The Curly Casualista | A Style & Beauty Blog: July 2012

What do I Wear?!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Do you guys ever wonder what to wear to a bachelorette party? I do. I'm in my cousin's wedding this fall, and her bachelorette is this coming weekend. What do I wear. We're staying relatively low-key, but I still want to look cute. Here's what I'd like to be wearing. 
bachelorette party

I'm just not sure how I feel about peplum yet, but this Modcloth dress is a nice compromise (and it's pink!). Throw in some snazzy heels, and a nice bag and I'll be ready to go!

Friday's Fancies: Favorite Summer Treat

Friday, July 27, 2012

Today I'm once again linking up with {av} over at {long distance loving} for Friday's Fancies! We were supposed to choose our favorite summer treat and create an outfit based on that. From looking at mine, you should be able to guess really easily what my favorite summer treat is!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Good news: I took outfit photos again! Hoorah! Bad news: Apparently my picture-taking skillz deserted me with this batch. Out of some 25 photos, I got two that were passable. Two. One is the one above. The other is, well....this one...

At least you can see all of me? Must work on the whole manual-focus-only-afternoon-sun thing. And my posture. Wow, I thought I was standing up straight in these. Yikes.

Top: Carole Little via TJ Maxx | Pants: Gap | Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW (similar) | Sunnies: Ray-Ban


I'm Back (I Hope)!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

IT IS AN OUTFIT POST. Miraculous, right? But yes, this is what I look like in the afternoon when I've been sitting in a chair for 8+ hours. Wrinkles (mom, I promise that this skirt was ironed this morning, I didn't leave the house looking like that).
This is also what my hair looks like in all it's glory (i.e. dried, after a day of DC weather, even though I'm inside for most of the day). It actually looks a lot better in pictures than it does in real life. This makes me pleased. Perhaps I don't look like as much of a mess as I thought.
Quick life catch-up. I'm busy and working extra hours (I think I've mentioned that before). I need a vacation, which I'm sort of getting in 2 weeks), and it's been muggy and gross in DC and I've been eating out a lot. Must. Stop.

Top & Cami: Loft Outlet (similar shirt, similar tank) | Skirt & Shoes: Loft (regular store) (similar skirt, similar shoes)  | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Watch: Fossil


Blog Swap!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Today, I'm participating in 20 Something Bloggers' blog swap! The theme of the swap is childhood summer vacations. Always a great topic! Please welcoming Shelly, author of Starting Over: Same Story, Different Person to MC+M. Enjoy her story of a memorable summer vacation, and remember to check out my post over on her blog!

