What’s new around here

Some time has passed since I last wrote and well, while it can feel tedious providing explanations for one’s absence, it’s sometimes better to just carry on and accept the time apart as part of the process. My summer so far has been a wonderful blend of short trips to memorable destinations, hiking trails that lead to waterfalls and hidden creeks, pool dates with friends who remind me to watch for those sun rays, veggies from the CSA that lead to explorations for new recipes, and catching up on my lifetime reading list. Oh and the intermittent new purchase or two, who are we kidding here ūüôā

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And there’s one other new development this summer that I’ve been pretty gosh darn happy about……..

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Wrestling with weather

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J Crew eyelet top/Anthropologie pilcro denim jacket, easy navigation wide legs, rotary dial necklace/AE wedges

While it seems that the cold weather is officially behind us (that took forever!) I am now in this gray area of deciphering what to wear for the in-between temperatures. It’s not quite summer so these legs of mine¬†are not quite ready to made an appearance, not until recurrent use of a self-tanner becomes a habit. It’s too warm for sweaters and I really want a break from tights, so I keep finding myself in reach of pants quite frequently these days. After showing my adoration of AG Stevies on the last post, I realized that I wear them all.the.time so to switch things up a bit I reached for this cheerful pair that seems fitting for a confusing Spring day such this one, where I still need to wear a jacket!

Mr. Stevie

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JCrew silk top/Anthropologie ag stevie ankle jeans, stacked pachyderm necklace /Steve Madden paver booties

Buying pants for me can be excruciatingly painful as I try to navigate between styles, sizing, and texture. Is this style flattering, is this pair too tight around the thighs, will they eventually stretch out, and are they a good fit for my lifestyle are all revolving questions in my mind as I take pairs into the fitting room, preparing myself for an uphill battle. It didn’t always used to be this way when I was younger. I was pretty consistent with my size and brand preference so it didn’t feel like such a chore then. But now I’ve become more aware of my curves, length of pant to leg proportions, and let’s face it, certain areas that I’d like to “uplift” if you will. Do I feel too young to be feeling this way? Goodness yes, but pants are such a commodity when I just want to feel comfortable, so I have to ensure that I’m investing in pairs that flatter my figure and can be dressed up or down, according to occassion.

Somewhere in we-specialize-in-make-you-feel-good-pants heaven, my pant woes were addressed and I luckily stumbled upon some “guy” who (in my book)¬†delivers jeans correctly time and time again. I’m talking about Mr. Stevie of course, courtesy of AG Jeans. Leaving it to Anthropologie for introducing me to all things beautiful, I had my first Stevie experience with the AG Stevie Polka Dot Ankle. Ahhhmazingly butter-soft and curve-flattering skinnies that have been paired with an assorted amount of tops, tanks, and sweaters. They’ve taken me on through all 4 seasons and I’ve sorta become a convert as a result.

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Anthropologie kaleidoscope pocket tee, ag stevie ankle jeans/Target kaelyn ankle booties/Madewell the transport tote

I bought a pair of Stevie cords back in December while in NYC and then this black pair you see above, which have been the most versatile pants ever and kept me polished throughout Winter. Equipped with 3 pairs seemed justified and appropriate, but I kept sneaking glances at a gray pair we have in the store and then topped things off with this pair because the rust color seemed visually stimulating and pretty perfect for the cooler months. As you can tell I have difficulty with self-restraint or knowing when to quit, but in my defense, the pant buying business is pretty gosh darn stressful so when I come across a pair that alleviates any type of negative emotion, it all comes together and makes perfect sense.

Do tell: anyone else got mad love for Mr. Stevie and can attest to my claims?

Lady Boss

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Anthro indigo-ruled buttondown, foundational pencil skirt/F21 necklace/J Crew martina patent wedges ($20!!)/Madewell the transport tote

I’m probably going to lose major cool points for what I’m about to declare but this is what happens when writing a post after a long day’s work. I’ve got two words for you: Lady Boss. For those not in the know, I’m making reference to one of the personalities on the show Mob Wives. Lady Boss is one of the wives and she happens to be from Albania so there’s this very stretched out commonality there.¬†Between the #outofthisworld big boobs, Botox parties, violent cat fights and Staten Island ‘tude, I am hooked ¬†and not even sure why. It could be the ridiculous things they say to one another, the way that an argument could spark at any given moment and the irrational normalcy of he said/she said drama. It’s your standard no-good-for-you reality show, but hey, it’s the only one I follow so I’m cutting myself slack.

What show is your guilty pleasure?