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What's Your Girl Truth?

Posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2014


There are so many routines that I have — winged eyeliner, color-coordinating my closet, grabbing a peach-orange juice and bagel before each shift at the tattoo shop. When it comes to personal grooming and body hair, I don't hold it as a priority. Sure, I shave my head once a week, but even when it comes to everywhere else, I'm a bit more selective. Read more to find out my Girl Truth.

What's In My Bag // Florida Vacation

Posted on: Monday, September 15, 2014


Hooray! I'm on my way to Florida! Brock and I are headed to Disney World and to hang out with his mom for a couple of days. Now we're trekking along on our flight, so I figured I'd share with you all what I packed for a hot and humid short vacation in the Sunshine State.

Laced Up

Posted on: Friday, September 12, 2014


We're slowly, slowly transiting into autumn. Fall is my favorite season — layering, tights, boots, hats. While we're still riding out the last bit of summer here, our nights are getting cooler and I'm starting to break out sweaters, jackets, and best of all — leg wear.

See more after the break.

Ways to Wear It // The Varsity Jacket

Posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I have always loved varsity jackets — even though I am not much of a sports person. In high school, I had my varsity letter for tennis, but never opted to get one of hideous ones the kids at my school wore. Instead, I waited until much later to pick one up of my own.

For this fall, I bought an all black varsity jacket with white tipping from Forever 21. It's been cool enough to wear it already, and I'm looking forward to pairing it with a lot this fall. See my favorite ways to style it after the jump.

An Honest Tote // Fall 2014

Posted on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014


They're here... and they're reversible!


I'm so excited to release the new Heads or Tails bags. It's basically a two for one! There are currently three Heads or Tails bags available — oxblood/cherry, bronze/black, and red/black. I have also listed new original-style bags in the shop. Each is handmade from recycled leathers in Chicago, IL.


I'm also introducing An Honest Wallet. I have been searching for the perfect card case I can slip in my pocket — after no luck, I decided to make them! You can pick these up in the Etsy shop starting today.

Head on over the Mini Penny Vintage to score your bag before it's gone. They're one of a kind and ready to ship!

Boots and Whistles

Posted on: Monday, September 8, 2014


Can it be considered a Canadian Tuxedo if not all my denim is blue? And is it acceptable to be totally obsessed with these cheap boots?

Weekstagram // September 7

Posted on: Sunday, September 7, 2014


I've been admiring designer harnesses and leather bondage detailing for some time now. I'm considering creating some of my own designs for my Etsy shops in both real and vegan leather options. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be playing with some prototypes and hopefully coming up with some fun pieces!

You've Got Nail 42 // MAC x Marge

Posted on: Friday, September 5, 2014


Yesterday I woke up early to go check out the MAC Cosmetics collection for Marge Simpson. There are a lot of good pieces, but I ended up sticking with the false lashes (more on those later) and the unbeatable nail decals. Naturally, I knew I was going to leave the store with these. And I'm not disappointed.

The MAC nail decals are similar quality to Scratch or Sally Hansen. They're pliable, have a little stretch, and apply easily without wrinkles. They're really great for the price ($16). The come with two rows of 8 each in various sizes. I was able to get two uses out of one pack of decals.

Did you pick up anything from the MAC x Marge collection?

Here's what I used:

MAC x Marge Simpson nail decals
Finger Paints in Cerulean Seascape [similar]
UO Nail Laquer in Blue Glitter [similar]
Zoya in Purity [similar]
Nail dotting tool
Seche Vite Top Coat

How Will Fashion Ads Represent Us?

Posted on: Wednesday, September 3, 2014


New York Fashion Week is upon us. With every runway show, we see beautiful men and women on the catwalks — but most of the time, something is missing. It's rare that we see someone 5'1" with a a short inseam or that is considered "plus size", and some brands are viewed as 'edgy' and 'brave' for showcasing their entire lines with non-white or gender non-conforming models. Beyond Fashion Week, most of the websites and magazines, billboards, commercials, kiosks and beyond leave us with cookie-cutter models and lacking a true representation and what we as women look like.

It's not to say that these models aren't "real women." This is a term that is thrown around far too loosely — we're all real women. But the real range of women is not being portrayed fairly from many of the venues we see every day. We may not know it, but it can be damaging in many aspects.

Today I'm standing up with ModCloth to spread the word about #FashionTruth. Modcloth has pledged to continue to cast a variety of women on their site, as well as make a range of clothing sizes for us all. Beyond, ModCloth is asking you to sign the petition to support the Truth In Advertising Act — this would prevent companies from advertising to youth with Photoshopped images. Over 50% of young teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies, which can result in eating disorders, low self esteem, and depression. And beyond our own self-images, we must take into account how women's representations via advertisement can have negative effects on our progresses in gender equality as well.

I am far from having a super model's body and I'm okay with that. But I'm not okay with that fact that I'm being advertised to from every angle — and it's rarely for the body that I have and love. A big reason why I got into blogging was so that I could share my style my way. It's the same reason why I read so many others'. I love getting inspired from women of all shapes and sizes and would love to see more major brands taking note from our strong and varied communities.

I applaud ModCloth for taking a stand and bringing the conversation to the surface. You can read their Susan Koger's (Modcloth's CCO) letter on their blog today. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, participate in the #FashionTruth tag, and sign the petition!

The Scenic Route

Posted on: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I missed adventures from atop a motorcycle. I am slowly gaining ground on my owning one for myself. Thankfully, Brock just got his back last week and we finally got to take it out for a spin this weekend. See more after the jump.

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