Blogger Meetup Part 1

The Soubrette Brunette and Twee Valley High in McCarren Park
Sammi, Midge and I recently set up a blogger meetup in Brooklyn. I brought my adorable pup and funfetti rice krispie treats. It was pretty neat meeting outside the interweb and we three got along swimmingly. We spent the first part of our meetup picnicking in McCarren Park; and pretty much just chilling until our bellies were full and it looked like it might rain. You get bloggers together and you're bound to have lots and lots of photos. Here are some of the best shots from Day 1.

Modern Girl Blitz in McCarren Park
Confetti Rice Krispies
The Soubrette Brunette in McCarren Park
Twee Valley High in McCarren Park
I love that Sammi and I ended up in the same color!

The Soubrette Brunette and Twee Valley High in McCarren Park
Modern Girl Blitz in McCarren Park
Check out Midge's photos from the same day. There are some really great ones!

Twee Valley High in McCarren Park
Twee Valley High in McCarren Park
The Soubrette Brunette and Twee Valley High in McCarren Park
Twee Valley High in McCarren Park

What I Wore
Dress: Vintage
Shoes: Ebay
Belt: Vintage

This outfit is "an old classic," for me. It's the most colorful, comfortable thing I own. 
You might even remember it from the short film I did called 'Fetti.

Sneak Peek!

Twee Valley High at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Here is a sneak peek of what I wore to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on a recent blogger adventure. I can't wait to share all the photos! Thank goodness it's a 3-day weekend.

Links I Love

Blogger meetup at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
[Here is a quick snapshot of a recent blogger meetup. Many more pictures to come!]

I hope you enjoy the links this week. I promise, more fashion in the near future!

At 18, Tavi Gevinson Is a Fashion Veteran—and a Broadway Rookie
There's basically nothing this girl can't do. 

I think Bogart seems like a creeper but you can't deny they had a special love. 

It's interesting to see who and how a celebrity death can affect someone. For me, Princess Diana, Cory Monteith and Robin Williams all hit a certain sadness. Diana meant a lot to me in childhood and hers was the first death I was really aware of. Cory Monteith seems like an odd choice but I watched Glee from the beginning and watched his character grow. Knowing that character was also gone felt like a loss somehow. His relationship with Lea Michele on screen and off just made it all the more sad. I couldn't watch the show after "The Quaterback," which I literally bawled over. Robin Williams was mostly a sad shock since he made so many people so happy. The whole world was and is still grieving.

This is amazing and brave, a great post Jennine!

Scathingly Brillant // It's Okay to Fail
This was also a brave post, especially from someone who seems so successful from afar.

On a lighter note...

Check out this Flower Power photo shoot starring the cutest pitbulls you ever did see. You can buy the prints to support rescue organizations.

The cutest pitbulls ever dressed in flower crowns.

9 Unexpected Reasons You Should Never Trash Banana Peels
Interesting enough, I had no clue about many of these.

GIRL TALK: On Being the Black Girl at Rockabilly Events This is such an important perspective. I definitely don't see enough women of color at pin-up events.

Swing the Day Away // We Need a Bra Revolution I'm literally so confused about bras. Even when I'm fitted, sizes are different across brands.

Pushing Daisies nostalgia

I wrote a similar article for BUST in 2011. It's still relevent and not much has changed. As BUST's Laurie Henzel said (literally earlier today on Facebook), "Our entire brand was based on this concept, and everyone's just figuring it out now." womp womp..come on, world.

"For the “Ruby Sparks” press, I wore a Hello Kitty Band-Aid because I had hurt my elbow doing a scene. So I bought these Band-aids to make myself feel better and I got criticism for it! I felt like, Who are you to tell me what my feminism means to me? Just because I wear a skirt doesn’t mean that I am inviting rape and just because I wear a Band-Aid that has a cartoon character on it doesn’t mean that I’m infantilizing myself."

I'm a little in love with this girl and I've never even seen her movies. I love that she created a film that set out to subvert the idea of "manic pixie dream girl." I so need to see Ruby Sparks and What If.

Taylor Swift Reveals She Has Been A Feminist All This Time

Yay! I once wrote 75% of an article called "Why loving Taylor Swift goes against my feminist ideals." After 75%, I realized it was bullshit. I would've gotten paid $100 but I stopped believing what I was writing so I'm now happy to hear of her "feminist awakening."

HelloGiggles // When the Internet Steals Your Words (and How to Get Them Back) Important Stuff. "This quote has been passed around the Internet for years as something our founder, Zooey Deschanel once said. It actually came from one of our brilliant writers, Amelia Olson. These beautiful words are completely hers."

