Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What I Wore: On My Birthday Weekend

hat, scarf, popbasic, striped shirt, birthday, never fully dressed, withouastyle,
hat, scarf, popbasic, striped shirt, birthday, never fully dressed, withouastyle,
hat, scarf, popbasic, striped shirt, birthday, never fully dressed, withouastyle,

What I Wore: Shirt (Popbasic), Jeans (Gap), Shoes (Modcloth), Hat (Similar Here), Scarf (Similar Here), Belt (Similar Here), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here)

Downsides to being born on Labor Day Weekend: No one was around to go to your birthday party as a kid. Not even if it was princess themed. It is you and dad (such a good sport) in Princess birthday hats. Also- it is so early in the school year, you are never clear on the cupcake rule. Can you bring them?

Upsides though are... pretty much everything else. Yor birthday is a three day weekend. Or, rather- to cut the second person narrative here- my birthday is. And my sweet Boy insisted we celebrate it all weekend. Mostly, things were fairly low key- they were things we might do any weekend, but all in a single weekend together. So Saturday we hit the Big City where the overcast weather was made to seem atmospheric because we were sipping on hot chocolates in a cafe. This is what I wore. A bit Diane Keaton feeling, I think. Perfect for what filled much of the rest of the day- strolling through the Farmers' Market (with the dogs! Max was a little overstimulated with all the different food smells but they did well), and book-browsing.

The next day was even better thanks to all my incredibly thoughtful friends becoming partners-in-crime with The Boy to bring about surprises- surprise packages appearing out of nowhere and surprise visitors! All your thoughtfulness (yes, you. This is no second-person narrative this time) made my 29th birthday one of the very best I've had. Thank you for that <3

Monday, September 1, 2014

In September, Why Don't You...

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Photo Credit: Werner Wittsheim
Start a new job

Read a book in the bath

Buy a potted plant

Create a pinhole camera

Pen a friend a letter

Take a drive through the mountains

Get a manicure- and try a new hue!

Clean your carpets

Put decals on your keyboard

Go on a picnic

Friday, August 29, 2014

What I Wore: It All Adds Up

polka dot shirt, popbasic, black pants, red shoes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
polka dot shirt, popbasic, black pants, red shoes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
polka dot shirt, popbasic, black pants, red shoes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Shirt (Popbasic), Camisole (Similar Here), Pants (White House Black Market), Shoes (Old Navy), Necklace (Similar Here)

Over time we've talked quite a lot about finding your style, and the importance of basics. It pares down your wardrobe even while helping you to have items you remix for more diversity. They are items where you can purchase a higher quality knowing you'll use it again and again. But one thing we've never mentioned before though, is that even these do eventually wear out. That is the point at which of my wardrobe is at. I can't complain; things have lasted years, but I finally went out and bought new black pants. Funny, I was expecting it to be a bit disappointing. You are after all, buying something you already have (to replace what is worn through but still). Expectation and reality were not the same though in this case; it was a great shopping experience!  Pants can be trick when it comes to fit, so I went in stores to shop (a rarity for me), but since I knew exactly what I had come for, I could get what I wanted with relative ease, and, even after trying things on, was in and out and happier with the purchase than I might normally be! And not a moment too soon too, since black pants are a staple in my work wardrobe. 

Another basic items is this polka dot shirt. There's just enough pop to add interest, but the color and cut make it so versatile. It's a Popbasic piece (of course. All my favorite pieces seem to be these days), from their very first collection- but, they are bringing this shirt back for purchase, along with another one like it except for inverse colors! 

Basic and basic for a not-so-basic look. I love how math works when it comes to style, don't you? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Month in Review: August 2014

Last of Summer Outfits

Seems I unintentionally fell into a sort of August uniform of a T-shirt with a full skirt, flats and necklace! 

Last of Summer Mail
Our mailbox was kept plenty busy- not only did it get another Popbasic box to review, but we also daydreamed about stationary we'd use if on our way this school year to Hogwarts.. If, however, you're in the mood to send rather than get some mail, why not try a circle letter?

Last of Summer Plans
While school here didn't start until today, as a teacher, August is a season of preparation that has made summer feel a long time gone-if it ever did arrive. This has been a working summer and the part of the month that has not been spent preparing for my first year in a teaching position has been spent finishing my summer classes. The hard work paid off though with six graduate credits under my belt- half way to my gifted endorsement! Even though I didn't get to travel anywhere this summer, I did daydream about it on the blog, sharing a dream of Rome in Three Coins in the Fountain. 

I also shared some other August plans with this month's "Why Don't You..." suggestions- including celebrating your 29th birthday! I'll be celebrating mine here this weekend, probably something small, maybe a bit of shopping (these tips will come in helpful if that's the case!) or reading (maybe the book featured on August's Dogeared Page). Whatever your plans are this Labor Day weekend, stay happy; stay safe!

Last of Summer Finds
In the wake of Ferguson, how all people can join in ending race discrimination

Classic films changed to Not Be Sexist

Saw this and thought it was Mail-Ception!

Secrets to Happiness

Adorable way to wear stripes <3

You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? 

Could not even stop laughing: Creepy Renaissance babies!

How to talk to about harassment 

Why she stopped reading your blog (Be honest-this is you too)

I wanna go!  Here's where silent film fans makes some noise!

Giving jobs by giving clothes

What do you all think of Modcloth and the No Photoshop pledge?

Robots. In Art Museums. After Dark. I am not even making this up!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What I Wore: Tweed in Autumn

abandoned place, tweed, fall, autumn outfit, clothes, scarf, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
abandoned place, tweed, fall, autumn outfit, clothes, scarf, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
abandoned place, tweed, fall, autumn outfit, clothes, scarf, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Jeans (Gap), Jacket (Similar Here), Sweater (Similar Here), Scarf (Similar Here), Necklace (Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy)

I grew up in a town of about 5,000 and many might feel that is small town, but the West  some days seems like a mighty big place, and when driving through it you'll find these far-flung, isolated tiny towns: just a store- or two-and a post office and a school if they're lucky. Iris Dement wrote a song about towns like this, "Our Town." In the refrain she croons "the sun's setting down on our town," and I wonder if anyone who lives in these small-and-dwindling places feels that. The little town of Bearcreek always strikes me like that, yet it was once a booming town, one of the biggest in Montana. Then it experienced one of the worst mining disasters in America; it left them a devastated population, both emotionally and in numbers. Today, it's biggest boasts are a bar with pig races and these ruins of a mine (you can read more about the disaster in the book Goodbye Wifes and Daughters). Every time we pass it, I get a sense of melencholy for the lonely buildings I knew even before I knew their sad history. Still, there is a beauty in the abandoned sometimes. 

The somber feeling of the place seemed to fit the mood of the weekend, in which the weather had turned grey and rainy. While I'm sure it will warm up, it awoke a feeling of autumn in my heart (or is it the fact that school starts tomorrow that's doing that?!).  My tweed jacket always seems perfect for such a fall mood. I rather liked the scarf too- seemed a bit Diane Keaton, a bit seventies-and-menswearish. Or maybe it is just that I'm getting older; scarves seems like something Adults with a capital A would wear somehow? Or maybe  that's  just me. Would you wear a printed scarf like this? 
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