10/28/14

A Friendly Ghost.
















My zombie pumpkin.



As I showed you last year, my extended family has a thing for Halloween parties. J and I ventured up to my Auntie Boo's house this past Saturday to carve pumpkins and snack on goodies. It was very nice, as time with my family usually is, and as you can see we are quite the pumpkin artists. 

While on a thrifting spree for Halloween costumes with friends, our tall, tattooed fellow pulled this turtleneck from the rack and snickered, "You should wear this for the kids." 

So I bought it to wear on Halloween. It's very light  and cheerful with smiling ghosts and brightly colored broomsticks. I'm a sucker for anything holiday-themed. It brings out the cheesy teacher in me. 

If my dear Decaffinites from the blogging world could keep me in their prayers/good vibes, that would be awesome. I may or may not be going through some massive changes soon.

love,
a


10/21/14

Charming.




(check out those goosebumps -- it's getting chilly but vanity stays strong.)







You can't get much more English Schoolgirl than menswear shoes, a plaid dress, a lionshead necklace, and a vintage floral bag. 

My lovely plaid number was hanging in the back of a thrift store, lonely and forgotten, probably because of the borderline gross color scheme it's got going on. It took the right feel and a few key pieces to bring it out of it's ugly shell. 

It seems that I only wear green when I have red hair. I like the way it brings out the copper tones. Blue is another favorite of mine when I'm sporting the fiery tresses. It's funny how a hair color can influence your wardrobe so much, particularly a detail freak like myself. 

So I feel like I've been spoiling you guys with a plethora of fashion posts, but don't worry, that's not all I have up my sleeve! Mwahaha, Thursday post will be another update when I have some exciting things to share with my lovely Decaffinites.

until then!

love,
a

plaid dress -- thrifted!
yellow sweater -- thrifted!
menswear shoes -- thrifted.
floral purse -- thrifted!


10/18/14

The Owl Speaks.








Everyone, say hi to Sister. 

Sister and I were invited (along with J) to a Masquarade-themed Halloween party (as in, from Phantom of the Opera) so of course we had to embark on a thrifting and crafting adventure to prepare ourselves thusly. Sister wasn't planning on ending up in my blog shoot but I really dug her dress so I made her scoot in there for a couple shots. 

We've had a warm spell here in Maine for the past week. I was really worried I wasn't going to able to pull out my owl maxidress to stun you guys with, but when I was able to walk out to the car without shivering this morning I was like YES NOW IS MY TIME. So I slapped on a blue sweater, chunky necklace, and plaid heels to complete the ensemble. 

And, as you can see, I've changed my hair color yet again. I was originally thinking brunette, but as I perused the color aisle at my local Sally's Beauty Supply I paused by the red section, called J over, and we picked our a color together.  My red in the past has been a deep ruby color, bordering on pink, but this time I wanted to shoot for a more natural shade. 

As someone who has dabbled in the rainbow of hair colors, it's always been fascinating to me how a hair color influences your choice in clothing colors. My favorite color to sport when I had blonde hair -- bright red -- now looks a little out of place when I wear it close to my head. Now I wear it on my feet. :D

love,
a

owl maxidress -- THRIFTED BOOYAH.
plaid shoes -- thrifted.
blue sweater -- Target Sale Rack. 


10/14/14

Pan-Fried Chickpeas and Chard with Lemon.

It's time to talk about one of my favorite foods of all time and an unsung nutrition hero: the chickpea. 


Besides being a nutritional powerhouse, chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) are incredibly versatile and make up the bulk of my recipes. I use them to make hummus, fake "tuna" sandwiches with avocado, tasty wraps, sensational stir-frys, and today I'm going to tell you about a new dish that knocked my husband's socks off.



J is a good sport and has indulged all my cooking adventures. He's honest with me, though, if I make something that's gross, which makes it all the more rewarding when he really, really enjoys a dish. 


Ingredients: 

1 Tbs olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 small spoonfuls of garlic (my personal edit)
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained
1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
3/4 cup fresh kale (my personal edit)
1 small lemon
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
Black pepper, to taste



I began by chopping about half of the red onion (PRO TIP: Hold a small piece of bread in your teeth to absorb the onion fumes and you won't cry. Red onions are especially pungent.) and sauteing it in olive oil until translucent. Then I added the garlic and let it fry for about 15 seconds. 

