I’ve contracted a terrible illness that I seem to get every few months, and I just can’t seem to beat it: I have blogger’s block. I haven’t taken any pictures like I promised, my outfits have been sub-meh at school and elsewhere, and I just haven’t been feeling it lately. Hopefully, I’m nearing the end of this sickness, but yeah. That’s what’s been up, if you’ve been wondering.

Despite my fashion sense being bedridden for an indefinite amount of time, I didn’t stop loving random crap last month. Here are my September Faves!

1. Stromae

Stromae has been on repeat for almost a week now. He’s a French alternative pop artist who’s crazy big in Europe right now. His voice is arrogantly seductive and confident, commanding my attention. Even though I don’t speak a lick of French (despite my three years of French classes…thanks private school!!1!11!1!) I find myself often just stopping and focusing intently on what he’s saying. I am consequently able to sing along to the basic syllables in most of his songs.

Check out his music videos here. Keep an eye out for “Papaoutai” and “Tous le Memes”.

2. Franco Sarto Tuxedo Leather Oxfords

Franco Sarto Oxfords--$35, TjMaxx.

Franco Sarto Oxfords–$35, TjMaxx.

Ever since I bought these shoes last week, I have worn them every single day. I’m really horrible at buying basic shoes, because the platforms just grab  my attention and never let go, but I made it my mission to find the perfect plain black oxfords this time. My efforts definitely payed off–the shoes are nice and lightweight, comfortable, and low maintenance. Sorry about the crap photo, but, as I said, I have no pictures for you guys. Again, sorry.

3. Almay Concealer

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer--Walgreens.

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer–Walgreens.

I’m so happy that the weather shows signs of an impending cool-down, but the afternoons are still up in the mid-80′s which means that I’m still on my summer foundation routine. I highly recommend having a BB or CC cream based foundation routine for the warmer months and a full-on liquid foundation routine for the winter. Your summer skin will thank you for the break. But on to the concealer! This Almay wand application is one of the best concealers I have used–I put this under my eyes and on any blemishes and skin discolorations I may have that day. In using this along with other concealers, I find that my use of CC cream has gone down significantly because this concealer has such good coverage.

pssst: may do a makeup routine post in the future. Ya?

4. TEDxYouth@Franklin

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone involved in making TEDxYouth@Franklin happen, Ema for asking me to speak, and for my family, friends, and readers for supporting me in the writing and rehearsal process in the months before the event. All our hard work payed off, and I would have never had such an amazing opportunity without your support and encouragement. I love you guys :)

TED will post the videos of the talks in a few weeks, so I’ll definitely let you all know once that is up.

Those are all my September Faves! Be sure to like the Facebook page, check me out on Twitter @ProjectMaganda, Instagram, Pinterest, and wherever else @ErinKaelie.

Thanks for your patience and your time! New looks soon. PROMISE.

Much love,

Erin

I literally have none. Like I don’t know what happened, I just literally did not gravitate toward anything, didn’t buy anything. Completely stagnant.

Here’s a measly compilation of two things I like. Bleh.

1. Spotify

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This app actually has been amazing for discovering, sharing, and saving music. I know I’m super late on the bandwagon for this, but I had been a huge Grooveshark nerd for years and am only now starting with spotify. Shoutout to my friend Destin for letting me share his account.

2. Moderat: II Album

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I picked this album up in the library because I liked the cover, not knowing anything about the band. Best. Decision. Ever. I strongly encourage you all to check out this album, specifically the tracks “Bad Kingdom”, “Versions”, and “Gita”. So in love.

 

Yay for super lame monthly faves!!!!! Like my facebook page, follow on Twitter @ProjectMaganda, And everywhere else @ErinKaelie.

Sorry this is crap. Good stuff coming up.

Much love,

Erin

(I believe that this is my first Music Spotlight surrounding just a band in general, so bear with me on the format of this post.)

 

Ever heard of HAIM?

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They’re a band of sisters (named Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim) who merge this 90′s grunge vibe and electro-pop echo with tight arrangements that almost mimic an autotuned sound, when it’s really just an amazing vocal blend. The sister effect totally works for them here.

