7/22/14

n(ot)ical.









Say hello to a pure 90's shirt with nautical blocks and coloring. I had realized that I hadn't utilized my growing short collection in my fashion posts yet so I decided to take these relaxed denim bad boys out for a spin and my chunky sweatshirt, plaid heels, and studded purse seemed the perfect way to show them off. 

In other great news, I am finally able to tell that my hair is growing! I've employed a few tricks to keep me from being snip-happy and given up with hair dye at this point so I can actually tell when I've gained a few inches. I'm on my way to having awesome hair again. 

Also, in case you can't tell from the amount of gratuitous leg shots, I'm sporting some new ink on my right thigh. I walked into Blind Faith and asked Autumn for a "victorian portrait with a frame but the frame is not a frame it's made up of little things put together to look like a frame." And this is what I got. So I consider that a victory. 

love,
a

fabulously gaudy sweater -- thrifted!
shorts -- thrifted
studded purse -- thrifted!
heels -- thrifted. 

7/20/14

sunday night.










J and I scuttle around our kitchen, preparing dinner. We're making two pizzas; one for dinner and one for lunch tomorrow. We do this every night. After almost two years of stumbling around a kitchen, bleary-eyed in the morning, we have discovered that it is much easier to make double for dinner and use leftovers for lunch. We pack it before we go to bed so it's one less thing to worry about in the morning. 

I look up from my potato chopping. J has his back to me, spooning sauce onto a cheap crust, and I follow the curve of his neck with my eyes. It strikes me how much trust it takes to turn your back on someone and reveal the tender spot just below your hairline. In books they write about turning your back on someone as if you are abandoning them and protecting yourself, when in reality it puts you in a vulnerable position, totally at the mercy of whomever is staring down your spine. 

There's a lot of little things we do in marriage that require trust. We think of the obvious, like nakedness and falling asleep and sharing money, but little things, like taking off my makeup and showing him new songs I've written and talking about people problems -- they require a lot of trust for me. 

J turns to his right to grab a spoon, and the light from the window falls against his nose, lips, and chin. He's so handsome but he doesn't believe it. I pull him into the doorway and put my hands on his ribcage and lean in for a kiss; the trust lies not in the meeting of lips but in the closing of eyes. 

love,
a


7/17/14

rain.















My fashion posts are mostly pictures of me dressed up, ready to take on the world in my meticulously-picked-out clothing.

 Coco Chanel once said, "Fashion is not something that exits in dresses only." Fashion extends past what you look like at your best. Fashion is what you wear on a daily basis, how you pick out clothes, what inspires you. So here's my rainy day picks for when I'm lounging around on the weekend -- which rarely happens, but for the sake of the post let's pretend -- and I have no where to be and no one to impress.

It's a mix of dresses and sweaters, skinny jeans and layered shirts, little charms and layered prints. While I have a particular affinity for going overboard on colors, prints, and statement necklaces, I do enjoy a whisper of a trinket every now and again. As I become more comfortable with my style I am appreciating the power of one accessory. 

plaid button-up and navy-and-white sweater -- thrifted.
Skinny jeans -- Target sale rack.
"snakeskin" shift dress -- thrifted.
gray sweater -- Target sale rack.
striped skirt, chambray top, and cross scarf -- thrifted.
pink maxiskirt, sailboat tank -- thrifted.
peach maxidress -- thfited.

Elephant earrings -- Rock and Art Shop, downtown Bangor.
Victorian Woman charm -- AlterEchos upcycled jewelry. 

7/15/14

my kind of ice cream.





 

I continue to be enthralled by the power of plants. 

I'm trying to plan out a separate blog post as I write this one -- whoohoo! multitasking! -- where I will list off the reasons veganism has changed my life. Even I have to admit, though, that cravings pop up from time to time. It's been about a year and a half since I gave up all meat, egg, and dairy products. So ice cream has not been on my radar much. 

I've been trying to avoid Soy, usually a staple in the vegan diet, and focus on whole plant foods that take me back to nature. In addition, I'm trying really hard to quit processed food and so far I'm seeing an incredible change in my body, mind, and conscience.

So what's a chick to do when she wants ice cream? Why, she makes it out of frozen bananas, duh.

The basic recipe I follow is take six frozen bananas and chop them, then blend them with four tablespoons cocoa powder and a few teaspoons vanilla. And then you freeze it for texture. That's it. That's literally it. 

And then I eat myself stupid on this stuff, because where's the fun if you can't do that? 

love,
a




7/12/14

emitting or reflecting light, steadily, in large amounts.









With an outfit so bright it's important to keep the rest of your look understated. Black heels, black shorts, and simple accessories allowed this wonderfully gaudy shirt to take center stage.

love,
a

bright, beautifully ugly shirt -- thrifted.
black heels -- thrifted.
shorts -- thrifted.

7/10/14

vegetable-stuffed potatoes.

















Part of my new foray into lifestyle blog territory is the inclusion of what I eat. 

I'm sure you know this by now because I rarely shut up about it, but I am a vegan. This means my list of things I eat is usually shorter than what I don't eat. The short version is that I don't consume animal or animal products. Yes, that means cheese, which I don't miss nearly as much as I thought I would. 

What people don't usually realise, though, is how enriching and full a vegan diet can be. Vegetables and fruits make up most of my diet, and what a wonderful thing they are. I don't feel I am lacking in culinary experience; I was a terrible cook until I became a vegan. Having to make most things from scratch has turned me into quite the chef. Recipes that would have made me quake in fear two years ago are memorized as "quick meals" in the back of my brain. 

The great part about becoming so comfortable with vegetables is that I am intimately acquainted with their taste, smell, and texture. It makes pairing them for dishes easy. Vegetable-stuffed potatoes are a quick, effortless dinner that takes cheap ingredients and makes them satisfyingly hearty. 

  • two big potatoes. Any kind will do, really, unless you're a potato aficionado. 
  • A myriad of vegetables. I used corn, broccoli, orange peppers, spinach, and asparagus (on the side).
  • Olive oil.
  • Onion and garlic for seasoning. 
  • spices of your choice. I used black pepper, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper for a little kick. 

One quick trick I have found is poking several holes in your potato, wrapping it in wax paper, and microwaving it for 4 - 5 minutes. It saves your butt on really hot days when you don't want to run the oven (read: TODAY) and also saves you time when you're feeling lazy (read: EVERY DAY).

After I have microwaved both potatoes, I place them on a lightly oiled baking pan with my chopped vegetables (I left the asparagus whole). I drizzle olive oil, minced garlic, and onions over the vegetables. Sprinkle the corn with cayenne pepper. 

Let the whole thing bake at 400 degrees. I checked on it every five minutes to make sure the spinach didn't burn. The time will vary depending on what vegetables you choose. 

Carefully take the pan out of the oven and slice open the potatoes. I coated the inside with vegan butter and began piling the vegetables on top. I finished off the dish with capers, a little more pepper, and some rosemary. 

Delish. 

Also, see that dress? Man, that's an old dress. I've had that since high school and it has stood the test of time. Yay for thrifted clothes!

love,
a

7/8/14

sunny with a side of attitude.








A soft, pink crop top paired 
with a flared fake leather skirt.
both wide near the bottom,
a figure-flattering no-no
but what's fashion without a few
unflattering chances along the way?

Take a walk on the wild side,
mix patterns and prints and textures,
mix attitude with sweetness
and be sure to dangle little elephants 
from your ears. 
cause life is too short to be sweet
100% of the time. 

love,
a

crop top -- thrifted
black skirt -- thrifted
pink pumps -- thrifted
elephant earrings -- The Rock and Art Shop, downtown Bangor.