It's no secret that my posting here has been falling off since... well, last year? I can make all kinds of excuses (and I have) but documenting my dressing just hasn't been as big of a priority as it used to and I now use other blogging platforms for my more personal thoughts. Enter my friend Muuqi, who has been practically begging me to let him take pictures for my blog. I have always been jealous of girl-blogging-types with their super swoony photography boyfriends, so his arrival seemed like the answer to that prayer? We finally set a date to snap some pics and I headed over to his house and a local parking garage with my friend and his girlfriend Sierra to take some photos of this outfit (which was almost too hot to wear). I still have to get over my stage fright of taking photos with other people present (even if they are two of my good friends). Sierra did her best to make me laugh and if we keep this up, I'll be a posing pro in no time.
My mother headed into Ashland last week for my birthday (Thursday) and brought all kinds of storms with her! On Tuesday afternoon driving back from Jacksonville, where these pictures were taken, a flash storm flooded downtown and the locals got glimpses of all sorts of things (including a nude man running down Main Street!). Just hours - even minutes - before, my mom and I were sweating up a storm in Jacksonville, poking around shops and doing a bit of birthday shopping.
Mom and I finished off the night with a viewing of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Shakespeare's Richard III, a three hour long performance! We were so afraid it was going to start pouring again, but we made it through without a drop. It was fun to see some of my friends in the show, and after the hell-ish heat we've been having, the thunder, lightning, & rain was a huge relief!
What's this? A blog update after almost AN ENTIRE YEAR? No matter!
I am trying harder lately to put more effort into my personal style, which is hard when I normally have theatre classes from 8 am to 5 pm every day, and require me to wear clothes that are A) easy to move in, B) can get dirty / messy, or C) need to be audition appropriate, none of which are particularly fun to wear all day. Although my movement clothes can be quite comfortable, they do leave me looking a bit slobbish.
Enter the jumpsuit, this season's newest, most trepidatious trend which I have embraced in full-force. After seeing a couple blog ladies rocking them and stalking where I could get my hands on one, I found myself at my local TJ Maxx, which is practically a jumpsuit mecca. I bought one, then my roommate, then my OTHER roommate, then I bought one AGAIN. Now my roommates and I just trade off jumpsuits and man, life has never been so good.
I wore this little number to the 90th birthday party of Marty, one of the regulars at the ice cream shop I work at in Ashland, OR. She comes in every day to buy an espresso milkshake and always has the most... interesting things to say. What a funny lady! My coworkers and I were probably the youngest ones there, but we found ourselves in awe of the beautiful view and delicious wines!
There is a mural in the railroad district of Ashland that features a giant Coca-Cola ad. Whether this mural is actually old or just painted to look that way, but who knows. I'd been dying to take a few photos in front of it, and Kenzie happily agreed to take some for me. I really need to work on my posing, but it was nice to get some coffee at my roommate's job and walk two feet down to snap some photos in front of this thing.
Dress: Paddington Station in Ashland, OR
Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless
Earrings: flies, handmade
Please excuse my stupid following: face, poses, boob hanging out.
A few weeks ago, Eden and her friend Rebecca and I meandered down to Picker's Paradise in Medford, OR. It's a giant wharehouse with lots of little stalls set up for different vendors, almost like an indoor thrift/flea market of sorts. I took this break from working my ice cream scooping job to get dressed like a real human being and poke through the myriad of vintage, thrifted, and antique items. I walked away with a red Hawaiian airlines bag (pictured), a new scarf to put in my hair, and a red wool beret to hopefully wear during the winter if I'm feeling brave enough.
Eden peruses the aisles.
Rebecca collects milk glass.
Top: F21, thrifted
Shoes: Christian Syriano for Payless
Scarf: thrifted vintage
Purse: gift from my roommate Mallory
After seeing a rockabilly inspired performance of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I keep doing my hair like this when I need to get it out of my face. I like the Rosie the Riveter vibe it has going on, and I used a scarf-tying tutorial from Delightfully Tacky. Man, it takes so much effort to look like a real human.
This picture was taken a year ago when I turned 20 in Disneyland. Today I'm in Ashland, OR working 3 jobs and living with my roommate for the summer. My parents are visiting! Finally I can go where the heck I want!
What's that? SCHOOL IS FINALLY OVER? Thank goodness!
Looking back on this school year, I'm disappointed in the amount of time I spent either upset/complaining about stuff. Looking back, it was actually the best year of all, right? I was cast in two school plays (for the first time, too), I got a callback every term, I got a scholarship and great grades and made it in the final round of the BFA acting sequence. I lived off campus, I tried new things, dated someone, grew out my hair, performed one of the best performances of my life in our directing project of God of Carnage.
This year really was the best one yet.
Dress: vintage, Three Penny Mercantile in Ashland OR
Harry Potter tote: Barnes & Noble
Listening to: "Waitin' on a Sunny Day," Bruce Springsteen
This is one of the shortest dresses I have worn in a long time, but I felt beautiful and 90s chic and ready for summer in it. Bring on the shorter dresses!
I am so excited for this summer. I am staying in Ashland, OR the whole time with a new job at the local ice cream shop. The boys next door are staying as is my roommate. I'm turning 21! We're gonna spend every day we can at the lake! I'm going to Outside Lands! YAY!