Monday, March 31, 2014

March 2014 in Review

So, I'm gonna be real with you all (though, actually, I always am...) When March was starting, it was feeling a bit of a drag. I'd been sick all February and was heading into March still sick and weather was lousy. But then... Spring is slowly (oh so slowly) springing. Colds are (maybe) going away adn there were all sorts of unexpectedly great things about March.
Great Outfits
Great Movies
March was the month of Hitchcock when it came to movies- I shared my thoughts on two of best- Rear Window and North by Northwest. Less suspenseful, but just as stylish, two romantic comedies- His Girl Friday and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes- gave us some fashion ideas for Cinema Style.

Great Mail
I shared some green stationary and some subscription boxes I'd like to get my hands on, as well as how to write a letter to a new penpal.

Great Plans
While I hope you are always keeping the achievements of women past and present in mind, March was Women's History Month! We celebrated by sharing some ideas of things to do in March (including reading a women's biography), and during this month's Q+A several other fantastic bloggers' shared some of their historical female heroes. This month's dogeared page, Ozma of Oz, also showcased a book rife with strong female characters!

Personally, this month started off with me still sick (oh the joys of working in a school). However, things have been picking up as I job hunt, and help with events for kids, such as a science carnival and a "beach" party. Now, finally, our spring break is here and we're hitting the road! Keep tuned to hear about the trip :)

Great Finds

For more great meetings of architecture and art- this is by my home.

Made me cry (in a good way)

Beautiful work outfit

Hope this isn't a surprise to anyone.

Music literally in the trees.

This. Be still my tea-loving heart.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Film Flick: North by Northwest

Eva Marie Saint, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock,After making the dark, physiological thriller Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock, Master of Suspense, wanted a  change of pace. Something with no heavy symbolism, something fun. A murder at the U.N. building? Or what about one in a Detroit car factory? A tornado that kills people? A chase scene across Mt. Rushmore? A climatic ending in the snowy vistas of Alaska? The possibilities were endless, once he and writer Ernst Leham started thinking. So, instead of working on the movie they'd contracted with MGM to make (The Wreck of the Mary Deare), they chose to use the money to make the movie of their wildest conceptions. And that film was North by Northwest

Starring Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill, we follow an everyday advertising man as he stumbles into an amazing game of cat and mouse. Mistaken for the mysterious George Kaplan, he is kidnapped and his life threatened, but no one will believe him! When matters take a turn for the worst, there is no choice but to find Kaplan and the men who want to do him in- even if it means crisscrossing America to do so! Also starring are Eva Marie Saint as the mysterious blonde who may or may not be a help, and and James Mason as either a cultured art collector or a mastermind who wants nothing more than Thornhill dead!

A favorite of Hitchcock's, the director waited until he could cast Cary Grant in the lead role. Grant, as always, is charming and utterly unrufflable.  In a way, the film might have been better with someone who could be agitated, even for an instant, by all the nerve-wracking situations Thornhill finds himself in. However, Grant still seems as suave as ever paired with Eva Marie Saint. With her character in the same icy blonde mold as many of Hitchcock's leading ladies, Saint is absolutely riveting. She can be cool and cocky, blunt, and romantic all in turn. Plus, she wears timeless but stunning pieces in her scenes- clothes she and Hitchcock picked out themselves from a New York department store after deciding they didn't like the ones provided at the MGM studios.
Eva Marie Saint, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock,

Like the James Bond films from later years, North By Northwest can be both humorous and suspenseful, all while taking itself seriously as a story. It contains not one but two of film history's most famous scenes, and, without giving away too much of the plot, some (but not all) of the ideas listed above worked their way into the final script. It is a longer film, clocking in at 136 minutes, but you won't notice the time. You'll be the edge of your seat, seeing where this fantastic journey North by Northwest will take you!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Subscription Boxes

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The Japanese word for cute is "kawaii," and that's exactly what this box is! Filled with beauty, fashion, accessories, and home product items from Asians countries (mostly Japan and South Korea, according to their website), Q Box gets their products handpicked from an overseas team! Each box will have five to seven items, including at least one jewelry item. Boxes ship monthly, but order fast because there is a limited number that sells out quickly! These boxes are quite reasonably priced at $24.95  per month, or you can pay for three or six month subscriptions. There's also an option of getting a slightly cheaper "mystery box." Priced at twenty dollars, it will have five items, with no two boxes being alike! Be aware though, that whatever you purchase, you pay for upfront, including for multi-month subscriptions, rather than as a reoccurring bill.

