Archive | April, 2012

Vide-OH! of the Day, Week, Month, Year, Lifetime

30 Apr

This is literally everything I’ve ever wanted out of life. Everything. Life seems so insignificant now.

200th Post about 200 Things About Me

30 Apr

Well here I am at my 200th post. Crazy to think that a lack of employment and a need to complain about life has gotten me here. And by ‘here’ I mean about as broke and weird as I was when I started this, but now with a job that makes me wake up early (I understand that 8 o’clock isn’t really early, but I still hate it)

I decided to celebrate my 200th post by posting 200 random things that haven’t made it into posts and probably never will, but are still pretty significant parts of my life. Included in that are: websites I love, things in general that I hate, places I want to go to, favorites, a bunch of weird stuff.

So check out my list of 200 Erica Things:

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Happy Anniversary, Will and Kate!

29 Apr

I love all things English, royal, majestic, and regal. So obviously I loved the Royal Wedding and Will and Kate. I’m lucky to have a boyfriend that stayed up with me to watch the wedding, because I had an amazing time in the process.

One of my favorite memories was walking out to the front porch of Alex’s townhouse with a cup of tea and watching the sun rise. It was the perfect day, and the perfect morning. I’d never been on campus when it was that quiet before, and as someone who really appreciates peace and quiet I can’t quite explain how important it was as a memory to me on such a special morning.

So happy Royal Wedding Day to all my fellow Anglophiles. Aren’t those two just the cutest?

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Flyered Up

29 Apr

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Enjoying a teeny, tiny beer and the Flyers on this fabulous Sunday. Happy weekend everyone! And happy birthday to the Phillie Phanatic!!

National Princess Week: Kate Middleton

28 Apr

It all comes down to my main princess, the only living, breathing princess of my posts: Kate Middleton.

Last spring, just before I graduated from college, my boyfriend and I stayed up to watch the Royal Wedding on April 29. Unfortunately, as much as I fought I ended up passing out about 2 minutes before the big, famous kiss at Buckingham Palace, but I got to see the glamour of the entire wedding. Kate Middleton’s wedding style stuck with me. Elegant and timeless. On a day when literally the entire world was looking at one misstep to continuously repeat all over the tabloids and she got it perfect. She didn’t miss a beat. And she still hasn’t. I love this girl. I love her style. She is the perfect princess.

Ronni Nicole Dress
Kohl’s, on sale! $54
When I was looking for a dress for my Kate inspiration my mind went right to her engagement photos. She had on a beautiful blue dress, similar to the one here but much more expensive.

The Duchess of Cambridge has the most perfect body in the world. It’s not even fair. She gets the prince and the body? Come on, universe! Anyway, in almost every dress I’ve ever seen her in she finds a way to accentuate the thinnest part of her waist, then has the bottom  hem flow out widely. And I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her wear something sleeveless. Pretty much the exact same shape as the dress here. I don’t know if I could ever wear a dress like this; I’m pretty sure you have to have a damn-near perfect body to do it, but I can dream right?

Diana’s Engagement Ring
Amazon, $49.99
Since Will and Kate got engaged I have come close to buying this ring or one of the other million replicas available online way too many times. I really need to own it. Walk around with this giant rock, and when no one is looking slip it on my left hand ring finger and pretend that I’m a soon-to-be-princess. Don’t pretend that you don’t want to do that too. I respect the princess like crazy, because she knows exactly what to do in her situation. She is the next big thing in the media, while trying to balance pleasing her royal family and pleasing the public who is still madly in love with her husband’s late mom, who her in-laws weren’t too crazy of. Can you spell soap opera? Having lived in England I can tell you that the British press is totally ruthless. Kate hasn’t missed a beat. She must drive the paparazzi crazy.

Nude Heels
Payless, $29.99
Kate was my inspiration for my nude fashion obsession. She makes conservative and old-fashioned look so good. She has been rocking nude heels like nobody’s business for the last year and I needed to get in on that action.

Since then my life has been nude heels and nude nail polish and non-flashy jewelry and cardigans. I feel like a Republican’s wife sometimes with the crazy amount of neutrals I have filled my life with. But I love it. You can never not feel classy and sophisticated in a pair of nude heels. I might be giving the princess a run for her money, if I do say so myself.

Nude Stockings
Pretty Polly, £5.25
I feel like Kate’s stockings are one of her biggest claims to fame. I remember how crazy people went when she showed up in Los Angeles, the land of all things skimpy, last summer with them on. I, for one, loved it. I am crazy pale, and I don’t tan, so really good stockings add an extra bit of color to my disgustingly pale legs. Anything that gives me an excuse to hide my sheer skin is good for me. These are the stockings that Kate is alleged to wear. The cost comes to about $8 (maybe a little bit more, I’m still used to converting in the year 2009) and best of all, they are actual nylons. If you’re a vintage lover, this website is for you. They have nylons with the seems still stitched up the back of each leg! Not to mention all their other really unique designs.

