Thursday, October 30, 2014

Easy Early Fall

It's finally, maybe, possibly, sort of, kinda, fall in Memphis.

Like, frost on the ground, kind of warm this afternoon, but maybe I can wear a sweater and not die of heat stroke kind of weather. 

Since Thursday is my loooooong day, I wanted something comfortable, low-key, and transitional (both for weather and all the stuff I have to do today).

And something I didn't have to think about too hard.

Enter my favorite fall outfit. 


early fall




I'm serious. I would marry those shoes if I could.

This is my basic fall outfit - flats (or boots if I'm not on campus all day - I swear this building is like an oven), tank top, boyfriend cardigan, and jeans/jeggings. Not terribly inventive, but it works.

Here I am in a fantastic elevator mirror shot:


(Why do we have such reflective button things? No idea. But this is way better than my mirror at home!)

(Also - seriously - are those shoes not the cutest? I feel so snazzy.)

(Finally - I do not know why my arms look so big. Angle? Crazy funhouse elevator mirror?)

(Carry on.)

And here's my FOTD to go with it, including my newest beauty obsession, BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Buttercream Lipgloss (here in Forbidden Nude - and no, I won't lie, I buy things just for the name sometimes):


(With BareMinerals concealer and powder, with the Urban Decay "Naked Flushed" blush/bronzer, benefit "They're Real!" Mascara, and benefit "Gimme Brow" eyebrow gel - also, the gloss is only available at Ulta, but everything else you can find at Sephora too.)

This is not a fancy look. But, as you can probably see behind me, this is not a fancy place. Just a solid, not scaring children, maybe looking like I work here kind of makeup routine works.

Now if only we could get to boot and coat weather, I would be even happier.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writing...and writing and writing and writing and writing...

I've been a little absent lately.

I blame this:



Yep, Im in full-on dissertation writing mode, with a chapter due to my advisor the end of this month. 

I have a few posts in the works though, so pray to the dissertation gods for me and I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Memphis Style: Fall Fashion

Anyone who knows me (especially those unfortunate few who have seen my closet) knows that I have a...problem...with clothes. 

I have too damn many of them. 

And too many purses.

And shoes.

And jewelry. 

So even though the seasons are about to (hopefully) change here in Memphis (please please please let it get cooler soon), I'm trying not to buy a bunch of "fall" stuff.

But I still want to look fashionable and have fun with my clothes!

Here is one of my favorite fall looks, including all but two pieces I already own:


Fall Style


I have a long tan boyfriend cardigan like this, several pairs of these American Eagle jeggings (like stretchy skinny jeans - good for those of us with little butts and giant calves!), my very favorite boots of all time, that fantastic San Lucido printed purse from Francesca's (which I have gotten compliments on every day I've had it), and that cute arrow bangle (I got it from The Attic here in Memphis). 

I have a ton of little gold necklaces (I'm more of a gold wearer in the fall) but I think this is gorgeous! Anyone wanna get it for me! :)

The one piece I would like here is the sleeveless top from Maurices. What a great layering piece! Especially when I'm at school, it's super hot inside while being chilly outside, so a cute top that could stand on its own while I'm working in my office would be fantastic.

Is anyone else embarking on the "Stop buying so many clothes and start wearing what you have you dummy!" fall challenge?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vacation Recap: Laughlin and Las Vegas

My vacation is, sadly, over.

But it was amazing!

My boyfriend got an offer from Harrah's Laughlin (southern Nevada - about an hour and a half south of Vegas) to fly out and stay, for free, for 5 days. It was for two people, and I think he sort of likes me, so he asked me to go with.

Now, I've never been to Laughlin. And yeah, it's definitely "old people Vegas." But his family lives just outside of Vegas, so we went to visit them and went into the city, and Laughlin definitely has charm!


Plane essentials.


With our boarding passes we got free drink vouchers!

(As Sookie Stackhouse says: "They're like booze for dolls! They gave me 10!")


