Thursday Things

1. Happy 2014! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful and safe time celebrating the fact that we’re all going to be writing the wrong date for the next month or so. This was actually the first time in my life I rang in the new year outside of the Eastern time zone and only the second time in my life I spent New Year’s Eve with someone other than my family. Look at me, growin’ up so fast! My evening was rather uneventful but was a good time nevertheless. I had a friend over–appropriately, it was easily the friend I spent the most time with in 2013–and we split a pizza, a bottle of champagne, and watched whatever we could find on TV (not much, when you don’t have cable or satellite, only broadcast). Very chill, but given the weather situation (so. much. snow.), I was MORE than happy to stay in my apartment for the evening. My friend spent the night since it was gross outside, so we hung out for a bit on New Year’s Day and then I went for my first run of the year.

snowyrun

It was still snowy. But the path was plowed! I encountered exactly seven other runners during my two miler, so clearly it was a popular day to be out.

If how you spend your New Year’s Eve/Day is how the rest of your year is supposed to shape up, I would be quite content. Friends and running — can’t ask for much more than that.

2. I have a fashion crisis. My cousin is getting married in February, and, unsurprisingly, I’m attending the wedding. I’ve been around the wedding block way, way more times than I’d like, but this is going to be my first winter wedding, and I have no clue what to wear. I am a exclusively a dress wearer when it’s 90+ degrees, which means all my dresses are sundresses. Not exactly appropriate or ideal for a winter wedding. I’m thinking of maybe wearing a nice sweater and a black skirt with tights? Is that acceptable? Or should I wear a dress, and if so, what kind of dress does one wear in the winter? And even more importantly, where does one find said winter dresses for cheap? I do not want to spend all my Christmas money on a dress I’m going to wear once.

3. Speaking of Christmas, my aunt taught all of us how to arm knit while we were at Grandma’s for the holiday. This “30 minute project” was more like a “130 minute project” and led to much weeping and gnashing of teeth on my part (and three separate instances of quitting, only to start again…haha), but I finally got the hang of it! I’m am now the proud owner of a ballin’ infinity scarf I made all by myself!

infinityscarf

I have also decided that for Christmas 2014, everyone is getting an infinity scarf. No more marathon baking sessions for me 😛

What did you do for New Year’s?
Learned any cool/easy crafts lately?

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19 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. jesus i adore infinity scarves. no lie. I wish I could own like 50 of them. I refrain but I swear I would get a thousand in a heartbeat. I mean I am not fashionista so please seek other advice but I would just go with a more winter style dress. It can still be short but maybe a darker color.

  2. I’m so jealous that you know how to make infinity scarves. So cool!

    Have you looked at any of the after Christmas sales to see if you an find an inexpensive dress? I know I’ve had good luck with finding winter dresses at The Limited and they usually have a pretty awesome sale after the holidays.

    • Once you get the hang of it, it’s really relatively easy! And since it’s arm knitting, all you need is yarn (and your arms, but I tend to carry those around with me all the time anyway haha).

      I have not looked at any after Christmas sales, but I like the way you think. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I went to a wedding in December last year and wore a black dress. It’s not the perfect LBD, but it’s definitely one I’ll wear again. I bought it at Express, so I had a coupon (because they always have coupons floating around), and like I said, I’ll wear it again.

  4. I’m actually crazy jealous of your New Year’s Eve. That’s exactly my idea of a perfect night. And running, obviously. I’d say 2014 is off to a great start! And that scarf- so awesome! I always feel really awkward wearing them so I never do because I’m the most unfashionable person in the world and don’t know what to pair them with… Oh well.

    • I pair my infinity scarf with my parka. Hahaha. It’s DEFINITELY a keep-you-warm scarf, not a add-a-fashionable-touch-to-your-outfit scarf. I’m hardly one to dispense fashion advice, but I like wearing scarves with plain, solid color shirts, especially neutrals (brown, black, white, etc.). Or you can wear complementing colors (orange with blue, red with green, purple with yellow…any two colors directly across from each other on the color wheel) OR a different shade of the same color (light green with dark green, for example). Scarves ftw.

  5. Yes!! That is my goal for 2014 haha…learn a craft so Christmas is personal and cheap next year 😛 good luck with the winter wedding thing….I went to one in november a few years ago, which was really cold, but I just put a sweater on over one of my dresses. I think your idea was a good one!

  6. You’re always welcome to shop my closet, you know 🙂 Pretty sure at least one or two of my dresses would work for a winter wedding and fit you. A sweater with a black skirt and tights is too close to something I would wear to work so I, personally, would want something more fun for a wedding.

    And I’m totally jealous that you now know how to knit something. It’s a skill I’ve never had the patience to learn!

    • Oh, this is most wonderful news. I am DEFINITELY going to take you up on that offer. Thank you!

      I mean, it’s arm knitting, not needle knitting, so it’s not quite as fancy/complicated. It certainly took some patience, but once I got the hold of it it was pretty simple!

  7. Happy New Year!!! The way you spent yours seriously sounds absolutely perfect in my mind. I’m also a firm believer that the way you spend your celebration and the first day of the year really does set the tone for the rest of the year, and it looks like you did it well 🙂

    As for where to buy a dress, right now is a GREAT time because after-Christmas sales are incredible. Much better than Black Friday sales (true story I promise). Hit up Macy’s or Lord & Taylor maybe? Those are usually the places I check first before freaking out and running around to random stores.

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