Moving to a lusher area has inspired me to wear brighter, more natural colors. Having lived in big cities for most of my life, my style of neutral and pastel colors synced well with the harsh lines and drab structures of urban life.
And while I’m not camping out in the wilderness, this new place still feels like nature. Rather than car horns, I wake up to birds. The nights are peaceful and chilly which has allowed me to me sleep better. I look out my kitchen window, and there is nothing but green.
Being a little closer to nature has made donning blacks and stark contrasts much less appealing. They don’t blend well with my surroundings. Clothes don’t have to, of course, but I’d rather be in tune with where I am. It seems my style is shifting yet again.
Michael and I have been exploring to get more familiar with our new location. Last week, we took a walk around the neighborhood to scope out some good eats. So far, we’ve found a few places we liked. We’re still looking for a go-to ramen place. We had one in both Vegas and Philly. I hope we find one here soon! Saturday ramen is a tradition I’m loath to stop practicing.
We drove out to New Jersey yesterday to visit McGuire Air Force Base. We dropped by to pick up Mike’s uniform for his training this summer. This outfit isn’t military issue, but hey, my hair is cute.
It hasn’t dawned on me yet that I am indeed an Air Force wife. Mike’s still in med school, although he’ll have to serve when he’s done. He’s already received his first unit of assignment, so we’ll be moving again in a few years. I’m excited for our possible new location! I’ll have to start a map of all the places I’ve lived in soon. Two countries and five cities so far. I’ve traveled in many more, of course.
McGuire reminded me a lot of Subic Bay in the 90s. I spent my childhood inside the base. Back then, security clearance was much stricter than it is now. You needed a special permit to get in as a civilian, and sentries had to check the insides and trunk of your car. Security in McGuire was much more lax though, perhaps because Michael’s an officer.
After the US military withdrew from the Philippines (I’ve read of them returning), Subic was slowly converted into a tourist zone open for all. I look back on the beginnings of post-military Subic some days and miss it a great deal.
My dad would also take up so Angeles on the weekends, close to Clark Air Force Base. He would show me the hangars and runways. My dad was a civilian who worked in the bases, but the American military has always been part of my life one way or another.
Yes, that is a cartoon car. A car passed by with the windows rolled down, and I’m wary of posting pictures of strangers here, but I really like this picture so there.
Still loving light jeans! I’d like to buy a pair of high-waisted jeans in a light wash, but I’ve already spent so much furnishing our new place. We’ve been saving for our move for a long time, so we were prepared. Still, I need to watch my discretionary expenses. I have too much clothes already.
Sidenote: In an effort to organize my blog better, I’ve began tagging my outfit posts according to the season. Take a look at the Summer Outfits tag for more summer looks.