800 arrows used to post about things like….. reducing your waste, shopping resale, figuring out at least three ways to use every item in your closet. Remember when I complained about how marketers and advertisers hi-jack your brain and self-esteem so you buy stuff? Well, there’s a reason I write abut that stuff, it’s like publicly declaring my ideals and values. When I fall short of those ideals, like really, really short, I feel it’s right to also offer up myself for a public flogging.
So here’s where my arrows are taking me lately:
Gap. Gap was my first “real” job and still seems to be my first stop when I want basics. But then I saw this black jeans campaign, and realized their store looks almost exactly as it did in 1993.
Next up. Hair.
I have curly hair. I’ve never loved it, on the best days I sort of like it. Two years ago I tried the Keratin treatment, also known as a Brazilian Blow out. Yes it has chemicals, yes it’s basically toxic, yes I can be a huge hypocrite. Moving on. Still needing hair satisfaction I am trying out something new, not Thermal straightening (also known as Japanese straightening) as seen growing out on Keri Russell above (years ago), but something in between. It too willl be toxic and generally against the natural order of things.
Shoes, I’ve ordered 4 pairs of shoes. I can’t hold off the skater shoe attraction any longer and I’m even going for it in the trendy shade of maroon….maybe they’ll go with my black jeans. HA! Riding boots are really the only thing I’m getting to replace something. The other three are for fun! For the shoppers, the riding boots and Vans are Madewell, the Riekers and Frye are at 6pm.
Lasytly, in an attempt to give a little depth to this super shallow post, check out this wonderful link from Khan Academy. With school recently back in session this gave me a whole new perspective when I watch my kids struggling with their work.
P.S. Next week’s goal get through all 12 exercises in Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and their Parents). Hoping to bring a little more balance to my interests.
With a change of season around the corner I find myself playing in my closet. What’s too used, what’s too new, what’s missing, what haven’t I put together before?
When inspiration has left the premises I turn to this little lady I’ve been following for years. She’s turned “playing dress up” into an entire career complete with wonderful photos for your viewing pleasure. Jane is a great reminder for me to have a little fun, scratch that, have a party with my clothes! I can suffocate myself in gray, black, denim and white – not very fun.
When I’ve looked at 100 pairs of black boots but can’t seem to find anything I like. I start thinking about these lovelies from The Office of Angela Scott and all of the sudden black seems boring!
Happy Friday, hope everyone has a little fun playing dress up this season!
Guess where this is.
Here’s a hint, it’s in the United States.
It’s less than a day’s drive from my home in Dallas, TX. Any guesses?
O-k-l-a-h-o-m-a, Oklahoma! OK.
Yeah, actually it’s only about a 3 hour drive and BAM, you are away from it all. In a highly un-us move we took a completely impromptu trip last weekend. It kind of went like this,
Me: “Sigh, kids start school next week, sigh.” “Wish we could squeeze in just one more trip.”
My husband: “How soon can you be ready to go?”
Me: “Go where?”
My husband: “Broken Bow, OK”
Me: “10 minutes yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee”
For awhile we’ve been interested in finding an easy getaway to enjoy the outdoors and disconnect from our daily life in the city. We wanted water access, trees, quiet, stars at night, hiking options and easy to get there and home in a weekend. Consider that list checked! Yes, it’s way better than OK, it’s amazing.
Happy Labor Day everyone.
But you know our inspiration was truly about “the rivers and the tides” (hee hee hee hee)