Posts Tagged 'fashion'

One Day Our Bodies Will Burst Into Beauty





I mentioned in Tuesday’s post that I’m a typical girl and that I love shoes. Unfortunately, I have large feet so finding them (especially second-hand) isn’t too easy. I tend to scour eBay and once in a while, the perfect pair at the perfect price shows up. These were exactly my size (12N), unique, brand new and about $5. I pounced.

Details:
8.29.12
Running errands
Tops, Jeggings: Gap
Shoes: eBay
Satchel: eBay

Title Inspiration: Lindsay Fuller, “Sound of Regret

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Farm Girl Style





I like dressing up. And painted nails. Red lips. Dresses. Linen. Lace. Shoes. Make-Up. Some days I bother with this stuff. Some days I don’t. Some days I get decked out and don’t go anywhere. Other days I leave the house without even looking in the mirror. It depends on my mood. What can I say? I’m a girl.

A couple weekends ago, I shared a picture of myself wearing my gardening clothes, many of you commented that you preferred the honesty of that post. So here is another gardening look from a couple weeks ago.

My typical summer day consisted of me getting up, pulling on a pair of jeans and wandering down to the garden (often with my iPod.) I’d throw myself into weeding and harvesting, often crawling between the tomato cages and rifling through a mass of 6 foot tall pole bean plants. After I finished what I needed to do or the heat finally got to me, I would come back in the house (usually with a few bean leaves stuck to me, dirt under my nails and my hair a frizzy mess) and shower and put on some pretty clothes. (Like seen in the last photo—Old Navy dress and cardigan.) Then I would slip on an apron and clean up and put away veggies, cook or do other household things. After that, I’d run errands or help my Mom with whatever was on the schedule for that day. Sometimes I’d go back out to the garden and pick some more veggies if I didn’t get to them in the morning. (Nothing too strenuous in the afternoon sun.)

Outfit Details:
9.10.12
Gardening
Top – Secondhand
Jeans – Gap
Boots – eBay

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Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On

Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Faster Than You Think, Time Staggers On
Sometimes I’m suprised at how long my hair has gotten, how the ends rest on the nape of neck and shoulders. And then I remember that it has been nine months. Overall, I’m really happy that I cut my hair. (In case you’re new here, I used to have long hair. Really long hair. Apart from some trims, I hadn’t cut it for about ten years.) It was a really big decision but one I do not regret.

One of the (many) reasons I cut it so short right from the get-go was to let it grow for a while so I could see and decide which length I prefer, which suits me best. The original bob was nice but I’ve found I don’t want it *that* short. I’m going to let it continue to grow. (Though that is how I got such long hair in the first place. I didn’t set out to have long hair, I just simply stopped going to the hairdresser. Eventually I realized it was pretty long and wondered just how long I could get it.)

But the main reason I cut it was because I hoped it might encourage change in my life. Twenty twelve has managed to be a long year that has gone by so fast (so far.) It’s not just my hair that has grown. I’ve pushed myself farther. I’ve learned so much. Accomplished so much. I know I still have far to go, but look how much I’ve grown.

Have you grown this year?

7.30.12
Top -eBay
Jeans – Gap
Satchel – eBay
Shoes – eBay
Earrings – Gift via my Mom via a craft fair in Asheville, NC
Bracelet – Gift via my brother via a vendor in Columbus Circle

Title Inspiration: Metric, “Dreams So Real”

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As Sure As My Settling Bones

As Sure as My Settling Bones
As Sure as My Settling Bones
As Sure as My Settling Bones
As Sure as My Settling Bones
As Sure as My Settling Bones
As Sure as My Settling Bones
As Sure as My Settling Bones
There is something about the changing of summer into autumn (and winter into spring) that unsettles your bones. Sometimes the rattling is disturbing and painful. Other times it’s just what you need to shake yourself forward.

How does autumn (or the changing of seasons in general) make you feel?

Date: 7.9.12
Top – thrifted
Leggings – forever21
Shoes – vintage via eBay
Jewelry – bought various places or gifted over the years

Title Inspiration: “Rabbit Will Run” by Iron & Wine

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To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder

To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder
To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder
To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder

I can’t believe these photos are from almost two months ago. Where does time go?

Date: 7.2.12
Top – TULLE
Skirt – ASOS (via eBay, only $5!)
Flats – eBay
Ring – trade with Pretty Wit

Title Inspiration: Abigail Washburn, “City of Refuge

On Summer’s Freckled Knees

On Summer's Freckled Knees
On Summer's Freckled Knees
On Summer's Freckled Knees
On Summer's Freckled Knees
On Summer's Freckled Knees

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘personal style,’ about what exactly mine is. Admittedly, I’m a little envious of women (and men) who have their personal style defined and are at the stage of just perfecting it. Me? I’m all over the board in my style and taste. (Same with music and books too.)

I used to feel like I needed to nail down my style, to get it set in one direction. I even went through a phase when I purged my entire wardrobe of all but five colors. (Think these guys with a little gray and a little yellow.) I figured it would help make shopping decisions for me—Oh, it’s pink? Guess I can’t buy it. And I hoped it would become a signature look. And it worked because people started to gift me things that were red, white and black. It was all oh so mod of me. Now I kind of shy away from mod and gravitate towards soft, feminine things; earthy things; classy things. But lately, I’m realizing it’s OK to be… eclectic. It’s OK to experiment. Sure, there are folks who know what they like and stick with it but I’m not one of them.

This one I’m sharing today (from over a month ago) is a more bold, girly, mod look, harkening back to my old attempt at a determined-style. Sometimes, even though the weather and situation call for a dress like this, I can’t bring myself to wear it because it’s too loud. Other days it’s a wonderfully refreshing look.

How about you? Do you have a style and stick with it? Ever get tempted or inspired by something that is so not what you’d imagine yourself being drawn to? Ever make a uncharacteristic purchase on a whim that turned out to be a wardrobe staple?

Outfit Details
Dress – eBay
Belt – Grandma’s hand-me-down
Shoes – eBay
Sunglasses – Forever21

Title Inspiration: The Decemberists, “Don’t Carry It All

Beautiful Little Fool

Thank you all for your sweet words on yesterday’s post. I hadn’t intended to make it a big ramble about college and careers and all that. It’s just a topic that has been heavy on my mind lately and you know those things always find a way out. I mentioned it in the comments and I’ll mention it again here: it comes down to my confidence in the situation. If learn to feel more proud it won’t bother me so much what other people think. It’s just frustrating when you run into those people who think money and power are the only keys to success.

For a little more lighthearted romp today, here is an outfit post. The photos were taken a little over a month ago but it’s an outfit I enjoy wearing quite a bit. (And apparently napping in ’cause it looks a little post-nap-wrinkly!)

Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Beautiful Little Fool
Details:
Top – Grandma’s hand-me-down
Skirt – Gap via eBay
Shoes – eBay
Necklace – Forever21 via eBay

Title Inspiration – “I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” — Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby


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