Monday, October 20, 2014

hashtag normcore

 
It's a damn good thing "normcore" is in, or else I'd be screwed. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

forever casual

This season, I've been obsessed with taking the most simple, casual of outfits (t-shirt + jeans) and adding layers of leather, knitted wool, and stripes for extra warmth and style. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

nostalgia

Here are some things I'm thinking about today. 

These delicious tall, dark, and handsomes, sipped with friends post European Cinema movie screening.

This coolest ever bar in Belfast that I'm dying to revisit. 

This first delicious night of spring warmth, enjoyed with the people who love me most in a beautiful city.

This totally weird Russian-themed, completely deserted club in Berlin, where a best friend and I giggled and sipped beer and watched the oddities flow in and out. 

These extravagant, opulent, glowing gilded towers at night.

These colorful drinks, cheering up a final "goodbye". 

This sweet scene, and feeling very Parisienne while viewing it. 

This fantastic city, the gorgeous blondes riding bikes through it, and the charming canals cutting across it.

This little puppy, and how tiny he was upon first meeting. 

This perfect place setting, curated by my interior-design extraordinaire cousin for my grandmother's recent birthday.

This vampy lip color, and the act of wearing it. 

These woolen socks, to never leave my feet during dead-leaf season.

This new friend, cute genius behind www.thetinydarling.com and meeting her for a two-and-a-half-hour long coffee sesh, discussing all the most important things, like dream sandwiches and clothes.

What are you thinking about on a Friday in autumn?

Monday, October 6, 2014

berry + rye

After a long week of presentations, tests, homework, and long shifts, The Boy and I were in dire need of something relaxing. On a whim late last Thursday night, we tucked Albie into bed and snuck off to our very favorite cocktail spot in Omaha. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

indian summer

For our last date night in September, I decided  to slip into something a little more weather appropriate. 

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.