Gotta wear this babe more often!
Ring: Forever 21
Nails: chipped Sephora

‘Gram humble brag.

My proudest Instagram moment thus far.
Babes at the Museum: check it out if you haven’t yet!



This subtle darling used to be a clip-on earring. Repurpose a jewel to make another jewel?! LIKE!
Purchased from: BillyGoat Vintage, Portland, OR

Shoe-ly you jest!

Happy Easter!

A glimpse of the swag in my “basket” this year. My mom is so amazing at assembling the most thoughtful collection of items: number stamps with ink, a cufflink that belonged to my Granddad repurposed as a bracelet charm, and some sparkly crayons have all already been used. Thanks, mom and a very happy Easter & Passover to all!

IT WAS SUNNY ALL WEEKEND. I’ve blurted that sentence out multiple times today as I’ve mentally [and financially…eh….] taken stock of my weekend wanderings. This part of the country is so bizarre to me sometimes. I mean, people literally alter or altogether abandon plans when the giant, blazing orb in the sky comes out for the first few times in spring. Today, for example, I got a call from my bestie while I was at yoga, as we had plans to catch up at some point in the day; I got her message when I got home and texted her back saying “I’ll call you later- the sun is out.” ‘NUFF SAID. Thankfully, she lives in Seattle now, so she completely understands. I guess it’s not that different than the first nice day on campus during my college days in the midwest; now it’s just much more pronounced in a strangers high-fiving each other &/or smiling for no particular-reason way.

A new season –  literally or figuratively – is always exhilarating for me. The promise and potential of the ‘unknown’ ahead scares the bejesus out of me, but in a way that makes me also really excited and usually creatively stimulated. Before I moved here and even up until pretty recently, I didn’t buy into the whole S.A.D or “woe is me it’s winter” as a justification for being down/depressed/stifled. But there is just no denying the power of a sunny day or stretch of days [preferred]; my thoughts have most definitely changed.

Alright, back to my aforementioned recent wanderings. I’m going to rely on my trusty phone camera roll-turned Instagram uploads to tell most of the tale for me. Seeing is believing: that goes for sunny days and shopping sprees.

Made a trip to the new-ish downtown Animal Traffic late last week to check out these cool, locally handmade bracelets [only $20!!]:

Those are all well and good, but I decided on something a bit more… Western. Definitely a new accessory family for me, but I think this will look great worn as a necklace with a black dress & boots:

Here’s one of my #dailybling snaps from the week that I especially like because it showcases the unique detailing often seen on vintage attire. The thoughtfully accented pocket square is sewn in and the pin is added by me- and yes, the locket really opens [but is empty, must change that].

A sweet, adorably labeled bright violet blouse I scored at Backtalk, the new boutique on Alberta that opened where The Factory used to be [obviously I also went in their new location just down the street, upgrade!]:

I love the name Josephine [Jo March!] and the top fits great and can be worn to work, so yeah, SOLD!

This next photo is of the bag purchases made at Solestruck shoes are sent home in:

So what can you deduce from this photo, you smart, beautiful human?
Yep, I bought some new kicks!

Ok… not these. Although this pair of Miu Miu “inspired “ [*cough* knock-off ] glitter booties did get me all hot and bothered and are the closest to the real thing Imma get for quite sometime.

No, I came away with these booty-kickin’, strut-inducing, BA gold studded black boots:

Ya know, for not being a “shoe person” I’ve certainly been posting about them a lot lately, eh? While my accessorizing allegiance will always be with jewels over purses/bags, scarves, belts, and shoes, I’m coming to have a very…let’s say ‘healthy’ relationship with the latter. I’m a bit surprised they came home with me but I have not an ounce of buyer’s remorse [not like I ever do]. I love them and since you can get away with wearing boots nearly year-round in the PNW, they’ve already been worn a few times.

As always, so much to do and see in this fair city, and most definitely when the weather is equally as lovely. Cheers to seasons and wandering without destination.

