Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sometimes I fall off of my bike

Helloooo! So many of you know that I had my first day of fall semester on Monday (as a junior-woooo!). I get so anxious-excited-nervous for the first day of classes, I feel like a kindergartener sometimes. I took my bicycle up to Kent with me because my fashion class is at one end of the campus, and statistics is at the other end. It's about a 25 minute walk, and I only have 15 minutes to do it.
So, as I'm getting off of my bike, my leg catches the bag on the back and I took a hard fall. People behind me, in front of me, and on the road next to me were all looking/giggling. I couldn't help but laugh at my own state of clumsiness and walk away as if it never happened.
I think I needed that 'ice breaker', in a way, to remind myself that I can only be myself. And what I am is clumsy as hell and sometimes really awkward. But I don't think I needed the nasty bruise that came with the lesson.
I'm really excited about biking around campus though, and I want to know if any of you commute by bicycle? Any funny/awkward stories? Details!

Outfit Details// Helmet: Nutcase Helmets // Glasses: Coastal // Top: Umgee Plus * // Skirt: old Eloquii // Ring: Torrid // Bow Headband: Dolla store, yo

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Frames: Collegiate Edition

Hi there! So, Monday is my first day back at college for fall semester. I'm feeling half excited and half anxious to return to school (am I the only one who still gets first day jitters?). Every semester I like to "reinvent" myself...Which really means, buy a cool new pair of glasses. Mornings are tricky for me, so I often choose a set of specs that pack a punch style-wise, but can also go with just about everything in my closet.
Help me pick a new pair for back to school!

The first pair of glasses I ever ordered online came from Warby Parker a few years ago, so I know these would be awesome. I love these because they aren't too round (no Ben Franklin effect) and the frame is this really cool "Oak Barrel" color. Super Jess Day.

When I found out that Keiko Lynn collaborated with BonLook, I knew there would be some amazing Cateye shapes involved. These make my heart flutter with excitement, for real. The color is "Miku Mint", named after her precious dog, how cool are they?!
Retro Eyeworks has been on my radar for some time, because they are amazingly budget-friendly. I love a simple, black frame that has a little somethin' on the side.
Let me know which pair I should get in the comments and I'll be wearing them in an outfit post soon!
Let's be friends everywhere :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blooper Reel

Just a little reminder to never take style blogging too seriously ;)
Flippin' the hair. (original post: Let's Go Outside)

 Sometimes I break out in dance. Pro tip: I'm a TERRIBLE dancer, I'm sure you can tell by this cool move. (original post: The Perfect Spring Dress You Need Pronto!)
A little too excited about bubbles. (original post: A Year of Awesome)
For more of my awkwardness, follow me on instagram

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thrifting Uniform

I never realized that so many people have "thrifting" uniforms that make everything a little easier during a long day of treasure hunting. On Sunday, Josh and I stopped at an antique/thrift store and ended up spending more than 2 hours there. Normally, I would be fussing over whatever I was wearing by then (because I always wear dresses while thrifting), but the pockets in this comfy cargo jacket from Umgee Plus came in handy to store my phone and cash in for quick access.  
Plus, I was pretty glad I wore capris- I saw a zillion spiders. Enter thought of spider crawling up my leg while I'm wearing a dress. Yeah, no thanks.
Do you have a thrifting uniform? Do tell!

Outfit Details: Sunglasses: boyfriend's// Jacket: Umgee Plus// Top: Joe Fresh// Capris: Torrid// Sandals: Birkenstocks

PS-I came out with some pretty amazing finds that I can't wait to share!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The "Go To"

Everyone has those one or two pieces in their closet that are tried and true, easy to throw on in a hurry without looking like the mess you were five minutes before.
My regular mornings go a little like this:
 Wake up in a panic because I'm late + thrown on a dress, cardi, flats + grab coffee + run around house for keys that are never in the right place + out the door.
So, the other day as my morning routine began, the first thing I could grab was this maxi dress from IGIGI. It's definitely one of the only "grown up" pieces I own, and I love how versatile it is. For work, it's great with a blazer and a heel. But for play, it's best with some understated jewelry and a cute sandal, because this dress does all of the statement for you.
Plus, have you seen that scandalous slit in the front? It's boyfriend and work approved- don't doubt it.