Dump in the chickpeas and cook until the beans are a light brown or taste toasty.  Be sure to turn down the heat on your burner and cover your pan with a splatter screen -- the chickpeas have a tendency to "pop" in high heat and they have surprisingly strong force. 



Say hello to Chard, a distant relative of Spinach with more of a buttery texture when cooked. If you don't have chard laying around (which I didn't. I had to buy it specifically.) you can use spinach in it's place. I also snuck some kale in there, because HELL YES KALE, that's why. 



(Gosh, nature makes pretty colors.)

Stir in Chard and Kale and cook until they begin to wilt, about 5 -7 minutes. Not to long or they'll be stringy! There's nothing quite as gross as stringy Chard.  After your vegetables are cooked, zest your lemon OR put into about a 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice. It taste better if you zest it. 


After the dish was all cooked, I added some Nutritional Yeast on top for garnish, which was definitely not necessary but added a personal touch.  It blended nicely. 



And Voila! Yummy dish. And easy. 

Happy vegan cooking!

love,
a





10/11/14

Fall Fruit.














I find it quite amusing that I waited until October to pull off a crop top. 

While I steadily work on having a healthy body image, I do so while continuing to go to the gym. Sometimes I'm just like, you know, I did a whole bunch of ab work in the last few sessions and I'm proud of my body. I worked for this, and I like the way it looks, so darn tootin' I'm going to wear a midriff-baring top if I want to. 

I have found that wearing a flat shoe helps balance out a crop top (not that I need permission to wear whatever I want, but aesthetically, you get what I'm saying) and a sweater that skims your body pulls the outfit together. 

 I must confess, Fall is not my favorite season, but it is certainly the season that photographs the best, and it is the season that I find myself dressing for instead of dressing in spite of. It's incredibly easy to find inspiration in the colors and scenery of Autumn. 

Also, fun fact, tonight is my last night as a blonde/brunette who was growing out her bleached hair. I've been bitten by the hair color bug and will be going on that journey tonight. 

love,
a

yellow sweater -- thrifted.
pineapple shirt -- Target clearance. 
Red jeans -- thrifted.
black boots -- thrifted!

10/8/14

spicy.








Feast your eyes on my skin-tight black bodysuit that I found in the clearance section of Target, a bodysuit so tight that I felt uncomfortable wearing it out by itself, so I layered it with a loosely-tied wrap dress and bright red cardigan. Boom. 

The bodysuit was actually quite warm and a nice alternative to tights. I've worn tights, like, twice this Autumn, and both times have been to work. I'm just not ready for that step yet. 

This look is technically conservative because, well, everything is covered in black material, and yet it feels edgy. It's weird. I've never worn this dress before with the front open and flapping. It was slightly alarming and invigorating at the same time. 

love,
a

black body suit-- Target!
dress - thrifted.
cardigan - thrifted.
boots -- thrifted. 

10/4/14

in between.










First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who gave me feedback on my blog post about how we teach sexism to children when we implement dress codes, whether it was on my actual post or on facebook. I really enjoy hearing everyone's opinion on social issues like this, because it helps me understand exactly how I can reach others to help us make this upcoming generation a better place for women to live in. So thank you! :)

So even though the weather is getting colder and colder (J and I have turned the heat on and paid our first oil bill today, Yikes. Who knew dead liquid dinosaur would be so expensive?) we still have days where the sun shines with strength. I try to be outside as much as possible on these lingering days between summer and autumn, sitting on our deck that will soon be covered in snow. 

There's nothing quite like lounging in a maxidress. There's something just so comfortable about having fabric that doesn't really cling so you can let your body relax. I work out about three days a week and do yoga, so I'm pretty toned and my muscles are usually active. It's nice to have a piece of clothing that doesn't skim me so closely so I can let the abs rest, you know? Not that I have to have a flat stomach to wear whatever I want. I would totally support anyone who wants to rock a spandex minidress no matter their size but when it comes to myself I'm just super critical. It's something I still have to work on. 

Orange and purple is a great color mixture to ease you into fall. My teal necklace kept a little bit of summer while the leaves turned yellow. My in between. 

love,
a

maxidress -- thrifted!