Thursday, July 31, 2014

What I Wore: Reflecting Back

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What I Wore: Shirt (Banana Republic), Skirt (Popbasic; Similar Here), Necklace (Popbasic; Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy)

This outfit really reflects (no pun intended) why I've been more and more drawn towards the simple. It still looks pulled together and chic and a bit edgy with just three pieces. 

I got the shirt at the Mall of America while on my road trip because, somehow, I didn't have a white T before. Not just not on the trip, but at all- I mean, isn't that the staple among staples? Plus, you know how it is when you travel. There's a really good sale and nothing you packed quite fits the weather.... and that's how you end up with a soft white T. Interestingly, we saw a lot of leather midi skirts in the displays in that endless sea of stores. I'll admit to not being quite sure of the leather skirt, even as I bought it back in April, but Maddy of Popbasic clearly has an eye for the upcoming because this fall season is definitely going to be all about the leather midi. 

As much fun as a trip- even a working trip- can be, I'm really glad to be home. Iowa City's downtown scene (the university where I was taking classes during the trip is downtown) was adorable and seeing some family along the way was great, but I missed the mountains. The endless sprawl of strip malls and the same chain stores... must be what they call suburbia? 

I'll take my small town, though I've complained of it sometimes, over all that. And spending the evening along the still, calm and very high waters of the reservoir reminds me why. We drive out to the reservoir at least once a week, usually to see about taking photos, and this calm water still took my breath away. The colors were mirrored so spectacularly everything looked a bit unreal, you could barely tell where water was. Plus, the cliff I'm standing on is usually one kids go cliff diving off of; that day, if I'd have sat on the edge, my shoes would have skimmed the water. I'd missed the nature; I'd missed my home. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 2014 in Review

This month has been so busy and full, that I've really tried to admire all the small things and take them as the small pleasures, the rewards of good living.

Rewarding Outfits
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Rewarding Mail
We reviewed a package from Quarterly Co, shared our black and white stationary wishlist, and learned how to send that perfect piece of fan mail.

Rewarding Movies
We dove into surprise 60s hit Beach Party, looking at the campy film and imitating it's style.

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This month has been an intense one for me, I took multiple, graduate level classes, which left me with a bit of tunnel vision. I'm sure my endless conversations about perfectionism, underachievement and administration was just riveting for The Boy, but honestly, when I was breathing in the stuff there just wasn't room for much else. I even travelled to Iowa for classes!

To break up the monotony of scholarly articles, I read (try Peter Pan if you're looking for something charming) and, after reading this Q+A  about five things in every woman's closet, I dreamt about this list of what I'm shopping for. Honestly, I didn't get much with done from my Why don't you...  list, but a girl can dream, right? Hope your summer is going swimmingly!

Rewarding Finds

Is it The End of the Internet (as we know it, at least)?

A cannot-miss read- J.K. Rowling's new short story about Harry Potter!

Wyoming landscapes caught in lapsed time motion.

A rose by any other name would not smell just as sweet- in Iceland, anyway.

A fascinating interview with the author of The Lost Art of Dress

In Tokyo, penguins will get you where you need to go! 

Anyone else counting down the days till the next season of Doctor Who? 

The Real Jane Austen

I've been loving Cup of Jo's latest round of Motherhood Around the World. 

An a-mazing maze (Get, it?!)

A new blog I'm obsessed with- especially her good shopping advice.

Virginia Wolfe said one needs a room of one's own. Her is hers- and 15 other writers'


Friday, July 25, 2014

Cinema Style: Beach Party

The epitome of kitschiness, of summertime, of- good, clean fun, Beach Party (full review here) was a breakaway hit of 1962. The film follows the shenanigans of American Teens at the beach scene. If you dig the beach too, it's easy to get their look. Star Annette Fumicello, under contract to Disney, wasn't allowed to wear anything too racy. A high-waisted, pink bikini kept things classy- and she still had guys (literally) falling for her all the time! To complete the Beach Party surf-scene, don't forget your board and retro radio. Add some more modern elements with a little something to protect your phone. Then grab some colorful accessories and plenty of towels, and you're ready to go!
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Not even the gang a the beach can spend all their time in bikinis! America's Sweetheart Annette donned high waisted shorts like these paired with a form fitting tank for a relaxed look. This surfer girl adds some sandals and shades. She'll back some colorful towels and whatever else she might need for the beach in a roomy tote too.
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Shirt (Trashy Diva), Shorts (Modcloth), Shoes (Urban Outfitters), Belt (Wet Seal), Bag (Kelly and Katie)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Remix: Green Plaid Skirt

