Outfit Rerun: Underneath it All

Editor’s note: This is the second of two outfit “reruns” that I’m posting this season.  I took a short blogging vacation, so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite outfit posts from the summer before I get back into the crazy world of tripods and timers!

As I write this post, I’m sitting at my new table in the breakfast nook of my studio, and I can hardly believe it.  This doesn’t seem real, even though all my clothes are put away in the closet, my art is hanging on the walls, and my dog is sleeping in my bed.  I’ve never lived by myself before, and this feels sort of like vacation.  I suppose tomorrow, when I go back to work (note: I wrote this post on Sunday, 7/19!), everything will settle into a routine, but for now, this is almost magical.

The last few days have gone by so quickly that they’re almost a blur, but suffice it to say that besides a few little bumps (namely, getting Moxie accustomed to doing her business on a leash instead of in a yard and dealing with the 37 steps it takes to reach my apartment), everything worked out as smoothly as I could have hoped.

I’ve been trying to explore the neighborhood as much as possible this week, and let me tell you, this place is beautiful.  It seems like there are massive Victorian houses (nay, manors!) on every street, more boutiques and restaurants than I can shake a stick at, and art everywhere, even around the L stop.

Which is where I took my pictures today.  I’m so used to traipsing around parks and forests for these shoots that I wanted to change it up a little.  I set up shop in front of some murals and had at it.  Not that this outfit would really “go” with a forest, anyway!

(Side note: yes, I was dying in those shorts.)

Anyway, now that I’ve settled in nicely, I am determined to get back into the swing of things, blogging-wise.  Expect to see more frequent and varied posts soon.  Devinne’s back, youse guys!

Scarf (worn as a headband): gift

Sunglasses: ModCloth (old)

Top: Urban Outfitters (old)

Shorts: ModCloth (old)

Shoes: Urban Outfitters (old)

Bag: Stitch Fix


Outfit Rerun: Quit Playing Games

Dear friends–

I’m on a little blogging vacation right now.  Once per season, I like to take a week off from life, which basically means I like to spend seven days in bed watching Netflix so I can emerge, like a butterfly, back into the world as my fabulous self.  I decided that instead of abandoning my blog completely, I’m going to do “reruns” of two of my favorite posts from over the summer.  Here’s the first, originally posted on June 11.

I’m on a mission.

As much as I hate Cersei Lannister, girl’s hair game is strong.  Sometimes when I’m watching GoT, I get a little mesmerized by those perfect blonde waves.  While I know it’s just a carefully groomed wig, I’m a little jealous.  want Cersei hair.

think, though, that I might be on to something.  I was looking up curling tutorials using a straightener–I don’t own a curling iron–and I stumbled upon one that has a lot of promise.  Maybe once I really get the hang of it, I can drum up a tutorial of my own.  I’ve actually been meaning to do ones for some of my hairstyles, like that hairband bun and the milkmaid braids.

Anyway, the rest of the look is decidedly un-Cersei: all cheery apples and smiles.  How could anyone possibly dream up awful plots in such a cutesy dress?  Hell, this thing put me in such a good mood that I didn’t even get angry in traffic coming home.  (Although I might have gotten a little annoyed with Moxie’s post-walk decision to lay down ten feet from my car and refuse to budge until I picked her up–all 50 lbs. of her.)

Hat: Urban Outfitters

Necklace: old, ModCloth

Dress: old, Emily and Fin

Shoes: ModCloth

Bag: ModCloth


Outfit: Time Won’t Change You

Here’s the thing about me and stress:  as much as I work myself up, get anxious, and generally freak out about all the things I need to do, I absolutely thrive on it.

Over the last few months, I’ve become that person who’s always busy.  At work, I despise taking breaks and generally prefer to forge ahead all day long.  At home, I fill up all my leisure time with runs, taking pictures, teaching myself photography, walking and playing with Moxie, cooking, seeing friends, “dating” (I’m conveniently going out with a guy who’s super busy all the time, too), and not letting my butt touch a single chair.  It’s kind of like the “floor is lava” game for grown-ups.

Sometimes I get to a point where I consciously understand that I need to take a break.  At those times, I write a note in my planner to take a break.  I’ve even begun scheduling one “rest” day each week for me to do nothing.  The thing is, when I get to those times and days, I want to fly to pieces!

Still, I know it’s good for me, so I’ve been practicing resting.  I’m not that good at it right now, but I hope that soon I can be a regular couch potato (or bed potato, since I don’t have a couch).

Anyway, these pictures are from a day when I was supposed to rest but didn’t.  How could I pass up this gorgeous evening, though?  Speaking of resting and generally letting loose, I’m getting kind of sick of this “serious” thing going on in all of my pictures.  I gotta start teaching myself to have fun, too!

Necklace: old, ModCloth

Dress: old, ModCloth

Shoes: old, Seychelles

Clutch: old, ModCloth


Big Change

I’ve been doing quite a lot of thinking, and it’s time for me to change the name of my blog. Breve e Dolce isn’t really “me,” plus it’s difficult to pronounce and spell! I came up with a name that feels right, so within the next few days, expect to see my blog, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. to change over to…Mox and Socks!


Teach Me: Macrame Braid

Since we’re really in the dog days of summer, I’m forever vetting looks that keep my hair out of my face.  My favorite way to contain all that blonde hair has been an abundance of braids, so this tutorial is no exception!  A variation on a regular braid, the macrame style has a little more of a twist but is just as easy to do.

1. Brush out your hair, and depending on how wavy or curly it is, you might also want to straighten it.  The smoother your hair, the easier the style will be.

2.  Braid a 1″ section of your hair as you normally would, but make sure you make it looser rather than tighter.

3.  When you get to about 1″ left of hair, grasp the two outside strands in one hand and the middle strand in the other.  Pull the outside strands up to get a little wave going on in the braid!

