I enjoyed pulling together Vol. I of bathroom selfies so much that I’m back with another 6 months worth! Well…6 months of the photos that I remembered taking anyway. I don’t think there any in August as I was packing, moving, unpacking, taking a quick trip to south Texas and then had major surgery, so that’s understandable. Besides that though, I have realized that 90% of the time I either don’t use the bathroom while I’m out and about, forget to take a photo or don’t have my bag in the bathroom with me. When I’m on a roll, I do them all the time, but then I forget and forget and forget. I still enjoy them though and it’s a fun way to remember where I’ve been!
I have been continuing snapping mirror selfies of my outfits before I leave the house. It’s been inspiring me to put a bit more effort in and to notice a few things. First, that I like to repeat outfits and that’s ok. Second, if there is no reason to get dressed and leave the house/studio…I don’t do it. I managed to put some effort into how I look 10 times this month. That’s it…so sad! Luckily, I’m playing catch up and already know that my numbers got much better in September, even with being out of commission for a week post surgery. There’s hope for me yet!
I used to get really excited for specific holidays due to seasonal candy, but since the whole no sugar edict, I no longer have that. Which is particularly tough in the grocery store right now btw. What I do have is when Pantone announces it’s colors. Be it for a season or for the year, I get equally excited! Leading up to when I suspect they’ll announce I’m googling daily to see if it happened. They usually announce Spring right after the fall NY Fashion week, so I have been patiently waiting, well not so patiently but whatev. But I have to wait no more as they’re here!! As a close match to Pink Yarrow used to be what I used for Manic Trout, my eye instantly went to that one first, but I really like the mix over all. They are almost dead ringers for the grouping of colors that are my favs in general and that is pretty awesome. I look forward to seeing these colors take center stage next spring in design and now am even more excited to find out what the color of 2017 will be!
Last winter I started taking phone photos of myself in bathrooms around Austin. The first one was due to matching the bathroom. The second, because I looked cute in my out-on-the-town outfit. Some were to remember how beautiful the bathrooms were. Some were to mark the occasion. Over 6 months, there were only 10 shots taken, so by no means have I done this is every bathroom I’ve been in, but mainly because I didn’t know what to do with the photos yet. Last week, I finally started an IG account separate from Manic Trout and it’s given me the freedom to post things like Bathroom Selfies. So I hope to continue the series. I’ve honestly been really into bathroom design since I was really little so this feels pretty awesome.
A few months ago, I decided to begin documenting what I wore. Nothing fancy, when I actually put some effort into getting dressed, I’d simply snap a few photos in the mirror and off I’d go. What I discovered were 2 things. 1. That even though I have been expanding my style and trying new things, I tend to wear the same outfits a lot. 2. There are not many times in a month that I put any effort into what I’m wearing. Some of it recently was due to moving and the chaos of all of that, but much of it is that I am in a bad rut of work at home-itis. I get up, pull on a pair of basically pj shorts that I have a stack of from GapBody, a t-shirt, my house shoes and throw my hair in a pony tail. I change into work out clothes in the afternoon, and then it’s back to loungewear. I’m kind of over it, but at the same time, I’m in the studio all day and it’s not that I’m getting all dirty, but making jewelry can be kind of rough on clothes. I also don’t want to dry clean dresses that I wear around the house, so I need to think on this, but some effort needs to be made.
In an effort towards some style accountability, I gathered the photos I had for July. I am keeping in mind that I was moving and unpacking for the first two weeks as we closed on the 1st and then I was on an island for almost a week at the end of the month, so the opportunity to put on an “outfit” was diminished for the month. It’s still a pretty sad showing. I only put on real clothes 8 times. Eight! August is off to a worse start and I was only away for 3 days of it. I’m hoping that writing this will act as an awakening of sorts, as I of course sit here writing this in lounge wear. But at the very least I need to go back to scheduling things out of the house, it forces me to get dressed at least a few times a week that way.
