Go Go Gadget

OKAY ANDIE | Go Go GadgetOKAY ANDIE | Go Go Gadgetshooting with my new camera

It has been awhile since I had shot myself outdoors. I used to be a stickler for having an outfit post every week, but with my new job over the last year (more on that one day), and a desire to just chill out once in awhile, I decided I would do what I could when I felt inspired and stop beating myself up when things didn’t work out as planned. So, I don’t post near as much as I used to here, but I do post to instagram most days since it feels easier, less exhausting and more immediate/raw. Anywaysssss, all this to say, Zach bought me a new camera for Christmas, Nikon D5500, to be exact, and it wasn’t until last week that I even brought it outside to shoot myself for outfit photos.

I’m still getting used to its new features (touch screen and wifi, weeeooo!) and I am now using an app on my phone to connect to my camera and help me shoot my self portraits. It’s not the greatest app and definitely has flaws, but once I get really comfortable with it, I think it’s going to be a great help, it already has been tbh. I used to miss focus a lot when I was shooting myself. It just was never quite there. You don’t know (or maybe you do) how hard it is to focus a camera when there is no subject to focus on other than a purse. Being able to tap on myself on my phone screen to focus has been exponentially helpful. Much of my time was wasted on focusing and missing and refocusing and so on, so I’m hoping with the time saved on that it will feel less daunting to shoot my images, especially on colder days when I want to just get in and out (out and in, in this case), as they say.

How are ya’ll doing? I gained a lot of new followers over the last couple weeks, so hello to all you new friends!  Thanks for following! Please do comment letting me know about yourself. I love getting to know my readers ❤

-WHAT I WORE-
Shirt: Club Monaco (similar) via CS | Sweater: MOTH. (sort of similar) via CS | Jacket: vintage (similar) via CS | Purse: vintage Coach via CS | Socks: Topshop | Hat: Fossil (similar) via CS | Shoes: Dr.Martens
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A Year In The Life

OKAY ANDIE | A Year In The LifeHappy New Year M’Loves

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions, so you won’t be getting any lists like that here. But when a new year comes, how ever man made it is, you can’t really help but feel like it’s a fresh start, a marker of sorts, for acknowledging the past and looking to the future. This year for me has certainly been up and down, as all years are for everyone, really. I went through depression that felt like it would be the end of me. I had days of complete elation where I felt incredibly lucky to be alive. I learned from a dear friend that to be in a lasting relationship you must choose that person everyday and that sometimes is easy to forget. I met some of the most kind and beautiful people on this planet. I’ve learned new skills that I am proud to have and that I am much too hard on myself. I’ve had moments of feeling like the luckiest person in the world, surrounded by love and moments of hating myself so deeply I wasn’t sure if anyone in this world genuinely liked me. I’ve talked about my feelings and bottled them up. I’ve laid in bed all day watching netflix and got painfully sunburnt swimming in the warm and salty sea. I’ve yelled until it hurt. I’ve laughed until it hurt. I’ve lived the only way I know how. As I do, everyday, of every year.

There are big markers, good and bad, for every year. But years are also made up of small moments and details that weave in and out of the big ones that make up most of our lives. They say you can’t see the forest for the trees, but sometimes acknowledging those trees can help to see the forest for what it is. We are mean’t to do things with our life, but just existing and living is doing something too. It’s okay not to be the best or the worst and it’s okay to have no real plan at all. There is a system and societal structure to this life that can make us feel inadequate and exhausted, but realizing that a slow pace is still a pace, afterall, can be a relief like no other.

As always, thank you guys for being here. I didn’t post near as much as I did in previous years. I’ve written and deleted countless posts for the reason why, but in the end, it probably needs no explanation. I am here now, and that’s all that matters.

I love you all and you enrich my life by just stopping by here. I hope my words and images do the same for you.

-WHAT I WORE-
pant suit: Zara via CS | Blouse: Anne Klein via CS | Jacket: Topshop | Socks c/o Tabbisocks | Shoes: Seychelles
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photos by Zach

 

Ways To Wear: One Kerchief Worn Four Ways

Larkspur Vintage | Ways To Wear: One Kerchief Four WaysOH THE POSSIBILITIES!

