Embracing the Dark Side: Star Wars Outfit

star wars outfitAnother day, another Star Wars outfit, y’all. By now I’m sure the majority of you have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I saw last Thursday night and then again Friday at noon. Already itching to see it again, if I’m being honest.

Star Wars Outfit Dallas Fashion Blogger_2889 copysmallerStar Wars Outfit Dallas Fashion Blogger_2878 smallerI won’t give any spoilers, I promise, but I wanted to share this with you guys because it’s important. Whether you like Star Wars or not, this movie is a big deal. Yes, it’s the reboot of a huge franchise, yes it helps us forget about the prequel trilogy and yes it broke all kinds of records this past weekend. BUT more importantly, this movie means something. It’s a science fiction movie where the leads are a young black man and a strong young woman. Speaking specifically to our heroine, Rey, she’s fiercely independent, beautiful, kind and her story doesn’t revolve around a male character. Sevi also sent me this article that points out that this is the first Star Wars movie to pass the Bedchel test. In other words, this is the first Star Wars movie where two female characters discuss something other than a man. THE FIRST TIME.

Star Wars Outfit Dallas Fashion Blogger_2856 smaller Star Wars Outfit Dallas Fashion Blogger_2906webStar Wars Outfit Dallas Fashion Blogger_2869 smallerI could go on but I’m worried I’ll spoil something and I definitely don’t want to be that person. Just know that this movie is culturally significant and so many kids have two amazing young characters to look up to. Go see it and cry tears of happiness thinking about how great it is that Rey and Finn exist. Oh, was that just me? Okay…

Star Wars Outfit Dallas Fashion Blogger_2886 smallerOKAY now on to the Star Wars outfit I promised. First thing’s first, let me say I freaking love this dress. BUT if you order the similar one I linked below just know that it runs very small. I’m wearing a large, just for reference. That being said, a pair of Spanx and the fact that it’s black were my saving grace! I wanted to make the look a little more casual with some simple black sneakers and a denim jacket. I put on a necklace originally, but this look just felt more right without one.

I love maxi dresses sooooo hard. There’s something so chic about a long dress, even if it’s a really casual one. They just make me feel so tall and elegant…is that normal? Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels that way!

Star Wars Outfit Dallas Fashion Blogger_2884smallerDress: ThinkGeek ($40; sold out, but here’s a Tatooine version!) | Denim Jacket: Buffalo Exchange ($20; similar here) | Sunnies: Buffalo Exchange ($10; similar) | Sneakers: Target ($15; exact) | Earrings: ThinkGeek ($10/old; BB8 earrings here!) | Purse: TJ Maxx ($29; cute cobalt tote here)

Have you seen Star Wars yet? If not, WHY THE HECK NOT?! Feel free to use the contact form to chat about your favorite parts. I’m not joking.

xoxo
Valery


Jedi Inspired Poncho Outfit

Jedi Inspired Star Wars OutfitIn case you haven’t heard, a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just 4 days. If you’re like me, you lost your dang mind when it was announced back in October 2012. I cannot believe it’s finally here! To celebrate, I wanted to wear a few Star Wars inspired outfits to get us in the mood and to show that geek can still be chic! It’s also an easy outfit formula that you can use even if you’re not a Star Wars fan (for shame).

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valery-brennan-star-wars-poncho-9646valery-brennan-star-wars-poncho-9666I found this amazing minimalist Star Wars tee at Kohl’s and seriously had to pick it up. As much as I love the traditional Star Wars logo I was really drawn to the narrow sans serif font on this shirt – I love that it has such an iconic image without screaming Star Wars.

valery-brennan-star-wars-poncho-9650 valery-brennan-star-wars-poncho-9664 valery-brennan-star-wars-poncho-9713Instead of just throwing on jeans and a tee and calling it a day, I wanted to go for a Luke Skywalker inspired look so I added my trusty riding boots and camel poncho. Everyone knows shades of tan are totally Tattooine trendy. Even if you’re not going for a Luke Skywalker look (and why would you not?!) throwing a poncho over a graphic or plain tee is a perfect way to elevate your look. Remember that third piece rule I told you about? Yep, that.