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It's been a year since Shabby Apple sent me this skirt to review, and it has definitely had it's share of being showcased on NFD over that time. With it's bright, cheery green I associate it more with warm weather. But the color surprisingly works quite well with any number of other items. Always the sign of a good buy, when you use it over and over. 

Last year, I was at a hot air balloon festival wearing this, and this year, I'm hard a work at a teaching workshop all week. The two seem legions apart, but something's never changed. Summer still feels it is flying by. What have you been up to in July? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Letter Writing Series: Fan Mail


fan mail, fan letter, fan, letter writing, correspondence, Beatles, music beatlemania,Ever fall in love with... a song? Saw a play or movie that changed your life? Read a book that inspired a career? Art certainly has the power to move us, and though modern day stories often make them out to be cliches, a fan letter can be just the ticket to show your appreciation for the one who created that work. Whether they are an actor, a writer, musician or, heck, even a chef, consider sending them some fan mail; after all, as Annie Neugebeaur writes, the purpose of a fan letter is to share an "experience that went above and beyond average." 

When starting your letter, introduce yourself and share which of their work inspired you to write to the celebrity. You can tell a little bit about yourself, if you like, but remember this is not actually someone you know. So keep the personal information you share related any anecdotes about how their work impacted your life. Maybe the actor was in a film you watched everyday with your nan as she was in hospice. Maybe the book they wrote inspired you to write yourself etc. 

A few do and don'ts to remember: Don’t write in hyperbole; try to be sincere and write in your natural voice; it is a fine line to keep it respectful without getting stuffy. If you know the person through real life or even through social media, you can mention that, but keep most of the focus on their work. Don’t go on about if you find them attractive- that’s creepy, no matter who they or you are. Also- don’t talk about the negative. If there is something you didn’t like; keep it to yourself. No one asked for unsolicited criticism.

Try to keep the letter to a single page and conclude by wishing them well in future endeavors. Use a benediction like “sincerely” or “from your biggest fan.” Benedictions like “love” can be off putting, since in most circumstances the celebrity is unlikely to know you.
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Snail mail adds a sense of authenticity to a fan letter, but it can be hard to find people’s mailing address. See if the celebrity has a mailing address on posted on a homepage, or if they have a fan club with their mailing address. Otherwise, send the letter care of their agency or place of work. If you want a response, make sure to include your mailing address, ideally on a self-addressed and stamped envelope to make it easier for them to return your correspondence. Even with this, please be aware that they may not have time, or inclination to respond to you and that that is perfectly fine. After all, you are writing to thank a person, and sharing that love of another's work; know that it is always appreciated.

Further Reading: 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I Wore: Work It

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What I Wore: Camisole (Old Navy), Shrug (Target), Skirt (Brag Vintage; Similar Here), Shoes (Modcloth), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here


 Well, we've made it to Iowa City, and I've been busy at workshops ever since. My head is fairly exploding with new information! What to wear to conferences and such is always such a conundrum. It's not quite work, but you want to look professional. You need to be put together but prepared to sit long hours, walk everywhere and carry whatever you need with you. Added to that this Rock Mountain girl has little idea about how to handle midwest humidity (true story: the first time I was in Chicago in high school, it took me fifteen minutes to figure out "what is this strange thing that seems so different?" because I am that unused to humidity!) Luckily, this pencil skirt never steers me wrong, and can be dressed up or down.

