Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014 in Review

April has already come and gone! Spring is here! Well, sort of. Wyoming can't make up it's mind. One day we're in the sixties and seventies, the next there's snow. That tease of good weather makes one want to be outside, in it all though! There's always something about spring that makes one feel new again. So- here are new outfits, new (old) movies and much, much more that April brought with it!

New Outfits

New (Old) Movies 
Take some style inspiration from the blondes in Hitchcock's North by Northwest and Rear Window. Or, if you're in need of a smile, try watching the iconic Singin' in the Rain.

New Mail
This month, we talked about how to write a letter to a politician. On a lighter note, I also shared some of my favorite stationary items and shared what was in the latest Popbasic Box. By the way, if you're interested in buying Popbasic's Ashbury Collection- or any future collection!- This link will get you fifteen dollars off (Even if you've already signed up with the company!)

New Plans
April has been a crazy month. It started off with a road trip over our spring break. Along the way, I got to meet up with fellow Flock Together Blogger- Hannah of Braided Bandit. It was a first time meeting another blogger in real life for us both; she's a doll.

On the blog, these lovely suggestions set the tone for the month. Other ladies got to spread some positivity when they they shared what their favorite physical feature was.  This month, I was tickled to be featured on Anna's blog, and I also was lucky enough to be interviewed by Popbasic!


New Finds
Amazing stop motion

Sarah of Story Girl Sarah struts her stuff at the Easter Parade

What I wish every American understood

Why We Look the Way We Do Now

Flock Together welcomed two new members Jana of Small Town, Big Smile and Taylor of Nothing But a Pigeon. Check out these cool ladies, if you aren't following them already!

Rachel shares her amazing senior project

Where children sleep

How the French eat

There are good people in the world. This man is proof.

Alex of Into the Woods and Carrie of Wish Wish Wish have me dreaming of spring.

A young feminist's open letter

Babies are always a good idea

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What I Wore: No Uniform

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popbasic, silk shirt, blue shirt, silver jewelry, cigarette pants, school, work wear, wyoming,

What I Wore: Shirt (Popbasic; Similar Here), Pants (59th Street; Similar Here), Shoes (Similar Here), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here), Necklace (Similar Here)

Despite the fact you’ve seen this shirt a number of other ways, this is actually my most common and favorite way to wear it. Since getting my new job and being back on full time at a school- and outside to recess every day- I’ve noticed a shift in my weekday workwear.The biggest change has been a result of the weather. While I’ve worked in schools before, I’d never had regular recess duty, and now I’m outside for a half hour each day overseeing kiddos. And it gets cold in winter time with that Wyoming wind blowing, so….pants. Yet once inside, computer labs tend to get hot with machines running all day. To prepare for all that, I’ve gravitated towards pants and button-ups and light sweaters sometimes too. In fact, a rotation of looks seems to have formed, without me quite relizing it till I’d been wearing the same six or seven looks a few times! In some ways, that’s nice- sometimes a girl in a hurry in the morning and doesn’t have time to think about an outfit, and, after all, what you see is the result of that.
While I’m trying to expand my work wear options, I’m curious about whether any of you have heard of, or subscribe to (consciously or unconsciously) the idea of a “uniform.” I don’t think it’s quite me- not yet- but very interesting. It was described to me as your uniform are certain types of clothes combinations you are drawn to and wear variations of everyday. For example, maybe you’re someone who always wears a drape-y blouse with a jacket and skirt that’s about knee length. Maybe you are a dress-and-cardi girl, or jeans with a blazer and button-up. The idea is once you’ve consciously identified the patterns to your outfits, you can buy things accordingly, resulting in less but better and more used clothing items. So, what do you think? Is that anything you’d want to try or maybe already do?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dog-Eared Page: The Secret Garden

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Illustration by Inga Moore

"Come with me and I'll show you," she said.

She led him round the laurel path and to the walk where the ivy grew so thickly. Dickon followed her with a queer, almost pitying look on his face. He felt as if he were being led to look at some strange bird's nest and must move softly. When she stepped to the wall and lifted the hanging ivy he started. There was a door and Mary pushed it slowly open and they passed in together and then Mary stood and waved her hand round defiantly.

