For many years I struggled with finding my personal style. I often wondered if I would have one, I loved so many different styles. How could I pick just one? I tend to dress how I feel, sometimes that means I put tons of effort into my outfit or some days I put out very little and wear sweats. I finally learned my likes and dislikes, I stopped dressing for fear of others and started to dress the way I wanted. Following advice from both inspirators and cosplayers I wrote down different styles I enjoyed. Styles for seasons, moods, aesthetics and characters. Clothes can put us in a good mood, it can brighten our energies and it certainly give us confidence. So for anyone struggling with their personal style here are some things that helped me.
Scrolling through Instagram one day I came across a movement called Disney bounding. A way of dressing like your favorite characters, created by a Disney fan who wanted to be able to wear her cosplay to the parks and work. I was so inspired by her I bought her book, followed her and started going through my closet. I took it one step further and started to create outfits based on all of my favorite characters. I now pick my outfits with the intention of, "Who do I want to embody today, what character do I need to inspire me, how do I want to feel today?" Using clothes to make us feel a little stronger about ourselves is an incredible tool.
I created my mood board on Pinterest of all the outfits I love and the aesthetics I would love to live in. Somedays I live in my Weasley-core inspired vibes, somedays I feel more like Mary Margaret in Once upon a Time, and then somedays I see myself in my Dark Academia world with rain falling on the windows. I put together outfits from my clothes to my purses and shoes. Imagining my story book kind of life and how I would live in it. Using our imaginations to inspire our outfits goes a long way.
Some of my favorite outfit themes and bounding:
Happy playing dress up!
We are almost out of our October visit of Mercury in Retrograde. It finally stations direct tomorrow and boy oh boy do I feel the release of its hold around me. I don't know about you but this retrograde definitely had it's Libra vibes, making me see the areas of my own life that need balancing and the parts of my subconscious that I have pushed beneath the surface. It also had a very existential feel to this retrograde. Yesterday was the heaviest of days. I felt the weight of my age, life, experiences and where my lot in life was. Where was I going? What is my place in this world? Am I going to be forgotten? Is it too late? When is it my turn? All of the usual insecure questions we ask ourselves. I felt horrible for the funk I was in and barely kept it together at work. By the time I got home I practically just crashed into Jay's arms. Thankfully he set up a wonderful bath with candles and bath bomb, plus a little quiet space in the bedroom to reset. Thanks babe! So yes, tomorrow I will be exceptionally ready for Mercury to get it back together so to speak.
This past week or so ago, Jay surprised me with an overnight camping trip. With everything going on lately we wanted to get up into the mountains and turn off our connection to the outside . So I got home from work and we started packing for a one day, one night, sleeping in the car, wandering around the woods, kinda trip. The theme was happy spooky season. We got Octoberfest beer, rented the sequel to The Shinning and a super powerful lantern to make sure our trip was complete.
We made our way up into the mountains to the point where our phones no longer received service and the roads became dirt. About 15 or 20 minutes away from our campsite we hear a faint beep from the car. Our fuel gauge was letting us know that we needed to get gas, which not a problem normally. We decided to check out our site and then head towards the station. Big mistake, when we finally made it through the switchbacks and up a giant mountain to our site, our poor car was running on fumes. Jay decided we needed to get gas right away instead of waiting till the morning so we got back in the car and made our way back down the mountain 30minutes to find cell service. When we located a gas station it was half way back towards our home. So 45minutes later and we pull into the one lonely gas station closest to the area. I honestly thought we were going to run out of gas on the way.
When we finally made it back to our campsite and started setting up the car I was really getting into the camping spirit. I ran around with the dogs for a quick peek at the surrounding area, Jay made lunch and we got ready for a late afternoon hike. The vibe was perfect, flannels, lantern, wind blowing and creepy animal sounds. We found parts and pieces of things left behind and forgotten. My favorite was the tree sculptures and structures we saw placed around the property. Plus you could clearly see the hoof, paw and foot prints skirting the trails. When it was time to wind down we set up the laptop in the back of the car, moved the camping chairs around and had a mini theatre. It was perfectly spooky to watch Doctor sleep in the dark with our backs to the woods. Epic October camping mood! We closed the night with a very short romp in the darkness with the lantern, wow, just wow. As soon as you turned it off we were completely enclosed in darkness, but the view of the stars was beyond comparison. Luckily in our jeep we have a moonroof, and we fell asleep watching the stars.
