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Makeshift Monday.

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I don’t know what my problem is, but sometimes it’s hard for me to get rid of stuff. I’ve definitely gotten much better over the years, and moving halfway across the country always helps, since it forces you to let go of things that absolutely will not fit in your car or tiny U-Haul. It’s actually a good thing. And I’ll admit, it feels really good to de-clutter, even in the closet area. However, if I’m not being forced to, it’s a challenge.

Lately, I’ve been trying to think of the best approach to start going through my closet for a downsize, I’m still hanging onto things I moved with that I still haven’t worn since before I moved. But I would say there are actually very few pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for over 5 years. I can probably count them on one hand. Recently, when going through some things, these boots were nearly making the pile to be donated or sold, but in my awesome thriftiness I asked myself, “What if I made these short?” Sometimes the easiest solution is to take something you already have, and look at it in a new way to make it work.

They are actually a taller, cuffed/ruched boot from Aldo about 6 or 7 years ago, so they’re a bit dated with how much my style has progressed and evolved. I personally am not a fan of ruched or scrunched boots that are taller, let alone somewhat fitted. It’s just not a style I love, though it was sort of the trend for a while. Now I think it looks a bit “young”. But what If I could find a way to make them into some rad, slouchy ankle boots? Yes? Maybe? After playing with them a bit, I realized I could fold them down inside themselves – think like one of those stupid light saber toys we had as kids, where it folds up into itself and when you whip it forward it pops out into your 8-year-old weapon of choice. Sort of like that, in reverse. This probably wouldn’t work for every boot, but it worked with these, and I was able to make them into something I could work with for the time being. When I find a pair of gray ankle boots that I like the fit of, for a price I’m OK with, these will probably go, but until then, why not get creative and switch up the way you wear something?? Everyone loves a good upcycle! ;)

 

Boots: Aldo (tall, worn short, and SUPER old)
Tights: Target
Skirt: F21 (similar here and here)
Sweater: F21 (similar)
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Warehouse (similar)

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Peacocking.

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When I was a kid, I was very close with my great-grandmother. She lived on farmland that was essentially crops-only for as far back as I can remember. By the time I was old enough to know what was up, all the animals were gone except for a coop of chickens and peacocks. Yes….peacocks. My great-grandmother had about half a dozen peacocks hanging out in this coop, bouncing around in the rafters, who by default were best friends with their pals the chickens. This totally fascinated me, because let’s be real, who has peacocks on their farm in Nebraska!?! Well regardless, my sister and I grew up playing on her farmland, exploring, running around getting stung be bees, chased by raccoons, playing with barn cats, and timidly checking out these peacocks from time to time. We had an abundance of beautiful peacock feathers at all times, which also got played with. That is, if by “played with” you mean swatting each other in the face or whipping each other with them (Fresh off the bird, those things are about 3-4 feet long at least!).

My love for peacocks still exists, although I don’t want to play with them, chase them, or own one at any point anymore. It took me a long time to figure out as a kid, IF YOU STOP RUSHING AT THEM the poor birds are actually quite nice and tame if used to being around people. They’re beautiful animals though, and I love when I find peacock pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe, like this necklace I found at a vintage store in Omaha many years ago. I haven’t busted it out in a while, and in honor of the weather cooling back down a touch this weekend, I thought I’d post this outfit from an equally cool day a while back that hasn’t made it to the blog yet. A soft skater skirt and simple sweater and scarf keep me warm, and the printed tights and peacock pendant add for a touch of visual interest.

Boots: London Rebel, via ASOS (similar here and here)
Tights: Nordstrom (similar from Target!)
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: F21
Scarf: H&M (similar on Etsy!)
Necklace: Vintage, thrifted (similar)

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Coffee Run.

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I love a goooood hot cup of coffee on a cloudy gray day. I’ve had a pretty busy week, and this is just the right casual outfit while keeping me warm in the “cooler” temps when the sun isn’t shining. I bought this sweater almost 2 years ago from F21, and it’s it held up surprisingly well. I have to hand it to F21 lately…at extremely low prices, sometimes you can have some major quality issues, but in the last year or two they’ve REALLY stepped up their sweater game. I don’t know about you, but there were over a dozen winter sweaters I really wanted to snag from them this season. Some of them were rivaling MUCH more expensive brands in cut and quality, such as Free People and Wildfox Couture, for a fraction of the cost. Nice to see them step that up a little bit.

I paired this super-soft baby pink waffle knit number with my favorite ripped jeans, a pop of leopard in the belt, and these lace up booties for a bit of comfortable height on the go!

Jeans: Zara
Sweater: Forever21, long gone but similar here
Belt: Target
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Lucky Penny, via Anthropologie (similar here)

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