Monday, January 25, 2016
______BornPretty sent me some stellar jewelry recently: this cutout star ring, an adjustable double terminated bracelet, and a crescent moon necklace. All out of this world.
______I have worked with BornPretty before and have always been satisfied with their products; though cheap in cost, the production of these items is comparable to what you'd find in stores here for $10-$15 more. The metal is actually metal, opposed to that peculiar lightweight plastic that some overseas companies use, and this metal doesn't leave green marks on your skin or become tainted over time. I still have the rings and earrings from them that are just the same as the day I received them years ago.
______So if you want 10% off your next order at BornPretty, just use the code ALT10 during checkout.
______David Bowie's passing made me one sad little nugget. Though I didn't become a huge fan of his music until college, he's been my favorite musical artist since as I listen to him daily. I'm one who is always plugged in to tunes, digging and unearthing new, off-beat artists, as well as relying on the well-known classics. Bowie has managed his way into every single one of my playlists, and I've always admired his creation of so many eclectic personalities, creative songs, and unyielding ability to be himself no matter what.
______He's adaptable as those wiggly pancake fish that blend into their backgrounds. You know the ones. Always the same, but always changing from one persona to the next with a natural ease.
______Alas. His passing was one that hit the world hard, but I know he's out there somewhere being spaceman and watching over us. He has done his duty here on planet earth. Besides, a new planet was discovered a week after his so-called passing, which many Bowie fanatics (along with myself) have reasoned that he's inhabiting.
______Coincidence? I think not.
Star ring: c/o BornPretty
Adjustable rock bracelet: c/o BornPretty
Crescent moon necklace: c/o BornPretty
Blazer: Charlotte Russe
Monkstrap heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Rocketship necklace: ??
Monday, January 18, 2016
______Um, so my super dearest darling friend Alissa over at The Adored Life sent me these seriously adorable feather-topped stockings. She is a dream, and if you don't know about her blog yet, then what are you even doing? Everything she writes makes me laugh like a scheming fly that rubs its hands together after pooping on your dinner. If you think I'm funny (which you shouldn't), then you will be peeing your underwear reading her content.
______And, well, if you don't wear underwear, then... #respect.
______I digress. I am in stocking heaven. They actually stay up and I'm excited to think of more ways to subtly up the charm of an outfit with them.
______I always tell myself it's smart when I'm shopping to buy practical things that remix nicely. Simultaneously, I always manage to convince myself that certain impractical items, which are extremely cute and/or spunky as heck, I'll never come across again, and honestly could be easily remixed if I raised the bar on outfit creativity.
______I am, essentially, a hot boiling mess. I am Funkytown to the nth degree. I am a pizza with too many toppings that don't taste yummy together, like sprouts and pineapple and garlic, with not nearly enough crust to hold it steady.
______I don't even own a plain black T-shirt. Bruh. Ali. Bruh! Honestly. I suck. It was only about a month ago that I bought a plain white boatneck shirt. And it hurt me a little bit inside; I was deliberating over it for far too long and kept moving back and forth toward the checkout line when I had it.
______On the bright side, it makes me have to think hard about an outfit and really funk them up into something unique. Is funk a verb? It might as well be. We can funk with the English language all we funkin' want. It's called developing a writing style (or just being terrible at writing).
______Have a wonderful start to your week, and remember to never be like me.
Dress: LoveCulture (similar)
Fringe kimono: Forever 21
Stockings: c/o Alissa, via NastyGal
Heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Monday, January 11, 2016
_____We all have that one secret dream we think about on occasion, that one dream that's sprouted inside of ours heads but will never reach reality, simply because it is incredibly inane.
_____Before I fall asleep and dream of wild things, I think about skipping through a green field that's sprinkled with the plumpest of chickens. I shit you not when I say my secret dream life would be that of a chicken tamer. Uh, maybe that's not the correct terminology. A purveryor of chickens? A chicken collector? Hmmm... how about...
_____A chicken handler.
_____I would not slaughter my chickens for the tasty nuggets which derive from their chunky bodies, oh no no. Mostly I would just observe them and how they navigate through their practical chicken lifestyle, occasionally intercepting to hug their soft bodies whenever my heart so desired. Have you ever seen very healthy fat chickens in person? Their feathers puff from their body, they can be beautiful shades of gold, of heathered grey and white, of inky black...
_____They are magical. I swear it.
_____And the way they walk! The way they walk is so pure and modest: their feathers ruffle with every step, their bodies wobble like a bobber in the water, and their eyes are large and beady as black pearls.
_____Don't even get me started on their fluffy chicken butts. Ugh. So much love and adoration for Gallus galls domesticus. That's right. You now know the scientific name for a chicken.
_____I imagine scenarios of how I would take care of these chickens. What if there was a severe storm? We (implying that I am married at this time, because someone would be psychotic enough to marry a chicken fanatic) would bring them indoors, and they would survey the human house. Imagine a bunch of fluffy chickens clucking around a typical household or cuddled up with you as you watch the TV.
_____They would wonder why a man on a flat screen expanded so insistently upon the weather radar behind him. They would peck at the glass cookie jar, wondering why they couldn't get through the transparent surface holding the goodies in. They would cluck and caw and do all sorts of chicken things.
_____Like pooping on stuff.
_____But we will not focus on chicken poop. We will focus on the positive, and the positive... well, it would be the dream.
Jacket: Barbour (gift from daddy Hval!)
Top: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (exact)
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
Hair: styled by my talented momma
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Monday, January 4, 2016
______These were taken the day before our last day of Warm-Winter. And now, the temperatures are where they should be considering the time of year: cool 40s and 30s, with those winds that smack you like a cold fish to the face and keep you chilled for the rest of the day.
______Chilly is how I usually am, though, because I'm always cold and wearing a massive, fluffy robe around the house in addition to multiple layers of socks. It's an impressive sight. I am a big weenie. I am quit possibly the biggest weenie. Just call me Weenie Lord Ali, Lord of the Weenies.
______But not those kind of weenies. I don't wanna be lord of those.
______I never really make many resolutions for New Years'. Or at least, the ones I have aren't something I ever write down unless I feel some kind of desperate need to really change myself. But I'm pretty satisfied with things right now and just want to keep pushing in the current direction that I've been. In the past week, I've finally submitted all my graduate school applications, and hope to figure out where I want to go with that, as well as being as happy as I possibly can with myself and any accomplishments I may have this year.
______I do know that one thing I want to do is cook more for myself and try a lot more new recipes: I save so many in my tabs but still tend to stick to the same meals. Variety needs to be the spice of life! Especially ones with wild rice, soups, and more vegan/vegetarian meals. Mmmm.
______I hope you all had a wonderful and fulfilling New Years' (and holiday season in general); seeing all the decorations and twinkling lights of Christmas disappear over the next few weeks is a little sad, but I guess it's more special if it comes only once a year.
Top: ASOS (exact)
Palazzo pants: JCPenny (similar)
Spike bracelet: Charming Charlie
Earrings: Lotus Botique (similar)
Heels: Jeffrey Campbell