Blogging Besties: Black and White Stripes

Last week, Maricel wore an infinity scarf and double dog dared me to wear one too.
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While I respond well to encouragement, my typical reaction to a dare is:

So, no, I did not pass on the infinity scarf. Sorry, not sorry. Instead, I went with black and white stripes and a deep green skirt.

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imageAlright Whitney, I know I made this easy on you! You can choose from: stripes, circle skirt, green, ankle boots, fringe, and a pendant necklace.

Top: Chaps via Kohl’s (similar)
Skirt: Old Navy (exact, in Night Dive)
Ankle Boots: Journee Collection via Amazon (similar)
Necklace and charm: Gingersnaps (exact necklace, exact charm)
Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Company Overview :: Uncommon Goods

So I’m thinking of renaming my blog. Instead of :: My Closet Catalogue ::, a more befitting moniker would have to be Serendipity Strikes. Because how often have I used that word in correlation to my life? Ummm, let me count the ways…one, two, three

But seriously, folks, here’s one for the record books: as you all are now aware, I’d decided to take an indefinite hiatus from blogging because life. And boy, howdy was I enjoying the freedom! In the first week of being blog-less, I’d once again taken up knitting (a blanket, no less!), reading (I checked out eighteen books from the library all in one shot), anime viewing (Noragami, ftw!), and – my guilty pleasure – Facebook app-ing (Pet City for the iPhone?! Wot?!).

It was a startling revelation:  my one, lone hobby had apparently been occupying the time of four. That’s INSANE!

But right as I was settling into my slothful, blog-less groove, I received an email from Tom over at Uncommon Goods, inquiring about a possible partnership with ::MCC::. I would get carte blanche with their catalog, a Christmas shopping spree on them, and all I’d have to do is post about my largesse. The email arrived in my inbox just when I’d almost made up my mind to put ::MCC:: on hold permanently.

Serendipity strikes, indeed.

It’s as if the universe is yelling, “We’re not done with you yet, ingrate! Get to writing!” And when the universe yells that convincingly, you’ve just gotta listen.

Also, there was no way karma was going to let me get away with refusing this company. After all, Uncommon Goods‘ mission states that they

feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people…Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way.

And serendipity strikes once again. Because I’ve expended a lot of blood, sweat and tears into Project Prometheus, most of which was spent creating and committing to this essential question: What is the best pathway to a sustainable energy future? There’s no better way to practice what I preach than to support companies who are already well on their way to answering it for us.

So what did I end up choosing? For the ten-year-old daughter who is a budding artisan in her own right, I got the DIY String Art kit (found here). For the twelve-year-old son who is impossible to figure out because he’s both a pre-teen and a boy, I got Das Horn (found here). No, I am not encouraging underaged drinking. It’s just one of those kitschy things I think he’ll like.

For the husband, I got the Bad Dog Wisdom tumblers (found here) because it matches both his sense of humor and his unfathomable love for our own bad dog. And then, because Tom was generous enough to allow me to fudge on the budget and overspend just a little bit (Thanks, Tom! You are a prince among men!), I also added the Pick Punch (found here) since I couldn’t decide between the tumblers and it.

Topping it all off, and going even more over budget, I snagged a pair of Genius Socks (found here) for one very lucky individual who is not expecting a Christmas present from me at all which makes it even more satisfying anticipating the surprise.

Since these are all to be Christmas presents, I can’t give a traditional review because, clearly, I’ve not opened them to examine them closely. I’ll definitely do a follow-up post after the big reveal, though, so stay tuned.

But why no pictures, you ask? Well, I’m counting on this generation’s overt fear of large blocks of text to dissuade close perusal of this post by the very recipients of aforementioned largesse. In other words, I’m gambling that I’ve written enough words that my family decides to skip reading this, thus avoiding Christmas present spoilers.

If you managed to get down this far, however, and are a visual person, why not hop on over to Uncommon Goods and browse their aesthetically pleasing website for these and even more amazing, sustainable, unique products? They even have everything conveniently laid out for your shopping pleasure: categorized into gifts for him or her. Just in time for the holiday gift-giving.

Do it. Do it! I double dog dare ya! And I’ll meet you there myself. I have a hankering for that Master of My Fate necklace since we all know it’s my most favorite poem ever…

 

BLOGGING BESTIES :: of super casual Friday

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This week is brought to you by: “green, lace dress, cargo jacket, fall statement necklace, combat boots, earth tones, and fall classics”.

