I am SO sorry I haven't kept up with my goal for posting every Friday. Between a huge life event at the end of August (post coming soon) and market at work last monthI've had very little time to do much. Terrible excuse I know, but I'm working on it!
When I started my job I was in the middle of listening to Harry Potter on Audible. I love listening to the books, but when I finished them I had no idea what I was going to do to next on my commute to work. When I was still on Instagram I remembered seeing a post about Potterless, and since I just finished the books I thought this would be the perfect podcast to try!
Whether you like Harry Potter or not you need to give this podcast a listen! Its about this guy Mike who's reading the books for the first time as a 24 year old and finished them at 26. Each episode is Mike and a Harry Potter obsessed guest going over the chapters he just read and Mike's thoughts and reactions to them. Guys, this podcast is gold. There have been countless times when I'm on the train and have to hold in hysterically laughing. This podcast is so good I've even gotten Dan (who is not the biggest fan of Harry Potter) to not only listen to it, but enjoy it! What makes this podcast relatable to pretty much everyone is Mike grew up not wanting to read the books and only watched three full movies. So if you're Harry Potter obsessed or not that into it I cannot recommend this podcast enough...so go give it a listen!
Potterless is the first of many podcasts that I've become obsessed with. As I was listening each episode I was writing down the podcasts that guests were either a part of mentioned were worth a listen.
Up and Vanished
Alice isn't Dead
How I Built This
Are there any podcasts you're obsessed with!? I'm always looking for a new one to listen to!
It's officially the end of August, and that means fall is tomorrow! Okay, so it's not technically fall tomorrow, but I've always associated fall with the start of September. While I'm so excited for the next season to get here I know I won't be wearing sweaters and layers for at least another month or two (thanks mother nature). To curb my fall/sweater weather craving now is the time I find myself stocking up on new denim.
I'm in desperate need of basic denim, but I cannot stop thinking about these pieces and novelty denim in general. The second I saw these polka dot jeans I knew I had to own them, and luckily they happen to be 40% off this weekend! I also caved last week and bought this denim mini skirt, which is super stretchy and I recommend sizing down. Denim is really making a comeback this season with really fun ruffles and bows and I find myself wanting to buy more novelty denim than before.
Are these any denim trends you're really loving at the moment?
Sunglasses. Owning more than one pair has always seemed impractical to me. I know most people have several pairs, and they can completely change an outfit, but when you have a classic pair that goes with everything why have more than one pair? During my junior year in high school I was given a pair of Donna Karen aviators as a welcoming gift for job shadowing, and ever since then I have never been able to justify buying another pair. I not only loved the look of aviators on me, but the lenses were the perfect darkness shade of darkness. The quality was also amazing, and up until last month they were my sole pair of sunglasses for eight years. EIGHT YEARS. It wasn't until I lost them on a roller coaster (which is very unlike me to bring them on one) that I was forced to find a new pair.
I knew I wanted to get a pair from TOMS ever since the brand launched them years ago. With each pair sold a person is given sight. Whether it's providing glasses, performing surgery, or giving treatments one sunglass purchase helps transforms a person's life. I always had it in my mind that if I needed a new pair of sunglasses I would do my best to find a pair with them.
Aside from practicality and quality, I can be even more particular with my sunglasses. The biggest struggle I have with finding a new pair it making sure the lenses are dark enough. I cannot stand gradient and light colored lenses. What's the point of wearing sunglasses if they don't help curb the brightness of the sun? I knew it would be difficult to find a pair online, but between needed dark lenses and preferring tortoise shell frames I was apparently asking for a lot.
After placing two orders, visiting the Soho store, and days of contemplating I finally landed on a pair! The Aaryn is pretty much everything I was looking for with the exception that the frames didn't come on tortoise shell. Since I wasn't compromising on the darkness of lenses I figured I could live with the black frames.
Have you owned something you loved for years, and then had to find a replacement?
I don't know about you, but I can't believe Classically Short is officially a year old! I've done a lot this past year, and while I would have loved to have made more pants the fact that I made two pairs successfully is pretty impressive. When I started this blog I definitely intended to be more dedicated than I ended up being, but all i can say is life happens.