I truly needed this little camping trip, even though it was just a night, I felt relieved and inspired. I needed to get out into the woods and be wild. Hangout and explore with my little family, being goofy with Jay and laughing in the dark. Making up stories and watching the stars. Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night with just a lantern and hearing something rustle behind you. Sitting and watching the sun rise. There are just countless reasons why we love camping and why this trip was special. I can't wait for the next one!
Where are you going on your next adventure?
Hello my fellow Wanderers,
Happy Fall, officially. The leaves here are finally starting to change and the colder weather is slowly making it's way into our days. Fall movies, decorations, scents and treats are filling the air. It is like a new chapter being turned and hope restores. Fall is one of those seasons that makes me very nostalgic. It is a time to reflect and pay attention. A time to enjoy the little things.
Speaking of reflecting guess who decided to join our festivities...? Good ole Mercury in Retrograde. Oy! This one is actually going to be super helpful. I know, I know. What could possibly be good about a retrograde?
While most of the time I tend to panic during a retrograde. I try to force myself to work through it and ignore the signs that it is trying to show me. This retrograde is about paying attention, balance, boundaries and things surfacing that you absolutely need to face. This retrograde season is about resting and taking care of yourself and your needs. Whew, I can handle that. Especially if the weather is nice and I can take a walk in nature and come home to read. Another thing this retrograde will show you is your hidden desires. What are things that lie beneath the surface? What do you really want in life but you think you have to hide it? What parts of your shadow side are you afraid to face? Take this time for the next few weeks to evaluate your life, self, relationships, jobs, dreams and goals. Then when retrograde is over process what you have found and put things into place. Use what you have found to evolve and reimagine your next steps.
This blog...coming soon!
In true retrograde fashion I have yet come up against the obstacles of my blog. Where I want to take it? What I want to write and even the things that I want to try to incorporate. I usually evolve my blog each retrograde season. I tend to see the hidden attributes waiting to be added into the mix. I have been paying attention to the signs that have shown up so far. I am excited to refresh this site yet again.
As the past several blogs have been geared towards travel and finding unique adventures. Those aren't the only things I want to share on here. I have so many different passions that I want to include into this blog. Instead of me trying to conform to one niche I would like to refocus my writings to the things that I enjoy the most. I love to write and I love to write about my life and adventures. But I also love writing about Harry Potter, thrift finds, vintage clothes, Hobbits and cosplay. How can I try and fit all this into one specific topic. I can't and I don't have to. So this retrograde I am gathering my notes, adjusting my site and slowly implementing the ideas I have come up with. I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks. Thanks for sticking with me this far!
Currents: Obsessions, finds and things
May your retrograde by soft, advantageous in your shadow work and remember to be gentle with yourself right now. Get lots of rest and tend to the things in your life that need tending to.
With all the happy thoughts and vibes,
Happy September and autumn eve. As much as I would love to say it's getting cooler here we still have a couple of weeks left of summer. Which means Mabon is right around the corner and I can officially start celebrating the fall season. Which next to winters here, fall is my next favorite time of year. It is a time when we get up into the mountains and start to explore a wondrous world of colors, beautiful weather and story book like locations. One of my favorite places to visit during fall is a tiny town called Nederland.
Nederland is an idyllic little area with influences from both Nepalese, Native/Indigenous and even some Norse cultures. Interesting I know, but this town is filled with rich history, ghost stories, long standing families and a deep tie to the land. There is one Main Street which is a short walk through tiny (and I mean tiny) homes, shops and restaurants. Nederland was created by a glacier thousands of years ago. Original inhabitants included the Ute and Arapahoe tribes who used the valley and river to hunt and forage in the summer months.
It was in the mid-19th century, when some of the first white homesteaders settled. They started to give it a variety of names and none that stuck for very long. One of the first known names was Dayton, then it transitioned into Brownsville, then finally in 1871, it was called Middle Boulder when the first post office was opened here. That same year the Boulder Canyon Road was completed, and it was also was the year Abel Breed bought the silver-rich Caribou Mine. It was in 1873 when Breed choose to sell the mine to the mining company, Nederland, from Holland. This is when the are became known as the "Netherlands" by the miners, which means low lands. In 1874 when the town incorporated the peoples of the area chose Nederland as their final name.
By 1916, Nederland had a population of nearly 3,000, and during this time, you could travel to Nederland by train, Stanley Steamer, and car. In the 1920's the town was mainly cabins for wealthy folks, a few miners and farms, and tourists. These folks kept this town alive until a small mining boom in the 1940's came and brought residents and industry to the town yet again. Nederland had a rush of new life in the 1960s. It slowly became a hippie Mecca of sorts and they brought a vibrant new scene to the town. Now the town springs to life during different times of the year. Residents and locals flock to the town for festivals, work, skiing and more. There is tourism, different lifestyles, permanent residents and hikers. Nederland has something for anyone who visits.
