Thursday, January 6, 2011

Birds of prey

Dress: Delightful Dozen swap with A Thought is the Blossom
Cape: American Apparel
Cardigan: Loft via Swap
Tights: AA super opaque
Shoes: Charlotte Ronson via EBay
Skull necklace: H&M (olddddd)
Owl talon necklace: Black Sparrow (gift from Chris)
First of all, let me just say that the 40 oz. on the steps in these photos isn't mine. I tend to not do my drinking in graveyards and didn't really want to touch the thing to get it out of the way. I was extremely creeped out today taking these pictures. This particular mausoleum is my favorite in the local graveyard, but it's also the place where a lot of homeless drunks hang out. I know, what the heck was I thinking? After a few shots, I moved on to the maintenance shed which is closer to the road and felt safer. The reason why I like this place so much is because the two people who own it aren't even dead yet. Their picture is on the side with their respective birthdays, but neither one has died. They're just great planners.

I do love how the colors of the background work with my outfit though. When this dress went up for swapping on the Delightful Dozen, I snatched it right up. I love the pattern and colors in the print, unfortunately it was way too big. It's clipped in the back here with a safety pin and hidden under a cardigan, which worked just fine. I paired it with my cape, olive tights, and plum colored platforms. Olive and plum are two of my favorite colors and I just love them paired together. Isn't this owl talon amazing? Chris gave it to me for Christmas and it just came in the mail other day. I was hoping to pair it with my sparrow skull but can't find it!

This week has honestly been a little quiet. I've been spending most of my time hunting for jobs, which are scarce. I try to live my life free of regrets, but I do wish I had recognized my love of fashion earlier on, so that I would have been able to take advantage of classes as a student. It's hard knowing that I would be SO GOOD at certain jobs, but not having the the on-paper skills to really back it up. I feel a little stuck. Please don't take this as me complaining, it's honestly what has been on my mind lately. I left my job at the college because I was tired of telling high school students to create a job out of what they loved doing, when what I was doing was the opposite of what I loved. Then in December I told myself that I would figure it out by my birthday because, honestly, it feels a little silly to be 27 and experiencing this kind of career ennui. but I know that isn't realistic, we can't give ourselves these kind of ultimatums, especially in this economy (there it is, the big EEEE!). So, I've decided to be patient, to wait it out and search for what feels right. This time around I will try not to force myself into a job for the sake of having a job (ahem, I will not forget how awful september through November was), and just work hard to find something good.

If you've made it this far...I commend you. sorry for the rant.

happy thursday!

53 comments:

Rachel said...

Wow! The color on the cape is so pretty...it really brightens up the whole photo!

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

You look absolutely amazing.

I feel for you on the "job ennui" - I just turned 27 and its hard to realize that there are things I would be more passionate about and even good at. But, I'm coming out of a 5.5 year grad program in a week and a half and I don't know if I'd hate myself more for not following the career after that huge hurdle, or for not making the change. Even though you're feeling like this right now, I think you should be proud of yourself for even having it in you to quit the jobs you knew you didn't want.

Tanglewood Baked Goods said...

Rant away sister! I share that job ennui and I enjoy reading other people's perspectives on their careers. Also, loving that cape.

Vanessa said...

Your style is, by far, my favorite out of all the fashion blogs I keep up with, mostly because it reminds me of my own ;) That sounds a little pompous, but it really has to do with visiting your site for attainable inspiration.

I am 26, and have yet to find that "dream job" I always thought I'd have by now. I have a tendency to veer off track far too often, which has made me a little scattered in my interests. Good luck with your job pursuit!

April, Everyday Forgotten said...

love the dress and the way you styled it up with the cape and cardigan and the plum shoes! you are seriously the best at mixing colours!

good luck with the job hunting!

Mici Milovaného said...

that dress is really cute and I also love those colors.
I think that you definitely made the right decision and I will also keep my fingers crossed for your best luck:) hope you'll find a job that will make you happy as soon as possible!

Rebecca said...

Oh man am I jealous of whoever owns that dress! I love how you've styled it, the earthy tones and that great talon necklace work well together, especially in such a setting. I wish you luck with the job hunting - knowing the kind of job you want is half the battle anyway.

tastymoog said...

yeah i hear ya... lost my job last month. it wasn't the best fit, and they took advantage of the downturn to offer me absolutely no benefits or job security, but still, after having been out of work for almost a year, it was a "real" job in the design industry, so i took it.

at 28, despite being 30k in the hole from undergrad and grad school (i got my MA at 22, so i've been in various stages of work or non-work for about 6 years now), i am yet again contemplating another masters degree but in something completely different that might help me actually get a job.

Vicky said...

Your cape and dress are gorgeous. The colour's are so perfect. And your necklaces are amazing. I'm rather jealous of them both x

Bea Modisett said...

