Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Black and Olive Green

I love railroad tracks. These are actually trolley tracks, but they're pretty much the same thing. I also love the late afternoon light as the sun is just beginning to set and the amazing autumn weather we've been having. It's been in the 60s to low 70's and sunny, and I can't get enough. I love when it's cool enough to wear tights and a sweater, but still warm enough that you don't need a coat or anything. I wish I could spend the entire season outside in the sun surrounded by pumpkins, apples, and leaves. Can't there be such thing as an autumn leave from work? I'll be spending every one of my days off enjoying this amazing time of year. I'm excited for it's arrival. I've made my autumn to-do list, and I've already done some things off of it!

[Shirt: Old Navy, thrifted
Shorts: Forever 21
Tights: Forever 21
Shoes: Payless, thrifted]
When I got my Mac a couple of years ago, I started using iPhoto to edit pictures. After picking up some Photoshop skills at work, I started using that and mainly use it now. But recently, I tried out Lightroom and that's where I edited these pictures (after I edited them in Photoshop first). Have any of you used Lightroom? Going from Photoshop to Lightroom is weird. Lightroom is like a combination of iPhoto and Photoshop and honestly, it's a little overwhelming. Maybe I'm just not used to it yet. I'm not sure if I'll keep using it for everything. I know that I'll definitely always use Photoshop first. I have Lightroom presets from Totally Rad, and they're alright. I like their Photoshop actions way more, but they're a little expensive. I tried them in a trial version and loved them. I'll have them someday and then I'll probably strictly use Photoshop.

I remember seeing these shoes new in Payless a long time ago and wanting them, but thinking that they weren't a smart investment considering how tall they are. I figured I wouldn't wear them enough to justify spending $30 or so on them since I rarely wear super high heels. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found them in Goodwill for just 9 bucks! Now that, I can justify. And they were just my size! It was meant to be, so of course I had to get them. :) The color is such a nice shade of green and I love how the heel is brown.

[A perfect shot of the lovely runs I have in these tights]

I love these tights, and I'm sad that they have runs in them. The good news is that they're easy to find and very inexpensive. I'm not the only one who gets excited by buying a new pair of tights, am I? 

Soon enough, the leaves will be changing and these tracks will look even more gorgeous with all the pretty fall colors. Autumn is seriously the best time of year to go hiking and stuff. I also love the lead up to Halloween, and of course the holiday itself! 

I've decided on my costume for this year, and I'm going to be a leopard! I like being some sort of cat. You get to do fun make-up and wear cute ears! I've been getting a little more into make-up, lately. I think it sort of comes with the Halloween season. I like to really get into it because I'm normally not the "make-up routine" sort of girl. I never really had the patience for it. The only thing I ever wear is eyeliner and chapstick. But I'm getting more into the liquid liner now because I just love the whole cat-eye look. I need a lot of practice in applying it myself, so I'll probably start trying to wear it more often. I'm also on the hunt for the perfect red/burgundy/wine lip stain, but it's hard to find. 

I have always had an appreciation for cosmetics. It's definitely an interesting and beautiful art. My friend has always been passionate about it (and really good at it!) and now she's going to school for it! I always liked watching her put on her make-up and having her do mine for Halloween. It's interesting and neat to watch what someone can do with it. I like to do it now and then, but it's just not my thing for the day-to-day.


  1. Beautiful!!! I love those shoes.
    I have been using photoshop for years and years. I adore it.

  2. Hahahaha, this is TOO big of a coincidence!! I JUST finished taking pictures today of an improvised leopard costume to post on my blog later in the month of October! Hehehe. Anyway, you look great in this outfit! I have a very similar pair of heart tights, and they have runs in them too. They are so cute though I can't give them away ;)

  3. lightroom kind of annoys me. i use a photoshop plug in to help my workload, but i tried lightroom and it annoyed me too much! and i LOVE this outfit. you look amazing in it. those shorts and top are perfection

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  4. Delicious legs in pantyhose!!!!