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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday Latelies!

In honor of getting my blogging groove back on, I've decided to jump into the Thursday Latelies vlog party that I've been scoping out for a while now. You know, like that creep who hangs out in the corner and watches everything that's going on at a party but won't talk to anyone for fear of sounding like a total sketch ball. Like that, only less weird. I hope.

So here it is! My first vlog ever.

ThursdayLatelies from Kristin Offiler on Vimeo.

Please excuse the poor sound quality at times and the ridiculous length of the video. I just kept talking and talking-- but if you watch til the end you will see some GORGEOUS hand made bracelets my bff has been crafting for her soon-to-launch Etsy.com store, and that alone is worth my ramblings.

If you want to join the party, you can link up at Bex's blog!

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Well, This Is Awkward

I vanished for so long!
I had that blog-fatigue that settles over a person when the initial thrill of starting a new blog finally wears off. It happened with my writing blog a while back, too, but I found a way back into that one as well.

I think I'm back now. Don't hold me to it (because I know there are so many people out there who will *sarcasm*). But for now, I'm back. I don't want a schedule. I don't want to put pressure on myself. I just want to write about pretty things, fun things, awesome things. I want to take pictures and put them up here. I want to write short posts or long posts, blog about thrifting adventures, chronicle good food and drinks and happy people and pretty days.

Because all those things make up style. And I think living without reservation is important. I've forgotten this, so I'm trying to remind myself that life is short and there's no time to overlook the simple, lovely moments in the day-to-day. There's no time to put off your aspirations for yourself. Hop to it.

To begin a fresh fall of wonderfulness, I got a new haircut:

Happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Song of the Week

Sometimes we need music to get us through long days and weeks. Amiright or amiright? The weather has been miserable here in the northeast for almost a week now, and I've been feeling blah because of it. So! Time for some music. Here's a song I discovered last weekend. It's upbeat and sometimes you need music like this. The translation is: "And so we dance." Enjoy!

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Shoe Hunt

I'm on the hunt for shoes. And the hunt sucks.

I'm not looking for just any old shoes, mind you. I would like a pair that I can slip on easily to walk the dog, whether our walk takes us down to the beach or into the hiking trails at the park or just around the block. I want them to be lighter than sneakers and just slip on.

Also, they have to be inexpensive because I'm cheap and tend to not really care a lot about shoes.

I found a pair on DSW.com and they were on sale plus I had a $10 coupon. They're these guys:

I had high hopes: someone left a review saying she purchased them specifically to slip on and walk her dog. The bottoms are sneaker-like and the top is boat shoe-like. Nice combo.

So they got here on Friday and I wore them around the house, loving how they looked and felt. But then I wore them around the block on a short walk and came home with my right heel all cut up. Thanks, Keds.

I can't return them now that I've worn them (and bled in them... ew) so I've got two choices: toss them in the back of my closet and stew for a few days over the waste of money, or find something to slap over the heel of the right shoe to protect my delicate flower foot.

Or keep looking for another pair of shoes and get over it.

I think for starters I'm going to try and salvage this pair (again, because I'm cheap). But if that doesn't work, does anyone have a suggestion for a shoe that might trump these? Remember: inexpensive, slip-on, durable, good for trail, beach and street walking. My husband suggested mole skin for the heel, but I've tried that before on other shoes and it has never worked that well for me. He also suggested a pair of Vibrams since he has a pair and loves them:

Maybe. But I'm not sure I want to spend $85+ on dog-walking shoes.

I've also considered these L.L.Bean slip on Mary Janes:
They're $45, which I suppose isn't that bad, but now that I've already got the heel-wreckers over here, I don't know if I can justify buying another pair of shoes.

This is why I stick to $10 Target flats most of the time. Less complicated.
Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Target Love

I went to Target this afternoon to get Mother's Day cards and dog treats, but of course I had to swing by the women's clothing department and check the clearance racks. I usually buy stuff from Target after it goes on sale because they tend to rotate through seasons quickly and (at least my local Target stores) usually have a big selection in my size on the sales racks.

All of the things I swooned over were from the new Calypso line, which is pricier than what I would spend anyway, and none of it was on sale. SO, I'm going to dream for now, but I wanted to share these gorgeous pieces. They're perfect for warmer weather, lounging, visiting a new place and strolling Main St., hitting the beach... basically great for any occasion. Enjoy the photos!

This top is 100% silk and felt like Heaven. I could see this being very comfortable on a warm summer night.

Beautiful. Simple. Chic. Love love love.

Gah, I want this so much. I love pretty lounge pieces, and I could see myself on the deck early in the morning with a cup of tea wrapped in this while writing or something. Please go on sale! Please!

Apparently this gem is out of stock online, but I saw it in the store today and almost bought it... It was painful walking away. I actually heard my heart crack. 