"It's this," she said. "It's a secret garden and I'm the only one in the world who wants it to be alive."

Dickon looked round and round about and round and round again.

"Eh!" he almost whispered, "it is a queer, pretty place! It's like as if a body was in a dream."

- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What I Wore: Just Whistle

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vegan leather, skirt, popbasic, to have and have not, bogart, becall, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming, vegan leather, skirt, popbasic, to have and have not, bogart, becall, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,
vegan leather, skirt, popbasic, to have and have not, bogart, becall, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,

What I Wore: Sweater (Similar Here), Necklace (Similar Here), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here), Skirt (Popbasic), Shoes (Minnitonka)

You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... 


Lauren Becall says that to Bogart in their first film together and it blows me away every time. In real life, though they would later marry, it was their very first scene together, and Becall was so nervous, she kept her chin to her chest in order to hide any shaking. 

Anyway. That's how I am with Popbasic (as is probably obvious with this unintentionally Popbasic heavy week on my blog). But.. it's what I really wear and love. This skirt was part of the collection I reviewed yesterday. 

As for the real Bogart to my Becall, it was The Boy's birthday this past weekend! My family and his all met at his favorite pub. The doors were open and the breeze was fine in what was the first truly nice weekend of the year. Low key but fun, and, Boy, if you are reading this, know all you have to do is whistle. 

You know how to whistle, don't you? 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Popbasic Ashbury Collection Review

Popbasic is a company that mails  monthly micro collections; a micro collection consists of three women's wardrobe items. Each box will cost between fifty and one hundred dollars. April's Ashbury Collection contains the Gwyn Collar Necklace,  a Vegan Leather Skirt, and a Black Tank Top, costing seventy dollars. Now, I'm gonna level with you- I really wavered over whether to purchase this collection or not.

Here's real reason I had been hesitant about this box. Skater skirts or pencil skirts in leathers? Those are a-okay in my book, A knee-length, paneled one? It was a combination I'd never seen before. Would it be too heavy? Too wrinkly? I had two other black, midi skirts, did I really need another?

If you've worried about any of the above, put those worries to rest. The skirt is cute- and comfortable. Using panels instead of pleats added visual interest with no additional weight. The skirt is lined, so none of the vegan leather rubs. The collection also includes a card sharing how to care for your skirt to get any wrinkles out (and yes, the instructions work fine). This was an especially nice touch, since this skirt was not the first tricky-to-care for item Popbasic has released. Hopefully, future boxes will also send care instructions when needed! And, okay, I probably, in the strictest sense of the word, didn't need another black midi skirt, but it is fun to style. The different texture adds an unexpected element, juxtaposing the feminine shape of a midi skirt with the tough persona of leather. Plus, it is often the items I was initially the least sure about that I end up liking the best! I'm already getting the idea that's happened this time too.

The Gwyn Collar Necklace is actually a reprisal from a much earlier collection (The Sherwood Collection to be exact). When the Sherwood was for sale, I'd written the necklace off as something that might look a little too much as if it was purchased from Marie Claire. Au contraire- after later seeing a friend's Gwyn Collar Necklace, I realized that the weight and quality of the piece shone through, giving a playful, even decadent air; it was exciting to see this beauty back again. (by the by, if you purchased the Sherwood collection and want to avoid a duplicate necklace, contact Popbasic co-founder Madeline Veenstra. You can work to get it sans necklace).

The basic black tank top that rounds out the collection is just that- a basic no one should be without. In fact, you might already have a black top (or seven) in your closet. Why one more? Well, you can never have too many for one thing. For another, though a hundred percent cotton, it feels silky-smooth, and follows the lines of your body without being clingy. And if you were worried about plunging necklines, well, this one is a pretty typical neckline, so if most tanks are too low cut for you, proceed with caution, but for most this will not be too immodest.

This collection was the first to be released on the company's new schedule (new collections will be released the first or second of every month now). It also saw the return of the lifestyle surprise item, a small beauty product or sample that's also sent in the box, along with a postcard from Madeline, a styling guide, and the collection itself. This month we got two surprise items. A coupon for Wade and Belle Not too Tights (especially nice for those in the Southern Hemisphere entering fall), and a sample packet from Pinrose Scents. Pinrose Scents creates scents change after certain amounts of time pass (and psst- here's a hint. If you haven't tried this company before, they will send you three free samples, so check them out!)

