Putting clothes on in the morning has become a battle between wanting to look even somewhat stylish and not wanting to freeze to death. This means that I’ve been sheathing my limbs in layers before… More
There are many ostentatious fashion blogs out there with such immaculate outfits that they make me look down at my own clothes in disgust. The truth is, I work every week at a library, and when I’m not doing that I’m usually writing. This doesn’t call for the most fantastic outfits, but it makes for some honest ones.
Some of these outfits I wore to work, some were worn around the house, and some were just what were nearest to me when I crawled from my slumber.
I noticed the hardest thing for me was trying to take photos of my clothes without sprucing them up with extra accessories or a bright lipstick, but I was trying to be honest.
What I really wanted was a true representation of what I wear in a week. I didn’t record my weekend outfits because I was with a dear friend and was having way too much fun to take full photos of what I was wearing. (How’s that for honest?)
The truth is I enjoy getting dressed in the morning. But it has become more important to me to be comfortable now rather than looking perfect fashion-wise. I know that I actually studied fashion, but I have admired cozy knits and billowing dresses more than anything skin tight. What we choose to put on our bodies reveals a lot about us. It tells other people what we wish they thought of us, and it tells them what we think of ourselves.
I really enjoyed doing this, although it was a bit difficult to unwrap myself from blankets and get out my tripod to capture a moment of my day. It was also sometimes boring to take a photo of my Star Wars t-shirt or pair of leggings that I was wearing. But if we don’t celebrate these clothes, even our comfiest of clothes, we don’t see the value in them. I am happy I saw these things in a new way. In my article in Artful Blogging, I talk about how you can change the way you seem an object once you take a photo of it, and that’s how I feel about these items that I wear every week.
I’ll be honest, I was a bit bitter that I could’t wear more spring-styled outfits. Winter is my favorite season, but spring has been teasing me. We got a taste of it, and now I am scowling at the freezing wind outside my door. But I suppose this is what nature has in store for us, so these comfy clothes will be needed a little longer.
After this week of photographing my outfits, I decided I needed to clean out my closet. I tore a lot of things out that just weren’t being worn anymore, and I put some new things in their places. Some beloved pieces are still hanging or sitting folded on my shelves and in my drawers. Clothing is intimate, which is an obvious statement, but probably something we don’t think about enough. It covers us, warms us, and helps us express ourselves. Now that my closet is cleaned, I walk into it every morning and feel as though I’m greeting lots of old friends, and that is always a comfort.
Let me know what you think about my week of outfits! This might be something I try again once it warms up, although I may be spending all my time outside instead. 🙂
“To me, clothing is a form of self-
expression — there are hints about
who you are in what you wear.”
Reading about Georgia O’Keeffe through her letters was an incredible experience because it was so intimate and personal that you really felt as though she might be writing to you. I have limited knowledge of this great American artist before reading the book Georgia O’Keeffe Art and Letters, and now I feel that my eyes have been opened to her genius and peculiar personality. Like most of my favorite artists, she did not crave the limelight, but found herself enveloped in the process of her work and the subjects that she loved to paint.
Her relationships with people seemed to determine the way her personality appeared to each person, as some saw her in one light and others saw her in entirely another. But what I found so relatable was the sacred way she kept to herself, using privacy and aloneness as inspiration and expression.
I really highly recommend this book, especially for art lovers out there. I will say though that it is a huge book, and reading in bed or in bathtubs might not be preferable.
“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”
If you have read this book, please let me know what you thought! I was lucky enough to see an exhibit at the MFA in Boston that had O’Keeffe’s paintings, and I was really blown away by her talent.
Talk to you soon,
I am in the middle of clearing out my room and my closet of all things I no longer need. Spring has arrived early for me, as in, spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Compartmentalizing what I use and don’t use has helped me decide what are my absolute favorite things to wear. I thought I would make a collection of all of my favorite shoes right now. These are the shoes that carry me through my day, the things that stay firmly on my feet while I fly around my many projects. Hopefully soon I will be able to wear them without tights or very thick socks.
I have to say, shoes are a lot more sentimental than I thought they were. Sometimes I put on a pair of shoes and remember wearing them last season or a year ago and I remember the trials and errors of my life at that time. They can make you remember things you swore you forgot.
