Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Look Back on March

Some quarantine things I've been up to:
  • Altering and mending clothes
  • Drinking too much tea
  • Extra painting - challenging myself by doing new things in art
  • Nursing a dusty miller plant back to health
  • Taming the lawn - grass is growing like crazy now
  • Avoiding washing dishes
  • Watching some house plants bloom
  • Currently treating myself to a month of Acorn TV
  • Getting nostalgic by playing Roller Coaster Tycoon
I hope you are OK and healthy and safe. I know I'm not that active in responding to comments here, and I apologize for that because I really do appreciate them, but feel free to tell me what you've been doing in quarantine in the comments here or on my Instagram where I'm more active.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

2020 Spring/Summer Style Inspiration

With the global pandemic I'm really scared, as I'm sure most of you are. Steven and I are social distancing and encouraging everyone else we know to do so as well. I'm engaging in as many normal activities as possible indoors and I even made some stay-at-home-goals. One is to be a more productive painter and another is to blog more. I hope you are finding some good things to do during this time, and I'm hoping as many of you as possible are staying healthy and those of you who are sick have a speedy recovery.

I may not be going out and seeing people any time soon, but that doesn't really change my thoughts on my style and wardrobe. I've always tried to dress for myself, anyway. But one issue I've had for years is that I don't really know how to dress myself in the summer - at least to my satisfaction. It's a real issue when you have a leather bomber jacket-centric style.

I used to wear cute little sundresses all summer, but that's not really my style now, and even then I wasn't the most comfortable with those looks. I love layers and jeans, and for some of spring and all of summer those things are too hot in our part of Western North Carolina. I default to short shorts in most of the summer, but I don't like shorts that much and I don't love wearing them out of the house. They feel more like pajamas or swimsuits to me rather than real clothes.

A lot of people swear by linen for keeping cool, so I'm trying some linen pants this summer. I'm also giving short-sleeved and sleeveless button-front shirts a try. I've been avoiding them for years because button shirts always gape at my chest, but now I'm adapting by pinning or sewing the gap shut.

I've also been looking around for spring and summer style ideas. Some things that I'm inspired by currently are:
  • 1930s adventurers and tomboys - mostly Amelia Earhart
  • 1980s Banana Republic 
  • Long silhouettes that include roomy trousers 
  • Longer cutoff shorts
  • Cargo pants/shorts
  • Neutral colors like khaki, olive, and tan
Does anyone else feel that their personal style diminishes when hot weather rolls around? Do you have any tips on how I can fix my summer style? Considering the current affairs, this isn't a serious problem but more of a...fun? problem to try and solve, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants more consistent personal style in a four-season situation.

Images sources:
Banana Republic Catalog: https://www.secretfanbase.com/banana/
Linda Tol in denim shorts: https://www.gettyimages.fi/detail/news-photo/linda-tol-wearing-a-white-top-denim-shorts-grey-crop-blazer-news-photo/1160054406
Amelia Earhart 1: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/adventure/2019/07/missing-unsolved-mystery-amelia-earharts-last-flight
Amelia Earhart 2: https://observer.com/2017/06/amelia-earhart-fashion-icon-and-feminist-hero/
Amelia Earhart 3: https://www.bridgemanimages.us/en-US/asset/2938314
Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart: http://amyjohnsonartstrust.co.uk/exhibition-panels/

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Biltmore Estate, March 2020

A friend had an extra pass to the Biltmore Estate and she invited me to go along on Friday. We had a wonderful time, especially knowing it would probably be the last outing for awhile. I've been staying home since Sunday and will be posting "stay at home" stuff, but I wanted to share these photos. I always enjoy the wallpaper and ornate ceilings.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

My Style Uniform | 5 Pieces

My basic style uniform a t-shirt or some kind of knit top, slim pants or jeans, a jacket, and ankle boots. A style uniform could definitely get boring for some people, but to me it just feels like wearing my favorite outfit.

Where did this uniform come from? It was a combination of comfortable things I gravitated toward without thinking, and inspiration from video games and movies I liked. I was also inspired by a lot of model off-duty looks from the last few years. I've talked a little more about how my style has changed here.

Five Pieces

Ankle Boots

Black is my favorite, although I won't say no to dark brown. I wear black boots in the summer too, although I take occasional breaks with converse sneakers. My Palladiums (purchased from thredUp) are my favorite all-weather, all-purpose boots. They are more breathable than Dr. Martens and they feel a lot like canvas sneakers. I have some gel inserts in mine that make them very comfortable.

Slim Pants / Jeans

I used to have skinny jeans in my outfit formula, but I prefer a slim or straight cut of jeans or trousers now. While I love the vintage look of rigid, high-waisted denim, and I've thrifted some great examples, I've had to admit that they're too uncomfortable at the waist and I usually need bottoms with some stretch.


In the winter I wear long-sleeved t-shirts. Most of my t-shirts are gray, which works well because most of my bottoms are black, brown or denim blue. 


Backpacks are my jam - big ones for travel and/or laptop and little ones for every day items. I love being hands-free when I'm out and about.


Bomber, motorcycle, racer - the jacket is what pulls it all together. Even in the summer I'll have a light jacket around in case of aggressive air conditioning. I've had several people tell me I look like "Amelia Earnhardt" in my flight jacket. (NASCAR is pretty popular where I live). It's a big compliment to me.
Everything pictured is second-hand except my Dr. Martens. I mention this because - years ago - I used to think that second-hand style looked like a thrift store nightmare. What changed my mind is knowing what I wanted when shopping and using different resources to find it - eBay, Etsy, ThredUp, as well as local thrift stores. It's more sustainable for my wallet and the environment, and I'm not looking back

Do you have a style uniform? What's your opinion on it?

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A Look Back on February

Looking back on February:

  • Got a haircut to maintain my short hair. It grows fast.
  • Still finishing and photographing paintings I started much earlier.
  • Thrifted a few tops for my wardrobe.
  • I decided to put in my two weeks notice for my part-time job.
The job I had since October turned out to be much more stressful than I anticipated. I don't like the idea of quitting so soon, but in the long run I know I'll find a better fit somewhere else. 

It's March and I'm already seeing spring flowers. It's strange, but I'm going to miss this rainy, gray winter.

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