CLICK HERE to read more about the third piece rule. Life changing, y’all.

valery-brennan-star-wars-poncho-9717Shirt: Kohl’s ($9; exact) | Jeans: Forever 21 ($8; exact) | Boots: Target ($20; exact) | Poncho: Forever 21 ($10; similar) | Photos by Stephanie Drenka

Do you have your Star Wars tickets yet?!  I’ve got Thursday night and Friday afternoon tickets. My body is ready.

May the Force Be With You.

xoxo
Valery

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Geek Chic | What to Wear to Dallas Comic Con

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You’ve been there…another Dallas Comic Con Fan Days is approaching (two days people) and suddenly you realize you don’t know what to wear! I know, I know, you could just throw on a t shirt and jeans and call it a day buuuuut what if I told you there’s a way to be just as comfy and look super chic? Here are a few outfit ideas to get you started! I’ve linked all the items but of course most of these can be put together using stuff you already have in your closet! Also a lot of these pieces mix and match, so hopefully you can easily recreate most of them without buying much! Get creative, use what you’ve got and save those dollars for some awesome gear in Artist’s Alley!

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Skinny jeans | T Shirt | Blazer | Sneakers | Statement Necklace

This outfit combo can be reworked a thousand times over because of it’s simplicity. Mix up the color of the blazer, the type of shoe and the accessories and you can wear three totally different outfits for comic con! I also love the idea of wearing this to work on a casual Friday (only if you work in an office that won’t look down on a graphic t!) It still looks pulled together and professional but it’s so fun!

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Tulle skirt |Sneakers | Chambray shirt | Licensed Hat | Statement Necklace

Want a more feminine and playful look? A tulle skirt is your perfect Comic Con bestie (just ask Sevi, she wore one to the last Fan Days!) Pair your tulle skirt (or any A line skirt) with a button down shirt tied at the waist to accentuate your waist – aka the smallest part of your body. Wear a statement necklace under the collar and throw on a cute hat to balance out the femininity and to show off your favorite fandom!

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Stretchy Pencil Skirt | T Shirt | Denim JacketSneakers

This outfit is perfect for Sunday – you’re going to be worn out but you still need to keep your fandom strong! Throw on a knit pencil skirt, your favorite t shirt and sneakers. Top it off with a denim jacket or cardigan because let’s be honest, it gets COLD in those panels.

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Raglan/Baseball T | Jeans | Booties | Statement Necklace

Maybe the simplest of all of the outfit ideas posted, but one of my favorites because it feels more “fall” than the others. I love the look of a raglan t, there’s something about them that’s so cute and flattering. This one is a men’s t from Target, but they’re athletic cut so it should still fit well! You might want to size down. (Tip: Target has GREAT graphic Ts in the men’s department, usually for $12.99 – not a bad price, especially if you’re on the hunt for a last minute shirt for this weekend!) Throw on some skinny jeans, a statement necklace and booties and you’re SET!

What are you wearing this weekend?! What are you super stoked about? I have to say I’m most excited to see Bonnie Wright on Sunday – I mean come on, she’s a Weasley!

Tickets for Dallas Comic Con Fan Days are available online through Thursday at 5PM! After that, you’ll have to buy them at the door. See you there! Don’t forget to click the post below for my BEST tips for prepping for Comic Con!

xoxo
Valery

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13 Halloween Costumes for Short Hair

Halloween Costumes for Short HairI’ve had short hair for a while now (yikes…eight years, not including 2012 when I grew it out for my wedding) so I KNOW the woes of trying to find a great Halloween costume without buying a wig! Here’s a list of 13 (mostly simple and inexpensive) costume ideas for you short haired babes to get you started!

WANT MORE costume ideas? Click here for 28 EASY Pop Culture Inspired Halloween Costumes

  1. Joy from Inside Out 
    • simple little green dress
    • spray or color your hair blue
    • blue eyeliner and eyebrows with bright pink lips. I would also tight line your waterline with a white liner (this one from NYX is my favorite) to make your eyes look bigger
    • don’t forget to embody joy by bringing a smile to everyone’s face!

