photos by Briley Noel
Happy Halloween, kittens! Here it is, my official Halloween costume. Having spent some time at Briley's Girl Scout camp this summer, and with the TxSC theme this coming year being CAMP, I thought it would be fun to revive my childhood scouting uniform for Halloween!
This was my real Junior vest, which, as you can see, I was committed to filling with as many patches as possible, and then some. My dad was the co-leader for my troop, and he diligently sewed all of my patches on, and even added a sash to the vest when I ran out of space. Thanks, dad!
If I'd thought of it ahead of time, it would have been fun to carry around boxes of cookies, but I'm a bad scout these days and I wasn't prepared.
What are you dressed as today? Is there an age when you feel people shouldn't dress up anymore? Any fun Halloween plans for the night/weekend?
One last bit of Halloween costume inspiration from your closet! For you last minute costume-makers, this one is for you: a lumberjane! I will not believe you if you tell me you have none of these items in your closet. It's basically your go-to fall look: flannel, jeans, boots, knit hat. If you happen to have an axe, some lumber, or an attractive bearded person named Jack, even better!
If pop culture is more your Halloween style, today's costume is for you. Today I'm bringing you NBC's sweetheart, Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. She's your favorite Pawnee Councilwoman, and she's also a snappy dresser. Leslie frequently wears blazers, jeans, and sneakers, and generally sticks to a patriotic color scheme.
Today I'm showing you how to dress as the trendiest fruit of 2014: the pineapple! This costume really only requires two pieces: a yellow dress and some green stuff in your hair. I pulled out my favorite yellow dress one more time before it gets too cold to wear it. Then I wrapped some clear green wrapping I'd bought for a DIY project around a headband I already had to make a cute green fascinator-style headpiece. After seeing it in these photos, I realized that I should have maybe made it spikier, so spike to your heart's content!
Also, if pineapple isn't your fruit of choice, you could wear a red dress and be a strawberry!
Also, if pineapple isn't your fruit of choice, you could wear a red dress and be a strawberry!
The costume really is that easy! What's the easiest costume you've ever worn for Halloween?
Halloween has always been one of my most favorite holidays (accompanied by Valentine's and Christmas, of course). However, I have a history of getting really excited for it at the beginning of the month and then not having any solid plans on Hallow's Eve.
One of the ways you can make sure to have an awesome Halloween is by choosing a costume from your own closet so you don't have to buy a bunch of things to put together your dream costume. This week I'm bringing you four closet costume ideas in case you need some last minute inspiration before the big day!
My first costume is from an iconic Audrey Hepburn flick--no, not Breakfast at Tiffany's--Funny Face! The fashionably inclined love costumes that call back to some of their favorite dressers from movies, especially Hepburn looks. Funny Face is great option because it uses the same pieces you used for last year's cat costume: cropped black pants, long-sleeved black shirt, black flats. Add a ponytail and some fun dance moves and you've got yourself a Halloween costume without spending a buck!
Stay tuned for more Halloween costume inspiration from your own closet!
If this outfit looks familiar, it's because I wore it to day three of ACL Fest. As I walked home that night, Pearl Jam playing in the distance, the wind whipping my dress and hair around, I felt awfully witchy. For a moment, I was imagining myself in a Stevie Nicks music video. It was one of those moments of being alone that felt all romantic, like I was in a movie. I spent so much time searching for those moments in high school and college. Now I spend more of my time based in reality, but this was a nice, fleeting moment.
This abandoned church is actually less than a block away from my new office. I pass it every day going to and from work, and I told Briley we had to shoot there. The light in the marquee that hasn't been turned off, but has no inspirational psalm to offer; the out-of-place palm trees; the contrasting dark and light elements. With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to photograph my witchy outfit in an ominous setting.
We had so much fun shooting these photos, and I'm in love with how they came out. As a little almost-Halloween treat, I give you this:
For more of this little guy, follow #salvadorshalloween14 on Instagram. Briley really is the Halloween master.
I've been so into darker color palettes lately! There was a time when you couldn't find black in my closet because I purged after years of working as a barista, but now I'm ready to add it all back in. Another trend I'm really into is the jeweled collar, and I love how this J.Crew Factory top has that boxy fit I like to wear and is the most gorgeous shade of burgundy. Finally, how can you say no to this precious cat purse? I don't ever buy little evening bags, but I think I would wear this one all the time. I mean, me-ow!
