// Things I Love Thursday v.169

Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
♥ this puppy in a boot! ♥

the pie dress is back in stock! one of my favorite dresses! ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
these moleskin collages ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
this is what i constantly have to remind myself of ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
this amy adams shoot from 2006 ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
this lightning gif ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
these shetland ponies wearing sweaters ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
these moths are so beautiful ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
♥ oh you know, just this baby hippo! ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
this hedgehog named pendleton ♥
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday - The Clueless Girl's Guide
♥ aziz ansari photoshopped onto famous rap albums (there are more!) ♥




// Little Big Kitchen is my favorite feature on CA's blog, and this D&D themed party (with tavern food!) looks so delicious!



// While Loly In The Sky is famous for their quirky novelty loafers, they also make really stylish wedges and sandals!


// There has been a lot of drama happening over at XOJane this week due to this article. While there are far too many comments for me to read all of them, I've made sure to follow up on subsequent pieces. This one was written in response to the original, and then the assigning editor had her say. How do you feel about this whole debacle?

// This bachelorette party looked like so much fun!


// Have y'all popped over to see Ebonnie's "You Are Enough" project yet? I really dig the idea and I love seeing all of the photos being submitted. In a few weeks we'll hear from her directly about why she started the project!

// If you're in the market for some new jewelry this season, check out Indigo Box Jewels and LoopsWay! They both have some discount codes for you to use! (20% off IBJ with code clueless and 10% off LoopsWay with the code Clueless.)


What are you loving this week?

// News Worth Sharing!



The Clueless Girl's Guide - A Dream Come True

The pictures don't lie... if you've been wondering why things have been (incredibly) slow around here since the start of December, now you know! I've been growing a tiny little human, and it has taken absolutely everything out of me. I've been far too terrified to share until now, but I've teetered over into the second trimester (I'll be 14 weeks tomorrow) and I'm trying to enjoy it rather than worry about it. I finally have some energy and spunk back, so hopefully you'll be seeing more of me soon (literally. Like, a whole lot more of me).

We are over the moon to be growing our family, and we're so excited to make Toby a big brother. It certainly wasn't planned, but we're ecstatic nonetheless.

The littlest Flynn is set to arrive around the very end of July this year!

Our hearts have never been so full!

// Things I Love Thursday v.168

Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
this is precious in every way ♥
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
this embroidery piece ♥
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
this is the prettiest ring ever ♥
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
this strawberry paper lantern is awesome ♥
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
this illustration is gorgeous ♥
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
this collection of 'cats stuck in things' ♥
♥ i'm dreaming up ways to style my "hello sunshine" loafers
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
these incredible pastel drawings ♥
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
Things I Love Thursday on The Clueless Girl's Guide
these mixed media collages depicting world events ♥
♥ this is the best ♥

// Check out these rings designed around 20 Disney princesses. So gorgeous!

// Carrie Anne shared her "Life List" of goals and I'm so inspired! I do a "## before ##" each year for my birthday, but I love the idea of thinking bigger/longer. I might have to try and make my own life list! What would be on yours?

// Oh you know, just cats taking selfies. And cats about to sneeze.

// If you see anything that tickles your fancy on Loopsway, you can save 10% with the code "Clueless10" (Everything is under $20!) - Maybe these lip earrings, or this rad feather necklace?


// Did you know you can shop both the BeauCoo shop and directly from the BeauCoo website (as in, users' profile pages!)?! Well, you can! Pop over and browse for inspiration, and see if you can pick up any rad pieces of your own.



// 44 top examples of gorgeous letterpress business cards. I have a soft spot for anything letterpress!

// The 9 most epic texting pranks of all time. I was dying while reading this!


// Don't forget to enter the best giveaway ever! Seriously. I want to win it haha

// It happened to me: I regret reporting my rape to the police. Seriously, this is heartbreaking. It's so awful that anyone has to go through something as traumatic as rape, but even more horrific when they're treated like this by people who are supposed to help/protect them.

// The 18 best 90's pop songs you forgot existed. I'm never listening to anything else.

// Veronica shared some great stuff lately including a post on fear, an outfit of the day, and a chill-out playlist.


What are you loving this week?
Feel free to leave links to your favorite articles (on your blog or another site!)
so we can all check them out with you! Happy Thursday! xo

// Quirky + Unique Giveaway with The Hunt


Today's giveaway is unlike any other giveaway I've done before, and I'm so excited! I'm working with my friends over at The Hunt to give one lucky reader the most amazing prize pack ever! Remember when I wrote about The Hunt a few months back and likened it to the modern version of MadRadStalkers from LJ? Well, if you don't remember, here's the post for a refresher! (I even walk you through how to start your own Hunts!) I also wrote about The Hunt app you can download for free (!!!) in order to make Hunting and Finding easy. You can always access your Hunts via a web browser, but why wait? If you see something on Tumblr/Pinterest/Instagram, etc and want to know where it's from (or find similar items), you can post it on the go and your own army of little Sherlocks will get busy looking for you! You can also "follow" other Hunts in case you see something you're interested in. Whenever I follow a Hunt or start one of my own, I'm amazed at how quickly someone responds with their Find. They're incredibly fast and it's sort of fun to help other people find what they're looking for! I'm promising you that you'll totally fall in love with The Hunt if you haven't already! (I know many of you are loyal users!)

I wanted to choose four unique and quirky prizes that a variety of people would love. So up for grabs in this giveaway is: a three-tier white, wire plant stand, a gumball-inspired cookie jar, an ivory satchel purse, and a unicorn mask (!!!). I mean, I think those are pretty awesome prizes, but I'm a little bit biased!

In order to be entered to win, all you have to do is "Like" The Hunt on Facebook! Then leave a comment below with your Facebook name so we can verify!

If you'd like an additional way to enter, feel free to tweet the following: "I just entered to win an incredibly unique + quirky prize pack from @TheHunt and @kaelahbee! TheCluelessGirl.com". Then leave a comment below letting me know you did so (along with your Twitter name!).

A winner (maybe you!) will be drawn at random next week and contacted shortly thereafter. Then all of us will be jealous of you forever... such is life! Don't forget to snag the free app, too!

Congratulations Laura!

// ModCloth's Follow Your Faves Style Gallery Contest!

I love me a good contest. (Um, are you totally tired of me plugging the WWDMAGIC one yet? See what I did there?) ModCloth is currently offering up some pretty rad rewards as an incentive for you to "Follow Your Faves" on the Style Gallery!

If you don't know what the Style Gallery is, it's where customers and fans can submit photos of themselves wearing items sold on ModCloth and you can be inspired by their pairings! Think of it as one really, really big "Outfit of the Day" type blogs... There's seriously so many awesome contributors! (And you could be one of them! Just pop over and submit some photos!)
Here's the info straight from ModCloth... obviously they're going to explain it a lot better than I can!
A new year means new inspiration to follow your favorites in the ModCloth Style Gallery! That's right. Now not only can you draw inspiration and admire your fellow style mavens, but you can follow them! Starting today, follow style that inspires you and promote your style to gain followers, for a chance to win a gift certificate during ModCloth's "Follow Your Faves Contest."
Sound sweet? Here are the deets:

  • To enter the contest, one must follow as many users as they'd like in the Style Gallery.
  • The contest begins at 7 a.m. PT on January 20th and ends at 7 a.m. PT on January 27th.
  • The contributor with the most followers on January 27th will win a $100 GC.
  • Two randomly selected users who followed that very same winning contributor will each get a $50 GC.
In a nutshell: Contest participants will need to start following their favorite Style Gallery contributors in order to enter the contest. At the end of thh contest the "most followed" contributor will win a $100 GC and two randomly chosen "followers" of that person will each receive a $50 GC. 
When: The contest will start at 7 A.M. PT on 1/20 and will end at 7 A.M. PT on 1/27. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter as a followup to the blog post and on the ModCloth Facebook page!

You're more than welcome to follow my Style Gallery page (Whoa, I need to update that thing!) and you can leave your link in the comments below if you'd like to promote your own! Good luck to all of you! I hope one of y'all is the lucky winner!

// Rad Gal, Rad Gig: Roller Derby

Rad Gal, Rad Gig: Roller Derby on The Clueless Girl's Guide
My roller derby teammates call me Feisty. I’m one of the smallest players in the league and have been with Houston Roller Derby for over 3 years. Technically I’m considered a “veteran” at this point, but there are many women who have been with the league from the start: 8+ years.

I became interested in roller derby in an incredibly unoriginal way. I watched the movie Whip It. 10 times. In 3 days. Maybe 2 days… The sport looked perfect for me! I’ve always been fairly physical and it seemed like a great outlet. :)
I googled local leagues and found Houston Roller Derby [HRD], which was nearby at the time. I went to a couple bouts [games] and fell in love! I had rollerbladed with my dogs for years and thought I could definitely try this out. HRD has a recreational league, where many of our super stars got their start, and my 7 months with them was extremely beneficial. I made my best derby friends and learned something new every week.

