Belvele

28 Jun

CoveyFirst and foremost, cheers to the Supreme Court for (finally) doing the right thing and legalizing gay marriage across all 50 states!

Marriage is beautiful. I love everything about it. I get giddy every morning when I put on my wedding ring and think about how lucky I am to have found Derrick. Every couple deserves the right to that commitment and that feeling, and now every couple in the US has it. I can’t believe how far we’ve come. I’ve never been more proud of my country.

In other awesome news, my friend Monica is moving to SF and becoming an entrepreneur! The linen crop top I’m wearing is from Belvele, which is the ethical online fashion boutique she’s launching. You can help support her by pre-ordering this same top and/or several other beautiful pieces on the Belvele (I’ve got an adorable tote headed my way as well). Monica arrives in the city tomorrow night, so get ready for future posts full of our shenanigans.

That’s it for now. Happy Pride weekend, everyone. #LoveWins

Covey

Belvele, Everlane shoes, Pour La Victoire bag via thredUP, Warby Parker sunnies. Responsible consumerism, y’all. 

 

honeymoon in Iceland

30 May

Iceland was dreamy. I don’t even know where to begin describing the beauty of that country. It’s otherworldly, and so, so romantic.

We rented a 4×4 and drove around the entire island over the course of almost 2 weeks. We swam in hot springs, climbed around waterfalls, hiked around glaciers, went whale watching (saw 3 whales and a whole lot of puffins), explored several creepy abandoned houses, and visited just about every museum (we’re both a little obsessed with Scandinavian history, especially Derrick) and café in the entire country.

One of the best parts about the trip was the solitude. We got there right before tourist season started, so aside from actual Icelanders, we basically had the entire Ring Road to ourselves. Plus, we both were 100% offline the entire time, so as soon as we left Reykjavik, it felt like we were the only people left on earth.

A few favorite things:

1. We hiked out to this abandoned, naturally-heated swimming pool that’s clear out in a valley near Vik one night. It’s built into the side of a mountain, and it’s completely deserted. We swam for half the night, and then nearly froze to death hiking back, but it was totally worth it. Most romantic place ever.

2.  Hiking around the glaciers. First off, I wasn’t prepared for how incredible it would be to see a glacier in real life. Glaciers are awesome. Second, it was a wee bit dangerous, which made it all the more fun.

3. We’d booked a room at the Foss Hotel in Hofn. When we arrived, they upgraded us to their best suite (honeymoon perks!). It was a corner room with windows all around, and it actually overlooked a glacier. Unreal.

4. The Saga Museum in Reykjavík. I love visiting museums with Derrick, he gets so excited about history and it just kills me. I’m stupid in love with that man.

5. This is a bit predictable of me, but I loved the Blue Lagoon. It’s such an iconic Iceland thing, and it was the very first place we went when we arrived, straight from the airport. Also, the silica mud made my skin feel amazing. I was literally glowing for the rest of the trip. Highly recommend it- best way to recover from an international flight.

Addendum: I completely spaced my other favorite spot in Iceland when I wrote this post! Here it is:

6. The Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður. It’s a short hike up a mountain overlooking the fjord, and it’s fascinating. You can spend forever in there just singing and playing with the effects. I even got D on camera singing this Beatles song that was written about our cat. Pictures added below.

The Blue Lagoon

Reykjavík, from inside Hallgrímskirkja.

Hallgrímskirkja. With an actual rainbow all the way around it. Because Iceland is magic.

The only #ootd post from the trip, because I was in hiking boots every other day. Bag by The Swedish Model, Zara boots from thredUP, Everlane sweater & undershirt. 

þingvellir National Park. Sólheimasandur plane crash 

Our pool.

Overlooking Skógafoss. Skógafoss

Black sand beaches at Vik. 

Black sand beaches at Vik.

Showing off my $10 knockoff sunnies. Icelandic gas station chic. 

Icelandic horses, escaping. 

Our new house. Glacier hiking. 

Glacial lagoon wandering. 

Special thanks to the friendly folks at the Foss Hotel. 

A little bone museum we found along the road somewhere in the East Fjords. 

Running around Gufufoss. 

Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður. 

Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður. 

Everlane anorak, Uniqlo scarf. Ignore my awkward stance, please and thank you. 

Seyðisfjörður

Dettifoss. Being majestic. 

Handsomest man alive. At Dettifoss, which is the biggest waterfall in Europe- and is featured at the beginning Prometheus, for any sci-fi nerds out there. 

We stayed in this adorable little house overlooking the fjord in Akureyri. Scandinavian design forever and for always. 

Cafe rats, doing cafe rat things in Akureyri. 

Making out in the whale museum in Húsavík.

Running around this black desert somewhere up North.

Siglufjörður. 

Furthest North we’ve ever been. 

His n’ hers. At Goðafoss. 

At Goðafoss. He’s so handsome I can’t stand it sometimes. 

Exploring this crumbling house somewhere on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

On a beach, just before we got back to Reykjavík. 

Taking pictures in the middle of the road. Because that’s what you do when you’re the only two people on earth. State of the car by the end of the trip. 

dream dress

9 Feb

dream dress  |  longleggedlady.comSo Monica (of Amatoria) came to visit a couple weeks ago! We had more fun than we were supposed to at a Yelp boat party, cuddled/napped in the park, overate at brunch, and just generally got in to lots of typical SF mischief. My not-so-secret goal is to get her to move out here.

