Wednesday, September 30, 2009

On the Road: Bangor to Belfast to Brunswick

Sweater: Thrifted (2.00)
Shirt: from Adria (free!)
Necklace: H&M (12.00)
Skirt: Thrifted (1.99)
Tights: TjMaxx (5.00)
Shoes: Thrifted (1.00)
Today started with another college fair this morning, after which I headed to Belfast for a high school visit. Belfast is beautiful, the carved piers below were by far the best finds of the day. I love the one that looks like it has seaweed hair. I was also able to actually take some daily style pics, the outfit is a bit of a re-run which is why I haven't been posting much style lately- when I'm on the road, I wear a lot of the same stuff- life's rough living out of a suitcase.
I can't believe it's only Wednesday, this week is going so slowly!

On The Road Again...

Cardigan: H&M (16.00)
TShirt: Forever 21 (5.00)
Jeans: BDG (gift)
Shoes: DIY
So, I started my day in North Conway, NH and ended it in Bangor, ME which is almost Canada. But not quite. I am currently using the worst internet ever at a Comfort Inn...blah. Ahh, life on the road! I got my hair cut today, which is really just an excuse to hang out with my friend Kristin. The college fair was at University of Maine, Orono this evening, it was OK, tomorrow should be better. That last image is of the College fair, this is my view for three months a year! The upside is that the fall foliage is beautiful, give it another week and the trees will really be perfect!
Hope you are all having a great evening!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bits of My Weekend...

This isn't much of a daily style post, but a little self portrait I took in my hotel on Friday.
So this weekend was a busy one! You'll have to excuse the mega huge post, but I've done a lot! Saturday and Sunday, I took part in a letterpress and typography workshop at the school I work at. Saturday we worked on a collaborative project and on Sunday I made business cards!
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Thank you all for your lovely comments, I'm on the road for work this week so I am a little off from my normal schedule, but I'm reading and appreciating every one! As a College Admissions Counselor, part of my job is visiting high schools all over New England and presenting our school to interested students. This is what I am up to right now. I'l be traveling over the next month or so, going to college fairs, portfolio days, and high school fairs, hopefully gaining applicants. Once the travel season is over, I'll be back in my office reviewing applications and getting those students to come to our school! It's an extremely busy job, but I love the travel aspect of it. Feel free to ask any questions!

Friday, September 25, 2009

I hit your honor student so hard...

...He Dropped his GPA
(possibly the most inappropriate and...just...dumb t-shirt you could possibly wear to a college fair)
Scarf: Vintage from Mom
Necklace (worn as bracelet): yard sale (1.00)
Tunic: Forever 21 (15.00)
Jeans: BDG via UO gift
Shoes: TjMaxx (20.00)
As I mentioned in my last post, Thursday afternoon I drove up to Durham, New Hampshire for a huge college fair. These fairs aren't so bad, they're definitely good people watching and it's really rewarding when you talk to a student who is super stoked on your school. But, yeah, I mostly like it for the people watching. The saying above was on some boy's t-shirt who was wandering around with his mother. Why he was allowed to wear something like that to a college fair is beyond me. The wording doesn't really even make sense. The last fair I attended, girls were walking around wearing fangs (thanks so much Twilight). Really? Fangs to a college fair? I think I'm getting old.
After the fair I walked around Portsmouth, NH which is just down the road:
It's very pretty...
Next week I'll be traveling around Maine for work, I can't wait to go thrifting!
Happy Weekend!

(EDIT) To clear up the confusion, I'm a college Admissions Counselor which is why I was at a college fair. My next post will talk a little more about this.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stay on the Sunny Side...

...always on the sunny side!
Necklace: Forever 21 (5.99)
Cardigan: Gift from Adria from UK
Dress: Forever 21 (24.00)
Belt: Thrifted (.50)
Shoes: American Eagle via TjMaxx (10.00)
Yes, these pictures were taken at two different times of day. I couldn't help myself this afternoon- it was so beautiful outside! This outfit also made me feel really pretty and sunny, I've been seriously lacking inspiration lately (anyone notice my last three outfits all either involved plaid or a skirt or both?) so this morning when I put this on I finally felt like I had broken that cycle of uninspiring blah. What do you do when you get into a style funk like that? I find thrift shopping helps. I'm off to another college fair tomorrow, this time at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. I'm actually kind of excited (I said kind of and excited is way too strong a word) because I'll be staying in a hotel and I'll be able to watch T.V! Chris and I own a television, but it doesn't preform it's only task, so tomorrow night I plan on vegging out and watching something terrible- because terrible TV is what you watch when you never get to watch TV ever. Top Model here I come!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

90210 called...