Sigh. I love everything about this look. So easy, comfortable, and pretty. I could spend the whole summer in this outfit...

Here's hoping the Calypso line goes on sale soon, or that I find some spare money to spend at Target!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Marriage Advice For Wills & Kate, And A DIY Headpiece Project

I'm sitting on my couch watching the Royal Wedding (I DVRed it... I love the grandeur of it all, just not the hour it all started here in the States or all the commercials!) and I'm in love love love love love with all the hats and headpieces. Why aren't we this classy here in America? What I would have given to look out at a sea of big-brimmed hats and feather-adorned headpieces at our wedding...sigh.

Alas. I'll have to get my fix today and live vicariously through these lucky people at Westminster Abbey. Thankfully, however, my sis-in-law and bro-in-law are hosting a Royal Wedding party this evening and I've been dying to wear something on my head for the event. I found this DIY video and this is what I plan to do this afternoon after I get some work done:


Clever, right??

Also, my father-in-law gave us this on Easter:

I wish it were real!

And finally, as a someone who has been married for almost 9 months (I know! So long), I thought it would be appropriate to offer some marriage advice for the royal newlyweds. I'm sure they check this blog and I'm sure my advice will apply to their lives (humor me).

  • Take time away together. It's really easy as a newlywed couple with a new home and a new life to forget to take time to go away together for a day or two once in a while. Wills, instead of working on the garden every weekend, take that pretty wife of yours on a weekend getaway (we have a guest room, hint hint). 
  • Laugh! Everyone should do this. Smile, laugh, watch ridiculous videos online, tease each other. Find humor in the things that frustrate you. Know that you can turn to each other for not only support, but a laugh when you need it.
  • Treat each other like royalty. Uh... actually...I think they've got this one down.
You know what... they don't need my advice. They're a lovely couple, they look like they're crazy in love with each other, and I hope they have a long, healthy, love-filled marriage! 

image via Reuters.com
(By the way, I've been watching the wedding while I wrote this post, and I have no idea how Kate Catherine stays so composed and calm all the time. She really is stunning ). 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

How To Have Style And Work From Home

As a freelance writer, I do most of my work at home. Occasionally, like today, I leave the house to cover a story or event, but most of the time I'm on my couch, out on my deck, or in my office tapping away on my laptop. I don't have coworkers. Clients don't pop in to say hi during lunch. My boss isn't scrutinizing my every move. It's great. I know there are a lot of people like myself (20-somethings with limited budgets but a sense of style) who work from home doing creative jobs like writing, graphic design, web design, editing, consulting, etc.

A big obstacle when you work from home can be getting yourself in the work mindset. When you leave the house to go to a job, you know how to dress for that environment. But when you work at home and your spouse and dog (in my case) and maybe the librarian and barista down the street are the only people on a given day who will see your clothes, how do you help yourself feel pulled together, professional, and comfortable?

  • Get yourself in the right frame of mind to work. I personally can't stay in pajamas all day, even if I'm not leaving the house. When I shower and get dressed (even in jeans and a tank top) I feel an automatic shift in how I perceive the day: I'm ready to work. Lounging time is over.
  • Organize your clothes. This is something I plan to do very soon because not having my clothing organized is proving to be a problem. When you can easily see what your options are, you can make faster choices and more creative choices when getting dressed.
  • On that note-- clean out your closet. Seriously. Another thing I'm doing ASAP. If you aren't in love with a piece, haven't worn it in ages, and can't picture it being worn 3 or 4 different ways, it might be time to say goodbye and make room for something new.
  • Add accessories. I used to think it was silly to wear accessories if I was just staying at home, but since I've started doing it, I feel more in that work mindset I talked about before. It's sometimes just the simple act of putting yourself together that helps push you in the right direction. I put a little bit of makeup on everyday, too. It takes me only a couple of minutes, but again, it's the act of getting myself ready that moves me into work mode.
  •  Schedule out-of-house appointments a few times a week. I'm a regular library visitor and errand runner, and my flexible schedule makes it easy for me to leave the house when others are working still. Knowing that I have somewhere to go a few days a week (work related or not) helps me dress with more purpose. Even a coffee date or a doctor's appointment does the trick.
  • Take yourself seriously. Sometimes when you work from home, others don't understand what you do. I don't sit around watching TV and painting my nails all day. I write (for pay), seek out new jobs and clients, read blogs and articles to learn how to expand my business, and I even took an 8 week magazine writing e-class. Just because other people don't understand what it's like to work from home doesn't mean you shouldn't take yourself seriously. Dress in a way that makes you feel confident about your work and yourself; it will show others that you're stylish, hard-working, and smart.
Do you work from home? If so, how do you dress?