OctOOTD 10/29

 

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What a special day it is. 10-29 has always held significance for me as it is my Mother’s birthday and a mothers birthday is not something to take lightly! It is because of their strength, sacrifice and very existence that we have the arduous privilege to walk this earth and therefore it is truly a day worth celebrating! Today, however, turned out to be very special for a different reason.

An unexpected nearly week-long trip out of town for work set me back a bit in way of fall joy and halloween spirit… I always try to partner my work-related frustrations with a healthy sense of gratefulness and achievement. I should be grateful for chances to learn, grow and succeed… I should be. Though I don’t always see it that way.

I got home just in time for the last weekend before halloween to really dive in the deep end and though I got off to a rocky start, allowing pangs of anxiety over come me, I eventually settled back in to my usual flow. What helps most is being able to spend some time with Britt – My boyfriend of nearly 5 years, by the way… I mention his name all the time though a proper introduction has probably gone amiss. At the end of the day, just getting to spend time with him feels like a huge weight off my shoulders. We are both so busy it’s difficult for our paths to cross. If it wasn’t for the fact that we lived together we would likely miss each other entirely for weeks on end!

Today, though, we sat together in the beautiful late-October sun and had a long lunch downtown, finally having the time to just sit and talk before grabbing coffees from Malaprops and heading to the Farmer’s Market to pick up more of our favorite jam. The WNC Farmers Market was pure magic today. The maple trees were glowing a bright, firey orange as if they were all delicately ablaze and gracefully shed their leaves like tiny floating embers. It was all in slow motion and filled every second and every ounce of my existence with the pure joy that only nature and good company could. Our lovely few hours together quickly came to an end as he had to run into work, but it was still exactly what I needed. Today is such a special day… a moment in time to mark the rebirth of my own happiness and sense of peace. A day to serve as a reminder of all the good that comes from sharing time and space with those we love and that we don’t have to tackle it all on our own.

So here I am, sadly unable to pay my mom a visit on her birthday but thinking of her still and allowing myself to relax today and to accept all that I can not change, because I’m not alone in any of this. Since I was out of town for about a week, I sadly fell very behind in OOTDS for this October, but here’s to finishing off this month strong! Here’s a little orange and black for you today and a little cameo from my favorite winter shoes! I just couldn’t resist.

Having to use my iphone again so sorry for the low quality…But it’s all about the clothes anyway, so who cares right??  Right! ❤

Outfit |Blouse, thrifted vintage burnt orange button up. Thrifted pleated black skirt. Old GAP black tights. Poetic Licence “Afternoon Tea” Boots.|

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OCTOOTD 10/20

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I just can’t get enough of the warm golden glow that incapsulated my tiny home today. Walking around over crunching leaves with Archer while more fell down gently on our heads and sipping coffee between bites of snickerdoodles while the autumn-sun gently beat down on my cheeks… these are the moments that matter.

I get so swept up in all the bad in this world… the cruelty and selfishness that exists, peering behind so many of our everyday luxuries. I don’t walk by fast fashion retailers and see fun, cute dresses. I see sweatshop labor, wasted resources and growing landfills. I can’t walk by packaged meat or gallons of milk at the grocery store and see “dinner”. I see the pain and suffering of thousands of farm animals every day that are enslaved and tortured by humans for our selfish gains.

These are the harsh realities behind so many everyday things. I have always had a problem with feeling things too much. Though my diet has only just gone fully vegan this year (finally!) and my shopping fast-fashion free, I have struggled my entire life with allowing the pain and suffering of this planet and its  many diverse inhabitants just WEIGH DOWN on me. No one is perfect, least of all me, so inevitably there is the pangs of guilt and frustration that creep in upon the self-scrutiny of my own bad habits and mistakes.  I can’t seem to un-see things and I can’t seem to keep them to myself… I start telling everyone I know about all the injustices in our world and how we’re the problem and I just get so overwhelmed and impassioned and I can’t seem to stop. That’s actually a big reason why I started this blog… It’s been a good outlet for me to share my love for slow fashion though I’ve been able to keep it relatively low-key. Mainly out of fear of offending anyone or coming off too strongly but the truth is I am FILLED with passion for our planet, our people and our creatures.

