Tuesday, August 26, 2014
American Eagle Outfitters Bag
I am not really for all of this fall stuff - the trees are turning colors, kids are in school, it's getting colder at night and there's frost on the windshields in the morning. I harvested the rest of our rhubarb and raspberries yesterday, our rhubarb plants last year were pretty pathetic but they've been great this year, I've gotten three cutting out of them where last year I got one. (And they were pretty sad little stalks to boot.) It was the same with the raspberries though, last year they were tiny and had worms in them and this year they huge and were thankfully lacking in the worms. (Yuk, that's all I can say.) I need to get out to pick blueberries sometime this week, last year we picked a five gallon bucket of them and after freezing them, they lasted maybe a month before we ate them all. What can I say, blueberry pancakes are the bomb. I would like to get two five gallon buckets this year but we're pressed for time right now with a lot of projects to finish up before the snow flies.
American Eagle Outfitters Tee and Pants
Valentina Leather Bag (thrifted)
Steve Madden Leather Wedges
Hurray for comfy pants! They're basically just pj pants but I like pants that make me look tall. (Probably because I have to wear at least a four inch heel to make these work.)
Monday, August 25, 2014
American Eagle Outfitters Jacket and Top
Salvatore Ferragamo Bag (thrifted)
Rag and Bone Harrow Boots (ebay)
That was an unexpected break! This past week our Vic decided to die and after messing around and trying everything, Ev and I ended up replacing the fuel pump. That was more of a pain than e thought, ours is an older model so trying to find youtube videos was almost impossible to find for reference. We did get it (after a few mishaps and three days later) but we didn't get the seal on the fuel pump all the way and when I filled up the tank in town, gas started leaking everywhere! I called my dad, almost in tears, terrified the car was going to blow up if I started it. (It turns out it's actually really hard to blow up a car.) I managed to get it home, pretty positive the whole way I was going to blow it up, and we had to drop the fuel tank all over again and start from scratch. the next day one of the belly straps for the tank broke while I was driving again and we had to go to the junk yard to find a new one.
So, after car fun, I was getting ready to go to town and finally put up a post and.....the computer died. My hands, they are cursed! Nothing I could do would bring it back to life and when I took in to our awesome computer repair people (Pssst- Geek City for Fairbanks peeps - these guys are great, they're fast, have great customer service, don't make fun of you for lack of computer knowledge and are really reasonable with their prices.) they said it wasn't worth fixing. I'd had that little laptop for almost seven years and by this point, there's not even hardly parts for it.
I was pretty bummed out and I didn't really want to shell out money for a new computer but Ev surprised me the next day with one. It was super sweet of him. (He got pie out of the deal - peach and rhubarb which might possibly beat cherry pie for yumminess.) In-between all of this work was crazy, the kids started school and Izzy flooded out the bathroom and the two bedrooms. It's been a week but I know how to change out a fuel pump now. And that dads probably know everything in the world because my dad had to endure way too many phone calls as we kept calling him, trying to trouble shoot car problems.
If you made it through that word vomit, yay and cookies for everyone!
I'm sorry, I don't actually have cookies.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Lookbook Kimono (gift from my sister)
American Eagle Outfitters Tank, Belt and Bag
Old Navy Shorts
It's almost school time! The kids head off tomorrow for their first day, Gunnar's going into first grand and Izzy's starting Kindergarten. I know, I feel old now, they're getting all grown up. Their school is pretty small which is wonderful, everyone already know Izzy just from seeing her and me picking up Gunnar everyday and it makes her feel pretty comfortable about the whole thing.
Man, I just am not ready for them to be so big already! We had such a fun summer doing stuff, they're at the age where it's a lot easier to get out and go do things and they're so excited about everything that it gets me excited as well. It's fun to see the world through a kids eyes again, you just sorta forget about how cool everything can be.
Monday, August 18, 2014
American Eagle Outfitters Tee
Anthro skirt (swap with a friend)
Coach Leather Bag (thrifted)
Jeffery Campbell Heels
Sometimes you find something and you go "wow, this is so me!" This hat is one of those things, last year I tried to diy a black hat with a sliver band because I loved how sharp Jeremy Irons' hat looked in Appaloosa. I try not to but I have a really strong leaning style-wise towards the whole Man From Snowy River/Western stuff but it's hard to take style cues from that without it looking like a full on costume. (Because um, I would totally do that and I have in the past.) This hat is an awesome bridge between that and looking like a sorta normal person.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Cowhide Jacket (Christmas gift from my grandma)
Dooney and Bourke Leather Bag (thrifted)
Jeffery Campbell Heels (ebay)
My grandma lives right in the middle of cowboy country and she sent me this jacket as a Christmas gift last year. I really like it buuuut....I haven't worn it at all, it's a pretty statement-ish item for me. (And I'm saying this as someone who has a embellished, beaded and mirrored jacket.) I don't like getting rid of things people give me though so I've been trying to work it into my outfits more, a white dress is the easiest way to style it but I might have to go with the predicable and wear it with some cut offs before the colder weather hits us.
I did laugh when I opened the box, it totally reminded me of an old riding friend who use to ride every day in a pair of bright, hot pink chaps. All of her riding gear was pink, pink halter, lead rope, saddle blanket, pads, horses blanket, almost everything was pink expect for her horse and I'm pretty sure if she could have, she would have turned him pink.
Friday, August 15, 2014
French Connection Embellished Jacket
Cowgirl Lace Dress (thrifted)
Steve Madden Heels (ebay)
I love how night-time photographs look so I end up doing a few of them a year. Full Moons during the summer are the best, it's usually not-50 below zero and it's easier not to through back and forth through the snow to set the time. (Although moonlight looks so beautiful on snow, full moons during the winter make it so bright outside you hardly need a flashlight.)