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Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Unwise Grasshopper

vintage hat

Time is getting away from me my friends!!!  I have 1 day to clean my house, pack my bags, take my Starla Darla to my parents house for dog sitting, and did I mention pack my bag?  I'm going to Ohio tomorrow and I'm about as prepared as the lazy Grasshopper was for winter.  (Have you read The Ant and the Grasshopper?)  If not, I just sounded insane!!  Anyways, here I am in the parking garage of the "fancy" mall in my city right before I got the Threading done.  Isn't the lighting dramatic?!  I think it's more on the purple side, buy eh, I liked my outfit so I figured why not just do my pics there?

vintage loafer

deux lux

floral skirt

As far as the Treading went, it was so so painful!!!  But that was kind of my fault.  I hadn't tweezed, plucked, waxed or anything for a whole year, so my eyebrows were long and they weren't ready to leave my face easily.  The poor girl felt so bad for hurting me, and apparently I was her hardest client!  A really nice lady getting her brows done consoled me as I wept tears and told me the first time is always the hardest, but it gets better.  After all the torture was over I went ahead and got a year membership.  Why did I do that, you ask?  Oh, well I get an intense high off pain.  No, actually it was because it was the best brow work I've ever done, plus it doesn't burn your skin, and the pain doesn't last too long either.  Plus my eyebrows weren't swollen!  So it was a win win!  hehe... 

pics with crappy lighting

Skirt, Thrifted
Vintage Belt, Thrifted
Vintage Flats, Thrifted
Deux Lux Bag, UO
Vintage Hat, Thrifted
Cardigan, Forever21
Polaroid Necklace, Vivi Dot

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Reward to my Procrastination

peter pan collar

Since my pile of "to be mended" vintage was sort of taking over my dining room I decided to make Sunday the official "Get This Shit Fixed" day! I have such a horrible habit of buying vintage while thrifting and having the intention of shorting the hem, taking in the side, etc, but I never really remember.  I'm such a procrastinator.  So I finally got in the mood to break out the sewing machine and fixed this dress!  It was very long and ill fitting but I loved the lace peter pan collar and the pretty sleeves. It sort of reminded me of something Marsha Brady would've worn in the 70s (I'm not sure why?)  Oh, and I love this dress so much, don't be surprised if I'm wearing it again on the blog this week.  I'm taking it with me on vacation to Ohio, but I'll be wearing it in a completley different way.

lace peter pan collar

vintage dress


Ok, so today is Wednesday and I am finally getting the courage to do something I've never done before.  No, I am not going skydiving, getting a bikini wax, or swimming with sharks (how do I think to categorize these things together!!).  Nope, I am going to do Threading.  I got a Groupon in my email for this little salon in my "fancy" mall and decided to take the plunge.  I have some rough looking eyebrows since I hate tweezing those suckers too, so God help whoever has to tackle my boushy brows.  Has anyone else tried Threading

vintage camera bag

Vintage Dress, Thrifted
Wedges, Modcloth
Vintage Camera Bag, Thrifted
Sunglasses, Liz Claiborne
**Has anyone signed up for Groupon?  It's seriously the best thing!  Click Groupon to sign up!! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Playing Favouritism


Pssst...Don't tell my other sweaters, but I have a new replacement for them.  I love! love! love! this pretty blue sweater.  I was planning on saving this item for my spring/summer wardrobe, but I couldn't wait any longer.  Although I may get pneumonia for wearing it during 30 degree weather.  It's a breezy little top, since it's loosely knitted, but I just had to wear it.  And it will be perfect for the spring time days where it's 60+ degrees!  I already see myself wearing it with shorts, skirts, over dresses...etc. 



An of course, what's a vintage sweater without a pair of vintage boots.  I like to mix up my vintage looks with modern pieces so I don't look like a walking time-warp but this outfit just seemed like a no-brainer.  The color of the boots really brought out the bright shade of blue in my outfit, and then I figured I'd just layer on some pretty gold jewelry, along with an interesting stone ring.  



I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday!!  I have to admit I pretty much have a disdain for Mondays right now.  I usually work 9 hours and then I have to drive 40 minutes to classes and I don't typically get home until 8:45.  It's really irritating.  I'm taking more classes to give me some leverage at my job, but this particular one wasn't offered online, so I am stuck with this schedule until mid-May.  Usually my brain is mush by the time 7pm comes around, which is why I typically take my classes online.  Does anyone else do the same thing?  Prefer online classes to in-class learning? 


