The weather was blindingly cold today (that will make sense to you if you had to walk outside facing the wind for any length of time), so I felt no desire to venture out once my shift at work ended. Instead, I’m sipping my second cup of Oolong tea and enjoying some quality time with pinterest while Daniel reads excerpts of his school reading to me.
Finally, a post about the library. It took me forever to arrange and re-arrange and add furniture and put up artwork in just the right way. I didn’t feel satisfied with the overall look until two weeks ago, when I moved the cube shelf we used to have in the living room onto the bookshelf wall. It is incredibly difficult to decorate rooms that have a glaring wood element built in (in this case, the window frame); no wonder my peers who own homes are all painting everything white. I settled on multiple wood tones to make it look intentional rather than makeshift.
Walmart pillow, painted reindeer, Target paper lamp, banjo (!), TJ Maxx ottoman, hand-stretched frame with antique labor union pins
Modpodged San Francisco “Street Sheet” newspaper headline, paper cutting by Daniel’s sister, art print from Tallahassee shop
This room has a red and gold color scheme by default; items that didn’t fit in other rooms made their way here. I had intended to add an area rug to bring in another color, but that proved difficult on my current budget (which is essentially 0.00). We hardly go into the library, but I’m glad it’s presentable. Maybe I’ll use it more now?
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I like the eclectic, pop-art-meets-farm-house quality of this room.
I’m drawn to the art deco lines in this River Island body con dress, but I don’t think I’ll feel comfortable wearing something so form fitting on my lower half anytime soon. The fit and flare skirt adds volume and, I think, more versatility to the base garment. Paired with classic accessories and a rustic, almost toile printed crossbody, it’s really a go-anywhere look with more visual interest than your average daily outfit. Home design translates surprisingly well to styling.
October felt almost normal.
This month I (and sometimes Daniel):
- enthusiastically attended my ballet classes
- worked, one latte at a time, through growing crowds at the coffee shop
- grieved (however briefly) over the loss of our mouse, Chantico, and bought a new mouse, Hecate.
- suffered through an art film our friends insisted we watch
- talked into the night on a front porch
- attended the Black Voices Gospel Choir Fall concert, and loved it
- ate at some good restaurants
- went to my church’s women’s small group consistently
- witnessed the Dalai Lama’s and Bruce Springsteen’s visits to downtown Charlottesville
- met people from all over the world thanks to the universal need for caffeine
- drank lots of spiced hot chocolate and cafes au lait
- walked around a pleasant historic area downtown
- got a library card
- (somewhat) successfully fixed my car’s minor lock problem
- finished decorating the living room and kitchen
- thought a lot about feminism, sexism, and Christianity
- appreciated the fall leaves
- survived Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm
- visited Washington DC for the first time
- wrote two poems after a long hiatus from the craft (one, two)
- attended a Halloween party
- began watching Friday Night Lights
- cemented local friendships
- fretted over our finances
- sold many items at Water Lily Thrift
- enjoyed fall
- got my first taste of what winter will be like
- read 5+ books
- dyed my hair dark brown
This month, for the first time since moving, felt normal. Many friendships are secure and openly mutual. We’re even invited to things on occasion! We spent less time exploring and more time inside, partially due to cooler weather. I grew more secure on a personal level and felt more satisfied in my free time activities (reading, writing poems, organizing, thrifting, etc.) I did feel a bit stir crazy and I’m currently brainstorming ways to fill my time. I can’t decide if I want to pursue a side job or if I should focus more on Water Lily Thrift. We’re walking a tightrope financially and spent a lot of time working out a budget and then trying to actually follow it.
I realized that what you leave behind can hit you hardest in the small ways. You want a friend to commiserate with on local events or weather annoyances. You hear of a new store opening and just wish you could helpfully tell someone about it or check it out with them. You enjoy the excitement of making new friends but miss the comfort of old friends. Your neighborhood is beautiful but you miss having a park within walking distance. You are tired of telling people what FSU stands for. You aren’t capable of giving people good directions within town. You begin to realize that the culture of your new location differs from your old home in just enough ways to make you feel like fish out of water (for instance, southern aristocratic culture is annoying).