Sapphire Solitare Necklace
Target, on sale! $31.99
The princess had a very similar necklace to this in her engagement photos, and it’s so fitting of her. Simple, but stunning. Enough to shine in a crowd, but not enough to actually draw a crowd.

Kate proves with almost everything she wears that you don’t need to be glitzy and over-the-top to look phenomenally good. You just need to learn how to rock a few well-selected items. I always try to be inspired by her, which is why she makes the perfect princess to end my princess week with. There’s no better princess out there.

Why Lush Went Too Far

27 Apr

Three years ago (wow I can’t believe it’s been that long) while backpacking through Italy with my friend, Lizz, I ran out of shampoo. This was a serious, serious problem as, after almost a month of travelling with the same duffle bag of clothes, that was about the only thing keeping me from not smelling like a moldy ball of sweat and grime. I was gross.

While walking around Rome one day Lizz and I stumbled on a store called Lush, a cosmetic store with only all-natural, organic, handmade products. They also had shampoo bars, which was beyond necessary (and traveled better than liquid shampoo, FYI!).  That was my first experience with the store, but since then Lush shops have been popping up everywhere, including in the mall right by me.

I really do like their products, they smell and feel amazing, but I can’t quite say that I like Lush anymore. This week, in the front window of Lush’s Regent Street (London) shop, they decided to put on a performance as an attempt to put an end to animal testing on cosmetic products. They stuck a 24-year-old performance artist in a nude leotard on a table, then streamed a 10-hour long series (before clicking that link please be aware that it includes a very graphic video of the performance) of torturous procedures, depicting what animals go through during one day at an animal testing lab. A “doctor” in a white lab lab coat and mask stretched the woman’s mouth open, choking her with lotions and creams, sprayed contact solution in her eyes, even shaved her head. It was long, graphic and in my opinion extremely unnecessary.

Obviously I’m against animal testing for cosmetics or any other product, because I’m not a heartless monster. Obviously I don’t want to subject animals to pain or poison them or stick them in cages to be used as basically live bait. Obviously. And I don’t know anyone that agrees to animal testing either. But this bizarre and brutal performance does not help curb animal testing, it just displays really terrifying and disturbing images to innocent civilians. It puts a fear in children that stumbled across it while walking past the shop or looking online. It harms human beings and does nothing to end animal cruelty.

It was a cheap and poorly-planned publicity stunt for the company. I don’t know if I’ll ever shop at Lush again, because I’m really offended that they would subject a human being to such pain and their customers to such offenses all to prove an already-obvious point. They could have asked people to sign a petition and people would have signed it without that performance, because animal testing is wrong regardless of that.

If you want to make a difference when it comes to animal testing, check out this list (after the jump) of brands that still test products on animals and don’t buy them. It’s that simple. Hit them where it hurts, in the wallet, and don’t terrify others who don’t have their hand in what goes on with these companies. Keep this list in your wallet, and next time you go shopping skip over the bad guys. It’s as easy as that.

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Your Daily Dose of Adorable

26 Apr

I don’t know who you are, little puppy, but you’re perfect and I love you anyway.

National Princess Week: Pocahontas

26 Apr

Pocahontas is one of those princesses that I’ve come to respect more as I got older. An all-natural gal that loves everything about the world.

I relate to Pocahontas from my days working at a nature park. It really taught me to appreciate nature, especially natural colors and prints. Her style would probably be closes to my weekend style, so this one is kind of easy.

Jungle Green Cargo Shorts
Gap, $49.95
The perks of dressing like a Native American princess? Comfort all day, every day! Little mini jean shorts can be super uncomfortable and bermuda shorts can be just plain ugly. Who hasn’t looked at their guy with jealousy on a particularly humid day when they’re lounging in their gigantic comfortable cargo shorts? Well now it’s our turn. I’m really excited that companies are making a happy medium in short lengths for women now. Before they were either bordering-on-illegal or granny length, but these Gap shorts are a great length and still look cute. And they have a cool little cargo pocket on each side and a frayed hem for those natural-lovers like me.

White Tie-Draped Blouse
Old Navy, on sale! $22.99
Loose, flowy and free! I think that would be Pocahantas’ motto when shopping for clothes. If you’re as outdoorsy and active as this princess is, you obviously don’t want to be held down by tight and binding clothes that stick to you in the heat.

