1.23.2016

STEAL HIS STYLE #1: CASUAL FRIDAY AFFAIR

At this point in time, I think it's safe to say about 80% of the people out there have a Pinterest account. I'll whole-heartedly admit that i'm just a little [read: completely] obsessed with pinning inspiration pieces, but what do we do with it? We usually forget about it. So I've decided to decode the things I find quite inspiring over on my Closet Case Pinterest board. I'm going to pick a store, and just go about stealing someone's look and keeping it under $300, yes, even the designer goods, my friends. Have faith in me, I can duplicate most things for mere pennies guys.

To start off, I'm going with a simple look. I pinned it knowing I had pretty much everything about this in my closet already, but in the case, we're going to H&M to recreate this look. For the most part this was easy, I can get most things pretty similar to this look. The only exception being the bow tie, which isn't plaid, but hey! I said similar, not exact.

So if you want to recreate this look for yourself, head on over to H&M, and snag this look for your Casual Friday affair.

12.30.2015

HOW TO BE MORE INTERESTING IN 2016


2016 is right around the corner. If you're like me, NMS, (or New Me Syndrome,) has already kicked in. We've got our resolutions together, right kids? Who knows, we might want to quit smoking, go to Vegas, lose weight, put on muscle, get a spray tan this year, or -cough- start blogging again. So to help you out with the most important things of 2016, I thought I'd give you something to strike off your list this year. How to be, well, more interesting in the new year.

2015 was the year of "Netflix and chill," and while that may have seemed like the best thing to do in your down time, it really wasn't the coolest thing in the world. What makes people truly interesting is not only who they are, but what they do, especially in their down time. Whether your resolution is to grab some new hobbies, beef up your resume, or just have something to say when faced with meeting new people, here are some easy ways to instantly be more interesting.

1. FIND A PASSION AND CULTIVATE IT
The old adage of, "You are what you wear," is true. People base who you are by appearance first. After that, you've got to keep them hooked. That's where having a passion comes in. People are shaped by what they spend their time doing. It shows what they value. Now, I'm not saying binge watching old episodes of Dr Who or American Horror Story is necessarily a bad thing. Of course, we have to just turn our minds off once in a while to be entertained, but we can't always sit there and veg out.

Try finding something you really want to learn about or do. I don't care if it's cooking, playing sports, or making Macrame pot holders. The point is to find something you genuinely enjoy doing. For me, it's creating things, learning about the Hope diamond, body painting, and handing out unwanted advice. You've got to have a passion, it gives you a springboard to not only enter a conversation, but a way to continue it.

Start by googling something your interested in and give a try. Jump in with both feet into your new interest. In a couple of weeks, if you're really not that interested in it as you were in the beginning, try something else. At the end of the day, trying new things not only gives you opportunities to learn, but it's the best way to find your passion.

2. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Throughout our lives we set ourselves up into little ruts. We all have certain places we like to eat and different routines that get us through our day. We know what we like. It's comfortable, enjoyable, and generally doesn't make us go out of our way. But does that really make us more interesting? Constant repetition is boring, it makes us completely predictable. I should know, I'm the I'm the treasurer of the "Not really feeling like jumping out of the box today," society. But we really can't do this in 2016.

This year, to be more interesting, we're trying new things. It can be something small. Start off by eating something you wouldn't normally eat. Something you think you don't like. As we age, our taste buds change, and who knows, you might just like Brussel sprouts after all. Shake it up, go places you normally wouldn't go shopping, take a different way home, change your hair color, grow a beard, (ladies too.) When life hands you an opportunity, take it. Even if it's out of your comfort zone. Let's get out of our ruts this year, kittens. Be spontaneous, it's interesting.

3. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, READ!
Yes, your teachers may have been wrong about not always having a calculator with you to do math thanks to cellphones, but they were right on the money when they told you to keep reading. Now, I'm a nerd. I know this, and I have accepted it. I've always loved reading and, growing up, I would tend to judge people who don't find the time to read, or, worse, care to. (Who am I kidding? I still judge.)

Last year, one of my resolutions was to start reading classic novels, but about ten pages into The Scarlet Letter, I realized that adult reading was a bit over-rated. I did find a love in Oscar Wilde, however, I poured over his books, plays, and poems. I also learned that it really doesn't matter what you read, it's that you read.

Find time to read. Bring a book to work and read it on your breaks. Take public transit? Kill that time with a book instead of a game of Candy Crush. Reading expands your mind, and requires a little more imagination and creativity than parking in front of a TV for hours on end. It gets your brain going, and makes you visualize what your reading. It also helps to improve your vocabulary. Not to mention that, just like people with glasses, people seen reading books are considered to be more intelligent according to a recent study discussed in an article I read on Examined Existence. See, reading does make you more interesting.

4. ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND CURRENT EVENTS AND HAVE AN INFORMED OPINION.
Everyone from Emily Post to Girl-gets-a-makeover-and-becomes-popular movies suggests that to function in society, let alone a conversation with the star quarterback of your high school, you should be well informed of current events and the world around you. When I say current events,  I don't mean what Kim and Kanye are doing. Pick up a newspaper, watch the BBC and learn your facts.

Keeping up with current events is a good thing, but having an informed opinion about your community, country, and world, not only makes you interesting, but a responsible adult. Interesting people have solid reasons behind their opinions and stand behind their convictions. This doesn't mean you need to go around and try and convert everyone over to your side of the argument, or randomly start bringing up headlines to start your gob about it. Please don't be one of those people. Please, they aren't interesting.

In 2016, if someone asks your opinion on something before you've had a chance to learn about it yourself, there's nothing wrong with saying, "I haven't gotten all the facts yet to make up my mind." Don't start making things up. If anything, hear what they have to say, you don't have to agree or even take it at face value. And, if per chance, you're not interested in the topic at all - nod your head and politely change the subject to the weather.

Now, kittens, before I wrap this piece up, I want you to know that, yes, you are already an interesting person. We are all insanely interesting in our own ways. (Whether you keep up with current events or the Kardashians,) These things aren't going to land you your dream job, find your mate, or instantly make you stand out from the crowd in the coming year. But these things will make you feel like more of an adult, and hopefully make you feel a smidgen more confident during conversation. That's what 2016 is about. A new year, a new you.

Good luck, and Happy New Year!