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Where My Spinsters At?

A few nights ago, I arrived home to find my parents snuggled up in bed together. Aww cute. Then I went to my bedroom and found my two cats, also snuggled together. It hit me – I’m the fifth wheel in MY OWN HOME. So if you’re like me and spending Valentine’s Day alone when seemingly every other person mammal on earth is coupled up, here’s a guide on how to handle it.

 

Buy shit. Specifically shit that is not pink, red, romantic, or flirty whatsoever.

How about some jewelry as black as your withered heart?

jewelry

1. Charles Albert

2. Rebecca Minkoff

3. Iosselliani

4. Dinosaur Toes via Etsy

5. Crystal Ship Creations via Etsy

6. Not One Sparrow via Etsy

 

 

clothes

1.  Funktional; way cooler than any button-down you could borrow from a man-friend.

2. Topshop; this would be great to throw on when you roll out of bed at 2pm on a Sunday because you didn’t have to get up early and cook a fancy brunch for your boyfriend’s parents. Accessorize with a beer and plateful of bacon.

3. Dolce Vita; feminine in a “grandmother’s handkerchief or tablecloth” kind of way.

4. Topshop; yes, it’s a basic black sweatshirt. But in really cool neoprene fabric. It’ll leave men befuddled, trust me.

 

 

 

A classic red or pale pink nail is a perfect Valentine’s Day manicure. Say fuck it and try one of these instead.

nails

1. Grungy black via Pinterest

2. Grumpy cat (via Spektor’s Nails) is the single girl’s spirit animal.

3.  Faded and chipped blue via Pinterest

 

 

 

Skip the overpriced, crowded restaurants and treat yourself to a meal perfect for somebody who won’t need fresh-smelling breath at the end of the night.

dinner

1. Rosemary Garlic Steak via The Steamy Kitchen

2. 40 Cloves of Garlic Soup via Kitchen Treaty

3. Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan via Gimme Some Oven

4. White Pizza Grilled Cheese via Kitchen Treaty

 

For dessert, eat these. These are the best caramels I’ve ever eaten in my life. Seriously. If you want to emulate me, say you’ll only eat 2 or 3 and then eat half the bag in one sitting and wait for the caramel sugar coma to sink in.

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Now…for some entertainment. Don’t worry there are no star-crossed lovers or Nicholas Sparks crap here.

movies

Who has time to worry about things like relationships and love when you’re got a full-time heroin addiction to nurture? Trainspotting is one of my favorite movies ever – the sharp humor, bleak story line, wicked soundtrack, and unexpected happy (?) ending can’t be beat. Also, full frontal Ewan McGregor. Just because I’m anti Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean I’m frigid, people.

If you like your movies with a bit more bite…how about Teeth? Not for the squeamish, and definitely not man-friendly, this movie might actually leave you frigid for a little while.

 
 
 

There you go. I am confident that if you follow my careful instructions you will have a kickass Valentine’s Day despite the fact that you’re alone. All alone. Forever and ever and ever.

Oh, and if anyone brings up Valentine’s Day around you, follow my lead:

me

Caught in the Act

First of all, thank you for all the wonderfully sweet comments on my post about my mother and my anniversary of moving home. Every single comment made me beam with pride for my mom. Thank you!

Now onto the clothes. Stripes are a classic that have been especially popular in the last few years, making it easy to find numerous striped pieces. But finding the perfectly sized stripes in the perfect color combination in the perfect fabric? Ugh. So. Hard. I don’t think this is my perfect striped sweater, but it comes pretty close. And since it’s so cute (and I’m so lazy), it got worn quite a bit this past week.

 

Exhibit A:

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Monday afternoon, catching a little sun in the lovely warm weather. I wore another striped shirt under the sweater for contrast (and to cover my ass) and mixed things up a little more with this leopard print hat. I also posed like a frog.

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See a familiar tail in the corner of this photo? It’s getting impossible to keep Chloe away from the camera!

 

Exhibit B:

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Thursday for work. I added more stripes but stuck with the black and white theme. And again with Chloe! Clearly she wanted to show how well she matched my outfit.

 

Exhibit C:

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Ok, this isn’t an outfit. But I suspected one of two felines were chomping on our houseplants. Bad Chloe!

 

Outfit 1
sweater- American Apparel
shirt- Topshop
leggings- American Apparel
boots- Steve Madden
hat- Target (sold out and bought via ebay)

Outfit 2
sweater- American Apparel
skirt- no name brand (but a similar skirt could be easily found at Forever21, I’ll bet)
boots- Report
necklace- H&M

My next girl will be nothing like my ex-girl

Even with the extra hour thanks to Daylight Saving Time, the weekend was still too short. I finally wrapped up a DIY I started weeks ago and caught up on my blog reading. And then it was Sunday evening and I got excited because even though it meant the weekend was over, my new favorite TV shows were on. Have you seen Once Upon a Time yet? It’s a fun take on classic fairy tales. And Robert Carlyle plays Rumpelstiltksin, which infinitely adds to the awesome. And there’s The Walking Dead. This season has been fantastic so far (although there could be a little more zombie carnage)!

And because this is a fashion blog, not a “what did I watch on tv blog,” here are some outfits from last week and yesterday.

DSC_0118 sweater- Old Navy
dress (as a skirt)- forgot the brand, sorry!
boots- Miz Mooz

 

DSC_7983 sweater- J.Crew
vest- Topshop
skirt- H&M
tights- Express
boots- Jeffrey Campbell

 

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dress- Topshop via Rescue Consignment
vest- Forever21
boots- Steve Madden

Gobble, gobble

I have since recovered from a delicious Thanksgiving dinner spent with friends that are really more like my family. It was so much food that I needed all of yesterday to recover. Seriously. No Black Friday shopping. I can’t believe it either.

Last Thanksgiving, I realized that long skirts and dresses in jersey are the best thing for overeating. There are no zippers, nothing to constrict me; in fact, there’s plenty of room for my food belly to expand.

shearling coat long skirt outfit

long skirt casual outfit

h&m maxi skirt sweater outfit

h&m maxi skirt flat suede boots nine west

 

I’m also taking this opportunity to share all the layering required for me to leave the house. The beige thing I’m pulling off my arm is actually an elbow-length glove. My giant knit hat is in my purse.

Also, dig my awesome boots. I first saw them in Free People and nearly forked over $200 for them at the beginning of fall. On Tuesday I snuck out of the office for some fresh air, somehow ended up in Marshalls and found them for $80. Holla!

 

coat- H&M
gloves- Gap
scarf H&M
sweater- H&M
sweater vest- Topshop
skirt- H&M
boots- Boutique Nine (Nine West company)

Let me take you down the corridors of my life.

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Friday night tapas for a girlfriends birthday! I bought this dress at the end of spring from Ebay and have been waiting impatiently for the weather to cool down enough to wear it. Right before I left the house I realized I’d better put a skirt on underneath. Once I put on my jacket and bag, the side of my dress rode up and I was really happy to be wearing that skirt!
 
dress- Topshop via ebay
skirt- H&M
shoes- Urban Outfitters
 
Listening to…”Hell is Around the Corner” by Tricky