pink all over



Well, my bus trip was QUITE an adventure! We had such a bad experience with Greyhound that we got off the bus early, in Ohio, and rented a car to drive the rest of the way to Wyoming. Then we got a bus to Denver and flew home from there. Once we got off the bus, despite all the financial setbacks that came with rearranging our transportation, we did have a really good time. I LOVED Denver. I would 100% move there if I could afford it (I actually looked up apartments and it costs the same for a 1 bedroom in Denver as it does for a 2 bedroom in my why-would-you-even-want-to-live-here New Jersey suburb! I still can't afford either of them, lol, but I thought that was interesting!) And Cheyenne was so nice, too! We were there the longest since that's where my brother had his job interview, and I loved the weather. It was so windy I had to change from a Very Cute Dress into my travel leggings but I honestly loved it. It was such a different breeze from NJ, it was so soft and it almost felt like I was swimming in air!

Well, I better go -- I have to finish getting ready for my art show! I'm still trying to finish some paintings and then I have to pack up the car and (the most stressful part) pick out what I'll wear! lol!


dress - asos | shirt - old | shoes - bait footwear

basics



I found this dress a couple weeks ago when it was on sale even cheaper than normal (Amazon was doing one of those lightning deal things) so I stocked up and got it in a few different colors. I've been rewatching The Mindy Project lately and I'm obsessed with the way that she layers her clothes. She wears a lot of sleeveless dresses with button-up shirts underneath, and it's made me really want more dresses that I can mix-and-match with. And these are perfect for that! I also found these v-neck versions and I'm tempted to just get the whole rainbow lol!


shoes - bait footwear | shirt - old

flaming feminist



Happy Women's Equality Day!

Today seems like a good day to talk a little bit about voting. When I was a kid, I didn't care about driving or drinking, I just wanted to be old enough to vote. Our grandmothers fought hard for this right, and I take it very seriously. Voting has always been so important to me, but it's even more important this year. If you go to vote.org you can register to vote, find out if you're registered (it's a good idea to double-check!), request an absentee ballot if you won't be able to vote in person, and find your polling place.

A record setting number of women are running for office this year, and if a record number turn out to vote as well, then we can turn this country around and start caring for women, minorities, children, animals, and the environment again. As they say in Mary Poppins, we're "soldiers in petticoats" and I firmly believe that if we all band together and elect Democratic representatives, we'll be getting a lot closer to the legal equality we deserve.



back to school



If I was still in school, I think this would be my First Day outfit this year. Did anyone else use to obsess over what they'd wear on the first day of school? All the way through 12th grade it was a big deal for me, and I can still picture what I wore most years. My favorite was probably fifth grade when I wore a black floral skort, a white heart-print shirt and a denim vest. I'm pretty sure this pencil-print dress would top them all if I was really headed to class today though. You can't beat an on-theme novelty print, in my opinion ;)




shoes - aldo | glassses - bonlook | tie - flapper girl

pamplemousse



If you've been following me for a while you know how much I love grapefruit juice (I used to even have a blog where I documented my daily juice consumption like 10 years ago??) so this skirt was a must-have when I saw it! How could I pass up an opportunity to dress up like a giant grapefruit?! :D

Next week I'm going on an impromptu bus trip to Wyoming! My brother has a job interview and asked if I wanted to tag along. Ever the financially responsible adult, I used up most of the money in my checking account and immediately booked my seat on a Greyhound bus to Cheyenne. I know full well I'm probably going to be destitute when I'm older because I'm so bad with money and I don't have much of it to begin with, but I'm going to have so many great memories. And great skirts. lol


shirt - urbanog (old) | shoes - bait footwear

wishlist wednesday



I just realized it's been over a year since I did my last wishlist wednesday post, and I miss putting these images together. It's fun choosing a color scheme or theme and finding things that match. And of course it involves lots of window shopping which is one of my favorite pastimes ;)

This one was triggered by the discovery that modcloth just added loads of Halloween items and I felt the need to share some of my favorites. That white spider web cardigan is all of my Halloween outfit dreams come true. Spooky, but suitable to wear with my 98% pastel wardrobe!

1. Spider web cardigan
2. Black heart sunglasses
3. Pink cord pinafore
4. Cat wallet
5. Vintage cat brooch
6. Red bow shoes
7. Clear pink tote
8. Spider web earrings
9. Ouija board sweatshirt

simplicity



Sometimes a dress is so perfect on its own that I almost can't bear to layer on cardigans or anything. For this one, I just swapped out the waist-tie for a black belt to tie in the ribbon detail with my black shoes. And voila - an outfit that seems like it required waaaay more thought than it actually did, lol ;)

I actually like this dress so much that I incorporated it into a painting that I did last week! I made a very hasty last-minute decision to exhibit at the Washington Square Outdoor Art show next month, without having too much work to show, eek! So I've been painting up a storm trying to get ready! I fully intend to sell zero paintings... I'm doing this more as a way to push myself to paint more and work on improving my style. It can be frustrating some days, because I'm so out of practice, but so far I've finished five paintings for the show and that's honestly more than I've finished in the last few years put together! So it feels good to be painting and producing new work, even if I still feel kind of rusty doing it :)



potato sack



Long time no see! I'm finally feeling like taking outfit photos again, even though I'm still not actually feeling 100% better. I'm just having some residual health issues from my infection last winter and while it's waaaaaay more manageable than when I was really sick, I've still spent most days in comfy clothes looking not quite photogenic.

Part of my issue is that I feel like I look kind of bloated some days, since my particular health issues are of the GI variety. Some days are better than others and I'll be fine with wearing a cinched belted dress, but other days I just want to wear a giant potato sack. I was getting fed up with feeling self conscious so while I was sick I bought myself a handful of smock dresses to wear on my bad days. I still tried to make it "me" with a cardigan and pastel necklace, but the shape of the dress helps me feel less insecure when I'm running errands. Also, honestly, it's actually way more comfortable than pajamas or sweatpants. It feels like I'm just wearing a giant t-shirt, it's SO comfy!

How you look seems like it should be the last thing to care about when you're sick, but for me it can make a huge difference to look in the mirror and see *ME* when I'm feeling so unlike myself inside. And even on pajama days, I still try to put on eyeliner every morning. Especially when your illness involves a lot of bathroom visits, every glance at your reflection can really affect your morale, lol!


cardigan - old navy | necklace - amazon