Day 3: 8th Avenue

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Outfit: cutout top: Urban Outfitters, green army jacket: Brandy Melville, black lace high waisted shorts: thrifted, tights: Nordstrom, platform shoes, Forever 21, choker: Brandy Melville.

Dear Reader,

This is an outfit I’m actually wearing tomorrow night to a Paper Days concert which I am very excited about. I am quite in love with chokers and sheer tops at the moment.

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This is my best friend/soulmate Sydney whom you’ve heard so much about Skyping me right before I took these pictures. She really wanted to be in this post but was also really nervous hence her hiding. Say hi to her. She’s coming to visit me in 4 days. Be nice.

Here is Day 3 of my 21 Days Series.

And in case you missed the other days, I’ve linked them below:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been homesick for New York. The kind of homesickness you get for a place that has never been your home, if that makes sense. The city makes me feel like a part of something bigger, something more important. It’s like when you look at all the lights dotting the high-rises, you start to wonder how many of the people like the same songs that you do, how many are homesick, too, but for someplace else, how many broken hearts are still beating how many beating hearts are breaking. But the funny thing is that today, I found myself to be of the second variety.

That night, I took a walk down 8th avenue. And with each passing liquor store and frilly boutique, I couldn’t help but wonder if he would think of me ten years from now, sitting in one of these neon-lit bars, drinking something clear and strong. Maybe he would wonder if I was somewhere in the same city, if I was happy or something close to it. I couldn’t help but wonder if I would pick up the phone if he called.

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Mildly obsessed with neon signs let it happen.

XX, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. Comment your favorite city and why you love it. I really love people’s answers to this question for some reason I don’t know.

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Day 2: A Glass Box and Plastic Scenery

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I am currently very much into these open-backed frilly dresses – they are so comfortable and very cute with combat boots and a lace bralette. I recommend wearing them on picnics and bike rides.

Dear Reader,

Here is the second part of my series (I linked Day 1 below if you missed what this whole thing is about).

Day 1

Day 2

I met a friend in an apartment downtown. We sat at a dinner table and watched green and yellow fish loop around a glass box. I wondered if they ever got used to the plastic scenery, if they ever got used to being held against their will.

« Margaret texted me last night. She wanted to meet up. For closure, you know. »

« Yeah, I know. »

And I did. I knew that we had all lost each other the minute we stepped off that plane in JFK. And that we were all going to go back to our white bedrooms and have lots of beautiful stories to tell our old friends and kiss the people we had been in love with nine months ago. And worst of all, the purple nights that stitched us all together were going to unravel and become yesterdays.

We walked to the Cathedral Parkway subway station. I ran down the stairs and bought a train ticket that I knew would take me a lot further from him than 14 city blocks. I’ll never see him again, I remember realizing. He was already fading into the background of my memory as quickly as the cream-colored tiles were disappearing into the dark beyond the window of my train car.

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Listen to this when you are missing someone.

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Your lips taste like an overcast sky.

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and you know where I am.

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This quote holy moly.

XX,  The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. Comment something good that happened in your day today <3

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21 Days

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Outfit: Top – Urban Outfitters, Corduroy Skirt – Brandy Melville, Tights – who knows, Lace Socks – American Apparel, Boots – French-Shoe-Store-I-Forgot-The-Name-Of, Bow/Headband – Forever 21

Lately, I’ve been really into combining white frilly things (see socks, shirt, bow) with edgier things (see tights, skirt).

Dear Reader,

I’ve been working on a series for this blog called 21 Days, and I’m real excited about it. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it’s been like coming back from a year abroad in France. So I wrote about 21 different things that have happened/things I’ve realized/etc. since I’ve been back. Each day will be a post complete with something a wrote, an outfit, an accompanying song or two, and some overlays. Here is Day 1 – I hope you enjoy!

They say it takes 21 days to break a habit.