However, today I’m thankful to have been reminded of the good in this world and my life. The gift of nature, of safety, of health… I’m grateful for my awareness and compassion for those who suffer and endure hardship but I also need to be grateful for my own “blessings” and simple pleasures. I’m thankful to be able to walk around my own backyard with my sweet dog Archer who unlike so many poor pups has a warm bed and a family that absolutely adores and spoils him. I’m so thankful for the peace and quiet of a day off, especially on a day as beautiful as this. So, overall today I am just feeling thankful and while it’s important to care and take action, you can’t lose sight of the good and important aspects of your life and your day. Even the smallest most insignificant moments and feelings of joy matter.

So, I apologize for the length of this blog post and it’s likely that many of you didn’t even read this far but I hope this was a good chance to get to know me on a bit of a deeper level and if you can relate, hopefully serve as a reminder for yourself as well. So here’s to keeping a balanced mind and a balanced heart. Thanks for reading. ❤

 

|Dress: old f21 dress handed down by a friend, Knee socks: old, Boots: thrifted vintage zip up ankle boots|img_0586img_0454octootd201img_0467

OCTOOTD 10/18

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In true NC Mountain weather fashion, there seems to be a sort of summer revival happening around here. Though I had finally switched to heating my house last week, I have just as quickly had to switch it back to AC! But it’s all okay in my eyes because this sudden burst of warmth is only proving to postpone the end to this beautiful season. It’s as if the sun and the trees conspired to stay frozen in their half yellow / half orange picturesque glory with a few short days of summer heat. For me this meant trading in my big sweaters for a sweater tee and bearing bare legs! I’ll allow it…. for now.

|Sweater tee: old, American Apparel, Thrifted pleated red skirt, old F21 cut out oxfords|img_0145img_0143

OCTOOTD 10/12

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An extremely average, everyday outfit for me featuring all of my typical staples:

ALL BLACK. BABYDOLL DRESS. SOCKS. BOOTS. (though you can’t see ’em).

Everyone has their “suit” and… this is mine, no matter the season. The only thing I wished I had today was a black beret! I suddenly realized today amongst all the hats I have that is one item I have yet to come across. I suppose it’s because I am so picky when it comes to finding staple pieces like that… after all, our staples are what we wear MOST so it has to be absolutely perfect! (If anyone stumbles upon the perfect vintage black beret online somewhere, send me a link! Bonus for any gold detailing!)

Anyway, while I have truly immersed myself in all the everyday perks of autumn, I have for some reason or another not gotten in the halloween spirit yet. Who am I??? It’s okay though, I’m diving RIGHT in with some good books and spooky movies to catch up. Today I started “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury and it’s my first time reading it. Yas! Much excite! Very spook! Next up, some Exorcist and/or Poltergeist ❤

|Thrifted f21 dress, old black thigh high socks, big hairbow for a bowtie|

OCTOOTD 10/11

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Just spent the day outdoors with Britt trying to tucker out the pup and wound up tuckering myself out too! I think I’ll be settling in now for the evening and do a bit of organizing in my office.

The days are getting shorter, crisper, cozier…. I want to soak up every moment of it and meet each new breath of fresh autumn air with a sip of hot coffee or a warm mug of apple cider. I just want to live within that sweet smell of cinnamon and nutmeg that continuously grows and grows seeping out from the oven. Love love love the season we find ourselves in!

Autumn is just so COZY. For that reason I’ve found myself reaching for more relaxed silhouettes, casual tops and loose layers the past few days. Today I resurfaced this plaid shift dress I got last year and layered it with this oversized lightweight utility jacket. Neither of these things do much for my figure but today I DIDNT CARE! It was loose and comfortable and it’s just how I felt best today, rompin’ around with the dog at the park.

Wore these with basic black tights and my two favorites, a red thrifted bowler and vintage lace up boots. img_9820img_9757img_9639