Monthly Archives: March 2014

Taking Fancy Down a Notch

Well, between taking these pictures this morning, and now as I’m typing up this post…the weather here in CLE has taken a drastic turn. Everything is now covered in about 2 inches of snow. I saw a funny pin on Pinterest the other day that sums it perfectly: ‘What a lovely winter we’re having this spring’! ;)

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Beaded top was a great buy at Anthropologie back in January. Cords with side zips are also Anthropologie…they’re such a great color-a verrry pale greyish blue.

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I posted about this jacket back in October of 2012…it’s one of my absolute faves. My mom made it for me about 6 years ago and sent it to me when I was studying abroad in London. What an awesome surprise it was! I’ve worn it TONS since then because I just keep finding new ways to wear it. And now, after 6 years, it’s finally gotten to that perfectly broken in point. You know, where the elbows aren’t too tight anymore and it just moves with you instead of you moving with it ;)

I noticed that I’ve got on the same earrings and the same boots in this post as the one from 2 years ago! And just like the jacket, the boots are now at their perfectly broken in point as well. Everyone needs a good pair of broken in combat boots. They’re great for taking the fancy down a notch…hence the reason I like to wear them with ‘fancier’ things like this tweed brocade jacket.

No Rhyme, No Reason

I apologize for the recent infrequent posting. I’ve been getting over the flu the past week, and man… this time around, it. has. been. rough. I hadn’t gotten it in a few years, and I must of just gotten a very bad strain of it this year.

I am feeling better though…just not when I’m standing for a long time, so I thought, ‘hey, I can sit while I update the blog’! And a forewarning, this is an entirely content filled post, since I’ve had a lot of time to just think these past few days. ;)

While I’ve spent the past several days cozied up on the couch, I of course took advantage by watching some good movies-both on TV and DVD. One favorite I came across on TV the other day was Notting Hill, with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
I just love this movie. I like it more and more each time I watch it. I just love the Brits’ witty senses of humor, and their flats, and markets, and just how they live. But it’s also such a lovely story. Not only because of the obvious ‘love story’ part of it, but just about life, too.

We all go through things in life that no one other person will completely understand. Life is about ups and downs, We each behold our own individual life, and in our own way, our own little worlds. But I think it’s always important to take a second, and realize that everyone has a story…so we must not judge, assume, or treat someone as if we know them completely, because the truth is…the only person who knows a person completely is that person themself.

There’s one scene in the movie where they’re all having dinner (William and his sister, inlaws, friends) and Bella says:

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She then gets cut off by Bernie, who announces he had been fired. But there’s just so much truth to her statement.
I believe that there are reasons in life, and that most of the reasons for our experiences has 99% to do with the universe teaching us a lesson of life. But then there are times where it does feel like there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to life, and sometimes we really won’t know the reasons why some things happen and others don’t, but that’s just all the more motivation to keep trecking on. Life is a bit of a gamble, right? You cannot predict it. It’s a bit of give and take, this for that, ‘win some, lose some’, it’s just simply up and down. In a way, you wonder if life is not like this because it’s the only way the universe can keep us all in check.

Life. You just have to go with it. Don’t keep your expectations too high, and you won’t always feel disappointed when there’s no rhyme or reason.

I think that may be the only way to get through the ups and downs…just go with it.

Button Belt

This is my button belt! I meant to post about this belt a while ago and just never got around to it. It is one of my latest sewing creations. I haven’t been sewing (and blogging, sorry! :-X ) quite as much as I’ve wanted to lately-just from being caught up in other things-you know what they say, life gets in the way of life. Anyway, this belt is what happened when I decided I needed something to do with all of those extra, mismatched, and /or vintage buttons I had laying around. I will say, it definitely helps to add a little interest to an otherwise basic outfit.

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Grey wrap cardi is from Victoria’s Secret catalog, AG olive green sateen jeans from Anthropologie, Arturo Chiang combat boots ( now, perfectly broken in ;) ).

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Making the Most out of Your Clothes

I posted about this dress in October, and last June, about how versatile it is. Honestly, I think I’ve now worn this dress every single season. I know. You’re probably thinking…this girl keeps wearing the same clothes. But let’s be honest for a minute, times are tough for everyone-especially us mid 20’s college grads who go to school only to get out and not land a job in our desired realm. This requires us to get a bit creative with our clothes, am I right?

When you actually take a minute to think about it…that’s what we should be doing, regardless of our situation. We spend money on the things we put on our backs, so we should get our money’s worth instead of following that ever popular epidemic of disposable clothing. So, not only do I personally find it necessary to get creative with what I have, but I also find it to be challenging, and ultimately rewarding. It gives me that ‘Look what I did!’ smile and sense of pride knowing that I can actually squeeze out the entire value of the things I buy.

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Metallic dot dress by Chelsea and Violet, Leather moto jacket from the Victoria’s Secret catelog, chambray shirt from H&M, wedge booties from DSW, seamed nylons from Dillard’s. Feather clutch from Anthropologie.