Saturday, October 29

there was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars

I can't wait to save up enough money to travel. It's all I've ever wanted to do, and I think many people would agree with me on that. There's nothing more depressing than seeing the same scenery everyday, stuck in the same routine - you begin to feel trapped. You begin to forget that everyday is a gift. I tend to make small, insignificant things, huge consuming parts of my life, and I have to constantly remind myself not to do that. Life is fleeting and it's mine and I cannot let anyone else consume it or control it. I watched this video the other day and sat there immobile, for 8 minutes, eyes watering, while my body slowly covered in goosebumps and I relaized how small we all are, how small all my "problems" really are. I suggest you watch it too (but click and watch it big on youtube, this format does not do it justice).

I want to see the desert, and mountains, and the pacific ocean. I want to drink a pint in a pub in Ireland and espresso from a tiny cup in a cafe in France. I want to drive across country in my crappy car with just my music and my camera and maybe a giant bag of Swedish Fish. But for now, I can barely afford to take a few days off with my boyfriend, so until the day comes when I can pack up and go and not have to worry about bills or responsibilities, I'll look at these pictures and dream of a freedom that's just out of my reach.

Big Sur, California/Peter Martin

Yellowstone/Peter Martin

Iceland/xTorfinnx on Flickr


You get the picture. (ha!)
Hope you all have a lovely weekend :)

Thursday, October 20

bon matin

Happy Thursday everyone! I can't believe the week is almost over already. And while I love the promise of three days off from classes at the end of every week, I'm starting to feel like they are all passing me by. It's partly my fault - when Friday is pay day it seems like the only day you can remember! So I'm going to (hopefully) stop doing that from now on - before I know it, it'll be Christmas! (mixed emotions there). Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my favorite looks that I'll be gathering inspiration from for the cold months ahead.

Also, can I just say, if you're ever looking for a quick way to feel sexy in the morning while you're getting ready for the day or while cleaning up your room or just need a pick me up (clearly, this ones for you fellas) - listen to Brigitte Bardot, Billie Holiday, Connie Francis, Peggy Lee, etc. Singers from earlier decades have this magic power I swear, maybe it's the grainy quality of the songs or that they're singing about things that don't involve brushing your teeth with liquor, but whatever it is, it puts me in a this fantastic mood and I suggest you give it a shot. Try out this playlist to get you going!

Dagg & Stacey f/w 11/12
Maison Scotch Campaign

Masscob f/w 11/12

Tim Barber for UO's Fall Catalog

Alexa Chung for Madewell

Clemence Poesy via Inspirational Style

Street Style via Gunnar of Styleclicker

Hannah and Landon


And while obviously there are more things I'd like to show, I'd rather not make this post any longer than it has to be.
Let me just leave you with this song that I've been play on repeat and am in love with at the moment.
It gives me chills guys. CHILLS. Turn it way up!

Sunday, October 16

songs and sundays

With the exception of a few gloomy days, it's been so beautiful out lately. I decided to make a playlist that you can download if you'd like. It's the kind of playlist you'd listen to while enjoying a lazy Sunday, or while on a quiet drive with the windows way down. The kind of playlist that reminds me of Autumn, cool and inviting, before winter creeps in and freezes everything in sight. You can click here or the picture to download it. I hope you enjoy the songs as much as I do.

On a different note, it's Sunday here, and I think it's the best day of the week. Sundays should be spent catching up on responsibilities, spending time with yourself, family and friends and doing things that make you happy. I spent today re-organizing my room (drawing inspiration from one of my favorite sites The Selby) reading, watching re-runs of shows that make me smile, and a handful of other very small things. It may sound boring to most of you, but to me, it was perfect. I'll leave you with the video that I'm sure many of you have seen, but for those of you who haven't, enjoy - it's pure magic.

october, please stay

Ahhh, October is almost over and I feel as though I've barely had a chance to do everything I've wanted to. I haven't jumped in a pile of leaves, I haven't carved a pumpkin (this is what i was thinking of doing - oh Martha), and I have not eaten candy until my stomach hurts - oh wait, it's not Halloween yet, there's still time. I have, however, over indulged in apple cider and pumpkin flavored coffee, so let's not say i haven't done anything.

There's just something about this season that makes me want to craft and bake. Initially this week I began creating my own detachable peter pan collar.  I favor the collared look a lot, and the way it mixes structure with femininity. It makes me  excited to put together new outfits. Plus Alexa Chung (pictured) is kind of my style icon (follow the link for her Madewell line - oh how I wish i wasn't a broke college student). So i looked up a few tutorials on how to make my own! There were so many, but my favorites were from Silk and Satan, Runway DIY, Transient Expression, and A Little Decadence. And while these ladies had some awesome and easy to follow steps, I totally over estimated myself. I lack a sewing machine and a steady hand - so until I acquire either one, I'll have to wait to finish the collar. I did most of the steps though! Here's what I have so far. I just need to sew it and I'd like to add a ribbon and maybe a button in the front to tie it together. I'll keep you updated!

BUT I did make something small so this post isn't a total waste! I was looking around online for new hair clips/accessories I could make and something caught my eye. The pop of color of a small flower, a feather or a small clip is something I've always worn and loved, so I was delighted when I came across this crazy simple and awesome hair comb tutorial from Lemon Jitters. Following her lead, I bought a 4 dollar pack of 12 combs, then took to my thread/embroidery floss collection and picked out my favorite colors.


Then, I just wrapped the colors I chose around the comb in a V-pattern, tucking each end
under the next color. The last thread I kept in place with the tiniest bit of glue. 
And here it is!

I love the colors, they remind me of Fall leaves. I wore it to work the other night and
having to regularly look like Johnny Cash in all black menswear inspired clothes, it just made me feel better.

Also,  if you're looking for a laugh, or are having a bad day,
I suggest you take a peek at  this blog. Trust me.