Sunday, January 31, 2016

What I wore: Fall Outtakes 2015

Ralph Lauren dress: Macy's
Cropped cashmere cardigan: Secondhand
Gold tights & purple boots: Target

So, I had a few photo sessions that didn't produce as many photos as I would have liked, so I'm finally getting around to clumping them together in one go. I've done posts like this before here, here and here! For this first outfit, truth be told, I wore this dress for Halloween AND Thanksgiving. I couldn't find the perfect elements for some costumes I had in mind, so I decided I just wanted to wear a pretty dress. And then of course a babydoll dress is perfect for eating so I had to wear it on Thanksgiving, too! Haha. This cardigan is a really unique item because it was given to me by a college professor. She brought a bunch of her old clothes in to give away to students and I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's kinda special to have a piece of clothing to remember someone by!

Tiny gold skull necklace: Black Persimmons

Black thermal long sleeve: Old Navy
Open cardigan with pockets: Target
Studded bag & plaid skirt: Thrifted

Leaf chain ring: Love Diamonds Forever
Compass ring: Laonato 

As for this outfit, one of my new favorite things is tiny gold jewelry, so I wear the pieces pictured here pretty often. The leaf ring is actually my engagement ring, but after having it sized twice and still not fitting my freakishly small hands, I decided to let it live on my middle finger for awhile. So for now I wear the compass on my ring finger, a silly little stand-in for the time being. The leaves and compass are significant to me because they signify the many walks Mr. Blue Sky and I take in the woods. I've come to see this activity as symbolic of our life together. Anyway, 'til the next outfit do we meet again!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What I wore: Tribal Influence

Gray cable knit sweater: American Eagle
Scarf: Locally made from this event
Quilted skirt: Prana

Embroidered bag and beaded earrings: Local Yoga studio I first wrote about here.

I've had this skirt since last year and I wear it all the time, it's so warm and comfy! It's lined with fleece on the inside and so are these tights, so there's a winter fashion secret for ya if you didn't know. So yeah, this ensemble combined with a nice long puffer coat, a hat and some gloves, is totally warm enough for me to wear to walk around campus all day or go for a walk in the woods. In fact, I found this abandoned house while taking a walk around my neighborhood and knew I had to take outfit photos here. Speaking of new outfit photo locations, I actually found another one and I can't wait to design the shoot! So, 'til then :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Daily Life: Bake Bake Bake

Homemade fresh pretzels. See the recipe here.

A raspberry thumbprint cookie, recipe not yet perfected. These were tasty but not the shape & texture I wanted!

Pistachio and cardamom pound cake. Make it yourself with this recipe.

It's safe to say I've had a lot of time on my hands over school's winter break, and with the cold weather coming in, the timing was perfect. Over the last few weeks I spent a lot of time standing at a warm stove, trying to improve my cooking and baking skills. I didn't have a chance to photograph the other things I've made, but ratatouille happened and my favorite food adventure was the Swedish meatballs! The pretzels went over really well at my house, and the pound cake flavors were totally new to me. Vanilla bean, cardamom, and pistachio is a sweet but slightly spicy combination. I loved it! Ever tried it? And have you cooked or baked anything great lately? 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Daily Life: Christmas & New Years 2015

Played an elf on the Polar Express for some seasonal work at a local event held on a train.

Used turkey leftovers to make a delicious cranberry, spinach, and swiss grilled cheese.

Spent time at my parents' house.

Pretty wrapping on gifts I gave.

A gift I recieved - yep, I've joined the "coloring book therapy" trend here for a minute.

The holidays have come and gone, and now I finally have the urge and time to blog again. On Christmas day I took a social media break and it was great. I'm so glad I got a few photos of my celebrations just to remember them by. Anyway, here's a cheesy yet true thing to say: I'm excited about this year. I am almost finished with classes and will be preparing for student teaching soon, so a big thing this year for me is soaking up the last of my college experience. At least for awhile, because Masters degrees, y'know! What else is on the horizon for me? It looks like I might get to travel to another state, work a new part time job or two, and oh yeah, start to plan a wedding! Wishing you guys luck in the new year, can't wait to read your blogs about it!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Daily Life: Put an herb on it

Thai shrimp and rice soup, recipe found here.

Plain greek yogurt with mixed herbs (like dill, parsley, garlic) + beet and sweet potato chips.

Smoked salmon and fruit on a baguette with cream cheese and fresh dill.