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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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|

Thankful for friends with style.

 

I think my favorite part of spring is the sensation of wonder that surrounds you. It’s like you’re living inside of a fairytale with the young and lush greenery, tiny chirping songs and the breeze carrying the natural perfumes of budding flowers. This day is particularly magical and I felt it best suited to enjoy it in this 1950s shirtwaist dress. It was given to me by my friend Lilly and it has grown to be one of my VERY favorites. It is the perfect weight to enjoy both the warm sunshine and cool breezes of springtime and it’s letter block print adds just enough whimsy to feel right at home in this wondrous weather. Also worn is a vintage wooden rocking horse brooch, vintage belt and of course my favorite Poetic Licence whiplash shooties (though you can barely see them through my quickly overgrown grass! thanks spring).