Christmas 2016 lookbook (Day to night outfits)

I'll be honest, it's been so long since I've written a post (WordPress says it's been four months) that I initially forgot how to start a new draft. But here we are. Another Christmas on the horizon, another year coming to a close. And another outfit post where I liberally insert my recent introspections to try …

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Weathering the storm: Being realistically positive + rainy day office OOTD

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain. —  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   The saying "when it rains, it pours" has proved to be true not only in recent Virginia weather patterns but also (for the last week) in my love life. It's become one of those …

Feeling at home in recovery + two summer OOTDs

  The concept of "home" has been on my mind for the past few weeks. Last weekend, I traveled to my hometown to attend the Forecastle music festival with a childhood friend. Even without any of the additional context, visits to Kentucky give me this simultaneous mixture of wicked homesickness and confounding awe. It's strange to drive through …

Capsule wardrobe 102: Assembling your wardrobe + shopping smarter

"Butthead" is the only word that can describe how I've acted this past week. While I have made progress in recognizing and somewhat taming my mood swings, I usually am able to do those things a few days in and after offending at least three innocent bystanders. Instead of martyring myself with over-indulgent, self-pitying apologies (okay, after …