Friday, October 17, 2014

Here & There 10.17

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Happy Friday night! What do you have planned this weekend? Something fun I hope. This was just one of those weeks for me, so a plan-free Friday night is a very welcome thing. Tomorrow we're grabbing a coffee and then pointing our compass outside city limits for some much needed exploring. We have a very small canine companion bunking with us this weekend, and I'm excited to see what life is like with a dog. 

Anyway, here are a few things that caught my eye this week...

A gorgeous clutch from Jess Amity. This would be a cool addition to a date night outfit.

It's time to stock up on tights! These have always been my go-to.

Can you spot Momo?

It's shelter dog month - celebrate by making these homemade dog treats (they were a hit at the office!)

J.Crew is having a pretty great sale this weekend - 30% off  sale items with code 'SHOPFALL'. These are in my shopping basket.

How to transform your morning routine. This is actually pretty great.


Take an extra 30% off sale items at Madewell, too. Loving these boots.

I always love seeing updates from Julie, her photos and words are gorgeous.

Acceptance vs. self improvement.

Such a pretty dress.

How to just be.

This is a beautiful bag.

24 hours in Philly with the Free People blog team.

10 creative (and generally respectable) couple's Halloween costumes

Friday, October 10, 2014

Worn: I'm Saving Myself For Tom Selleck

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When you find a pin of this caliber, you don't leave it behind. It's been awhile since the days of pin-covered jackets -- pin covered everything really, did you do that as a teenager? -- but when I found these two at a flea market recently, I decided it was time to bring it back. This was my first "fall" outfit, one that actually felt like I was dressing for a new season, a look that finally made me feel is if I actually got dressed. My poor feet need to be trained to like stacked heels again after four straight months of Birkenstocks.

But these pictures are a couple of weeks old, and right now I'm writing from my hotel room in Richmond, VA, waiting for Chris to arrive. A little outside Richmond, if you want to get technical about it. The rest of my team has left, but I'm staying on to get some content for work, and to see one of my favorite people. The past couple of days were really great, though. This was my first experience travelling for work and I'm so thankful that I get to go places again and not just be anchored behind a desk all day. It makes an enormous difference, being able to get out into the world every now and then. And, oh, do i have some awesome stuff planned for the next couple of days. I can't wait to share. But for now, "hey, how are ya?"

Get the look: Vintage jacket (similar) // MinkPink Dress (similar) // Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1k Boots (similar) // Vintage & thrifted jewelry // Vintage backpack from Omnia Vintage (c/o - similar)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Here & There 10.7

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Happy Tuesday! How's it going for you so far? I went for a haircut this weekend, and well, I'm not stoked about it. It's pretty awful actually, but hey, at least it's hat season, right? This week I'm off to Richmond, Virginia for work and I can't wait, it' my first experience travelling for FP and my first time in Richmond and I have some really fun things planned. So stay tuned!

PS - I'm binge watching Gilmore Girls and couldn't be happier. Except I think Chris and I might be Babette and Maury?

Get the look (above): Top: Free People // Jeans: Old J.Crew (similar) // Converse low tops // Juicy Couture sunnies (similar)

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// AA Tent Dress

// 90's Denim Jacket from Wolf Mama Vintage -- Save 20% w/code 'HELLOFALL'

// How amazing is this hand tooled leather cuff from JessAmity?

// Ron Swanson quotes as motivational posters. Perfection.

// This plaid shirt dress is pretty perfect for fall.

// The perfect autumn jacket? Yes, the perfect autumn jacket.

// A review of all the Jersey Shore tanning products. Because whatever.

// Loved this post on building closet essentials from Jen.

// This outfit is so cute. Also love these.

// The definitive guide to every single drugstore mascara. Seriously.

// 90's halloween costumes. Terrifying.

// Love these cute boots.

// Cat loaves, served up hot.

// Might just be my new winter jacket.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Worn: Early Autumn

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I'm not going to lie, I'm in need of a good, solid dose of inspiration. My schedule has changed so much in the three months I've been in Philly, and -- besides the occasional upset -- I feel as though I'm wearing the same thing day after day, for convenience and function. This is a feeling that has left me feeling at odds with my closet, despite knowing full well that there is plenty to wear. Usually, I'm in some combination of jeans and a tee. It's easy, but it's starting to feel stale (and by starting to, I mean I'm over it).

These were taken a few weeks back, on a day when I had a little extra time in the morning to get dressed. I wore this to work, and promptly changed into jeans and a tee (!!!) once I got home to go out with Chris. One thing I am learning? How to love sneakers again. After years of not liking how my legs looked wearing sneakers, I'm saying 'F it' and just doing the damn thing. Time is of the essence lately, and sneakers are comfortable, and more importantly, allow me to move. It's a plus that classic Chucks look pretty decent with most things.

