This is the little number I wore to my Nanna's birthday dinner.  I had planned on wearing this dress from Flying Tomato for christmas, but since I was feeling well, I opted for skinny cords and a sweater... I LOVE the color of this dress, I mean love.  I'm crazy for different brown tones.  And I adore the kaftan style, one of my favorites.  Its so lightweight.  It came with a blue belt that ties in a bow, but for this outfit I wanted to stick to the color palette.  I paired it with the beautiful deerskin belt from Sun & Glory that was featured in our last lookbook for The Bohemian Collective.  And speaking of lookbook pieces, the necklace was in the one before that... a beautiful one of a kind buffalo tooth necklace from Gypsies Caravan.  Two of my favorite designers.  And the bracelets are from 3 more of my favorite designers... Spirit Y Sol, Spiral Drift & Flourish Leather.  I will never stop loving accessorizing my outfits with beautiful handmade creations from people I truly believe in.  It feels so good to support other artisans doing what they love.  Knowing this path deeply within myself, I feel like we are in it together.  And... are these BC Footwear boots not the most perfect thing with this dress?  Eeek!  I think they were secretly made for each other. 

Love this dress?  Or any of the other beautiful items found at Flying Tomato?  Come back later for an amazing giveaway from them!!!  Today is the last day to get 20% off their entire site!

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James and I had a shopping date last week.  Every year we usually go one day to the outdoor mall in San Antonio to just walk around and maybe do a bit of holiday shopping.  Every year we become a bit more distasteful towards this tradition as it ends up not being as fun as it used to be... I think its time to create a new holiday shopping tradition.  We didn't even get our yearly ornament at Anthropologie this time b/c they just didn't excite us.  Maybe next year well start a holiday thrift shop tradition or something more low key and homey to us.  But it was still nice to spend the day together.  This was the day after our night on the town in our home town, from my orange and plum threads post.  Two dates in a row is not bad!

Outfit details: tshirt - sevenly // over shirt + hat - f21 // pants - hand ombre dyed // boots - vintage // necklace + bracelet - spiral drift

On a different note, this morning I was reading some of my astrology overviews and came across an interesting snippit.  It was on one of my long term affected aspects, and one that is just about to end.  It spanned from Oct 12, 2012 to Dec 17th, 2012.  It couldn't be more true to what I have been experiencing during these dates, now that I think back on it.  This is why I love astrology so much.

"You will likely go through a process of realigning your self-concept during this period of time, possibly as a result of the reexamination of old wounds.  Early childhood episodes that in some way were damaging to your self-concept may be up for a second look, and new experiences related to these early episodes may help them to appear in a new and better light.  These issues could be related to your father or another significant mentor figure from your past.  These figures can be an important part of our ego structure as we go through life.  The reason such painful issues are reemerging in conciousness is for the purpose of healing these issues and finally moving beyond them.  You may find when you have gone through this process that you feel yourself coming into a broader view of your existence.  Changes that bring to light new facets of your self-image are good for you in the long run and serve to strengthen your true inner self-confidence, as a more well-rounded view of your life as a whole is revealed to you."

"With Chiron transiting in conjunction, square or opposition to your Ascendant, you will go through a potentially painful process of re-aligning your self-concept, possibly as a result of re-examination of old wounds.  Chiron is called 'the wounded healer' because it represents the archtype of imperfection and loss which when integrated leads to compassion and understanding of other's suffering, and provide the ability to serve as a helper and healer for others.  You have a great deal of compassion and empathy for other people during this period, and may choose to launch yourself into the helping professions, such as a counselor or massage therapist, or you may experience a powerful meeting, in which such a healing presence comes into your life during this period of time.  Early childhood episodes that in some way were damaging to your self-concept may also come back to haunt you at this time.  If so, it is good to make the effort to connect yourself consciously with any painful events that may be buried in your unconscious, so that these will no longer have so much power over you."

Wow, powerful stuff, and exactly what Ive been going through.  It's always amazing to read something like this after going through it, such an affirmation.  Even though I have already pulled my birth chart more than once, I just bought a custom one from Aquarius Nation, as a little gift to myself.  I can't wait to get it and pour over the pages.  As long as I can remember, this has been close to my heart.  Well, I think junior high was the pinpoint start of it when a friend's mother gave me a book, I was hooked.  I just feel so deeply connected to it. 

And on another completely unrelated note, you must check out the Macrame DIY Plant Hanger from Christi Jay that was posted on The Bohemian Collective yesterday.  Its a good one!

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outfit details:  hat - target // sheer dress - UO // purple slip - lune vintage // boots c/o bcfootwear // sweater + 3 stone ring + cuff bracelet - f21 // purse - christi jay // necklace - spiral drift // black stone ring - gifted from spirit y sol

What I wore on our little date around our town the other night for the christmas lighting.  We were a little disappointed with the outcome of people.  In years past the streets of our town are just flooded with people, but not that we saw this year.  Unless we just showed up at the wrong time.  But we still enjoyed a night out with each other.  I'm a bit obsessed with this hat I found at Target.  Ive worn it about 10 times since I got it just a few shorts weeks ago.  I'm becoming more and more a hat person, where as I used to just feel so silly in them.  They are starting to feel really normal on my head, and I like that!  And is that moon necklace not just amazing??  Yes, its no secret that Spiral Drift is my favorite jewelry designer... Love love love. 

I've been up since 4:30 this morning.  I'm already wanting a nap and its only 9:30, yikes!  This day shall be interesting.  I have some custom orders Ill be working on, as well as other shop orders.  We are getting closer and closer to christmas, so if your wanting to order something to arrive in time, please make sure to order soon.  For those of you who follow my fanpage on facebook, there might be a secret discount code for you ;)  It only lasts for one more day!

I think I need to go make myself a yummy breakfast and wake up!  Have a great day!

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Today's post is an outfit post and giveaway in one!  Yesterday I wore some really fun stuff.  Just about the brightest outfit I think Ive ever worn.  I don't normally go for super bright colors, but these pants from Flying Tomato just called my name for some reason.  A side of me I wasn't even aware I had until laying eyes on them...  And they are the comfiest, most light weight pants in the world!  A bit on the longer side for us shorties, so I had to wear some wedges, but really that just made them all the better.  So in love.  I think I would wear just about every piece Flying Tomato has in their shop.  Stellar.  And it was just about perfection paired with my thrifted Doors tee that I found for under $1.  Best score ever.  Man I miss thrifting.  It's been way too long.  We just haven't had the time when James is actually off to go.  

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crochet kimono // f21
doors tee // thrifted
bell bottoms // flying tomato (get 20% off with code FLYINGDEAL)
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wedges // blowfish shoes  (get 15% off with code BFVIOLET15)
teal leather bracelet // spiral drift

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