11.27.2014

thankfull



PHOTOS taken using FUJIFILM X30


The title isn't a typo. It's Thanksgiving, so there's a 10/10 chance I am already full up to my eyes with food. I'm also full of thankfulness for so many things. Basically, I'm going to explode, and it could be either from thanks or mashed potatoes, and we may never know.

You guys ask me a lot if I "get used to this.". Here's the answer: no. nah. nope. never. I wake up every morning, and read your tweets, and your emails, and for you odd birds who use it, instagram dms, and I get so excited. I read them all to my mum, and  my friends, and my postman who complains about carrying my parcels up the ten foot drive. My main goal is to never get used to it. I am so lucky to have such a cool job where I get to talk about, and to, the things and people I love. That includes you. I know I say this every year, and I can feel you rolling your eyes young lady, but this year, I'm thankful for you. Thank you for reading, and commenting, and (hopefully) laughing. You're the real MVP.

So as you're sitting in your comfy pants watching Snoopy for the 900th time, just know I'm thinking about you. I am also sitting in my comfy pants watching Snoopy.

x Justina

ps. Some other things I'm thankful for:

*parades
*wi-fi
*comfy pants
*instagram
*my weird friends who are weird but also wonderful
*people who answer emails first thing in the morning
*turkey
*blogger
*mums who challenge their thirteen year old daughter to keep up a blog for "two weeks"


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11.24.2014

justina's thoughts from the american music awards


PHOTO via TUMBLR

The funniest part about the American Music awards is that the biggest winners of the night were British. 

As you know, I love live-tweeting award shows + forming opinions that get shared with no one but my mum and my dog and YOU. You lucky duck. 
 So in no particular order: 

 1. One Direction's "Night Changes" set makes them look like they're waiting for The Great Pumpkin.
 2. Sam Smith just blessed us all with the gift of his voice. 
3.  I can go get snacks whenever there's a category with One Direction, because they're going to win.
4. People try to throw shade at Nicki, but she just killed everyone and brought them back to life.
 5. yo yo yo one direction, imma let you finish, but lorde has the best hair of anyone in that building
6. Is it a requirement that every boy band member has to wear jeans ripped at the knees?
 7. 5SOS are the new Australians on the block. Soz Iggy. But not really.
8.  Jessie J is the only person alive who can work a unitard like that.
9. Diana Ross is an absolute legend.
10. I'm glad I'm finally on board with Taylor, because it'd be really exhausting trying to not like her.


Missed opportunity: Calling it "The 2014 American Music Awards feat. Pitbull".

x Justina

ps. I've picked the winner of the giveaway! Check your email.
 If you didn't win, have no fear, because December is almost here.


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11.21.2014

state game strong



SWEATER - ELEMENT EDEN
JEANS - DSTLD


this is a post specifically for people who don't live on the best coast

So in case you didn't notice that you can't leave in your house,
 (or you don't live in the United States at all and are just an innocent by-reader)
 - you're snowed in. You are literally under a block of ice. Elsa couldn't get you out. 

I felt like it would be unfair for me to flaunt my summery outfits in the sunshine, 
so instead,  I'm going to flaunt my sunset. And ocean. And California-grown sense of pride.

Best coast ain't a joke son


x Justina

ps. I am picking the winner of the Living Doll Giveaway - Monday might change your life.



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11.17.2014

hoodie as heck





all photos + video shot with FUJIFILM X30 || for best quality watch in 720p

IMPORTANT NOTE: SAN FRANCISCO CAKE BOYS - I HAVE YOUR FOOTAGE. EMAIL ME.

If you've ever talked to me for longer than five minutes/read my twitter/stolen my ipod you know that I love Hoodie Allen with a deep + real love. He's the only person I will fangirl on the internet for, 
and the only rapper I would actually want to be friends with. 
(Kanye, I'm still down to be co-world dominators if that's on the table)

I was going to write a super organized "we went to this insane concert and this is what happened" post, but we all know I can't actually do that, so here's a LIST! Yay.

In no particular order, here are some moments from 
JUSTINA AND KATIE GO TO A HOODIE ALLEN CONCERT

1. The girls behind us in line outside kept talking about how much they loved "No Interruptions".
(There's a joke in that.)

2. After standing in line for a half hour, and my literally kicking the couple in front of us (horrible people who cut in line) we met Hoodie, and this is what I said: 

"I tweet you like five times a day."

