May 31, 2016

Reading Pagoda: His Style

Two Saturdays ago, Kyle and I visited The Reading Pagoda. I have a confession to make. I've been quite a hypocrite. You see, I preach that you should always bring a camera with you and take photos. But more often than not, I find myself wishing I brought more than my iPhone along for the trip. A few months ago I started carrying around a disposable camera in my purse to remedy this issue, but I also try to bring along a digital camera for more instant results. I've been working especially to take photos that can be used specifically for project examples, but also try to just snap pictures for fun. Below are some photos I snapped of an unwilling subject and pagoda scenes. 
Shirt // Pants // Shoes: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Watch

See more recent photos on the recently updated Charpography.

Work Wears vol. 7

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend. We had a nice relaxing weekend getting caught up on Game of Thrones, attending my brother's wedding, and lots of naps (for me anyway). The end of the school year has me feeling the pressure and seriously slacking on writing posts. Anyway, here's what I wore to work two weeks ago... face cropped out of two because I've got some real crazy eyes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Monday: Cardigan // Shirt // Necklace: J.Crew // Pants // Shoes: Sperry
Tuesday: Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch (Similar) // Shirt: Union Polo // Pants: White House Black Market // Flats
Wednesday: Shirt: Who What Wear x Target // Pants: J.Crew // Shoes: Urban Outfitters (old, similar)
Thursday: Shirt: Lauren Conrad // Jumpsuit: Lilly Pulitzer x Target // Heels

Have a great week! xo

May 25, 2016

Reading Pagoda: Her Style

One gloomy (but dry!!!) Saturday in May, Kyle and I headed up a winding road to the Reading Pagoda. I vaguely remember visiting as a child, but I think my memories of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's tea house merged with the Pagoda memories and created an over-the-top, magical scene in the mountains of central PA. Don't get me wrong, it was still a beautiful scene. Being so high up above the city of Reading combined with the Chinese inspired architecture created the most wonderful, picturesque backdrops for an outfit shoot. Not to mention, it gave me an excuse to break out the cameras and shoot some architecture and nature photos as examples for my photo classes. Win-win. I'll share some of the photos I captured soon, but first, here's some of the shots Kyle took when I handed him my camera and said to start snapping.
Hat // Top (actually a dress): For Love & Lemons (similar) // Bralette // Jeans: Guess // Booties: Target (similar)

Thanks for stopping by! xo

May 21, 2016

Work Wears vol. 6

Last week's work wears were full of variating combinations of black and blue and a splash of pattern. My students asked me if I plan a different style for each day of the week-ie Monday is boho, Tuesday is preppy, etc. I typically check the weather at night, plan an outfit, wake up, check the weather again, decide if I still want to wear that outfit, get dressed, go back to sleep. I usually pick one piece I think I'd like to wear then style the rest of my outfit around it. 
Monday: Jacket: Abercrombie (past season, similar) // Dress // Booties
Tuesday: Jacket // Shirt: Union Polo // Pants: H&M // Shoes: Cotton On (similar)
Wednesday: Dress // Booties: Aeropostale (similar)
Thursday: Dress: Gap (similar) // Vest // Scarf: Lucky Brand // Booties: Sam & Libby (similar)
Friday: Shirt: Sam Edelman (similar) // Pants // Booties: Sam& Libby (similar)

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! xo

May 16, 2016

Here Kitti

The way the weather has been acting has been making me feel like I'm dressing for fall instead of late spring with the constant need for a sweater or jacket and pants. I've been trying desperately not to fall back into my all black rut again that the dreary weather puts me in, so I spiced up this monochromatic look with a pair of bright red sunnies and a bold lip. I've mentioned before, I'm hopelessly obsessed with everything in the Who What Wear x Target collection, and this shirt was no exception. The moment I saw the chic stripes paired with a dramatic sleeve, I was smitten. Like, didn't even check for a price tag before purchasing smitten. Luckily, it was on clearance and Target was running a cartwheel deal offering an additional 20% off clearance last week. Unfortunately it's not available online but I've tagged some similar options below.
Jacket // Shirt: Who What Wear x Target // Pants // Shoes: Urban Outfitters (past season, similar also loving this heeled option) // Sunnies 


Thanks for stopping by! xo

May 13, 2016

Work Wears vol. 5

Man, oh man, I fell behind on this post. I haven't been feeling the best the last few days and staring at a computer to edit photos seemed less than desirable. Without further a due, here's what I wore to work last week.
Monday: Necklace: Urban Outfitters (Similar) // Dress (worn backwards) // Vest: Target // Shoes
Tuesday: Jacket // Dress: Lula Roe // Flats
I shot this Wednesday after my shoes had apparently been cutting off the circulation in my feet all day.
Wednesday: Jacket // Sweater: Banana Republic // Pants: Simply Vera (Similar) // Shoes
Thursday: Scarf: American Eagle (old, similar) // Jacket  // Shirt: Union Polo // Pants // Boots: Target (similar)
Friday: Cardigan // Shirt // Jeans: Guess // Shoes: Sperry

