Thursday, January 29, 2015

Morning Classes

Jacket: BB Dakota   Tee: Debs   Jeans: AE   Boots: thrifted   Scarf: H&M   Glasses: c/o Firmoo
Most nights I lay out an outfit the night before in preparation for the next day. 99% of the time, I end up changing my mind in the morning and creating a completely differently outfit. On one particular Wednesday morning, I decided to wear my sassy "morning person" tee. I woke up feeling particularly unenthusiastic for the day, but putting this on made me feel slightly better. Unfortunately, it was too cold in the morning to take off the scarf, so the majority of my early classes missed out on my wit.

This outfit is by no means remarkable. However, it encapsulates my looks lately. Everything is simple, usually with accents of black and interesting textures. Oh, and tees with text on them are huge for me right now! Attention to detail is becoming more important (a tucked in tee is best to show off your belt for example), and I'm quite happy to see how my style has evolved.

In fact, I'm thinking of putting together a post that will encapsulate each year to demonstrate how much my looks have changed since I started this blog. It will probably be painful (on my end at least) to dig back that far, but I think it will make for a fun post!

Stay tuned :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Music Monday: Nico Vega

The first time I heard Aja's powerful vocals, it was on the foot stomping track "Beast". Nico Vega is an alternative rock band originally from LA, and their lead singer, Aja Volkman, has a voice that I envy. I have a naturally sweet, soprano voice whenever I sing, whereas Aja has that tough rasp and strong vocals that turns heads. I'll include "Beast" in today's post, I want to start this off with their cover of a recent favorite, "Bang, Bang." 

Just last weekend, my roommate introduced me to Kill Bill (which has the original cover of "Bang Bang" in the opening credits, in case you're wondering how this ties into anything), and man, I never thought you could combine gore and comedy so seamlessly, but Quentin Tarantino is a master at it. It's sheer entertainment, and I have to admit, I'd never seen a movie like it. I know, I know, I need to catch up in the film world, but I so rarely have time anymore!

Anyway, take a listen to Nico Vega and let me know what you think!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Troll Under the Bridge

Coat: thrifted   Sweater: Forever 21   Fringe Shirt & Bag: H&M   Tights: c/o Oasap   Boots: Just Fab   Necklace: c/o Shop Lately
Guess who found a spot to get photos at?? That's right, your girl came through. Haha, what's more is that my mom came to visit me! So we had a day together where I showed her around campus, took her to cute, local eateries, and of course, grabbed photos at my new go-to spot. It's a bridge that's located right off a trail by the college, and is just enough out of the way I could comfortably bring my tripod and get photos myself when I need to. So all in all, it was a good day.

Of course, I'll still probably make an indoor, photo wall area designated for taking outfit photos inside...sometimes it just gets too cold to deal with the hassle of looking put together while simultaneously being frozen to death. 

I've deduced that my closet can be shrunk down to three colors: black, white, and maroon. I'm also developing a certain affection for navy, but it has yet to make prominence in my wardrobe. With all the fantastic shopping that's available in Boise, I've been building up a wardrobe I truly love. Not to mention that since I've developed a clearer vision of what I like, and a coordinating color palette in my closet, making outfits has never been easier!

Anyway, thanks for all the positive feedback on my last post! 
Can I just say how amazing it is to reflect and see how so many doors have been opened since moving? For instance, last year I was able to find a new roommate and friend in Dallas. She introduced me to my current roommate, and that's how I found out about this awesome house I'm living in now. Then my job as a barista at Moxie Java was divinely planted in my life last March, because it just so happened that the Moxie Java here was hiring right when I moved to the city. Not only do I have experience making coffee, it was the exact same chain. So I'm going in already knowing special drink names, measurements, and everything! Though I didn't know it at the time, it was as if I was being prepped for this move. It just makes me feel all the more confident and hopeful for what's to unfold during my time here.

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Feeling Fresh


Well, here it is! I'm finally debuting my new haircut on the blog. And I have to admit, I feel revitalized with this new do. My hair had become a wild mane with dead, frizzy ends and a tired, worn out red hue. There are moments I miss my long hair (such as trying to pull off a decent looking ponytail or wanting to do a fishtail braid), but overall, I really enjoy this switch. I'm so happy I went through with it! In fact, I'm entertaining the thought of snipping off another inch or two...after all, it's not really that short. Though a good 7 inches was chopped off, it's still at a medium length. Also, what do you think of the black hair? I love how they match my eyebrows so perfectly.

These photos were taken in the kitchen of my new place. So that should tell you how well scouting for photo locations has gone for me...haha! I've spent the first week of school figuring out campus, getting used to university level classes, and trying to find a f#/!*ng parking spot, that I haven't had much time to devote to this blog. With College Fashion posts to prepare for as well, I will probably be reducing the amount of time I spend on The Dragonfruit Diaries, and blogging in general. I'll still be on here for a fairly good amount though, just not quite as consistent as I used to be.

Oh, and some happy news - I found a barista job at the Moxie Java here! I'm extremely grateful, because it looks like they'll be working around my school schedule and still give me the hours I need. Plus, I don't have to worry about how I'm going to feed my coffee addiction now! ;)

I've been inspired by Lauren's idea of setting up an indoor photo section on the wall - it would make taking outfit photos so much easier and less of a process. I'd prefer to take artistic and well thought out photos...but it's too time-consuming right now. So it'll be either quantity over quality or the other way around! What would you prefer?

I'll still be doing Music Monday posts though! Those are always easy to organize and prep, so I have no excuse for not posting that. I'll try and get creative with outfit photos, but I'm not sure how I'll do.

 I'd like to hear back from you though - what topics would you like me to cover? Anything other than daily outfits? Boise is a bigger city, so maybe I could take my camera to new eateries and boutiques to review them? Interested in seeing haul-styled posts? What are you interested in reading?

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