Casual Kicks

Casual Kicks

When you start getting tired of wearing the same old pair of worn out flip flops, trade them in for some cute close-toed shoes for the cooler months! These four pairs of shoes are the perfect piece to add to your weekend wardrobe this fall.

Sprucing Up

When I started my job at RSVP back in October, I never took the time to make my office/desk area “mine”.  My bulletin board was disgustingly ugly and I didn’t put much effort into making it look better. I used some scrapbook paper to cover up the brown cork board, but other than that, I didn’t add any fun and personal touches such as photos, notes, etc. I like making a space feel like “me” by decorating it to reflect my personality and style, so I am unsure of why I let my bulletin board stay so ugly! Yesterday I realized that enough was enough and I was tired of working  in squalor (ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration).  I decided to take the plunge by marching over to the local Hobby Lobby to pick up some crafts and spruce my bulletin board up!

Exhibit A: My bulletin board before its makeover

Exhibit B: My new and improved bulletin board!

I already feel so much better about my work space! It’s funny how small changes can have that effect.  I need to print off more pictures to put around my desk, but my printer ran out of ink before I was able to print off the others I want.

I did make sure this little guy got a prime spot on my desk…

The Help

After much talk about the book, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, I finally gave in, marched myself to Borders with a  30% off coupon in hand, and purchased it.  I flipped open the first page on a Friday and closed the back cover two days later. It was a remarkable story delving into the controversial issue of race and segregation in the early 1960s in Mississippi.

The story follows three women: Skeeter, a (Caucasian) recent Ole Miss graduate trying to make it as a journalist, Aibileen, an African American woman who has known nothing besides working as a maid her entire life, and Aibileen’s friend, Minny, a sassy maid who has a hard time keeping a job because of her mouth.

All three of these women work together to make a difference in the community by sharing their stories; all while dodging rumors, discovering  secrets and for some, risking their lives.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written, insightful novel about issues that we still face today. This book had me a little stirred up after reading it, looking to my parents for their take on segregation and their experiences while growing up in the 60s and early 70s.

“The Help” has been made into a major motion picture and will be soon released in theaters.  I watched the trailer for the movie and am somewhat skeptical of the “tone” the trailer seems to portray the book. It seems much too upbeat and comical, while the book was very serious and dark at times. However, I will still probably end up going to see the movie, just because I like to compare the movie vs. book . (The book is almost always better).

Fashion Finds

Fall is by far my favorite time of year when it comes to fashion.  I can’t get enough of boots, skirts and dresses layered with tights, cardigans, and scarves. I also love the warmer textures fall clothing are often made of such as leather, suede, cashmere and chunky knits.  Hurry up and get here, fall!!! In the mean time, we will have to melt in the 100 degree (plus) weather and try to stay as cool as possible.

After skimming through Gap, Piperlime, Old Navy and Banana Republic (All under the Gap Inc. umbrella),  I found some great pieces for the upcoming, yet still far away, season. Some of the pieces I found are great for the current hot weather, while others might be more approraiate once the temperature has dropped. Nonetheless, both Old Navy and Piperlime have some great items right now that I would love to get my hands on. See for yourself!

Old Navy

Next up: my picks from Gap and Banana Republic.

Hogwarts Babies

Can you believe how much Harry, Ron and Hermione have grown up since the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001?? Yes, that was indeed 10 years ago…crazy! Tonight at midnight the final film premiers in theaters and I am sad I will not be attending. However, I already know the ending of the series so it’s not like I’m biting my nails in suspense. Here’s to the end of an era. I will miss my little Hogwarts friends! I hope everyone enjoys seeing, ” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ if you’re going at midnight!

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen’s film, “Midnight in Paris” has all of the elements I look for in a memorable movie: a great cast, (Adrian Brody, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Rachel McAdams, ) to name a few, time travel, a beautiful setting: Paris, France, quirky characters and it falls under the Romantic Comedy genre, one of my favorites.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone! The audience demographic for this movie is very widespread and I think almost anyone would enjoy it. I actually want to see it for a second time and I will definitely be adding it to my collection when it is released to DVD.  My rating? A+