Outfit Of The Yesterday (Or So): Dusty Rust + Light Gray + Black + Mint (& A Happy Early New Year!)

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♫: Auld Lang Syne – Andrew Bird

Whoa, long time no outfit update! I hope you guys have been busy enjoying the holidays and doing the things that matter most this time of year. Both Husband and I sure have. 2013 is already looking to be a year of huge change for us in several ways (ways I have to be obnoxiously vague about at the moment or forever, but blaarghughhh), and so it is always nice to go back home and get some good ol’ fashioned love and support from old friends, family, and the 10 pounds I’ve gained from eating all the holiday food & Midwestern cuisine you can handle. Uff da lunch buffet, yah?

The holidays are a nostalgic time of year for many people, I think, and this year for me has been no exception. I moved to Denver ten years ago this week, and it is crazy to think about how fast that time has flown, and how much has changed while that time was busy flying.  I would like to think that when I originally moved to Denver, I never once imagined that I would end up celebrating the 10th anniversary of THAT MOVE back where I was moving from; but honestly, I wasn’t thinking of a whole lot when I moved. I couldn’t imagine ten years out into the future, and I certainly couldn’t imagine what those ten years would be full of–the good and the bad; the changing, the becoming, and the growing.

Most of us know that with age comes experience, from experience comes wisdom, and from wisdom comes a profound sort of perspicacious apprehension and prickling fear.  This happens to all of us, I think, no matter how hard we try to fight it. 

For example: suddenly, going on a midnight run to the grocery store doesn’t seem like the quick flight of fancy it was 10 years ago (remember that time you locked yourself out of your apartment sans keys and had to walk 2 miles in flip flops to the nearest phone to call someone?). Smiling and being really friendly to complete strangers seems a little bit more worrisome (remember going on trial and testifying against the weirdo at work stalking a younger, female co-worker? and the bills from sleeping with all of the lights on in your apartment in complete freaky fear for weeks thereafter?), going on road trips alone a little bit more dangerous (remember not being able to kick your car out of neutral and into reverse in the ULTA parking lot and you weren’t even high on hairspray fumes? remember the deer you hit on the drive to Rapid City?), and life is a little less fluffy and carefree.

But from that profound sort of apprehension and fear comes a certain appreciation as well, I think, and with that certain appreciation comes a comforting knowledge that even the worst experiences can often be good. They might seem god-awful terrible in the moment in which they are happening, after all no one wants to spend 2 am at Walmart calling for their apartment security to let them back into their apartment, or on trial against a dude that was stalking a girl half his age, but those are just the minor details of it all.  Did you learn from the experience? Grow? And become a better person?

If you answered, “Yes, I learned to always wear comfortable flip flops after 10pm and to never be my own lawyer if I am ever charged with stalking and being an all-around creepy person!”, well then. There you have it–you, ladies and sirs, are living life.

So spending this week back in South Dakota has actually been pretty nice. So much good has happened in the past ten years, and I am unbelievably grateful for it all. I have made new friends, met my amazing husband, found a job that I adore to pieces, traveled to some amazing places both near and far, and moved to a community in which I feel that I truly belong.

But in between all of that I also dropped a few brand new jars of salsa straight on the kitchen floor, spent a lot of time random grocery store lines contemplating not buying food in exchange for a new handbag or anything that wasn’t food (Single Pre-Husband Chloe was so much more fun, and scary, and awesome), almost-accidentally burnt my apartment down with an electric blanket, had my heart broken a few times, had my heart mended a few times, went to way too many funerals one year, and accidentally gave myself food poisoning a good handful or two, too (see: new handbags). It is all part of living life and coming full circle, or in my case–a full loopity-loo, since I have realized recently that this adventure isn’t even close to being over.

Anyway! I would like to thank all of you guys both for reading and following along during a decent chunk of the journey. I know that I rarely get personal on this blog much anymore; it’s been difficult for me to find the words to adequately express everything that has happened in the past year. Writer’s block, if you will. But I sincerely appreciate all of you that follow along, so thank you from the bottom of my little wobbly heart.

