The best part of summer is undoubtedly the spontaneous day trips to explore new places with friends. Sadly, those trips were more difficult to pull off this summer due to the 9 to 5 job I’ve been working since January. But because I love summer adventures and I’m moving to another county in less than a month (!!!), I knew I had to squeeze in as many small outings with my friends and family as possible.
In my state, there’s a small town on the coast that I adore, and my best friend and I have made a habit of going down there for a day for his past two birthdays. There’s something about strolling through small, locally-owned shops on streets reminiscent of the New Orleans French Quarter that makes my heart flutter. I love the smell of the salt air, the art on the sides of buildings, and creating the perfect playlist to listen to on the ride down. It feels like summer feels – light and yellow with hints of blue, like a fond memory in photograph.
Outdoor adventures in the summer call for simple, fuss-free outfits. The summer months in Alabama are absolutely boiling, so lightweight pieces are essential. On this day, I opted for my American Apparel denim shorts that I scored on Poshmark for half the price and a simple black tank top I’ve had for so long I don’t even remember where I got it. I brought along a red corduroy shirt I picked up from a consignment shop to wear inside chilly shops and restaurants and to add some color to the outfit. Finally, my Sseko Crossover Slides are one of my favorite purchases I’ve made in a while. They’re so comfortable, versatile, and perfect for spring and summer. I’ve worn them to the beach, out and about, to a concert, and to work. I’ve had them for about three months, and I’ve definitely already gotten my money’s worth.
Fall in Alabama is a very nebulous thing, which is very frustrating to someone like me who loves cool weather. The temperature highs are in the 90s until about November, and all I want to do is put a sweater on my body and not sweat. Regardless of the disappointing weather we’ve been having, I’ve been doing lots of fall activities, such as baking pumpkin pie, making squash soup, and taking lots of photos with pumpkins. And I don’t even care that I’m being cliche. Fall makes me happy.
I’ve been wanting an overall dress like this one for a while but couldn’t find an ethically-made one anywhere. But as always, my favorite local thrift store came through for me. I stumbled upon this one while looking for some flannels before the weather cools off and the thrift store sells out. And the best part is that it was only $3.
Although I love thrift shopping all year, fall is my favorite season for it. From flannels to old man sweaters, you really can’t go wrong. I’ve also been really into the vintage shops on Etsy lately. They’re a really great way to get some cool fall clothes without supporting fast fashion or spending tons of money. Some of my favorites are Cosmic Nature Vintage and Project Object Vintage.
What’s your favorite fall thing?
*Photos by @teah.shaw. Check her out on Instagram!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, what I’m about to say will not come as a shock to you: Alabama weather is not my favorite. I live for cool weather, chunky sweaters, and bonfires. But no. The summers here are unbearably hot and humid; the fall, though not unbearable, is still hot; and when winter does finally come around, it’s an all-of-a-sudden and very fleeting affair. And if I’ve learned one thing during my twenty-one years here, it’s that you can never count on the weather to do what it should.
This Christmas, temperatures were in the 80s – almost record-breaking – and it rained for days prior. In my mind, Christmas is meant to be spent bundled up in front of the fire, but in reality, I had to force myself to wear a sweater and resign myself to the fact that I would be hot all day long.
I could not get over the high temperatures and spent a lot of time telling my family that 80-degree temperatures in the winter are criminal and an abomination against Christmas, but I was more than okay with the rain. I love rain, partially for the sound and the smell and its knack for providing the perfect weather for reading, and partially because I love tromping through puddles in my rain boots. Last month for my birthday, my family got me the cutest rain boots I had been eyeing. They were seriously a steal, and I’ve been wearing them every chance I get.
I disappeared for a hot second. Life has been kicking my butt lately. I’m taking my last few classes for my major and doing two internships, all of which have left me little time for blogging (or eating). But I’m home for the weekend and plan on stocking up on some blog posts, so I can post more regularly in the upcoming weeks.
The rain has brought with it some cooler weather for the time being, and I plan on taking advantage of it and breaking out the sweaters and jeans before it warms up again next week. I’m so ready for fall weather, but it seems to be taking its time settling in. Regardless, I thought now would be as good a time as any to kick off a fall series on my blog.
So without further ado, here’s what I wore for a day at the museum.
June. These days, it’s so hot that summer rains coax steam from the pavement, and that phrase, “You could fry an egg on the sidewalk” doesn’t seem so unrealistic. Aside from bodies of water, the only comfortable place to be is inside. But that seems like such a shame. The stream by the cotton gin is clear and cold and fit for wading, and downtown strolling is calling. The pizza parlor sells ice cream by the scoop that the sun melts in a minute’s time and leaves me more thirsty than cool, but there is something satisfying about it. White t-shirts, high-waisted cutoffs, and high tops – the outfit of June – are just the thing for hot temperatures and summertime escapades. They’re simple like summer should be.