Photo by Erik Hanson
Now that I've started to settle into my new job, it feels like I'm going to have more work life balance. The need to have a whole weekend of doing nothing to get through the next work week seems like much less of a necessity now than before. I'm excited about the possibility for where I can take Classically Short this year, and to make sure I actually do more I'm going to write it down here to make sure it gets done. I've been told several times that a goal not written down is just a dream, so here are my goals for the next year!
make more pants
To test my sewing abilities more, I'm going to push myself to make 4 pants this year. The idea behind this is to make 1 pant for each season. I already have an idea what each fo these might be so I'm already better off than a year ago! If you have any ideas or suggestions of what pants you'd like to see me make leave a comment or send me an email, I'd love your feedback!
This is a pretty obvious goal considering I was pretty silent for half this past year. I gave myself a lot of excuses, and this is something I going to try to prevent. Key word here is try. When I started Classically Short I had in my that I would post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This year I'm going to give myself a more accessible goal and try to do 1 post a week. Since I've given up on social media for the time being I'm going to stick with posting every Friday to give you some expectation on when something new will be up. I'm not going to pretend that this will 100% happen, but I'm putting it out there and hoping for the best.
I've wanted to set up an email subscription for a while now. I highly doubt that any of you check if see if I posted something everyday, and I feel like this would be really helpful for anyone who wants to know when I've posted something new. I've got a few ideas who and how I'm going to use this so stay tuned for this to come to the blog!
As always, if there's anything you'd like to see me post about please let me know! It could a certain topic, something you want to see me sew (doesn't have to be pants!), or something you want to see me style, I'm always open to posting more of what you want. Classically Short was started as an outlet to express my style and get back into sewing, but I also want you to feel included so leave a comment or send me an email :)
As a blogger, its expected that you have every kind of social media account and post on it daily. I mean how else are you supposed to keep your readers informed and gain new followers? Well in typical me fashion I've decided to go in a completely different direction. When I started Classically Short (almost a year ago!) I told myself I was going to step it up and actually post on social media like other bloggers. I was going to post daily, give my readers more insight into my actual life and not just post when I had a new blog post published on the blog. While I did start off my social media somewhat strong for me, it quickly went down hill and I barely posted on it after 6 months or so. I loved doing stories on my Instagram when I was working on my pants, but outside of that I hated actually posting on the app, and I full on gave up on Facebook long before Instagram.
Photo by Erik Hanson
To be completely honest I've never like posting on social media. I'm always nervous about being judge for what I post how I post it, and having people ask me why I posted something. I have no problem with social media existing, but I've never been one to want to share what's going on. During middle school, everyone in my class was making a Facebook and I was one of very few who could care less. It wasn't until halfway through my freshman year of high school that I decided to make a Facebook. Mind you, I only wanted to make one because I got addicted to taking those quizzes on my friends' account. Literally the only reason I wanted one. To this day I pretty much never post on my personal Facebook unless its about a major life event...and even then I don't always post about it.
About a month ago I decided to completely unplug from Instagram. I deleted both my personal and Classically Short accounts. It actually took me a long time to decide to do this because I really enjoyed following other blogs, brands, and my friends. There were days where the app would make me feel inspired and want to do more with Classically Short, but then there were days when I'd get stuck in the "highlight real" effect. I would feel pretty terrible about myself or my blog because I didn't have anything exciting to post about like everyone else.
Going off my last post, I felt like deleting Instagram would let me focus more on myself, my blog, and living in the moment rather than feeling the pressure to find "Instagram-able" moments to post about. I'm pretty happy about this decision so far, and even through there are times when I wish I still had the app because my friend wanted to show me something, my overall happiness has improved which was the whole point. Getting rid of the app has also helped me decrease the amount I'm on my phone, which has really helped me looking at too much blue light everyday.
Even though I've made social media, and then deleted it, for Classically short I haven't ruled out creating a new Facebook page or Twitter. I feel like I could be really good at Twitter since pictures aren't the key focus. For now I'm going to enjoy being unplugged, continue to live in the moment, and work on being the best me and getting back into posting on this blog.
