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Sunday Style VII

Happy Sunday!!  It’s been so long since I’ve come at you with a Sunday Style post so this is a very exciting moment for me! YAY!

See my other Sunday Style posts here:

Sunday Style I, II, III, IV, V, VI

I’m still figuring out what the weather is going to be like down here, so I’m trying to stay away from purchasing any new garment until I’ve experienced a SoCal winter (yeah, I’m droppin’ that term on ya). HOWEVER, I just happened to be in Target yesterday and stumbled upon some awesome items; a few of which I couldn’t resist.  This post features one of the items I snagged, printed jogger pants.  I actually tend to be a person that runs hot temperature wise, but it’s pretty warm down here so I figured a light weight pant would be pretty good for “fall.”  

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These are very soft, and super comfortable!

I love the ‘jogger’ pant look, so I was excited to see it in a new form!

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Full Body II

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I’m already thinking of other types of tops I can pair them with.  I’ve started looking at pinterest for outfit inspiration and I really like this look!

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Outfit details:

Top: American Apparel Cotton Spandex Crop Top

Bottoms: Target Printed Jogger Pant

Shoes: Birkenstock

Be well!

Slab city

Back in April (woah that’s forever ago), we came to Palm Springs with my parents and did some exploring around the area.  It was a ton of fun, and I snapped some pretty cool pictures of a place our friend told us to visit called “Salvation Mountain.”

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The gentleman who made the installation recently passed away (sometime in 2014), but they have continued to preserve it because of it’s magnitude and beauty.  Although we thought the area under construction looked questionably empty…

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It was crazy to learn that the entire thing was made of adobe, straw, and gallons of paint.  The gentleman who made it, Leonard Knight, definitely had some visions.  I’ll let you decide of what nature.

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DSC_0295.JPGIt was fun to walk around and see all the work he put into it, the thing is massive!  You could even go up to the top and look out at the desert.
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It’s hard to know what is Knight’s work at this point, because in 2011 he was placed in a long term care facility with dementia.  In 2012 was when the public really began assisting in it’s maintenance.

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What a beautiful legacy to leave.  It’s located at the entrance of slab city, in Imperial, CA check it out if you have a chance.  It’s very close to the Salton Sea, which sounds like a body of water that you never want to swim in.  

Be well. 

New adventures

Well, you know it’s been awhile when you go to type in your web address and it doesn’t automatically fill in with ‘theartofrunningintherain.’  I’m just hoping I still remember how to do this….oh yes, I type about my life (running, injuries, clothing, etc.) and tell myself that you all are very interested in what I’m doing ;P

A lot has changed for the Paolone-Webb clan; we are now officially California residents, I’m three shades darker, and I’ve purchased lattes from far fewer coffee shops (don’t get me wrong this isn’t financial restraint, this is purely because nothing compares to Herkimer and Voxx….just saying those names makes me miss their creamy delicious soy lattes).  Not to fret, one of the Herkimer dudes told me I can order online, and Dave makes a pretty mean latte.  In fact, funny diddy, that same guy said, “I don’t think it’s coffee you’ll have to worry about in Cali, I think it’s water.”  I responded to that with, “Let’s consider two things here, firstly I’ve been living on an island in Washington that has had poop in their water for the last 1.5 years, secondly, Washington is in a draught as well and yet the calves of my pants are soaked for over half the year, so let’s not throw stones when our house is made of beautiful, foresty, yummy coffee filled, PNW love.”  It’s hard to say anything negative about the Northwest, I mean, it’s my home base (yeah, I also joined a softball team so I use terms like home base now).  Well, I guess Canada is my true home, but I digress.

Yesterday my cousin asked how I was liking California (Orange County to be exact), and my response was this, “I’m very happy, I mean you know I have some critiques for California, but I’m also enjoying it quite a bit.”  After saying that I thought a great return post would be to share some of my favorites and some of my not favorites (there really could be a better word for that) of my new home.  So here goes…..

FAVORITE:

Sprouts Farmers Market

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I was so worried to leave Seattle and all it’s granola goodness, to not have a place like PCC.  Places like this can be over priced, but this one is actually pretty good price-wise and you can tell they love the environment and have lot’s of organic and meat free options.  On that note, is it weird that I felt judged for being a pescatarian when living in Seattle? But down here, where there actually are less of us, I don’t feel judged?  Maybe the sunshine really does make people happy.  On to my next favorite….

