15.5.17

MAY MOOD







For male and female
To get out of our minds
Outside in May, most 
Masking melancholic smiles
Mesmerized by the masterpiece
That lies in months ahead.
Possibly monumental 
Only to mark my age. 

Just let those words flow from your gut, mind and fingertips, ya know?

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1.5.17

SHOPPING FOR: DENIM SKIRT

Wanting a denim skirt is a new development. It's one of these trends that have come in and out, but lately I've seen so many ways people have turned it into an everyday staple, that I've just caved. I love denim. I'd wear it head to toe everyday if I could, so why wouldn't I have every variation of it in my wardrobe as possible, right?

Brands I had in mind: Madewell, Topshop, Zara, Levi's. 

Budget: around $60, preferably below that.

Topshop Moto Denim Skirt. This was one of the first ones I ran across. The wash of this skirt is classic, and the shape of it really caught my eye, and the $55 price tag is definitely in my budget. What ended up steering me away from this is when I saw it on the model. The frayed edge really stood out and already looked like it was starting to curl. Seeing this made me look for something with a more finished edge. 

Shopping For The Perfect Denim Skirt - Style Interplay blog Portland Oregon
Asos Original High Waisted Denim Skirt. Honestly, I might still end up getting this. It wasn't the winner, because I was really looking for a traditional blue denim, but I love the silhouette of this. It's listed as 100% cotton, which is also a win, considering many of the more fitted denim shapes have some sort of elastane in them. I like that it looks like it's completely fitted around the butt, and doesn't curve out in any awkward way. I've also been a buyer of Asos high waisted pants, and know they've fit me well, so I'd hope the skirt fit is similar.

Shopping For The Perfect Denim Skirt - Style Interplay blog Portland Oregon
Madewell Mccarren Raw-Hem Jean Skirt. Here's the thing. Madewell's marketing always gets me. They GET me. I click on more Madewell emails than any other in my inbox, I am always perusing the site and their social for inspiration. So naturally, I'm gonna check out Madewell, known for denim.. for a denim skirt. This one, looks great, sounds great, might be great. I've had two bad experiences with Madewell denim. The color fades way too fast, the spandex is too high and it just stretches too much.. one thing or the other and I think this time I've learned my lesson. I could be totally wrong... but don't really want to risk it. It is 100% cotton, so if you already know and love Madewell denim and have had different experiences, this may be for you. 


Shopping For The Perfect Denim Skirt - Style Interplay blog Portland Oregon
Levi's Everyday Skirt. This is what I landed on. It's got the classic denim 5 pocket details, it's 100% cotton heavyweight denim, and I'm a fan of the faded wash. I'm really into the classic Levi's pocket. Denim skirts are so simple, that to me, the classic brand element really came into play when purchasing a piece of denim. I'm into the relaxed fit and shape, The last thing I want is a short or tight denim skirt I can't wear as an "everyday" piece because it cuts into my waist or thigh. The real test will be walking around... I'm crossing my fingers it doesn't ride up! Review to come next week!



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24.4.17

STRUGGLING TO BE A CONSCIOUS CONSUMER









A quick entry in frivolity.

Friends.

Actually though. And as someone who really isn't a big shopper to start, it weighs on me even more every time I shop. Here's what's going on.. First, it took me forever to return that dang Fjällräven backpack. Returning things... hate it. No idea why it is such a road block for me. Then, I remembered that USPS pick up is a thing, so voila. Block lifted.

Before I even did the return, I had received a $100 visa gift card. This was right after three weeks of working really long days at work, I was tired, stressed and just wanted some immediate... something. Things. I just wanted things...

I dropped it on two dresses and one tunic from Asos. Love one dress and the tunic, the other dress I had decided to keep... but after getting back into the right mind space, realized it honestly is never going to get worn. It's going back. (Still need to do that.)

The urge hadn't left. The following week I went to Target.com, who knows why. I don't even remember why I was looking. Ended up seeing a buy one get one deal on shoes, where I discovered the Who What Wear collection for Target. Ended up checking out with two pairs of mules, and a bralette because the underwire popped out of my everyday bra that week.

Got the shoes and they were pretty to the eye but such crap quality. The heel cap broke off one pair after only one day, and the straps on the other dug into my foot like no other. Back they went, but this time Target's online return policy wasn't as kind, so I took them in-store and returned without a problem. Then perused the entire store, even tried on about ten items from the WWW for Target collection that were so cute pieces that I would have totally bought previously, but after a deep breath I hung them back up and left empty handed.

Why am I even writing about this? Does anyone care? Here's how I see it. Buying stuff is on my mind often. Money's always on my mind...know what I'm sayin? I can afford to buy a cart of shit things here and there... but money isn't growing in my backyard either. Constantly in a state of wishing I had more money and with that money, would be able to get and do more of what I want.

I feel a sense of guilt because there are so many messages out there these thoughts are so "millennial" of me. But you know what? I work for everything I have. I have loans up the ass like all the rest of you, money isn't and wasn't ever just given to me. Ain't got no old money... just working for all that new money, ya know? 

Ok sorry, if you get those stolen lyrics, thank you... But I'm also very sorry. Just GAH. Frustrations. Feeling a bit of a slump, but the part where I've finally identified it and am moving on. Maybe this blog post is part of that journey. Writing usually is. 

Today, I went and bought $100 worth of plants, pots and soil for my apartment. And you know what? I always feel damn good buying and growing plants.

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