Wednesday, October 31, 2018

For: Ms. Shirley

As a little girl, I was hopelessly smitten with Anne of Green Gables.  Admittedly, I tried but failed to power through the books, but I adored the Wonder Works series with Megan Follows and Colleen Duhurst.  I finally a character I could relate to!  Not only did the story introduce me to Anne's world, but I also became an avid reader of Tennyson's poetry and a collector of Gibson prints.  As is usually the case, one thing led to another and Tennyson's poetry led to a love of John William Waterhouse's paintings and then all the Pre-Raphaelites, which led to a trip to London to view an exhibit at the Tate British, which led to a love for travel. Gibson's prints led me to collect antique clothing and experiment with photography and of course those things all led me to this blog.  I'm not sure if I'd directly link all this to Anne, but maybe she was the spark that ignited a love of so many things in me.  So, she deserves at least a little tribute and this outfit is inspired by and dedicated to Ms. Shirley.
 Shopping Info:  Classic Simplicity A Line Skirt from ChicWishSurely Sweet Pearls Mesh Top in Cream from ChicWish, Chase and Chloe Oxford Heels

Ask Alice

I normally devote several posts a year to cosplay or costume talk, but this year has really passed me by.  (In fact I just realized I never got around to post pics of the Miss Peregrine costume from last year!  We won first place in our division at the cosplay convention, btw.)  So, in case you're wondering, yes, I do have a costume for Halloween this year.  It was a little last minute, so I did what so many others have done before me, and used ModCloth's Blue Ribbon Baker Dress by Geode as my Alice in Wonderland dress. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

My Lucky Black Cat

Reviving past favorite outfits is like a high school reunion--it might be awesome or it might fall flat.  I thought I'd bring out this cat print dress that I purchased in Japan to wear on this visit to my old high school's new football field on this Halloween Eve. I'm not a sports fan or even a Halloween fan for that matter, never have been, but seeing this field with its fresh coat of color in preparation for homecoming instantly takes me back to all those autumn evenings watching my brother's games while giggling with friends.   I'm not much for nostalgia these days, it's too easy to get lost that way, but every now and then I can't help but reminisce.

Cat print dress from Japan
Leather jacket from thredUp
Peter Pan collar top from Forever 21

Monday, October 29, 2018

Heart and Solar System

Insomnia has been my old friend for the last 25 years at least.  It tends to come when I am stressed or grieving which tends to make me feel worse than I already do.  As much as I dislike it, (insomnia and perhaps by extension stress and grief) has enabled me to step outside my day--the daytime me--into a world apart from the one that troubles me. During the good times, during the bad, and most especially during the terrible, when I lay unwillingly away and seek solitude and quiet, I seem to always find myself curled up and wide-eyed under a blanket of stars.  Over the years location hasn't always allowed me to see the night sky in all the wonder it contains.  Light pollution from big cities mars that beauty.  An overly busy schedule can do the same.  But here in this wild little Eden I currently call home, there is no hindrance to the nighttime brilliance.  I remind myself often in the busyness, the stress, the sadness, that there must be moments withheld, set in reserve for a clear night and a canopy of stars.  
 Shopping Info: Heart and Solar System Dress in sizes XXSXSSML, XL, 1X2X3X4X  Accent Your Ensemble Tights in Ruby in  SMLXL
Forever 21 Shirt from ThredUp and Steve Madden boots are old

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dresden Blue

    Did you ever do the girliest of things and go china pattern shopping?  I chose mine when I was about 14.  I remember seeing these beautiful chunky mint green plates with dividers for the main and sides.  "Oh my gosh, it's beautiful and practical!  I have to have these!"  
    Never before and never since have I fallen in love with plates.  The Fire King Jadite series just so happened to catch the eye of another fashionable lady at precisely the same time and that lady's name was Martha Stewart.  
    Martha bought scores of them and decorated her kitchen for her t.v. show with them, so naturally the price went through the roof and stayed that way.  At 14 years old there just weren't enough hours in the day or babies that needed sitting for me to earn the money to buy those dishes.  
    I was fortunate to have some sweet family members who filled a box with those lovely chunky dishes in preparation for the day I would move out and set up my own house.  
    At first I didn't open them because it was just me and I moved a lot, so they stayed in the box.  Then I had two little ones and little ones break...well, pretty much everything their mommies love.  Now they're older, but our house is hopelessly lacking in storage space, so my beautiful dishes are still sitting in their box.
    One day I'll bring them out and put them in one of those rustic cabinets with the glass front.  So what does this all have to do with Dresden and their lovely Blue?  Nothing except they make pretty plates too.

