Everything seen is from Forever 21 except for the shoes, which are from Choies.

Everything seen is from Forever 21 except for the shoes, which are from Choies.

WYSLTWRT: Stromae “Tous Les Mêmes”

Edgy and cute are on two opposite sides of the fashion spectrum, and I always find myself battling with which side I’m on. I definitely don’t dress like a doll, but I’m not full on grunge either. However I dress is usually a reflection on my passing mood, as it is for most people. But another thing I always take into account (you may find me completely insane in doing this but I do) is the social standing I have in whatever event or setting for which I am dressing. For instance, if I’m going to an event where I know I will not have the upper hand socially, I’ll pick out something I know will set me apart and give me an air of superiority. If I know I’ll be with a trusted group of people, I wear “cuter”, more feminine pieces.

For this outfit, I wanted something smack dab in the middle for me. It’s got a platform boot and sharp colors paired with black to give an edgy vibe, but the silhouette of the apron romper and the way I styled my hair gives the outfit the vibe of a school girl.

web3NikeKali-1090  I love the kaleidoscope print on this shirt, but the wide range of colors can make it difficult to style. I decided to tone it down by pairing it with the black romper and going for soft eye makeup. The red lips tie into the color on the shirt, and the lack of eyeliner keeps the look young.

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Since the outfit is pretty busy on top, I kept the accessories to a minimum (per the norm) with this gold macaroni-looking metal choker.

web3NikeKali-1074 When we shot this look, I had been listening to a lot of Stromae nonstop, so I felt the urge to try for a french-ish vibe, definitely with the hair, lips, and romper. If I ever went to France I wouldn’t hesitate to whip out this ensemble.

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HAIR:

1) get a definitive side part.

2) apply small amounts of gel to the sides and just the roots of the top.

3) comb the top forward and fluff/shape with fingers.

Viola. 5 Minutes max.

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MAKEUP:

1) Only using concealer, cover up dark circles and hit highlight areas (bridge of nose, cheek bones, forehead) with a concealer 2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone as your base. Since it’s still kind of warm I didn’t wear foundation. I usually only wear foundation in the winter.

2) Use a champagne eyeshadow and apply to the lid, with a matte mauve shadow in the creases (but only a little). Use an ivory/white shadow to highlight the brow bone. Curl the lashes (or don’t, it doesn’t look like I did in this picture) and apply a light mascara in the blackest black you can find. Filling your brows is optional.

3) Use a bit of bronzer just under the cheekbone and blend it out by using a translucent finishing powder.

4) Berry, red, orange, doesn’t matter what lipstick you use, just keep it clean.

Ta-daa! Once I figure out how to do a not-crappy-looking makeup tutorial, I will.

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Thanks for reading! New collaborations, looks, Music Spotlights, etc. coming your way! Next up to bat is October Favorites.

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Hope you enjoyed this look.

Much love,

Erin

I really hate country music.

Now, I live in Nashville, Tennessee, so I don’t admit this fact about my distaste for the genre all that often. But now my secret is out; I hate it.

But here’s the thing: I know plenty of people who hate indie, alternative, folk, electronic, rap, hip hop, r&b, microhouse, kpop, etc.–all the music I live by. And while I can’t wrap my head around why they wouldn’t like some of the music I love, I respect their opinions, and they respect mine, for the most part.

Something I just cannot understand nor excuse is the elitist opinion on music. We all know that one guy who thinks that “real” music died after 1978, or the guy who believes that if a song’s not complete with a “dope” beat, it’s not worth anyone’s attention. Is music not a personal journey? To produce ANY type of music takes an enormous amount of work, so why would you rip on a music genre as a whole?

The Modern Ape explains that whether or not an individual likes a certain type of music depends on the amount of dopamine his or her brain produces when listening to a song. This is how we judge our like or dislike of a song within its first 30 seconds; some people will immediately skip a song that someone else will put on repeat for five days straight, simply because the responses in their brains differed from one another.

Extended exposure to a certain genre of music and those who enjoy it will create a “musical template” in the mind for that general sound. In other words, if I were to spend a lot of time listening to country music with people who greatly enjoyed country music, I theoretically should develop a deeper understanding and a greater tolerance for the genre at the very least.

I’m very cautious when I say I hate things because my opinion changes nine times out of ten. When I do venture to say that I hate something, I always add a disclaimer. So yeah, I hate country music, BUT: I might love it next year. And I love Brett Dennen. So.

Some people like indie, and that’s okay. Some people like prog, and that’s okay. Some people like thrash, and that’s okay.

Some people like to voice their opinion on the music they don’t like, and that’s okay.

But some people think that because a genre isn’t their favorite, it’s automatically trash and the people who find an escape and joy in that music are tasteless. And that is not okay.

Music is everything to so many people, so why hate on any aspect of it? Liking hip hop instead of classic rock doesn’t make someone a tool. Liking classic rock instead of jazz doesn’t make someone a druggie. Liking jazz instead of dubstep doesn’t make someone outdated, and liking dubstep instead of folk doesn’t make someone shallow. (I have literally heard people make these exact generalizations, so I’m not making up crap. This stuff happens.)