AMerican, made, Made in USA, Subscription Box, state, Each month, a curated box of food and handmade goods will arrive at your door. Each box features items from a different state. Truthfully, I found this after discovering their first box had items from my home state of Wyoming. It had a bunch of great items to represent our state, so it is safe to assume this company does a fantastic job for all the states they pick. Right now, you can still purchase the Colorado box, the Arizona box, and the Virginia box. Included within is not only information about the companies that made the items you received, but also about other small businesses in that state you might be interested in buying from at a later date. Also, business owners or enthusiastic consumers can submit a product for consideration!  Each box is thirty nine dollars (less per box, if you get a three, six, or twelve month subscriptions). Based on previous boxes, I'd say the value of each box is about thirty-nine dollars too, but you are introduced to new items you might never have known about before!

fashion, subscription box, Each box sends you three accessories, and four beauty deluxe-sized samples as well as a fashion magazine- from Australia, which is where this company is based! The company promises a retail value of one hundred ten (Australian) dollars, but you pay only thirty-nine (Australian) dollars per box. Additionally, the company does free international shipping, which is a huge plus (though, naturally, it does not pay for additional fees or taxes). The boxes are somewhat customizable too. You can choose between three "style profiles" to get ""Classic," Feminine" or "Trendy" items. Each month too, you also can take a beauty survey to help the company decide what skin type you are; they then send you beauty samples to help you. Many items are in every box, of course, but it is impressive they undertake to survey its customers every month to get them the products they most need! This is a box that screams, fashion-forward and fun.

Each month, they create new boxes who's contents are based on different cities from all over America and the world. And, yes, you read that right- boxes, with the emphasis on the plural. While still aiming to keep the contents of boxes a surprise each month, this company let's you personalize, up to a point. You can choose between a "Mini City Explorer" box, which costs nineteen dollars, or a "Deluxe City Explorer" box, which costs about forty dollars. There is also the option of choose a "Little City Explorer" box too for a child in your life; it costs the same as the Deluxe box. Besides the prices point, the only difference between the two  main boxes is the amount of fun stuff in each box! Despite what size of box you choose, you can also specify gender and clothing size, should any of the items be clothing or other specific things. They've already had boxes with items from (and about) Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Orleans- it will exciting to see where they go with their
boxes next! In addition to all items being from the city of the month, they also try, as far as they are able, to ensure the companies are using sustainable practices.

For more subscription box choices, take a look at my other subscription box lists and reviews! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What I Wore: Redefine the Daily Grind

high waist pants, black trousers, gold necklace, snakeskin belt, bolero, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
high waist pants, black trousers, gold necklace, snakeskin belt, bolero, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
high waist pants, black trousers, gold necklace, snakeskin belt, bolero, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
high waist pants, black trousers, gold necklace, snakeskin belt, bolero, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Shirt (Gap; Similar Here), Pants (Similar Here), Belt (Similar Here), Bolero (Amazon), Necklace (Similar Here), Shoes (Madden Girl; Similar Here)

I've been meaning to get this outfit on the blog forever because I wear it all the time to work. All the time. But patience (or procrastination) rewards because Sunday, I finally got this bolero as a replacement for the worn out white shrug I'd been wearing this with and- BAM! Took the outfit to the next level. Makes me feel powerful and ready for work!

So many reasons why i love this look-it mimics the look of a jumpsuit without any of the inconveniences of it, plus the high waist makes me feel like Katherine Hepburn and who doesn't want that? The snakeskin belt and the necklace match pretty perfectly. Both were originally my grandmother's. I also got several other belts from her (a.k.a. took out of the garage sale pile), and all three have this bright gold for the buckles. I wonder if they were part of a set, or was it just a popular look when she bought them? Did the necklace come with any of them, or was that too, just what was popular? Either way, it makes me happy because when I put them on in the morning, I think of her.

