Wednesday, October 1, 2014

recap(sule)

Month one of 40-for-fall: conquered. 
Since we are one month down, (maybe) two to go, I'm posting a little recap of how my first month of my fall capsule wardrobe panned out.

I started the month in a minimalist euphoria. I loved everything I was wearing, I was whipping up new looks, and I couldn't imagine ever needing anything else from my closet. 
And then the middle of the month hit and something changed. 
Suddenly, that blazer I'd never touched before was looking preeeetty sweet. I started to realize that I'm more of a t-shirt and jeans girl, but had mostly picked an excess of skirts for my capsule wardrobe. I kept eyeing a new pair of Chelsea boots or wanted some extra cozy pullovers to add to the mix. I somehow forgot to include a huge chunk of my favorite cardigans and tops. My not-so-challenge had become quite a challenge.

I'm really trying to hold it together. And to be fair, the last few weeks have been nothing short of crazy--it's been a struggle to get dressed in the morning, let alone try to configure something chic out of a few carefully selected pieces. One of the most difficult parts has been avoiding succumbing to my urge to run out and go shopping. As I read more blogs, gain inspiration, and take a more in-depth assessment of my personal style, there are so many looks I want to test out. But even if I give up on my capsule wardrobe, beating the compulsion to impulse shop is something I really want to crush.

On a positive note, this whole capsule experience is already helping me define what sort of style and look I want to have. I've decided that no matter how hard I try, no matter how much I may love the ease and comfort of a dress, I'm a jeans girl at heart. I've been choosing jeans over skirts and tights all month long, even though, as previously mentioned, I originally chose more skirts than anything.

So. Here we are. I'm still a little unsure of if I'll continue my 40-for-fall, although I'm leaning towards a solid "no". I don't feel guilty about that. Fashion, style, the whole shebang, it's such an exciting and creative part of my day, why should I have to limit myself? How can I further develop my personal aesthetic if I have to keep reaching for the same five pairs of shoes everyday?

Still, I'm proud of myself for sticking through this month. Was it pointless? No. But it did confirm something I've known for a long time:
I am no minimalist. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

read more banned books

I'm a little late on the uptake, but in case you didn't know, last week was Banned Books week. Also known as, my favorite week ever because I get to talk about my favorite reads for seven days and give the man the bird, and parade around my liberal sensibilities. 
Although I wasn't able to celebrate in style this yea (i.e. by spending my shifts at work flipping through the pages on our annual Banned Books display--said display is currently in a million different boxes waiting to be unpacked at our new location), I decided to share with you my top banned and challenged books! Read some provocative, y'all! 

Persepolis--Marjane Satrapi//The Handmaid's Tale--Margaret Atwood//The Diary of Anne Frank--Anne Frank//Brideshead Revisited--Evelyn Waugh//Lady Chatterley's Lover--D.H.Lawrence//Junie B. Jones series--Barbara Park//Brave New World--Aldous Huxley//The Kite Runner--Khaled Hosseini//A Winkle in Time--Madeline L'Engle//To Kill a Mockingbird--Harper Lee 

I'd like to say that this doesn't need to be said again, but the unfortunate truth is, this always needs to be said again. The freedom to read is one of the most important freedoms we have, and that freedom should always be celebrated. How can we learn about the world we live in, and subsequently question and challenge that world to make it a better place, if we don't have the privilege to read? As a society, the only way forward is to embrace new ideas, always be searching for a higher level of understanding, and be constant students. 

So with that, go crack a spine and change the world :) 

Other cool stuff on BBW! 
How Scandalous is Your Reading History?: A quiz over how many frequently banned books you've read. 
A really fascinating interview  with Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey about the importance of not censoring children's books. 



Thursday, September 25, 2014

in-sta-between volume 2


1// The local bookstore I work at is moving! (90th and Center, Omaha natives, come visit me). I nabbed these ancient book signs to hang around the home. 
2// A little H&M grid-patterned treat for myself. 
3// #homework
4// The best part about being 21: random watermelon mojitos before an evening movie date. 
5// How to end a late summer day
6// Just one of many current reads. Scandinavian crime novels are the way to go.
7// A little post-drink-pre-taco-truck selfie with my main squeeze.
8// Simpsons socks and...
9// ...Simpsons make-up!
10// Football season Saturdays call for goofy bandanas.
11// I call this my "1997-women's-libral-arts-college" look.
12// What you don't get from this photo is that his face was stuck in there for a solid three minutes.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

professionalism

I attended a conference on Sunday and was kindly asked to dress "business casual". 

Monday, September 22, 2014

baby bits o' happiness

It was Saturday afternoon, I was sitting on the couch, responding to comments when I suddenly realized...I didn't have any content prepared for the week. None. Nada. 
And not only that, but I had a total of zero exciting prospects to blog about before Monday. 
I almost panicked. 
But I didn't because I took a moment and remembered, "that's just life, man." 
Here are some little bits of life that made me exceptionally happy this past week. 

-grabbing a drink with the best, most wonderful co-workers after a Friday afternoon shift 
-treating myself to a new scarf a la H&M, just because 
-treating myself to sushi for lunch, also just because
-flowers delivered to my doorstep, to be enjoyed in lieu of a certain The Boy, MIA all day for a football game
-finally hanging those pictures, posters, and signs that have been occupying my cozy-comfy reading chair for months
-the weather finally reaching that perfect temperature for an evening walk with Albie 
-pre-movie cocktails with The Boy to end a Sunday 
-pub trivia (I love pub trivia! Because any autobiography of mine should be titled "Zoe: The Girl Who Loved Shoving Her Collection of Useless Knowledge in the Faces of her Opponents and Friends".) 
-being told I looked like Blair Waldorf in Linguistics class--that's being saved for my bad days 

Friday, September 19, 2014

autumn to do

It's the best time of year, and here's how I plan on enjoying it to the fullest. 
What are your fall musts? Hayrack rides? Pumpkin carving? Hibernation-prep? 
And don't forget: pumpkin spiced everything. It's the reason for the season.