Friday, September 12, 2014

Art Lately: Getting Botanical


Anxiety - I painted this before flying to Italy. It's important to remember to breathe deeply, you'll get through it.


First Day - I kind of miss going back to school. It freaks me out knowing that time of my life is over.

Planting - This one was a bit out of my comfort zone, but in the end I like how it turned out! I'm definitely getting addicted to painting plants. I have started keeping some, and gardening is very therapeutic.


Sisterhood - Girls, stick together.

Ayanami - A special fan art from a special show.
This last one is a gift I mailed to a friend! Shhh don't tell her ;)


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Brighter


I don't ever have to go clothes shopping anywhere other than work now, it's great! Also kind of a dangerous job, since I spend my day going through all the clothes that come in... me and the girls that work there end up giving at least some of our paychecks right back!

Today was a pretty nice day! Me and Trav got a kitten earlier this week. Probably not the best decision ever since we're kind of strapped for cash atm, but it made Travis so happy! And he's such a sweet little guy. We're calling him Pippi right now, I'll be sure to post photos of him soon! He's part of the litter that crawled out from under our porch a couple weeks ago. My sister and Travis's old roomate both wanted one too, so we got to give a couple more kittens good homes!







Well, I just worked 10 days in a row, and am enjoying my little mid-week weekend. This Sunday is my Mom's birthday, and we're going to the Craft Fair in Greenville! I get to see my friends too, I'm so pumped!

Top, Shoes, Bag: Thrifted
(Monteau, Steve Madden, Fossil respectively)
Shorts: American Apparel
Necklace: I forgot to take a close up :( 
But it was made for me by a friend.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Granny Shoes


Our neighbor has kittens!
We really want one but I'm worried that it'll cost too much and that it won't get along with Kit when I bring him down. Plus Travis wants to name it Goku, so there are a few good reasons not to. But, kittens! I want to give one a good home. The guy doesn't seem like a very responsible pet owner. We gave him a box for the cats and he dropped it! A box full of kittens! It was like a horror movie!



Do ya'll like my granny shoes? They're, like, orthopedic. Haha. But I think they're cute in an ugly sort of way! I got the beaded cardigan from the thrift store and was all like "Woah look at this it must be hand beaded from like the 20s so vintage omg!" But then I found a tag. It's from TopShop. It's also like 8 pounds or something.
My crop top is from Megan, I traded it for art. She's a super sweet lady, check her out!

I had a really wonderful weekend, but now I'm back to work! I'm always just looking forward to getting home and painting, really.






Top: Kiddo TV
Shorts: American Apparel
Cardigan: Topshop, thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted
Pin: Modern Girl Blitz
Necklace: Forever 21

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back in the Garden


Today I wore what's probably the prettiest dress I ever did wear!

It's also from work, no surprise there, and it's designer, ooh la la! It's Nicole Miller, and while I'm not sure how old it is, her dresses sell for something like $250, and I've never been able to afford something like that. But it sure is beautiful! I'll cut the small talk and get you right to a close up:


Isn't it a work of art? My Mom was pretty jealous, tbh. I took a couple days off work this week and ended up with a four day weekend due to schedule stuff and Labor Day. And it's sure felt good! I got to go home for the first time in like a month and a half. My parents and cat were glad to see me and I really enjoyed just being back in the house. I missed them so much! My Mom took me to some thrift stores and I got bunches of lovely treasures (I know she reads this blog, hi Mom!), and I painted one of our old chest of drawers powder blue and brought it to the apartment (no more using bins to hold my undies). Plus, the weather was beautiful.

I forgot how much I missed driving. During school I'd drive for 4 hours a week round trip on weekends and sing really loudly with the windows down. Now I don't get to do that anymore, which saves on gas... but I miss out on my the therapy of the good ol open road.




My Mom has a really beautiful garden, and she gave me a bunch of plants to take back with me! Here's our back porch. She's a decorating genius, really.






After I took pictures with the tripod, Mom wanted to take a few, so I posed for her. ^ Stunning as per usual.

Dress: Nicole Miller, thrifted
Shoes: Seychelles, thrifted
Necklace: Handmade by me

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Absence


So, this dress came into my work. Brand new, with tags, still on the freakin' Modcloth website. We were selling it for $22. I was like "holy shit that's an Emily and Fin I need to own it," obviously. Only problem is it's a size XS, and well, I'm a pretty solid M. But I squeezed my butt into this beauty, and look at me now! It's a little hard to breathe deeply, but this is a price I am willing to pay. I can't believe my luck!!

I'm happy to be visiting home right now. You know what they say about absence, it makes the heart grow fonder. My Mom took me thrifting and I got a ton of wonderful goodies! Lots of pots and some pillows and some grandma-shoes. And I got to hug my cat again! Work was really busy this week, and I think I deserve this 4 day weekend I'm having. I literally slept for 15 hours on Friday. And then I took a nap.






Oh and check it out! I have a Fossil bag! I do love my work because it means I can afford things like this, and I'm recycling clothing, too! This pretty baby cost me like $12. It's the first time in years I've carried something that's not brown.




Dress: Thrifted, Emily and Fin
Pin: Kate Rowland
Shoes: UO
Bag: Thrifted, Fossil

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bra Free


There's a couple of things I'm not going to compromise on:
1. I'm not gonna shave.
2. If I don't feel like wearing a bra, I'm not gonna wear a bra.

I understand that there are certain things I can't do at work, like wear crop tops and ripped tights, and that's fine, I can handle it. But keeping my hairy legs and letting the girls loose are two tiny ways that I can promote my ideals, so to speak. We feel ashamed about things like body hair and nipples, and that ain't right, it ain't right at all! I can oppose the patriarchy and still look professional enough for work.

I don't wanna come off like I'm trying to make a big ol' statement here, because bra burning is nothing new. But I do want to do my part in normalizing things that should be considered normal, like a healthy love for our own bodies.





I took these pictures in a corner of our apartment, which is slowly starting to shape up! My plants are doing better already, and I'm so excited about it. I want to find them some pretty pots to make them feel special! Hopefully the place will be cute enough to share on the blog soon.

The last time I wore these shoes to work they killed my feet, so I'm going to bring a backup pair this time.





Dress: Thrifted
Shoes: UO on sale
Necklace: Target

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Planting


I've got some plants now.

But I'm not good at keeping them happy. I am trying to do all the right things for them like watering and sunlight and talking to them, but I still keep finding yellow leaves! Not so much on these, the succulents are doing great. But I just want my plants to be happy.

I wore this for a long day at work. The resale store I work at just had it's grand opening, so instead of just buying clothes to stock the place, we're selling now too and it's very busy. There were so many people today it made me dizzy about halfway through my 8 hour shift. But since we opened I got to buy all the pretty things I'd been wanting since I started working! This shirt was one of them. I know it doesn't look like anything special, but everytime I look at my new clothes I get smiley.




Here is me being happy after finding a flower growing on one of the succulents!



And here's a tiny speck of cleavage. It's all I got.



I don't really know what my life's heading towards right now. I like my work, I'm tired a lot, I'm rewatching FMAB, and my nails have never looked worse. I hope Travis gets a better job soon because the one he has isn't giving him enough hours for us to pay the bills.



Top: Everly (Thrifted)
Skirt: Modcloth
Necklace: F21
Petticoat: American Apparel
Shoes: Urban Outfitters (On sale last year)
Lipstick: Tarte Glamazons in Fierce