I’m back with part two of my outfit photo session with Lindsay Thomaston. I had an absolute blast hanging out with her in Atlanta (be sure to go to Java Cats next time you’re in the city, that place is magical!), it was so wonderful to meet a like-minded fashion blogger who is as ultra feminist and authentic as I am. It’s back to work again, so I’ll be keeping this post short and sweet. Read More
Does anybody remember the early days of blogging, where people would set up a tripod and a camera timer (or carefully hide a remote, clever girls!) and they would do the classic “bending down to tie my shoe” or “look casually to the left” poses? I miss those some days.
I know I talk about this a lot (or maybe not enough??), but anxiety is a bitch. Even with Adavan I still feel like I’m struggling to be a normal, functioning human being on certain days. Having anxiety when you are in a field like fashion or blogging where you’re expected to be a ~people person~ makes it incredibly difficult to find the willpower to network. (Also, does anybody else feel like “network” is such a dirty word?? Like, meeting people for the sole purpose of working together, it seems like such a bizarre social construct and sort of a nauseating byproduct of capitalism??)
I am SO excited to announce my recent collaboration with Dandy Boutique, a quirky clothing and accessories store based in downtown Charleston. I met owner Holly recently, and she suggested that I stop by the store to pick out some outfits to feature on my blog. Dandy Boutique carries amazing independent brands such as Sugarhill Boutique, Dear Creatures, and BC Footwear, so I leapt at the opportunity for a partnership!
I’m back with more photos from my main girl Stephanie Stein! Can I just take a second to gush on how much I love her work and how lucky I am that we met? We jive so well, and she executes my vision perfectly (although obviously I need to work on my body language just a tad, ha! I’ll be sure to rewatch some America’s Next Top Model to improve my “smize” and to teach myself to stop carrying so much ~tension~ in my mouth. Progress, peeps.) We’ve got some awesome projects in the works, I’ll be sure to share more deets when I can.
At this point, it’s pretty obvious that my style errs on the vintage side, likely due to the resurgence of period TV series like That 70s Show, Mad Men, and newcomer Stranger Things (still in my queue, by the way!) I received this floral print off-shoulder dress in from ASOS, and like clockwork my mom immediately began reminiscing about how she used to wear dresses like this one when she was a teenager. She started to get a little wistful and my eyes started to glaze over, so I calmly backed away until I was safely out of her line of sight. (Kidding, of course; I live for old stories. Not saying my mom is old…this isn’t going well.)
I’m sure you’ve noticed (it’s been impossible to ignore, really) that it’s been well over a year since I did a blog post. Now, I could sit here and feed you a wealth of excuses about my post-graduate existential crisis, how bizarre it’s been to adjust to a life working a full-time job, how I’ve wasted countless hours focusing on the aspects of my life I can’t change and letting that feeling fester into a despondence that inhibits my ability to finish any project…but why should I?
I started this endeavor as a way to express my sense of style, but somehow I turned it into this insurmountable obstacle for myself, letting myself believe that I wasn’t interesting or financially stable or creative enough to blog, and yet I was still prattling on to friends and strangers about the things I wanted to accomplish but not taking any steps to actualize those ideas. Isn’t that really, really stupid?
I was talking with one of my best friends recently who is about to make a major life change, and we were discussing our respective plans for the future. She said something to me that really resonated: she told me that for a long time she didn’t really understand the Nike slogan (“Just Do It”) or why people thought it was so compelling or why they needed some phrase to get them off their asses to get something done, especially something like exercise. But once she was presented with this opportunity to pursue her dream, she had the revelation that she did just need to “do it,” to stop holding herself back and take the steps to enhance her life.
Sometimes I do think we subconsciously hold ourselves back due to fear or judgement or even because we feel that we’re supposed to, but these sometimes scary or life-altering opportunities often reap the greatest reward, even if there is a risk of failure.
This blog might seem like a small step in that direction, but at least it’s a jumping-off point. I’m reclaiming Cats in My Closet as my space where I can openly express my style and share my latest projects; I’m not claiming to be an expert or that my blog will change your life, I can’t even guarantee that I’ll post as regularly as I want to, but I will be taking steps to just “do” the things that interest me as a means of becoming the best version of myself possible.
Meow meow, all my little kittens, and thank you for checking out the OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF COVERED IN CAT HAIR! *Hooray* I’ve been eager to (re)launch my blog for ages now, and I’ve finally gotten to a point where 1)I feel as though I have a wardrobe that reflects my personal tastes, 2) I know what I want to feature on my blog & how to organize it effectively, and 3) I’m on a semi-regular work schedule and can find time to take photos and post content. Yahoo!
My boyfriend is currently touring, and he caught some of the nasty storms that are passing through from the Midwest to this way (down in the good ol’ south). The good news is that I, miraculously, didn’t catch any rain on my day off (Usually it always rains on my days off, or maybe I’m just that much of a pessimist…) and the wind aided the movement of my skirt in these photos. I live in South Carolina, so the winters (if I should even use that term) are generally mild; when I took these photos, it was in the 70s. I love where I live sometimes.
I recently purchased this high-low skirt at Target, which by the way has severely stepped up their game in the home + clothing departments, and realized that it is the only high-low skirt I own. For shame, because it’s wonderfully flowy & comfortable, AND it has polka dots on it—my obsession, as you’ll come to find out as CICH progresses. I think I’m going to use this skirt as a pattern to make my own using this gorgeous lavender silk fabric I picked up over the summer.
And here I am looking a bit aloof. Have I mentioned that I’m not very photogenic?
Sometimes I like to talk while pictures are being taken, and thus is the (hilarious) end result. If only I could remember what was being said…
Shoes – Shoe Carnival? Maybe? They’re pretty old, and I have a terrible memory…
Flower Wreath – DIY Collar Clips – Christmas Gift
My friend Marie lived in Austin, TX for a little while & was nice enough to pick me up some really cute collar clips for Christmas from a secondhand store. Those clips + this sweater = a match made in heaven. Troofin’. She knows my grandma-chic style so well.
Thanks for stopping by and for giving Covered in Cat Hair a shot. I’d like to take this blog and my dreams to big places, so stay tuned for more awesomeness to come. (I literally have a notebook full of ideas; GET EXCITED).
Editor’s Note: Not long after I established Covered in Cat Hair, I got a cease-and-desist from a lawyer as the name had already been trademarked. I’m pretty sure that blog doesn’t exist anymore, which I find pretty hilarious.