Monday, August 31, 2015

All Twisted Up

Urban Outfitters Hat
Silk Scarf (thrifted)
Forever 21 Jacket (thrifted)
American Eagle Tank
Helmut Lang Skirt (ebay)
Anthropologie Bag (birthday gift)
Dolce Vita Heels

Ev has this week off so we're completely redoing the roof and doing some work on the furnace.  (Yeah, we should be pretty busy with that.) It should be a pretty packed week but with the kids being at school for part of that day we should be able to bust it all out.  Hopefully we'll have enough time to do a quick weekend moose hunt, after three years of no moose meat in the freezer and with zero luck on the caribou hunt last year, we really need a good hunt this fall.  Meat is pretty expensive just in general in AK and by the time it gets shipped up to the Interior, it ends up making for some expensive grocery bills.  I'm a little jealous of people from the lower 48 who brag about being able to feed their families for only $40 a week, up here that would buy milk and veggies! (maybe.)  I makes most of our bread so we're able to save a little there but we really depend on the fish and moose meat to fill our freezers.  It's even more dramatic away from Fairbanks and out in the villages.  Most of Alaska isn't on the road system so with the only freight options being barges or bush planes, groceries from a store aren't an option for a lot of people.  Can you imagine paying $12 for one gallon of milk?  It's like that with everything for so many people out in the villages, the fish, moose, whales and caribou are everything.   Along the coast walrus are a big part of diets but due to the sea ice either not forming or melting away too fast, walrus hunters haven't been able to bring meat home.  One village use to bring in over 100 walrus in one season, the past few years they're brought back fewer than 8 and the state had to fly in groceries just so the villagers could survive.  Climate change has already had a profound effect to many in Alaska and it's kinda infuriating to read that people still deny it's happening when villages are literally being washed away into the ocean up here and people can't even feed their families.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Storm's Rolling In

Free People Hat and Skirt
BCBG Coat (Consignment)
Old Navy Blouse
Seychelles Boots
Salvatore Ferragamo Bag

We'd had a brief break in the bad weather when I'd driven out to the river to take these photos but as soon as I started setting up the tripod, the rain and wind came back with a fury!  I was happy I had a heavy and pretty sturdy tripod and not the flimsy one I'd started the blog out with or my camera would have been gone. (Hah, my poor hat nearly blew into the river so many times, I had my hand on it most of the time because there was no way I was going to go after it.  If it went in the river, it was gone.)  It felt a little strange to break out the coats again but it's been pretty chilly this past week with temps down in the 40s and 30s.  It might not be fall down in the lower 48 but it's arrived up here. 

I don't use this Salvatore Ferragamo bag a ton, mostly because I can really only fit my wallet, kegs, phone and a chap stick in it and I apparently do like packing around the kitchen sink in my bags.  On another note, my wallet is a Kate Spade that I've used for almost 10 years now - it was my first nice wallet and after buying cheap Icing wallets for $15 that broke after a month of usage, I'll never go back.  The clasp broke on it last year but it's still in such good shape otherwise that I don't want to get rid of it, I intend to actually use it until it falls apart and then I'll start looking at Kate Spade for a new one.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time Keeps Slippin' Through My Fingers, But I Can't Think About That Now

Urban Outfitters Hat
Leather Jacket (thrifted)
H&M Dress c/o H&M (old)
Free People Belt and Clogs
Spell Designs Bag (ebay)

This was an outfit I wore to a "Tea Party" Baby shower a few weeks ago. (No, not the political Tea Party - that would have been an entirely different outfit there!) I wore a small black hat rather than my fedora but the black hat kept falling off.  I probably should have used some hat pins to keep it on but.....I have no hat pins. 

After that exciting revelation (what will next week bring?  She likes fringe bags? *gasp!*)  I don't really have a follow up.  It was a fun party and fun to have something to actually dress up for and I made cupcakes for the party the night before so really, it was a win-win.  The baby shower was really cute and it was fun to have an excuse to buy baby clothes again - they're just so tiny!  It was for one of my brother's and his gf so everyone's really looking forward to the new nephew and we're all excited for them and to meet the little boy in a few months.   

I've been trying to be careful about talking too much about friends and family here because I don't want to be rude and put out stuff about people if they don't want to have a internet presence so I apologize for how boring and stilted I've been lately.  I haven't really figured out how to balance that and it's really left me feeling like I don't know how to approach posts right now.   I'll try to get better about it and see if I can figure out a good balance.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Last Dog Day Of Summer


Silk Scarf worn as a wrap(thrifted)
Forever21 Dress (thrifted)
Old Navy Sandals
Free People Necklace and Bag (gift)

