Matching My Dog

Sometimes apparently I run out of pose ideas so I start to dance like Elaine from Seinfeld. This doesn’t surprise me. Does it surprise you? Didn’t think so.

Or maybe I’m just excited because Lottie got a new collar, leash, and sweater! Lottie is my family dog, the sweetest of sweetie pies. A real darlin’, that girl is. This Christmas she got a new red collar and my grandma knit her this adorable sweater. Lottie has never lived where there are major snowstorms, so she absolutely loves her cozy new outerwear. She also got this fancy new leash.

{which matches my outfit}

This leash is the real deal. Made by PAWW, a sister company of HumanGear, it is high-tech and human-savvy. The workmanship is stellar, and the leash is made out of double rip-stop nylon (often used in mountaineering equipment), which means if you were lost in the wilderness and needed to go all Bear Grills for some reason, you’d want this leash with you. It’s that tough. 
Obviously, I’m not recommending you use this leash in any sort of mountaineering, other than taking your dog on a nice long walk in the woods. 
Dogs dig that sort of thing. 
And with the Paww Pick Pocket Leash, you will too. This intuitive, “civilized” leash keeps your doggie necessities right at hand. There is a built-in bag dispenser for doggy bags, and a zippered pocket for cash, a key, or better yet, a treat for your pup. The top clips around a post if you need to leave your pooch outside for a quick run to the store. There is a handy “utility loop” on the top that can be used to attach a flashlight, a used doggie bag, a toy, or whatever else you need to bring to the dog park or on that walk in the woods. 

Lottie loves this leash. 
My only complaint with this leash is that we were taught in our dog’s fancy training classes to always hold the leash with two hands, one wrapped around the leash and one farther down (that’s hard to describe in words). The high pocket placement makes it a bit hard to hold the leash in this manner. I think it might be nice to have the pocket closer to the collar, or perhaps adjustable. But we haven’t stopped using this leash on account of that….no way!
It’s clear with one look at this leash that it is the gear of choice for dogs and their owners who appreciate style and practicality. This leash means business. 
It also means “extra long walks for Lottie.”
So it’s pretty win-win.
Many thanks to Katrin from Paww/HumanGear for letting me review their great products! This is my honest opinion in my own words.

A Little Bit Ivy League

I love a good collegiate style.
A little bit Ivy League with the (fake)Ostrich purse, the stripes, plaid, and pearls.
This time of year makes me really miss school. I just adore the architecture, the libraries, the tradition and the  activity on a crisp fall day on campus.
It’s filled with a feeling of beginning again and excitement mixed with purpose
Wow. 
That sounds like exactly what I’m going for in life right now.
What’s better for Back to School than Pumpkin Spice Lattes? In the spirit of saving money, I made this do-it-at-home version and it is yummy, cheap, and easy. If you love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I recommend you try this (and please, for my sake, try the whipped cream, since I didn’t have any handy).
 And it matches my ’70s Norwegian mug. So it’s win-win. 

PS. Shorts under skirt + fingertip rule, promise 🙂

Good Days


I’ve decided there’s an easy formula for a good spring day. A full skirt and wellies. Done deal 🙂
You know those conversations that you can only get to after a nice dinner, sweet dessert, and a cup of tea or two? It was a night for that kind of conversation. A night where you can dig down and share life. Fellowship is so sweet! Try to carve out some talking time with a friend or two this week to dig into life a bit more. I know sometimes it seems that we don’t have time for talking. What a waste of time when you could be accomplishing something! Or blogging/tweeting/etc., right? Oh, how wrong we are, sometimes. Sit on the porch with a friend. Sit and talk. And listen. 
You’ll be amazed, I know it.

Skirt & Wellies

Hello!

Goodness, I had a happy day! Did you? I sure hope so.

Give me some sunshine, a little caffeine, a circle skirt, and some wellies, and I am one HAPPY girl!

There’s just something about a dress or a skirt paired with wellies–so charming, off-handed, country-sunshine-girl don’t you think? This outfit makes me want to go pick strawberries! Alas, I think it is too early for that in New England (but it is strawberry season in Florida!).

Have a great week!

Style Secrets
Headband: Banana Republic
Sunnies: Local store
Necklace: Gift/Israel
Red earrings: Vintage
Tank (under tee): Target
Ruffle Tee: J.Crew
Circle Skirt: Thrifted
Watch: c/o IU
Wellies: Hunter, gift


Draper Girl

Oh my, do I love a good hat! 
A girl hop on a train to anywhere with a good hat. 
{midnight train goin’ anyyyyyyyyywheeeeerrrrrrreeeeeeee}
Ahem. Pardon the complete digression. But these photos were taken at a train station. And then I just got carried away. Bachelor night seems to make me feel a little over-dramatic

And then the sun came out for a hot minute before it started snowing lightly. The wind was blowing something fierce, so I had to hold on to my hat for dear life. 
When I saw that this particular hat was a “Draper” hat, I just had to get it for the Mad Men reference. Apart from its particular cute-ness.
But goodness if there isn’t a bit of romance in that, don’t you think? 
Train stations, vintage hats, wind, Draper…
A bit of romance, if I do say so myself. 
{See what I mean about Bachelor nights making me overly dramatic?}

Style Secrets
Hat: Vintage
Sunnies: Local store
Ring: H&M
Blouse: Thrifted
Jacket: F21
Pencil capris: Gap, thrifted
Heels: Thrifted

IU Style: Casual

Beautiful IU watch
Indiana University ranks pretty high up there on the “awesome things” list. A few weeks ago, they, along with blogger extraordinaire Jessica Quirk of What I Wore, chose my outfit to be the IU Style Most Fashionable Alum. That in an of itself is awesome, but IU kept the awesomeness coming with a giant box of awesome IU items. This sweater stayed with me all weekend (quite literally) as I was at the Young Life All-Nighter. So that is…let’s see…bowling, mini golf, movie, indoor soccer, batting cages, swimming, pizza, hot chocolate, popcorn, and candy All. Night. Long. Sounds kinda like college, right?! 
Boyfriend and I then used the box to prop up a game of Scrabble. 
{Please don’t look too closely; we started with “and” so I’m pretty sure this board has the highest concentration of three-letter-words. Also, I accidentally swiped my blanket across the board and messed it up.}

I kept score in IU red, of course (and won, hehe)

I’ve got a more polished IU look coming next week, so stay tuned, and dust off your old alma mater duds and play along 🙂
Style Secrets
Sunnies: Local store
Plaid Tunic: F21
Sweater: c/o IU (Victoria’s Secret PINK) {totally want that “Hoosiers are the Best Kissers” tee now!!}
Belt: Thrifted
Jeans: F21
Boots: Walmart
Watch: c/o IU {fossil}