22 April 2014

spring 30x30

 I’ve been diligently weeding through my belongings recently [both inside and outside of my closet], and the process has inspired me to attempt another 30x30 challenge.  It was a [mostly] fun experiment last summer, although the heat made the whole act of wearing clothes generally miserable; at the time I remarked that such a challenge would probably be better suited for a season when I didn’t immediately turn into a sweaty mess when I set foot outside…and now here we are.  I’m rushing a little bit to take advantage of the remaining cooler weather, seeing as I got somewhat of a late start on the whole “spring” side of things, but I’m doing it.  This time around, I have no restrictions of any sort on what I need from my daily wardrobe, unlike when I was in lab everyday, so things are already looking up.  I’m also not simultaneously engaged in taking class, doing research, and finishing up my AMCAS application [not yet, at least…sigh], which means I’ll actually have time and brain power to do more than slap a couple of pictures of myself on the internet and call it a day.  Non-outfit posts will continue to happen!  Hurray!

In choosing my 30 items, I made it a point to select things I haven’t worn much [if at all!], with a few more well-loved pieces thrown in just for the sake of balance, I guess.  I’ve also set an unofficial rule that I won’t wear the same piece two days in a row, although with only 6 pairs of shoes at my disposal there’s bound to be a little rule-breaking ahead [spoiler alert – I’m currently on day 6 of outfits, and I’ve already repeated shoes on back-to-back days…oops]

So here’s what I’m working with:
[side note: I HATE ending with a preposition, but sometimes the extra words necessary to circumvent the situation just aren’t worth it]

21 April 2014

'tis the season for street food

Huntsville area declared open season on food trucks this past weekend, holding its inaugural "Food Truck Friday" downtown.  My mom and I chose to brave the crowds [7500+ people, according to the news!] and venture out in search of some local mobile good eats...although being smart people we opted to bring our food back home instead of squatting on curbs in the dark - seriously, it was busy.

The event was held in the Meridian Arts & Entertainment District, which is a thing I did not realize existed until Friday.  It just goes to show that there's more to Huntsville than meets the eye, I guess.  I think I later read somewhere that these districts were created last year as part of the on-going effort to revitalize the downtown area?  Or something along those lines?
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Space & Rocket Center

We ended up patronizing the Peppered Pig truck, partly because it had one of the shorter lines and partly because Mom vehemently didn't want barbecue.  We had our choice of mahi and pork loin with chimichurri, rice, naan, tzatziki sauce, and a cucumber & tomato salad.  The food was pretty tasty, although a bit of an odd selection, seeing as this particular truck normally only serves sandwiches.  Mom ending up sending Peppered Pig a message on their Facebook page saying she was very disappointed in the small salad portion ['chintzy' was the word she kept throwing around], which I find particularly entertaining.
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And now I'll leave you with this conversational gem [directly from the mouths of people I know in real life...smh]:
Friend A: Hey, do you want to go to the food truck gathering tonight?
Friend B: What's that?
Friend A: Umm...it's a gathering of food trucks.
Friend B: Oh, okay. 
Friend A: I don't know how else to explain it? 

20 April 2014

weekend links | 28

weekend links | 28
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate the holiday!  And Happy Sunday to those that don't :)

18 April 2014

manic pixie

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Remember when I said that one of my big responses to stress was to throw money at it? ["it" being the imaginary stress monster breathing over my shoulder, of course]

Well, I'm at it again.  I bought myself a new toy.  And, if I'm being perfectly honest, I really wish it had arrived two days ago - I feel like this graphics tablet would have come in handy in handling yesterday's exposure problems.  As you might be able to tell, I'm just having fun doodling at this point.

Also, I've gotten really into ankle pants lately [and by lately, I mean over the past year].  They're probably not a particularly flattering length, but I don't even care - I like 'em anyway.  The important thing is that they're not too long!  It's a sartorial miracle, especially when I find ones that actually hit me at the ankle.  Take these pants, for example - I compared every size 6 within the Old Navy store to ensure I found the ones that were shortest.  There's a surprising amount of variation in the length of these pants, for the record.  I couldn't find any sort of label declaring certain pairs tall vs. regular vs. petite, but there was a good bit of difference from pair to pair.

Also also, this post title is completely stupid and nonsensical and in no referring to the manic pixie dream girl trope.  Instead, it comes from a combination of the style of my pants, and the ridiculous excitement I was feeling while doodling on these pictures earlier tonight.  I'm just going with it, because who can actually think of good post titles anyway?
Anthropologie Petal Window tee
Old Navy Pixie pants
LC Lauren Conrad heels, from Kohl's
Kate Spade bow ring
Jewelmint faux pearl ring
ELLE Clara crossbody bag, from Kohl's [smaller version, and in floral]

17 April 2014

nonsense on thursday

Ready for a completely weird, random post?
Okay good.

I re-read Baby Proof the other day, and my attention happened to catch on this throwaway line about how facial symmetry is often found to be attractive - not anything I haven't read/heard before, of course, but this time it stuck around in my brain for a bit.

And then, because I have entirely too much time and too much curiosity on my hands, I decided to do a little photographic experiment.

I snapped a couple of very basic pictures of my face, and then flipped the different parts and reflected things such that I ended up with a few mirror images.  There was a lot of terrible Photoshopping involved, as my face wasn't evenly exposed in the original pictures and I attempted to correct for it.  The right side of my face came out horribly - as a whole it was darker, except for that little strip down the middle where the exposure started to lighten up again.  And no matter how much I played around with it, I could not get the light strip to fade.

Anyway...all of that is to say, the right side composites look ghastly.  The left side turned out better, because it was more evenly lit.  And the overall effect of the whole experiment is...interesting.  I think I still look like myself, but not, all at the same time.  It's also really weird to see myself with two dimples - I think I prefer being lopsided better. :)

16 April 2014

blue crush

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This skirt is a bit of an anomaly in the grand scheme of my wardrobe:

a] I’m not usually big into maxi anything.  I tend to admire long skirts and dresses from afar, but I fall prey to “short girl syndrome” wherein I doubt how well they would work on my person.  I know I’m more or less average height, but it’s still difficult to find maxi-length items that aren’t so long that I constantly trip over the hem.  Hence, platform wedges.

b] It’s pleated.  I generally stay away from items pleated in such a manner because I don’t find them particularly flattering on my hips, but this pretty color really drew me in.

c] It has that awkward mini skirt length lining under a long sheer outer layer.  I hate this “trend” with a passion.  I have every intention of buying some similarly colored fabric and constructing a longer lining, but in the meantime I just added on a long, nude slip over top of the mini skirt part.  It makes me look a bit naked underneath, I think, since all you’re seeing is flesh-colored something under sheer fabric, but it also covers up the awkwardness of the mini liner, so overall I’m satisfied.

Windy days are not the best days to wear long skirts, as you’re constantly grappling with all the fabric blowing about your legs as you walk, but they can also make for some pretty motion in pictures.
Simply Vera Vera Wang earrings, from Kohl’s
MIA Garter wedges [similar-ish]