I think we should START doing our drinking in the graveyard. Yes? You'll find something Julie - you're working so hard - it will happen. Don't hate...celebrate.

kathy said...

I love the print on the dress!

Well done for taking some kind of positive action on the job front. I'm 30 next year and i feel like i've spent years feeling jelous of friends who have taken risks and tried to do something they really love, wheras i have just stuck with my office job, which doesn't even pay that well! My new years resolution is to actually figure out what i'm going to do xx

The Village Idiot said...

those colors look great on you!
gorgeous photos

Stacey said...

I am sure that you will find your dream job eventually. I am 33 and tomorrow is my last day at my current job because I am going back to school to make a career change. I did not get it right the first time around and I have known that for the past 10 years that I have been working in my current field. It took me a while to figure out what it was that I want to be when I grow up. Now that I know, I am so excited! For some people it might seem like starting over at 33 is setting me back in life. But, the way that I look at it- I have only been working for 10 years. I have at least another 35 years left to work in my life. The 3 years that it will take me to pursue this new career is nothing compared to the number of years that I have left to work. And, working in a field that I do not love the past 10 years has felt like and eternity! One the other hand, it has afforded me the opportunity to buy a house, travel, shop, build up a savings... Life is a journey, sometimes things go as planned and sometimes the "plan" needs to be changed:)

Indira said...

That outfit looks great with the little sweater. cute shoes.

http://www.lafemdom.blogspot.com

little lyzi said...

Thanks so much for your nice comment :) it made my day! And wow - olive and plum really do look amazing together! I never would've thought to pair them! Lovely :) xxx

BARGAIN BEX said...

trust me when i tell you that you're not the only one feeling that darned stuck sensation. i'm right there with ya.

i've held pretty darn near perfect positions before in the clothing/cosmetics arenaa, but none of them have ever felt right to me.

now that i'm 30 (eep!) and know what i want (to blog, blog and then blog some more after that about all things bargain-y and fashion-focused all while getting paid) the economy has decided to take a nosedive to stuckville, where i am currently residing.

i just have to believe that something soon is going to attract my fancy and i'll finally be able to rest comfortably careerwise.

i'll keep my fingers crossed for both of us ...

bex.

Liz said...

i think you are extremely brave for taking a leap and leaving a job that was unsatisfying.

it's strange to hear you describe your feelings about work because it's like you're reading my thoughts! i did a similar thing about a year and a half ago - i quit my job because it wasn't what i really wanted to be doing, took a huge leap and moved to nyc to pursue a new chapter in my life and a career in fashion.

i look back at my college career and i'm angry for not being honest with myself about my feelings towards fashion. i should have transferred to an arts college and studied what i was personally interested in, not what just seemed like the most practical application of my creative leanings.

times are tough (i've been looking for a full time job since the summer of 2009!) but don't let your resume hold you back. you clearly have a natural talent for this, a fantastic eye and unique point of view that people are drawn to. all those things will shine through! all you need is an opportunity.

i should take my own advice here because i often feel like there is no hope, but seriously - don't settle for the first thing that comes along because you're worried about not working. stay positive and you will find your dream job!

Violet Clair said...

First off- once again, flawless outfit. I LOVE the avian theme.

Second- I know exactly what you're going through regarding the job frustration. I too realized that I wanted to pursue fashion a touch too late (errr... sorry sociology degree). After a long time working odd jobs like babysitting and hostessing, I've finally found something in the fashion field that suits me.

Don't give up! Please! You are way to talented and perfect for the fashion world!

xo Sam

Joey said...

welp, I am in love with both your new necklace and that great dress. and beer in the graveyard? makes for an awesome photo shoot! .. and I concur with what everyone else has said about the FUTURE/ job hunt... you will figure it out! (once you do, can ya tell me how?!)tehe

Anonymous said...

Hey Lady!

No worries. I'm 28... and a half, have my B.S. in film and television and am half way through working through my associates degree in graphic design! After spending 4 years working in a field I thought I'd love but ended up hating I decided I needed to get back to school and change my career. It sucks to look around at your friends who are moving through their careers and know you'll be starting again at square one around age 30. But in the end I want to love what I do and not hate going to work every day.

Also - to pay for classes I'm continuing to workin TV full time while taking evening/weekend courses. Not easy, but soon to be well worth it. Best of luck!

fawn said...

AWESOME outfit.

Mandy Paige said...

Geez I know EXACTLY what you mean. I am turning twenty-five this year and am not anywhere even close to graduating. How do you think I feel? And I have been giving myself the same ultimatums, less eloquent and more "Get you ish together". Gotta take baby steps and be happy if you only move up one rung of the ladder at a time. You'll get to where you need to be!

Such a cute dress and the tights and purple shoes really make it pop! I love you graveyard photo shoots drunks or not. Bring the boy to ward them off!

