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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cancellations and Decorations


My birthday was last month, and Travis had planned to take me on a special birthday princess day. But this past month has been more than hectic, so he didn't get to until today!

Some things that caused the delay:
- While I enjoy work, my schedule is erratic, so my days off didn't coincide with his.
- Travis didn't have a car until recently
-Travis' debit card expired and we had to wait for a new one
- I had to take Travis to the ER. Easily the scariest day of my life, he had taken too many sleep aids in an effort to take a nap (insomniac) and basically was a walking zombie with memory loss. I didn't handle it very calmly. He's okay now, they kept him overnight with an IV drip and gave him something to bring down his heart rate. And now I've hidden the Ambien. 

Those are all good reasons for me to not blog, too, but hopefully I'll get back in the groove. Anyway, today I finally got to have my special day! We went to brunch at one of my favorite restaurants, and then to take pictures by the river! Then as my present, Trav said he'd take me to buy a gift of my choice! But right now I'm stressing over what to pick... it's too much pressure! 

I have so many beautiful dresses and shoes, especially from my work. And I want pretty stuff for the apartment, but I have no idea where to shop! Please give me your home decor store reccomendations, I've tried Modcloth but it's mostly super-quirky stuff, and I don't want to fill my house with cat shaped salt and pepper shakers, I want some solid colors in the mix too. And I like some stuff from UO but I'm trying not to shop there much (plus it's pricey anyway). 




(wringing water out of my skirt)




I spent the rest of the day doing some crafts; a productive day is my idea of a good one. :)

PS. I've stopped shaving my legs and armpits (yknow bc of the patriarchy). Not sure if you can see my fuzzy underarms, they're pretty wispy even at full length haha!

Dress: Vintage (from a market in Italy)
Shoes: JuJu
Bag, Hat: Thrifted
Lipstick (which I looove): Super Saturated by Urban Decay

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunshine


If I was a bright spot the other day, today I'm the freaking sun!

I made this dress a few months ago using Annika's tutorial to line it. I don't think I did a super de duper job, but I like it enough to wear it in public, and I'll never go back to unlined dresses, lining works so much better! It has been pretty rainy here lately, people have even been complaining that it's cold (which is crazy imo).

The store I work at hasn't opened yet, we're just buying people's used clothes right now, and I'm really ready for us to have our opening, if only to buy the dresses I've picked out! I'll probably spend about half of my paycheck there :p

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We took these photos in like 10 minutes because the mosquitoes were eating us alive.

Dress, Bee Pin: Handmade by Me
Hairbow: Etsy
Shoes, Bag: Thrifted