Wearing: Fit + Cabled

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dress: Anthro Fit + Cabled
Shirt: Anthro Shine Through
Coat: H+M
Boots: Nicole Miller
Watch: AE
Bag: Nine West
   It's funny how the thing that irritates you most about a person when he's alive becomes the very thing you miss most about him when he's gone. Nathaniel and I were different as night and day. He was street smart, driven and focused. I was driven...I just never quite knew where I was driving to. I spent my childhood annoyed with him for thinking he was always right, for knowing so much about everything. I have to admit he did have just cause to be aggravated at times. The first time I filled my car up with gas after getting my driver's license, I had very carefully squeezed the nozzle up to $18.50 worth of gas and was headed in to pay when Nathaniel glanced at the pump and asked, "Why didn't you put twenty dollars in?"
   "I did", I said, "but I only have a twenty-dollar bill and I wanted to make sure I had enough to cover the tax."
Nathaniel hung his head like he had somehow failed me in the worst way. 
   "Kristina", he spoke with great control, though I could sense he was seconds away from losing it, "the tax is already included in the price." 
   I felt like such a...well, there really aren't words. But, of course, I laughed at myself.  I had always been that girl, the book-smart one whose IQ never quite made up for what was lacking in common sense. 
   I'd like to think I've gained a bit of savoir-faire since then, but the raw truth is that I'm still a little off--head in the clouds--a bit too awkward to actually be cool...but maybe, hopefully...my natural exuberance is the thing you'll miss most about me when I'm gone.
Excerpt from After Nathaniel
Thanks to everyone who's been participating in the Style Me for South Africa contest. I'm gonna keep it open until the 11th hour (which is this Saturday).  I'm excited to try out all the options!  And all the music ideas...I love discovering new artists and you've come through for me in a big way. Have a fabulous week, mah dears.

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  1. Pretty pretty girl! I need more red :)

  2. Just came across your blog and freaking LOVE IT! I am an Anthro fanatic! I have a sewing machine which you are inspiring me to start using :) I have the Vappu dress, got it on sale of course! This is how I styled it:

    Anywho, thanks for all your cute&modest outfits!

  3. This outfit is fantastic, Kristina! Hmm...maybe I need to track down one of these dresses. ^_-

  4. ohhhh! i LoVe the dress! and your hair!...too cute. i hope you have a great week!


  5. i Love the way you styled this dress!

    I have it in the ivory and I need to find a top like this to put under it.


  6. Love the outfit Kristina, red is a beautiful color on you. :)

  7. Lovely post.The red Cabled Sweater is gorgeous on you!! I love love it with the shirt.

  8. I love what you did with the dress! I've been obsessing over the ivory color but never got a chance to order it. I've always loved layering button downs under dresses like these. If I didn't already own the Noon & Night Dress in wine I would totally have considered your red dress!

  9. I love the way you share about yourself so openly. It isn't always easy i'm sure. I hope you are around for a good long time so that your grandkids have time to find out about "Nana's quirks". :)
    You are a brilliant as you are lovely and crazy. I wish I knew you in person.
    Sheree xox

  10. Your dress is amazing :) And I love how you paired it with the camel coat :) x

  11. Love that little excerpt from your book. And you look gorgeous in that red dress & blouse :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  12. You look adorable, as usual! I bet you are one smart cookie. I love Christian music and the Avett Brothers. Also, I have been wondering since I am old enough to be your mother, did you learn to sew from your mom? Does she have your stylish flair?

  13. This is a touching post, Kristina. A very helpful reminder to appreciate our loved ones in their entirety.

  14. That is such a cute excerpt from your book.. I'm going to have to read it! You also look just fabulous... love the shape of this dress with such a beautiful blouse underneath..


  15. the story about the tax on the gas was so cute. I love this dress by the way. So pretty!!!


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