Day 1

I couldn’t tell you if I drank ginger ale or iced water on the airplane, if I slept more than 20 minutes, if listened to music or let the roaring engine add to the noise already pounding in my head. I like flying, I do. I like the idea of leaving soot-dusted cities behind and landing in ones where you can find glitter on the boulevards and champagne in the gutters. But this time, it was like with each passing suburb, I was the one blurring into the background, fading away into a backdrop of whitewashed houses and graffiti smeared pharmacies selling rubbing alcohol for cheap. I wondered if I’d see the girl I had gotten to know in France ever again, the one with white wrists and marigolds growing in her heart.

« We’re going home, » they said.

But that’s where they were wrong. You see, home wasn’t where our airplane was set to touch down, home wasn’t feeling like the paper cutout of a person, home wasn’t where you could find champagne in the gutters on Friday nights. Not anymore at least.

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XX, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. Comment good books I need suggestions <3

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Velvet Crush

Dear Reader,

I have recently (and by recently I mean for the past year or so) developed a raging obsession with velvet because a.) it is luxuriously soft and b.) I adore the texture slash sophistication it can add to a look. I have also developed another obsession with the ASOS Holiday Collection. So here you go: an outfit that mixes two of my latest addictions. Well, actually three if you count polaroids.

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Yes, I did take some of these photos in front of our Christmas tree. (No, we have not taken it down yet.) The reason being that I was feeling quite festive in my red velvet top. It felt right. Let it happen.

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Top: ASOS Holiday Collection*, Necklace: Urban Outfitters, Skirt: Forever 21, Tights: Norstroms (??), Socks: ASOS*, Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Also, my blogging friend Megan from Tunes and Tunics  (I may or may not be obsessed with her blog you should stop by and say hello to her slash enjoy her stellar music taste and fabulous style) is also posting a look featuring the ASOS holiday collection that you should 200% check out! Here are a few previews of her outfit:

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XX, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. Listen to this song:  Open Season – Josef Salvat

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ASOS and the top and socks were sent to me in exchange for a review.

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Polaroids and Heart Shaped Glasses

Dear Reader,

I made some Polyvores of stuff I developed mild obsessions with in 2014. Please enjoy.

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There are only two kinds of people in this world: people who like Taylor Swift and people who secretly like Taylor Swift.

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Yeah, I might have watched Palo Alto upward of 15 times what of it?

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“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.” This year my love for Sylvia Plath doubled.

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Cables and heart-shaped glasses yes.

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“I should have loved a thunderbird instead; at least when spring comes they roar back again.”

Here, I compiled a lil collection of polaroids from my year. Take a peek.

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I think this is one of the best photos I’ve ever taken if we’re bein honest. And we are.

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Look at me in this car. This was in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Just me at a French hotel. Thinking about sunshine most likely.

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Cinderella’s on the kitchen floor she’s got a crush on the guy at the liquor store.

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You look as though you’ve been for breakfast at the heartbreak hotel.

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The rainy little town I fell in love with.

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Some roses in Paris. Aren’t they lovely? I think I took this on Christmas.

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Just me in San Francisco.

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I went to a Christmas ball a few weeks ago.

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Late night drives.

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Sydney sent me a Christmas package. I cried because there was a Tylenol PM stress ball and fuzzy socks.

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Meet my favorite human being Chloe Belle.

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January in Paris.

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Don’t ask.

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Halloween. Haha these are so out of order let it happen.

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Just me and my soulmate Syd the Nerdy Squid.

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Christmas n stuff.

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A night at the theatre in Paris.

Hope you had a lovely 2014!

XX, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. Comment your favorite memory from last year.

P.P.S. Listen to this song: Death Cab for Cutie – New Year

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20 Things My Best Friend Has Taught Me

Dear Reader,

If you’ve been hanging around for a while, you’ve probably heard a thing or two or three hundred about my friend Sydney who lives in New York. In case you haven’t, to sum things up, she’s the « girl with gold hair and rose lips who held me when I felt as cracked and grey as the sidewalk we spent midnights sprawled across, » she sent me a package for my birthday with a book about New York, french caramels and some pages ripped out of her journal. She likes Taylor Swift and kissed someone in an elevator in October. She sends me good morning messages every morning and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

Well it was her birthday yesterday, and due to life getting in the way, I couldn’t post this until the morning after. So happy birthday Syd I love you to pieces.

