Wednesday on a Wednesday

All Dress August

This month I am doing a fun All Dress August challenge with some internet friends of a BST group on Facebook, and I decided to also throw in a color challenge. Since I just organized all of my dresses by color, I thought it would be fun to do the ABC’s of color again, like I did YEARS ago. Yesterday, of course, was the first day, and I wore almond (a dress that needs to be altered, so I didn’t take photos.) Today, obviously, is black. But also, it’s Wednesday Addams-inspired on a Wednesday, which is a pun I didn’t even realize I made until I sat down to write this post.

I am going to try hard to blog every day this month, so some days may just be one quick photo, and some posts will probably be longer.

Being me, I just try to pile on all the challenges at once, so I might try to make each color inspired by a book or movie character. I was inspired by Anastasia yesterday, but it wasn’t enough that you could tell. It should be fun to challenge myself to pull little character-inspired outfits as I go through the colors and try to wear a dress or skirt every day!  

This is a good way to get me out of my yoga-pants-mom rut.

Dress, Amazon | boots, Target (Similar) | book pins, Ideal Bookshelf

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Hearts and Roses of London dress, lace up flats, and a little juxtaposition

Sugar and Spice

Every summer, I go through a phase where all I want is to dress darkly romantic, in Gothic pinup attire, with dark maroons and blacks and navies. In the hottest weeks of summer, all I want is to transition into fall attire and embrace my “witchy” side. It’s probably cliche to say, but fall really is my favorite season. Spring is beautiful with all of the flowers blooming, but here in Washington it’s often just kind of gray and rainy all spring. Summer with its warm days and sun is nice, but I don’t really like being hot all the time. Winter is kind of just mush, and I hate having to wear tons of layers, getting wet in all the slushy puddles, and being constantly plagued with rain and mist. Fall, here, is perfect. Crisp leaves, pumpkin patches, magical bright clear days, orange leaves… it’s so beautiful!

So, when these moods come around, I find the best sleeveless dresses I have and pair them with all black accessories.

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Gingham eShakti dress, strawberry necklace, and red bow heels

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It’s My (Strawberry) Jam

Anyone who has followed my blog for a while knows I have an undying love for eShakti. It all started with this gorgeous red dress, followed by a few I thrifted, then a beautiful bohemian number that served me well through pregnancy, a blue gingham number I haven’t shared on the blog yet, and now this dress. I have been yearning for a good red gingham dress for a long time, and boy did eShakti deliver!

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This dress has a super full skirt, pockets, the option to change the neckline (which I did!), and is light and airy enough for summer while still being fully lined. I could not adore it more! It is even cuter than I had hoped for. Which is usually the case with eShakti. Everything they have is stellar!It's My (Strawberry) Jam | eyreeffect.comIt's My (Strawberry) Jam | eyreeffect.com

And the combination of gingham with strawberries just made sense! These ones were gifted to me off Amazon, and I adore the set. This is probably the cutest necklace I have ever owned. Now I just need someone to take me on a picnic and I’m set for an outfit. Of course, strawberries will have to be a featured dish. 😉

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This dress is the epitome of summer, to me. My mom would call it a tablecloth dress, which just reminds us of picnics and sunny days, spending our hours around the picnic table instead of eating inside, grilling hamburgers, and having bonfires. All of my childhood nostalgia is wrapped up in a print like this. The stars are whimsical, the gingham is sweet, and the color happens to be my favorite!

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As usual, I have a good backlog of outfits to share as summer rolls on and I rediscover some great dresses in my wardrobe. I recently purged my closet and bedroom of a LOT of things I never used, and rearranged my closet so that all of my dresses are visible (While my skirts and tops are hung behind a wall now.) This may result in me only wearing dresses for the next 100 days, or however many dresses I actually own… I was thinking about doing some sort of challenge with it. Perhaps a color challenge, like I did years ago?

We shall see!

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I hope you are all enjoying your summer! I  hope to share a few summertime adventures as soon as I get photos edited, and I hope you enjoy seeing those!

Dress, eShakti (here) | headscarf, eBay | necklace, Amazon (here) | shoes, Amazon (here) | Purse, Etsy (similar here)

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Flower Power and Big Lashes

Stop and Crop the Daisies

Happy Wednesday! First off, thank you to everyone who encouraged me through yesterday’s post to just do what I want to do. It’s funny to realize how I’ve told so many new bloggers who cam asking that they should stay true to themselves… and yet I was feeling at a loss myself. When you blog for a long time and see your blog improve in the traditional ways (photography, writing, style improving, etc) it feels like there’s a standard you have to stick with, and I had almost forgotten that it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want to do. I’m so thankful to have people around me and online reminding me to stay true to myself.

