Fashion Feelings: Fur the Love

For some reason, ever since starting a blog, I’ve been using ridiculous puns like “fur the love” and stuff…I don’t know why this is, but apparently my blog humor is cheeseball.  I love words, I love writing, so writing a lame/clever pun just gives me a tiny thrill…what can I say!?  Today, obviously, I’m talking about fur.  And no, this will not be a “vegan versus meat eater” type post.  In usual style, I’m not gonna tackle politics, I’m going to be silly about it.  Because being silly is way more fun than being serious.  And we all spend too much time being serious about stuff in my opinion.

When it comes to fur, I’m kind of obsessed.  That being said, I would have a very hard time buying it brand new.  I am a total animal lover and I’d run a dog rescue organization if I had the money, time, and space.  I eat meat, but I could not hunt.  I don’t know what that makes me…maybe just confused? but either way, I do love fur.  And if I see a fur at the thrift store or at a second hand store, I snap it up.  It’s the way I feel like I can feed my fur fashion obsession without feeding a sketchy (at best) industry.  And I’m not educated enough about the whole industry (please don’t educate me on it, I can’t watch or hear that stuff because I’ll cry) to really even speak about it.  Thrifted fur is my kinda fur.

Did any of you ever watch America’s Next Top Model?  I watched for about 1,976 seasons until I eventually realized that it’s the same thing every single season.  Yes, I’m a bit dense, so it took me a lot of seasons to finally get bored with it.  Boy did I enjoy it while it lasted though.  Of all the seasons I watched, there was this once scene that stood out to me.  I am telling you, you MUST watch this clip.  Because it’s solid GOLD reality television you guys.

If your video player is broken or you decided to skip the video, let me break it down for you.  When asked about her feelings on fur, the model basically says that she thinks it’s perfectly fine as long as the animal is already dead.  Um, honey, I don’t think they make roadkill jackets.  Can you imagine?  Tire tracks down the back of your tick infested deer coat.  A patchwork possum fur jacket.  A bomber made of skunks that decided to cross the road for an unknown reason and met their demise.  You know, there could be a market for this you guys…maybe my clothing line is missing the mark…

Yes, I think in all of fashion history, THIS moment on television is probably the best one regarding the fur industry.  I wear a lot of fur boots, faux or real.  I have had grown men hug my furry legs, toddlers dive for my feet and hang on like I was wearing a stuffed animal (because I technically am, but my feet are the “stuffing”), and people make jokes about how I “forgot to shave”.  I love to rock some major fur.

I found this full rabbit fur jacket for $20 at the thrift store.  It is in flawless condition.  I don’t care that it’s typically 80 degrees here, I will wear this thing.  And as a side benefit, I’ll probably get a lot of hugs, and I like hugs.

I hope today you learned just a little more about the roadkill fur industry, because it’s something we just don’t know enough about.  (hehehehehe)

Katy

Advice In Style: How To Dress For Indian Summer

Welcome to September!  That means only one thing…fall, right?  WRONG!  Hahahaha you thought summer was OVER?  JUST KIDDING!  Well, at least for some of us in certain parts of the US, we were just about to get our sweaters out…and then BAM.  Ninety degree weather is baaaaaack.  Now, I’m kind of a weather rebel.  I mean, in some ways, I kind of have to be in order to get to wear some of my stuff more than like, once a year in California.  However, I also get hot very quickly, so I also experience that same desire to change my style when September hits, but since the weather doesn’t want to change along with me, I gotta improvise.  I’ve got some simple (hopefully!) ideas to help those of us sitting here in shorts and a strapless top, sweating, to keep our style from suffering for it!

Unexpected Denim + Fur Accents


I know.  You’re like FUR??  Are you MAD?  Well, that’s a question for another time.  But back to the outfit.  It may be too hot for jeans and you may be too bored for denim shorts.  How about a little denim pinafore or some shortalls?  I also LOVE fur (as many of you know!) and while it’s not the most wearable for indian summer, a little accent never hurt, right?  Add some boots and a short sleeve tee, and you’ll have a little bit of a transitional style going on without sweating too much!

