Monthly Archives: September 2014

lately // 9.15.14

Oh lordy. For those of you that are in college or have teaching jobs, are you in the weeds yet? Let’s just say my to-do list is ten miles long and growing. Last week I took up two seats on the bus because I had three tote bags and a purse. Crazy. Balance balance balance is my mantra.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Aspiring to // make the most glorious macarons this town has ever seen.

Preparing for // a 16 hour/week practicum in which I get to teach lessons and do research on the teaching & learning process. PS. Speaking of teaching, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this teacher’s laid-back-yet-chic style.

Listening to // acoustic Bon Jovi because it’s in the 5-CD changer at work. It’s a hoot.

Thinking that // I may very well dress up as Daisy Buchannan for Halloween, after reading October’s pick for the ABM book club!

Hoping that // the Fall weather lingers a while. I’ve heard rumors of a blizzard of a winter. I’ll have to take a peek at the Farmer’s Almanac to confirm.

Reading // a stack of old magazines that I bought but never browsed. And also getting very excited for this to get up and running…

Wanting to // blog more often but trying SO hard to just stick with a consistent, sustainable schedule! I keep referencing this podcast by Elise Blaha Cripe on editorial calendars.

Dreading // the Missouri winter. I really like this jacket but there’s no way that’ll work in a snowstorm.

Browsing // new-to-me blogs and revisiting old blogs. Have any suggestions for me?

Pinteresting // anything to do with fall fashion and pumpkin recipes. Check out my Wardrobe and Recipe boards!

Thinking about // trying Crossfit. Should I? Shouldn’t I? If I do I might reward myself with these pieces from Albion: a plush pullover & some long leggings. But first I’ll have to pull some doubles at work so I don’t break the bank!

What have you been up to lately? –Catherine

styled: high waisted denim + 10 things about me

I love denim, but properly fitting jeans are hard for me to come by–I claim to be five-foot-zero, but I might be a smidge shorter than that. So often I find myself in the dressing room thrilled to have found an otherwise perfect pair only to realize that the hem is scrunched at my ankles, a full 10 inches too long. And so, never did I think I would come across a pair of high waisters that didn’t come up to my eyeballs and still cover my entire foot. But I did and I love them. The jeans pictured here? Yep, those are of which I speak. You should get some, too.

These are from Charlotte Russe, but ModCloth has a few pairs I’m in love with (here & here). My pair is a snip or two away from being the perfect length, but will do just fine for a $20 pair of jeans.

If you’re just not sure if you’ve got the right top to go with a pair of high waisted jeans, I suggest trying to buy one at the same time. You’ll probably be surprised as how easy they are to style. I love doing a half tuck with a black t-shirt, adding some edgy black flats, and jazzing up the whole casual look with a fun, unexpected item, like my vintage blue jacket.

OH YES! And here’s 10 things you might not know about me.

1. I like math.

2. When I was a teenager my dream was to move to New York City and work for Seventeen Magazine.

3. I love to style interiors.

4. I don’t know how to fix the Internet when it “breaks”. I just flick switches on and off and hope for the best.

5. My favorite perfume is rose water and jasmine.

6. I have a desk but I never use it. I think I just love the idea of one, but I tend to do homework or blogging at the kitchen table or in front of the television.

7. My favorite movie of all time is Now and Then.

8. I played the flute all throughout junior high and high school but can’t even remember the B flat scale now.

9. I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was 24. These days I don’t even know how I graduated college without it!

10. I was a Resident Assistant for three years at Drury University.

Okay! Do we have anything in common? Do share, and tell me what you think about the high waisted jean trend.

–Cat