Monday, August 27, 2012

daily outfit: polka dots, pt. deux

Dearest polka dots, I love you. 

shirt: thrifted; tank: kohls; crops: kohls; wedges: aldo

I picked this shirt up while thrifting with my roomie a few months ago, plopped it in my closet, and then never wore it. Until a few days ago, and now I literally would wear it everyday if I could. 

I'm not one of those super-lucky thrifters who finds gorgeous handmade, vintage, one-of-a-kind things every time she shops. But I have been lucking out a little lately (mostly because we spend literal hours meticulously perusing through endless rack after rack of abandoned Hollister t-shirts for the occasional gem), and I was over the moon when I found this 80s cropped polka-dot top. 

 Unfortunately the fit is a little wonky, which has prevented me from wearing it til now, but to that I say pish tosh. I'll alter it eventually, but until then, I'll just tuck a little here and there and enjoy my new polka-dotty love. Every single day. Forever and ever amen. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

daily outfit: fancy pants

Whatever you are,
be a good one.
--Abraham Lincoln

cardigan: ny&co; tank: kohls; trouser jeans: gap; bracelet: gift

Have I mentioned lately how few occasions in my life necessitate fancy wear? Enough that I count things like wrinkly trouser jeans and medium height heels 'fancy wear', if that tells you anything. For reals, though: being a nanny and a graduate student is about as un-fancy as you'd imagine. And also a little messy. And require equal amount of constantly running around & playing with little ones and sitting my tush in the library for hours on end, both of which necessitate cute, functional comfort, and that's about it. Can you tell I miss dressing up even a liiiittle bit? Because I do. 

So when I had the opportunity to attend an event that, while still casual-ish, didn't require my clothes to be stretchy or spill-proof, I gleefully danced around in my mid-height heels for a solid ten minutes.

Also, yes, wrinkly pants. I have the patience of a baby squirrel and thus, if I have to 1) take out my iron 2) fill it with water 3) fashion an ironing board out of my coffee table 4) ACTUALLY IRON THINGS it's probably not going to happen. I'm just going to pretend nobody noticed and instead you were distracted by how cute baby squirrels are. Yes? Good. 

I'm curious: how often do you mix/play with different 'themes' in your wardrobe? Do you wear fancy dresses to coffee shops? Help me shake things up a bit!  

Monday, August 20, 2012

daily outfit: being fun again.

So, here's the thing. I've been in a bit of a rut with my wardrobe, and I've been fine with it. I wear the same variations of the same things, basically, day in & day out. I had resigned myself to the fact that maybe my creativity with what I wear was done with, and I would just be a 'normal' person wearing normal clothes from here on out, likely over and over again. Sometimes, I'd wear something cute, and then have my photographer roommate take a picture of it, and my style would seemingly exist solely in the world of wearing fancy dresses and sky-high shoes. I was fine with it! I had no desire to change my new wardrobe perspective!

But then, something happened. I got majorly sick of owning tons of clothes that are a) super old and I never wear anymore of b) now a few sizes too big, and useless to me anyways. So I went on a ruthless wardrobe cleaning spree, and suddenly I have outfit inspiration up the wazoo. Who knew.

tee: thrifted; skirt: gap, a few years old; heels: macy's 

Sometimes I think I have to actively remember why I started taking pictures of my clothes in the first place. And I know this is something that a thousand bloggers before me have said (and I'm fairly certain I've even said it a thousand times here myself), but it's true. It's not because I cared about how many readers I had or if people would pin my pictures or if I was standing in a field of flowers with the perfect lighting, whatever. It was about doing something outside of myself that was fun, and learning how to make the best of my closet full of seven-year-old sweaters and no means to change that any time soon.  

I'm certainly not saying anything bad about fields of flowers and pinterest and readers, because I still value all of those things (especially readers! Have I told you lately you're the But sometimes it's just about having fun in your closet and taking a picture in your dining room that has nothing even close to perfect lighting, with those two boxes in the corner that you still haven't unpacked since you moved in. 

I'm not necessarily here to make some sweeping declaration about the state of this here blog and these here clothes I'm wearin', but today was fun. It was a lot of fun to play around in my closet and not worry too much about perfect pictures or the fact that I desperately need a haircut, or whatever. Instead, I think it's been a good way to remind myself that no matter the state of my closet, there's always something to wear, and it most certainly doesn't have to be the same thing everyday. And that I'll probably never classify myself as a 'normal' person when it comes to my clothes. Buuut we already knew that, didn't we?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Vlog: Flamingo Hunt!

So, here's the thing. My roommate, Sara, and I are kind of a match made in heaven. Besides the fact that we make up the perfect roommate balance in that I cook the dinners and she kills all the bugs, we both are super social-media-y, and can understand each other's obsessions with blogs (me) and youtube (her). 

Sara has a great youtube beauty channel that I kind of totally love, and recently we've toyed around with the idea that we should vlog together from time to time. This mostly came about because since the second we moved in together, I've been saying we should have a sitcom (because I think we're hilarious, obviously)-- so this is as close as we're ever going to get :) We've been filming some of the roommate adventures we've been having together, and I wanted to share them with you all! 

First up: our inflatable flamingo hunt. I'm serious. We spent an entire day in pursuit of the elusive inflatable flamingo (because it meant free beer. Confusing, I know. Just watch, we explain :) --and let me know if you'd like to see more of these!).