Light Layers

Layers are HARD when it’s warm.  So the breathability factor is super important during this transition season.  A breathable kimono (this one’s my own and coming soon!) and a graphic tee (again, coming soon!) are good fall-ish pieces to try out when it’s still sweltering outside.

Fall Trends…In Summer Lengths

Velvet is one of those awesome fall trends that I am of course, itching (I mean sweating really!) to wear!  If you can find some of the fall fabrics, but in shorter lengths like this skirt, it really helps to make the piece wearable sooner, before the temperatures start to drop.  So try a velvet flared mini skirt with a lightweight blousy button down.  You’ll feel fall without the major deodorant fail.

Hope you guys are staying cool.  Phew.  Where’s my cold brew…
Katy

Trending: “Ugly” Shoes

Sometimes, ugly is pretty.  And others, ugly is just, well, ugly.  When it comes to fashion, how do you know the difference?  This is where the old saying: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” most definitely answers the question!  There have been eras that the high heel has been the go-to shoe for the season, which most would consider a beautiful shoe.  I would imagine, however, there are plenty of people who do not agree that the high heel is “beautiful”…and the point I’m making is that what is beauty is often subjective…especially in the area of footwear!  It is no secret though that this season’s style is dominated by “ugly” shoes.  It’s the “ugly chic” trends that have been popping up everywhere, from the runway to the streets!  Let’s break it down.

No, you are not hallucinating, that is a bedazzled Croc.  We just saw these beauties (??) take a stroll down the runway in the Christopher Kane show just a few weeks ago during New York Fashion Week.  Now you guys, I like a lot of ugly shoes.  But Crocs?  I think these are almost always universally considered a functional, not a beautiful, shoe.  This is just the beginning though.  Here’s some of the other trends happening that, well…could go either way!

Uggs.  I think you know my feelings about insanely furry shoes…(if you don’t, I’m definitely PRO them!) and these are the ultimate fur boot.

Furry athletic slides.  Sure, they’re silly.  But, hey, they could probably be cute on, right?

Clogs.  These range in how pretty/ugly they can be, but a lot of people find clogs to be quite unattractive, and vice versa.

Birkenstocks.  To me, these are a lot like Uggs.  They will always be “out”, and yet always be “in” in some crowds!

And the CROWNING JEWEL.  Ugg and Teva have teamed up to make this…er…masterpiece.  They will set you back $225, and, well, I’m not gonna comment on them, because I think I trust you to decide for yourself.  Please choose wisely.  I implore you.

Ugly or pretty?  You decide!  I love me some crazy furry weird shoes, so honestly I’m loving all this crazy footwear, no matter if I love each individual pair or not, I love the creativity and FUN of it all!

Happy Tuesday
Katy

DIY Styling: Gucci Style Part Two

Aaaaaand we are back!  How many parts of this DIY styling will be Gucci, you may ask?  How many stars in the sky are there…how many grains of sand…just kidding.  This installment of DIY Styling is fairly simple one.  Remember, most of these aren’t as much “do it yourself” as they are “wear it yourself”…this is DIY styling first and foremost!  Because there’s nothing I love more than styling!

One of the greatest things about the Gucci line right now is that it’s incredibly eclectic.  There’s a glorious “mash up” of styles happening that makes this an incredibly fun style to recreate.  Also, pretty easy…because mixing things to create a style is much easier than needing one exact piece to make it happen!

I absolutely love this look in the September issue of Vogue.  I love the baroque mod mash up…because what a strange and unusual combo!  Baroque conjures up images of lots and lots of excessive ruffles, lace, jewels, velvet, and fur.  And then mod makes me think of simple shapes like sheath dresses and clean lines.  But put em both together?  Why not?!

