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January Moodboard & Mixtape

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Greetings this Monday morning (or whenever you're getting the chance to read this). It's a new year, but that doesn't mean that M*squared is being kicked to the curb. We, meaning yours truly,  are back with a spankin' brand-new moodboard and mixtape to help start off this week and this month on a fresh foot. 

The Moodboard 

My sartorial goal right now to have a little more fun and add some pizzazz to my wardrobe. This pizzazz I'm talking about can be either those more funky pieces that can be paired with the classics, or wild prints and textures. I tend to keep it quite neutral and simple during the colder months, but after some time it feels stale. Maybe I won't be able to shake things up right away, but that doesn't mean I can't plan ahead for Spring Break and Spring. In the meantime, I'm sticking to mixing in more jewelry and perhaps some color? We will see. 

The Mixtape 

December Mixtape & Moodboard

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During November, my calendar was hopping, so out of sleep necessity, I skipped last month's m^squared post. Don't fret my friends, because we are back up and running, bringing you a fair dosage of moodboard-ing and a very special holiday mixtape. Instead of droning on and ending up repeating myself, let me just say that I have a fair share of festive content coming your way over the next 24 days. To start off, did you see the launch of my latest series, "Festive Footnotes"? 

As for the mood this month, we have those reds for the festive touch, but no doubt, paired with neutrals of navy and worn cream. Blush has also made a return - being the ideal partner in crime to the festive red. Graphic t-shirts, piled high gold jewelry, and red accents are all I'm about right now.

To wrap things up (lol, love a good Christmas pun), here is this month's special mixtape to get you in the mood for this season. A complete (and pretty damn good) compilation of my favorite songs.

+ Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

+ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

+ Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys

+ Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by U2

+ Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms

+ Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

+ Carol of the Bells by Peter J. Wilhousky

+ It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year by Andy Williams

+ Jingle Bells (ft. The Puppini Sisters) by Michael Bublé

+ All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

+ Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon

+ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies 

 

 

October Moodboard & Mixtape

It's FALL!!!!! October is my month. Not only for the fact that I was born during the universe's golden period, but I feel as if I come alive during these glorious 31 days. I always get a few laughs when I mention October is my favorite month, since I'm known to not be Halloween's biggest fan. 

Yet, October is my renaissance and I am reborn over and over again, metaphorically that is. Here are my top reasons why these are the best days of the year. GO! 

~ hot coffee, sweaters, boots, candles, windows open & down, vampire weekend, fall foliage, apple cider, rhode island (in the fall), best sailing season, central park comes alive, chilly mornings, grey afternoons, hiking, birthdays, long weekends, lazy sundays spent reading, pancakes, diner runs ~

I could go and on, but instead I'll spend these precious hours basking in the October air.

Fashion-wise, I'm embracing the changing of the seasons with the following; leopard coats, sandals with loose denim and knits, OV leggings and t-shirts during morning coffee runs, and baseball caps with EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN.

 

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OCTOBER MIXTAPE

Cannibal Queen by Miniature Tigers 

Daylight by Matt and Kim 

Backwards Down the Number Line by Phish 

Two Fingers by Jake Bugg

You & I by Lady Gaga 

I'll Go Crazy by James Brown 

 

 

September Moodboard & Mixtape

Praise! REJOICE! The hot and steamy is coming to an end and I'm in a fall state of mind despite what weather.com informs me.

Ignorance is bliss. 

Soon enough though, the weather will balance out my lust for leaves and sweater weather.... wow, I have problems. On the sartorial side of my wild brain, I have been dreaming of a high neck meets fisherman knit, perhaps in a deep blue or a mustard? I've been scouring the interwebs, but I have come to think that the vintage route is the best way. Come October, I'm imagining these "sweaters" (aka a fixture of my dreams) paired with Outdoor Voices leggings for the dreamiest errands outfit known to mankind.

For the general vibe, I tend to veer into the classic prep lane when Autumn rolls around. It feels right to stick to more traditional clothing with droplets of rock and roll mixed in. 60s prep meets 70s hippie is forever my aesthetic. Quite a strong one, mid I inject. 

In the ears and on the speakers is tons of old school rock and roll; Rolling Stones, Ramones, Beatles, Eagles. Their music is made to sound best live, so be sure to click those when searching on your musical channel of choice. For me, it's Spotify. And you can listen to it all, here, in my Autumn 16 playlist. 

My other current crushes are the following: Outdoor Voices everything, Glossier's new super serums, my new leopard coat, cauliflower rice, hot coffee, and the holy grail of Whole Food's oatmeal: gingerbread. 

What a time to be alive. 

 

 

August Moodboard & Mixtape

Here it is. Sorry it's a little late... 

I've grown to love August over the years. Up until this year, I always rushed into back to school, fall, and was overall riddled with anxious energy. This year, I've taken the time to truly savor this laid back part of summer and make the most of all it... and also logically realize that October is still 2 MONTHS AWAY. Whilst, fall is on my mind and I'm thinking about all the cozy sweaters and boots, I'm also avoiding the classic "ordering a jacket in 90 degrees" move. Instead, I've added several new pieces to my closet that work now and later. t's a win-win all around. 

ALI MACGRAW, SILK DRESSES, GOLD JEWELS, KNITS AND CUTOFFS, SLIP DRESSES, ANKLE BOOTIES,THE COLOUR GREEN 

But, back to the mindset. I ask you to truly enjoy this month. Take those weekend trips you were to busy for in June, hang out with friends, watch the Olympics, bask in the late afternoon sun, go outside, try something new, anything and everything you want.

And why not blast some tunes while you're at it? I have three new playlists up on Spotify- a great driving one/general favorites, my latest workout tunes (listen from start to finish), and the second Soundtrack

Shop the moodboard:

 

 

 

July Moodboard & Mixtape

So much blush happening here. Ever since that sneaker little Reformation dress snuck it's way into my wardrobe, I've fallen hard for the color and craving the semi-sweet colour. I just purchased this Messy Heads t-shirt to go with my denim collection... guess what colour it is? 
Ding-ding! You're right. 

Blush. That's all I'm about. Also, my summer style icon is currently Ali McGraw. Note that I'm specifically highlighting her summery outfits in the sob-inducing movie, Love Story. So much 70s prep. 

For the mixtape, Kanye's BEST album (that's a fact, not a opinion), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, has become the most played on my Spotify account. The main reason for this occurrence is that the album is my pre-sailing playlist. I'd like to note that "Lost in the World" is a highly underrated song, and you should all go listen to it right this moment. You're welcome.