Springtime is Here

Dress | Forever XXI
Flower Crown | Homemade

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Springtime is here, and I cannot help but celebrate with this lovely maxi dress, which has a beautiful flowy, almost 70’s feel to it. This maxi is the perfect springtime dress because it’s not too hot outside yet for the long layers of chiffon, and the design of the skirt still breathes enough to catch those refreshing springtime breezes. Plus, this dress is just so elegant!

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Twirl

FLower Head

Suspended in Mime

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Shirt | Ann Taylor (Thrifted)
Suspenders | Stole/borrowed ’em from my feller.
Necklace | Forever XXI
Shorts | Urban Outfitters
Socks | Forever XXI
Shoes | GAP

IMG_3272 Sure, I really like high-waisted shorts and tall socks and red lips. It’s kind of a given. However, the best part about this outfit is that it cost about thirty dollars in total. Everything you see was either on some ridiculous sale or thrifted, accumulated over years of time, all converging for the first time in this outfit. I don’t usually wear mostly black and white, but the gray undertone from my socks ground this outfit it a little, and the little pop of red help one’s eyes lift themselves out of those never-ending stripes. Plus, it’s just a fun outfit to wear! Enough said, for it’s time to let the photos (taken by Joshua M.) speak for themselves! IMG_3275

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I’ll call him Ishmael.

Alley in the Square

Shirt | Express Men
Shorts | Urban Outfitters
Pointelle Socks | Target
Shoes | Traffic
Purse | Charming Charlie’s
Heart Necklace | Target

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Today I’ve begun my spring-to-summer reading list with a literary classic that all well-educated or, at least, all English literature majors should read at some point in life: Moby-Dick or, The Whale. It’s one of those books that has graced my personal library for years longer than I’ve actually had the desire to pick it up. However, for whatever reason, it’s time.

It’s the perfect book to read outside (with my Merriam-Webster dictionary app, of course), so the warm weather will provide the perfect setting to go on an adventure with a fellow called “Ishmael.”

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Besides sidling up to Melville’s classic for a little adventure, my bro Joshua and I galavanted around town for a little while to shoot this post. I went for a rather simple, classic look because of this strange hot-then-cold-in-no-time weather. It’s too hot in the daytime to wear long sleeves, so what’s better than a long sleeve shirt that’s made to be rolled? I have to admit that this shirt was stolen from my little brother’s closet. He’s got such great taste. These high-waisted, pleated UO shorts are great, but they require a shirt with a little volume to it; otherwise, my upper-register looks disproportional to my lower one. So, here’s my take on menswear, as worn in the fickle springtime.

Also, as an aside, I promise, I do own an iron, and I did iron my outfit before I wore it; however, life is a wrinkly game, apparently.

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Crossing

Shoulder Shot

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Against the Wall

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Photos in this post are taken by Joshua M.

A Very Good Time

Walking Forward

Floral Headband | I made it myself.
Yellow Rose Cardigan | Forever XXI
Dress | Thrifted
Belt | Thrifted
Socks | Stole ’em from my dad’s dresser.
Ankle Boots | Mod Cloth
Pocket-watch Necklace | Target

 


Looking Down in the Sun

My brother and my photographer for today’s post, Joshua, and I ran over to a local park by our house around twilight to shoot this post. It was one of those days when time went t0o fast, and I could not keep up, but I decided that it was important for me to try. We made it to the park and beat the sinking sun, as well as the dying battery pack on the poor little SLR.

Resting on a Bale

I’ve been a little M.I.A. on Ways of Vesture lately because life seems to be getting a little ahead of me. My whole job right now is replete with detail-oriented time management skills. I am currently a server at a restaurant. As a server, I’m always seeking new ways to do the smallest elements of my job more efficiently. Filling two drinks up at once while preparing a desert, counting change, refilling ice bins, and gathering the minutia that my guests have requested (more napkins, salad dressing, etc.). I organize these multiple-point to-do lists on the fly and execute them under tight deadlines—often in under two minutes’ time. I’ve noticed that minutes saved piles up to hours earned. Furthermore, the more I increase my efficiency, the more I can accomplish in a single work day, and the more successful I have become in my current job.

The trick is learning how to do a job of excellence—never sacrificing quality for a deadline. This was a struggle for me when I worked for newspapers in college. We always had deadlines looming over our head like a cloud. Deadlines don’t take into account the interviewee’s availability or a writer’s block or a cold lead on a story. I usually am a perfectionist when it comes to a craft I love. However, the show must go on. The story must be written with skill and accuracy and viable human interest. It’s tricky. I never want to sacrifice quality for efficiency, but I also have learned that I cannot sacrifice efficiency in the pursuit of perfectionism. It’s a delicate lesson to learn.

I want to apply that lesson in this blog. Also, I am also open to new challenges that this blog has presented to me. It’s true: I need to do a job of excellence in an efficient manner, but I need to be self-disciplined in my goals and practices. Because I am the editor-in-chief of this blog, the general manager, the boss, I set the deadlines, and I have not really done a very good job of setting those deadlines. So, my current goal with this blog is to set more challenging posting deadlines for myself, not allowing Time to be a an excuse. Another personal style blogger recently told me that frequent consistency is important in fashion blogging, both for the blogger as an artist, and the blog’s audience. I believe she is right. In further support of my battle to manage my personal time better, I agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said,

“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”

Checking the Time

Sitting Pretty

Walking into the Barn

Sunshine Smile

Looking Down

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Being a Goof

 

Sibling Style: Spring Break Edition

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On John:
Shirt | J. Crew
Cardigan | Thrifted
Khakis | Club Monaco
Socks | GAP
Sneakers | ASOS
On Allison:
Cardigan | Target
Double Breasted Day-dress | Mod Cloth
Belt | Thrifted
Tights | Francesca’s
Striped Canvas Loafers | Urban Outfitters
Bracelet | Charming Charlie’s

HERE we are again for another Sibling Style adventure. It’s John’s spring break from college, so we traveled up to see our older brother and sister-in-law in North Carolina for the week. It’s quite gorgeous up here—not yet the weather for shorts or tight-less legs (for me) like we were hoping, but it’s still quite pleasant.

These photos were taken while our older brother and sister-in-law were at work. We galavanted around town and found this pretty park around magic hour.

WOV - WallOur middle brother (I know, there’s a few of us), Joshua, took the photos. He did a great job! I’m pretty sure that was his first time using an SLR not on the auto setting. Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself! WOV - Walking

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There was a sort of random labyrinth at the park. We’re not sure of it’s purpose. Perhaps its waist-high walled pathways are meant to puzzle shorter folk, but it was still an interesting place for us taller explorers.

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