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Hi, hello! Is this thing still on? Sooo, I kind of disappeared for a little over a week. It wasn’t really planned- I just needed a break. I was feeling off my game and I’m slowly working on getting back into the swing of things. The first thing I’m starting with is the inspiration board above my desk. It hasn’t been updated in several months and I thought it was time to go through the pile of magazines I had sitting on my desk.

I’ve had some form of inspiration board ever since I was a kid. I always loved clipping little pictures and quotes out of magazines and then I would form a collage on my bulletin board. Since I was feeling off, I thought it would be good to go back to basics and cut out snippets and images that I like. I still have a few gaps to fill in, but I’m sitting on my bed looking at it right now and I’m already starting to feel a little more inspired.

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Tell me: Do you have an inspiration board? I’d love to see a picture if you do!

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Listening to “Lullabies” by Yuna. It’s such a pretty song.

Watching Outlander. Head back to Wednesday’s post if you want to find out how I became hooked on this show!

Reading Outlander, Outlander, Outlander. I immediately went out and bought the first book and I’m about sixty pages in (right around where the first episode left off).

Eating the brownies I made for a work picnic that’s happening this afternoon. Let me just say that there are bits of toffee in them. Yummmmm (recipe here)

Anticipating my sister’s visit in September. It will be N and N in NYC, take 3!

Wearing my denim cutoffs from Gap (not sure if these are the exact same ones, but they’re very similar). If it’s the weekend and I’m out and about, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll be wearing these shorts.

Planning to take a day off, maybe? Not counting holidays, this would be my first day off from work since January 2nd (gasp!).

Laughing at 11 hilarious examples of parents not understanding technology. Yesterday my mom accidentally Facetimed me and I heard her say, “I think my phone is talking to me!”

Loving this collegiate sweatshirt from Aeropostale. Can I still wear this even though I’m several years out of college?!

Admiring all of Rebecca’s pictures taken in Ireland. The backgrounds are so gorgeous and her outfits are lovely.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Anyone have fun weekend plans? 

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You guys, advertising is no joke. One week ago, I’d never heard of Outlander and although it’s way too early to make this call, I’d say I’m hooked on the show. And I just bought the book too!

In case you haven’t heard of it, Outlander is a new TV series based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon. The main character, Claire, is a nurse during World War II, and after the war ends, she and her husband take a trip to Scotland in order to reconnect. One afternoon when she is exploring some old ruins, she accidentally transports herself back in time and ends up in the middle of a battle between the Scots and the Brits. Of course she’s terrified and right now she’s trying to figure out what the hell just happened. She’s already met a handsome Scottish man named Jamie and saved his life… What can I say? I love historical fiction/period pieces, and I’m a sucker for some romance as well.

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As I’ve mentioned, I just found out about this series and so far all I know is what I’ve seen in the first episode (which you can stream for free on Starz right now). Right away, I fell in love with Claire’s 1940s style. Costumes are one of the best parts about period pieces, right? I thought it would be fun to take some of clothes she’s worn so far and give them a modern twist. If Claire was walking around right now in the year 2014, what would she wear (WWSW)? From what I’ve seen, she likes classically feminine pieces in neutral colors. However, she’s also not afraid to throw in some masculine elements as well, such as trousers, coats with strong shoulders, and oxfords.

Claire from Outlander

Tell me: Have you guys seen the show or read the book(s)?

(All screenshots via Starz | dress, blazer, trench coat, white shirt, oxfords, scarf)

July Favorites

Here are a few things that I loved in July:

- Lupita’s Interview in Vogue Magazine. I was so excited when I saw that Lupita was going to be on the cover of Vogue. I finally got around to reading her interview and it was so good. I continue to admire her and if you’re a Lupita fan, you’ll definitely want to check out this interview.

- Julep Nail Color Kam. I may have like six other mint green nail polishes, but they’re all different. This one by Julep is my new favorite of the bunch and you can see what it looks like on my nails here.

- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I was really excited to read this one. I posted a picture at the beginning of last month and several people commented about how much they love this book. I finished it recently and thought it was so good. The longer I think about it and reflect on it, the more I like it. At some point soon, I’ll watch the movie directed by Sofia Coppola.

- Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl in Black. I was looking for an eyeliner that I could use on my waterline and this one works really well. It’s so creamy and smooth. Now I need a new eyeliner pen for cat eye flicks because my previous one dried out. Any recommendations for one that makes it easier to do a cat eye for an eyeliner noob like me?

- Postcards from my best friend. I’ve already mentioned these in my wanderlust post, but it was certainly the best mail that I received all month.

Tell me: What were your July favorites?