- I love the composition and timeliness of this photograph by Elizabeth Messina for The Huffington Post.
- Stripes and polka dots in fall colors appeal to me.
- Inspired by Downton Abbey’s Season 3 wardrobe.
- I’ve seen a few building projects that use unfinished crates from Michael’s, but this is one I might actually do.
- The setting of this image makes very little sense, but I like the outfit and the stacks of books.
- A photo by Paper Crowns, a Charlottesville blogger!
It’s almost time to write a four months in Charlottesville post. Isn’t it weird that it’s practically December?
I really like the month of September, because of the season change and hopeful, back-to-school-and-the-holidays-are-coming feeling, but probably mostly because of my birthday (I hope you enjoyed that sentence). My birthday is September 26 (hint, hint). I’ll be 24 this year: my last year of frolicsome youth before I become a quarter-of-a-century old and start graying (hopefully my hair will hold off a bit longer than that). This is also birthday month for my family (and also everyone else in my homeland, since most U.S. babies are born in mid-September).
Things I intend to enjoy this month:
- Hot espresso drinks
- A Birthday outfit
- Understated jewelry
- A Birthday cupcake or two
- Taking pictures of events and changing landscapes
- Mums in full bloom
- Snuggling in my hand knit blanket (thanks, Daniel’s mom!)
- Printed bags
Daniel and I are heading over to a Local Artisans Festival in the next couple of hours. Masters of guitar making, banjo playing, and cobbling (to name a few) will be present along with their newly graduated apprentices. I love living in a place that publicly values local craft and culture.
It’s tempting to go back-to-school shopping even though this is my second season out of school. I have purchased a handful of wardrobe builders lately, in part to add some interest to my wardrobe, and in part to prepare for the coming fall weather.
- Polka dot and floral tees, Urban Outfitters: great layering basics in fun yet understated prints.
- Taupe and black cardigan, Marshalls: I love over-sized cardigans (the one I purchased is drapey) and stripes.
- Zig-zag necklace, (of)matter on etsy: I purchased a store credit at a discount a couple of months ago and finally chose this necklace. I am a big fan of simple, brass jewelry.
- Gray boots, Target: these were on clearance. I had actually purchased the black version of these last season, but I bought a size too big and never found a replacement. These gray ones are casual and remind me a bit of Blowfish boots.
- BDG high-rise cigarette jeans, Urban Outfitters: I’ve been taking advantage of the proximity of Urban Outfitters to my workplace. These jeans are still on sale and they fit my pear-shape figure better than pretty much all other jeans.
- Cognac buckle boots, Target: I already had to replace the Madden Girl “Guesser” boots I wanted with a similar pair because the former are incredibly difficult to get over my heel. These were $10 less and allowed me to get the other boots without spending more money on boots.
- Worishofer sandals, Modcloth: these aren’t exactly a fall shoe, but they were on mega clearance on Modcloth and I could use some comfy, retro-inspired sandals.
It’s safe to say that my “back-to-school” shopping is complete. I’m sure once winter settles in, I’ll need to buy some layering pieces, but for now, I’m quite satisfied. I made a paper bag waist skirt out of stretch denim fabric yesterday, so I can add that to the list.
Today was all about relaxation (and bluegrass and pest control, but more on that later, maybe). I had the day off, which was awesome since I experienced unexplained nausea yesterday evening.
I did a little online window shopping via polyvore. These items would be great late summer/early fall updates to my wardrobe.
- Sheer plaid shirt: I saw one like it at Target the other day and really like the idea. I’m into layering button downs over dresses.
- Hi-lo hem knit shirt: I love knits.
- Classic striped sweatshirt: As much as I’d like to think I am risk taker when it comes to personal style, I love classic silhouettes, comfy knits, and stripes.
- Tapestry-inspired dress: it looks rich, but it’s still in a light weight fabric.
- Enamel animal necklace: simple, whimsical, easy to wear.
- Color block dress: I’m been into yellow lately. I like the shape of this dress. I think it’d suit my pear-shaped frame (I think “dew drop” is supposed to be the new, more flattering description).
- Big, cozy cardigan: I love cardigans, the more like a blanket, the better.
- High waist, stretch jeans: these are hard to find in an affordable price range. I really just want to live in jeggings and the higher waist suits my body type better.
- Polka dot skirt: I already have a polka dot skirt, but this navy one is classy.
- A-line skirt: I like the vintage, 1940s look.
- Oxford boots: Lace up boots are my favorite. I think I need some in dark brown.
- Floral sandals: these have nothing to do with colder weather, but I have some similar ones from Target and love the style.
- Gray flats: I like the streamlined look of these and the little bow.