On a less sartorial note, things have been busy, busy, busy at work recently. Spring break is right around the corner for my school and it is in everyone's core, everyone's bones. We all need it and all crave it. At the same time there are so many new things happening at the school too- new programs, new people and- most exciting- new job opportunities. Ah, hiring season for schools! A stressful but hopeful time, wish me luck!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dogeared Page: Ozma of Oz

Dorothy stepped inside the little room to get a back view of the copper man, and in this way discovered a printed card that hung between his shoulders, it being suspended from a small copper peg at the back of his neck. She unfastened this card and returned to the path, where the light was better, and sat herself down upon a slab of rock to read the printing.

"What does it say?" asked the hen, curiously.

Dorothy read the card aloud, spelling out the big words with some difficulty; and this is what she read:

| | SMITH & TINKER'S | | 
Patent Double-Action, Extra-Responsive, Thought-Creating, Perfect-Talking MECHANICAL MAN 
Fitted with our Special Clock-Work Attachment. 
Thinks, Speaks, Acts, and Does Everything but Live.
Manufactured only at our Works at Evna, Land of Ev.  All infringements will be promptly Prosecuted according to Law.

"How queer!" said the yellow hen. "Do you think that is all true, my dear?"

"I don't know," answered Dorothy, who had more to read. "Listen to this, Billina:"

For THINKING:--Wind the Clock-work Man under his 
left arm, (marked No. 1.) 
For SPEAKING:--Wind the Clock-work Man under his 
right arm, (marked No. 2.) 
For WALKING and ACTION:--Wind Clock-work in the 
 middle of his back, (marked No. 3.) 
N. B.--This Mechanism is guaranteed to work 
perfectly for a thousand years.

"Well, I declare!" gasped the yellow hen, in amazement; "if the copper man can do half of these things he is a very wonderful machine. But I suppose it is all humbug, like so many other patented articles."

"We might wind him up," suggested Dorothy, "and see what he'll do."

"Where is the key to the clock-work?" asked Billina.

"Hanging on the peg where I found the card."

"Then," said the hen, "let us try him, and find out if he will go. He is warranted for a thousand years, it seems; but we do not know how long he has been standing inside this rock."

Dorothy had already taken the clock key from the peg.

"Which shall I wind up first?" she asked, looking again at the directions on the card.

"Number One, I should think," returned Billina. "That makes him think, doesn't it?"

"Yes," said Dorothy, and wound up Number One, under the left arm.

"He doesn't seem any different," remarked the hen, critically.

"Why, of course not; he is only thinking, now," said Dorothy.

"I wonder what he is thinking about."

"I'll wind up his talk, and then perhaps he can tell us," said the girl.

So she wound up Number Two, and immediately the clock-work man said, without moving any part of his body except his lips:

"Good morn-ing, lit-tle girl. Good morn-ing, Mrs. Hen."
-Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cinema Style: His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday (full review here) is a hilarious romcom romp, where a woman desires to leave behind her hectic job as a journalist for the peace world of marriage- or does she? Her ex-boss (and ex-husband!) is sure he knows the really answer. Can the story of a lifetime make her see the light? Cinema Style: His Girl Friday
Dress, Shoes (Similar Here), Cape (Similar Here), Purse

Rosalind Russell starred opposite Cary Grant for this high-paced flick. It was so high-paced in fact, she really only had two outfits. Both incorperated bold, loud stripes, to help emphasize her busy, high-paced ways and her confusion as to what she really wants. Well, and stripes are always in fashion. The above outfit mimics the way Russell wears stripes moving in many different directions, and these shoes keep things fashionable but still work-ready.

For a second outfit, stripes are once again in high play. To keep Russell's stripes but not let things get too busy, mix up the stripe width by pairing the thin stripes of this blazer with the thick, horizontal ones of the skirt. Further break up the stripes by adding a business-like shirt and vest combo under the vest. It will also highlight the idea of a women in a man's world, once again being just like Russell. Add a bit of tongue and cheek fun with the glasses bangle and heart-print tights.
Cinema Style: His Girl Friday
Shoes, Tights, Skirt, Shirt, Vest, Blazer, Bangle

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What I Wore: Last Chance

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fox terrier, sweater, joules, black skirt, vintage, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
fox terrier, sweater, joules, black skirt, vintage, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
fox terrier, sweater, joules, black skirt, vintage, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
fox terrier, sweater, joules, black skirt, vintage, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Sweater (Joules), Skirt (Pin Up Girl Clothing), Boots (Similar Here), Necklace (Sammydress), Belt (Similar Here)

We'd been enjoying some truly unusual spring weather. Unusual in that is was, well, typical. It was chilly but starting to get warmer and there was rain and that just doesn't normally happen. But beautiful things never last and on a Sunday morning one could see- this was the Last Chance to wear a skirt- for a while at least. 

