Ode to Summer’s Past

My mom is a teacher and she finally is on summer vacation. (She totally deserves the break BTW).

It reminds me how funny it is in retrospect that all I wanted to do was grow up. I got a job as soon as I could, working in the summers. (I didn’t necessarily need to – I just found being able to finally buy the things I wanted rather than the school uniforms I was stuck with liberating).

Tomorrow is Monday and I will be working during those precious summer hours because I have to and I’ll be going to bed early.

It really makes me long for late nights in the pool and sleeping late and the creativity that comes from the boredom of sitting in your bedroom alone. My mom and dad both worked, so in my early teens they left my brother and I at home. Going to private school also meant you didn’t really live close to people you went to school with (which worked out – I didn’t like them anyways).

There were nights my parents didn’t really know where I was – out at concerts, with friends. Some of those are the best memories.

One of the best summers hands down was the summer of the first year I dated Casey. It rained every day, but that was when I realized I didn’t want to be without him.

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Ode to Summer’s Past

Rain | Sun

I think it’s a little funny it rained for almost a solid month here. Mostly, because now the sun is shining and life is really starting to feel a bit normal again.

I went through a few really, really rough months. I even went to California to visit some friends to try and get my mind off it for a weekend.

I’m really beginning to find my groove in my neighborhood. I attribute it mostly to Local Press + Brew opening. I was so used to having a coffee shop within walking distance – this really, really cheers me up. It has a walk up window and everything.

Uchi opened in Dallas and my supervisor was kind enough to treat our team to dinner to celebrate making it a year (and some change for me). Sometime little things like that remind you how lucky you are.
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It Status

A while back, my husband very nicely surprised me with a copy of It by Alexa Chung.

I had the pleasure of meeting Alexa Chung (photo lost with some old, sad blackberry) at SXSW many moons ago. She wanted me to sit on her lap insisting it was “fashion Christmas,” I graciously declined in fear of crushing her.

That’s beside the point. In the book she shares many of the women she think has “It” factor. I wanted to share a few of the women that I think exude that effortlessly cool style (that I may, or may not try to copy in every way possible).

Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is the baddest b on the block. Her growing up in Dallas and talking about the beauty standards here only make me love her MORE.

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There are many memories of me singing The Tide is High into a hairbrush in my room. Debbie Harry is one of the only people who could probably convince me to go blonde. She was ultra cool and not afraid to try new things – proof that confidence is all you need to rock that item in your closet you’ve been to afraid to wear.

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Zosia Mamet is the youngest lady on this list, and the closest to my own age. I see a lot of girls my age who aren’t comfortable playing around with style and who they are. and it’s a tragedy. You can see Zosia wearing boho style one day and something mature and chic the next. And guess what? She always looks great because she doesn’t give AF.

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Lastly, one of my favorite girls with serious it factor is Carrie Brownstien. I love her sense of humor and I think that really radiates through her entire being. That and she’s another one I ¬†awkwardly asked for a photo of at SXSW outside of Jo’s (in retrospect, I feel bad, girl just wanted some coffee).

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The common thread is to not take yourself too seriously. And remember, style is about you. Not other people. If you love something, don’t worry if your grandma is going to think you look ridiculous.

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Finally, I will leave you with the sketch that inspired me to even write this post. It’s okay Carrie, I accept you as a “cool dresser.”

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