last of the outlaws

This top was the result of months of effort. My mom and I spotted it in the Free People store in Florida on Black Friday. I loved it, but if y'all think I would spend $128 for a top, you've got another thing coming. I checked in on it every so often, but when it finally went on sale, it still sat stubbornly at ninety dollars. Finally, finally, it dropped down to fifty bucks, and Free People offered an extra twenty-percent off sale. When I tracked it down in-store, it was actually priced ten dollars lower, so I got out the door with this shirt for right around $30. Yesss!

I wore it on a pretty spring weekend. We walked to see our favorite band play a free set at a local record store, and then had lunch at a juice bar. On our walk, we found an awesome (Dr. Who-inspired, I believe) tiny library, where I picked up Swamplandia. Later, we went up to Council Crest for dinner with friends and a killer view of Mount Hood before making our way to the same band's concert.

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Top: Free People
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Forever 21
Boots: Old Navy


These pants, y'all. I don't know how I went from being a girl who wore skirts and dresses exclusively to a pants-lovin' lady, but I guess that's life. (For what it's worth, I'm looking forward to donning pretty skirts and dresses when the weather gets a little nicer. Mayyyybeee I'll even shave my legs. We'll see.) I spotted these on Effortless Anthropologie, and then I forgot about them. They went on sale and sold out, but I checked on them nearly daily. Occasionally they would pop back in, shall we say, not my size, but finally, one day, there they were: My perfect pants. I've never completed an online purchase so quickly.

I know I've been MIA lately, but the rainy weather and the lack of a good place to take pictures--plus my mega boring outfits lately--are cramping my style. I took these photos while I was packing for a trip to visit my crew and the great city of Atlanta. I couldn't decide if the floral and polka dot combo was awesome or crazy, so I packed both.

In the end I wore a different top and sweater with these pants. Hopefully a few of my girlfriends won't mind a guest appearance:

Polka Dot Sweater: Forever 21 (similar)
Black Cardigan: Target (similar)
Lace Top: Consignment
Pants: Anthropologie
Boots: Old Navy (similar)

beyond a doubt

I am the worst. I haven't taken proper outfit photos in ages, and I don't feel like it because it's cold and wet and I am so awkward and mostly I've been wearing jeans and the coziest shirts and sweaters piled on in a way that is, I promise, neither cute nor blog-worthy. But! I did buy this amazing lace shirt, flowy sleeves and button-adorned kimono waist. I am so not an impulse shopper, which I'm grateful for. I went to Anthropologie during their recent(-ish) tag sale, tried on this beauty, and then left it on the rack and went home. I thought about it all night, looked at it online, tussled with the thought of a far-from-necessary purchase, and finally went back a couple of days later to make it mine. It's so fun! So me! I feel like a pale, (sort of) pretty princess in this top.

I wore this out dancing with my girlfriends, and I confess that I took these photos in my bathroom as I put on makeup and got ready to head out. I have to pump myself up a bit before going out, so usually my pre-dancing routine involves loud pop music, goofy dancing, and mayyybe a drink. The first two were involved, here.

Blouse: Anthropologie
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Flats (not visible, my bad!): Target

toast of the town

It was a beautiful day, nearly a year ago. A rare beautiful, warm-ish day in February, my sweetie and I decided to walk the three miles downtown for Toast, a spirits festival. Imagine a beer fest--ample pours, so much to try, real sloppy real fast--but with hard liquor instead. Crazy! Let's just say I'm not totally shocked that this was the fateful night my late camera took a spill that would prove to be its undoing.

I forwent a coat, a rare late winter treat. I actually got quite a few compliments on this colorful and comfy outfit. I'll need to break this combo out again soon.

Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Dress (worn as top): Nasty Gal
Skirt: Forever 21, via Buffalo Exchange
Tights: Target
Boots: DSW

dream on

I did it! I got a new camera, and I love it. Now all I need is to find a decent spot to take photos and I'll be back in business. Here, I snuck into an empty parking lot and took a few, hoping no one was watching me from the food cart pod across the street.

Let's talk about these pants. Anthropologie put cords on a special sale a few weekends ago. I spotted these online, fell in love, and went to try them on. Consternation in the fitting room ensued--I was certain that the squared-off patterns highlighted my jiggly thighs. I left the store empty-handed. I returned the next day, sized up, and decided to go for it, what the hell. Now I've got awesome pants that are maybe a size too big. Whatever! This print is epic and I adore these awesome pants. I'll confess: They kind of make me feel like a rockstar.

I've found a great little used bookstore in my neighborhood. They seem to have the best selection, and their prices are reasonable. I've been buying up a lot of books there--I've already read two of these, but I didn't own them. On this trip, I came away with three goodies. (I also found the film adaptation of Fateless at the library, so I'll have to re-read it before watching.)

Cardigan: Target (similar)
Top: Secondhand/consignment
Pants: Anthropologie (non-printed version)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)


I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico last month for a dear friend's wedding. I'd been to New Mexico before, but I didn't get to explore Santa Fe, so it was a wonderful trip. I was so taken with the unique southwestern architecture, blue skies and yellow leaves, and tasty northern New Mexican cuisine.

I've been wearing a variation on this outfit quite a bit lately. It feels very Portland autumn, and it also seemed to be a comfortable and casual (and hopefully cute!) look for wandering around historic Santa Fe.

Hello, Breaking Bad. Kind of looks like To'hajiilee, no?

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Top: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target (similar)
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Booties: Old Navy (similar)
Purse: Forever 21 (similar)

polkadots and moonbeams

I probably should play this off, but I hate to lie--these photos are nearly a year old, fro last fall. I finally rescued them off of my poor broken camera, so I'm going to flash us back for the next few posts.

I remember this day clearly. I had walked down to Hawthorne Street to apply for jobs at a coffeeshop, and when I was done, I decided to pop in at Buffalo Exchange. I tried on a few things, and in the fitting room, I heard a girl complaining to her friend that she could never wear double polka dots, as printed on whatever she was trying on. I looked down at my own polka dot sweater and polka dot tights, and hightailed it out of there. But not before buying a bright yellow skirt.

I love these Lydia Davis stories, and I'm still making my way through them. Her stories are short, but so full of emotion. After I read one, I have to sit and mull and maybe feel a little sad before I feel ready to move on to another one, so it's taking a while.

Sweater: Forever 21 (similar)
Skirt: Thrifted
Tights: Anthropologie (similar | cheaper)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar but cuter)

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