Even so, it was nippier out than it had been, so I paired it with my favorite sweater. 

Speaking of Terriers though, Stella got a new haircut.  She is no longer the little puffball that has previously graced these pages. While her diminutive size will always make her a "perma-puppy," she now looks like quite the little grown up lady now. The Boy even borrowed a grooming book which had this gem of a quote in it: "Today's Wire (Fox Terrier) is the epitome of elegance and style. He is known and appreciated where ever dog fanciers gather, and is also a wonderful pet as clever and lively as he is handsome." 

I don't know what it is but I've always been tickled pink at reading descriptions of dog breeds, which are, at the same time, so playful and so serious, and are so true and yet not. All dogs have such distinct personalities, yet I do think genes show and certain breeds tend to exhibit those same certain traits over and over. Maybe it is like horoscopes, where they are just vague enough you could mean anybody (I'm a Virgo, by the way. You?). But still- labs are just not the same kind of energetic as a terrier and both are different than a chihuahua. All great, but different. So I guess what I'm saying is- dog descriptions: one of lifes great small pleasures. 

Do you have any small thing that makes your day like that? Clever puns? The Dear Abby columns? Spill it! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Letter-Writing: Penpal Letters

Getting mail is a ton of fun, but, in an increasingly digital world, writing it can sometimes be hard. This blog post series about Letter Writing aims to make it easier.

Image taken from page 231 of 'Letters from the Land of the Rising Sun. Being a selection from correspondence contributed to “The Times” between the years 1886 and 1892 ... With seventy-six illustrations' In today’s busy world of email and texts, many still cultivate the art of writing to penpals as a way to keep letter writing alive. Writing to a penpal still follows the general guidelines that all friendly correspondence does, but a penpal is special because most often, you are writing to someone you don’t know- outside of their own letters anyway. Yet for many, deep connections can form with this far away friend, making the art of writing to a penpal one that should not be overlooked.

There are places to find penpals from all walks of life and different backgrounds from writing to children to writing to inmates in prisons, from writing people an ocean away to answering ads for a lonely hearts club right in your own town.

In most cases though, when you first start writing you won’t know the person. For this reason, it is always good to write a bit of an introduction letter at first. If you are writing to someone first, consider explaining how you “met” them or got a hold of their information, whether it was through a website or an organization etc. Then, share a bit about yourself. This doesn’t mean you need to go in-depth about your impending surgery or mother’s funeral (at least not in the first letter), nor do you need to give them private identification information like your telephone number. Instead, make it chatty, and tell them about you as a person. What your interests, family and home are like. Pets, for example, are always a good conversation starter. Since many people are visual, you might also consider sending a photo of yourself after a few letters have been exchanged.

Many of the organizations and websites that connect potential penpals allow people to post brief profiles and bios. It might be a good idea to choose at least some of the topics of your first letter from the information on your penpal’s profile. You can point out similar interests (“I noticed you said you played tennis. My husband and I do weekly couples matches with our neighbors!”) or ask about topics you are unfamiliar with but wish to know more of (“can you believe I’ve never been on a bike! Where did you first learn to ride?) Don’t forget, letters are a conversation, not a monologue. Ask questions of the person and their life to get to know them. As the exchange of letters continues you could even use your new friend as a sounding board for advice and ideas, and be that same confidante to them.

