Monthly Archives: August 2011

North vs South

Shirt – JC Penney // Gray Skinnies – Vanity // Necklace – thrifted // Earrings – made by me // Shoes – Blowfish, from Famous Footwear // Dog – not for sale!

Forgive my Civil War-titled post; it’s just that the first thing I think of with this color combination is the color of the uniforms worn by the soldiers who fought. Nerdy? Yeah, probably.

This is my first foray into the world of skinny jeans or similar pants, and I’m still not convinced that it’s a flattering cut for me. But when I find a pair of pants that fits me (and in a smaller size than usual!) on clearance for $10, I am going to take full advantage of them. I actually can’t wait until fall because I want to wear them with my boots.

What’s the verdict? I think I’m getting confident enough to wear things even if I’m “not supposed to”. So tell me, do skinnies work for you?


Back to Basics

Pants from Stage // Tee from Vanity // Vest and Shoes from Maurices
“I Read Banned Books” Bracelet from ALA Store

I have a lot of solid color tees that I wear to work with my khakis, and recently I felt the need to dress them up. So I headed to the trusty Mall, and I picked up a couple of these lightweight flowy vests.

I like how it adds a little bit more visual interest, but it doesn’t take away from the colors involved in the outfit already. Plus, they go with all different colors, so I think these will be versatile additions to my closet.

This is one of my favorite accessories to pull out of my jewelry box to dress up my solid colors. I picked this up at the American Library Conference this past June, and it was worth every penny. Naturally, I look for excuses to advertise my love for great books, and this is a fun way to do it.

You’ll be seeing a lot more of this vest and the other that I purchased here soon, I’m sure. What are some of your favorite ways to dress up your basics?

Mud, Fire, and … More Mud

So a few weeks ago, I ran the Warrior Dash in Kansas City, a 3.5-ish mile race that involved a number of obstacles like running through water, climbing walls and hay bales and cargo nets, and, of course, jumping over fire!

Here’s a few “before” shots, featuring my little sis (who is bound and determined to run a Warrior Dash when she is 14, the minimum age) and my friend Dani …

The race started out a bit slow – there weren’t any obstacles until about half a mile into it. We stuck together as a group, which made the race even more fun – when I started to doubt my ability to get past a particular obstacle, I knew there would be people next to me cheering me on!

This is the photo I bought from the website … Oh, and everyone who’s been looking for Waldo? I found him.

The last obstacle was a huge mud pit with barbed wire above it, so … I had no choice but to get a little dirty.

I had a giant dirt clod in my hair all day and dirt coming out of my ears for a week. What did I get for running this ridiculous course? A sweet medal, a furry warrior helmet, and a crazy day that proved that my workouts have been paying off by making me stronger. Sure, I had a few bumps and bruises too – but it was worth it!

What was the most exciting thing you guys have done this summer?

Catching Up

Hello again!

It’s been quite the busy summer here at Chez Marleah. I’ll save you the 20 or so posts that I had planned for the past couple of months by giving you a brief recap.

In May my sister graduated from the University of Kansas with bachelor degrees in Math and French …

Then my sister and I had to find her a new place to live, so we road tripped it out to Columbus, Ohio – with a few detours on the way back to Waukegan, IL (hometown of Ray Bradbury) and Joliet, IL (visiting famous prisons that have been filming locations for things such as The Blues Brothers and Prison Break are vacation destinations for everyone, right?) …

I traveled to New Orleans for the American Library Association’s annual conference, which was a blast (especially when you get to meet famous authors like Orson Scott Card [pictured] and Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket!) …

I did some baking (green tea cupcakes, among other things) and had a party at my house – oh, and I turned 27 …

Ryan (and me, here and there, but mostly Ryan) has been working on starting his own business in a building downtown that we bought.  The shop name is Spielen, which is German for “to play”. Accordingly, he had some games at the Ellis Riverfest this summer that built a lot of interest …

Ellis Riverfest

Oh, and I wore a few outfits. These aren’t even the best ones … but they are the ones that I photographed! Or that Ryan photographed while I gave him poor direction …


Shirt – maybe JC Penney // Skirt and belt – Maurices // Shoes – Payless // Necklace – thrifted in Columbus

I liked dressing this skirt down a little bit with the turquoise touches.


Shirt and Pants – JC Penney //Scarf – thrifted in Lawrence // Shoes – Toms (bought in Lawrence at Shark’s Surf Shop)

I’ve since gotten rid of these pants because they just didn’t fit quite right. I love the Arizona brand shirts, but Arizona jeans and pants just do not fit me at all. I’m a sucker for the cheap prices though.

Another exciting thing I did this summer was run the Warrior Dash. The 3.5 mile course included obstacles of varying difficulty … So! Much! Fun! I am planning to have the photos off my camera and on this blog in a few days. What gives with my newfound/re-found dedication? I finished school! Like, completely finished! I have officially finished all the work for my master’s in library science and am now just waiting to receive my degree.

I hope all of your summers have been treating you wonderfully! I’ve greatly enjoyed mine.