Popbasic didn't fail to deliver with their Ashbury Collection. You can still purchase it too; plus Popbasic will be putting the first of their permanent collection up sometime soon!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What I Wore: Stories to Tell

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Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Hell bunny, circle skirt, red, roses, popbasic, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Skirt (Hell Bunny), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here), Petticoat (Similar Here), Sweater (Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy)

So, this is what I wore over Easter. To be fair though, it was also what I wore the weekend before with nothing more special than a visit to a bookstore on the slate that day. Another blogger, the vintage-inspired Katie of Butterflies love Snapdragons, writes occasionally of people who ask her "where goes to dress like that?" As if one must have an occasion to dress in vintage or vintage inspired clothing, or, well... to dress any way. She dresses for her life because she enjoys it, and though I'm not the same kind of committed (to the vintage look) as she is, I really empathize with that sentiment. Dress to make yourself happy.

That said, as a blogger, I find sometimes find myself putting off photographing this outfit or that one looking for a backdrop to suit the clothes, to tell a story. So while I might wear both this and an outfit with moccasins and cut-offs to the grocery store, I like them for the different stories they tell and strive to communicate that through the backdrop as well as the clothing. A bit hypocritical, and yet... Oh, how could I not wait for the right location with such an outfit? My new favorite! This backdrop, ironically, felt pretty perfect with it's brick and gorgeous black ironwork, but you see so little of it! It is actually a local hotel, The Chamberlin Inn; we stayed here for our honeymoon night, and it really is like no other place in Cody.

Do you ever feel insecure about the clothing you wear not fitting in with your community or have you been asked about it if your wardrobe does make you stand out? What about when it comes to the photos- do you like ones that tell a bit of a story or photo locations that are more revealing of the blogger's everyday activities?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Popbasic Interview

Let's start off the week by talking about how much we love the weekend, okay? Yesterday, I got to sit down on at a "virtual brunch" with Popbasic Co-founder Madeline Veenstra to talk about the perfect Sunday; thanks Maddie. Click here to read the interview! 
Popbasic blog interview

What does the perfect Sunday weekend look like for you?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cinema Style: Rear Window

Rear Window (read the full review here), among other things, is a story about the tension of love- the give and take of the indivdual. Can this person fit into my life? Grace Kelly stars alongside James Stewart in this thriller as a glamourous socialite and her adventure-seeking photographer boyfriend. Though Kelly wears only seven costumes thoughout the movie each one is a stunner, as is hinted at early in the film when Stewart's character quips that she never wears the same dress twice.
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Shirt (Popbasic), Skirt (Similar Here), Necklace (Debenham), Bracelet (J. Crew), Purse (Amazon), Shoes (Old Navy), Belt (Similar Here)

Such glamour can be hard to pull off in the every day, especially the decant glamour of 1950s couture. But you can marry the elegant with the everyday when emulating Kelly's first costume, a New Look dress with a full tulle skirt. Making it two separate pieces instead of a dress, and using simple flats in the place of heels help make the ensemble more casual. Add pearls- larger and more statement-making than  Kelly's discreet ones- to keep it feminine, but modern. Now, you're ready for anything: murders, adventure- or a night in reading fashion magazines, which ever you prefer!

With it's sleek lines emphasized with a pencil skirt (another of Doir's New Look creations), this light green suit gives Grace Kelly a whole other type of glamour. You could wear this out- or into the office. Use mint green to give it a more modern flair, but don't be afraid to include some playful retro elements too. Some fun shoes and an outerwear jacket that matches the skirt gives a cheeky nod to the 50s time period that inspired the outfit.
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Jacket (She Inside), Skirt (Jane Norman London), Shirt (White House | Black Market), Shoes (Modcloth), Belt (Debenham), Earrings (Oliver Bonas)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Remix: Bow Shirt


Boater Hat | Grey Sweater | Jean Shorts

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White and Black | Wool Skirt


