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Cloud City

Posted on: Monday, November 24, 2014

Can I just make my winter goal to be as cozy as possible? I think I'm well on my way there. I added this sweater to my closet and know I'm going to wear it out fast. Faux shearling is my new love. See more photos and outfit details.

Inspiration // Grey Walls

Posted on: Friday, November 21, 2014

I've been in my apartment for over a year at the this point, and am starting to get the urge to switch things up. When I looked at the apartment prior to renting, I was in love with the purple walls. I mean, I still am. It's fun and unique and cheery. But over the past few days, I've been swooning over cozy grey interiors.

Using the following photos for some inspiration, I'm thinking of going with a medium grey and painting the fireplace a stark white for contrast.

Photo credits: desiretoinspire [1] [2] [3], My Scandinavian Home, Tumblr, Planete Deco, House and Garden

Long Lines

Posted on: Monday, November 17, 2014

I tried breaking out of my normal all-black for just a change. I found these pants at the thrift store and despite my "hatred" of cargo pants, I gave them a try — because they sort of reminded me of these. Okay, so it took me a bit to get used to the low-rise and the ankle length. But all-in-all, I think they were a good find and nice change to my closet.

A little while back I wrote about my love for duster cardigans and coats. I've had this American Eagle cardigan in my closet for a couple of months and I love it. It's so comfortable and is awesome for layering.

Duster Cardigan, American Eagle Outfitters [similar]
Black tank top, URBN Sample Sale [similar]
American Eagle green cargo pants, thrift store [similar]
Chained at the Heel Bootie, c/o Tobi [similar]
Black belt, URBN Sample Sale [similar]
Alexis Soft Bra, Urban Outfitters
Leather Tote, An Honest Tote by Mini Penny
Rose Gold Watch, c/o T&J Designs [similar]

Photos by Brock Myres.

Silver Screen Style // Cannibal the Musical

Posted on: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sometimes when I start writing my Silver Screen Style posts, I begin to realize that I like really weird movies. Have you all seen Cannibal! The Musical? It's a pre-South Park Trey Parker movie that is totally bonkers. It's about a group of guys who are traveling through the mountains in search for gold and get lost.

First of all, the main group of guys are totally stupid and get themselves into bear traps, washed down rivers, build snowmen, and more. They're all decked out in standard western-esque gear. The main character's horse disappears and he feels a group of trappers may be to blame. The trappers are a group of three men who wear almost entirely fur. Oh and did I mention that it's a musical? Everyone sings. And it's catchy. And it might get stuck in your head.

Check it out if you have a chance — it's hilarious!

Classic Woven Trousers, Forever 21 // Brixton Piper Felt Hat, Urban Outfitters // Checked Shirt, Topshop // Miniature Horse Pendant, Forever 21 // Bandana // Shearling Lined Coat, Mango // Rush Shearling Boot, Bed Stu // Horse Socks, Forever 21

Multi Tone Fur Jacket, Forever 21 // Skunk Printed Dress, Au Jour Le Jour // 1460 Boots, Dr. Martins // Bear Trap Ring, Eddie Borgo

You've Got Nail 45 // Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review

Posted on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A few months ago I noticed my local drugstore carrying the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish. I've been wanting to give it a try and finally decided to pick up one shade and the top coat last week and give it a spin.

The concept with this polish is that it uses regular light to cure instead of a UV light. I've had gel manicures in the past and loved them, so being able to achieve a similar set of nails at home is definitely enticing. I ended up buying Birthday Suit (a light beige that nearly matches my skin tone) and the Top Coat.

Initially, I found the application of Birthday Suit to be a little cumbersome. The brush was uneven and I had to trim it to make it useful. It took me four coats to get a non-streaky, full covered nail. The Top Coat applied just fine and dried quickly and smoothly.

However, I was very disappointed by the lack of shine of the top coat — it was less glossy than my normal Seche Vite. Beyond that, I tested it out with some nail designs and found that it pulled and streaked my designs beyond repair. So long story short, I love the color of Birthday Suit, but can find a better coverage and brush with Essie, and the gel topcoat will now become a backup to use only when I wear solid-colored nails. Has anyone else had better experience with this line? As it stands, I probably won't be buying any additional colors.