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courtesy of V Magazine.

They’ve been getting boatloads of attention in 2014 from V Magazine, Nylon, Teen Vogue, and other publications of that nature. Rightfully so too–their music is intoxicatingly fun to listen to. I started listening to them earlier last year, and I just can’t get enough of their sound.

Left to right: Alana, Danielle, and Este.

Left to right: Alana, Danielle, and Este.

Major props to them for being able to pull of a middle part in their hair, too. That’s an ability that I do not possess nor pretend to possess, but these girls make it work.

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ALSO CAN WE TALK ABOUT ESTE’S BASS FACE FOR A SECOND BECAUSE LOOK AT IT IT’S PERFECTION

HAIM’s on my list of must-see-live bands! Check out my favorite tracks by them below:

“The Wire” MV

“My Song 5″ (feat. A$AP Ferg) MV: This music video has A$AP Ferg throw in a verse, which I can’t tell if I like or not (his tone is a great addition, but the actual rap is poorly written). Love his “Talk to me nice or don’t talk to me” at the very beginning, though. The MV has a lot of interruptions, so if you want to hear the song in its untouched glory, listen to “My Song 5″ Audio.

“Forever” MV This was the first track I heard by HAIM, around last year. Solid.

Expect a July/August favorites post at the turn of the months into September, and some style posts when it stops feeling like Satan’s living room here in TN.

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Want to hear me speak at the TEDxYouth@Franklin Conference September 27th? Click here to apply.

Thanks for reading! I know it was short, but you know. School.

Much love,

Erin

WYSLTWRT: Gorillaz “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach”
Top and Cardigan--F21. Jeggings (yeah, jeggings)--Thrifted. Boots--Choies.

Top and Cardigan–F21. Jeggings (yeah, jeggings)–Thrifted. Boots–Choies.

 

Junior year is officially in full swing, as my first week of school comes to a close.

How is it, you ask?

As I said before, it’s junior year. Not much else to say about it.

I have found that the hotter it is outside, the colder it is inside. This makes getting dressed…involved. How are you supposed to dress for sixty degree weather AND ninety degree weather? This is what I’m thinking:

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The shirt is light, loose, and has cutouts surrounding the collar so you can break the dress code without actually, you know, breaking the dress code. A light cardigan goes on top, an easy-to-chuck layer. As for the black pants and boots–that’s just a standard for me.

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Minimal jewelry, as per the norm for me. It’s not that I don’t like the look of tons of stacked necklaces and bracelets and rings and crap, but more so that I just can’t seem to keep track of things like that. I’m even surprised that this gold band is still around.

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The necklace adds interest to the top without  competing with the cutouts.

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OKAY. Let’s talk about the hair.

Ever since I opted for the Ain’t-No-Wifey cut in late June, I’ve been bombarded with questions about upkeep, cutting it, styling, etc. So, I’ll take some of the FAQ’s about my hair and answer them now.

1. Who cut your hair?

I actually cut it myself originally to get this style, but I recently got it cleaned up at Dion’s South in Downtown Franklin. The girl had never done a pixie before, but she did a pretty good job of giving me exactly what I asked for.

2. How do you style your hair in the morning? Is it easier to handle now?

Gel on the sides and back, hairspray under the front and top. Done. No heat necessary in this look.

3. Why did you cut it????!!1!1!!11!?! It was SOoo0oOO pretty before I’m sad :’((((

Um, sorry? And also, please leave. Thanks.

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Also get asked about wearing platforms to school a lot, as to whether or not it’s difficult to walk in them.

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Or if kids look at me funny in the hallways for wearing them.

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Practice makes perfect, I guess.

Alright, let’s go.

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I think that’s enough, don’t you?

Wanna follow PM on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram? If you’re on a computer, just look around this post for widgets to my accounts as well as my Lookbook and Bloglovin’ profile.

Want to see me speak at TEDxYouth @Franklin in September? Click here.

Thanks for reading–more material soon.

Much love,

Erin

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