Tweed Jacket | Mustard Sweater

Do you have any items in the back of your closet, you're just not even sure where it came from? That would be this shirt. But it's served me well; layered, or loose, tucked or untucked, bow or no- it's neutral color makes it a shirt for all seasons.  So, shirt, I don't know where you came from or where we're going, but I think we'll be going together.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Letter Writing: Letters to Politicians

Writing letters to politicians (or others with the power to affect change) can be  great way to make your voice heard- and action taken! Though many feel email can be quicker, it is more likely to be deleted (or labelled spam!) before ever being read. A letter will, eventually, make it to the intended person’s desk.  They show more effort and therefore will have more weight. Here are some tips to make your letter to a politician more effective and likely to affect the change you want.

First- focus your topic to write about one specific topic per letter. If you write about too many issues or ideas your purpose will get lost and you will not be able to achieve the depth needed to make your arguments sound.

More than one person could be writing a letter as part of a campaign. You could write one letter that everyone signs, which should be typed, or each person can write their own letter to the same person on the same topic. In that case, the letters should be handwritten, as they show a more personal touch.

Letters to Aussie MPs - No Clean Feed Please.
photo by Donna Benjiman
Research the person you are writing too- not only will you then be double checking that this is the man or woman you want to spend time on, but you can find out what their voting record is like, and what issues matter to them. Do they tend to vote affirmatively to be fiscally conservative? Do they care about education? Natural resources? If writing to politicians, find out what committees they sit on; they will have both greater knowledge and greater influence in those areas. It might also be worth it to find out a bit about the politician's personal background, such as whether they have children, and if they grew up in a certain area, as these things can influence people’s outlook.

Once that’s done,  you’re ready to  start writing your letters.  Use a formal, business letter format, which includes your address on the letter itself. This can be helpful as envelopes can be lost! Remember, if the person you writing to is a legislator, they are entitled to be called “The Honorable _________.” Even if you do not agree with the person’s politics or actions, this is a courtesy you need to  use in your greeting.

The first paragraph introduces why you are writing. If you are writing about a specific bill or other piece of legislation or document, make sure to identify it according to it’s number, so the legislature will know what you are specifically writing about and which legislation to vote on.

The next few paragraphs are where you support your request with compelling arguments and evidence.  There are likely very compelling reasons you are writing to get something done- these could be an anecdote to share, to use as a reason to vote. However, most people respond best to arguments that have been tailored to what they feel is important. This is where all your hard work researching will pay off. If you’ve done that, you know what the politician finds important and can write with that “angle” in mind. Also, if you have an expertise on the issues (you are, for example, in the medical field and are writing about a medical issue), this is the place to mention that!

Be polite and show the person respect. End by thanking the person for something, anything, - whether it is for their support or their time in reading the letter, if nothing else.

How to organize a Letter Writing Campaign


Monday, April 14, 2014

Presenting: Anna of Melodic, Thrifty and Chic

Let me introduce, if you don't already know her, one of my favorite bloggers, Anna from Melodic, Thrifty, and Chic. It seems right now, many bloggers (including myself) moving towards more simplicity in dress.

Anna is not that way. Her outfits are complex, and compelling. They are reflective of many moods and styles.  We throw around the term "sartorial choice" a lot, but everything Anna does really is based on a sartorial choice; in a way, her outfits are art because they are always saying something.

One day, she might be dressed in what she terms "post-apocalyptic fashion;" on another she is in rainbow-bright colors. She might be a bit punk one day, and wearing something with a print like Grandma's couch the next. I feel like she aims for beyond pretty and gets interesting instead.

Likewise, conversations about clothes with her (which, of course, style bloggers tend to talk about from time to time!) are analytic and smart, which makes her blog all that more fun to follow. Check her out for yourself :) 

P.S. In addition to fantastic outfits, you'll also find through reviews of shops on her site, as well as music. Plus, she runs a great monthly series about other bloggers; this month she was nice enough to feature me. Thanks Anna.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Film Flick: Singin' In the Rain

Few scenes in film history could be more iconic or carefree than that of Gene Kelly dancing in the streets as  water pours down in Singin’ In The Rain. Filled with songs like “Make ‘Em Laugh” and “Good Morning,” it is considered by many to be the greatest movie musical of all time. Yet, co-star Debbie Reynolds claimed that making this movie and childbirth were the two hardest things she’d  ever had to endure, and for all the sweat, blood and tears, it received only modest accolades at the time it premiered.

