Travel

meeting the birth fam!

What do you wear to meet your birth family for the first time? This is pretty much the first question that popped into my head once I knew I was going to attend my new birth cousin Brian and his fiancé Becca's wedding in Connecticut in October! OMG! Meeting 160 new people at this event!

Even more importantly, I will be meeting almost the entire birth family, including 12 cousins, 2 aunts, 1 uncle, and birth mother in Vermont in the days before and after the wedding. They are having a welcome party for me when I first arrive, and so that is the first outfit to plan... then there is the rehearsal dinner outfit... I have been working to determine all these outfits down to the exact accessories, and only once I got them covered have I been able to breathe a little easier! I keep saying to people how funny it is that I'm so hyperfocused on what to wear, but, it's such a huge deal, and these feel like some important first impressions! I don't think I've ever been this obsessed!

Only down side is that both dresses require help zipping them up! They both fit perfectly but it is an inconvenience to say the least Happy

Welcome party outfit
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At welcome party with my sweet cousin Milo!
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Rehearsal dinner outfit - I loved the vintage retro feel of the silk dress with the graphic orange flowers, and the giant pearl baubles tied on with a satin ribbon. Also, my green patent leather clutch!

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Meeting my new cousins at rehearsal dinner Happy
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I didn't have a before pic of wedding outfit... I wore a floor length red skirt, and this bright magenta/purple top, with a red belt and colorful chunky necklace. I wanted to feel completely myself and comfortable for the big day, and think I nailed it!

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San Fran vintage style.

Just got back from an inspiring trip to the Bay area, my favorite, and couldn't let a trip pass me by without a little style digging while there... I had some amazing vintage Levi's finds in the Mission district by the pound... all high waisted in their 70's glory! My body was so meant to thrive in another decade Happy When I reside somewhere with less amazing wardrobe options, it's so easy for me to slip into dressing like an Old Navy drone... no offense ON because I do find many cute things there... but I when I visit places like SF, I remember how I really want to represent my best self via what I wear, and know I need to work harder to cultivate that, even if it means shopping only when traveling!

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Home road tripping in NC to the beach, raring to go in said Levi's, favorite tree necklace, and Chuck Taylor's, bringing back my Cali love memorabilia from days gone by Happy
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My friend Ry guy and I in a before and after- us on the left, 18 years ago... wow Happy (I remember those suede J.Crew maryjanes!) and on the right, San Francisco, August 2014
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tattoo style.

I got my first ever tattoo last week in Dallas, TX. It is something I've thought about for 20 years... I wrote about it, shared about it, and suddenly it was the right time for this rite of passage. I knew I wanted a retro, round, very vibrant and colorful design to match my aesthetic... this is a piece of art that I will wear forever and it had to be right on! I traveled to see friends and work with an artist with 20 years of experience that I trusted. It hurt like hell, and the process was more complicated than I realized, but I'm so happy with the result!


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Jeff getting set up
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OMG! I have a tattoo!!!
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While I pulled from lots of things, this design came the closest to articulating what I wanted:
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With my designer YoungDoo, who helped map out my vision!
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Dallas!

I visited my dear friends in Dallas this weekend, my first time really experiencing the big city, and had a blast. Went to a swanky holiday party, out on the town, and ate some delicious food. The weekend called for a bit more upscale dressing than bumming around Greensboro, and I was up for the challenge. This is my very first LBD! The fit is not bad for having zero time for alterations. It has a sexy gold zipper all the way up the back too! I am wearing my Grandma's beautiful chartreuse pearls and clip on earrings Happy I love this rusty red blazer as well - it needs to come out to play more!


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