Mini Rant***I don't know why but I spelled "Favoritism" the first time as "Favourtism" and it said it was mis-spelled.  It looks right to me with the 'u' and it occured to me I've read a lot of english books/materials and I am now finding myself spelling things "unamerican".  Why do Americans have to do things their own way?  Let's just keep it simple for everyone!  That includes the metric system people! Haha..okay rant is over:)
Vintage Sweater, Thrifted
Skinny Jeans, Platos Closet
Vintage Boots, Ebay
Gold Feather Bracelet, Thrifted
Gold Bangle, Loemahns
Ring, Art Gallery 
Coat, H&M--Made of Recycled Wool!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mother Nature Is So Annoying


You know, you finally start getting used to to spring weather and then mother nature decides to do a turn around and get colder than a witch's tit.  Granted 35 degrees isn't that cold compared to other places, but for me it's cold enough.  I had to wear my cashmere hoodie for some of my pics since it was super chilly in the shade, but mid way through I took a heaping gulp of hot coffee and threw caution to the wind and went sans hoodie for a little while.  It's funny how spring-like everything looks with a gorgeous tree blooming bright pink flowers right behind me.




Oh and now that there are finally trees growing leaves, that means it will be crepe myrtle season soon.  And that means disater!  I know they're pretty to look at and all, but there are so many on the side streets in my neighborhood that when the pretty tiny pink flowers fall off and land on the sidewalks, it makes a simple jaunt a  super slippery jaunt.



Ok, so is this a gardening blog or a style blog?  hehee..  Since I took the day off on Friday to run around Richmond with Zach I figured I'd sport a mini skirt.  I actually wore a version of this outfit on Saturday but never got good pics of it.  I changed it up because of the cooler weather by pairing the skirt with tights, the hoodie and the Dolce Vita Boots.

Cashmere Hoodie, Old Navy (3 yrs ago)
T-shirt, Charlotte Russe
Skirt, Thrifted
Dolca Vita for Target Boots, Gift
Sunglasses, Forever21
Studded Belt, Thrifted

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Just Call Me Granny Panties

leopard print lining

So after quite an exhilarating day spent in Richmond, Va, here I sit with my computer in my lap doing loads of laundry and twiddling my thumbs.  I'm not sure if it's because I'm just turning into an old lady or if it's just my personality, but I can only be a social night owl once a week.  I had so much fun romping around Richmond, going to a fine art museum and going to a live show of one of my favorite artists.

trench coat

trench with lining

And of course the highlight of my little day trip was going to see Kevin Devine!  Best show I've been to in a while.  And lets just pretend we didn't accidentally get into the club through the fire exit and was told by Kevin Devine that he needed our table for his merch set up (whoops?)  Yeah, so apparently the wait staff from the restaurant assumed we were VIP or something and never questioned as to why were hanging out during the band set up and then they made sure we got another table to sit at for the duration of the show.  OH MY God!!  Now I'm embarrassed, but it was kind of worth it. 

vintage velvet

rhinestone buttons

Of course, I wish I can say I wore this 60s get-up while at the show, but I'm not one to wear dresses at shows.  Instead I wore this for laundry day:)  Wow, I am lame!!  But I couldn't resist wearing this dress since it's velvet and I won't be able to wear it much longer as the weather warms up.  I got this gem with a gift certificate from my sister while shopping in the local vintage selection at a thrift store.  Can you imagine paying $20 for a vintage piece at a thrift store?!!  Yeah, me either, so I bought it with a gift certificate. 

vintage dress

Vintage Dress with Rhinestone Buttons, Thrifted
Fuchsia Tights, Target
Rhinestone Bangle, Lia Sophia
Trench Coat, Guess (3 years ago)
Leopard Flat, DSW

Friday, March 25, 2011


white button down

As you can see, I've taken a different direction with my photo editing.  Usually I don't edit my pictures, except for a little lighting and/or darkening, but when I took these pictures, the lighting was unusually bright for the time of day.  So I decided to go big or go home.  And by doing that, now my pictures take on an eerie  tone.  I look almost ghost like, but I kind of like them.  I don't plan on doing this softening effects to all my photos, but it was fun to try out something different.
how to mix vintage with modern

patterned tights

For my outfit, I just wanted to do something a little more subdued and classic.  I figured a white blouse would be a good place to start and then I added my vintage pleated skirt for a little drama.  The drama is created with how fluid my skirt feels and looks.  It's very shiny and very swingy so the movement really adds something to my outfit.  Next came these adorable shoes I found living in the trunk of my car.  I swear, every time I go in my trunk I unearth another treasure. Basically it's just like Mary Poppin's carpet bag.

fred flare necklace

And here I have one of my favorite little necklaces. Whenever I want to add a bit of nature to my clothes I always reach for this necklace, or the jar necklace that grows moss. It seemed fitting that I'd be wearing this necklace while in the bird sanctuary.

