I’m not sure what happened to winter–temperatures have been in the 70s all week. I don’t exactly need these cozy sweaters but it’s fun to pretend.
These photos were taken on a cold day in Cincinnati last week, when the sun started to fade and cast the most beautiful moody, golden glow. This outfit is without a doubt my favorite of the year. My clogs were a Christmas gift from my husband. They’re a lovely rich shade of bordeaux I’ve been dreaming of for winter and easy to throw on for my ideal balance of effortless and cool. My dress was purchased on our last trip to Charleston, back when it was too hot to even think about wearing it, and I’m so glad the temperatures at home resemble something of a winter now. My pants, the wonderful Clyde work pants from Elizabeth Suzann, are now a beloved staple in my closet. And the scarf I’ve had for many years–wearing it makes cold weather seem more exciting. It has pockets! All together I felt so like myself in this moment, browsing yet another bookstore with my husband. I’m glad he snapped a couple photos to remember one of the last days of the strange, hard, significant year.
Between our own holiday celebrations and post-Christmas time with both our families, I’m a little behind and feeling unprepared for 2017. We tend to have blindly hopeful notions of the new year–this great, sweeping fresh start where change is certain and immediate. A sense of hope has immense benefit and meaning, of course, but in many ways the new year is a lot of life as usual mixed with change that comes after tremendous work. Habit shifts and new beginnings don’t always happen overnight simply because the calendar year is different. I’m still looking forward to sitting down to reflect on 2016 and the kind of year I hope to have personally in 2017, like in years past, but for today I’m content taking it slowly.
In terms of the blog, though, I’ve had a few thoughts on my mind for a long time, particularly in regard to where Good Bones is headed. To be honest, I don’t look forward to blogging as much as I once did and I’ve opted for less involved posts, fewer personal daily life posts the last several months as a means of avoiding the lack of interest and creativity I’ve experienced. In general, my love for and inspiration found on the internet has been waning–largely due to insecurity, a tendency to compare, and the pressure I feel to be a polished blog that constantly delivers fresh and unique content. But for me that pressure is especially misplaced and unproductive, antithetical to my own goals when I first started out. I want to reign in my focus and not only reevaluate my goals but also establish a clear, purposed plan for meeting them. I don’t need to try and keep up in 2017–I can continue trying to do what’s right for me.
all images// Alder & Co.
I have a wishlist a mile long, but with the official start of Winter close at hand, nothing appeals to me quite like the offerings at Portland based Alder & Co. It’s been a tough year, and I’m aiming for a relaxed, purposed end to 2016 and start to 2017, with a major emphasis on comfort. These goods do the trick. If my husband hadn’t already gotten my Christmas gifts, I’d be sending this list immediately.
//Button up blouse for dressing up or down without the fuss.
//Brass pin for subtle interest on a sweater or jacket.
//Relaxed jeans in black for feeling comfortable and put together.
//Wool socks for a utilitarian and stylish touch.
//A grey coat to wear with all my favorite oversized pieces.
//Canvas tote for exciting holiday travels.
//Striped pajamas for lounging in bed with a good book.
//A beautiful honey jar to display on the counter–for easy access when sweetening the copious amounts of hot tea I’ll be drinking.
//A shallow black bowl for serving up those warm winter dishes I’ve been wanting to try.
I wore this outfit on a warm Thanksgiving Day, ready to indulge in good food and company. Aside from feeling comfortable after eating multiple helpings of a delicous meal, I knew I wanted to look and feel like myself with a quick and easy outfit that wasn’t without intention. No brand has offered that feeling in terms of design and philosophy more than Elizabeth Suzann. These items, perfectly wrinkled and broken in, are what I reach for when I’m not feeling my best so that I can feel my best. They are elegant, timeless, versatile, and truly comfortable and comforting. I’m looking forward to my Clyde Pants arriving soon!
Outfit posts aren’t frequent here because stepping in front of the camera isn’t something I feel entirely comfortable doing (plus my husband takes my photos and we rarely both have time for it). But I’m making an effort to document everyday looks a little more. We’re still having a mix of warm and cold days so this denim-on-denim number is a nice option for a typical Fall that can’t seem to make up its mind. These are all old pieces I truly love and wear all the time (shopping new often just isn’t my life). I’m all about neutrals with a little bit of intrigue so the quilted jacket + pinstripe jeans + camel tee combination is just right.
I’ve been inspired to go a bit outside my norm with these luxurious hues–emerald, bordeaux, and stone to transition to those crisp, cozy days we’re finally having, and there’s even have a little holiday vibe going on. I’m in love.
I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I’m a lover of silhouettes that have no reason to change, something made for living in. Loose elemental shapes, versatile materials, interesting layers–these are the things that feel polished and comfortable to me. There’s no fuss about it. So it’s no surprise the latest collection from my long-time favorite Rachel Craven ranks high. I love the longer shirt and jacket offerings alongside those always incredible caftans, and the comfiest looking pants! The mix of subdued colors with the rich, deep black and blue is lovely and allows for so many possibilities. I know what works for me and I’ll gladly take one of each, please.
My fascination with distinct and elegant shapes that can be worn shows no sign of stopping, which is why I was thrilled when Sophie Mckay reached out about her gorgeous line Bar Jewellery. Immediately I was taken with the pared down combination of delicate twists and weighty, geometric designs. Collection 1 perfectly balances soft curves and angular lines to become a powerhouse of refined statement pieces.
The name Bar comes from the idea of being stripped back to basics, akin to the minimal and unapologetic bar form that metal takes before being made into jewellery.
The first collection by Bar Jewellery is an eclectic mix of abstract, sculptural pieces and redesigned classics, heavily inspired by the sculpture of mid century modernist masters such as Constantin Brancusi and Jean Arp. –Bar Jewellery
Sophie began creating pieces in her home with the goal of inspiring positivity and responsibility, encouraging others to see beyond current trends. Bar is handmade and sustainably sourced, cast, and finished in the London, and will soon expand to include vintage pieces to further encourage others to make conscious purchases.
My hope for the accessories I choose is that in their form they possess a quiet sort of appeal, one that inspires confidence and excitement each time they are worn. I love the idea of turning a basic form into something unique, something that stays with you year after year. Bar Jewellery and its architectural and sculptural details–at once both modern and timeless–are perfect for wearing with simplicity and ease. To me, these are the hallmarks of a beautiful, thoughtful piece.