Here’s a few "parting" tips before you mail that first letter: First, choose your benediction with care. “Love and hugs” might be too familiar for someone you don’t know, and something like “Write soon!” might put pressure on the letter’s recipient. Something along the lines of “Your new friend,” might work better. To make getting a letter even more exciting, feel free to dress up the envelope. Sometimes mail art can become quite intricate, like something one would see in a museum, but if your talents are more along the lines of doodles, that is quite fun too! On a similar note, try to include your address on the letter itself instead of just the envelope. Envelopes can get torn or lost-fates that are far less likely for a letter!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What I Wore: Ch-ch-changes

grey sweater, outfit, minimalism, trench coat, shoes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,
grey sweater, outfit, minimalism, trench coat, shoes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,
grey sweater, outfit, minimalism, trench coat, shoes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,
grey sweater, outfit, minimalism, trench coat, shoes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,

What I Wore: Sweater (Similar Here), Shirt (Similar Here), Jeans (Gap), Shoes (Modcloth), Trench Coat (ASOS), Bracelet (Popbasic)

So there's been a lot of talk around the blogosphere lately about styles changing and evolving. Maybe it is the newish minimalist "trend" that we seen in talk of "French Closets" and "wardrobe capsules." Or maybe it is the changing season, or maybe it is something else. All I know is that I've definitely been feeling that shift in my own life (and closet) too. 

I suspect what it really is, is growing older and moving into new phases of life combined with all the previously mentioned suspects too. This seemed to crystalize the other day, when I was wearing this. My younger sister was in town to visit, and we'd done lunch. Sitting across from my stylish, hip sister, it came to me, that we, who've been constantly mistaken for twins, didn't really look much alike. She was in a t-shirt and jeans- everything casual and cool. I was in the above. Was the grey and white I wore dowdy or boring, I suddenly wondered. But 28 is not 25, though some days that distance is less far than others. What my comfort, career, and life needs from its wardrobe is different than hers and different than what is was three years ago too. (And, of course, personal style always counts!)

Have you been seeing a shift in your wardrobe? Why? Towards what? I'd love to hear! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Q+A: Women in History

Growing up, my mom was kind of amazing. You all have mothers, so you know. But one of the things that sticks out to me in retrospect was the way my mother encouraged and taught us to look up to other women. With her as my girl scout troops leader, Women's History Month was, well, kind of a big deal. To put it lightly. And why not when there are so MANY amazing women out there, not only now, but through out history. To celebrate, I asked several other ladies who are some of the awesome women who inspired you?

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As a Wyomingite, my own answer would have to be Esther Morris, an important, but largely forgotten suffragist. She was once labelled the Mother of Suffrage and not without reason. Popular stories have it that Esther Morris held a single tea party where she basically held the guests (all important  Wyoming politicians) hostage via their own good manners until she was able to convince them for suffrage for women in the state. While this is probably not exactly how things went down, she did play an important part in Wyoming becoming the first state to allow women the vote- some 40 years before the federal government would. Even more importantly, Morris became the very first woman to hold an elected position when she became a Justice of the Peace in 1870.

Katie of Butterflies Love Snapdragons writes:

Q+A, Bloggers, women, history, morris, paul, earhart,
When I was asked to think of a historical woman, I will admit that I had a difficult time with the task. My sister is the history buff, not me! But as I thought about it, I realized that I actually have looked up to a woman-or rather a group of women- for some time. The Rosie the Riveter women. Not just one woman, but one persona created to embody many women who showed strength and tenacity during WWII. I love how Rosie is a combination of many inspirational women of the time. Women who learned how to work on machinery, to fly planes, and did what was needed to help out in their generation. While we may not ever have to learn the tasks these women did, it gives one pause to think about what we can do to help out in the generation WE are living in. In what areas can we offer our services? In the workplace,  volunteering at a place you're passionate about? There are many opportunities out there to serve in our generation. So while Rosie the Riveter may provide me with fashion inspiration, what she truly represents goes much deeper than that.

October Rebel shares:
When Kristian asked me to share a favorite historical woman, instantly I thought of Alice Paul, who was a leader in the campaign for women's right to vote in the U.S. Early in her career, she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and spent time  working with the suffrage movement in England. In 1916, she started the Women's National Party in the U.S, campaigning fearlessly for women's rights in various ways - including public demonstrations. Alice Paul and the women of the NWP faced police beatings and arrest. Many of them were locked up in the Occoquan Workhouse, where Alice Paul led a hunger strike that resulted in brutal forced-feedings. The pressure from the NWP and women like Alice Paul, however, was key in leading to the ratification of the 19th amendment: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

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Lisa of Lala Faux Bois says:
Q+A, Bloggers, women, history, morris, paul, earhart,

