From Sea to Shining River

DSC09389 We wanted to shoot this outfit on the Nantucket Sound at the beginning of the month, but one of the Sony A7's very few flaws is its bloody short battery life. My old Panasonic Lumix G1's battery could endure several days' worth of rigorous shooting (vacation or back-to-back FFAFs, for example) before giving off that fatal beep of temporary death - I can easily exhaust the A7's in a day. I clearly need to invest in a backup situation, but for this outfit we just took a golden hour sunset stroll to the river later that day instead.

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I am by no means a shoe snob but I never really thought I'd find myself in a pair of Jessica Simpson heels. I am still having some feels about that (alright, maybe I'm a little bit of a shoe snob), but we'll move on. I snagged them before Camp Autostraddle last month because I knew I'd need something chunky somewhat ankle-supporting for running all around Mt. Feelings, and these peep-toe cutout platform booties (shooties? that word is awful) were perfect and a really pretty cognac leather, a nice alternative to more traditional neutrals like black or nude.

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It's been a whirlwind week! Yesterday was M's birthday, and we had a nice, low-key celebration after she got home from work, but on Tuesday I pulled off the ultimate surprise gift for her - she came home to an early birthday treat in the backyard: a massive hammock that can support up to 450 lbs. strung up on an even more massive wooden hammock stand that I put together with my own two bare femme hands! She loves it. (Of course she does, this is a person who makes vacation decisions based on whether or not a destination will meet her hammock quotas.) Furthermore, all the animals are very curious and want a turn in it.

Speaking of animals, how darling are these little Charles River goslings?!

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The mamas weren't even all that nasty like the ones around Lake Merritt. Cute, cute, cute. Totally made up for the dead battery.

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After seeing so many super fly queers in their fancy, festive playsuits at the mountain wedding in May, I knew I had to find one for myself. (Especially yours, Carmen Rios!) Screw all the practical cons like having to completely disrobe every time you need to pee! If they could do it, I could suck it up, too. I found this one at Asos and loved the old-fashioned floral against such a deep blue, and knew my leather chain belt would look awesome with it. With gold heels and an updo, this could easily be summer wedding guest or fancy date night attire!

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I do really love our little bit of the Charles. So calm and peaceful, with footbridges strewn around and a damn with tons of great birdwatching and paths.

Floral Playsuit – Asos | Leather Chain Belt - Zara (similar here) | ‘Maizy’ Bootie (currently half-off at Nordstrom in black and cognac leather!) – Jessica Simpson | Hat - Target | Mixed Bracelets - Madewell | Statement Necklace - J. Crew (similar) | Ring - House of Harlow 1960 (I love their jewelry a lot)