See what I mean?  It’s such a strange and interesting combo that it just might work!

Here’s how you can recreate this look.  You can really do this your own way…all you really need is a mod style dress.  Think a 1960’s style dress (it doesn’t have to be striped or chevron, any 60’s simple sheath will do!) and then add some baroque styling elements.  Baroque is an easy style to add accessories in.  Think large blingy gold statement jewelry, fur scarves, collar necklaces, and the like.  Those are usually an easy find from almost anywhere you go.  Then marry the two (ceremony not necessary) and bam.  Instant “Gucci Style”.

For this look I used a vintage 60’s dress (I stuck with the color theme of the photo for visual simplicity) and I added a vintage fur collar to the dress.  These are often found in the costume section of the thrift stores or sold at vintage shops.  Even Free People sells them!  Then I added this antiqued gold collar necklace (these pearls would do nicely too!) to give that baroque bling.  I have no idea what her footwear is in this image, but hey, that means we get more room for creativity with this look right?  I chose loafers, because, well, nothing says “Gucci” like a great pair of vintage loafers!

Hope this inspires you to go do a little baroque mod mash up of your own!  If you do, please tag me on Instagram so I can see!
Katy

 

On Pajama Dressing, Part Three.

Alrighty, it’s been a whole week of PYJAMAS!!!  I still am super psyched about this whole trend because it’s just so comfy and I feel like I have a whole new set of pieces to mix into my (busting at the seams) closet!  Now, since I talk about and (most likely) overuse kimonos in all my posts, I wanted to steer clear of doing a look with one of those in this week of jammies.  I mean, they are definitely part of the trend, but they’re kind of one of those things that I use in a larger sense of this whole loungewear thing that’s going on.  So for today, I wanted to use a couple other things besides the pyjama tops that I’ve been wearing in the earlier posts!

The thing about pyjama bottoms, is that the shape is pretty important.  I had a hard time thrifting these for that reason.  The older styles, and cheaper brands tend to have a decidedly tapered leg, which is just not a great shape for me at all.  Now, I do know some girls who can pull this funky shape off like a boss, but I am not one of them.  I generally need pants to have a straight shape to the leg or at least a slight flare to them for them to work on me.  This is why I went ahead and actually ordered this pyjama set from J Crew, and I’m really glad I did because these pants are exactly what I needed!  There are A LOT of things you can do with these pants.  I think dressing them up with a blazer and heels would look amazing, but for today, I’m dressing them down, thinking about how I’d run to the grocery store or go shopping in them.

A graphic tee and heeled clogs would be one way that I would wear these pants.  They are a GREAT choice for summer because they are lightweight and breathable…so perfect for a day when you don’t feel like shorts or a skirt.  Jewelry is key when it comes to this trend as I’ve mentioned before because it makes certain that people know that you are INTENTIONALLY wearing something that looks like pyjamas!

The second piece of clothing I wanted to bust out, is this funky vintage robe I got thrifting.  Now, some robes completely double as kimonos and you almost cannot even tell the difference if you wear them like you would a kimono.  However, there are some pieces that are obviously robes…they have tighter sleeves and they hang like they are supposed to be worn as a traditional post shower piece of clothing.  Sometimes they aren’t really acceptable for wearing outside (like those big fuzzy fluffy things you actually DO wear post shower!), but other times, they are beautiful items of clothing that can work much like a kimono style piece of clothing.

I have a tendency to want to minimize what’s going on on my bottom half when I wear something like a pretty dramatic or very funky robe.  That means that I gravitate towards shorts or skinny jeans, because they don’t add bulk when I have something rather bulky on top.  I also kept the top simple and form fitting so as not to add unnecessary bulkiness on the top.  I love the fur boots with this because, well I love those boots with everything, but they kind of are almost paying homage to slippers! Lots of turquoise and a tassel felt like a good addition to class up this sleepwear item.