4. NO PHOTOS WITH HOODIE PUT AWAY YOUR PHONES THAT MEANS YOU YOUNG LADY AND WHY DO YOU TWO HAVE SO MANY SHARPIES

 5. Hoodie's tour manager has the most on point beard I've ever seen, 
and his name is Michael Trueblood, which is the best thing I heard all weekend.

6. These ticket check-ing people are very serious about their jobs. They watched us sit in our seat.

7. MAX is bae.

8. Yeah Chiddy, we do all know the words to "Opposite Of Adults", even the people you dragged onstage knew it. It was impossible to escape it in 2010.

9. I like your teddy bear coat though.

10. HOODIE.


At that point everything stopped being in focus and became a blur of loud noises (SF was the loudest stop on the whole tour), flashing lights, and some dude named Matt who kept getting in my shot. I do remember Hoodie trying to crowd surf on a raft and landing on a pile of twelve year old girls, throwing a cake at the boys in front of me (I hugged them after, and my shirt is going to smell like cheap chocolate cake forever),  and jump roping using a rope made of bras.
We screamed a lot, and danced even more (much to the embarrassment of everyone but us). I knew I'd forget half of it in general excitement, so I made a video. Basically, it was the greatest thing ever.

I photographed/filmed the whole concert using my new Fujifilm x30, and let me just tell you: this camera is the best thing that has ever happened to photography ever. I'm going to be shooting more life posts using it in the next couple of months, and trust me, we'll be able to start a fan club.

My ears are still ringing. It's amazing. 

I'm all about it. 

x Justina

ps. How did you feel about the video? What was your favorite part? DO YOU LISTEN TO HOODIE ALLEN TOO!?!?!



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11.14.2014

let's talk about taylor

 


Okay, I know, I know.
You've seen this video a million times, memorized the words, cried a bit for the car. You're over it.

Well back it up a bit, because I think it's time I addressed my feelings towards Taylor Swift.

Let's take a little trip to 2007. Taylor Swift is an "internet sensation" with country ringlets and a wardrobe that appeared to consist solely of white chiffon princess-esque dresses and cowboy boots. She sings about some boy named Drew, and seemed to have extremely mature and advanced relationships for a 15 year old, with rose petals and slamming screen doors. I wasn't impressed at all. Ten year old me was not feeling it. I didn't even bother learning basic facts about her. In fact, I have a very distinct memory of telling my mum "She's from New Zealand or something, she sang that song about being a princess I think?" (In case you're wondering, I am psychic and this is definitely me predicting the eventual existence of Lorde). For years, I just ignored Taylor and her songs/relationships that insisted on worming their way into my brain.  When Red came out and people went psycho, I wasn't interested. When the whole world went to war over Haylor, I logged off twitter and took a nap.

Then, something went pop. Literally.

Taylor made the announcement that she was officially going pop in typical adork-able fashion, panting from dancing to "Shake it Off" with fans. I only caught the announcement because I couldn't escape it. "Yeah sure Taylor, you get one hair cut and start wearing two pieces and all of a sudden you're pop". I laughed. I laughed. She's the one laughing now. Or at least she would be, if she knew.

"Shake it Off" was a cute gateway whose appeal wore off. I danced a little the tenth time I heard it. The ten thousandth, I was done. Then came "Blank Space", and I finally admitted to the blank space in my life that had been the place where Taylor Swift love went. Everyone else had gotten on board from the first time she wrote a song on an old napkin, but it took 7 years and a genre change for me to accept her into my heart. Now there was this song, a song that resonated deep from the first time I heard it. I decided 1989 might be worth a go. Then I watched some recent interviews. I poked fun at her dance moves in a loving manner. I allowed myself to get into her style. Several days later, it's official. Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine saying this but: I like Taylor Swift.

Thank you for sticking with me in this confusing time.
 I only ask that you give me some privacy to sort out what this means for the future of my playlists.
(And bank account. #1989WorldTour)

 x Justina

ps. In case you missed the approx. 800000 tweets I wrote about it: I WAS ON BUZZFEED.
pps. Lorde is blowing my mind rn. 



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11.10.2014

wh-wh-what did you sayyyy

EARBUDS c/o HAPPY PLUGS
SHIRT : J.CREW
JEANS c/o DSTLD

Let me start out by saying that this wasn't meant to be an outfit post. It was meant to be an earbud post. #eotd

Sometimes, you have to take chances. Try new things. Move outside of your comfy little square. I am speaking, of course, about your headphones. We all have our favorite pair, the ones that only tangle a little, that play your music at the same volume in both ears, and block out everyone who dares talk to you when you're trying to peacefully enjoy your Eminem. (Mum.) But things happen. They get washed one too many times. You don't like how they look anymore. They don't make you happy.

