Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Simmer

My little sister goes back to school tomorrow. So do I, Thursday night. Now for Clare it's a matter of getting on a bus (and starting 5th grade!!!). For me it means a looooong Amtrak ride. Emphasis on long.
Still, I guess summer's really over. Culturally, anyway. I went out with a bang. Which is to say I took pictures of myself at a public pool. I think only one lifeguard saw, but it was still very liberating. Also my hair looked surprisingly cute sans product, post water.
I love this bikini, but I don't love the way it rolls down. I wish Swimsuits for All accommodated extremely short waisted people such as myself, because I love this style!
Does this masquerade well as a cool fashion shoot location? It's just the very old shed at the public pool. They sold snacks out of it when I was a kid. Now it's full of junk. I was standing on ants.

Bikini: Swimsuits for All
Vest: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Sunnies: ModCloth









Friday, August 15, 2014

For Today is Your Day of All Days

When my baby sister was a toddler, she loved Noggin, a children's programming channel that I think has been acquired by Nickelodeon. Several times a day all the little network characters would have a party and sing this song:
"Today is your birthday! We're so glad you came along! Today is your birthday, so we're singing you this song! Now you're older, now you're smarter--wow, you've really learned a lot! Now you're older, now you're smarter! There's no telling where you'll stop!"
This was directed at 2 year olds, but it jives with me still.
Today is my birthday! My neighbor was having a garage sale and gave me this hat for free. I don't think she knows it's my birthday, but I'm going to pretend it was intended as a gift.
Also I totally broke the screwy thingy on my camera, so I apologize for the weird angle of all these pictures. Funny--the camera is maybe 18 months old, and the tripod about eight years. The camera broke first.

Top: Forever 21
Dress: Asos
Sandals + sunnies: ModCloth
Belt: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Necklace: Amazon





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ain't No Sin

I had a period in my life when I would pretty much only wear hacked up tees either bought at thrift stores or stolen from my brother. I dunno. I was determined to be as sloppy as a 16 year old Catholic school student could get away with being.
This shirt is ancient. I remember buying it with my friend Rosemary when we were 16 or 17 at the thrift store near our school. Their men's tees were like a quarter. I went to town with those things. Last night I further modified what my high school self had already, um, spruced up, but only because both sleeves had massive holes.
It's sloppy, but sometimes I wear things more for what they represent than what they actually look like.
I probably should not have worn my giant ugly (but terribly serviceable!) bra with this creation, but that's just the way things worked out today.
Smiling is outlawed. Tell your friends.

Tee: Thrifted @ Carousel Thrift
Shorts: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Necklaces: One from the free bin, one from Amazon
Sunnies: ModCloth
Mocs: Minnetonka






Friday, August 8, 2014

Dog Days

One week from today, I will be 20 years old. That's weird. I should probably make the most of being a teenager. What do teenagers do? Tell their parents that it's not a phase, it's who they are? Listen to that one song entitled "Teenagers?" Start terrible garage bands? I think I might be low on time. Guess I'll stick to floral skirts and waiting out the summer.
I got this shirt at Goodwill and will evidently never accept that it just wasn't made for a chest like mine. Please excuse how transparently ill fitting it is.

Top: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Skirt: Travelling vendor
Sandals, sunnies: ModCloth
Belt: Thrifted with a dress @ NoHo Hospice




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Day Sunshine

I've had this dress for months. Without fail, I put it on, see that I look bangin, and wonder why I don't wear it more often until I take three steps and it rides up six inches. Bodycon and I have never quite meshed.
 Ah well. I went out to dinner with for my dad's birthday, an activity that mostly involved sitting down and enjoying the spanakopita. In the future I'll probably pair this with tights and leggings. 
Dress: Forever 21
Sandals: ModCloth
Sunnies and Earrings: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Necklace: Amazon









Friday, July 25, 2014

Violet Vale

It's really easy for summer to get me down. I miss my friends and campus. I miss sweaters. I miss comfortable temperatures. I've lived here all my life. This summer has asked me to confront something uncomfortable time and time again: I've gone an grown up. I don't recognize my neighbors anymore, and they have to squint for a full minute before they recognize me. Restaurants that seemed glamorous and large are sort of dinky and strange, alien and familiar. Rooms are smaller. Sisters are entering 5th grade.
I can't pinpoint exactly what that has to do with this outfit. I wouldn't have worn it two years ago.
Anne (of Green Gables) has a similar experience on her own trips home to Avonlea. I guess that's a feeling that translates over the generations many between us. Also Anne is fictional, so.

