A Pantone Recap and A Favor

by Marissa B on April 23, 2014

Whew! What a crazy, but fun week last week was! Many thanks to the lovely ladies who participated in this season’s Pantone Challenge. Heidi and I really enjoyed checking out all of your looks and getting to know some new blogs better. I hope you had fun remixing your wardrobe and trying new pairings.

Here’s a round-up of my looks from last week:

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Radiant Orchid // Paloma // Dazzling Blue // Hemlock // Freesia

I think my favorite look was Thursday’s Hemlock, followed closely by Dazzling Blue. I don’t get to dress up very often anymore, but posting two skirt looks reminded me that it’s fun and I really should more frequently.

And here are some of my favorite looks from the week! You can check out Heidi’s favorites here. It was really hard to choose one of each color since everyone had awesome outfits, so be sure to visit all of them for inspiration.

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Tasteful Style // A Little Bit of WoWe // A Journey in Style // 14 Shades of Grey // Just Another Smith

I couldn’t get enough of Caroline’s super flattering pink peplum. Danielle managed to make a pajama dress look absolutely classy in her paloma ensemble! I am just in love with Kate’s bright blue shoes and how well they spice up a black and white outfit. Salazar looks feminine and cool in her hemlock green dress and blazer combo–so flattering and pretty. I love how creative Andi was with her layered freesia look.

What is your favorite Pantone color of the season?

Before you go, I have a favor to ask of you. I am going to undergo some “renovations” around here shortly and I would love to have your input. YOU can help reshape The Modern Austen! Please take one minute (it’s 10 easy questions!) to fill out the survey and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Starbucks giftcard! I only ask that you be honest and constructive. Please don’t fill out the survey in ten seconds without any thought just to be entered to win. That just wouldn’t be cool. THANK YOU so much!

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Book Review: Women in Bed by Jessica Keener

by Marissa B on April 22, 2014

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Despite my English degree, I have embarrassingly little experience with reading a collection of modern short stories, especially in the form of adult female fiction. So when I dove into Women in Bed by Jessica Keener, I tried to stay keenly aware of how the length of each story shaped the characters’ tales and my interpretation and enjoyment. That being said, I was surprised by how quickly I latched on to the staggering reality Keener so poignantly shares in mere pages.

Arguably, I think the weakest aspect of this collection is its title: Women in Bed. When I first heard the title, I was turned off, but it certainly caught my attention–a decent marketing strategy at least. And after reading these nine stories, I understand that what links them all together is that they each share the tale of a woman who, of course, is in bed at some point. But there’s so much more depth to each situation and why she ends up in bed (alone or not) which is why I feel the title is lacking. It doesn’t accurately capture the beautiful honesty Keener delicately weaves together.

There are many authors who don’t take the risk to explore the truth deep below the surface of human nature, especially when it comes to love. It’s an ugly, confusing, and often fearful place, and most people don’t like to admit that it’s there. But Keener exposes it from the very beginning, highlighting the unconventional and “unpretty” relationships, thoughts, and questions from within.

Women in Bed is a collection for readers in all stages of life because every person can find themselves mirrored back in at least one aspect of the stories, whether one is prepared to look or not.

*Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from Keener’s publicist to review, but all opinions are my own.

Want to read another book review? Check them all out here.

And for all you bibliophiles, you have a chance to win your own e-book copy of Women in Bed, too! Simply enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway below by Friday, April 25th! I’ll announce the winner this weekend.

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Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge: Freesia

by Marissa B on April 18, 2014

Welcome to the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge hosted by me and Heidi from Literate & Stylish! Join us by wearing the selected color each day this week. Submit your link below or tag me @themodernausten on Instagram with the hashtag #pantonechallenge. You can read more about the challenge here!

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Tank: Land’s End
Cardigan: T. J. Maxx
Skirt: Gap Factory
Heels: Clarks

Okay, did anyone else picture that purple bottle of lotion from Bath and Body Works when they heard the color “Freesia?” Please tell me I’m not alone in thinking this. I guess I always associated that lavender scent with the name so when I discovered it was actually a shade of bright yellow, according to the Pantone gods, I was really surprised. But pleasantly so! Because yellow is the color of happiness and I love me a slice of that sunshine. Apparently, however, with some research, I discovered that freesia are African flowers of bright colors, sometimes taking the form of a vibrant yellow hue (other shades include lavender–lightbulb–, red, orange, and white). Makes sense.

We’ve featured yellow in the past under the pseudonym “Lemon Zest” last spring, so I find it funny that they chose a very similar shade. It appears to be a bit more saturated this time.  How dramatic of you, Pantone.

