Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2014
This summer has been such a whirlwind! It's been so great having you all interact with Mini Penny via the Mazda Power of 3 Tour throughout the US — I owe you all a HUGE thank you for coming out and voting!
Now what? While the folks and Mazda tally the votes and determine the winner, we wait. In the meantime, I have just finished up some new bags for the An Honest Tote line — and I'm introducing a new style for fall! I will be getting them photographed and up in the Etsy shop in September.
Until then, I'll keep doing what I've been doing: living the dream. Whether or not I win the big prize doesn't deter from the fact that I'm honored to be involved in the Mazda Power of 3 Tour with two other great candidates. I owe a huge thanks to the folks at Mazda and AMCI for the nomination, selection, and production of this fun project — and of course to all of you for supporting me throughout the years.
Keep your fingers crossed, Minis!
Photos by Brock Myres.
Posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014
I've been on the hunt for some Roshe Runs for a while — I had a tough time finding black ones in my size and went back to my old habit of buying boy's shoes. Bonus part? They cost less than adult shoes. Anyway, these things are damn comfy and have been getting some milage during my extra-busy month.
Side note: (EXCITING!) This is the final weekend to vote for Mini Penny at the Mazda Power of 3 Tour! The final stop is in LA — so if you're in the area, be sure to stop by and vote! The results are really close so far, so it's super important to get out if you can and tell your friends!
I also finally decided to start wearing jewelry in my stretched lobes — I think the furthest they're going to shrink down is a 0g, which is fine by me. I'm been switching between wooden and glass plugs and normal costume jewelry earrings. It seems like a slightly better option than big (ok, they're really not big at all) holes in my ears.
Inlay plugs, Tawapa
Grey shirt dress, H&M [similar]
Statement Necklace, H&M [similar]
Roshe Run, Nike
Saint Malo glasses, c/o Raen Optics
Photos by Brock Myres
Posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014
Last week I splurged and bought my first pair of Madewell denim. Um, hello. I bought the High Riser Skinny Skinny Cut Edge jeans in Jasper. They're amazing. I've been putting off buying blue denim for so long simply because I had a hard time finding washes and cuts I like. Now I'm contemplating jumping ship on most of my other denim and replacing it with Madewell styles. See my picks (plus, fall boot lust) after the jump.
Posted on: Sunday, August 17, 2014
My schedule has been insanely packed over the last two months. Between working my butt off making bags, covering at the tattoo shop, and visitors in town, I'm still setting time aside for new friends.
Life is busy and life is good.
Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I was nearly speechless upon learning the news of the passing of very poignant actor from my childhood. Genie, Mrs. Doubtfire, John Keating, Alan Parrish, Jack Powell... gone. But in the forefront of my mind is Peter Pan — the version of Peter Pan who had forgotten who he was. The version that was reunited with the Lost Boys and had to remember how to fly.
Posted on: Thursday, August 7, 2014
This month, I went a totally different direction with my Julep Maven box. I have a ton of great polish from them, but I wasn't feeling this month's colors. However, the Beauty Trailblazers box— a cleanser, a primer, and a polish — caught my eye and I decided to give it a shot. Read more after the jump.
Posted on: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
It rained on and off all day on Sunday at Lollapalooza. Thankfully, I just picked up a new pair of the waterproof Dr. Martens! Those paired with a poncho kept me dry for the day.
I went with a cozy black dress and suede cross body. I kept my makeup my normal for both days —even with all the rain and humidity, my Milani liquid eyeliner and Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade didn't budge!
I managed to catch the entire London Grammar and Chromeo sets. Chromeo was, um, amazing. Again. Seriously, their sets get sexier and sexier every single time I see them!
Black dress, UO Surplus [similar]
Tiger Earrings, Forever21
J. Crew Flannel, Thrifted [similar]
Suede cross body bag, thrifted [similar]
Short black socks, Urban Outfitters
Drench waterproof boots, Dr. Martens
Photos by Matthew Scheer
Posted on: Monday, August 4, 2014
First of all, a big thanks to Nylon Magazine for sending me to Lollapalooza this weekend! It was super last-minute and a pleasant surprise! If any of you came to Chicago for the event, or are local and went down to Grant Park, I hope you had a great time.
Truth be told, I haven't been to Lollapalooza in ten years. Thinking about that makes me feel old. See, last time I went, they were touring it to various cities. I saw the Columbus, Ohio, stop when I was in high school — I was stoked to see The Donnas and Queens of the Stone Age at the time. I'm not much of a festival person (honestly, it's the heavy crowds that make me a little claustrophobic), but I was excited to finally give this one a shot with my city's beautiful skyline as the backdrop.
Spoiler: I don't own a flower crown. But I did bust out a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun from scorching my shaved head. Plus, I basically bathed myself in sunscreen.
Saturday was gorgeous. I braved the all-white outfit. I didn't take the time to see any acts on Saturday, instead I ate food and met up with old friends and lounged. It was great.
Wide-brimmed hat, Urban Outfitters [similar]
Radio Sunglasses, Cheap Monday
White dress (DIYed and worn as a shirt), URBN Sample Sale [similar]
J. Crew Matchstick white low-rise denim, Thrift + DIYed into shorts
Acero Booties, SixtySeven [similar]
Denim Backpack, vintage [similar]
Photo by Steven Sampang
Posted on: Friday, August 1, 2014
Who's going to Lollapalooza this weekend? Keep a look out for me — I'll be shooting street style, trying to stay dry, and scheming for Dave 1 to fall in love with me (only half kidding). Here's what's in my backpack for this year's festival:
Vintage denim backpack, complete with Stugazi patch
Emergency Rain Poncho
Empty water bottle
Drench waterproof Doc Marten rain boots
Two iPhone external batteries — you never know!
Sharpie + small notebook — for taking notes on shots!
Nova external iPhone flash
Public transit, ID, debit card, and small amount of cash — in a slim card case.
Beauty kit — lip balm, sunscreen, wet wipes, compact, and Band-Aids
Optional: beach towel. If the ground is dry enough, lay it out and relax!
Hope to bump into some of you there!
Posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Looking back on recent years, there are so many times that I was pushing to get through days, weeks, and months. Time stood still, it seemed. But now, I'm in awe that we're closing out July. It felt like just yesterday that I was under heated blankets and lacing up snow boots (to be fair, it snowed here until May or something... but still). In the past year, I've been fill with so much excitement and eagerness for each project, that the calendar has flown by while I wasn't looking.
This is nowhere near a complaint, of course. I feel like this shift in my perception of time is a perfect indicator that "time flies when you're having fun."
Oversized dress shirt, thrifted [similar]
Bicycle Shorts, Forever 21
Everwell Boots, Jeffrey Campbell
Sharktooth necklace, Shedd Aquarium gift shop + DIY
Rings, H&M + Forever 21
Photos by Brock Myres.