Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Favorites

My favorite thing this Friday is that my dad is getting married!

That's all I have for now because it's a busy day.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Must-Haves

I just entered Madewell's #wildlysimple contest! The prompt was this: "Instagram a photo of the five or more things you can't live without this season."

My submission is above, and here's what I said about it:
I'm so excited it's fall! The things I can't live without this season: a cozy weatherproof coat; a great book; a cute scarf from a friend; fierce little flats; apple cider (!!); the sights and smells of autumn (cinnamon pinecone); my trusty camera; something sparkly; and a snuggly blanket (the backdrop). Only things missing: great go-to jeans and a classic sweater! Help me out? ;)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Stitch Fix #5

See Stitch Fix #1#2#3, #4

My first fall Fix! Jordan was my stylist this time, and she wrote me a nice note:

"Hi Inness! I hope you have fun with your fix! I love the Collective Concepts dress and it would be cute with a pop of color. You mentioned one of the asymmetrical cut jackets working style wise, but that it was tight in the arms so I threw in the Sweet Rain jacket because it has a similar style with an easier fit (it's one of my favorites)! Enjoy and thank you for all the reviews and feedback!"

So nice! This is the first time I've noticed a note at the top of my Fix list, but I almost didn't see it so maybe my stylist has written me a note every time and I just haven't noticed it (sorry, Ishara!!). And I love hearing that my stylists are hearing me and are benefiting from my feedback. So here goes!

(I got lazy this time and didn't take pictures of all the nice descriptions and style suggestions.)

41Hawthorn Corinna Striped Dolman Top, $48
Oh no, this is so cute! And comfortable. I love that it skims my body instead of clinging to it (much better for styling with skinny jeans, which is pretty much all I wear), and I like that it's shorter on the hips than in the back and front. That is my favorite style of shirt. Aahhhh but it's expensive! BUT it's made in the United States, so..
Verdict: Keep.

Sweet Rain Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Jacket, $48
My much slimmer friend tried this on before I did, and because it looked so good on her, I assumed it wouldn't look as good on me. False! It is the Sisterhood of the Traveling Jacket. Pretty and unlike anything else I own, and a great, rich jewel tone. I love jewel tones!
Verdict: Keep.

41Hawthorn Florence Colorblocked Dress, $68
This dress is sleeveless, which I don't like. Maybe Stitch Fix mostly only has sleeveless dresses, and that's why I keep getting them? It makes me sad.
If you can't tell, this dress is navy, with peach and red stripes at the bottom. It's pretty cute, other than the sleevelessness. I had to style this dress up a bit to see if I liked it with a jacket, and I did. I thought about buying it, but I didn't LOVE it, and for $68 I need to love it.
Verdict: Returned.

Collective Concepts Portman Houndstooth Print Fit & Flare Dress, $78
Here's a first: an item from one of my Fixes that I didn't even try on. I just knew from looking at it that I wouldn't like it on my body, and my friend tried it on and something about it was just a bit off.
Verdict: Returned.

Just Black Amrita Ankle Length Jean, $68
I was SO excited when I saw this in my box. I told Stitch Fix that I wanted red denim, and that I liked ankle length pants. But I want to know - on WHOM would these be ankle length? They have at least a 32" inseam. That's crazy. They were way too long for me and too expensive to want to take to a tailor; furthermore, the fabric wasn't sturdy enough and didn't have enough support to flatter me. I don't want every little bump and line to show through my pants. But thank you, Jordan, for picking these out and listening so well!
Verdict: Returned.

Do you want a Fix of your own? Follow this link to get on the wait list. (Full disclosure: I'll get a credit to apply toward my next box, and I'll love you for it!)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Favorites

Instead of posting a bunch of links, this week I'm going to do something different: a blog swap!

Here's the original prompt, from the Yes and Yes Network of Nice (a concept that I love and have taken advantage of multiple times, BTW):

I'm looking for someone to swap some blog niceness with! 
You browse through my blog and I'll blog through yours, and we each create a "best of" list of interesting-posts-read-by-a-stranger for each other that we'll post on our blogs. we'll also give each other a few helpful observations that we can use or not use to make our blogs better. You in?

