So, I'm doing something different for this Fashion Friday. I made a friend on tumblr and I quickly noticed her amazing fashion sense when she started posting pictures of herself. A lot of the clothing she wears I would love to try, but I'm sure, and using her photos as evidence, they work for her and would probably look like I slightly missed the mark if I were to ever try.
This is Anna, and yes I got permission to use her photos for this post. What first drew me to this picture was her leather jacket. Okay, and her eyebrows because I am super envious of them. Anyway, I think leather jackets are perfect for those cool summer nights and especially in the fall. They can turn a somewhat nice/dressy look even dressier if it fits your personal style or can bring it down a bit if you want to add in a splash of casual. Her pairing it with the bright top underneath helps make the jacket stand out.
I then picked this photo because of the whole outfit. I don't know if flannel is more her style or a normality of where she's from (which I'm not going to say here cause of security reasons) but it definitely works for this outfit and a few other photos she's posted. Having the black high-waisted leather skirt and black shoes definitely help the shirt pop, because of its dark colors. The gold necklace was also a nice touch because it brings an overall statement to the look, but also doesn't detract your attention. She really knows how to work her colors well.
Finally, i chose to talk about this picture because it is one of her more casual looks. Because of the lightning, I'm not too sure what color the top is, but it doesn't matter because it matches the light wash denim so well. The fact that Anna matched her dark shoes with the outline of her shirt, and her belt helps bring this whole look together. And i really like the anklet she has on her left ankle (at least, i'm pretty sure that's an anklet) because it's an accessory that stands out and also brings the pants and the shoes together, since the footwear has a white edge.
With her personal style, I can tell that she'll try on clothes that she likes and just goes with the flow. She definitely has an eye for detail and seems to try mix and match, with great results. Some of these looks I may have to try myself as we get into the upcoming Fall season. :)
Today at work, I was complimented on how patient I was with a customer. They were trying to use a $10 off coupon they received as a reward for collecting a lot of points from shopping in the store. We had to go through so many steps for her to complete her rewards profile (something you need to do before you can start getting your rewards, usually customers do this after initially signing up for the rewards program) that I ended up trying various different steps for her to get her coupon as well as typing things into her phone for her since I can type pretty quickly. You should actually see how wide people's eyes get when I breeze through typing in their info to sign them up for the rewards program.
I would think people's first impression of me is different than how I actually am. I can actually be shy from time to time, and I think I have the "resting bitch face" so people either assume I'm upset or something is wrong, or that I'm intimidating. This isn't the case, or at least, it's not the energy I want to put out into the world. Most cases, I'm just thinking about something very hard. After graduating high school, I've tried to adopt a more positive outlook to life and it's been very beneficial for me. I just have this drive to help people. I like helping people even if its as small as holding a door open. I'm just very perceptive and sometimes I can tell when someone needs to vent. I just want to put others before myself, even though I worry I will be burned in the end. Unfortunately this has happened numerous times, and yet, I still want to help people.
When I was younger, I strongly disliked being called sensitive. Growing up in a family with 5 siblings, with three of them being the same age as me, and looking exactly like me, it was hard for me to find where I fit, not just in my family, but in society. People would just call me "Jackson" or "Quad". Now, don't get me wrong, I love being a multiple, and I wouldn't imaging my life any other way. They're my best friends. I know it must be hard to remember whose name goes to who. Some have told me they were embarrassed that they couldn't tell us apart, but they tried. I always knew the difference with those who tried and those who didn't.
With not really knowing where I fit, I think i found myself just filled with a lot of different emotions. I was easily offended by something or upset by something and people would say, like clockwork: "Why are you so sensitive about everything?" or "Stop being so sensitive."
Unfortunately, I think that had affected me a lot. It's made me somewhat hard and some could see that as me being cold. I'm not that harsh of a person; however, if anyone messes with anyone in my life, I will be quick to knock them down a peg, so I guess there is a bit of a spin to it. Because of those comments, I don't cry that often. I hate to cry, i don't like how i feel after i cry, and sometimes I just feel like I'm weak after I do it. There has yet to be a movie where I cried while watching it. I do admit though, i did get misty eyed during Toy Story 3 and Inside Out. Also, who can keep a straight face when watching those videos on YouTube when those in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, etc return home.
Now, i see being sensitive as a good thing. It means people can trust me with their problems, and that I will actively listen to them. It doesn't matter what my issues are at the moment, if someone needs to vent I'll give them my full attention. It may take a bit for someone to find out that side of me, but it's always been there, just buried a bit.
