I had such a time the day I wore this outfit. I loved the bright colors, the floral and lace, and I had a lovely day drinking tea and working and biking around, but I just couldn't get a decent photo. I tried about a million times, but this is pretty much it.
Shout out to this terrible book. I grabbed it at a yard sale for a buck because I love cows and India and the cover is pretty great. I've seen it any number of bookstores over the years, and finally decided I'd give it a quick read. It was awful. The author is unlikeable, her story seems at times unbelievable (her description of Jewish rituals was totally off base, so I then doubted the other parts I don't have personal experience with), and the writing was so bad. Floppy babies. Floppy families? What does this even mean?!
This last full sentence, though. I wonder if she's an Arrested Development fan.
I spotted this gate on my walk. Doesn't it look like the entrance to a secret garden?
Cardigan: Ark & Co; Top: Thrifted; Skirt: American Apparel; Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Holy moly, this is some quick turnaround on photos. I wasn't sure what to wear for my birthday yesterday. I wanted to wear something special, but it was gray and dreary. I wore this mint skirt a lot when I first got it last fall, but I had misplaced it in the deepest reaches of the closet, so it felt like a good opportunity to break it out again.
N and I picked raspberries in the garden for milkshakes.
I'm not ready to talk about these shoes yet because the whole thing is way too emotional. I'm in love, though. (And they are so easy to walk in! Hooray!)
Here is my very special birthday gift: N had the delicate and gorgeous dustcover of 1Q84 custom framed! I was so surprised, and I love it so much. We read the book aloud together when it came out a couple of years ago, so it's extra meaningful.
Obama also wanted to wish me a happy birthday.
I added these floral tights when it got chilly in the afternoon.
N and my housemates surprised me with fancy sandwiches and an array of vegan pastries. (Also, a glass of Prosecco and a cocktail we've been calling the Garden Greyhound: cucumber vodka, celery bitters, and grapefruit juice. It's the best!) I was so happy! (As evidenced by my extra-dorky face.)
I'm trying to ride out the birthday celebration through the weekend. This morning, I made a big, gluttonous breakfast (vegan sausage gravy, potatoes, and bread) and started infusing tequila with jalapenos for weekend cocktails of jalapeno tequila and Jarritos sodas. Yesss!
Floral crown: DIY; Top: thrifted; Skirt: Forever 21; Tights: Anthropologie; Shoes: Restricted
I think it's fate that I was able to snag my beloved Revisited Impressionist dress from Anthropologie last year. I tried it on when it was at full price--eek, $300--and found that I needed a size larger than I thought I would. (I blame the many, many doughnuts I ate while studying for the Bar that summer.) I was glad that I had tried it on, because when I spotted a lone size zero (pfff) on the sale rack at Anthropologie, I was able to ask a sales associate to help me track down the appropriate size. Let's just say, a few up from a zero. I had a gift card that I had received for my birthday, and a few gift cards from a price adjustment, so I was able to pay about thirty bucks for my dream dress, which arrived on my last day in South Dakota visiting my sweetheart's family before we moved to Oregon.
I really only got to wear the dress once before fall and winter, but now that spring is here, I've been wearing it when the occasion allows. Here, I wore it with tights and heels for a date night with my cutie. Portland tends to be pretty casual, and everyone asked what the occasion was. We felt a little silly, but we don't get to dress up often, so it was fun.
We got a little silly with photos in the garden after dinner. We have so many roses and other flowers in bloom right now, and the boys make a new bouquet every few days. It's awesome.
This dress is so pretty that I'm almost able to feel good about how I look in it. So yes, this post title is an homage to Clueless and a subtle jab at my low self-esteem, but I do adore this dress. If I had to pick just one thing from my closet, this would be it.
Dress: Anthropologie; Tights: Target; Heels: Guess
Oh my, it has been forever. My camera is out of commission, and I've borrowed my sweetheart's a few times, but it's been tough to get photos taken and uploaded. I took these several weeks ago, when the first spring flowers were in bloom. I loved the big fluffy cherry blossoms and everything coming into bloom makes life feel a little cheerier than it did before. (I'm even starting to fall in love with Portland.)
Sadly, the cherry blossoms are gone now, but the roses in out back garden are beautiful and bountiful--we have fresh-picked flowers in every room of the house. It's delightful.
I put on this outfit to go do some work at a nearby coffeeshop. Walking home, an older woman stopped me and said she loved my socks. I love the words people use for stockings--once, an elderly gentleman complimented me on my "britches." Bitches love britches.
I thrifted this happy little scarf ages ago, but I never thought I could pull it off. My hair was a little gross, but a scarf headband livened it up.
I've loved documenting my current books along with my outfits. My sweetie says this photo is suggestive, especially given the title, but I hope it doesn't seem that way! I'm a fan of Elfriede Jelinek, but this book was pretty awful. Truly hard to get through, and despite the title and constant sexual content, a total snooze.
Scarf: Thrifted; Sweater: Forever 21; Skirt: Thrifted; Tights: Anthropologie; Loafers: Payless
Spring is nearly here, y'all. I found a great velvet and silk dress at a thrift store last week, but realized it would be silly to buy such a wintry dress. I'm busting out the pastels full force. Thank goodness!
Everything is blooming and the air smells fragrant and sweet. It's so different than the spring of the southeast that I'm used to, but I suppose I'll take it.
I just finished Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart. He's a witty and amazing writer--truly the master of contemporary satire. I read A Super Sad True Love Story over the summer, and I have the Russian Debutante's Handbook at the ready. (Any book recommendations, my sweets?)
Sweater: Forever 21; Dress: Romwe; Skirt: Thrifted; Tights: Anthropologie; Boots: Unionbay
I obviously had to wear my beloved Pray for ATL shirt while I visited Atlanta, and I found the time to go back to my old stomping/photo-taking grounds behind my old apartment. The design on the shirt is a classic Atlanta graffiti design by R. Land.
I never believe people when they tell me my hair is getting long, but I guess it is.
I'm obsessed with Revolution Doughnuts in Atlanta. They opened last summer, saving me from too much overeating of amazing, delicious, vegan doughnuts. I totally gained a lot of weight eating here over the summer, but it was beyond worth it. I was there three times while I was in Atlanta last month! (And I picked up a cute postcard to remind me of the tasty doughnuts I so love.)
Top: Young Blood Gallery (Atlanta, now closed, sadly, but shirt is available online here); Skirt and Belt: Forever 21; Tights: Target; Boots: Unionbay
This floral Anthro top is the death of me. It has a really annoying pleating at the chest and butterfly sleeves split to the armpit--it just doesn't look very good, but every once in a while I try to make it work.
For a while, I had a really good coffee thing going, with lots of Mexican and Costa Rican and Guatemalan beans (my favorites!) and a carton of soy creamer at the ready. I love going out for coffee, but even more I love making my perfect cup of coffee at home.
These photos are a little old, but I was reading Revolutionary Road when I took them. (Nerd note: The title of this post is the play staged in the opening chapter of Revolutionary Road.) I had seen the movie a few years ago, but the book was even better. Richard Yates is the man, and I can't wait to read the Easter Parade and some others.
Pretty pink clouds at the end of the day make everything feel better.
Cardigan: Lulu's; Top: Anthropologie; Pants: Mango; Flats: Charlotte Russe; Nail color: Zoya Wednesday