Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 for 30 Day 23: The Fat Lady's Wailing (or) How To Gracefully Concede

Ok readers and fellow fashionistas. I really tried to avoid having to do this post, but I fear I must gracefully bow out of my 30 for 30 challenge. It's been fun, but let's be serious for a moment: I started back when Kendi offered it in November 2010. It's almost April. Snap out of it, Sara.

I really hate to concede defeat on this one, but let's go over my pallid excuses.

I started this blog a few weeks before I was hired at my current job, and let's just say that all the excitement I felt at starting an interconnected shrine to all things fashionable and ornamental was soon put on the back burner. Time to grown up and be an adult. Bad timing, I know.

With a full time job and 3 hours commuting a day, I quickly realized that I needed to adjust to this major schedule change. And I tried valiantly to complete this 30 for 30 mission, but whenever I got home I found myself glancing over the area of my closet I specifically sequestered away to house my 30 for 30 picks with all the affection ones gives a too-old leftovers in the fridge. So, with limited time to shoot photographs anyway (at least the days are getting longer--more sunlight!) I found that I was even more reluctant to put on 30 pieces of clothes that I'm tired of. I keep thinking of great outfits that I want to photograph, and then I think "No, I can't do those until I finish this 30..."

So, I figured since I have very limited time to be working on this blog, I might as well be doing it with outfits I love. It's About the Look is meant to be my creative outlet, not a grueling task.  So enough jabbering, here's my last outfit from my 30 for 30. The next outfit post I do will be fancy!  

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Closet Staples: Delicate Pendants Part II

So here are the rest of the pendants that I wear with a great deal of frequency. I also really like to mix and match them together, or pair them with longer or shorter pieces to contrast. If you missed the first part of this mini series, go check it out!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Closet Staples: Delicate Pendants Part I

I've been meaning to start an ongoing mini series highlighting the things in my closet that stand out as staples for my style. One thing that I'm almost never without is some kind of necklace. Some people have earrings or a ring or bracelet that they cannot be without, they eat, sleep and shower in it, and might fiddle with it when they're bored or nervous. For me, it's a small pendant of some kind.

I tend to generally classify necklaces into two-ish categories: pendant-style and strand/chain-style. Now that we've covered my scientific classification of neck-adorning ornamentation and trinketry, let's look at some of my favorite pendants:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday


-Buying two cupcakes from the Flirty Cupcakes truck, and scarfing one of them before I get back to the office so it looks like I only bought myself one, and my coworkers won't judge me...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Break, Retrospective, and the Red Cross

It's been longer than I would like since I've posted anything, but life seems to get in the way every once in a while. Unfortunately, this isn't a style post, you'll have to excuse me. This past week was busy with house-and-cat sitting, seeing some old friends, and trying to fight off a nasty bug. Come Friday, I'd hoped to be able to shoot some outfits and write a few blog posts, but seeing the devastation of the earthquake just hitting Japan, coupled with the few moments of panic when I realized my parents were on the west coast of the US, seemed to sap any creative energy I had. (Thankfully, the tsunami's effect on US shores was minimal so my parents were fine, but its hard to shake that worry after seeing the devastation that occurred in 2004 in Indonesia.)

It seemed like every time I opened my computer to type or attempted to put together an outfit, my efforts fell flat like a rapidly deflating balloon. I felt weird thinking about clothes and accessories with pictures from Japan flicking across the screen of the TV. I have a minor in Asian Studies in college, and took two years of Japanese language in addition to Japanese culture and art classes. It was my hope to travel to Japan, but alas that didn't happen in college. I'd still like to go someday. Even though I have never been to Japan, I feel crushed by the increasing state of despair and the rush to find survivors, overshadowed by nuclear plant complications.

I felt a similar deafening feeling last month when an earthquake shook New Zealand, a country usually not associated with tectonic notions. In leu of Japan, I traveled to Australia 2 years ago, and got to spend a glorious 10 day trip in New Zealand. I totally fell in love with the country, head over heels, and had crammed in as much as I could in those 10 days, to see as much as possible. The country itself is as varied as it is breathtaking, ranging from mountains and rolling hills to rainforest to rocky beaches and sheer cliffs to glaciers to snowy mountain peaks. I had spent time in Christchurch, the area most effected by the NZ earthquake.

I'll try not to wax too poetically, but after taking a blogging-break it was amazing to see the wealth of posts by other bloggers concerned for Japan and the surrounding Pacific nations effected by both the earthquake and the resulting tsunami. I've seen tons of links for tons of different charities, but I've chosen to go with the good ol' Red Cross. I've made a donation to help disaster victims (Disaster Relief to Countless Crises, although you can donate directly to the Japanese relief efforts too), and I hope you will consider making one as well. :)

Thanks y'all.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Things I'm Craving: Is it spring yet??

Ugh, I really despise this time of year. I keep thinking, around the holidays, that I'll just keep busy and I won't even notice how long and grey and drab and endless February and March are. Then about two weeks into February, every year, I wake up, loose my patience, and scream "Dear lord, when is the sun coming back??"

This year was no exception. And I swear stores start bringing out their summer clothes earlier and earlier every year.

So, in an attempt to distract myself from the flippin' snow falling outside my window, I've been looking at things I've really been craving!

Aztec/Navajo/Native Print Everything

I like the geometric nature of these prints, and I'm not really a big of florals right now, so this is a nice alternative. 

Free People
I drooled over this cardigan all winter.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

30 for 30 Day 22: She's crazy! Run!!

After my last post about looking professional and proper for work and meetings, I decided to shake things up a bit. And you might want to stand back, because I went a little crazy...

I wore my sweater backwards. On purpose.

Whoa. I hope I didn't just blow your mind too much there. And if I knocked you over with my tornado of crazy, it's alright, tell Ma and Pa it's safe to come out from the cellar now. My sweater is on front-ways today. Just don't tell them that I deemed it necessary to also mix prints and wear bright blue tights.