Monday, January 10, 2011

When I live my dream

Jacket: UO sale ($30)
Fur Collar: Family Antique
Striped Shirt: AA
Cardigan: Madewell sale
Belt: J.Crew sale
Necklace: Black Sparrow (gift)
Jeans: Madewell
Belt: J.Crew outflt (gift)
Shoes: Matiko sale ($40)
Purse: Thrifted vintage ($4)
Days like this are my favorite, grey, dark and snowey. These were actually taken on Saturday when Chris and I took a walk to the park, but it's supposed to snow tonight and I hope it does! I love it when it snows, for a brief period of time the world is beautiful, and everything gets quiet. It's also a great excuse to be a home-body and stay inside. I don't know when I became so reclusive, I used to be so outdoorsy when i lived further north. I miss that!

This outfit is something I threw on to go to the grocery store and miraculously stayed in all day. I usually end up changing after the morning errands are run, but I really loved this outfit. It was pulled together but comfortable. Better than jeans and a t-shirt, but not far off either. I picked up this cool belt at work the other day, it looks super complicated but it just snaps on the side, perfect for belting jackets with!

I want to thank everyone for the incredibly supportive comments left for me on this post, I wish we all had amazing jobs and nothing to worry about, but it was comforting to hear from some of you who are experiencing the same thing as me (and from those of you who are experiencing success after making the big decisions too!). There was one point in particular that was made by Jo that I'm really going to try to keep in mind for my blog: "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." I think it's so easy to see bloggers as non-humans because the blog itself is such a small part of our lives as a whole. There's certainly more to me than clothes and outfits, and I know that's not always represented here. Sometimes I leave things out intentionally for fear of sounding like I'm complaining or that I'm rambling. But I'm going to try and make more of an effort to talk about life on my blog. Not just why I chose to wear brown and blue, (which is one of my favorite faux-pas combinations by the way), or a certain pair of shoes, etc. I have a couple of job leads this week that I'm going to be writing cover letters for, which I'm the worst at. But here's hoping! Fingers crossed!
Is it snowing where you live? We're expecting 6 to 8 inches here in Beverly!

45 comments:

Rachel said...

That really is a great belt; I'm surprised at how simple it actually is!

I think it really is good to hear about life on a fashion blog as well; I think hearing about experiences is really interesting.

Birta said...

I'm in Manhattan and we're expecting 5-9 inches of snow tonight. I can't wait, I love snow!

Darla said...

I'll be writing cover letters right along with you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for both of us!

Vicky said...

These photos are gorgeous! I love that your bag gives this outfit a pop of colour x

amanda said...

beautiful pictures in the snow! it snowed here last night, but not very much. school got cancelled because in arkansas people FREAK OUT at the mere mention of snow. but it's hideously cold. but i'd love to get a ton of it!!!

chocolatelegobricks said...

You're utterly stunning! And I love your hairstyle. :)

I'm now following, please don't hesitate to check mine out at http://chocolatelegobricks.blogspot.com/ :)

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Morgan and Lua said...

I think it's great that you've decided to include more of your life on the blog. I tend to share/overshare on my blog and the connections I've made because of that are one of the things I've gained the most from blogging. It's always nice to know that you're not alone, or that you have the support of this unlikely group of peers. Of course it's great that we all have a common love of getting dressed and sharing what we wear, but you're right, there's alot more to it than just that.
I look forward to hearing what you have to say, and possibly getting to *know* you better.

www.morganandlua.blogspot.com

Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

Hey there,

I wish you the best of luck on your job search. I'm in the midst of a similar struggle myself, but have been reluctant to blog about it because part of me is worried potential employers will find my blog! (I was actually on the phone with a professor from college in December, and somehow he knew about my blog. I have no clue how.)

Anyway, I just wanted to chime in with others and say that I definitely know how you feel. Last May I was working at a job I'd been at for 3 years and decided I needed to be done. I packed up my entire life and moved home. Now, I'm 25, live with my parents, and have struggled to find a way back into the job market and into a position that I'll find fulfilling. So, I suppose long story short, you have many others in blogland that understand and empathize with you. Hang in there!

Annie

Isabella Kiss said...

that belt over top your coat is really cool! never seen anything like it!

Jay said...

Love this outfit! great jacket :)

http://commonsenseandstilettos.blogspot.com/

kathryn said...

I really love this outfit, the snow in the background makes it look even more amazing. Also my favorite blogs are the ones where people talk about their real lives, the good and the bad.

Half Dressed said...

Firstly love the fact it's snowing, it makes it look like a fairytale in your pics :) Gorgeous outfit too I love the necklace :)

L x

naomi said...

the belt on your jacket is unreal! I love the whole look together too.

naomi.

Beatrice said...

gosh, I wish it snowed where I live!! love this look Julie! that necklace is freaking amazing!

Elise said...

One of the things I like most about your blog is that very human element. There are blogs out there that deal with this teeny tiny microcosm and while they serve a purpose, I suppose, the authors are just avatars/caricatures. It's funny, I don't normally make resolutions but this year I've made several [one of which is to be more honest and forthcoming] and the surprising most rewarding bit? As soon as we begin to share that which we think is gauche or odd or off in some way, people respond because it makes us feel less alone and freaky.

I'm in a similar boat, sending cover letters and wanting to make a huge career change.

Stay warm!

Mallory | The Storm in a Teacup said...

I agree about the whole non-human thing... but sometimes I think you have to keep things from your readers, just for privacy, you know?
I go back and forth on the issue actually :p

Love this outfit, stripes are always great.
It's not snowing here anymore, but everything is closed and there is tons of ICE!

curious constellation said...

I just got inside after a day in the sun and pool. It's boiling where I am!

