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Yep. It’s my birthday! I have no big plans for today other than to take it easy, which is a-okay with me. I tend to do all of my partying on so-called ordinary days, and it’s usually impromptu and for no reason at all. I might eat cake, though. Haha, “might”–that’s funny. Anyhoo, here are some things that currently put me in a celebratory mood:

Fashion

 

Susan Gregg Koger of Modcloth and Fashion Blogger, Nicolette Mason (picture from nicolettemason.com)

Susan Gregg Koger of ModCloth and Fashion Blogger, Nicolette Mason
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I know they announced this a while back, but I’m so stoked about the ModCloth/Nicolette Mason collab, I can’t wait until Rocktober! Go to Nicolette’s blog to see all of the cute dresses, skirts, and tops–and you gotta check out the pink trench coat! Go look now! C’mon…I’ll wait.

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Cool! You’re back! Neat, right?

Beauty

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You can’t have a birthday without a little confetti! Just when I was getting the hang of the cat-eye, the Beauty Department steps it up with this tutorial. Maybe it’s the perfect excuse to try those colorful Lime Crime liners I’ve been eye-ing.

Fragrance

Coach Poppy Blossom coach.com

Coach Poppy Blossom
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I’ve made no secrets that poppies are my jam. Why not smell like a poppy? Coach’s Poppy fragrances are lovely in every incarnation. I got a bottle as a Christmas gift, and I’m still in love.

Books

To be honest, I was unaware of Nasty Gal before I started blogging. When I saw this book cover popping up here and there all over Instagram, I was #curious. I’m in the middle of reading #GIRLBOSS right now, and so far it’s #AWESOME! Sophia, a once self-professed “crust punk,” built her own fashion empire with some vintage clothes, hard work, and street smarts. Part motivational, part cautionary tale, this book proves you don’t have to be perfect to be successful. Like it or not, birthdays are reflective, and lately I’m finding myself at a crossroads in the best way possible. After going through a some not-so-fun years, following my gut to pursue blogging has been a wonderful education that I’ve been able to bring into other aspects of my life, including doing some fun stuff at my day job where I’m dabbling more and more in social media and marketing–which I would have been pretty ill-informed about had I not messed up at previous jobs only try it again for Super Style Me. It seems strange to call someone even younger than I am wise, but Sophia is that and more. Her story and advice help me feel I’m going in the right direction with this new venture. There’s much to learn, but that’s okay. I’ll figure it out just as she did. And, every bad experience, bad decision, and bad day just bring you one step closer to something much, much better.

Music

I included this album on my birthday favorites because it contains so many hidden “presents,” but don’t take it from me–here’s a video from Jack to tell you all about it:

So cool! Here’s my own low-quality video of the locked groove and angel hologram. Yes, the angel is upside-down. She’s break-dancing:

P.S. The music is actually good! You didn’t think they’d put in all these bells and whistles and forget about the songs? If you did, you don’t know Jack 😉

 

And this:

I’m so glad this is back in stock today and in my size, but, really, dinosaur print on my birthday? That’s not nice, ModCloth!

 

Thanks to you all for stopping by! Celebrate anything you want today!

The legal stuff: I am a sales associate at 2nd and Charles and a long-time employee of Books-A-Million, Inc. While I am doing this post on my own time with no extra compensation and the ideas and thoughts expressed in this post remain my own, they do give me a paycheck. I just thought you guys should know that.

Now, let’s have fun!

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So, someone should tell Justin we have his records…just kidding! Here I am at my home away from home. I work in the Vinyl department of 2nd and Charles in Covington, LA, a magical place for nerds…um, I mean “hobbists,” of all types. Books, music, comics, video games, and tons of other stuff–we got it! However, my little vinyl babies hold a special place in my heart, as you can tell by my dress from Modcloth and my colored, etched copy of Warpaint‘s self-titled double album. And I’m not just flashing the record because it matches the dress, by the way. They are a great band you should definitely check out. “Disco//very” is my jam right now.

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Saturday, April 19th is a super-special day for record stores and a great day to check out your local vinyl retailer. As for us at 2NC Covington, we’re hosting our Get in the Groove event where we’ll have local bands, prizes, and artist, Justin Lacoste, who makes jewelry and other neat things out of records! Check out his Facebook page and all the cool stuff he makes here.

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Speaking of crafting from records, here’s our DIY which I call the Galaxy and Gold Tri-Pick Necklace! Instead of using the vinyl itself, I decided to use the album cover, and I found a winner in our $2 bin:

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I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore. That’s another band. I didn’t just pick this album because “Hold the Line” is awesome (which it is, but that’s beside the point). You know how galaxy print is hot these days? Boom! Toto were truly trailblazers in more ways than one!

IMG_1401You’ll also need one of these, a Pick Punch. What it’s really used for is to make instant guitar picks from gift cards, but we’ll use it for craftier purposes. I got mine at 2NC. IMG_1402You’ll also need another punch that makes the tiniest circles you can find, jewelry pliers, gold chain, jump rings, a clasp, and your secret weapon…

IMG_1400Extreme Glitter Mod Podge!

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Punch out your picks using the Pick Punch. I punched out more than I needed, so I could choose the best ones. Punch a small hole near the top of each one. That’s where you’ll attach your pick to the chain with a jump ring. Before you do that, paint a couple of layers of Mod Podge on each pick. Once they’re dry, measure out a length of gold chain to fit your neck. Evenly space your three picks and use the jump rings attach them to the chain. Add your clasp, and…

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Tada! You’re ready to rock! Quick tip–make sure your record isn’t super valuable or collectable before you craft with it. That would make us vinyl geeks cry.

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We have time for another outfit, right? This headphones t-shirt comes from Lane Bryant, who has been coming out with some great graphic tees lately. Check out this new one I saw today with DJ Kitty! The black maxi-skirt is also from Lane Bryant, and my shoes (if you can see them) are from Vans.

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The actual headphones on my head are Audacity Quilted Rebel Headphones, and I got them from 2NC!

IMG_1476There you have it! Don’t forget to score some great vinyl at your local record store this Saturday, and if you’re in Covington, drop by 2nd and Charles for what’s sure to be a fun day!