20 Things My Best Friend Has Taught Me

1.) It’s okay to have your future roommate/apartment picked out by 18.

2.) « People lie. People break promises. They take drugs and they keep secrets and they cheat on their homework assignments. »

3.) There are more kinds of medicine than advil and melatonin. The pills that come in bottles I mean. I’m talking about girls with golden hair who mail you packages with candy and books for your birthday. There are some people who will get rid of the hurt better than 2.5 teaspoons of cough syrup ever could.

4.) A Little Death by The Neighborhood is a good song.

5.) I once thought I knew what love was. It turns out I’ve never loved anyone but the person he should have been.

6.) It’s important to notice the little things about people. For example: I like that Sydney always puts her ketchup on the side when she eats french fries and she likes that my eyes are the same color as my hair.

7.) You have to find someone that thinks about how you’re doing even from across the country. Someone who wonders if you’re smiling and hopes that someone’s telling you that your eyeliner looks good or that your mascara’s smudging.

8.) Sometimes it’s okay to walk around people like they’re cracked glass. They are probably more cracked than they know themselves.

9.) Bicycles speed across the pier and sometimes you will want to shout to them, Be careful it’s dark! And sometimes you should take your own advice.

10.) Chocolate covered pears do not taste good. I repeat. Chocolate covered pears do not taste good.

11.) Nutella covered pretzels DO taste good. I repeat. Nutella covered pretzels taste so so good.

12.) That being said, listening to Knee Socks and 3am is a better combination than chocolate and pretzels.

13.) Keeping a journal is very important because if you start forgetting rain-dusted cities and kaleidoscopic cathedrals, ink-stained pages will keep these things alive even if they have wilted from your memory.

14.) Buy goods not bads.

15.) « The world is a scary place but it’s also cool as places get cause it’s the only one we have. »

16.) Yodeling is my passion I have developed a love for the outdoors.

17.) It is very very important to cover the walls of your room with pictures and posters and quotes.

18.) The best way to move on from poisonous relationships is to forgive them and then forget them completely.

19.) If you go to France for 9 months in high school, it will be the best and worst thing that has ever happened to you.

20.) New York City is 2,763 miles away from California. Even if your best friend lives a country away, it is possible to feel closer to her than the people you sit next to in math class. Sometimes the people surrounding you are the ones 2,763 miles away.

And here’s a poem for her because I promised I would write one.

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XX, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. Comment Happy Birthday Syd she’s reading your comments be nice.

P.P.S. Comment things you like about your best friend.

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Numbers N Stuff

Dear Reader,

Here is an update of my life: I’ve been thinking a lot about numbers recently. So I wrote some things with statistics and such in them.

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I have been making a lot more of these too. I’ll make another post soon with more if you’d like. Comment a heart below if you would so I know.

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They burst into flames. They really did.

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I cannot tell you how long it took me to make this one slash line up the skylines.

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From a concert I went to a few weeks ago.

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This was also taken in France. I’m the one wearing the black striped shirt in the back. Wow I miss my friends so much.

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Well, sometimes I do.

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(but screaming your name through the storms and rain never brings you closer)

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Wow, thats a bummer Romeo.

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Forever obsessed with this book slash bit from it.

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So true so true. Feat. my legs (I took this in a museum in Paris).

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Thats me, the feminist.

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Boy have I.

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Only God knows.

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Accidentally took this on a bus in Boston.

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Took this on purpose on a bus in France.

Okay I’m gonna go finish my loads of math homework. I really do hate Mondays.

XX, The Girl in the Little Black Dress

P.S. Listen to this song Sydney and I are obsessed with Foals – Milk and Black Spiders

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