Alright, so I know it's technically March now and I'm a day late but as I was working on this post yesterday I had a surprise visit from an out of town friend and my day got hijacked. So better a day late than never. Way back in November, I had the idea of doing a monthly "Five Favorites" to share with you some of the things I am loving each month. I had all the best intentions to keep it going and have even had lists made up on a few occasions. In December, I did so many other posts based on lists, plus I wasn't at home during the end of the month that I decided that yet another list post wasn't the best idea. January was absolutely crazy on my end. I ended up with a crazy cold AND started school again. Unfortunately, the blog suffered greatly and again, no Five Favorites post. Well, the wait is over. I was actually able to get my shit together, take pictures and actually post them in a timely manor (sort of). It's about damn time.
Being February and the month of Valentines day, a lot of things that I have been loving this month are red. If you've known me for a long time or in real life, this shouldn't be a big surprise. Black and red have been my main wardrobe staples for many years. It has only been in the last year that I have finally come out of my red and black shell and discovered that other colors look good on me and that I can actually wear them. But not this month, this month has been all about the red and black.
1. This lovely 80's does 50's dress was way more 80's when I bought it for a whooping $5.99 at Value Village. It was about 7 inches longer in the skirt and the sleeves were elbow length. I saw the potential in it and spent an afternoon with the sewing machine. This was supposed to be my Valentines date night dress but due to that massive migraine I was only able to wear it to school one day and again to run errands another day. It's a little boring, being all black, but I figure that just means I'll have many styling options and be able to change it up with different belts, sweaters and accessories.
2. Speaking of sweaters to go with my new dress, I also found this amazing 1940's vintage sweater from an Australian company at Value Village. It's 100% wool so it's a little scratchy, but the stitch pattern and overall shape is just to die for. There's one tiny hole under the arm but other than that it's just perfect. I am so in love with it, I can see me wearing the hell out of it until it finally gets too warm for a wool sweater.
3. This amazing cherry brooch was a Christmas gift from my boyfriends mother Melissa. It could have easily been a favorite for December or January as it has been an almost permanent fixture on my jacket since the day I got it. Here it is on an fabulous wool blazer I got on my trip to Nevada. I'm sure it will make the Five Favorites list just as soon as it warms up a little bit more and I can wear it more often.
4. While I'm wearing the cherry brooch on my winter coat, I'm still prone to wearing a little pin on my sweater. This cute little rhinestone wine glass has been affixed to my cardigans a lot lately. My mom and I picked up this tiny gem at an antique mall in Reno, Nevada. I had never been to an antique mall before. Holy cow, that was awesome. Mom and I actually went there twice and saw so many new things the second time around, it was that big. Me being a lover of red wines, I knew immediately she had to come home with me.
5. On my last Five Favorites, I shared my mug warmer that I had gotten. Since I got that genius invention my tea consumption has gone through the roof. I usually have 3-5 cups of tea a day. I've been trying out a few new ones lately and this one is just delicious. I have to stop myself at 2 cups so that I don't overdo the caffeine and sometimes that is hard. I find a lot of teas I need to put sugar in to really enjoy them, but this one doesn't need sugar to bring out the flavors. It's perfect all on it's own. If you are a tea drinker, I highly recommend this one.
I'm happy to report that I'm settling in to the school routine well and have altered my daily routine so that I'm doing a little work every day. It seems to be helping me to keep the headaches at bay to limit my online and offline reading to shorter increments. Unfortunately, it means that I haven't been able to totally keep up on my blog roll. I apologize to my fellow bloggers for not being present lately. Even if I'm not commenting, I'm still reading when I can and love all dearly.