Outfit Details: Glasses: Derek Cardigan by Coastal// Necklace: Charming Charlie's// Maxi Dress: Emma Maxi Shirt Dress by IGIGI* // Watch: Fossil// Sandals: Target

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Myrtle Beach

Here are some pictures from our trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. My boyfriend Josh, sister Jenna, and I all took turns driving for 12 hours beginning early Sunday morning. Let me tell you all something, I love both my sister and my boyfriend but 12 hours is a looong time, we kept laughing because we were talking about the same three topics off and on.
 Some of my favorite moments were boogie boarding for hours, the funny/scary moment when the waves got a little too big and washed Jenna and I up on shore, being the oldest people in the arcade on the boardwalk (move over kids, it's my turn), riding a massive ferris wheel, and being there with Josh when he saw the ocean for the first time ever.

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday, talk to you soon. :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Frames!

We did it! Give yourselves a pat on the back for making it to Friday. The three frames I've chosen today are all very colorful, summery frames that I always gravitate towards. Plus, I'm not ready to say it's almost fall (although the weather in Ohio is kinda doing that for me).
This Barbie pink pair from Zenni Optical is an ode to all of us retro lovers because of the cateye, and I think the pink would make anyone's face look fresh because of the transparency.
I know there are some of you that wait until the end of summer to take your beach vacations (and why not? the beaches are less packed). I wish I would've had this fun, bright blue pair from Coastal to take on my trip to Myrtle Beach!
These orange Firmoo frames just scream summer. I've been wanting orange frames for a few years now because they look great with any skin tone, even the vampiest of vamps like me can wear orange and still look good.
I hope you all have a lovely Friday, I'm going to my family's lake house for some boating, tubing, and s'mores! What are your plans?!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Overalls or Noveralls?

I remember overalls as being the most difficult clothing item ever when I was younger. The straps were always twisting & coming out of the clasp, not to mention my shirt always hanging out because, hello, who has time for tucking in shirts when you're busy playing outside? When I found this "grown up" pair of overalls, I decided to try them out (40% off, of course), and I'm still on the fence about them. What do you guys think? Are you boarding the overall train or is it a no-go?

Outfit Details// Hat: ModCloth (similar) Overalls: Target // Polka Dot Top: Thrifted // Shoes: Keds

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let's All Move To The Beach

Hey there, I'm back! Myrtle Beach was a lot of fun and of course I packed way too much because 80% of the time, I was in a bathing suit. The waves were really big because of Bertha (props to whoever gave a tropical storm THAT name), and I got to play around in this cute two-piece by swimsuitsforall.

 When I got this bathing suit a few days before we left, I was so excited because I've never worn a two-piece bathing suit before. Trying it on was a dream compared to normal bathing suit try-ons, and it definitely fits true to size because you can order separate sizes for the top/bottom. I packed it away and drove through the windy roads in the mountains to get down to SC where I put it to the real test.

While I was busy playing in the waves, I'm pretty sure everyone in the water saw my business. I kept having to pull up my top, but my bottoms actually stayed in tact and never threatened to wash away(big butt ADVANTAGE). Other than that one complaint that could easily be fixed with an underwire or a better strap, this suit was aaaamazing. It made me feel confident on the beach for the very first time.
This trip was so fun, and I'm excited to share more photos soon. Have you gone on vacation this summer? Details!!!

PS- Thank you to Super Style Me, Annabel and Lee, The Red Lip Chronicles, The Lacuna Stitch, Lauren Blair, and Thriftburgher for being awesome guest posters last week. You ladies rock!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Blueberry Tarts by Thriftburgher

Today's fun for two reasons, 1) It's the very first recipe ever to be featured on my blog and 2) this lovely lady, Kate, lives in the city I most adore, Pittsburgh. I hope you love the recipe we're sharing today and you'll be in your kitchen sometime this week whipping up some delicious blueberry tarts!

