Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring has Sprung!

Happy April, Everyone!

March was quite an adventure!  Snow, then warmth- then rain.  I thought the spring would never come, but it is supposed to get up to 80 today in Delaware and saying that I am excited would be an understatement!

These photos were actually taken last weekend, our "trend" weekend at work was Garden Party (yes, that was allll me ;)  and I was super excited to wear my bright lace and sequin dress for the occasion.  I have been busy working lately, but the daylight hours are longer which leaves a lot more time for play!  My rainbow bike is once again making an appearance on the street, I have ordered new supplies to make my jewelry, and I have registered for Delaware's Fun-A-Day project again this year, which I have chosen a photography theme for this time around.  (Time to break out those camera skills!!)
I am looking forward to the adventures to come.  In May, Daniel and I will be visiting some family out in Missouri, one of my very good friends is getting married at the Beach, and I will be working diligently on my photography project.  Last month, Daniel and I took an impromptu trip to Connecticut; ate at an adorable vegetarian restaurant, stayed in a cozy hotel, and found some fun vintage treasures in a little clothing store in downtown New Haven, (as well as an amazing antique mall!).  I am planning on doing a post soon on our trip!!




      Most of all, I have been trying to appreciate the small things in life, and spend as much time as possible with my family and friends; it never feels like enough time to be with them!

     Lots of walks, lots of fresh air, and being surrounded by trees and wildlife.

     On Tuesday, I will be teaching my mom's preschool class about bugs! (and five other classes in her school!) I am really happy to be able to have those small opportunities to do something I truly love, teach kids about insects!

     I fantasize about having my own butterfly center one day, and being the "butterfly lady"! :)
This Spring, I am also hoping to become part of an organic CSA; I love using fresh fruits and vegetables in every meal and  supporting local agriculture, so I am looking into different programs and hope to settle on one soon.  I also just got The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson, and am super excited to have some more simple and creative ideas for vegetables and fruits. The book is both a feast for the palate AND for the eyes, she really did an incredible job putting it together!

Well, get out there an enjoy the spring air and I will talk to you all very soon!!

xo, Alyssa

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ohhhh February.

Some February Outfitting highlights...



Folks, winter is not my favorite season.  I try to see the beauty in every stage of the year, but boy have we had quite a season.  Snow fall after snow fall, freezing temperatures, ice, sleet, freezing rain; the whole deal.  I think Delaware is quite ready for spring, as for me- I am ready for summer!!!  

Even with all of the crazy weather, I have had a pretty good month.  A few weeks ago I went to New York City for my first EVER New York Fashion week and attended the K. Nicole Runway Show, the product of my friend Nicole Rae Styer and her design partner, Kera Anderson.  The show was AMAZING.  
(above, left:  an interview with a film crew about my personal style and my take on the K.Nicole Runway show, above, right:  a photo with the amazing Nicole Rae Styer, below:  a photo of Daniel and I on our way up to NYC)

Valentine's Day was low key and relaxing, and was spent at the Homegrown Cafe in Newark, my favorite spot for good eats and music.  We had just had a whirlwind of snow the two days before, so getting out was a bit of a challenge.  
We're such goofballs ;)

And as you can see- my dipdyed hair got a lift with bright pink (which actually started as bright purple) and I am loving it!  Most exciting of all, is that the weather is starting to brighten up a bit, yesterday we got a nice break from the cold and snow and it was warm enough to take my bike out for a spin in the park!



This kimono style holly hobby piece was perfect for bike riding yesterday.  It felt so freeing to just be able to step out without a coat on and go.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, most importantly- the snow was melting!!! Alas, the weather is not quite ready to stick around, but at least we got a break from the overcast, snowy days we have been having.  I feel so much more myself when I can be outside and be active for more than thirty minutes without freezing.  I need my woods and trees and fields, they are such a big part of me!  

So glad I could update this week, and I will try to get back to my weekly updates now that the weather is calming down.  It seemed as though every time I tried to take outfit photos it snowed and dropped below freezing again!!! (not the easiest weather to show your cute outfits in ;)  So happy almost end of the winter everyone and I hope your weeks are off to a good start!

xo, Alyssa  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mixing it up!