  2. Patti Mayonnaise (works for bobs OR pixie cuts!)
    • if you’re a pixie rocking girl, you need to do the later version of Patti
      • blue long sleeve shirt or sweater with pink polka dots (you can use felt to create the polka dots on the cheap!)
      • jeans or other blue pants or leggings
      • pink sneakers or flats
      • hoop earrings
    • if your hair is a bit longer, you can still be Patti!
      • same shirt/sweater as above
      • blue skirt (hers is a skater skirt but really any above the knee skirt will do!)
      • pink sneakers
      • white scrunchy socks
      • make sure your hair is kind of crazy! Tease it at the roots to create lots of volume and add mousse or other product to keep the hold
  3. Tyra Banks (yes, she has a pixie right now!)
      • short, sleek pixie
      • heavy eye makeup and contouring
      • she’s been wearing a lot of really “classy” outfits lately so I would go with trendy, fitted suiting
      • make SURE to have a crazy Tyra attitude – use phrases like “smize” and “booty tooch” all night – this is going to be key for this costume!

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  4. Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show – I actually did a DIY version of this costume in college and won a RHPS costume contest! I beat out all the girls dressed in lingerie so you KNOW my costume was good. I just HAD to include this one but it does take a little work. That being said, you can still do it on the cheap! (Sorry I don’t have a better photo!)
    • black short shorts OR do what I did and chop off some cheap black leggings
    • hot glue ribbon onto the shorts to make them “striped”
    • gold jacket (this is the trickiest part, mine was something I already had from American Apparel)
    • top hat (you can find plastic ones at any party store in the “gangster” section), spray paint or paint it gold
    • make a red sequin bow tie using a small strip of fabric
    • fish net tights
    • blue socks + black heels or mary jane style shoes
    • heavy eye makeup and an insane contour line
    • Sequin corset OR do what I did – buy enough sequin fabric to go around you and tuck it into a strapless bra, pin the back and then tuck the bottom into your shorts-voila a DIY top!1916661_10150142285670015_3008817_n
  5. Iris Apfel
    • HUGE round glasses – if you hit up enough thrift stores you should be able to find something that will work
    • literally as many accessories that you can get on, especially bracelets and necklaces
    • she typically wears pants and a long coat, but look at some photos and you should be able to put something together from your closet! Fur is a huge plus.
  6. Claire Underwood from House of Cards
    • sleek business casual clothes – she wears neutrals, almost exclusively (a fitted dress is ideal)
    • hair parted on the side and close to your head – her long pixie is (like her clothes) sleek and understated. If you’ve got bangs, make sure to sweep them to the side too.
    • bonus points if you can bring along a Frank with a southern accent, suit and American flag pin

  7. Tinkerbell (Disney version; yes I know she has a bun but it works with a pixie too!)
  8. Stella Carlin aka Ruby Rose in Orange is the New Black
    • brunette pixie, slicked down
    • keep the makeup fresh faced – define the brows, highlight and add some pink gloss
    • khaki scrubs
    • grab a waterproof eyeliner and get to drawing on all those tattoos!
  9. Twiggy
    • blonde pixie, parted on the side and slicked down
    • shift dress
    • big earrings
    • most important – the iconic Twiggy makeup
      • use waterproof liner to draw a half circle on your lid
      • huge faux lashes
      • draw on bottom lashes using liquid liner
      • contour, no blush (you want your face to look as thin as possible)
      • white liner on the bottom
  10. Judge Judy – okay I KNOW this isn’t glamorous but seriously how funny would this costume be?!
    • black robe (a graduation robe would be perfect, ask some recent college grads)
    • white lace collar (buy some white lace ribbon and make it lay like a collar – easy peasey and cheap)
    • skinny reading glasses
    • curly brown pixie, make sure to add lots of volume in hairspray for that classic Judge J look

  11. Roxie Hart from Chicago (this is based on the Renee Zellweger/movie version)
    • blonde hair with soft vintage waves
    • red lips + fair skin
    • white or silver flapper dress
    • white T-strap shoes
  12. Ellen Degeneres – this costume is perfect if you want to be COMFY this Halloween! There are also lots of options here.
    • menswear inspired/chic clothes – fitted blazers, skinny pants, bow tie, regular tie, button down shirt buttoned all the way to the top (this Pinterest board is PERFECT inspiration)
    • sneakers (just nothing high top)
    • fresh faced makeup (she was a Cover Girl, after all!)

