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Animal Instinct

It's been quite some time since I have done a proper outfit post in this neck of the woods.

There is no other way to put it, but life has been more hectic than ever and time is fleeting friends! Because of the heaps of school work and playing catch up from being sick, my free time is not spent sitting on my laptop, but out and about in the world. I'm fully aware of my adjusting schedule and I promise to not less this area of my life falter anymore than it has been. To keep you in the loop, content will be changing around here. I won't be posting as much- simply because I cannot keep up with my normal 3x a week- but the quality will skyrocket through the roof to make up for the lack of, well, my face. Instead of traditional blog posts, the preliminary plan is to produce more digital stories... think more in-depth writing, design, photography. For 2017, I want my blog to paint the best picture of who I am and what I believe in, so let's get going!!

Now, before you depart from my corner of the interweb, this outfit (and another one coming later...) are examples of how to work summer pieces into your winter sartorial playbook. When the cutoffs are less beachy and more structured, they totally are cut out for milder days when paired with funky toppers, boots, and of course, a thick turtleneck.

Coat: Asos, Shorts: The Vintage Twin, Boots: Stuart Weitzman, Sweater: J.Crew

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October's Best of the Best

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Instead of dishing you another dosage of my annoying blabbering about clothing, I felt that a favorites post would be a better fit. Yes, I will admit that this outfit is decently spiffy and I'm all about making a slip dress wearable as the temperatures top.

With October come and gone, I am left refreshed  and rejuvenated for the rest of 2016... mind you, it is a quite hectic one. I like to think as October being my personal version of a new year. Perhaps it is because I'm a libra, so I feel über connected to this glorious month, but I also always happen to experience a change or shift in some part of my life. Continuing, I am filled to the bring with ideas and dreams of how this digital space will grow over time - especially focusing on more film photography, videos, stories, and grander personal projects that will give you all a better insight into who I am. 

Now with that, enjoy this lengthy list of favorites. 

THROUGH MY EYES

Good Girls Revolt- I watched the pilot of Amazon’s newest show when it was released last fall. To say the least, I am *obsessed* with this show and cannot wait till season two. As you’ll see in these favorites, I have always been naturally drawn to the social and culture movement of late 60s, so I not only find the history behind the story line fascinating, but the show itself is both well casted and well written. The creators both convey several sides of the social movement against gender discrimination in the workforce,  along with the glamour, grit, and romance of 1969-70. The fashion and music is pretty rad too — especially with Patti Robinson (aka my favorite character). To watch, head to Amazon. 

The Sixties- Continuing on with my 60s/70s cultural binge, I started CNN’s documentary series a couple nights ago. It’s been an interesting pairing with Good Girls Revolt, as the series explores all aspects of the decade. Once I wrap up this decade, next on my plate is to tackle The Seventies. To watch, head to Netflix. 

Sabrina The Teenage Witch- Meet the oddball of my entertainment line-up. Honestly, it’s such a good show and while the technology isn’t up to date as we have come to know, I think it adds charm to the show. Oh, Salem is spirit animal!

 

IN THE EARS

Nostalgia playlist- By now, I guess you can sense what type of mindset I’m in right now. Here is the music I’ve been listening to— my favorites are Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Grateful Dead’s Good Lovin’, all the David Bowie, and The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man. 

Photograph by Ringo Starr- I rediscovered my childhood song this week. From the ages of 3-6, I listened to the Concert For George tribute album ALL THE TIME, and then for the past ten years, I completely blanked out on what the album was called. Since the rediscovering of this incredible record, I have ordered the CD for my car’s stereo, and I have been playing Ringo Starr’s Photograph on repeat. Guess my taste in music as been the same since I was 3. 

Lady Gaga covers- She is wickedly talented and can pretty much sing any song perfectly. My favorites are her 2015 Oscars performance, Stevie Wonder tribute, and the cover of Sting’s If I Ever Lose My Faith- which brought Sting (& me!) to tears. 

 

IN THE WARDROBE

Outdoor Voices- I’ve already have preached about my love for this fitness/recreation wear brand, so it is no surprise that I purchased another pair of their leggings. I'm a very happy lady (that only wears leggings). 

Gucci loafers- One of my birthday presents were these, honestly flawless, Gucci loafers. They were the last pair in my size on the Eastern seaboard, so I lucked out. I haven’t worn any other shoes since they came in the mail, and don’t really plan on it in the near future. The brown also feels much more youthful than the traditional black, plus they look super cool when paired with sheer tights. 

Baseball caps-  During the weekends, I have been throwing on baseball caps when I’m running around town. I also love oiling my hair with coconut oil to keep my ends healthy, so wearing a baseball cap hides my greasy mess. 

