Most of the time I can’t quite pinpoint exactly how I feel about J Crew. I can always find things that I like there, and I know that buying them would make me feel like a fancy adult, but the price tags just make me sad. 

Well, this summer, and especially with the 4th of July so rapidly approaching, forget the stars. I want stripes. They’re clean, crisp, and look oh so put together. 

And of course, nobody does stripes quite like J Crew.

Honestly, my vision for a stripey shirt is a teensy bit different from either of these. It’s got 3/4 sleeves instead of long. These’ll definitely do, though. And I get cold pretty much all the time, so long sleeved shirts are always welcome in my closet.

My favorite of the two shirts is the Ribbon Stripe Boatneck Tee. I like that it’s got stripes of different widths and colors. It’s different and fun. Unfortunately for me, it’s $49.50. 

I’m also a big fan of the red Painter Boatneck Tee in Stripe. This one is $45, so it’s not that much better.

It looks like my days of not buying things at J Crew are not over, so I’ll check Forever 21 for a comprable style that costs a fraction of anything at J Crew. Sorray!



I’ve been feeling a bit down on my nail polish collection lately. I’d grown tired of nearly all of my colors, and then to add insult to injury, I found that many of my old favorites were getting a bit dry. Well I was not going to have that, especially on my birthday! So yesterday, I purchased a new color, which I am absolutely in love with. 
It’s from Essie, and is called Barefoot in Blue. First of all, the color is slammin’. It’s perfect for spring, without being too loud or obnoxious. Not to mention I love me some blue.
And as if all that weren’t enough, Essie has teamed up with TOMS on this shade in order to spread awareness for children in need!
I’m quite happy with the way it looks on, and have zero regrets about this color. I even have a hunch that it’d be acceptable for job interviews. 
Rating: GRAND.
p.s.- As for where to purchase this color, I got mine at Walgreens. I couldn’t find it on Amazon, but I’m sure it’ll be up before long. And then there’s always Essie’s website! Good luck :).

I’ve been feeling a bit down on my nail polish collection lately. I’d grown tired of nearly all of my colors, and then to add insult to injury, I found that many of my old favorites were getting a bit dry. Well I was not going to have that, especially on my birthday! So yesterday, I purchased a new color, which I am absolutely in love with. 

It’s from Essie, and is called Barefoot in Blue. First of all, the color is slammin’. It’s perfect for spring, without being too loud or obnoxious. Not to mention I love me some blue.

And as if all that weren’t enough, Essie has teamed up with TOMS on this shade in order to spread awareness for children in need!

I’m quite happy with the way it looks on, and have zero regrets about this color. I even have a hunch that it’d be acceptable for job interviews. 

Rating: GRAND.

p.s.- As for where to purchase this color, I got mine at Walgreens. I couldn’t find it on Amazon, but I’m sure it’ll be up before long. And then there’s always Essie’s website! Good luck :).



I’ve been obsessed with finding and owning the perfect chambray shirt since yesterday.

Actually, I’ve wanted one for quite a while, but the obsession really went into full drive yesterday. Don’t ask me why, because I really can’t explain the inner workings of a poor unemployed girl’s mind. Just take it for what it is.

The combinations for a shirt of this sort are endless. You can wear it with brightly colored pants, skirts, or shorts, you can wear as a light jacket or cover up, you can tuck it in or leave it out, keep it open or closed, and way more. Pretty versatile, if you ask me. 

My perfect scenario chambray shirt is the one on the left. It’s from Urban Outfitters, and though it is supremely lovely, it costs $59. Despite its perfection (right down to the pocket placement!), I can’t see myself being able to afford it anytime soon.

Alternatively, I’ve found a couple of Old Navy chambray shirts that’ll do just fine for the time being. They’re not as nice looking, but I never really expected them to be seeing as they’re from Old Navy (not a big fan). The one that’s pictured on the right is the better of the two options, in my opinion. It’s a paler shade of denim, which I like. I’m not too keen on the pocket placement, but perhaps one day I can get past it. The one that’s not pictured (which I pulled directly from Old Navy’s website), is pretty much the same but a bit darker. 

To each her own. I’ll let you be the judge of your own chambray.



I call this post Trendy vs. Traditional

Personally, I like both as clothing genres. Trendy is, well, trendy. It’s fun, it’s current, and I’m all about it. But I also adore traditional looks.

Traditional doesn’t have to mean conservative. Not at all, in fact. It just means classy. And class doesn’t go out of style. 

As you can probably guess, in this scenario, the yellow dress is the traditional, and the blue is the trendy. 

Now I happen to love them both, but if I were to buy one it would definitely be the yellow.

Why, you ask? Well that’s simple. The yellow costs $68, and the blue costs $128.

To be honest, though, even if they were priced equally, I’d probably still buy the yellow. My reasoning is that while the blue is super cute and would get me a ton of street cred (Is that a thing? I’m pretty sure it’s a thing. And a thing whose word I am using correctly, at that.), I’d be able to get a lot more use out of the yellow one in the long run. It’s less memorable of a dress, and it’s simpler (yet still really cute!). It’s not something that’ll be here and then gone in a moment, but rather, something that can be worn for years to come.

Not as exciting, I must admit, but smart!

p.s.- These are both from Nasty Gal!



Thankfully, this ice blue Kitchenaid Stand Mixer is something I already own. Prior to the sweet Black Friday deal that enabled me to buy it, however, I’d been drooling over it for ages.

Though it was a big investment, and probably one that I should’ve waited to make, I don’t in any way regret it.

The first thing I made with lil’ ice, as I’ve affectionately nicknamed it, was a batch of butterbeer cupcakes, which you can see pictured above. Yes, you read that correctly, butterbeer cupcakes. That’s Harry Potter speak, for any of you scoundrels that are somehow unaware of the glorious substance that is butterbeer. I’ve also made gnocci, cookies, and frostings of all varieties with lil’ ice (I hope you all know I just made that name up, by the way). All from scratch, all delicious. 

I don’t plan on quitting baking or cooking anytime soon, so I’d say this was a pretty worthwhile investment, and one that I’d recommend to any and all girls that enjoy cooking. This model will run you $271.75 on Amazon.com, so you might want to consider doing as I did and wait for a spectacular sale. 

May all your baking dreams come true, little readers.

p.s.- As a bonus for being so lovely, here’s the butterbeer cupcake recipe! If any of you decide to give it a go, leave me a comment to let me know how they came out!