Here is what I said about her site/blog:

It's obvious that you are a very creative and driven person. The tasks you set out for yourself (30 interviews in 30 days, yikes!) are ambitious and fun! I love seeing examples of your art scattered throughout your posts (the leaves are great). Your life seems full and colorful, and your blog does a good job of mirroring that. Travel, art, and new experiences mostly define your posts.

You have a lovely sense of humor and a very natural "speaking" voice. It's hard to tell exactly who your audience is most of the time, but only because you could easily engage anyone with that warm, outgoing personality. But you're probably talking to women, 22 - 40ish, and often specifically to other artists.

I feel like a little more organization would help your blog. The "categories" drop-down menu on the right is helpful, but tags would also be great, or more links back to initial blogs. You've written so much (not a bad thing) that I got a little overwhelmed trying to track things back to their origins. Stylistically, less visual clutter would help me - more white space.

Here are my 2 favorite posts from her blog so far:

1) I know it's the most recent, but honestly, her interview with an inanimate object was really cute and funny.
2) I liked her "write a letter" project prompt! I have a friend who's always begging for letters (he is a pen pal addict, I swear), and her post inspires me to finally write him.

Looking forward to getting Julie's feedback on Seaforts Seaforts! That was so fun - if there's anyone else who would like to swap blog niceness with me, leave a comment. :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Iceland Day 5: Northeast and East Iceland

Day 1: Reykjavik
Day 2: Reykjavik
Day 2 Continued: Reykjadalur
Day 3: Snaefellsness
Day 4: Akureyri & Myvatn
Day 4 Continued: Myvatn & Dettifoss

We had a fitful night's sleep in our tent, mostly because we'd foolishly made camp on a hill and kept slipping down in our sleeping bags. But the next day was fresh and sunny and we were excited to get back on the road toward Hofn, a small town on the eastern coast about three hours from Egilsstadir.

Do you know what's awesome about northeastern Iceland, particularly in the mountains? There's almost no one there but sheep!

And they almost always travel in threes! What's up with that?

At one point in our journey, we came upon a fork. To the left, a paved road that would wind along the fjords. To the right, a step gravel road that led down the mountain. That was the faster route to Hofn, and the more adventurous to our eyes, so we took it. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of our trip.

The road was bumpy, but the views were beautiful. We found hills with ridges that looked like lava flowing down into the fjords below.

Once we got down into the fjords, the drive wasn't nearly as interesting. We were so sleepy that the repetition of the winding roads and ocean view actually forced us to pull over and take a nap! But eventually we did make it to Hofn (which is pronounced "Herpn" according to Wikipedia, and like a hiccup, according to our travel book.. we had a lot of fun making exaggerated hiccuping sounds whenever we said its name) - and to Humarhofnin, a restaurant specializing in lobster. I love lobster. I LOVE lobster.

Left: The interior of Humarhofnin; right: Tyler contemplates the delicious lunch options.

Tyler went with a lobster and kalamata olive pizza, which was divine. I... I ordered an ENTIRE BOWL OF LOBSTERS.

These aren't your giant Maine lobsters, obviously, but they are succulent and flavorful, and these were absolutely drowned in buttery sauces.

After lunch, we took a walk, and Tyler worked off some of his meal.

I watched.

Then we got back in the car and headed south, toward those mountains in the distance.

On the way, two exciting things happened:
1. A tour bus in front of us hit the mirror of a tour bus coming the other way, and shattered glass and plastic showered on our car. Thanks to Tyler's quick reflexes, we remained otherwise unscathed.
2. I hoped out loud that I would see a reindeer soon, and not fifteen minutes later, I SAW ONE.

We were so happy that my mom had loaned us her binoculars, as there was a barbed wire fence and a few hundred yards separating us from the reindeer.

Just past the reindeer, we saw this:

And then we were plunged into a dense, icy fog. We couldn't hardly see a thing but the road for several minutes - and then, all of a sudden, we burst out of the fog and Jokulsarlon, the Glacial Lagoon, was right in front of us.

Gaaahhhhhh. Aaaahhhhhhhh. It's too cool. Too astoundingly beautiful. Isn't it just the most photogenic thing you've ever seen?

