Bathroom Selfies Vol. II

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!

Bathroom: Master Bathroom of our new house the day we closed. Austin, TX. July 1st, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Winebelly on W Oltorf, Austin TX. September 9th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Enoteca on South Congress, Austin TX. September 10th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Snooze on South Lamar, Austin TX. September 12th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: ShopLC HQ (first day shooting the DIY videos!), Austin TX. September 13th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Madam Mam’s on W Anderson Lane, Austin TX. September 14th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Matt’s El Rancho on South Lamar, Austin TX. September 17th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: ShopLC HQ, Austin TX. October 7th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: ShopLC HQ, Austin TX. October 31st, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Fresa’s, South 1st, Austin TX. November 5th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Austin Java, 2nd Street, Austin TX. November 19th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Manic Trout studio, Austin TX. November 24th, 2016.

 

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Style Diaries – August 2016

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!

Outfit from Aug 4th, 2016
August 4th, 2016

August 4th outfit: Dress – Milly; Shoes – BCBGeneration; Bag: Fendi; Jewelry: Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 14th, 2016
Aug 14th, 2016

August 14th outfit: Dress – Nanette Lepore; Shoes – Charles David; Bag – Kayu; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 16th, 2016
Aug 16th, 2016

August 16th outfit: Dress – dear creatures; Shoes – Hinge; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 19th, 2016
Aug 19th, 2016

August 19th outfit: Dress – Joie; Shoes – Hinge; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 20th, 2016
Aug 20th, 2016

August 20th outfit: Dress – Ann Taylor; Shoes – Saks Fifth Avenue; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 21st, 2016
Aug 21st, 2016

August 21st outfit: Top – Trouve; Bralette – Pare; Skirt – Trouve; Shoes – Michael Kors; Bag – Balenciaga; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 22nd, 2016
Aug 22nd, 2016

August 22nd outfit: Dress – Leifsdottir; Shoes – Hinge; Bag – Louis Vuitton; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 25th, 2016
Aug 25th, 2016

August 25th outfit: Dress – Lululemon; Shoes – Vince Camuto; Bag – Kooba; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 26th, 2016
Aug 26th, 2016

August 26th outfit: Dress – Ann Taylor; Shoes – Hinge; Bag – Kooba; Jewelry – Manic Trout

Outfit from Aug 28th, 2016
August 28th, 2016

August 21st outfit: Top – Trouve; Bralette – Madame Aime; Jeans – AG; Shoes – Charles David; Jewelry – Manic Trout

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Bathroom Selfies Vol. I

Bathroom: Shake Shack on South Lamar, Austin TX. December 22, 2015
Bathroom: Shake Shack on South Lamar, Austin TX. December 22, 2015

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.

Bathroom: Vince Youngs Steakhouse, Downtown Austin, TX. January 4th, 2016.
Bathroom: Vince Youngs Steakhouse, Downtown Austin, TX. January 4th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: South Austin Dentists Office on South Lamar, Austin TX. January 6th, 2016.
Bathroom: South Austin Dentists Office on South Lamar, Austin TX. January 6th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Jeffrey's in Clarksville, Austin TX. March 22nd, 2016.
Bathroom: Jeffrey’s in Clarksville, Austin TX. March 22nd, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Juliet Ristorante on Barton Springs, Austin TX. April 26th, 2016.
Bathroom: Juliet Ristorante on Barton Springs, Austin TX. April 26th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Launderette on Holly St, Austin TX. May 6th, 2016.
Bathroom: Launderette on Holly St, Austin TX. May 6th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: South Congress Hotel, Austin TX. May 23rd, 2016.
Bathroom: South Congress Hotel, Austin TX. May 23rd, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Elizabeth St Cafe on South 1st St with Laura Noel, Austin TX. May 24th, 2016.
Bathroom: Elizabeth St Cafe on South 1st St with Laura Noel, Austin TX. May 24th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin TX. May 25th, 2016.
Bathroom: Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin TX. May 25th, 2016.

 

Bathroom: Portable Restroom Trailer at a wedding in Quogue, Southampton NY. June 18th, 2016.
Bathroom: Portable Restroom Trailer at a wedding at a residence in Quogue, Southampton NY. June 18th, 2016.
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Style Diaries: July 2016

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

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July 18th – Errands and Lunch Date

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July 21st – Academy of Handmade Austin Chapter Event

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July 22nd – Lunch with Kelly W

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July 22nd – Ashley & Trent Birthday Party

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July 23rd – Errands

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July 25th – Coffee with Kelly C in the morning and AbFab with Cyndie in the evening

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July 29th – Dinner with Adam & Gretchen

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Obsession: Neutral Shoes

Neutral Shoes

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

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