On a Serious Note...

Aladdin says goodbye to the Genie in Aladdin aka Robin Williams.

It took a little while to process the past few weeks and then a sudden wave of sadness washed over me. With everything going on in the world, Jason and I asked ourselves, "Why is there so much hate?" It's a rhetorical question of course, one that no one can answer. There just is.

It doesn't help that we're bombarded with images and information, some of it misinformed with a crowd of negative commentary. I recently came across this article, "What All This Bad News Is Doing to Us," and it resonated with me because I realized how hard it is to retain optimism after a day of social media fueled news. At the same time, it feels selfish to even wonder that when so many hardships are at hand.

The article states that "In addition to a burgeoning sense of helplessness, cognitive shortcuts triggered by the news can lead us to gradually see the world as a darker and darker place, chipping away at certain optimistic tendencies."

From the details of Robin William's death to the sad, personal stories coming from Humans of New York to the coverage of Ferguson...the world seems fragmented in so many ways. The other day, Jason asked me if I thought there was always this much hate and I said, "Of course! Look at Nazis..it's always been around, but social media has amplified it on a larger scale." We call the negativity trolling and say, "Don't feed the trolls," but it's part of a bigger picture as humanity.

So I guess I just wanted to say...try and be a little nicer to the people around you and on the internet. It's the small things that make a difference in someone's life and hopefully the idea of optimism can stay alive in the world.

I want to believe in magic, in optimism, happiness, humanity and Fleetwood Mac. In that order. Currently listening to "Songbird" and it's making me cry and have weird American Horror Story flashbacks.

My Top 10 Hidden Looks

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There are so many favorite looks that don't make it on the blog, but sometimes I snap a sneaky selfie right before work. These are my top "hidden looks" that appeared "exclusively" on Instagram. This top one is probably my favorite. Best hair day ever. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for fun, day-to-day content like my newest photos from Rockaway beach!

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Inspiration of the Week: Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, I searched Netflix for something to watch...

I found a new obsession in, you guessed it, Once Upon a Time. It awoke a new passion for fairy tales. Since starting this post, I finished the show, gobbled up a few fairy tale books and now sit here, eagerly anticipating Season 4, which arrives September 28. 

While the show has its faults and inherent cheesiness, I find it absolutely delightful. I love the liberties they take combining classic tales with whatever stories they feel like (Frankenstein? O-k). I admit, I prefer darkness in my fairy tales a la Pans Labyrinth and A Little Princess, but this show definitely has its moments. 

Enjoy the fruits of my fairy tale obsession from fashion to home decor. 

(Why is she in a bird's nest...?)

Spoiler alert: I'm sad they quickly killed off my new TV crush. I'll have to watch him in 50 Shades of Grey now...which should be interesting.

Prince Charming is like the least charming character, but it's adorable that he and "Snow" are together in real life. Can't beat that co-star story. Has anyone else noticed that red leather jackets are like code for hero? Both Once Upon a Time and Guardians of the Galaxy make a big deal of it. I also remember Buffy donning one at some point.

Apparently there are quite a few Disney Designer Collaborations. Here are a few fairy tale items I'm digging these days. H&M has a bunch of cute stuff. I picked up the middle set of boxes and the pastel pink bookend.

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Olympia Le Tan Disney Clutches

These clutches are beyond dreamy.

Book T-Shirts from Litographs

These are super cute. I might have to get one! They also have totes, which are equally adorable. It's hard to choose just one though.

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Red Valentino Fall 2014

I can't get enough of Red Valentino. Everything they make is amazing. Apparently every collection is based off a story.

I was alerted to this gorgeous Beauty and the Beast dress via Soubrette Brunette's awesome Friday Favorites post. The stain-glass pattern is so pretty. Belle was always my favorite as a kid, she spoke to the book worm in me. I might be digging Mulan more these days. 

On a weird fashion note..I was totally coveting this dress until I saw it was a straight up knock-off of the Red Valentino from the top of this entry. I'm not even going to link to the site because it's kind of depressing how blatant it is. There's not even any small changes like other knockoff brands. Come on.

I was hoping to get my act together on the use of affiliate links but I'm still figuring out all the whats-its. It'd be nice to make some blog dollars since my energies have gone here rather than bigger websites. Thank you to my new sponsers and friends, you guys are sincerely appreciated. Also a big thanks to anyone who comments. It seriously makes my day! xo

Links I Love

[I have no idea where I took this, but it's adorable.]

20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

I know this has been passed around some, but it provides such good perspective.

How to Answer Your Most Confusing Emails

If you've ever been confused on how to word something, this article is super helpful.

Don't Even Think About Getting A Pedi Before Reading This

The possibility of unsanitary pedicures is definitely a fear of mine, but these tips help and I shall spread the word, to the annoyance of my mother who gets her nails done weekly. 

Yay Powder Doom! There's nothing I love more than drugstore recommendations.

This "movement" is frightening on so many levels. Jennine of The Coveted goes more in depth on why.

I like how this guy zeroed in on the word gaslighting.

Omg this is what comic book dreams are made of.

I love this interview with Gabi and Nicolette!

Awesome ways to save via social media.

Too many people forget.

I love the different perspectives and recommendations!

This is pretty incredible!

It's really surprising how few people knows about CoCo Chanel's Nazi connections. She was a strong, barrier-breaking woman, but..Nazis..it doesn't get much worse than that. It leads into that whole debate of "loving art that terrible people created." What's your opinion on that? Phil Spector was a murderer, but he produced some of the best girl group hits of all time...then there's Woody Allen..hm..either way, these two articles shed some light on her anti-semitic past.

On a lighter note..

I love this movie so much. It combines my love of fairy tales with my New York sensibilities. Stay tuned for an epic fairy tale post next week!

The ultimate in bag porn. Good to know not all designers are cutting corners.

This is so cute! I might have to give it a try next time I come across some paper dolls.

I always thought she was around a size 8 in today's standard, but turns out she was more like a size 2! She might have been a 6-8 in the sizing back then.

Gorgeous shots of gorgeous ladies

Drugstore Steals and MAC "Dupes."

MAC's "Girl About Town" and Covergirl's "Spellbound"
I'm all about MAC lipstick so if I find a similar color and texture as my favorites for half the price, then that's cause for celebration. I found this graphic and followed it to a cool beauty blogThe blog has multiple "dupe lists" in alphabetical order! I thought you guys might appreciate this as much as I do. 

They left off my ultimate MAC "dupe," which is Covergirl's Spellbound. It's $6.74 compared to the similar Girl About Town, $16. Spellbound stains your lips, which is nice in terms of lasting color, but it's also pretty drying. The MAC version is kind of drying as well though so it's really no better or worse. I have a bit of MAC left and a few Covergirls I've picked up. I seriously use them interchangeably and can't even tell the difference. Go forth to your local drug store!