So, I hope you like the wooden deck as a backdrop for photos, because I will not be venturing out any further into my yard for a while, not even in the name of TEITM. A few days ago, I was sitting inside, working on my computer (as always), when my momma and I spotted giant black bear walking up our driveway (Pics or GTFO, you say? I got you). As you should remember from this post, I used to be extremely afraid of bears when I was a smaller Ashley. Like, not-go-outside-by-self-in-fear-of-being-tasty-meal afraid. Despite living here my whole life, this is only about the third bear I've actually seen (although there's been evidence OF bears tromping around a lot more often than that), so I don't think I need to be too concerned. But still, I am creeped out. Thank you, Smokey, you have temporarily ruined my summer.
This outfit came to surface in a different way than usual. Normally, I already have an outfit in mind to begin with--I just need to grab all the pieces out of my closet (or off of my floor. Ahem) and throw them on. Today, I didn't have anything in mind, so I built the whole ensemble piece by piece using trial and error. This is actually my sheer black skirt, and I didn't want it to be too heavy for summer, so I chose a white linen top to go with it. Add a belt, fun earrings, and a pop of color and I'm all set. I'm not used to this "bottom-up" process of creating an outfit...I never really think that much about individual pieces: normally, I have a vision already and just have to put it together. How about you? Do you dream up your outfits ahead of time, or do you make them up the moment you're ready to get dressed?
Top, skirt: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: Mi abuela
Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs