Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Well, 2013 is officially upon us! As always it will take until, like, March for me to remember what year it is when asked to write the date. It's tradition. Since I was, you know, seven years old. Maybe someday I will get it right in the beginning :) I'm so excited for a new year and a fresh new start. It really is arbitrary because the 'New Year' is only one day after the old year, but somehow it feels like a time when one can start fresh and begin again. One of the things I really want to consciously work on going forward is time management. I need to make myself a schedule and stick to it so that I can accomplish more of the things I want to try. On the list is gaining back some of my old piano skills, writing a children's book, and learning some more blogging skills. I really would like to read a few more books as well, I miss pouring over novels like I did when I was in high school.
So, there are a few of my goals :)

One of my favorite things about winter weather is how beautiful the frost looks on the trees and hedges.  I tried to capture some of its loveliness, but sadly, the camera does not do justice to the intricacy of the snowflakes captured in ice. One wishes they could hold a snowflake in their hand to take home and keep. Unlike the leaves and flowers of summer, snowflakes cannot simply be pressed into a book or dried to preserve them. They must only be enjoyed for fleeting moments as they catch in your hair or on the shoulder of your coat, sticking only a second before they melt away, losing their ornate pattern. I must enjoy the beauty while I can, and then run inside for some hot chocolate! For snowflake hunting can be a chilly venture :)

This skirt is one of my grandmother's. I'm not sure which era it is from...I need to gain more knowledge about things like that...but it is perfect for wintertime. It is like a sweater skirt! So warm and cozy :). Plus it creates the perfect silhouette that I wanted, very 30s and 40s inspired. It is in pretty rough shape in some places, so it is possible that it belonged to my great grandmother. If I didn't grab hold of it, the beautiful garment likely would have disintegrated in an old moth chest. Now I can bring new life to it! I want to pair it with an oversized sweater and heels now for a different look :)
The sweater, scarf, and gloves are also my grandmother's. I found the scarf stuffed into one of the pockets of her old coats, so I carefully washed it and give lots of TLC to it now. It has the loveliest pattern and colors and is super soft. I believe it is silk! I can't believe it was just crumpled in a jacket pocket buried in an old chest. Oh how I love exploring! It's like a treasure hunt for me!

I finally made my first gif!! I was geeking out and got pretty excited about it, haha. Hope you have the chance to throw some snow around where you are, if you have snow that is!

God Bless and I  hope you have a very Happy New Year!

1 Peter 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.

Sweater, Scarf, Gloves, Skirt- Grandmother's
Blazer, Hat, Bag, Belt- Vintage, thrifted
Boots- Kohl's


Bethie The Boo said...

Such beautiful winter photos!! And I adore that blazer, how can you not love the patches on the elbows?

I will be the same way, writing 2012 for at least the next month for sure.

I am hoping to read more books this year too, I set out to do so last year and did pretty well, but would like to keep trying for more!

Michelle said...

Beautiful photos! It must be wonderful to have an article of clothing past down so many generations. Stylish and cherished. I'm also hopping on the book train this year, compiling my list on goodreads now :) Happy New Year!

Gentri said...

These photos and this outfit are beautiful!! I love the feather in your hat and the little handbag!

Laura said...

That skirt is adorable! Also, I really really love your purse! So perfect and dainty! Hope that your New Year's is amazing. :)


Elana said...

These photos are gorgeous and so is this skirt! Your grandmother passed down the best clothes you. Hope your having a great New Year, Katie! :)

Ali Hval said...

Oooh, Katie, these pictures are simply gorgeous! The snow is so lovely and your outfit is just spot on. I adore those snow white gloves and how they work with your scarf so well. And the close ups of the snow crystals are so detailed and pretty!

No worries--it takes me forever to remember to write the new year instead of the old one. :P

Mrs. Dork said...

We never have snow here--I don't understand how one dresses CUTE when there is SNOW on the ground. But you have it down! I love that you take pieces that have history and give them new life. That skirt is adorable!

Kristian said...

Love the details of everything- the feather on the hat and the patches on the jacket's elbows esepcially.

Well... said...

Haha, that gif is awesome!
I gotta say, seeing this winter wonderland your in ALMOST makes me miss snow. Almost. Haha, but I love warm weather too much.
Anyway, I definitely relate to the whole reading books more goal. I use to be an absolute bookworm but since high school and college, its been impossible to find time to just read!

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Coline Chavaroche said...

Very nice outfit :)
I like the jacket !

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Megan Butcher said...

These photos are so beautiful, what a great backdrop huh! Loving the hat, pearls and cozy textures, graceful girl!

<3 Megan

Marlen said...

oh this is ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite outfits from you (which is hard to say since you have so many amazing ones!). I love everything about it, and how classy and vintage it is. and i'm making a conscious effort to start and stick to lists too. i waste so much time that it's crazy haha

Nike Onile said...

A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y stunning! You go girl. you look fabulous! *round of applause* Ladycakes!


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The Braided Bandit said...

These photos are GORGEOUS Katie! I love the frost on the branches and the blues and creams look so pretty together against the snow! Cheers to new beginnings :)
xo Hannah

Anonymous said...

pretty! lovely style :)


Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

This outfit is so classy and beautiful! I love your accessories, that hat has to be my favorite. I love how you're wearing your grandmother's skirt. I borrow clothes AND shoes from my grandmother all the time, she really has the best style. I wish you nothing but the best in 2013 Katie!



Southern (California) Belle

P.S. Looove the GIF!

LyddieGal said...

what a cute layered look! I especially adore your hat with the feather accent!
Chic on the Cheap

Vianca said...

Love this look, and your pictures are really nice!

Little Miss Stylista

Kristi said...

Katie, I love this outfit! It's wonderful that you are wearing some of your grandmother's beautiful things. I wish we had snow here in LA xoxo Happy New Year

Caro * said...

Beautiful vintage outfit, I love your sens of style :)

Sofia said...

Amazing photos with snow, so romantic and vintage, my favourite is the one that you blow the snow