LA for a few days

hope everyone is having a good wednesday! i am in the final push until spring break, while jane is already on her way to tokyo (more on that soon)!

i visited my sister in LA last weekend and ran into some cool stuff:

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a sprinkles cupcake atm right on usc’s campus!
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we ran into a cool art exhibit in the arts district

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enjoyed some smaller designer sales in beautiful art district buildings! check out that ceiling in the reflection of the mirror. 
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some happy balloons over a farmers market
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i fell in love with poketo!
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i mean seriously, this is too cool

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gotta love this funky place

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shirt is an old urban crop top and forever 21 jean skirt (here is it in the lighter wash)
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can’t beat that brick

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thank you, bella for having us and abby for being my travel buddy!

bildungsroman project

this is a post we have been looking forward to share for weeks. a friend of ours, jack cordero, has recently started his own blog. we always get excited to connect with other bloggers and writers. however, we were especially excited to hear the awesome project jack has planned for his blog: the bildungsroman project.

bildungsroman is a term usually associated with novels; specifically, novels that deal with one’s formative years.

…and what’s a more formative time than one’s teenage years ?! jack has interviewed thirteen smart, creative, and interesting millennial teenagers to get their thoughts on a wide range of subjects from religion to relationships to drugs to art. the questions he asked each of them can be found here in his introductory post.

so far, jack has posted about religion here and the problems our world faces today here.

readers can expect a new post weekly.

congrats to jack, and we cannot wait to read more (and hope you do too).

happy second birthday to us!

today marks two years of distinctive style! having this blog together has challenged and inspired us to delve deeper into what we love most: style, photography, and creative writing. we have so much planned for the future and are happy with our past.

in honor of our birthday, we made our favorite red velvet cupcake/cake recipe.

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thank you for following along!!

the jean guide

hey, friends! hope everyone is having a very merry holidays. we have both been enjoying some time off to hang out with family and friends.

we wanted to share with you different pairs of jeans from around the web that we think are great!

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the going out jean
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the saturday jean 
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the everyday jean
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the vacation jean
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the sports game jean
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the casual lunch jean
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the relaxed sunday jean

 

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the destroyed jean
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the festival goer jean

jen gotch of ban.do!!

we first found out about jen gotch through blogger bri emery of designlovefest. later we followed jen on instagram and quickly became obsessed. jen gotch is the woman behind ban.do! for those of you who have not yet been blessed with the pleasure of hearing about ban.do, it is a gorgeous, spunky gift and fashion accessory shop. you need to check it out!!  not only is jen a social media queen, but her snapchat (username: jengotch) stories are the funniest thing. seriously, you need to follow her. also, go look through jen’s website as it is officially the coolest and most creative personal website we have ever seen.

jen has also become a very well known photographer. we love her defaced polaroids (below) and her photostrips (more on her cool website):

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and now here’s some of the cute stuff we love over at ban.do:

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pink fanny pack
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are these not the cutest thank you cards ever?
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the confetti floats around in this phone case…so cool!
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obsessed with these “i am very busy” socks
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super fun party cups!
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funky red nails earrings!
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love this keychain.… ban.do is the coolest 
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“pink skies up ahead” t-shirt is a must have too

also, check out jen’s interview with forbes … they mention that jen wears roller skates around the office and we are thinking, hmm can we work there?!

fall kicks

happy weekends, friends!!

here’s what we love for shoes this fall:

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loving these orange adidas
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find these suede short boots here
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such a classic, cool shoe
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super fun shoe from steve madden  
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love the tie detail on these free people clogs
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we love this color and the classic style of these clogs
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so obsessed with these, they are also very cute in navy 
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love the western vibe of these boots
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such a bold color!!! absolutely love these. 

have a great weekend, everyone! get out side, enjoy the fall colors, and read a good book.

jane is officially a superhuman

today, our very own jane finished her first ever marathon!!! running 26.2 miles is something that takes both an incredible amount of dedication and strength (not that i, laura, would know hahah). i am so very proud of jane for having goals and not letting the busyness of life and sports, and a foot injury, get in the way. i felt truly inspired seeing her smiling at mile 8! i feel so blessed to know this awesome, creative, strong girl and to share a corner of the internet together.

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ted talks

we think ted talks are really awesome!! what a good way to give people the opportunity to educate, inspire, and express.

here are some of our favorites:

this is what happens when you reply to spam email

inside the mind of a master procrastinator

the surprising logical minds of babies

fashion and creativity

do schools kill creativity?

why you think you’re right– even if you’re wrong

why we have too few women leaders

the beauty of being a misfit

teach girls bravery, not perfection

i survived a terrorist attack. here’s what i learned

happy listening, friends!

you might want to write this down

we have made it our new years resolution to write more! whether it be handwriting in a journal or just jotting down some quick notes on our phones- we really want to remember this year. yes, pictures are great but writing captures so much more. this year we want to write how we felt and what we heard, smelt, did, saw…everything. we also want to work on writing creatively and writing impulsive poems and short stories! join us! challenge yourself to write more.

here’s some things, that we love, to get you started:

-a cool journal you’ll want to keep this one and this one close to you.

642 things to write about: this book has a lot of fun writing prompts that will keep you inspired and push you to think creatively.

fun pencils like these ones!

 

misterwives and a word on gender equality

a few weeks ago i (laura) got to see the misterwives preform live at our favorite concert venue, first avenue! they were amazing.  i can’t even begin to describe how beautiful mandy lee’s voice is and how much fun they were having on stage.  i have always liked their music but seeing them live was so incredible as they are all so talented.

my favorite part was definitely when mandy (the main singer) spoke on gender equality.  during the concert she did push ups to challenge stereotypes and then preformed the song “not your way.” this song expresses the disapproval with certain expectations that society has for young women.  the lines “Over being told to be undressed to look our best, Everywhere my eyes go, our figure is less,” and, “This is my own life, own life, Not growing up to be a trophy wife, So don’t parade us ’round. . . In your twisted world and I’m saying no” specifically indicate instances in which the appearances of women are flaunted and stressed as overly important in society. mandy lee has also said, in an interview at lalapalooza, that has felt that it is hard to be a woman in the music industry.  she stated, “If you’re a female it’s, ‘Oh, but you got to show more skin. Let’s talk about your hair.’ Look, I just want to write music and play with my band. That’s all I’m here for” (full article here).

i guess i never really realized how much more attention the appearances of female artists receive in comparison to male artists.  even as fans of fashion, it makes us sad to hear of the pressure that mandy lee and other female musicians feel, in regards to their appearances, in the music industry.  what really matters, to them, is  music.

to conclude this post, here are some pictures from the concert:

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another great night at first avenue. thank you, misterwives, for the music and the inspiration !