· Makes me frizzle ·
It felt like spring on Saturday and back to winter on Sunday. I’m layered up in pleather leggings, a tunic, a flannel, a thick sweater, a down vest, and a wool hat.
Vest, J Crew. Sweater, Mossimo (thrifted). Flannel, Passport. Tunic Rachel Roy (consignment). Leggings, Express. Boots, Vionic. Hat, Free Press. Necklace, thrifted.
· A classic topper ·
Soon, enough, Sacramento will be sweating in the triple digits. I’ll want to wear nothing but a loose dress and flip flops. For now, though, it’s still cool enough to layer and wear light jackets.
Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Sweater, Banana Republic (consignment). Skirt, Plenty by Tracy Reese (thrifted). Boots, Fergie. Bag, Anne Klein (thrifted). Necklace, consignment.
· Change is the only constant ·
Over the last few years, I came to know the shoreline of the American River at Watt Avenue well. I took pictures under the bridge. The dogs and I rambled the beaches. I even swam here in the heat of summer. As the floodwaters recede, we are left with a brand new shoreline. The contours and makeup have changed. I’m curious to see what it will be like when the river returns to its summer levels.
Flannel shirt, Passport. Overall dress, Hydraulic (thrifted). Striped shirt, C9. Leggings, Express. Boots, Dan Post. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Scarf, Olia Moda.
· Legs of steel ·
· I travel like a diva ·
As I’m about to join the jet set as one of Skillpath’s speakers, it’s time I share my travel must haves.
Let’s get real, I’m not going to show you how to pack for 2 weeks in Bali with just a carry-on. I don’t have any experience with the latest chargers/headphones/apps. I don’t even belong to any hotel or airline rewards programs. I kick it old school. I always check a bag. And I always travel with my three old school accessories: a flask (filled), a full-size can of dry shampoo, and books.
Jacket, Chaps. Tee, thrifted. Scarf, consignment. Sweater (around my waist), Banana Republic (consignment). Jeans, M. Belt, thrifted. Boots, Ariat.
The flask of whisky and the full-size dry shampoo are just two of the reasons I have to check a bag. I also just don’t like to show my liquids at security, no matter the size. So I check all my booze and toiletries.
This trip, I’m traveling laptop-free! I am going to attempt to process my photos and write my blogs on the iPad. If all else fails, find me on Instagram or Snapchat to see what I wore in NYC!
What are your top three travel essentials?
· I haven't been caught yet! ·
I’m dodging trains and bums for today’s photos. (I’m kidding on the trains. The trains in this location only come in on the weekdays and they are not active when I’m in the area.) As illicit as it feels to creep between the train and outbuilding for photos, I can only imagine what it’s like for the graffiti artists who decorate the yard. I’d be terrified of being caught “paint-handed.”
Shirt, Mossimo (thrifted). Dress, Express. Shoes, Superga for Target. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Bandana, Mono Lake Visitor Center. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo.
Jackson has gone from a dog that actively disliked close contact (growled and snapped) to one that absolutely demands it. He jumps on the bed and stretches, full-length on top of me, belly to belly. He likes to “share” the armchair with me, each of us wedging our seats into a corner and then overlapping limbs. Jackson even likes it to cuddle together inside his kennel (although I prefer to do this in Jasper’s kennel because it is larger). When I got home school today he would not leave my side, even for outfit photos. (And, as I write this, he is at my side, whining and begging for attention.)
Sweater, Banana Republic (thrifted and gifted). Shirt, Jones New York (thrifted). Belt, Buckle. Skirt Hauber Sporting Life (thrifted). Booties, Vince Camuto (consignment).
Yeah, that dog gets plenty of attention. If you look closely, you might even see that the white on his face is covered in lipstick kisses.
I took the day off to do some substitute teacher training. The STEDI (Substitute Teaching Institute) SubSkills training courses are really good! I’m excited to try some of the classroom management and teaching techniques.
Vest, Tinseltown (cut from a consignment jacket). Knit tunic, thrifted. Plaid tunic, Forever 21. Leggings, C9. Boots, Style & Co (thrifted). Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, tourist shop. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo.
Did you know that ferrets are illegal in California? Or that stray, neighborhood cats are returned* to their place of origin after the shelter spays/neuters, vaccinates, and microchips them? Or that releasing your unwanted chicken into an existing, feral flock usually results in them being pecked to death? I suppose I didn’t need to know any of that to donate my photography services to the Bradshaw Animal Shelter, but I found the information in the volunteer orientation fascinating all the same.
Vest, J Crew. Shirt, Mossimo (thrifted). Tank, Old Navy. Skirt, Forever 21 (consignment). Boots, Vince Camuto. Hat, Who What Wear for Target. Bag, vintage.
*As long as the animal seems to have a reliable food source and hasn’t been abandoned. Plenty of friendly, homeless cats happily live out their lives in residential areas. This was probably the most interesting fact, to me. Basically, cats are treated like the wild animals they almost are. I can assure you that Sacramento has no shortage of rats for them to eat!