My top 10 things to see & do in Nederland:
How is everyone this final week of August? We head into September next week, our last month of summer and celebrate the coming Autumn with Mabon. This time of year I almost always jump the gun with excitement of fall and winter coming up. This year I have decided to honor the seasons properly, celebrating my pagan holidays and not allowing the commercialized push to effect me. How have you been celebrating the summer months?
Around this time I usually get pretty nostalgic, about four years ago now I decided to make the greatest move of my life. Leaving the south east and head clear across the country to where I am now. I remember taking a trip right before I left, to a very magical place in the Tennessee hills. It is just on the borders of Chattanooga and not far from Ruby falls. It is an enchanted little area called, Rock City. This is what I write for you today. A little whimsy mixed with folklore.
Rock City offers miles of magical wandering filled with Troll caverns, magic bridges and secret tunnels. One can truly get lost and fully connect to nature here. One of my favorite parts of this place is the low key mythical and Pagan influences that pop up throughout the park. For a woman who grew up in the south and kept her Witchy natures to herself, this came at such a pleasant surprise. It gave me a sign to open up and be confident in my practices. I even found a Morgana statue hidden amongst the rocks (pictured below). Along your journey here you can make a wish to a Gnome, walk the rainbow tunnel (which totally charges your aura btw), walk a rope bridge over a gulley and feel the power of the waterfall's wind across your face.
When visiting Tennessee or the North Georgia area I highly recommend this stop. Especially for those looking to connect to nature and their spiritual sides. Walk the trails and let go of societal standards. Forget your age and enjoy running through the enchanted forests. Make a wish with the Gnome, sit in the hall of the Troll king, energize your spirit in the rainbow tunnel and maybe ask Morgana for some guidance. Take some time to walk the labyrinth that is Rock city, start by asking yourself a deep question and then as you walk around look for the signs you are given.
Well my lovely wanderers I hope you enjoyed this little wandering entry. As I am sure as the rest of you I can not wait to start traveling and wandering again. We are busy here making plans for the future journeys as I share the adventures of my past. But as with everything, time will place things back in order once again. If we are just patient with the current placements and travel restrictions. Stay safe out there wanderers, I look forward to sharing more adventures with you.
It is that time, the time when robes are dusted off and trunks are filled. The next couple of weeks young Witches, Wizards, their families and professors will flock to Diagon Alley for the remaining items on their lists. Because, September first one of the most famous Wizarding schools will open its doors once more. It is time to get ready to go back to Hogwarts.
Harry Potter, as for many, was a very influential part of my upbringing. I was around twelve or thirteen when Harry Potter came out(even though I didn't read it till I was older). My mother originally bought the series for my brothers. In my freshman year of high school I was going through a tough time. I felt extremely out of place and felt very different from all my classmates, who seemed to be handling being a teenager much better than me. My brothers didn't get into the series (there were four at the time) so my mom gave them to me for a try. She had read them and knew that I would love the series. I wish I could say I picked them up immediately, but alas they sat on my shelf until I was around sixteen or seventeen.
Right before I decided to move to Florida the first movie had come out. My father, another secret HP fan, had bought the DVD and ended up giving it to me. He also encouraged me to read the series. Backing up my mother's original wish for me to pick up the books. I remember the night so clearly, my friend and I sitting on the couch, snacks and comfy clothes. I remember how much I loved the movie, I was instantly hooked and obsessed. That night I picked up the first book and read the whole thing in one sitting. It wasn't long before I was one of the many Hogwarts students standing in line waiting for their pre-ordered copy of the latest part in the series.
A few years ago my Mom looked me to Harry Potter world as a surprise one summer. Actually it was around this time in the middle of August. It was super hot but we had an absolute blast. We both got robes and wands. Ran through the rain and even made a movie by accident. I remember the first look at Diagon Alley and the actual tears I cried because I saw my fantasy come true. I was actually in my book series, and of course the films.
Harry Potter represents a place for all those who felt out of place. A world for weirdos, outcasts and folks that still believe in magic. This park holds a vision of all this for us. Getting to walk up to Hogwarts and through its grand halls, eating like a Wizard and shopping like a Witch. Getting to go to Harry Potter world will always hold a magical memory. One that I hope to return and gain more of one day soon.
Know before you go:
If you have never been to Universal Orlando here are some helpful tips for your upcoming adventure.
