"How the gentle wind beckons through the leaves as autumn colors fall ..."Steven and I took a hike to celebrate our wedding anniversary the other weekend. It was a stunning misty autumn day. The trail was one we've taken many times before, and it leads to an old fire tower. The mountain view from the tower was obscured by the mist, but it was a wonderful experience to be surrounded by clouds all the same.
- Into the Unknown by Patrick McHale, Over the Garden Wall
Monday, October 24, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I've got my bangs mojo back. I've been cutting my own for years and years, but I still flub them now and then. I finally realized I needed to start them higher on my head. Now they blend better with the sides of my hair and provide the frame I was looking for. I'm always debating about wearing them down or to the side, but it turns out they brush to the side much easier when they start further up on my head. It also helped to thin them out significantly at the bottom.
No doubt cutting your own bangs is a risky business, and I believe most people who do it have had unintentional results at least once. I've always thought it was worth it, though, despite the occasional Jason Funderburker or accidental baby doll fringe
Including alterations to my face curtain, I also shortened this vintage pleated skirt. Looking at these photos, I'm thinking of taking in the hips a little too, but otherwise I happy with the results. I hadn't planned on wearing this light blouse again until nest spring, but with the spike in temperatures, I was happy to bring it out one more time. Although I'm not really looking forward to winter, I'd be happy to go back to wearing turtlenecks all the time.
On a serious note, I'm sure a lot of you heard already about how vintage blogger Jessica Cangiano recently lost her home, business, and precious cat to a horrible fire. But just in case this is news, here's a link to her blog and information on how to help the Cangianos out. As of now, it looks like a lot of good people have pulled together for the crowd-sourcing campaign, but they still need plenty of help and love to get back on their feet.
blouse: pylo (out of stock)
skirt: vintage via etsy
shoes: second-hand via ebay
bag: vintage 70s
Sunday, October 16, 2016
This skirt is a piece I have worn at least once a week since I got it - sometimes more. I never really found a pair of decent shorts this past summer, so I wore this skirt instead. Now that the weather's turned, I've been wearing a lot of similar skirt and turtleneck combinations. It's turned into almost a uniform for me.
top // boots: thrifted
bag: second-hand via ebay
hat: target (old)
Friday, October 7, 2016
It's currently a beautiful time for wildflowers. Most of them yellow, but some white and purple too. It's the autumn color before the leaves really change. Of course, I've been guzzling lots of tea and also taking photos of tea. I'm not sure if I enjoy nature or still life photography more, but here are both.
The spider in the last photo is not a Halloween decoration, but part of an art piece in a park. I love the creepiness of it and it always makes me think of the Addams family - probably because it's something they would have in their yard. Locally, I've spotted a lot more early Halloween decorations than usual. It seems that people have gotten quite creative with them this year too. We usually keep it simple with just a pumpkin and a little sign to hang on our door, but I love seeing how other people decorate.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
My last outfit on this blog was in August! Wow! In that post I featured a bag that I swore I would not get rid of. I'm laughing now, because I swapped it out (and a few other bags) for another simpler cross body that I prefer. I have pretty much no budget for clothes and accessories, but when I feel it's time for a change, I can often sell a few items and get something better. It's sort of like a barter for a better wardrobe. This honey-colored bag has been my everyday bag for the last week. It was second-hand from ebay and in lovely used condition. Sometimes shopping second-hand can be over-whelming, but making a list of specifics really helped me find the bag I was looking for. I thought about what I preferred: a single compartment with one inside zipper pocket, solid leather with minimal hardware, cross-body configuration, timeless design, light honey brown, dark brown, or black.
My quest for a more minimal, more functional, wardrobe still continues but has slowed down. It's so nice to know what's exactly in my closet and to be able to slide the hangers back and forth. What really helped was saying goodbye to some dresses I didn't need and buying some t-shirts, both long and short-sleeved, instead. This was difficult because I just don't consider myself "a t-shirt person." I had to admit, though, that I wore t-shirts a lot this summer and since I only had a few with problems (i.e. stinky armpits, ill-fitting), I often had trouble making daily outfits. Now I have three nice short-sleeve t-shirts and two long-sleeved t-shirts. These additions have greatly helped my "what to wear today" conundrum. Also, choosing well-fitting t-shirts in colors and cuts I liked helped me make peace with the t-shirt.
But I digress. Here, I'm wearing a black high-neck top and baby cord skirt, and I'm so excited for slightly cooler weather.
skirt: asos (old)
shoes & bag: second-hand via ebay (similar bag)
bow: american apparel