Friday, November 30, 2012

That hat's not just for show

As you can see, I'm an idiot.  I didn't even realize I was wearing two different gloves.

Hat: Fred Meyers
Black Coat: Fleet St.
Vest: Jack BBDakota (thrifted)
Jacket: N label (thrifted)
Sweater: J.Crew (thrifted)
Pants: J.Crew (thrifted)
Boots: Madden Girl (Famous Footwear years ago.)
Handbag: Coach (thrifted)

This is sort of a strange color pairing for me, purple and orange is high on my "weird-colors-a-super-villain-would-wear-on-laundry-day" list.  (That in and of itself is strange, I didn't even know I had that list.)  As weird as it is, I ended up really like the orange and eggplant colors together, the brown accents help tone it down a little bit.  

The craziest thing about this outfit isn't the colors, but that this is my medium layers!  Over the sweater, faux leather jacket and vest, I have a wool coat and a puffer on over those, it's cold out there!  I thought this was a pretty warm November for us so far, but the monthly reports were just released and this was our forth-coldest November since 1912.  While depressing, I'm a little happy because it didn't feel that bad.  (But it's suppose to be -40 below tonight, so we'll see how long I go on saying that.)

We couldn't get a plumber out today so we're still dealing with that whole mess, but we did get some general repairs crossed off our list.  My parents are carpenters so I grew up helping out with their business and then later on during college breaks going and working on their jobs. (Usually as the clean up and general labor girl though,it takes a long time to earn those carpenter bags.)  Evan's pretty handy and figures stuff out fast so a fair amount of our projects we can do ourselves, this current issue with the pipes and everything just seems to be beyond our experience.  (But hey, we can hang drywall and patch holes!)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A little perspective

Jacket: Jessica Simpson (thrifted)
Scarf: Icing
Sweater: Gorge Cashmere (thrifted)
Pants: American Eagle Outfitters
Botts: Rampage (Fred Meyer)
Handbag: Liz Claiborne (thrifted)

Hey guys, just a quick post tonight.  We've been dealing with some pretty serious plumbing problems the past few days and trust me, neither the outfits nor the attitudes are pretty right now.  The problem seems to be past the scope of what Evan and I know and it looks like maybe a pipe to the septic tank has maybe broken.  Throw in various little car problems and it has been a cheery few days. (This outfit is actually from last weekend, I haven't had tome to take pictures and as I said, haven't not been wearing cute clothes.)

It was Gunnar's Birthday today and we got out fora few minutes so he could have some fun, even got to go to Nana's to see Dollar in his new home and play around a little.  It's amazing how much Gunnar's growing up, he's such a little man now and I love him so much.

I'll try to catch up with everyone tomorrow, hopefully the plumbers will be out by then.  (In comparison though, I really should not be whining.   I know people dealt with and are still dealing with problems far worse than this after Hurricane Sandy, so I'll just shut up now.  Pipes aren't that bad in perspective.)  Night guys!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Wizard named Harry Returns.

Faux Leather Jacket: No label (thrifted)
Sweater: J.Crew Cashmere (thrifted)
Dress: Old Navy (last year)
Booties: Old Navy (also last year)
Handbag: Liz Claiborne (thrifted)
Necklace: ? (thrifted)

The light was fading fast so I ended up asking Evan to take a few photos since the one-legged tripod and I are currently not talking to each other.  However, I might have had been better off negotiating a peace treaty with Mr. Tripod, poor Evan was quite frustrated by the end!  I'm sort of (really) bossy, especially when it comes to photos and he just wanted to snap pictures of me looking three feet tall.  At least I bribed him with pie.

I really liked how this outfit came together, nothing like big flower to say  "take that winter!"  I'm going to rock the gigantic florals even when there's nary a flower in sight.   The best part about maxis in the winter time is you can wear what ever you want under them for added warmth, I usually go with jeans or thick leggings.

And in nerd news that all nerds already know,  Jim Butcher FINALLY released the new Dresden book.  Yeah, it doesn't take much to make me a happy girl.  I never really got into the whole Harry Potter books, I liked the first three when the came out since they were fun adventure books, but the last four just didn't do anything for me. (Maybe because the transition in the tone of the books wasn't organic?  Or maybe Harry Potter just really annoyed me...That does explains why Potter fans always give me nasty looks.)  But dude, the Dresden Files are awesome.  My brother tried to get me to read the books for years and since his taste in books is questionable  I just kept putting him off. Obviously this was a poor choice on my part.   It's definitely the one book series that I fangirl out over, it's insanely good!  So there, now you all know my nerdy secret.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A blogger in their natural habitat

Faux Leather Jacket: No label (thrifted)
Scarf: Fred Meyers
Sweater: Charter Club Cashmere (thrifted)
Skirt: Old Navy (thrifted)
Polka Dot Tights: Icing
Boots: Rampage (Fred Meyer)
Handbag: Liz Claiborne Leather (thrifted)

Ravens are such scavengers.  Some poor fool left his garbage load uncovered and these two were really going at it, making a horrible mess!  It's impressive at how tough they are, they stay up here all year long and do pretty decent in the extreme cold. (Proof that ravens are like cockroaches, they can live anywhere.)  Sorry, that was the most exciting and relevant paragraph ever, I get side tracked like that. 

This is a little back road behind one of the main commerce areas,  I've been wanting to take photos back here for a while since I love how the sunlight plays off of the frosted grass, but it's always such a busy spot.  Today the light was sop petty that I couldn't resist and I managed to get a few photos, but not before people drove by and the "look" was exchanged.