What do you wish you were wearing?
After sharing my interview outfit yesterday, I wanted to show y'all what I wore to my first day of work! This is one of my favorite outfits I've worn in forever, and I can already tell I'll be re-wearing it a ton this season.
I think it's safe to say that I am officially obsessed with scarves. Whether it's in my hair or around my neck, I love silky fabrics and pretty prints to add something unique and colorful to my outfits. I followed this scarf on My Decorated Life's Instagram shop for weeks before pulling the trigger and buying it. I am enamored with the bright colors and the beautiful floral print. So far I've been mixing it with striped every time, but I'm excited to find new ways to wear it.
Another new addition to my closet are these flats. I'm so in love I bought them in two colors (the berry ones will be here soon!). I've worn them almost every day since I bought them because they go with everything and they're so comfy. Definitely recommend!
For these photos, I actually put out a call on Facebook to see if anyone knew where swings from The Red Swing Project were hanging in town. I remember them being hung all over the place back in 2008-2011, but then I never really heard about them again. Funny enough, there's one in my part of town that I'd never noticed before. The Red Swing Project was intended to "inspire playfulness," which is totally successful because we had to wait in line to use the swing behind giggling kiddos and adults alike! The last two photos are taken in front of Adlucent, an online marketing firm that always has cute messages on their cinema-style signs.
Are you into pretty scarves this season? What did you wear on your last first day?
Photos by Briley Noel
Since a big part of this blog is about growing up, I wanted to share the interview outfit that helped me get my new job. I actually had three interviews for this position, but I wore outfits you've already seen for the first two (here and here). This final interview was with the owner of the company and our web traffic guru. Deciding what to wear to an interview for a creative position in a technological industry took some extra thinking on my part. Here's how I came up with the look.
First I knew I needed to have some traditional interview elements to my outfit, which in this case were a blazer and relying on a black color scheme for a sleek and professional look. The second piece of criteria was showing my personality in the outfit. The third aspect, and the one I hadn't had to dress to before, was nailing the vibe of the creative industry.
I did my research on the interviewers beforehand and found that they both worked in the tech field in Austin, which has a very specific look: blue jeans, plaid button downs, and converse. It's also worth noting that this was the only interview where I would be meeting with men. These techy men weren't going to be impressed by a pencil skirt and heels, mostly because that isn't how people dress in their world. It would have been out of character for the industry, which is not how I wanted to appear. It was most important to me that I looked like I could "hang," like I already belonged. For this reason, I decided on black jeans and a blazer.
If you've been keeping up with my 25 before 25 list, then you know that I do not own a black blazer. This one article of clothing has eluded me for as long as I've been dressing. The blazer I own and wear frequently is actually a hand-me-up from my younger brother, which he initially wore to his second grade consecration in our synagogue. This is to say that I haven't really grown up top, if you know what I mean, which makes blazer shopping especially difficult. Women's blazers expect you to be shaped like a certain kind of woman, and I've just never filled them out properly. Because of my experience and short time span to find a completer piece for my interview outfit, I started searching online for flat-front blazers with the tuxedo style lapels and no buttons. Blazers that are meant to be worn closed don't fit me right, so it seemed to me that an open blazer might be a better option.
I found myself in Forever 21 about 45 minutes to closing on a Wednesday evening with a handful of black blazers in various styles. The clear winner was a sleek black blazer with ruched, cropped sleeves, flat-front lapels, no buttons, and, to my surprise, no collar. I had never considered that the collar was an element I could lose in a blazer and still look professional, but I love how this particular blazer has less attention-drawing elements, keeping it from being bulky and making it easier to wear. Consider this goal from my 25 before 25 crossed off the list!
Because I try to avoid wearing black and white for interviews (all I see is cater waiter!), I went with my favorite black printed blouse under the blazer.
The last part of the outfit I needed to figure out was shoes! As I said before, heels weren't right for this interview. I usually wear flats to interviews, but I felt like I needed something to dress the outfit up a little. I decided on my booties for the added height and confidence, plus I love how they emphasize the creative take on an otherwise pretty normal outfit.
I felt incredibly comfortable and confident in this outfit, and it was probably the best I've ever done in an interview. I've said it a million times, but I absolutely believe in the power of the right outfit. Spending the extra time putting together the right pieces for the specific setting was worth it, and obviously paid off because I got the job!