Dawn said...

Hi, Dawn from Suitcase Vignettes...just catching up on everybody's blogs and making my rounds...love the outfit...especially the dress!!! You have such a knack for sticking with vintage attire and I enjoy your posts. I just watched your hair tutorials...they are great!!! Drop in and check out my Thursday's Thrift Vintage find...have a relaxing weekend!!!

Kate said...

I'm going to add to the "stay positive" chorus, because I know you'll find something perfect... Just keep putting out good vibes and working at it. I'm going through something similar myself. I just quit a job that wasn't a good fit and am trying to build a part time job into full time. I also feel like I should have figured this out earlier (I'm 27) and taken advantage of being in school. But, I'm just going to keep reaching out and taking risks (even if they terrify me) to move forward towards fulfillment.

All that to say don't be discouraged, you'll find a great job soon.

aliboo! said...

Not just having a job for the sake of having a job is what let me to go back to graduate school and pursue teaching. Now I am totally in love with what I am doing. My initial bachelor's in PR was just not fulfilling me the same way working with literature and students is. I feel the same way a bit because I am turning 26 soon and I am still not set in a career. I have my master's program and my PhD still eep! At least I know that by the time I get where I am going I should feel solid in my decisions.

Also, ahhh jealous of your talon!

Lindsey said...

Reading this post and all of the comments was a huge relief to me. I'm 27, I just got married, and I just spent $100k to graduate from law school and I am currently studying for the bar. The problem is that I realized during my third year that I have NO desire to actually be a lawyer. I have fallen in love with blogging and graphic design, but going back to school for that just isn't an option (and neither is moving to a bigger city like NYC), so I have to try to get a job in an area that I have no qualifications for - at least not any that make sense on a resume.

So THANK YOU for writing about this and good luck! I keep telling myself it will all work out eventually, and I'm sure it will for you as well.

upatreecupatea said...

I have had a change of heart about my degree twice now, however I feel like I'm in the right place now. I know becoming a teacher (...then later a school counselor) will be stressful but it gives me so much room for creativity.

Have you thought about teaching art? It seems like you would be such a BA art teacher!

Anways, rants are always great. It's weird if bloggers don't write about things that bother them/life decisions...because it makes them seem non-human.

Everything will be amazing! I hope you find what you're looking for!

Tay Talk said...

Your hair looks outstandingly beautiful! And that door is the perfect backdrop. The whole outfit is pieced together perfectly.

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

It took me a few years to decide what I wanted to do. But I'm 28 now and have found a great career that I love! I know you'll do whatever is right for you. And you'll look great doing it too!
XOXO

Aubsent From Texas said...

Be gentle with yourself. I always say we all follow our own time line. It may not measure up "where you should be" but you'll get there.

I joined the peace corps out of college instead of getting right into the job market. When I got back there was not a teaching job to be found. 3 years later and still no full time job :( But I'm happy. I'm not where a 29 yr old "should" be but life's pretty great.

For someone as lovely and talented as you, great things are on the horizon.

naomi said...

BEST jewelry ever!

naomi.

curious constellation said...

This dress is gorgeous. Don't stress about a job, something you truly love will come your way. You should never be in a job you hate.

jroselkim said...

Job searching can be so demoralizing. I remember feeling useless when I would get no calls back after sending out my resume to many, many places. But in the end, holding out for the job that's a great fit is so worth it (which you WILL find!). Good luck! And you look fabulous as always.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I'm 27 and have been completely neurotic about jobs for at least a year. I swing between just wanting to get a reasonable job that pays well enough and doesn't demand too much so I can focus on my hobbies, and realllly wanting a job that plays to my skills and interests (writing in my case). And the economy doesn't help at all. Best of luck, Julie!

The talon and dress are fantastic by the way!

Ginta said...

I'm 30 and still haven't figured what I want to do! I'm stuck in the job that's so-so but it's stupid to be doing to-pay-the-rent job in your 30ies!
So, I hope for you (and for me:)) that you'll work out what you want to do! Have patience! Be optimistic! And everything will work out the best way for you!

Erin Cathleen said...

I am in the same boat! Full of career ennui at the ripe ol' age of 26. I, too, wish I'd known what I wanted to do while I was still in school... at the time I thought I did, but I should have had a narrower focus. Now I'm stuck with a generalized degree from a tiny liberal arts college and bounce from one temp job to the other... fun! I would love to find a job that pays me well (or at least adequately) for doing what I love, but those jobs don't seem to exist. I'm just hoping I don't have to go back to school, but am prepared to face that reality if need be. -_- Sorry for rambling, but I do wish you the best of luck and hope you find something truly great to do with your many talents!

Erin Cathleen said...

Oh, and a bonus comment because I love this outfit and the creepy-cool graveyard pictures!

