Monday, July 14, 2014

Oxford Scholar


______I won these snazzy oxfords the other week from a DuoBoots giveaway; they're an astounding company in the UK specializing in leather shoes that are absolutely gorgeous and I feel compelled to tell everyone about them. Plus, these oxfords smell great. After unwrapping them from their smokey purple box, I spent a whole minute pressing them to my face and inhaling their dusky, rich scent like I could experience hallucinogenic side effects.

______(I didn't.)


______I had another encounter with the mysterious Northern Lights biker, too. He came zipping along, a symphony of blinking lights as was his surefire signal, and I prepared myself for some raucous vocals and blatant arm flapping. As if on cue, he immediately veered to the center of the road at the sight of me and lifted his arms like a poised eagle atop a totem poll.

______This guy. Seriously.

______This time around, instead of letting Northern Lights have the first word, I was going to be the one to break the silent hum of cicadas that infested the area. I lifted my arms into the air, made magic finger motions, and sputtered, "You're going to the wrong waaaaaay!" like the insolent little turd I was.

______He guffawed at my taunt, but did not reply to it. Rather, he shouted back completely unfazed, "You've finally got a light on the front of your bike! I CAN SEE YOU!"

______Northern Lights bellowed a deep laugh and zoomed merrily past me. He carried on with his ride as if he was a very satisfied father who just witnessed his adversary neighbor trim too much off a hedge, thus rendering him cul-de-sac's yard champ of the week. It was true what he said, though. I always have had a light on the back of my bike, but now I had one on the front, too. It blinked just like Northern Lights' did to warn cars that I was present and vulnerable on my bike. Was that what has been bothering him all along? It surely couldn't have been, because long ago he was shouting at me for going the wrong way. Or was he merely furious that he was the one going in the opposite direction this time around?

______The world may never know.


Top: Target
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Earrings: SteinMart
Necklace: vintage
Socks: Target (similar)
Ampersand ring: c/o BornPretty
Shoes: c/o DuoBoots


Vett Vandiver said...

those shoes are so fun, and perfect with that outfit!

LyddieGal said...

Hahah, maybe someday you and Northern Lights will decide to meet for a coffee after your bike rides, you will have a chat, and mysteriously still figure out nothing.

Love the new oxfords, I too enjoy the scent of new leather. So lovely.
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Jess Fets said...

That is hilarious! Northern Lights sounds like an interesting person! Those oxfords are the cutest things and by golly so is your whole outfit!

Boheme.Fille said...

Oh dear, those shoes are indeed stunning! I wish I can smell them! :)))
You look gorgeous!

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Kristian said...

Fab shoes indeed!

Frannie Pantz said...

People never cease to amaze me. What a weirdo! Well I'm glad you got the light. Safety first! And your new shoes are so pretty! There is little to compare to the smell of new leather!

Rachel said...

Man, how come I never win awesome oxfords like that? (Possibly because I'm too lazy to enter contests....)
That's hilarious that you ran into him yet again!

Taipei Style said...

You look really pretty! I love how you take care of the details in the outfit!


Petite Yeoja said...

Congratulation for the oxford! I think that I'm the only one who like to smell (well, most of) my new leather lol, thank Lord I'm not! XD
Your story with that Northern Lights are just amusing! Should you have a walk and talk someday? lol
have a good day!


Jump Into Puddles said...

what a sweet win!

Jump Into Puddles

Ivana Split said...

Northern Lights continues to puzzle us, doesn't he?

You look so sweet and adorable the curly hairdo...and those oxfords are really lovely!

Jamie Rose D. said...

Ahaha you always have the best stories to tell us.

In other news, those shoes you won are so awesome! Hooray for winning! I love the socks you paired with them. You're the queen of wearing patterned socks. I always wish I had more socks so I can style some like you do. Also your earrings are da bomb.

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Gita said...

Such a cute combo. Looks simple enough, but I think what makes it is all the little details in the belt buckle and socks. Love!

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Katie Aman said...