Hi all! I haven't really done this before, but I wanted to give you a bit of a personal update with what's been going on in my life recently. I'm sure you've noticed that my posting has seriously decreased, and while Classically Short hasn't been up and running for a full year yet I feel like I haven't put in as much time as I originally intended to. There are plenty of excuses I could give you for this, and to be perfectly honest, its been a combination of being straight up lazy and a bunch of life changes.
Recently there have been two big changes in my life that started at the beginning of this year. First, I went to a psychic at the end of January (I absolutely love going to a psychic for validation on where my life is going...if you'd like to know more about this and my experiences let me know!), and after hearing what she saw I unintentionally made a slight change in my career.
For the last two and a half year I had a job that The Devil Wear Prada would say, "a million girls would kill for." Just like Andy, I was working this job for experience and not because I was one of the girls that would kill for it. I felt very secure and comfortable in my job, and I always told myself that I would only leave for THE job. As fate would have it, the job I had been dreaming of was posted online in late February. I had a applied for jobs at this brand several times in the past, and I decided what could one more try do? I told myself (and the very few people who knew I applied) that I'm putting my name out there int he universe and let fate decide. No networking, no extra work, just the application, my resume, and hoping for the best. This is completely different than my usual efforts to trying to get a job just so you know.
About a month and half of going through the interviewing process (I couldn't believe I even got an email to set up an interview in the beginning!) I was offered my dream job!! Words could not describe the happiness I felt when I received the news, and it was the most bizarre feeling telling my job I'd be leaving. This change in my career also meant a bit of a change in my life over all. I'd taken a pay cut and instead of driving over an hour to work, I'd now be commuting over an hour and a half via train into NYC. This change was something I'd been longing for, but it threw a wrench into things in terms of how prepared I'd have to be weather wise, the time I'd be getting up in the morning and getting home at night, what kind of shoes I needed to own (there was no way you'd see me wearing running shoes to walk to work ), and then there was the problem with how often I'd be seeing Dan. While Dan and I are still figuring it out I couldn't be more grateful for how flexible he's been.
It took a few weeks, but now that I'm a little over a month into working my dream job (and loving it!) I feel like I need to stop making excuses and get back into the swing of things here on Classically Short. I'd really like to get back to posting more often on here, and even if I can post at least once a week I'd be pretty happy.
When I started this new lifestyle, if you will, I also put doing yoga in the mornings on hold. I told myself that I needed to take a break to understand how my mornings were now going to work out having to catch a train and all without being stressed out. I just really need to stop letting myself give excuses for not working out as well.
Best Version of Myself
Onto change two.
Growing up I struggled with my weight and accepting my body image. It's very difficult to change how you think after 24 years even with the amazing body positivity movement thats been growing recently. So after months of going back and forth between "I'm going on a diet" to "I don't need to be on a diet, I'm perfect the way I am," I decided screw it lets try the diet, stop the wishing, and if I don't like how I feel once I reach my target weight I can just enjoy my way back to the weight I was.
Now it may sound like a lot when I say I want to lose 30 pounds, but my goal at the end of this is to be the target weight for my age and height...which I can't remember the last time I was (last year at the end of my check up my doctor basically told me I needed to lose 30 pounds, so my goal weight is coming from her comment that I have yet to forget.) I'm about two months into my diet (good old Weight Watchers) and I've lost 10 pounds! I'm extremely proud of myself, and to be perfectly honest I feel pretty amazing. I've always been a somewhat heathy eater, but I like sweets and snacks and I think those two really led me to the weight I was.
Since being on this weight loss journey I've tried my best to not buy any clothes because what's the point if, in theory, they won't be able to fit me in a few month? I've also used this as an excuse to not post on here, but its a really terrible excuse. Even if I want to hold on making new pants and shooting outfit posts, I could still post about trends and receipts and all the little things I'm loving at the moment, but I gave into my excuses and laziness here.
With those two big life changes out of the way, I hope you can forgive my excuses and laziness; and continue to follow along my journey of being the girl that's too short for short pants here on Classically Short!
