It’s National Podcast Day!

Why I Podcast

Did you know it’s National Podcast Day?

National Podcast Day

Podcasts have been part of my life for a loooong time. I used to listen every now and then, but the tipping point came when I got an iPhone. I downloaded the podcasting app, loaded up my phone, and officially became an addict.

I’m constantly listening.

If you run into me anywhere in DC this is what I will look like:

Podcast Photo

Please tap me on the shoulder or wave your arms if you run into me in public. These are some really good headphones.

The headphones are always, always on. If they aren’t you can be assured that I’m having a mild panic attack.

Podcasting became a bigger part of my life this past year when I helped launch Pop Fashion podcast with the lovely Lisa Rowan of Beltway Vintage. 

We run the podcast out of a blanket fort in my house. (I’m a grown adult and I conduct professional work out of a blanket fort. I don’t know if I should curl up into a ball or if I am living The Dream.) It’s weekly, it’s amazing, it’s frustrating, it drives me crazy, and it is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done in my career.

Podcasting in a Blanket Fort! This is what happens every week, ya'll!

Podcasting in a Blanket Fort! This is what happens every week, ya’ll!

Podcasting gives me a creative outlet and a voice. It’s therapy. It holds me accountable. It gives me a chance to talk to my awesome friend, Lisa, once a week. It inspires new ideas in my professional and personal life.

It has changed everything.

And I feel so, so encouraged that there are people out there listening and helping us think through some of the problems we are discussing.

You can go to iTunes and search for "Pop Fashion." This is our cover art!

Go to iTunes and search for “Pop Fashion.” This is our cover art!

Some of My Favorite Podcasts 

The Bugle Podcast

Hilarious podcast that covers world news by John Oliver (Daily Show / Last Week Tonight) and Andy Zaltzman.

WTF Podcast with Marc Maron

WTF is the 1st podcast that got me hooked!

The Fresh Rag Show with Dave Conrey

I became a Fresh Rag fangirl soon after the host, Dave Conrey, launched it. It is such a smart show for artists and creative entrepreneurs, and I continually gather courage and inspiration from Dave. THEN DAVE ASKED US TO BE ON THE SHOW!! I couldn’t believe it. I was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts! Hands down one of the best things that happened in 2014 (I’m calling it now.) Even better? Lisa and I became friends with Dave, and he is just as authentic, kind, and fun as he comes across in the podcast. (If you want to listen to our episode you can find it here. It’s called, “Entrepreneurship is Fashionable, but is it Easy?”)

How Did This Get Made?

How Did This Get Made reviews terrible movies. It’s laugh-out-loud-and-look-like-a-crazy-person-when-you-are-walking-down-the-street funny.

Other Favorites Include:

The Mental Illness Happy Hour

Call Your Girlfriend

You Big Dumb Idiot

Women of Uncertain Age

Filmspotting

Explore Your Enthusiasm

You Made it Weird

The Crabfeast

Ear Biscuits

I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast

The Accidental Creative

Girl on Guy

This Feels Terrible

Joy the Baker Podcast

The Read

The Dr. Joy Brown Show

How Was Your Week

Are you a podcast listener? Any that you want to recommend? Do tell! Or, better yet, go on social media and talk about your favorite and hashtag it #podcastday.

Warby Parker Fashion

Which Pair Do You Like? 

Warby Parker Fashion

Which pair is your fav?

And, do you know about Warby Parker?

It’s a company where you can try on glasses at home. They send you 5 pairs, you pick what you like, and send everything back.

It should be noted at this point that this isn’t a sponsored post / I’m not getting any payment. I just really need new glasses. That, and I had an awful experience getting contacts a couple of months ago. My doc was great, but the place where she works is just a disaster and I’m doing everything I can to avoid going back.

So, really, this post is about avoiding people.

But still getting glasses.

Which pair do you like best? Feel free to vote in the comments below!

Ben Affleck Fashion

Details Magazine Cover Awesomeness

The October issue of Details magazine just came out and the cover is hilarious.

