MINI PENNY: September 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Back to Black

When these pants came into work, I made fun of them. A lot. And in the midst of making fun of them, I actually put them on for a giggle. Well, joke's on me, cause once they were on my body, I thought they were majorly cute.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fancy Footwork + Big Announcement!

Before I get to the big exciting news of the day, I thought I'd share yesterday's outfit. As mentioned, we have been waiting years to see Chromeo — and after a few missed Chicago shows and festivals falling through, they finally played Columbus last night. Their manager was awesome enough to get me a photo pass. The Newport didn't end up even setting up the photo pit (why not?!?), but I got a couple of good shots nonetheless.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


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Geoff and I both came to the realization today that we had never been to an Oktoberfest. This is slightly signification, we supposed, considering that both of us has partial German heritage. I was never really raised knowing a lot about German culture and seemingly identify much more with 90s American culture than most anything else. Is that weird? I'm not sure. Perhaps more of a generational thing.

Giveaway // Pinhole Cameras DIY Guide

As many of my readers know, there are two things I adore: DIY projects and cameras. This book, Pinhole Cameras: A Do-It-Yourself Guide by Chris Keeney is right up my alley — and hopefully yours as well! It's filled with lots of great projects and tips for creating your very own pinhole cameras and creating wonderful dream-like images.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pride Rock

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Happy Caturday! Today, in attempts to avoid all that is Ohio State football, we went to the movies. I have been begging Geoff for us to go see The Lion King 3D and today we finally went!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Earning My Stripes

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TGIF! Today it was rainy in Ohio with a chill — and for once I didn't really mind so much. After my shift at work, I was feeling extremely tired and took a mid-day nap. The cool weather and grey sky made the apartment feel so cozy and wonderful. It was a nice break from the busy schedule I've been experiencing as of late.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Star Power

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Today was extra-exciting. It was nice weather, I was off work early, and met up with Tish (from Grace & Gold Beauty) to hit up ULTA. I'm admitting that before today, I was an ULTA virgin. Tish rants and raves about it — I had never gotten the chance to go.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chicago Haul

I picked up so many goodies this weekend in Chicago that I just have to share! There were lots of great finds and touch choices, but I'm pretty convinced that I made out fairly well. See the full haul after the jump.

Don't Call It a Comeback

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Oh boy, it feels good to get back to outfit posts! After one hundred and eleven days in a row, I have missed the past five due to my Chicago trip. Although I wish I would have been able to keep the trend going, it was impossible for me to get the photos this weekend with all of the events that happened (and didn't happen). The breather was, in some ways, nice. No fear — I'm back!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review // September Birchbox

Hello Minis! I'm finally home and all settled from this weekend's Chicago trip. It turned out to be amazing and I'm sure I'll be sharing more on that with you later. When I arrived home last night, my September Birchbox was patiently waiting at my doorstop. I already knew what I was getting in this box, so I was excited to try out the products.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Weekend So Far...

Hello, Minis! No worries, I'm still alive and kicking — I just headed up to Chicago for the weekend and have totally been unable to blog yet. If you follow my Twitter/Instagram, you probably noticed that my trip has not gone as smoothly as I had liked. But I'm here and with friends, so I'm happy regardless of whatever other circumstances have come about.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bueller? ...Bueller?

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If there happens to be a little fly on the wall watching me today, it's probably giggling at my hectic-ness. I've been trying to tie up what feels like a hundred ends today and running lots of errands. It's been a little crazy around here!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stanley Nickels

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Today was awesome! My friend Stan is in town from Santa Monica and after work I made some jewelry and then met up with him for lunch and hangouts. We had great fun and he was so sweet and took my outfit photos for me! He did a great job, don't you think?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Today's going to be a short post, Minis! Today I dropped Geoffrey off at the airport. He's going to be at Penn State for a whole week working at a new store opening of the company in which we both work. We snapped my outfit just before leaving the apartment, so it was quick!

I'm going to be working short morning shifts for the rest of the week, so my afternoons and evenings are probably going to be filled with projects, cleaning, and friend hang-outs! Kind of excited to catch up with some friends — including Stanley who's in town from LA!

And as Ms. Daina reminded me on Tumblr, it's only three days until I leave for Chicago! I'm get more and more excited as it gets closer. I haven't been to Chicago since January (brrrrr!) and even then didn't get to visit my friends — we spent our week exploring the city on our own.

But I'm taking my bicycle and camera, so we'll see what comes out of it!

I want to remind everyone that today is the last day for free shipping at the Mini Penny shop! And yes, it's free for international orders as well. Don't miss it! Enter AUTUMNSALE at checkout to get the deal. Hurry!

Today is also the last day for Lime Crime's 1950s contest! I'm not even sure if they're taking 'likes' into consideration, but it's worth a shot. Go 'like' my photo and tell Lime Crime that you want me to win! (All feedback is of course, as always, great appreciated!)

Today's outfit was about comfort. It ended up being warmer than I expected, but not terrible. I'm spending the rest of the evening inside with the Kitty and Wheel of Fortune (of course). I'm looking forward to some fun posts this week — including (hopefully) the September Birchbox and a drugstore lipstick review!

Metal round sunnies, thrift store
Safari tapestry bag, thrift store
Corduroy vest, thrift store
Converse blue tank, Target
Found objects necklace, DIY
Faux suede leggings, Forever 21
Kimchi Blue canvas and leather boots, UO

Monday, September 12, 2011

Just in Thyme

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Happy Monday, everyone! I know that most don't look forward to the beginning of the work week, but I filled my day off with HOURS of apartment deep cleaning, decorating, and sorting. Sometimes it's nice to take a big chunk of time and just throw stuff away, you know?