Hi, Passionista readers!
My name is Kate, and I blog at Thriftburgher. I'm a 20-something Pittsburgh native, who writes about thrifty things, recipes, outfits, and other fun stuff.
In case you're wondering, the name is a twist on the words "thrifty" and "Pittsburgher".
Anyway, this summer, I've been doing a ton of canning. It's not only a great way to cut down on food waste, but an efficient way to enjoy local produce all year, while being cheaper than buying a lot of fruits and veggies in the grocery store after they're out of season.
And for the first time, I've been selling some of the things I've been making, mostly jams. So I've been working with lots of fruits, particularly blueberries, but not so much making other things, like baked goods and other treats.
So, I decided to take a jam break to make a delicious blueberry tart. To enjoy some fruits of my labor, so to speak. Literally. I was inspired by a friend who made a tart (and shared!) a few weeks ago. It was amazing.
I hope you all enjoy it! It was incredibly easy to make and it's great way to enjoy blueberries while they're still in season.
Blueberry Tart
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
For crust:
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup cold butter
• 1 tablespoon vinegar
• 4 cups blueberries
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
To make crust, combine dry ingredients: Flour, sugar and salt. Then, add butter in mall pieces. Stir in until crumbly. Then, add vinegar, mixing with fork. Press dough onto bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-inch tart pan. (One with a removable bottom, if you have it.)
To make filling, mix together blueberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Bake at 400 degrees for about an hour, or until crust is browned and filling is bubbly.
Let cool and enjoy! Store in refrigerator.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Come Meet Lovely Lauren Blair!

Hey friends, today I'd like to introduce this awesome girl I met through Instagram, Lauren Blair! She's the queen of cute shoes and her outfits are always super colorful and inspiring. (Not to mention her wonderful collection of vintage clothing). She's genuine, funny, really sweet & I'm so glad we're friends. Read on and then go check out her new blog!

When the oh-so-lovely Angela asked me to guest blog for her (yay!), I decided I needed to pick an oh-so-lovely dress to showcase for the occasion! But which one? As any dress collector and/or fashion blogger knows, it's incredibly hard to pick favorites amongst a sea of cherished pieces of clothing. Then it dawned on me that I have this particularly special dress that I've so far only worn once, despite that I bring it every time I travel somewhere (it somehow gets beat by other pieces that seem more appropriate for whatever reason).  

Before I go into the details of the dress, let me properly introduce myself! My name is Lauren Blair and I am a Denver, CO based fashion blogger (currently on a new & possibly temporary link: and my Instagram is @demurelaurenblair). Like Angela, I enjoy more classic clothing and dresses that are often from ModCloth! (I believe we even met via Modcloth hashtags on Instagram!) I try to mix in classic and vintage fashion with some fun and somewhat modern twists. Having way too many clothes and realizing I have a passion for matching shoes to bag to patterns etc inspired me to start fashion blogging.

What is this dress? It's a dress from ModCloth (brand is Muse) that is unfortunately no longer available called the Delray Beach dress. It reminds me of the colors of historic Miami (I went to college there) and I fell in love with this piece in 2013. It's a somewhat conservative cut with the thicker shoulders (very first lady like in my opinion), but the fun pattern makes it more youthful.  When it went on sale post holidays I was able to snag one up! The event I wore it to was the only state side exhibition of a collection of Grace Kelly's dresses ("From Philadelphia to Monaco"-I'm also from the Philadelphia area and a die hard Grace Kelly fan). I have since brought it with me to Miami in May and back to Philly last month, but it's a slightly heavier material so depending on how hot out it is or how worried about tan lines I am, this dress somehow keeps getting beat out by other items I own. That said, this is one of my favorite dresses and I consider it an investment piece due to it's conservative nature, as it will grow with me as I age and it is easy to pair with a cardigan for fall/winter/spring.  

My also oh-so-lovely friend Sarah snapped a few pictures of me wearing this dress from a few different angles (along with my new super discounted Chinese Laundry lilac heels via Amazon that came in the mail the night before!) while visiting her and her adorable baby one rainy afternoon here in Colorado-hence the indoor shoot and somewhat wonky lighting/edited pictures. I'm excited for another occasion to wear this dress out and about and loved getting an excuse to show it off here on Angela's blog! Thank-you to Angela for sharing me with her readers, and thank-you Angela's readers for reading!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Meet Amber from The Lacuna Stitch!

