Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fashion Feature: Summer Lookbook Featuring Sunglasses from Warby Parker

Just like our good friend Olaf the Snowman, I've been wishing and hoping for summer to arrive, and now it finally has! I don't know about you, but my summer this year is jam packed with events and vacations, so I'm going to be spend a lot of time outside. And that means making sure I've got a good pair of sunglasses on me to protect my eyes from the sun's rays. So when the folks at Warby Parker approached me about reviewing some of their product, I thought it would be fun to put together a lookbook with outfits I'll be sporting this summer and pair each one with a fun set of sunglasses. 

Along with their regular line, Warby Parker has three new lines just for this summer: The Summer 2014 Collection with 9 new shapes and 4 new colors; The Spectrum Sun Collection; and The Architecture for Humanity Collection. And all of their styles begin at as little as $95! One of Warby Parker's awesome features is, if you don't live near one of their retail locations, you can have their products shipped right to you to try on with their at-home try on program. You can pick up to 5 pairs of glasses (the new Spectrum and Architecture lines are excluded), and they will ship them to you for free, and you have 5 full days to try them on, and then ship them back for free (a pre-paid mailing label is included). Many of their frames are available either as glasses or sunglasses (with or without a prescription). And if you require a prescription, once you decide on a pair, you send Warby Parker your prescription information and they'll make the glasses with your prescription (note that the frames they send for try on purposes use non-prescription demo lenses). Pretty cool right? 

Look #1: The Outdoor Wedding-Ft. Cliff in Striped Olive

Dress: Thrifted; Shoes: Toms; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur; Necklace: Kenneth Cole via Von Maur; Earrings: Francesa's; Clutch: Von MaurDress: Thrifted; Shoes: Toms; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur; Necklace: Kenneth Cole via Von Maur; Earrings: Francesa's; Clutch: Von Maur
Dress: Thrifted; Shoes: Toms; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur; Necklace: Kenneth Cole via Von Maur; Earrings: Francesa's; Clutch: Von Maur

Look #2: The Beach Vacation-Ft. Mabel in Greystone

Swimsuit: Old Navy; Bag: TargetSwimsuit: Old Navy; Bag: Target
Swimsuit: Old Navy; Bag: Target

Look #3: The Family Reunion-Ft. Ormsby in English Oak

Dress: Forever 21 (old); Shoes: Steve Madden (old); Bag: Von Maur; Earrings: Von Maur; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von MaurDress: Forever 21 (old); Shoes: Steve Madden (old); Bag: Von Maur; Earrings: Von Maur; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur
Dress: Forever 21 (old); Shoes: Steve Madden (old); Bag: Von Maur; Earrings: Von Maur; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur

Look #4: The Farmer's Market-Ft. Quimby in Absinthe

Top: Thrifted; Shorts: Bass Outlet; Necklace: Forever 21; Shoes: Payless; Purse: Coach; Watch; Vince Camuto via Von MaurTop: Thrifted; Shorts: Bass Outlet; Necklace: Forever 21; Shoes: Payless; Purse: Coach; Watch; Vince Camuto via Von Maur
Top: Thrifted; Shorts: Bass Outlet; Necklace: Forever 21; Shoes: Payless; Purse: Coach; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur

Look #5: The County Fair-Ft. Raskin in Polished Gold

Top: Walmart; Shorts: Forever 21; Bag: Forever 21; Shoes: Skechers; Ring: Old Navy; Earrings: Forever 21; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von MaurTop: Walmart; Shorts: Forever 21; Bag: Forever 21; Shoes: Skechers; Ring: Old Navy; Earrings: Forever 21; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur
Top: Walmart; Shorts: Forever 21; Bag: Forever 21; Shoes: Skechers; Ring: Old Navy; Earrings: Forever 21; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur

Overall I was really impressed with the quality of all of the pairs I chose. I'm pretty tough on my sunglasses, so the higher quality frames are a plus. Even with the demo lenses, I found them to be effective at filtering out the sunlight. The Ormsby and The Cliff were a bit snug on my head. As the Warby Parker website lists the sizing for all their styles, I'd probably make sure to note the sizes for those two and avoid any others with similar sizing as I don't think that's something that could be adjusted. I loved the Raskin, as aviators are my favorite style of sunglasses, I even wore these after the pictures were taken to run a few errands. I also really liked the Mabel considering the shape isn't normally something I would gravitate towards. So if you are in the market for some new glasses or sunglasses, I highly suggest giving Warby Parker a try.

