Oh, novelty prints – you forever have my heart! As soon as I saw Trashy Diva's Venice Nights collection, I knew I needed to own a piece from it. I decided on the Gia dress because of its fuller gathered skirt and v-back. For those wondering about the fit of this new style, I ordered my usual TD size and it fits just great; I know some girls found the Gia to run large, but I personally couldn't have sized down. I wasn't totally sure how I felt about it on me at first, but when I tried it on again yesterday, my heart went all aflutter! Although I'm far from the canals of Venice, at least I had the backdrop of our own Erie Canal for these photos.
These photos are a few weeks old, but posting them now gives me the chance to relive a perfect afternoon! My dear friend Rusty came home for a few days, and I felt so lucky to spend some time with him. We were determined to take photos in this big sunflower field – and we got there just in time. Most of the sunflowers were past their prime, but we managed to find a section of late-bloomers... which is sort of appropriate for Rusty and me, actually. We've talked about (and bonded over) how we each have needed a bit more time than other people might in order to find our place and our stride. But once we find it, we tend to bloom beautifully.
After spending the golden hour amongst golden flowers, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at a pizzeria Rusty recommended. I could (and often do) spend hours catching up with Rusty when we've been apart. Although I have a fairly large circle of acquaintances from the theatre community, it's rare for me to find such a supportive friend with whom I connect so deeply. Three of my closest theatre friends aren't living in Rochester right now, so what time I do get to spend with them is precious. Rusty recently figured out that he's a fellow Highly Sensitive Person, and I love being able to relate to him on that level, too. I wish he was here all the time, but he's off doing wonderful things with an equally wonderful theatre company down in Virginia. I'm so proud of everything he's accomplishing, and I'm grateful to know that he feels the same way about what I'm doing here.
Summertime is definitely on its way out, so I'm determined to enjoy what warm days we have left. I think one of the best ways to do this is with the consumption of ice cream. I hadn't been to Pittsford Farms Dairy yet this year, so my mom and I headed out to enjoy some frozen treats before the end of the season... and of course, this milkshake skirt from Dangerfield Clothing was perfect for the occasion.
Other than bidding farewell to ice cream weather, I'm pretty excited for autumn. I can't believe October is right around the corner. I feel sorta "basic" for saying that I'm looking forward to sweater weather, fall foliage, hot chocolate, apple picking, and pumpkins (plus Halloween and my birthday)... but I do honestly love all those things and I shouldn't have to feel ashamed about that. I'll get into how annoying I think the "basic" backlash is some other time, but suffice it to say: like what you like. As long as it's not hurting anyone, don't let anyone make you feel badly about it.
And finally, I liked seeing the pieces from Rachel Antonoff's new Betty and Veronica collection! I didn't love all of the pieces, but I definitely liked some and I'll be eager to see them when they're released.
I do enjoy this top (and Alia Shawkat, obviously)!
Have a great day!
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It's starting to feel more like fall, but this dress makes me think of springtime! The Ella dress from Pinup Girl Clothing isn't my favorite style (it's a bit too long for my liking and the bust is a little wonky on me), but I couldn't possibly resist this gorgeous print and the sweet little mint bow. This print now comes in both a Jenny skirt and the new petite Jenny skirt (which is essentially the Darling Dames skirt – a favorite of mine). At some point, I may either get this dress hemmed or try to trade/sell in favor of the skirt version... but for now, this dress is staying put in my closet.
I can't believe it's already the middle of September. The last few weeks have flown by. I'm really enjoying my new job, and I think that's a big part of why time seems to go by so quickly. Of course, I'm still exhausted at the end of the week, but I'm so much happier when I'm creatively fulfilled and intellectually stimulated all day long. (I mean, who wouldn't be?). I feel very grateful to have found a position that I like so much and seems to be so well-suited for my skill set. It's a rare event, and I don't want to take that for granted.