A Bit Catty

I’m sure it’s clear by now that I’m a big fan of cats. Becoming a “crazy cat lady” is actually one of my life goals. As I’ve said before, all I need are cats and a career.

I’ve recently acquired a fair bit of cat clothing (though I’m always on the lookout for more – let me know if you see any cool pieces), and this crop top is one of those new acquisitions. Paired it with the navy version of my favorite high-waisted shorts and brown combat boots. You’ll continue to see this Forever21 tote in posts as it’s my school bag for MWF classes. It’s a staple in my closet right now as it is the perfect size, durable, and cute…not to mention inexpensive!

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In non outfit related news, today I became the mentor to two new theatre and dance freshmen! I am so incredibly excited to get to be a mentor and my mentees are absolutely wonderful! Hopefully they’ll make an occasional appearance on this blog. I’m a bit concerned it will be like the blind leading the blond though, as it seems like just yesterday that I was assigned a mentor in the program. Two years later and I still feel a little clueless…but that’s life!

Hope you have a purrr-fect day!

Back to [School] Black

Well I have officially completed my first two days of my junior year of college. Yep that’s right, junior year. Honestly, I have no idea how I’m a junior. I still feel like a freshman in high school!

This semester I’m taking world theatre history, voice lessons, rehearsal and production VII, management 200 and 201, jazz IV, dance improvisation, stage electrics, and auditing ballet and topics in drama: current US drama. Tuesday/Thursdays are my busiest days and when all my dance classes are, so I’m going to go ahead and guess that I will not be taking any outfit photos then, unless you all want to see my sweaty, nasty self in a leotard and tights.

I did dress up on Monday for the first day back, though! All black everything, forever mourning the end of summer. Not that I mind being back…I get bored quite easily so it’s nice to be learning and working on my craft again!

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Outfit Details
Dress – Forever21
Platforms – Target
Lips tote – Forever21

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I actually got a number of comments from random students on my outfit! One guy gave me props for braving the hills in heels. They add to my workout…looking fierce while staying in shape, my kind of exercise!

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Nothing like a mini dress to make me feel like a doll! I actually altered this dress from a huge maxi dress I found at Goodwill. Loved the print and shape but not the length. So a quick chop and hem did the trick! Although I chopped it a bit too short perhaps…tights, leggings, or booty shorts are a must with this one!

I’ve been trying to alter my thrifted items of late so that I’m more likely to wear them. I’m slowly getting the hang of machine sewing but I can’t say I’m adept at it yet. I have started a few fully handmade skirts though, which I’m quite excited about!

Doll 1

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Doll 2

Outfit Details
Daisy dress – Goodwill, altered by me
Boots – DOTS
Tree earrings – borrowed from mum
Lips tote – Forever21

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Why

Well I’m long overdue for a blog post as I’ve been busy getting ready for school, packing, etc. Excuses, excuses! I have a few outfit posts in the queue now though, so expect more regular posts from now on.

I’ve also been putting off writing this post as every time I sit down to write, my thoughts create a rambling mess that no one should ever be forced to read.

Essentially, I want to address why I do these outfit posts and why fashion matters to me. I often feel like a complete narcissist what with photographing my self everyday and slapping my face on every possible social media outlet. “Why would people want to see my face everyday? Why would they want to see my outfit choices? Why would my external appearance matter? Why, why why?”

Well, I’ll tell you why.

I have always been a late bloomer (speaking of, check out this post by Rebecca of The Clothes Horse) and this definitely applies to finding my personal style. I didn’t own a single pair of jeans until middle school. In third grade I wore those matching halter and shorts sets, furry shirts, and bandanas. By middle school I’d graduated to jeans and polos in an attempt to fit in with the popular crowd. I soon learned that just because you dress like someone else, it doesn’t make you like them. High school is when I started experimenting more with fashion and discovered my love of vintage clothes, thanks in part to the opening of Street Scene Vintage. And it wasn’t until about senior year of high school that people started commenting on and complimenting the way I dressed.

This personal evolution of style continues even now, which is one of the main reasons I started this blog. I want to record the ebbs and flows of my personal style, as it is really interesting to look back on why I wore what I did. Was it changes in societal fashion trends? Personal growth? Trying to change the way people perceive me? It’s great to look back on these posts and memories and connect the dots.

As for why fashion matters to me, it’s actually something I struggle with a bit. I strongly believe that what’s inside matters more than what’s outside, but that does not mean the external is unimportant. So often it’s a reflection of what’s inside in some manner, or even a way to combat internal struggles. That’s certainly a way in which I use fashion. I have several chronic illnesses, body image issues, and can get very depressed at times. Anytime I’m feeling low or sick it genuinely helps to dress up. The better I look, the better I feel. So even when I feel particularly ugly or chubby I try my best to wear an outfit I love. Because if I save an outfit for the days I feel pretty and thin, I’m never going to wear it!

This post will be far too long if I expand any further on the “why” of this blog, but I’ll try to touch on it in future posts. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!

Now to the fun part…the actual outfit post!

This outfit is from a week or so ago when it was grey and rainy out. I thought some rainbow fun might keep the grey moods at bay!

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Outfit Details
Shirt – Street Scene Vintage
Teal jeggings – DOTS
Rain boots – Target

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Here, have a jumping picture because why not, right?

Braided

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Today’s outfit was fairly short-lived, as rain and cold quickly descended. I’m not fond of being cold, so I changed into jeans, but at least the braid remained! I also have very mixed feelings on this skirt. I’ve had it for ages and love the print, but the shape is very odd. It poofs out on my stomach, which is not an area I like to draw attention to. Anyhow. Today has been fairly quiet but nice. I went out to lunch with my lovely friend Emma! I haven’t been able to spend much time with her this summer as she’s been working in Nashville and I’ve been between Paris and Lexington. We went to Josie’s, which you should definitely check out if you are in Lex!

I’ve also been relaxing after a busy day yesterday. I drove to Madisonville to do a photoshoot, which was absolutely incredible! Will share some links when I can, but check out a preview on Instagram!