I’ll be straight up honest; getting dressed when it’s 110+ degrees outside is an absolute chore. We’ve had a heat advisory for about a week now, and despite living here my entire life I’m not used to it. There’s no way anyone can get used to walking outside and practically not be able to breathe. Enough about the weather, right? It’s summer and it’s gonna be hot in the Northern Hemisphere.
When you don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into getting dressed you come to appreciate stylish pictures on the internet. There’s just a lot of browsing Tumblr in my lazy Target shorts. (#honesty) There are only so many fabric options, colors, and ways to work with what you’ve got when you have three incredibly long months ahead. These are some of my favorite style inspo images I’ve compiled on the style tag of my Tumblr (Found here). They are definitely giving me the summer vibes I need to get my sh*t together and get dressed.
Once I heard someone say you shouldn’t wear an entire outfit of clothes from one store or you’ll look like a mannequin (or walking billboard) for that store. I never really thought about that before and, honestly, it sounds pretty insane. It would mean anyone remotely looking at you (and your outfit) would have to know the entire contents of a store to know where you’ve purchased it. I suppose this really only made sense back in the day with Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch since those items were heavily labeled.
Either way it’s always been some strange idea in the back of my mind every day when I get dressed. It’s likely the most unnecessary thing to be thinking about while getting dressed for the day. That said there are quite a few stores I shop at almost, I guess you could almost say, religiously. So the eventuality of being all dressed in one store is inevitable. Why am I talking about this?
One of the best and worst things about summer are bathing suits. Chilling poolside is basically a requirement right now (it’s about 120 degrees out right now as I type this, no lie) and doing it fully clothed would be weird. The material swimsuits are made from is often cooler than some items of clothing so they are even wearable outside of the pool. There is a return to modesty this summer with more swimsuits being made of more fabric and cuts that provide greater coverage. The chic one piece is having a major moment right now, but like many other things, it really depends on the person, their preference, and body type.
I love this Zimmerman striped bikini because I love a good set of stripes and a bikini. With a one piece I like the Solid & Striped Lexi. The navy color is classic and the white provides nice, clean lines.
Shop: Zimmerman bikini, Solid & Striped bikini, Zara lace one piece, Solid & Striped gingham one piece, Madewell x Bikyni top, Madewell x Bikyni bottoms, H&M lace up one piece, Lisa Marie Fernandez wrap front swimsuit, Solid & Stripe Lexi, Marysia scallop top, Marysia scallop bottom
Lately I’ve been feeling really down. I’m not sure if it’s entirely stress related or just one of those funks I just can’t get out of. I’ve been sick (who gets a cold during the summer?), and dealing with some other really difficult stuff. I keep trying to find ways to make things better and just end up feeling like I’m failing. I can just never get it right or it’s just never enough. One of the biggest pieces of advice people love to say when you’re feeling down is to just “get up and get moving.” You know take a shower and get dressed for the day. Make yourself feel the best you can even when you feel your worst. I’m sure that’s sound advice except when one of your biggest issues is self-esteem related. Sadly no matter how together I make myself look it won’t always boost my self esteem.
So what happens when you just can’t manage it? Enter the Lazy Days wardrobe. It’s not exactly the I’ve completely given up on life special since they are acceptable to wear in public if need me. Sometimes you just need to go buy junk and Rosé at the store, right? These are my favorite things to wear when I’m just lazy and not looking forward to putting effort into choosing an outfit. Even when I’m not down they are perfect for lounging around my house in a messy bun with. Those super great afternoons spending time by myself watching an incredibly dumb Ancient Aliens marathon while stewing over nonsense I can’t control.
And it’s way better than whatever overpriced Vetements garbage is “popular” now
Shop: Basic tank top, sneakers, bralette, joggers, baggy sweater, crewneck sweatshirt, leggings, graphic tee, sworts, hoodie
There’s a nostalgia wave hitting television which I’m all for but slightly against. There are plenty of completely unnecessary reboots hitting airwaves at a steady pace. A couple of weeks back one of my favorite shows, Twin Peaks, made its television return on Showtime. Twin Peaks began airing on ABC in 1990 and has become a cult classic (it has even been considered one of televisions greatest dramas).
Twin Peaks finds FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper solving the murder of Laura Palmer in a town filled with eccentric characters and supernatural elements. It has a very offbeat sense of humor and iconic David Lynch cinematography. To be honest, Twin Peaks is a little hit or miss when you try to talk to people about it. It’s not exactly an easy sell especially the newer episodes on Showtime. They are a little out there compared to the older ones, but that’s likely due to more relaxed views on Frost/Lynch’s creative direction. My favorite part is the return of many of the original characters and the emergence of music as a larger part of the whole experience. I was so excited to see Chromatics on episode one.
I wanted to write a whole blog post about my love of Twin Peaks in-depth especially because of all the annoying things I have to read about people disliking it in my Twitter timeline. But then I just ended up spending tons of time looking at really cool Twin Peaks merchandise online. Seems like a better use of time, right? Nothing will be as cool as the girl I ran into a couple of years ago on Halloween at a bar dressed as the Log Lady, but some of this stuff is just as cool.
Tote bag, Key tag, Tee shirt, Enamel pin, Minimalist print, Turntable slipmat, Shower curtain, Coffee mug, Tee, Enamel pin, Art poster
Looking at my closet right now there is a sea of monochrome colors with a few little dusty pinks or blues here and there. But I’m dealing mostly with black, white, and grey. Certainly no yellow. I think the last time I wore yellow was over 10 years ago and it was a terribly ill-fitting dress. But this spring (and now summer) yellow is a really in color and for good reason. It looks really good with a tan (which I wish I had right now).
Yellow is such a bright, cheerful color which definitely intimidates me. Denim is just a regular staple so there’s just something about pairing them both I find appealing. It’s a very summer combination. Denim just feels rough and tough so breaking it up with the yellow makes it feel lighter. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to incorporate yellow into one’s style so there’s no need to jump headfirst into it. I just know I’d be too intimated to rock another yellow dress, but after browsing around it might be worth trying (I’m really feeling this H&M top). If not there’s still earrings, sunglasses, and even bathing suits to take the plunge with.
Backpack, Sneakers, Sunglasses, Earrings, Top, Shorts, Sundress, Jacket, Sandals, Bag
Cutoffs, Sandals, Sunglasses, Blouse, Bag, Shorts, Tank, Sandals, Bag
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I’m really excited by all the new music coming out lately. Every day it feels like I have something new to check out. Most of the time it feels like I’ve traveled back in time to 2010 or 2011 with all these new releases from Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, and Phoenix. I’ve heard the Fleet Foxes but need more time to fully absorb and process it this week when it officially comes out. Maybe I’ll have to write about some new music to check out later on.
For now I’ve made another volume of songs I’m listening to a lot lately. It’s mostly music of the indie persuasion, but there’s a couple other things in there worth knowing about. And yes, most of them are new releases.
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