  13. Black Widow
    • Red, wavy/curly bob
    • head to toe leather/faux leather (I would do leather leggings and then whatever long sleeve top I can find – faux leather is best but anything will work)
    • black combat boots (or any boot you have)
    • get creative with her belts and gun holster – use old belts from thrift stores! You can always cover them with black ribbon if they’re they wrong color or have embellishments on them

I’ve got one more Halloween costume idea post and this one is all about couples costumes! It’ll hit the blog later this week so stay tuned!

xoxo
ValerySubscribe Button for Blog Posts


28 EASY Pop Culture Inspired Halloween Costumes

easy halloween costume ideasNow that October is here (HOW?!), it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too but there’s just something so fun about the Halloween season. That being said, we’ve all been there before – you get invited to a Halloween party, procrastinate on your costume and then your brain stops working. I swear, anytime I have to do a last-minute costume it’s like my pop culture side of the brain says “nope…not gonna help.” Well, suck it pop culture side of the brain because I’m here to help!

Also, yes, that IS me dressed as Edward Scissorhands, as photographed by Lindsay Steele. And no, that was NOT an easy costume so it is NOT on this list haha.

Here’s a huge list of pop culture inspired costumes that can (mostly) be made up of stuff you already have in your closet! A few of them take some extra time or maybe some special hair and makeup but if you follow the suggested items you’ll pull off an awesome Halloween costume!

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  1. Wednesday Adams from the Addams Family
    • Black sheath dress (don’t forget to add a white collar!)
    • Tall black socks or black tights
    • basically any black shoes
    • pig tail braids

  2. Rosie the Riveter
    • Blue button down with the sleeves rolled up to the elbow
    • Any kind of bottom will due but jeans probably make the most sense
    • Hair pulled back into a red bandana (red with white polka dots, to be the most accurate)

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  3. Sandy Olsson aka Olivia Newton John in Grease
    •  faux leather leggings
    • off the shoulder black top (super easy to find now that they’re so popular)
    • red heels
    • teased hair and heavy makeup
    • leather jacket (optional)
    • bonus points if you carry a cigarette and call everyone “stud”
  4. Steve Jobs
    • black turtle neck
    • dad jeans
    • white tennis shoes
    • glasses
  5. Holly Golightly aka Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    • little black dress
    • black gloves
    • pearls
    • tiara
    • bonus points for a long cigarette holder

  6.  Tobias Funke
    • jean short cutoffs + blue body paint
    • that’s literally it
  7. Patrick Bateman aka Christian Bale in American Psycho
    • 80s style work attire (ill fitting pants, suspenders, oversized dress shirt, etc)
    • fake knife or axe
    • splattered blood on your face and clothes
    • bonus points if you pass out business cards

  8. The Dude aka Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski
    • boxer shorts
    • white t shirt
    • a robe or Aztec patterned cardigan
    • Sandals – bonus points if you have Jelly sandals!
  9. ANYONE from Orange is the New Black 
    • tan or orange scrubs
    • hair and makeup according to your favorite character….just PLEASE DO NOT pull a Julianne Hough. If you’re white, you don’t need to do blackface to be an African American character.

