I'm leaving for a three week backpacking trip on Friday, and I've been stressing about what to pack for months now. I think I have it pretty much narrowed down, but I'm hoping I'm happy with what I've got. I tried to focus on colors and styles that will be easy to mix and match, and I want to be prepared for all types of weather. I'm hoping that tons of lightweight tanks with a cardigan and blouses for layering, shorts, jeans, and a couple of dresses will carry me through okay. I'll have my five-year journal and a longer form journal, and I'm bringing an iPad with a bunch of books on it to avoid having to lug around my reading for the trip.
Any last minute packing tips? Tell me what I'm forgetting, please!
It's been a while, I know. I've got a functioning camera now (woo hoo!), but I've been using my iPad almost exclusively in place of my old, old, barely working MacBook. Moreover, I'm in a weird place, stylistically. I'm turning 28 next week, and I really feel like my style is starting to change--I don't feel like looking quite so precious or sweet, and I find myself less likely to wear bright colors and quirky prints and patterns. I'm still figuring it all out, and it's weird. I'm not really sure if I really feel a need or desire to take style photos anymore, but I have these ones, so here we go.
Lately, what I've really wanted to do is purge about 90% of my closet and buy a bunch of clean, simple pieces from Zara. Is this a nearing-thirty kind of thing? I don't know. Anyway, I bought this dress, of course not realizing it would be shorter and slinkier on me than it was on the curveless model. It's short--really short, but I do still love it. I wore it on a warm, sunny day on a recent trip to Seattle.
Look! A rare appearance by my sweetheart. Let's hope he doesn't mind. See? Short! Plus this was taken right after a few plates at an Indian buffet, so, food baby. Alas, such is life.
To combat said-shortness, I've also taken to wearing this top as a sort of tunic with jeans. Styles from my past I never thought I'd revisit: Dresses over jeans and Birkenstocks. Wow, man.
What kind of style are you gravitating toward lately? Did anyone else experience a shift in their style as they got older?
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Birkenstock (I know!!)
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.
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
Boots: Old Navy (similar)
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.
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Flats (not visible, my bad!): Target
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
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)
Pants: Anthropologie (non-printed version)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)