Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Carpet Coat.

Girl detective in a couch coat

I'm slipping quickly into a uniform again, slightly different from the last few years in that my sweaters are a little bulkier and less figure-hugging, but the hemlines appear to be going up. I'm feeling pretty good these days in something mini on the bottom, although yeah, this is made easier by the fact that we haven't had much in the way of disruptive weather (tomorrow is apparently going to end that absence of snow).  Maybe it's the haircut or the suggestion of 90s-meets-40s girl-detective climbing through the woods vibes so many mentioned after the last post that makes me wanna live up to those vibes. Mostly though, I think it's just something comfortable. 

Girl detective in a couch coat

Girl detective in a couch coat

Girl detective in a couch coat
Sweater: Target, Skirt: Lucia, Shoes: J. Crew outlet winter 2013, Coat: Bohemian Bisoux on etsy, Bag: J. Crew summer 2014, Pins: Vintage, Lipstick: NARS Dragon Girl

There is a very small window of time, seasonally speaking, where I can wear this coat. It's heavy, but lacking closures. I thought I'd missed it--we plunged into icy temperatures last week (making me take the last step and hand over my hard-earned cash for a big puffy coat for the first time since middle school)--but this week has been a strange bit of warmth, and out this beauty came from the closet. 

Girl detective in a couch coat

The skirt was also an impulse buy, something I didn't want to try on because my vintage navy trousers come with 16 buttons, and while it's certainly on the short side it's delicious. That just seems like the right word to use with velvet. It's a kind of fabric that seems pretty edible, or at least so substantial it would stave off hunger. The color doesn't seem too keen to show up in any kind of picture, but I give you my word it's a shade of burgundy I wish I could buy in a lipstick (you probably can, it's just it never lives up to it you know?).

Girl detective in a couch coat

Girl detective in a couch coat

Should I be coming up with more insightful things to say about outfits? My skin is a disaster, work is so busy I barely have a moment to sit down most days, and I haven't put my laundry away in weeks. These days it's mostly enjoying sweaters again, feeling cute in short skirts, repeating the same outfit three times in a week if I want to. All I've got are the random vibes I wanna live in for the day, and go on some walks in some sorta creepy areas. 

Girl detective in a couch coat

Girl detective in a couch coat

Girl detective in a couch coat


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pins and Leaves.

Pins and leaves

Pins and leaves
Sweater: J. Crew (current season), Skirt: Thrifted, Shoes: Vintage via allen company on etsy, Bag: J. Crew Summer 2014, Necklace: Camille Carnevale via Fort Orange General Store.

I cut a whole bunch of hair off. It's been in the works for a while, one of the hair-threats made constantly but not often acted on. It's been ages since I've had hair this short, but I was due for a change. I have moments when I realize I've had the same hair since I was 4, and think I need a change. That, and the ends were getting scraggly. My hair has been changing over the last year and a half or so (that's a post for another time) and I just don't have as much of it--so it went.  I mean yeah, Tolkein-style elves don't have short hair but I can't spend my whole life emulating the Eldar. 

My Halloween costume may have contributed to the decision (but not that much).  I'm generally pleased with it, although getting back into the habit of pin-curling is taking a little bit of getting used to. Today is the first day I'm actually pleased with how it came out--although I left the roller pins in that front bit to try and get the waves cooperating. I also kind of liked them. Oddly attracted to or comforted by bobby pins. 

Pins and leaves

Pins and leaves

I've also fallen into the part of the season where I wear, almost exclusively, slightly unflattering baggy sweaters. Maybe it's too much Twin Peaks, or an inability to deal with a chilly draft, or the general resurgence of weird lumpy, fuzzy sweaters happening right now in pretty much every store as part of a 90s revival. I'm super okay with this, having spent that decade planted in childhood. I wasn't quite old enough to actually participate in a lot of the trends happening, instead looking up to babysitters embodying everything awesome about that time period. By the time I was watching 9-year-olds it was the early 2000s, and we were all dressing like outer space was gonna happen any minute. 

Pins and leaves

Pins and leaves

This fall is living up to sweater weather--holding on till the last minute, my neighborhood is really bringing everything it's got to the leaf show. The last few years have been kind of rainy, with the leaves peaking at different points, and hovering in the distinctly brown range of colors. This time everything is golden. Days, if not sunny, are moody and overcast. I might be stalking the Christmas offerings at Trader Joe's, waiting for my favorite seasonal tea to land, but for now it's pretty exciting to be able to wear impractical shoes in the changing leaves.