Dress: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Shirt: Totally my dad's
Jacket: Vintage via my mother
Mocs: Minnetonka
Sunnies, Necklace: ModCloth 








Sunday, July 13, 2014

She Almost Drives Me Crazy

This is the Palette on Parade Dress from ModCloth. I got it during their massive 50% off sale and I'm so glad. I was afraid I wouldn't like it, having admired the You're in Luck style only from afar. The pattern is, I admit, a bit much. But I guess I'm a bit much. I'm 100% in love and was easily the most colorful thing at my cousin's bridal shower this afternoon. 
The house it was held at was done all up in huge floral patterns, lace, and birds. I wanted to live there. The woman who owned it complimented my look, which is almost as good.
I know those mocs don't match at all, but they're a little more respectable than my old red ones and SO COMFY. I thought about digging out my old ankle strap dance shoes. I doubt I'll even dance again, so converting them to street shoes in their retirement is fine. But I decided I valued comfort over cohesion. These mocs are moose hide and lovely.
Note that I am 5"4 and this dress is a little shorter than I thought it would be. I mean, it hits at my knees, but based on the pictures I thought it would be longer. I think the plus size version of this dress might be shorter than XS-XL.
The dress is  much brighter in real life than it looks on their website! You'll turn heads.

Dress: ModCloth
Belt: Off a vintage dress thrifted @ NoHo Hospice
Bangle: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Mocs: Minnetonka
Sunnies: Forever 21









Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Simmer

My little sister goes back to school tomorrow. So do I, Thursday night. Now for Clare it's a matter of getting on a bus (and starting 5th grade!!!). For me it means a looooong Amtrak ride. Emphasis on long.
Still, I guess summer's really over. Culturally, anyway. I went out with a bang. Which is to say I took pictures of myself at a public pool. I think only one lifeguard saw, but it was still very liberating. Also my hair looked surprisingly cute sans product, post water.
I love this bikini, but I don't love the way it rolls down. I wish Swimsuits for All accommodated extremely short waisted people such as myself, because I love this style!
Does this masquerade well as a cool fashion shoot location? It's just the very old shed at the public pool. They sold snacks out of it when I was a kid. Now it's full of junk. I was standing on ants.

Bikini: Swimsuits for All
Vest: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Sunnies: ModCloth









Friday, August 15, 2014

For Today is Your Day of All Days

When my baby sister was a toddler, she loved Noggin, a children's programming channel that I think has been acquired by Nickelodeon. Several times a day all the little network characters would have a party and sing this song:
"Today is your birthday! We're so glad you came along! Today is your birthday, so we're singing you this song! Now you're older, now you're smarter--wow, you've really learned a lot! Now you're older, now you're smarter! There's no telling where you'll stop!"
This was directed at 2 year olds, but it jives with me still.
Today is my birthday! My neighbor was having a garage sale and gave me this hat for free. I don't think she knows it's my birthday, but I'm going to pretend it was intended as a gift.
Also I totally broke the screwy thingy on my camera, so I apologize for the weird angle of all these pictures. Funny--the camera is maybe 18 months old, and the tripod about eight years. The camera broke first.

