A Knit in Time

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Here’s something slightly different from the regular installment of On Nnenna’s Needles- a round-up of my favorite knits posted on the blog so far!  Tell me, which one is your favorite? :)

On Nnenna’s Needles #1: Red Licorice
Made for: my godmother

On Nnenna’s Needles #2: El Otoño Morado
Made for: myself

On Nnenna’s Needles #9: Jewelry Frame
Made for: myself

On Nnenna’s Needles #12: Pay it Forward 2011
Made for: L to R, top Kel, Kathleen, bottom- Jamie, Nina

On Nnenna’s Needles #20: Summer Lovin’ Vest
Made for: myself

The Joys of a First Paycheck

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I’m sure you guys can imagine how excited I was when I received my first paycheck as a working girl!  What made it even better was that it was unexpected; I didn’t think I would get paid until mid-July, but instead I got a paycheck at the end of June.  Like any responsible young adult shop-a-holic, I immediately put some money in my savings bought myself presents as a reward for completing my first two weeks!  I thought I would share my mini haul with y’all [notice the use of y’all because it rhymes quite nicely with haul ;)]

Coach Chelsea Leather Skinny

Lulu’s Harley Darling Structured Black Handbag

I had been on the hunt for a new wallet for a little while; I wanted something with more color (my previous wallet was black), smaller, and chic that would last for years.  That’s why I decided to invest in the lovely wallet above, which I purchased from this new site called Suddenlee.  The concept is really cool- first you add a little button to your browser’s toolbar.  Then, when you are browsing online at any one of the 300+ stores they cover and you see something you like, you click the little button to add it to your Suddenlee shopping cart.  You can add items from several different shops and their list of stores includes places like H&M and Zara that don’t have online shopping in the US yet.  The absolute best part of the whole thing?  Your item arrives the next day!  For a shop-a-holic who sees something online, buys it, and wants it to arrive immediately, this is clutch!  Sometimes the Suddenlee shoppers cannot find the item you want to order, which is what happened originally in my case.  However, the customer service people I dealt with there were so lovely and helpful and helped me change my order and get it shipped to me as quickly as possible!  Bottom line: I would definitely recommend this site!

This lovely bag from Lulu’s is my new work purse!  I wanted something classic and structured with a crossbody strap.  I found this fabulous purse at Lulu’s for only $40, although it was a little less when I used a discount code I had!  I think it’s the perfect size to hold all the essentials I need for the day and I love that I can just sling it over my shoulder and look totally put-together; it definitely adds to my outfits!

After this little shopping spree- I had to reel it in! haha After all, I’m going to be apartment-hunting soon in the city and I’ll need the money for rent!  Tell me: What have you bought recently?

FBFF: Labels

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Katy Rose of Modly Chic wrote a really interesting post about labels a few days ago, which was the jump-off point for this week’s FBFF questions.

1. As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category? This has always been a struggle for me, from the moment I decided I wanted to start a blog.  For a little while, I thought if I wanted to blog about fashion, I had to post outfits daily with nice big pictures and very little text.  However, the problem with this is that I thought I only needed a few pictures and I want to write more.  Those who know me IRL would say I don’t talk a lot, but for some reason, when it comes to blogging I want to a couple of paragraphs or so!  Also, I have other interests besides fashion, such as knitting, and I wanted to include them on this blog too.  I finally realized that I can blog however I want to about whatever I want and I’m still finding my groove in that respect.

2. What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger? The times I’ve been required to label myself has been when I signed up for certain online communities.  When they have a drop-down menu for type of blog and there’s not a lot of options, that’s when I’ve really thought to myself, “What type of blog do I write?”

3. When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being? Being primarily a fashion blogger (I think! haha), of course I’m drawn to a lot of other fashion blogs.  But, like I mentioned earlier, I have other interests and I like to follow blogs about those interests too.  I’m not sure I would say that I’m drawn to other blogs that indicate a certain way of thinking, but I am drawn to blogs where I feel comfortable, as in I can see myself and that blogger getting along quite well IRL :)

4. Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others? I supposed the benefits of labeling would be the specific community that is created by that label, but thankfully we don’t have to limit ourselves by that label!  I like belonging to various online communities such as IFB and Ravelry, as well as the wonderful little community I’ve created around my blog!

5. Agree or Disagree – We’re all just people; we don’t need all the labels. Well I have to agree with the first part of the statement!  Unless someone’s an alien from a different planet and they just haven’t told me yet! ;) Anyways, I don’t think labels are completely terrible.  Like I mentioned in the response above, I can see how they can be useful in creating specific communities where you can turn to when you need help with that specific thing.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with identifying with a label, as long as you don’t let that label completely define who you are.

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)Fashion Beauty Friend Friday was created by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. Become a member at the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group to join in the discussion!

BDIB: Maxi Skirt

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There are more round-up posts to come next week in honor of my blog’s one-year birthday, but in the meantime I though it was high time for another outfit post!  It’s been a little while since I last participated in Bloggers Do It Better because the timing wasn’t great for me on the last two challenges.  However, now I’m back in the game and I’m so excited to share this outfit with you guys!

Handknit Vest, Lefties Top, Thrifted Skirt (Goodwill), H&M Flats

I love these challenges for pushing me to try new things!  Six months ago, I would have told you that I couldn’t wear a maxi dress or skirt and look at me now [quick aside: I love that song! Busta Rhymes kills me with his verses! Ok, sorry, back to the matter at hand ;) ]!

I found this coral maxi skirt at the Goodwill back home in California and fell in love immediately.  The color and the beautiful cut and drape just were way too good to pass up!  However, I hadn’t worn it out yet because I couldn’t figure out exactly how I wanted to style it.  So this poor thing had just been languishing in my closet for a while, until BDIB gave me a reason to pull it out.  I decided to go the simple route and let the skirt do all the talking and I think it worked out well.  Then I topped it off with the vest that I knit recently and I love the boho vibe of the whole outfit :)

Tell me: How do you wear your maxi skirt or dress?

Check out the other submissions here!