Friday, June 29, 2012


there is always that breaking point in the middle of a summer night when the lingering heat from the day just sort of dissipates and a coolness settles. it's this transition that has one reaching for the covers at the foot of the bed because the chill now reaches through the sheet that had previously been barely tolerable with its stifling weight. i love the continuance and dependability of this nightly flow from one state to the next and for me, it serves as a reminder for so much of the rest of life...especially when i take a moment to stop and think, think, think and slow down.

summer, in my opinion, is about slowing down. there is something about long hot days that almost literally make it impossible to rush from one thing to the next. and i know i am fortunate enough to still be in a phase of my life that dictates that summer is more than just a mere season in a portion of the year but something that i can actually take advantage of on a daily basis. however, the idea that i do need to take advantage of it is something of a quandary. with so many friends out in the real world, and a partner who is equally living the 9-5 schedule, i admittedly feel a little guilty and selfish when i think of how i spend my days. it's in these moments that i try to remember the transition of my life and have no doubt that within a year, i will most likely be living in a very different chapter than the one i am in now.

the above is from a day of sun in my front yard.

happy summer and sun to all of you <3

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

gnomes and such

it's been almost a week since i have entered into the glorious phase of the year called summer. and to be completely honest, today is the first day that i have put on something more exciting than yoga pants or the same pair of ratty cut-offs that are two sizes too big and create that oh-so lovely saggy butt effect. but hey, isn't the first week out of class about completely losing all resemblances of whatever former schedule you had? summer deserves that much.

summer also makes me think of the quintessential combo of shorts and a t-shirt. there is nothing like downsizing a closet to make one realize how many t-shirts one actually has. and apparently i don't ever get rid of anything closet related so i am having a moment with my stack(s) of shirts that are quietly {now} tucked away in my dresser. have you explored the unisex v-necks from american apparel? they truly are fabulous and perhaps my idea of the perfect shirt. and thankfully i wear mine with bottoms so as to resemble nothing of the sort of half-naked ads they run {which i secretly love because i think they are so ridiculously brilliant}. these shorts also are a new love. i think i am going to revert to dressing like i did when i was five years old. everything was a softer material and felt like i was wearing pajamas. at least it will keep me in stretchy waist bands for summer.

american apparel t, h&m shorts and glasses, thrifted blazer, leopard pumps from tjmaxx years ago, target watch, random collection of rings, and essie mojito madness

for the majority of the time that i was standing in front of this mural, i thought that the little gnome had his mouth open and was screaming. but then i thought maybe it was just a mustache. now i don't know. though i rather like the idea of the former. alyssa if you are reading this, this is what you left for london...miss it? regret it? no, i wouldn't either. just know that i am wondering sc kissing random walls and missing you. fact. hope those socks are working wonders in l-town. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012


i can't get enough of my 501's. i can see how 1) they were the bees-knees for so many generations 2) why i had such a hard time finding the perfect pair and 3) why i suddenly scour every vintage/thrift store for more more more. i dare say they are the perfect pant. i also can't stop wearing this black linen blazer in its slightly oversized glory. 

anyway, it's officially summer time for me and i have about a week and a half before i start work so between then and now, it's just me and some good ol' nora roberts. bliss. 

vintage levis, vintage blazer, tank from some random mall store, sandals aldo, watch lucky, rings and bracelets vintage and usual

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


this week has flown by in pure and absolute chaos! and it is still only wednesday though i feel like i should disregard the days of the week and work solely off of my to-do list. monday morning was spent with my usual study group but then running errands to finish grabbing up all the little things i needed for this upcoming weekend -- the wedding of two of my best friends! and i feel so incredibly honored because they have asked to me officiate the ceremony (i am really hoping i don't just break down in a flood of happy tears, which i have been known to do). anyway, running errands on a randomly rainy day made me grab for my absolute essentials - an oversize sweater, my favorite vintage 501's (which at that point i had worn since the previous thursday) and booties. i also pulled out my vintage leather clutch which i absolutely adore and really should use more often. tomorrow night we are headed for the hills for the wedding and i can't wait to be surrounded by so much love!

found - 1 wedding wear tie with dinosaurs for e. major major thrifted score!

last minute beauty details - waterproof mascara (duh), lip color, bronzer, etc. my budget doesn't always allow for the big bucks to be spent on makeup so i am forever grateful to have a friend in the industry whom i can text for drugstore buys (and also real simple magazine for their best buys edition)

weekend wedding wear!

Saturday, June 2, 2012


i have a love-hate relationship with skirts. for some reason i have a hard time finding ones that i love enough to buy and the ones that i do usually come in the form of something shorter and black. otherwise i don't know how to make them work into my closet, yet i love their sibling - shorts and can't get enough of those. however, i found this one in the super sale section of urban (the time when its take another 50% off the already sale price -- its really the only time to go seeing as that is the closest you are going to get to wholesale prices) and it cost a whopping $5. i can make almost anything work for $5. but this one, in its crocheted, actually gives me an ass, can be worn at a myriad of lengths, doily-esq-ness proved a solid buy with or without the price tag. so what do i do? i throw on some yellow for a bumblebee effect, find a boxy striped sweater to throw over that and wear it with a favorite pair of platform heels that make me feel like a little like a librarian.

skirt urban, tank american rag, sweater ann taylor, heels nicole, nails essie play date, necklaces waxing poetic.

also, anyone catch my position reversal somewhere above? and only fox could make me mute the giants game :(