     Happy Tuesday!  If you are in the Northeast like me this evening, you are probably sitting inside, safely tucked in to your favorite chair while the snow is quickly accumulating.  Without abundant shoppers today work was a wash,  I was sent home around noon (that never happens!) so it was an adult snow day for me; only without the puffy snowsuit, faux igloo in the backyard and half frostbitten fingers from playing outside too long.  Instead it was a nap on the couch with Daniel, watching a crime drama and drinking warm almond milk hot chocolate.  Perfect much?  For this girl, it was just how a snowy (hot mess!) kind of day should be spent. 
      It has been a few weeks since I have updated and in that time I have:  Gotten an Iphone (wow, can not believe that finally happened, but Daniel convinced me!), got my hair dip dyed purple (which has now faded to a dark fuchsia-esque color, traveled to New York City to visit some friends and congratulate them on their engagement (hooray Mark and Karin!), gotten my geno 2.0 results (very interesting!) and gotten some amazing new pieces for my wardrobe from both work and ModCloth.   Although I'd love to go on and on about how cool my results were from my genetic testing with National Geographic, I will give you a short synopsis.  I was given two "reference populations" which basically are the  people that are the most similar to you in terms of their DNA.  My most similar match was Finnish and my second match was Greek (that was a surprise!) But I will have to expand on that another time.
      The golden polka dot skirt has been on my love-list for quite a while on ModCloth and I finally decided to take the plunge when I received a gift card for Christmas.  The skirt runs small so I ordered the next size up and it fits perfect.  I love the length too, being taller it is hard sometimes to find "work appropriate" skirts and dresses, being on my feet in the store all day I do all sorts of moving and bending so finding a skirt this length is so lovely.  I am not a huge crop top wearer but I could not resist this comic book print and how fun it looked with the polka dots.  This look just could not wait for spring, so I layered it up with my acid wash jean jacket, and covered it with my favorite navy coat by Tofu (see below).   
    These past few weeks have been interesting.  Usually after the Holidays life seems to float into some kind of blank space, moving somewhat slow and filled with routine and bits of everyday life.  But actually these past few weeks have flown by, and I have been inspired to try new things, think about some future plans, and start moving on some goals I've had for a while. 

     I think most of all,  I have just felt inspired to be fully myself, to not hold anything back, to harness my full potential and see where it goes!  I want to keep sewing, keep designing, keep creating and taking risks with my style.  I am much happier when I continue to stretch myself and watch the results.  There are days where I just want to be lazy and days where I am full of ideas, but I think there are blossoming ideas in store; and I am excited to explore them further.
     You guys, I have so many fun outfit ideas for my next post!  I am excited to share my styling ideas and I know that we are far from Spring, but it's getting close and I can NOT wait for warmer weather.  Alas, the grass is always greener on the other side (well, it really is greener in March) but I will try to enjoy the coming weeks of winter as much as possible.  Lots of layering possibilities! :)
 Of course this outfit could not be complete without one more bow...

     I am happy I took a leap and experimented with my hair.  I have not dyed it at all for about three years now so I was a little nervous about the dip dye, originally it was supposed to be brighter but I am glad I started with a subtle change.  Next time I am going for pastel ;) 

Thanks for reading, until next time! 
xo, Alyssa

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Blank Slate

We have passed the first day of 2014!  Every year is a fresh slate, a new beginning and a journey undiscovered.  Today is also a day just like any other- so take the time to re-establish your goals but don't stress yourself getting too caught up in making sure you stick to "resolutions" or change every pesky habit you have- everything in life is a process.  That is what I have learned in life- and it can help me to not become too obsessed in self-criticism.  We are constantly reminded that we can be better, reach further and do more, but are rarely self-assured that we already good and enough as we are.  So here I am to tell you that all you need is right there inside of you- in that big heart of yours.  You are enough and you are beautiful, don't let anyone tell you that you are not! :)

Still (of course!), there are some things that I would love to see myself doing in the New Year- updating my blog and journal more, getting out and doing the things I have always wanted to do (i.e. traveling further distances, discovering new places) continuing to take chances with my personal style, enjoying the moment and capturing it in photos and with art because that is how I love expressing myself.  I want to show the people I love how much I care about them and spend more quality time with friends.  I would also like to get back into my sewing now that I have had some transition time for my new job- (and the height of retail season is over!) I want to find more inspiration and generate new ideas, take more time for being creative and lots of walks in the woods, I can not find anything more refreshing than that.    I think I'd also like to get involved in some new activities too, maybe something environmental, maybe something artsy- I am ready for some fun changes!
 For New Years I was feeling rather romantic and a little nostalgic- the perfect mood for this ivory lace dress.  The bell sleeves make me long for an era I never experienced and the lace makes me feel like a renaissance princess traipsing through the winter countryside.  How could my adventure be complete without a shabby old factory building in the background?  Of course staying true to my style, the floral tights give me a pop of color and pattern, with the ladybug being the perfect wildcard- I am in love with this bag!!
I had to work most of New Year's Eve, but luckily New Years Day was all mine.  Daniel and I hung out with some friends I met from work in their cozy little Arden apartment New Year's Eve, I couldn't have asked for a better time!  It was just the right pace and style for this year.   The past few weeks; crowded with working, family events and inexplicable hiccups, melted away while ringing in the New Year with new friends, ridiculous games and a few glasses of wine- they were just what we needed!
Dress, tights, headband:  Urban Outfitters, Ladybug purse:  gift from ModCloth.com, Necklace:  Anthropologie
2013 was a year of learning and growing for me.  It was a little more settled than 2012- I got pretty comfortable at my old job and then decided to try something new in the fall- that set me up for a huge transition but it was well worth it.  I finally got sewing this year and turned my dream of designing textiles into reality.  The summer was full of adventures, creativity and inspiration- I am aching for that warm weather again but also seeing the beauty and restfulness of the winter.  I am ready to go further, dig deeper, laugh more, and go on new adventures!


