Friday, June 9, 2017

Look of the Day: Off-Shoulder Dress & Life Changes

I'm baaaaaaack! Whoo boy, what a year it's been. For real, though, we're already half way through it! I've spent the past 7 months doing many things:

- Coming to terms with our new Reality Show Government
-Listening to NPR obsessively
- Changing jobs!
- Buying a condo!
- Building elaborate paper flower arrangements
- Waiting for the NW winter to finally end

If you're not from Seattle, then you probably don't know that we had the wettest winter since the city started recording rainfall in 1895! As of February, we'd had more snow than Minneapolis. It was a dark winter, and needless to say, made it very hard to get outside for photos. 

I thought I was going crazy in January, so I took a week to mope and then got myself started on some new projects. First off, I subscribed to Illustrator and turned some of my hand lettering into feminist greeting cards

In April, I joined the team at Wayward, a brand new Exploration-centered store based here in Seattle. It's been an adventure, for sure, and a learning experience! I'm one of the shopkeepers, but I've also had the luck of going on a vintage buying trip with our assistant buyer. That's right, we also carry a bit of vintage fashion! 

The past couple of months, I've also been working like mad on crepe paper flowers. I build each bloom by hand and use a Cameo or punches to make the leaves. It takes forever, but is so incredibly rewarding. If you're in Seattle, you can see some of my work at Beats & Bohos in Greenwood.

Vintage dress - Madewell scarf - Vintage slides

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Look of the Day: Star Top & Neckerchief

Why, hello again! I got what I wished for. It's sunny and almost 70° outside! Certainly not a typical November day, but then again, it is Election Day, so perhaps the sun is getting ready to explode. That way we could just all forget this whole thing. I've only cried a little bit, but I'm sure more tears are in my future. And alcohol. 

I don't own a pantsuit, but I thought little stars on navy blue and some red lipstick were nasty-enough. I just can't believe I got the chance to vote for a woman, from a major party, who has an actual chance to be president. It's going to be a crazy night, no matter what the outcome. Here's to a stronger, happier, America!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Lately: Autumn 2016

 I hate to start a blog post by talking about the weather, but it affects my posting so much, I can't help it! This October has been the rainiest on record. Boo. 

This time last year, I had 4 posts published in October, and was ramping up on Etsy for the holiday season. I noticed the other day that my product views were way down, mainly because I hadn't listed anything new on Etsy. That's when I realized I hadn't gone out to take photos with a real camera (not just my phone) in weeks, resulting in zero new listings and zero blog posts! I'm hoping November is a little drier (or a little snowier?!) so I can take some actual outfit photos!

My favorite accessory right now: the handkerchief.

My newest card features a hand-carved tiger moth stamp. I think I'll carve a whole series.

Taken on a day that was dry enough to bring my camera out.

This is Otto's nervous look. He hates the car.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Look of the Day: White Swing Blouse & Vintage Spotted Pants

 This, I've realized, is my favorite top right now. I bought it in the Madewell summer sale and wear it far too often. The crisp white cotton, the swing style, the cropped length; one of those tops that even if it looked absolutely terrible on me, I would still be in love. With the spotted cotton pants, it's just the right amount of quirky.

 And, OMG, did you see my new Coach?? I found it at the Goodwill. I've never seen one in this shade. It's like the softest fawn brown leather. My collection is really coming along nicely.

Madewell Blouse (similar) - Madewell sunglasses - Vintage pants - Old Navy shoes (similar) - Vintage Coach Convertible Clutch (similar)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Look of the Day: Denim Shirt Dress & English Tan Coach

street style, vintage fashion, curvy style
Yet another dress I bought with the intention of listing on Etsy, but, instead, have given it a home in my closet. Such a perfect fit in a lovely indigo blue. 

shirt dress, denim, vintage, coach purse, budget blogger

Friday, September 16, 2016

Look of the Day: Well, I tried

Ahh, the perfect example of why I rarely shop online. While I like the idea of these culotte pants, in the end, they are not for me. Already, they're a tricky style to pull off, but these ones are especially ill-fitted for my body type. Too short? Too wide? Too olive? Probably all that and more. The important part is that I tried. Tobi sent them to me to for free and I must keep my promises to show them off. Better luck next time!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Look of the Day: Cozy Brown Cardigan and Black Dress

The generous souls over at Tobi recently approached me to do a review of some of their clothes in exchange for free duds. They offer 50% off your first order when you sign up for emails! Pretty sweet deal, especially since most of their styles are more on the minimalist side, which is what I'm into right now. I wanted a dress, but had a bit of trouble finding things that weren't disastrously short. While I love the look of mini dresses on other people, they're not for me. Plus, I wanted something to wear to work. I settled on True Love Strapless Midi Dress and the Snuggly Mornings Cardigan. The dress looks great but is secretly a mini dress. You really can't move without showing off your underwear because the wrap is only secured in one place: above your boobs. It's basically like trying to wear a towel. I might try it with some little black bike shorts on a day I don't have to work. It's just such a pretty style!

The cardigan I love 100%. It's still a little warm to wear it, but at least I know it'll be cozy once the cold weather arrives! I just adore the color, too.
 Please note, that while this post is sponsored, all opinions expressed are my own.

Madewell Sunglasses - Thrifted Necklace - Tobi Sweater - Tobi Dress - Thrifted Shoes

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Look of the Day: Olive Silk Skirt & Polka Dot Blouse

 OMG, tomorrow is my birthday!! I usually throw a relaxed, but large get together down at the beach, but it seemed like too much work. I'll probably regret not getting all my friends together, but sometimes you just don't feel like being the center of attention. Instead, I'm going to have lunch in Ballard, with my mom and sister, then wander wherever I feel like wandering. After all, that's my favorite activity.

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