Thursday, November 27, 2014

thankful

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Happy Thanksgiving, kittens! In years past, I have written up a fun little list of things I'm thankful for (2013, 2012). Today, I want to focus on two main things I'm thankful for this year in particular. 2014 has been a monumental year for me in a lot of ways, and I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had and the people I've had along my side.

First and most of all, I'm thankful for my friends. Friendship can be a weird thing, especially when looked at in a long-term kind of way. People come and go, you realize some people aren't who you thought they were, or you just grow out of each other. I feel like life is a game of curating a collection of the friends you'll have for the rest of your life. Right now, today, I feel like my friendships are stronger than they've ever been. This includes friends I've had for years and friends I've made only recently. It includes my blog friends. It includes both of my parents and my brother. It includes my Girl Gang. It absolutely includes Dago.

I'm so thankful to be surrounded by people who support me, who give me space to grow and become the person I am. I'm thankful for their forgiveness, for their loyalty, for their art, for leading significant lives and for being truly influential on my life. My friends are amazing, y'all. I know everyone says that about their friends, but mine are movers and shakers. They're feelers and makers. They change lives and pave ways. I love my friends and I'm so, so humbled to be witness to their greatness. And, on top of all of that, they make me feel like I am valuable too. I'm awfully lucky to have them.

The other thing I am exceedingly thankful for this year is my job. For three and a half years, I gave myself to a job that I loved. This was a life-changing experience in every sense of the word. Leaving that job was difficult for a lot of reasons I've already discussed, but ended up being one of the best decisions I've ever made. Working at Junebug is totally a dream job. Not just a recent dream job, but as my parents would tell you, it's really what I've always wanted to do. Because it's a small company, my voice is really valued. I get to see everything I create come to fruition. I get to form these relationships based in the appreciation of art and love. I work with an awesome team and everything we do is towards the greater goal of being better than the day before. 

There are, of course, tons of other things I'm thankful for. My friendships and my job have made a lot of other things in my life easier, more attainable, and better, so that's why I wanted to focus on them.

What are you thankful for this year? Whether you're staying home or traveling, have a safe holiday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

the blanket scarf

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scarf: Marshall's (similar) // dress: Forever 21 // blouse: Forever 21 // boots: Chinese Laundry

photos by Briley Noel

Are three trends too many for one outfit? I'm wearing three of my favorites here: over-the-knee boots, a blouse layered under my dress, and a blanket scarf.

The Zara blanket scarf was last year's blogger's hot cakes. Everyone had one, and they took selfies drinking from red Starbucks cups at wreath-making get-togethers with their Best Bloggy Friends (BBFs). Little did I know, these blanket scarves are actually incredibly practical and mine has become my most favorite item to wear this season.

First, it's warm as heck. I use mine as an actual blanket at work, which means I really bought one item that serves my two favorite purposes: comfort and cuteness. Second, it's way easier to style than I initially expected. The way I wore it here has been my favorite so far, but it's also cute with anything from a cable knit sweater, boyfriend jeans, and cute flats to chambray, skinny jeans, and ankle boots.

I know, non-bloggers, it looks too big for real life. But I swear to you, you can wear a blanket scarf and look totally normal (and even cute). There are lots of ways to tie it so it's not so bulky. Here are some of my favs: one, two, three, four.

Monday, November 24, 2014

25 before 25 | half way there

Friday was my half birthday! As promised in my November goals, I wanted to take a look back at my 25 before 25 bucket list to check in with my progress. I've done a pretty good job overlapping my bucket list goals with my monthly small goals to help me complete them, which has been really helpful in staying on track.

I should have posted this on Friday, but forgot about it, and then decided to wait because I knew I would be accomplishing one of the list items over the weekend. Check out my full list below, and then what I've completed so far, what I expect to complete by May, and what I truthfully don't think I'll get done in the next six months.
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Completed //
01. Take an anniversary trip with Dago - Completed on June 14. We went to Fredricksburg! It was the most fun and you can read about it here.
05. Reach 52 episodes of Breakfast for Dinner - Completed on October 29.
08. Do another blogging challenge - Completed on September 10. I teamed up with Adina for our Fall Favorites challenge, which you can view here.
10. Lead a workshop - Completed on June 22. I led a workshop on blogging at the All Grrls Summer Camp with Vagina :: The Zine. You can read about it here.
11. Travel across the state - Completed on July 17. I drove to Amarillo (a nine hour drive) to visit Briley. You can read about my travels (and subsequent food poisoning) here.
13. Finish 5 books - Completed on September 28. I read How Did You Get This Number, The Opposite of Loneliness, One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories, Wild, and I Am Not Myself These Days.
15. Apply for a job at a fashion publication - Completed September 15. A huge part of my job at Junebug Weddings is to write about bridal style, so I'm going to give myself this one. Read more about this my huge career transition here.
17. Vote for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte - Completed on October 21. See my excited Early Voting selfie here.
21. Hike up Enchanted Rock - Completed November 23. Dago and I went yesterday! Will share more later, but you can see our selfies here.
23. Meet another blog friend - Completed October 13. I had a lovely pizza date with Grace of Musings from Grace. So excited to meet a bunch more of you ASAP and at TxSC15!
24. Buy the perfect black blazer - Completed September 24. I snagged the most perfect black blazer for my body to wear to my final interview with the Junebug crew. You can see what I wore to the interview here.
Total // 11 out of 25

