do you have anywhere specific you look online for fashion inspiration? every time I just browse pinterest or instagram like every single ~fall outfit idea~ is skinny jeans + earth toned boots + cardigan + scarf and I'm SO BORED.
YES I KNOW THAT LOOK, the white girl in fall look; it’s not a bad look, but it’s a very predictable look, and I totally understand wanting to move away from that. I too moved away from a look that wasn’t bad, yet was also literally and figuratively stifling. so, how do you find inspiration?
what I do is follow individual style bloggers + and street style blogs/accounts. 99% of this takes place on instagram, so get ready to download the app. if you’re going to use pinterest, make sure to search “street style”, not “style”. street style is what you call photos that are taken at various fashion weeks, of models and influencers and designers and average people who wanted to dress up and see the shows. it’s a great way to eyeball trends and to find things you can mix and match for yourself. often you’ll see a person whose look you really like, and it only takes a reverse image search to find them on instagram. nine out of ten times they’ll have a style blog of their own. if that sounds like a lot of work, it is. so here are a few of my favorites to get you started:
street style on tumblr: my only stop is 15x20. it showcases a huge variety of trendy, inventive looks, all put together by people who want to be eyecatching. one of my absolute go-tos. I get the germ of most of my outfit ideas here.
style on instagram: @lookbook is a solid account. mostly it’s images tagged #lookbook by bloggers or would-be influencers, and they’re all real people, so a lot of times you can follow them back to their style pages. one issue is that they usually don’t give details of where to buy the items of clothing they wear. also skews a little younger.
fashion bloggers I follow on instagram:
@daniellevanier: really inventive, takes risks, is a pioneer of “it doesn’t have to be fitted” imo, and has introduced me to one of my favorite brands ever, ASOS White. sporty, femme, she can do it all. love her.
@lolitamas: bang on with trends, she always seems to know what’s coming in the new season. she does a bunch of lifestyle blogging too, but her fashion posts are what I’m there for. she’s very sweet, very feminine, and a lot of her looks nail high-fashion casual, which I appreciate the hell out of.
@masha: does the coolest things with layers and sneakers, and she really brings a lot of texture to every outfit. she looks great all the time, which is probably a curse when you’re that pretty, but she pays it forward by religiously cross-linking her outfit posts so you can track down where she got what.
@mamacaxx: just the most bright and exciting wardrobe; she knows how to make one garment do a million different things. pretty sure she and I bought our lavender frilly shirt dresses on the same day.
@hhasselhoff: I am smitten by her beauty all the time, and I’m so all over the silk boudoir look she always seems to have going. someday I’m going to find out how she, someone with similar proportions to me, is able to hide her bra straps in all those satin dresses.
@nicolettemason: femme, queer, and constantly doing awesome things with patterns. this was an immediate must-follow from me, and she’s just come out with a really trendy plus-size clothing line called premme, if any of you ladies out there are interested.
@asos_debbie: SHE KNOWS COLOR THEORY, and knocks it out of the park every time. she’s a buyer and stylist for asos, so she also has the inside scoop on new items that are dropping. also, incredible shoes, always.
@aspensdottir: I just started following her, and it was the best decision I’ve made all week (and not just because she immediately liked every picture of my cats that I’ve ever posted). she’s incredibly inventive, and recycles various items of clothing in the most refreshing way. I’ve actually tossed a few things in some shopping carts because of her, and even though she’s half my size, the outfits she puts together are super adaptable to anyone. a++
the more you poke around instagram, the more you’ll find new bloggers that appeal to you specifically! it took me about a year to round up the 250 fashion accounts I follow, but it was worth it. now whenever I lack inspiration, I grab my phone and start seeing what clicks for me. good luck!
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is a guide for finding bones in the woods, not how to clean bones
from carcasses or things to consider when picking up roadkill. I’m
talking about walking in the woods or other natural areas and
searching for bones. It will be a fairly simple guide. It is
important to know that it’s called bone hunting
not bone finding
you may turn up empty handed. But that’s part of the experience!
is reiterated by most people throughout the Vulture Culture community, but it is
very important to stress here again. This goes for every aspect of
wildlife parts, from knowing what you can and cannot legally obtain,
to knowing what you can and cannot buy or sell. This often varies
from state to state, so it is very important to know your local laws.
Something as simple as collecting a bird bone or feather can have
very serious consequences.
some states, it is illegal to find and keep an antlered buck skull
without calling the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or other
wildlife agency in order to obtain a permit. In other states it is legal to find shed
antlers, but illegal to buy or sell them. Bird parts are almost
always illegal to posses. There may be some restrictions on protected species
like bobcats or otters. So, please, know your laws. I do not know
every law about every state, so I cannot answer exactly for you, but
I can help point you in the right direction.
You don’t need many tools for bone hunting, but it is a good idea to
have a few things. Namely, gloves and a few bags. Plastic bags are
great to have on hand for carrying bones you may find, especially if
the bones aren’t totally nature cleaned. Gloves are also great in
this regard, because sometimes the things you find in the woods will
be a little gross. Those are the two items I really recommend.