Singin’ in the Rain not only starred Gene Kelly but was co-directed by him. Debbie Reynolds was only nineteen and still living with her parents when the part was given to her, after Judy Garland and Ann Miller were both deemed too old. She would get up at four and take three buses to make it to the set and often worked nineteen hour days; sometimes she would even sleep onset to avoid that arduous commute. She’d been scouted out at a beauty pageant and had a background in gymnastics, not dance. The lack of dance training made Kelly critical. Stories go, that one day Fred Astaire found the young actress sobbing under a piano after a run in with Kelly. To cheer her up, he coached her on her dancing himself. That helped, but the dance number “Good Morning” still took so many takes that Reynolds’ feet were literally bleeding at the end. Fellow co-star, Donald O’Connor, also worried about making a mistake in front of perfectionist Kelly. He came through though- even when Kelly asked he reprise an old stunt from his vaudeville days of walking up a wall and flipping around in midair. O’Connor did it- but being a heavy smoker, the stunt put him in bed for the next three days! Though Gene Kelly required a lot from others; he required no less from himself, and did the "Singin’ in the Rain" number while fighting a fever of one hundred-three degrees!

Singin’ in the Rain is a story of Hollywood spoofing itself a bit. Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is a star of the silent screen, but when sound comes to town, he and the rest of the studio is flummoxed- especially since his co star Lana Lamont (played by Jean Haegen) has an accent leagues apart from her cultivated image! Can he, his buddy Cosmo (Donald O’Connor), and their new gal-pal Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) save the day? Or are all their careers facing a sudden, downward turn?

Since the film is set in the 1920s, all but two songs are ones reused from earlier movies of that time; the plot was built around the music. Despite the hardships endured to get them there, and despite the fact that this film was largely overshadowed by Kelly's previous film, Best Picture An American in Paris, what resulted was something magical, something fun. It’s a musical that works like no other- it has a plot that hangs together better than many musicals, and a sense of friendship between all the characters that makes you cheer unreservedly for them. In fact, its upbeat message will make you too, want to be Singin’ in the Rain.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What I Wore: In A Waiting Game

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floral, flock together,kimono, spring, outfit, wyoming, red belt,
floral, flock together,kimono, spring, outfit, wyoming, red belt,
floral, flock together,kimono, spring, outfit, wyoming, red belt,

What I Wore: Kimono Jacket (via Flock Together; Similar Here), Shirt (Similar Here), Jeans (Gap), Belt (Similar Here), Necklace (Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy)

Not sure what it is about Spring, but it often feels like you're stuck in a waiting game- waiting for more warmth (even if it is warm, you are always waiting for just a little bit more), waiting for budding flowers, for sunshine, for... the end of things so new ones can begin, it seems some days...Or maybe that's just working in a school where you can see the end of one year start to wrap up.

But there are so many lovely things about the days, that I have to remind myself. The sunshine in evenings for walking the dog. That first sip of the morning's tea. The local movie club bringing in a movie I wanted to watch. A really good book and the possibility you might want to read it outside. Borrowing this kimono jacket from Erica. What small things are you enjoying these days?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stationery Wishlist: A Few of My Favorite Things

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1. Princess Bride Pencils | 2. Camera Tape Dispenser | 3. Glasses Notecard | 4. Bicycle Paperclips | 5. Whale Stapler | 6. Record Notecards

1. Princess Bride Pencils - Bring some romance into your life! Not only are these perfect springtime colors, but quotes from The Princess Bride are on them. You want them? As you wish! 

2. Camera Tape Dispenser - What blogger doesn't have a love of cameras, especially one hailing from a family of photographers? This tape dispenser perfectly pays homage to that part of my life. 

3. Glasses Notecard- If you've even glanced at my logo, you know I like glasses. Add in some preppy colors and I'm all the more sold! 

4. Bicycle Paperclips- Who doesn't love breaking out their bike after a long winter? For the hours at your desk, when you wish you were pedaling away, there's these. 

