this weeks closet

i give everything away on instagram first... but this week i worked on a little photo series of daily outfits.

like most, there is always a collection of pieces i tend to gravitate towards the most... a rotating interest in particular cardigans and dresses - this week was no exception. right now i'm really into soft jersey dresses with fun cardigans and jewelry. i found this sweet black one on etsy and have worn it too many times to count in the past four months. i like it's simple shape - but surprise detail in the back!

this week started awash in sunshine which inspired me to pull out some long sundresses for the first time this year! both the vintage teal Indian dress and red gunne sax came from etsy. i swear they were killer deals though! i'm sure you know how much some sellers want for these styles - so when i see them cheap and in the perfect measurements i get impulsive. i just spotted the teal dress in orange! so sweet... i already have a similar one in pink though ;)

what a spectrum to go though in five days, sunny and warm, sunny and less warm, not sunny, colder not sunny and wet. that's washington for ya.

i really loved milla's idea to limit clothing purchases for a year, as a fellow close horse i thought i could get behind such an effort easily. well, nope, not really it turns out. i talk myself out of a lot of things, and i sell pieces i'm bored of fairly often... but i'm a creative and clothing speaks to me. my life is decorating. embellishing my home, hair, style, hobbies, and work. variety is what keeps me entertained. i never drive the same way to work everyday. i zigzag through new neighborhoods (sometimes doubling my commute) for the hell of it and to find new things. cute houses, pretty gardens, odd neighbors. so as much as i don't neeeeed double closet space to survive, if i can have it - i'll happily take it and use it.

funny enough, in house hunting - closet space and/or an extra studio space is HUGE on my list. i don't need much space, but i need a place to store my shop pieces... and my extra me pieces. i have two closets in my apartment bedroom, a his and a hers. but since it's only me - they're a hers and a hers.

five days of outfits.

san juan island part 2

a week later and i'm finishing these photos! a well known secret around friday harbor on san juan island is Popeye, the friendly friday harbor seal. she's been a regular near the fish market on the dock for years! i've never met such a social sea-dog :) we met her last year, and while down at the market this year i called out her name and up popped her head. she's a good model, like many have been in this spot before!... i sat with her for a few minutes while others shopped for fresh halibut to barbecue for dinner. okay, so apparently i'm a part-time animal portrait photographer! ha... i've always loved human portrait taking - so i suppose it's suiting that i have good luck with animals. they know i don't eat them so they're all my friends! or so i'd like to think :)

tell us of your sea-dog ways.

we stumbled upon Snug Harbor resort this go around, and while i'm not much of a resort person - i'm digging their new cabins! and they smell fantastic inside! like wood. warm comforting wood.

meanwhile, back at our homestead in roche harbor - plenty of peace and quite was to be had in the off season. our days were long on the island and by day three i was getting tired! anthony went on a solo walk through the lime quarries while i napped (bummed i didn't get a chance to see them again... but naps are important!) and returned with a deer skull - of course. he went bushwhacking and rock-climbing while out. not surprised he found the quiet resting place of this creature.

we didn't walk nearly as much this year, but we did find some good spots to be.

always looking for weird stuff - like this pineapple house! a local eccentric artist had many creations to discover. i think we should have left my mom, she was with her people there....

another different thing i wanted to see this year were alpacas! did you know expensive these creatures are? they're rare in the states and females are worth up to $30,000 because they have slow breeding rates. anyhooo - they're funny. hilarious when they have an itchy spot and scratch it with their tiny legs.

hey, you know what's important with washington state ferries these days? reservations. my sister suggested it for when we left the mainland, but when we were heading off the island we didn't have one and nearly missed our ride! the rest of my family stayed a few extra days and ended up being delayed 5 hours until they got a spot.... reservations are worth it.


heyo, how goes house hunting? guh, am i picky or what?! i know it's just a starter home, but it's so elusive. too big, too small, too much work to do, too much work has already been done, what the hell is under that horrible carpet (fingers always crossed for hardwood floors). i'm sent new houses every couple of days, and most of the time my eye squint - "nope!"

i'm told to take advantage of my real-estate agent and to go see lots of houses, but i feel bad about wasting other's time. though, many house photos are awful online, and maybe that's a good thing because when i do find the one - i want others to stay away!

san juan island - part 1

we spent the long weekend back on san juan island. while the weather report called for overcast and rain, we lucked out for another year with mild conditions. washington's ferry system is the 4th largest in the world and carries 22 million people a year. it's a unique experience that i treasure. it's a shame if you live in the pacific northwest and don't spend much time on the water. i grew up with a old 1968 wooden boat in the family, and while i notoriously get pretty carsick, i've never gotten seasick.

while driving across the island from friday harbor to roche harbor, suddenly we were in the middle of an eagle feeding frenzy! i have never seen so many large birds in one place! rumor is a rogue cop feeds them raw chicken everyday a 4:00... a practice that is a bit frowned upon no doubt, but an amazing spectacle to stumble upon. the next day we drove by the same field and spotted a lone grey fox waiting for the meal an hour early. i tossed him a dandelion which he happily ran up to hoping for a snack... nah little guy. it's all too easy to train wild animals to be dependent on humans.

roche harbor is basically a wedding factory in the summer, but in the spring it's quiet and has stunning gardens. it was once a lime production town, hotel de haro has been around since 1886. a village of resort homes now fill the property, one of which we stayed in. if you go up into the hills though, where few tend to go, you can find the old quarries and many curiosities in the woods.

we have been to this island three april's in a row now, and walked each park. this time, i wanted to do something gutsy - a charter flight around the islands! saturday was a very gusty day and our original pilot was nervous about taking a small plane out again (he had just flown in with a prisoner from whidbey island, exciting way to travel for cort dates!). they asked if we would come back tomorrow, but we held our ground and looked bummed out until another pilot stepped up. we're insane, this turned out to be a terrifying and turbulent flight! but man was it exhilarating!