Outfit time! Here’s a few completely random pictures from before we left for our trip. Snoozing puppies, our Christmas wreath, and a handbag being posed with a (new) R&Y Augousti vase + fresh flowers (don’t ask):

 

And an outfit. Comfy and a little bit more casual. I am still loving the Eartha satchel, and it has become my favorite bag to carry over the past few weeks as well. It is a stiff& structured little thing, but it holds tons of stuff (an ipad, iphone, wallet, and enough gum + lip gloss to last for days) and is on-so-comfy to carry, too. Have a safe, happy, & warm New Year’s, you guys! ♥

Cardigan: J Crew, really old (similar here) (similar under $100) (similar under $50)

Gray Top: Ann Taylor, old (similar under $25) (similar here)

Faux Leather Pants: Urban Outfitters (similar here) (similar here) (similar under $15)

Ring: Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ring in mint (buy it here) (similar under $100) (similar under $10)

Necklace: C Wonder Tortoise Shell Necklace (buy it here, on sale) (similar under $50)

Bag: Z Spoke Zac Posen Eartha Satchel (buy it here) (similar here) (a fab option by Tory Burch) (similar under $100)

Shoes:  J Crew Everly Suede Pumps (buy them here) (similar under $50) (a fabulous flat option under $75 here)

 

 

 

 

 

  • http://twitter.com/PPFGirl PennyPincherFashion

    So, so much love for this bag…and is it my imagination or are your brows darker here? I really like the look! :)

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  • http://www.thespanglishlife.blogspot.com/ Maca Barnes

    You look beautiful as always, especially with that color scheme. You know, I’ve always felt like I become less afraid of stuff as I grow older. Mainly because the things I’ve been afraid of have either happened or somehow become so trivial that the risk seems worth it. I do feel like I’ve become more of a creature of comfort though, maybe lazier? Just things like staying in drinking tea under a blanket sounds more appealing than going for a wild night of partying *most* of the time and/or wearing uggs instead of pretty flats or heels because I live in MN for Pete’s sake. I now have the overwhelming feeling that I am 90 year old grandmother in a 26 year old’s body. Oh well, I do better in the summer :) Have a wonderful NYE and 2013 Chloe! Hope all that change that’s coming your way makes for an incredible experience!

  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    Looking chic as always! Happy New Year Chloe :)

  • http://twitter.com/stylishhwife stylish housewife

    just wanted to say that i hope the news you can’t share (yet) is good news/change. i too, used to be much MUCH more fun ( & scary…lol). but i wouldn’t trade my much MUCH calmer, 37 year old self in for my 20 yo self for anything. =) reading your locked out of the apt story reminds me of when i locked myself out of my room in my apt in nyc. my cat (and cell phone) was locked in the room with a space heater on and i was in my pj’s…i literally kinked my neck (needed muscle relaxers after that one) trying to pry the door open with a butter knife to avoid walking the streets in my pj’s. thanks for reminding me of that story…ha ha! i always love your stories and outfits (LOVE that bag) so thank you. cheers to 2013 lady!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • http://www.thedapperbun.com/ Mary Ann

    The satchel is super cute – I like the casual outfit, too! Happy New Year Chloe!

  • Caroline L.

    thanks so much for these words – they are so very well-written and profound :) it’s always such a joy to check into your blog & see all of your fabulous outfits as well as hear about all of your fun (or not-so-fun… be careful with those stalkers!) adventures. i’m sure 2013 will be an amazing year for you – happy new year, chloe!

  • Annabelle

    Thanks for sharing all of that! I hope that whatever changes 2013 brings for you turn out great. Having just moved to a new town myself, your meditations on your time in Denver made me smile and gave me hope for my own next decade!

Chloe, Colorful Colorado.
5'2" on a good day. 32 years old. Professional Headless Model on Ebay. Likes fun fashion, good music, anything cinnamon flavored, & pretty, pretty shoes. Loves her two chihuahuas, tickle fights with her husband, digging around on the internet and in brick & mortar stores for fun finds, being old enough to know better, Colorado, and always lugging around a camera or two...(more)

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