A lot of "fast fashion" worn today. There's a few things I really like about this dress (ok, mostly just the color and chiffon skirt) but the short slip really drives me bonkers. I don't understand why more stores don't do a full lining, I feel like these half slips look really cheap and even though I'm short at 5'2, the slips always feel way too short and like I'm moments away from exposing myself. (Yay for big butts! Sometimes a good thing but when it comes to short slips, not so much.) I'd like to find decent replacement for this dress as the short slip keeps me from  wearing it very often and I want to be at a place where everything in my closet gets lots of wear.  It's not much fun to have something in there if I'm not comfortable wearing it all of the time.
I'm petty happy with these sandals however!  They were a bit of an impulsive buy when the sandals I really wanted sold out but I've gotten quite a bit of wear out of this year.  They're nowhere near as comfy as Birks but I think they're cute looking and I wore them our whole trip down to Anchorage and then to a circus, carnival and a fair so they aren't too bad for walking around.
The temps have dropped quite a bit since I wore this outfit, yesterday morning it was about 40 degrees and while it's a little bit warmer, it's been rainy and windy so I've been wearing jackets and scarves the past few days.  NOT.  READY.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Constantly Consistent


Wool Hat (Bought from Mad Hatter Vendor at Fair a few years ago)
Knitted Scarf (consignment)
Jacket (thrifted - no label)
Old Navy Tee
J.Brand Maria Waxed Jeans (consignment)
Madden Girl Boots

Breaking out some older items today, both these boots and this jacket have been around since near the beginning of the blog and while I don't wear the boots as often, I do still get quite a bit of wear out of this jacket. It's pleather but it's held up really well, so far there's no peeling at the sleeves or cracking - two things that are usually a sign a pleather jacket is getting ready to give up the ghost. Excuse me, I suppose it's not called pleather anymore but "vegan" which is a pretty clever little bit of marketing, everyone hate pleather, even the name sounds awful. But Vegan, that means you're a good person and that vegan jacket means you care! It will still take 40 bajillion years (an exact number) to decompose in a landfill and it will cost you twice what a gross pleather jacket will but hey, it's "Vegan!"

I have hard feelings about this, obviously.  I do think the vegan movement has good intentions behind it, I just dislike how so many stores have used the label as an excuse to make their products seem nicer and to sell them at a higher price level.   I'm not sure which brand this jacket is from as the label was cut out before I found it at the thrift store but I will say that it's been a good coat. (I am so consistent here, pleather bad but not this coat!  It's a good coat, ok?)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mutant Affair


Free People Hat (gift)
Ecote Kimono
Old Navy Tank and Sandals
Rag and Bone Leather Pants (ebay)
Spell Designs Bag (ebay)

I know, breaking out the leather pants! The weather's been a little haywired lately (yeah, welcome to Alaska!) so it's dry and I want to wear sandals but I want my legs's like vests, ok? Winter on your body, summer on your arms!

These are some bizzare flowers behind me, they look just like Dandylions but they're SO tall. It's the first year I've seen them and I couldn't find them in any of my flower books. Even my google fu is failing me when it comes to these mutant dandylions. (I do love that the first thing that pops up for "mutant dandylions" is a TMNT links.)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It's All Sunshine And Rainbows

Urban Outfitters Hat
Free People Dress and Bag (gift)
DV Dolce Vita Shoes

This dress is just all sorts of pretty, even if it's a little bit sheerer than I'd thought it was going to be! It has a lot of great movement with the full skirt and while it's yet another dress that apparently they forgot to sew the back on, it's still really nice - the cut out is low enough I can still wear a normal bra. I did cheat with cami bra in this case, those things are awesome and it's seriously nicer than trying to keep a tank top from slipping up around the waist all of the time. (Or at least, I hope I'm not the only person who has that trouble with layering tank tops, it seems like they always ride up around my waist and create an unfortunate bulge.)

Along the line of yesterday and talking about basics, this hat has really become a basic for me. It was fairly cheap for a hat and I'm pretty sure I have the cost per wear down to pennies by this point and for being a cheaper hat, it's done a nice job of keeping it's shape. I did buy this hat in another color around the same time but I've ended up getting far more wear out of the black one. For some reason I have trouble working the tan colored hat into my wardrobe so I'd have to say it was a miss on that one!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Going Down

Forever21 Hat
Silk Scarf (thrifted)
Old Navy Coat (few years ago)
Joe Fresh Sweater (thrifted)
James Jeans (thrifted)
Ecote Boots
Madewell Bag (consigment)

I didn't really mean to take a week off and all I have are excuses of being uninspired and being busy. However, I'm sure you didn't come here to hear me complain so take a look at those trees - they're already starting to turn yellow. *Sigh!*

I finally broke out my Ecote boots again, I wore them about into the ground last winter and they still look pretty decent, escpecially for being seude. If these boots were put out in leather, I'd buy another pair of them in a heart beat, even at full price. I usually wait for a sale but when I find something that I really do get a lot of wear out of, I feel like those are worth not waiting for a sale. These have been really comfortable, even for long periods of time and they're just a simple design they work with everything. They're just about a perfect basic.