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november moodboard

nov moodboard

nov moodboard

This month, I intend to enjoy:

  • taking Skyline Drive over to Luray Caverns for a day of exploring
  • loved ones coming to visit
  • Green Bean Casserole on Thanksgiving
  • all the books Daniel recommended to me: The Autobiography of Malcolm X, House of the Spirits, and The Madonna of 115th Street
  • wearing boots all the time
  • getting started on Christmas shopping
  • layered outfits
  • my peacoat
  • fun, cold weather accessories (I wish I had that fox scarf)

live/wear

livewear

livewear

Today, a live/wear inspired by this wonderful side table setting and wall display. Mint green and pale blue anchor various textures, prints, and mediums to create a cohesive, visually exciting space. I love when a space, or an outfit, manages to be both interesting and relatively laid back. I tried to capture the feel and color scheme of the home design with lived-in basics, vintage details, and pattern mixing. I love those boots in particular. I would definitely wear this outfit.

My style has become more laid back and less prissy since moving here. I think it has to do with feeling more settled and less scrutinized. I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I did in Tallahassee. Maybe I needed a fresh start. Leaving the style blog world behind has done wonders for my confidence, as well. When you’re photographing your outfits daily, you feel pressured to always bring something new and interesting to the table. Now I don’t worry about wearing the same, beloved shoes 3 days in a row. Who cares? Wear what makes you feel good about yourself; wear what works for your lifestyle; wear what you can afford.

live/wear: purple + orange

live/wear

live/wear

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!