I've been meaning to write a new blog post for ages but now that I have two part-time jobs I barely get enough time to rest. Don't get me started about my "to-do list". Can you believe it? I actually have a "to-do" list.
Anyway, back on March 23rd, I started working part-time as a Library/Computer Aide at the new Slover Memorial Library. I actually knew I had the job a few weeks before hand but I didn't announce it to anyone except for my sisters and my parent's at the time because I didn't see it as officially my job until I received my first schedule.
There was a slight delay in getting my schedule for two reasons 1) At the last minute, I was switched to a different department, and 2) I had to change my Kirkland's schedule which wouldn't go into affect until I started working at the library, so it was pretty stressful around that point.
I had changed positions from somewhere on the first floor, I don't know where, to the 5th Floor. The Teen Floor. Now, I'm pretty sure I was switched because I know a lot about video games and computers. They even asked me questions about it during my interview and I just went on and on about my favorite games and different consoles i've owned, played, and know how to operate.
Working here is like a dream. I essentially get paid to write, play video games, and play games with the patrons. I usually work in the computer lab and aside from monitoring what people are doing in there, it gets boring fast. That's what my supervisors warned me about from the beginning. So I bring my memory stick with me and just work on my stories or novel ideas in between doing my job.
When there is down time in general, usually around 6pm on weeknights, i try to find things to do which basically means playing Super Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart 8 until I notice something needs to be done, or until someone wants to play a game I'm playing. I also get to take the time to draw, put together a puzzle, or read.
Now, don't get me wrong, I actually do work. I do collections work, check out game controllers, and check out the study rooms. I sit at the front desk and answer as many questions as possible, if i can, before directing people to another floor. I help set up for programs and events, and sometimes participate, and I clean up the floor when it is close to closing. My supervisors say it is the most fun floor of the whole library and I couldn't agree more.
I LOVE it here! I love the atmosphere. I love the people I work with and the people I talk to every day. I just love libraries in general. This library has a 3D printer, a cafe next door, a gaming lounge where we get to blast music after 4pm (Kpop anyone? That's the only thing i play when i run the music if I'm working desk, aside from Disney), interactive maps, a digital production room, a Mac Lab, and many other perks. But the number one best thing, is that it is right across the street from the mall so going from the library to Kirkland's (or Kirkland's to the library) is easy. Plus, with working here I can FINALLY wear something other than just black and white.
I am excited for Spring to come. Not because I'm tired of snow and rain and just want it to be daylight savings time so that I can spend more time outside, although those points are true. I'm excited for the big colors this year and they are aquamarine and mint green.
I just found out about these big colors from a trip to the Charming Charlie in the mall I frequently go to. Mint Green is very big in this store and it has its own section. This shade of green helps give any outfit a pop and is nice and easy on the eyes. It i not overbearing in the slightest.
Just take a look at the other accessories Charming Charlie has to offer in this fantastic color! http://www.charmingcharlie.com/accessories.html?color_family=mint
Aquamarine is a big color as well. You may as well go with beachy greens and blues this spring and into the summer. These shades of colors will catch anyone's eye and will stand out with the other various colors coming out as the weather warms up. Although, if you start rocking those shades now, you will probably bring some lively colors to this dull weather those of us on the East Coast have been having for a while.
I live on the coast and it tends to rain. And rain. And rain. And rain. AND RAIN. I think you all can see a pattern here. However, if it rains a lot in your area this doesn't mean you can let the dull grey sky affect your clothing. You can still look stunning in Rainy Day gear.
Sweatshirts are basically the staple in a girl's closet. It can either be a boyfriend's sweatshirt or just something worn when they don't feel like dressing up. Or it is one of those days and you just want to be as comfortable as possible. Depending on if you're going out or staying in, the sweatshirt can be paired with leggins or skinny pants.
Bright colors easily stand out against the dull grey background from the weather. There have been some tests stating that bright bold colors can change your mood for the better. It is a good way to bring some life into your wardrobe and the grey outside world.
Rain boots are always a staple in your wardrobe when rain is usually in the forecast. My favorite thing about rain boots is that there are numerous different styles and designs for the footwear. They come all different types including ankle boots and even high heeled boots.
And of course, the one must have for your rainy day looks is an umbrella. While it obviously helps keep the rain off of your head the different patterns, shapes, and designs that can help make an outfit stand out. The good thing about umbrellas is that it doesn't matter if it matches your clothing or not because it is simply a statement piece!
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman