Sunday, November 23, 2014

As A Cold Wind Blows

Urban Outfitters Hat
Spell Designs Kimono
Ellen Tracy Silk Blouse (thrited)
AE Jeans
Cleobella Bag
Jeffery Campbell Boots

Black pants, Kimonos, Fringe, this is a pretty Katie-ish outfit.   So is the refusing to dress like winter is here.  Frostbite is just so fetch, you know?
I know, a Mean Girls reference, how basic!  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fly Away

Free People Hat
J.Crew Coat (thrifted)
Spell Designs Fleetwood Lace Dress
Ecote Boots
Urban Outfitters x Cleobella Bag

I order this dress almost 6 weeks ago and it jus finally came!  I've been wanting to replace my BBDakota lace dress for a while, the hemline lays a little wonky and it's gotten some snags.  I really love this dress, the sleeve are beautiful and the lace is really thick and heavy duty.  Now I want the blouse as well but I think I'm done buying for a while so it will have to wait.  (It's not really like I need ALL THE THINGS.)
It's been fun to pull this coat out of storage, it's not really a bohemian-ish coat but man, it's cut so beautifully and fits so well that I always feel really good when I wear it.  Red's also one of my
favorite colors to wear and I think it looks a little better now that I've gone from being a redhead back to a brunette.   All the sudden, it's way easier to wear all the colors! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Country Meets City

Urban Outfitters Hat
Anne Klein Cashmere Sweater (thrifted)
Vintage Christian Dior Skirt (thrifted)
Dolce Vita Heels (ebay)
Herman Kay Wool Coat (thrifted)
Ecote Bag

So much for not taking pictures in public!  This is Downtown Fairbanks, one of these days I'll have to actually get pictures of the fountain and plaza and not just the clock tower and the courthouse.  (My dad years ago had to serve on jury duty and being a lifelong rural Alaskan, it blew him away that they wouldn't let him take his knife into the courthouse.  Most Alaskans carry a Swiss Army knife or something and it's mostly out of necessity.  You just never know when you'll need a knife so it can be a shock sometimes with the urban mindset that only thugs carry knifes and most people in the city  don't carry one.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Circle In The Sand

Urban Outfitters Hat
Old Navy Parka
Free People Dress (ebay)
Spell Designs Bag (ebay)
Fergie Boots (Christmas gift)

Lately we've had a problem with squirrels getting into the insulation around the house and the well house.  I've been trying to humanly scare them off and more recently spraying everything with Rodent Repellent but a few days ago they got under the well house and ripped all of the insulation out from under it, causing a freeze up.  We repaired the broken pipe but now they've gotten so brazen about the whole thing that Ev's hunting them now.  I don't like having to resort to that but they're just so destructive that having them around is a really large problem.   (The pipe caused a chain reaction and we ended up having to haul the pump up out of the well, all seventy feet and re-prime it.  Really not that much fun.)  

I suppose we're lucky that squirrels are our biggest problem, in both Seward and Anchorage we always had to watch out for bears, especially within the city limits!  They just wander around town, trying to get an easy lunch and unfortunately some people are so blasé about it that accidents happen.  Last summer Ev's parent had a bear and cubs wandering around their neighborhood and a lady was outside, less than 15 feet away from the bears, phone in one hand and a little baby in the other.   One of the first things we learn as little kids is to never get near a mother and her cubs, the sows are extremely protective and it's why quite a few of the bear attacks occur.   Fairbanks is unusual in that we really don't have a bear problem in town, there was a bear wandering around on Chena Ridge and people were all freaked out about it.  It's pretty mild compared to the village up north along the coast, up there you have to have a gun every time you go outside in the winter because the polar bears will sneak right up on you.  They're very clever, they hide their black noses with their paws so you can't even see them coming, they just appear out of nowhere and you're a dead duck at that point.

It can be hard trying to coexist with the animals, I feel quilt because they were here first and while I do want to be a good steward of the land, it's also hard to balance that with trying to keep your property intact or stay safe.  I'll be honest, I really, really like running water and all I want to for the squirrels to stop tearing apart the walls and ripping out the insulation. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Prance Into Winter

Urban Outfitters Hat
Spell Designs Romper
Free People Kimono
Spell Designs Bag (ebay)
Jeffery Campbell "Prance" Boots (ebay)

So I've really been looking for the "Prance" boots for a while, I love the shape of them and yeah, the fringe. It's all about the fringe.  I was really excited when I found them on ebay for cheaper than Target boots but alas, the thick ankles strike again.  I zip them all the way up but it's muffin top - for ankles. I'm just a tiny bit jealous that apparently everyone else has tiny, slim ankles because this happens a lot with boots but at least they have zippers and I can cheat.

I am milking the nice weather - I'm gonna wear ALL the summer things!  This kimono doesn't really layer under a coat nicely so I'm going to try to get a little more wear out of it before it gets really cold.  After that I'll just have to pack it away until *sniff* summer. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Function Wins

Wool Hat
AE Scarf
Old Navy Parka and Long Sleeve
H&M Cardigan (thrifted)
JBrand Jeans (ebay)
Fergie Boots (Christmas gift)
Ecote Bag

I realize this isn't really that interesting of an outfit, it's a whole lotta green and brown.  But it is a pretty practical outfit, these boots were a gift from my mom last year and for being PVC, they're really awesome, easy to stand in all day and they have the whole "half chaps over paddock boots" look going on.  

And that's about all I can say, I was warm and comfortable.    Woooo, winter dressing!    I actually can't complain, it's been pretty decent fo it being the middle November.  We only have about an inch of snow pack though so I'm really hoping we get a ton of snow before the temps really drop.  If there's no snow insulating the ground, the pipes are going to freeze and break and I'd like to have running water through out the entire winter.  My brother got the electrically hooked up to his house, he worked this whole summer on building it and finally got the inspector out t authorize the hookup.  His girlfriend and he were so excited about being able to slip on the light switch and tada, light!  They're in the same boat we were in last winter though, their well isn't drilled yet so they have to haul  all of their water and that's just not that much fun.  You forget how amazing it is to turn the handle and take a shower any time you want.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Urban Outfitters Hat and Kimono
Embroidered Vest (thrifted)
American Eagle Tank and Jeans
Cleobella Bag
Ecote Boots

This not exactly what I ordered.  A pretty kimono had gone to really good clearance on the Urban Outfitters Website for under $10 and I was really excited about it, it was this pretty soft pink and looked like it draped really nice.  So almost three weeks later, this showed up.  It's not the kimono I had ordered.  But when I got ahold of them, the kimono I'd ordered had sold out(even though I'd paid for it already) and I guess this was what I got instead.  It's a little irritating but I do like the Sari inspired look and the colors work with my other clothes so it's okay.   Life's too short to grouch (maybe just a little) about stuff that doesn't really matter.