Summer shows herself in popsicles. And although the river is low, you can still reach the water if you stretch far enough. Just remember to take off your socks. There are apartments down the road with rows of rope hammocks, perfect for you and a friend, and trees on your campus, perfect for climbing and falling and attracting a crowd. She tells the grassy fields to sprout dandelions just for you, and even though the railroad bridge is doused in her showers, it is still good for climbing. This is how she shows herself. In five dollar fried chicken lunches and thrifted outfits and friends who photograph them and that story you tell people about that time a stranger gave you a ferret against your will. She thrives in beautiful places and people to share them with. In songs and in the quiet moments. But mostly, when you see her, it is in laughter and in light. And some days, like today, that’s all you really need to know about the universe.
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To me, summer is all about simplicity. In the summer, life is fuss-free, barefoot, and low-maintenance. I want to spend my days lounging on beaches, reading books outdoors, or getting coffee with friends, not nitpicking over my outfits. Simplicity is the order of the day.
This outfit is one of the easiest in my wardrobe. It’s full of staple pieces – a denim skirt, a black t-shirt, and Oxford flats – with a statement headband and a pop of lipstick. I don’t even have to think about it.
“Simplify” has become something of a life motto for me lately. When I look back on my jam-packed schedule from last school year or all of my possessions sitting in boxes on the floor of my bedroom at home, it’s easy to see how overly complicated I tend to make my life and how much of my stress is self-generated. With this new season upon me, I’ve resolved to simplify my life in small areas, such as my clothes, time commitments, or possessions, in order to focus my attention on enjoying the things around me.
I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. When I was little, my parents would play all kinds of music for me from Louis Armstrong to Shania Twain to Aerosmith when we rode in the car, and as a result, I have an appreciation for a wide variety of genres. I can dance (badly) to Beyonce with my roommate in our living room and jam to some sad indie-folk songs when I’m driving. As I’ve gotten older, attending concerts and seeing my favorite musicians live has become one of my favorite things to do.
I love to pick out concert outfits, because I can push the boundaries of my typical day to-day style, whether that be with a bright red lipstick or an awesome pair of shoes. Most of the concerts I attend are at smaller venues rather than large stadiums, so I’m on my feet the whole time. Because of this, I tend to wear outfits that are comfortable and casual but slightly fancier than what I would wear to class or to get coffee. Recently, I attended a Gregory Alan Isakov show (which was incredible, by the way), and this is what I wore.
The sweater/high-waisted jeans/boots combo is something I would wear on any given day. I added the flannel to make the outfit a little bit warmer, but I tied it around my waist once I got into the venue. Also, I’ve been loving mixing prints lately. My statement with this outfit was definitely the red lipstick. My roommate bought it for me for Christmas, and I’ve been searching for excuses to wear it.
Bathroom mirror selfies?
Gregory Alan Isakov
Listen to She Always Takes It Black by Gregory Alan Isakov, and leave a comment letting me know what you like to wear to concerts!
“And time yet for a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions before the taking of toast and tea.” -The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Saturday mornings call for tea, the farmer’s market, and downtown exploring with friends. This morning my friends and I stumbled upon the cutest tea truck, repurposed from an old horse trailer, at the river market. I am a lover of all things cute, vintage, and tea-related, so I was all about it (I ordered the Lady Grey, in case you were wondering). Then, with our hot tea in tow, we took to roaming the downtown streets, searching for old buildings to explore, dreaming of beautiful loft apartments, and taking some snaps of our outfits for my blog. My friends have been coaching me through this whole modeling thing, and I think I’m making progress. Maybe? Don’t tell me if I’m not, okay? Here’s what Caroline and I wore for a casual morning of tea-drinking, exploration, and adventure.
Denim shirt – Forever 21 High-waisted jeans – Forever 21 / Cardigan – Anthropologie / Leopard flats – DSW / Gold chain necklace – Gift from my grandmother
As I’m sure you can tell by previous outfit posts, I pretty much live in my denim shirt. I love that thing. Typically, I throw it on with some leggings before heading out to class. Leggings are great, but whenever I wear them, I’m constantly fidgeting with my shirt to make sure it’s covering my booty and stuff. There’s nothing greater than that awkward leggings-crotch situation that happens when your shirt is too short. Recently, however, I found some great high-waisted jeans that are the perfect solution to all of my leggings woes. Tucking a light-wash denim shirt into some black high-waisted jeans is such an easy go-to look that I don’t have to worry or think about. I just throw it on, accessorize a little, and go.