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Honest #OOTD

I haven’t been on Instagram in nearly three months, but one of my favorite past-times as a twenty-something is the art of coming up with a Good Caption.

In my spare time, I run an account dedicated to my personal style (I’ve said it before, but I am a lifestyle blogger™, thanks) and it is home to my some of my best, punniest captions. The truth is, however, most captions tend to rest on the laurels of cliched phraseology. Because I’ve had a self-induced drought on the posting front, the people have been deprived of these gems.

Since I’ve had time to reflect on life without overly positive one-liners, I wanted to use this opportunity to share some honest captions with you for some outfits, or rather #ootd’s (outfit of the day), that I’ve sported in the last few months.

What TO Wear [Honest Captions Edition]

1. When It’s Friday and You Haven’t Made Effort All Week

IG-Approved Caption: “Who doesn’t love a good red lip?”

Honest Caption: “Does this lipstick/sparkles/animal print boot combo count as an act of contrition for all the sweats I wore earlier this week?”

2. When It’s Freezing Out But You Want to Feel Cute

IG-Approved Caption: “Pink + Marigold = Yes, Please.”

Honest Caption: “I will be wearing ALL of these layers for the entire day. Not pictured: My Space Heater on Full Blast. #ThankUNext”

3. When You’ve Completely Given Up

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Honest Caption: “I’m not going to see anyone I know today, so I think this is an acceptable outfit to wear.”

Alternative Caption: “I’ve completely given up. Please accept me for the trash I am.”

4. When It’s the First Day Back from a 4-Day Weekend

IG-Approved Caption: “It’s so weird how my calendar thinks it’s a Tuesday.”

Honest Caption: “This graphic tee really understands me in a way that the rest of my wardrobe just doesn’t.”

5. When You’re Lowkey Inspired by K-drama Fashion

IG-Approved Caption: “Working hard or hardly working?”

Honest Caption: “Listen, I don’t know how Son Ye-jin makes basic blazers look so stylish, but I’m on a mission to find out. Next investigation: Why I pose the same way every time I wear a blazer.”

6. When it’s Finally the Weekend and You Can Look Kinda Cute

IG-Approved Caption: “Dressed like a daydream.”

Honest Caption: “Guess who has two hands and just remembered they own yellow eyeshadow?”

7. When You Realize You Own a Shirt that Matches Your Favorite Socks Perfectly

IG-Approved Caption: “I love it when a plan comes together.”

Honest Caption: “I almost got caught trying to document this matching shirt/socks combo and I’m not entirely convinced the results were worth it. Please clap.”

8. When It Won’t Stop Raining

IG-Approved Caption: “I’m comfy, I’m cute, I’m wearing ankle boots.”

Honest Caption: “I haven’t washed my hair in three days.”

Share your favorite caption and “What TO Wear…” look in the comments!

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Infinity Mirrors LIII

In the early afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday, most of Atlanta was buzzing with what some might call unfathomable anticipation and excitement for what would be unceremoniously described as 14 punts and four hours of offensive ineptitude. Along with my engaging companions for the day, I found myself full of anticipatory butterflies for another type of entertainment altogether.

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My #OOTD for this adventure featured some of my favorite pieces – a starry J. Crew top, the Zara TRF collection pants I got for a bargain at Unclaimed Baggage, and sheer striped ban.do socks paired with some opalescent mary jane clogs.  

As we MARTA’d into the city, it felt like we were surrounded by Patriots jerseys on all sides. I might have been amused by the lone Rams fan I spotted if I wasn’t preoccupied with my own claustrophobia. Mercifully, our stop was the Arts Center and not many jersey-clad sports fans opted to stop (wild guess here, but I’d wager tailgating is not a familiar custom for patrons of the Woodruff Arts Center).

