Peace out, old bird

March 13, 2015

Yesterday I archived old content and removed it from the site. If you’re looking for an outfit, there’s one Mrs. Roper situation from last summer and that’s it. Similar scenario with the recipes. The process was kind of long but cathartic. I got tired of looking at current posts and seeing old outfits stemming back to three and four years ago listed as ‘popular’ on the side. It’s a different day.

Also, I can’t believe how young I looked in some of those pictures. Damn.

Immediate thoughts:

  1. Where did all my hair go?
  2. Why the hell did I sell those $8 pants?
  3. I wonder if I could still fit in those $8 pants?
  4. What ever happened to the flea market?
  5. Oh, nevermind. *remembers it’s turned into a zoo*

Something’s are better left alone, but that is definitely a younger, more carefree – even if I was chained to a desk – version of me. Then again blogging was, what I considered to be, fun then; not about sponsorships and agents and buying followers on social media. Still, it’s bewildering that I ever began documenting what I wore. I’ve never wanted to look like everyone else, unavoidable as that may be, and I certainly don’t want people mimicking me. I just want to do my own thing. Kind of not conducive to putting your outfits on the internet, right? I guess it’s a good thing I never hit the big time or I’d be really screwed right now. Ha!

So anyway, here’s to the old free bird. Moment of silence for the string of snaps below. I’m not sure what’s in store for the future, but if I’m ever standing in front of the garage in something I feel particularly good in maybe I’ll have Chris snap a couple of pictures on his iphone. TBD.IMG_1292 IMG_0902 IMG_8225 IMG_2836 IMG_8120 IMG_3254 IMG_9288 IMG_1935 IMG_5319 IMG_2374


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  • Reply Cathy Cann May 13, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Those jeans kicked ass! You still have them? They’re mahvelous, as are the rest of the looks! but,oh those jeans!

  • Reply Alicia March 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Aw love this Carrie! I remember ALL of these outfits. Fun following you for all of these years… can’t believe blogging and documenting my outfits is something I’d do and continue to do for so long now! x

    • Reply This Free Bird May 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Alicia, yours is one of few fashion blogs to remain on my reader. You’ve managed to take on sponsorships and PR relationships without losing your voice and authenticity. You’re still kind and humble. I appreciate that and continue to enjoy the outfits you put together. You’ve come a long way and it’s been fun to watch!

  • Reply Ashleigh March 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Awww, this is a little bittersweet for me since you were my first outfit post inspiration (remember the white challenge??) But I didn’t keep it up nearly as long as you did. I always loved your outfits, because they were SO YOU! And your words and perspective have and will always, draw me in.

    *moment of silence*

    It’s crazy to see how things have evolved over the years. Nothing against the way it is now but I realized a while back that just because I worked in retail, didn’t mean I had to have a fashion blog. I’m much more comfortable with the digital diary format, and wanted to be able to look back on memories more than my
    “must haves for spring 2010”.

  • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:12 am

    This just feels more like me now, so I guess I’m doing just that. Thanks!

  • Reply little luxury list March 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I remember that first picture as well as the vest and jeans. Keep on rocking what you want to rock and if you want to record them for us, that’s cool too. Always remember to have fun!

  • Reply Judy Carpenter March 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Old or new, reading your blog and seeing you in pics delights me.

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:11 am

      I think it’s good to show both sides because that’s real life, right?

  • Reply Nadia March 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Not to take away from your great style, but it was always your words and humor that kept me engaged. I love your posts now more than ever!
    Ps. Those are some beautiful pics!

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:11 am

      YES! That means the world because the words are what’s most important!! Thank you, Nadia 🙂

  • Reply Lori March 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Loved your old posts but love your new ones even more xo

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:10 am

      Thank you, Lori, me too. Even though some of the other ones just seemed to have more of a fun spirit to them. Hopefully I’ll get that spark back a little. 🙂

  • Reply Dancing Branflake March 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I have always loved your style. Loved it.

    I stopped doing outfit posts. I felt silly. Silly. I think I deleted all of them haha!

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

      When I look back now I cringe over a lot of it, mostly just the effort (read somewhat of a waste of time that went into it) so I know what you mean!

  • Reply Courtney March 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    It always makes me feel a bit unsettled to think about my life a few years ago. Not necessarily bad but it feels strange to appreciate the huge upheavals (nothing on your level but the trauma of finishing grad school, getting tossed out of the country, and having to develop an elaborate and, at the time, highly unsatisfying, plan B and then execute it within a period of a few months). It’s just a weird feeling.

    Seeing your retrospective I can really only think of two things: your style was amazing then and it’s amazing now and you need to make it your mission to find those sweet pants again because those babies are blowing my mind!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

      Courtney, you really did go through a hell of a lot in a short time and have come out on top. I definitely look to you as a survivor and organizer of chaos. I mean, look at you now!

  • Reply Judy Carpenter March 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    We all grow. I loved your style and I still do. You simply focus on different things right now. But you are still you and that is the part I love.

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:07 am

      Oh Judy, thank you. I am still the same me in some ways and I’m glad that still comes through in spite of all the changes. xo

  • Reply lena March 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I’m so glad a few favorites will live on in this post. Your sense of style always made me feel braver about what was in my closet.

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:05 am

      Thanks Lena, you have to love what you wear or you won’t feel good in it. That’s my motto anyway.

  • Reply Jamie March 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

    i miss the good ole days!

  • Reply Claire Kiefer March 13, 2015 at 6:29 am

    You were beautiful a couple years ago; you are beautiful now. I don’t think anyone can see the differences in the pictures and now but you. You look extraordinarily young for your (still young) age. I love your style, always have. That ikat dress! You look amazing, but what you have to say is also amazing, so I’m happy to hear your words regardless. <3

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:03 am

      I think you’re right, I (maybe we as women) notice the changes in ourselves more than others looking outside in. Either way, you it felt good to hear you say you find my words amazing. Thank you, Claire. xo Also, that ikat dress is pj’s from Anthro. Yep.

  • Reply missgiven March 13, 2015 at 4:31 am

    For those of us who have grown with you we appreciate your new blogging style just as much!

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Thank you so much for saying that, Miss G. It means a lot to me.

  • Reply Cass March 13, 2015 at 2:13 am

    You always had your own sense of style & spirit that shone through luv you always !!!
    xoxo CP❤️❤️

    • Reply This Free Bird March 24, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Thanks CP, if only we had pictures from our younger days!

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