CAITLIN said...

i totally relate to everything you said in this post, and i think most people our age can. i'm "only" 25, but i'm already feeling it--i went off to college thinking i would do great things (i was a film major) and somewhere along the way i got kind of sidetracked. and now i have a job just to have one. which works for now but isn't going to work for long. at least i make enough to float by and i can try to concentrate on the things i actually love to do in my free time.

good luck with the job search--it's tough but if you stick it out i'm sure you'll find something that really fits!

ps love the print of your dress!

Kat said...

i want the talon necklace like mad!!! and yet again, a perfectly lovely outfit. <3

Starr Crow said...

you are amazing Julie! I love the way you wear my dress. (i actually bought it from SJV last winter!) Love it with the cape!

Becky said...

I love the color combinations of this outfit! It's so cute!

And I wish you the best of luck on your job search! I know it's hard right now with this economy, but I believe that being happy is the most important thing in life. So as long as you are happy, everything will be okay! And I really hope you find a job that you like. You are very talented and deserve something that shows that off!

Also, I just started a blog after reading fashion/style blogs (including yours!) for over a year! If you have the time, I would love if you can check it out! Thanks!!
http://sunflowercitygirl.blogspot.com

jessica said...

Dont be worrying about being 27 and at a loss with your career or lack of! Im 30 and Im only just getting started. I imagine its gonna be at least another 5 years until Ive gotten my professional life to where I want it, but all we have is time. whats the rush? x

Caroline said...

I love that print! It's subtle but really pretty. And the necklaces go perfectly with the dress.
Good luck with job hunt! (I can't say I have too many words of wisdom, considering I'm still a junior in high school, but I know how hard it's been for so many people). Hopefully things will shape up very soon. In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying life right now as it is.

Little Garcon said...

I really feel for what you are going through. Trying to work in a job/career that you love is not only intimidating but way harder than taking whatever comes your way.

I recently moved to London so that I could try and break into the fashion magazine industry. That means I'm currently working unpaid magazine internships in hopes that someone will finally hire me. Making no money to work 40 hours a week, can sometimes be a little disheartening. But the feeling I get walking into a new internship and feeling myself getting a little closer to what I want, makes it worthwhile.

Some of us take a little longer to figure out what we want to do. Most of my friends are steadily employed while I'm working for free on a different continent. Trust me the risk will be worth it in the end!

Lucy said...

that dress is awesome on you - you have such a great figure lucky thing!
Yes youre right - the colours are all matching beautifully! Its so cool when you have somewhere you can go to get pretty photos.
My main point is that I love your cape! I just made my mum buy one just like it from Topshop - Ill tell her ive spotted others in similar as shes not very confident with clothes - go on mum!
hehe
xxxx

Courtney said...

Thank you for your honesty on the job topic :)

angelina said...

love the hair and the coat is amazing!

A Stylized Hysteria said...

Hey, if you can't vent on your own blog, where can you vent? I absolutely understand your career issues, especially as they pertain to age (I just turned 27, which seems to require an internal job crisis). As long as you aren't forced to take a job due to money constraints, your idea of taking things slow and looking for something great sounds like a fabulous idea.

And of course, your outfit is AWESOME!

Alicia said...

Thanks for posting this. I can relate to everything you said. I love fashion, it is the only thing that is really exciting to me (work wise) & I have no on paper skills either. I hate corporate America with a passion. I am 35, too so not a fun place to be at my age. I find many fashion bloggers (I don't have a blog yet) feel the same way. You have the creativity & no real ability to make a living doing it. I hope it gives you comfort knowing you're not alone.

Sara C said...

You mean you *don't* usually drink 40's in graveyards? Gosh, now I just feel awkward...


ADORE that cape!

Latoya said...

Kudos on pursuing your passion! I used to work in admissions so I know EXACTLY how horrible September to November is. I got soooo sick during travel season. My skin brokeout. I was always tired. For too little pay. No thank you. Two years was enough.

Good luck with your job search. For each job listing, you can try to find where your skills match up with the job requirements. Can you include your blog and magazine features? Sometimes some retail or internship experiences are a good foot in the door. Again, good luck!

-Toya
http://toya-quarterlifechronicles.blogspot.com

TrophyBoutique said...

Girl, I didn't figure out what I wanted to do for the next phase of my life (which is what this is, anyway, most people switch careers several times in their lives, especially women) until I was 31, after I'd gotten a Master's in Social Work and used it til I couldn't stand it anymore.. Luckily you have a successful fashion blog, which does count as experience/knowledge to most people. It worked for me, and my blog isn't nearly as professional as yours! Don't worry about being 27. You're just figuring out what's next, so basically you are right on time for that!
Laurel

Orchid Grey said...

this is very late coming, but thank you for all of the support!

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