Outfits of this Week!

It has been so long since I’ve done one of these and I’m sad about it! So I’m fixing it right now. Here you go, here are some outfits over the last several weeks of my life because it has been an insane and amazing month of change and craziness. And I’m so happy about it! Enjoy these and have an awesome Saturday! As always, find me on Instagram for every day adventures and random cute stuff I find on Pinterest, and follow me on Pinterest for that random cute stuff! @dressingtoptimistically will get you there, the sarcasm will keep you there     😉

 

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New room space is clean and ready to go!
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Let it snow!!!

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My job is super cool and freezing cold

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Another look at the Birthday OOTD!
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Sometimes Juneau is fancy, and I get to be fancy 🙂
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All day, Err day

The Haste Effect

So exciting news from me, I moved and got a new job! Seasonal work here in Juneau is always so weird to the outside world, but as my little shop downtown winds down, I’m going to be heading up the mountain to our ski area to do some awesome marketing stuff and basically play in the snow. It’s going to be amazing. But of course, all of this plus moving has happened all within about a week. And as someone who believes in tight turn arounds and continuous upheaval of your life (cause isn’t that just fun,) I thought I would bring some thoughts to you about how I’m doing, what’s new, and a ridiculous phenomena I have observed in the last week. I have dubbed it “The Haste Effect.”

Now let me explain in the form of a story. A couple of days ago, I was rushing around trying to get inside the car with my breakfast, all my stuff and without losing my socks down my shoes. And honestly, it just didn’t work out. I finally got out the door, into the car and managed to not forget anything inside. Feeling frazzled, I head off to work. Of course, I need to rush inside the building cause I’m still frazzled and running late, and I try to grab all my stuff. While doing so, my purse strap decides to wrap around the errant cd cases I have on the seat and hold on for dear life. I pulled my purse out of the car, all of the cd cases crashing to the ground around my feet. I have never been able to carry so many cd cases at once, especially with my purse strap.

That one instance made me want to rip my hair out, but it got me thinking. How on earth would something like that even happen? And why does it only happen when I’m in a hurry!! I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!!! And not just once. I have noticed things like this happening to me in some variation for weeks. Why on earth would my cup only spill when I’m racing down the stairs and the toaster take six million years to toast my toast to the perfect level of toastiness. Therefore, the formation of my theory the “haste effect.”

Basically, it boils down to two thoughts. When you are in a hurry or are feeling frantic, everything you are trying to hold on to, collect, or use will inevitably slip through your fingers or just get lost. On the flip side, all the stuff you don’t need will stick to you and cause problems by knocking things over, breaking or collecting in the most useless way possible. And it drives me absolutely insane!!!

As my grandma has actually said to me in real life, “haste makes waste,” and after this week, I have to agree. The haste to waste ratio grows exponentially in a way you only notice when you want to rip your hair out.

But wait you say, that doesn’t always happen! Let me give you more examples. How many times have you been in a hurry and could not find your keys/phone/shoes. When you’re trying to get ready and cannot get your eyebrow/eyeliner/mascara right? When you literally watch your pot of water boil because it can’t go fast enough? Counting down microwave minutes? Levels of toastiness? Get it?? ANYONE???

I guess it’s okay if it’s just me, I’m just saying, if super powers were real, mine would be the most inconvenient. But I’d be awesome at carrying cd cases and having mismatched wing eyeliner every day of my life.

On a lighter note, here’s something new!

It took some setup, thank you momsicle and the rest of the fambam and roomies for coming together to get me settled, potatoing has never been this comfortable! So have an awesome week, think optimistically and try to not let my super power take over your day. 🙂 Check back soon for some new outfits and fun adventures!

 

Happy Birthday Dressing Optimistically!

That’s right, can you even believe it!?!?! It has been a full year since momsicle took a couple of pictures of me on the deck in my favorite plaid shirt and boots and I created a little web page called Dressing Optimistically. I can’t believe I did it! We are here!

It has been a year of changes for me. Made up of changing jobs, moving, and finding my voice on this platform, all while having lots of naps and eating as much candy corn as I can get away with. I’ve gone back and looked at stuff I wrote even 6 months ago and am amazed at how different I sound. I didn’t even write anything on those first couple of posts! They’re so fun to look back at though, and it reminds me of every outfit planned, haircut and mismatched sock I’m proud of. And I love hearing stories about other people finding Dressing Optimistically and loving it as much as I do, even if to just keep in touch with me and my crazy family or see what outfits I put together. I so appreciate all the support and ideas and feedback I get, keep telling me what you think!

I’ve learned so much this last year and have loved every minute of it. It’s helped me find  a passion and career choice, it’s helped me have a creative outlet and has been an amazing space to create every and anything my little heart desired. And you know what? It can only get better from here. I plan on keeping up, better than I have this month at least, and growing the conversation! And I am so excited for the coming year! So let me know what you think, here’s to another optimistic year!

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How could I have a birthday without cake and an awesome birthday outfit? This is my take on what I think people would have worn at my own first birthday in the great time of 1994. Of course, it’s a little updated, but I’m getting so into paisley and this is the most fun outfit I’ve had in a while. Just you wait for winter time and the unavoidable winter boots! Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday Dressing Optimistically!!!

Question of the Week!

