No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

Postcards

by Sarah on February 19, 2019, no comments

shirt- thrifted, pants- Everlane, shoes- Everlane

One of my 2019 resolutions was to send all of the postcards I have molding away in my postcard collection. I’ve always loved to write (and receive) letters, and in the era of social media and texting, tangible communication is so important and blah blah blah. It’s always fun to get a letter.

It’s also fun to wear all one color, and on this week’s monochromatic episode, we’ve got orange. I’m awarding myself bonus points for wearing an orange scarf with this, which is off camera but was ready and waiting to snuggle my neck the moment I was done shooting. Such is the life of a fashion blogger.

Blushing

by Sarah on February 14, 2019, no comments

sweater- Everlane, pants- thrifted, boots- Everlane

Lately my inner monologue as I get dressed goes something like this:

Pink sweater? Ooh, cool. And you know what would look great with that? Pink pants. Yeah, that’s great. Let’s add pink shoes too. And socks. And maybe a scrunchie in pink too. Super subtle, super cool.

I’m dressing like a five year old whose only concept of the color wheel is that what goes best with one color is just a different shade of the same color.

Guess that’s just how it’s going to be around here.

Turtleneck Addict

by Sarah on February 6, 2019, no comments

sweater- Everlane, pants- thrifted, boots- Everlane

Sometimes I look at my crew necks and think “this would just be a lot better if it covered my neck.” Because it’s not enough to be covered from collarbone to wrist. I want that full, chin to midpalm cover that only a great turtleneck sweater can provide. It’s warmer. It’s more practical (layering can get weird with a crew neck). It gives me something to tuck my split ends into, or half of my face if I do something embarrassing. A turtleneck is like a portable safety blanket, designed to cuddle and coddle its wearer. This one is a wool cashmere one, meaning it’s both extra warm and stiff enough to really cover up my whole entire neck. Plus, it’s the ultimate après-ski sweater, perfect for sitting by the fire and feeling outdoors-y while looking J Crew catalogue-y. And no neck monster-y.

Bookish

by Sarah on January 31, 2019, no comments

sweater- J. Crew, jeans- thrifted, shoes- Everlane

Back to the land of academia. Back to books. Over winter break I read a couple: Silas Marner (good), Flow (meditational), The Female Persuasion (loved the start, meh for the rest), The Rules Do Not Apply (love), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (!!!),  Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence (devilish). Now it’s back to economics textbooks and Tolstoy.

What have you been reading lately?

 

BLOOM

by Sarah on January 25, 2019, no comments

So I survived my first semester!

As this post is being published, I’m on a bus back down to Boston, where I’ll take the red line from South Station out to Harvard Square. Just as I didn’t know what was in store for me the first time I left for college, I don’t know what’s down the road for second semester.

Traditionally I’ve set sartorial resolutions on this blog. They’ve ranged from never wearing the same outfit to school twice (I did this for four years straight) to quitting outfit envy to wearing only clothing I truly find inspiring. This year, the new year passed and I didn’t make style resolutions. I thought about writing a post, thought about setting fashion goals, thought about it all and then let it slide.

Maybe next year.

It’s not for lack of passion. I still like clothing, like style, like fashion. I still love to write and post here. But I don’t have any new resolutions to set. The guidelines that I’ve tried to set for myself are working. I’ve stopped impulse shopping, and stopped buying things that are almost, but not quite right. I’m consuming much less fast fashion, wearing fewer synthetics, spending less and doing more need versus want based shopping. I’m absolutely not perfect, and have a long way to go before I make it to perfect consumption. But I feel good about where I’m at style-wise, and like my goals are already clearly defined.

This all ties into my guiding principal for this year. Though I have some individual goals (learn to bake bread, actually keep up with fashion week proceedings, drink more water), my guiding principal for this year is the word bloom. I’m not trying to do a total 180, to change myself overnight. Rather, I want to take what I already am and grow and change towards a better self, allowing time for self reflection and recovery. Being at college, surrounding myself with smart and interesting people and living away from home all force change, one way or another. I want to embrace that change in a responsible way, never expecting results all at once but acknowledging that it takes time for life to happen.

So, here’s to second semester. Here’s to hard work and big fun and doing scary and wonderful things. Here’s to blooming.

Happy 2019.