White Button-Down, 2nd from Friend
Vintage Skirt, Thrifted
Vintage Belt, Thrifted
Tights, Plato's Closet (new)
Necklace, Fred Flare
Steven by Steve Madden Heels, Buffalo Exchange
Hat, Forever21

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just a Little Love Affair


Can you tell I have a love affair with these pretty wedges?  I seriously can't help it.  I love the color and the lightness of them.  They are made from a company called Pink Duchess so I'll have to keep a look out for more shoes like these for spring/summer.  Another love affair I have currently is with my new Deux Lux bag!  I had it delivered at work and while I was waiting on a customer I decided to open it and show her.  I was that excited!  To some people it's just a black bag, but honestly it's so much more.  It's supposed to carry my whole life in it, so it needs to be huge, with pockets and sturdy zippers. 




Ok, you can tell me to shut up now.  But wait, this is a style blog and style encompasses all things fashion including accessories! hehe.. So now I'll talk about my dress.  You've seen this old rag on here quite a few times already (quite literally it's rags at this point, the whole lining is tearing and shredding into pieces) but it's one of my favorites.  I may be obsessed, just a little, with floral prints, and this one just happens to be my fave. 



Well I hope everyone has survived their Wednesday.  I am so glad the day is over and I am definitley looking forward to the end of the Thursday since I'll be taking a day trip to Richmond on Friday to see a show.  If anyone hasn't heard of Kevin Devine, I suggest you check him out.  I love his music and this will be the first time I'll get to see him in person!

Floral Dress, Thrifted
Vintage Belt, Thrifted
Cardigan, Thrifted
Wedges, Modcloth
Bracelets, 2nd hand from Co-worker
Ring, Forever21
Deux Lux Bag, UO

Monday, March 21, 2011

To Do Good for Our Earth


Shopping for the good of the earth is pretty much the motto I live by and I try to convince others around me to do the same.  I always try to make sure what I'm doing has little or no impact on the earth.  This also includes making responsible purchases for everything from fair trade organic coffee to t-shirts:)  Minespire recently contacted me to review their t-shirts and I was happy to do so.  They are a net profit sharing company that specializes in creating tees that help benefit the environment.   




I was pretty stoked to see how pretty their packaging was and then I got more excited to see the awesome t-shirt up close.  The image printed on the organic cotton t-shirt is supposed to represent the fragility of our ecosystem.  When you purchase one of their shirts you are also helping to repair some of the damage we as humans have created. This is achieved through their profit sharing program where they donate 50% of their net profits to Friends of the Earth and Farm Sanctuary.  If you're into creating a better planet and making responsible purchases then I highly suggest looking into companies who reflect that.


Oh and a quick tip for you guys:)  The shirts run small since they are vintage sizing, so I went up a size to a Large.  They are stretchy, but not too stretchy but in order to maintain it's shape I've chosen to handwash and air dry it. 


Graphic Tee, c/o Minespire
Vintage Cardigan, Thrifted
Shorts, Target-2 years ago
Vintage Loafers, Thrifted
Bracelet, 2nd hand from Co-worker

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Inspirational Days


It's been quite a day full of inspiration.  First off my parents just celebrated their 29th anniversary together and witnessing how in love they are is just the kind of inspiration more young married couples need in their life.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on my blog, but my parents were actually engaged on their first real date on Valentine's Day in 1981.  They had been friends for a couple of years and my brazen Dad decided he'd use their first date as an opportunity to ask my Mom to marry her.  Now 29 years later they're just as sickly sweet as can be!! 



A second dose of inspiration is actually a little more shallow;)  I've finally been able to cut out some time to read my latest magazines and I've been ripping and tearing pictures of ideas right and left.  I used a lot of those pictures to help me find some sweet new items while thrifting today and I did good!!  I got the most beautiful vintage dress made of sheer polyester that was hand tailored in my hometown Norfolk, a midi length vintage denim skirt, and a cute embroidered belt.  I've been focusing on trying new things for spring time and seeing how Zach and I are taking a trip to visit family in Ohio soon, I decided to get some cute "new to me" clothes. 




And my latest outfit isn't really inspired by much.  I just wanted to wear some thing casual and cute for my laundry day.  The blouse I'm wearing under my vintage yellow sweater is actually a Diane Von Furstenberg!!  I caught a quick glimpse of it while thrifting on Sunday and fell in love with the pretty light blue pin stripes and then I noticed the tag.  Now just imagine my evil side to side eyes making sure nobody saw what I just saw and then I ripped it off the rack and put in my cart.  This is the first designer item I've ever come across while thrifting so I was crazy excited! 


Vintage Yellow Sweater, Thrifted
Vintage DVF Blouse, Thrifted---for a $1.50!
Skinny Jeans, Platos Closet
Wedges, Modcloth
Ring, The Original Tree
Liz Claiborne Sunglasses, TJMaxx--2 years ago