And that’s it!  At this point, you can do whatever you want with it.  Personally, I think it looks really cool if you leave it as is, without pinning it or securing with a hair tie.  It has a sort of beachy vibe, which is a concept I’m only vaguely familiar with (a crying shame because I’m not far from Lake Michigan).

Also: bonus Moxie picture.  I literally cannot sit on the floor without her attacking me with kisses.


Outfit: Every Day’s Like an Open Door

I had heard rumors about the so-called Golden Hour, that short and heavenly span right after sunrise and right before sunset, when I first picked up my DSLR, but I never put much thought into it.  I figured my pictures would come out the same way whether I took them at noon or after Moxie went for her “sleepy peepee” at dusk.


I admit it.  On Thursday night, instead of staying home and relaxing like I’d planned, I ambled over to the Pleasant Home, a prairie-style mansion just a few blocks from my apartment.  I went at precisely 7:11, one hour before sunset, to test out the golden hour.  Consider me a fan.  Obviously, I have a bit to learn about how best to edit in this light, but I do love how very soft everything looks–it’s almost ethereal.

Once more, I donned my child-size lemon dress.  Last time, I dressed it down with a denim jacket and a pair of plimsolls, but I haven’t really done a fancy look in some time, so I decided to play up the little party thing it’s got going on.  That’s where these peacock-blue shoes come in.  Before I moved, I had a huge pile in my closet made up of things I was planning to donate.  Some of those items had been in the pile for ages, including these shoes.  Why they were there is anyone’s guess, because I think they make this dress pop like no other shoes could!  I’m so glad I kept them!

Necklace: old, ModCloth

Dress: old, Target

Shoes: old, ModCloth


Outfit: Walk with Me

I don’t know if you recall, but one of the things I was excited about in my new town was this “enchanted forest” of a park that was tucked up in one corner of downtown.  Last week, I finally had time to take some pictures there, and boy, I really love how they came out!  The park features a winding, tree-canopied path which runs around a clearing that the local theater troupe uses for its summer productions.  This path abounds with overgrown foliage and art installations alike–though it’s only a block square, it feels like something I could get lost in!  Right behind old houses, natural areas like this one are my favorite places to shoot at.  There’s so much to interact with that I almost forget I’m supposed to be taking pictures of myself.

I was really excited to wear this new headband–I bought it while I was at Pierogi Fest in in Whiting, Indiana.  I went with a few friends last weekend and gorged myself on homemade pierogis and sarsaparilla, and I even entered a polka contest with one of my pals.  (We lost within seconds.)  While we ambled up and down the festival route, I found a woman selling handmade wire headbands for $5 a pop.  Since these normally run about $15 on ModCloth, I couldn’t pass them up and ended up taking home two.

Also, I think this post marks the first time I’ve worn a bracelet in a shoot.  I have a really hard time finding bracelets that fit, but this one, which belonged to my mom, is just right.  If anyone knows of a good place to find small bracelets (and rings, for that matter), please let me know!

Headband: handmade

Dress: ModCloth

Shoes: ModCloth

Bag: ModCloth

Bracelet: my mom’s


Girl About Town: Brookfield Zoo

Last week, my parents kindly took me to the zoo so I could snap a few pictures, and, more importantly, have some dinner.  Something you should know about my family is that dining is the most significant aspect of any excursion.  Many times, we may go someplace not for its intended purpose, but to sit down and eat.  Such is the case with Brookfield Zoo, a magnificent park that houses some 450 species of animals.  My parents have long held a membership with them, which they use mainly to grab a bite once a week and maybe look at one or two exhibits.

That’s why there aren’t so many pictures.  We spent most of our time that evening eating hamburgers, sharing fries, and contemplating getting a cup of Dippin’ Dots.  I did, however, manage to get a few shots of the new baby zebra (only two weeks old!) and some of the grounds.  This was another good learning experience, because I realized I’m not so great at taking wide, long-view shots.  For this reason (among many others), I’m going to start looking into taking photography classes nearby.  It’s one thing to learn on my own, but I think it’s time I had a professional teach me the ropes!


Outfit Lite: Love You For Free

I was playing around with my camera in the apartment the other day and decided to post some of the pictures.  Of course Moxie had to make an appearance! I often think about incorporating her into my shoots, but as you can tell, she’s not a terribly good listener.  She does a much better job when she’s the star of the show.


On Moxie (Part 2)

In the last week, I’ve learned a great deal about the incomparable Moxie.  Prior to our current arrangement, Moxie and I lived in a house with three other people and two cats.  She inhabited the kitchen; I had my own bedroom.  Now, however, we share one studio, and, according to her, we also share the bed.

This has caused some frustration, but right now, we’re working on a compromise: she gets the bed during the day to growl at birds, and I get it at night so I can, you know, actually sleep.

But that’s not the only thing that’s different.  I’m starting to learn more about when Moxie is most active so I can plan my weekends around her.  For example, I know that she likes to wake up around 6 a.m. to eat and go for a walk, and by 9, she’ll crash.  That means I can go for my hour run and maybe run an errand or two.  By the afternoon, though, I better be ready, because she’s going to wake up from her nap and want to play HARD.

Another thing I’ve found out is that Moxie is afraid of kids.  I’m not surprised, because they are normally shrieking and accompanied by some kind of scary contraption, such as strollers and bicycles.  I do wonder if I’ve in any way influenced her attitude toward children, since I, too, am terrified of them.  The irony, of course, is that Moxie herself is very much like a human baby, but at least she’s fluffy and doesn’t throw ugly tantrums (well, not that often, anyway).

Now the fun part will be learning even more about her as she grows up.  What else does Moxie have in store for me??