Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I wore: The Bird Dress

Bird dress: Mart of China
Capri leggings: Kohl's

Leather ballet flats: Thrifted

Well, looks like I'm officially addicted to printed a-line dresses. Though, I might even call this more of a tunic?  Luckily for Mart of China, I'm 5'4", so it's almost a dress, or just quite a short one I guess (hence the leggings).  Luckily for me, this dress was under 20 bucks. While it's the quality you'd expect, it does fit comfortably and seems sturdy. And I mean, that crazy bird print? I totally had to cave and make this little fast fashion gem mine. Wild birds are my favorite, y'know? If you're thinking about ordering from them, this dress is an XL and I'm dress size 12 - hope that helps!  Anyway, because it's such a loud print, I really tried to keep everything else to a minimum when I wore it to meet with a college adviser. I like the idea of dressing for the job you want while you're still in school - nothin' wrong with being a little overdressed, right?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What I wore: Blue Roses

Dress: Forever21
Earrings seen before here.

Denim crossbody purse: Thrifted.

Gotta love an occasion to dress up a little, right? I wore this to a wedding at a little park with a pond - it was a great time, as weddings usually are! Choosing this dress was pretty automatic to me, many of the dresses I own are tailored this way - fitted at the waist and flowing away from the body.  But hey what works, works, I guess!  I wore it with the snake sandals I featured once in this post, but unfortunately they broke during this photo session, yikes. Not that we hippies complain about an opportunity to go barefoot, haha.. but oh well -new shoes here I come!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Highlights

Thrifted this Native American-inspired necklace. Top from Express.

An American Goldfinch at my parents' house.

No idea what kind of butterfly or moth this is though!

Reunited with my favorite super hero!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What I wore: Blackbirds & Daisies

Everything thrifted.

Red-winged Blackbird.

My middle name.

Another way I wore it. Orange top thrifted & peace earrings from Claire's.

Here I am again, obsessed with certain trends - looks like lots of crop top love this summer. And long skirts, too! This outfit was just a super casual one that I put together to go to a grocery & thrift store and then have friends over for dinner at home.  I'm so happy everything here (accessories included) was thrifted!  I'm going back to school in a few months, so it's back to a student's budget as well.  Thank goodness for secondhand clothes, right? Oh, and about the street sign, about my middle name? Well speaking of names, I'm told I was actually almost named Daisy. Kinda cute & silly, I guess. Do you have any "mighta been" names? 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Books: For Family Discussions

The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

The Giver series by Lois Lowry is one of my favorites!  The first book probably fell into my hands in 5th or 6th grade, so I gotta admit I'm pretty nostalgic about it.  Somehow, I only recently found out about the sequel novels, so you can probably guess how happy I've been with my reading selections these past few months.  Whenever I had down time at the elementary school I used to work at, I'd turn to this, and be able to recommend them to the kids, too!  Why do I love them, you say? Because the main issue in this book is questioning rules or authority within your society.  It urges you to think about the lines between personal freedom and public safety.  The stories are told with such real details, that it's easy to compare to your own community & relate to it, which is creepy because it reads as a cautionary tale.  Anyway, it covers deep human issues that are important to discuss! It asks things like..what does a perfect world look like? Why is it important to remember how people lived in the past? Why is diversity important? If you're interested in reading this series, see if you can find a friend or family member to share it with :)