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Friday, September 30

The New Girl

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So as I mentioned earlier this week, I started a new gig as an intern. It's in an office environment, which I can't really say I have much experience dressing for! In fact, I got rid of most of my business attire when I finished my undergrad degree and realized I wasn't pursuing an engineering position.

And so I'm embarrassed to admit that getting dressed was a bit of a challenge for the week! At the boutique, we have a very loose dress code, and it's very laid back. So hemlines can be shorter, I can wear jeans every single day, and a crop top or off the shoulder tee are fine for any day of the week.

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But I can't help but want to feel more polished in a professional setting. And what says Office Girl more than a pencil skirt? Luckily the unspoken dress code at the office is fairly casual too. Just not quite crop top and harem pants casual. One part pencil skirt, another part quirky print, and a little bit of whimsy with the heart pocket made this feel all me. 

It's going to be interesting incorporating all of these pieces I purchased during my heaviest phase of Anthroholism, using the excuse that I was planning to wear them "to my big girl job."

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And ready to make repeat appearances on the blog, here comes Miss Rosie. Look at this little sneaky stinker! It's almost like she hears a shutter snap and sprints into the frame.

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Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 28

Knitting up a Storm!

Of course, as usual, I grossly underestimated how much of my time would be allocated to school once classes were in full swing. That and my growing list of personal hobbies and projects were enough to keep me away from blogging for a minute. As much as I seem to whine about it, I love the challenge of layering in new friends, activities, or obsessions to occupy my time. It's the adjustment period I don't like quite as much.

Well, I picked up a ton of knitting supplies back in June, right off the heels of the summer ICE Atlanta show. I finally finished all my prototypes in time to apply for the holiday show in November! I've always wanted to participate in this craft show, and I finally got off my butt this year and made some products so that I could apply.

Looked what just came! A huge box of my gave yarn. Here I come @iceatlanta!!
This is my favorite yarn to work with. Twinkle's Soft Chunky.
Thanks Fabulous Yarns for the speedy shipping!

For now, I'm listing items as I complete them on Etsy, as a sub-brand under the Bunny Day shop name. I chose the name "Beaux Cous" (pronounced the same as "beaucoup") because it means "pretty necks" in French, and all of the items I am making are neck warmers and neck adornments. And gee, I sure do love a good play on words!

Yes, that last one is a fox! I'm making calico cats and bunnies too!
I'm hoping to sell these goodies and more in November!

As a long-time spectator, first time crafter (well, for profit, anyway!) at this event, I was nervous about having to shell out the fees and create enough stock to fill my own booth. Luckily, my most excellent crafty friend Jordan of Fattycakes Handmade was generous enough to split a space with me!

So add that layer, plus school starting back up, plus this rad internship I just started, and the adjustment period seems to just keep spreading itself out over an increasingly extended length of time. My free minutes are spent in a flurry of knitting while plowing through my Netflix queue. As the panic over having enough stock subsides (I work in a store, so more always seems like more!), I fully intend to get back to a reasonable amount of blogging.

And for those of you curious about selling at local fairs and shows, I'll make sure to recap what I've learned from selling vintage as well as what I'm figuring out now.

*Sorry kittens! The little foxie is not for sale. However, the pattern is available here, and you can find the designer's other amazing patterns here.

Thursday, September 22

Alexa Chung for Madewell

It's that time again! The newest collaboration with Alexa Chung and Madewell has finally made its way online and to stores today. I'm trying to be good and resist all of the buzzy exciting shopping temptations lately (I did skip the Missoni for Target thing), but I keep pausing at this collection. I feel like all of the pieces could integrate into my wardrobe seamlessly.

Here are my favorite pieces! Click on the piece to shop it. Some of my favorite pieces are already sold out--I definitely want to investigate that palm tree dress in person. And that last outfit? Going into my inspiration archives.

I have an evening class tonight, so I'll have to skip the party at my local Madewell. Does anything catch your eye? Did anyone grab those fun leopard boots before they went away??

Friday, September 16

Back to School Prep

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The first day of classes is long past, but I can't help but feel like this is just the perfect back to school outfit. There's finally a nip in the air, and I can finally add a third piece to my outfit without wanted to immediately rip it off.

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I've missed you, bloggy land! My schedule is starting to settle down with classes and working, and I hope to be back on track soon. For now, enjoy these outtakes featuring our little neighborhood cats.

The little one circling my feet is named Rosie. Sadly, she was lightning quick moving around and kept fussing with the autofocus on my camera. Otherwise this post might have ended up being called "Ring Around the Rosie." Gosh, she's a riot!

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Tuesday, September 6

Little Ankle Booties

Heavily influenced by Alicia's recent post on the holy grail Isabel Marant Dicker boots as well as Annabel of Blushing Ambition's growing collection of ankle booties, I am jonesing for some little booties for the fall.

As much as I wish I could be a big wedges and heels girl all the time, my lifestyle dictates that I wear a practical shoe that's kind to my feet. Enter the low heel and laidback style these little beauties offer. Now the only problem is deciding which ones to get... I mean, these are all different enough right? Does a girl really have to choose just one?

Click on the boot of your choice to shop.

Monday, September 5

Endless Summer

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I'm a sucker for anything with a nautical theme. And lately I've realized (despite my inner teenage rebellion) that I love anything with some prep injected into the style. Sure, I'm all about wacky novelty prints, but lately it's only within certain ladylike silhouettes.

This little skirt is one of my favorite endless summer pieces, but since it is mostly white (black and white are both non-colors and no fun!), it doesn't get out much. As I've grumblegrumbled about on the blog, I'm making strides to amend that. The functional wardrobe/dehoarding project is still coming along quite slowly, but I think the final results will be well worth it.

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Hope you are having a fantastic Labor Day!

 Outfit details:
  • Anthropologie vneck tank by Deletta (now on sale)
  • Anthropologie Sailboat skirt (circa 2007? 2008?)
  • Dolce Vita Jaquie clogs
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