13 October 2014

amsterdam, hello!

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Aaaand we're back from our trip to Amsterdam and Brussels! It goes without saying, it was fantastic. We flew out after work Friday night and after a quick change of planes in Dublin arrived in Amsterdam ready to party.
Outside Ruis
After getting to the hotel we wandered around De Pijp until we stumbled on a pretty square shaded by huge tulip trees and outdoor seating for cafes and stopped for beers and a snack.
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Bitterballen and beer at Cafe Ruis.
De Pijp
By coincidence Chris and Brianna were in Amsterdam at the same time as us, we met up and wandered off to dinner at De Duvel. I ate beef carpaccio for the first time but didn't snap a picture! I'm so much more adventurous about food when I'm travelling, "raw beef! sure, why not!"
Gollem
We went for cheap beers at this weird little bar we stumbled on, and after that ended up at Gollem. The bartender at Cafe Ruis recommended it and it was exactly the kind of place I'd been hoping to find when I was planning the trip.
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Gollem was fantastic with a huge selection of hard to find beers. Rich was pretty excited about a Westvleteren 12 that he'd been talking about forever. A pretty great start to our time in Amsterdam.

10 September 2014

the terrible week

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In case you hadn't heard, about 2 weeks ago I was biking home from the train station and was hit by a car. I'm not sure how much I should say here about it since there is a legal aspect I have to consider. What I can say is that I didn't have any catastrophic injuries; I didn't lose consciousness or hit my head and I didn't break any bones. I'm wicked banged up though and I was in shock and dealing with some serious panic over having to leave the house for about a week afterwards. It's probably the most terrified I've ever been in my life. There's a whole lot more, but like I said I'm not sure how much I can say.
Everyone's been wonderful to me about being extra weird, and I appreciate that so much more than I can say.
Midway through the week that this happened, Rich's grandma passed away. It was so very sad seeing his family say their tearful goodbye's to such a beloved person, but it was comforting to have everyone around. Rich's family is filled with great people who know how to make even the saddest events a loving celebration.
It was an all around terrible week. Now I'm back at work catching up on about 10 million emails but I'll be back soon with lots of nice things.
(The pictures are of Rich checking out the damage on my bike, and my time spent hanging out on the couch)

27 August 2014

bikebaby 2

Another Saturday morning, another ride to the farmers' market. I'm really loving the Ace & Jig look for weekends lately which roughly translates to loose fitting, super soft fabrics and casual styling based on comfort. It makes weekends easy peasy. I've had this Lark & Wolff playsuit for years (5!) and I paired it with a plain white tee to keep the foggy chill off my shoulders and my farmer's market staples: Birkenstocks and a woven market bag.
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Lark & Wolff playsuit (similar here and here)
UO Men's white tee (cut up to fit a bit better)
Birkenstocks
Vintage market bag (similar here)

25 August 2014

datenite

Here's how I looked for a double date on Friday night. I was supposed to have the day off but ended up having to go in to work, so I was a bit dishevelled and thoroughly exhausted so I uncharacteristically opted for pants. Comfy high waisted black trousers for the lazy side of me and a super sexy backless halter crop top to take it up a notch. The denim jacket was a last minute decision so that I wouldn't lose my top in the breeze.
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Clare Vivier Messenger Bag
Moheda Betty clogs
Elevenses trousers (similar here)
American Apparel halter top
Abercrombie denim jacket circa 2002 (similar from asos and A&F)

18 August 2014

bikebaby

Its been a good summer for biking, and thus outfits to bike in. Its been nothing but high waisted shorts and cropped tee shirts in various combos around here and lots and lots of vintage. Two years ago I picked up these shorts and finally got around to having them shortened last summer but by that time it was too cold out to wear them. You know how that happens? You keep meaning to do something and don't? For the entirety of my time living in NYC I kept saying I was going to bring my bike to my apartment and it never happened. One of the selling points of my apartment building was the bike storage and I was so lame that I just kept saying, "I'll do it next weekend." Now I've got both my bikes here and I'm definitely making up for lost time on the road.
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Thrifted shorts (similar here)
American Apparel crop top
Vintage bag (similar here)
American Deadstock vintage sunglasses
Birkenstocks

15 August 2014

what's inside you

Eleonora Carisi has been one of my favorite bloggers for years; I love how she creates outfits that capture the elusive "perfectly put together but not trying too hard," look and her hair is always enviable. I discovered that she was designing her own clothes under the name Whats Inside You 'when her S/S14 lookbook came out filled with co-ords and fun pullovers in the most gorgeous, vivid prints of fruit and neon minerals.
The latest looks she's created for F/W14 are just as vibrant, evoking classic wintery motifs that bring to mind imaginary ski trips to the swiss alps paired with girly, fun illustrated patterns like Eleonora's lips with beauty mark and lipstick tubes. And the colors she uses ranging from neon greens and pinks to deep blues and fiery red-orange seem expertly chosen to pop against freshly fallen snow and later, to ward off winter dullness.
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14 August 2014

sucker

On constant rotation: seersucker dresses. I've got this one in brown too, but I had to have it in classic blue. It just screams SUMMER even when I'm trapped in my cubicle. A fantastic summer dress for romping around outside, drinking late into the humid nights and occasionally going to the office.
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Madewell sunglasses (similar here)
American Apparel dress
Clare Vivier Messenger Bag
Moheda clog sandas here
Weird sunlight c/o LB, NY

13 August 2014

reformation

Ever since I challenged myself to be more conscious of where my clothes come from I've been obsessively following Reformation. Their mission is "killer clothes that don't kill the environment" and they're clearly killing it. Using deadstock materials, vintage pieces as inspiration and created locally in New York and Los Angeles the brand is transparent and committed to sustainability. And it seems like every other day I see another celebrity or just a girl on the street wearing their pieces.
That's not to say it doesn't have its drawbacks. Based on a dress I bought and returned the clothes are definitely made with the tall and thin in mind. They did branch out and create a line for busty ladies, specifically styles with which a bra can be worn, but fit is an issue if you're petite or aren't boyishly shaped. It definitely shows a commitment to their customers that they listened to their requests though.
If you're reading, I'd love a petite line!
The clothes also come at a price: most dresses running well over $150, though not often exceeding $300. However, when you take into consideration how and where the garments are made the dollar amounts make sense and in my opinion are fair.
Regardless of whether or not you buy their clothes, they have a great marketing message that we should all keep in mind: respect the earth, its the only planet with pizza.
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