Donna Martin would like her hair back now...
Shirt: Thrifted (1.00)
Belt: Thrifted (1.00)
Jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters (36.00)
Shoes: Clarks Wallabees from my mom
Specs: Forever 21 (5.00)
I definitely have the just-washed-fluff-fest going on on my head right now. I feel very 1992 with a little 1952 thrown in via the glasses and shirt. I'm not convinced that this outfit makes any sense, I actually wore this very briefly this afternoon post-work and pre-workout, sometimes my work outfits leave much to be desired. I got these jeans in the post yesterday, I love them. Perfect rise and perfect wash. I'm tempted to purge my closet of all previous jeans in favor if these and the dark wash version that I frequently sport. Highly recommended!

So, earlier today I posted about some darling dresses I wish would appear on my doorstep. I wish to add one more thing to my list of demands. This Terry Richardson print (yes, I'm talking about the two superheroes making out):
I don't know when the first time I laid eyes on "Batman and Robin" but I can tell you it was love at first sight. I want. Any idea if prints are sold?


Date: September 22, 2009
To: Urban Outfitters
From: Orchid Grey

Dear Urban Outfitters,
Let's find a way to get these on my desk by tomorrow.
Because they're fabulous and would look smashing on me.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Over the Weekend...

Elton John called, he'd like his glasses back now....
Specs: Vintage via Bobby from Boston (10.00)
Necklace: Forever 21 (12.00)
Belt: Thrifted (2.00)
Skirt: Thrifted (5.00)
Shoes: Vintage (20.00)
Today's outfit felt a little...meh. I bought the skirt this past weekend at Savers and have yet to hem it, I think I'm going to hack it to just above my knees. Although, I'm not sure. The length of the skirt kind of made me feel a little too... 70's school marm? Mrs. Brady? Meatloaf via a 1940's cookbook? Am I getting weird? Eh...How was your weekend? Mine was far too short, but generally relaxing. Did some cleaning on Saturday and some thrifting too, in the evening one of Chris' co-workers came and helped us move our old couch out of the apartment, I'm so glad to have our living room and studio back! We also made a late night run to The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH. If you're ever in Portsmouth, you must go here, it's one of my favorite places! They have such a great atmosphere and on the weekends (and weeknights?) they are open late and serve beer! Yay, beer! I didn't get any good shots really, the images below were taken with Chris' IPhone. You get the idea.
The restaurant is located in a warehouse type building and they have tons of vintage decor all over the walls.
I recommend ordering the Frenchy (grilled cheese with brie, asparagus, and turkey? ham?) with sweet potato fries and a chocolate milkshake. It is no longer on the menu, but they'll still make it!
Now you know what I look like when I eat. Because I know you were wondering. Sexxxy with three x's.
Sunday was less exciting. I headed out to Springfield, MA for a college fair. There is nothing better than spending a beautiful early fall day in a smelly college gymnasium explaining that your school is, in fact, real over and over and over to concerned parents. Sarcasm. I has it.

Friday, September 18, 2009


I'm feeling narcissistic today...forgive me...
Plaid Shirt: Victoria's Secret (30.00)
Gold Owl Belt: Thrifted (.50)
Skirt: Thrifted (1.99)
Tights: Urban Outfitters (3.99)
Shoes: Thrifted (20.00)
Specs: Urban Outfitters (4.99)
This morning brought with it a painful 4:45 am wake-up call. It was all I could do to throw the alarm across the room and hide under the covers. But, duty called, I had to be in Sutton, MA by 8:00 for a college fair and traffic on 95 is unbelievably unpredictable. I managed to run a little early, and stopped to take a few shots at a broken down and abandoned drive-in movie theatre. I wish I had had more time to explore (and someone there to protect me), the first time I saw this place was two years ago on my way to Sutton again. It's really beautiful and overgrown with vines. But Creepy. Yes, very creepy. I hope to take more pictures there soon, I'll be going back to Sutton at the end of October. Below is one of the shots I took, not very successful but it captured the decrepitness of the place adequately enough:
Also, just an FYI: Purgatory does exist. It's located in central Massachusetts:
I'm so happy it's the weekend! What are your plans?