We gave it due reverence.

Tyler: "It's a piece of a thousand-year-old glacier. I'm gonna eat it. Duh."
When Tyler sees a pretty thing, his first impulse is to throw a rock at it.

And..makeout sesh!

We finally tore ourselves away, only to find another gorgeous glacial lagoon. Just couldn't get away from them! Iceland is lousy with glacial lagoons. They're actually so common that we quickly got sick of them.

That is a huge lie. Glacial lagoons are majestic as fuck.

We saw some other stuff that day, but you know. Really old farm walls and sod churches can't really compare to the prettiest damn thing I've ever seen.

..I'm lying again. It was all great. ICELAND IS GREAT.

The last views of the day were Kirkjugolf, naturally occurring basalt columns that were once mistaken for an old church floor (because they're in an awesome, almost uniform honeycomb pattern); and Fjadrargljufur (try, just TRY to pronounce it, I dare you!), a two million-year-old canyon.

What a full and fabulous day. We camped overnight in Vik - more on that when Day 6 comes around!

Go to Day 6: Vik to Reykjavik

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Favorites

Nicole and me at a reunion in April.

  • I've been missing my college friends like crazy of late; reading Nicole's blog really helps. Her most recent post makes me feel soothed and centered, and so ready for fall. Plus, bonus playlist! (Wave Parade)

  • What can't you live without this season? Madewell wants to know, and YOU want to win a $500 gift card, yeah? ..but wait, so do I. On second thought, don't bother with this link. (#wildlysimple contest)

  • Amy Poehler is an everyday inspiration and one of my favorite people in existence. The woman does so much to empower girls, in addition to being a wonderful comic artist and actor. Enjoy one of her Smart Girl Scientists videos here.

  • I waffle about which color to call my favorite, but I have to admit that hot pink is the color that makes me feel happiest! If I had my way, the home I share with Tyler would be full of these things. (Design Sponge)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Skinny genes.

I really needed this (from Thoughts By Natalie) today.

When most people talk about "body dysmorphia" (and here I don't mean the legit disease, but rather the general feelings all too common to women), they mean that the images they have of their bodies in their minds are far more negative than the reality of their bodies. They see themselves through a distorted lens when they look in the mirror.

But I have a great body image. I may have inherited an ample tush and thighs that touch, but if I were to make a list of pros and cons about my body, the things I like would fill up two pages, and the things I don't like would only take up a couple of lines. If I don't look in the mirror or try on clothes that don't fit right, I'm pretty sure that I am a smokin' hot fox of a woman, with curves in all the right places.

But recently, I realized that due to excessive snacking and lazing about, I had outgrown all but one pair of jeans, and my reality wasn't as excellent as my imagination implied. I looked in the mirror and I didn't recognize the new and uninvited changes happening to my body. As a result, I've been pretty down on myself lately, even as I try to return to a healthier schedule of exercise and not-fried food (my recent trip to Iowa didn't help much).

The other day, I decided that I couldn't live without a solid pair of dark denim jeans, and finally bought some that fit the body I have right now. And even though I'm pretty sure these jeans will be too big soon (fingers crossed), I feel fantastic every time I put them on - because I'm dressing myself in a way that is comfortable and flattering. Because I'm dressing myself with kindness.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Son Lux, "Lost It To Trying"

I am so jazzed by this brand new song, off Son Lux's album "Lanterns," coming out in October. It makes a point inside my chest swoop like a hawk to listen to it.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Favorites

  • I'm reading The Meaning of Wife during my daily bus commute right now. This article has a lot of interesting tie-ins. And it's comforting to hear other people struggling with the same things I do in regards to mawwiage. (Salon)
  • It's so great when the "When You Live In Seattle" blog gets me.
  • Brittany's "Curvy Girl" makeovers are so wonderful and a little like a much more positive (and fabulous) "What Not to Wear" episode. Here's one from Seattle! (Brittany, Herself)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Labor Day weekend, in pictures!

I took a road trip to Spokane with my sister to visit our good friend. I also went to Bumbershoot one day. (There are no pictures of that, due to wine.)

Really, the less I say about what I got up to last weekend, the better.. My head still hurts to think about it.


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