Whew! Where did this week go? I feel like I woke up Monday morning for my first day of work and just came home to write this post...except it's somehow been four days in between! You know what they say: time flies when you're having fun. I cannot even tell you how much I love the new job. I work with some amazingly talented women who I genuinely enjoy spending 40 hours a week with in a tiny office. I get to look at, talk about, and write about weddings all day, every day. I share real weddings, favorite color palette and bridal style trends, and, truly, the most spectacular photography from all over the world. Don't pinch me, because I don't want to wake up from this dream job!
This weekend I'll be shooting some outfits with Briley that I've worn in the past couple of weeks and putting together some other posts for the rest of the month. I'm still working on that whole life-blog-balance thing with the new schedule, but I'm absolutely dedicated to this space and connecting with y'all.
Since I'm finally catching up on my Bloglovin' from this week, I thought I'd share some favorite links from around the web.
♥ Taylor Swift covered my favorite song from the summer!
♥ Are you as big of an Indiana Adams fan as I am? You're about to be! #indianajones
Did you know there is a holiday coming up later this month? (No, not Halloween!)
♥ A remarkably thorough list reviewing every drugstore mascara.
♥ Is there anything sexier than a feminist R&B song?
♥ As if Reese Witherspoon weren't already my favorite.
♥ I change my mind just about every week as to whether or not a closet capsule is for me. Un-Fancy is a very convincing argument for doing it.
♥ Now this looks like an fall outfit I could wear, even before it actually gets cold. This one too.
How was your week? Any links you loved?
Woah. What a crazy weekend. Last week, I found out that I would be going to the Austin City Limits Festival. Well, not just going--I received a fancy three-day pass and a backstage pass to the RetailMeNot stage. Ho. Ly. Cow.
Since I didn't know very far in advance, I hadn't planned any outfits for the weekend or bought anything festive for the occasion! Luckily, I ended up loving what I came up with each day of the fest.
Festivals aren't usually my scene, with all the people, smoke, loud noises, and sweat, but it definitely helps to be going for free and having backstage access! I actually ended up running into my new co-workers (I know, Austin is a small world even in a crowd of 75,000 people!) on the first day and spent the rest of the weekend bonding with them to the sounds of the ACL line up.
After a weekend like ACL, everyone wants to know what the best parts were, so I'll share my highlights of the fest.
1. The whole Jenny Lewis experience. Upon finding out that I would be going to ACL this year, I was most excited about seeing Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service fame). She's been one of my very favorite artists since high school, and I love her new solo album Voyager. I decided to get to the fest around 4 on Sunday, knowing she'd go on at 5. I camped out at her stage beforehand to make sure I got a close spot. I ended up being like four people deep, so it was like an intimate show with Jenny Lewis! She opened with Silver Linings, the first Rilo Kiley song I ever heard, and proceeded to play a mix of new and old favorites, including With Arms Outstretched, Better Son/Daughter, and Just One of the Guys. Tl;dr: she was spectacular.
2. Jammin' with The Avett Brothers. I wouldn't say I'm a big Avett Brothers fan, but I listened to their music when I was in college and put some of their more well-known songs on mixtapes for my car. One of my new co-workers loves them the way I love Jenny Lewis, so we went together to their show. Wow, these guys (and the lady fiddler!) are crazy-talented! They all love playing their instruments and performing live so much. It was a really sweet, fun show, and it definitely made me a fan.
3. Being backstage for St. Vincent. Having backstage passes at ACL has its perks: clean bathroom stalls (as opposed to port-a-potties), endless free snacks and beverages, and, oh yeah, being backstage for the acts. When I found out St. Vincent was playing on the RetailMeNot stage, I knew I needed to see her. Most of my friends, including Dago, are obsessed with St. Vincent, and I felt like I really needed to see her live to fully understand her whole style. Y'all, she's amazing. There was a time when I didn't really get her music, but seeing her live was a total experience. I even heard people saying things like "that performance must have been what it was like to see Jimi Hendrix play at Woodstock."
Seeing CHVRCHES live (she's so tiny!), Outkast singing The Eyes of Texas are Upon You (how cool is that!?), and dancing backstage to Iggy Azalea (she's even prettier in person).
Were you at ACL this weekend, or have you been before? Are you a festival person?