gonna have a good day // #goodthingshappen

buddha + flamingo necklaces c.o. dogeared // shirt c.o mnkr

16. Happy little necklaces full of good wishes.

Do you ever have a spectacularly good day? 
Nothing huge in particular happens, but it's just really good? 
Your hair was on point, your neighbor waved back,
 it was Taco Tuesday

 I have this theory that nearly every day could be like that if we focused on it a little more.
 So much good stuff happens and then gets totally run over by everything else. 
Taco Tuesday isn't so great when your taco shell goes kaput

who am I kidding a taco is a taco 

So when Dogeared, my favorite makers of my favorite little necklaces, 
asked if I wanted to get involved in their #GoodThingsHappen campaign, 
I moved so fast I could have taken out Flash.

Rather than just swinging about some golden wishes,
 I thought I'd show you 15 very specific everyday things that I think are good

Books, rollerskates,
 and when people smile for no reason.
Number 10 is actually "hugs" but I like hogs too so take it as you will

I then got on Insta and asked you guys how your day was happening,
 and got some very happy news:

 "I ran 1.5 miles at field hockey practice & finished 13th out of about 60 girls!" - Yael

 "I got to hug my best friend!" - Colleen

"Karma was nice to me today. I bought coffee for my activities director and I made almost all my lights. I drove completely at peace with the world." - Sallie

"I managed to jump off an island into the sea in Italy from 9 metre!" - Isabella

 If all of these things were happening in one day,
 there's no reason they shouldn't the next.

So here is my very specific question I'd love to have youa nswer in the comments:

What good thing (or things) happened to you today?

While you're thinking about it,  check out Dogeared's classic Make a Wish collections. 
Every piece represents a different quality,
 and they're very helpful reminders of what you want to see in yourself. 

I've rubbed my Buddha so much there's no way he's not lucky.

that is all
I nominated Jack for the ice bucket challenge and he made my day doing it

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If I'd have known you were going to be here // TEEN CHOICE AWARDS 2014

(for best quality watch in 720hd)
dress + dr. martens: c.o asos



I don't know how to properly sum it up other than that.
 I had such a fantastic time getting to see some old friends, make some new ones,
 and bear witness to the extremely strong eyebrow game that was happening.
 (see: Charlie Rowe + Willow Shields)

I talked about glow bowling with The Band Perry, 
fangirled over Hailee Steinfeld with Laura Marano,
 but no big deal not at all

I took some amazing selfies (as promised)
and then some even better ones.
 see my video for those ha ha wink wink

I even eyebrow wiggled with Tyler Posey, 
and let me tell you, 
that is a life experience everyone should have. 

And I realized that I was doing life right,
when Alli Simpson came over to me and said:

"If I'd have known you were going to be here, 
I would have worn my overalls."


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video//after school is where the party is at

 featured pieces l-r:
knapsack c.o. BAGGU//tshirt c.o MNKR//flannel: arizona jeans//overalls: calvin klein//
headphones: c.o. skullcandy//dress + jacket: romwe//dr. martens c.o. asos//heels c.o. bc footwear

on me:
rings: c.o. stella & bow// shirt: forever 21//pants c.o. living doll LA

I may not go to school,
 but I know a thing or two about what to wear once it's over.

Football games, parties, the occasional mass mud fight...
wait, does your school not do that?

Never mind

The point is, 
out of uniform doesn't need to mean Uggs and sweatpants. 
In fact, no situation ever should mean Uggs. 

So make like Selena Gomez and shake it up a bit. 

Okay that was bad.

In my defense,
 I'm packing and writing this blog post at the same time.
 I'm coming for ya.

I know I said this last time,
 but make sure you're following me on allllll of the platforms (including huffpost teen
to witness what will definitely probably maybe 
 be the most epic livetweeting you've ever seen.

And lots of photos of palm trees, 
which we both know is definitely more exciting than red carpet selfies.



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whatever wednesdays//big news

Now for the day of the week in which I write about literally whatever comes to mind.

 First things first, 

Dear Mr. President,
may you see this video and never doubt that you're the realest. 

Second things second,




They don't have an iconic carpet color, 
but they do have surfboards. And the entire cast of Teen Wolf, 
which was more than enough to convince me.

I'll be covering the carpet for HuffPost Teen again,
hopefully with far less technical difficulty, and far more selfies,
so make sure you're following me on all of the internet haunts,
which you probably are already.




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when's my birthday // chinchar maloney

 photo 1 - courtesy of chinchar/maloney // ring c.o. chinchar/maloney

sorry for the cringey bare hand selfie
 (helfie?? ringie??)
 but check out this teeny tiny ring

I love my birthday. 

I mean, seriously, check out my instagram/twitter/general internet haunts when it's getting close.
 (as in, like, two months off) 

I pass up no opportunity to tell everyone that I was born on October 2nd 1997. 
Naturally, I wear birthstones all over errythang
but it can be quite hard to find anything thats not basically paste mounted on plastic.

So when the lovely Lorien at Chinchar Maloney
 offered me the chance to customize my own birthstone ring,
 I jumped for it like a five year old at a pinata.

