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

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OCT-OOTD 10/6

As I pretty much expected, I didn’t post at all while romping through Philadelphia with Britt this past week. Any time we travel we spend so much time immersing ourselves into the cities we visit, seeing every site, sitting in every park and trekking through every neighborhood scouting out the best coffee, beer and/or food in the area. We spend SO much time in the thick of it, there’s never any time left or energy left for documentation. We try and take a good photo here and there but we just spend so much of our time living and being present, it’s easy to forget. I’ve always been interested in daily blogging or even vlogging but I have such difficulty reminding myself to document it all! So, I had some hopes of staying active on the blog while I was gone but alas, I am who I am!

While it’s great to be able to look back on your life through photos and videos, it’s also really important to experience the now. BE PRESENT! Stop worrying about instagramming every day or snapping every moment, just live. With that being said, I don’t have the most exciting content to share on this post, but regardless here’s another OCT-OOTD tourist-style!

  • Navy blue American Apparel tennis skirt – I ended up wearing this nearly EVERY day and is quickly becoming a staple in my everyday wardrobe. Though we live in the mountains of North Carolina and have similar weather to the north, it was a bit chillier than expected when we first arrived in Philly and the weight of this skirt paired with basic black tights was perfect for the October chill.
  • Thrifted denim jacket with my “crying at the party” Stay At Home Club patch. Pretty much my favorite jacket these days.
  • DETECTED Skyrim t-shirt I snagged from an online shop over a year ago. The nerdiest t-shirt I own (not ashamed).
  • Yellow Kanken mini backpack with my cute little lace-kitty keychain Britt got me in Amsterdam. A small backpack like this is essential for travel, it goes with me everywhere.

LOOKBOOK LOVE: GOLDEN PONIES

Hooray, I almost didn’t make this in time for August but voila! I have a new brand to share with you all for this ol’ LookBook Love series: Meet GOLDEN PONIES. A Mexico-based shoe & handbag company providing you with handmade, customizable footwear at a highly affordable price.

 

With most styles offered between only $30 – $50, looking through the GoldenPonies website is a little TOO much fun. They have everything from brogues to ankle boots, all handmade to order and with a great variety of customized options.  I have GOT to get my

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hands on a pair of the adorable Biba Glitter Mary Janes heels (found pictured above in an adorable hot pink) and I’m like, pretty positive these black and white monk strap flats (pictured left) were created with ME in mind. Love them! The simple, classic designs matched with their unique choices of fabrications and colors make them the PERFECT accessory for a vintage-inspired wardrobe. I love that they offer classic neutrals alongside more daring and unique colors, like their holographic and glitter options. You can still get that great vintage-inspired shape with a little modern twist.

il_570xN.790538711_dyeoOf course my favorite part about this brand (which probably goes without saying if you have been following along for any length of time), is the ethical piece. While they may have a pretty unbelievably fair price tag, these are truly handmade to order and if you’re a vegan in need of some more options, they have tons of styles completely free of animal products. Leather is used in some of the styles and you can of course find more details on the materials used through each individual listing on their Etsy page , but overall this is a great resource for unique, vintage-inspired vegan footwear (for vegans and non-vegans alike!)

So go ahead and check out this awesome brand, either at their Etsy page or their website! When I finally narrow down my choices I’ll be making my first purchase here soon, so look out for a review hopefully some time soon! ❤

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