Get the look: Jacket: Aeropostale (c/o) // Top & skirt: Lulu's (similar & similar) // Earrings & bar necklace: Black Crystals // Sunglasses: RayBan Wayfarers // Converse Chuck Taylors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here & There 9.30

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I can't believe it's the last day -- the last night! -- of September. This month has flown right by and I'm spending these last few hours exactly how I want to be: Drinking wine, watching Scandal, and blogging. Am I a stereotype? Perhaps. Am I perfectly content to be? Sure. This past weekend was so good, my mom came to town and I got to play tourist and tour guide. Despite waking up with one hell of a cold on Saturday, I had a great time and it was exciting to show my mom our new home.

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// Vintage 60's moccasins from Jess Amity

// Love this cute vintage sweater from WoldMamaVintage - save 15% w/code 'ORCHIDGREY'

// How gorgeous is this incredible hair pin

// Essentially how I feel about the Internet lately.

// These are pretty bad ass.

// Dead boyfriends and rebel girls.

// I can't stop laughing at this: Women who want to be left alone in western art history.

// These jeans might just be perfect.

// The perfect thing for fall.

// On my list of things to try: this beautiful facial serum.

// Some very unexpected maps.

// Awesome travel tips from Anthony Bourdain.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Worn: Calico Silk

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It's finally boot season! As much as I love my Birkenstocks, I'm happy that the weather is cool enough to be able to switch up my footwear. A new season always means new inspiration, something I've been in desperate need of lately.

With a new job that requires me to be taking photos for half the day (not complaining at all), I've been feeling a little stumped when it comes to personal style. I need to be comfortable, and for someone who is generally uncomfortable 85% of the time, that's a difficult thing to achieve. Even now, I'm wearing pajamas and I'm not that comfortable. My body just rejects any form of restriction. I completely envy women who choose to live in yoga pants and flip flops. If I didn't like color and pattern and clothes so much, I'd be right there too. But I do love those things. And so I must get dressed. This kind of lack if inspiration/fashion distress usually happens when I go through a big transition, it's a new job and new city, so it's only natural that I might start to desire a new look as well.

Instead of buying up everything in sight, I've been methodically purging everything in my wardrobe that doesn't matter and that I don't love. Which is, embarrassingly, a lot. I've become a bit of a regular at Buffalo Exchange, and as much as I've resisted buying anything while I sell stuff, I couldn't resist bringing home this amazing vintage silk mini dress. It's true, I've mostly been drawn towards neutrals lately, but I can't shake my soft spot for gorgeous patterns, and this dress IS IT. I'm looking forward to wearing it as a top with destroyed jeans and boots as we get further into fall.

Get the look: Dress: Vintage (similar) // Boots: Seychelles // Sweater: J.Crew (similar) // Bag: Omnia Vintage (c/o - similar) // Bracelet: Studebaker Metals.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumnal Goals

It's strange that fall is officially here. Since we moved, the days and weeks have been flying by at an alarming rate, and as much as I've anticipated this new season, it's hard to believe summer is already past. I've mentioned more than once how excited I am to transition into a new season, summer was wonderful, but it was also marked by a fair amount of disruption and for most of it I felt mentally disorganized. Along with anticipating cooler weather, I've also just needed a tangible transition to help me change my mindset, of both myself and my surroundings. That sounds like I don't like Philadelphia and that's not what I mean ... what I mean is that I'm ready to stop feeling like a tourist in my own town and maybe put a little more effort into connection.

The equinox, especially the autumnal equinox, is a time to seek balance, and that's exactly what I intend to do this year. What I need to do. It's always struck me as funny -- really sort of counter intuitive -- that our busiest season, whether it's with work, school, social calendars, etc is a time when the earth is putting itself to bed and allowing itself to rest. Why don't we do the same? I'm pretty good at taking care of myself physically, but it's become clear these past few months that I also need to practice better self care when it comes to my mental well-being. I need to take the time.

I recently wrote about the idea of "taking time" for work, and someone left a comment that really stuck with me. Basically, it boils down to: Devote an hour each day to your own personal wellness. It's such a simple idea, but one that easily gets lost in the fray. "Wellness" can mean anything, really, that you do for yourself, reading, working out, volunteering ... whatever. Unfortunately it's an idea that has been a bit lost to me lately. On this (almost) equally balanced day I'm making the resolution to seek balance in my life this season.