Get your leather ON

workshirt: madewell (similar cut, similar color) 
sweats: ross (similar) (similar)
jersey motorcycle jacket: mom's (similar) (similar)
faux suede loafers: forever 21

I promise you, with these clothes on I felt like Karen O singing "Zero" in a dewy fall evening. I kind of put these clothes together on a whim, they feel so pajama-y. These comfy but COOL sweats (that I got for $9 bucks at Ross THATS how you try a trend haha) this boy shirt from madewell, and even though this jacket looks leather it's actually jersey! Super comfy, extra cool! I went dress like this to Dave's little sister college football game down in southern illinois. (she's in the band) I'll admit I totally felt like I should've been making out behind the bleechers than cheering on the home team. Unfortunately the kids lost, but everyone loved my hair I didn't even notice the game! (Bonus purple was the school color so all the parents thought I was alumni haha!) Dave's lil sis friends thought I was a total badass which is such a laugh! Little do they know I was the dweeb in school! Oh how times have changed. But I'm really not that cool at all, I still spend my weekends eating cereal, watching cartoons, and playing video games. But now no one can tell me "no" or "go study' CUZ I'S AN ADULT! Oh how wonderful it is, isn't it? (insert paramore haha!)

Did you enter my giveaway? You have till September 23rd! Let's go!

What time is it? Time to 'Swiss' it up

Did I mention that the weather has dropped down to a freezing 43 degrees? It's only September but in my mind we've skipped over Halloween and are crashing right into Christmas. And even though my loving boyfriend did not completely appreciate my need to belt out Mariah Carey's holiday hits on the expressway last night, I can't help but feel the holiday buzz rushing through the back of my mind. They other day I picked up some beef jerky flavored chocolates for all the men in my life, but I'm sure just a $1 package of dangerously flavored sweets won't be enough of a gift to truly show the appreciation for all the boys I call family. So I've been on the hunt for the perfect gift, and I recently discovered Swiss Army's new Victorinox watch. Every year I usually get my brothers a Swiss Army knife, something sleek and useful for both the engineer and the artist. But this I.N.O.X watch has me thinking it's time to switch it up. Having something they can look down out and think of their darling sisters, daughter, and even girlfriend has me giddy with joy. There's so many different styles to choose from, it was actually pretty easy to find a watch to match each of their personalities.

My oldest brother (the engineer) will want something that will easily go from day to night. Plus something that he can take to swim pratice either on his own or with his daughter. That's why I totally adore the Dive Master for him

My younger brother will want something that will travel well, for his constant need for seeing the world, but something that will have cool hardware to impress all of his techie friends, so the Alpnach is the PERFECT MATCH.
My dad is a little more tricky, he's a doctor, so he'll want something classic. This watch totally screams great gatsby which is totally him, so for daddio it's the Alliance.

As for the love of my life, well he's definitely a guy who would love to call cape cod home, but he's also more clumsy than a cartoon character. Did I mention that he steps on my foot almost every day (lovingly I'm sure) so he needs something that's inbetween classic but can without the beatings. Fortunately these watches are meant for a beating being temperature, water, pressure, fall, and concrete resistant So for lover boy it's an Airboss.

I'll be honest it feels pretty good to already have the present situation all figured out and we haven't even put a pumpkin out! Now I can spend my days enjoying the seasons as they change than fighting the holiday rush as it comes through. Maybe I might even pick out an I.N.O.X watch for myself. This Victoria is looking pretty neat-o!

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Me, Myselfie, & I *GIVEAWAY*

I just turned the big 27 a few days ago, and I'm finally starting to feel like myself after MONTHS, ok a YEAR of not feeling very blargh! I'll be honest, between my accident, moving back home, & gaining a little bit of fluff--I felt defeated. I did not feel beautiful, I did not feel like me. I hid in piles of yoga pants and unwashed hair, hiding away from a community I once adored. But with the crisp autumn breeze in the air I suddenly feel RENEWED. I feel like celebrating ME! I feel ALIVE! I FEEL AVANT BLARGH! And with this renewed spirit of celebrating ourselves I want to share with you the super awesome giving away I'm having as a OFFICIAL WELCOME BACK!

SpringHill Suites of Marriott and I are having a little contest called "Me, Myselfie, and I" Reminding everyone that #ART IS EVERYWHERE, and you can be your very own inspiration. I really love love love the idea of celebrating our own beauty, we may not be perfect but we are all beautiful. There will be two winners, one winner whose selfie inspires me! This winner will win a note from me along with a $50 Visa Gift Card! Plus there will be a grand prize winner chosen by SpringHill Suites, giving away a $250 Marriott Giftcard and a gift package from Paul Mitchell valued at $570. (Perfect for a weekend SPA RETREAT!) So how do I enter you ask?

All you have to do is:
+ follow us on instagram @avantblargh @springhillsuites
+ post a selfie telling me what inspires you!
+ DONT FORGET TO tag it #ArtIsEverywhere @avantblargh @springhillsuites
Contest Ends Sept 23rd!
Official Rules Here

I can't wait to see your selfies and get inspired through each of my lovely readers! Thank you guys for many years of BLARGH support! Please feel free to comment and link your selfies below so I can find you my dears! Happy Selfy-ing haha!

Take a chill pill

Good news guys! I WON THAT TRIP TO LONDON!! I've been so busy and excited about it, I totally forgot to tell you. (that's why you should follow me on instagram) I've been so so soooo busy finishing up work, taking on new jobs, making jewelry.  I've been doing anything and everything accept one viable thing. RESTING. My mom recently told me that "going to London will do you no good if you're sick" Which she's right. I'm exhausted. I've been up to 4am everyday for the past week or so, campaigning and working double shifts. But today I think I'm going to thrown in the towel! Even for my birthday, and all I wanted to do is grab a bottle of wine (like this champange blend from JJ Buckley, how celebratory!), turn on my favorite show on netflix and just veg out! Or maybe even a nice Chianti with my bubble bath. Whatever it is, I know I need rest! And if you're feeling like a candle that's burning on both ends maybe you should TREAT YO SELF too! (I reccomend moscato for girls night, I mean its lovely)  We aren't made to go on endlessly and forever. Let's not forget to R E L A X. Let tomorrow worry about itself!

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