It’s just loads of fun you guys.  Where is the fun in dressing when you can’t wear stuff “wrong” right?  It’s fun to test out what can double for what, and not compromise comfort while doing it!

Hope you’re in your jammies, netflixing, and chillaxing :)
Katy

On How To Successfully Thrift!

Here’s the thing about thrift store shopping.  One of the BIGGEST components to making an item of clothing appealing, is presentation.  I mean, I was talking to a woman who owns a local store and she told me how she and her co worker used to take things off the sale rack that had been sitting in the store for months, put them in the window on the mannequins, and they’d sell…instantly.  I have discovered this dynamic working at a second hand store.  Often something can sit in the store for so long, but the minute it goes on Instagram, it’s got a waiting list for it.  Thrift stores have absolutely ZERO presentation.  There are often many amazing treasures hiding in the midst of, well, truly ugly things.  Sometimes the “treasures” are even just things that look EXACTLY like that shirt you are thinking about spending $40 at Gap for…but it’s hard to spot because you’re so distracted by that really weird looking cat sweater sitting right next to it.  I’ve been cleaning up at thrift stores lately, but I used to loathe thrift store shopping for clothes.  I found it gross, frustrating, and very unproductive.  Since I’ve had a bit of a turn around in my thrift store “luck” you could say, I thought I’d make a little guide to help you think through your next trip to the Goodwill…or maybe just encourage you to go in the first place!

  1. Vintage slips.  I CANNOT stress this enough you guys…these things are SO versatile even if you DON’T wear funky clothes like I do!  First of all, look at any runway photos (think like Ralph Lauren, Gucci…) and you will spot this style.  They look very high fashion for a fraction of the price.  They are layerable…over things, under things, they make amazing pieces that look a lot like a Free People Intimates piece.  You can even put them under a dress (for more coverage obviously) and let the lace stick out the bottom to extend a dress or a skirt.  Always check the “lingerie” section for these babies.
  2. Button down shirts.  I was about to buy a few of these, had them in my cart online, and then I realized it…I could get this same thing for less than a quarter of the price at Goodwill.  Stripes and gingham are big for spring, and these are plentiful at most thrift stores.  Sure you may have to check a couple of times to get the right size, but I found BOTH of those items today for $4.50 a piece.  So before you go buying these at J Crew (I get it, their stuff IS amazing so it is worth investing if you know you love their fits!), check your local thrifts shops!
  3. White tees.  I know, you think I’m positively LOCO for suggesting this.  Because, like, how can a white tee survive any length of time to make it into a thrift store? Let me tell you how.  Go to the MEN’S section, and look at them.  You’ll find men’s UNDERSHIRTS that have that oversized, kind of vintage-y feel that you pay like five times the amount to find at Zara.  It’s most definitely worth a look.
  4. Dresses.  I find that honestly, the dress section is usually the BEST section in the store.  It’s the place you are most likely, it seems, to find GOOD vintage and interesting pieces, and things that you’d pay a lot more for if you were to find them online in a vintage shop.  I get it, this is where presentation REALLY comes into play.  Often times it’s really hard to spot a great item amongst the bad ones, so you have to pull things out and ask yourself a few key questions.  Does it look like something you would see in a magazine/on the runway/in one of your favorite stores?  Is it layerable?  If you saw this in a cute shop, would you buy it?  Honestly, bad presentation can also make things that aren’t that cute appear cuter than they actually are as well…because if something is the best item in the store, of COURSE it looks good!  I try to picture things I see in the thrift store on bloggers I love or in a magazine spread, and if that image works, I go with the item.  If not, I pass on it.
  5. Blazers.  Thrift stores are usually LOADED with blazers of all kinds and this is a total JACKPOT for this style.  I seriously suggest checking a few second hand stores before spending on this style because I’ve gotten the best blazers from there.  One was from Anthropologie and the other vintage…so you see what I mean?  It’s worth a scan on the racks!

