Knits, Knits, Knits

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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 putting on sweaters and extra pairs of socks. All the sheer and lacy fabrics hanging in my closet are weeping when they get a glimpse of the multiple feet of snow that have taken over the front yard.

I know that nearly everyone wants spring to come, especially me. But before the afternoons warm up and we shed our scarves, we must brave the very last days of winter. I’ve been loving all of my knitted outerwear, as they are my armor against the briskness (and that’s putting it lightly). Each time I see the mounds of white that are painting the hills outside, I let out a deep sigh. Although winter is my favorite month, sometimes we have to part with the ones we love, as they can become a nuisance when you spend too much time together. The only thing keeping my head on are these wonderful scarves and gloves, and I know very soon they’ll be put away in a drawer for quite some time.

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Outfit Details:

Coat – Guess

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Keds

Scarf – Forever 21 (borrowed from my wonderful mom)

Gloves – Target

Socks – J. Crew

 

I’m truly hoping that the weather warms just slightly, as I have so many spring blog post ideas planned! I would also love to start my garden, and this snow is a complete disaster for that. Right now all my plants are staying warm inside, but I can tell that they need some variety in temperature that only spring weather can give them. Until then, I’ll be cozying up and grumbling about the cold. Lots of hot chocolate will be had. Hang in there guys!

“What good is the warmth of summer without the chill of winter?”

-John Steinbeck

My Week of Outfits

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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.

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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.

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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.”

-Marc Jacobs

 

“Stop and feel the nothing you now stand in..”

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Hello Everyone!

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.

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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.

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Shirt- TJMaxx

Skirts- H&M

Tights-Anthropologie

Booties- Old Navy

Jacket- Guess

Scarf- H&M

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!

If you want to check out what else I’m up to, here is my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you very soon,

-Heather

“February, when the days of winter seem endless..”

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The days of winter have been dragging on and I have been quietly falling into a solemn slump. I wasn’t aware of this at all until I realized that no matter how many hours I sleep at night and how many naps I take in the day I just cannot pull myself out of exhaustion. I suppose this is what February feels like. The snow keeps glittering down and I’m grateful for it, as it’s beautiful and we will need the water when it melts, but it also makes me shiver and curl up into the corners of my baths. Even when the sun reaches it’s highest point, I find the light to be a glare and I cover my head with blankets and snooze some more. I think I’ve got the winter blues.

I wait all year for winter. It is my absolute favorite seasons, and in the boiling heat of summer, I close my eyes and imagine the cold and the white puffs of snow and the icy tree branches. Now that it’s here, I find myself complaining about it. I must be a dreaming hypocrite.

But this time is very special and slow, because once this freeze is over and the forest starts to thaw, spring comes and picks up momentum and suddenly you find yourself with armfuls of new projects. So for right now, I am enjoying this slow, tired, lackadaisical time because I know it will not last. If you are looking for me, I’ll be inside of a book or a blanket or a bathtub.

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Shirt- Forever 21

Skirt – H&M

Parka – Hollister 

Side note, did you notice a change in anything? I now have red hair! Like, really red. I feel a bit fiery, but I still can’t seem to untangle from my blankets.

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

 

Tears that Poets and Lovers Shed

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Hello everyone,

I have been very interested in Parisian styles lately, as me and my mom just watched Midnight In Paris. What that basically means is: I put on a beret and wear a lot of collars. I’m lucky enough that the weather hasn’t been drastically cold, so I can still wear some of this stuff without shivering out of my skin. I think a cross body bag completes the whole “casual off-duty Parisian” look. I always go with a classic brown.

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Dress- Forever 21

Shirt- Gifted

Beret- Gifted (from Paris!)

Bag- Target

 

What have you been wearing out in the winter elements? Currently there is a lot of freezing rain and slush in the streets. Not very romantic. Not as much as snow, anyway. Time to bundle!

-Heather

Glasses & Hats (Ft. New Tattoo)

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Hello everyone!

I’m sorry that I’ve been away from this blog for a little bit, there was a lot of stuff going on. Just some life updates, I got a tattoo, and possibly a new job! I’ve been enjoying my October so much, especially traveling around to different parts of New England and seeing the gorgeous colors on the trees. As for the tattoo, I finally go it, and I’m proud that I went through with it. I posted another pic on my Instagram, and it’s still healing, but this is how it looks right now.

And yes, it hurt. But since I wanted it for so long and because it felt so close to me (I did so many sketches before bringing it in to the tattoo parlor) I am proud to have it on my arm finally.

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Also, I just want to fully express my love for October. I was talking about this with my friend because we are such fall people, we can get so annoying taking pictures of apples and leaves and “Oh, look at that barn, that’s a nice barn. Stand in front of the barn.” But truly, October embodies Autumn and it is so fleeting, and once it’s over, it’s over. November gets cold so quickly that it starts feeling like winter, and then it’s Christmas, and then it’s New Years, oh my gosh! So we were agreeing that we need to squeeze all of the Autumnal and Halloween excitement out of this one month. And so far, my month has been packed with plans and traveling and changes and new opportunities, and I am so in love with this month.

 

Hat – H&M

Poncho – Stitchfix

 

What has this month been like for you? I’ve been reading a ton (you could probably tell from my blog posts) and trying to do lots of outdoor activities. I actually made my own cider and it was absolutely delicious. I’m going to be preparing for NaNoWriMo (writing a novel in the month of November) so hopefully I’ll be updating you along the way!

If you want to see what else I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

-Heather

 

 

“Happy October”

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Today I spent taking pictures and walking around the mansions and sea of Newport, Rhode Island. My father used to live there when I was younger and it was so wonderful to be back there. The changing leaves and heavy clouds made for a perfect October day.

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What I Wore:

Jacket – Target

Jeans – Target

Shoes – BonTon

Scarf – H&M

Beret – Gifted

 

I have many more pictures coming tomorrow of the amazing scenery. I feel so lucky to have been able to experience it again, and I’m already missing the salty air.

“Bittersweet October. 

The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking,

perfect pause 

between the opposing miseries 

of summer and winter.”

-Carol Bishop Hipps