I had one of my dearest friends over my house this weekend and she wore her pair of black vans. This morning after eating breakfast I looked down at her shoes that she had slipped off somewhere near the table and remembered in the fall when it was just starting to get cool outside and I was at her house in New Hampshire and I had no appropriate shoes to wear. She let me slip them on while we drove ourselves to get my first tattoo.
As I looked down at the shoes which were now in my kitchen, I could almost feel the ache on my wrist where my tattoo lives, and I remembered the experience so vividly . It reminded me that I should take care of these accessories, because they literally carry me through my life, and they collect memories with me.
Leave some shoe stories below! What are your favorites? What memories do they hold?
“Keep your eyes on the stars,
and your feet on the ground “
Here’s an official full outfit with my new hair. I’m quite happy with it! It’s brightened up my winter days, and for that, I am grateful. I’ve been experimenting wearing reds and oranges to see how they mesh together.
Today is Valentine’s Day, and I am without a Valentine. However, I spent my morning doing my hair and makeup, which can feel very therapeutic. I also spent a lot of time with friends and doing lots of writing, which is always a good thing.
Our days tend to be so filled and busy and full of bustling that we forget about our own stillness. Sometimes the best treat to ourselves is to give ourselves some space and time to suspend and just be. There is so much chaos that is going on that we forget about the importance of internal balance. This is something that I am constantly looking for, since my anxiety tends to kick in during busy times. It’s important to step back, look at things objectively, and then remain still.
I hope I can continue this act for the rest of winter. It seems we are all a little tightly-wound during the colder months, and it makes sense. But there is also a calling for warmth and kindness, and I am always personally more kind when I’ve been good to myself.
Booties- Old Navy
How are you treating yourself this winter? Hopefully there is less snow in our future. I am anxious to start spring gardening, and there is literally 2 feet of snow in my back yard!
Talk to you very soon,
Here are some more photos from my bookstore trip a few weeks ago! Enjoy 🙂
I am hoping that the weather will get nicer soon so that I can go on some more adventures. It’s hard to do anything when you’re tunneling through snowbanks. But spring is on its way!
Talk to you soon,
Libraries, the beautiful sanctuaries that share knowledge and comfort with the general public, are starting to crumble.
I believe that libraries are gifts to our communities, gifts that have been overshadowed by the advancing technology and handheld devices that steal our attention. When I was in school in the Boston area, I would see busy young students bustling to the library with armfuls of books and pencils and it made me feel warm and fuzzy, but more importantly, it made me feel productive. After moving home, I noticed that the libraries that exist in rural areas are dwindling with their doors wide open and begging the general public to take a look at what they have to offer.
Let’s start here: Why are libraries important?
-Free books!!! (THIS IS THE BEST PERK)
-Free NEW DVD’s (And British shows! And indie foreign films!)
-Free help for any reference questions!
-Free computer use & cheap printing!
-Quiet study space surrounded by a sea of the best writers in the world!
Why wouldn’t you spend time at a library? They are quiet beautiful spaces where you can roam freely and take out any book you can get your hands on. Sadly, less people think of turning to the library, and they don’t even consider it an option when they want to read something. It has become out-of-practice for some people to step foot into their local library.
Now let’s talk about this: Why are libraries good for communities?
-They promote sustainability (don’t buy new books, share them!)
-You can meet like-minded individuals between the stacks of your favorite genre/author/topic. Robert Putnam said: “People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.”
-They spread knowledge and resources to the public that might not have access to it otherwise OR might not have known where to find it
-They celebrate diversity and learning
-College is expensive, libraries are free to use
-Book clubs offer stories that people read together that might NOT have tried to read on their own, which promotes growth and exploration of literature
-Tutoring services are available
I am asking anyone who reads this post and is intrigued, answer me this in the comments: What would encourage you to visit the library? What are your favorite parts of the library that you think invite people inside?
“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty
because somebody will always be in it
taking books off the shelves and staying up late
As you may have gathered from my previous post, I reread The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was so magic and wonderful and a beautiful story to dive into during these cold winter days.
This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I highly recommend that you read it if you haven’t already!
“Where there’s life there’s hope.”
I also think it’s one of those stories that you can return to every so often and be charmed over and over again. As for me, I’m nursing a cold and stuck inside due to the feet of snow that are piling up outside my windows. I’m thinking of something a little different for my next read. I love the snow outside, but The Hobbit got me in a spring-y mood. I’m itching for the days that it gets warm in the afternoons and we can maybe plant some new flowers.
(I’ll leave you with another quote from the book because they are all SO good.)
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”