Yesterday we went on a short walk to see the sunflowers and it felt as if the doorways of Mordor were open. The sun was glaring down so we only stay out for 30 minutes at a time since our dogs our dark tones. The fields of flowers were beautiful and I haven't seen that many Sunflowers in the wild ever before. Tall, bright and super yellow blossoms were reaching up to the sky smiling at their passerby's.
While we wait for the temps to cool down a wee bit I have been brainstorming and creating behind the scenes. I am excited for all the things to come to this blog in the near (and distant) future. Hopefully bringing this blog to my truest desires which are to bring wandering to you all. From fantasy destinations to movie sets, from touristy locations and outrageous landscapes I want to showcase as much as I can. The world is beckoning for us to explore her and protect this spaces from those who would wish to destroy her. I am setting our wandercations and finding unique destinations to reconvene closer to fall. Planning new trips and mini explorations in the meantime.
Tell me of your adventures of late, I really want to know. It gives me inspiration to research new destinations. Do you have any place in Colorado (or elsewhere, in your state perhaps) you would like me to explore and report? Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email and tell me all about it.
Coming to The Wandering Obscurist:
See y'all real soon!
Hope the peak of the summer season is providing some amazing adventures. As well as some shade to cool off in during these next few weeks. It is starting to rise here in Colorado Springs. It is projected to reach in the triple digits this year out here, so we are having to wander earlier and earlier now. Alas we get one reprieve here in Colorado, the Rockies. The higher up you go the cooler the temperatures.
I was thinking about one of my favorite spots to go, North (and south) Table Mountain(s). Near Golden a gigantic volcanic structure sits with 15 miles of trails and space to explore. A few years ago we used to live very close to this park and would frequent it's trails often. North Table is one of the amazing landscapes that offer something different to everyone. There is an old rock quarry to climb on, a wild flower trail, a loop to view the skylines and trails that look as if you are going to walk into the sky. As you walk through this park it is as if you are walking through a story book.
North Table mountain was formed by lava flows approximately 60 million years ago. It is considered a Mesa along with its sister, South Table Mountain. This park offers panoramic views of some of Colorado's prettiest sights. This is a great place to come for sunrises, picnics, dog walks and exercise. Plan ahead for this one, bring comfy shoes and lots of water. dogs are allowed but need to be on a leash, and make sure to bring them water as well. If you are hot and thirsty so are they. Heads up for new comers, North Table has an incline that is about 152meters up from the parking lot. It will getcha! You will think you are done and then turn the corner and see the next part of the incline, its intense but well with it!
Tips on North Table Mountain:
Hope y’all are entering and venturing out into the world with curiosity and wonder. I’ve been getting the adventure itch myself and I am dying to plan our next wander. Hopefully going camping here soon for our anniversary in August. Unfortunately we need a lot of work done on the Jeep before we venture out to terribly far, or adventuresome. Hopefully we can get all the work done soon. There are several off road sites I’m dying to check out. While not letting the car get us held back to much we are venturing locally as much as possible. Thanks the Goddess we live near some epic trails and historical points of interest. Just enough to keep us out and about.
I’ve been looking through my pictures recently and reminiscing of all the amazing and beautiful places I’ve been able to see. Getting inspired to travel and find new and interesting places. Not gonna lie I hope to revisit a lot of the places in my photo cloud. The sand dunes, Ice castles, Georgetown and points I’ve saved on my maps app that have no name. Just scrolling and plotting. Not to mention saving camp sites and Pinter board ideas for camping spots.
I have always had a thirst for adventure and exploring. I grew up watching movies that fueled my desire of history, archeology, lost cities and exploration. Growing up on a farm slotted me the freedom to act out these movies and play little explorer in my back yard. Dreaming of all the adventures I would go on one day. I did get to explore some amazing historical places around the world, backpacking across Europe and sleeping I hostels. There are still plenty of places to cross off my bucket list.
About a year ago my boyfriend and I were in a gift shop of a national monument/park and he came across a book that would spark my curiosity again. This giant red book filled to the brim with obscure and wondrous places all over the world. It was the Atlas Obscura and it brought me back to my earliest forms of dreams. This book and website helped me get through a rough patch and transition in my life this year. It helped me to rebrand myself and dream of adventures once more.
Wandering and exploring to me aren’t necessarily just about the destination. It is the whole process, from the planning to the obstacles and even when things don’t go exactly to plan. Wandering helps keep me youthful and keeps my spirit of adventure alive inside. Why do you wander? Did you have a turning point in your life when you just wanted to see what was out there?
Now I turn to you dear readers. I want to know your ideas and dreams. What are places you’ve been dying to see? What are some adventures you are just itching to go on?
Let me know:
I look forward to hearing from y’all!