It’s perfectly okay to love the music you love. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But at the same time, don’t you dare make someone else feel ashamed for loving the music they love. Be unapologetic in your presence and judicial in your opinions. Respect ALL music, because that’s the least it deserves.

Much love,

Erin

 

OK Go just came out with a new album, and it’s pretty awesome.

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I’ve been a big fan of OK Go since their 2002 self titled album, and I’ve watched them evolve from dirty guitar riffs to treadmill dances to Rube Goldberg machines to choreographed dog shows to musical driving tests to (now) warehouses full of optical illusions. To say the least, OK Go consists of some of the most innovative minds in the Alt-Indie scene. But now, the four piece band seems to be inching towards a new sound–one with airy vocals, stripped down melodies, and farting bass notes. In other words–they’re not only a rock-turned-alt-indie band, they’re an rock-turned-electro-alt-indie band. And I can’t get enough of it. Welcome to Hungry Ghosts.

I love how you hear hints of what they used to put out in their earlier years (Of the Blue Colour of the Sky era). For the most part, they’ve kept the blown-out speaker feel and the major chord progressions accented by bell tolls–but they’ve also added darkened verses and deep, blasting electronic pulses. Needless to say, it’s mind blowingly epic.

So far, Hungry Ghosts has received a lot of love from the community. But there are a ton of long-time fans who argue that OK Go has “sold out” into the electronic obsession and want the band to return to their old rock vibe. I personally appreciate that they’re branching out: I consider it an evolution of the band rather than a sell-out. I mean, isn’t it silly to think that a band’s style wouldn’t change as their personalities and experiences do? We don’t have the same style of clothing even in a year sometimes, and music should be no different.

Listen to the album in Playlist mode here.

What do you think? Has OK Go lost their luster, or do you like seeing this new side of the band?

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New outfit coming up, so keep an eye out.

Much love,

Erin

Cropped Hoodie--Target. Track Pants--F21. KORG Denim Jacket--Antique Store. Leather Backpack--Hand-me-down. Nike Air--Nordstrom Rack.

Cropped Hoodie–Target. Track Pants–F21. KORG Denim Jacket–Antique Store. Leather Backpack–Hand-me-down. Nike Air–Nordstrom Rack.

WYSLTWRT: Metronomy: “The Bay”

Last month, my family and I took a trip to Michigan to be in my aunt’s wedding (SO to Tita Rocel and Tito Pat!) and I wore this denim/track suit combo on the way home and put a picture of it on my Instagram.

 

I got a ton of DMs of people asking me to do a blog post on it, so I modified the outfit a bit and came up with this.

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I wanted something that I could fall asleep in and not feel restricted on a long car ride, but also not have to worry about how I looked when I got out of the car. If you’re worried about looking put-together during long trips, an all black look is always a great option. No matter what crap you’ve spilled on yourself or if you’ve wrinkled everything to high heaven, the black streamlines the body and still makes you look effortlessly cool.

yeah, the jacket has mud on it, I know.

yeah, the jacket has mud on it, I know.

I am unhealthily in love with this jacket. It’s huge, has this awesome logo and lettering on the back, and is unbelievably soft and in great condition. One of my new favorite thrifted pieces I got in Indiana on the way back.

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I’ve been wanting to get black and white Nikes forEVER and I jumped on these babies when my town opened up a new Nordstrom Rack. Not crazy about the place in general, but I got these shoes for a crazy low price. Very happy with my purchase.

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As always, I have to give a quick shoutout to Sunglass Spot, for landing me these Wildfox knockoffs for only $10.

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The necklace is technically backwards, but I liked the cross effect the metal had, so I flipped the stone to add interest. Also wearing my lightning bolt chain because it was raining that day, and I always wear my lightning bolt necklace on rainy days for luck, or something.

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I went for no eyeshadow and just a simple berry tone on my lips so I don’t have to bother with worrying about my eyeliner smudging in my car. Also, according to Marc Jacobs and Francois Nars, wearing makeup is totally not cool anymore. So.

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The hood helps a lot when it gets cold or noisy in the car–just pop in your earbuds, throw up your hoodie, and forget everything else.

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The entire outfit is extremely forgiving, so there’s plenty of room for you to lounge around and stuff yourself with road trip snacks and the like. Elastic waistlines are your best friends when traveling.

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I found this backpack in the back of my mom’s closet and couldn’t help but steal it. It has the perfect size mini pockets for my phone and a pack of mints (all the easy-access stuff). There’s ample room in the main compartment for my wallet and a novel. Having the backpack keeps my hands free for whatever and prevents me from over-packing.

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That’s all for today’s look! Let me know what else you’d like to see or if you want tips on how to dress for specific occasions. Ask me on my instagram @ErinKaelie or tweet me at @ProjectMaganda.

A music spotlight will probably come up within the next week or so, so be prepared for that. Thanks for your patience these past months! Really appreciate all your support.

Much love,

Erin

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