Wednesday, July 30, 2014

flat obsession

Nine times out of ten, I wear flats. No matter the season or weather, no matter how formal or casual, I feel the most comfortable and most myself in a kicky pair of flats. Ever since high school, I've been growing my collection. It all started with a pair of gold Steve Madden flats. I wore them until I was walking on the sidewalk instead of the soles, and then replaced them with another gold pair, this time from Payless. They held up for a surprisingly long time, but did eventually give out as well. I bought a purple T-strap pair and a silver pointy pair from Target, both of which I still own and wear. Then there was the patent leather, pointed black pair I wore to speech tournaments.

In college, I gained a nude pair, a floral T-strap pair, a glitter pair, and a pair of coral ballet flats with little bows on the front. I replaced the nude ones with an exact replica, and have since worn those down too. I also have a pair of leopard loafers, a black ankle-strap pair, and my beloved slats that have joined the collection in recent years.

I've been especially hard on my flats as of late, and know I need to replace at least my black, nude, and coral pairs. I can't help but look though, as I shop, at flats in electric blue and animal print, with big bows and d'Orsay shapes. Here are a few pairs I'm lusting over at the moment.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

keeping in touch

As much as I say I will, I've always done a poor job at keeping in touch with people when our lives aren't intersecting on the regular. From new friends made at Girl Scout camp to old friends moving across the country with their family, I was a terrible pen pal as a kid. I wanted so badly to be good at it, but it just felt like my life was continuing on, and theirs was too, on separate paths as now-strangers. It's definitely sad to think about the friendships I could have kept if only I had written more letters.

Nowadays, with as many social media sites as our smart phones can handle, it's a lot easier to stay up-to-date on each other's lives. However, social media isn't always the most conducive to actually communicating. I know I'm not the only person who gets messages from long lost friends, just as I'm about to leave for work or go to sleep, and quietly closes my laptop instead of responding. And then I forget to respond altogether. (Ugh, I hope I'm not the only person who does this, because now I sound like a total asshat.)

I wish I were better at keeping Skype dates and sending birthday cards, but I'm just not. In spite of all of my lacking keeping-in-touch habits, I've found a few easy and fun ways to stay in contact with your favorite people.

Group Texts | Keeping a group text going with a couple of friends has been, by far, my favorite way to keep in touch with friends. A bunch of my friends moved away recently, which made me worry we would lose touch. Luckily, we've been utilizing group text to send each other little notes of encouragements, funny stories, and general life updates throughout the day. Sometimes we just vent about work and receive a barrage of kitten gifs to help us keep going. Other times we have a group check-in about what each of us are doing for the weekend and how each other's family's are doing. I am currently participating in four different group texts, and hearing from my different friends is one of the highlights of my day.

Post Cards | Last year, one of my resolutions was about buying stationery and getting awesome about sending letters all the time. I was totally unsuccessful in this. A much easier, more cost-effective snail mail option is mailing fun post cards instead. When I see a post card that reminds me of someone, I can just write them a little note and sent it off to them. It's a nice way to surprise someone and let them know I was thinking of them. Plus, who doesn't love to get something in the mail that isn't bills?

Facebook Groups | When trying to keep in touch with a big group of people, like co-workers who don't work together all the time, the team you played soccer with in college, or alumni of a class you really bonded with, Facebook groups are the way to go. I'm in a handful of Facebook groups where people share articles the members might be interested in, get each other's thoughts of different issues or situations, and just bask in the togetherness of knowing some great, like-minded humans on the Internet. This is also a great way to plan upcoming events--like reunions or even first-time meet-ups!

How do you keep in touch these days?

**ETA: Somehow I forgot to mention Snapchat in this post. Which is weird, because I was probably Snapchatting while I wrote it. Snapchat: the communication of the future.

Monday, July 28, 2014

the summer dress

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dress & bandana: thrifted // sandals: old American Eagle (similar)
I bet you couldn't guess where this dress is from. I mean, yes, you could probably guess that I got it at Goodwill, but I bet you couldn't guess where it's from originally. Wet freaking Seal. Granted, my fifteen year old self would have been just as stoked to grab this dress up as I was at twenty-four, but how great is this dress? And especially for being from Wet Seal!?

Some dresses are bought with the intention of being worn throughout the year. Yeah, maybe some dresses aren't so conducive to wearing tights, but I still get away with wearing the dress in at least three of the four seasons. This dress? This is The Summer Dress. It's lightweight and boldly printed, strappy and flowy. When I picked it up at Goodwill while thrifting with Dago, I immediately knew it would be my new poetry church dress. I wore it Sunday for poetry church, and then to the grocery, to eat ice cream, and to watch soccer on the couch. If that's not a perfect day for a summer dress, I don't know what is.

Did you do anything fun this weekend? Did you wear a summer dress while you did it?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

things i learned | road trip edition

As I write this at 7:58 on Monday evening from my favorite couch in my apartment, I have just arrived from my road trip to (and from?) Amarillo. Well, that's a lie. I came home and immediately got in a bubble bath, but as soon as I finished my bath I came to the couch to write this post. I'm so grateful for the time off, time out of Austin, time spent alone, and time spent in good company once I arrived at my destination. I'm also (mostly) grateful for the things I learned along the way.

A list of things I learned on this road trip:

Food poisoning is the single worst thing that can happen to a person. Especially on vacation.
Small towns think that wearing flower crowns is weird.
Amarillo has a maximum and minimum speed limit.
Librarians are so much cooler than you think they are. Even if you think they're cool already, they're still cooler.
There are like 18 ways to get from Austin to Amarillo, ranging from 7.5 to 10+ hours.
Having food poisoning is a great time to catch up on: reading blogging sleep dehydration.
Patios at restaurants are a rare luxury in places that are not Austin.
VSCO Cam is the preferred photo editing app of Girl Scouts who are cooler than I will ever be.
Psychic palm readers run out of steam at the end of their shift, too.
The Wild Cupcake. End of story.
I definitely want to be involved in Girl Scouts in some way in the future.
Always take an extra day off from work when you go on vacation, just in case you get food poisoning.
Mindy Kaling should read all audio books, always.
All Girl Scouts know the same songs, but there is always a new song or extra verse to learn.
Group iMessages are the greatest form of communication in my generation.
I probably can't ever eat nachos again. *shudder*
A rocking chair, porch, and good book are really all I need for a vacation.
Toot n Totem is a real place. Well, are real places. So many Toot n Totems, y'all.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and new people can join yours at any time.