Ben Affleck Details Magazine Cover October 2014

Ben Affleck Details Magazine Cover October 2014

Uhhmmmm….whatcha got going on there, Ben?

Are you about to flash us?

Give us flowers?

Dramatically open up your coat to reveal a Batman shirt?

And you look so, so serious looking while you are standing in the rain.

Details is one of my favorite magazines ever, and this cover makes me smile every time I see it. Ha!

Fall Fashion: Outfit Ideas

Is Leopard Print a Neutral? 

I really, really love apparel merchandising. It’s one of my all time favorite things to do. (For those of you that don’t know – apparel merchandising is the process of placing clothing in a store in an aesthetically pleasing way in order to drive sales.)

Apparel merchandising can be challenging because there are parameters and rules that you have to follow while making the overall picture look seamless. The best way I can describe it is that it is a gigantic Sudoku puzzle – but instead of numbers you are use clothes.

WELL, one of my merchandising teachers once told me, “Leopard print is a neutral.”

What? Really? Is leopard print a neutral?

Fall Fashion Outfit IdeasI’ve come to the conclusion leopard print is a neutral in merchandising, but not when creating an outfit. BUT, it is much more versatile than people sometimes realize. You can pair it with browns or blacks, which ultimately means you have lots of shoe and accessory options. You can also combine it with solid colors (especially jewel tones).

Maybe leopard print with a deep plum color?

Or emerald green?

Or navy?

It’s perfectly okay to experiment.

If you aren’t quite ready to do a skirt or top, start with a scarf or necklace. It’s a small way you can push your style (and if you get freaked out during the day just take it off!).

I’m totally in love with this top. It’s a simple scoop-neck t-shirt from Ann Taylor Loft, but the color is divine. Every time I put it on I feel like it’s time to drink a pumpkin latte. (I honestly do call it my pumpkin latte shirt.) Seriously, does anyone want to get a pumpkin latte? The more I type those words the larger my craving. Pumpkin. Latte.

I’ve obviously been brainwashed by a certain coffee company. I won’t mention any names. But, it rhymes with Marmucks.

Finally, I just got that belt at the thrift store for $1. Total steal.

Do you wear leopard print? Do you incorporate it into office wear? Into fall fashion? Do tell!

Rockabilly Office Style

Outfit of the Day! 

Today’s outfit is a twist on a basic office ensemble. A black skirt, cardigan, and cami are all building block pieces for a 9 to 5 wardrobe. The whimsy is all in the details!

Rockabilly Office Style

The cardigan is from a cute boutique in NW DC called Rosies and Rockers. I love the birds because they look like they were inspired by tattoo art!

The polka dot belt came with another dress. Quick tip: if you buy a dress that comes with a belt detach it and place it with the rest of your accessories. You can always pair it with the original outfit, but it’s much more fun to mix and match.

Also, I’m a big believer in red heels. They always add a pop of color!

This particular outfit is more on the “inspired by” end of the Rockabilly spectrum rather than diving deep into that style. I’m always so impressed with people who go all in and live that particular form of fashion. It’s feminine, flattering, and pays homage to vintage style. It also manages to be incredibly sexy while (typically) not showing that much skin.

Here are some online shops that incorporate / are inspired by Rockabilly style:

Pin Up Girl Clothing

Daddy-O’s

Unique Vintage

Do you have a favorite Rockabilly shop? Do tell!

Transitional Outfits – Summer to Fall

Gerbera Daisy Dress

This Alice & Olivia dress reminds me of a gerbera daisy! It so sunshiny and typically would be more suited for mid-summer.

But, the great thing about a camel colored coat is that it can tone down an outfit to be practical for early fall.

Transitional Outfits - Summer to Fall

Even if this dress isn’t your particular style, you can apply the same concepts to your wardrobe. A bright color contrasted with an earthy tone can be the perfect answer for this time of year.

