Wednesday, 13 April 2011

How to beat spring cold

I have a spring cold. Yesterday I lounged around in an oversized hoodie and sweatpants and felt like crap. Today I decided to pull myself together. I still feel like crap, but at least a monster isn't staring back at me from the mirror. For the past two days I have been spending way too much time a) watching The Office non-stop on DVD, b) browsing through fancy style blogs and feeling unstylish, and c) feeling sorry for myself because my tomato seeds are not germinating. Today I decided to a) read books, b) enjoy the way I dress, no matter how unpolished and uncool it might be, and c) appreciate my alive-and-well broccoli seedlings. I also decided to brush up the look of the blog a little. So long, the cannibals and dusky belles header, and welcome, the floor plan of the old Binghamton insane asylum! There is something to be said about the power of getting dressed.

I had been looking for dream catcher earrings for some time. There are plenty of them out there on Etsy and eBay, but I waited until I found the perfect ones. I am very pleased with myself for not buying anything before I found exactly what I wanted. The earrings arrived today from CucumberWind, an awesome Etsy shop, which is on vacation right now. (They'll be back in action in May.)

The ring is from America's Attic, a local shop that has an extensive selection of vintage jewelry. Lynn bought a bunch of scrap jewelry, found the ring in the bag, and gave it to me. Yay!

These are the books I am reading. I had been waiting for the reprint of Samuel Edward Dole Shortt's Victorian Lunacy (originally published in 1986) to come out since late last year, and I finally got my copy. The book reflects the trends of Anglo-American practice of psychiatry through the eyes of Richard M. Bucke, a prominent Canadian psychiatrist and superintendent of the London Asylum in Ontario. My other pick is Rachel Pollack's Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. I was looking for a no-nonsense book on the Tarot, and this one was highly recommended by many, including Charlotte, whom I partly blame for my sudden fascination with Tarot.

I am wearing an old cardigan from a Benetton sample sale, a Target t-shirt, thrifted camouflage shorts and lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters. I stole the scarf from Chris.


The Mingling Single said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment - I really appreciate it.

Also, I just wanted to say that I don't think your style is at all unpolished or uncool. This outfit is very cool and I wish I could pull it off!

Maytheweed said...

Having recently found your blog I just wanted to say - you're not uncool! In fact you remind me that clothes can be fun and express personality - something I've lost sight of in recent years.

P.S Your cat Blue looks a lot like my cat Ridcully.

Teeny said...

Hope you get better very soon! The other day i encouraged myself to be braver with what i wear - and you were the inspiration. You always look original and chic - not awkward or uncool. Good luck with the will happen. We did well for brocolli in the winter because they like the cold I I'm surprised you have them popping up in Spring!

Anonymous said...

HEY!!! That's my scarf!!!!! :) CR

Anonymous said...

"Ihme hippi!" ;)
lavjuu, sis.

Madeline Quaint said...

Oh, you're growing broccoli? You're officially my hero. I love broccoli. To bits. :)

You know, when I got into the "I'm not a cool blogger enough" mood, your blog was one of the reasons I started to cheer up and enjoy mine. Your style is great, and I adore that big jumper!

And the new header too! :)

Terri said...

Oh, the combination of the long cardigan with the scarf and delicious earrings is wonderful. I would never have guessed that you aren't feeling well.

Charlotte heightened my interest in the Tarot as well--from the archetype point of view.

Titine and totoche said...

Hello!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog :)!
And noooo, you're not uncool, I'm really glad I found your blog!
Also, I really like your pants, and how you've styled them, the scarf look so soft.
Finally, very interesting book selection!

Jennefer said...

If you are interested in Tarot I highly recommend Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning and Pictures from the Heart by Sandra Thompson. Both are very helpful and interesting books.


Ruby Girl said...

really cool outfit. i love those earrings! <3