Friday, February 26, 2010

along the western slopes of the oregon coastal range . . . come look: the hysterical crashing of tributaries as they merge into the wakonda auga river . . .

flannel shirt - gap, thermal shirt - target, jeans - gap, boots - thrifted

This is definitely not the most exciting boots, but I did want to show off these sweet new boots I got at the thrift store. They're kind of hiking/work boots and they fit awesome. I like how they're a light-ish brown color and the height of them. They're just a little taller than my old red boots that fell apart (I still need to try to glue the soles back on those). Anyways, I feel more like a lumberjack than usual, with the plaid flannel shirt and work boots.

(the title of this post is a quote from ken kesey's sometimes a great notion, one of my favorite books, which just so happens to be about loggers in oregon)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

rachel in wonderland

dress - secondhand, shirt - old, tights - target, shoes - target

So I went down to Olympia for a few days this week. A friend of mine lives there, and I wanted to visit him. It was fun, but a little weird. I forgot how different Olympia kids, especially Evergreen students, are from Seattle kids. I don't fit in! Especially when I'm hanging out with anarchists. I'm just glad I didn't get scabies or salmonella.

I did bring my camera down, but when I got there, I realized the battery was dead. My phone died soon after, so I got absolutely no pictures from the weekend. Which is unfortunate, because I rather liked my outfits. Finally got my camera back in the action and took a picture right before I left for work this morning. I'm LOVING this awesome sunshine we've been having. And I really kind of dug this outfit. I got a ton of compliments at work, and got compared to Alice in Wonderland a lot. The dress was given to me by my cousin and is a little big for me, and the shirt I got years ago, can't remember where, but it has ruffles and lace and sequin details on the top portion.

Monday, February 15, 2010

wet walks are weird and wonderful

shirt - thrifted alternative apparel, jeans - gap, shoes - thrifted

If I look a little bedraggled in this picture, it is just because I had just gone on a long, wet, dark walk with my dear friend Tommy. Night walks are probably my favorite thing ever. Anyone who randomly blurts out "Wanna go for a walk?" is my friend. I have two dead-end roads around my house, which are completely car-free and quiet at night. There is nothing I like better than wandering down one or the other with a good friend, talking about anything and everything. Certain spots on these roads have special significance to me. There's the spot Justina and I used to lay in the middle of the road and talk, the spot, a little closer, where Joe and I would smoke pot in high school, the intersection of two roads that on a moonlight night is so illuminated it's almost as bright as day, the spot my group of friends ended up sitting in the middle of the road on prom night telling ghost stories in a strange mix of prom dresses, pajamas, and tuxes, and a few spots I used to meet boys when I snuck out of my house. I hadn't had a good late night talking and walking session in a long time, so it made me incredibly happy. And I actually LOVE the rain, so even though I got soaked, it didn't bother me a bit.

I need to start putting more effort into work outfits again. I've been really lazy lately, but I think I'm going to wear a skirt tomorrow. I also am getting sick of jeans/tee/these shoes for days off. I think I need a trip to the thrift store! I'll get something kind of wacky and challenging and force myself to wear it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

shopping guidelines

shirt - gap, jeans - gap, shoes - thrifted

I think I might have too much stuff from the Gap. Haha. I got really into their jeans and then got a bunch of gift cards for Christmas and bought a bunch of shirts. I need to do some more thrifting/vintage shopping and mix that shit up.

I have a new plan for how I spend my money. Whenever I want something, I write it down in a little notebook. Every payday, I choose one item to buy. It can be expensive or not. Obviously this doesn't include food, but I'm also not counting thrift store purchases. Also, if I come across something I just HAVE to have, I can buy it right away, but I will have to skip a purchase oat my next payday. I'm hoping this makes me a more thoughtful shopper and results in purchases of things I really love, rather than just sort of like.

And by the way, how amazing is that view? I love this house, and love housesitting there (more so when I'm not sick). Gotta love the view of Greenlake. It looks especially pretty at night when all the houses across the street are all lit up.

sicky sick

sweatshirt - gap, jeans - gap, shoes - thrifted

Looking at this now, I think I ought to have worn my PF Flyers rather than these brogues. Whatever though, I was sick and I hardly left the house. Not my own house. Obviously this is somewhere else. I was housesitting for the past week, hence the lack of posting. Unfortunately, I didn't have access to the internet while I was there. It was kind of a bummer being sick while housesitting because I wanted to enjoy living in the city for a week and seeing some friends I don't see so often. Next time I guess.

Monday, February 1, 2010

vintage easter egg

shirt - vintage depeche mode, skirt - vintage handmade, tights - target, shoes - pf flyers, purse - dooney & burke

I bought this skirt awhile back. The high quality construction in an obviously homemade garment made me happy. At first I had no idea what I would wear it with, since pastel colors generally aren't my style. But everything works with this vintage Depeche Mode shirt, because everything works with awesome. Wore the outfit to work, and got a lot of compliments, especially on the red lipstick. And for once I got a picture outdoors again! Here's hoping that continues, since it's so much nicer with natural light.