In fact, this outfit is one I wore a few times this summer, including down to the local teahouse where we took photos. The color story reminded me of a rose, but since the green is mint,  it keeps things away from being too Christmas. Would you try this color combination?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dog Eared Page: Peter Pan

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Illustration by F.D. Bedford


The rock was very small now; soon it would be submerged. Pale rays of light tiptoed across the waters; and by and by there was to be heard a sound at once the most musical and the most melencholy in the world: the mermaids calling to the moon.

Peter was not quite like others boys; but he was afraid at last. A tremor ran through him, like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there hundreds of them and Peter felt just the one. Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, "To die will be an awfully big adventure."



- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Film Flick: Beach Party

When people say, "Oh, you crazy kids!" these are the Kids they mean, the original Crazy Kids. Beach Party is a light hearted romp filmed in 1962, and aimed at the then-newest emerging market- the American Teen.
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Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon star as Delores and Frankie, two teens in love. When Delores gets cold feet about staying at a beach house alone with her boyfriend, she invites the whole gang along- much to Frankie's surprise! She wants him to think of her as more than "just a girl," but "as a wife!" Meanwhile, as he puts it, he's on the hook because he loves her, but no boy wants to let that secret out, so, he plans to make her jealous using a cream puff of a waitress. But the tables turn when Delores becomes interested in an older man. Adding to this mix of zany, it turns out this is no ordinary fellow, but an anthropologist interested in studying the South Californian teens as if they were some other culture or tribe (which, let's face it, they might have been to many adults in those days). It's a game of who's fooling who- and that's not even counting getting the local motorcycle gang or a bunch of rock 'n' roll hits into the mix! What will these crazy kids do next?!

1963, movie, film, funicello, review, classic film, film flick, never fully dressed, withotuastyle, avalon, The plot is paper thin and relies on campiness to see it through, but it is still a delightful summertime romp for all that. As the screen writer put it, it was meant to be "good, clean fun!" Nobody expected that the good, clean fun of this B movie would be a smash box office hit! It spawned an entire sub-genre of the 1960s film industry- the Beach Movie. American International Productions, the studio that produced Beach Party,  went on to make make seven more films using the same basic characters, cast, plot, and beach-and-bikinis formula. But perhaps they shouldn't have been so surprised by it being a hit. Unusually for a B film, this movie featured only songs made especially for it (mostly in that Beach Boys style. In fact, the Beach Boys- and many more musicians- would have cameo bits in later films). Their pick for lead actress had always been wholesome rising-star Annette Funicello, who was sure to be a box office draw as well. She'd made her debut as one of the original Mouseketeers with Disney, and Walt had cultivated her career with other starring roles and even recording contracts. He could be overprotective at times (Funicello had been a personal "discovery" of his); he'd needed script approval in order for the film to get her, and assurances that Funicello would not be dressed in a way to ruin that wholesome image. Poor Delores then is mostly clad in suspiciously high-necked attire for a summer time setting, but she does at least get a (high waisted) bikini! Teen idol, Frankie Avalon, starred opposite of her; thanks to the Beach films he would have a decade long career at API of playing teens though he was already in his twenties for this first beach film. Though not in a starring role,  Harvey Lemback's career would also be substantially impacted by his role in the film. Playing inept bike gang leader Von Zipper as a parody of Brando in  The Wild Ones, he would revive the part again and again as the villain of almost all the sequels.

When starting, the opening song falls rather flat. Power through it though, because  what comes after makes it worth it. We aren't watching for the story. We're watching for the rest of the music, for the colorful 60s beach aesthetic, and for the cheap laughs and physical prat falls that you can't help but love. It will make you want to grab your own surf board, hop in the car, and head to the nearest Beach Party. Dig it!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

What I Wore: Summer Uniform

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Polka Dot, shorts, popbasic, silk shirt, summer uniform, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Polka Dot, shorts, popbasic, silk shirt, summer uniform, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Polka Dot, shorts, popbasic, silk shirt, summer uniform, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Silk Shirt (Popbasic; Similar Here), Shorts (Old Navy), Shoes (Modcloth), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here)


 I really didn't think I'd be able to wear my silk shirt in the summer heat, but it's been a surprisingly mellow summer and knotting it up works out just right. This has somehow become my summer uniform more or less- shorts with a button up shirt. Or with a sweater. Or a light weight top. The sumer of the shorts, at any rate.  But my favorite is with a button up since there's a sense of mixing styles going on. Shorts are super laid back and informal with a professional looking piece like a button up? Yes, please.

