Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I'm a big fan of the TOMS mission (and their slip-ons), so it's cool to see Mary Kate + Ashley Olsen partnering their brand, The Row, with the cause. I don't know if it's because I grew up watching Full House, but I think these girls are awesome.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Isn't this coffee shop incredible? I met up with a new friend at Cafe Stella last week. Kelsie's super talented by the way...check her out. The cafe opened about five weeks ago in Ghent (an old + perfectly quaint area in Norfolk). Not only does the coffee smell like heaven, the owner, Stella, has decorated with amazing vintage touches AND has a vintage collection for sale in the back. How cool is that painted floor?!
Monday, August 29, 2011
We've got some cool, handmade pieces hitting the shop this week. First, are these rad little photo holders made out of vintage toy blocks! There are a few styles to choose from. That one on the left is a graphic print, on the right is a large letter + animal block (a blue 'C' is on the back), and there's a smaller letter + animal one, too (can see example in the shop). Use it to hold photos, business cards, postcards and little love notes.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
After spending a day + a half indoors, it felt so nice to go to the beach today. Here's a little look at our time (J's sister + roommate had to evacuate their apartment and stayed with us) cooped up inside while Hurricane Irene soaked Virginia.
I organized my office, hung wall art and other decorations, we painted and got crafty, found neat decor tips from old books and when we finally lost power...lit every candle we had (and it looked so pretty).
p.s. I got my camera back...yay!
Friday, August 26, 2011
A shop update of things with type. Cool, colorful labels on glass bottles, pretty stenciled pottery and of course a couple wonderfully graphic tins. I love these as storage containers for all sorts of random collections. Anything with type + vintage advertisement is perfect in my book.
1. Set of three vintage glass bottles - start your collection
2. Vintage Calumet baking powder round tin - store your pencils or buttons
3. Mayo's tobacco vintage tin box - they used these as a lunch box after all the tobacco was gone
4. Pair of small pottery crocks - add some small flowers!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I wouldn't mind laying my head down here every night. I love everything going on up there. The headboard to ceiling rustic wood planks, awesome light fixtures on top and sides, a fun red radio + a colorful bedspread and pillows combo. A bit of greenery always makes a space look + feel so fresh.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
It's been an interesting couple weeks. Beginning to settle in here in Virginia and found a great gym to let out some daily tensions + stresses. I'd love to go on a picking adventure to the Junk Bonanza, but it's a 22 hour drive to Minnesota. Probably worth it though-- anyone wanna drive?
Here's to finding new adventures.
Monday, August 22, 2011
I know I'm joining the club with this one, but Emerson of EmersonMade. is that girl with amazing style + adventurous personality + business savvy to the max. You can't help but want to be friends with her. Ever since I saw her fabric flower bows and signature tee's a while back, I find myself constantly adding her pieces to my wish list (my birthday is in 2 weeks- hint, hint).
Take a look at this amazing sneak peek into her perfectly decorated Farmhouse. I love the glass light fixtures + vintage accents. It's all simply beautiful.
If you haven't developed a crush yet, you will after reading this interview.
photos: top + bottom
Friday, August 19, 2011
I did...a few times. And then I realized it's Friday, so I jumped one more time. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend + maybe do a little JUMP. There are some pretty sweet posts planned for next week, I'm excited to share!
Thank you, thank you for all the kinda words from yesterday's post.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
I completely missed my one year [I believe the term is] blogiversary. I'm 35 days late to be exact.
I just wish I started blogging years ago. I added this in my about page, but up until I started looking at blogs over a year ago I assumed they were for political newbies and video gamers. I know, obviously a crazy misconception. I was the girl spending more time in thrift stores than malls and making greeting cards instead of running to Hallmark. Turns out, there are so many ladies (and gents!) with the same thrifty lifestyle + creative prowess that I've...met...through blogs. I'm hooked.
I've become so attached to this tiny bubble of mine on the Internet. I'm so grateful and appreciative for the friends + readers that keep coming back. Here's a big, warm THANK YOU with you name on it. Now let's party.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I remember my Dad always telling us, "family comes first." Luckily, mine is top notch.