Gasp, so PRETTY! It amazes me that you can wear fancy jewelry like that and make it look so non-chalant, like you're a mystical princess and that is just your every day attire.
I have a few jewels I always want to break out but decide against because I always think them too fancy!
And I adore those oxfords!! (obviously)
I love to smell new things too, haha, especially if they're nice and leathery and such. These are such a perfect mix of neutral and unique, I can't get enough!

I do hope you have an actual conversation with your mystery rider someday. He no doubt has a personality which could rival yours and I'm sure you would have some most interesting conversations.
Have a happy day, darling!

caffinatedlove said...

Hahah, thank goodness no one inhaled those hallicuinigans.

Once again, I really need to not be eating or drinking or consuming food products when I read your blog. They always end up coming out through my nose. ever. damn. time.

Gorgeous look! Peppy, fun, and cute.


OrigamiGirl said...

I am so happy for the return of Northern Lights! It's like a short story slowly unfolding before us. :D I'm glad you spoke this time. And yes, mmm the smell of nice new leather is perfect.

Delores Harshaw said...

Oh I love hearing about Northern Lights! I hope more develops in time. Your outfit is so cute too. I love those oxfords and your socks are just perfect.

Alissa said...

I didn't read a damn word you said because I saw that fierce little booootttaayyy pop in like the second photo and instantly was like DAYUM GURL.

Ayantika said...

you look awesome! Loved everything!


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lucia m said...

those shoes are amazing!



Keit said...

Lol, I bet that guy would be super pleased with the name you gave him :D
Aaaah, the shoes....they're so vintagy my heart hurts! :D Love dem!

Anna said...

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Lily Fang said...

First things first: Happy belated birthday!! 21 is a milestone age, but I completely agree with what you said about alcohol--that's exactly how I feel. And I would totally love to meet your grandmother--she sounds like a fabulous person :) Also loving the lithographs--you have this certain ethereal and distinctive style, and these fossil floaters are no exception. Simply intriguing!

As for this look, winning things is the best! Especially nice and stylish things :)Those oxfords are so unique and match flawlessly with your cute belt! I like how you made a few basics speak volumes. And of course your attention to detail is stunning--those earrings match so well!

I love how you beat Northern Lights to it this time haha. I totally agree with the other commenters--it'd be so fun if you guys had a conversation.

Have a beautiful week, Ali!

lisa said...

Wow- those are amazing shoes! I love the details in this look and such pretty photos. What a fun story- this Northern Lights character is intriguing :)

Linda B said...

Seriously, I just want to visit Alabama to track down this Northern Lights dude and ask him what his deal is. Haha, seriously, all I can respond to that tale is: "Um, whaaa?"
I hope there are more little tales on him and his bizarre antics!
Anyway, these oxfords are PERFECT for you Ali, I'm so glad you won them! :D
You look so snazzy with the checkered socks too. This whole outfit is quite collegiate and pretty. And oooh, your hair is doing something new! Haha I feel like I get lazy with my hair and keep it down or do side braids and that's it -_- Perhaps I'll be more inspired before shoots to do something fancy. Or just different at least...

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Love Playing Dressup said...

love your outfit :) the styling is perfect !

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Marlen said...

hahah that biker story had me chuckling all the way through- it kindaaaa sounds like the beginning of a romcom. Jus' sayin'. And good thing you got that light on the front- I NEED YOU IN ONE PIECE.

Also, LOVE those shoes!! What an amazing, amazing win.

xo marlen
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Midwest Muse said...

your photos are always so beautiful!

Jo said...

So funny. I was just thinking about this Northern Lights guy and whether there would be a part 2 when I saw and liked your instagram photo which depicts you cycling and true enough, you wrote about it!

Weet on winning the oxfords. I can imagine the heavenly smell fresh from the box. I would do the same too. I love your hair!!! Why are they in such gorgeous 2 tones of curls?

Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

Dus of Cuddly Cacti said...

i am loving this outfit SO much! i love how you left things simple but matched the leather shoe color w/ the belt too. those shoes are seriously amazing and i love the neighbor analogy. glad you're enjoying cycling around to much!

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Demi said...

Those shoes made my jaw literally drop. They're amazing! New follower here, it's great to see a fellow artist & fashion blogger (although does it count if you haven't done any art in a really long time? Maybe) in the wild! Looking forwards to more of your posts :)

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