PS: thank you all for the stress relief advice, I'll definitely be catching up with my sleep this weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Daily Style...

Sweater: Salvation Army (2.00)
Belt: UO Bargain Basement (9.99)
Skirt: Old Navy (2.00)
Tights: TjMaxx (5.00)
Shoes: Vince Camuto via TjMaxx (25.00)
I had a hard time taking pictures today, for whatever reason. I think it's the transition into fall, it's starting to get dark out much earlier, so I have to be quick after work. Just a short post today, I'm off to the gym to let out some frustration on the elliptical! I loved reading about how everyone deals stress yesterday, I think I definitely need to get more sleep. I slept too late this morning, which lead me to be late for work. I did get one little surprise as I was getting dressed today, when I opened my closet I found this guy:
Chris must have pinned him to one of my shirts last night. He's a left over from some WWE themed cupcakes Chris made a while back. I think I'll keep him there, to give me power every morning!
One more cute thing: Zebediah hides in the shower. I discovered him in there last night:
I love how surprised he looks that I found him. Or that I interrupted his reading of a graduate catalog!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Daily Style...

Oxford Shirt: from Adria (free!)
Skirt: Salvation Army (2.00)
Belt: UO bargain Basement (9.99)
Necklace: Forever 21 (12.00)
Shoes: Thrifted (20.00)
Today was one of the first real Autumn-like days we've had, it was a perfect 60 degrees with a little breeze. I'd forgotten how windy Beverly gets in the fall/winter. Cabot Street literally becomes a wind tunnel, those of us who frequently wear skirts need to be careful too, I have a feeling I've flashed the whole of downtown more than once in a very Marilyn Monroe-like way (except not so sexy or graceful). I'm sorry for not posting yesterday, to be honest I can't even remember what I wore, but I can tell you I was very sleepy and it showed all over my face! Work is getting crazy too, I'm wondering how I'm going to keep up with posting while I'm traveling so much- I'll figure it out though! How do you cope with a busy schedule? I tend to hide under a rock till it's over!

Shoe Lust...

The former Psychobilly in me is crushing hard on these Jeffrey Campbell creeper heels. For $148 they're reasonably affordable too. Find them on!.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Over the Weekend...

Dress: Salvation Army kids section (1.00)
Cardigan: H&M (16.00)
Tights: F21 (5.00)
Flats: DIY
How was your weekend? Mine was free of obligations, which was a really nice change of pace! Saturday was quite rainy, so I ended up spending most of the day at home.
I did make a quick stop at Salvation Army where I picked up this cute kids dress. I almost didn't buy this piece, it's a little faded and also outside the norm of what I
typically wear, I'm so glad I bought it though, it proved the perfect outfit for Sunday, which was date day for Chris and I. Sunday was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! The sun was shining
and it was the perfect weather for being outdoors! Chris and I started the day at our favorite diner for breakfast, and then headed out to Lincoln, MA to visit the DeCordova
Sculpture Park! The DeCordova is great because it's pretty cheap and close to home, and you can just hang around on the grass all day if you want! It's also nice because it's
sort of in the woods, I like getting out of the city environment whenever I can.
Chris, in the woods:
My favorite shark sculpture:
Lazing on the lawn:
The best tree ever (where my first shot was taken):
You can go inside and see all the names that were carved by previous visitors:
A really big....chicken! (harhar):
This was part of a trio of small sculptures, I thought they all looked like sad poops. I'm gross. Sorry.
A Steven Siegel installation made entirely of stacked newspapers:
It was really nice to have two days where I didn't have to do anything. My work schedule is going to be pretty scary for the next couple of months. As a College Admissions Counselor, part of my job requires that I travel September through November to present our school to high school students. It means long hours and not many free weekends. It also means that I'm away from home a lot, so I won't be able to see much of Chris. It was nice to have a day together. Soon, you'll be hearing all about my travels!