Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Safe ship, harbored

dress (worn as top): Urban Outfitters | cardigan, boots: ModCloth | belt: thrifted | skirt: vintage

Is this really February? I need to pinch myself...with the gorgeous weather we've been having, coupled with how busy life is these days, I feel certain that this must actually be October in a not-so-clever disguise. But October might just be my favorite month, so you'll hear no complaints from me. 

I've really been living up to the "joyful" name these days...despite the fact that I've been sick, so many good things are happening. I got my new personal laptop, a raise and a new computer at work. Last week was Chris's birthday and we celebrated with friends at a fantastic local brewery (rated one of the best in the country!) Tomorrow Chris and I are doing a photoshoot with one of his friends. Next weekend I'll be selling vintage at a super-fun vintage soiree with Lily of Love Charles Vintage. And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Whew!

The title of this post comes from the album of the same name by local Grand Rapids band The Crane Wives. (Incidentally, I went to school with a couple of them! They're fantastic bunch.) They just won a bunch of awards at our local music awards show, and I'm just thrilled for them. We're really blessed in Grand Rapids with a fantastic visual arts scene, but what with bands like the Crane Wives and The Soil and the Sun, our music scene is really growing these days! Oh, how I love my city...

Anyway, my point is, you should check out these bands, because they're both insanely talented.

Being a rather diminutive sort of person (I recently discovered that I'm 5'2", despite my years of believing I was 5'3") I've always been a bit wary of longer-length skirts. I was afraid they'd swallow me up and make me look even shorter. But I absolutely love this one! It's such a fun print and it moves in such a pretty way. Is there anything style-wise that you've been afraid to try - only to discover later that you love it?


  1. Such pretty photos! You're lucky to have such a great backdrop. Can't wait for the vintage sale!

  2. I love the Crane Wives! My boyfriend and I are both alumni of GVSU, which is where he met and became friends with one of the guys in the band. And let me guess, you celebrated at Founders? Oh, how I miss Grand Rapids...

    Anyway, your skirt is really cool and I love it with that tank/cardigan combo!

    1. Ahhh, a fellow GVSU alum! I graduated from there in April :) What program were you in? And right you are - we went to Founders! So wonderful.

  3. I can't believe it's February. The months seems to be traveling so fast.
    You are absolutely stunning - The atmosphere perfectly suits the meadow girl outfit. I can imagine you frolicking through fields with wild ponies. x

    sending you happy spells

  4. ohh the print on the skirt is really pretty! these pics are fab <3

  5. So beautiful! I love your blog, I'll definitely be following.

  6. i just love that skirt, its so colourful and pretty! what cam/lens and software do you use? your pics are so pretty!


  7. I love the print of your skirt, so pretty!
    I spent years thinking I was 5'7, turns out I'm 5'6... I know the feeling!

    Much love, Vivi

  8. The print on this skirt is too die for! So much color and life in it.

  9. Gorgeous style, really individual and fresh.Rx

  10. I'm very jealous of your skirt, it's amazing!


  11. Oh my goodness... amazing print.

  12. You look beautiful! That skirt is amazing! Yay for great weather in winter! I know in my area we have had some great weather and I could't be happier! =)

  13. oh my gosh! i'm seriously so happy that i just came across your wonderful blog! i love your style girl!
    that skirt print is so awesome and you wore it so well!
    new follower for sure!!

  14. I love this skirt and your photography is beautiful.

  15. lovely photos!
    i'm a new follower to your blog :)

  16. Wow! These photos are so pretty! I absolutely love your skirt in this setting... how lovely! :)

  17. I am swooning over that skirt! It is the absolute perfect print and length. And what beautiful photographs as well. Looking lovely as always :-)

  18. That skirt looks awesome on you! It makes me want to try out a longer-length skirt. I completely understand being wary of them because I'm not even 5 feet tall. I don't need to look any shorter! Although, I'm not really fooling anyone in real life, right? I need to remind myself that haha.
    Anyway, you look fantastic!

  19. Amazing patterned skirt! Looks beautiful and rustic. (:
    Check out my blog? (:


  20. You are so beautiful! I love your style too- following <3 Alex