All that being said, we really do like living here. People here are more like us in terms of background, beliefs, political leanings, and education than most citizens of Tallahassee and that’s made it easy to settle in.
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Dorothy Perkins is a UK based brand and women’s retailer. I suspect, unfortunately, that they’re a bit like the Forever 21 of England, but maybe their products are of higher quality. Their clothing appeals to my aesthetic to a greater degree than most American, mid-range designs do. That mixed print dress in the center would look great at a holiday party.
Sorry to bring you another set and no meaningful content, but I woke up with a cold and spent most of the day sleeping or clicking mindlessly through internet content. Since Frankenstorm is headed our way within hours, the sun hasn’t shone all day; it turned out to be the perfect day to relax and recover.
We attended a “Vintage Cocktail” themed Halloween party last night and I dressed up as a flapper. I prided myself in the historical accuracy of the overall look; unfortunately, I only have a headshot of my get-up. I wore vintage costume jewelry, a thrifted drop-waist dress, and richly hued makeup to complete the look. Daniel, on the other hand, was a Roadside Prophet; he wore a board with boldly etched, condemning verses on it around his neck. I was a symbol of debauchery and he was the radical, moral response to it.
I don’t care much for the social aspect of Pinterest and I never search for images within the site itself. But I love it for organizing my favorite images from around the web. I’ve been particularly interested in home design and art photography as of late, in addition to personal style inspiration photos.
- I enjoy discovering style inspiration images that align with what I already have in my closet. I wore an outfit similar to this Monday and plan on doing so again with a vintage dress I still need to alter. My personal style is all about casual polish.
- That Leah Goren cat print is everywhere. I’m glad to have the same name as the cat-obsessed artist and print maker.
- I think I could just fit a coffee bar in my tiny kitchen. If I end up purchasing an espresso machine and a proper grinder, I’ll practically need one.
- Mountains + wedding = perfection
- I like every component of that little sitting area: the eclectic, simple frames; the chair and throw; and the industrial lamp are design elements that would easily fit into my current living space.
- I saw needle art all the time when I worked at a craft store. Company wide, it was the single most framed item. And I never liked any of it. But this woman gets it. She’s manages to make needle art very cool.
- I am always intrigued by beauty among broken things. I love the juxtaposition of grace and elegance with grunge and utility in this Ballerina Project photograph.
This has been an exhausting week. The cool weather and today’s visit from the Dalai Lama brought hundreds of people into the coffee shop, where I worked for five solid days. We were at least a person down from where we needed to be to keep the shop running smoothly this morning. I didn’t even get a chance to finish my coffee! I did, however, get to partake in the consumption of a free sandwich due to an order mix up, so all’s well in the end.
I pinned that lovely bedroom photo weeks ago and constantly go back to it because I find it so comforting. I love the mix of mustard and coral hues with light and airy grays and creams. The light coming in from the picture window is ethereal, too (I placed our bed under a window for this effect in our old apartment, but the light always glared in from under the blinds and woke us up early, so we moved it after a time). The nights here have been chilly, so an extra blanket at the end of the bed would be a welcome addition.
I just purchased that elephant shirt (along with a dress and some leggings) from ModCloth with the gift card my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday. I used to have a fairly impressive collection of graphic tees, but my style went more feminine-classic-basic in the final years of college. I’m embracing all the styles that have influenced me in this new stage of my life and am enjoying a good graphic tee again.
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I would typically never pair purple with orange because they are, historically, my least favorite colors. But I do enjoy a good, seventies-inspired, burnt orange and I’ve recently begun to hoard purple garments (my friend, Andrea, really likes the color purple; I think she’s a big part of the reason I have come to embrace it). This look actually came together from the scarf and shoes rather than from colors in the room. Normally I work the other way around.
In related news, the jeans featured above are BDG high-waisted ones from Urban Outfitters. They were my favorite jeans until the seam ripped after only the second day wearing them. Why does no one make an affordable, decent quality, high-waisted, stretch jean for a pear-shaped figure? Jeans are not my friends. UPDATE: I just found two pairs of Levis stretch jeans at Marshalls for 19.99 a piece. Hooray!