Wordy Wednesday: Towards Summer

It’s been a pretty decent week! Still taking things slow with my bum knee, but fun things are afoot. (See what I did there? Knee? Foot?) (I’ll see myself out.)

A friend who I’ve known for something like seven or eight years (but had never met in person before) visited Friday, which was amazing. And this morning Hannah and I bought our caps and gowns, which is just SO WEIRD HOW ARE WE GRADUATING IN SIX WEEKS WEREN’T WE JUST FRESHMEN? (Also the weather’s turned warm and thunderstorm-y, which is much appreciated because I am 5000% done with this winter.)

However, in the middle of those momentous occasions, something else exciting happened–and I am THRILLED to finally share with you that I’m going to be producing and acting (in a cameo role) in an original, one-act comedic play at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this August in Scotland!!!

I got the news that the festival had approved our production while sitting in the exact spot at Espresso Royale where, a little under a year ago, I first put together my proposal for the project to present to the university student theatre troupe with which we’re now working. Since then, my life’s been a hot mess of grant proposals, and searching for a playwright and director and actors and all that, and trying to convince the university that this isn’t a crazy idea. But we’re doing this! We’re actually doing this!

The brilliant Skyler Tarnas wrote the script this school year and we’ve been in rehearsals for a couple weeks now–and I’m so grateful to all the people who have jumped on board with my (seemingly) impossible dream. WE’RE GOING TO SCOTLAND!

You can learn more about the show through our Facebook page here.

And now, what you’re actually here for: this week’s Wordy Wednesday is a poem!

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the drip, drip, drip
of the first spring rain
soaking into the pages of
the crumbling, yellowed novel
with my back against the
crumbling, greying cement bench
and the sky alive above me with
dancing lightning and
swirling clouds
and the whipping flag,
all red and blue, the white turned
damp, yellow, by the storm
and it’s spring, it’s spring,
it’s spring
–the clock tower strikes noon
and the raindrops drip on,
marching out the seconds
towards summer

six weeks
six weeks
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Thanks for reading!

~Julia

 

Fashion Friday: Favorite Spring Trends 2015

I’ll admit: I haven’t super been paying attention to fashion recently. And by “recently” I mean “like for the past year.”

It’s not that I don’t care anymore about looking nice and feeling confident about what I’m wearing. It’s that I’ve just been really busy. Also I probably wore a crewneck and jeans to half my classes this year because it’s been really cold and those involved stuffing fewer layers under my coat (and also are cozy as all get out).

HOWEVER. It is now spring (hopefully to stay), which means I’ve been peeling off the crewnecks and actually wearing Real Clothes again. So I figured it was time to resurrect the Fashion Friday. (See what I did there? Resurrect? It’s Good Friday?) (I’m a terrible person.)

Here are some of my favorite trends this spring.

Utility Jackets

ASOS, $38.00

I know these have been a trend for a long time now, but I finally splurged on one last fall–then it immediately got cold and I didn’t get to wear it much. It was so exciting when the weather got above freezing a couple weeks ago and I finally was able to break it out again.

Mine is a little shorter and tighter than most utility jackets (I ordered it off Ebay, because cheap, and it didn’t end up fitting at all like I’d expected). But I really like it. It goes with pretty much anything, from jeans and a t-shirt to a floral sundress, and gives the jacket look without being too warm. (You can check out a picture of me in my utility jacket here and find it on Ebay here.)

Beanies

Forever 21, $8.99

A good beanie is another item I invested in this year. These are lovely hats, because they’re fashion items (which means you can keep wearing them inside on a bad hair day) but also functional (which means you won’t freeze your ears off if you choose to go the beanie route instead of wearing a ski cap or something one day).

My beanie is knit, bright red with a huge pom pom, and perfectly slouchy. I love wearing it with a red lip when I want to make a statement, or just pulling it on over a messy braid on the days I don’t have time to make myself properly presentable. (I’d link you to my hat specifically, but the store I got it from closed a few months ago.)

Ankle Boots

Famous Footwear, $59.99

I’m yet to get my hands on a pair of these (ALWAYS SO EXPENSIVE), but if I ever have the money, they’re at the top of my list.

