the moral wardrobe: gray gray, go away

american apparel green fleece cape outfit on
american apparel green fleece cape outfit on
american apparel green fleece cape outfit on
Outfit Details: Top - thrifted; Jeans - AE; Boots - thrifted; Cape - American Apparel

Today was Day 4 of endlessly gray skies. It's somewhat unusual for Charlottesville this time of year and it's especially unfortunate because we have friends in town. We've been having fun in spite of the weather, though, and managed to do lots of quintessential Charlottesville things like eating downtown, apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard, visiting Skyline Drive, and going to Peter Chang's restaurant (it's the bomb). 

Tomorrow I'm heading back to work, but Daniel's on fall break, so hopefully they'll have successfully cooked our apples into a pie by the time I get home. 

fog on skyline drive


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Outfit Details: Top - Everlane / Skirt - Thrifted / Shoes - Sseko (straps c/o Hannah) / Necklace - (of)matter on etsy

Life the past few days has been a tremendous adventure. On Friday afternoon, we embarked with two other passengers to an Episcopal camp in the Shenandoah Valley for a weekend retreat. About an hour into the drive, Daniel noticed a loud clinking noise coming from the car. As I attempted to accelerate, we heard a dull boom from the back of the vehicle. I pulled over, then we waited for 45 minutes for AAA to come tow it to the nearest town. Fortunately, a mixture of friends in the nearby town and other members of the congregation spotting us on their way to the retreat ensured that we all had safe passage to our destinations. After a nice dinner with friends at an adorable co-op restaurant, we heard the news that there was a 6" hole in the engine. My car, dearest Goldilocks, was a goner. 

Despite the bad news, we journeyed on to the retreat where we enjoyed ourselves immensely. I went on a hike with an ecologist and geology aficionado and learned a lot about central Virginia terrain.

On Monday afternoon, my grandfather in Florida generously agreed to sell us his car, so we're headed down there shortly to pick it up. I've been asking for rides and taking the bus to get around town. I also have a cold, likely a byproduct of stress and too little sleep.

The past few days have been full of the sorts of things that should make me cry, but I'm oddly encouraged by the whole experience. I know I have friends and family who watch out for me when things get tough. I know I live in a world full of wonder, full of bubbling creeks and baby deer and a Capella music and the harmonies of hearty laughter. 

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the moral wardrobe: '90s 'tude

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I found these awesome, super heavy chunky wedge sandals while on a vintage shop replenishment trip this week and couldn't resist trying them on with a nineties top I bought on etsy.

The polar vortex has passed over us, but it's still pretty cold outside. I'm currently wearing two pairs of socks and two cardigans inside the house.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - vintage via etsy

  • Cardigan - H&M

  • Pants - BDG

  • Shoes - vintage

This is an example of how to incorporate secondhand items into one's wardrobe. Vintage pieces in particular make quite a statement.

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