Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall List

I've actually reached a point where I'm feeling somewhat happy with my wardrobe and might be holding off on buying much clothing, since there may be some upcoming changes to our lives. Still, these items have been in the back of my mind and with autumn here, I can dream, right? 

1) Brown Riding Boots-  These seem like such a staple to have in your wardrobe and, in my case, this purchase would be to replace the brown riding boots I currently own. They've more than done their time, and are showing clear wear that proves they were man-made material. Which is fine- but, well, five years is plenty of time, especially considering that with the amount of snow we get in the winter a shoe that covers one's feet and ankles is really a must.  

2) Plaid Midi Skirt- I've been dreaming about finding the perfect plaid midi skirt for several years now. While not an absolute necessity, there is something so timeless about plaid, isn't there? Especially as a midi skirt (let's not get into Clueless mini skirt territory here!)  I can't decide if brown and red tones are preferable over blue or green ones. Warmer tones are so quintessentially fall, but the cooler colors might transition quite nicely into the spring as well....  

3) Round Framed Glasses- I've had this thought to buy a second pair of glasses rattling about the back of my mind for a while now. Yes, glasses are not cheap, and  I still love my (literally, since they are my header) iconic black glasses; they wouldn't be going anywhere. But I wear glasses every single day. It might be nice to be able to change things up every so often. Between the more affordable option online eyewear stores provide, plus looking at this as a cost-per-wear scenario, and they seem like a good buy! 

4)  Smoking Slippers- I love ballet flats, so it is probably no surprise I love smoking slippers too. They are like ballet flat's cooler older sibling. They listen to music you've never hear of before, and talk about deep meaningful indie movies (oh, wait... that's my much cooler younger sister, not shoes...where was this metaphor going again?) At any rate, they give an unexpected twist and I never could resist a red shoe either... 

5) Brown Fisherman's Cable Knit Sweater- This has been on my list for years. The brown sweater shown above isn't even really quite what I want either. This sweater would be, like, the dictionary definition of timeless fashion. Not too oversized, but not too clingy (you know how sweaters can be) and with a really classic cable knit pattern. Also- no turtlenecks. Because, while they look good on Pinterest, no one wants to go through their day feeling like their garment is trying to strangle them to death. 

6) Brown Ankle Boots- Does it seem like I'm obsessed with shoes? It kind of feels like I am, which is too bad as it is the one thing I still find hard to buy online. I'll probably only actually buy EITHER brown riding boots or brown ankle boots, but I wore my black ankle boots almost every day last winter, so I'm sure brown ones would be in high rotation. Plus, there would be no worry that they'd blend in with black pants and make me look like I was wearing adult footie pajamas.... 

7) Black High Waist Cigarette Pants- I have a pair of low waisted ones for work, but there are still four more days to the workweek and winter is no time for skirts. So- the search is on. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Stationery Wishlist: Everything's Getting Kinda Spooky


1. Monster Postcards | 2. Anatomy of Love Print | 3. First Aid Kit | 4. Anatomy Cards | 5. Skull Container | 6. Comic Book Postcards 

1. Monster Postcards- Whether it is what lurks beneath the Loch Ness or it eats goats, these postcards are good for what scares ya. 

 2. Anatomy of Love Print- An adorable mash up of the romantic and the clinical come together in this art print. 

 3. First Aid Kit - For the those real-life encounters with blood, you can't go wrong with this first aid pouch in your desk. 

4. Anatomy Cards - Both the old-time-y-ness and the bodily graphics give these cards a bit of a spooky air, perfect for Halloween. 

5. Skull Container- Keep your tools on your (or rather someone else's) mind with this container. 

 6. Comic Book Postcards - While not scary, here's some others who love to dress up. To find out what is behind the mask, read the comic (and then send the postcard!) 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dog Eared Page: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

He put the glass to his lips, and drank at one gulp. A cry followed; he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth; and as I looked there came, I thought, a change—he seemed to swell—his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter—and at the next moment, I had sprung to my feet and leaped back against the wall, my arm raised to shield me from that prodigy, my mind submerged in terror. 

“O God!” I screamed, and “O God!” again and again; for there before my eyes—pale and shaken, and half fainting, and groping before him with his hands, like a man restored from death—there stood Henry Jekyll!

 - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, October 2, 2015

In October, Why Don't You...

Image from page 263 of "Productive orcharding, modern methods of growing and marketing fruit" (1917)

Go on a hayride

Munch on a candied apple

Have a bonfire

Pick out a baby shower gift

Rake up your leaves

Gather up some blankets and spend an evening stargazing

Help out at a local "trunk or treat" or other local town event

Go on an apple picking date

Book yourself that massage

Reread a classic

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Month in Review: September 2015

Autumnal Outfits

Autumnal Plans
I shared these ideas about what to do this month, but September is always so busy as the school year begins! Here's some of what did happen though:  this stationery wish list, with its back to school theme, inspired me to revamp my own desk. Another big mail-centric post was published in September too- I showcased a retrospective of all the posts in NFD's letter-writing, as a way to wind down the series. Bookmark it for later use! I'm miss sharing about writing letters, but think we've really covered just about any letter writing scenario for you!

I shared a dog eared page out of  The Blue Castle,  with its focus on silence and companionable friendship. It seems appropriate for the coming autumn, doesn't it?  The film Me and My Gal, is a more peppy story with songs, but still seems fitting as an autumn offering. Plus, you can get some stylish advice from the film Funny Face .

Autumnal Finds
Have you been keeping up on this? An archeological find whose interest can only be matched by the unique story of its discovery!
Would check out a "story" from the Human Library?
Hipster Barbie is better at Instagram than you
Examine how Screen Time could be changing our society in this fascinating two part  NPR Podcast.
Travel to Turkmenistan
Do you agree that these are 35 things every woman in her 30s should have?
A unique look into the world of the Pope
I want to live here! 
What My Uterus can Teach You About Being a Tech Leader
Speaking of science- this amazing teen's medical innovation will help other detect Ebola!
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