Friday, July 31, 2015

Lookbook: Sessun Summer 2015

The brand Sessun usually makes me think of little silk dresses and refined separates--the sort of clothing that doesn't look out of place in an office, but for summer the brand took a more relaxed approach. While I'm usually more a fan of structured pieces or retro looks, for once this laidback collection is completely up my alley. Everything looks simple and easy--exactly the way summer should be. 

Outfit: Starry Eyed

On a friend's recommendation we spent an evening exploring Glaslough. The village was as sweet as described, although we ventured a little too late in the day since most places were closed--like this colorful chocolate shop. Oh well, now we have an excuse to visit again another day.

Outfit details:
old headband
old necklace (similar)
UO flats (old) 
Fossil purse (old)
*pictures by Thomas

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Birthday: 8 Years Strong

As of today I have been blogging for 8 years! I have a hard time remembering exactly why I sat down and pinned that first post back in 2007 and the girl I was back then. There's been a lot of growth, several moves, and various hair colors in the intervening years and the blog has served as a diary recording many of those events. I'm grateful to have this journal to look back on and can only imagine how amusing it will be to look at eight years from today--certain old posts already make me cringe!
But I don't like to use my blog's birthday as a day to get very nostalgic and wax on about the past. Instead every year I try to think of some goals for the coming year and celebrate the occasion with a video. I've a lot of ideas for improving my blog and some new creative projects I'm really excited about this fall. For this year's special video Thomas and I decided to do a little fairytale themed shoot in some rainy woods. The video is inspired by the legend of "The Red String of Fate." I hope you enjoy it and thank you for reading my blog for all these years!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Outfit: At The Dock's End

After months upon months of living out of suitcases and boxes, moving out of one house into another temporary home, and finally the big move across the pond, it is so nice to have all of my clothing in one place. I weeded out a lot of my closet before I moved and saved the pieces that I loved the most---like this skirt. It doesn't get enough wear, but I'll blame the previously talked-about suitcases and boxes on that. The colors in the skirt seemed like a perfect match for my new purse from Modcloth. The bag is part of their recent collaboration with Brit-Stitch; which is an incredibly classic collection in the sweetest array of colors.

Outfit details:
old cardigan
old sandals (similar)
*pictures by Thomas

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beauty: French Twist into a Rope Braid

This hairstyle is a continuation of the rope braid I've been playing with for the past few weeks. This time it's similar to a french braid. For a true french twist you don't have to twist each section before you cross them, but I find the twists help add dimension to the look.
How To:
-take a small section of hair from the top of your head and split it into two sections
-twist each section to the right, then loop the right side over the left
-add small pieces of hair to both sections on either side of your head
-twist them to the right again and loop the right over the left
-continue adding small amounts of hair before looping/crossing them
-at the base of your head add the rest of your remaining hair and create a rope braid
P.S. For a more detailed tutorial on the rope braid/twisted ponytail click here.

Outfit: Bluebird

You know what is really difficult? Trying to get an in focus shot of you riding your bicycle very, very slowly past your tripod. I think I've given up on a shot of me actually riding the bike when I'm taking my own pictures and these posing with it will have to suffice. Even without the riding shot this is sort of a landmark for me; my first bike ride in heels (very short heels, but heels none the less). It wasn't so bad and the extra height was actually handy for getting on and off my bicycle which is slightly too tall for me. The heels are also the only new thing I'm wearing; they're from Royal Vintage Shoes which specializes in modern shoes that look vintage. You can shop by the decade you're interested in; mine are 1930s style and I think they'll complement so many of my vintage (and vintage-looking) dresses.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Style Crush: Alex

One of the things I really enjoy about blogging is getting to "know" other fashion-loving ladies that I wouldn't have met through other means. One of these ladies for me is Alex of Larkspur Vintage. I'm a big fan of her blog and style and feel that if we hung out in real life instead of the occasional conversation online, we'd be kindred spirits of a sort. As her blog name might imply she wears a lot of a vintage and brings a retro touch to her modern clothes as well. Visiting her site makes me want to cut my bangs again and wear more vintage. For more of Alex visit her blog.
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