Monday, March 26, 2012

Over the Weekend: MA meets PA!

I've been sitting in front of my keyboard for a while, trying to find the words to sum up how wonderful and needed this past weekend was, and those are exactly the words: wonderful and needed. On Friday morning my two favorite Massachusetts ladies, Bea and Emily, rolled in to town for a weekend of catching up and exploring Pittsburgh. We had some beautiful weather for it, too! After five long, dark, months, it was great to get outside in the sun and visit places that none of us have seen before- like the Monongahela Incline, Mt. Washington, and The Mattress Factory- and a few of my personal favorites- Frick Park, Construction Junction (they have autopsy tables right now!), Phipps. Construction Junction may seem like a weird place to bring visitors that drove 12 hours to see us, but it turned out to be a highlight for all of us. It is sort of magical.

Honestly, up until this weekend, I really hadn't done much exploring of our new city. Our move was a whirlwind- we arrived with 48 hours to spare before I went off to my new job- and Chris now finds himself working most weekends. While I have no problem doing things by myself, touristy things are more fun with two or more people. One of the strangest aspects of living somewhere we'd never even visited is the feeling of being both a tourist and *kind of* a local at the same time (I know I'm not a local, but I do live here on a permanent basis). But I loved showing them the places I knew, and experiencing new things with them as well, and I feel like this weekend was the first that I really appreciated Pittsburgh. Maybe it was seeing it through the eyes of our friends, and not through my own. I think when you move to a place for a job, rather than out of a personal desire to live somewhere, it takes some time to get to know it. To start to like it. It's all too easy to draw comparisons to where we're from, states that we know back to front after nearly three decades of living in them. We still haven't found mature spinach and Teddy brand peanut butter at the grocery store, traffic patterns confuse and annoy, and the whole liquer store/beer store thing is still found to be bizarre, but we're starting to settle in. I know those things may seem incredibly trivial to many of you, but I also know I'm not the only one who finds comfort in the everyday.

It's a weird feeling, being so far away from the people we're closest with, a feeling I've never really had before and one I'm not entirely comfortable with. I shock myself when I realize that I haven't actually seen my mother or brother and most of our friends- who are also like family- since the Holidays. Having Bea and Emily with us for a couple of days was comforting, knowing that we can catch right back up and fall in to step again.

On a completely separate note:
In this outfit: Everything vintage from head to toe, all bought at thrift stores in ME, NH, MA, & PA, all under $5

On Sunday morning, I was scheduled to be a background extra in a photo-shoot for work. There was a certain theme that I was instructed to dress for, along with being instructed to wear dark colors. These pieces are all from different eras, but came together in a unified outfit. Mostly though, for being over-tired, I'm just really proud of  how my hair came out.

Thank you for reading, 
xo -Julie.


Natasha Fatah said...

Love this collection of pictures and you're outfit is gorgeous!


Deppa said...

Wonderful photos!
an that last outfit is fantastic, even better if it was very cheap :)

See you!

Sarah said...

Your hair is so great! Makes me want to grow my hair out even faster, I can't wait to put it up in buns and ponytails, ugh! Too impatient!

China Lily

Michal said...

Living in a new place can definitely have a lot of homesickness and adjusting mixed in with the excitement of the new location. I'm glad you had such a great weekend! My best friend is going to school in Pittsburgh and I had a lot of fun exploring it when I went to visit!

You look gorgeous in those photos. I love everything about your outfit, especially the color palette. Plus, your hair is too perfect!

Anonymous said...

I think its wonderful you had such a great weekend. The little things really do make a difference. :)

And your hair looks adorable as does your outfit. :)

Gillian Striker said...

omg -so retrolicious! love that skirt and the hair and the top - yep, it's all perfect ;)


hattitude said...

Hattitude Style Blog
oh my gosh this belt is fantastic. what a great swirl on the skirt!
it's so fun having people visiting your city so you can show them around and be a tourist again. i find when you live in a city sometimes you don't do all the tourist things, so it's nice to have people come visit so you get to do those things!

talk soon wild child
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tasty moog said...

i've lived in PA for a total of about 6 years now (pittsburgh and philly), and the beer/wine stores crap still annoys. i don't think you ever really get used to it, you just learn to deal. :P (or you buy your booze on the outside: OH, VA, WV, DE, NJ, etc.)

Ashley said...

First off: you look adorable!

Second, I know exactly how you feel. I moved away from California - the state where I've lived all of the my life, and within the same 100 mile stretch - to Atlanta, GA, so that my husband could finish his PhD program at Emory. I completely relate to what you say about moving here for work, or not because you chose it. Atlanta has a lot of great things about it, as well as some not so great things, but it gets hard to view any of those with clear eyes, sometimes, because I pine for San Francisco and NorCal, not to mention the friends that I left behind. But, I have made some great friends here, and, like I said, there are great things about Atlanta, and I'm at my happiest when I'm able to live in the moment and appreciate those things.


the outfit ruuuules! you look ready for a sock hop. the Cheat and the Monongahela have the best white water rafting, if you're into that sort of thing. the keystone state is the best! enjoy!

Alexis said...

Boy, reading this was like reading my life right now. My husband and I just moved to Hawaii for work and it's been one big adjustment.

I love your outfit! The top is my favorite part. Happy Monday!

Katie Ann said...

I've lived in Pittsburgh my entire life! Spent a year traveling the country, and yet still found myself settling back down in this wonderful city. I hope you are enjoying it! I have a "Visit Pittsburgh" page on my blog--all my favorite places throughout the city!

Laura said...

I'm so glad you've gotten to enjoy Pittsburgh a bit more! It's a city near and dear to my heart. I'm sure you'll enjoy it even more as the weather warms up :)

You look stunning in those last shots! I think we might need a hair tutorial...

Bea Modisett said...

We needed it too. Xoxo.

Karina said...

You look SO Audrey Hepburn.... Beautiful!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

so happy you got to unwind with your gals! always the best cure!! amazing dress!!

Steffys Pros and Cons

Rocks Paper Metal said...

Looks like so much fun!!!!

jenvegas said...

No matter the distance it's always a big change and major adjustment being away from home and all of your loved ones! I hope you can find some new adventures and fun distractions in your new city! Pittsburgh summers are awesome! And I also hope you get to visit your family as often as possible//and your friends and family can hopefully visit you as often too. It makes it so much easier! After you've been home a couple of times, it gets easier, and it makes you realise that a flight is a quick jump away. Take advantage of those long weekends :)


Dawn said...

Julie, a 12 hour drive to see you says it all. How sweet are your friends to have traveled so far? I love how your hair turned out too! You should be the main course not the extra in the shoot! Great outfit! Have a great day! Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

Birta said...

All those small trivial things that you take for granted in your hometown that are taken away from you when you move to a new place. I know exactly how that is. Those little differences that can drive you nuts. I've moved so many times in my life and the last three years I've moved country to country, and all those little things are the first things I try to find and adjust to when I'm somewhere new.

Gillie said...

I love this, you look straight out of the 1950s! And everything under 5$? Perfect

xo Gillie

Sophia said...

Love this post! So happy to see Bea and Emily make an appearance and everyone looking so happy. xo

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