 Happy 2014!!!!
xo, Alyssa

Sunday, December 8, 2013

First snow of the season!


It feels so good to be back after a month long blogosphere hiatus!  Winter time and the shorter daylight hours have really taken some adjustment to get used to.  My new job is going wonderfully- I feel like such a lucky girl and am continuing to grow in both my creativity and knowledge on the job.  Autumn was such a powerful transitional time for me- and just a few days ago I turned 26- Twenty-six!  I can hardly believe it.  I celebrated with my friends last Sunday, with Daniel on Thursday (my actual birthday) and with family this weekend.  Wow, I really know how to stretch out a celebration, don't I?! Each year I tend to grow fearful of that additional digit- but honestly, this year I feel excited to be a little older.  I have really learned SO much in my twenties and every year I am uncovering more and more, it is such a whirlwind experience and I am wholly grateful for it.  I feel much more grounded than in my early twenties-  more aware of who I am and what I want to be- yet able to admit that I am inherently flawed and not at all perfect- and it's a pretty freeing realization.   


Coat:  Tulle, Tights:  WeLoveColors.com, Dress and Bag:  ModCloth, Hat: H&M, Necklace: Grandmother's <3

I can not tell you how lucky I felt on my birthday this year.  I worked a busy half day at work- where my coworkers sweetly sent me off at 2:00 pm with their well wishes- I hopped into a car with Daniel and drove off to my favorite restaurant in Philly- Vedge.  After our delicious vegetable cuisine (that place is SERIOUSLY my food Cloud 9) we made a visit to Sweet Freedom Bakery and took a stroll down South Street where I discovered a fun 70s poncho for 40% off! That was enough for me- but Daniel went above and beyond this year- surprising me with this amazing camera dress from ModCloth and a gorgeous pink cardigan covered in roses.   I gushed with joy when my in-laws gifted me with the adorable fox purse a few days later, they make the perfect quirky combo in my book ;) The most amazing gift of all? (besides being able to see the people I love most for my birthday).  National Geographic's Geno 2.0- a DNA analysis kit that allows you to trace your deep ancestral roots and reveals specific details about your genetic makeup.  I know, I am such a nerd- but it is something I have been interested in for so long- and to be able to participate is like a dream come true for me.  I can not wait to see my results!  

Getting back to this wintery scene-the first snow of the season fell today and boy did it accumulate fast.  Looking out my window- it finally appears to be slowing down- but not without leaving nearly a foot of snow!  It is officially winter time in Delaware, and while I am enjoying the sight of a white winter wonderland my summer heart longs for the sights of green grass and bright poppies from warmer days.

 It is truly amazing how a little snow can make even the dreariest setting look magical.  Usually I wouldn't find the back of our apartment buildings to be a desirable place to shoot, but admittedly it was the easiest place to walk to- and equally gorgeous in this spontaneous snow-down!
Although I much prefer warmer weather, there is something so innately playful and also comforting about a landscape blanketed in snow- the notion that life outside is slowing down- the perfect time and setting for cuddling up to your favorite book or movie and sipping something warm.  There is something to that carefree, "anything goes" approach to running in the snow, and then coming back inside to feel your wind-chapped cheeks rewarming near a hot fire or beside the heater under a warm blanket.  Winter is a time to nestle, to reccoperate, to nurture and rejuvenate; to layer and bundle, to hug and cocoon; to read,write and lounge and to rediscover life's circular rhythm.  

