The Katniss Shawl

I have a slight obsession with The Hunger Games:  both novels and films. For the premiere of The Hunger Games in 2012, I dressed up as Katniss, not only to the movies but to class, as well. Ya, I am a little nerdy, but who is not?

Here I am in 2012:

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You can imagine after seeing Katniss’ shawl in Catching Fire, I had to have it or make it. The shawl is on many Catching Fire posters and Katniss wears it toward the beginning of the film.

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My mom found a pattern on Ravelry.com. Since January, I have been knitting on my version of the shawl. A lot of knitters used a rope for the cowl-neck; this made the neck look like a perfect circle. Instead, I did not use rope and my mom suggested that I knit 4 rows, purl 4, knit 4, and purl 4. Essentially, it looks very similar to the original but without a big, bulky rope.

Without further ado, I give you my version of the Katniss Shawl from Catching Fire:

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Katniss Shawl, Olive green Forever21 jacket, and Steve Madden “Banddit” boots.Image

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The Kate Look

I have learned as you grow older, your style [hopefully] evolves. Sure, it was fun to wear trendy clothes like high-low skirts/dresses, cartoon tshirts, leggings, and tribal print anything. However, at some point, you should step back and ask yourself if your clothes are appropriate for your age.

What girl has not shopped, or at least browsed, Forever21? The prices are appealing to a modest budget and they keep up with the latest trends. I think the store name says it all:  meant for 21 years old and younger. Trends are mostly targeted to younger customers and tend to only stick around for a couple of years before they are dubbed “last season.” However, F21 has CHEAP jeans and basic tshirts that I will not pass up.

What should you do when you are over 21 and looking for a mature look that does not make you look frumpy?

It is hard to let go of the “Junior” department when you still easily fit into its clothes. You might resist shopping your age because it means you are accepting that you are getting older. I will be honest, I am going on 23 years old and could probably fit into a child’s XL from Old Navy or Gap. Does that mean I should shop in the children’s department…just because it fits? NO!

Learn to say NO.

There is life beyond F21 (and similar stores). In fact, you might be surprised how much you like a more sophisticated and polished look. Stores that carry more mature styles will probably be a little more pricey. The key is to shop sales and clearance.

Just because I can afford an expensive dress, does not mean I am willing to buy it. My mom instilled in me an eye for fashion. There is no way I would pay more for a clothing item that my mom can make cheaper and with better quality. I rarely shop Dillard’s because most of their clothes are not truly worth their price. You are essentially buying the tag (Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, etc). When I heard Dillard’s was having a huge sale (extra 50% off pink tags), I had to check it out.

I found a regularly priced $129 [Daniel] Cremieux midnight navy sheath dress…for $38. It was a bargain considering the original price and quality. After purchasing the dress, I immediately ran home to try it on with my $22 nude-color pumps from Payless (compare that to the $50-130 pumps found at Dillard’s)! I paired it with a pearl necklace from Macy’s that I have had since early high school.

I call this, “The Kate Look.”

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Merry Christmas

I hope you are having a Merry Christmas!

My Christmas was full of Burberry, Richmond Tea, and Kate Middleton books. To complete my British-themed Christmas, HLN is showing documentaries about William and Kate!

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How Pinterest Has Ruined Marriages

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Okay, so Pinterest has not really ruined marriages. However, I think the website has created this cult of women who do not desire a loving marriage, but a fantasy wedding. It does not matter who they marry, as long as their dream wedding comes true. I have seen both engaged and single (yes, single) women pin their entire wedding:  venue, gown, cake, color scheme, food, hair, makeup, flowers, and so on. The captions of the pins read:  “OMG, totally happening at my wedding…GOT TO HAVE THIS…This gown, but with lace…” Without attending their weddings (or fantasy wedding), I already know exactly how it will look.

Save it, sister.

Pinterest is obviously a great place to store your ideas. Planning a wedding is a big deal, in no way am I saying it is not. Since this is such a special event, I believe the planning should be shared with the fiance, family, and close friends:  not the rest of the world. Honestly, a few wedding pins here and there is tolerable; it is when the pins become 20 a day…from the Victoria’s Secret panty that will be worn under the dress to the chalkboard “Mr. & Mrs.” sign. If you REALLY need to pin your ideas for future reference, create a private board. Plus, it is more fun to surprise the guests! Imagine if Kate Middleton had pinned her entire wedding; there would have been less anticipation.

Less wedding pins and more casserole recipes would be great (and beneficial to my rumbling stomach)!

Love,

Hannah

 

 

May the Force of Kate Middleton Be With You

Growing up, I do not recall having a favorite female celebrity. 1990s female celebrities were not as risque as those female celebrities today; however, I just did not “connect” with the Britneys or Christinas. It was on April 29, 2011 that I found my celebrity inspiration; I was 19 going on 20 years old. For those of you who do not understand, it was the day Kate Middleton and Prince William were married. I began to admire her poise, class, style, and of course her taste in men. Without pushing her agenda or twerking, she quietly became an icon.

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Grown women may choose to do what they want. It does not matter if you are a grocer or an international sensation, impressionable young children and young adults are watching. There is no “On/Off” switch or invisibility cloak to shield you from watching eyes. Even when you are not out and about to the public eye, social media allows viewers to “watch” you 24/7. Whether you like it or not, young children/young adults may be justifying their actions because you said or did the same thing.

Kate seems to be a quiet and humble woman. She dresses conservatively but fashionably, speaks eloquently, and carries herself with confidence. There is no way someone could justify being scantily clad or cursing like a sailor “because Kate did, too.” If one of our goals, as women, is to be a positive influence on young women…no, the WORLD…we have to start taking responsibility for our actions. We have to stop with the double standards (i.e., dressing inappropriately yet demanding respect). 

Drawing from some admirable celebrities (Kate, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift), this blog will address everything from fashion, beauty, and health, to being a strong, independent woman.

Let us conquer the world…and…May the force of Kate Middleton Be With You.

Love,

Hannah

 

(P.S. – comments and suggestions are encouraged!)