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birthday weekend

Things have been hectic recently and I'm looking forward to next weekend, when my schedule is clear and I can read and doze and play my banjo.

On Friday, a group of us headed out to Peter Chang's (not to be confused with PF Changs) for dinner, followed by cake and drinks at my place. Since it was my Golden Birthday, it had an understated gold theme and a couple friends gave me gold-adorned presents (but no real gold, unfortunately). Yesterday I went on our church's second annual hike in Shenandoah National Park. We had perfect weather and an enthusiastic group this year!

shenandoah national park mountain flowers, leah wise sunlit fall leaves, leah wisered leaves in the mountains, leah wise

For more photos from the hike, check out leahwise.com.

the moral wardrobe: before the storm

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 Outfit Details: Dress - secondhand via thredup / Shoes - Sseko / Necklace - handmade via (of)matter

When I went out to take outfit photos Wednesday I could tell a storm was coming from the eerie calm and tangible pressure. By the time I was wrapping up the shoot, the wind picked up, aggressively tearing leaves from the backyard tree and flinging them into the frame. It was exciting! As you can see, I look a bit terrified and the storm that ensued was rather dramatic, but I spent most of it indoors at a local pub eating a big bowl of fries with friends.

In other news, my hair is no longer blonde! I never felt quite me with blonde hair, but I didn't want to  spend a whole bunch of money at the salon having them re-dye it. I read some horror stories about using home dye on bleached hair, but it turned out fine. I'll probably need to dye it again to tone the extreme brightness down, but eh, whatever - it's fine for now. You can see what it looks like on instagram.

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