One of the things I’ve learned is that if you are going for a LOOK more than for BRANDS, you’ll do better thrift store shopping in general.  Now some of you may live in areas like San Francisco or Malibu where there are a wealth of higher end thrift shops…and that’s a totally different situation.  I just know for me, being in an area where the thrift stores are really nice but aren’t “fed” by a lot of high end stores, it’s better to look for things that are vintage or that just have the look I’m going for, than to look for say, Free People items.  Once I started looking for “a blue pinstriped button down” (as an example) instead of “designer brands”, I ended up finding SO much better stuff.  Let me boil this down for you.  If you go OFTEN and with a CREATIVE and OPEN mind, you’ll make out like a bandit most times.  There will still be days when you walk away with nothing.  But those days will get fewer and fewer!

I scored this vintage slip and this pinstripe top from Goodwill.  And when I put them on, I completely felt like I could walk a Ralph Lauren runway.  I am in LOVE with this outfit.  It feels like menswear meets bohemian sophisticated glamour.  The boots are from my amazing bootmaking friend Hillbilly Gypsy Boots and they’re the best ever.  The vintage squash blossom is from Classic Rock Couture on Etsy.  I put it over skinny jeans to make it a little more casual and since it’s not quite warm enough to go without.  But when it does warm up, I’ll be rocking this over some tall boots too!

Okay you guys!  Brave those thrift stores!  You can DO IT!
Katy

On Perfect Imperfection and A Crazy Outfit Combo

I love to write.  I think that’s pretty obvious by now.  I’ve always loved to write. When I was really little I remember typing a story on my mom’s computer and finding it years later…only to discover that it was three sentences long!  Then I wrote a children’s story while I was in elementary school.  And attempted a novel in junior high.  I’ve realized since that I love to write…period…but I’d much rather write about real life than made up stories.  Unless one day I come up with a REALLY great idea…I’ll let you know if I do!

When I was in high school, my first English teacher since being homeschooled, was a sweet lady.  But she was not an amazing teacher.  I actually was asked (by her) to teach the class for one day in the ninth grade!  She was a lot of fun, but I wasn’t really challenged at all by her in the subject.  Then finally, by my senior year, we got teacher who was serious business.  We read things like The Great Gatsby and talked about symbolism and stuff like that.  And I wrote serious papers about real writing.

As much of a writer as I am, I’m really not incredibly strong in punctuation or even in spelling at times.  I try, but I’m comma happy and exclamation point happy.  I’m just happy okay?!?  Anyway, there was this one girl in my class who did everything perfectly.  You know those people who like literally do EVERYTHING perfectly?  Yep.  That was her.  She always got 100 percent or 99 percent (on an off day obviously!) on her papers, while I always got in the 90 to 95 percent range.  Why?  Because my punctuation was always off no matter how hard I tried.  One day, I read one of this girl’s papers out of curiosity.  I was super surprised when I read it.  It was perfect.  Clearly.  However, it was the most clinical and unfeeling essay on literature ever.  I’m not trying to criticize her, because honestly she was very gifted in a lot of things (like math and science) that I am very much not.  I just found it interesting that her paper, which was technically perfect, got a perfect score, whereas my paper, which was much more creative and heartfelt, received a lower grade.  At the time I was kind of frustrated.  I mean, I understood that my errors weren’t to be overlooked in a grading situation.  But my paper was just so much BETTER.  I’m not trying to brag or be mean about it, it’s just that I knew that my paper had heart and feeling and a lot of thought put into it.

