Thursday, June 18, 2015

i scream, you scream

Little known fact: one of my very first jobs (aside from the ones where you 'work at your parent's office answering phones but really do your homework' -- sorry, Dad), was at an ice cream shop.

During my first few summers of college in Reno, I'd throw on my all white uniform and apron and head over to Marble Slab, where I'd often be the only employee for the day, opening up shop, making ice cream batches myself and generally finding any and every excuse to text my friends to come visit me (usually involved me bribing them with scoops of birthday cake ice cream). 

I'd make playlists each day to blast in the store, filled with the songs I thought were so incredibly cool and hip at the time -- and would wait for the next youth soccer team to come in and order far too many complicated scoop orders, most of which would end up on the tables and floor around the store.

And you know what? I loved that job. 

Perhaps it was something about summer break: the promise of 6 hour work days, followed by long, warm evenings with friends and drive-in movies, only to be repeated the next day. Or perhaps it was the freedom that only your first real job can give you, that sense of purpose and duty, even if it just revolves around, well, ice cream. Or perhaps it's one of those appreciations that come long after the fact, because hindsight is funny like that. 

Whatever it is, I always get slightly nostalgic when I go to ice cream parlors. Something about the blasted AC, the numerous finger and face prints from children on the glass case and the occasional couple strolling in, hand in hand, for a cute, late afternoon date -- it makes me want to just sit in the background and take it all in. 

This, of course, gets me thinking. Is there something about my life currently that will make me nostalgic years from now? The answer is: of course there is. But it's hard to tell what that might be at the time, because that aforementioned hindsight can be a bitch. What I've recently tried to do though is be more aware of it -- taking small moments to appreciate the here and now, right now. Because someday, perhaps I'll be sitting in an ice cream parlor reflecting on it all (with two scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream, hopefully).


  1. It is always the little things we don't notice the importance of at the time that become more important with hindsight :)

    On a fashion note, I really like this outfit on you - the striped top tied around the chambray dress is just perfect, as is the tan accessories :)

    Away From The Blue

  2. I recently wore a denim dress on my blog too! I think denim dresses are so cute, I like how yours has longer sleeves

  3. Fantastic button down shirt! You look so pretty in this casual outfit.

  4. This look is so great! Ice cream always makes one rockin' accessory... ;)

  5. Cute addition of the striped top on your waist

    Agnes x

  6. What a fun story, I never had a job at an ice-cream shop but I feel like it is one of those childhood things that I missed in a sense, it seems like a classic first-job. I usually stuck to babysitting.
    I love the addition of the stripe tee tied around your waist!

  7. love the stripe shirt around the waist -- great touch

  8. I love your outfit, very casual, simple, but looks so stylish!

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  9. Love the simplicity and style of this. I'm such a sucker for denim, in any form, and this dress is perfection.

  10. Such a cute look! And I miss Swensen's!

  11. Oh my gosh, I've never thought to do boots in the summer! Cute look!

    C's Collection

  12. so cute!! ;-)

    new post

  13. You look stunning. Love your denim dress.


  14. amazing photos, you look super gorgeous!

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  15. A whole new meaning to the nostalgia of ice cream and you have MY favorite flavor in hand. Boots and clutch are killer with that dress.

  16. I'd be 300 pounds if I worked at an ice cream shop. I'd def would eat all of it all the time. I have zero self control, let alone around ice cream! Anyway LOOVVEE your look. It so adorable.


  17. lovely dress
    new look #madebyme!!!

  18. <3 those boots...

  19. that's so good that you enjoyed you first job. i made a lot of friends at my first job, so that aspect was great.
    gorgeous outfit!!

  20. Love your denim dress!! Beautiful outfit!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  21. My very first "real" job was for In-N-Out, and honestly some days I wish I still worked there. It was such a great place to work and I made so many awesome friends. :)

  22. Great denim dress! :)

    And I love those boots! :)

    ( and my first real summer job was in a plastic recycling factory.. not so much glamour! :-P )

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  23. Cutie smile and Cutie Style. Outstanding Outfit.

  24. I just love the fact that you are rocking your boots during the summer time. What a great post and thank you so much for sharing.

    Berty Morales
    Mad For Fashion For Less

  25. Working in an ice cream shop sounds fun. I believe that it's certainly our first jobs are the most unforgettable, because it is where we started and where we first discovered our hidden skills. Thank you so much for sharing this, Krystal. I'm sure many people will be able to relate to this. :)

    Waylon Grimm @ All Force Labour Solutions


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