Showing posts from October, 2012

The Path To Heaven Runs Through Miles of Clouded Hell

Top: Charlotte Russe; Skirt: Banana Republic; Belt: Charlotte Russe; Cardigan: Macy's

Haven't done an outfit post in a while, but sadly, I accidentally erased my hard drive, so all my old pictures are gone. Eventually, I will find my stride with taking pictures out here. I don't know how some of you dress well and then do your picture-taking in the snow, man. It's like barely fall and I'm finding it hard to get out of bed already and I basically always want to wear long pants, my fuzzy socks and a sweatshirt in the mornings!

Halloween Nails!

Some fun Halloween nails I decided to try out this week! I used Zoya "Myrta" for the orange and a NailArt pen for the jack o'lanterns and the tips! Excuse the crappy yellow lighting. I'm really excited about these nails though, because FALL! The leaves are changing colors in North Carolina, people! I've never been anywhere that had fall colors before, so this is extremely exciting for me!

Tuesday Tunes

I'm in love with fall. But the weather's been a bit eccentric out here, so my music selection's gone wonky with it. I'm finding myself listening to things I didn't previously like and enjoying them, which is always a surprise. Since it's been a while, I won't ramble, and we'll just get right to the Tunes!
1. "Titanium" – David Guetta ft. Sia
2. "Heads Will Roll" – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3. "Country Grammar" – Nelly
4. "Summertime Sadness" – Lana Del Rey
5. "Demons" – Imagine Dragons

Draw The Line, Ladies

Perhaps it's because I'm a Public Health student, or a young, blind liberal, or a godless heathen, but I think it's because I'm a self-respecting woman that I have been feeling a lot of outrage lately over the kinds of policies and debate that have been surrounding women and their reproductive rights. Now, you guys know, I try not to get too political on here, and I'm going to try and put my views succinctly. Also know that my intention is not to tread on any toes, nor to impose my beliefs on anyone else, but to spark healthy, good-natured discussion and to get those with similar views to help take action. Again, as always, thanks for bearing with me.
What Joe Biden said in last night's vice presidential debate, I think, is something I've been waiting to hear (in point-blank terms) from policy-makers for a long time.
"My religion defines who I am and I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And has particularly informed my social doctrine ... With regard to abortion, I accept my church's position on abortion as a doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church's judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman. I do not believe that we have a right to tell women they can't control their body."
I don't want to get into if that makes him a Catholic in-name-only or anything about religion or pro-choice vs. pro-life, but I want to highlight that he believes it is the decision of a woman and her doctor, what is best for her health (physical and mental and social) and the health of her family. And I find it absurd and dehumanizing to have this right to decide what is best for my own health being slowly ripped from my grasp. Organizations like Planned Parenthood aren't only for abortions, they also provide a multitude of services for men and women that are important, even absolutely critical for healthy relationships, family planning, and success. These include information about birth control and family planning counseling (did you know that getting pregnant within 18 months of having a baby increases chances of congenital defects, low birth weight, and poor maternal health outcomes?*), sexual and reproductive education (which, thanks Arizona Dept. of Education, I certainly didn't get in school), and women's wellness exams including mammograms and pap smears. And you know what? We women need that stuff. It's not just about abortion, guys. We need to be informed about our reproductive and sexual well-being to be healthy and happy about our bodies and our decisions.
Since I started here, I've met some of the strongest women I've ever known via their blogs, but I know that no matter how strong you are, it's really tough without the right kind of support from your family, friends, community, and government. If you agree with this post, even a little bit, and even if you don't, I urge you to please look into the Draw The Line campaign and the Center for Reproductive Rights and how much the policies being enacted in the last year and to come in the next few are affecting women's human rights. Please.
*Don't just believe me! Here's an article! And another! And one more!

Lust List Sunday!

I might (or not) switch my List List feature to another day of the week. I feel like having it so close to my Tuesday Tunes feature means I often neglect Lust List for the easier of the two. But, today, I felt I must must must share this new find because not only did I impulse order something as soon as I discovered this store, but I've bookmarked about 4 things for purchase after my next few paychecks. It's my new favorite, Lily Boutique!

Crochet Lace Collar Dress

Cheerful Cheery Blue Dress

Mary Crochet Collar Dress
Bridget Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

Animal Frenzy Scarf

You should know that it took me about 30 minutes to make this post, indicating that there were an absurd number of things to choose from on this site. Literally, about 90% of their dresses make my "oh, that's cute. I'd buy that" basic cut for clothing. And it's affordable, which I love! I just bought the Artists Interpretation Contrast Collar Dress and it's a bit shorter than I thought, but with some leggings or tights? Dreamy. I love it so much!

It's October 3rd

Today is an important day.
So, to be honest, this post isn't about Mean Girls. I know, I know, I would stop reading too. Though, coincidentally, it is about reading! At the beginning of the year I said I wanted to keep track of what I'd been reading for the whole year, so that is what I'm doing. Today's reviews: A Game of Thrones and Will Grayson, Will Grayson!
It's a little shameful how long it's actually taken me to read this book, but I loved it. The only problem I had reading it was that, sometimes it got very...dense. There were an insane number of characters and I never really felt like I got them all straight by the end of the book. On the other hand, the story is fast paced, there's lots of politicking, and the main characters are awesome. I wanted to start watching the TV show after, but it's close enough to the book that I ended up getting sort of bored...oops. Maybe I'll give it another shot later. Definitely recommend.
As far as John Green books go, this one was not my favorite. True to form, it was funny, quick-witted, and charming, but I never really liked any of the characters and the story moved a bit slowly. That being said, it's not anything I wouldn't read again because I'm a huge sucker for anything and everything that comes out of John Green's brain.

 I've got a couple more books lined up to read, one of which I'm really excited about (JKR's The Casual Vacancy!!), but please recommend me something and I'll add it to the list!
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