In many ways, it was fitting that we inadvertently purchased our advance tickets for the Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the High Museum of Art on the same day that our city would be invaded by, from my own observations, a surprising number of New England sports fans. Though we didn’t spend seasons cheering on Yayoi Kusama’s creations, our pilgrimage into Atlanta to experience the artist’s work marked a super event all on its own.

And when I take off my purple prose hat, I can say that getting tickets to Infinity Mirrors on the same day as the super bowl is just exactly the type of cosmic slipping-on-a-banana-peel joke that I’ve grown accustomed to in my twenty-odd years on this planet.

Still, the High was a welcome haven from the stuffy MARTA ride. Once inside, we had the gift shop and line of other museum visitors to occupy our attention. It wasn’t long before the super bowl was far from our periphery (in truth, this is where most sporting events end up for me, abandoned somewhere in a narrow corner of my mind).

Aside from double-tapping Instagrams of the captivating installations and a third-party commentary about waiting in lines, I knew next-to-nothing about Kusama’s work and the exhibit itself. I was in for a treat.

“With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe.” – Yayoi Kusama

Yes, the lines were long. The High was Infinity’s last stop on a tour of North American art museums, so people were understandably crowding in for their last chance to glimpse the exhibit. Even with the extended wait (about 20-30 min per installation), there was plenty of eye-candy to appreciate as you shuffled in line.

I loved immersing myself in Kusama’s weird, often fantastic world dotted with hippie counterculturalism and yes, a great deal of polka dots. Exploring her art and the ideas behind each installation was a singular experience that I was fortunate enough to take part in, even for a day. I left the exhibition feeling a renewed sense of appreciation for the universal comedy also known as my life. In the words of Kusama herself, “Our Earth is only a polka dot among the million stars in the cosmos.”

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Sweater Weather, But Make it Fashion

For most, fall is the reigning season for sweater weather. But personally, I believe winter is the unsung hero of sweaters everywhere.*

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Sorry not sorry.

What You’ll Need

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Peep the lack of Baking Soda.

2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
A Pinch of Salt
2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Spice
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Water
3 Large Eggs
1 (15 Oz) Can Pure Pumpkin
2/3 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Patience

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Curse yourself for not remembering to buy muffin cups. Get over it, but spray a generous amount of Cooking Spray into the muffin tin, just to be safe.

2. Sift together all dry ingredients (minus the brown sugar) in a large bowl, taking extra care to use baking soda and not baking powder. It’s a simple mistake that anyone could make (read: that I made and didn’t realize until I sat down to write this). While it doesn’t truly affect the taste, it definitely takes a toll on the appearance of your muffins. Be better than me. Make this the right way.

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It’s important to “make a well” for the wet ingredients at this point in time. I know, I was skeptical too. Just trust me.

3. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, eggs, water and vegetable oil together. Watch in horror as the delightful caramel color of the brown sugar turns into a grotesque shade of brown. Then, make it even more disgusting by mixing in the can of pumpkin. Orange + brown is never an acceptable color combination. Unless you’re a leaf.
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4. Pour those wet ingredients into your (wo)man made well of dry ingredients. This step makes it a LOT easier to mix everything together, especially if you’re working with a wooden spoon you’ve had for 5 years and not something a little more wieldy (like an electric mixer).

Once the batter is nice and moistened, fold in those chocolate chip bits!

5. Break out your muffin tin. Place the batter evenly. I ended up using an ice cream scoop for exactness, but I realize it’s not really THAT deep.

Bake for 25 minutes. 
Spend 5 minutes of that time frantically searching for your phone, worried you might’ve (somehow) mixed it into your muffin batter. Question everything. Find it on the top of your fridge, and set the timer for 20 minutes to account for all the time those muffins were baking, oblivious to your minor setback.

6. Enjoy! Despite your worst efforts, these muffins should turn out semi-decent. I lost my phone, did a whole load of laundry while making these and even used the wrong ingredients and they still aren’t half bad!

 

Or you could just use this Pumpkin Muffins Recipe instead.