Additional items you may consider – Drinking water, a compass, a
knife, etc. Really depends on where you are searching and how far you
think you will go.
Bones can be found just about anywhere. My personal preference is
the woods! Perhaps you live in the city and feel as though you do not
have any options. But you don’t need a huge expanse of land to find
bones, even an acre or two is enough! You just gotta get out there
and get to looking. Maybe your friend has a little patch of woods on
their property. Simply ask them if you can look around a bit!
Public Land - Public hunting lands are a great place to start
looking. Research your area and see if there is a public land near
you. Be mindful of the laws for the public land. Some of these areas,
although public, require that a person obtain a hunting license of
some kind to access the land. Hunting licenses are fairly
inexpensive. In my area, a small game hunting and fishing license
combo is only $34 for the year. With this license I can legally
access the public land year-round. Also, understand that even if you
are not hunting, during certain seasons, such as deer season, you are
likely required to wear a certain amount of BLAZE ORANGE coloring.
Usually a vest and a hat is enough. This is for your own safety.
State Parks - State Parks have different laws than public
lands. Often, animals in a state park are protected, and this
includes their parts. It is best to avoid collecting animal remains
from a state park.
Railroad Tracks - Avoid railroad tracks! Not only are
railroad tracks dangerous, but walking along them is illegal. It is
considered trespassing, as the railroad system is owned by the rail
company. Yes, it’s true that many an animal dies on the tracks and
bones are fairly common there, but you don’t want to join them! Keep
your safety first and you’ll stick around for years of fun bone
to Find Bones
no concrete way of bone hunting that is sure to turn up bones, but
there are definitely some tips to help in your search!
it slow. Look around. Walk a bit into the woods and stop every few
moments to take time to enjoy the scenery and assess your location.
Bones can literally be anywhere. Look at the ground right at your
feet and in a wide circle around you. Look at the bases of trees and
even up the base a bit. I have found a deer scapula stuck in a
V-shaped wedge in a tree before. I have even found nearly an entire
opossum that was partially clean right under my feet. It was under
snow, too, but I wouldn’t have seen it at all if I didn’t pause and
Fever - You will see bones
everywhere! I don’t mean that there will
be bones everywhere, but you will see them. It’s the same thing
in hunting called “Buck Fever.” Buck Fever is when a hunter sees
a buck when there is only a doe, or when there are no deer at all. If
you’re looking for antlers, you’ll see antlers. Same thing applies to
bone hunting, hence, Bone Fever. If you’re looking for bones, you’ll
see bones. That overturned leaf is totally a raccoon skull! That
wonky branch is clearly a huge antler! That weird mushroom is
definitely part of a cranium! The list can go on. But don’t be
discouraged! If you think you see a bone, you may very well see a
bone, so walk over there and take a look.
good place to search for bones on public land is right near the area
where people park. This is because some people will discard portions
of their hunted animals. There is rarely a concrete way to tell if an
animal was hunted just from a few bones, so this may only gain you
bones from hunted animals and not from natural deaths. If that is a
problem for you, perhaps avoid public lands altogether. However, if
this is not an issue for you, take a look around! I have found a dog
skull, numerous deer bones, and a cow jaw bone only a few hundred
yards or so from the parking area on public land.
NOTE! If you see
something suspicious, report it. If you see a deer carcass discarded,
especially without a head or missing the antlers / skull cap, please
contact a wildlife official. It is illegal to discard the food
portions of a deer and some other animals, and headless deer or deer
missing antlers are often a serious sign of poaching.)
Animals that have died on the top of a hill are likely to have their
bones scattered to lower ground. So take a stroll down the hill and
look around. It is even better if you can search near water sources,
such as a stream. I have found a deer femur and two turtle shells
when walking near creeks. Again, be mindful of the laws. Certain
types of turtle parts cannot be obtained in some states. If there is
a big river that is easy to access, check there too! I have found
fawn bones and even a mostly attached groundhog paw along river banks.
won’t always be white,
but there is a good chance that bones in nature will be cleaned
pretty well and often be very white. Again, as stated above, if you
think you see a bone, take a look! You may get a little discouraged
thinking you see a bone only to not find one, but imagine if you
check it out and it’s a really cool bone! Worst case is you get a
little more tired from all the extra walking, or, if you’re lucky
like me, get stung on the butt by an angry bug.
importantly – Enjoy yourself! Take
the time to enjoy your surroundings. Bone hunting is not a race or a
competition. You don’t have to compare your finds or your collection
with other people. The bones you find are uniquely yours and have
their own story, so enjoy them for what they are, and enjoy being out
in nature. One final note, please Leave
The Woods Better Than You Found It!
Don’t litter, and if you pass some garbage or other discarded trash
items, take them with you and dispose of them properly. Good luck,
and happy hunting!