Here's what I used:
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish in Birthday Suit
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish Top Coat
Nail gems

Roses are Red

Posted on: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Yesterday was basically our last autumn day in Chicago. I decided to take advantage of it by layering this floral dress with an oversized blazer. I'm loving how my new hair color pairs with reds. I sort of feel like Gozer from Ghostbusters. All I need is that skin-tight catsuit.

I mean, in the grand scheme of things, Mondays ain't so bad, right?

Oversized blazer, vintage [similar]
Pomona Dress, c/o Tobi
Mesh Socks, Target [similar]
Boots, Shoedazzle [similar]
Whistle Necklace, Etsy [similar]
Penny Bracelet, gift from Mom
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, Ulta

Photos by Brock Myres.

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Out With the Old, In With the Bold

Posted on: Monday, November 10, 2014

Goodbye purple! I felt like I needed a change — after nearly two years of purple, I wanted something new. And since I'm borderline thinking about seeing if I can grow my hair out a little longer on the sides (helloooo fade), it seemed like a healthier option for me to ditch the bleach and hit something a little closer to my natural color. And here you have it — a deep red-brown.

I can't get over how much I love my new hair!

Oh and I realize there was an issue with the discount code over the weekend in the shop! It has been fixed — now you can use the MINIMAJOR code for 15% off + free US shipping

Mazda Results + Mini Penny Major Appreciation Sale

Posted on: Friday, November 7, 2014

This year has been beyond exciting. Earlier this spring, I was honored to be nominated and selected as a Mazda Power of 3 Innovator. During the course of the summer, the Power of 3 Tour visited many cities in the US, where so many of you went out and voted for Mini Penny to win money to help further the business. It was an awesome experience working with the Mazda team, Jason and Kawehi, and seeing how you all interacted with the booths as they came to your towns.

Today Mazda has announced the Power of 3 Tour winner over on their blog. A big congrats is in store for Jason! And while I would have loved to take home that $20k, I'm still very honored and excited to be a runner-up in the voting — meaning Mini Penny still received some funding that I'll  be using for tech upgrades, more product, and more content for you! This whole ride has been amazing and I can't thank the folks at Mazda and their marketing team enough for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Still, every day, I'm stoked that I have lots of amazing people reading Mini Penny. If it weren't for you guys commenting and reading and following on social media, I wouldn't get nearly as much pleasure out of this project as I do. I love all your emails and encouragement — the blogging (both writing and reading) community is one of the most uplifting and supporting groups of people I have known. To show my ongoing appreciation, I'm offering 15% off everything + free shipping in the Mini Penny Shop when you use the code MINIMAJOR at checkout.

Mini Penny was an unexpected project for me to start over three years ago. I've had a lot of fun with it so far and I look forward to continuing it with you!

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And It's Too Near the Bone

Posted on: Thursday, November 6, 2014

This year has gone by "too fast." We're quickly approaching a slew of best-of lists and articles about how to keep your upcoming resolutions. The Xmas decorations have been in stores for weeks already and you party people had better start making plans for your New Year's Eve activities.

I can't help but look back on this year with extreme fondness. This is my first full year working for myself and making my own way. It's been a huge learning experience and a ton of fun. I've gotten to play with a lot of exciting brands and people. And lately this year I've found myself resorting to the jeans-and-tshirt look more and more often.

I found this Smiths shirt in the men's section of my local Buffalo Exchange. I chopped it up to something that fit me and love it as a go-to tee. Read on for more photos and outfit details.

Ways To Wear It // Cold Weather

Posted on: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Here we go. November means it's time for beanies, scarves and gloves. These items could simply just be functional pieces to keep you warm — but at the end of the day, why not snag some cold weather pieces that you love to wear, too? Here are my picks (plus what to outfit them with) for the upcoming chill.

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