Sunday, April 13, 2014

Life Lately 1

This is what I've been up to when I'm not here, according to Instagram. Here's what I've worn:

My oldest daughter's 6th birthday is being held at an indoor waterslide park today. I left it until yesterday to try on my swimsuits. When I realized that there was no way (NO WAY) my bikinis were going to work - and probably never will again - I went out for a last-minute swimsuit shopping trip. And as you know, the worst time to find anything ever is when there's a deadline. I'm not super happy with the swimsuit I found but at least I won't be falling out chasing after my kids.

Wearing vintage jacket, scarf, and clutch. Current/Elliott dress (shirt version here and here).

I had a pretty decent day at the thrift store. I have no idea where the shopping portion of my brain thinks it's going but apparently it's somewhere warm.


This top is kind of insane. The model online was wearing it as a dress which makes me doubt she was the 5'10" the website claimed she was. That happens to me a lot when I order from H&M, Zara, or ASOS. I think it's still kind of a cool tunic even if there's kind of a cult-y vibe when I wear it over pants.

Wearing H&M spring collection tunic and Free People flares

I just unpacked these shoes, purchased in 1994. They've survived countless closet cleanouts and 10+ moves. I probably haven't worn them since 1997 or so - I think I've hung on to them so long because they were the very first article of clothing that I really, really wanted and actually received.

Wearing Merona sweater, ASOS jeans (here), and Converse slides.

And here's what I did:

We went camping at a public use cabin in the Eagle River Nature Center. You have to hike in to the cabin carrying all the essentials you need. Fresh water comes from this spring-fed pond next to the cabin. It was really fun and probably the closest we'll get to backcountry camping while we have such little ones.

If you noticed my tired face in the very top picture, it's because I was up very, very late the night before taking photos of the Northern Lights. I've been out many times in the freezing cold, staying up way too late trying to get them on film. Last night was a success! There's not much time left to see them because the days are getting so long - it doesn't get fully dark until after 11pm now.

So that's it. You'll have to let me know if you like this kind of post - I figured if I was going to come back I might as well try to be legit.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coat On, Coat Off

This coat is one of the few thrift purchases I've made living while in Alaska. There's just not a lot of vintage. I think I told Andrew that the "thrift stores here suck" then I realized what a privileged twit I sounded like. Oh sorry, lady that shops for fun and leisure, that the selection at a thrift store is not to your liking. So I won't say that anymore and have found other relaxing activities instead of shopping. Like re-learning French.

Have you tried Duolingo (link)? It's free and you can learn Spanish, French, Italian, German or Portuguese. The blogging world being what it is now I feel I have to assure you that I have not been paid, sponsored, or gifted anything to tell you about this. I just like it. I mostly use the app since I think it's easier to study every day if it's on my phone.

As long as I'm recommending things (in what is turning into a very, very random post) check out The Working Girl. She's a 30+ French blogger who has a job, a never-ending wishlist, and apparently a generous clothing budget. But it's not ostentatious. Just pretty and somewhat practical French fashion to drool over.

Zara blouse
Free People jeans (here)
Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret boots
Vintage coat
ASOS leather obi belt (here)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Snow

Long, wide-leg pants are a pretty silly choice in the snow. Unless, duh, they're needed to pull off the Aspen in the 70's vibe. That's my default dressing style in winter weather (when I don't give up and just wear leggings, down skirt, and a parka) so sometimes I have to put up with wet hems.

H&M sweater
vintage hat and earrings
Joie trousers
Sam Edelman boots

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The One

I've noticed a lot of outfit bloggers stand on their toes when wearing flats (only for photos I assume). I wondered if it really made a difference so I tried it today. It does make the rest of my body look better - until I get to the feet and I'm all, "Nice tippy-toes, goober".

This sweatshirt is from H&M men (you can get it here) and except for the whole fast fashion negative it's a pretty great buy for $10. It's French terry which I prefer a million times over a fleece sweatshirt. It usually washes so much better and gets better with age. I'm wearing a small, which I only mention because sometimes in men's sizes a small will pull across my hips but a medium swallows up the rest of my body. If you order it, just get your regular size.

And that's all I got today.

H&M sweatshirt
Love 21 tee
Current Elliott jeans (here)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I think I've probably used "Awkward" as a title before. This time I'm referring not to myself but the fit of this blouse. I love it but I'm not sure it loves me back.

Nothing here is vintage or secondhand which is kind of unusual. The necklace and shoes are back in rotation after a few years spent at the back of my wardrobe which is always satisfying. Validates the amateur hoarder in me.

anthropologie blouse and bracelet
Paige jeans
Tory Burch clogs