No, not a safari like you think — if you think about wild animals and netted hats when I write the word ‘safari’. Here, when you say ‘safari’, it means to be on holiday or vacation. So for me, that’s how my time here has been. Josh has been busy working, but I have been just having fun dreaming up and shopping for new designs for the sewing school and jewelry makers at the H of N Training Center. It’s so fun to see the ladies get excited about new ideas and patterns; I’m so excited to bring them home and show them to you!!
Whenever Josh has downtime, we try to head down to the water because coincidentally to us being here, October is the hottest and muggiest time of year in this area. We’ve been sweating more in these past weeks then we have all year, so we are happy to quench our extended summer heat by jumping in the lake — especially because by the time we get back to Vancouver, we’ll be seeing the snow on the mountains.
On Saturday, we got back from the village of Mkuyu that I told you about previously. Since then, we have been doing last minute projects and prepping to start the trek home tomorrow. We’ll do a 23-hour cross country drive, from Kigoma to Dar Es Salam, spend a couple days in Dar, then start the 28 hours of fight time, not including an 8hr layover and 24hrs in Houston. Strangely, I’m kind of looking forward to it, just because hubbs and I really enjoy traveling together. I will miss our time here, but if all goes as planned — we may be back in 8 months; more on that later. I’m really excited to see the different parts of the country of Tanzania. We’ll get to make stops along the way to film and shop, so I should have some last great pics to post — I really didn’t take a lot while I’ve been here; too busy having fun I suppose.
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thrifted vintage platforms
It’s still sandal weather in Van — which is great news when I have to work a long shift on the floor. P.S. by “sandal weather” I mean sunny and dry — not necessarily warm; the warmth goes on and off. Enter Fall Transitional wear — or you could also call these my getting-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-summer-but-wait-no-no-not-yet looks. This is me catching up on my outfit posts from the past week.
J Brand denim, UO beaded sandals (last season)
shhh, London Drugs gold plastic necklace
vintage clogs, and linen midi slip dress
Free People sweatshirt that I could live in
thrifted Benneton silk maxi skirt
Confetti System x UO collab necklace, and vintage belt
Since I started working again, I’ve been having fun dressing up… Unfortunately, you’ve only been able to see it if you’re coming into the store or riding the bus with me — talk about sticking out like a sore thumb. A cutie girl that I work with — who I actually USED TO work with at Urban, but admittedly forgot, though forgivingly since she didn’t really remember me either — said, “It just seems like everything you wear has a story.” Swoon. I love this notion. Her comment wasn’t preceded with past conversations about my style; perhaps it just seems like I’m wearing things you don’t come by so easily. It’s true, most of my clothing items DO have a story — whether it’s thrifted, gifted, swapped, inherited or purchased, clothing is special to me. I’m going to try my best here forth to document my workin ‘fits. Until then, here are some fragments from instagram that I’ve captured since I started at Anthro.
My hair on this day was actually a Pinstrosity, i.e.; I was going for this, but I liked how it turned out anyway. I finished it with a barrette I bought at one of my frequent haunts in Portland — a jewelry store in the airport. I cut this collar off a vintage polyester shirt I picked up from my last clothing swap; it’s my new favorite thing and the ladies loved it, too. Cut-out back sweater is Reformed, from Urban Outfitters.
Believe it or not, this is my first attempt at wearing a head scarf irl. It’s Pinterest inspiration as well and it’s going to be making many more appearances. If you’re following Michelle, you’ve seen this necklace before as she was borrowing it for a while. I bought it over a year ago at Free People on another one of my Portland trips, but have only worn it a couple times. I think she’ll (yes, the necklace is obviously female) be accompanying me to work much as well.
My bestie from L.A., Sabrina, sent me a giftcard to Nordie’s a few years back and I picked up these silver lovers with it. I can last a good 6 hours in them — which is really good for being lifted 5 inches from the ground.
This was taken before my very first shift on the job. I wore my absolute favoritest vintage chambray dress that I got from Deluxe Junk, a consignment store in Gastown. I’m sad you can’t see more of it, but I’ll wear it again, promise. The shoes are Contributor, a Rachel Comey x Urban Outiftters collab, and they served me very well.
Finally, I have real photos from the wedding — more than just my souped-up iPhone shots. The fantastic Mathias Fast was the photog and I’m so pleased that he loved shooting the decor as much as I had fun putting it together. My hubs promised we’d have a big 10-year-anniversary soirée and I imagine that I wouldn’t stray too far from all the ideas we implemented for beautiful Ariana.