Sunday, May 24, 2015

And The Beat Goes On

American Eagle Poncho
Free People Necklaces
Forever21 Dress (thrifted)
Free People Clogs (ebay)
Ecote Fringe Bag

Here I was all "I'm only going to buy basics this summer" and all it took was a cute poncho to break me of all my good intentions.  

Good job poncho.

However, it seems like it is still almost impossible to find a simple, white chiffon tank top.   The strugglez, they are are real you guys.  (Not really.)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

In The Spirit Of Things

Forever21 Top (thrifted)
Old Navy Dress
Spell Designs Bag (ebay)
Jeffery Campbell Heels

Hey, it's a long weekend, the kids are out of school, the days are hot and the kiddie pool is full!  (Full of those evil little water spiders that is.  I need a little goldfish net or something to scoop them out.)  Our dog finally realized she can swim, up until now she's just waded in the water but has been too scared to swim.  She fell in yesterday and now I can't get her out, she just paddles around the pond all day, following the ducks around.  She doesn't even want to catch them, she just follows them around and they mostly just ignore her, she thinks they're like her puppies or something.

I've worn this top before and I was getting ready to toss it into the donation bag when I decided to try it over a few things and realized it's adorable over maxis!  It was originally a little longer but I ended up turning it into a crop top and now I'm really excited to wear it with my other dresses.  speaking of dresses, I kept seeing people wearing these super cute, bohemian skirt from Target and because Target has a 30% off sale going on, I thought I'd look online and maybe see if I could find one.  Wow, you guys, Target has the most anemic website in the history of website.   Everything looks so blah and boring, I just skipped it.  (Good for the wallet though!)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Alaskan Style Trends

Urban Outfitters Hat
Love Culture Denim Jacket (thrifted)
Old Navy Blouse and Skirt
Free People Bag (ebay)
DV by Dolce Vita Shoes

Alaskan can be kinda weird when it comes to clothing trends, we're a lot quicker on picking up trends than we were before, only a few years as opposed to 20 year behind.   Trends vary from region to region, Anchorage is pretty cosmopolitan with a lot of fashionable people, the valley is well...the valley and the coast tends to be pretty practical.  Fairbanks is a mish-mash of this, we have some big stores so people do try to look cute but you don't see a lot of platform stilettos around.  Practicality is a big factor, especially with the winters being so harsh and most people just like being comfy. (So yeah, lots of pjs at Walmart.)  I don' get to visit Anchorage very often so I can't speak for them but I can tell you what Fairbanks/North Pole is wearing!

I know, you're waiting with baited breathe. 

 Fashion trend for Fairbanks, Alaska this year: maxi skirts.  Man, they are everywhere.   It's not like the stores have more of a selection than normal(they don't) but you can't swing a stick in town without whacking someone in a maxi skirt. Well, you really can't swing stick around without hitting people but......

I think people like maxis so much because they are comfortable and they look good on everyone, height, weight, whatever, a maxi looks good.  I don't looove my legs so on days when I'm not really feeling it, a maxi really helps.  They just look cute!   You don't even need to wear heels with them, I've seen most people wearing cute little sandals and with the variety of skirts out there, it's pretty easy to find one that doesn't pool on the ground if you're short.  A good way if you're shopping online and want to know if a maxi will be too long: measure from hips to feet and then compare that measurement against the lengths posted.  Most sites will post lengths and if they don't you can always email customer service.

Anyways, maxis.  They're comfy, you don't have to worry about wind or flashing people and the skirts are actually just as comfortable and cool in the heat as shorts. Just check the material, cotton blends or light silk are really nice and while you have to be careful with it, chiffon is really nice as well. (Just watch out for what the lining is made of!)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Bliss

Hat (fair vendor)
Spell Designs Romper
Woven Bag (thrifted)
Free People Clogs (ebay)

Wow, I can't believe it's the last day of school for the kids!  This year seems like it really just flew by and it's a little surreal to think that next year they'll be in 1st and 2nd grade.  My little babies are growing up!  They're not even babies anymore!  (Yeah, it's the usual mom stuff, it just really is surprising to have them be little infants one day and then it seems like it's just a blink and bam, they're in school and getting all independent.)
Anyways, that all aside, it's fun to finally wear this romper all by itself!  I bought it last fall (ha, there was snow on the ground when it arrived!) and every time I've worn it since then, it's bee with tights and a jacket or kimono.  The print and the colors are so pretty ad interestin, it's nice to let it stand on it's own. And I know, these shoes again.  If only they weren't so comfy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Into The Woods We Go

French Connection Jacket
Old Navy Blouse
J.Brand Maria Coated Jeans (consignment)
Jeffery Campbell Clog Heels(ebay)
Cleobella x Urban Outfitters Bag

This is the bag that Dakota chewed up a few months ago.  As you can see, she was at least considerate enough to only chew the fringe off the bottom, it's pretty intentional looking for the moment. I still have all of the fringe that was "separated", I just haven't been motivated enough to sew it back on, mostly because I need a new thimble!  Mine somehow disappeared this winter and I really dislike sewing leather without one. (Ouch!)
While I was shooting these pictures I kept hearing something crashing around in the woods.  It didn't really sound like a moose but I kept thinking "oh god, the last picture's going to end up will being something terrible taking me out, that would just be my luck." Since this post is up, it's obvious nothing happened,  I don't even have a god story bout it! (Just this lame paragraph in which you possibly thought I had a point to.  I don't.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Almost That Time Of Year

American Eagle Outfitters Hat
Forever21 Jacket (thrifted)
Old Navy Tank
J.Brand Jeans (consignment)
Spell Designs Bag (ebay)
Jeffery Campbell Clog Heels (ebay)

Everything is getting so green!  (Well, maybe not in the eco-friendly way.)  It's suppose to get up to 80 degrees this week so hopefully by next week we'll be able to start hitting the beach.  Fairbanks/North Pole area has two decent beaches, Chena Lakes Rec area and the new Tanana Rec area that just opened up last summer.  Chena Lakes is over by the flood control just outside of North Pole but the beach for the Tanana Rec area is beautiful - the sand is so smooth and not gravelly! (If you're use to swimming holes and the lakes, real sand is a big deal.)  The swimming area is really nice as well, the bottom is still gravely with out a ton of weeds growing in the water so it's fairly safe for the kids.  We're really looking forward to the water maybe(mostly not) being warm enough to swim in but if it's 80 degrees, who cares!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pond Life

Urban Outfitters Hat
Silk Scarf (thrifted)
Icings Vest (gift)
Free People Slip, Bag and Clogs (all ebay)
Old Navy Shorts

Well, I've been wearing maxi dresses and skirts so much lately, it kinda feels strange to wear a shorter dress.  It's hard to beat a maxi for comfort!  (And no fear of flashing people when you apparently forget how to walk and fall down in front of the whole school.  Walking, why you so hard to do?)
There's a ton of birds that have returned so far to the pond, ducks, geese, sandpipers and even the two cranes!  The cranes are pretty tall and aggressive and Dakota is completely terrified of them, the cranes had left early last year so this was her first year seeing them and she thinks they're giant killer ducks. The cranes actually chased her drown the driveway yesterday so now she just hides under the porch when she sees them.