And I’m extra thankful that you all enjoy me at every stage.

I’m breaking back into daily style with this cute cropped daisy top I thrifted yesterday, which still had the tags on it. I’ve been thinking I would like to add more cropped shirts to my wardrobe, because when you are a gal with a mom belly, shirts like to roll or ride up, and crops take all the annoying adjustments out of daily wear. I don’t have to pull it down, it sits right at the smallest part of my waist, and I don’t have to worry about the hem rolling.

I love the way it looks with this Modcloth skirt; I’ve had a harder time styling this skirt, and I’m not sure why. Perhaps because I don’t wear white often (hello, mom of two and prone to spilling coffee), or because I don’t have a lot of solid tops, but mostly I think it’s because I had pushed so far to the “true vintage” side of things and this skirt doesn’t pass for vintage. Retro, yes. But styling a true vintage look with this one is nearly impossible.  

So, relaxing in my posting style means you also get to see the days when I’m not full on vintage, and I’m excited for that. As much as I would love to be able to dress 100% fifties daily, it’s just not practical for how messy I am and how little my kids are. I’m not sure how those housewives did it, but I feel much safer wearing modern, stretchy, and, I suppose, more disposable clothing. My 50’s dresses are much less replaceable than my  modern garments.

Today I am also finally reviewing the Lancome Monsieur Big mascara, which came with a lash booster and eye makeup remover also from Lancome in my Influenster Vox Box. I don’t do Vox boxes very often, because I’m not huge on being required to review and share items I don’t get to choose, but I thought this would be fun. Other than samples from Sephora, I have never used or tried high-end makeup, so I was excited to put this mascara to the test against my tried-and-true L’Oreal Original Volume mascara.

And, sadly, I’m a little disappointed. I don’t know if it’s the lash booster or the mascara itself, but something about them makes my lashes string together AND clump up. I tried three separate days to improve the application of the lash booster and mascara, but all three times I ended up needing to brush through my lashes several times to get something semi-decent after a bare two coats of mascara. I suspect the biggest problem with this mascara, which is a problem with MOST mascaras I try, is that the brush is not dense enough and does not separate my lashes like it should.

So for now, I’ll be sticking with L’Oreal.

Sadly, the makeup remover and lash booster that also came in my VoxBox were not impressive either. I’m not sure if I’ve just found the ideal way to do my own makeup and removal, or if all of the Lancome products I was sent just aren’t up to snuff, but I was very disappointed. I usually remove all of my makeup, eyes included, with coconut oil and a warm soft cloth. It takes 30 seconds of massaging my whole face, and 30 seconds of wiping it down (or less). But the eye makeup remover I got took 3-4 soaked cotton pads and still didn’t remove everything, plus left a weird film on my skin that I then had to wash off.

Since I have very dry skin, having to use a cleansing wash is something I avoid; anything that foams up, soaps up, whatever… I hate using. But I had to with this.

I do want to branch out and try other Lancome products, because I’m sure they’re not all bad, but everything in my box was a miss this time.

top: thrifted | skirt, Modcloth | shoes, thrifted | brooch and scarf, vintage

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Forest Fairy

Camping at Lake Cushman

The first day of July was my husband’s 30th birthday, so we took a camping trip that weekend to Lake Cushman, WA. It was one of the most beautiful camping spots we’ve ever been to, with large yet private camp sites nestled into the evergreens, a large, warm lake not even five minutes away, and absolutely no cell phone service. Having an entire weekend away from phones, Facebook, Instagram, emails, and everything I am so connected to on a daily basis really struck home how much I am used to checking my apps.

If I have to go to the bathroom, I browse Facebook or read a Kindle book. If I’m on a long walk, I scroll Instagram stories. If I’m in a beautiful place I’m always searching for the best shot to share with friends. I habitually reach for my phone to check notifications when I’m bored, when I’m tired, when I’m going to be sitting for a long while, when I’m a passenger in the car, when I’m just kicking back in front of the fire… and having three full days of no service at all really emphasized the unconscious urges every time I went to check my phone and realized I coudn’t do anything with it but tell time.

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