March 2014 archive

A Dose of Late Winter Neutrals

I know it’s technically spring now, but with all the rainy weather we’ve been having, it won’t truly feel like spring for at least another couple weeks. These photos were actually taken on one of the first truly sunny days we’ve had this year, but I’ve been hoarding them and waiting for the perfect time to post them (who knows why?). It’s starting to get a little ridiculous and so even though I’m lacking the inspiration to wax poet about this outfit, here it is. Basically, I just really love this dress and love the way it looks in an all-neutral outfit. I have a feeling both this dress and scarf are going to become new favorites of mine. That’s it.

Photos are thanks to¬†Callie of Coffee and Cardigans. Be sure to check out her lovely blog if you haven’t already!

Scarf: Nordstrom / dress: Ruche / belt: Forever 21 / tights: Hue / boots: Nordstrom Rack

 

Create52 Update

I posted here about my New Year’s resolution to take the time to create something every week. Almost three months later, I’m going strong with eleven weeks of creative projects down and I’m loving this challenge.

I was worried that after a few weeks I would start running out of project ideas or that, especially during midterms and finals weeks, I just wouldn’t have time to work on anything. However, I’m actually finding that the opposite is true. The more projects I complete, the more inspired I am to start a new one. I’m also excited about the variety of crafts I’ve been working on – from home decor and quilts to apparel and paper crafts. I posted about my Out and About dress here and my DIY heart garland that was part of our Valentine’s Day dinner here.

Since I’ve now made it through an entire term with this challenge, I’ve realized that it’s not entirely unrealistic to take a little time each week to work on something creative. Of course, there were weeks where I was insanely busy and only had 30 minutes to put towards a project, but there were also weeks where I was able to bust out multiple crafts. Honestly, working on a craft project every week has become kind of addicting and I’m loving it!

In the coming weeks, I’m planning on sewing a lot more apparel items as well as working on a few tutorials to post here. You can follow along with me on Instagram with #create52.

A Dose of Leather

I never used to be a forgetful person, but lately my memory seems to be failing me more and more often. Nowadays, if I don’t write everything down either in my planner, on a to-do list, or as a reminder on my phone, I will forget to do it. Last Friday, I had a final term paper due by 5 pm. I had finished it the day before, giving myself time to edit and add to it if I needed to. However, Friday afternoon, my roommate began telling me about the papers she had due and a lightbulb went off in my head – I had completely forgotten that I still needed to email my paper to my professor! I had gotten so wrapped up in everything else I was tackling that day (and I was actually being very productive) that I had mentally checked the term paper off of my list of things to do. I thanked her profusely for reminding me and opened up my email to send the paper off. Now I’m not sure what happened after that because at 5:37 pm it hit me that I had never actually emailed my paper. I let out a few colorful words and my stomach just dropped as I recalled it had specifically been stated than any papers received after 5 pm, no matter how soon, would be docked a full letter grade. I pulled out my computer and, sure enough, the email was still open, just buried beneath all of my other tabs and windows. Ugh!

Similarly, these photos, which I swear feel like I just took the other day, are actually from November – I just forgot to post them. Which is surprising, considering this was actually one of my favorite outfits from this fall. I totally rediscovered this leather jacket which was an amazing clearance find from my days of working at Nordstrom Rack (it was originally nearly $200 and I got it for about $20). I love the way various neutrals look layered together and I’ve found myself leaning towards neutrals a lot more lately. Hopefully you guys will be as forgiving as my professors (who graciously let my late paper slide) and still appreciate this outfit even if it is a few months late.

Scarf: selfmade / jacket: BB Dakota / dress, boots: Nordstrom / tights: Hue / belt: Forever 21

 

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