Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thunderbird buckle + Velvet shirt dress + Minnetonka mocs + Old Navy leggings + beaded accessories = mySTYLE march {25 wks pregnant}


















Clothing
dress: Velvet shirt dress. I bought this about five years ago from a little boutique in Durango called Blu. It is non-maternity and I was far from pregnant with Elle West when I bought it. But, I have used it for two pregnancies now, and everywhere in between! It's as soft and cozy as it looks and can be dressed up or down. I didn't find anything quite like it available by Velvet these days, but am wondering if the ruching in this adorable dress would allow for my pregnant belly. I might have to give it a try and let you know! I've never had anything by Velvet that I didn't love.
leggings: Old Navy low-rise maternity legging in heather charcoal. These are soft, a nice medium weight, and hard to beat for the price. I have them in black jack, too, but prefer the fabric of the gray much more {not sure why it matters, but it BIG time does}. Buy them here.
shoes: Minnetonka - Feather Moc - in taupe. I bought these at a truck stop on our way home from TX, this time last year, and LOVE them. They are a great house shoe & make for a lovely seasonal transition shoe {spring/fall}. I live in sandals in the summertime, but it was so nice to have this option last year on chilly summer days that I bet I'll never be without a pair of mocs again! These are even better this year on account of being sufficiently broken in {there was a knot that bothered me last year, but it no longer does, and they have always feel heavenly otherwise}. Although most of my feathers have been pulled out {we might mostly blame a certain, pretty, little girl with the middle name West...}, I adore these shoes still and will wear them until they wear through somewhere. You can get your own pair here.

Accessories
sunglasses: you only catch a glimpse of them in this month's post, but you can find out more about them in last month's if you'd like.
belt: vintage 40s tooled leather belt, originally owned by G's grandma. Thunderbird, Navajo beaded, buckle from Toh-Atin in Durango. {it is my understanding that the Thunderbird is not a symbol original/typical of Navajo Native Americans, but that this buckle is Navajo beaded}. Find out more about Toh-Atin's beaded buckles here.
bracelet: hummingbird cuff by Teri Greeves. You can find out more about the amazing artist, and buy it from Sorrel Sky in Durango here. Toh-Atin also carries work by Teri Greeves.
rings: find details in January's style post here.
anklets: Pretty by JL - Wish Bracelet anklets - now available for customization on Etsy here.

Photography
All photos are by & property of E. Lee Photography :: Visit her Website and on Facebook to see more of Esther's work & to schedule your own shoot. 
{click on each image in this post for a better view}

Happy, happy, HaPpY spring to you!!! Most of you know what this time of year means to me - H.A.P.P.Y. {!!!!}

Even though we, here in Colorado, still have months of uncertain weather patterns ahead of us, we are at least headed my very favorite direction! I LOVE summer in Colorado! I LOVE that I'm having a summer baby! I LOVE ditching the layers, heavy coats, hats, gloves, snow clothes for the kids, and as much as I love boots, I love the ease, comfort & style of sandals. Yep, this here fair skinned, freckled, takes-five-minutes-to-sunburn & doesn't-love-to-swim girl loves summer. And guess what, in 3-4 very short months {or very long...depending on your optimism level} this summer loving girl gets to drink beer. And margaritas. Yes sir or ma'am, I'm pretty excited about all of it.

As gitty as I am about the season, today is the perfect day to be sitting inside blogging and drinking my second hot cup of coffee {usually my second of the day is iced}. The wind was so bad last night that it blew out our furnace's pilot light {again}. As well, it blew the tarp off what's left of our wood pile. It also rained and lightly snowed last night; as a result getting our fire wood wet. I decided to leave the tarp off this morning to let it dry out. It probably did dry out some. But then it started raining and snowing again after noon. Every other time I look out the window, it is blowing snow. I finally put my carhartt & gloves on to tackle re-covering + bringing in some wood. I was smart enough to wear a sweater today, but my feet are freezing in my mocs. The wood wasn't too wet, I seem to have a hot fire started. Needless to say, I'm over building fires but am thankful to have one today. Anyway, happiest spring to you and yours. In July come over before noon for coffee, after noon for a beer, and after 7 - meet me at Tequila's - for a margarita. I'm SO ready.

So, about this month {I'm super chatty today}, it's honestly been a little rough for me. "Is she" or "Is she not" pregnant are no longer questions onlookers are asking themselves. I am officially wearing leggings more than jeans, and my pregnant feet prefer not to wear boots. Luckily, the weather has been {for the most part} accommodating to my preferences/needs. At any rate, a couple months ago when I finally cleaned out my closet - leaving only pregnancy appropriate/adaptable clothing - feels like a distant memory. Instead of easily reaching for something to wear, I find myself getting "creative" again. As much I enjoy being creative sometimes with my style, it becomes tiresome to daily find something to wear that both looks nice and is comfortable. As a result, some days it's either one or the other and not both.

I love this month's style post because I was dreading it. I had no idea what I was going to wear that was appropriate for the season, and it ended up effortlessly falling together. That's sort of the way I roll. Same is true for the location of the photo shoot. So far, all the posts have been shot in Bayfield. This month's {and last's} have been shot within a few hundred yards of my house. I always admire the old buildings of concrete & barn wood, from my big back windows and yard, that sit vacant in the lot behind ours. There is one that Gabe always refers to as the "chicken house" that looks particularly interesting to me from here. I decided that I'd venture, with the kids, across the smashed down cattails to investigate the chicken house up close. When I got over there I saw how cool it truly was {and dirty}. There is an old barn, slaughter house, and several other structures that are still barely standing; in addition to the chicken house.

We were very certainly trespassing. The original house has been kept up and is rented out. But, the other structures have been left to the elements and wild life. Esther has a way of capturing the beauty of a thing or place or person, or all three together. I was fairly certain she'd love all that old stuff and she did. I was lucky enough to pose in the setting.

One of the coolest darn things I found when I first went to check out the chicken house, was the wall lined with falling down tins, with miscellaneous words on them, in what I think/thought was a barn of some sort. Esther thought that the space may have been converted into a school room, which could explain the words on the wall. What's crazy about the words to me, are the fonts they're in. I have no idea how old they are, how they were made, or why they're there. But, I love them. And Esther got an amazing picture of me standing in that room. The format of my blog doesn't do viewing the photos justice...I strongly encourage you to click on {the top photo especially} the photos for a better/larger view of the detail in them.

In the third photo, I'm standing inside the chicken house, in the fourth photo is an unknown structure, and Elle West and I are sitting in front of the slaughter house in the fifth. In the sixth photo, you can see the reflection of Elle West & Brody {one of Esther's boys} climbing the cattle chute that ultimately leads to the slaughter house...a little bit morbid to think about, but the setting is cool nonetheless.

I hope you are as excited about spring as I am, and enjoyed this month's post!

X O X O, JL

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