Frills & Lace

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Hellooo!

I bring to you today a real fashion treat I’ve been dying to wear and blog about!

This little number is a vintage piece, and guess what? It’s actually a 1960’s nightgown/robe. So I am totally walking around today in vintage sleepwear, although I have re-styled it into a dress!

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How’s that for transforming a nightgown into daytime wear? 

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The SLEEVES, PEOPLE. That is what initially drew me to this lovely garment, because they’re lace and they flare at the bottom. Plus, the skirt portion is lavender/pink-ish and I knew immediately it’d lay perfectly over my matching lavender skirt I already own and wear frequently.

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It was originally floor length, but I cut it into a mini-dress. I was really nervous about this because it’s vintage and I was worried about how it’d turn out, but I grabbed the scissors and fortunately it ended well.

I’m seriously in love with this little robe, not only because I find it beautiful but because I wonder what life it led before it fell into my hands? There’s a history I’ll never know about it and that’s a big reason why I love vintage items in the first place.

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I love how the color varies depending on what kind of light it’s in. Sometimes it looks more pink, and other times it’s more purple. Either way it works because I love both colors!

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It is ridiculously windy today!!! And I promised my friend we’d go for a walk early this evening?! Oh well, I will brave the elements. Plus, this outfit was made to walk around in! I feel like I’m back in time wearing this.

On a random note, this past week I have discovered a new musical genre I’ve become quite fond of:

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Basically, Viking metal. YESSS!!! This is what I love about Spotify. I end up off the beaten path and find music I never even knew existed. One minute I’m listening to one band, then BAM! I trip and stumble into some other music category and end up liking it, like this one.

I feel like I’m on the way to fight dragons when I have this on in my car…when really, I’m just going to Starbucks to do some work on my laptop.

Isn’t imagination everything, though?

Like last night, for example. I spent my Saturday evening at Barnes & Noble, got myself a drink at the café and went to my favorite section: the travel section. It’s nice to imagine what other places are like. I looked through ones at random: Belgium, Finland, Norway, Turkey. I’m endlessly fascinated by geography, so much that when I was a kid in elementary school, I got in trouble for checking out too many geography books from the library.

Yes, you read that right. I got in trouble for checking out too many books.

I enjoyed reading the Cultures of the World series and I still remember the librarian yelling at me that I was checking out too many books. LOOOOL! So as you can see, nothing’s changed. I’m still a geography nerd. 🙂

Thanks for reading! See ya soon!

A Winter Fairytale

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Happy mid-week, everyone! ❤

I’m excited to showcase something I’ve been wanting for a looooooong time, and finally purchased one! I’ve always loved this vintage, winter fashion accessory and now have one of my own. First though, the outfit du jour…

I tried something different with my scarf, and that is, placing it underneath my belt. I like it!

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I sure am wearing this black velvet bow a lot lately. I really like it because a) it goes with everything and b) …it’s a bow. How can you go wrong?!

Now, I did not take my new accessory with me today as part of my outfit (I only took photos with it before work to showcase it…this is more for when I know I will be outside in super cold weather for a prolonged amount of time, so it’s a special occasion accessory):

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Ohhhhhh my goodness, people. Behold; a muff!

You seldom see these anymore! I’ve always thought they were so cute. I’m going with my mom tomorrow night to walk and look at Christmas lights, so it’s in perfect timing.

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It’s sooooo cute!!! I love it. It’s like a dream come true to finally own one of these. It’s super soft, too (faux fur) with a fleece lining inside.

I really love vintage items – or at least, modern things that emulate vintage items.  I’ve been called an old soul on countless occasions…I feel young at heart, mind you, but ultimately an old soul just trying to find my place in the world. ❤

Perhaps I’ve been overly contemplative lately, but do you ever wonder what your place in the world is?

It’s no easy answer, for most of us. Lately though, I’ve reached pretty concrete conclusions for myself (although, things can always change). Mine would be: creating art, listening to those who need someone to talk to, inspiring people in any way, and appreciating life’s simple, beautiful moments. 

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Speaking of life’s simple, beautiful moments; I experienced with some nighttime photography and took this photo. It’s a bunch of dead trees, sure, but I love how creepy it looks!! There’s some beauty in decay, right?

