Summertime Blues

 

After 10 months of living in Alaska, I can now say I’ve lived through all of the state’s seasons: the season of snow tires and the season without (This is only kind of a joke).

Memorial Day marks the official start of summer in Anchorage: construction has begun, the cruise ships are coming in and at a high of 60-something degrees, I’m rolling around with the A/C blasting (This is absolutely not a joke).

But while the season here has changed, some things for yours truly have undoubtedly stayed the same.

Still Best Dressed:

For me, pretty much every day in Anchorage is a mixture of “I love your shoes!” and “How can you even WALK in those?” – and, honestly, I don’t mind one bit.

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Summer means that hair-and-makeup sessions no longer happen in vain. Now that I’ve peeled off the winter layers, I get more chances to show off my fabulously imported wardrobe against the beautiful Alaskan backdrop — and, of course, the shoes. Oh, the shoes.

I’m happy to report, though, that for this particular photoshoot, most of the pieces are local!! — er, sort of…local as in I didn’t have them delivered to my doorstep. See the end of this post for details!

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Still Uncrunched:

This story is titled “Sierra meets the Chester Creek Trail.”

So, I heard there was a female stilter who lived in town (yes, like a woman on stilts…y’all know how I feel about #girlpower). I got super excited and insisted that I be the one to tell the story.

Bbuuuuutttt, this was before I knew there was a park and a trail and woods and palm-sized mosquitoes and wetlands and, well, nature involved.

Mind you, I just got over my refusal to drive past the “Look out for moose” signs in Anchorage. (I got over it once I realized moose are literally EVERYWHERE. The moose signs just existed to play with my emotions)

Back to Chester Creek — So, I braved the elements with two pair of leggings, a long-sleeved sweater and my fab combat boots.

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I came home with 25 mosquito bites (no exaggeration). Oh, and something made me bleed.

But the story was awesome.

Still Searching for My Alaskan Prince Charming?

(…Ha! Couldn’t resist.)

Y’all. When I meet a man in Alaska, my first question is, “Are you married?”

–My second question is “Are you sure?”

And if he passes those two, I look at his Instagram and it’s all pictures of his dog. His dog in the park with the trail in the woods with the palm-sized mosquitoes and wetlands.

‘Nuff said. I’ll leave you with that.

Photoshoot details!!

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Top: Gap, Fifth Avenue Mall

Bralette: Aerie, Dimond Mall

Skirt: Banana Republic, Fifth Avenue Mall

Shoes: Shoedazzle

Earrings: Gorjana via Rocksbox

Necklace: Lulu E Bebe

Makeup by Gabrielle Macgregor (who is a gem for also acting as my therapist while she was on the brushes)

Photos by Kat Tutaan (who was witness to one of my oft-awkward interactions with Alaskan men)

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Dear East Coast friends, I’ll be seeing you in August.

Also, I’m ending on the my-hair-won’t-cooperate outtake, b/c………..legs.

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