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.

Silver Lining

Hey! It's been awhile since I've posted. Like, a really long while. Sorry 'bout that. I promise to do better in the future. Anyway, I went to an '80s-themed benefit for Burning River Roller Derby last weekend, sporting a vintage bedazzled denim jumpsuit (because of course I did). I paired it with rad super-shiny silver eye makeup, which elicited much praise and a request for a tutorial. So this one's for you, Caroline! I didn't take step-by-step pics while I was doing my makeup, but I did snap a couple shots of the finished product.

The finished look! Channeling Pat Benatar if you ask me.

The finished look! Channeling Pat Benatar if you ask me.

These are your tools for '80s disco ball eyes.

L'oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadow in Platinum  (this isn't readily available anymore, but I found some   here  ),  Urban Decay Shadow Box  (you're in luck — this is on   sale!  ),   Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original  ,   Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling Mascara   (my current fave), a cheapie eyelash brush from Ulta, and my trusty old   Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit  . 

L'oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadow in Platinum (this isn't readily available anymore, but I found some here), Urban Decay Shadow Box (you're in luck — this is on sale!), Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling Mascara (my current fave), a cheapie eyelash brush from Ulta, and my trusty old Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit

Step 1

Apply Urban Decay (henceforth known as "UD") Primer Potion to your eyelids up to the brow bone and let dry. You could skip this step, but eye primer enables a nice even application of shadow, with no creasing. Full disclosure: I was too sleepy and tipsy to wash my face when I got home after the party (yeah, yeah, I know it's bad) and my eyeshadow still looked perfect in the morning. Thanks, primer!

Step 2

Using a shadow brush, I brushed a nice even coat of the L'oreal silver eyeshadow all over my lids to the crease and added a touch to the inner corners of my eyes. There was a lot of sparkly fallout on my cheeks, which was delightful. 

Step 2: Tip: Use a real brush for this and not those weird little foam-covered pieces of plastic that come with cheap eyeshadow. Those suck.

Step 2: Tip: Use a real brush for this and not those weird little foam-covered pieces of plastic that come with cheap eyeshadow. Those suck.

Step 3

Using the crease brush in my Sonia Kashuk set, I applied the darker silver "Mushroom" from the UD palette along the crease and angled in a line down to the outer corner of my eyes. I then blended it to soften the line using the blending brush.

Bottom left: Mushroom and crease brush, top left: blending brush, top right: liner brush and Blackout.

Bottom left: Mushroom and crease brush, top left: blending brush, top right: liner brush and Blackout.

Step 4

Next, I used the liner brush with Blackout from the UD palette to line my eyes on the top. For the bottom lashes, I pressed the brush into my lashes lightly all the way along like a dotted line and then used a cotton swab to smudge it. Done with the shadow, I used a baby wipe to clean up any shadow fallout under my eyes and on the tops of my cheeks.

You can see Mushroom layered on the crease here. I could have used to blend it more but I'm super-lazy when it comes to blending eyeshadow so you might want to do a better job than me. Or say "screw it" because life's too short to mess around with blending makeup to perfection.

You can see Mushroom layered on the crease here. I could have used to blend it more but I'm super-lazy when it comes to blending eyeshadow so you might want to do a better job than me. Or say "screw it" because life's too short to mess around with blending makeup to perfection.

Step 5

I combed my lashes and applied two coats of Roller Lash. Voila! Your eyes now sparkle like a couple of goddamn disco balls.

The rest of my face, in case you're wondering: UD Naked Skin Foundation, a touch of UD Baked Bronzer (can you tell I love UD?) and some L'oreal colored lip balm that they don't make anymore. :(

My first makeup tutorial! That was fun! I like talking makeup, so perhaps I'll do this again sometime. And if you like talking about makeup too, check out my interview with makeup artist and all-around bad ass person, Christine Jurcsisn.

 

 

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.

Pastel Wonderland

I love spring. I mean, I really love spring. I love pastels, baby animals, the gradual greening of the landscape after winter. I love when my flower bed erupts into a rainbow of tulips and the tree in my yard showers the lawn with white flower petals like confetti. Hell, I even love Easter, even though I'm not religious. After all, it's the holiday with the best candy. Don't argue with me about that — you're wrong. So, where better to celebrate a spring vibe than at the pastel wonderland that is Malley's old-fashioned ice cream parlor in Lakewood? And because I'm not one for subtlety I wore all the pastels.

Damn right, I ate that whole banana split.  What I'm wearing: J. Crew gingham button down shirt from  Avalon Exchange 's $1 sale, thrifted Forever 21 mint lace dress, vintage Mexican opal bracelet, vintage rhinestone necklace, earrings from a clothing swap, Katy Perry for Claire's cat stacking rings, Kay Jewelers  citrine ring , Candies eyeglasses.

Damn right, I ate that whole banana split.

What I'm wearing: J. Crew gingham button down shirt from Avalon Exchange's $1 sale, thrifted Forever 21 mint lace dress, vintage Mexican opal bracelet, vintage rhinestone necklace, earrings from a clothing swap, Katy Perry for Claire's cat stacking rings, Kay Jewelers citrine ring, Candies eyeglasses.

When I said "pastel wonderland," it wasn't hyperbole. Malley's is decorated with delightful Alice in Wonderland murals. This one was giving me bunny ears.  What I'm wearing: Target pink tights and silver oxfords.

When I said "pastel wonderland," it wasn't hyperbole. Malley's is decorated with delightful Alice in Wonderland murals. This one was giving me bunny ears.

What I'm wearing: Target pink tights and silver oxfords.

Flowers! More pastels! A birdhouse and white picket fence! Malley's is the cutest.

Flowers! More pastels! A birdhouse and white picket fence! Malley's is the cutest.

You and me both, Alice. You and me both.

You and me both, Alice. You and me both.

I got an assortment of these in my Easter basket and, holy shitsnacks, are they delicious.

I got an assortment of these in my Easter basket and, holy shitsnacks, are they delicious.

I am incapable of saying the word "bunny" aloud or in my head unless it's in the voice of Behemoth from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

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I had to take this. Obviously.  What I'm wearing: white trench from a clothing swap.

I had to take this. Obviously.

What I'm wearing: white trench from a clothing swap.

A note: I've had a few people ask why I haven't been posting anything for some time. I've just been really busy. I started doing jiu jitsu, I'm training for a half marathon, there were a lot of social events in March, and I've been doing a lot of craft projects and reading. And truthfully, the last thing I want to do after sitting in front of a computer screen all day at work is go home and sit in front of a computer screen.  My personal policy for this blog is quality over quantity. If I don't have time to craft a compelling post, I'm not going to hammer something out just for the sake of posting. Big thanks to those who read this. I really do appreciate it and you!