These Boots Weren't Made For Walking

During my most recent clothing purge, I unearthed these boots from the depths of my now more orderly closet. Don't you love that? Rediscovering long-forgotten things is like finding buried treasure for me. Of course, I'd like to get my closet to a point where I actually know exactly what's in it, but it's an ongoing battle. And in the meantime, I'll enjoy rekindling my romance for long-lost closet contents.

What I'm Wearing:  Vintage thrifted cowboy boots, dress from a friend's apartment sale, thrifted vintage belt and Coach purse, earrings and sunglasses from Target, chevron ring and   Citizen watch   from Kay Jewelers. 

What I'm Wearing: Vintage thrifted cowboy boots, dress from a friend's apartment sale, thrifted vintage belt and Coach purse, earrings and sunglasses from Target, chevron ring and Citizen watch from Kay Jewelers. 

Similarly, after an inexcusably long break from blogging, I'm feeling inspired again.  I pretty much dropped the ball on this for several reasons. For one, life is just always really busy and it's difficult to find time to have my photographer (AKA my husband) take pics. And truth is, blogging is really weird. It feels unnatural, self-serving and a bit embarrassing to take pics of my outfits and self-promote. So I stopped. I'd been meaning to give it another go for some time, but on April 4th my dad passed away. It sounds trite but having a parent die is a truly life-altering event. I don't want to get into much detail in this post, but I do plan on writing about the loss of my dad in the future. Point is, my dad really liked my blog and encouraged me to post more. So, this one's for you, dad. Going forward, I plan on focusing a bit more on writing and less on outfit posts, because, well, fashion is fun, but it's not everything. I enjoy writing about all kinds of things.

Just casually leaning against a rocket ship outside of   Lava Lounge   in Tremont. You know — the usual.

Just casually leaning against a rocket ship outside of Lava Lounge in Tremont. You know — the usual.

But, back to this particular post, which is about fashion. I paired my awesome vintage cowboy boots with this black dress, allowing the boots to be the focus of the outfit. I also really enjoy the girly contrast of the lacey sleeves. I wore it to work, to dinner at our old stomping ground, Lava Lounge, and to a theater production with Eric. As cool as the boots are, holy shit did my feet hurt by the end of the night. Maybe that's why I haven't worn them in so long that I forgot about them? Sometimes, we suffer for fashion. I'll add some cushiony insoles next time. 

And here's me with a giant #2 pencil in Hingetown, outside of   Rising Star Coffee  . Why a pencil? I have no idea, but I love it.

And here's me with a giant #2 pencil in Hingetown, outside of Rising Star Coffee. Why a pencil? I have no idea, but I love it.

The theater production we saw was "Broken Codes" by the Theater Ninjas. It's a series of shorts examining how we interact with technology and how it affects us. There were some clear feminist statements in it, which I really appreciated. And the show was in the old Hildebrandt Building in Cleveland, an industrial space now used as the home of Rising Star Coffee's Roastery, as well as space for artists and a community kitchen. The stage was set up among giant sacks of coffee beans (which smelled heavenly), a reuse of space that is so perfectly Cleveland. I'd like to go back and explore the building sometime, with a more comfortable pair of shoes.

Bags of coffee beans just chilling behind the stage of "Broken Codes."

Bags of coffee beans just chilling behind the stage of "Broken Codes."

My Current Obsessions:

Reading: "Walk to the End of the World" by Suzy McKee Charnas is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel in which women have been reduced to slaves after an environmental collapse. Honestly, I'm having a hard time getting into it, but I'm going to stick with it for the subject matter. I just finished "Mort(e)" by Robert Repino though, and really enjoyed it. Recommended!

Watching: I finally signed up for HBO Now so I can watch Game of Thrones without people on the interwebs spoiling it for me. I'm digging the current season a lot! Especially the most recent one. Daenerys for the mother fucking win!

Drinking: I recently had a Dirty Chai for the first time in a long while, and am now re-addicted.

Making: On a whim I signed up for a Ceramics 101 class at Gina DeSantis Studios. I'm not very good at it, but I'm improving and it's very relaxing throwing pottery on the wheel. Spoiler: It's not as sexy as in Ghost.

Jurassic Frock

Like lots of kids, I went through a dinosaur phase when I was little. Unlike most adults, I went through another as a grown-up. Since I haven't outgrown it yet (and probably won't), clearly I had to have this dress.  

What I'm wearing: dress from   Modcloth  , thrifted   Pour la Victoire wedges  , necklace from a clothing swap, rhinestone sunglasses from   Avalon Exchange  .

What I'm wearing: dress from Modcloth, thrifted Pour la Victoire wedges, necklace from a clothing swap, rhinestone sunglasses from Avalon Exchange.