Lighter wash denim- I have been switching between my black denim and super light wash like crazy. Ironically, I wore my absolute bluest pair of denim all summer, but since fall rolled around they have taken a back seat for now and the others take the cake. 

 

 

IN THE KITCHEN

Red pepper hummus- Full on addicted. I shamelessly, and easily, can go through a tub of this hummus. 

Gingerbread tea with cinnamon- When I am not in the mood for coffee, I brew some gingerbread tea and mix it with a splash of almond milk and cinnamon for an extra kick. 

 

IN THE MEDIA & FOLLOWING

Tumblr- As I am bursting with creative energy right now, I have been tumblr’n plenty in order to bring my ideas to visual representation. Not to mention, escrowing and re-blogging a solid choice when it comes to relaxing techniques. 

Follow- @girlsatlibrary, @lpathelabel, & @the.wing

 

OTHER & OTHER

Incline walking for HIIT- Lately, I have replaced running intervals for intense incline walking. It is less stress on the joints, but it also a refreshing change of pace (ha, pun intended) from normal hitting pavement or treadmill.

I Feel Like Hillz- Check it out and see this incredible company in all its Hilary glory. Oh, and be sure to get out and VOTE! 

Condition 1st, Shampoo 2nd- Lately, I have been foregoing conditioner all together, in replacement of coconut oil on the ends of my hair. If your hair is anything like mine, aka super fine, this switch-a-roo could bring some serious va-va-volume to your locks. 

Photos by Gabi Mulder

 

The Forecast

Week one of school is done & dusted. Four days in the bag and it felt like four years. Time is a sneaky little brown-noser, isn't it?

Instead of pondering life's biggest questions on time, how about we jump back to Newport? Where I was happy as a clam, and the dog days of summer were still in full swing.  As promised in my Autumn essentials post, here is one of the items on my list: black denim. Specifically, high waisted and a pair that ooze serious mom vibes. Re-write that to a cool mom. No doubt. 

In order to "New England-ize" the dark denim, I paired them with my go-to oversized fisherman knit. I will praise the fisherman sweater until hell freezes over because it is honestly my most sacred and love item in my closet. Ok, ok, that was a little bit of a hyperbole. Still, you get my point. It would be a stormy weather in my sartorial forecast sans the sweater. 

The upcoming forecast for this Autumn? These two golden pieces and sunshine. Lots of both. 

Wearing: Vintage sweater, The Vintage Twin denim, Castañer wedges, Chanel bag

 

 

 

Sailor Does Staples: The Summer Uniform

Hello, long time, no talk. I'm sorry for dropping off the face of the planet the past week. I was in the middle of nowhere... sorry, I meant Ohio... for a sailing regatta. The service and WiFi was so so spotty that I didn't even check Instagram more than once. 

With that little life update, I am back with a new installment of Sailor Does Staples focusing on my two summer, sartorial staples (wowza, that's a mouthful): the denim skirt and the knit top. 

I have quite the backstory on my denim skirt ventures. I ordered a denim skirt (this one to be exact) from Asos, way back when in April. After the skirt failed to show up for several weeks, I reached out to Asos support (side note: they are very understanding and great at their job, so claps Asos). To sum up the story, UPS lost the package somewhere in customs and I ended up being refunded for the skirt. What a anti-climatic ending... 

A few weeks ago, I made a trip to Reformation during a lunch break.  Lo and behold, I fell in love with their denim skirt that rivals the pricey and legendary Vetements one. 

 

 

The Look: Reformation skirt, Zara top, J.Crew sunglasses, K.Jacques shoes

 

 

Finale

Welcoming the final look of my mini denim series- if you like, you can see the other two looks here. If you thought the finale was going to be big and grand, well, sorry charlie that is not just the way I roll. I didn't let you dow though, as sometimes simpler is better. In hindsight, nothing is more cozy than slipping on a soft, oversized sweater with a pair of jeans. But, when you are taking the simple road, attention is due in the details; silky choker, personalized bag, feminine flats. 

My three rules for getting the most out of your jeans.

1. Don't wash them often. They tend to break in more and fit your body better.

2. Learn to dress them both up and down. They'll become a game-changer for every season.

3. No two pairs are ever the same. Especially with vintage. So, treasure one pair until you stumble across the second superstar pair. 

Jeans: Reformation (repurposed 501s), Sweater: Boast, Jacket: Mango, Choker: Hermes bracelet, Ring: Asha by ADM, Shoes: Chanel

Photos by Alexandra Gibbs