Sunday, September 11, 2011


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Today we did the unthinkable — we went to the mall! This is something that we rarely ever do. In fact, I don't really like the mall that much. I've work in a few malls and just being in them gives me the feeling of 30-minute lunch breaks in the food court. But every once in a while, it's nice to go window shopping with little to no intention to buy.

Free Shipping // Three Days Only!

Starting right now you can get FREE SHIPPING on every order (even international!) placed at my Etsy Shop, Mini Penny Vintage. Use the code AUTUMNSALE at checkout. Don't miss out on this sale — it ends Tuesday evening!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

That's a Wrap

I'm totally loving our weather right now. I'm getting so excited to fill my closet (and Etsy shop!) with lots of cozy goodies. I'm so excited about many things right now — often I find myself in little giddy moments  and sort of stumble over myself. I'm somewhat like a very optimistic and curious teenager is a 24-year-old's body. Whoops!

Friday, September 9, 2011

C'est La Vie

Yuck, today's the second day in a row that I haven't been feeling great! No time for that, though — there's work to be finished!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


I'll preface this post with an apology. I haven't been feeling well today, therefore I don't really feel on my toes! Sorry, Minis. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy Days

Today I worked a short shift and found myself with a few hours of extra time. I should have been photographing the new awesome housewares for the Etsy shop, but instead decided to shower and give myself a 50s-inspired makeover.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Urban Safari

Another cool day today! I'm totally loving the fact that this entire outfit (with the exception of the tights and shoes) is from the thrift store. I got most of it yesterday when I was out with my mom! Bonus!

Review // Lime Crime Lip Noir in Glamour 101

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I must say that I am yet again pleased by the service and products of Lime Crime Makeup. After ordering from the brand new Lip Noir series that was released on September 1st, I had a pretty pink package waiting at my door for me today. You've probably noticed in the past that I've posted about the other Lime Crime lippies I love: Coquette and D'Lilac.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Come On, Skinny Love

Happy Labor Day, Minis! What did all of you get into? I hung out with my momma, did some shopping, and ate some lunchies. She also got a birthday present for Kitty (whose first birthday is just in a couple of days!) and we wiggled around with her on the floor for a bit.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The First Hundred Days

I can't believe it, Minis! Today is my 100th Daily Outfit post! That's right, I haven't missed a single day since I started this project. I've been having so much fun with putting these ensembles together that I almost let this milestone pass me by. Okay, okay, enough of my gibberish. I'm just going to keep going with this and see how long it goes. Excited? Me, too!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hop To It

Happy Saturday, everyone! Here in Columbus it is boiling hot — bummer! We wanted to visit the Sweet Corn Festival, but decided not to go. It's September and we didn't want to sweat the whole day.

Meet the Sponsors

Meet Ashley Woods // Black Crystals Shop + Blog
Ashley is a lovely lady who loves archeology (so stinking cool!), kitties, and making kick ass jewelry. Her shop, Black Crystals, is full of handmade goodies — and I'm particularly in love with her necklaces (of course!). Ashley is also a full time student majoring in anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping, creating art & jewelry, traveling, hanging out with my crazy cats, eating sushi, watching strange documentaries, and doodling on notebooks. My favorite piece by her is the Sea Urchin Spine necklace. What's yours? Bonus! Get 10% off in the Black Crystals shop when you use the code BlogFriends!

Meet Hannah // She Could Be a Pharmer in Those Clothes Blog
How could we not love the throwback Clueless reference? Hannah is ultra-adorable and has some great style! I love reading her progress on the 21 Day Challenge (something that I think I may have to try out!) and how she interprets each prompt. Hannah is also a grad student in the sciences, so you can expect some awesome information and craftiness mixed in with her personal style posts.

Meet Meanz // Koi Story Shop + Blog
I love Meanz's shop and blog! There's so much inspiration oozing from her pages that it's hard for me to focus! Not only does she amazing refashioning abilities (I'm series lusting after some of the shorties!), but I've also found out about other amazing blogs from her great linkage. I swear, she must be magic, 'cause she's managing DIY projects, a great blog, AND going to school all at the same time!

Meet Jen // Top Tier Social Media Website
And last (but certainly not least!), we have Jen from Top Tier Social Media. You may recognize her as the Editor-in-Cheif of My Beauty Bunny, a great award-winning and cruelty-free beauty blog. Top Tier Social Media is a social media marketing agency for beauty, fashion, health, and lifestyle brands. Jen claims that she spends "way too much time" on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp, and LinkedIn — but heck, being the social media guru she is, can you blame her? :)

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Friday, September 2, 2011

True Blue

I'm more excited about this dress and hair combo than I've been about my outfits in a while. I've been waiting patiently for my hair to get long enough to try some sort of mini-beehive undo and when I woke up from a spur-of-the-moment after-work nap, I started braiding. I made a nice thick braid just above my bangs and then pulled the rest of my hair up by sections, teasing and making a small beehive. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Party On

I have felt as if I've had a million things to do today. And to top it all off, tonight we're heading just north of the campus area to our boss's going away party. Unfortunately it's almost 100° (happy September, right?!), so I wanted to just be simple and wear something breathable.

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