Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fringe Bags and Hats






Forever21 Hat
American Eagle Belt
Dress c/o H&M (old)
Ecote Bag
Free People Clogs (ebay)

Jezz, I think the last time I wore this dress was back during the winter.  I think I got a little fried putting together outfits by the end there, after months and months of snow I start getting sick of it and all I want to wear is black jeans and coats. (re: lazy)  We still have a little bit left of warm weather though so I'm going milk it and enjoy wearing stuff without coats! We split and stacked firewood last night, we cut a ton of birch during the spring and have been slowly working out way through the pile - we need to have it all split and stacked so it'll have time to dry out for next winter, it usually takes a while to dry out enough to burn.   The past two years we've cut mostly spruce but birch has a higher btu per cord so you get a lot more out of it, the spruce just burns so quickly that I end up having to restock the fire every hour or so and that just sucks during the night.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Storm Watch





Spell Designs Romper
Free People Sunglasses
Anthropologie Bag (birthday gift)
Old Navy Sandals

The clouds were looking pretty threating when I snapped these pictures but we ended up missing most of the storm but wow, it was blowing like crazy! (Hah, no wind machine needed today.)  It'd been pretty nice up until then, I'd taken the kids out to the carnival out at the Ice Alaska grounds and they spend three hours on the rides.  I went on the Dragon Roller coaster with then and that was it, Izzy and I both almost puked on it!  Last year the same thing almost happened on the Spinning Apples rides so I think I might be done when it comes to rides now.  (Or at least only ride the nice, slow, non spinning rides.)  It was a pretty good time, Golden Days was also going on this past weekend and with the Tanana  State Fair opening next weekend there's been quite a few fun things going on in town.

I do have to complain a little about this romper, I really love this particular print of the Spell Design line but I hate the buttons up the front, it takes so much time to unbutton and re-button, I wish they'd put in a zipper instead.  On days I wear this I just have to not drink anything, all day long and that just works out really well in the heat.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Short Set





American Eagle Kimono
Free People Set
Spell Designs "Dreamweaver" Bag (ebay)
Free People Clogs
Anthropologie Bag (birthday gift)

I was just talking a few posts back about how I normally wear this top or shorts with different garments rather than together as a set.  The skies cleared up the past few days and we've had some really nice day so hey, time to break the shorts back out and actually war these together!  I really, really love this print, the red and the blue is so striking and it works with a lot of stuff I my closet.  I also really like this kimono, American eagle really stepped up their game this past summer and have had so many cute items, it's hard to not want them all.  (The kimonos, they are so good this year and many are cheaper than the Free People ones I usually like.)  I know AE is usually considered a youth store but their jeans are pretty decent fitting if you have a large booty and again, the kimonos are awesome.  (AE also has also gotten better about trying to be good to their workers and managing the conditions at the factories they work with - they're not perfect but they're trying which is nice.)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Midsummer Gloom








Spell Designs Kimono
Old Navy Tank and Sandals
Aero Shorts
AE Necklaces
Anthropologie Bag (birthday gift)

After not wearing shorts that might this summer, this past it seems like shorts are all I'm wearing.  I blame that on the past weekend of cold and panicking about fall, I need to wear shorts while the short-wearing is good!  That's the problem with short summers, it always feels like winter's right around the corner and with getting snow in September, it really is coming up. (Boo.)  So all of the kimonos and shorts and sandals it is!
All of this talk about winter makes me realize that I really need to update my gear this year, I've about worn my Bogs into the ground after 6,7 years of wear and my winter coat is starting to fall apart.  Whichever boots I ended up buying will have to be mostly practical but I'm also going to see if I can find some that's "rugged cute." (I suppose that translates to Alaskan cute.)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Flood Control









Free People Sunglasses and Bag (ebay)
Winter Kate Silk Jacket (ebay)
Loft Top (thrifted)
Old Navy Shorts
Birks (consignment)

I took the kids out to the Chena Lake beach for a couple hours this day and later on we went for a walk up along the flood control.  This was built by the Army Core of Engineers after the flood of 1967, the Chena River flooded out Fairbanks after records amount of rain and all of downtown was under several feet of water.  A notable Alaskan, Sam White, reportedly hung a sign outside of his home at the time, "Fairbanks, still a great place to live." during the height of the flood.  He was a guide, trapper, game warden and mapped out a great bit of Alaska back during the beginning of the century, I would completely recommend reading his book, it's really a great read.

I bought these shorts back during an Old Navy sale because I wanted to have a pair of shorts that were easy to slid on after being at the beach. (Because wiggling into denim shorts when wet and sandy just isn't that much fun.)  I like how light weight they are but man, they wrinkle like a beast!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Oh for a Rainy Day






Jacket (thrifted - no label)
American Eagle Tank and Jean
Silk Scarf (thrifted)
Seychelles Boots
Anthropologie Bag (birthday gift)

This past weekend was pretty rainy and chilly, enough that pants were warranted. (And yet, still warm enough for a tank under a jacket, go figure.)  I've been trying to keep my boots in the back of te closet for te summer, all winter all I wanted to dowas wear sandals bu now hat we're in the later part of the summer an the air is starting to get more of a fall feel to it, I keep wanting to wear boots.  No, bad Katie!   It is a little depressing to realize school is right around the corner for the kids, the state fair starts up next weekend and that always marks the start of the countdown. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To Everything There is a Season






American Eagle Hat
Old Navy Shorts and Shirt
Free People Clogs (ebay) and Sunglasses
Spell Designs "Dreamweaver Bag"

I know, I've been using this bag quite a bit!  I get stuck on bags for a while, sometimes it's because I'm just really liking that particular bag and other times it's because I'm lazy and don't want to swap out my wallet, phone and all of that bag paraphernalia I apparently need. (I NEED it, sometimes, somewhere, I will need that tiny screwdriver!  And who doesn't need three packs of gum?  This person, that's who.)
Anyways, I was trying to go for the cool and casual button up, shorts and clogs look and while it's not terrible, I don't look quite as cool as all of those Madewell models and chicks who hang out at the bookstore.  I'll hide my shame behind big sunglasses.