Top: Forever 21
Dress: Asos
Sandals + sunnies: ModCloth
Belt: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Necklace: Amazon





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ain't No Sin

I had a period in my life when I would pretty much only wear hacked up tees either bought at thrift stores or stolen from my brother. I dunno. I was determined to be as sloppy as a 16 year old Catholic school student could get away with being.
This shirt is ancient. I remember buying it with my friend Rosemary when we were 16 or 17 at the thrift store near our school. Their men's tees were like a quarter. I went to town with those things. Last night I further modified what my high school self had already, um, spruced up, but only because both sleeves had massive holes.
It's sloppy, but sometimes I wear things more for what they represent than what they actually look like.
I probably should not have worn my giant ugly (but terribly serviceable!) bra with this creation, but that's just the way things worked out today.
Smiling is outlawed. Tell your friends.

Tee: Thrifted @ Carousel Thrift
Shorts: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Necklaces: One from the free bin, one from Amazon
Sunnies: ModCloth
Mocs: Minnetonka






Friday, August 8, 2014

Dog Days

One week from today, I will be 20 years old. That's weird. I should probably make the most of being a teenager. What do teenagers do? Tell their parents that it's not a phase, it's who they are? Listen to that one song entitled "Teenagers?" Start terrible garage bands? I think I might be low on time. Guess I'll stick to floral skirts and waiting out the summer.
I got this shirt at Goodwill and will evidently never accept that it just wasn't made for a chest like mine. Please excuse how transparently ill fitting it is.

Top: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Skirt: Travelling vendor
Sandals, sunnies: ModCloth
Belt: Thrifted with a dress @ NoHo Hospice




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Day Sunshine

I've had this dress for months. Without fail, I put it on, see that I look bangin, and wonder why I don't wear it more often until I take three steps and it rides up six inches. Bodycon and I have never quite meshed.
 Ah well. I went out to dinner with for my dad's birthday, an activity that mostly involved sitting down and enjoying the spanakopita. In the future I'll probably pair this with tights and leggings. 
Dress: Forever 21
Sandals: ModCloth
Sunnies and Earrings: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Necklace: Amazon









Friday, July 25, 2014

Violet Vale

It's really easy for summer to get me down. I miss my friends and campus. I miss sweaters. I miss comfortable temperatures. I've lived here all my life. This summer has asked me to confront something uncomfortable time and time again: I've gone an grown up. I don't recognize my neighbors anymore, and they have to squint for a full minute before they recognize me. Restaurants that seemed glamorous and large are sort of dinky and strange, alien and familiar. Rooms are smaller. Sisters are entering 5th grade.
I can't pinpoint exactly what that has to do with this outfit. I wouldn't have worn it two years ago.
Anne (of Green Gables) has a similar experience on her own trips home to Avonlea. I guess that's a feeling that translates over the generations many between us. Also Anne is fictional, so.

Dress: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Shirt: Totally my dad's
Jacket: Vintage via my mother
Mocs: Minnetonka
Sunnies, Necklace: ModCloth 








Sunday, July 13, 2014

She Almost Drives Me Crazy

This is the Palette on Parade Dress from ModCloth. I got it during their massive 50% off sale and I'm so glad. I was afraid I wouldn't like it, having admired the You're in Luck style only from afar. The pattern is, I admit, a bit much. But I guess I'm a bit much. I'm 100% in love and was easily the most colorful thing at my cousin's bridal shower this afternoon. 
The house it was held at was done all up in huge floral patterns, lace, and birds. I wanted to live there. The woman who owned it complimented my look, which is almost as good.
I know those mocs don't match at all, but they're a little more respectable than my old red ones and SO COMFY. I thought about digging out my old ankle strap dance shoes. I doubt I'll even dance again, so converting them to street shoes in their retirement is fine. But I decided I valued comfort over cohesion. These mocs are moose hide and lovely.
Note that I am 5"4 and this dress is a little shorter than I thought it would be. I mean, it hits at my knees, but based on the pictures I thought it would be longer. I think the plus size version of this dress might be shorter than XS-XL.
The dress is  much brighter in real life than it looks on their website! You'll turn heads.

Dress: ModCloth
Belt: Off a vintage dress thrifted @ NoHo Hospice
Bangle: Thrifted @ Goodwill
Mocs: Minnetonka
Sunnies: Forever 21









 
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