Of course there's a list a mile long of amazing women throughout history, but the one that always comes to mind as a favorite of mine is Amelia Earhart. The first dream job I ever remember having was to be a pilot, and that dream stuck with me for a long time. I finally got the opportunity to get my pilot's license after graduating college (the first time around...), and even though I decided not to pursue it as a career, my love of airplanes and the craft will always run deep. Amelia Earhart was someone I looked up to at an early age, and her role in pioneering women's rights- in and outside the aviation field- makes for one inspiring woman in history!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Film Flick: Rear Window

Rear Window is not only the name of the film, but it's location too. Conceived as the answer to a self-imposed challenge of shooting an entire movie on one set, Rear Window is Hitchcock- and James Stewart and Grace Kelly- and his (their!) best. 
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When a daredevil of a photographer (Stewart) gets his legs broken during a shoot, the dull life of an invilad seems impossible to bear, especially as he is pressured to consider asking his ultra-glamourous girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), to marry him. To escape both the pressure and boredom, he watches in growing fascination the lives of those around him as their dramas are pieced together from what can be seen from their apartment windows. In many ways, the neighbor's lives seem to book end photographer Jeff's own issues about marriage and love. The voyeurism takes on a sudden sense of urgency though, when Lisa and Jeff notice one of the neighbor's has gone missing. Has so much free time resulted in a sense of paranoia, or is foul play in the works?  

As Roger Eberts puts it, "...the experience is not so much like watching a movie, as like ... well, like spying on your neighbors." This sensation is helped by the fact that not only is the film all shot on one set, but that, with very few exceptions, it is shot from one point of view- that of Jeff's window. In order to build a sense of authenticity an entire multi-story apartment building was constructed on a sound stage. The first floor was removed, and the set put in the basement so everything would fit within. In fact, eight of the apartments were fully furnished,  including electricity and running water; when in between takes, one of the actors relaxed and basically lived in the apartment that was her character's! It wasn't just the camera restricted to the view from the rear window through. Director Hitchcock did his work from there; the neighbors all wore flesh colored earpieces from which to receive direction. 
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It was not only the technical qualities that made this film great. Stewart and Kelly- both favorites of Hitchcock- shine here. Interestingly, Kelly's part of the fashion-model girlfriend was not in the short story that inspired the film. Screenplay writers were instructed to spend time with the actress before writing, to get a sense of the character. "Lisa" is therefore thought to reflect many of the actress' own traits, though the playwright John Hayes also partly based the character on his wife, a real-life former model. It works though, and Kelly's impossibly bewitching beauty is never better displayed than in a Hitchcock film, especially when clothed by Edith Head, as here. The tension between the two leads is palpable, but one can also believe they love one another. Hitchcock's works can sometimes feel emotionally cold, but this film captures both suspense and emotion beautifully. Truly you won't believe what you can see with the Rear Window

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What I Wore: The Day Before

red, blue, chambray shirt, pencil skirt, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, outfit,
red, blue, chambray shirt, pencil skirt, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, outfit,
\red, blue, chambray shirt, pencil skirt, wyoming, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, outfit,
outfit, red pencil skirt, chambray shirt, red, blue, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,

What I Wore: Shirt (Old Navy), Skirt (Brag Vintage; Similar Here), Leggings (Similar Here), Boots (Similar Here), Watch (Modcloth; Similar Here), Necklace (Similar Here)

Okay, I don't know how so many of you other bloggers do it! Not sure how clear this has ever been, but I normally do my week's outfit photos on the weekend before. Since there's only two outfits a week, I've always felt that my moods and thoughts on sartorial choices were still very authentic if not the very day of (though, honestly, many outfits were ones worn later that week too!).  Its what works for the time we have. However, thanks to daylight savings and a busy weekend, we were out taking shots Wednesday evening for this post. And all I have to say it- Praise be to all you bloggers who usually only take photos the day before. Last minute is not my forte. 

There's not too much more to say about the outfit itself. It is what I wore that day, so it's another work outfit. My pencil skirt is a workhorse of the closet, especially for the job, as is this chambray shirt. My morning routine has definitely proven the advantages of having a closet where most everything works with everything else. Who wants to spend that time deciding what to wear when you could be drinking tea and enjoying puppy cuddles before work? Okay, okay. I love clothes so there are still questions about what to wear, but-! The point still stands, amirte? 