In other news, I'll be on the road this week and next, heading to teaching training. It's the longest I'll have been away from The Boy and the pups. Stella and Max can't read, being unedjumacated dogs, but Amos, I miss you! And, since as you all know, hotel wifi sucks, I'll be bidding you all adieu! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quarterly Co. Review: Box curated by Josh Foer


I've reviewed the subscription box Quarterly Co. several times before (here and here), but each time it feel like a totally new and different company. What they do, though there's been attempts at imitation, has never successfully been emulated by anyone else. The heart of their company- and a subscriptions success of failure- is in their curators. Every quarter, a curator puts together a box of items to be shipped to those who "subscribe" to him or her. Prices are typically either fifty or a hundred dollars a box, depending on who the curator is.
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Though we may have some vague idea of what items are in the box, based on what the curator might do professionally or what is said in the description of each curator, the items aren't really picked on a theme. They are, in some way, a reflection of a person, the curator's interests of the moment. This can be both good and bad- you can never really know what you are getting as details are not released beforehand and though past boxes' content is one quarter can vary wildly from the next. I've been a bit disappointed before for this very reason. But when you get the right curator for the right person- then it is a delight indeed.

This box is curated by Joshua Foer, and was a present from my parents to the The Boy. The Boy can gan a voracious interest in just about  anything that catches his eye; he'll obsess over something and master it before moving on to the next shiny puzzle. So, Foer seemed like it would be a good match. Each of his past boxes varied greatly, but one box before had contained lock picks (Yeah, we were bummed to miss out on that one too!), so seemed like a good bet. And this box did not disappoint. As most of you know, The Boy takes all the fashion and landscape photos seen on NFD, and part of his job is event photography! He's also stuck on the computer processing photos a lot and has mentioned wanting more physical, tactile projects.

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Foer  writes about the contents explaining, "Digital cameras, for all their wonder, have inured us to the physicality of photography. All it takes is light and the right set of chemicals." To contain people back to this physical side of the camera, he sent a kit for making a pinhole camera, Lumi's Photo printing kit that allows you to print photos on cloth, and the Sunprint Kit from the science department at Berkley. It is used to explore the  light and chemical process of developing film.

Have you ever gotten a Quarterly Co. Box? What did you think?

P.S. At Quarterly Co. each box from each curator comes with it's own unique hashtag. Check out what others thought of this box with #JXFO9

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What I Wore: Down by the Docks

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popbasic, le breton, striped shirt, dock, never fully dressed, withoutastyle, wyoming

What I Wore: Shirt (Popbasic), Shorts (Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy), Necklace (Similar Here), Belt (boutique; Similar Here)

Oh, how I'd forgotten what school was like as student! I've had my head pretty much buried in scholarly journals this past month, taking two online classes for my gifted education endorsement. Only being one credit each, I think I underestimated how much reading that was. And I'll be "taking" three more classes next week; I'm journeying to Iowa for workshops.  To break things up, I'll pause in my reading for little outings and "rewards." Nothing much, just little things like a bowl of ice cream, walking the dogs, hanging at the dock...or opening a package from the mail!

I'd been eagerly anticipating getting Le Breton from Popbasic. A little on the big side, but I think that's how it's suppose to be; at any rate comfy enough for those studying days! For a limited time, Popbasic is selling this shirt with red stripes! Grab yours quick; ordering ends on Friday.