Where to find Warby Parker

*Disclaimer: Warby Parker approached me to review their products, however all opinions stated are my own. I received the items via their try-at-home program, all items were returned as per the program's stipulations.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Surprisingly Simple

denim capris flowy tank Crocs
Top: H&M; Jeans: Old Navy; Shoes: Crocs; Hair Clip: China Pavilion @ EPCOT; Nail Polish: Fingers-"Teenage Dream" Toes-"I'm Not Really A Waitress"

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday's Treasures: Spring-Summer Shopping List!

A baseball style tee shirt
Gap Colorblock baseball T
A chambray shirt dress
Banana Republic Chambray Shirtdress
 
 A new pair of skinny jeans
Old Navy Womens The Sweetheart Skinny Jeans

 A new plaid shirt
Old Navy Womens Plaid Button-Front Shirts

 A new chambray shirt
Old Navy Womens Classic Chambray Shirts

A pair of "nude" wedges
LifeStride Costume Wedges
A gingham shirt
Gap Fitted boyfriend gingham shirt

 A long-sleeve hooded t-shirt
Gap Heathered hoodie


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Capstones

Blazer skinny pants TOMS wedges
Blazer: H&M (old); Top: Forever 21 (old); Pants: Ann Taylor Loft (outlet); Shoes: TOMS; Jewelry: Von Maur; Nail Polish: (Fingers) Katy Perry "Teenage Dream" (Toes) I'm Not Really A Waitress

The Indiana University School of Informatics had their bi-annual/semester capstone presentations, where all the graduating students show off their senior projects (in lieu of doing a thesis). As an alumni and now a staff member, I'm proud to call myself a member of the IU community and makes me reminisce about my own capstones. If you are interested, you can see pictures and watch the overview video about my graduate capstone here...and if you are really interested you can read my thesis paper (because I'm an overachiever and had to write a thesis as well) here

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Blogger Spotlight! A Geeky Girl Without A Box

Brittany over at AGGWAB is a fellow Whovian (I know, what are the odds!) whom I also met through listening to Traveling The Vortex (again, what are the odds *wink*).

Brittany from A Geeky Girl Without A Box

Tell us a little about yourself….

Hello, I’m Brittany! As you most likely can tell by the name of my blog, I am a geeky girl. I was born in New Jersey, and have moved so many times since then. I grew up mainly in New Jersey, Arizona, and in Florida. My childhood was a bit chaotic. It definitely had it is ups and downs. It is kind of hard to describe my younger years, for many reasons, but I can say I was an odd child, especially since I wasn’t strictly a “girly girl” or a “tom boy.  I liked what I liked, it didn’t matter really what it was, which is still true to this day.


 I recent moved to New Mexico to be closer to my mom and younger sister, whom I haven’t seen in over 7 years. I am currently unemployed (Joy….), but I spend most of my days and hours volunteering at my town’s public library, mainly in the Children’s Library.


What inspired you to first start writing your blog?

I have always loved writing when I was younger. Writing short stories and essays were some of my favorite school projects. I had a somewhat of a rough childhood, so writing, like reading, became kind of like an escape for me. You could always see me writing something on paper. Also I find verbalizing my thoughts and opinions really hard to do, so writing became a tool to help express those things.