 Shopping Info:

Blue Floral Sketch Pleated Midi Skirt from: ChicWish

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Calling All Webtroverts: Shyness is Nice

    What's a webtrovert, you may be asking yourself.  The answer is quite simply a person who is shy and introverted in the outside world, but open and bold on the internet.  Truth be told, I think, for better or worse, there's a bit of the webtrovert in all of us.  In some ways that's a very good thing.  Take me for example:  I am a very private and reserved person.
          You could know me for years and yet never really know a thing about my interests, my travels, my hobbies, etc.  Not because I'm a bland person who sits at home and has nothing to say.  I have very specific interests, specific tastes, and I'm passionate about so many things, I just don't easily share them.  But, here, in my little corner of the internet, I'm very open and honest with the world and I'm glad that I finally have a place to share my interests, my struggles, my triumphs and my flaws, because finding folks in real life can be hopelessly challenging. 
     On the dark side of this coin, I think everyone who's ever used Facebook has noticed how brave people are with ugly comments, saying things they'd never have the guts to say to someone's face and it's troubling, disappointing, depressing even.  Maybe there should be some distinction between the kind of webtrovert who's a shy person finding an outlet for positive expression, and a malicious coward  who likes to pick fights while hiding behind the safety of locked doors and  a computer screen.  We're not the same thing.
    I've always been shy, slow to trust others, and reluctant to share.  It's driven past boyfriends insane that I was the strong silent one in the relationship.  It's prevented close friendships because I've kept people at a distance instead of opening up.  It's something I used to want to change about myself, especially when one of my loved ones proclaimed during a painfully awkward time in my youth that "Shyness is just selfishness!"  I believed her and started to hate myself for being who I was.  One day it finally dawned on me--She's a prom queen; I'm a Mathlete.  She's the life of the party and I'm the wallflower.  We're totally different and she just doesn't understand what it's like to be shy.  I'm a thoughtful, reflective, caring person who feels things very deeply.  I'm not selfish, or at least no more selfish than the average person--extrovert or introvert.
      The fact is those hurtful words came from an extrovert and simply put, she sees things differently.  An extrovert may think I'm selfish for withholding, while for my part I have seen it as selfish the way an extrovert will dominate every conversation endlessly talking about themselves and their family, job, projects, etc.  I can take it for a while and then I either need an aspirin or a place to curl up in a ball and hide for a while.
    Was my loved one right in her assessment?  No.  Was I right?  Also no.  I've talked this over with her since then and forgiven her for a comment made in ignorance  We understand each other better and subsequently get along much better these days.  There's not a personality type that's better or worse; we're different that's all and we have different ways of expressing ourselves and it's all ok.  So,  if you find yourself wanting to reach out but feeling hopelessly shy, just know that it's ok to be shy and it's also ok to push yourself outside your comfort zone.  You may not ever be the life of the party, but as you continue to stretch your social skills, it will get easier.  And if all else fails, people love a good listener and there's always a place for you here on the internet.  At this point in my life I find myself very happy to be called an introvert and a webtrovert.  It's all just me, and I'm good with that.  How about you?  Where do you fall on on the introvert/extrovert/ webtrovert scale? 

Shopping Info:
Strawberry dress
Flats and hat are old

Friday, October 26, 2018

Autumn Panache

An oldie but a goody, I love bringing this dress out.  It doesn't have a season per say, it's more of a mood I get in when I just need something unusual and only this dress will do.  

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Get Lost

Get lost is such an outdated insult.  I heard it a lot as a kid, and not always as a command flung at me.  It was hurtful back then, now I think of it as wishful.  I love to get lost, especially on all these quiet country roads and in all my years, I've never once heard those hair raising dueling banjos that city folks dread.  No, it's always been humble farmland, shy animals, and kind people who've chosen to make themselves difficult to locate.  Maybe like me, they're people who once loved to get lost down these roads and then one day they looked around and said, I'm not lost anymore; I'm home.  Whatever the case, I had to stop for a moment on this drive and snap some photos on this dirty old road.  You can't see the field of cows crunching and staring with disinterest up ahead, but I can and it makes me smile.
 Shopping Info:
Pineapple Dress from The Other Sparrows
Cardi is old
Flats from ModCloth

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Autumn Arrives

These golden mornings when the air is crisp, but not uncomfortable, and the city streets are still sleepy--this is all I need.
Shopping Info:
Prim Class Hero Skirt in Navy Plaid from ModCloth in Sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X
Poodle sweater is old from LindyBopUSA
The Zest is History Heels in Navy From ModCloth in sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Comedo Beauty Device Demo Video

Comedo Blackhead Cleaner Product Demo




I've been seeing ads for these blackhead suction devices and while I don't typically struggle with acne, I have been curious.  The nice people at Comedo Beauty Device just sent me this Blackhead Cleaner to test out and create a little demo for you.  It's pretty cool!  This machine has five levels of suction and four different nozzles, each with a different function.  I spent the afternoon looking over the instructions and trying different techniques and I will say you should start slowly with the lowest level and then increase as you become familiar with the best and gentlest technique.



  
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