I SEE You!

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A SEE Eyewear store just opened in my favorite mall (that I live dangerously close to), and they offered to let me come in and get a free pair of glasses…you know, because of my epic presence in the fashion world. The best part was they didn’t even ask me to do a blog post or any other promotion for them. But I’m doing one anyway because I had such a good experience. Plus – let’s be honest – there’s really nothing else going on in my life right now that I can talk about.

Jenny, the manager, helped me pick these shades. It was kind of like shopping with a good best friend who will actually tell you the truth about whether something looks good on you. And let me tell you – I really did need help because I could only narrow it down to like 10 pairs of sunglasses because they were all awesome. Even if you don’t need any glasses, I would recommend going to see Jenny and taking her with you to buy whatever it is you do need. Since I’m already kind of a sunglasses junkie, I wanted to find a pair that didn’t look like what I already have. I told Jenny how I really like the idea of retro oversized shades, but they always look too big on my narrow face. She assured me that these were great for me because they have that retro flair, but they’re tapered so they don’t overwhelm me. Success!

If you’d like to know a little more about SEE Eyewear, here’s the gist: They do regular glasses as well as sunglasses (you can get Rx shades too). Everything is customizable, so you can get different colored lenses in your sunglasses, or get that fancy anti-glare business. All their styles are their own line, and they’re made in limited quantities because new styles come out every few months. (P.S. They’re all amazing.) They do take most vision insurance, and the prices are less than you’d expect: sunglasses are all $99, and I believe prescription frames are $150. The only downside is that you can’t shop online – only in stores. Check out their website to see if there’s one near you. If you live in Indianapolis, there is now: at the Fashion Mall! Maybe I’ll SEE you there sometime! (Get it?)

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*Sunglasses provided courtesy of SEE Eyewear.

Life Imitating Art

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On Sunday we went to the art museum to look at pretty paintings and then walk around the grounds and enjoy the fan-freaking-tastic weather we had over the weekend. The pretty paintings were part of a neo-impressionism exhibit. If you’re not an art nerd, neo-impressionism is the same as pointillism, which just means painting with a bunch of a tiny ass dots.

I already knew a little something about pointillism from my days as an art history major, but it was a relatively brief trend (kind of like bubble necklaces) so we didn’t spend much time on it in class. Sunday was a nice way to brush up on my knowledge! And you know what that means…now I have to teach you something to show off how smart I am. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short.

Neo-impressionists used side-by-side dots of contrasting colors instead of mixing the colors. Then your eyeballs mix the colors together. It’s science. And it’s pretty cool. One of the most popular color combos was orange + blue. And would you look at that…someone’s rocking a dress with side-by-side orange and blue! I wish I could say it was on purpose, but I’ll have to settle for claiming it was my subconscious genius.

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T-Shirt & Sneakers

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You know those people who can throw on a t-shirt and sneakers and still look chic? Yeah. They’re called models. But don’t worry; you can achieve the look too. It’s simple:

First, get in your time machine. Go to a time in the future where medical technology has advanced to the point that you can choose all the physical attributes of a new baby. Now take that technology, get back in your time machine, and go back to the point in time when you were conceived. (This part may be awkward, but hang in there.) Then just make sure you create a version of yourself that will grow to be 6 feet tall and 120 pounds, with perfectly symmetrical features, great bone structure, and never-frizzy hair. Congratulations – you can now wear anything you want and look amazing!

If your time machine is in the shop right now, there is one slightly less effective alternative. You’re probably not interested, but just in case…

The other option is to look for more “unique” basics, like this scalloped stripe tee and floral sneakers. That way when you casually throw on a t-shirt and sneakers, you’ll still look pretty awesome, even if you’re just doing laundry and going for a walk in the park (which is in fact what I did in this outfit).

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Couch Potato

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The print of this shirt kind of reminds me of an old couch – like the kind that’s past the point of even being cool and retro. Just old. And yet I love it. I wore this on Friday for Bar review lecture, when part of me was excited about the nice weather and the beginning of the weekend, and the other part of me just wished I could stay home and be a couch potato. So this outfit was pretty much the perfect compromise.

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