I also want to note that I do not suggest that I should get dressed because I have to, or I should or any other social pressure. I say this because I love to get dressed up. Obviously as I am in fashion, I enjoy participating in the ritual of choosing and wearing outfits. I miss feeling pulled together and stylish and want to go back to how I typically spend my time. I also read so often that if you work at home, you can try and stay somewhat dressed for work so it helps you separate work life from home life easier. I like that idea a great deal as well and now I’m feeling pretty motivated to do so, let’s see how I do!
July 13th – Date Night
July 18th – Errands and Lunch Date
July 21st – Academy of Handmade Austin Chapter Event
July 22nd – Lunch with Kelly W
July 22nd – Ashley & Trent Birthday Party
July 23rd – Errands
July 25th – Coffee with Kelly C in the morning and AbFab with Cyndie in the evening
This year I have been evolving my style. If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I began wearing pants again (!!) and that heels have become a normal part of my wardrobe, especially the three pairs above. Perhaps it was boredom, or that I’m approaching my 40’s, or that I’m fitter than I have been on a long time or that I finally acclimated to Texas temperatures and have either stopped sweating so much, or am used to it. Whatever the reason, I have been open to trying all sorts of new looks and LOVING every minute of it.
By far, my biggest obsession has been neutral colored heels. For the past few years, I have been wearing mostly ballet flats in bright hues. I kept peeking at nude/neutral shoes but the color was always too pink or putty like. Then I found the pair of nude (ish) pumps on the left and I was instantly smitten. So when I next came across the platform in a light brown, I figured that as the pumps have done me so well and were such a similar color that these would too. I have been constantly wearing them, I’m so in love! The third pair were purchased for a wedding in the Hamptons at a home, where I know I would be standing in grass and would therefore be the happiest in a wedge. I would be wearing a bright and busy patterned dress, so I wanted close to flesh as well. Recalling how evening dew in NY can destroy shoes, I didn’t want to spend too much in case the shoes didn’t fare well. It took months to find the right shoes, but the second I saw these, I knew they were perfect. Fortunately they survived the night, because these shoes fast became my go to shoe!
After a summer of such love for shoes that I normally would shy away from becoming my absolute favorite, I already have been excited (and maybe pre hoarding) for fall. I approached the situation the exact opposite of how I normally would…I tried on all of the styles I normally avoid. I can’t to see what I end up wearing!
Shoes (left to right): BCBG Generation; Hinge; Charles David
Attn fellow girls with curls!! When I was getting my hair cut last week by the amazing Becky (who gives ME the good hair, lolololol) she noticed that the ends of a chunk of my hair looked like they were attacked by a weed wacker or garbage disposal or something. After a few minutes of deductive speculation, we realized the problem. Now that I am behaving myself and have broken the daily washing of my hair habit (its so hard when you work out in Texas to not do this!) the ends of my hair are snarlier than usual and combing it out in the shower (even with conditioner in it) is ripping up the ends. When Becky heard I was still using a wide tooth comb for this task she said that I needed to get my hands on a Wet Brush pronto! I went on amazon and ordered one via prime right there on the spot and by my next hair wash, I had it.
Why is the Wet Brush amazing? Well it has ultra soft bristles that bend and give before your hair breaks. AKA: Magic powers. Kuddos to this company for capitalizing on the product range they are able to push because there are so many options!! Big, little, palm, countless colors, patterns and materials…a SELFIE version (what?!), it’s ridiculous. But hey, they’re super inexpensive, so feel free to collect them all. Becky had me order a paddle shape as she feels it works the best. I went with silver because I was over whelmed with the selection and was on Amazon which shows them in a different order. After just checking out there site, I’m kind of sad by this, but it’s really just a hairbrush which lives in my shower…so NBD. I’m secretly wishing that the paddle shape comes out in the neon colors above though becauseI’ll totally buy a send one if they do.
I have only been using the brush for a couple of weeks but the ends of my hair look better already. It did take some getting used to as its at first difficult to actually brush through the snarls in the manner I was used to (ripping through them with a comb). You have to start at the bottom and slowly work your way up but I’m pretty sure this is a good thing. Bottom line, I highly recommend one of these if you have curly hair. Hope this helps you fellow curly girls, happy brushing!