League tryouts were tough. Rec league, at the time, was once a week and try outs, like league practices, were 3 days that week. I was tired. My endurance was in the garbage, and so was my knowledge in regards to any kind of game strategy, so I tried my hardest on the things I knew I could do: sprinting, get-ups, and stops. I was hoping upon hoping that they would see enough potential to think they could just teach me the rest - and they did! I made the league!

As fresh meat you attend league practices, but are not yet assigned to a specific team - that comes later. When you go from practicing once a week to three times a week your skill level increases quickly. Most of the girls talked about which teams we’d probably get drafted to, which team that wanted to be on, etc. I honestly didn’t think about it. I didn’t want to be disappointed or feel rejected. I knew I’d end up where I belonged….and I did. :) The *perfect* team drafted me. :)

I’m so proud to be on The Bayou City Bosses because they are strong, supportive, and HILARIOUS. We are silly. We just are. But what makes us amazing is that we know when it’s time to cut the crap and focus. Some of my best derby friends are on opposing teams, but after a couple months or so, I let the Bosses see my true, super weird, colors and they didn't even flinch. These ladies are awesome.

As a rookie, you typically don’t get as much play time, so a few of my teammates encouraged me try out for a secondary team, the Knockouts. HRD's All Star team travels around the U.S. playing in all kinds of tournaments. The Knockouts is the “B” travel team that only travel about 3-5 hours to play in neighboring bouts. Sounded like fun to me - and an opportunity to play more.

My Knockouts captains believed in my ability to jam [“point scorer”], which helped me physically and mentally [rollerderby is a HUGE mental game]. Since that moment, I was jammed more at my regular team practice. The fact that my Boss captains were confident that I could succeed as a jammer, was exactly what I needed to boost my confidence. I had been in a rut, and their faith pulled me out from the depths of my insecurities.

I grew a lot this last 2013 season. Sometimes my teammates joke about a move I’ve started doing - they call it “twinkle toes” because I tend to spin out of sticky situations. I upped my game by adding CrossFit and running into my off-skates routines. The improvement in my stability and ability to absorb hits has been noticeable, too!

The 2013 season ended with my team winning the Championship. CHAMPIONSHIP. We all worked so hard all season to be taken seriously, and we won. WE WON.
Through the years our league has grown [Co-Ed derby, and Junior derby what what!], and so have I. I am physically stronger, as well as more confident in myself and in my game. My teammates are an amazing support system and I am so lucky to have them! I look forward to my 3rd season with the Bayou City Bosses. 2014 is going to be amazing!


If any part of my story appeals to you – do the research! Find a league in your vicinity [or an hour away like me!] and check out their recreational league, find out when try outs are, etc. Rec league helps you learn the basic skills that are used over and over in the league – a huge stepping stone before try outs if you ask me! It's okay to be frightened at first. Lots of people have overcome their fears of hitting, being hit, falling, etc. You learn how to do these things safely with a great support system around you.

Here’s what I will not lie about:
Roller derby is a huge time and money commitment. I drive almost an hour to practice, skate and do drills for 2-3 hours, then drive an hour back home. And this is just practice. There are also meetings, fundraisers, and events. You don’t get paid at all. You are the one chipping in the dough: monthly dues [cover facility rentals, etc], skates, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guard, etc. A good pair of skates will cost over $100.

Here’s why it’s worth it:
You will meet the most interesting people ever. Between the skaters, referees, and other officials, we’ve got a variety of professions: school teachers, lawyers, engineers, bartenders, healthcare professionals, nurses, EMTs - you name it. And their jobs aren’t even what make them interesting. You’ll gain another family, a support system. Some great side effects of derby are an amazing butt, physical fitness, confidence, strength, laughter, and plenty more. To be honest, I consider myself a bit of an introvert, but something about skating at our monthly bouts [games] give me such a rush. Sometimes kids [and grown-ups!] will ask you for a photo or autograph afterwards. Crazy, right? [I may or may not scour Instagram for these photos later…] Are you hooked yet?? :)
Read more about my derby adventures on my blog, grrfeisty. Thanks to Kaelah for being a huge supporter and role model of strong women everywhere. :)

xoxo

Rad Gal, Rad Gig is a new feature on The Clueless Girl's Guide where I invite really neat gals to share their really cool stories. Whether your gig is a full-time job or just a hobby, I want to hear from you! If you think you'd be perfect for Rad Gal, Rad Gig, feel free to get in touch or view the information on the Submissions page! Just submit a short description of what you do and why you think it's rad!

PS; It's Roxy's (Err, Feisty's!) birthday today! Go wish her a happy one!