I paired it with an enormous necklace and purple suede wedge heels because I get great pleasure from ignoring the conventional styling tip that "less is more." And since there's nothing banning dinosaur-prints in my work dress code, I tossed a blazer on over it and proudly sported this getup to the office.

YOU GUYS! Not only does this dress have dinosaurs, but it has pockets! POCKETS! It's like the holy grail of dresses.

YOU GUYS! Not only does this dress have dinosaurs, but it has pockets! POCKETS! It's like the holy grail of dresses.

I ordered it online just before leaving town for vacation, so it was like having a "welcome back present" waiting for me when I got home. Speaking of vacation, I'll be posting pics and links to the awesome places we visited on our trip to the Smoky Mountains and Nashville, so check back soon for that.

"  T-rex? You've got a T-rex?!  " Why, yes. Yes, I do. Right on my crotch.

"T-rex? You've got a T-rex?!" Why, yes. Yes, I do. Right on my crotch.

And here's me doing my best Chris Pratt in Jurassic World impression.

And here's me doing my best Chris Pratt in Jurassic World impression.

My Current Obsessions:

Listening: "Dinosaur, Dinosaur " by CSS. This song from Yo Gabba Gabba is technically for kids. I don't even care. It's so good.

Playing: Warning! Monument Valley is highly addictive. Recommended to me by a friend for its gorgeous scenery and problem-solving fun, I plowed through the entire game in two sittings while on vacation.

Reading: Sort of like X-Men if they'd been created by Neil Gaiman and set in war-torn 1940s London, "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs, is the second novel in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Actual vintage photography inspired the bizarre characters and the story, and is interspersed throughout the book. I'm really looking forward to the third book's release this fall.

Drinking: I'm still on a gin kick, but this time it's lavender infused gin and tonics. To make lavender-infused gin, add 1 tablespoon of food grade lavender buds per cup of gin. Leave it overnight in a sealed jar, strain out the buds with a coffee filter, and get drunk!

Dress Resurrection

Don't get me wrong — I love summer. But I find summer fashion to be less than inspiring. Sure, it's easy. Toss on a dress, add some sandals and BOOM! You're ready to go. But that's just too easy. I like the options and layering that slightly cooler weather offers. And since summer finally decided to grace Cleveland with hot temps, it's been too warm for this sweaty gal to deviate much from the dress + sandals equation.

Fun fact: boyfriend jeans just fit like skinnies on muscular legs.  What I'm wearing: dress worn as jacket by   Forever 21  , white boyfriend jeans by Kut from the Kloth, black shirt by   H&M  , thrifted leather belt, gladiator sandals from   Target  ,   Timex Weekender   watch.

Fun fact: boyfriend jeans just fit like skinnies on muscular legs.

What I'm wearing: dress worn as jacket by Forever 21, white boyfriend jeans by Kut from the Kloth, black shirt by H&M, thrifted leather belt, gladiator sandals from Target, Timex Weekender watch.

Between that and a schedule packed with bike rides, Frisbee games, beach trips and other activities necessitating tanks, shorts and tennis shoes, I haven't been wearing anything particularly interesting to post here.

Bonus: The dress fans out behind me like a cape when I walk. Any excuse to wear something cape-like to work is a win.

Bonus: The dress fans out behind me like a cape when I walk. Any excuse to wear something cape-like to work is a win.

And then inspiration struck. This shirtdress was languishing in my to-donate pile for some time, but I just couldn't bare to part with it. It's cute, but I've put on a couple pounds and it no longer fits… as a dress. But it makes a fab jacket, no? While I'll wear it over a mini dress with tights or leather pants in the fall, a streamlined silhouette and restrained color palette keep it laid-back and lightweight for work. I particularly like how the straps on the gladiator sandals echo the graphic nature of the dress too.

And while I matched my rings (both vintage) to the color scheme, mismatched earrings have been my jam this summer. The stud is from Target, the bar ear crawler from   Baublebar  .

And while I matched my rings (both vintage) to the color scheme, mismatched earrings have been my jam this summer. The stud is from Target, the bar ear crawler from Baublebar.

It seems silly, but this outfit sort of jumpstarted my sartorial inspiration. I'll continue to enjoy my summer, but I'm not-so-secretly counting the days until it's time to bust out with fall looks.

My current obsessions:

Wearing: A classic bandana tied around my neck a la Leandra Medine (Shocker, right?) Seriously, they look cool as hell with pretty much anything and are $1 at the craft store.

Watching: I'm a bit late to the party, but I finally started watching Orange is the New Black and it's awesome. Believe the hype.

Drinking: My go-to summer cocktail has been a lower-calorie and frankly, better-tasting spin on your classic gin and tonic. Add 1 shot of gin to a tumbler of ice and top with any flavor of La Croix and a lime wedge.

Listening: Rancid radio on Pandora. It's like the soundtrack to late-high school summers spent getting sunburned at Warped Tour.