Why I blog. {The Long Edition.}

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Glasses: Forever 21 | Jacket, necklace: Anthropologie | Lipstick: colorLab "Rogue Wave"

I've been thinking a lot lately about why I write this blog. 

The first blogs I read were diaries. Remember LiveJournal? Xanga? Even some MySpace pages. They were emotional/mental recordbooks - places for people to document the ordinary, muse on the extraordinary, approach new ideas, and wrestle with what was uncomfortable to them. It amazed me to witness people being brave enough to put things that they may have only written to themselves in a diary out into the world. The first blog I ever religiously followed was RuPaul's in 2002 - she was so unafraid of honesty. I loved reading what she thought about her days, and how she navigated through life. Even when the content wasn't revolutionary she was always funny and truthful. As a person who feels deeply but has a lot of difficulty expressing herself, I loved that blogs let people communicate not only what they thought, but how they were feeling. And about anything - school, work, global affairs, love, friendship, sex, politics, music, family, art, travel...maybe it was part of being a bright eyed teenager, but I felt like blogs gave me little peeks into the lives and feelings of other people, and they made me feel connected to individuals of the world - not just large groups of anonymous people.

Obviously, blogs are largely different now. We all know the story - the internet exploded, facebook happened, we got freaked out by the idea of being seen, shame set in, and we eventually were terrified of our employers/parents/kids/exes/partners/governments having access to our feelings and thoughts. I get it. I get why I feel the need to be guarded as a 26-year old adult more than I did as a 14-year old kid. But now it feels like most blog posts I read are reactionary to this shift...desperate to portray untouchable, flaw-free, airbrushed, "inspirational" perfection - something I have never been interested in. The worst part is that these are often the blogs that Make It - the airbrushing is rewarded with clicks (and then branding, advertising, promotion...you get the idea). We're surrounded by bastions of endless, unattainable, bland inspiration blogs, and bloggers are expected to be smooth, shiny and ALWAYS in the "on" state.

The real inspiration is in the flaws, the honesty, the experiment. I still love blogging, and there are many blogs I still enjoy reading - but finding people who are still willing to be honest and unguarded is hard. I'm not really any better - as mentioned before, I don't enjoy talking/writing about my feelings. But these silly outfit pictures, small rants, playlists and musings are authentic to my experience - since getting dressed is my most consistent form of expression, in a twisted way this blog sort of is about feelings.

I don't know. My point is, I'm not perfect and neither is this blog. But I like it that way, and even though I feel like a scaly dinosaur in a land of shiny, smooth robots I am not giving up on it. 

END RANT.
Go forth and be your sweet self. 

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"Dumbo could always fly - he just needed a magic feather."

Saturday, July 05, 2014



Blouse: Banana Republic, available here | Skirt: Banana Republic, on sale here | Tote: Target | Necklace: H&M, on ridiculous sale at stores (not available online) Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Shoes: Tahari, DSW  

A couple of brand new favorites, the shirt and the skirt, make their first rotation!


I had a major case of shopper's remorse when I left this skirt behind in a store back in March - so much so that I've been periodically looking for it online on ebay since my size sold out a long time ago. It somehow magically reappeared in the Grant Ave store the other day and I wasn't going to let it get away again. 

Here's the same skirt, looking adorable, on 9-to-5 Chic


This necklace is another new favorite - the feathers are always in motion, fluttering in every tiny breeze. They add a nice playful element to whatever you pair them with. This gem is on sale for $3 at H&M: run, don't walk.



LAST SEEN:
Shoes: with a cammo blouse here, with highwaisted shorts here
Tote: with a drop waist dress here, with a maxi and stripes here,
with tights and boots here, and with some big awesome hair & crazypants here 



The 4th of July was my favorite Chicago holiday - my roommates and I would have a massive, ridiculous party every year on our roof, and after stuffing ourselves with beer & grilled food we'd all make the loopy, sweaty, happy trek to Winnemac Park for hours upon hours of fireworks. After that, we'd all dance the night away back in our apartment. When I think of the 4th of July I will always, always think of that apartment, and the bomb-ass ladies that I lived with there.

To Independence!
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Trending // Black & White

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Pants: Banana Republic, available here | Pumps: Banana Republic, available here | Top: Banana Republic | Purse: Phillip Lim for Target | Bracelet: vintage (thanks Gram) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Nailpolish: OPI "Jade is the New Black", available here

Seeing things in black & white.
Worn to work last week.

LAST SEEN:
Shoes: here 
Purse: here, here  
Sunglasses: here 

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Recent favorites: outfits, links, thoughts.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Left
Shirt, sunglasses & skirt: old Anthropologie | Purse: Lucky Brand | Nailpolish: Essie "Clambake"
Right
Jacket: Anthropologie
| Jumpsuit: Forever 21 | Purse: Lucky Brand | Belt: Ann Taylor | Nailpolish: Essie "Clambake"



Jacket: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Payless | Denim: AG Denim Legging | Top: Anthropologie | Lipstick: Albeit "Vermillion" | Nailpolish: Wet n Wild "Saved by the Blue" 



Top Anthropologie | Necklaces: Forever 21, Julie Nolan Jewelry 

Controlling obsessive clothing shopping - Apartment Therapy had some great suggestions. (Particularly love the idea of keeping a list of things you're allowed to buy in your wallet - it would make me think twice about buying anything not on that list.)

A zillion great ideas for bringing design elements into your apartment using only paint. 

ANTHRO TAG SALE. Need I say more?

The weekend's Summer Solstice gave us almost 15 hours of sunlight in the bay - and got me thinking about how long each day really is. This website tells you how much daylight you'll get every day, using your zip code - and serves as a great reminder that you can always afford a 15-minute sanity break from work. 

I'm new to Oakland, in a time when this city is experiencing documented and terrifying gentrification - I've been wrestling with what it means to move here, and make a life here, knowing that I am an unwilling and unintentional player in this cycle. Self-hatred and constant apologizing are getting me nowhere, and they're certainly not helping Oakland - but honest conversation and dialogue goes a long way, and Chinaka Hodge's article in SF Magazine goes beyond honesty and into action and production: exactly where I need to be. I plan on heeding her advice, being thankful for the place I live, and working hard to be a giver, and not a taker. 

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Playlist. California Summer.

Thursday, June 19, 2014



This is my first summer in California and I plan to make it count. These are songs for dancing, for long drives on the coast, for laying on rooftops with a beer and a blanket to watch the stars. 


 

Enjoy!

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