XOXO - Kate
Between my full-time job, blogging, and looking at my phone throughout the day, my eyes are constantly looking at some kind of screen. A almost two years ago my eyes started to really bother me, and I'd constantly want to close them even though I wasn't tired. After going to the eye doctor I tried wearing readers (I was using 1+) for a while and that seemed to work until a few months ago. My friend suggested not using readers anymore and try taking breaks from looking at my screen every twenty minutes or so...with my job that was pretty hard to stay consistent with. Six months ago it got to the point where I was over the constant eye pain and headaches that I decided to try a new kind of glasses.
I've seen ads, received emails, and read other bloggers promoting blue light glasses and I decided it was finally time to give them a try. These glasses help reduce eyestrain by filtering out the blue-violet light from any kind of technology screen. As I was researching these kinds of glasses, I found that my symptoms pretty much matched what I was experiencing: sore/tired eyes, headaches, and a stiff neck. I was also diagnosed by my friend (who is officially an optometrist now!) with Computer Screen Syndrome, and these blue light glasses seemed to be exactly what my eyes need!
Once I figured out these blue light glasses were what I needed this whole time, the next step was deciding on a brand and style. The first brand I heard of was Felix Grey, and I think the sticker shock on their glasses is what prevented me from buying them from the beginning. They offer five different unisex frames, and a pair from them will set you back about $95 (which I know is not a lot for glasses, but it was little more than I was hoping to commit to not knowing if they'd actually work). Next I looked at Pixel Eyewear, and while I liked that they had ten frames to choose from their prices were extremely close to Felix Grey's ranging from $70-85. I was about to give in and get the Oryc frames when I found that EyeBuy Direct carried blue light glasses as well.
EyeBuy Direct has two options for blue light glasses: EBD Blue and EBD Zen. I went with EBD Blue lenses because I technically don't need the reading enhancement that EBD Zen provides. Aside from the price ranges I went with EyeBuy Direct because the amount of frames they offer is insane. It took me a really long time to finally decide on Escape. When I first got the frames I thought they were two big for me, but between Dan and everyone at work they convinced me the frames were perfect.
It's been about a week since I got my glasses and I have to say I am in love with them! I've wanted glasses ever since I was in elementary school, and now thanks to these amazing blue light glasses, my dream of having a pair has basically come true! Not only do I love them for the sake of finally being able to wear a pair all the time, but also because they've significantly helped my eyes. I tested them out by not wearing them for an entire day during the middle of last week, and let me tell you my eyes were killing me by the time I got home.
Photos by Erik Hanson
If you're experiencing any kind of eye pain and you haven't come to a solve yet I highly recommend trying out a pair of blue light glasses!
Its no secret that I love supporting a brand with a cause, and Love Your Melon is a brand I've been a big fan of for a few years now. A year after I graduated my college started a campus crew for LYM, and I was so bummed that I couldn't join the crew (it's what I get for graduating year early I guess). If you haven't heard of them yet, LYM is a company that sells beanies, hats, scarves, apparel, and other accessories to give 50% of their profit to nonprofit parters to benefit fighting childhood cancer. In addition to giving half the proceeds, LYM also gives a beanie to a child battling cancer for every beanie sold. Oh, and all their products are made in the USA!
If helping kids fight cancer isn't enough for you to get a beanie or two, their quality will win you over. I have two beanies, the pom beanie I'm wearing here (similar), and a burgundy beanie I'm equally obsessed with! Right before Erik and I took these photos I told him all about LYM, and he immediately got hooked and bought two beanies for himself.
Photos by Erik Hanson
The beanies constantly sell out, so if you see a beanie you let get it before its gone! I love how fun the natural pom beanie is, and the best part about it is you can take it off. I had no idea that the poms were detachable until I actually received mine...such a good idea!
favorite lym products
I love flannel pajamas. When it starts to get really cold at night I cannot wait to put on my favorite pj set on and wrap myself in a super warm blanket. Ever since I was in Middle School I've gotten at least one new pair of flannel pants from Aerie, but last year I decided to switch things up. I treated myself to my first flannel set from J.Crew during their Black Friday sale, and I have ben obsessed with it ever since! The flannel material is insanely warm, which is perfect for cold night and longing around on the weekends.