P.S. This is the same location as almost  exactly a year before! Ironic, no?  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stationery Wishlist: Green Thumb

Themed Stationary goods for a "green thumb" or greenery and plants. Includes a wooden postcard in 3D, notecards, hedge desk organizers, hedgehog paperholder, get well soon card, card, postcarden from Uncommon goods, garden postcard,

1. Postcarden from Uncommon Goods | 2. Get Well Soon Card | 3. Grasshopper Stapler from Anthropologie | 4. Hedge Desk Organizer from MoMA | 5.Terrarium Notecards from Modcloth | 6. Hedgehog Paperholder from MoMA | 7. Wooden Postcard in 3D

1. Postcarden from Uncommon Goods - These pop-up postcards are the perfect way to welcome spring, as the repeient can grow a garden inside of one! Plus, this is sold by Uncommon Goods, a company the strives to only have unique goods that either employ fair trade workers and/or donate. Truly a gift to keep on giving! 

2. Get Well Soon Card - This cheery card is the next best thing to sending flowers to a sick person (which isn't always an option depending on the hospital!). 

3. Grasshopper Stapler from Anthropologie - You'll feel like you're out of doors for just a minute with this whimsical stapler at your desk. 

4. Hedge Desk Organizer from MoMA - Bring the greenery indoors with this fun desk organizer! 

5.Terrarium Notecards from Modcloth- Your friend doesn't have a green thumb? Then send them this Terrarium card- a garden no one can kill! 

 6. Hedgehog Paperholder from MoMA - What would a hedge be without a hedgehog?! This adorable friend will help keep your papers and business cards organized. 

7. Wooden Postcard in 3D- An etsy product, this cool postcard is not only made out of wood, but also is a 3D puzzle! In addition to trees there are many varied shapes on the business' site. Check them out! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What I Wore: Work It

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trench coat, brown, black, outfit, skirt, sweater, Never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming,

What I Wore: Sweater (Gift; Similar Here), Skirt (Similar Here), Boots (Similar Here), Trench Coat (ASOS), Necklace (Similar Here)

This is what I wore to work the other day, and, boy, was it a joy to do so. After substitute teaching for a year, getting a regular job in a school was an interesting shift. One of the things it had highlighted was that my style had shifted-subtly but definitely- in the time between when I was working everyday in one school to being part of the staff at my current one.  While I had clothes I wore when subbing(or at least the same schools) every single day as a substitute.

But now, I am in the same place every day, with an expected dress code, and outdoor recess duty every day of the week. So- pants. Pants and I have become good friend this winter, rotating between just three  work pairs (Thank goodness for jeans on casual Friday to mix things up a bit!). You can imagine my cheer then, when the weather pendulum swung wildly last week, and we went from tromping around two feet of snow to recesses in fifty degree weather! Plus, I could now wear my trench coat and retire- at least for a week or so- the winter gear!

And so, while I have grown quite fond of pants, this outfit feels very much me in that shift towards those classic pieces, so much so I wore the outfit again even on the weekend. Neutral colors, a gold chain necklace and a trench? Classic indeed- without being preppy (not that I don't like preppiness!) And in these boots, I feel ready for adventure whatever the Wyoming weather may bring next!

Do you work somewhere with dress code demands? If so, do you have a seperate work look or pieces of clothing only the office ever sees? Or are your work clothes and off-duty outfits pretty much the same?

Monday, March 10, 2014


Moon, chalkboard, drawing, moon face, I love you to the moon and back,

READING: Two books and listening to a third. Pirate King and Why Kings Confess are both historical mysteries. One's a real book to take into the tub and one's on Kindle. Still not sure how I feel about Kindle since, as a computer lab manager, I stare at screens for much of the day anyway, but...

The last book is on audio. Into Africa recounts the tale that ended in one of history's most famous lines: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Audio books have become an addiction. Usually gotten from the library (because audio books are expensive!), I almost always go for nonfiction. It's funny, I love nonfiction, but reading often find it hard to get more than a few pages. But listening? Well, I'm a strongly auditory learner, so I guess it makes sense. The library has a limited collection, which presents a challenge but also means I'm far more likely to consider a book that might not have gotten a second glance otherwise too.

By the way, did you know that March is National Reading Month? Check out more good recommendations from Jessica of Midwest Muse.

