Thursday, October 23, 2014

Open Toes and Open Eyes

Sweater: UO   Pants, Wedges, & Bag: thrifted   Necklace: Black Crystals 
"These have to be 7 inches!" Kirsten exclaimed, as she teetered about in my new wedges.
I guffawed. "Seven inches!? Even my Litas aren't that tall!"
"Really?" she furrowed her brow doubtfully.

Just so you know, we broke out the ruler to resolve this, and these wooden platforms are approximately 4.5 inches. Albeit, when Kirsten was wearing them, it was easy to believe 7 inches might be possible. It's amazing what tall shoes can do for a girl with naturally long legs already!

These wedges are a gorgeous Steve Madden brand that I picked up while browsing the shoe racks at my favorite thrift store. Um, for only $6? I couldn't say no.

How often have I said that? Haha, people's eyes always widen and their mouths slightly gape when they finally get a peek inside my closet and spy the numerous bags, scarves, and accessories hanging on racks all over my living space. I'm a hoarder by nature, but I'm always thrifty about how I accumulate my items. It's a rare day if I ever spend over $20 for one single piece. Lately I've been a bit more generous on myself (hey, perks of having multiple jobs!), but I still like to keep my purchases to the single digit category if I can. I may be cheap, but I'd say I have good taste in my thriftiness. You'd be surprised what you can find if you sharpen your thrifting radar! 

I'm wearing my favorite sweater again, and I'm afraid I may be living in this one guys. It's the perfect knit! Even when it gets absolutely freezing, I'll probably keep this on rotation to wear underneath my heavier and warmer coats. Which, I'm excited to say, I've been stocking up and have a few new outerwear items I'll have to show you once the cold weather kicks up. 

Anyway, it's definitely fall here, as our trees are finally changing colors and leaves are drifting down, cluttering up the streets and sidewalks. My roommates and I went hunting for apples, and discovered a lovely little place that was selling bushels of apples and grapes fresh from their yard. We picked a bunch, and are now in the midst of searching Pinterest for all the apple recipes we can find. Any suggestions? 

On a side note, I've been playing around with the idea of starting Youtube videos and attempt vlogging. I'm really unfamiliar with that format though, and am nervous about filming. However, I think it could be a fun way to spice things up around here and get my creative juices flowing again. 

What do you think? Any particular topics or types of videos you'd like me to make? 
Comment below! 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Music Monday: Walk the Moon

A little late in putting this up, but hey, it's never too late to listen to some good music!
So sit back, chill out, and bop your head along to Walk the Moon's catchy tune, Shut Up and Dance. It's been on repeat for me lately. Not to mention, they have some other really good tracks such as Jenny, Shiver Shiver, and Tightrope. Check them out!

Hope you had a fabulous Monday!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Frances Photography: Young At Heart

I'm pretty sure I mentioned on here that I'm took a digital photography class last year, and it was the best experience ever! The lectures were dry, and at times it was boring when we had to do lab time, but when I took the ideas I was taught and implemented it into my photography...well, its all worth it. 

This was part of one of my photography assignments, in which we were to pick a photographer we admired and imitate his style. I chose Richard Avedon, who was a fashion photographer that became known for his portraits. He worked with many famous faces, including Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, and the iconic Twiggy. His simple, minimalist style caught his subjects in a personal way, yielding a sort of intimacy with celebrities - which the public loved.

So I decided to do the same thing with my parents. I put on some oldies music, set up dad's old projection screen as a blank backdrop, and had them pose in front for me. It was fun to put the spotlight on them for a change, and I love the shots I got!

No matter their age, I think my parents will always have a playful, youthful sense to them. More than anything, I hope to find a marriage like theirs. It feels like it's becoming more and more rare these days, and I've entertained ideas of remaining solo all my life.

Meh, the musings of a single girl who hasn't had a date in ages. Haha, there are new things on the horizon for my young self, so I know better than to say bitter, silly things like that. Albeit, when I picture my fallback plan for my future self, I kind of like the image that appears in my mind.

I'm driving down a dirt road in my dream jeep, with my fennec fox (one day, this is happening) hopping about in the back excitedly, anxious for us to reach our destination. All my camping gear is packed up, with a paddleboard strapped to the top. Good music is playing, my window is down, and I have the scent of clean air and freedom blowing through my hair.

Yeah. If I end up doing this life solo, I'm not too worried.
So either way, I'll be okay.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
I Timothy 4:12

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On the Edge

Sweater: UO   Skirt: Target   Hat: JcPenney   Bag: Rue 21   Sandals, Necklace, & Belt: thrifted
Look, I'm floating! :D
Sometimes I forget what natural beauty is right outside my doorstep.
Most of the time, when people find out I'm originally from California, they wrinkle their brow and ask, "Why did you move here?" '

For the longest time, I'd shrug and say, "Yeah, I don't know either."
However, this past year, Idaho's grown on me. I've learned to appreciate just how stunning this state can be, no matter how underrated it is to the rest of the world. We have mountains, rivers, forests, and the most gorgeous sunsets I've ever seen. This canyon where these photos were taken is a local trail that I love taking strolls on. Kirsten and I found this little ledge that overlooked the winding body of the Snake River, and I quickly nitpicked my way to the edge for some pictures. It's ironic since I have an innate fear of heights, but at the same time I've always been drawn to edges. I love the feeling of looking down, and sensing your mortality. The colors become richer, the sensations stronger, and you suddenly feel awake. It's all made a million times better by the view that usually greets you too. Everything else just falls away.

As for this outfit, I felt quite comfortable and happy with the look. This knit sweater from Urban Outfitters is so soft and comfortable, I can't wait to start wearing it with absolutely everything! Summer is the season where I flourish as a person, but I can't resist fall fashion. Ohhhh, the conflict.
Also, mixing my hats with glasses is becoming my favorite combination.

Any fall trends you're looking forward to? Are you excited for the cool weather or are you clinging to every hot, summery day left?

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28
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