If you follow me on snapchat, or just know me IRL, then you will be well aware of the fact that I’ve been having a minute with kerchiefs (or scarves), tied around my neck. So since I’m having an obsession with them of late (and yes, I would call it an obsession), I thought it made sense to share that with you along with some other ideas of how you could wear one. I find the best place to get real gems for very cheap is at vintage, thrift or secondhand stores, so head there if you don’t already have one on hand. The one I am using here is a fairly small square…try to keep the kerchief small with these styles because it won’t work as well (if at all) if you are working with a large scarf. Anyways, now that you have your kerchief…Larkspur Vintage | Ways To Wear: One Kerchief Four WaysYou see me rollin’. We should talk about my rolling method, because I think it will be helpful in keeping that ribbon shape when you are working with a small, square kerchief. Here’s how! I roll the scarf by bringing the opposite corners together to form a triangle, then I roll the long end toward the triangles peak till it is almost all the way rolled, then I take the peak and roll it toward the long end and I wrap the long end around the rolled peak (this way your peak won’t be peeking out all day), and voilà, you have a rolled kerchief that shouldn’t come undone right fast.Larkspur Vintage | Ways To Wear: One Kerchief Four WaysEn Français: This is how I have been wearing my kerchiefs nearly everyday; just tied it into a knot around the neck. I usually wear the knot off to the side because it feels v Parisian, and if there is one thing I wish, it is to be born Parisian…or British.
Larkspur Vintage | Ways To Wear: One Kerchief Four WaysLil Bow Peep: Dress up any old hairstyle; tie your kerchief into a bow around your pony or braid. It makes an other wise simple hairstyle a little less simple.
Larkspur Vintage | Ways To Wear: One Kerchief Four WaysTiedy Up: You can use the kerchief to actually pull the hair out of your face or decoratively as a hairband; tie the loose ends together and either have them out and visible like a bow, or pull the loose ends under to be hidden beneath your hair.
Larkspur Vintage | Ways To Wear: One Kerchief Four WaysWild Wild West: Back in my up tha punx days, I sported a bandana like this almost always; to achieve this look its very similar to our rolling method, only this time don’t roll all the way and tie the kerchief loosely around your neck with the peak at the front (off the the side for *coolness*).

Kerchief: vintage via Common Sort | Dress: Topshop via Common Sort

Outfit: Key To The Heart

Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartI’m not sure when, but at some point I became incredibly disinterested in jewelry. I used to always pick up fun pieces while shopping, but much like my interest in purses began to wane, so did my interest in jewelry. What was once an affinity to big, colourful rings and necklaces with eye catching pendants, I slowly opted for no necklaces (bow ties instead) and very simple, plain rings. I used to let jewelry be the statement piece of my outfit (i mean, bondage necklaces…pretty hard to not let it be the star of the show), but now I much prefer understated pieces, only noticeable when you take a closer look. So I guess it would seem odd that I would own a novelty ring by Good After Nine in the shape of a unicorn. But, it’s fun, and it feels inline with my current aesthetic; eye-catching, cute, but not overpoweringly so. As for my necklace from Happiness Boutique, it’s dainty and subdued, just the way I like it. I’ve also always loved skeleton keys, so having one adorned around my neck with a simple heart pendant hovering above is just the type of necklace I’d be happy to wear everyday. Life has felt so new and refreshing lately, but also grounded in finding my old self, and I think my style has been reflecting my current state of mind; a knowing comfort in what I love, but a little more carefree and a desire to be truly rid of self-imposed style expectations.
Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartInitially I was hesitant to pick something from Happiness Boutique – knowing my fickle attitude towards jewelry – but I quickly realized there is something for everyone (even me!), and to boot, they offer free shipping (also super fast), a customer reward program and you can enter their bi-monthly giveaway; who doesn’t like perks like that?!Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Key To The HeartBlouse, skirt & belt: thrifted
Coat: vintage via Gisela & Zoe
Hat: H&M (similar)
Boots: Topshop (similar, similar)
Ring c/o Good After Nine
Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique

Solace

DSC_1660I apologize for being sort of absent last week – I had such a nutty, busy week. I can’t complain though, often times I feel really lucky to be so busy doing all the things I love most. Our dance production, Choices, took up most of my time this past week, and thank goodness for that because I don’t think our two performances would have been as wonderful as they were without everyones hard work and time. I don’t talk about dance much on here – it’s just a thing you guys know I do – but dance is a huge part of who I am. It’s hard to explain without it sounding so cheesy and non-sensical, but my solo in the show entitled Solace, was a piece that was very personal to Shameka (the choreographer) and me. It was a story about her and at the same time, it felt like a story about me. So many people said such wonderful things about my piece – about the way I danced it, about how captivating it was – such kind words that all I could really muster was simple thank yous, which feels so insincere, but really there were no words for how grateful I was feeling during this time. When you are really able to just let go of your inhibitions and just be who you are on stage, well it is unlike any feeling I can articulate. And having people feel with you, even though they are sitting in seats many feet away, unable to really understand the inner workings of your mind at that very moment, it is again a feeling I will never be able to articulate. But it is special, and will always be special to me. That’s all I want to do as a dancer and as an artist – I want to feel with intention and I want others to feel with me. I came away from this show realizing that our bodies and our minds can be painfully connected, sometimes they fight each other when we are not at ease, but when we allow ourselves to just be, the two can work so harmoniously together, if only for a moment, we can find solace.

DSC_1672DSC_1658DSC_1682DSC_1704DSC_1716DSC_1701DSC_1684DSC_1737DSC_1715DSC_1728DSC_1710DSC_1726DSC_1739DSC_1725Coat: vintage via Tabula Rasa
Blouse: vintage
Skirt: Club Monaco via Common Sort
Cardigan: thrifted
Shoes: Topshop
Scarf: H&M
Beret: vintage
Tights: old paid of ballet tights
Bow tie: handmade