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Monday, May 1, 2017

Literary Looks


Yes, I have been swimming in amazing books, and it's gotten me thinking about the influence some of my favorite characters have had on parts of me, including my style. After thinking about that, I couldn't help but put together some looks based on my favorite characters. Because I basically do this everyday anyway, let's be honest. Classic books bring some of the most beautiful spirits and souls to life, and recreating that magic in our clothes lets us live in that world, if even for a few hours.

Alice in Wonderland
I have always been so drawn to the clean blue and white of Alice’s dress; it’s beyond classic. I updated the look for everyday with a tulle skirt, chambray, and suede boots in place of the classic white tights. I also repurposed her iconic black headband into an on-trend black choker.
I love that this look is one I would pick out anyway, but only I will know that my inspiration came from one of my favorite characters!

Harry Potter
Okay, this look is a little less easy to pull off without screaming to the world “I am a grown adult who may have an unhealthy obsession with a children’s book series” *shamefully raises hand*, but it’s so worth it. One of the beauties of the Harry Potter world is the richness of the house colors. There’s the gold, the scarlet, the emerald. I am a Gryffindor, so I snatched this gold and red skirt as soon as I saw it. While it already screams Harry Potter to fans who know their stuff, I embraced that vibe with a crisp white button-down and a long black cardigan, which could or could not feel like Hogwarts robes, depending on your willingness to believe that you are actually a witch.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka has always been one of my favorite characters. However, as an adult experiencing the the story again, I can now also appreciate how truly decadent the character of Willy Wonka is. My look inspired by this book is a bit of a looser interpretation; I traded the top hat for a more practical sun hat, but I wanted to keep the luxury. I combined fabrics like a velvet blazer, lace tank and suede boots. Also, one of my favorite parts of Willy Wonka’s look is his ruffled tuxedo shirt, so I translated that into my everyday with a huge textured scarf. This look was so perfect for wandering around Wash Park on a cool morning and I loved letting the luxury of Willy Wonka set in a little bit!
What do you think? Do you have any favorite characters that influence your style?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hello Good Friend




Hi. 

Hello. 

How ya been?

I've been.... away. 

Okay, here's the real story. I have been so. effing. busy. So busy, in fact, that I haven't even moved my old Denver Style posts over here for your blog love consumption. This has been one of my most transformative and productive years; I am teaching in a classroom that I lovvvvvve, in my second semester of grad school, contributing monthly to Denver Style Magazine, working with the Denver Writing Project, and plugging away at a lot of personal writing projects. It's a LOT, but its a lot of really amazing stuff. BUT, Freshly Sharpened has been really neglected. I'm sorry, blog reader. I'm also sorry, blog. You poor little website. I created you, purchased your URL, and then I left you in a gutter to rot! Okay, no. No I did, not; I love you, little website. And I love you if you are reading this. I'm sorry I ran away for a minute. 

Life gets away from us sometimes, but when we are working hard at work that we love, then that is OKAY. I have been swept up in education, both mine and that of my students. I have felt so fulfilled that a year or so of crippling work and despair has fallen off me like Forrest Gump's leg braces the first time he ran. Like, you guys, I almost tear up even thinking about my life a year ago today. I was sad, scared, and aimless. Even so, since I moved to Denver, I have set certain goals for myself, certain dreams to chase. And I'm IN IT, guys, I used that tough year to get myself really in it. I've been running for the past five months, coming back to myself with every step. And I have been so blissfully happy to drown in books and documents. But I'm ready to come up for some sun. I'm ready to share my life with you and Freshly Sharpened again. 

Hello good friend. Thanks for waiting for me.