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: 10/23

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It’s been so long since I’ve had the time to sew up a new dress! I’m so, so happy to say however that I was able to steal away a few hours the other evening to put in The Craft (1996) and finally put this great teddy bear tapestry fabric to use! I was torn between making a two piece cropped tee and aline skirt and a pinafore but ultimately, as you can see, the pinafore won. Fall and winter are obviously the greatest seasons for layers and (in my opinion) a pinafore just begs to be layered with a good button up.

The amount of fabric I used probably cost me about $6 and it took under 2 hours to make! As you can see I haven’t hemmed it quite yet but I just got too excited to be bothered with it… I had to throw it on right away and snap some iPhone photos. Just look at it! The teddys! In clothes! and hats!

|Handmade dress, thrifted black blouse, old frilly ankle socks, clarks oxford heels|img_8784-2

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OOTD Chameleon

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I thought it was due time to change up the mood a bit over here… so even if it was rather dark and creepily on the verge of a massive thunderstorm (one Britt and I had to run through quickly back to the shelter of our car), you can’t actually tell from these photos, so I still get credit right?

I actually love summer thunder storms. They provide you with the perfect excuse to stay bundled up indoors with a movie, a book or a good project. It feels like nature’s way of letting you off the hook from all of those strange expectations we place on ourselves to stay outdoors all summer and lets you simply take a break, enjoying a bit of rest without guilt. Not to mention the fact that my kitties and dog start snoozing so sweetly as the daylight dims a bit and the thunder and rain rolls in so soothingly. It is the most calming feeling!

I was happy though to have been able to sneak in a bit of time at this Lake with Britt before the rain came. To be honest, my outfit today reminds me a bit of something you’d find in District 12 from The Hunger Games. Whether or not that’s a good or bad thing is yet to be determined, but I think I’m feeling it. I’ve been wanting for so long to wear these new-to-me poetic licence heels with their sweet velvet ribbons but they proved rather difficult to coordinate! Also making an appearance is this equally difficult to match vintage tapestry purse but some how, I threw on this dress this morning and it all just felt right.  At last! I love discovering pieces in my wardrobe that can be a “chameleon” and let me bring out some of my favorite accessories.

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|vintage 1950s dress with new satin bow tie, vintage 1960s tapestry bowler purse, poetic licence heels|

OOTD Handmade

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I have always been drawn to a more melancholic aesthetic… I find myself living directly on the line between elegant and eerie and this comes out a lot in my every day outfits. I love how darkness and romance can coexist in fashion and the magic that happens when they intertwine. I get lost in it, drunk with it all, seeking time and space to stay and live in it just a while longer. I think the best way I channel these inspiring spurts are through tiny details – a touch of velvet, a satin bow, or perhaps a textured lace blouse. These little elegant touches are what really add tinges of fantasy and timelessness to every day life and they come alive through fashion.

I have been particularly inspired as of late – I don’t know if these long summer days and growling dark thunderstorms are getting me more and more ready for fall, but I couldn’t help envisioning this look, every morning when I opened my closet and thumbed through my black dresses. However, none fit the image I had in my head… So, for some odd reason I felt compelled to try my hand at making my own. Six hours and 1 failed attempt later, I had this black cotton jumper. It isn’t perfect, but I’m proud all the same. It feels so good to learn a new craft and create something you love. Being involved every step of the way from choosing your fabric, to creating your pattern, to learning exactly how difficult it can be to install a zipper… it’s a rather accomplishing feeling and I’m not sure exactly where this inspiration came from but I’m so glad it came regardless.

Anyway, as for these photos I was going for some dark, victorian – graveyard vibes. Did I succeed? There were fireflies floating about stealing the focus away leaving me rather fuzzy but I actually wound up liking the obscurity of it all, so they’ll make their way here anyway ❤

|vintage thrifted lace blouse, handmade black jumper, one long black ribbon for my tie|