I hope you enjoyed this rambling of a post (haha). I look forward to walking around tomorrow night and seeing the beauty Christmas has to offer with my mom. We don’t go out and do things together all that often, so it’ll be nice!! ❤

Take care! Until next time. 🙂

 

Some Velvet Morning

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Hello, hello! ❤

Do you ever just get lost in music? I sure do. With how crazy and nonsensical the world can be at times, I find it easy to retreat into a musical daydream when I submerge myself in a song. It’s like an instant vacation!

At work this past week, I’ve discovered some lovely 60’s gems via Spotify I’ve never even heard of before!! One of them being a charming, blissfully vague psychedelic tune by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood called Some Velvet Morning, which apparently came out in late 1967.

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Listening to dreamy, psychedelic music inspired a very dreamy photoshoot this morning before my routine coffee stop and work route. It was super cold, super windy, and we had a heavy rainstorm around 4 a.m.!

There is something I really love about wearing all white…it’s a powerful color, to me. The look of a white dress in my opinion is very two-sided; it can look beautifully pure and innocent, or it can look incredibly eerie, ghostly and somewhat cult-like.

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Flowers are the things we know, secrets are the things we grow
Learn from us very much, look at us but do not touch

 

 

Stay inspired; inspiration is everywhere! Have a good weekend!

 

 

 

Mixed Bag of Goodies!

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A mixed bag of goodies as in, this post is a mix of topics! 😛

First and foremost, Happy Easter! It’s been a wonderful day, and I started it off with a beautiful church service. I go to church typically every Sunday to begin with, but the message today was spectacular and I felt I truly understood the meaning of Easter. It took me 29 years to finally understand the true meaning, and it hit me hard, but in a really good way. ❤

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I tried to wear the most pastel, Easter-exuding outfit I could come up with. Of course, I couldn’t NOT wear my vintage gingham skirt because it is just so Easter. Lately I’ve been fascinated with pattern mixing, so I tried it out today with a grey T-shirt with pink floral print, and my gingham skirt. I think it worked really well and I want to try more pattern mixing in the future.

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Onto other fun news: I decided to expand my horizons and make my first necklace!

My sweet sister, who also makes jewelry on Etsy (you can see her work here) showed me how to hook the chain onto the necklace itself so I’d be able to easily make more necklaces in the future on my own. I’ll be posting this necklace for sale on my Etsy shop this week! Can’t wait for more ideas to come!

 

 

Art Show & Outfit of the Day!

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Last night was amaaaaaaaaaazing…

Like seriously. Amazing.

I went to a local art show downtown, where people showcased their work. It’s called Art Hop, it’s once a month, and essentially you walk around downtown from one studio to another and admire people’s work. I saw so many amazing artwork, and it made me feel fortunate to know there are so many talented people in the city I live in!

From the photo above: random shots  in different studios, one in which was called Pop Art where you could literally pop all of the balloons and bubble wrap your heart desired! There were balloons on the walls, on the floor…and get this: they served pop tarts. My mind was blown from how creatively thought out it was!

Secondly, I bought a vintage handbag on Etsy. It’s super adorable and it’s from the 1960’s – and was only $25! This thing looks brand new and it’s hard to believe it made it through so many decades unscathed!

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And now, for today’s outfit…

It went from beautiful and warm to cold and rainy in a matter of a day. Not so surprising considering April is upon us.

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Umbrellas make for aesthetically pleasing backdrops though, don’t they?

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With my new handbag, I literally feel like I could time travel back to the mid-century without a transition being needed…

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That bedazzled unicorn was once a necklace, but I seldom wear necklaces, so I turned it into a ring. 🙂

Happy Friday! ❤

This ol’ Thing?

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Outfit post time!

I found this super cute, nostalgic little blouse number at Goodwill, no tags in it, so I’m under the strong impression that this was something that was completely made from scratch and sewn by hand. I can’t tell how old it is, but with its puffy sleeves and floral print, I feel like it’s been around for quite awhile.

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I can’t express how much I love wearing white. I used to never wear white, but I find myself more often than not wearing the color now. I think the white skirt paired really well with the blouse.

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So glad I could get a clear close-up of the details! I love the cinched sleeves at the elbows, and the cute little yellow and orange flowers. I love the silhouette it creates.

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So after taking outfit photos, in the COLD I might add (what happened to the 70/80 degree temperatures I’ve been spoiled with lately?) I drove across town to the cutest little gem of a coffee shop called Yellow Mug Coffee. That’s an iced mocha I ordered, and it’s delicious.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday! 🙂