The benefits of vacations extend to family relationships. An international group of researchers led by Purdue University Xinran Lehto concluded that family vacations contribute positively to family bonding, communication and solidarity. - Psychology Today Growing up, my family tended to go to Daytona Florida for vacation. My dad is a Nascar fan (yes, he has all of his teeth), so we would fly down to Daytona and spend a week at a condo on the beach and go to the race.  One year, we decided to drive...From Illinois to Florida. My mom was going with my aunt to a photography convention in Atlanta.  My dad, sister, cousin, and myself took a van down to Atlanta to pick up my mom, and then head down to Florida.  My dad, bless his heart was willing to drive a van with an 11, 8, and 6-year-old on a 24 hour car ride.  We made stops at different landmarks, and he even hooked up a tv in the back of the van (Come on, it was the early 90s -- Town & Country mobile homes didn't exist yet).  Little did dear Dad know, this van ride...Oh heck...This vacation would test my father  in ways he never knew possible. First of all, my sister and myself could not be in the same place for more than five minutes without fighting and my cousin was mute.  She wouldn't talk.  She would just shake her head no at everything.  It's like she went to the Milford School, where children learn that they should not be seen nor heard.  Every restaurant we went to, she wouldn't like it. Every little landmark we visited, she didn't want to get out of the car.
Earl Milford, school founder
On day two, as we were driving along in Tennessee...Kentucky...Somewhere hot -- My sister decided she was cold (side note, my sister is always cold.  It can be 110 degrees and she'll be freezing.  I used to think it was because she didn't have a soul, now I know it's because she's just really skinny).  Since Sister was cold, she decided to close all of the vents in the back of the van.  I didn't notice because I was in the front with my dad, but poor Cousin was sitting in the back with my sister.  All of the sudden we hear vomiting.  No, not vomiting, something more violent than vomiting.  Barfing mixed with the sobs of a six-year-old girl.  My dad pulls over: "What is going on back there?!"  My sister panics, "COUSIN IS THROWING UP ALL OVER THE PLACE! GROSS!"  Then my dad tells her something that to this day breaks my heart. At this very second, as I type this my heart sinks into my stomach. "Give her that box!"  And that's when I freak out, "NOT MY BARBIE BOX! MY BARBIES!!!!"  My dad doesn't "fucking care" as he puts it.  And right there, on the side of the highway, Cousin is throwing up all over my Barbies. After Cousin finishes barfing all over my Barbies, she starts to cry.  My dad asks what happened and there, then my cousins says her first four words on the entire trip.  I can still hear these words in my head today. "It was too hot."  "Why was it too hot?" My dad asks --  My sister got really quiet.  She knew she was in trouble.  She quietly looks at the floor and says "Well it was cold back here.  I closed the vents."  My dad was obviously pissed, but he had to keep his cool because my cousin was there and he didn't want upset her anymore.  I mean really, he still had to deal with her for a week, he couldn't scare her and deal with the repercussions for a week.  So we kept on driving, with air conditioning on full blast.  Sister could use a beach towel as a blanket. After what seemed like an eternity we ended up in Atlanta with my mom and aunt.  We spent the night there, and explored the city.  The next day, we took Mom and made way to Florida.  We arrived at our condo pretty late.  We picked up fast food for dinner and went to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night not feeling so well.  In typical eight-year-old fashion, when I felt sick I started yelling for my mom.  My mom and dad came out and then it began.  Projectile vomit all over the place. It was like The Exorcist. My head was spinning and I couldn't control it.  My dad carried me in the bathroom and that's when the realization hit.  I was throwing up out of both ends.   Yes, you read that right.  I shit the bed.   That's when my dad lost it.  He had kept his cool for three days with three terribly annoying children.  There was vomiting in the car, vomiting in the condo, and now...shitting the bed.  How much can one man handle?  He ran out on the balcony and started throwing up. My cousin started panicking and crying because of the pandemonium that was taking place in our two bed room/one bathroom condo full of vomit.  My sister, being the priss she was, started flailing around "GROSS! OH MY GOD! EWWW!"  My mom tried calming everyone down, but it's hard to do that when your child is having violent spasms of food poisoning every three minutes.  This lasted through the night. The next morning, we all woke up like everything was fine (well, except me.  I was knocked out for a day and a half).  My sister, cousin, and dad went to the beach while my mom and I stayed in and watched tv/did laundry/tried to figure out how to take the stain out of the mattress. With the exception of my cousin hating everything and crying all of the time, the rest of the week went off without a hitch.  At the end of the week, we were ready to hit the road and make our way back to Illinois.  After all, we had a long car ride ahead of us.


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Birchbox Review #2

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yup, still in love. This month's birchbox was even better than June! The box, sponsored by Glamour was geared towards the senses. I'm in love (even though I haven't had a chance to try everything yet!).
First, the products I've tried:
  • Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Olive - LOVE. I have never tried a liquid eyeliner in pen format, and I think it's the best thing to ever happen! So easy to apply. I'm also pleasantly surprised by how much I like the olive green color. Sometimes green makes me look, well, green, but this is perfect!
  • Harvey Prince's Hello - New favorite perfume. Hands down. I am buying the full-sized perfume ASAP.
  • Larabar uber in Banana Foster - Pretty tasty, but it reminded me a lot of power bars, which are not my favorite.
Things I've yet to try (getting on it, I promise!):

No Time

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Guys, suddenly I have no time for outfit photos! I don't know what's happening. I haven't started getting up any later (in fact, I've been getting up the first time my alarm goes off!), but time just runs out in the morning! And I'm usually so tired when I get home that I never take photos then, either! I'm going to blame it on working extra hours in order to finish my contract early. Unfortunately, this is going to continue for the next month or so, so things might be sparse around here. I'm just a little stressed! But I am still getting dressed!

Dress: Loft Outlet | Watch: Fossil | Belt: Steve Madden via Nordstrom Rack


21 Fashion Staples to Get Every Woman Through Her 20s

Monday, July 16, 2012

A few weeks ago while reading The Everygirl (do you read it? if not, you should start ASAP), I came across a post Danielle and Alaina had done in collaboration with Bradley Agather of Luella and June where they outlined twenty-one items that every girl in her twenties should own. Since I am now halfway through my twenties and a member of the working world, wardrobe staples are something I think about frequently. While the dress code for my office is relatively lax (read: nonexistent), I nevertheless want to dress somewhat professionally, as it shows that I take pride not only in myself, but in my work as well. I also, for the first time in my life, sort of have the means to actually purchase quality fashion staples that will last. So this post couldn't have come at a better time!

Using The Everygirl's awesome Handbook, I found the list of their staples and was able to compare it to my closet to see what I have. To my surprise, I was able to check off a lot of what is on the list (patting myself on the back here). However, a lot of the things that I have from the list are older and not of the best quality, so they are in need of some replacing. So I'm giving myself the following goals: purchase what staples you don't have from the list and replace/tailor/fix those things that you already have that need to be replaced/tailored/or fixed!