The product is an absolutely beautiful and dainty gold ring with my birthstone, 
pink (obviously) tormaline and my favorite gemstone, amethyst.
which, ps, is used to put out happy vibes, which we can all use a couple extra of

 It's handmade an incredibly sturdy, which is fantastic with my
...track record.

Every piece is made by hand
 (thats actually my ring being brought into existence in the first photo) 
 in Portland by the Chinchar/Maloney family, who've been running this show since 2010.
 Each family member has their own part,
and it comes together in the form of some gorgeous jewelry.

I love that it's so subtle but is still a standout personal piece. 
Getting to choose my own stones also created an instant bond for me. 
I want to wear it CONSTANTLY. 

Could be a bit of a problem with the amount of clothes digging I do, 
but hey, 
it's sparkly.

Just like my birthday outfit. 
Which I'll be wearing on my birthday. 
In two months.



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july playlist // drown out the fireworks

"Justina, it's the 28th. Might be time to do the monthly playlist."

 I'm sorry that it took so long but you know what
you guys sent in a LOT of suggestions,
 and I have only two ears,
 and as I now know, 
using each of those ears individually can't be pulled off.

Plus, how am I meant to know if I'm properly obsessed with a song 
unless I listen to it until I've memorized every lyric?

But I think this one was worth the wait.

We have my favorite AJR song, hands down, AfterHours. Their lyrics blow my mind sometimes.  Listen, dance, and understand.

KONGOS + Kalin and Myles are straight up dance jams.

I recently got Hulu+, 
and so like any sane person,
 decided to watch 5 seasons of Community in a week.

That's how I met Troy Barnes aka Donald Glover
aka Childish Gambino when he's shopping with his mum.

It was a bit like seeing a Kardashian in Walmart: 
unexpected and brilliantly hilarious. 

I of course had to include one of my favorites off his first album Camp.
Next themesong of "Troy and Abed in the Morning"?
 Last but not least in any sense are my favorite blonde siblings. 
Last week, 
R5 dropped an EP, Heart Made Up On You
with 4 songs that will make up a big chunk of your future playlists.
"Things are Looking Up" is a sunshiney number
 that brings an American Authors vibe without being too skip-a-long.

So there you have it,
 the sounds of July. 

Now just overlay the noise of fireworks
 and people swearing when the aformentioned fireworks land on their foot, 
and you're all set.



as always,
 if you have suggestions for next months playlist, 
drop 'em in the comments.


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five word friday // on shoes

 dr. martens c.o. dr martens

Dr. Martens are the main babe.


childhood dream: acheived

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reach your inner abercrombie

 photos by Katea Pirgaru

oh my GOSH Mum, I told you, 
I'm soft grunge now

Over the weekend, I had a photoshoot with my lovely friend Katea, 
who is insanely talented. 

We shot a bunch of photos for outfit posts, 
various other projects, 
and the ongoing documentation of my hair refusing to fit withing the boundaries of gravity.

Some of them came out looking vaguely like one of those posters you make out through the dimness hanging on the wall of an Abercrombie store.

 Or so I've heard. 

Not like I've ever gone in an Abercrombie and
 stared at the posters of beautiful people on the walls or anything.


Look for more of Katea's photos of my hair proving Sir Isaac Newton wrong
and over
and over again
coming soon.


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in italia//la dolce vita

 dress c.o kling // shoes c.o bc footwear // bag: souve

So I signed up for my first ever college course: elementary Italian.

Mainly because I think Italian is the best language for talking about food, shoes, 
and your opinions on other people's food and shoes.

Also because Italy is a beautiful country full of beautiful people 
and learning Italian is about as close as I'm going to get to being one with them.

(My people, however,
 are much MUCH better at soccer.


The reason I bring all of this up at all is because I just watched "Under The Tuscan Sun" and it made me think about a lot of things. I'll try to not spoil it if you haven't seen it, but BASICALLY, this incredibly tragic divorcee moves to Italy, 
and life ensues. 

She goes through all of this in that strange wardrobe so loved by the women of 2003. 
You know what I'm talking about
As the story progresses, she starts dressing more and more Italian,
aka 2003 but better
 eventually ending up in fabulous loose sundresses that she wanders gardens and such in.
This is my Italian sundress.

Or rather, Spanish.
It was made by the incredibly talented Kling designers in Spain, 
and it just FEELS like summer sunshine and tomatoes and market days and blue water beaches. 
Paired up with my favorite wedges, 
it's a perfect wandering outfit.

 Now if plane ticket prices could just calm down,
I'd be Italy bound.

Speaking of things that are unreal:
my mums grape vines are out of control.

It's time for them to grow up 
and stop trying to strangle innocent fashion bloggers using them as backround scenery.


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music mondays// justina x ajr

aaaaarrreee you readdyyyyyy

No, this is not the beginning of a WWE showdown.

 It is, however, the beginning of my interview with AJR brother and ukelele extrodinaire Ryan Met. I recently had the chance to talk with him about their upcoming album, street performing,
 and happy penguins.

You and your brothers have a really unique sound. 
Who are you listening to when you’re just chilling by your self?

