purse

How to enter: Pledge to perform a random act of kindness today and use the rafflecopter widget to enter. You can also earn extra entries in the widget by tweeting about the giveaway, tweeting about your RAK, following me on facebook and bloglovin, or making a donation to your favorite charity. You must be a follower to enter (and, please, none of this follow-and-leave as soon as the giveaway is over jazz.. that's super rude!) This giveaway is open to everyone on planet earth.

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Giveaway ends May 1st at 12:01AM EST.

casual day

I've only had these sweatshirts for like one week and I've already been practically living in them. They're just so perfect for feeling dressed but still cozy and comfortable.

When I went home in this outfit my mom looked shocked and was like "you're wearing a form-fitting skirt?!?!" as if I had three heads or something. It's not even that fitted, just not super flared like almost everything else I own. I'm still not 100% sure if it was an insult, a compliment or just a statement of bewilderment and surprise, but I was pretty happy with the silhouette myself. When I went out to run errands in the ridiculously blustery weather it was nice to not have to worry about wind blowing my skirt up to my shoulders for once. (Sidenote: I'm pretty sure global warming is turning my area into a wind tunnel. Even in the summer it's like there are fans blowing at you from every direction)

Also, this is, hands down, my new favorite brooch. It's from Ladybird Likes and she has a ton of different variations that I love (like Disney and dinosaurs) although Jurassic Park is definitely my favorite. A close runner-up would be I like you nearly as much as television. She can make them custom too which is pretty dangerous (I'm thinking The X-Files, The Office, my cats, potatoes..)