Then I started to surf the web, and found blog after blog. I enjoyed most of what I read, and it was nice to read about people loving (and sometimes hating) the same things I did, which wasn’t always the case outside of the internet. So I decided to try out. I have started a few blogs before, but they usually ‘died’ after 2 or 3 posts. Then I started the blog I have now, back in November 2012, I was determined to make this one last. I currently have 104 posts and counting, which I know may not be that impressive, but for me I am quite proud.


What was your first post? How do you think your blog has changed since you first started blogging?


My first post was a “Welcome to my Blog” post, with one of my all-time favorite fan made Doctor Who video. My first actually, shall we say “Real”, blog post, was my two cents about the “When to put up Christmas Decorations” debate. The reason is that I was listening to a podcast, most likely the boys over at “Traveling The Vortex” on one of their many tangents, and they were discussing about said debate. So I thought “Why not?”


I think my blog has changed a lot since I started out, which was nearly a year and a half ago. I am a more confident blogger, I think. Also when I first started out, most of my posts were either Celebrity Birthday Shout Outs, or announcing my next Photo Challenge. Now I have been writing more in-depth posts, ones that actually make me think. I know there is room for improvement, but that is some of the fun, right?


What is something unique about your blog?

The most unique thing about my blog, I have to say is my point of view of things. I know that is a bit cliché to say, but there you go.  I do run a monthly photo challenge, which I don’t think most bloggers do. I also do a segment called “Nostalgic Nugget”. I know that some people do write about nostalgia, but my memories of certain things are, obviously, going to be different then others.


What is your favorite part about blogging?


I have to say my favorite part about the whole blogging experiences would have to be; knowing that people read and enjoy my blog, and not for any egotistical reasons, though I do get a little excited when I see the page views up. The main reason is that, I hope that when people read my posts, they don’t feel as alone as they did before. When I was growing up, and even to this day, my interests were usually quite different than many of my peers in school. You have to admit, that it might be harder to enjoy things when no one else seems to like it.  Then I started finding blogs online, that made me feel like I was so alone with my opinions. So I hope I have made at least one person feel like they belong somewhere.


What are your plans for the future of your blog?


I have quite a few plans for the future. I can’t reveal them all right now, due to either I want them to stay secret, or I am not sure if I will actually get to do them. I do plan on writing more reviews on some of my favorite (and some of my non favorite), movies, shows, books, etc. I also plan on writing about my personal history, so people can see how I became the person I am now. That one is going to be a bit of a challenge, because it is hard for me to publicly open up on more personal things.


If money and time were no object, what is something you’d want to do or somewhere you’d want to go to blog about?

Well, something I always dreamed about doing was traveling the world. I think it would be real fun and a great learning experience. I mean I could read, or watch documentaries, about the different countries, but it is honestly not the same. I would blog about the people I meet, and compare the different life styles, and work on my photography. 

Brittany from A Geeky Girl Without A Box

Where can we STALK you?


 My Blog:  http://ageekygirlwithoutabox.blogspot.com/
My Twitter: @GeekGirl1990
My Tumblr: http://ageekygirlwithoutabox.tumblr.com/
My Instagram Username: BriGranger1990
My Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6100169-brittany-granger
If you like Doctor Who, I run a group over on Facebook called “A Whovian Gang.” Come join the fun: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258519787663495/



Friday, May 2, 2014

Trend or staple?

stripes jeans nautical jacket red bag
Top: GH Bass Outlet; Jacket: Urban Outfitters; Jeans: Lee; Shoes: Sperry Topsider; Bag: Forever 21; Jewelry: Forever 21; Nail Polish: China Glaze "Rainbow"

When spring and summer roll around, you can almost guarantee at least a couple of trends will show up in stores including florals, lace/crochet, and nautical. But since these trends are pretty much a given, year after year, are they still considered a trend or are they more of a fashion staple? I say that there can be trendy pieces that incorporate one of those staples (floral dresses in trendy shapes; shirts covered in anchors, etc.) but overall they're more of a staple. Nautical stripes, floral prints and lace pieces in classic shapes will carry over from season to season without looking dated. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014