more wardrobe (and winners too!)

I’m glad you guys can’t see my keyboard right now, it’s got a few tears of joy on it. This morning, with a little over twelve hours to spare, I finished National Novel Writing Month, clocking in at 50,396 words! My beau just told me he wanted to celebrate by taking me out to dinner, what a nice guy. It was looking rough there for a few days, kids. I was up at 42,000 before I left for vacation, then proceeded to not put a single word on paper for nine days (even though I was only gone for five, but what? It was Thanksgiving weekend!). A little over 8,000 in two days finished me off though, and despite the fact that my ending is shoddy and my novel will never be shared with the world, it’s a good feeling.

I figured the last thing I would want to do today was write some more, but I wanted to share another outfit from Austin! Unfortunately I didn’t get good pictures from the other days, so these two will have to do. The beauty of this outfit was that the vest is actually my younger sister’s. She decided she couldn’t pull it off, and since I already had one similar, she decided that they looked nice on me and thus passed it on. What is the opposite of a hand-me-down…a hand-me-up? If so, I got this hand-me-upped to me last year, and really like it.

Sidenote: From my pictures, it looks like I wore my moccasins the entire trip, but that isn’t true, promise! I bought some boots at Payless the day before I left and wore those a lot, but switched to the flats when my feet got tired (so mostly every night).

Sidenote 2: You can’t really tell in the picture, but I bought some new earrings at one of the small stores on South Congress (they had some amazing shopping there!). The earrings were handmade from an old tin, and they were sold on paint swatches. I wanted to buy about ten pairs but knew I shouldn’t spend all of my souvenir money on earrings, oops. The woman that makes them has an Etsy shop, Adaptive Reuse, check it out! I’ll probably buy another pair in the future, I got a bunch of compliments on them!

I wore this last Tuesday, our last full day in Texas. Early in the day I met up with a friend of mine who lives in the area, and she took us to Mount Bonnell, one of the highest points in Austin, and to Zilker Park. It was so nice being able to get to places that weren’t accessible by walking (which was our only mode of transportation in the previous days). The views were amazing, and the Colorado River looked pristine. While I had been doing research for the trip I read quite often about the nice vintage shops and good food (which we got a good dose of), but the beautiful scenery wasn’t talked about all that much, what a bonus!

After taking the scenic route, we visited UT Austin’s huge campus. As someone that works in higher education, my only experience comes with small private colleges, so to be on such a big campus was a real culture shock! For the record, the students seemed really enthusiastic and the buildings were all quite well maintained, I was impressed. It didn’t hurt that they have several museums on campus, as well as the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library, which we spent a good deal of time in.

Overall, I really loved Austin and am so happy I was able to take a break from work and go visit! While I still have a lot of other places I want to see in the United States (we were making a list as we walked through downtown), I would absolutely consider going back. Thanks for a good time, Texas!

Sidenote 3: Recently I’ve gotten notifications from WordPress that I’m getting “likes” and comments on my posts, I just wanted to say thanks! It’s really encouraging to get some positive feedback, even if I’m not necessarily seeking it out. And I’ve found some really cool blogs via those sorts of things, so thanks again!

warm weather winter wardrobe

I can officially check the state of Texas off of my list! One more down, probably about 25 more to go, but that’s okay, I’m still young.

One of my favorite parts about being in Austin was that it was beautiful outside! We were able to walk around without a winter coat and it’s accouterments, which was pretty amazing. I wore my blazer when it got a bit cooler, but I was never cold. As someone that has lived in New York all my life, to be outside eating lunch in November was a surreal experience. Listening to Christmas music while wearing short sleeves (outside! two days before Thanksgiving!) really threw me for a loop. So my Austin outfits were an attempt at layering to keep from being too hot or cold. And gosh, I love these flats, they’re so comfortable no matter how much I’m walking in them.

I tried to be as fashionable as possible, even though I didn’t wear the cute dress I brought and didn’t make use of the ironing board and iron in the hotel room. Below is the outfit I wore on the first day, which we spent in a couple of airports and airplanes. But once we got to Austin we went to a great Southwestern restaurant and a few bars. I loved the laid back vibe, there were very few cowboy hats and boots. I had read in a few places that it wasn’t like the rest of Texas at all, and I have to say that I agree! Not that I’ve been elsewhere, but based on what I’ve heard and seen pictures of, it’s different than the rest of the state.

I didn’t get great pictures of a few of my outfits, but I’ll have one other one to post later on in the week. This weekend I’m devoting to catching up on emails and my NaNovel. I was thousands of words ahead, but I didn’t write at all while on vacation, so as of right now I’m actually right on pace to finish, if I can bring myself to get back into the plot. Just a few thousand more words and I’ll be done, but can I do it before the end of the night on November 30th? I hope so!

The rest of November is also devoted to compiling a massive December calendar. I have lots of deadlines and events that need to written down in one place so I don’t lose focus…and so I parcel in some time for gift shopping!  Now that Thanksgiving is over I’ll acknowledge that Christmas is coming, and I’ve got lots of holiday prep to do, eep.