Thursday, July 31, 2014

Is This The Part Where We Fall

Minnetonka Lather Hat
American Eagle Outfitters Jacket
Free People Dress (ebay) and Bag (gift)
Jeffery Campbell Boots
Silver Nacklace (thrifted)

Annnnd it's back.    At the rate it's been raining this summer, I might as well move back to Seward, at least the winters will be a lot warmer and hey, it's be nice to see mountains again!  Although I don't really miss the avalanches and getting cut off from the world for weeks on end during the winter.  (Yeah, not really missing the avalanches.)  But I do miss the coast, the summers are cold but wow, Resurrection Bay is pretty breath taking.  I worked with Kenai Fjords Tours for a summer and got to go out on the boats whenever I wanted, its always amazing to get out to the mouth of the bay and boom, Bering Sea.  I will say that KFT was an amazing company to work for and they gave a lot back to the community, every spring they gave boats trips to every class in Seward and did science labs on the boats.  If you ever go to Seward, it is totally worth the prices to go on the boat tours, I've paid full price many times because it is so beautiful and I love seeing the whales and sea lions.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Somehow It Shines

Wool Hat
Urban Outfitters Kimono
Areopstale Tee
Old Navy Shorts
Rag & Bone Harrow Boots (ebay)
Ebay Necklaces
Free People Bag (Birthday gift)

Kimonos equal amazing.  You know what doesn't equal amazing?  Seeing that the leaves are starting to turn color and the nights are dropping down into the forties.  NO ONE SAY THE F-WORD, it's still only July!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Better Than Bacon

Free People Hat and Horn Necklace
Old Navy Bead Necklaces
American Eagle Outfitters Kimono, Tank and Printed Pants
Charles by Charles David Wedges (thrifted)
Leather Bag (thrifted)

Let me preface these pants by saying COMFYCOMFYCOMFYCOMFYCOMFYCOMFY.

With that very descriptive and informative sentence, I will say these pants are comfy. (Shocker)  I talked a while back about wanting to find a pair of wide leg silk pants and after trying both a Joie pair(so wrinkly and the print didn't really work with what was in my closet) and a Winter Kate pair (so cute but with a print that made my hips look huge and not in a good way) I ended up finding this way cheaper pair at AE.  Go figure, huh?  They're not super wrinkly, I look decent and the print is so awesome, the colors are way more cohesive with the colors I wear already.  Did I mention they're comfy yet?  Because holy cows from heaven with bacon on the side, they are comfy and comfort trumps everything.

Also, mosquitoes are totally the new in vogue accessory.  So fashion, much wow, very pain.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Old Navy Hat and Shorts
Joie Silk Blouse (Consignment)
Necklace (thrifted)
Free People Bag (Birthday gift)
Birks (consignment)

Heh, this hat has not held up very well.  Because it's made of paper I've tried to take good care of it but it seems like the band shrunk and the whole crown of the hat is pretty misshapen by now.  I suppose you get what you pay for but I bought these shorts last summer on clearance for under $5 and they've been doing pretty well so far.  I'm pretty cheap when it come to shorts, I really don't like to pay so much for such a seasonal item, we get maybe three or four months of decent weather and then it's back to the cold.   The Birks are a pretty seasonal item though and let me tell you, my feet feel the luuuuuuvs for the Birks.   I don't really like buying sandals because of the aforementioned short window of wear but if I ever wear these out I am totally buying another pair, I don't care that they're going to be "oh that's soooo summer 2014."  Birk love forever.

This is the bag I mentioned a little while ago, when Ev asked what I wanted for my birthday I told him "any bag from Free People" because you know, I'm a bag person. (And a shoe person.  And a pony person but he just laughed when I mentioned wanting another pony.)   He chose this one and man, it's so pretty and shiny!  It also sorta fell apart the first time I wore it, the strings hold the plates to the canvas came loose and I had to sew them back on but I don't even care because SHINY.  I'm pretty sure I'm suppose to be old enough now not to be distracted by shiny stuff but I still like NERF guns so that's probably not happening.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Days

Hat (thrifted)
Free People Kimono (ebay for super cheap)
Silk Tank (thrifted)
Areopstale shorts
Franco Leather Sandals via Famous Footwear
American Eagle Outfitters Bag
Cow Skull (thrifted)

So far this summer we've had maybe three days where the temps got up to 80.  This makes me feel the sadz because damn it, I like feeling hot and miserable during the summer, it makes up for being cold and miserable during the winter!  (I joke, I joke, I just like the heat during the summer, it's nice to thaw out a little before winter.)  
Ev's parents came up this weekend for Izzy's Birthday, it was also my father in law's 60th bday right after Izzy's 5th.  In celebration, we massacred a pinata and Grandpa got to blow out the candles on a Princess cake.   Good times for all, except maybe for the pinata.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Down By The River

Hat (thrifted)
Old Navy Dress (Birthday gift)
Steve Madden Heels (ebay)
American Eagle Outfitters Bag (Birthday gift)

It was my birthday last week and this dress and the bag were my gifts, along with some cards from the cutest little pumpkins ever and dinner at the Turtle Club.  Best prim rib EVER.   You can't get any better than the Turtle Club for that, I don't care if you go to the French Laundry or not, Turtle Club is killer. Ev was also really sweet and got me a bag from Free People, it's so shiney and stuff.  (Queen of useful descriptions, that's me.)