I'm happy to hear the belt snaps at the side 'cause when I saw the picture I wondered how anyone could have the patience to do that up each time.

Eliise said...

That's an interesting belt on the jacket, seems rather complicated, haha :D If it didn't snap on the side..

When I write on my blog I try to leave out some parts which might be too personal, about family and such, I also try not to complain. It's still a public blog and I bare in mind that some companies that hire workers do research before hiring and they might find my blog. So I'm a bit careful about what I share.. But I have a blog with a password which only my friends can see. I have been writing it since 2005 and I'm glad because of that because it gives me a chance to look up something I might have forgotten or just get nostalgic. :)

So I think it's good to share personal information, or there is the chance, like Jo said, that blogger becomes non-human. I'm just too paranoid sometimes..

the other emily said...

I absolutely love your fur collar, I am still on the search for one of my own and you've definitely given me lots of inspiration for ways to wear one. I think this is my favorite yet though, it's such an elegant topper to the belted utility jacket.

Best of luck with the job search, I think cover letters can really be the most uncomfortable part of the whole process! I too am glad that you're opening up more about your life beyond style on the blog - I find myself much more drawn in to reading blogs from girls I feel like I might like to actually know, and that's definitely part of what I've always liked about yours. (And, of course, your crazy awesome style and gorgeous photos.)

the other emily

Flora said...

Great outfit, I love your jacket and belted looks fantastic! I wish it were snowing here, it's so hot and wet I can't stand it. I miss so much winter...

cb said...

what a great outfit and the i love the pictures with the snow in your hair, so beautiful!

xo,
cb

hedonista said...

I'm not sure that I've ever commented on your blog before, but I've enjoyed reading it for a while. Out of all the "outfit" blogs I read, I definitely feel like yours is more personal than most and I'm glad that's something you want to build on.

Good luck in your job search!

ellio100 said...

i'm pretty sure your hair gets lovelier every day!
all the best in the job quest

liz said...

It's supposed to snow here, but I hate snow :( I get scared of driving and ice!

I hope everything works out for you, I'm sure it will bc even from the small bit of your life we see on this blog you seem very talented and grounded!

Indira said...

Those jeans fit you perfectly.

http://www.lafemdom.blogspot.com

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

really beautiful pictures, and i love that thin belt.

archives said...

personally, i feel much more connected to the bloggers who share some of what is going on in their lives!

i think you have the best outlook possible. you cant give yourself a timeframe to find the perfect job. when something that fits comes along, it'll be SO much more gratifying because its right. i wish you lots of luck!!!

i def understand some of what you're going through...at 28 ;)

aliboo! said...

We are supposed to get a couple feet over here in Washington state tonight! Ah!

Also, I lovelovelove that belt over your coat with the multiple buckles : )

Latoya said...

The key to great cover letters is to cater each letter to a specific job opening, rather than a blanket e-mail.

Good luck!
-Toya

http://toya-quarterlifechronicles.blogspot.com

Chaucee said...

Beautiful pictures! Lately I haven't been able to talk myself into going outside to take some photographs but these are inspiring me : )

shealennon said...

I love this laid-back, cozy look. The winter makes me a total homebody too--when it's this cold I don't want to be anywhere but indoors!

Terri said...

Had been wondering how long it might take to put on that belt...it snaps!

There is power in our vulnerability, if we can just work up the courage to share it.

Diya said...

this is such an ingenious lesson on how to layer and stay warm. I looove this outfit!

as for rants on fashion blogs, some times I'm a little hesitant to let too much out because I don't know who's reading! Future employers, professors, ex boyfriends...

Aubsent From Texas said...

This is what I need help with...pulled together, casual looks. I am working on trying it more often. Thanks for the lovely example of how it's done :)

http://aubsent-from-tx.blogspot.com/

Dana said...

What an interesting belt in the first look! There is a bit of snow here in Seattle today and everyone is freaking out.
~Dana
www.dailydoseofdana.tumblr.com

the peach chablis said...

You have a great outlook on your future endeavours and your talents will take you far, I'm sure! Good luck with the cover letters!

And we're joining you with the snow - we're northeasters!

the peach chablis said...

You have a great outlook on your future endeavours and your talents will take you far, I'm sure! Good luck with the cover letters!

And we're joining you with the snow - we're northeasters!

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

I'm always amazed at how you put together such simple pieces to create amazing looks.

It's definitely nice to hear about the more "human" side of bloggers :o)

The snow storm is so windy over here I can't even get the front door open. I'm guessing it's pretty similar over in Beverly.

joelle van dyne said...

it snowed a bunch in nyc! i kept waking up at night to look out the windows and make sure it was accumulating.

your snowy outfit is gorgeous. i love that furry color so much, and the way it kind of blends with your hair. great shoes too. ~joelle

The Village Idiot said...

i need a claw necklace!!! it's sooo cool!
your guy has great taste!

Kristin Wyly said...

Love that necklace!

No snow for me, sadly. Your photo's look so lovely!

Louder than Silence said...

What a lovely casual outfit - I especially like the necklace. Sally x

Sarah said...

Sadly we didn't get any snow where I live! Gloomy days are perfect for reading, cuddling and just seem cozy to me! Also, every time one of your outfit pictures shows off your septum piercing, I fall in love with it a little more! I'll never be able to get one because of my job, but I love yours!

Deni said...

lovely outfit! & I want that necklace so bad...great blog!


x
http://inanothercornerofparadise.blogspot.com/

Erin Cathleen said...

I feel for you! I suck at cover letters too, even though I was a writing major! They're just so hard to nail down without sounding desperate/stupid/like a robot. I wish every job would just accept some elaborate creative portfolio or novella or musical serenade, or that we could always just show up in person and yell, "Ta da! Hire me, I'm fabulous!" Anyway. Courage. You can do it!

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