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Every time I see this picture on the internet, it kills me a little because I think it is so awesome. Also, I’m jealous that her school yearbook picture turned out as nice as it did and remain convinced that yearbook editors just want to watch the world burn. You would be amazed at what people get away with in those things! Anyway, this picture brings up a very valid question of the week!

If these didn’t accurately describe any of your pet peeves, let me know which ones I missed in the comments! Don’t forget to share this post and like Dressing Optimistically all across the internet! Happy Friday!

10 Things Only (Real) Alaskans Will Tell You

Hey Peeps!

For some odd reason, I searched for Alaska on Pinterest to see what would pop up, and along with the standard amazing scenery pictures, there were so many blogs and pictures about how to “do” Alaska, from the cruising wardrobe to the best eats and how to actually see a bear, and they all crack me up. Alaska is such a weird place and I’m totally on the bandwagon of telling you people in the lower 48 the real deets.

And before you start saying, wait, I thought you were a washingtonian through and through, let me give you a little back story. Being the youngest of three and the product of a true Alaskan marriage, (the law in this state is everyone can marry one person legally, cause you know, gold rush and no women and no pastors to marry people back in the day,) has given me some Alaskan perspective. After my family moving around a little bit, I was born at Fort Wainwright, right outside of North Pole Alaska. Which sounds super cool unless you’ve actually been to North Pole, then you just feel kinda sad about it.

After graduating from high school, I headed back to Alaska to get my associates from University of Alaska, Anchorage and actually having some run in with moose. And if you follow me at all, you know that right now I’m located in Juneau, working my fourth season at the best place ever, Alaska Zipline Adventures. So though I might not be a TRUE Alaskan, I think I’m close enough to add my two cents. So get ready for a list that will blow your mind about this great state.

1. We do not ride polar bears to work.

However, I’m sure everyone has at least thought about training a moose for a quicker commute. Also, the bears are more like huge raccoons, eagles are everywhere and ravens are super smart and scary. Also huge.

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2. Free shipping is AMAZING!!!

Especially in Southeast Alaska, everything has to be brought in by boat or plane, which makes waiting for packages super freaking long and really expensive. So if you don’t want to buy everything at Fred’s, you find those free shipping deals. It is so worth it.

3. Alaskans are worse coffee snobs than washingtonians.

We don’t really have starbucks, but darn it if there isn’t a coffee hut on every corner. In every city. Because that stuff is the elixir of life, especially if you’re only getting three hours of sunlight a day

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Local coffee shops are lyfe.

4. The shopping here can be so cool.

Again, if you follow me at all you know that I’m spending my summer hanging in Downtown Juneau at Treetop Tees. (Find the website here) Because of the rain, snow, sunshine and literally everything in between, including the unofficial state bird (Mosquitos are no joke here,) you definitely need to be prepared for the worst of the worst weather wise. Why not do it in a cute sweatshirt or tee?

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I mean, come one! SO cute right?

5. The scenery here never gets old.

 

Just yesterday while driving back into town, I had a small freak out about the clouds overhead. I’m telling you, they didn’t even look real. They looked like those painted ones in Mulan, and they were so pretty with the sunshine filtering through. And oh yeah, there are mountains everywhere. Not just one (I’m looking at you Mt. Ranier) but hundreds. With snow, without snow, green, rocky, you name it.

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6. The tourist season in Southeast is no joke.

With boats in every day and literally thousands of people walking along, locals will tell you straight up they avoid downtown at all costs during the summer. It’s like a completely different world and can be so much fun and also so crazy (find more summer shenaningans at the zipline blog, here) Just do me a favor, and when you go completely in shock by the mountains and loose all sense of self, just use the crosswalks so we don’t worry about running you over. Please and thank you.

 

7. The eats here will actually blow your mind.

It is completely normal here to have a fisherman friend who catches fish and sends it your way. It is also super normal to have moose on the menu, or my personal favorite, reindeer sausage (which you can buy at Costco.) We also have amazing pizza in each city, surprisingly delicious mexican food and at least one spicy Indian restaurant. If you need food recommendations, do not hesitate asking someone wearing xtra-tuffs, they’ll take care of you.

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Eat the crab!

8. The fashion here will probably kill you.

Speaking of XtraTuffs, I know the fashion kills me sometimes, especially while running this little platform. But I’m telling you, as ridiculous as some people might think XtraTuffs are, they will save your feet while walking through the muskeg or on a boat. Also, all the floral is always available. And shipping can be expensive so sometimes you have to take what you can get, suck it up and get yourself to Fred Meyers.

9. It’s a small world out here.

All of the cities and towns in Alaska are different mind you. Southeast Alaska is a rain forest, Fairbanks is super cold and also a desert. But, if you’ve ever lived anywhere in Alaska, chances are you while find them somewhere else later on. Whether that be somewhere on the east coast or one town over, someone will probably recognize you, be surprised at how old you’ve gotten and will inevitably ask about all your family members.

10. You’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it.

I could tell you stories till I’m blue in the face and show you all my pictures, but unless you get your butt up here and see it for yourself, you’ll never truly know!

 

Alright, that’s my list! As this summer comes to a close and we start looking forward to snow and shorter days, I hope this inspires at least one person to love Alaska a little bit more. Let me know if you agree or have things to add! Find me on Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr for more fun stuff and let me know when you’re headed my way here in Juneau! I’d love to see you 😉