It was a good lesson for me.  Because life is just not perfect.  It is just not worth it to me to lose all creativity just to get a perfect score.  I’m not interested in things that are clinical or technically perfect.  I’m interested in things that are meaningful and overflowing with passion and LIFE.  Those things tend to come with flaws.  I had to decide that I was most likely never going to be perfect at punctuation because I’m much too conversational in the way that I write, so I had to let go of my competitive side and just be who I am.  I’m never going to be a “technically perfect” type of person.  And that’s just okay with me.  It does happen to be much easier now that no one’s grading me on stuff though! :)

This outfit is just kind of out of control crazy.  And I love it!  It’s a chaotic mix of things that are not technically perfect.  But somehow, they all “feel” each other and they just work!  It’s pretty much all vintage from head to toe…and I love the combo of the floral/plaid/fur!

I hope your week is off to an absolutely perfectly imperfect start!
Katy

On Things I’ve Lost and Things I’ve Found

When I went through the three year darkness (what I call a very difficult and painful time in my life for those who don’t know what I’m talking about!) I lost a lot of stuff.  Some of the stuff was tangible…like a home or possessions.  I lost friendships and my job because I couldn’t manage anything except my own survival at the time.  You know what’s weird though? As much as losing that stuff has been so painful, it’s some of the things that I didn’t even have but still lost…that hurts the most. Let me explain.  Before everything kind of crashed down around me, I had these very specific hopes and dreams in a lot of ways that I was holding onto. I had chosen certain cabinets and flooring for a house that never materialized. I had planned out nurseries that never got built. And there were even things that I saw during that time that I kind of held onto…thinking that maybe they’d still be around when I was actually emotionally alive again.  Some of it may seem kind of benign…like “I want to see that movie in the theatre before it comes out on DVD.” But in reality, holding onto those seemingly silly things was like me desperately trying to hold onto this ideal that I would be okay soon. And then, when those things didn’t happen, it was like complete and utter devistation all over again.

Now that I’m feeling alive again and I’m no longer in the darkness, there’s some things that have materialized and things that I am so grateful for and humbled by because I know what it means to lose them. Like being in a safe and comfortable home. Being able to shop and have fun again. And spending a Saturday going out to breakfast and going downtown with my family.  I don’t take these things for granted anymore because once I did not have them.  And still, there are some things that I still ache for.  Things I still have not been able to do yet.  Some of them are long gone, like my kids nurseries.  I’ve now decorated their rooms, but the nurseries that I designed before they were born will remain a dream that I had when I was pregnant.  Sure. Some of it still makes me a bit sad like how I’m tearing up a bit even as I write this because all you women out there who’ve had babies or have planned some kind of special space before know how important those plans are. But I am thankful I’ve been able to decorate their toddler rooms and that is just as important in reality.  Some of my plans are old, leftover plans from a different time in my life that really needed to die so that they could come back to life in a new and mature way.  And others will one day materialize at the right time and I will get to see them the way I long to see them come to life.

During that time, I really didn’t shop at all. I didn’t care to shop, didn’t care about styles or clothes or fashion. I was in too much pain. But I wanted to care, and occasionally a tiny part of me would wake up for a minute and dream for just half a second. I saw a dress in the window of a store downtown one day during that time, and oh man. I dreamed that I would be able to buy that dress before it went away.  I dreamed hard for that dress.  It was a premature dream though, and it did go away before I had any ability to buy it. Maybe someday I’ll find that dress in a resale shop or something and it will just happen!  But when I was in an H&M a while ago after all the painful stuff had passed, I saw this dress I’m wearing in the photos and it reminded me a little of that one that I saw so long ago.  So I bought it because it’s lovely and it reminds me that there is hope, and that even if it feels like we have missed something along our journey, there is always more for us down the road.  We are never “finished” or just “done” no matter how life beats us down.  We can still get up again and find the new dreams that are yet to come.

I love wearing this dress over skinny jeans almost like a kimono.  It can be buttoned all the way down, but I just like how this makes it really interesting and different than your typical maxi.  The boots are my fabulously handmade hillbilly gypsy boots and the squash blossom is baublebar.

