Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dirty Sneaker Summer.

I've felt weird about blogging lately--not that I have any intentions to stop, but I'm feeling a shift in wardrobing. Suddenly a lot of what I have seems a little too prim, or sweet, things I thought for years I would never give up. I'm suddenly concerned with appearing too 'done', feeling too fussed with. These days are always in the middle of feeling the opposite, ones when I want to pile on the eyeshadow and curl my hair and be all kinds of outfitted. 

That, and after all this time I still hate running around with the self-timer. There are always people around and it just feels so uncomfortable in front of the camera then! It's my main deterrent, that and taking 300 pictures and hating all of them. I'm constantly torn between wanting to keep up with everyone who has such nice shots, good backgrounds and locations, and wanting to just do what I've always done and keep a visual log of my outfits and thoughts regardless of what's going on these days with sponsors and whatnot. 

Sneakers and a dress is just easier
Dress: J. Crew, Shoes: Converse, finally dirty, Bag: Vintage, thrifted, breaking. 

I suppose this is part of why I've been slowly chopping my hair over the last few weeks. Months, if I'm being honest. The last chunk went last week, this sudden moment of cutting clarity finally gaining momentum into what I suppose is the long bob that's been the thing for a year or so now. I just felt like my hair was hanging there, not doing much, and it had to go. Of course I'm struck with moments of But Elves Don't Have Short Hair, because I think I'll never let go of my Tolkien-life dreams, before thinking yeah but you also don't live in Middle Earth, so. 

Sneakers and a dress is just easier

Sneakers and a dress is just easier

I'm fascinated by pinterest hair inspiration boards, all these women with that J. Crew undone, slightly fuzzy, but clearly alive hair tucked behind ears with middle or deep side parts. What potion is happening to make that possible? I've got curls down, pins and rags and curling irons, but straight and un-done is a whole different world to me. My hair texture is none--it's smooth like it's been flat-ironed, so I've already amassed quite a pile of products promising texture and volume. I'm trying not to use heat, just let it do what it wants, but after years of being fussy about all of it, letting go is proving difficult. I didn't even like this dress much when we first got it in at work. And then it went way on sale, and despite my efforts at saving lately, which have been going mostly alright, I thought well, I need something easy to get me through, something to throw on without having to think about it but still look somewhat put together: the saving grace of a summer dress.

Sneakers and a dress is just easier

Sneakers and a dress is just easier

Sneakers and a dress is just easier

It's also pressing towards August, humid 90-degree days and the occasional soupy rain shower, where every day is a different easy dress with sneakers. All my espadrilles are stained by this point, straps on sandals are starting to come apart from wear, these are the grubby days of summer when we're all gulping up whatever golden days we've got left, dirty soles of feet and chlorine dreams.

Thanks to my dad for snapping these for me!

9 comments:

  1. Kate, this post was just so perfect! You always manage to say just how you feel and it always seems to be something that I have been contemplating also. I couldn't agree more with every word you wrote....so honest and spot on with how I have been feeling lately:)
    -Madison
    www.1minniemuse.blogspot.com

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  2. I totally share your thoughts about style and blogging - maybe we're just growing up and need to allow ourselves to evolve? I personally feel I have been making a subtle transition away from vintage which is actually saving me money and making getting dressed everyday much easier. Although I will always love vintage, I spent far too much on tissue-thin garments I could really hand on my wall! Similarly, I feel that Peter Pan collars etc feel a little too prim and twee now that I am heading on 27 but I still look forward to playing with the new season's seventies-inspired looks, all suede and shearling! Your hair looks amazing by the way, I would never in a million years thought it was thinning! Xxxx

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  3. having so many very similar feelings about dressing and photos....blehg..... If Ryan can't take photos for me, which is almost always now, I just won't take any because there is no way in eff I'm traipsing though tokyo and its bajillion residents posing for a tripod. nope nope. ha I also sometimes feel sad I can't look like an elf bc of my short hair, but, like, pixies and wood nymphs, tada! close enough, right? <3 You'll always look like Arwen anyway- not-to-worry!

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  4. Your hair looks perfect. It's basically exactly what I was going for when I got a bob, and never quite achieved.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  5. Preach, girl.

    I had a similar crisis a while ago where I felt like ruffles and pleats and perfect curls where just too much. So I cut back, cut my hair, grabbed all the basics, shift dresses of all sorts and loved it. I won't say I never looked back (I still love vintage styling), but incorporating something less prim was a relief of some kind.

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  6. It is hard to always compare and contrast with other people who seem to have it all. I just remind myself that I just started blogging for fun and to have a place that was my creative own. I love the easy dress with sneakers! I have the same easy summer uniform, except with a pair of comfortable sandals glued to my feet.

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  7. Dude, this is so great. Your style is always on point.

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  8. Ok, that comment is insubstantial - I love the sneakers/dress combo and your hair is that subtly sexy J. Crew thing you were going for, nailed it.

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  9. I have the same hair issues as you. Always trying to add texture! Your hair looks excellent here though- I want it!

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