LISTENING: To the iTunes playlist from our reception, which is filled with a lot of doo wop, and swing, and rock and roll (you can hear it here). My Joan Beaz station on Pandora is also getting  a lot of play time. Think Paul Simon, Mary Carpenterm and Leonard Cohen type of music.

THINKING: My ten year reunion coming up (Am I really that old already? I guess so). Whether in person or on Facebook, it has been generating some interesting conversations. There is excitement- something I never thought a lot of my friends would ever express about coming back to Powell after finally getting out- But time changes everyone, and most people seem pretty excited about seeing one another again, seeing what changes have wrought. By the same token though, this also gets one to think. Is this where I saw myself? And where do I see myself going on from here? The struggle to find a satisfying job (or even any job) is one I've seen play out for a lot of people, and that is really frustrating, feeling one has fallen short.

In high school, I saw college and marriage and a family- but in a Game of Life sort of way. It was just a faceless blue peg in the the car with you, and now, that is a person. It is Amos. And whether it is struggles or joys, all those vague ideas of what was to come now have very specific attributes to be faced, to be enjoyed. And it has been a different journey for all 118 of us who will be coming back.

So it's it is important, I have to remind myself, to remember it is not The Game of Life. Because you don't just draw a card and that's your life-time job, your life-time home, your life-time salary. It is not a case of the Ten Year Reunion marking a time to show off that your life is All Fabulously Together (like it seems in the chick flicks). We are in constant reinvention. I audited an entrepreneurial course last fall, and while there were 18 year old girls in it, there were also 40 year olds coming to start new businesses. You grow where you are planted. Sometimes the wind will cause you grow bent, or up, or branching out. But you can always grow in a different, new way. You can always sow new seeds.

PLANNING: Lessons for elementary students to make webpages. Don't get too impressed; it's just Google Sites, but they (and I!) have to start somewhere.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cinema Style: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Today, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (full review here) is known for its big number "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" with Marilyn Monroe slinking about in a delightfully technicolor shade of pink. That pink number isn't  even the only famous Monroe gown from this movie either- a gown of glimmering gems opens the movie, there's a surprising orange gown for a dinner, and a golden one that she needed to be literally sewn into. Each is a jewel of dress, but they can overshadow some of the other gorgeous- and far more wearable- outfits that Monroe and co-star Jane Russell donned through the show.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Outfit
Swing Jacket, Jumpsuit, Shoes, Bracelet (Similar Here), Earrings

When told she wasn't the film's top name, Monroe supposedly quipped, "But I'm still the blonde." It was indeed though Jane Russell  most were lining up to see when the film was released. She wore casual outfits with a flare, including a swing coat over a black outfit with strappy, black heels in her solo song. It is a look that translates well to a more modern style; you could wear this to the office just as easily as Russell used it to flirt with Olympic athletes!

In addition to the evening gowns mentioned, Marilyn Monroe's character Lorelei favored the dramatic even in her daywear. She wears a look composed of sleek lines and a striking high collar in the film's last scene. In another she sashes about in a leopard print cape. You could mix and match many elements of Lorelei's style for a striking outfit such as the one below- and don't forget the diamond accessories- after all, diamonds are girl's best friend!
 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Outfit
Dress, Coat, Shoes, Bracelet, Earrings

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Remix: Red Jeans

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Grey Sweater | Boater Hat

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Striped Shirt | Black Sweater

I had to dig deep into the archives for some of these- back to 2012! It is strange as the jeans get worm a lot more than they appear on the blog, but still. With colored jeans so mainstream, who woulda thunk they were still so tricky to style? Or maybe that's just me. But then they work, they make the whole outfit just that much more cheerful.

What are you secrets to colored pants?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

In March, Why Don't You...

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photo credit: Bain News Collection (part of the Library of Congress); call number:  LC-B2- 2813-8

Use a photo booth and make some memories

Send flowers to a sick friend (it is scientifically proven to speed up recovery!)

Read up on some famous women in honor of Women's History Month

Rock an Arm Party and wear all your bracelets at once

Paint a piece of furniture

Freeze fresh herbs in olive oil for cooking

Get a penpal

Try a menswear inspired look and learn to tie a tie

Hang a map on the wall to remind yourself of where you've been and where you want to go

Go fly a kite

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