I understand that Pocahantas is a beautiful, tanned, Native American Disney princess, but I’m not. I’m pale and burn after 10 minutes in the sun, so these are the type of clothes I’m desperate for this summer. Things that will be light and loose but will still block me from the sun. Besides, a full day out in the woods means bugs and other natural heeby jeebies. Sometimes sleeves can be like a security blanket.

Gold Feather Bib Necklace
Lucky Brand, $59
This necklace was my complete inspiration for the whole Pocahontas style.  I found it during one of my typical online window shopping excursions and I fell in love. How gorgeous is that? It screams Pocahontas. A gold that’s not too flashy with that subtle blue that could easily be mistaken for some type of stone. Lucky Brand has the best jewelry, and if you go into one of their stores you will always find it on sale. Some of my favorite necklaces and rings came around my one-day stint working as a salesperson for Lucky Brand (No seriously, I only worked there for one day). Lucky Brand has a lot of natural-looking designs and styles that are perfect for the more laid-back and natural fashionista.

Leather Gladiator Sandals
Minnetonka by American Eagle, $60
Obviously we all know that Pocahontas would rather go barefoot than wear shoes, but these are a pretty acceptable option for the alternative. It took me a little while to warm up to the gladiator sandal trend, but once I did I couldn’t get enough. They are so comfortable, especially for someone who hates wearing shoes in the summer (ie: me).  Plus these are really quirky and cute. The suede leaves and glass beads with some real feathers strewn across it have a very Native American feel that I think Pocahontas would approve of.

Faux-Suede Tote
Target, $29.99
Bags with Native American and Aztec patterns are really popular right now, and I’m loving it. They’re all over the place; Target has a million, so does Pac Sun and even Gap. I think it’s fitting for the summer, when you spend most of your free time outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer. I love gigantic bags like this, you can hold all your junk without worrying about fitting everything in on a trip out. Plus, it’s a faux-suede, so it’s animal-friendly, which I think Pocahontas and her many animal friends would appreciate.

National Princess Week: Jasmine

25 Apr

Who didn’t want to grow up in Jasmine’s palace? I would have had no problem hanging out with my pet tiger and my weird, bearded dad in the Taj Mahal shuttin’ down suitors left and right.

When I was picturing what Jasmine would wear today, I definitely pictured something a little on the risky side. I mean, she’s kind of a badass chick, am I right? Definitely one of the toughest Disney princesses out there.

Mini Dress
American Apparel, $40
Homegirl definitely needs a kick into the modern world. Parachute pants? Even with so many vintage trends thriving right now, no one can rock those again. Like I said, I think Jasmine’s a risk taker. She’s not afraid to kick butts to get to her dream guy, and she definitely helped save the day when Jafar went all nutso. She walks around in shoulderless crop tops while a bunch of suitors are dragging their tongues behind her with no shame. So obviously she would have the hootspa to rock such a sexy dress.

Jasmine would be that girl that you walk past that is super hot and super confident and she knows it and so you do you and you can’t help but hate her a little for it. But it’s okay, because she’s Jasmine and she’s awesome.

Gold Belt Buckle and Accessories
Macy’s, $27.99
Some big, gold accessories are more than necessary for this princess. Bordering on the edge of gaudy? That’s Jasmine to me. I fell in love with this belt buckle when I saw it. A perfect accessory right at the top of her waist where the light blue meets the darker blue in that dress. The pattern reminded me of the design of the royal palace, with a clean design that formed something really beautiful.

Jasmine is a girl about town, and she needs something that screams “Arabian Night.” Pair this with some big gold hoops, bangles and layered gold necklaces and you’ve got a pretty sexy day-to-night outfit

Metallic Wedges
Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s, on sale! $44.99
You’re not going to see Jasmine in a coat and UGGs anytime soon. She’s a summer girl with some mighty fine summer style. And these sandals scream hot and sunny.

Let me just say that I am completely obsessed with these sandals (which is hard for me to admit since I can’t stand Jennifer Lopez). I think I might need them. They’re the perfect color to match with a million things, and they’re sexy without going trashy, which is pretty hard to come by in cork wedges. A great little pinch of metallic for any outfit without looking too flashy.

Tiger Purse
Michael Kors, $178
You’ve got to represent everyone’s favorite tiger Rajah right? I was surprised by how hard it was to find tiger print anything. Apparently cheetahs are cooler or something… whatever.

I have wanted one of these Michael Kors totes for forever. Chic and practical and totally wonderful. Plus, tiger print? Sign me up! It’s the perfect bag for transitioning from spring to summer, and maybe even the fall if you’re feeling dangerous.

Rajah would approve.

Vide-OH!? of the Day

25 Apr

I don’t know what’s happening here, but it’s beautiful and passionate and artistic creative and hilarious and I love it.