This happened to me, and I am a survivor.

HEYYYYYY HAPPY PLUGS HEYYYYY. I'm gonna be straight with you: I was skeptical. I mean, leopard print headphones? Would they match anything? Would I even be able to hear my ~tunes~? But I put my faith in Swedish design, and you know what? Happy Plugs came through for ya girl. Y'all know I like my headphones to be as much a part of the outfit as anything else I wear, and these are perfect. Every person who has seen them has either asked where I got them or tried to steal them, which we know is the true mark of greatness.

True story: people are reportedly stopping my friends at school and asking if they are my friend. How insane is that? First of all, I have friends!! (???)  Second, YOU are my friend, because you read this blog. If you want, I can make you a t-shirt to wear. 

This reminds me, I should probably make a "I haven't made a playlist in three months even though I've discovered like eighty bajillion new songs/artists/genres I love" playlist. I'll go do that.

No mum, I still can't hear you.

x Justina


 ps. only ten days left to win your favorite little black dress


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11.07.2014

giveaway // what you really need


 









You know what everyone thinks everyone needs? A little black dress.
You know what everyone actually needs? A little black dress that can be quickly thrown on + dress up a cozy cardigan. (remember that one?)

The good news: I have found that dress AND it's coordinating cardigan.
The even better news: One of you will get them both.

That's right folks! IT'S GIVEEEEEEAAAAWAAAAAY TIME. I'm teaming up with our main babes at Living Doll LA to get both of these fantastic pieces in your closet. (or on your floor, back of a chair, etc, whatever your preferred method of clothing storage.)

Here are the rules:

1. (Easiest step) Make sure you're following me on GFC/Bloglovin'.
2. Follow @livingdoll_la on Instagram.
3. Repost one of the photos from this post with #livingdollgiveaway  in the caption and tag me @abentpieceofwire so I can stalk your feeds.
3 1/2. Leave your email in the comments so that when you win I can let you know that all your dreams have come true.

I even created this nifty thing to make it happen faster: 


a Rafflecopter giveaway BAM. You are entered. And it's easier than...easy things. This giveaway will run for two weeks so until the 21st. Yup. The winner will be randomly picked, and I will notify them by email. If you don't respond within 5 days, I have to pick someone new. Boo.

Also, now that the holiday season is approaching us, and with them the dreaded Family Photo, you should work on your step-and-jump. Trust me, it's a useful skill.

x Justina 




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11.04.2014

I've been doing this HOW long



 watch the video in 720px for best quality 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY.

I can't believe it's been four years you guys. No, really, there's no need to go all the way to the beginning. Trust me, it's not cute. But think about it: this blog is basically a toddler. That is no excuse for its unexplainable temper tantrums, but still. 

It's grown into this crazy amazing thing, and I never know what's around the corner. 
So here's to more time on the internet, kids.

Always be a pain in the butt.
x Justina


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11.01.2014

I'm your barbie girl


IMAGES by BENJAMIN



Happy Day-After-Halloween aka Sugar Hangover Day

I'm sitting here feeling some candy-coated form of regret. Not about my costume, but that more people didn't get to see it. I was spectacularly pink. Even for me.  My nails are even painted "punk rock pink". You already know. 

As you should also already know, I was OBSESSED with the S/S '15 Moschino  collection. I mean, let's go over this: Barbie-inspired ensembles using every shade of pink known to man, rollerskates, + full-of-secrets big hair. It was MADE to be a halloween costume. And also to be worn every other day of the year. Don't deny this love.

What did everyone dress up as? How were the candy hauls? Or do you have one of those things...what're they called..oh yeah, a "social life". I've heard that people who have those don't go trick or treating with their little brother. Weird.

x Justina


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10.27.2014

interview // justina x sabrina


PHOTO via INSTAGRAM



My new favorite Sabrina Carpenter blew into the music industry with a fun EP, a bigger voice than you'd expect from such a small person, a chiller attitude than you'd expect from...well, anyone, and FANTASTIC hair. She blew onto this blog by picking the right Avenger (this is a very important fact, and you should ask anyone before you consider being their friend)

Justina: You're a new artist, and people are just now discovering you. If you could say one sentence about yourself or your music to every new person who heard one of your songs, what would it be?

Sabrina: Oh gosh, that's a hard one.

I thought I'd get those out of the way first.

Definitely, it's a good question for sure. I want them to relate to it, that's the most important thing to me, because I think once you can emotionally relate to a song, there are no limits. That's what I love about music, that when I'm feeling sad I can listen to a song, or when I'm feeling happy. That's just what music does for you. It changes emotions and really inspires people. 

