Jun 26, 2014


Last week I looked at the calendar and gave myself a start. It's as if three months went by without me even realizing it. They just walked on past, gave a little backwards wave, and rounded the corner. And I found myself wishing I could get all those days back, and not because I wasted them or didn't feel like I worked them to their full potential. I thoroughly enjoy all my hours. It's just that I want more of them. There doesn't seem to be enough time for all the cloud watching, book reading, and thought thinking I want to do. 

So after my mini shock episode wore off, I decided to make a conscious effort to make each day memorable. And I'm not talking about fireworks in the night sky memorable, but memorable in a way that only I could appreciate. Kind of like when you look at an old ticket stub and can't help but smile, but to any other person it's just a piece of printed paper. Some things I'd like to do on the daily are: make my mom laugh, listen to French music, read something profound, put on a dress, eat something chocolatey, lay on the grass and talk with the breeze, fill a notebook page, play the piano, catch sunlight in cupped hands, feel loved.

Not such a tall order, amiright? But I think it'll  make the rest of this June worth remembering. What are some little things you'd like to do?


And do you recognize this polka dot top? It's actually the Moonchild Vintage shift dress I wore in this post. I think it's adorable on its own, but when I was thinking of how else to style it I kept looking at the neckline and liking how it would look as a top. So I popped my full midi skirt on top to add some drama to the look, and then tied a silk scarf around my neck to give add some interest. I like the subtle pattern mixing the scarf gives, and how it ties together the look. Now I kind of want to hunt down a bunch more at the thrift store today- I can already feel the itch to go wild with it coming on, haha. 

Moonchild Vintage is like this hippie-rocker-country girl hybrid of a store, so if you like black dresses with flower prints, lace trimmings on your maxis, and prairie skirts that flirt with your ankles as you walk, then I would pop on over there and say hi. Here are just some of the items that caught my eye. That white dress is just woah: 

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DRESS: (worn as top) c/o Moonchild Vintage
BELT: Banana Republic
SCARF: Banana Republic
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  1. I always think about trying to do something little but worthwhile each day but I'm so busy these days I always forget to! All I probably do throughout the day but not meaning to!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  2. I love versatile pieces! That dress totally fooled me - I really thought it was a top.

    For the rest of this month (all 4 days of it) I want to buy myself flowers, watch a sunrise - which I accomplished this morning! - and have a dinner party with my closest friends.

    Here's to June being memorable, and July being even more!


  3. Great combo again Marlen! Love your top! I'm such a sucker for polka dots, haha! And I totally understand what you mean with the tickets! I always save up all my concert tickets and I like looking into them and think of all those great nights!

  4. I fel what you mean. Time flies lately. Iove the way you make dresses look like tops! This outfit gives me a french vibe ;)

  5. I had a similar freak out when I realized my 25th birthday is less than three months away! What?!?! Where did that year go and how am I almost this old?

    I like to do the 365 challenge and write in my journal at least once a day, even if it's just a few sentences. It really is great to look and remember those little things. :)

  6. Aw, those are all such lovely little things to do during summer. I really want to fix up some old art projects I never got around to. Soon, maybe. I've been keeping myself pretty busy, though, so we'll see how that ends up.

    Greeeeeen. Ugh that green skirt is the best color! YOU ARE A FOREST

  7. I'm pretty sure I said this about an outfit you wore last week, but I'm going to say it again..this is seriously one of my FAVORITE outfits you've put together. So. Cute. Seriously, I love every piece you put together.

  8. so cute! i've had my eye on a skirt that is very similar to the one you're wearing, and seeing the way that you styled it makes me want the skirt even more lol p.s. i love wearing dresses as tops too!

  9. Couldn't agree more on making days memorable. For me, it's taking trips with Martin or making sure I'm taking the time to do something a little different each day. Routine is the killer, I think, or it is for me at least. Basically, I love to shake things up. Take our dinner to a new spot on the beach or take a different route home! It seems to snap me back into the moment! :)

    As for your outfit?! Absolutely perfect, the hues are splendid + I love that polka dot shift dress too!! <3

  10. Those sound like great little plans. I can't believe how fast time goes by! I love the polka dots and olive!

  11. This outfit is gorgeous, AS ALWAYS! I am totally in love with that scarf! This summer I'd love to go to the beach. It's super close and I never go!

  12. i love layering skirts over dresses. just makes the look feel brand new :) i have been loving me some french music lately. something about is just so magical
    xo jac

  13. I LOVE how you put outfits together! This is super inspirational!

  14. First thing I noticed is your neckerchief. I love it! And the way you tied it. Looks like you're now fully embracing the motto of yolo :)


  15. I love that you're barefoot, or at least it looks like it. This is such a fun outfit.
    The last few months really have flown by. So crazy!

  16. Cute! Lovin the polkadot/ scarf combo.

    ♥ Gita @

  17. I just adore the way your mind works! It's impossible to be happy every moment in your life, but I'm a firm believer in life is what you make it and we've got to enjoy the simpler moments. I love the bit about you wanting to make your mom laugh, such a sweet daughter you are!

    And awesome outfit! That scarf matches perfectly with that skirt and I love the polka dot dress styled as a top - always so cleaver this one!

  18. Hmmm, I'd like to take more Homicidal Hikes! ^_^
    Haha, I seriously want to find all the places nearby that would be fun to explore and discover the hidden sights that I'm missing out on.
    I like your list of things to do though, and I think I'd like to add a few to my own list.
    Besides that, your scarf and top are so adorable together! But can I really expect any less from you?

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  19. I feel like this outfit has a bit of a sailor theme maybe its the top and scarf! So cute. I get what you mean I feel like time is flying by now. I am trying to make everyday count now that I am going back to school in the fall, unfortunately or fortunately since I need the money Im also starting a seasonal job next week. Now I really want to make the time I have memorable.

  20. I like the green and blue together.

    Are you still working on your book right now?

  21. Love what you said about making each day memorable in your own kinda of way. That polka dot top looks great on you & it's super adorable.


  22. long time no see, love the new hair style and colour x

  23. I really love the list of things you'd like to do daily; such a good reminder that it really is the little things, and the little moments. I'm definitely inspired! Also, I really love your colors here- navy and olive green just look really great together.

  24. I talk to the breeze all the time: "you madafucking breeze, go away, it's Summer!!!" :D I can't believe it's nearly July and I still haven't made a crispy tan, this Summer sucks ballz!
    Love this polka dot top, and the olive skirt is my favorite ^_^

  25. Nice:))xx

  26. This outfit combines two of my favorite things of yours! They look awesome together.

    The next few weeks are filling up with camp preparations, but I would also like to explore my new neighborhood, get back into writing letters and postcards, and start consciously limiting my internet time again.


  27. I love this combination!

  28. Right?! Time is going by so fast. I have to constantly remind myself to be present, and I think that writing/blogging/sipping coffee really helps with that.

  29. I've been feeling the same way lately! Is Christmas really 6 months away now? That's a scary thought I had the other day! I often find myself trying so hard to make each day memorable that I actually waste it on trying to decide what to do. In reality I should just sit back and try to enjoy the little moments.

  30. I feel you... It always seems like I'm not being productive enough with the time I'm given.
    You look cute, that's a great scarf. You could almost say it's a kick ass-cot lololololol


  31. Aw, what a lovely post to read! I wish you good luck with your resolution and know that I'll be with you on the dress-wearing ^_^ I've made it my plan to wear a dress any day that the weather lets me this summer, haha! xo

  32. I completely feel you with wishing there was just more time to do stuff, period. Not even spectacular stuff, but just reading and watching movies, and sitting out on the porch. Why is there not enough time??

    But anyway, I love how you wore that dotted shift dress as a shirt here. I love the combination of blue and army green. Green and blue is one of my favorite color combinations.

  33. You are the high waist skirt with the coolest belt - queen!!!

    Love this whole look babe!

    Lucy xxx

  34. Love this! Your skirt is fabulous, the green hue is perfect!
    xo Nan

  35. I totally agree, time goes by too quickly and making memories even if they are small ones is what counts and makes a difference. Love your outfit btw, the scarf is gorgeous! :)


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