Here's a silly question, but one I really want to know. Do you reward yourself for getting tasks done? It doesn't have to be big (remember mine is most often walking the dog or getting the mail), but do you ever need that as a boost?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Q+A: 5 Things in Every Girl's Closet

If you've been reading long, you'll know I'm a big advocate of having a wardrobe that suits your needed, can be remixed and functioning without giving you a headache. I've even shared 20 things every woman needs in her closet, and talked about how to pick a skirt that remixes. So for a new perspective I've asked these ladies- and now I'm asking you too!- what are 5 things every woman's closet needs? 
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Anna of The Flying Clubhouse thinks:
When I think of the essential items to have in my closet, it becomes difficult to narrow it down to five! (Although comfortable walking shoes would probably top the list). For a summer beach trip, however, I can immediately tell you my five most important items.
1. A comfortable bathing suit.
2. A straw hat with a medium to wide brim.
3. A cotton sundress that can be thrown on to create practically a whole outfit.
4. A comfortable pair of water-proof sandals. (For long walks, I prefer a sandal that doesn't go between my toes).
5. Sunnies that block UVB and UVA rays.
With these five essential items, I'm ready to hit the beach!
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Sammi of Soubrette Brunette shares:
Narrowing down the wardrobe necessities to only five is never easy! Because I usually make my dresses the main focus of my ensembles, I tend to go a little more subdued with my footwear. Therefore, my #1 necessity is a good pair of neutral ballet flats! I have black and white pairs that I wear all the time, and they look great with most things in my closet. #2 would have to be at least one or two cardigans that can go with much of your wardrobe (I'm always cold, and I love layering!). #3 for me has to be a good quality vintage day dress that can be dressed up or down. There's just something special about a versatile vintage dress that fits you well! #4 should be a hat you love (and one you look good in) -- whether it's a boater, a beret or a beanie. And #5 should simply be a piece that always makes you feel like the amazing, attractive person you are! Personally, I'd probably choose a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans, but it can be anything that makes you instantly feel good the moment you put it on. The right clothes can be like magic, and when you find a piece that makes you feel confident and awesome, you should never let that go!
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Rita of Fashion Pas says:

This is a good one! The first thing that has really been on my mind lately is a pair of leather boots. Whether you like to walk to work when it rains, or simply enjoy the extra layer of warmth in the Winter, good quality boots are essential to get you through. Second on my list has to be my personal favourite basic - a striped shirt, like Popbasic's Le Breton, for instance. Risking starting a bit of a French/rainy season theme here, my third item will have to be a trench coat. I just think it automatically makes any outfit look very chic. Plus, it's practical without being too informal. At number four on my list, a tailored blazer. I won't say "black" - my current favourite is emerald but that's what works for me. Finally, one of the top five items I think every girl should have in her wardrobe is confidence. Honestly, whatever you wear, do it with confidence and you'll look and feel amazing. I won't deny it may be a learned skill, but the more you practice, the better you get at it! Enjoy!
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Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo writes:
Narrowing it down to just 5 items is like trying to pick your favourite child. I've chosen the five items that I personally wear the most in my wardrobe which I felt would make the best basic wardrobe starter pieces. Each is a classic on it's own and yet each can be worn in a vast number of ways, either dressed up or dressed down. These are pieces that every woman should own, regardless of age.
  • Wrap dress - They fit and flatter every shape of woman, are classic, sexy and will never go out of style. 
  • Well Fitted Dark Wash Jeans - Unlike the skinny or distressed jeans these "plain jane" dark wash straight legged jeans will never look out of place. 
  • Fitted Blazer - Classic and stylish no matter what you pair it with (mine is in leather).
  • Pencil skirt - This is a throw back to my love of all things vintage. These can look fantastic on any figure as long as they fit correctly.
  • Cashmere sweater - Cashmere comes in many different weights, so it can even be worn in summer. It won't pill, is the ideal travel companion and ensures you always look polished.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flock Together: Do No Wrong

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What I Wore: Top (via Ashley of Southern California Belle), Skirt (c/o Shabby Apple), Shoes (Old Navy), Necklace (vintage)


Pop on over to Flock Together to catch more of this tea-time ready look! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stationery Wishlist: In Black and White

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1. Dog Paper Holder | 2. Glass Print Phone Case | 3. Glasses Pencil Pouch | 4. Bobby Pin Card | 5. Envelope Liners | 6. Whale Stapler


1. Dog Card Holder - This guy looks just like my little dog, Max. And he'd be just as cute on your table as this  card holder would be too. 

