Sunday, October 26, 2014

PSA: Serial (the Podcast)

This is a quick Public Service Announcement to say that if you are not already listening to "Serial"... YOU NEED TO BE LISTENING TO "SERIAL": 

 The basic premise - was justice really served? - is obviously fascinating.  I change my opinion of the case with every episode.  But I think the personal elements are what really make it so compelling - generational conflict, cultural conflict, and forbidden love, mixed in with the occasional hilarious high school drama.  

Episodes come out every Thursday so you have plenty of time to catch up.  Do it!  And if you are already listening... we need to discuss.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I Wore: Polka Capital of the Nation

This weekend we went to New Ulm, MN to visit Matt's sister and attend their Oktoberfest.  Being the (self-declared) POLKA CAPITAL OF THE NATION, basically every weekend in New Ulm is Oktoberfest.  But apparently this one was the main event.  I decided to give my trusty fall uniform a break and wore my favorite L.L. Bean fisherman sweater instead, along with a similarly toned jacket and t-shirt.  

You might ask: isn't it a little risky to wear a beige jacket, sweater, and t-shirt to an outdoor festival? 

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman Sweater (size up!)
Uniqlo Striped Linen Blend T-Shirt
Steven Alan Moto Jacket (super old, from eBay)
AG Farrah Jeans (love the fit but have worn out way too fast) 
Vans Leather Sk-8 Hi Slim Sneakers

Answer:  No.  German food is beige (and delicious, I might add).  Beer is beige.   The caramel apple pie I bought on the way was beige.  My hair is so beige that it blends into that beige building.  It was a low contrast, low risk situation (even for me).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What I Wore: Basically This Entire Fall

If you see me on a weekend this fall, I'm likely to be wearing the outfit below.  Not a variation of this outfit where I swap out a different sweater or t-shirt... actually this exact outfit.  

See?  I stood out in my yard to prove it.  

Uniqlo Striped Linen Blend T-Shirt (you can't see it, but it is always there.  It hangs out the sides and adds a little something, in my opinion) 
Madewell jeans (old version, not the much-hated new ones) 
Orla Kiely Stem Bag 

Friday, September 5, 2014


I got a sunburn, saw snow, and ran a mile in a hail storm all in the same weekend...but it sure was pretty.   

Pics are from Red Rocks Ampitheater and the Chasm Lake hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Dashing this off even though I am late for work because when Inhabit has a sale, they REALLY have a sale.   

I got this, this, and this for $215... original price $1014!  Completely worth being late for.

Use TIMELESS for an extra $20 off.  Go!!! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

So Many Feelings (Note: No Actual Feelings)

What am I feeling this week?  I'll tell you. 

These sneakers.  Feeling them, big time, maybe with my black AG Farrah skinnies, a white tee, and this bright blue jacket.  The only question is black or cream?  (I think black).
Erin Considine

Erin Considine AW2014.  Feeling every bit of this, especially the Arc studs on the top left.

GOING BACK TO BLOND.  Feeling this so much it may merit its own post.  Spoiler alert: I realized that there are no points awarded for being natural.  Especially when "natural" is the dumpiest dishwater shade ever...

Patchwork boyfriend jeans?  I feel that.

Our sunroom.  We finally hung up some curtains (the same West Elm Ikat Ogee ones I've used in every apartment) and it feels so, so cozy in here.  This tiny room probably makes up less than a sixth of the apartment but it is where we read, watch tv, eat (I admit it... usually while watching tv), and nap.

Feels change weekly so I'll probably be back with a whole new set soon...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Weddings and the Facebook Era

In the height of the Facebook era, an outfit could be ruined for all time by a single overzealous picture poster.  If someone uploaded 15 consecutive pictures of you wearing it, you certainly didn't want to be seen in it again at next week's party.  No matter how much you loved it, it was all but retired.

These days, no one is posting 15 (or any) pictures of me, and I have no problem wearing the exact same thing every weekend.  But for some reason this concept has stuck with me when it comes to my wedding attire.   This summer, I finally came to my senses.  Why let a good and probably expensive outfit go to waste just because a few people may have already seen it at the last wedding?  And who am I trying to fool anyways?  Am I really trying to make people think I have some unlimited stock of cocktail dresses like a contestant on The Bachelor?  No.  Therefore, I am instituting my summer wedding uniform.  If it's remotely appropriate for the venue, I'm wearing it: 

Ronald Hayes Pearson Collar (vintage) 
MAC "Speak Louder" Lipstick

(The Eileen Fisher you could have predicted... but the Donald J. Pliner is taking the old lady to another level.  Sorry I'm not sorry.)