Ryan: Oh man. Okay, it changes. Right now, I’m really into the Lorde album. When I first heard it, I was like “Hmm, these all sound sort of the same.” But the more you listen to it, you realize that her value is really in her lyrics, and her simplistic production. I think she really did something special with Pure Heroine. Let me think, what else...There’s a Clean Bandit song that I’m guessing, or hoping, rather, is going to be a big hit here. It’s called “Rather Be”. I really like that one.

You guys have an album coming out later this summer. 
You must be super excited, especially because you did it all yourself, right?

Yeah! The album is called “Living Room” because we wrote, produced, recorded, and mixed the entire thing, from start to finish....in our living room.

Wow, that’s impressive. I can barely work GarageBand.

Thank you, haha. It’s a really exciting album. I think what people like about “I’m Ready” is that it’s weird, and it captures your attention. There’s doo-wop, and dubstep, and Spongebob.....just weird influences. You’re going to hear a lot of that on the album. Because there was no one telling us what to do, we just thought “Let’s go crazy with this. Let’s take a lot of risks and push “pop music” to the next level.” And I think, or I hope, that really comes across.

One of my campers actually caught the Spongebob bit - I never watched it as a kid.

Really? Wait so what did you- did you watch Nickelodeon?

I didn’t, I was a Disney child. I feel like you have to be either one or the other.

Ohhhhh okay. Well that’s good too.

That’s really awesome that we appeal to 9 year olds. You know, we did this for about eight years from our living room before bringing it to the world, and so we had no idea who or what our demographic would be. We’re finding out that it’s really wide spread. We’re on this Lindsey Stirling tour right now, and she has this primarily college/edm crowd, but then she has high school fans that love it, and older fans too. She’s got 50 year old men coming, and then they’ll come up to us afterwards and tell us that they loved the music. And now I’m finding out we appeal to nine-year-olds!

That is really awesome. There aren’t a lot of bands or artists that can really appeal to people across the ages without dumping one somewhere.

I know, I recently went to a Macklemore concert and there were eight year olds and eighty year olds. It was so cool to see everyone just enjoying music together and having fun.

We need more fun music.

We do. I think there's definitely some of that in Living Room.

Do you have a special memory from making the album? 
Something that’s going to stick with you forever?

Hmmm. It probably has to do with the making of I’m Ready. Jack, my younger brother, came to me and was like “You know Ryan, someone like David Guetta or Skrillex or Avicii, one of these EDM guys, should sample fun stuff before the big drop.” At the time I was like “Oh yeah, that’d be cool.”. Then a few months later, I was working on what turned out to be “I’m Ready”, and I had the claps in, the doo-wop and dubstep stuff, and it just sort of came to us like “oh my gosh, THIS is the song that we need to put Spongebob in. It’s going to be hilarious.” While we were making it, I never really imagined that it would take off, because it’s had been seven-ish years of us with very little mainstream success. We were kind of our own little niche band playing to our isolated fan base in New York City.

Well off of that, what’s your earliest musical memory?

Well, we were raised on music of the 50’s and 60’s. So Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles. Our parents introduced us to stuff like that from a very young age. I remember listening to..it was probably like Simon and Garfunkels “Sound of Silence”, their big hit, and trying to match the harmony. The three of us, just sitting around trying to copy what they were doing - and that led to us eventually street performing. For like five or six summers in a row, we went out to Washington Square park, got the ukelele out, and tried to raise enough money  to get ProTools,
 and a microphone, stuff like that.

That’s a big part of New York culture specifically, isn’t it? Street performing?

Yeah, definitely. When we meet people who aren’t from New York they think we were like, homeless. For us, it just seemed like the first step. I mean, we’re not going to go on any tours. Let’s go make some fans. And yeah, there are homeless people performing on the street, but they were always the first to stop and listen.

Well it paid off- you’re on a pretty big tour! What are the best and worst parts?

 Best part: we get to meet and interact with all of our fans. We connect a lot on twitter, so it’s fantastic to get to match up faces. Worse part: There’s no days off. We say yes to everything. But it’s definitely a good balance.

Makes sense. You’re a big hit on twitter, and you recently started a tumblr. 
Which one is your favorite?

Definitely Twitter.  I like it better because I feel like it’s the closest connection we can get with fans, and it’s immediate.

I just followed you guys (@ajrbrothers). I’m excited.

Fantastic, we’re really good at twitter.

AJR went on tour with Hoodie Allen for a while - what’s your favorite Hoodie Allen song?

Favorite Hoodie Allen song...Small Town.

YES, that one’s good. 
Okay, last question: you guys get compared to the JoBro’s a lot.
 If you could join any other boy band, who would you choose?

Boy band..oh man, that’s hard..I guess like N’Sync from the 90’s or something?

No One Direction for you?

I don’t think I have the hair for it.

One direction hair or not, 
Ryan and his brothers are on track to be the indie darlings
 (can that be used for boys as well??) 
of 2015, 
and I am SO ready for Living Room

Make sure you're following them on twitter, insta, and tumblr 
so that you don't miss a single ukelele-tuned moment.

x Justina

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