..gosh, that wasn't even a paragraph, that was like a research paper.

 It's all good, we can just make it a couple of run-on sentences. Speaking of music making you ~feel~, what's your favorite song to listen to when you're happy?

Oka, so I'm obsessed with Hozier's whole album, but "Jackie and Wilson" is a really good one off it, and I've always loved the song "Paris" by Magic Man. Off my EP....see, I have to perform them, so I try not to listen too much because I never want to get sick of them. But "Middle of Starting Over" always gets me going. 

Thank you so much for admitting that you would be over it after a while. I feel like no one wants to say that but we all know it's true. 

I used to listen to them all the time, like in the car and stuff, but now I'll listen to it more when we're rehearsing, so that's when I get my "listen time" in.

If you could make a song with anyone, dead or alive, your music style or not, who would be your pick?
Yeah, well, you know I've said Adele is like a vocal goddess to me.

Amen.

Yesss! So I would do one with her, and as a boy, I've absolutely fallen in love with Hozier's voice, and doing a duet with him would just be so beautiful. 

I am praying for the day Adele comes back to us.

She needs to come out of hibernation, because I NEED my Adele.

How would you describe your musical style and your personal fashion style, and how those sort of mix together?

Well to someone who doesn't know my music: it's very organic, it's very raw, which is almost the same thing, but you know, it's got different feels to it. I'm a huge fan of a lot of different genres, I like to listen to alternative, indie and classic rock, so on some songs, you may hear R&B, others you may hear a little bit of country, in some it's a little alternative. I think the best way to describe it is that I sort of blend everything I like into one. I'm very passionate about it, so I hope that people love it.

I do! So you know for sure there's one in the corner.

Haha yeah! My personal style changes a lot, I like to try just new things, but I would definitely describe myself as a classy, sophisticated edge, if that's not weird. If I can just wear a band tshirt and ripped jeans, I'm down with that too.

I wore a nice dress and Dr. Martens for the Teen Choice Awards, it was great.
You are too cool for anybody.

I try. I really do. But your music videos have me beat, they're awesome. How long did it take to shoot "Can't Blame a Girl For Trying"? It seems intense - laborwise.

One day, actually. 

One day?!?

 Yeah, it was actually simpler than it looks. We were only there from the morning until like 4 or 5 in the afternoon. You can't tell, but it was like the rainiest day in California when when filmed, but it's beautifully sunny in the video, because of the lighting, which was brilliant. We filmed in this small little house, and we didn't have to go anywhere, so it was fun, and not too hard at all.

I really liked it because it was a little different, and that's what I need, something I haven't seen.

Oh my gosh I know, that video definitely wasn't like my everyday style, which was fun, because it was a style for the song. It matched very well, and was bright, colorful, and almost dainty in a way. 

*I have, at this point, completely lost track of where I was on my question list *

I'm sorry, I just completely lost track of where I was on my question list.

It's okay, I literally woke up like twenty minutes ago. 

Dude SAME okay we're in this together.

Hahahahahah

*finds where we rambled off from*
OKAY we're back. What would you say is your biggest source of ~inspiration~ in general?

I would say definitely more random things inspire me, because if you stick to one thing, you're going to run out of topics eventually. I take inspiration from anything in everyday life, whether it's a relationship with a boy, or a favorite book. When something comes at me and I can't stop thinking about it, that's when I know it's a good writing topic. Especially visual things, like movie plots or photographs.

 What's your favorite social media platform?

If I was stuck with one for the rest of my life - instagram. I love twitter, but instagram moves faster for me. I love that you can see so many different lives.

I will follow you RIGHT now. And now, because I know my time is ticking, FINAL QUESTION:
What is the one question you have always wanted to answer but no one has ever asked you in an interview?

Oh my gosh. That is so hard. Well, fun fact about me is that I've always wanted to do an action movie. I really want to play that kick-butt, super tough girl superhero. I think that'd be super fun.

Superheros are my not-so-secret favorite thing. Don't even ask my friends about prom. Who is your favorite Avenger? 

Again, HARD QUESTION. I'd have to say...Ironman? 

CORRECT ANSWER. 

Sabrina has an album coming soon, but her EP Can't Blame A Girl For Trying is out now, so get on that.
 You can also follow her on instagram (her hair game is too real) and twitter.
 *cough*
 you can also follow me 
or not whatever it's fine 

Can't blame a girl for trying

x Justina 

ps. listen to that hozier album

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