March 4, 2011
Never mind that I have papers to grade, two fifteen-page papers and one ten-page paper to write, a survey to edit, cleaning and packing to do, and oodles of other stuff to get done…
I’M ON SPRING BREAK!!!
I’m not sure I have ever needed a week off so badly, even just to catch up on work (but also to lounge around the house, go to the pool, and hopefully have some fun!). Now here’s a wish list of what I’d like to be wearing over said break. Most is F21 so obviously pretty cheap…and therefore all the more tempting. Sigh.
The next shoes are not from Forever21, but shoes.com and zappos.com. Honestly, I don’t buy shoes anywhere else without checking those places (and 6pm.com) first these days. They usually have what other stores are carrying, but with lots of reviews, more ranges in color, quick shipping, and sometimes better prices (6pm.com definitely has good deals but a more limited range of sizes and colors since it’s the Zappos outlet, I believe).
Not pictured: Ballet flats. I just want a new pair. Don’t have any in particular I’m in love with, I just like them classic and comfortable. I’m also loving a lot of the retro looking clunky platforms and wedges out there right now but I already have two pairs that have this style covered.
There are tons of things I love on Etsy, as usual, but the thing about Etsy is A) shipping costs add up quickly if ordering from more than one seller, and B) you just don’t have the ease of returning things if you don’t like them in person/they don’t fit. So unfortunately that’s kept me from ordering much from Etsy lately.
…I just remembered that today is the deadline to order my cap and gown for graduation. I guess that has priority over my spring break wish list, but I can’t say I’m thrilled to fork over the $70 for it (coincidentally, all of the above items from F21 add up to $70 as well). Update: Turns out my parents will cover the cap and gown (and hood). Thanks mom and dad!
January 22, 2011
I love, love, love this video. Sigh, it’s scenes like this–and practically every old movie I watch on TCM–that makes me want to cut my hair, but I know that when I cut my hair I won’t style it most of the time and even when I do I won’t look like they did.
However, the first two purchases (clothing-wise) that I’ve made this year would fit into Gwen Stefani’s Cool world, so that makes me happy.
You know what else inspires me? Blogs. Bloggers. Do you guys talk about blogs to people “in real life”? Cause I do…a lot. Blogs have replaced a lot of other forms of media for me, mainly magazines, I guess. So many of them, you, inspire me, so thank you! (I’ve also come to the conclusion that there are just a few blogs who construct such perfect lifestyles that I usually come away feeling jealous, and although I don’t like that about myself, I’ve slowly stopped reading them.)
Lately I've been ordering more and more products online as I get pickier about my purchases–like, say, wanting stainless steel cookie sheets and I can't find them anywhere in town, dammit. And not only is the internet shopping world, obviously, vast and amazing, but reading online reviews and seeing pictures from online reviewers has been soo helpful. So thanks again, online folks. For all your help. It means a lot.
November 21, 2010
Almost identical, right? Well the issue was that I had recently cleaned out my closet, purging almost 50 items from my wardrobe, including nearly all my skirts. Apparently I no longer like the type of skirt I had gotten used to buying, mostly bohemian-style, long, loose, and worn low. But I wanted to incorporate skirts into my 30 for 30. I’ve only worn the pleather-y one so far. So, um, I’m swapping the other one with this patterned skirt. Which, er, I bought. At a consignment store. For $3.50. Yesterday.
Gah. I cheated. No beating around the bush. But I’m giving myself a pass (isn’t that nice?) because I’m getting rid of so many other clothes (they’re still in my house waiting to be gotten rid of), because I’m still sticking to 30 items, because this skirt was second-hand, and because it was $3.50 on a half-off rack out in front of the store.
Bad Toni. Bad. Don’t I look sorry?
This is what I wore to go to the movies with some classmates today. [Earrings and belt also from the consignment store. I love these finds! Purse: Thrifted, previously.]
I quite like today’s outfit. I thought about wearing a colorful cardigan but the weather is still in the high 70s and, besides, I ripped it in the midst of tucking and untucking. Ugh. Luckily, just yesterday I saw a clothing repair shop so I may bring it there, along with my favorite blue vintage dress that desperately needs some TLC.
September 28, 2010
Yes, more pictures of myself! And there may be others on the way, as I have been cleaning out my closet, trying to think of new ways to wear old clothes, and I’ve recently bought a few items online (a vintage dress and vintage heels from Etsy, a coat from Old Navy, and boots from Amazon). All very classic pieces that I don’t regret buying, unless they don’t work out “IRL.”
I may have a garage sale soon. There’s a whole rack of clothes in my living room right now alongside a bunch of shoes and a small amount of home decor-type stuff that I can’t wait to get out of the house. I already donated many items to the local hospice thrift store a few weeks ago, but much of what’s left is very good quality–including brand new pumps from Urban Outfitters I’ve never worn but somehow never returned when they didn’t fit. As far as clothing goes, I am chucking anything that isn’t flattering on me, no matter how good of condition it’s in. There are just things I subconsciously avoid because I know they don’t fit well or aren’t my style (or whatever), even though I barely admit it to myself. No longer.
The boots, tights, and necklace I wore today are all from my trip to Scotland.
You can see what the curls from yesterday look like a day later.
Life is so crazy that I can’t possibly keep up with my to-do lists each day, but I’m feeling inspired by my work nonetheless and extra excited to be applying for a government fellowship and Teach for America in the next few weeks.
On an unrelated note, the food situation ’round the house has been really good this week: Patrick and I have been eating at home almost 100%, and eating well. That could have something to do with the fact that he returned from a visit to his family bearing a huge container of a hearty homemade soup, vegetarian empanadas, and cheese and olive oil from Croatia. But I also made the pesto pasta last me for three meals (I don’t mind repetition) and I baked muffins. I’ve also been making simple breakfasts and preparing things like hot chocolate at home instead of buying them on campus. So yeah. Feeling a bit proud of that.
Now to read five articles and do a discussion posting before I go to bed. And it’s 9:00 already :/