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Style Envy: Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein

Way back in the early aughts when I still had braces and was made up entirely of knees and elbows, there was a time that I considered myself a punk. Let me be clear: I was most definitely NOT a punk. I was an angsty, shy thing stuck at an all girls school who furrowed her brows, blew out her eardrums with a combo of mid-nineties riot grrrl music and Elliott Smith (balance), and decided to wear all black whenever possible.

Carrie Brownstein

During this period, I listened to bands like The Distillers, Bikini Kill, and Sleater Kinney. You know. As angry teenage girls do. When Sleater Kinney guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein popped up on IFC’s Portlandia alongside Fred Armisen, I was thrilled. Carrie Brownstein had been a hero of mine, and to watch her share her very deliberate, very adorable comedy has been a real treat. She also has become somewhat of a style icon in my book, and pulls off that ‘look’ I’m often going for.

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein’s style is a perfect combo of feminine and edgy, with floral prints, clunky boots, and punk undertones. She’s also rocking the sort of short ‘do that I’d probably attempt if I were brave enough to chop off my hair. (Biiiig if.)

Carrie Brownstein

We’re even into the same bright lipsticks! Obviously Carrie and I are meant to be BBFs, and maybe she’d even let me raid her closet. We’ll just ignore the fact that she’s cute and petite and I’m a giant. Minor detail.

Also, she’s good friends with Aimee Mann and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, so I’d totally have an in with that awesome friend group. Brunch, anyone?

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Black & White Birthday Wishlist

Black & White Birthday Wishlist

1. Spotted on the Scene Dress 2. Professional Present Wrapper Dress 3. Ikebana for All Skirt in Crystals 4. Mesh Well Together Bootie 5. Two-Steppin’ Out Dress 6. Tulip Legit Top 7. Cool House Rock Dress 8. After Party Planner Wedge in Black  9. Quote Me Ring 10. Moonlit Whiskers Earrings  11. Abraca-fabulous Dress 12. City Dwelling Bootie 13. Smooth as Looking Glass Necklace 14. Classic Collector Top in Black 

So, it’s my birthday this week. I’m turning the very-important age of 26. I’ve always loved birthdays — mine, yours, whatever — but recently I’ve been feeling a little down on the whole thing. It’s been a bit of a tough year, and for a while I thought I might just pretend my birthday didn’t exist. Then I realized that not celebrating would probably just bum me out more, so I WILL be celebrating after all. At a bar. With cocktails. As it should be.

It feels like LA skipped spring and went to full-blown summer this weekend. Global warming, everybody! I know with spring coming I should be all about florals and pastels, but I can’t quite shake my obsession with black and white. I blame my ’90s movie heroes and all those years I spent as a pouty little “punk”.

This Modcloth Wishlist is a little extensive, probably because I haven’t been shopping in months and I am in SERIOUS WITHDRAWAL. Here’s hoping I get a little birthday cash and can buy myself one of these pretty things. Who needs the color spectrum, anyway? Let’s get monochromatic.

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The Academy Awards 2014

Queen Lupita

Well, those were some Oscars, eh? It felt like most of the categories were preordained, and Ellen played it a little safe (as did most of the red carpet), but all in all it was a perfectly fine ceremony. (And I won my group’s Oscar poll, so, heeeyyy.)

Now that we’ve all come back down to Earth, here are a few of my top picks of the night:

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PSA: New Glasses & Gig

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Hey guys! Just wanted to share the news that your friendly neighborhood ME has started writing for Nerdist.com and I’m preeeettty excited. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter to see what geeky pop culture news I’m reporting next, and all that jazz.

My first article, Explore Westeros with Game of Thrones: The Exhibition, is already up. Check it out!

*Also, I am now the proud owner (wearer?) of my first pair of glasses. Warby Parker frames, to be exact. I am a leeetle bit obsessed with them/being able to see, so please pardon my vanity.

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A Very ModCloth Valentine

Like many of my friends, I am close to obsessed with the online fashion boutique, ModCloth. Some of my best procrastination hours are spent perusing their website, adding hundreds of wardrobe pieces to my very neglected Amazon Wishlist and dreaming of a day when I can order $50+ dresses at the drop of a hat. While I keep hoping that writing will eventually pay all of my bills AND afford me the luxury of being a budding fashionista (ha), I thought I’d share some outfit ideas for everyone’s least favorite Hallmark holiday, the one and only Valentine’s Day.

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1. So Glad You Cameo Earrings, $11.99 2. Life Imitates Heart Dress, $52.99 3. Wing-tipped for Glory Boots, $69.99

I’ve never been particularly into Valentine’s Day as a concept, but I will find any excuse to wear a cute new outfit, try a new restaurant, and show someone – friend or otherwise – that I think they’re pretty rad. This year I definitely want to take Alexei to SUGARFISH (aka sushi heaven) and drag him to see my main man Bruce Willis in A Good Day To Die Hard – swoon.

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1. Me and My Boutique Earrings in Red, $9.99 2. Minimalist is More Dress, $77.99 3. Girl with Curves Bag in Red, $74.99 4. Make a Poinsettia Flat, $47.99

Though I likely will not be buying any of this for myself (nor is this in any way a hint for my lovely boyfriend), I do like thinking about what I would buy, if I only had the funds. ModCloth offers a ton of adorable retro styles whether you’re into full-on pinup or a little bit of kitschy vintage. I personally stick to ultra feminine dresses with an edge.

outfit31. Milan a Roll Jacket, $74.99 2. Heart on Your Sleevless Dress, $64.99 3. We’re Young at Heart Sweater, $42.99 4. Meow’s the Time Heel, $57.99

Maybe it’s because I was a pseudo punk/goth/blue-haire teen, or maybe I just like to think I’m tougher than I am, but pairing some thigh-skimming floral number with a leather jacket just makes me feel like myself. “Valentine’s Day” attire easily fits into my mostly red/black/white/grey wardrobe… so these would be an investment, right? Right?

What are you going to wear for Valentine’s Day? Let’s share our ridiculously unaffordable/dream outfits together in tragic harmony. Sound off in the comments below!