For your viewing pleasure, I give you: green, cargo jacket, combat boots, and fall classics (as in, the luvverly infinity scarf).

The extra bits: I think it was a good thing for me to go on a style hiatus. Because I’m finding myself getting quite lax and relaxed with my wardrobe choices recently.

(Actually, is it a chicken or egg scenario? That is, have I gotten more lax because I went on hiatus or is it because I went on hiatus that I became more lax?)

Ah, conundrums!

Suffice to say, I was quite pleased and relieved when I saw Alex’s challenge from last week. Cargo jacket? Combat boots? I heart you, girl! Coz that’s the perfect combo for a super Casual Friday ensemble.

Like Alex, I had a hard time finding the perfect cargo jacket and this isn’t it. It’s too stiff and green for my tastes. But it’s the warmest of the bunch (Oh, yeah. You know I bought and kept three of them in my search for the perfect one) so it won the toss-up. I’m still searching for my holy grail of cargo jackets, but until I can afford the J.Crew downtown field jacket, my quest continues.

The combat boots are pretty perfect, purchased after my cheapie Charlotte Russe ones bit the bullet this summer. Of course, it took me multiple tries and several returns to find them – you hear that, cognac booties?! – but eBay did me right eventually.

And the striped shirt? That’s a Pinspiration, my friends. Otherwise, I would’ve thrown on a chambray button-down and called it a day. See what I mean by lax and relaxed? I still do feel more ready for a leaf-strewn walk in the woods rather than a suburban classroom, but such is my life nowadays.

Anyhow, here’s Selah’s challenge for next week: forest green, stripes, black leggings, infinity scarf (Do it, Selah! I double dog dare you! LOL!), or outdoorsy wear.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Anne Taylor LOFT
Jacket – F21
Pants – Karmaloop
Scarf – H&M
Boots – G by Guess

:: Linking ::
Fun Fashion Friday @ Fashion Should Be Fun

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

OOTD :: of Thoughtful Third Thursday and gratitude

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This month’s T3 prompt was Gratitude (what have you read that inspired gratitude). And there’s nothing I have been more grateful for in my blogging journey than Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style.

I am grateful for Selah’s being my oldest, staunchest blog buddy. For being the Spock to my Kirk. For being the Yoda to my Luke. For reminding me always that serenity and simplicity beats histrionics and ostentation every time.

And I’m grateful to Selah for never failing to recommend books even though we don’t usually have matching tastes.

Her more recent suggestion was Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell, a sly attempt to get me to see the error of my ways, I’m sure. I’d waxed enthusiastic about Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles forever and a day, but Selah was decidedly unimpressed. This is what happens when a reader actually reads instead of skims.  (Yes, I am guilty of the latter, which is why I’m a better visionary than I am a realist and perhaps why I can never actually finish any novel I try to write.)

Anyhow, I’m currently reading Mechanica and am enjoying the first person/past tense combo. It’s a nice melding of YA and traditional high fantasy. I’ve not finished it yet – got sidetracked with a Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. binge session – but I like what I’ve read so far. And it fits with this month’s T3 theme because I truly am grateful that Selah never gives up on me and constantly encourages me to expand my bibliophilic horizons.

What does today’s OOTD have anything to do with the book, though? Not much, except, perhaps, I can spin it like this:

The toile pattern is reminiscent of Cinderella-esque fashion motifs, which ties in with the Cinderella-inspired plot of Mechanica. The black tunic dress is reminiscent of an austere smock that the beleaguered, step-family-inheriting protagonist in Mechanica could have worn when she was relegated to the servants’ quarters. And the peacock pendant is reminiscent of the glitz, glamor and finery of a ball (which I’m sure will be dealt with in the book since it is a Cinderella retelling after all – and what would a Cinderella retelling be without a ball? – but which I have yet to read).

Whew. Yeah. So out of practice with this style blogging thing. Not my best work by far, either sartorially or textually, but I hope it suffices for T3.

Your turn, my friends. Read something recently that inspired gratitude (and an outfit)? Do click on the blue froggy and tell…

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Custo Barcelona via eBay
Dress – Merona @ Target
Pendant – eBay
Clogs – Candie’s via eBay

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Stitches by Shawn Mendes