Outfit: Walk with Me

I don’t know if you recall, but one of the things I was excited about in my new town was this “enchanted forest” of a park that was tucked up in one corner of downtown.  Last week, I finally had time to take some pictures there, and boy, I really love how they came out!  The park features a winding, tree-canopied path which runs around a clearing that the local theater troupe uses for its summer productions.  This path abounds with overgrown foliage and art installations alike–though it’s only a block square, it feels like something I could get lost in!  Right behind old houses, natural areas like this one are my favorite places to shoot at.  There’s so much to interact with that I almost forget I’m supposed to be taking pictures of myself.

I was really excited to wear this new headband–I bought it while I was at Pierogi Fest in in Whiting, Indiana.  I went with a few friends last weekend and gorged myself on homemade pierogis and sarsaparilla, and I even entered a polka contest with one of my pals.  (We lost within seconds.)  While we ambled up and down the festival route, I found a woman selling handmade wire headbands for $5 a pop.  Since these normally run about $15 on ModCloth, I couldn’t pass them up and ended up taking home two.

Also, I think this post marks the first time I’ve worn a bracelet in a shoot.  I have a really hard time finding bracelets that fit, but this one, which belonged to my mom, is just right.  If anyone knows of a good place to find small bracelets (and rings, for that matter), please let me know!

Headband: handmade

Dress: ModCloth

Shoes: ModCloth

Bag: ModCloth

Bracelet: my mom’s

Girl About Town: Brookfield Zoo

Last week, my parents kindly took me to the zoo so I could snap a few pictures, and, more importantly, have some dinner.  Something you should know about my family is that dining is the most significant aspect of any excursion.  Many times, we may go someplace not for its intended purpose, but to sit down and eat.  Such is the case with Brookfield Zoo, a magnificent park that houses some 450 species of animals.  My parents have long held a membership with them, which they use mainly to grab a bite once a week and maybe look at one or two exhibits.

That’s why there aren’t so many pictures.  We spent most of our time that evening eating hamburgers, sharing fries, and contemplating getting a cup of Dippin’ Dots.  I did, however, manage to get a few shots of the new baby zebra (only two weeks old!) and some of the grounds.  This was another good learning experience, because I realized I’m not so great at taking wide, long-view shots.  For this reason (among many others), I’m going to start looking into taking photography classes nearby.  It’s one thing to learn on my own, but I think it’s time I had a professional teach me the ropes!

On Moxie (Part 2)

In the last week, I’ve learned a great deal about the incomparable Moxie.  Prior to our current arrangement, Moxie and I lived in a house with three other people and two cats.  She inhabited the kitchen; I had my own bedroom.  Now, however, we share one studio, and, according to her, we also share the bed.

This has caused some frustration, but right now, we’re working on a compromise: she gets the bed during the day to growl at birds, and I get it at night so I can, you know, actually sleep.

But that’s not the only thing that’s different.  I’m starting to learn more about when Moxie is most active so I can plan my weekends around her.  For example, I know that she likes to wake up around 6 a.m. to eat and go for a walk, and by 9, she’ll crash.  That means I can go for my hour run and maybe run an errand or two.  By the afternoon, though, I better be ready, because she’s going to wake up from her nap and want to play HARD.

Another thing I’ve found out is that Moxie is afraid of kids.  I’m not surprised, because they are normally shrieking and accompanied by some kind of scary contraption, such as strollers and bicycles.  I do wonder if I’ve in any way influenced her attitude toward children, since I, too, am terrified of them.  The irony, of course, is that Moxie herself is very much like a human baby, but at least she’s fluffy and doesn’t throw ugly tantrums (well, not that often, anyway).

Now the fun part will be learning even more about her as she grows up.  What else does Moxie have in store for me??

Outfit: Back in Town

Of.  Course.

Of course I would find the perfect spot for pictures during my last time doing an outfit post in this town.  I was actually driving up to that magnificent Tudor-style mansion I’m so fond of when I took a different route and ended up here, at Fischer Farm.  This cluster of buildings was built between the 1830s and 1920s, and it couldn’t be better: old timey and charming, just the way I like it.

I couldn’t help taking dozens of pictures at the ol’ farm, flitting from the milking barn to the homestead to the teeny chicken coop.  Unfortunately, I came on the wrong day for a tour, but I managed to have fun showing myself around.

The day this post goes up, I will be moving, and I couldn’t be more excited!  I perused the shops in my new town with a dear friend the day before this shoot, and that’s where I picked up this straw derby and a few other goodies, so expect to see some more Girl About Town posts in the coming months.

Hat: Scratch ‘N Sniff

Necklace: old, ModCloth

Dress: ModCloth

Shoes: old, ModCloth

Bag: old, ModCloth

Digs I Dig: City Cottage

As I’ve said so many, many, many times, I’m over-the-moon excited to move into my new little apartment on the cusp of Chicago next week.  How funny to find this article about a home in Andersonville that’s worked around the limitations of a small place!  I love that they used pale grays to make the rooms look bigger–it’s definitely my plan to have as much white space as possible, with pops of muted color here and there.

Naturally, I’m especially drawn to the antique elements in this space, like this incredible Victorian marble fireplace.  Plenty of the older buildings in my new town have fireplaces, but none are so grand as this!

I’m completely enamored with the way all of these antiques–for that’s what nearly everything is–are neither fusty nor cacophonic.  It’s that perfect mix of quirkiness, with all those cheeky decor pieces and unexpected colors, and it’s obvious it’s taken some time, thought, and hard work to acquire the elements that make this home so striking.

All things to keep in mind when I start my new chapter!

Outfit: A Real Live Wire

In one more measly week, Moxie and I will be headed to our new home.  I’ve bought/gathered/foraged all of the things we need, and all that’s left to do is pack up a few more boxes.  I can’t wait to start unpacking again and furnish my own apartment exactly the way I want it!  Hopefully, all the new things I’ve gotten will fit in my tiny studio, but I suppose a little carefully-placed clutter will give the place some character.

Of course, with all this excitement comes a fair bit of stress.  I think I’ve already mentioned that part of the reason I’m moving is because I don’t particularly like living in the suburbs, but really, the true motive is that I can’t live with my roommates anymore.  We used to be friends, and now we’re not.  I won’t go into any detail, but suffice it to say that I feel really uncomfortable there.  The high-blood-pressure-and-nausea kind of uncomfortable.  I try to spend as little time there as possible, always bringing Moxie wherever I go.

But it’s only for one more week.  I have a little “advent calendar” at work to mark the time until I go.  Each day, I get to have a Kit-Kat, and that definitely helps.  My love for chocolate will always trump all other emotions.

Necklace: old, Forever 21

Top: Stitch Fix

Shorts: old, H&M

Shoes: ModCloth

Bag: old, ModCloth