Friday, August 19, 2016

Starry Eyes + BornPretty

______BornPretty always sends me the loveliest accessories as I am sure you all know, and this set of items did not disappoint. I opted for some silver jewelry as I have been lacking in that area and picked a few stellar pieces: this silver star ring, twisted silver bracelet, moon and star earrings, and a pointed chain necklace. I'm always impressed with their quality as it's tough and long-lasting; I know that these will be no different, and I'm digging all things star, planet, and galaxy-related right now. And forever. Pluto is still a planet and I believe in it.

______Ahem. As usual, you can get 10% off with code ALT10 at checkout.

______Now that I've roamed around Iowa City enough both on foot and bike, I feel comfortable with my environment and excited about living and teaching here for the next couple of years. Rather than having a downtown littered solely with bars and bar food, it's peppered with delicious eateries, unique shops, and coffee cafes galore. Each place has its own personality: there's a coffee shop with Edison-style lights and knotted rugs on the floors, a bar with candles and wooden accents, a kitchen shop with hand thrown bowls and mugs, and a couple yogurt shops with brightly colored chairs and glass windows for walls.

______I know I haven't seen everything there is to offer here, either, but I look forward to peeling away the layers of this city. I've been biking a lovely, foliaged trail that hugs a river and swoops around a lake, but I know there are more trails out here. Just the the other day, I was driving and noticed a couple of neon helmets pop out from beneath and bridge and then dip down into tall grass that hides a path. As I looked over, I saw a yellow sign designating a bike trail.

______How do you explore new places?

Necklace: c/o BornPretty
Bracelets: c/o BornPretty
Moon and star earrings: c/o BornPretty
Star ring: c/o BornPretty


ravenlocks said...

Lovely dress. I love those shoes!

xo Azu

Lee said...

I really like your dress! And these photos are so lush and pretty!!

I love exploring new places by bike and foot. I've lived in my current city for around seven months and I Still feel like there is so much more to explore! I did recently move to a new neighborhood, which is very bike friendly so that's a fun way to explore the part of town I'm not so familiar with.

Frannie Pantz said...

First of all--did you take these photos??? Because they are damn good! Second, you look AMAZING in this dress! Also, I am glad that you are getting to know your little town. I love exploring new places! Finally, thank you for your kind words and support about my grandpa. It really means a lot.

LyddieGal said...

Sounds like you are setting in and enjoying your new city! Exploring by foot is always a good way to get to know a new place. I hope there are lots of great new places to discover.

Lily Fang said...

I love this mix of edgy pieces! That dress looks like a perfect fall transition piece with the versatile green. Your jewelry, is always, a lovely touch. And those heels make me swoon every time!

I'm so happy you're settling in nicely :) I also do a lot of my exploring through my workouts haha--going on runs/bike rides always familiarizes me with the area quickly. It's also helpful to know how to get to useful places on foot or by bike--the first month of college, I learned that I could access a nearby shopping center about 2 miles down the bike path, so I started biking to get my groceries, or running there and taking the bus back!

Much love always <3

imperfect idealist

Izzy said...

oh I'm in love with your starry accessories! that star ring is too pretty. Lovely location for photos too! :)

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