Friday, November 21, 2014

All This Bad Blood

Tank: AE   Hat: JcPenney   Bag: Rue 21   Loafers: Target
You know how you've found a good item for your closet?
Once you've set eyes on said item and try it on, you put it back on the shelf and walk away.
Then, as you're lying in bed later that night, and visions of it float in front of your shut eyes, you'll know you've found something worth spending your money on.

It's always those "haunting" pieces that get the best of me. Luckily, instead of a thrift store find (which increases the likelihood of not finding it again), it was the leopard print loafers you see above. I wasn't sure I could pull off this style of shoe, but as I thought more about it later that night, I realized how perfectly they'd meld into my new style of black, white, and minimalist chic-rocker wardrobe.

However, while my closet has become a boring black and white tunnel, my lipstick has become as colorful as my high school self! For today's post, I tried Milani's Sangria shade, which based on what I've researched, is a good dupe for MAC's Rebel. I'd have to say, I really like this rich, fuschia shade and how the color lasts for a long day of errands, which included drinking multiple cups of coffee.

Anyway, I was lucky enough to snag these photos before the snow hit, so you get one more post featuring our lovely (but long gone) fall weather. 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Librarian Look

Glasses: c/o Firmoo
Shirt: Forever 21   Skirt: H&M   Cardigan: Target   Boots: Just Fab
I've always been a sucker for bold glasses, and I've found that Firmoo has some of the best selections around. For example, these horn-rimmed, tortoiseshell print ones! They're rather obnoxious and hipster in nature, which is why I absolutely love them. They fit comfortably, give me a different look, and they don't just help me see, they accessorize my outfits!

Such as visiting the library - this look felt too appropriate for browsing the stacks of books. The majority of my outfit consist of new purchases as well. Like this wrap, zip-up skirt from H&M! I absolutely love it. For only $10, I couldn't resist. I'm certain I'll be getting plenty of wear from it during the winter. All you need is a good pair of fleece-lined tights and knee high socks to make it appropriate for the weather!

Speaking of weather, it has officially snowed where I live.
Fluffy flakes peppered me in the face the day these photos were taken. While the initial wonder and excitement over snow still gets to me (Californian forever at heart), I quickly remember why I hate it when I get behind the wheel. Good Lord, everyone forgets how to drive when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Apparently, their common sense line gets frozen and is incapable of starting up. I'll be grandma'ing it along (because I want to live), and some asshat goes speeding and sliding down the road alongside me.

Anyway. Rant over.

If you like switching things up and get tired of stabbing your eyes in the morning with contacts, check out Firmoo for your glasses needs! Even if you're blessed with perfect vision (I hate you), they have some cool sunglasses that are worth taking a look at!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Music Monday: Ella Eyre

Much like Bastille, the opening act was amazing live. Ella Eyre has a fantastic voice that has a natural, effortless pitch to it. Plus, she can rock the red lipstick!
(I also want her insanely cool hair)

"This one's for anyone who's ever hurt you!" was her introduction for Comeback, which is appropriate for anyone who's ever been burned by an ex. 




Check her out, and hopefully her catchy beats can brighten your Monday.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bastille Concert: "Dan is BAE!"

 If any of you follow me on Instagram (@dragonfruit_diaries), you would have noticed my explosion of updates about my Bastille concert experience. That's right. I got to see Dan Smith perform live and in the flesh, and oh so very close. Can I just say that a band has to have some genuine, true talent if they play 19 songs during their set and sound flawless all the way through?  
Anyway, let's back things up a bit. My friend Ruth and I had to do a bit of driving to get to Utah. It was a fairly quick 3 1/2 hours on the road, and we walked around the mall until we could check into our hotel (thanks to that trip to the mall, I'll be having some new goodies to show off here too).
Then we went to the hotel room, got all dolled up, and went to the event center 2 hours before doors opened. It's a good thing we did too, because by the time we were finally allowed through, the lines were down past the parking lot and wrapping off into the distance further than the eye could see.
Bastille has quite the fan base in Utah!
So after 2 hours of waiting outside in the cold, we spent an hour waiting inside. It's all a huge waiting game if you're a competitive concert goer! I've only ever been to one concert where I wasn't on the ground floor, and I hope to never have to do that again. My personal opinion is when you pay to see an artist/band live, you are paying for the experience. And the best and most impressive experience is when you're squished in the crowd that's towards the front of the stage, a few feet away from that mic stand. The people surrounding you can instantly become new friends simply because you are all bonded together by a common love of the music that's about to be played. So even though this concert turned out to be the most claustrophobic one I've been too yet, it wasn't so bad.
Ella Eyre came out to open, and I hadn't been expecting her at all - there had been no advertisement to let us know who was the opening act! Let me tell you, to have her perform right when the previous week I had just discovered her and fallen in love with her music, was one of the best surprises ever! However, the majority of the crowd didn't seem as familiar with her music as I was, so I was the lone fangirl who was bobbing along and singing the words with Ella.

Oh well. Made it a more special moment for me!

Anyway, the title of this post is a direct quote from the Tyler Oakley look-a-like who stood by me during a portion of the night. Haha, I had to laugh and agree. Dan really is a spectacular singer, and I was impressed by just how masterful he is over his voice. He goes from high falsetto notes to deep, growling ones in moments. No matter how much dancing around he did (which was a lot) or running through the crowd, his voice sounded perfect and just like it does on the album. 
Towards the end, he told us (in his freaking adorable British accent, may I add) that he may be a horrible dancer, but there was a move he'd like us to join him on.
"It's called the pogo," he announced bashfully. "It goes like this."
With a sheepish grin, he proceeded to demonstrate the move I'd copied with him all night. Jumping up and down in place. 
So our part as the crowd was to crouch down right before the chorus began, and as the tension and notes increased, we'd release into a giant, hopping, pogo-ing mass. 

It was rather epic, let me tell you. 

Also, Dan's stage presence was endearing as newborn puppies and kittens. Seriously, this guy is just too cute for words. A quote I found from an interview done with him over a year ago, and it's still applicable to how he performs today:
"While Dan isn’t your confident-to-the-core frontman – jumping about gawkily like another member of the crowd, eyes down, all in black with a wolf emblazoned on his chest – when they swung into hit single Pompeii the crowd screamed every single word back at him adoringly; it was just a solid wall of noise."
Overall, it was another massively positive experience I can add to my list of concerts!
I can't wait until they go on tour again - because Bastille is definitely worth the time and money to see again and again and again!
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