I also wanted to show the belt for a particular reason: you don’t always have to wear the buckle in the front. With a dress you can put the buckle in the best place for the overall look of an outfit  - in front, on the side, or in back. It’s a small trick that can make an outfit look entirely different while giving you more wardrobe options.

(P.S. I need to show you another outfit using this coat at some point. The arms come off to become a vest. It’s pretty fly.)

Transitional Outfits – Summer to Fall

Outfit of the Day – Mint Chocolate Chip

I feel like a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream in this outfit.

Which is why I like it.

Transitional Outfits Summer to Fall

It’s a little hard to tell in the photo, but the polka dots and the skirt are both navy. (Man, do I love a navy skirt. It’s so versatile!)

This outfit is great for transitional weather because you can add / take away layers as needed.

Outfit variations:

1. If it gets cooler add stockings.

2. Wear a sweater on top.

3. Forget the sweater, wear a cami underneath and leave the button down shirt unbuttoned (or tied at the ends).

4. Add a blazer / jacket.

5. Roll up the sleeves if it gets warm. Roll them down if it gets a bit cool.

A button down with a skirt is a great foundation when the weather is unpredictable!

Transitional Outfits – Summer to Fall

Outfit of the Day!

I’m not quite ready to let go of summer even though the weather is turning a bit cooler. So, I’m attempting a sartorial smashup of summer pieces with a bit of autumn.

On the agenda: a funky cami top with a full, green skirt.

Transitional Outfit Summer to Fall FashionThis top is a bit crazy. But, I happen to like things that are a little bit crazy. The hanging beaded loops are part of the top, and even though it looks a little DIY it actually came this way! (Its BCBG.) Basically, I like anything that comes with its own jewelry. It’s just one less thing for me to worry about when getting ready in the morning!

This outfit is a representative from my personal uniform collection.

The equation goes like this: Full skirt + cami + jacket = comfortable and ready to go for most occasions.

One final note regarding the top – I always equate it with fireworks. I have no idea why. Do they kinda look like the arches of fireworks to you? Or perhaps I bought it around the 4th of July and don’t remember? It’s funny how we put clothes into categories in our heads sometimes. For whatever reason this is the “fireworks top” that is in the “summer clothing” part of my brain. So, including it in as a transitional outfit stretches its usefulness.

Do you ever put clothing into categories in your head? And, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, I never wrote any of those above sentences.

Transitional Outfits – Summer to Fall

Outfit of the Day! 

I love, love the beginning of fall. But, it can be a bit tricky when it comes to clothes. I was outside this morning and it was fun to watch the parade of people walk by in all sorts of clothes. Some people were still in summer mode with bright dresses. Others were already wearing tall boots.

It’s a the wonderful challenge to dress when the weather is hot in the sunshine, but cool when you are in the shade.

Transitional Outfit - Summer to Fall

 

This outfit is lightly layered to work in all sorts of weather. The sweater jacket is cozy, but the cami underneath allows it to be transformed if it happens to get too warm. The maxi skirt covers my legs, but the slip goes to right above the knee which means it doesn’t get too hot.

You can also continue to wear your maxi skirts when the weather changes! Pair one with a light sweater (brown or black helps ease clothes into a fall palate).  You can layer the top with a cami / short sleeve shirt in order to add or take away layers according to the temperature.

What is your favorite thing to wear at the start of fall? Do tell!

Movie Review

Boyhood – Illustrated Movie Review 

This week I saw the movie Boyhood. Here’s my mini illustrated review:

Boyhood Illustrated Movie Review

 

It’s actually a very good flick, but you have to have some patience and a lot of time (165 minutes, to be exact) to let the story meander. Director Richard Linklater goes for the slow burn and has an amazing amount of dedication to allow a story to unfold. His Before Sunrise series is an unparalleled example of how he checks in with characters by waiting years between films.

Ultimately, it’s totally worth watching. But, if you are a type-A fidgety person like me you may want to rent it. (While I was in the theater I had to make my own intermission and go outside because I was so antsy!) Renting gives you the ability to get up and move around, while a theater experience will draw some serious side-eye if you get restless.