Saturday, August 23, 2014

At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Bell bottoms: handmade ; Halter crop top & turquoise necklace: PYLO ; Assorted rings: heirlooms and gifts ; Sandals: something from the kids' section of JC Penney's

Yesterday my parents invited me to go along with them to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I happily agreed as I hadn't been since I was a kid and as it's free for University of Minnesota students (me! or rather, formerly me, who still has her school ID). It was really gorgeous with tons of koi ponds, walking trails, and just general being-in-nature-peacefulness.

I wore this being-in-nature-peacefulness outfit to go along with the vibes of the MN Landscape Arboretum. I'm trying to get as much wear as possible out of these bell bottoms before cooler months hit Minnesota. I'm still so in love with them, though they feel more like something I should be walking along a sandy beach in rather than through a city (or, in this case, a mulch-y walking trail). These pants are pretty much my pride and joy, especially when I remember that the curtain they're made out of cost me two bucks and they were one of the easiest sewing projects ever!

I'm also wearing this really excellent halter crop top from PYLO. Halter tops seem so simple to make, and I really like this one in particular, so I bought it and am already examining it in order to make my own pattern. I love halter tops! They're so simple and sexy and summery. They're also a reminder that I need to work out more. I just did a couple of yoga routines on Grokker and ye gods am I out of shape! I'm officially scheduling 20 minutes every day to yoga to get back in shape. My balance and core strength have just become terrible, I'm so ashamed. Time to get back up and kick butt!

Sidenote: I'm more than happy to rock a halter top without having a muscular back and major guns to go with because fuck societal pressure. But I really just want to get strong and limber again.

Tomorrow I'm going to the Minnesota State Fair (aka deep fried chaos) and then I finish my last day at my internship before starting a new part-time retail gig I took on. I'm also finishing up with re-decorating and sealing up the porch so that I can sleep there while we have family staying. It will be a busy but rewarding week! What do all of your guys have going on? xx


  1. I love your trousers so much! How long did it take you to make them? :)

    Sarah xxx

    1. They were actually really really easy! The most difficult part was positioning the pattern correctly because I made them out of a curtain and therefore had limited space. I used an old bell bottoms pattern I had laying around and just altered it so that there were no darts/the wait was the same size as the hips, and then added an elastic waist band. Super simple! The sewing itself only took about 15 minutes.

  2. Those pants are amazing!! This looks like it was such a perfect little get away!


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