2. Glass Print Phone Case - You know I like me some glasses, especially great, big black ones like in my logo- or like on this phone case. 

3. Glasses Pencil Pouch - More glasses equal more fun, right? Plus, you can keep yourself organized on the go! 

4. Bobby Pin Card- Back when we first started dating, The Boy showed me this photo of a single bobby pin on the floor with a man's caption reading, "So it begins," and he's laughed said that was what finding bobby pins reminded him of. Of how we were becoming more part of each other's lives. And if that story isn't enough to sway you to get this card- well, it's a bobby pin card. What more do you need?! 

5. Envelope Liners- Envelope liners used to strike me as unneeded. A bit frivolous. But you know what? Seeing a card all done up nicely and just for you, makes getting mail even more nice. Make someone feel extra special with a liner like these. 

6. Whale Stapler- Have you read Moby Dick? Yeah, me neither. But I still like this stapler! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I Wore: New You

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What I Wore: Shirt (Similar Here), Shorts (Old Navy; Similar Here), Shoes (Modcloth), Necklace (Similar Here)

Whhhaaaattt.... am I doing without glasses on? The glasses are in the logo!  Fnally gotten around to collecting the contacts I ordered way back in November, that's what. Oops. I only really wear them when traveling so that I can wear sunglasses to protect my eyes, but I'm digging the new look.

Okay.

Probably not what caught your eye first. It's the blonde hair. I've been jonesing for a change up so when it was time for a haircut, I had them dye it too. Seemed like a wig every time I looked in the mirror this week, but I'm getting use to it and The Boy is a fan (Maybe its really true- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?). Here's another funny little story about my new life as a blonde. I told someone, now that I am warming up to the color, it made me feel like Jean Harlow. And then they just stared at me. And then I just stared back. For a really long time.  Because- you don't know who Jean Harlow is? My classic movie loving heart broke just a little (And if you also don't, don't tell me. You are on your computer. Look it up; you can thank me later.)

As for outfit, another try at a monochrome look for a date night in Red Lodge. Have you done a monochrome look before?

Monday, July 7, 2014

The List

Since I started blogging, I've been paying more attention to the way I shop. And I am not someone who can just go into a store to "browse" and see what they find. Naturally then, not much of a sales shopper (or, looking at it more positively much of an impulse buyer either). I like to know what I want and I want it to be just right. This was making me picky, and stressed, until I took more conscious control over what I was doing when out looking for clothes.

Now I always have this kind of running list in my head of things my closet needs. This way, I can fine tune the list to things that really fit a hole in my closet and will be remix-able, and I can take my time to find the right thing, with no pressure for waiting (And I've waited years to find the right item). Maybe you've heard someone gush over something and say they "were putting it on my list!" They mean a list like this. And here's what's currently on mine.

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1. Round Tortoise Glasses- Glasses are not exactly the cheapest accessory- especially if you have an lens correction like mine!- but since I wear them every day, an extra pair seems like a good idea. This pair is cute and in both shape and color a bit different than what I have now.

2. Wool Fedora-Nobody needs hats, but I do feel they add a lot of a look. I don't have one this shape, and very few in a brown hue. Plus, the tomboy edge it will give things means it can used for many outfits.

3. Red Striped Shirt- Classic colors; classic style. It can be dressed up or down, and will layer well for winter.  

4.  Brown, Lightweight Sweater- I love light, well fitting sweaters and brown adds a bit of versatility that white and black wouldn't while still being a neutral color. (And yes, I know it is not winter, but one should always be on the look out for such things). Plus, it is something that would fit in a work setting too.

5. White Pencil Skirt with Black Dots- Some things on my list are very general, but, like this, some are specific. The skirt must be pencil, must be white, must have black dots.  I've been falling hard for pencil skirts because they work well for a professional, but can be dressed down too. Sadly this one sold out. But I like that the pattern can act as a statement or as a neutral.

6.  Brown Leather Pencil Skirt- The simple shape of a pencil skirt once again is what I like here. And while the brown can go with anything, the leather adds a visual interest while keeping all the lines clean. I think it gives things a bit of an edge.