Ankle boots are awesome, because you can wear them with ANYTHING (like heels), but still get comfort and support (like boots). Plus, they just really class up a more casual outfit.

Skinny Trousers

Kohl’s, $30.80

I’m honestly not sure if these are actually a Thing, or I’m just really into them because of my apparent obsession with the UK. But I love how skinny trousers are classy but still make my legs look nice. (Regular trousers always balloon out on me, so I avoid them at all costs.) Plus, they’re appropriate in so many different types of situations. I splurged on a pair of navy blue ones at the Zara in Oxford last summer (these are the closest currently available to mine) and I’ve worn them for everything from going to class (with a casual blouse or sweater, or even a sweatshirt) to business meetings and special occasions (with a, you know, nice blouse or sweater, or even a blazer). I just bought a much cheaper black pair from Kohl’s that are also wonderful, and I’m hoping to get some in other colors too if I end up interning in an office environment this summer.

Stripes

Forever 21, $27.99

I’ve always had a thing for stripes. I actually had to stop letting myself buy striped clothing at one point in high school because I had practically nothing else. The level of stripes in my wardrobe has been at an all-time low the past couple years though, so I thought I was finally over them. Then Forever 21 sent me an email with a link to this page and now I want everything striped ever all over again.

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Other reason I shouldn’t do these posts anymore: I now want to go shopping sooo badly.

What are some of your favorite trends this spring? Do you have a Must Have list?

~Julia

Fashion Friday: Favorite Spring Trends (2014)

I’ve been dying to do a Fashion Friday post for a couple months now, but between school and other commitments, this is the first chance I’ve gotten.

The weather has been absolutely crazy this year. It was in the seventies last weekend, then it snowed Tuesday. We have had blustery, freezing rain, and light misty rain, and burn-you-just-from-glancing-at-it sunshine. Basically: Michigan experienced all four seasons in four days.

What all this means is that figuring out what to wear this spring has been really difficult. I’ll be in shorts one day, and my winter coat the next.

This all has led to an interesting spring in clothes.

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Favorite Spring Trend #1: Layers

Target, $29.99

I’ve noticed I’m not the only one on campus rocking lots of layers the past few weeks. U of M is a sea of denim, leather, fleece, and utility jackets over hoodies. My personal favorite pairing is something light–a tank top of v-neck–under a sweatshirt with my jean jacket over top. It gives me three options to wear, depending on what turn the weather’s taken and how high the heat/air conditioning’s cranked in my classes. (I really appreciate the comfy look of the thin, baggy utility jackets though, so I’m thinking of splurging on one of those.)

Favorite Spring Trend #2: Funky Flats

DSW Oxford ShoesDSW, $39.95

I don’t know what you call the shoes in the picture above, but I call them “hipster shoes.” And they are weirdly cute. And a fantastic way of adding some personality to your outfit (also: much comfier than most ballet flats).

(While searching for the picture above on DSW’s site, I learned that the term “hipster shoes” is, indeed, not proper. They’re “Oxfords.” Which, looking back on it, I should have known.)

Favorite Spring Trend #3: Mint

Essie Fashion Playground Nail PolishEssie, $8.50

This color somehow is both calm and cheery. I don’t know how it does it, but it’s great. A nice, light green with a hint of blue.

Favorite Spring Trend #4: Blazers

Modcloth Fine and Sandy Blazer in SunshineModcloth, $64.99

This one’s been common for a while now, but I don’t think I’ve ever professed my love for blazers. While I don’t wear them often (I can’t seem to find a good, not-super-formal one that actually fits me), they’re definitely good for dressing up an outfit that would otherwise be casual. T-shirt and jeans? Throw a blazer over them, and suddenly you’re classy and smart.

Favorite Sprint Trend #5: Flouncy Skirts

Asos, $19.75

I’m a big proponent of dresses and skirts. They’re comfy and fun and a great way of looking like you actually made an effort with your appearance when in actually you, you know, just rolled out of bed and threw a dress on. This spring’s seen a lot of flowier, flouncier skirts. The kind that are soft to the touch and swish as you walk. Lots of skater skirts, made out of thinner, more breathable materials than usual for the warmer weather.

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What are some of your favorite trends this spring?

Countdown ’til summer: 7 days.

~Julia