You guys, just keep dreaming ok? Always. Whatever you missed you’ll either get back in a better way or there will be something new to come. I believe it for you and for myself.

Have an amazing weekend!

Katy

Winter Whites and When People Just Don’t Get You

Have you ever had someone in your life who just didn’t like you?  Like no matter how nice you are to them, no matter how hard you try, it just gets worse?  Yep.  I’ve been there.  Yesterday I was in the grocery store and I saw this girl who I knew a long time ago.  We were friendly and had a friend in common so we spent a limited amount of time around each other, but I could just always feel that little barbed wire around her when we were together.  She was like as sweet as pie and sweeter to me…but you know when there’s poison in that pie because you can taste it!  I could tell she was a highly competitive person and so I just kind of kept as much space as possible between us, but she finally attacked my relationship with my now husband and after that I just gently walked away and tried my hardest to literally never be around her.

This isn’t the only time this has happened.  There’s another girl who I used to know who has decided she hates me.  I worked my butt off on this one, you guys. I invited her on day trips with other friends, I hugged her and apologized for anything I had done to hurt her…and after all that one of our mutual friends told me that she had had it with me.  Oh my gosh do you know how ANNOYING THAT WAS???  And yet, at the same time it was kind of freeing.  I was like…wait a minute…the more I try, the more she hates me.  So I don’t have to try anymore with her!  I can take a deep breath, and just wave and smile when I see her and not even worry about it!

When I was interning at the local news station in college (it was a requirement to do an internship for my major), I thought it was going to be a blast.  I mean, I knew it would be work, but I like that kind of work so I was pretty excited about logging hours at a television station I grew up watching.  Yeah it wasn’t fun.  Like, AT ALL.  You want to know why?  The editors.  So I’d come in, and sit in the large room with all the desks and computers and I’d ask the editors what they needed done and I’d do it.  Free labor.  They should have been ecstatic.  Let me paint a more ACCURATE picture of what went on.  I’d come in, all happy and friendly (because I am a decently happy and peppy person) and all the editors would be sitting in a group around their computers.  Frowny grumpy faces on.  Bitching and moaning about how lame the news was around here. “Why doesn’t anyone get murdered around here?” Okay, not an exact quote, BUT I did catch a reporter staring at a newsfeed of a massive fire down in Los Angeles saying wistfully: “that would NEVER happen here…”  And I just looked at him and said: “UM, THANK GOD!”  And he was like “oh…yeah yeah of course.”  Are you catching my drift?  Anyway, back to the newsroom.  I’d come in and say hi and they’d be like: “meh” (or however hipster cool kids say hi) and then they’d be like “whatever here’s some stuff to do.”  There were a few other interns who bitched and moaned as easily as breathing, and they fit in like a glove.  I, however was trying to do my job, keep a low profile, and not bother anyone, seeing as I was never going to fit in to that crowd.  And then, I got the truth about how they felt about me.  One day the station manager was obviously trying to get a read on the interns and how we were all doing since he wasn’t ever around us, but he was for sure in charge of our grades.  So he called one of the editors on the phone.  This girl, of all the editors, really was the worst.  She was the angriest, unhappiest, and the one who I knew hated me the most.  She sat right behind me, and I basically just tried to breathe as quietly as possible all day long so as to not annoy her further…because my very existence was pretty much the worst to her. So she picked up the phone and I could hear her talking about the interns.  Then she got to me.  She mentioned me by name, and then went on and on about how annoying and incompetent I was because I would ask her for work everyday.  Um, hello, I’m was INTERN and that is how I GOT work!  And then she proceeded to rag on me while I was INCHES FROM HER HEAD.  At this point, okay I was a bit worried about my grade for sure, but I actually was so baffled by this whole thing that I couldn’t even be upset.  I kind of thought it was hilarious that she was bagging on me about 14 inches away from my ears.  Did she think I was deaf?  Did she think I wouldn’t hear her?  It was so incredibly ridiculous that I couldn’t really even be mad about it.  I just let it go being as I wasn’t going to ever see her again after stopping my internship…and she sure as heck didn’t like it when I was nice to her, so I really had no course of action to take.

