Beginning of Fall and Applesauce

It’s been more eventful lately, and I’ve taken photos… so I just might be posting more in the near future!

To start, I talked in my last post about how I am going to occasionally post more outfit photos. Well, twice in a row, I might start pushing “occasionally”… but it’s becoming Fall, and new seasons are so much fun!

For one of those perfect sunny and 65 days:

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Jacket: Guess – second hand, Tank: J.Crew – swapped, Jeggings: Mossimo – thrifted, Belt: Marshall’s clearance, watch: Thrifted, Necklace: Yobel Market
 

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This is one of my all time favorite necklaces. Simple, geometric, just a great little accent.

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And I was so proud of myself for wearing my hair down (I lasted the entire day!), I took another photo. However, when getting my picture taken (even if I am taking them of myself) I get a little weird.

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In other news I made a GIANT batch of applesauce for us, and we are almost finished with it. If you want your house to smell amazing and celebrate fall, do this recipe. Super simple (besides the whole peeling and slicing apples part), and it’s worth it. Go here for the recipe I used, and maybe wander around, because I love their blog.

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And topped it all off with some sunset reading next to my thriving tomato plant with this super great applesauce. Including a vintage pyrex bowl, vintage silver spoon (from my grandma) and vintage lawn chair. IMG_0990

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Oh, hey.

I won’t pretend I’m good at this regular blogging thing. The funny part is I’ve got a pile of photos/projects that I’ve been wanting to post. Taking photos seems to be the easy part, my long-winded writing is holding me back. Too bad, I’m probably not going to get much briefer. (Briefer is a word?!)

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I’ve decided:

I’m going to start posting outfits. 

(dum dum dummm…) I feel a little weird about it. This isn’t really a fashion blog, nor do I want it to become one. But, in all honesty, how I dress has become a significant form of creativity for me. Not that I wear crazy stuff all the time, but the experimentation of form and color, and pushing boundaries on those bold days, it really has been a creative outlet for me in those busier times when I can’t make stuff. Also, I am a huge thrifter/second-hander/swapper/clearance racker (i.e., I don’t spend much on clothing), and I’d love to show that you are limited to looking frumpy when you do so! Look good at a fraction of the price.

So, let’s start it off, shall we?

Summer Bike Ride & Beer

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Tank: Swapped, J.Crew. Skirt: Swapped, Mata Traders. Necklace: Thrifted. Sandals, Chaco.

I live in Colorado, Coloradoans like bikes and beer. They go hand in handlebar. This outfit is great for those absurdly hot sunny days we have (even 80’s late september, days after it snowed in the mountains!) You could find some cute shoes, but the casualness of this outfit combined with Colorado’s love of Chaco made me think some classic flippy-floppies were needed.

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Don’t you love the little chain details on this shirt? A couple of them are missing, but hey, I got it for practically free at my local closet swap!  Also, a note on my nails… they are super brittle and I’ve been biting them for years. I’m having some current success growing them out, but nail polish is saving them by covering the junk that get’s under them in minutes. However, I get a little lazy with polish and let it chip and just wear whatever fun color I feel like, regardless of outfit. I think it’s the 6 year old in me.

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As I said, don’t forget the beer. Normally I’m a loyal Colorado beer drinker (we have so many great ones…) but I picked up some brews while in New Mexico that I can’t buy up here. This is a tasty saison from Santa Fe Brewing Company. They have some great ones, check them out if you get the chance!

There you are, be proud, I did an outfit. Awkward ending.

Halter to Sweetheart – Simple Refashion

Here is a Goodwill dress. I put it on, it fit like a glove, it was in my cart.

I think the halter is cute, it’s beachy and summery and, the trump card, my husband likes it.

However, the halter makes it feel just a bit more casual. It’s no gown, don’t get me wrong, but when I want to feel more on the dressy side I found this one is quite simple to give a simple nudge. I simply released the seem that attached the halter to the dress, closed that hole you see, and cinched it down with a simple pull.

I kept the stitches all pretty loose so it was easy to undo them when I was done and just put the halter back through.

I forgot to take a picture of my outfit when I had the sweetheart neckline, but here it is minus this amazing necklace which I bought from this local-to-me shop (version of this necklace soon to be available). Also, this outfit is ENTIRELY thrifted. Boots, belt, dress, cardi. I LOVE making outfits from what I have, recreating things in a simple way like this embodies my desire to live simply and contentedly and within my means.