Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hanging Out In the Dugout

Two nights ago was baseball great Derek Jeter's last home game ever.  Now, I don't really follow the sport anymore, but there was a time when my brothers and I were huge fans.  We each had our own baseball card collections, loved going to The Dugout baseball card store, and Dad even took us to a few baseball card shows.  The three of us each had our favorite players: Taylor's was Mark McGwire, Andrew's was Derek Jeter, and mine was Alex Rodriguez.  In honor of Jeter's last game, I broke out the old collection books and flipped through.

We spent many hours organizing them to no end, trading amongst each other, and putting them in order from most to least favorite.  We each had a special way to display our favorite players' cards.  Taylor put his in individual cases, Andrew had a smaller book of pages, and I had mine in the front of my big book.

And in the back of mine, I had a special section called the Funny Pages, housing cards where the player was making a funny face, or in the middle of a weird body contortion.  Oh man, we had some good times, and it was fun to flip through them again, remembering certain cards and players.  Andrew and Taylor, next time you're in town, we should break them out again and have a trading session, just like old times.

(photos by e.hunt)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Alluring Rose and Antique Gold

Feeling a bit vintage-y today, even though I'm not wearing anything that qualifies in that category.  I think it's the textures.  A creamy lace dress embodies that old fashion vibe, while the cowboy boots add a little rustic simplicity.

(photos by e.hunt)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Welcome to Starbucks, What Can I Get For You Today?

I accepted a job as a Starbucks barista yesterday!  In a few weeks, I'll be able to whip up any kind of venti grande mocha java chip latte frappacino that you want.

(photo collected from starbuckssirenart)

When the Sun Was Young

I went to one of my favorite Kirkwood places today: the Community Garden.  It is in full bloom right now, with little watermelon gourd things laying around, gold and red flowers interspersed throughout, and some big leafy stalks sprouting upwards.  My outfit fits right in with the early fall theme, with little ankle boots and socks, my Italian flea market skirt, and a nautically striped shirt, tucked in and belted.

(photos by e.hunt)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Excitedly Echoed In These Rooms

I found a few really great room inspirations on Pinterest this morning.  The mixing of patterns in the first one is delightfully underwhelming, and the colorful garland hanging from the ceiling completes the whimsical vibe.

This one is a bit more eclectic, looking like it was pieced together from finds at the flea market or thrift store.  I love the lights draped around the mirror.

And here's one that's a perfect blank slate.  Lots of sunlight, most likely some good wall space in the non-pictured sides of the room, cool architectual elements in the windows and vaulted ceilings, and a nice, neutral color to spice up with furniture and artwork.

(photos collected from anthropologie, casachaucha, and lightbox-ny)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Patience Is Not the Ability to Wait, But How You Act While You're Waiting

Once I am making some money again (I have a second interview with Starbucks on Monday, so we'll see if that works out) there are a few things I'd like to acquire to fill out my fall wardrobe for the year.

First, a full-on Winter coat.  My recent re-watching of the show with the greatest winter looks ever, Gossip Girl, reaffirmed my need for an actual coat.  A leather motorcycle or bomber jacket would be great too.

Second, olive green jeans.  They would work perfectly with my mainly black, grey, and navy wardrobe.

Third, more sweaters.  I have a feeling I will be going to Goodwill a lot this year to fill out my sweater collection at a low cost.

And an optional fourth, more boots!  I can't get enough of the ankle boot, and would love to have a couple more options on my shoe shelf.  A good pair of bad weather boots is the priority though.

(photos collected from pinterest, celebstyle, victorialannom, seamsforadesire, vanillaextract, azita66, stylemotivation, classygirlswearpearls, rachelsayumi, whatoliviadid, and api.shopstyle)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Freewheeling, Eclectic, Cosmopolitan Existence

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."
-Charles Bukowski, a writer

(photos by e.hunt)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When Expecting Crisp Air

My Dad and I have come across some conflicting sources as to when Fall officially starts.  I found that the Autumnal Equinox happens next Tuesday, the 23rd, but he found a few pages that say it is happening on Monday, the 22nd.  So, in the spirit of Fall starting sometime early next week, here's a list of things about Fall that make me happy:

1.  Coffeeshop Outfits.  There's something about layered Fall outfits that lend themselves to the coffeeshop vibe.  Nothing goes better with a warm mocha than leggings, sweaters, scarves, and maybe a hat.  Well, except a mocha muffin, of course.

2.  Colorful Leaves.  Trees are awesome, and after all, when the leaves start getting crisp and turning to gold or red, it really means that autumn has arrived.  It is scientifically impossible for them not to change, and for that we are lucky.

3.  Boots.  Time to put away the gladiators and bust out the ankle boots.  Comfy and cute, they are the perfect way to make an outfit more sharp, while also not looking like you're trying too hard.  And you get to wear colorfully printed tall socks!

4.  Holidays are Coming.  That first brisk day means one thing: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are closer than ever.  It's time to start thinking of creative costumes and gift ideas, and get ready for the bombardment of premature seasonal aisles at every store you go to from now until the new year.

5.  Cold Weather Foods.  Like chili, soup, and hot cocoa -- yum!  We had the first chili of the season last night, and it was absolutely delicious.  The Scrimshaw pilsner was pretty good too.

(photos by e.hunt, and e.gerhardt)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Color is My Daylong Obsession, Joy, and Torment"

-Claude Monet

Last night in class I had to present a lesson plan (keep in mind, this is only my third week studying education.  Clearly, we don't mess around).  Mine was about the importance of color choice in art through the ages, the photos below are the examples I used to illustrate the key points.  Then I transitioned into a new assignment of taking a classic landscape masterpiece and copying it, but using the complementary colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel.  I kindof want to do this project myself now.

(photos collected from googleimages)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Choo Chooooo, Choo Choo Ch'boogie

Both of my brothers were in town this weekend, which is a rare occurrence these days.  And one of the finest Hunt traditions includes a family meet-up at Kaldi's for an early morning coffee and a pastry or two.  Today, I missed the first shuttle to location so I braved the crisp fall air and walked.  A train began as soon as I turned the corner to cross the tracks, so my arrival was delayed by a few minutes.  Not to worry though, the coffee was still delicious.

(photo by e.hunt)

The Accoutrements of Success

Check out my new, professional-looking briefcase satchel bag!  My Dad got a new, black one for his birthday so I took over the lease to this one.  It feels like an old baseball glove, and is perfect for lugging all of my grad school supplies to and from coffeeshops.

(photos by g.hunt, and e.hunt)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Loft Life

A week ago today I completed the move up to the attic.  Curtains were hung, the bed was dressed in new sheets, and the heat wave subsided, so the temperature was bearable enough for sleeping through the night.  It is pure solitude, an escape into quietness and simplicity, where I can watch our busy front street from the birds eye view of the triptych window.  Last night, it dropped into the 40s, which meant I didn't even have to have the fan on!

(photo by e.hunt)