Embarrassing.  Caught in the act.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Polar bear warning

Fur Vest: Rachel Zoe (thrifted)
Sweater: J.Crew Cashmere (thrifted)
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Boots: Rampage (Fred Meyers)
Handbag: Micheal Kors (thrifted)
Scarf: American Eagle Outfitters

Only 3:15 in the afternoon and the moon's already up.  Yup, at this rate I'm really going to have to figure out how to shoot pictures in the dark.  The sun isn't rising over the horizon until past eleven in the morning so we're down to only a couple hours of sunlight each day.  The loss of light during the winter really doesn't bother me, I love seeing the moon and it actually makes outside activities seem a little more special.  Riding the horses in the late afternoon with the moonlight reflecting off the snow is one of my favorite things, it always feels like such a special moment.  We use to play hide and seek in the dark during the winter and in the woods it's one of the scariest things!  I have quite an over active imagination so I've always been a total chicken in the dark and with how sneaky Dad is in the woods, I'd end up just screaming my head off rather than running for home. (I'll admit right away that I'm not going to hang around when things get hairy in the dark.  One time a friend and I were walking outside of camp in the dark when we saw a big shape across the path, she yelled "Katie! It's a-" and I was gone.  It ended up being the woodpile.)

This is such a simple outfit but I love it!  I've been struggling trying to figure out how to style this vest. I got it last summer at the Salvation Army and even though it would probably look better on someone taller than I, I couldn't past it up for a few dollars.   It does look bulky on me when it's open and a thick belt just adds to the polar bear affect, but a thin belt seems to work.  (And I have to say, this vest is WARM!  Way better than a little polar fleece vest.)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A mild Thanksgiving.

Fuax Leather Jacket: Old Navy
Plaid shirt: Gap (thrifted)
Sweater: Gap (thrifted)
Dress: F21 (thrifted)
Leggings: Fred Meyer
Boots: N.Y.L.A (thrifted)
Scarf: Fred Meyers

So sorry about the graininess of the photos.  Can you believe that I took these at 2 in the afternoon?  The sun was already about to set and I just was having a block with figuring out how to get past the low-light. (Practice, practice and more practice.  Eventually I'll get this photography thing figured out.  I will admit that I wasn't too keen on taking time to figure it out today, I'd forgotten my gloves and my fingers were freezing by the time I got the tripod set up.  My hair also hates me, my bangs just won't cooperate this past couple days and I end up with funky weird hair like this.  (I know, life changing and so important.)

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, my family gets together every year and it was so nice to see everyone in one place again.   I'm lucky that most family lives up here and we're lucky that Evan's family lives in the same state. (It's hard seeing family outside of Alaska, you either have to fly over Canada to the lower 48 or make the long drive, so seeing family outside is usually a once every few years occasion )  We all just ate and then sat around and talked, everyone was pretty wiped out from how busy this year has been, it seems like it's really been non stop so far.  

I know I always talk about the weather but it warranted a little mention, it has been insanely warm!  Last winter at Thanksgiving it was almost -50 below and this year it was above zero!  Everyone in town is pretty blown away how how nice it has been this year, after that super cold winter last year and our chilly summer and fall, we were all sure we were in for a doozy of a winter.  Instead, it's been pretty moderate.  

Allright, that's enough from me, I promise.  No more weather.  Instead, how about this cute little pond?  Even though Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and is considered fairly metropolitan for most of us, it still has huge patches of woods, ponds and rivers throughout town with buildings and  some streets thrown in.  This little pond is right along side the slew and is a great little spot for wildlife, I saw a little river otter along the banks just last month and when the water is open, there's always tons of ducks.   The water is pretty shallow there's a nice little bank so it's a fun spot for the kids to bring their little poles and fish.  Ill have to come back on a day when when the light is better, it's such a pretty spot.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chewy, delicious carbs are my downfall

Vest: Jack by BB Dakota (thrifted)
Hat: Old Navy
Scarf: American Eagle Outfitters
Sweater: Old Navy
Skirt: BCBGeneration (thrifted)
Tights: Fred Meyer
Boots: Fred Meyer

Just a quick post tonight, I'm in the middle of baking pies.  Actually, I'm in the middle of eating all of the rolls the husband baked earlier while I watch the pies bake.  If only they weren't such delicious rolls, they would have a chance of making it to Thanksgiving dinner.

I was trying to recreate a look that I saw on Pintrest a while back, but it really didn't come together like I thought it would.  I really need to pay more attention when I take photos, this is the second day that my belt has been wonky. (The shame of it all.) Edited to say: The more I look at these pictures the more I end up not quite happy with this outfit.  I'm not sure if it's the hat that looks like something a Real Housewife of Somewheresville would wear to the Kentucky Derby or the vest or what, but it's just not working for me.  I'll have to go back and see if I can rework this outfit so that it doesn't have such an off vibe about it.  Any thoughts on what could make this work a little better?

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans and Happy Thursday to everyone else! (Thursday's a good day right?  It gets points for being almost Friday.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thrifting rocks


Blazer: Bloomingdales (thrifted)
Scarf: American Eagle Outfitters
Sweater: Sears
Dress: DVF (thrifted)
Tights: Fred Meyers
Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters
Clutch: ? (thrifted, no label)

I had a killer week at the second hand store a while back back, someone in town with a large wallet donated a ton of gorgeous stuff and I lucked out, walking away with two DVF dress, a Dolce and Gabbana dress, some Michael Kors stuff, a Marc Jacobs skirt and some other great stuff.  I'm pretty sure I pranced out of the thrift store that day.  That's one of the fantastic things about shopping at second hand stores, if you keep searching eventually you can find some really beautiful, well made stuff for a fraction of the retail price.  Best of all, most second hands store profits go to charity, one is not contributing to the wallet of stores that treat their employees badly  and have shady business practices. Plus, clothes aren't just being throw into the garbage, it's great any thing something can be recycled.