It's also Izzy's birthday tomorrow, since she's turning five we're going to do a really fun little party for her with a pony pinata and princess cake (not made of actual princesses) and fun stuff like that.  Shes going to school with Gunnar here in just a month and it's kinda crazy to realize how grown up they are not.  I sorta want them to stay my sweet like kids forever but the sane part of me likes being able to actually sleep through the nights now.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Light Off The Foxtail

Hat (thrifted)
Free People Dress
Curfew Sandals
Coach Willis (thrifted)
American Eagle Leather Belt

I keep meaning to go to town to write up some posts but this week has just flown by with a vengeance.  Work has been busy and then we're been doing a lot of work on the house during the evenings so time feels like it's been in short supply.   We did take a break a few days ago to take the kids to the new beach in town, the Tanana Rec area off Cushman.  It's a spot where everyone use to go burn car, get bunch and usually get (the non-burnt) cars stuck in the sloughs.  The city has been working on digging it out and cleaning the area up and they made a really nice beach, compete with real sand and pretty kid safe.  We usually go to Chena Lakes for swimming but it's nice to have a spot a little bit closer and it's actually a far nicer spot to swim than what I had as a kid.  We swam in a pit that was filled with water every spring by the Moose Pass fire Department and it was deep, cold, gravely and definitely not kid safe, it's a good thing we all swam like fish because there was no shallow zone!  Other than that, we always swam in Trail Lake which is a deep, glacier fed lake or in gravel quarries out in the Big Lake Area.  Once in a while we went to Lake Lucille or Matsu Lake but they were pretty mucky and you'd have a good chance of getting swimmer's itch.
 So yeah, back in my day, we had to dig our our swimming hole, file it pail by pail from the local glacier and then fight off the bears.  I probably need to work in a blizzard and walking ten miles into that story before I lecture the kids about what a nice place they have to swim.  (A real beach!  With real sand! Ooooooh, real sand....)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wheel In The Sky

Hat (thrifted and altered)
American Eagle Outfitters Jacket and Crop Top
Free People Dress
Leather Bag (thrifted)
Jeffery Campbell Heels

It's still so light out at midnight, it's wonderful!  I'm one of those people who can sleep no matter what so the midnight sun doesn't affect my sleeping patterns, I just enjoy it always being so bright out. (And it's nice for taking pictures, I actually have time to get home, take a shower and get cleaned up and then put on cute clothes.  And it's warm, bonus points!)

This dress is a little trickier to wear than I'd originally realized, the back is cut so low that I have to wear a crop top under it no matter what - going braless really ins't an option! (Ugh, there would be some crazy side boobing going on.)  Camis look pretty silly under it and the dress doesn't really lend itself to being layered under sweaters.   To sum it up, I should have thought about this dress more before I bought it.  I did wait for three months but it was sooo pretty I let myself get lured in, ignoring the fact that it is not the most versatile.  

I'm kinda happy though, it is pretty and I suppose it's not a bad thing to have one impractical dress as long as it's not a closet full of them.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Free People Hat
French Connection for Sears Romper
Leather Bag (consignment shop)
American Eagle Outfitters Leopard Belt
Minnetonka Leather Sandals (thrifted)

I think the title sums up my brain at the moment, I'm not even sure I remember my own name.   On one of my jobs we discovered some serious water damage and after digging around, it turned out that whoever'd built the house twenty years ago buried random water pipes in quick dry cement in the floor. (Pipes that are apparently of standard size only in Sweden.)   It's been a bit of a clusterfuck since that discovery, one of the load bearing walls has a lot of damage, the pipes have to be replaced completely, the flooring has to be redone and there's mold EVERYWHERE.   The running joke is that it was a master pastor carpenter who built the house because only an idiot of epic proportions and laziness could have made such a mess. (I'm sorry, pastor carps are the worst - every single one I've ever worked with is lazy, unskilled and spends most of his time talking.  I really hope they're better pastors than they are carpenters because if not, WOW.)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mad Skillz

Sheinside Jacket (gift)
Aeropostale Tank
JBrand Waxed Jeans (You can still find these on ebay for between $25-$45)
H&M Leather Boots c/o H&M
Lucky Brand Leather Bag (gift)

Sorry about the drown rat look, it was pouring when I tried to take these pictures.

So the other morning I woke up to hear someone pushing and pounding on the backdoor.  I jumped out of bed, grabbed my sword and ran to the backroom, ready to mess up this jerk who was trying to break in.  As soon as I got the door I heard STOMP STOMP.  Holy Crap, the intruder's on the roof!   I stared freaking out a little and was trying to find the phone to call 911 when I looked out the front window and saw Ev's car.

Yup, I was going to shish kabob and call the cops on my husband who forgot his keys and was home early.   He's lucky the sword is so dull.  (It's one of those comic book reduplication swords, my brother got for me years back as a birthday present because hey, what girl doesn't need a sword?)   I don't really know why he was on the rood though, maybe just to mess with me at that point.