7. Geometric Print Pants OR Brown Pants- Since I am outside for part of every work day, it became really clear I need more work pants in my life this past winter. I think a black and white skinny leg in a geometric pattern would work well. So would a high waisted, slouchy brown pair.

8. Boyfriend Jeans- I love my skinny jeans, but a girl could use more than one pair of jeans. These look comfortable and would add a different silhouette to my closet. Plus- comfy.

9. "Skater" Midi Skirt- These type of skirts are having their "moment," but I've always loved the full skirted look and midi skirts. So, it seems smart to get one while they are still manufacturing so many neat options. I think a white, full, midi skirt would look elegant, but perhaps a solid color would add a bit more pop to my closet?

10. Crop Top- This is definitely the most trendy item on the list, but I've been really interested in try out the crop top trend, figuring you can use it to layer in the winter and keep cool this summer. I think the key to crop tops is to pair it with high waisted things, or peeking out from under longer shirts.

11. Black on White Polka Dot Shirt- Last year, I got a black-with-white-dots button-up blouse from Popbasic, and was surprised at how much use it gets. A white with black dots one seems like it would get just as much or more use. Luckily, it sounds like Popbasic will be release just such a shirt later this year.

12. Rope Bracelets- Ever since getting one rope bracelet in a Popbasic box, I've been obsessed. They seem so preppy and all American. But very sophisticated. Plus, they don't jangle around, even when I'm typing. Bracelets that don't get in the way? Such a novel idea, right?

13. Leather Clutch- I used to scoff at clutches because you need to hold onto them, meaning one hand is full all the time. But after seeing a friend use this clutch (which is now sold out), I changed my mind. It is big- important for me since I need to carry a few items to manage my diabetes- but designed with clear lines.

14. & 15. Black cigarette pants & White button Ups- You may be thinking, doesn't this girl already have those two items, and I do. However, both see frequent use and I've had them several years, so I'm keeping an eye out to replace things.

What about you? Do you keep a list? If so, what's on it, and if not, what shopping strategies work for you?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In July, Why Don't You...

Customers seated at an unidentified ice cream and soda fountain, Seattle
Photo credit: The University of Washington Collection
Zoom about on a zipline

Send a Postigram

Split an ice cream Sunday- 1 bowl; two spoons!

Wear sunscreen

Organize your closet

Go on a road trip

Buy fireworks

Paint your front door

Play a game of badminton

Try the local produce at a farmers' market

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What We Wore: To Our High School Reunion!

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What She Wore: Dress (Modcloth), Shoes (Similar Here), Necklace (Similar Here)
What I Wore: Dress (Chicwish), Necklace (Popbasic; Similar Here), Blazer (Similar Here), Shoes (Madden Girl)

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Ginger, made the trip out to Wyoming for that old cliche of chick flicks- The High School Reunion. And it was... 

It was weird, okay? Let's be honest. It was weird. I mean, sure, I only live a town over, so the others who live near by I see every so often (one fellow graduate even has a kid at the school I work at), but not that much, and with Facebook, you can kind of find out about anyone you were wanting to know what ever happened to, I suppose. But that's not why it was weird. There were still faces and people I hadn't seen in ten years. Maybe it was a bit surreal. Most of us had been together since kindergarten- that's a long time. So it was strange to be back with people you hadn't seen and yet knew. But let's call it a good weird, whatever it was. Here's to you, Class of 2004. 

The real highlight of the weekend though, was Ginger's trip. I'm lucky in that there are people I've known since before I can remember. Ginger isn't- quite- like that, but awfully close. We were attached at the hip since elementary school. So we baked, we played games, we ate out, we had fun....And we dressed up. Surprisingly, not the blogger's idea, but a ton of fun, even if not many fellow alums did. All dolled up, it felt like we were ready to strut out stuff, meet our fate and... feel better about the horrid haircuts we had in the yearbook (freshmen year, I'm looking at you). 

So- did you go back to your high school reunion? Or will you, for all you young ones out there? 
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