As you can see, I have many of the things on the list. However there are some that I don't. And those things I'm missing are things I could really use - like a weekender for when I fly to and from Massachusetts!

So, in light of the above-mentioned tasks, here are what I am setting out to do:

1. Replace some of my ratty ballet flats. - I'm obsessed with Steve Maddens Heaven flats. They're comfy, look cute, come in fun colors, and aren't too expensive. However, they stretch out and due to all the walking I do, take a beating. It's time to replace a few of my pairs.
2. Buy black heels. - NOTE: I do own black heels. They're just of the "5"platform wear for a night out and not be able to stand the next day" variety. Time to get a practical pair that I can wear to work and on interviews.
3. Buy more striped tees. - I love them, they're a staple. The end.
4. Get another LBD. I have a black and gray one, and I need another for some variety.
5. Take my nice black skirt, which is now too large, to the tailor and have it taken in.
6. Also take a couple of my blazers to the tailor AND purchase a black one. 
7. Buy a pretty bra. - I'm totally utilitarian with my lingerie. Yup, I said it. Totally practical. Maybe it's time to change that.
8. Buy a clutch that doesn't have Coach "c's" all over it.
9. GET A WEEKENDER. I want this one. I want this too, and it can double as a weekender/carry on.
10. Buy some gold jewelry. - Real gold. Not the gold that tarnishes in a month.

I don't think that these tasks are unattainable (I mean, there's a dry-cleaner/tailor at the end of my block, no excuses there), and I'll definitely keep you posted on how they're coming along!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

I was recently introduced to Mallzee, and I'm really excited to share it with you guys! Mallzee is a soon-to-be-launched website that allows you to share you favorite items with friends! A social shopping experience? Sign me up!

Once you sign up and answer a few questions, Mallzee matches you up with the best items for you! You can also choose your favorite brands (from over 180, like Urban Outfitters and French Connection) to showcase in your Mallzee. Then you can invite your friends to visit your Mallzee, where you can chat about the items, discounts and shopping! Your friends get a better deal from shopping at your Mallzee, and if they purchase something, you get a commission!

What a great idea! I know I can use this as a way to "go to the mall" with my friends who live out of town!

Mallzee has kindly allowed readers of MC+M to receive limited advance invites, so go ahead and sign up! By doing so, you'll be entered to win an awesome shopping experience!
*Full Disclosure: I was approached by Mallzee to promote the site, but the opinions herein are solely my own. Though the site is not yet live, I think it sounds like a great idea and I'm really excited for it!*

Neiman Marcus and ....Target?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Somehow this totally slipped under my radar when it was announced yesterday, but Neiman Marcus is collaborating with Target! This might be the best news ever. I really like Target's recent collaborations with specific designers (Jason Wu, etc), and I love Neiman Marcus, so I can't wait to see what the 24 participating designers will bring!

The collection of over 50 pieces (!!!) will go live on December 1 and will be sold in Neiman Marcus and Target stores as well as online. I can't wait!

Participating designers:

Alice + Olivia
Band of Outsiders
Brian Atwood
Carolina Herrera
Derek Lam
Diane von Furstenberg
Eddie Borgo
Jason Wu
Judith Leiber
Lela Rose
Marc Jacobs
Oscar de la Renta
Philip Crangi
Prabal Gurung
Proenza Schouler
Rag & Bone
Robert Rodriguez
Thom Brown
Tory Burch
Tracy Reese

Excuse me while I go die of joy and then begin hoarding every paycheck so I can buy it all. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Do you guys D.I.Y.? I'm insanely jealous of those who do so frequently. I love the results of D.I.Y. projects, but I can never bring myself to actually complete one! It's particularly sad, given that talent for doing-it-yourself should be in my genes, as my mother is fantastic at it (when she does it). Alas, I'm lacking in the creative/artistic arena (damn you, scientific mind). However, I want to try! I see so many fun projects (thank you, Pinterest) and I'm determined to do some. Here are two of my favorites that I've pinned recently:
Decorated Vans by Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess. Aren't they cute? Ironically, I almost tried on/purchased a pair of Vans when I was in DSW this past weekend. Perhaps the shoes were trying to tell me to do this awesome project?
I'm loving this chevron and chain necklace from Stripes + Sequins! I actually saw someone making something similar to this at Artists and Fleas when I was in New York a couple weekends ago, and really want to make one!

I'm going to do a D.I.Y.! I'll be sure to document it for you :).


4th of July

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The fireworks on the Mall were so awesome! Despite the extreme heat, we had a great time picnicking and playing Cards Against Humanity!

What did you do for the 4th?

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