Things I Expect to Complete by May 21, 2015 //
02. Make fresh lemonade - I'm a dummy for having not done this over the summer, especially because Briley bought me the cutest pitcher and lemon-printed glasses for my fresh lemonade. 
06. Get another tattoo - I would really like to do this, especially after the amazing, beautifully articulated, exceedingly helpful feedback I received on this post.
09. Pay off my credit cards - I will do this. I will do this. I will do this.
12. Dye my hair a fun color - I resisted dying my hair over the summer just in case I was going to spend lots of time in the pool, but now I have no excuse! Pick a color, dear readers
14. Do an art project for our home - I intend to do something over Christmas break, since I'll have some down time and will have that festive feeling.
18. Attend a yoga class - As hesitant as I am to do this, people invite me all the time, so I should just go.
19. Submit a piece of writing to a zine - I really want to take care of this in early 2015. It's been on my mind, so I just need to look through my writing or write something and send it off.
20. Send out family photo holiday cards - Briley has agreed to photograph Dago and I (oh, and Dago agreed too!) for holiday cards. Hoping to get this done in the next couple of weekends!
22. Meet a feminist icon - One of my personal feminist icons Sophia Rossi is a keynote speaker during TxSC15. She's a major advocate for Sisterhood. I am beyond excited.
25. Make a chapbook of my poetry - Hey, someone remind me to do this in the spring, kay?

Stuff I Probably Won't Do //
03. Love the way I look in a swimsuit - Ugh. So, I want to be able to cross this off the list because at the beginning of Summer 2014, I did love the way I looked. But by the end of the summer, I hated my body and completely avoided pools and my swimsuit. I'm hoping to get back in a healthy state of body and mind by May, but I also know that this may not be realistic.
04. Run a whole mile without stopping - Since my fall last May, I've only gone running once, and it wasn't even close to a mile. Maybe in the spring I'll start running again, and magically go a whole mile, and even more miraculously do it without stopping, but also probably not. 
07. Write half my memoir - Late this summer, I decided to forgo this goal until another chapter in my life.
16. Purchase a real  camera & tripod - It's just not in the financial cards, unfortunately.

So, if I complete all the things on my "I think I can" list, I will complete 21 out of my 25 goals. I don't think that's bad at all! I'm totally on track to do at least 10 more things by May.

Have you set any goals for yourself this year? How are those New Years' Resolutions coming along? Have you ever done a X number of things before X age bucket list before?

Also, if you're curious, here's my 24 before 24 recap and midpoint check-in. (This time last year, I had only done 5 of my goals!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

coat love

There are a few items in my closet that I feel deserve to be a part of a collection. The two main articles of clothing I view this way are boots and coats. Every year, I get to add a new item to the collection, to fill a previously unfilled role. I have over-the-knee cognac boots, black ankle boots, brown riding boots, tan slouchy boots, slate heeled booties, etc. I've been pretty consistent about my boot buying habit. 

Unfortunately, my coat collection has been lacking the last few years. I've had my long black peacoat since high school, and it shows. I usually rely on my avocado green Old Navy peacoat as an every day coat, but this season I'm looking for something more classic.

Last year I wanted to add a tan coat to my collection, but it didn't happen. This year, I'm torn between sleek black and white or classic red. Care to help a girl out?

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I've been eyeing the rust coat for a year, and it's really my dream coat. Unfortunately, it's not my dream price, and it always sells out before it ever goes on sale. The burgundy version is a better price, but I feel like it's too twee for my style? The bow, the peplum, the length, the collar--it just feels like too much.

Black and white was a color combo I avoided last year because it was too stark, too cater-waiter, but I really like it used in prints. Both of these black and white coats would fit seamlessly into my current closet, but I'm having trouble deciding which one looks more chic. I want a grown up, classic look that fits nicely and keeps me warm. Is that too much to ask?

Which coat do you love? Which should I buy? Do you have another coat in mind for me? Does anyone else shop in the sense of building a collection? Am I crazy?

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