Polyvore: Audrey Hepburn

Hello! Check out my newest Polyvore creation! I love to make my boards based on things that inspire me. And the charming Audrey Hepburn is a huge inspiration to us all! This board is inspired by our lovely leading lady in the beloved classic film, Breakfast At Tiffany’s.  Her style in this film has set the tone for fashion everywhere. Her character Holly Golightly displays classic, elegant, and timeless pieces such as, “the little black dress”, a string of pearls, and big framed sunglasses. Audrey is such an example of grace and charm, and I think this film really shows how human and relatable she is.  Audrey Hepburn

Inspiration: Katniss Everdeen DIY Halloween Costume

Halloween is coming up really soon, and all those costume parties are probably this weekend for most of you!

For my costume, I’m dressing up as Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games! It’s actually a really quick and easy costume if you have the right stuff. And if you don’t, it’s really easy stuff to find. You just need a black v-nek tee, green cargo pants, a black kind of sporty looking jacket, brown boots, and a mockingjay pin. I got all of my pieces from Target, Wal-Mart, TJMaxx, and Hot Topic. I’ll list what was from where at the end if that helps!

Make-Up and Hair

So, for make-up I just did a little foundation, some brown eyeliner just to define the eyes a bit, and a black mascara. Then I smudged some brown eyeshadow of my cheeks and forehead to look like dirt.

For my hair, I did the signature Katniss braid. I started at my left ear, then braided it around my head over my right shoulder. If you have trouble with it, look up some tutorials on YouTube, that’s how I learned.

Outfit

So for the outfit part, I just used pieces I already had, but here’s where I got them from so you can get an idea. The prices for this stuff are pretty reasonable, the most being for the boots, the least probably the t-shirt.

Brown boots – TJMaxx ($30-$60)

Green cargo pants – TJMaxx (around $15-$20)

Black jacket – Target ($15-20)

Black V-neck t-shirt – Wal-Mart ($3-$5)

Mockingjay pin – Hot Topic ($13)

Bow – (borrowed from my brother’s toy box, but I think you could find one at a toy store somewhere)

The good thing is it’s all stuff you could definitely use again, just really basic pieces. Thanks for looking!

What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

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Music Stuff: Taylor Swift – Begin Again

Eeeeep! Oh my goodness. This video is perfection. Taylor Swift in Paris… fabulous. And I love this song! I think the video really shows how she’s feeling, it’s the visual version you don’t get when you’re just listening. I love her vintage/classic style here too, but I love that she shows she’s still the same girl with that flowy, gorgeous purple dress on the rooftop (p.s. the curls are back!) Check it out.

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Polyvore: Florals and Foxes

This Polyvore board is inspired by my love of foxes! They’re definitely my favorite animal. Also, it’s inspired by Emma Stone’s look from her cover feature in Teen Vogue. Her eyeliner kinda makes her eyes look like a foxes’, so, I thought that was cool. And I love that floral Alexander McQueen dress she’s wearing. So, it’s foxes and florals.

Florals and Foxes

What’s your favorite fashion inspiration?

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Music Stuff: Taylor Swift’s new album RED

Ahhhhhh! It’s finally here! The moment all us Swifties have been waiting for! Alas… I will admit, I haven’t downloaded it yet… (crickets sounding…) I’m sorry. BUT, I’m waiting to get the special edition with the extra 6 tracks at Target. Go big or go home, and, I don’t want to miss a single track off this album.

SO, those of you who have downloaded it, what did you think?! Good? Awesome? Better than you expected? I listened to the sample of “I Almost Do” and I could already totally relate within the first minute and a half of the track. Taylor seems to know us all personally it feels like sometimes, and I think that’s what we love about her the most. She’s totally relatable. Swiftie or not, I think every girl knows one of her songs that describes their feelings perfectly.

I can’t wait to go get the full album (downloaded all the singles as they came out) but in the meantime, what are your thoughts!?

Comment below!

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Read It With Me: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Hello everyone! So I’m a little over half-way through Catching Fire, I can’t wait to have our book discussion! I started reading it a week or so ago, but it’s not too late to join in if you would like to! We’re going to have a little book discussion in the comments section, so feel free to hop on in if you’ve read it before or are reading it now. See you soon!

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Beauty & Fashion: Burberry Make-up Tutorial

Ok, so, lately I have been obsessed with Cara Delevinge’s fierce look. She is, of course, the lovely brit model for Burberry. She remains youthful looking but intense at the same time… is it the eyebrows? Is it the make-up? What is it?! In my attempt to find out, I discovered this super awesome video tutorial from Burberry. Take a look.

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Inspirations: Dorothy

As I’m sure you can guess, my blog name is based after The Wizard of Oz, my middle name being Dorothea. I’ve always pretended maybe I was Dorothy… so I thought it only appropriate to share some Dorothy with you guys today. Enjoy.

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Inspirations: Mr. Darcy

Ok, so, one of my favorite people of all time is Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. Let’s just take a moment to admire him…

Alright. So, why do I love him so much? Well, I’ll tell you. Mr. Darcy is a man of wealth and consequence, and when he comes to visit the smaller, less civilized area of the country, the locals see him as proud, arrogant, and rude. Early on in the story, he finds himself in love with a woman, Elizabeth Bennet, who is far beneath his social class.

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” -Mr. Darcy

He just can’t shake it, and, it only gets worse. Despite his attempts to change her opinion of him, she continues to see him as proud and arrogant. But, Mr. Darcy is BRAVE.

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” -Mr.Darcy

He’s not ashamed of his feelings for her, and, putting aside all obstacles of his marrying a girl beneath him, he confesses his feelings to her and asks for her hand.

In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

Unfortunately, Lizzie doesn’t return his feelings at this point, and he still had a LOT to work on before he could change her mind…

“Elizabeth’s astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent. He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority— of its being a degradation— of the family obstacles which judgement had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit.

 He concluded with representing to her the strength of that attachment which, in spite of all his endeavours, he had found impossible to conquer; and with expressing his hope that it would now be rewarded by her acceptance of his hand.

As he said this, she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer.  He spoke of apprehension and anxiety, but his countenance expressed real security. Such a circumstance could only exasperate farther, and, when he ceased, the colour rose into her cheeks, and she said:

“In such cases as this, it is, I believe, the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed, however unequally they may be returned. It is natural that obligation should be felt, and if I could feel gratitude, I would now thank you. But I cannot— I have never desired your good opinion, and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly. I am sorry to have occasioned pain to anyone. It has been most unconsciously done, however, and I hope will be of short duration.”

Heartbroken, bruised, but rightly chastised, Mr. Darcy leaves and takes some time thinking about what Lizzie said. But here’s the other thing I love about him, he CHANGES. He can acknowledge his flaws, work on changing them, and become a better person. He doesn’t try to win her back right away, he only focuses on fixing the problems she confronted him about. A few months later, a humbled, and reformed Darcy has another talk with Lizzie.

You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.” -Mr. Darcy


“Elizabeth, feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances. 

The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable.”

What I love, love, love about him, is his ability to change. Lizzie confronted him, but, he himself had to take that to heart and make the necessary changes.

 “I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.”

Mr. Darcy shows us that change is possible, it’s not too late, and we should always be brave and follow our dreams. I think we relate to the flawed characters the most because a small part of them reminds us of ourselves. They’re human, they make stupid mistakes, and they’re just like us. But that’s what inspires me about Mr. Darcy. The hope of who you can become and how you can change.

Who is your favorite character from a book and why?

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