  10. Nick Fury from The Avengers
    • black pants, belt shirt
    • black long coat
    • black gloves
    • black eye patch
    • if you have long hair, you can slick it back for a bald effect
  11. Carrie
    • any long formal dress
    • SO MUCH BLOOD
  12. Resident of the Capitol in the Hunger Games
    • TONS of colorful makeup – the crazier the better
    • very fancy, very bright colored clothing – again, the crazier the better
    • this would also be a perfect group costume
  13.  Kelly Kapowski
    • super 90s clothes – crop tops, cut off sweatshirt, overalls, keds, anything acid wash, floral, denim vest or jacket
    • minimal makeup
    • feathered bangs

  14. The Todd from Scrubs
    • scrubs….duh 🙂
    • flame bandana
    • cut the sleeves off your scrubs and write DOC on your arm
  15. Heath Ledger’s Joker
    • makeup and hair is really all that matters here
    • try to match the outfit if you can but seriously…get the makeup right and you’re golden
  16. Underwear wearing Walter White
    • green button down shirt, half tucked
    • white underpants or short shorts
    • brown socks
    • tan shoes
    • fake gun
    • glasses
  17. Literally any male character from Mad Men
    • wear a fitted suit and skinny tie
    • carry around a glass of booze (or apple juice if you prefer)

  18. Kimmy Schmidt aka Ellie Kemper in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    • bright colored pants
    • bright colored cardigan
    • floral shirt
    • bonus points for a backpack

  19. Andy aka Paul Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer
    • Denim jacket
    • blue jeans
    • black wolf moon shirt (a band t shirt would probably work too)
    • aviators
    • black converse
    • bonus points if you wear a shell necklace
  20. Coop in Wet Hot American Summer
    • bowl cut wig (this is essential!)
    • shell necklace
    • fedora that’s clearly too small for you
    • bonus points if you cut the sleeves off a jersey and wear it
  21. Chef from Wet Hot American Summer (I can’t help it that their costumes are awesome and easy to recreate)
    • blue t shirt with cut off sleeves, cropped and a cut neckline
    • jeans
    • white tennis shoes
    • white apron
    • blue bandana (stars, if you can find one)

  22. Cookie Lyons from Empire
    • the tightest, sassiest thing you have in your closet
    • fur coat would get the point across perfectly
    • the MOST important thing is your attitude

  23. Leslie Knope aka Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation
    • a suit….duh
    • a giant binder with a ridiculously decorated cover (full of course)
    • pink lipstick – it’s her signature!
  24. Jimmy Fallon with his messed up finger
    • a suit….again, duh
    • wrap up the ring finger on your left hand
    • act goofy, dance and name drop Justin Timberlake constantly

  25. Daria from…Daria
    • black skirt
    • orange t shirt
    • green blazer or jacket
    • thick rimmed glasses
    • combat boots
  26. Charlie Kelly from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    • messy/greasy hair
    • put silver makeup over your mouth/nose (so it looks like you’ve been huffing silver spraypaint)
    • long underwear (the dirtier and holier, the better)
    • bonus points if you perform a very strange but beautiful song at a keyboard
  27. Doug Funnie from Doug
    • white t shirt
    • green sweater vest
    • khaki shorts
    • red Converse or sneakers with visible socks
    • bonus points if you dress up as Quailman instead
  28. Claire Dearing aka Bryce Dallas Howard from Jurassic World
    • a white a-line, pencil or midi skirt
    • dirty tank top tucked into the skirt
    • sensible pumps, awesome makeup and perfectly tousled hair
    • optional: white button down tied

PHEW that’s it! Hopefully you’ve got an awesome Halloween costume ideas now – now start prepping, Halloween will be here before you know it! Oh and guess what….I’ve got MORE Halloween costume ideas on the way for you! Short haired babes, I know how hard it is to find costumes so I’ve got a list ready AND I’ve got a list of couples costumes too! Stay tuned for those!

xoxo
Valery

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Best of April Fools’ Day 2015

Now that it’s April 2, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The most annoying “holiday” is over. I’m just going to go ahead and say what everyone is thinking: no one thinks your fake pregnancies and/or engagements are funny. Seriously. BUT I have to say there were a few brands who really pulled out all the stops this year. Here are some of my favorites!

Hulu Pets featuring The Real Pugs of Portland, Bone Appetit, The Mew, The Bark, Laser Pointer: The Series, Wheel of Furtune, Follow the Ferrets, Having a Ball, The Daily Feed and Clawed City. Do yourself a favor and watch all the trailers because they’re marvelous.