This is the first time I've lived in a different state than my family. My brothers + their families are very close to my parent's house and my sister isn't far at UCF. Although in Florida I wasn't in the same city, it was common to meet up every week or two. I'm starting to get that homesick feeling. Or at least a Skype date is in order!
one / two
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
I'm a fan of the classics. And really, how can you go wrong with stripes? They're just the perfect mix of pattern, simplicity and cleanliness. Whether it's a dress, skirt, hoodie, tote or shoe-- I'll wear it. After looking at my closet, horizontal dominates.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Vintage home decor...
1. vintage gold filigree mirror or tray -- perfect for perfume bottles, jewelry and other vanity accessories
2. pair of vintage brass deer candelabras to make your dining room table or fireplace mantle a little more fancy
Not just a preview this time, some pretty cool vintage goods just hit the shop. Boxes and such.
Vintage boxes make storing things look better.
1. This wooden recipe card holder comes complete with aged dividers + a typewritten peach pie recipe.
2. A perfectly aged metal Zeno Chewing Gum cash box with beautiful branding on the lid.
3. 1950's Zenith Solid State radio in avocado green...and it works! Play that funky music.
Look for another shop update later today, too!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
In case you haven't seen this yet, do yourself a favor and scroll through a preview of Lisa Congdon's book: A Collection a Day. So cool.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Saturday, August 06, 2011
I'm eager to get these amazing items in the shop. Although, my camera repair was rejected due to "intense water damage." There is a tiny bit of good. Canon has a loyalty program where you send in an old/broken piece of equipment and essentially get half off the same (refurbished) item. Beats buying a full-priced camera I suppose.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Let's wipe those cobwebs off the ReStyle posts and get down to business, shall we?
This one is a no brainer. I picked up the trellis for $4 at the hardware store (aka Lowe's). I kept the two posts on the bottom in case I found a neat way to display it. And now that I think about it, I could paint it, but I like the look of natural wood. For now, the pretty scarves hide the posts as it hangs on the wall. And, how about all the color it brings to a blank wall? I'll call it art.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
I picked up a bunch of these beautiful, homegrown tomatoes from a local farmer this week. There's nothing like fresh vegetables. I've been eating simple tomato sandwiches since I was little, and this one is too easy to be so good: spinach, tomato + health nut bread. I'm told I consume way too much salt, so I'm trying to limit myself (it was incredibly hard not sprinkle a little on there).
THIS, friends, is a bright one. Although her vintage dress collection is outta this world, this vintage silk embroidered cape is so eye-catching. Karla, of Karla's Closet, is bold and not afraid of color with her eclectic style. And, she pulls it off in the most glamourous way. I'm drawn to her blog because we have similar body shapes, so I love seeing how she makes things work.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
When it comes to hair, I have a few go-to hair styles: low ponytail, high messy bun, air dried waves (curling as it dries with my fingers), and a straight blow dry. Remember this post? Let's just say I'm a novice. I add little things here and there-- mainly a scarf, flower or barrette. Head scarves are one of my favorites, it's easy and incorporates pretty patterns and color. I love this hand-dyed voodoo scarf from hazel & hunter.
what's YOUR go-to hair do?
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
You guys remember the sneak peek of the project I'd been working on? Well, after all the chemicals, labor and sweat...it's finished and sittin' pretty in the living room.
Here's the story:
I'd been searching the local thrift, consignment and antique stores for quality furniture for our new place. J called me on a Friday telling me he'd found a furniture/antique warehouse he wanted me to check out (he does love me). You know that show American Pickers? I was exploring this huge warehouse with all sorts of rooms completely filled with stuff. I'm talking piles of chair legs, desks and tables stacked to the ceiling and mounds of old, metal ceiling tiles. With flashlight in hand (as some rooms weren't lighted), my eyes caught beautiful cast iron wheels under a heavy pile of old assembly line tracks.
It was an old industrial factory cart. I had to see it (and have it). The owner even threw in one of those metal ceiling tiles, on the house.
I knew it'd be a labor of love and need some TLC. I'd never refinished such a large piece, but I was hooked.
After about $100 in supplies, 4 sessions of stripping paint, sanding, staining, more sanding, sealing and scrubbing cast iron...
I love everything about it-- the lettering on the iron and wood, imperfect wood planks and the way it sounds when it moves around on those wheels.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Since moving into a new place, I find myself looking at more and more home decor blogs. One in particular: House of Turquoise. Erin's blog is full of that color (along with sea foam green, robin's egg blue, teal, and all the shades in between). I'm also finding new DIYs and decorative elements to add to my own space.
white (er, turquoise) space is good
pops of color, everywhere