Today's outfit post was taken in my Dad's drawing room. I don't know how many of you have heard the term Drawing room... I think Drawing Room is a British term for the fancy room, kinda smoking room style, kinda the room that houses all of the nicest antiques and cool taxidermy and paintings room. You know, "let us withdraw ourselves to the drawing room." Something like that. :)
My dad used to buy and sell paintings and rugs on Ebay, trading up pieces for better and better pieces. Antiques are kind of the best investment because they can only go up in value over the years as long as you treat them well. I hope that you don't get the impression that my family is rolling in to dough or something from the looks of this room, my parents are just really cautious and wise with their dolla billz and chose to invest it in antiques rather than fancy cars or fancy vacations and things, only investing in things that can increase in value over time. Anyway, here you see a lovely big rug, an old velvet family sofa, some old family antiques, a table behind me which holds lots of family photos that date back to who knows when, and a bunch of California Post Impressionist paintings, my Dad's favorite period of painting. I love this room in our house. In high school I would ask my dad to start a fire in the fireplace so I could do homework beside the fire. So cozy.
I guess you could say that, where most American dad's have a den or a man cave, or a space where they can chill and watch a little football or baseball, my dad has a drawing room where he hangs out, reads, listens to whatever cool hip new music he has found recently, and smokes a cigar. He hates nothing more than watching sports on tv. Hates it. I am not huge into following sports teams, but I do love an opportunity to yell at a tv so I'm cool with watching some sports on tv, soccer being my favorite. By the way, my dad is American but we lived in England while I was a little girl and my dad feels more British than American.
Isn't this hat so great? I was a bit intimidated by it at first when I tried it on at Target but I grew to like it quickly. While I was trying it on, 2 bro's walked by me, saw my big hat and said, as if I weren't listening, "Haha yikes dude... there are some weird girls styles lately bro." "Yea dude, I guess like lots of weird styles are cool for girls now or something, I don't get it." Eh whatever, I like my nice big stripey hat. I will say that as I have gotten older, my outfits have gotten less and less outrageous. I think that as my confidence has grown, my outfits have gotten more simple. As a teenager, I just felt invisible so I thought, well since no one notices me, I'll just wear whatever the heck I want and be cool with it. What I wore was also really really important to me when I was younger as the main source of my self expression since I was so shy and quiet. As I have gotten older, and tested out every style of dress and fad under the sun, and as I have become more sure of myself and confident in my voice, my outfits have gotten more simple. Still a little quirky at times, but more subtle than my younger years. My clothing still feels like a expression of self but as an adult, it feels like an extension of my personality rather than the main source of sharing my voice.
All that being said, most of the time I dress pretty simply but I do love my accessories and I love experimenting with style, just in a more subtle way than when I was younger. I think a big hat, a leopard print belt, and a couple of big gold gaudy rings are a great way to add a little fun to a pretty simple everyday outfit.
Sheer top: H&M
Tank Top: Urban Outfitters
Rings: vintage & one c/o Beginning Boutique
Pants: Sample Sale for $2!
Glasses: perscription raybans
Shoes: c/o Blowfish Shoes