I recently inquired on IG why I seemed to be all of a sudden have a style crisis and immediately upon posting, realized that I had done this many times before. Not the asking part, but the completely changing my style part. A vivid memory of a prep school friend of mine telling me about a decade ago that every time he ran into me since I was 16, he has had to a double take as I have looked like an entirely different person from my hair down to my toes. After I remembered that, I went with the flow and embraced this new version of me who apparently really wants to wear white jeans.
This winter, I was shopping with Gretchen (my MIL) and found a pair of jeans that fit so well it made me want to wear pants again. On my birthday (I typically shop for clothes twice a year, before Christmas and after my birthday in March, after which have no desire to buy a stitch of clothing for months) I wandered into a store and saw the same brand of jeans in white and dropped everything to put them on. The perks of wearing skirts is that I did just that right in the middle of the store. They fit perfectly and I was happy. Then I realized I needed something to wear on top and had a vision of brightly colored, flow-y silk tops. So far I found two silk blouses which are perfect and I love them, yay. I however seem to want to wear white jeans often so I need more. But I have realized that due to my tiny upper body and really high waist, that I have issues finding shirts like this which are properly proportioned and fit well. So for now I’m happy that I found two that I love so much and deal with it.
In addition to flow-y tops, the white jeans have also inspired me to wear heels during the day, something that I very rarely want to do. And now I’m all, lets buy chartreuse cha cha ankle strap stilettos and wear them every day!!! I’m a bit nervous to find out what they will want me to wear next…but I’ll admit that I have been wearing those nude heels everywhere and with all different outfits and adore them, so win for the white jeans on that one!
Speaking of what I’ve been wearing, I wanted to do more of a “what I have been wearing this month” type post but realized today that these were the only full outfit shots that I have taken all month. This is both sad and inspiring. I hope that by the end of next month, I get it together and snap a few more.
What I’m wearing: Jeans – AG (The Legging Ankle); Blue top – Vince; Floral Top – Megan Park; Green Shoes – Joie; Nude Shoes – BCBG; Black Bag – Kayu; Jewelry – Manic Trout
Over the years, I’ve had long hair, short hair, black hair, blond hair, red, purple and pink hair and even a shaved head one summer in college (I was doing a lot of coding and it was the mid 90’s, I was really into the riot grrrl movement). The only consistency with my head has been that through it all, I have kept my curls natural. Partly because I am lazy and unable to use hair tools correctly but mostly because I enjoy the curls. As I am having a particularly good hair day, I thought it fitting to dedicate a deep thoughts to my head.
1. No two heads of curly hair are created equally.
2. You need at least 4 hair products (a “cocktail”) to typically make curly hair look good. And they all contradict each other in what they do. Also: products for curly hair work on half about of the population of curly hair at a time. Generally either the thick kind or the fine kind, never both…and they say nothing about this on the packaging.
3. Hair brushes are the devil.
4. Curly hair will look horrible for few days, and then you’ll wake up one morning and have the best hair day of your life. Without doing anything different.
5. Hollywood seems to think that only the crazy, artsy, pre-makeover women should wear their curls naturally. If a curly girl all of a sudden becomes serious about something, lands an important job or gets their life in order, the first thing that happens is that their hair is straightened. Except Andie MacDowell who has with few exceptions, kept her curls in most of her roles. She is like the curly girls angel of cinema.
6. There is no such thing as running hands through curly hair. Stop anyone before they try and get stuck.
7. Humidity is a blessing and a curse. It’s basically the goldilocks of curly hair.
8. There are so many types of curly hair that there had to be a system of number and letters created to sort it all out. Yet few in the hair industry seem to have ever heard of these, so I’m not really sure the point. None of these types can use the same combinations of products and yet almost no products talk about the differences.
9. This also means that most people who claim to be curly hair cutting experts may have no idea how to cut YOUR curly hair.
10. However, when curly girls hit the sweet spot with cut, climate and products there is no better hair. The amount of compliments you get when this spot happens is proof.
Now to amuse you and illustrate how I began this post, we will take a walk down my own curly girl memory lane: