Tuesday, August 21, 2012

CHANGES

When I started this blog I was wearing black tee shirts, jeans and flats. Every single day. I shopped and bought a bunch of different things but I wasn't confident enough to wear them. I was bored and I needed an outlet. I stumbled upon weardrobe.com and, from there, personal style blogs. I was hooked. I threw myself into finding more and more blogs that I loved and, eventually, decided that I wanted to start my own. I posted nearly ever day and, if I didn't I'd feel guilty for some reason.

Then I moved to Pennsylvania and took an unplanned break from blogging as I adjusted to living in a different place under different circumstances. I thought once I was settled (and had a reliable form of wifi), I would fall back into the swing of things as far as my blog goes. It didn't quite happen that way. You see, so much changed for me when I moved. I tend to be influenced by my surroundings and a huge part of my surroundings is the city that I live in. I've talked a little about it here but, long story short, my surroundings severely influenced how I felt like dressing. I felt a huge shift in my lifestyle and, therefore, my personal style. A shift to things that, in my opinion, aren't necessarily always blog worthy. Yeah, yeah ... who is to say what is blog worthy and what isn't. But, I am, since it is my blog and all.

For a year now I've struggled with this. I still like getting all gussied up but I do it far less often now that I stay at home. I still get dressed but many days it is something pretty simple - a top + jeans + shoes or a dress + sandals or, you get the picture. And I'm happy with this. I'm happy with my relaxed lifestyle. When I try to push myself to dress like I used to in Texas, I start to get anxious, then stressed, then depressed because I'm feeling anxious and stressed about something as simple as getting dressed.

Additionally, we've been going through a bit of a rough patch with little girl. She is a very strong willed child and it makes for some ... interesting ... parenting. To say that we have our ups and downs would be an understatement. I toggle between feeling completely exasperated with the situation and depressed because I don't feel as if I have a grip on this whole parenting thing. Some days, I feel as if we spend our entire day being reprimanded and in time out. It is trying. These feeling are multiplied when I see and read about other mums with their children via blogs. I know that is ridiculous but it is the truth. I see these blog post about these beautiful family vacations and I think, wow my family vacations are much more hectic than that and not quite as relaxing. Truthfully, I know that pictures and blogs only tell part of the story. I know that most bloggers try to keep it positive (which I truly think is the best way to do things), so they try not to post the negative aspects of their lives. I know this ... but sometimes it is hard to remember. Stupid, I know.

I've been gravitating a lot more toward lifestyle blogs as of late. Which is completely odd because I really had a hard time getting into them before. I suppose a lot of it has to do with the fact that my lifestyle has changed. I don't feel entirely comfortable in my role as a stay at home mum, so I look for support though blogging ... much as I did when I didn't feel entirely comfortable in my clothes. I realized that I've been craving more diversity in my blog. I want to blog more about my family and my life and Distinctly Desiree just doesn't really feel like to place to do that.

I guess the big picture is that, somewhere along the line, taking outfit pictures and posting them didn't feel like second nature anymore. Many day I just don't feel like it. So I don't do it unless I do feel like it. I think that when your heart isn't in it, it shows. And, frankly, I don't want to do it if my heart isn't in it. I'm not ready to completely let go of Distinctly Desiree but I also am trying to be realistic about its future. And, at this point, I just don't know exactly what that entails.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GE FAMILY DAYS

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Tank: Gap Outlet
Shorts: Gap Outlet
Scarf: Gap, thrifted
Shoes: Minnetonka
Sunnies: Simply Vera, Kohl's
(Holy Gap outfit, Batman!)

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On a scale of 1-10 how pathetic is it that I have only two outfits that have been in constant rotation in my life over the last two or three weeks? I have my working-on-the-house clothes (paint splattered shorts and tee) and my running-to-Lowe's clothes (denim shorts and a tank). Sad? Yes. True? Yes.

But this day? This day we got to do something other than work on our house. Which, is pretty awesome when all you've done is sand and prime and paint for two weeks. Last Saturday we headed out to General Electric's family days to tour the facilities and find out what Husband does all day. It was amazing. I mean, I know he works hard but it was so awesome to get to see where he works all day.

He works for GE Transportation building the control console for locomotives. So, long story short, he welds together the thing that tells the locomotive what to do. That, and he also welds the horn on ... he always likes to point that out when we hear on. Actually pretty cool, if you ask me. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

SUPER SOFT

Everything in this outfit is super soft and it leads me to believe that every single thing I put on my body should feel so good.

I've been on the lookout for a few good summer scarves. I tend to get cold easily and so they're nice to have on hand ... er, neck ... for places like grocery stores and movie theaters that keep the temperatures subzero. This one is so soft and gauzy that, when it is wrapped loosely like this, it is perfect for warmer days.

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Dress: Boston Proper, thrifted
Cardi: Target
Scarf: Old Navy, Plato's Closet
Shoes: thrifted

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CRAY CRAY

Its been so long since I've worn this outfit that I can't really remember anything about wearing it. Other than it was insanely hot and little girl and I sat in my bedroom (the only room with a window a/c unit) all day and watched movies. She was pretty pumped about that part. I was going a little cray cray after 20 episodes of Strawberry Shortcake.

So cray cray that I, in fact, used the phrase "cray cray" three separate times in this post.

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Shirt: Gap
Shorts: Gap, via Plato's Closet
Sunnies: Kohl's
Shoes: Minnetonka

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And then sometimes I get pictures like this. And they make me giggle. A lot.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

SAVER

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Top: Old Navy
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Minnetonka
Bracelets: carnival vendor

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Do you save clothing for a special occasion? Or are you the type of person that wears your purchases right away? Months ago, I read a super great post about this subject.

I loved the post because it really resonated with me. For most items, I am definitely a saver. There are certain items like, shoes, handbags and jewelry, that I normally put into rotation right away. However, I've been known to keep dresses, tops and skirts for months and months waiting for the "perfect" occasion to break them out. I think that has a lot to do with me wanting to preserve the "new" feeling of an item. Also, it probably doesn't help that I shop a lot of end of season sales and often end up with clothes that don't quite fit the weather yet.

This top is one of those end of season purchases that has been sitting in closet for far too long awaiting its turn. Sometimes when I finally wear something that I've been saving for some unknown event, I get disappointed in myself. Slowly, but surely, I am trying to pull myself away from these habits. I buy these things ... so I should enjoy them. Either that, or not buy them in the first place. Right?

Monday, June 18, 2012

THRIFT THAT TREND: POLKA DOT PANTS

Polka Dot Pants


Giulietta high waisted flared pants, $508
J.Crew skinny capri pants, $118
Tory Burch polka dot pants, £239
Current/Elliott skinny fit jeans, $140


Prints are a super easy way to spice up an otherwise really simple outfit. While perusing the JCrew website, I saw this adorable pair of polka dot pants and, just like that, I needed a pair of black and white polka dot pants in my life. Spending $118 dollars on a pair of pants is kind of out of the questions for me right now so I made a mental note to keep an eye out for an affordable pair and went about my day.

Fast forward about five hours and I'm perusing Salvation Army. I spotted a pair of black and white polka dot pants from three aisles over. I abandoned my cart to go get them, something you just don't do at Salvation Army. Lo and behold, they actually fit. I bought them (obviously) because I am all for trying out a trend for $3.99 rather than $118.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

FANNY PACKS: THEN & NOW

I vaguely remember fanny packs being the THING when I was a kid. I probably wore it around the house, to the park, definitely on vacations because, when you're a kid, you really never know when you might need to toss something in your fanny pack. They were the perfect mix of fashion statement (ha) and practical storage because no young girl wants to be bothered with toting around an actual purse ... it is much better to be hands free.

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(Me, circa 1997-8ish in Washington D.C. on a school field trip with my trusty fanny pack.)

People loved them because they were pretty darn practical, just ask any adult who visited Disney Land in the 90's ... they'll tell you how indispensable fanny packs are when you're faced with throngs of children going nuts over Disney characters. So, fanny packs were pretty great. That is, until they weren't. Eventually, people realize that they were, well, hideous and they slowly disappeared. I'm sure some people mourned the disappearance of the fanny pack because, despite their looks, they are quite practical. Hell, some people even kept wearing the little suckers. And, inevitably, they would pop up on a worst dressed list somewhere.

But now? Now fanny packs are back, only now they're called hip bags. And they are actually considered to be stylish. Fiona from Burn Notice piqued my interest in hip bags. If you're ever watched the show you know that Fiona does all kinds of bad ass things, all while looking effortlessly stylish and put together. One of the mainstays in her look is a little brown leather hip bag. I mean, who can be bothered to carry a purse when you're running from a weapons deal gone bad? Not Fiona, apparently.  I googled "Fiona from Burn Notice hip bag" and stumbled upon the Happy Cow company. Incidentally, the Happy Cow company looks like a pretty bad ass company themselves.

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(Image 1 // Image 2)  

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(Hippie by Maddy)

Now, I'm not running from bad guys like Fiona but, having a kid and all, I can see the benefits of going hands free for certain things. It would be nice to have a place (other than my back pockets) to stash my phone, keys and doggie poop bags on walks, bike rides and things of the such. Concerts, fairs and festivals would also be a breeze with a hip bag. Another plus? It forces you to simplify and pare down what you carry with you. I love a big bag to hold all my goodies as much as the next gal but sometimes it's nice to lighten the load a bit, especially when it is hot out. I also kind of love the hippie-eque vibe they bring to an outfit. It seems so carefree. Perhaps handsfree = carefree?

All in all, I like them, and I'm pretty sure that I'll be purchasing one before too long. What do you think? Do you dig the new and improved fanny packs? Or do you think they're better off left in the 90's?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

GOOD AFTERNOON, TUESDAY

I know it isn't quite summer yet. I also know that we've had a few warm weekends. But, this past weekend it felt like summer for the first time this year. I spent it doing a whole lotta nothing, which is pretty much how I like my summer weekends. Give me a body of water, a good book and a good drink and I'm set. 

How did you spend your weekend?

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Little girl and I spent Friday morning at the beach. She l-o-v-e-d it.
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Reading and (boxed) wine out of a mason jar. I like to keep it classy. 
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Everything We Ever Wanted by: Sara Shepard was pretty good.
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The view from my grandparents' deck. Amazing. Goes great with a book and a drink.
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Aforementioned drink: citrus white sangria, made by me and delicious if I do say so myself.
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I get it now. Can't. Stop. Reading. Thanks a lot, Ambre!

Monday, June 4, 2012

HOLA, MONDAY

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Wow - my mum at age 4 1/2  and my daughter at age 4 1/2.

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Little girl & I spent a rainy Friday hanging out in bed and watching movies.

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I've been dying for Hibachi lately, so we went for my birthday dinner. Why does 24 feel so much older than 23? Seriously.

FAHRENHEIT 451

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Shirt: Out of Print Clothing
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Bensimon

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This skirt is the prefect weight and length for warm spring days. It is light enough that I don't have to worry about being hot and long enough that I don't have to worry about wind and indecent exposure. And, because of the color, it takes very little effort to make a very basic outfit look like it took more thought.

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