Plaids are my go to print for pajamas, so I really surprised myself this year when I couldn't help but get these reindeer sweater leggings. These leggings just scream Christmas and I couldn't resist picking them up! I also have to mention that these sweater leggings are even more comfortable than they look and sound...I'm currently debating whether or not to get the corgi version as well.
Do you have any holiday pajama traditions?
I have several friends who get a new pair ever year on Christmas Eve.
Slowly but surely I'm crossing things off my fall bucket list! One of the few items left on my list was making a fall flavored macaron, and since Thanksgiving is this week I decided this past weekend was the perfect time to test it out. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of pumpkin spice, but if I had to pick a flavor to sum up fall it would be this.
Pinterest is my go-to for trying recipes, and this is the recipe I altered to make my pumpkin spice macarons. This is my third time making macarons, and let me tell you the first time I made them the cookie part of this dessert looked so wrong. So I when I tried this recipe and they actually came out looking and tasting like a real macaron I was not only over the moon excited, but I knew I would only trust this recipe as a base going forward.
One thing that I've found to be extremely important when making the batter is to sift twice (three times if you have the patience). I think this is where my first attempt at making macarons went wrong. Sifting is something that I absolutely hate to do. I will avoid it at all costs, so when I didn't properly sift my dry ingredients the first time I think its the main reason my cookies came out so awful.
After you've sifted the dry ingredients (until your arm feels like it'll fall off), you fold it into your whipped egg whites. I'm showing the before and after of folding because I feel like all the Pinterest recipes never show stuff like this. It takes a while to fold everything to get the dry and wet mixtures together.
Since I don't have a paster bag, I use a ziplock bag and drinking glass to create my own makeshift piping bag.
As you can see I freehand pipping out the macaron cookies. I have to say I had horrible control over my pipping bag this time, but with that in mind I feel like I did a pretty good job under the circumstances.
On a side note, I just ordered this macaron kit, and I cannot wait to try it out! I was originally going to order a plain silicon mat that had circles drawn out to pipe the macarons, but then I saw this kit comes with a fancy piper and I couldn't resist! Goodbye Ziplock bag and hello reusable piper (stay tuned for a review on it)!
Almost every pumpkin spice macaron recipe I found on Pinterest had a pumpkin filling, but seeing as I'm not the biggest pumpkin fan I wanted to balance it out with cream cheese frosting.
-2/3 cup almond flour
-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1/4 cup granulated white sugar
-3 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice (or pumpkin pie spice)
- pinch salt
*Preheat oven to 300°F*
1. In a standing mixer, whip the egg whites and salt on high for 2 minutes until soft peaks form. Add the granulated sugar to the egg whites and whip on high for 1 minutes until stiff peaks form. The egg whites should hold their form.
2. Sift the alomond flour, powder sugar, and pumpkin spice 2-3 times. You'll be left with small grills after each sift, throw those out before sifting the second or third time.
3. Slowly add the sifted dry ingredients to your egg whites. Lightly fold in the dry mixture until everything is mixed in. Make sure to fold the ingredients slowly and throughly going in and circular down and around motion. Once everything is mixed together, gently transfer your batter to a paster/ziplock bag. I recommend sticking your bag in a drinking glass to keep your bag vertical.
4. On 2-3 baking sheets use either parchment paper or silicon mats. When you're baking sheets are prepped cut the end of your ziplock bag 1/2" and begin piping out a 1" circles with about 1/4" in-between each circle. For the best results, let your pipped circles sit for 1-2 hours before putting them into the oven (For this recipe I forgot this step, and while the macarons came out perfectly they were slightly flatter than usual so definitely let them air out before baking)
5. Put your baking sheets in the over and bake for 17 minutes. Do not take them out before 17 minutes or they'll be on the chewy side. Let the macarons cool completely before attempting to take them off the baking sheets.
-1 cup powder sugar
- 4 tablespoons of softened butter
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
1. Whip your butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract for about 2 minutes until the mixture becomes fluffy. Next add your powder sugar and whip for about 1 minutes or until everything is completely mixed. Like the macaron batter, transfer your frosting to a paster or ziplock bag and let chill in the fridge or about 15-30 minutes. Once you're macarons are completely cooled swirl your frosting on the cookie and you're ready to go!
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