Hey friends! Meet Amber, from The Lacuna Stitch. She's one of my favorites because she is so cute and also really talented. I've known her from the start of my blog and I'm so glad we're blogging buddies! I hope you all go check her blog out here :)

Hello, fellow readers of The Passionista! As you all probably know, Angela is currently on vacation right now in Myrtle Beach, so for the day I'm taking over her blog! My name is Amber, an 18 year old, second year college student currently residing in Tampa, Florida, and I blog over on The Lacuna Stitch. My blog mostly documents my day to day outfits, but I occasionally share other things such as DIYs, photo sets of places that I've gone, compilation videos, cat pictures, music playlists, and more! Today I will be sharing with you all what I wore recently on a date, and if you like what you see, pop over to my blog and let me know you came from here!

Outfit Details:
Earrings- Forever 21 (old, similar here)
Cardigan- Thrifted
Dress- Thrifted (similar here)
Flats- Target

Thank you all for stopping by The Passionista and checking out my post! I hope you all have a lovely day! (:


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thrifting Fashion by The Red Lip Chronicles

Meet Justine, a thrifting goddess. I love her blog because she has so many different, interesting features that when I first came across it, I was reading it for a good half hour! Hope you all take her tips for thrifting seriously because girl's got a serious eye for vintage. 

Hi! While Angela is gone enjoying the beaches and being her fabulous self off in Myrtle Beach she asked me to do a guest post. Of course it was a no brainer and I was even more excited since she said the topic was open for me to choose.

My name is Justine from The Red Lip Chronicles.  I'm 22 and live in Chicago with my pit bull pup and boyfriend. I live life in red lipstick (if you couldn't tell from my blog name!), am a collector of cardigans, a baking addict, kitsch enthusiast, and sometimes quoter of "The Office". I blog about all things girly and vintage. But more specifically I use my blog to document my life, recipes, outfits and adventures. You can follow me along for weekly features like my outfit of the day, Shoesday Tuesday (yes, I feature a pair of shoes every week I'd die to own) and City Sightings where I post about an adventure I did during the week.

But the name of this game is thrifting. I remember the day I discovered my first Goodwill, it was magical, euphoric, an epiphany even. Ok so that sounds a bit dramatic but really thrifting is how I got 70% of the clothes that fill my closet. There are so many reasons I love it:

1. It is so much more affordable then shopping full fledged retail stores.

2. You give new life to clothes that were once forgotten. It's fun thinking about how the woman before me loved the item and how she wore it, especially when its vintage.
3. You get to preserve vintage clothing hopefully for a long time to come

4. Its like a treasure hunt, going through all the racks and racks of clothes to find that special item for you makes you feel like a scavenger. 
My tips for thrifting are to go into it with an idea of what you are looking for, otherwise it can be overwhelming and you could end up buying things you don't even need (but get because of the price). I like to go into it with an item in mind that I need, like a new summer dress (always!) or with a color scheme since thats how some thrift stores are set up, like I'd love a new red colored shirt. Also, not all thrift stores are located nationally but some of my favorites that I know are chains, even if only regionally are Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, Unique Thrift Store, and Village Discount. A lot of these have half off days, for example Unique Thrift has half of Mondays every Monday or Village Discount has half off for an entire weekend during holidays, which to them is even minor things like Superbowl Weekend Sale, or random holidays like a Mother's Day Weekend Sale. So be sure to check out when sales are coming up or join their email lists! 

Happy Thrifting! 


Come Meet Erica from Annabel and Lee!

Hey, everyone! Tuesday's guest blogger is one of the first bloggers I met back in April when I started mine. Erica's blog instantly became one of my favorites because she and I both share a love for cute dresses, good books, and I adore her tattoos near the bottom of her legs that say, "Be Brave" (what a good reminder!). This well-read lady is a gem!
Hey all! I’m Erica, a blogger over at Annabel and Lee!  I am a writer, I love cheese fries, I am enthusiastic about Jello, and I sometimes hold my own hand. (it happens. okay?….).  Angela was sweet enough to invite me to be one of the guest bloggers while she enjoys her vacation this week.  (lucky girl!).