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PlayStation Flow – “When you get to a swimming environment in your game, simply pause the game, sync your PlayStation Flow goggles, grab your flow sensors, then head to your nearest swimming pool and dive right back into the action.” My favorite part is the PlayStation Flow body dryer. Oh and the girl swimming on her couch.

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DeviantArt Style IRL – A stylus…in real life. It’s a pen.

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DisneyDining – This one definitely got me for a hot second!

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Grouber – Groupon’s new transportation service that puts trusty cats behind the wheel!

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These last two are my personal faves!

Funny or Die Dips – Although the idea is absurd, the execution is actually pretty wonderful. Do yourself a favor and check them out. If you only want to watch a few I recommend Jon Hamm, Charlie Day, Patton Oswalt and Rob Lowe, Ellie Kemper, Will Arnett, Weird Al, Aidy Bryant, Nick Kroll, Michael Bolton and Artemis Pebdani.

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NYX Unibrow – With brows being all the rage right now, this one really had me rolling. Not only is it brilliant, it’s well thought out and executed. They sent a full email blast, there’s a YouTube video and you can even buy the product online – conveniently enough, it’s sold out. I can’t find anything that actually says it’s an April Fool’s prank, which makes it the best kind of April Fool’s prank.

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And the winner for lamest April Fool’s “prank” goes to Modcloth. If you’re not going to put any thought into it, just don’t do one.

Alright, so sound off in the comments! What was your favorite April Fool’s prank? Any annoying fake engagements on social media? Thankfully I only saw three, so I’m going to call that a win….

xoxo
Valery

 


It’s Justin Timberlake Day!

364 days ago, I was sitting in the top balcony of American Airlines Center, so far on the edge that I couldn’t see the screens…but I was at a Justin Timberlake concert. And it was incredible. So when he announced that he was coming back to Dallas, me and two of my besties decided to treat ourselves and get VIP tickets to tonight’s show at American Airlines Center. Don’t worry, you’ll get a full report after the concert.

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For now, I wanted to commemorate Justin Timberlake Day with some of my favorite JT songs – in chronological order and categorized, of course.

“I’m obviously the frontman here”

Don’t get me wrong, I still think JC is the best member of Nsync but Justin was always the lead dude. And when “Gone” came out…we all knew the inevitable was not far off.

“CLEARLY I’m over Britney”

I mean come on, she looks just like her. That being said, this song is by FAR the best track on Justified.

“I’m not a kid anymore, OKAY?! I wear suits and talk about sex!”

This album is probably still my favorite but it makes me laugh how grown up he tries to seem. The good news is, we’re done with trucker hats.

“I’m basically only an actor now so enjoy five years of features”

I can’t tell you how many times I shouted “WHEN WILL JUSTIN RELEASE A NEW ALBUM?!” But he did give us a few good singles and SNL skits to tide us over.

“I’m back and now I wear Loubitons”

Fancy Justin is in full force. Do y’all remember watching the countdown waiting for “Suit and Tie” to be released?! So exciting. And then 20/20 Experience part 2 came out?! Now we just have to hope he doesn’t leave us again for 7 years.

And if that’s not enough (it’s not), you can listen to my JT Spotify playlist! Enjoy!

xoxo
Valery


Holiday Gift Guide – For the Pop Culture Junkie

Bonjour!

First off, if you missed my last post, make sure to subscribe! One email a week with updates from the previous week. I promise you won’t want to miss all the awesome stuff I’m giving away these next few weeks! (Along with normal outfit posts)

Today is my very first gift guide and I’m pretty stoked about it! This one is for people who are into pop culture – my specialty!

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1. A print from Holly’s Moving Castle. Holly’s Moving Castle is an artistic venture that merges simplicity with geekery. The result is 11×17 minimalist posters that start at only $12 each (sometimes less if you catch a sale!) You can’t beat that, especially for beautiful pop culture inspired art. And guess what, party people…..we’re giving away one of these bad boys! See below to enter.

