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WomanCrush Wednesday // Artoria Gibbons

Posted on: Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I'm always fascinated by vintage tattoo photos — they're great, right? Specifically Artoria (Anne) Gibbons. Artoria (such a great name!) was a circus "tattooed lady" in the 1920s and beyond. She grew up in Wisconsin and ended up marring Charles (Red) Gibbons.

Red made all of Artoria tattoos. Most of them were based off of Italian paintings — which I have a particular liking of given the state of tattooing at the time and because of my own Botticelli sleeve that is a work in progress. And of course, with all due respect, Artoria was a badass



Artoria died in March 1985. At the time of her death, she had worked as a tattooed lady for more than 50 years and was one of the last working tattooed ladies in the US.

Ways to Wear It // Plush

Posted on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014


This past weekend in Chicago was warm and wonderful. With that being said, we're inevitably going to drop back down to chilly temperatures — and I'm happy to invite plenty of plush and teddy and faux-shearling goodness into my wardrobe.


Pins and Needles Furry Robe Coat, Urban Outfitters // Basketweave Textured Cigarette Trousers and Yin Yang Tee, Topshop // Mars Boots, Need Supply


Business Trip Bliss Top and Key To Simplicity Bracelet, Modcloth // Vain Shearling Bootie, Jeffrey Campbell // Hudson Nico coated Jeans, Nordstrom


Faux Shearling Sweater, Forever 21 // Painted Posies Skirt, Modcloth // Crescent Necklace, Miriam Designs // Screw Cuff Ring, Moorea Seal // Strappy Stiletto, Need Supply

Holiday Wishlist

Posted on: Monday, December 15, 2014


It's that time of year — for giving gifts and making your wishlists. This year, my list is short and sweet. What are you looking for this season?


Fujifilm X100T Camera // Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket, Madewell // Classic Sheffield Lady Watch, Daniel Wellington // Jeffrey Campbell Belanger, NeedSupply // Glacier National Park Throw, Pendleton

Ways To Wear It // Septum Piercing

Posted on: Wednesday, December 3, 2014


As some of you may have noticed on Instagram, I decided to get my septum pierced for my birthday this year! I had been admiring some gold jewelry for quite a while and finally took the plunge. I love this look paired with both simple and dramatic makeup. Here are some of my picks.


Smoking Wool Leather Jacket, Helmut Lang // Endless Shirt, J. Crew // Latchmi 14k gold ring, BVLA (find shops) // Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, Sephora // Piper Felt Hat, Brixton // False Lashes, Makeup Forever // Dipbrow Pomade, Anastasia of Beverly Hills // Lipstick in Yash, MAC


Nova Mini Dress, Free People // Cable Knit Knee High Socks, Forever 21 // Metal Lotus Septum Ring, Tawapa // Velvetine Lip Stain in Black Velvet, Lime Crime // Paper Premium Boots, Topshop


Dreams and Sugar Dress, Modcloth // Leather Biker Jacket, Saint Laurent // Diamond Septum Spinner, Free People // Naked 3 Palette, Urban Decay // Soft Matte Lip Cream in Athens, NYX // Orwell Leather Harness Boot, Jeffrey Campbell

Can't have facial piercings around work, school, or family? Get your septum pierced with a retainer — if can be flipped up to hide if necessary. After the quick three-month healing time, you can start wearing fun jewelry whenever you wish!

The Big Sale

Posted on: Friday, November 28, 2014


It's here! The biggest sale of the year. Take 40% off of everything in the Mini Penny Shop all weekend to celebrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday! All prices are adjusted, so there's no code required. Always free shipping in the US.

Shop till you drop!

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

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