5. Whale Stapler- Now, I'm no Ishmael, but you don't have to be  to love this playfully shaped whale stapler. 

6. Record Notecards- While I'm all for the digital age, something about vinyl brings back nostalgia. Pass along those memories with these notecards. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What I Wore: Waiting for Spring

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gold skirt, pearls, rock, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
gold skirt, pearls, rock, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Sweater (ASOS), Tights (Target), Skirt (Gap, Similar Here), Boots (Similar Here), Pearls (Similar Here)

Last week was our school district's Spring Break, so we got the heck out of a Dodge- for a few days at least. We headed down to the southern part of the state. Laramie is the home of my alma mater and now is also the home of our good friend Shannon (You've met her before here). 

We made it down to Boulder to see Hannah of Braided Bandit on the weekend, and during the week, The Boy and I had lazy mornings at the coffee shop (Oh, I am having dreams of their Cambric Tea!) and in the afternoons had adventures with Shannon- including seeing the World's Smallest Book and also The Grand Budapest Hotel

Not that it was all sunshine and summertime in Laramie (the town is at an elevation of 7200 ft. after all), but we came home to a snow storm. Most of the snow is melting and at least the sunshine is here when evening comes, but it seems we are still, mostly, waiting for spring. Luckily, a cozy sweater makes the wait seem- a little- less long. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Q+A: Favorite Physical Feature

Since we live in a world where media makes it almost invitable a girl will end up focussing on what she doesn't like about herself, I want to use this month's Q+A to celebrate what is beautiful about women. Five bloggers were asked what was their favorite physical trait about themselves. It's a harder question than you think!
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Personally, I love my hair, even on the days I fight with it. Something about hair- whether it is just a good hair day, a change in the form of chopping it off or new fancy do to try- just seems to energize me. What about you? What is your favorite physical feature about yourself?

Ali of Drawing Mannequin shares:
drawing mannequin Welp, I'd have to say that my favorite physical feature is my legs. Oddly enough, I get complimented on them a lot and people ask if I work out a lot, and comments like those are sort of mental brain boosters of positivity. I'm seriously into road biking and ride at least 10 miles per day, no matter the weather: if the clouds are weeping freshwater tears, looking like they'll spit out a ferocious tornado any minute, or blasting breaths of freezing wind at my face, I will still be outside every morning. I spent a lot of time in high school and the beginning of college really hating my body to the point where I restricted my eating habits and lost too much weight for my own good, purely because I didn't like the way I looked; it's only been these last few months that I've realized it's better to be healthy and happy opposed to weighing 105 pounds, feeling weak of heart, and growing dizzy simply by standing up. That being said, I would definitely not be able to endure much lengthier bike rides if I was still super tiny and had spindly spider legs. Now they're a little denser and muscular (to me, at least!) but I'm proud of them because they can take me farther and not limit what I can do in a day!

Sara of Swing the Day Away writes:

Swing the day away, I would say that one of my favorite physical features about myself is my eyes. It's funny because I used to wish I had blue eyes, but over time I came to love the color of my eyes. I like the shade of brown that they are, and I also like the shape and size of them. My favorite thing about my eyes is that I have an eye freckle! It's hard to notice unless you get really close up, but it's just a little black dot in the midst of the brown. 

Another physical feature I like is the shape of my body. I've always been kind of curvy and I am really happy with the curves of my body and the strength it has. I used to workout a lot more often and I always loved seeing the strength that my body is capable of!

Amanda from Junebugs and Georgia Peaches tells us:
dimples, Junebugs and Georgia Peaches, It took a lot of thought to decide what my favorite physical feature about myself is, but after some consideration, I've decided it's my dimples!  I didn't like them for a long time for absolutely no reason.  But now, I love them because they remind me of my dad, since they're an inherited physical trait.  I don't look very much like my family at all, I think I ended up so much an amalgam of my parents, that I don't look much like either of them. But, I always loved hearing that when I smile, I favor my dad, it makes me smile even even more!"