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! xo

May 10, 2016

The Archive

As I mentioned yesterday, Kyle and I went record hunting yesterday. We've gotten really into the idea of shopping "small" (in other words, local) stores because we have realized the prices are more reasonably priced (not $75-$100) and there's a better chance of finding some classics. Kyle is skilled at finding massive antique/ collectible shops and even though he doesn't enjoy them he lets me poke around and explore a bit. 
Last weekend, he found another gem, called The Archive in Lansdale. The outside has a kind of creepy, warehouse vibe, but inside there are rooms upon rooms stuffed with, well, stuff. There are rooms filled with shelves brimming with books and vintage magazines. There are boxes upon boxes of vintage records, display cabinets full of knickknacks and collectibles, and drawers containing original artworks and advertisements.
Oh, and they have "guard gator" that I was too creeped out to walk any closer. 
I fell in love with these vintage chairs, but unfortunately have no room in my apartment for them.

Did I buy anything? Nope. I was so overwhelmed by the amount of stuff inside that I didn't know what I really wanted, so I just took some pictures instead. I do, however, seriously regret my decision not to buy any of the incredible vintage luggage I stumbled upon in a back corner. Any excuse to make a game plan and return.

What are your thoughts on antiques/collectible stores? Do you think they're overrated or perfect treasure hunts?

xo

May 9, 2016

Mother's Day

Kyle and I had another one of our crazy, activity-filled weekends where we did so much that we desperately wanted another day off of work. I didn't pull out my camera to document everything, but here are some photos I stored from my Snapchat story this weekend.
Saturday, we celebrated Mother's Day with his family, searched for records and a dress for my brother's wedding, and caught up with some of Kyle's friends from college. 
Sunday, we drove home to my parents' house where we hung around until our dinner reservations in Harrisburg.
Lily is always getting in Kyle's face like she's saying "BOYFRIEND! Pay attention to me!!"
 We went to Stocks on 2nd in Harrisburg and shared the venison fries and some chips at the table. Bailey and I ordered bacon mac and cheese which was pretty delicious sans the cooked cherry tomatoes. For dessert I had the peanut butter pie which was so rich, I had to save have of it for later.
We love you, mom!

Did you do anything special for your mother's day? xo

May 5, 2016

Currently Spinning

 My parents bought Kyle a record player for Christmas and I selfishly awaited the day he would move it into our apartment and I could buy some of my favorite albums. I never imagined how much we would use it, but there's something about consciously listening to an album and having it flip and switch records to hear it in its entirety. It has provided us with a really fun hobby where we hit up a vinyl retailer and flip tirelessly through the rows of albums. Sometimes we find a handful, sometimes we come up empty handed, but we always look forward to going back to search again the following weekend.
We've been getting a little tired of the selection and higher prices at Barnes and Noble, and we have been searching for shops dedicated to selling vinyl. We've driven cluelessly around Reading twice in search for Vertigo Music, with no success. Apparently it's well-marked, but we gave up last weekend and got directions to music heaven instead. We had no idea what kind of shop we were going to end up in, but the whole drive, I was oohing and ahhing at the shops we passed. From the outside, Record Connection looked like a quaint music store. When we walked in however, it was a whole new story. The first room was filled with cassettes and CDs, we ventured back further and found another couple rooms filled with tens of thousands of albums in crates and shelves. It was truly overwhelming, but in the happiest sort of way as we found new and classic music we love at reasonable prices. Of course, my phone was dying by the time we arrived, and I only snapped one photo on it. I did snap a couple shots on a disposable camera I carry around in my purse (more on that later). Below are my current favorite albums:
When I come home and play these they put me in a chipper, ready-to-jump-around-and-call-it-dancing-while-simultaneously-cleaning mood. Maybe not so much Dark Side of the Moon, that one really helps me buckle down and edit photos and posts though. 
I, by no means consider myself a real Yeezy fan, but I do have to admit that his music has grown on me the more I listen to it. It took us a few tries to figure out how to correctly play this album because it was packaged out of order and the the track order is written in a minuscule type. I finally figured it out yesterday and I am obnoxiously obsessed with Record 1/ Side A (Dark Fantasy and Gorgeous) and have been overplaying it and "singing" (aka yelling) along to the lyrics.
This is my absolute favorite album before going to bed. I usually hum or sing along to myself until I drift off to sleep.

You can see our complete record collection here. I have tagged sources where you can purchase the albums if you're not much for searching through a sea of records.

What are your favorite albums? xo
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