Wednesday, April 23, 2014

a very happy easter

//dress, blouse, backpack: thrifted / sweater: kohl's / belt: old navy / tights: target / socks: JCP / boots: fred meyer//

Happy belated Easter, everyone! I hope you all had a great day celebrating. I was up at 6:30 am Easter morning for breakfast with my family before church, then after church I had lunch with my boyfriend and his family before we headed to my family's for a giant get-together, egg hunt, and of course, more food. There was a lot of food on Easter, and I ate far more than I should have...but I don't regret it one bit. There was also the traditional game of Scrabble with my uncle, which I roped Josh and my younger cousin into playing with us. I always love playing Scrabble at family gatherings, not so much for the game as for the laughs that we get from everyone trying to make up words and arguing for their status as a word. I know Josh isn't a huge fan (and it didn't help that he came in dead last), but I fully intend to convert him, because it's one of my favorites.

This is an old outfit, from a little over a month ago, for an especially cold, gray day. I had picked up this dress at Goodwill back in January and was determined to wear it before it got too warm. I had kept meaning to add on some fabric at the base of the skirt, since it is far too short for comfort, but never got around to it, so I added a super thick pair of tights and my long, black sweater over the top. I'm really happy with the final look—it just looks cozy and warm and wintery (despite the fact that it was supposed to be spring). 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Friday, April 18, 2014

purple velvet perfection

// dress: thrifted, refashioned / tights: claire's / cardigan, oxfords: thrifted //

I absolutely love this dress, but I don't often have an occasion to wear it. However, when I saw Katie's outfit with her purple velvet dress, I decided I just had to pull it out again and wear it for church (it was communion Sunday after all, and I always like to dress nicer for that). I paired it with these fun tights, which have an eye-catching, tattoo-style print on the sides (the boyfriend actually did a double take, he wasn't sure if it was a tattoo, or henna, or what), and a crocheted cardigan I picked up at Value Village years ago. And I kinda love the final look. It's classy and elegant, but it also has just a hint of boho. 

My classes are just starting to wrap up, and I already have a feeling of impending doom. I just feel like the eight weeks has been going so fast, and maybe it's because I've got more going on lately. And this couple of classes has also been more work-heavy than usual, possibly more than I've ever had: since the second week of classes, I've had four writing assignments due each week, and once those are done, there's not much room to work ahead on final projects. I'm confident that it'll all work out, though, and it also means I'll be that much more grateful when these classes are done and vacation starts. :) 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Friday, April 11, 2014

9th & Elm Review

// colorblock infinity scarf, gold monogrammed necklace: c/o 9th & Elm / jeans, boots: Fred Meyer / t-shirt: Target / jacket: JC Penney //

I was so thrilled when 9th & Elm contacted me asking if I'd like to do a review. Basically, they are a flash sale site featuring the products of different handmade and independent designers. I thought it was a great idea, since it helps to promote some really fantastic designers. I chose to review the colorblock infinity scarf and the gold monogrammed necklace, and I'm in love with both of them. I've been wearing the scarf almost nonstop since I got it—I really like the colors and more subtle mix of patterns, and the lace detail is too cute. Then the little monogrammed necklace is just so dainty and elegant. Both products are excellent quality and I'm really happy with both of them. I'm also excited to have found out about 9th & Elm—they feature some amazing products at great prices. I would definitely recommend checking them out

This kind of outfit has basically been my uniform since the start of the year, aside from Sundays: t-shirt, skinny jeans, and boots. It's just easy to throw on, and it can be dressed up with accessories too. I've been having fun experimenting with wearing jeans more often. Still, now that spring seems to have officially sprung here in Washington, I'm starting to gravitate towards skirts again, and I've been itching to sew myself some new spring skirts. In fact, I'm hoping to start one today, after I've conquered at least a portion of the schoolwork I need to get done. 

Hope to see you all again soon! I've got a bunch of different posts in the works, that hopefully I'll be able to find some time to put up here for y'all. 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22