Wednesday, February 17, 2021

now, how to amuse them today?

Here is my take on an outfit that I wore on this date 10 years ago! You can see the original outfit post right here. This is the same dress, but in the intervening years I had it altered to be a bit shorter. I love the gradient pattern at the bottom and didn't want to lose that, so instead of doing a traditional hem, my tailor unattached the bodice from the skirt and hemmed it from the top of the skirt instead of the bottom! This is one of my all-time favorite dresses that I own. At some point like 4 years ago during one of my frantic "I need to sell everything in my closet in order to pay a bill" shop my closet sales I had this listed for like five minutes before quickly pulling it down. There are some dresses that I just cannot part with, no matter how much I need the cash lol. 

I originally wore this for the first time on my blog on January 28, 2011 and in that post I wrote about how the dress was too big for me. The words "too big for me" were pinging around in my brain as I struggled to zip this up today. Ahh! I have really struggled with eating well and exercising during quarantine, especially since it got cold out. Before the pandemic I used to go for walks at the mall whenever it was too cold to walk outside. But this winter I haven't left my house *at all,* except to get mail off the porch, since late November. I know that technically there are always ways to stay fit if you're really dedicated, and I'm getting there. But ugh. Getting in shape is a feat when the world is normal, when my brain is healthier, when picking out fresh produce at the grocery store and walking at the park are accessible options. Trying to get in shape when I feel mentally low every day, don't leave the house, and can't go to the grocery store or walk outside, it's just a lot more difficult. But I'm going to try. I signed up for weight watchers again and I'm spending today and tomorrow partaking in some of my favorite treats before I commit to a healthier lifestyle this weekend. Having dresses that I love as much as this one has been a constant impetus to get healthy whenever I start eating too much McDonald's. When zippers become a challenge and my belts just barely reach the last hole I know it's time to cut back on the soda and stock up on veggies! I want to be able to wear this dress again on February 17, 2031 and February 17, 2041 and if that means I can't keep eating french fries and sitting in my chair all day long, so be it lol!

dress - modcloth | tights - target | shoes - aldo | sweater - old navy

Friday, February 12, 2021

touch ups

Like a lot of people, I have been spending a lot of time working on my home decor while I've been sheltering in place since last March. I've mostly been working on things in the house that I share with my family (sadly not very pink or retro, or else I'd share it here with you!) like redoing the flooring in basically the entire downstairs, repainting the kitchen cabinets, rearranging all the furniture, and giving the powder room a huge facelift. That one I might actually share even though it's not very colorful, just because I am so proud of it. My mom decorated the bathroom in the early '90s and she did a really great job, but it just looked a teensy bit outdated now, so she gave me the go ahead to update it. I tried to make it over in her style, not mine (or else it would be very pink, of course!) and I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

I've also turned my attention to my own living space and I've been making little adjustments here and there throughout the last year. All those touch-ups over time have slowly transformed my rooms from "I'm very happy with how all this looks" into "I am THRILLED with how all this looks." It's a lot of subtle differences that most people probably wouldn't even notice. And some things people would definitely notice, like the new rug in my studio! I loved my pink shag carpet so much but it was impossible to vacuum and I kept dropping things in it like jewelry findings and pin backs and never finding them. I was so worried Arrietty might find a jump ring and try to eat it or I'd step on a push pin that I lost in the carpet, so I decided to switch to something low pile. This is the rug that I got. I'll be sharing pictures or video in a full room tour soon. I just have one or two touch-ups left before I'm ready to share. Of course, it's always one or two touch-ups, and then one or two more. And then just one more thing. And maybe I can move that picture. Okay, I just have to add a lamp. Does this plant really look right here? And what about that chair...

Sunday, February 7, 2021

undeniable determination

This is a close approximation of what I was wearing on February 7, 2011, exactly ten years ago! You can see my original outfit post right here. I don't have that dress anymore, which is a shame since it was one of my first adventures in sewing. But even with my alterations I still didn't wear it very often, mostly because the bodice was too long for me (you can see it bunching a bit in the pictures) and I didn't know at the time that it was only like a $10 fix at the tailor. Also I hardly ever smiled in my photos back then. I wasn't sad, I just didn't think I looked nice when I smiled, and that in turn makes me a little sad. I'm glad I finally got over that at some point and let my happiness show in my photos now :)

This dress was a recent find on Thredup (not sponsored) which is where I've been getting a lot of my new-to-me clothes recently. I love color and fun patterns and bold designs just as much as I always have, but most stores seem to only be selling clothes in various shades of grey and beige these days. So I've been getting my shopping fix buying slightly used clothing instead! I especially love that they have a "fit and flare" filter on their dress page! All I have to do is scan the listings for pops of color and shopping is a breeze lol!

Also, this bow tie is actually a hair tie with a duck bill clip in the back. I attached it by putting a bobby pin on the neckline of my dress and then attaching the bow to the bobby pin. The bow mostly hides the pin, so you don't even see it! It's my new favorite clothing hack! I got a few of these hair bows in different colors and can't wait to start adding a little vintage bow flair to some of my dresses!

dress - J Crew (via thredup) | shoes - bait footwear | bow - amazon

Friday, February 5, 2021

a super belated Christmas decoration post

I'm planning on finally taking my Christmas decorations down this weekend, but before I did I wanted to take some pictures and post them since I was really, really happy with how everything looked this year! My favorite part was my new pink Christmas tree, which fits so perfectly in my space it's almost like it was made to order. I've wanted a tree like this for so long but never found the exact right shape or color. I love that this has such a long pole at the bottom before the actual tree starts, the perfect pink color that isn't quite pastel and isn't fluorescent neon (I feel like all pink trees tend to be one or the other) but a perfect carnation pink. I love the height and width, a small scale full size tree for a small space! I got it on amazon (it's only available in 7' now but mine is 6') And I love my new tree topper that I made out of laser cut wood and glitter mod podge. It's a "Topper" topper. If you like classic movies hopefully you'll get the pun ;)

A small "where I got that" list, if you're curious!

= My Christmas cat pillowcase is from Vinnie Boy Vintage
= DIY honeycomb santa wall hanging is from my shop
= Pastel putz houses are from Everyday is a Holiday
= Tall putz houses were from Anthropologie
= Lady vases & Christmas cat figurines are vintage
= NOEL figures & choir girls are vintage