So now that I have sufficiently given myself a good kick in the pants back to the blog, I plan on keeping up with my posting once again.  It seems that every now and then it takes some readjustment time to get myself back on track.  I am wishing you all a beautiful December and hoping your holiday seasons are going well so far, I can not wait to catch up on all of your recent thoughts, ideas, and adventures!

xo, Alyssa

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Autumn spice

 Happy TGIAF!  (Thank God it's almost Friday) haha!  Daniel and I had an amazing time in the Poconos last week, and I am happy to finally be sharing some photos.  First off, it is the peak time in the Poconos for Fall Foliage, the colors are unbelievable; from yellow to amber to fiery red and everything in between, there was no better time to experience the beauty of Fall.  Second off- we had gorgeous weather, though chilly- it was crisp and clean- with just a short burst of rainfall on Saturday.  We had some trouble getting the fire going when we first got up there- but Daniel got it down to a science so I wasn't bundled up in blankets the whole time.  We spent some time in Saylorsburg, where we went to the "Hotel of Horrors" a haunted house attraction, and sailed over to Jim Thorpe, about a half hour ride from the cabin, twice during our stay.  I really came to like Jim Thorpe!  There are so many cute little shops, bakeries, cafe's and historical sites, as well as a gorgeous river and train, and we weren't aware of it but some sort of festival was going on when we went back on Sunday and it was PACKED!  We didn't let that get in our way, though :)   
This coat was a gift from my boss at Clothes in the Past Lane.  I was so flattered that she decided to give it to me since I had been eyeing it for quite some time but had decided to save my money.  It was a going away present as I have accepted a new position that starts next week.  Right now is a huge transition time for me and I am really excited for my new opportunities, but I am trying to take it one step at a time.
This orange polka dot dress is another one of my fall favorites, the orange ruffles remind me of rustling leaves, and with the harvest gold/ peanut butter color of the coat it set off nicely against the Autumn backdrop.
I am quickly coming to see that my flats are not going to get me through the season, I badly need a pair of boots, and soon!  I am dreaming of a gorgeous chestnut brown faux leather tie up pair and a tall flat brown boot that I can wear everywhere- they are officially on the list!
Daniel got new jeans (yay!) since his other ones were completely falling apart.  We were joking that we could sell them as premium distressed jeans.  I got the flannel coat from Switch Skate and Snow on Main Street in Newark, (one of our neighbors at Clothes in the Past Lane) during one of their blow out sales- only $20!!! For a warm coat, I thought that was quite the steal- and it fits my incredibly tall husband perfectly.  Goodness I love this man, so glad we got to spend four uninterrupted days together!!
This was my outfit to Jim Thorpe when we went back on Sunday.  We toured the old Jim Thorpe Jail which is pretty spooky, and went for a wine tasting afterwards at a local winery just down the street, Big Creek Vineyard.  They were just a little place but had an amazing sweet La Brusca wine, and a great collection.  Usually I am all about the rich, deep red wines, but their's were a little too smoky, (even industrial if that makes sense?) so we settled on a bottle of sweet wine instead, and will be storing it for a special occasion. If you are in Jim Thorpe you have to take advantage of their wine tastings, they were quite affordable as well with their bottles starting at only $6.00!

What an incredible get-away it was.  I am so happy we settled on going up to the cabin, as originally we weren't sure where we wanted to go, but it ended up being the best choice.  I think next year we might stay a night or two in Jim Thorpe, we really enjoyed it there and would like to explore a little more.  I highly recommend a trip to the area if you are close by!  

Thanks for reading about my little trip, and I hope you are all enjoying your autumn adventures and still maniacally including pumpkin in each and every meal of the day, haha!  ( I know I am) :)

xo, Alyssa

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Celebrating Two Years!

Yesterday marked my second year wedding Anniversary with my amazing husband, Daniel.  I could not be happier or more in love, and I am so grateful to have him in my life!  We have grown so much these past two years, and I know that we will continue to grow and watch the world change around us.  He has always been there to support me in my dreams, carry me through my ups and downs and inspire me to explore my fullest potential.  Being married is not always easy, but goodness is it wonderful.  It really, truly is.  I can not imagine my life without him and my love for him grows richer and richer every day.  I am so glad that I have this amazing person to ride on the crazy train of life with, and I wouldn't have it any other way!



Ah.  So now that the mush is out of the way- it's time for some celebration! Daniel and I are going to be relaxing in the Poconos for a few days, and I am sooo ready for it!  Walks in the woods, eating pumpkin everything, antiquing and some more Haunted Attractions, just my cup O' Tea.  Autumn is so inspiring and transitional, there are so many ideas swirling around my head, and the prospect of taking off to the mountains in exactly what I need.   Hopefully I will get some shots of my outfits this weekend so I can refresh the blog, sorry that I have been slacking, but I promise to get back to my regular weekly postings soon!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week, and and enjoying this beautiful season!

xo, Alyssa