I got a B in the internship.  Sure, I deserved an A.  The reporters loved me, all my stories made it on the news, and I rocked that joint (okay except for the police scanner…I honestly could never understand a THING they were saying over that muddy radio signal)…but I learned a lesson.  Sometimes you can do everything right and really deserve an A+ in life.  But that’s not what they really wanted, so you get a B instead.  Sometimes you gotta figure out who you’re really working for and want to please.  I’ve been in plenty of situations where the way to get ahead is to have a rotten attitude, treat people below you like garbage, and suck up to the boss.  That’ll get you an A+ with the management.  But who the HECK cares because I am not going to compromise who I am and how I treat people just to get an A or a promotion or recognition.  I’m going to do my very own A+ work, treat people with love, and then if people don’t love me back for it, at least I know I did what I could.  And hey, for the most part people love it when you’re kind to them, so most of the time being friendly and nice happens to be the way to get ahead!

I love white.  Even in the winter.  Nothing sounds purer than “winter whites” does it?  My full name means purity, and it’s one of those qualities that my parents passed down to me that I’ve always thought was important to try and preserve in myself.  I don’t mean “perfection” I mean the innocence and purity of truly caring for people and for what’s important in life.  So for today, pure winter whites.

I got this massively amazing vintage lace gown at Ruby Rose in SLO and I just love it.  It feels like a fairy princess gown.  I added the white fur vest from H&M last season (but these are everywhere right now…particularly Target!) to keep with the white theme and to give it a winter feel.  I feel like in the spring I will style this dress completely differently and it will be just as magical.  I took a headband that I hardly ever wear and tied it as a choker because I actually like it way better like that!  Hot tip!  Tie on headbands can ALSO double as chokers!!  Y tall grey Frye boots keep the look nice and neutral and wintery.

Hope all of you are having an amazing Monday and feeling loved and valued!

Katy

Finding The Monday Magic

You know those outfits you put on and you just get all tingly inside because they just feel RIGHT?  Like you put something on and you just know it looks good AND it feels good AND it’s fun?  I feel like no matter how many clothes you own (and I own a LOT of clothes), those pieces are harder to find than you’d think.  I mean, to be honest, I’ll often find something and think “oh this is going to be one of those things that I just love and wear all the time!”  And instead, I wear it a few times and never really love it all that much.  There’s something about clothing stores and fitting rooms that can really trick you into thinking something looks better than it does!  But that’s really the meaning behind Monday Mojo.  It’s like those little pieces of magic in my closet that I can always pull out when I’m in doubt about what to wear.

Last week at the store, this dress came in.  And instantly, I was attached to it.  It’s this brand called Holding Horses that is sold at Anthropologie, and I LOVE it.  Something about that brand is just special.  Usually the pieces are plaid and they have a bit of a vintage look about them, but they are created in a slightly unique way that makes them just interesting and different from your normal plaid pieces.  This dress is no exception.  I LOVE this thing.  It feels kind of like a hoe down meets ball gown dress (if that were even possible!) and it’s just comfy and flowy and makes me feel thinner than I actually am.  MAGIC.  Plus I love how it can be styled in different ways to change the look of it.

I thought it could be fun to give this dress a rocker edge so I put it over my new ankle zip skinny jeans from H&M and added my Jeffrey Campbell strappy booties.  Lots of gold jewelry just because that adds a nice edge!

Fur.  Yep.  Tory Burch boots and this vintage fur collar and these earrings.  These earrings from Gypsies Caravan.  These earrings are like the most amazing earrings I’ve ever seen and with the fur, I kind of feel magical.  It just is my new favorite combo.

Happy Monday!  Hope you’ve found your magical outfit for the week! :)

Katy