Taking photos…it’s all about the angles 🙂
Lauren Manoogian knit skirt (sold out) | about a year old,
Elaine probably got the last one !
James Perse tee (size 2) | several years old
Ace & Jig brooke jacket in Blackbird (small)
Golden Goose hi-star sneakers | purchased with credits from Shopbop
As you can see, I have a new jacket. I sold both my Bo skirt and my Gatsby pants because their sizing was off on me, so I thought I’d try again with this jacket (Ace & Jig sizing is tough to nail down FYI). I am constantly looking for cardigans, jackets and dresses that cinch at the waist because I like the idea of being able to accentuate that part of my body, so I was planning on trying this one when I saw it previewed.
I would say this jacket is pretty feminine, which is way outside of my comfort zone, generally. I wanted to wear a skirt today since I shaved my legs (can’t waste it!) and it’s nice out, so I thought I’d try the jacket with this skirt, but I think I’d mostly wear it with jeans and really tomboy it up more. I think it works here also though. Hmmm…maybe I just need to get used to the idea of it a little. I like it a lot, and the blackbird textile is really nice – it’s a subtle pattern, but a good one.
So, what’s happening with everyone? I’ve had a week. Not a difficult one, just a challenging one. I’m still getting used to not being on any hormonal birth control and the inconsistencies that are coming with that. I don’t have such dramatic mood swings as I had with the IUD, but I definitely have fluctuations, and after I have some weird irrational thoughts, I realize, oh…that’s why. Ha.
And, I had a UTI this week, which was more severe than I’d had before. So that was fun.
I also got some dental work done that I hadn’t been able to do since my broken jaw. Just a filling and crown on one side, but it took my jaw a little longer to bounce back from that than it has in the past.
Anyway, all is well, just feeling my age a little more lately? My body is taking a little more time bouncing back and there are a few more creaks here and there. But I’m also feeling very strong and happy to be where I am. Which in the evenings is working a puzzle with a cup of tea LOL.
I haven’t really talked much about what I’ve read lately, but I’ve read a lot.
The Color of Lightning, by the same author as News of the World (which was WONDERFUL). They are Western-themed and so beautifully written, while dealing with difficult subject-matter. I’ve been on a “Western” kick lately for some reason. I’m fascinated by the time period. I think I’ll read Lonesome Dove again, which is truly one of my favorite books.
The Hunger – also sort of Western-themed, but not really, just the same time period generally – Gold rush, families heading to California. With a “horror” twist. It was good, in a historical fiction sort of way, but not really very scary. Which was a little disappointing.
I can’t remember if I mentioned The Essex Serpent before, but I read that a while ago and it was very good. The story was secondary to the characters, which I appreciate, but the setting was also beautifully imagined – Victorian England.
I’m reading A Gentleman in Moscow now after reading Rules of Civility (which I really enjoyed) and it’s slow-going. I do a lot of reading on the weekends though, so maybe I’ll get more into it.
I am always also reading non-fiction at the same time, so I read Devotion, a memoir about the author’s search for a spiritual life, and thought it was very good. And I read Oliver Sacks’ memoir, On the Move, and enjoyed that as well.
What have you read lately that you enjoyed? Or didn’t enjoy LOL?
Going to work on getting another batch of new arrivals up for slowre tomorrow. Speaking of, if anyone’s cleaning out their closets while they’re transitioning over to winter wardrobes, I’ll be happy to consign items that aren’t working for you anymore and you’d like to pass on to new homes.
I’m also going to go on my first Audubon Dallas birding field trip at White Rock Lake on Sunday. Super excited about that…getting ready for my birthday trip 🙂
I hope you have a beautiful weekend.
Damn, woman….you look great in that outfit! Color me envious that you have a tiny waist to accent—my is all middle age squish!
Have fun birding and Happy Birthday!
Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says
I used to love belts and defined waists before kids, but right now it just makes me look like I’m still pregnant! Working on that.
I read “Ghost Boys” (YA Novel based heavily on stories of Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, and Tamir Rice killings) that was really profound and that I plan to share with my kids when they are older. “The Power” is our next book club pick and finally available from my library hold, so I hope to start that this weekend…book club is a week from tonight. Eep.
I am struggling with clothing budget. I’ve been working from a pretty tight budget for 15 months and I’m tired and want to invest in some quality pieces that just would bust the goals wide open. I’m using everything I have to reign it in for the rest of the year and try to meet my goals, so that I can get some of those investment pieces without the guilt in the new year. It’s HAAARD.
This fall feels so busy to me. And draining. I feel like everyone is tired. It feels bigger than schedules. I hope things feel lighter soon.
Bridget Yungvichit says
I agree that the shape of this jacket is feminine but I think this color pallet and the sneakers balance it out well. The jacket has a nice strength to it. So I hope you continue to wear it with skirts and jeans. You look great.
I just started re-reading BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert for the third time! (I never re-read books) I only have good things to say about this book. It is genuine, original and uplifting. The book is all about creativity. It is not pretentious or preachy. And the writing is personable and friendly. I have not read any of her other books but I sure do like this one.
I also just wanted to say how much I enjoy and appreciate your blog. You are real and honest. And of course I also like your style and taste. Being so open and genuine with such a large audience takes guts. So thank you.
Oohhh, I love this jacket. Also love all the textile choices it comes in.
Same here, Debi – lots of fluff in my middle! (What’s the tummy equivalent of “junk in the trunk”?)
Grechen, that jacket is gorgeous! I’m with you tho on “tomboying it up”!
I forgot to mention: Grechen, you’ve inspired me with your newfound love of Ace & Jig! I think I was getting bored with solid colors…black, navy, gray….yawn. I bought the multicolor “Farrah” blouse and MAN, is it out of my wheelhouse…but I love it! Im going to wear it with my Eileen Fisher black (couldn’t give it up entirely!) slouchy tapered pants and a pair of Loeffler Randall “sock boots” that I scored on ebay.
I love that jacket! Those sleeves – totally my style! But I did the 80s in Laura Ashley – feminine isn’t a problem for me 😉
This week, I read the two Mycroft Holmes novels by Kareen Abdul Jabbar. The 2nd came out this week, I checked it out of library and realized it’s #2 in his series. So I downloaded #1 for my kindle (on sale for $1.99 – none of my libraries or e-libraries had it). I never knew Jabbar was an author (he’s somewhat prolific) or that he is a Holmes fan. I really enjoyed the novels! More supernatural this weekend for Halloween – #4 (I think) in the House on Tradd St series that takes place in Charleston. Features historic home renovations 😉 Enjoy the birding!!
Love this outfit, love all your new Ace & Jig (that jumpsuit!!)
I am reading Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It, and it is blowing me away. Highly recommend.
Have fun birding!