 I wanted to share this recent find from ModCloth with you today. ModCloth is a heaven on Earth (right along with cheese fries) for any vintage inspired, kitschy loving guy or gal. This is their fresh farmer’s market dress that is currently on sale! It is a great addition to my collection of dresses, and it is such a fun and slightly weird pattern which is always a perk.  For whatever reason, this was a no make up kind of day for me.  Sometimes during the summer putting on makeup feels like too much work when you are just going to sweat it all off, so I decided to go with a fresh naked face! I think going makeup free works great with this dress since the dress is such a statement piece.  

Over at my blog you will find outfit of the day posts, musings about everyday life, book reviews, and the occasional art that I like to share. I love getting to know new people and supporting new bloggers like myself! Please stop by and say hi! 

PS- Erica also has an Etsy shop where she sells an awesome collection of vintage + handmade items!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Come Meet Becca from Super Style Me!

Hey all! Today is the official start of my vacation in Myrtle Beach, so I've asked some of my favorite bloggers that I got to know when I first started blogging to do a guest post. Today's guest feels more like a long lost friend- I first saw her on the ModCloth Style Gallery and immediately looked up her instagram and blog . I see a lot of fun and collaborations coming up in the near future with this impeccably dressed lady!

Hi, I’m Becca from the blog, Super Style Me. 
 I’m so happy that The Passionista herself asked me to do a guest post on her blog—what a wonderful birthday week surprise! I met Angela through Instagram, and we’ve become great blogging buddies ever since! My home base is Louisiana in a small, country town north of New Orleans. When I’m not blogging, I work in the music department of a store selling records and CDs. We also have new and used books, comic books, video games, movies, etc. Some people like to call my workplace “nerd heaven,” and I think that description is pretty accurate. In my off time, I’m usually dancing with Pandorium Belly Dance, and geeking out about music, comedy, and of course, fashion!
Why did I start blogging? Inspired by online retailers who allow customers to submit their own reviews and pictures, I found it helpful when I saw ladies closer to my own size wearing the garments I’d like to buy. Even in the plus size world, the models are usually much smaller than I am, and I noticed that I got a better idea of how clothes would look on me from people who post pictures from home. I then thought, “I’m a ‘people,’ why don’t I do this too?” My initial mission was to show where to shop if you’re plus sized and to also present DIY projects and tips about how one can develop a personal style. What I didn’t anticipate was the support, especially on Instagram, from bloggers of all sizes, and since then, I’ve gravitated to reviewing clothes from places that aren’t exclusively plus size and cater to everyone.
This brings me to my outfit photos.  This dress first made an appearance on Super Style Me in this video:

  Much of ModCloth’s stock at the time was 50%, off so I decided to stock up on many of the items from my wishlist that were part of the sale. ModCloth was new to me when I started blogging a few months ago, and since then, I’ve become a believer! They make their house brands, Bea & Dot and Myrtlewood, in a full range of sizes—from XS to 4X. They also have a Style Gallery where customers can post outfit photos, so you can see the same garment on real people in a variety of sizes. The High Socie-tea Dress in Macaron is from Bea & Dot, and I’ve seen it all around the blogosphere. (Psst!—Last time I went to ModCloth’s site, this dress was 70% off!) Check out my Pinterest board “Great Gals Dress Alike” to see how some other fabulous ladies have worn it. I used to feel there was a stigma associated with plus sized clothing and that smaller sized women would never wear something also offered in plus sizes because of the connotation of that PS clothing is frumpy, shapeless, and just plain blah. I’m glad those days are over. It’s so awesome to see fashionistas big, small, and in-between rocking the same dress, and guess what? We all look great!
 Outfit Details: ModCloth High Socie-tea Dress in Macaron by Bea & Dot //Sandals & Belt: Lane Bryant (No longer available)// Necklace & earrings: Charming Charlie (No longer available)
I hope you liked my outfit and enjoyed my post! For more, go to Super Style Me & on Instagram @superstylemeblog. Thanks again, Angela, for allowing me to do this guest post! Until next time, stay stylin’!
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