Dus of Cuddly Cacti says: 
cuddly cacti, dimples,Picking my favorite physical feature about myself was a bit of a tricky one for me, but I'll say my cheekbones, which I've only come to appreciate in recent years. For the longest time I think I just thought I had chubby cheeks, and I think it took someone else pointing it out to me for me to realize "oh right, when I tap right there it's bone." I fully realize that may sound incredibly dumb, but I can now look back and say that it's because I didn't look to appreciate my features enough. Around that time in high school I started embracing that my large cheekbones, along with my broader shoulders and larger bone structure in general made me different and unique, and I stopped wishing my face and body were more slender like my friends. When answering this question I found it easy to also think of other physical features I'm not so crazy about, but that is completely besides the point of this question, and why I loved it! We all have our insecurities, but at the end of the day it all just packages up the person we are inside, and I love that Kristian's question challenges us to be bold and state what we love about ourselves physically; I can't wait to hear what everyone else answers!

What about you? How would you answers the question of what is your favorite physical feature? 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cinema Style: North By Northwest

When actress Eva Marie Saint and director Alfred Hitchcock didn't like the costumes provided by MGM studios, they took matters into their own hands. For North by Northwest (full review here), Saint got an entire wardrobe picked out in New York's Bergdorf by herself and her director. Saint later said of the adventure, that they went for timeless pieces to keep the picture likewise timeless. Considering how much we watch Hitchcock even today, clearly, he was onto things.
North by Northwest Outfit, movie, film, cinema style,

Shirt, Bolero, Pencil Skirt, Shoes, Glasses, Necklace 

When Saint's character, Eve Kendall, first meets the dashing hero (played by Cary Grant) on a train, she's wearing a sensible, travel look. Mostly neutral pieces allow the necklace to be front and center. The quality of the items (and the arch of Sain'ts eyebrow at Grant's more absurd lies) are what seduces. 

Saint stuns in this red number, which is worn to an art auction in the city. The striking red and black pattern is rare and is at the same time seductive yet romantic.  What a boon then, to find this skirt in the same color and pattern. To break up such a busy, almost hypnotic floral, as well as make it a more modern look, add a black lace shirt. A ruby necklace furthers the effect, while a gold mens' wristwatch  gives a sense of bourgeoise. 
 North by Northwest Outfit, movie, film, cinema style,

Shirt, Skirt, Shoes, Necklace (Similar Here), Watch, Purse, Nail Polish

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What I Wore: Think Pink

Pink, pants, shoshone, wyoming, never fully dressed, sammydress, product review,

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When Sammydress offered to send me an item for reviewing purposes a while back, I was a little skeptical, but after checking out some of other bloggers' experiences with them (all had positive ones), I decided to go for it. Their company sells fashions popular in Asia for low prices. Since I have been on the look out for some new work pants, I got these babies. 

To be honest, they are not quite what I was expecting as far the fabric goes- they have an almost silk look to them. But, in a way, that makes them seem even dressier than the Khaki fabric I thought they were. Plus, the pants are comfortable and fit quite well! The only downside is that the buttonhole for the pants is not aligned quite with the where the zipper is, so that the zipper can be seen, but I think that can be fixable. These pants sell for about twelve dollars, plus shipping, on the their site, which is pretty impressive. The exchange for the price is that the shipping is not fast, but then again, it is coming a long ways away. There are some absolutely adorable items on their site, and I would purchase from them again. Have you used Sammydress? What'd you think? 

Fact is, these pants were so comfy, they were what I wore for our day-long road trip across the state. We stopped in Shoshoni for photos after passing this perfectly pink wall. Shoshoni is one of many little towns that dot Wyoming that are not quite- but almost are- ghost towns with populations at less than 100 or even 50 people. While a few buildings are kept up and are well-used, such as the school and gas station, many buildings are falling apart, and sit abandoned. Growing up, this building housed the best milkshakes in the state (they had bummer stickers to prove it too), but newspaper now covers most of the windows and dust gathers on the sign. Too bad when it has such interesting details like the pink cherubs and stained glass. I rather like that about road trips though, what little oddities and forgotten history grows old and forgotten. Others we passed by on this trip include a museum literally in the middle of nowhere for the largest pit of dinosaurs, the Virginian (from the novel of the same name), and Hell's Half Acre. 

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