Much love,

PoseCity xo.

‘gram that sh*t!

#nowplaying Sonic Youth’s awesome cover of The Carpenters’ “Superstar”

Greetings Blog-land! I’m going to take a moment – ahem, a whole post – to declare my l-u-v for Instagram. Defined on their website as “photo sharing, reinvented,” Instagram is an app for iPhone that lets users alter images through several different filters. The various filters have many options such as adding a frame &/or making a color image black & white. Post-filtering to heart’s content, one can instantly upload his/her masterpiece and share to Facebook, Twitter &/or email to specific recipients. Wiz, bang, you’s a fancy photog now!
**except that you’re not, so don’t go acting all Ansel Adams-y about your “skills”**

What I like most about the ‘gram:

  1. Another fun social network: there is following, liking, commenting and tagging involved. All of these things we have been conditioned to know & understand are easily translated to the world of Instagram, except that it is all photos. No status updates or live-tweeting in sight!
  2. Finding people to follow is easy. Not only can you upload contacts who have Instagram from your Facebook friend list & Twitter followers [not mandatory to synch, but helpful to find actual people you know.. in “real life”..], but the Home screen is a news feed-type display of activity, showing who is following & commenting on who/what. Plus, tagging your photos – just like on the Twit using “#” – helps people identify photos most appealing to them. Most likely, the people you follow share your aesthetic interests and since you can see the photos of the people they follow, it’s just a big follow-fest of visual delights!! Speaking of…
  3.  Visual delights. I mean, duh. At the very basic level, Instagram IS a way to share images, after all. But unlike Pinterest the pictures are more personal and less aspirational. Once I finally starting using it regularly, I’ve been encouraged to document more and more. The filters are fun to experiment with and I get a kick out of finding new people to follow who share my tastes. It is a delightful peek into the life of someone else.
  4. The “Popular” page is a sad & humorous representation of society. Shots of suspiciously underage- looking cleavage, sandy beaches, half-eaten frosted cupcakes, Kim Kardashian kissy facing in the car: yep, this is what garners the most “likes” on the ‘gram. And yet, I look every time. No shame. Embrace the predictability and let it lead you….
  5. Emoji can be used in comments. Those in the know know how much this excites me. And alternately annoys me about the users who go overboard with emoticons. I’d like to think they are all tweens, but statistically speaking, that’s just not possible.
Some recent snaps via my feed; follow @reedmylips7 and help my dream of becoming an Instagram celeb come true!
I’ve been trying to be more diligent about documenting my accessories, in manner of “30 Days of Jewels” but more casual- thus my not-always-daily #dailybling shots, courtesy of H&M above and Radish Underground below.
Presidents Day venture to Anna Bananas cafe in St. Johns. Try the hummus plate!
Birthday expiration date on my green juice!
File under: things you notice when bored in a work meeting.
I like the way my Spicoli Vans look against the red strip in front of #6 that’s supposed to prohibit parking, emphasis on supposed. This is also an example of “filter regret,” as I think the shoes look too washed out.
I hope to someday be able to indulge in the luxury of fancy candles.  These sensory invitations accompany the display of fragrant wax statues at ink & peat  on N. Mississippi Ave.
I think the February 2012 issue of ARTnews was made for me, no? PS- Cindy Sherman exhibit at MoMA is getting tons of press, ya heard? I want to go!
There you have a small representation of my Instagram life. I really have become quite addicted as of late; maybe it’s the honeymoon phase, but it is also a welcome diversion from Facebook, Pinterest, actual work. Of course, there are things I dislike about the app – the same things I despise about all other social networks: an abundance of pictures depicting babies, pets, and food – but for now, consider me an InstaFAN. I know you see what I did there.
Happy ‘gramming my friends! Oh, and lest you think I forgot.. HAPPY OSCAR WEEKEND!
PoseCity xo.