Anyway, I love yellow and navy together so pairing these items together was kind of a no-brainer for me. I’ve only worn this skirt once so far since the my Valentine’s Day haul, so I’m excited to finally wear it with bare legs! And the tank and cardigan are two staples in my closet, so it’s always nice to wear them with something new.

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I hope you have enjoyed the Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge as much as Heidi and I did! It was a blast exploring some new blogs and getting some inspiration from all of your looks. Be sure to check back next week when I post my favorite looks from the week! You might be featured :) I’m also looking forward to starting Sunday Best in the near future–thanks for all of your positive feedback!

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Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge: Hemlock

by Marissa B on April 17, 2014

Welcome to the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge hosted by me and Heidi from Literate & Stylish! Join us by wearing the selected color each day this week. Submit your link below or tag me @themodernausten on Instagram with the hashtag #pantonechallenge. You can read more about the challenge here!

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Tank: The Limited
Blazer: Forever 21
Skirt: Thrifted
Heels: Clarks
Earrings/Necklace: Target c/o Amy

Happy Hemlock! I’m so glad you’re stopping by today because I think this mint green shade is so lovely. It’s the perfect pastel for spring because it’s not too girly or baby-shower-ish, if you know what I mean. I have two sleeveless blouses in this shade (you can check out the other one here in a favorite end-of-summer outfit), but I chose to feature this one because of its fun textured pattern.

This outfit was another case of get-dressed-dash-outside-take-pictures-and-change (like yesterday’s post) because it was freezing again! And pardon the coloring of these photos–it was already getting dark by the time I was able to take this photos. Alas, I have worn this outfit in the past and will do so again because it’s feminine and pretty and the color palette is a departure from what I usually wear.

Thank you so much to everyone who wished me luck and sent me some prayers and good vibes concerning my job search. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate it. You guys are the best.

So I’ve been thinking for awhile about hosting a regular weekly link party for any favorite outfit from the week and calling it Sunday Best. It’s a lot of fun building a community and getting inspiration from others and this link party would be relaxed and accept entries all week long. Would anyone be interested in linking up to that regularly? Let me know!

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You ladies are rocking it with your Pantone colors this week! Can’t wait to see you finish it out today and tomorrow!
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Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge: Dazzling Blue

April 16, 2014

Welcome to the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge hosted by me and Heidi from Literate & Stylish! Join us by wearing the selected color each day this week. Submit your link below or tag me @themodernausten on Instagram with the hashtag #pantonechallenge. You can read more about the challenge here! Tee: Old Navy Jean Jacket: Old Navy Pants: Land’s End […]

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Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge: Paloma

April 15, 2014

Welcome to the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge hosted by me and Heidi from Literate & Stylish! Join us by wearing the selected color each day this week. Submit your link below or tag me @themodernausten on Instagram with the hashtag #pantonechallenge. You can read more about the challenge here! Blouse: LOFT Outlet (Goodwill) Tank: LOFT Jeans: LOFT Keds: Kohl’s […]

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Spring Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge: Radiant Orchid

April 14, 2014

Welcome to the 3rd Pantone-Inspired Color Challenge hosted by me and Heidi from Literate & Stylish! Join us by wearing the selected color each day this week. Submit your link below or tag me @themodernausten on Instagram with the hashtag #pantonechallenge. You can read more about the challenge here! Tank: LOFT Cardigan: H&M (similar) Jeans: […]

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The Friday 5: v. 19

April 11, 2014

The Friday 5 is a weekly feature highlighting interesting, controversial, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and/or creative content worth reading and sharing. I always find the best blog posts, articles, outfits, and inspiration from other bloggers, so I hope I can do the same for you. Here’s to hoping something will make a difference in your weekend! How to […]

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The Perfect Daytime Reading Nook

April 10, 2014

If you’re a self-proclaimed bibliophile, you’ve probably dreamed up what your ideal reading location would look like. Maybe you imagine an old-fashioned library with dim lights, ladders that stretch high into the expanded ceiling, and oversized leather chairs. Maybe you prefer a window seat, snuggled up with a blanket and a cup of cocoa while […]

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A Taste of Whole 30: Why I Quit After 5 Days

April 9, 2014

With the huge emphasis on health and fitness these days, especially on blogs and on social media (hello, #Fitspiration?), it’s no wonder that even I found myself contemplating which bandwagon I would jump on to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. I have been pretty decent about working out these days and have taken some yoga classes, […]

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