Monthly Archives: May 2012

Outfits of the Last Week of May

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Monday
Sweater – H&M
Jeans – Loft
Scarf – J Crew (2011)
Heels – Aldo

Tuesday
Blouse – J Crew
Skirt – J Crew (2009)
Sandals – Aldo

Wednesday
Dress – Coup de Coeur
Cardi – Express
Long Cardi – H&M
Pumps – Nine West

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Thursday
Chambray shirt – J Crew
Jackie Cardi – J Crew
Jeans – Loft
Necklace – Anthropologie
Moccasins – Steve Madden

Friday
Tank – Target
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Sandals – Target

Saturday
Tank – BP via Nordstrom
Jean Jacket – Abercrombie (2004)
Skirt – Zara
Wedges – Target

What I Wore During the Third Week of May

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Monday
Blouse – Zara
Jeans – Express
Pumps – Nine West

Tuesday
Skirt – Express
Blouse – J Crew
Wedges – Steve Madden

Wednesday
Chambray Shirt – J Crew
No. 2 Pencil Skirt – J Crew
Pumps – Target
Necklace – J Crew via EBay

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Thursday
Blouse – Zara
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Pumps – Valentino via Nordstrom

Friday
Dress – Coup de Coeur
Cardigan – H&M
Wedges – Target

Saturday
Tee – Target
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Scarf – Target
Flip Flops – Aldo

What I wore the second week of May

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Monday
Blouse – Maeve via Anthropologie
No. 2 pencil skirt – J Crew
Pumps – Aldo

Tuesday
Jeans – Loft
Tank – Express
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Wedges – Steve Madden
Necklace – Handmade (by me!) at Femmegems

Wednesday
Blouse – Club Monaco
No. 2 pencil skirt – J Crew
Jacket – Old Navy
Wedges – Steve Madden

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Thursday
Button up – Loft
Blazer – Express
Skinny jeans – Loft
Wedges – Target
Bracelet – Top Shop London

Friday
Dress – Coup de Coeur
Cardigan – Banana Republic
Pumps – Aldo

Saturday
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Tee – Old Navy
Jacket – Abercrombie (won this jacket from my mom on a bet!)
Scarf – Target
Sandals – Target

First Week of May Outfits

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Monday
Tee – Loft (2011)
Skirt – A shop on Portobello Road in London (2007)
Necklace – J Crew Outlet
Pumps – Valentino via Nordstrom (2011)

Tuesday
Blouse – Ann Taylor Loft (2007)
No. 2 Pencil Skirt – J Crew (2012)
Belt – J Crew (2012)
Pumps – Aldo
Necklace – Etsy (2009)

Wednesday
Chevron Maxi Dress – Ella Moss via Barney’s NY (2012)
Blazer – Ann Taylor (2005)
Polka Dot Scarves (there are two there) – Target (2012)
Belt – Express (2007)
Wedges- Aldo (2011)

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Thursday
Dress – H&M (2009)
Necklace – J Crew via eBay (2012)
Pumps – Steve Madden (2012)

Friday
Tee – Gap (2012)
Cardigan – Gap (2010)
Jeans – Express (2008)
Scarf – Handmade by me
Shoes – Fossil (2012)

Saturday – Brights in honor of Cinco de Mayo
Tee – Gap (2012)
Cardigan – J Crew (2009?)
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Scarf – a gift from India from a friend
Moccasins – Steve Madden (2012)

The Hunger Games

I vehemently opposed Twilight. I had NO interest in reading a book written about glittery vampires. From an outside perspective, I found no interest in these books from a literary perspective or a story perspective.

I felt this same way about The Hunger Games when people started talking about the books. I tend to be especially wary of books that are made into movies. I am the kind of person who will either read a book or see the movie, but not both (Unless it’s the Notebook – I’m still sorry about that, Jared). I have no interest in compromising the images I dream up in my mind and I become especially uninterested when it seems the images available to me are no where near as cool as what I imagine in my mind. I felt this way until I read a facebook status by my former campus minister, which he used as an opportunity to discuss the themes and the symbolism of the series with his friends. The deep, mature topics they discussed really peaked my interest beyond the chatter I was hearing from my girl friends. The fact that they were flying through these books at Harry Potter speeds didn’t hurt though.

I ordered the trilogy from Amazon and after completing the book I was reading at the time, I dug right in. I flew through the first book (The Hunger Games) and I loved it right from the very beginning. I just expected Katniss to get picked, I did not expect that Primrose would be involved. The constant references to the tyranny of the government, the entire set up of the games and the lack of a chance Katniss stood, her constant need to rebel, her innocence, and especially the story line with Gale really kept me hanging. I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book and for Katniss to run back to Gale once she was done playing to the Peeta love story. Aaand then that didn’t happen, which immediately hooked me on the second book. I wanted to keep reading until Katniss realized her love for Gale and ran to him.

When I began Catching Fire, where the story was headed seemed pretty obvious, but I still hoped and wished that Katniss and Gale would somehow manage to end up together. She would realize how amazing and perfect for her he was. She would realize how he knew her better than anyone, how he loved her family, how he allowed her to joke and be herself and enjoy life more. I hoped that Peeta would be killed in the 75th annual Hunger Games and Katniss would go home to Gale & her family. But, alas, where would the story go for the third book from there.

I liked The Mockingjay the least of the three books – the allure and my interest really wore off for this book. I kept reading because I still had a hope that Peeta would die and Katniss would realize she couldn’t live without Gale, but I definitely felt disappointment in the end. It seemed like the book was coming to an end and there were all these loose pieces that needed to be tied up, so the author hurried and tied a nice, pretty bow. I felt like there was no real resolution between Katniss and Gale, I didn’t like that Katniss went back to District 12 and remained somewhat secluded and I really didn’t like that Katniss was always supposed to question whether Gale had killed Primrose.

I really wish that I had enjoyed this trilogy more, I really wanted to. I did enjoy the symbolism and the themes, which were what made me pick up the trilogy in the first place, but overall, those weren’t enough to make the series for me. I really enjoyed the first book, the second was alright and the third was disappointing. It feels like most of my girlfriends disagree with me. What are your thoughts?