2. Chromecast. I’m not going to go on and on about this (because I already did in this post), but if your pal has cut the cord from cable, they need one in their lives. $35 for a life changing gift. LIFE CHANGING.

3. Netflix. You guys know about it and they just keep expanding their library so buy someone a subscription (or get them a few months that they don’t have to pay on their own). It’s only $8 a month! If you’re not obsessed with Netflix, get your life together and read about my obsession here and here.

4. Anything from Think Geek. Basically anything that’s considered “nerd” pop culture (using that term loosely) has a section on Think Geek. My favorite part though, is the fact that their stuff is high quality, beautifully designed and somewhat practical. Several years ago I bought my husband a Tauntaun sleeping bag and it’s seriously one of the most used items in our house!

Now BACK to that giveaway!

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The winner will receive any one poster of YOUR CHOOSING (US only). Visit her site to check out more amazing designs and to pick out the poster you’re going to get once you win this contest! Use the widget below to enter and good luck! This contest runs for one week so hurry up and enter now so you don’t forget!

xoxo
Valery

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Classic hip hop all the time? This can’t be real life.

I can honestly say that exactly one week ago, my life changed for the better. If you’re in Dallas, unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know about this….but just in case….THERE ARE TWO STATIONS CURRENTLY PLAYING CLASSIC HIP HOP ON THE RADIO NOW!

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I would like to give a public thank you to my parents for taking me to have GlamourShots done when I was little. Also, imagine this kid listening to hip hop….hilarious.

Hot 93.3 (formerly i93) is a top 40 station here in Dallas and last Friday as I was driving home from work, they played an ad saying instead of Christmas music they would be making this a Hip Hop Holiday. I figured they would intermittently play a few classic hip hop songs but you GUYS they have completely switched over. Here’s to hoping it lasts forever!

You know what’s even better? 94.5 is now a classic hip hop station all the time. Like, forever. From their website, “Boom 94.5 DFW is a classic hip-hop station that features artists like Jay Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Geto Boys, UGK and more! The only station that represents the hip-hop you grew up with 24-7.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

In case you don’t live in Dallas, I’ve got some great options for you. Of course you can listen live to 93.3 or 94.5 live online OR if you’re not into the radio, I decided to make a playlist of my favorite songs that I’ve heard. I’m going to keep updating this playlist to make sure to follow it on Spotify!

What are your favorite classic hip hop songs?! Sound off in the comments!

xoxo
Valery


That time I hung out with one of the stars of Mad Men

It seems like a LIFETIME ago, but earlier this month the company I work for (SoloShoe Communications) sponsored an event for one of our clients in College Station, MSC OPAS, an organization at Texas A&M University that presents professional productions of theatre, music and dance programs.

When I found out that Bryan Batt (aka Sal from Mad Men) would be bringing his cabaret show as part of MSC OPAS’s 42nd season, I almost lost my mind. Mad Men is one of my all-time favorite shows AND Sal is one of the absolute best characters on the show. If you’re not a Mad Men watcher, you may recognize him from Jeffrey, 12 Years a Slave or one of the million Broadway shows he has been in. This guy is crazy talented.

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The urban-chic Downtown 202 (one of my favorite spaces in the Bryan/College Station area) hosted the cabaret and it was the absolute perfect venue – exposed brick walls, concrete floors and elaborate chandeliers…these are a few of my favorite things. Bryan’s show was spectacular – he was funny, charming and had the voice to back it all up. He performed Cole Porter originals, Broadway classics, and even threw in a tune from Gilda Radner’s one-woman show, “Let’s Talk Dirty to the Animals,” (which was his first Broadway show).

After the show, Bryan spent tons of times chatting with fans and taking photos. He was so incredibly kind and humble…and even spilled a few secrets about costarring with my boss’s all-time favorite, Elaine Stritch!

If you ever get the chance to go see Bryan Batt, don’t hesitate to go. Whether you’re a Mad Men fan, enjoy cabaret or just like to be entertained, you won’t be disappointed. And here’s Bryan Batt and I doing a prom pose, per his request. <3

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Literally one of the best nights of my life.

xoxo
Valery