Anyway, she left this gorgeous white dress behind for me. I’m completely in love. It’s super soft, stretchy, and so comfortable. I have a bit of an obsession with simple white dresses (if you haven’t noticed), and this one is my new favorite by far. It’s perfect on it’s own, but would also be a good base for layering in colder weather. Just add tights, a scarf, and a masculine looking jacket.

In other news since I last posted: Enso’s new EP was released! It’s beautiful, of course. You can listen to it here. I’ve been playing it on repeat almost every day on my walk to work- which is saying something, because I heard it about a million times while the boys were writing it (the Enso studio is also my living room).

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That’s not a skirt, girl, that’s a sawn-off shotgun

10 Jan

longleggedlady.comApologies for the song lyric post title. I’m a die hard Arctic Monkeys fan and I couldn’t help myself.

I got way more into miniskirts and mini dresses in 2014, and I don’t see that changing in 2015. It’s partly because I think they look 60’s chic (and the 60’s are my fav fashion era), and partly because wearing real pants is wildly uncomfortable when you sit at a desk all day, so skirts + tights are the obvious solution. Also, I get to show off my legs. They were my most hated feature throughout adolescence and most of college, but grown up me has finally embraced the gangly-ness and now I’m making up for lost time.

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style resolutions

2 Jan

style resolutions  |  longleggedlady.comHappy 2015!

I have a good style resolution this year. For all of 2015, I’m challenging myself to only shop secondhand or locally made for all my clothing. Most of my favorite pieces right now are thrifted or from Amatoria anyway, so I want to just cut out any other shopping and focus my attention on hunting down items that are more one-of-a-kind.

The only exception I might make is for shoes and potentially a leather jacket (should The One finally present itself). I’d like to commit to shopping secondhand for shoes, but I spend a minimum of 40 minutes a day walking, so good footwear is vital and I don’t want to limit my options.

Also on the Resolutions list:

Keep ignoring everyone who tells me I should wear less black.

Keep doing yoga.

Be the person at the office who can always answer any question about anything.

Eat three square meals a day, no skipping.

Read every night for at least 30 minutes before bed (I already do this, so this is more of a reminder to stick with it).

Hang on to more monies – only use my bank’s ATMs, bring my lunch to work at least 3 days a week, and always carry my own water bottle.

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Rag & Bone dress via thredUP, Rachel Comey boots via thredUP, American Apparel tights, Everlane scarf, Alexander Wang bag

 

party girl

26 Dec

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I have no idea what my plans are for NYE just yet, but at least I’ve got the outfit planned.

Derrick and I ditched Christmas this year, since we’ve already traveled so much for the wedding (and we just booked the honeymoon!!), so we’ve had the time off all to ourselves. Obviously we miss our families, but it’s been so romantic to spend our first real holiday as marrieds with just each other.

The city was completely dead yesterday. We wandered down to Grand Coffee in the Mission and had some whiskey, then we went home, opened a bottle of champagne and made a candlelight dinner. Perfect.

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domestic goddess

24 Dec

I promise I’m not turning this into a DIY blog, but I just discovered how easy and awesome it is to make my own skincare products and I’m dying to share. I will keep the mason jar shots to a minimum.

DIY organic lip balm  |  longleggedlady.com A few weeks ago, I was looking at some really prettily-packaged organic, all-natural, $18 lip balm, and it occurred to me that I just can’t justify paying $18 for a small container of beeswax, shea butter, vitamin e, and essential oil. At first I was thinking, they must do something really special to the ingredients, right? Like, there must be some kind of process they put this stuff through to make it usable. But then, isn’t the whole point of the organic/all-natural product movement to use ingredients that are as unadulterated as possible?

Well, I googled it a little and discovered that there doesn’t have to be any complex alchemy involved in making moisturizers. You literally just have to heat up a few things, stir in some other things, and possibly use a mixer for a few minutes.

Also, it’s incredibly inexpensive. I made 12 jars of body butter and 20 tins of lip balm for about $35 total. If I ever run out (I used a bunch of them as holiday gifts, but I still have a truckload), I’ll re-use the jars and tins, so it’ll be even cheaper.

The best part? You don’t have to follow a recipe perfectly, there’s plenty of room for interpretation. Basically, I read a ton of recipes, then bought the ingredients I liked most and just kind of put in whatever amounts of each sounded good to me.

DIY Lip Balm 

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For the lip balm, I tried three batches, and this was my favorite version:

Ingredients

  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 1 oz of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 7 or 8 capsules of vitamin e (break them open and squeeze out oil, don’t just drop in the capsules)
  • A couple spoonfuls of sweet almond oil
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil
  • Optional – some lipstick shavings for color (I actually preferred without)

Step 1: Melt the beeswax and shea together until they’re completely liquified.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add the coconut, almond, and vitamin e, stir until they’re all melted together. This is also when you can add the lipstick shavings if you want.

Step 3: Add the essential oil (or skip this, up to you).

Step 4: Pour it into the tins, and let it sit until it hardens (takes less than 30 min, less than 5 if you put them in the fridge).

See? Stupid easy.

 

Lavender-Coconut Body Butter

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I made two versions of the body butter, here’s the one I liked best:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
  • 10-15 vitamin e capsules (again, break them open)
  • Lavender essential oil- however much you like. I probably used about 1/2 tablespoon

Step 1: Heat up the shea and coconut until they’ve liquified

Step 2: Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir them up.

Step 3: Put it in the fridge to cool for about 45 minutes, until it’s no longer clear and it’s starting to feel solid.

Step 4: Use a mixer and beat for 2-3 minutes, then put it into jars!

Et voila, you have a body butter that smells amazing and feels super luxurious. You can even pretend you paid $50 for it.