FAVORITE:

The Sun

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Seriously it’s shining all the time (well except in the morning which is the best time to get any vigorous outdoor activity done (e.g., running), but then every other time of the day is great for the pool.  I’m very excited to get to know the climate and can only hope for year round relative sunshinyness.

NOT-SO FAVORITE:

Lack of recycling.

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It’s crazy because I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how California is very into recycling, they must be speaking of the Northern half or perchance SanDiego, because not so much in LA or the OC.  It would appear that very few have compost.  We have a recycle bin at our apt complex, but wayyyyy too often I see cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, etc. in the garbage!!! GAHHHHH It kills me, I want to dive in and save our world.  My thought is this: If you’re worried about the fact that the earth isn’t giving you enough water, then why the F@&# aren’t you taking care of your earth???????? But don’t worry, I’ll spread the word.  I actually prefer to be one of few, it makes me feel more powerful when change occurs 🙂

FAVORITE:

THE PRODUCE!!!!

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I have to yell this one because the produce native to California is da’bomb!  Seriously, avocado, figs, grapefruit, oh my! Omnomnomnom #ALLthefigs

NOT-SO FAVORITE:

Peeps

All I can say is that I miss seeing my PNW friends with the frequency with which we were afforded when I lived in Sea-town.  But hey, “it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.”

Well there’s definitely more to say, but I’ll leave it there for now.  Oh wait, I wanted to tell you that I do plan on updating my capsule wardrobe to be more appropriate for the climate; I’ll keep you posted and I’ll definitely post some outfits.

Be well.

Sunday Style V

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I was in Palm Dessert for most of my spring break, so I decided to break into my summer capsule (90 degree weather will do that to you). I don’t have my entire summer capsule put together, but I have favorites that I saved because I like how they fit and know that I will wear them when summer comes. So today you get a sneak peak at my summer capsule.   We’re heading back to Seattle today, so I’m taking full advantage of being able to wear my warm weather attire!

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On my trip to Las Vegas last year my cousins, Kate and Emily, introduced me to Zara and Top Shop (I know, I’m a little late to the game).   I am now in LOVE with Zara now. I feel like they have the latest styles for an excellent price.

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I’ve heard some people say that crop tops are for girls in their teens and early twenties and to that I say, last summer was the first time I felt comfortable (and in love) enough with my body to wear a crop top, if there ever comes a time that I don’t feel comfortable then I won’t.  I think we let other people, and society, dictate how we should look (and how we should feel about ourselves) WAY too much. At the end of the day if you’re happy with you, then that’s what matters most, and if you’re not then that’s when you should act.

Top: Zara (no longer available, similar here)

Skirt: Zara (no longer available, similar here)

Shoes: Birkenstock

It feels as though we’ve seen a lot of California lately, and I can’t say I’m upset about that 🙂

Be well.

 

Sunday Style III (California ed.)

Hi from sunny California!!!!

It’s been a weekend of ups and downs.  We came to celebrate Dave’s grandma’s 92nd birthday, which was an absolute blast!!

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We were also here to celebrate Dave’s dad’s birthday and scatter his ashes, not so much of a blast but definitely a good memorial of him.

Anyways, on to my style…I managed to bring most items from my spring capsule for the trip; because Seattle’s still a bit colder than Cali I dipped into my summer capsule.


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I have to tell you I am absolutely in love with my Birkenstocks!!  I’m so glad they’re back 🙂  They are so comfortable, and yet I feel like they can add so much to a simple outfit.

It was so warm all weekend, I couldn’t have asked for more vitamin D.  It made me so excited to start my summer capsule (hehe).

I will tell you this, I walked into a shop and looked around at the clothes and thought, “Nope, I don’t need anything, I have all my clothes for this season.”  YAY for me!!!!!  That definitely didn’t stop me from buying a new bikini though!!

shirt: Victoria’s Secret 

Bralette: Urban Outfitters

Shorts: Gap – old (similar here)

Shoes: Birkenstock  

Be well.

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