My proudest Instagram moment thus far.
Babes at the Museum: check it out if you haven’t yet!
Had to show my Indy pride on Race Day!
Wall of beautiful boots at Centerville Western Stores
Bolts of perfect prints at Pendleton Woolen Mills Outlet
Kitschy Heaven at SC’s
New kitschy obsession: deer!!
“Deer” is my last name spelled backwards, a fact I discovered right around the time I learned that “Anna” is a palindrome [the wonders of youth!]. I found the porcelain dish below at Lodekka a few months ago and it now sits on the radiator in my bathroom and holds a few rings. I love the sweet deer family pictured in the top right corner.
In the grand tradition of retail therapy on my 1/2 day Fridays, I stopped by one of my downtown favorites, Living Threads Vintage this afternoon. I walked away with an amazing “carpet bag” purse with quite the roomy interior [to be used as a work bag alternative to my trusty Samsonite] and yet another tiny porcelain vessel to hold jewels. Both for $20?! SOLD.
Athletes AND a man on the over of June Vogue?! Not. Interested. Hoping the inside is good…
Gold knot ring: Fringe Vintage, Portland, OR
Thumb ring: Radish Underground, Portland, OR
Stone cuff: Grayling Jewelry, handmade in Portland, OR (thanks, Mom!)
Nails: Given the holiday treatment last night with glitter top coat courtesy of Rite Aid
From where I sit..
Sweater: swap score
Blue & white bracelet: H&M, Las Vegas, NV
Butterfly: Lulu’s Vintage, Portland, OR
PS: hi, mom!
I’ve always wanted a second pair of hands!
Gold cardigan clip: Gilt Jewelry, Portland, OR
Printed scarf: Denver, CO
LBD: Forever 21
The following is a line from a reeding we did in class [we were to choose the line(s) that spoke to us from the larger piece], and my accompanying response:
“The trick is to leave yourself behind,
to disguise yourself
in the unselfconscious body
of a woman you always meant to be..”
– From “In Another Country”
This line speaks to me because I want to be “that woman,” the unselfconscious one that I think someday I’ll let go enough to find. I’ll release a bit of control, loosen my white knuckle grip, and embrace all things intuitive. I’ll figure out what I actually like and don’t like vs. what I “should”- the “shoulda, woulda, couldas” that guide me. I’ll be more spontaneous. I’ll love without so much hesitation. I’ll make definitive choices and deal with the outcomes head-on, in a timely manner. But what if – until I can truly reach this point – I could adopt a disguise as recommended in this piece? I’ve often tried to approach uncomfortable situations as an actress, stepping out and shedding my multiple inhibitions to assume the role of the woman in the unselfconscious body. Do I dare leave that which allows me the illusion of self-control? Fear of the unknown keeps me thwarted, from embodying the woman I mean to be, the one I wish others to see me as. If I take on this guise, would it eventually either meld with my old, fearful/timid persona or completely take me over – a make-over of the grandest, least superficial sort? Either way, seems like a win. One step closer towards being the woman I aspire to be.