The view from our room. This is the Colorado River - we were on the Nevada side, but we landed on the Arizona side. So now I've been to Arizona!


We stopped to take a vacation selfie.


Harrah's Laughlin is really gorgeous. It's a little older, and certainly a little less flashy, than the new Vegas hotels, but the area is beautiful, it's very well-maintained, and everyone is really nice.

(My yelp review of Harrah's is finally up too!)


They even have a private beach!


So I didn't win any money gambling (well, I did, but I gave it all back - damn you slot machines!). Kyle did, but I still feel like I won because I found a Dolly Parton slot machine that played her music continuously. Bow before her!


Kyle isn't really a breakfast person, so while he played in a poker tournament (which he won!) I got some breakfast and read.


This is the breakfast special. It's hash browns, topped with bacon, topped with eggs, topped with sour cream, topped with green onions. It's everything I love.


They also have amazing pancakes at the cafe in Harrah's, so I got those too. 

Hey, it was vacation!


After breakfast I went down and laid on the beach with my book, a pretty frozen drink, and lots of sunscreen!




Kyle and I ate a lot. He is a dinner person. On Thursday, we decided to go a little crazy and eat all the food.


It's vacation!


On Friday, we rented a car and drove up to see his parents. (Yes, on our vacation I met his parents for the first time! Thankfully they're awesome!)


While we were in Vegas visiting his parents, one of his sisters and her boyfriend went to the Strip with us. I got to see palm trees for the first time.


And a Statue of Liberty made out of chocolate. (In the Hershey's store in New York New York)


And a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge.


And the hotel/casino I knew we HAD to go to - The Paris!


Selfie on the Strip!


We stopped to watch the water show at the Bellagio, which just happened to be set to one of my favorite songs, "All That Jazz" from "Chicago."


This was one of my favorite things on the Strip. I had a horrible headache (I'm sure the total lack of vegetables for 3 days didn't help...) but I really enjoyed this.












The Paris was definitely my favorite casino we went into. Like New York New York, it's set up to look like you're actually in that place. Very cool.


Back at NYNY we ate some pizza and lost some money on this ridiculous True Blood slot machine.


Leaving on Saturday we found the only street sign with my name on it I've ever seen.

(Which we did not steal. I'm proud of us.)


Kyle's family suggested we go to Freddy's, which is sort of like a Steak 'n Shake, on our way back to Laughlin. 

They're clearly the best people ever. 

OMG.


They definitely said we should have this. It's a funnel cake under frozen custard topped with powdered sugar and strawberry or chocolate. 

I don't even have words.


On our way back to Laughlin, we saw some gorgeous scenery.






(And a lot of bugs clearly.)

We actually missed our exit and drove across the border to California (another like 2 minutes) and turned around. So on this trip we actually went to 3 states!


Back in Laughlin, we decided to check out some of the other casinos. 


The Colorado Belle was pretty cool, and it had a little river walk that connected it to the next casino over, which was old and dingy and where we won the most money.


There's a "Tropicana Express."


And a genuinely terrible casino (I've never had people be so rude) with a very cool sign.


It's hard to see here, but outside Pioneer we saw a GIANT raccoon.

Later that night Kyle had his first In N Out experience.

We were too excited to take pictures.


Sunday morning I took the car back, and then we went for breakfast.


While not really a breakfast person, Kyle was really excited about his breakfast burrito. He humors me and lets me take pictures of our food though!


I had pancakes again, because I have a problem.


But I also got a side of bacon, because bacon is never a problem.

We watched some football, packed up, watched some more football, and then headed to the airport. 

We also got an old lady (because we were definitely the youngest people at Harrah's by about 20-30 years - an old man even almost ran me over with his scooter once!) to take a (very blurry) picture of us!


We had an amazing time. The flight back was great, football was still on when we got home, and we got this sweet refrigerator magnet:


Definitely the vacation I needed!