· Off the strip ·
I finally found something I like in Vegas: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I had to rent a car to visit, but it was definitely worth the $31 (plus $7 entry fee). I drove the scenic loop twice and stopped to explore the Calico Hills on my second pass.
Hat, street vendor. Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Dress, Ginger. Shoes, Vans. Earrings, Article Consignment. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Bag, Nordstrom Rack.
· June in Northern California ·
When I arrived back in Sacramento on Saturday afternoon, I was immediately uncomfortable in my leggings, pleather skirt, and long-sleeved top. I couldn’t wait to get home, shower, and change into my boho Cali clothes. I liked the outfit so much that I wore it on Sunday, too, for the drive to Concord.
Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Tank, Mossimo. Skirt, Zara. Shoes, Carlos Santana (thrifted). Earrings, Francesca’s Closet. Bag, Nordstrom Rack.
· I could drown in it ·
I’ve been waiting for the right occasion to pair this wild kimono with denim cutoffs. The perfect activity turned out to be photographing my beautiful friend and her beautiful family on a beautiful day. Beauty overload!
Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Tee, Jones New York (thrifted). Shorts, Free People (thrifted). Leggings, C9. Boots, Dan Post. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, street fair. Bandana, DSW.
This image, from the shoot, is one of my favorites because there are two subtle rainbows. Do you see them?
None of the other shots at this location and angle had the rainbows, but I think Jasper happened to swim in the pond below them at just the right time to throw up a little mist. Jasper thought it was a beautiful day, too.
· This kimono makes every outfit better ·
I subbed for the cool teacher today. The one that fist bumps his students, uses Hamilton to teach American history, and posts quotes from revolutionaries on his classroom wall. Imagine the students’ disappointment when they found a former Marine and videos on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict instead of Mr. Cool. Sorry, dudes! I don’t think even a musical would make that fun.
Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Dress, Banana Republic (consignment). Boots, Fergie. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Article Consignment. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.
This morning, I had the pleasure of judging the Sacramento AAUW speech contest. Five high school students delivered speeches in response to the following prompt:
Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Dress, Diane von Furstenberg (consignment). Belt, Lucky (consignment). Boots, Steve Madden. Sunglasses, Target. Scarf, Walgreen’s. Bag, Carlos Santana.
How would you have answered the question?
I had an audition in Stockton today for the part of an FBI agent in a short film. If I had realized that was the role I’d be reading, I would have dressed a little more FBI-agent-ish. Instead, I just dressed Kasmira-ish.
Jacket, Avanti. Dress, Jovovich Hawk for Target. Shirt, BCBG Max Azria. Leggings, C9. Boots, Audrey Brooke (consignment). Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Necklace, Zad. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.
I’m smoking salmon for the second time. The first time, after brining it for 24 hours, we went to turn on the smoker and it didn’t work. It took a week to get the part and I kept the fish in the dry brine the entire seven days and then cold smoked it anyway. Beefy didn’t trust it, but I ate the entire four pounds without incident. (Unless you count me groaning in ecstasy with every bite an “incident.”)
This time, the smoker is working and I’m using some heat. I’ve already promised smoked salmon to my neighbor, so I won’t be terribly upset if Beefy leaves the rest to me. I could eat salmon and eggs for breakfast every day.
Poncho, Christopher & Banks. Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Tunic, Urban Vibe (swap). Tee, American Apparel. Leggings, Allen B. Boots, Ariat. Earrings, flea market. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.
There aren’t many polka-dotted things in my closet. So, of course, I had to wear the few dotty things I do own, together.
Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Dress, Jovovich Hawk for Target. Leggings, Express. Boots, Steve Madden. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, Article. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.
I wore this to our Toastmasters holiday party. The group has come to expect my pattern mixing hijinks and my insistence that we do at least one “crazy” pose in our group photos.