I Talked to Strangers for a Week, and It Did Not Go Well

I enjoyed reading about her experiment. Sometimes people are more open, depending on the time of day. Personally I like small talk on the train. I once made a new friend talking about the designer who printed my tote! As long as they're not creepy, it's all good. 

xo Interview // Claire Talks to Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch About His New Film "God Help the Girl" This week, I had the pleasure of hearing Stuart Murdoch speak about his new film (in a non-interview capacity). I love that this interview covers a lot of similar things he said. The film opens September 5th!

An interview at the Apple store to discuss God Help the Girl, Stuart's new film.

19 Delicious Reasons To Visit Quebec I miss Montreal.

34 Moments That Show Why Eric Northman Is The Only Thing We’ll Miss From “True Blood” The series finale was super underwhelming...not Dexter bad, but pretty meh. Just know, we'll always have Eric. <3

Interview Insider: How to Get Hired at BuzzFeed 
I like that this seems like the "real" inside scoop.

10 Ruls of Business You Should Follow and Why 
Seemingly simple, but makes perfect sense.

Happy National Dog Day! Read About My Adoption Process..

Today is National Dog Day, a perfectly appropriate time to share my story of adoption. I adopted Tallulah around late May and she's become an amazing part of my life. It warms my heart when she greets me at the door or snuggles under the covers. 

A while back, I house-sat my friend's adorable pup. Since then, I had "the fever," aka a total one-track mind. It was painful to hang with other dogs as I pined for one of my own. After getting my own place, I knew I wanted to adopt so I started researching rescues. I'm friendly with many animal advocates (including Debbie, Editor-in-Chief  of BUST). She, along with several Facebook friends, helped me navigate the process. 

Initially I wanted to go through a shelter, which I felt was a cheaper direct source. It's a $50 fee versus the $200-$400 of a rescue. It felt nearly impossible as every dog I liked was picked up or unfit for a beginner home. I had a dog as a child, but I couldn't consciously say I had more than house-sitting experience. I took the trek to both ACC shelters, but it was looking like a rescue was my best bet. My initially frugal nature was starting to wane as I got ready to pay up. I want to note that I know and appreciate why the fees are there, but dogs in general are costly and I was trying to save upfront. 

I was interested in a tiny yorkie at the ACC. They told me we were unfit for each other since she exhibited food aggression and I was a beginner. Another dog I looked at was an adorably happy guy named Turbo. He had a huge benign tumor, but his smile was amazing. He ended up being a bit big for my studio space, but thankfully he's since found a loving home. 

I started going to dogs fairs, but they were usually pushing puppies. I knew I wanted a senior who could chill while I was at work. I contacted numerous rescues on Petfinder and applied with quite a few. The whole process was incredibly frustrating with long applications, some that needed up to 6 references and then no response. I followed up with many, but never heard back.

One of the rescues I contacted was Rescuzilla and I can't say enough good things about them. They are a small rescue and seem super hands on with every adoption. They always got back to me very fast and spent a quality amount of time on the phone answering questions I might have. Jason and I rented a zipcar and took a trip to meet Matilda. She was adorable, a total "Wishbone" dog, but also very bonded to her foster family. It didn't feel right, though I kept convincing myself otherwise. Thankfully, she too has since been adopted

People kept telling me that I would "just know" and I did. The day I picked up Tallulah, I knew within 5 minutes that I would keep her. Tallulah (formerly Chucci) was dropped off at the ACC and picked up by Social Tees Rescue within the same afternoon. They quickly added her to Facebook asking for a foster home that night. I took a chance, knowing that if we didn't click, we'd only be together a week or two. 

Susie's Senior Dogs immediately reposted and the rest of the world fell in love. Luckily, I got to her first! I was smitten and hopeful for a smooth adoption process. I recently had the pleasure of hanging with Susie and her admirable owner. You can check out that post here. It's a combo of cute fashion and doggie goodness.

At this point, I had two pending adoptions within the Social Tees rescue. They checked with my landlord and within two weeks Tallulah was officially mine. Did I mention she was free?! As part of this AMAZING charity, called Maddie's Dayall adoption fees were waived It happens once a year and I was in the right place at the right time.

And...we lived happily ever after. I'm still FB friends with many of the rescues and it's tough to see so many dogs in need. If you plan to adopt, I urge you to go the rescue route. Although it was a frustrating process, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and each rescue is different. Thank you to all of those who helped me with advice or an open ear. I seriously appreciate it.

For all the dog owners out there, I hear amazing things about BarkBox. I contacted them about a coupon to share on this special dog day. Type "TALLULAH" for 10% off any BarkBox plan! 

Photo Diary: A Farmer's Market in Williamsburg

My objective this year is to take a lot more photos, especially everyday events and things I find noteworthy. Hopefully this "photo diary" can become a regular thing. Here's a short trip to a farmer's market in Williamsburg after a morning of brunch at Five Leaves. I had literally run out of cash or I probably would've left with armfuls of flowers.