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an ethical outfit: exploring midtown

ethical outfit with sseko designs, vintage, and people tree on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

ethical outfit: exploring midtown by fracturedradiance featuring a long wool sweater

Sources: People Tree Sweater, Paige Denim, Recycling History Beret, Sseko Designs Bag, Nemres Boots

UVa students rarely refer to the area of Main Street between campus and Downtown as Midtown, but townies, of which I am one, proudly do. It's a small area - only a few blocks long - but it boasts the best local pastry shop in town, an upscale market, several good restaurants built in old industrial buildings, a tattoo parlor, and a few hoity toity shops.

This outfit would be perfect for a sunny, cool day like today. I'd bring a local paper and a book in my bag then settle into an outdoor table at Albemarle Baking Company with hot tea and a chocolate croissant. Alas! Today is Homecoming, so I'll have to wait for a quieter weekend.

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favorites by fracturedradiance featuring a blue cardigan

Remember how I used to draw my monthly favorites? I ran out of drawing paper and didn't bother to buy another pad, so I temporarily removed this feature. But polyvore is also a great medium for product lists and its styleboards are shoppable, which makes life easier for me by ensuring proper credit is given to the companies and retailers that sell listed products.

It's been quite hot in Charlottesville, but last night's rain brought cooler temperatures, which means I can wear the cute varsity cardigan my friend gave me earlier this week! Other recent favorites include Mel by Melissa jelly sandals, a domestically produced eye ring, an upcycled vintage dress by ASOS, Leah Goren's Girls tote (I bought one with slight imperfections for half price!), and pretty purple eyeshadow from Clinique.

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a few favorites


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afew by fracturedradiance featuring home decor

Just a small assortment of images and things worthy of pinning this week: fair trade moccasins, a sporty midi dress, superb American Apparel flats, and a beautiful forest scene. Click on the styleboard to be redirected to image sources or check out my pinterest page by clicking the P. button below.

Happy Easter Weekend! I'm looking forward to my church's Easter Vigil this evening. If you've never gone to one, I encourage you to find your nearest liturgical church (Lutheran, Episcopalian, Catholic, etc.) and go! It's my favorite service of the year, as it moves through the despair of suffering and death to uncompromised joy by the end of the service. The Lenten season is all about looking our brokenness square in the face and learning how to forgive, repent, and find contentment in its midst. I believe that facing the hard truths of reality and moving forward with a heart of hope and compassion is one of the most important - and perhaps most difficult - steps we take in life. And now that we've seen despair, and now that we know "it is finished" (in the long run) in the sacrifice of Christ, we have cause for hope. We continue the year with new understanding, with a sympathetic spirit, with love to give.

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spring favorites


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springfaves by fracturedradiance featuring leather bags

Charlottesville had its first taste of spring last week and now I'm totally and completely over winter. I've been enjoying watching wildlife reemerge and birds take flight, flocks zig-zagging across the sky hypnotically. I can't stop looking up.

If I had an unlimited wardrobe budget, I'd update my closet with:

  1. Everlane U-neck tee in Pine

  2. Bookhou Day Bag in Bure

  3. Dogeared L ring

  4. Orla Kiely for People Tree Collar Dress

  5. TOMS Black Woven Correa Sandals

  6. Everlane Sandals


But alas, I'll be thrifting or not shopping at all. It's tax season after all.
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