Sunday, October 30, 2011

Living Room Upgrades

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I must apologize for falling off the face of the earth at the end of last week. I have so many projects going on right now, it's a bit overwhelming. I am meeting a lot of goals and crossing things off my to do lists though and that feels fantastic. I wanted to show you photos of the house we stayed at in Bandon but it turns out that none of my photos of the place turned out.

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I thought instead I'd share one of my '10 before 30' items in progress. Re-doing our living room! I went to my favorite October tradition, the antique expo, this weekend and picked up three new things for our living room. A vintage dental table, an oversized lowercase 'r' (for my maiden last name) and another vintage pendant, this one for the circus!

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It can be so overwhelming at a large antique show or flea market. I find that focusing on one area of my house or having a short list of the types of items I'm looking for (small tables, love seat, wall art) helps me focus. I have a tendency to get overwhelmed and fall back on picking up small knick knacky items instead of stuff I could really use in my home. Staying focused really helps.

I also try to stick to the old home decor advice to 'buy what you love'. I considered passing on this dental table because I wasn't convinced it would 'go' with the rest of our living room. I decided to trust my gut and take it home. Once we set it down and threw some records on it, it was like it had always been there. Don't buy something because it's safe, buy something that will make you smile every time you see it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Playing Dress Up: The Swedish Bunkhouse

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The day before the wedding we went to a huge crab feed with wine, a photobooth and a fun after party! Beforehand, I had the boy snap some photos of me in the sunroom at the 100 year old house we stayed at, called the Swedish Bunkhouse. It had all this exposed, unfinished wood and great furniture, we really loved staying there and I love how these photos turned out!

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What I'm wearing: Hair pins: Anthropologie / Necklace: Forever 21 / Cardigan: Target / Dress: Modcloth / Tights: We Love Colors / Shoes: Walmart


We definitely want to go back to this place and stay with a group of friends. It was so inexpensive and could sleep 6-8 people. I have a few snapshots of it I'll share tomorrow, although I wish I had taken some better photos of it. It was such a special place to return to each evening after every fun wedding event!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Playing Dress Up: The Road to Bandon

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This weekend we went to one of the most fun weddings I've ever been too. My lovely friend Erin (my boutique soul mate who runs Lodekka, a vintage shop in a double decker bus) married her hilarious partner in crime, Brian. We made the trek to a town called Bandon on the southern Oregon coast Thursday, stayed in a 100 year old house for three days, and got home Sunday evening exhausted but happy.


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This is what I wore on day one of the trip, Thursday, as we made the drive and then later karaoked with other wedding guests. We took I-5 down to Eugene and then cut across to the coast on a small highway. That's where we took these photos. We slammed on the breaks when we saw this teeny old one bedroom home placed precariously atop a train bridge. How amazing is that! Once we reached the coast we drove another two hours through dunes and past gorgeous ocean views to get to the wonderful town of Bandon. I've got more to share about this trip, including a couple other outfit posts, coming this week too.

What I wore: Necklace: Forever 21 / Dress: Tucker for Target / Cardigan: Target / Leggings: H&M / Boots: Steve Madden

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FxCamera

I've mentioned before that I'm an unashamed Android phone user. Even though our house is an 'Apple products only' place, Tmobile has been my cell phone carrier for 10 years and I'm just not ready to quit them. Unlimited internet on my phone is a plus too.
Anyway, in a story too unbelievable to tell in detail here, I recently got the MyTouch Slide phone for free. A $500 phone for free. I am awesome.
And what's the first thing I do with this phone? Download the FXCamera app. And although I am sort of against these sort of apps on priciple, being the Lomography/toy/analog camera lover that I am, they sure do make a snap shot look good.
All of a sudden we're not just 'sitting at lunch hungover'. No, no, no. The photos make it look like we jumped out of 1976 and onto your computer screen. We look like cool kids, our photos suddenly look more interesting. Alright, alright- you get the picture (haha! pun!).
This is all my way of telling you I have cute photos to share! Horray!

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My only complaint is I keep seeing these cute books and magnets you can instantly create with the Instagram app and that's not available for Androids yet. I would love to create a little book of my cell phone photos but first, I should do one of all the boy's fun Diana mini shots. Just so I'm not a complete sell-out.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photoshoot Weekend


A couple weeks ago I signed a lease on a studio space. It houses my back stock of vintage clothing, and soon, my sewing machine and some of my sewing supplies. I've been spending a lot of free time painting, unloading clothes and otherwise rearranging (although it's not perfect yet- see above. This weekend I took my friend Jill over there for a photoshoot. We used my studio as a styling/changing room and then walked the three blocks down to the water and shot some great photos.

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It was a pretty fun way to spend a Sunday morning. After wards we were starving so we headed over to La Petite Provence for lunch (Jill's only requirement for eating- french onion soup).

Mainly I loved having a spot to go through my backstock of dresses, purses and other accessories and come up with a variety of outfits to shoot. I'm on the search for a more stable table (I currently have a flimsy Ikea version) so I can finally bring my sewing machine down there.

There's something so refreshing about organizing a new space, don't you think?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fashion Dream Board: Ocober 2011


I've been trying to get my colder weather fashion together. Lots of sweaters, leather shoes and tights! Today I was day dreaming about putting the perfect, cost doesn't matter, cutest dress ever, outfit together and this is what I came up with.

I found Dahlia Fashion through another blog earlier this week and their dresses are amazing. I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get one at some point. Where have you been buying your Fall and Winter essentials at?

Outfit details: Dress / Coat / Shoes / Tights / Purse

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tour With a Band: 10 before 30


I think if you would have asked me at 15 if touring with a rock band is something I would be interested in, you would have received a hesitant 'yes' from me. Sure that sounds like the coolest thing ever but I could never be in that type of band and I'm too nervous about my singing voice anyway.


Since meeting my husband six years ago (plus a month! woo-hoo!) he's shown me what it means to be a musician playing music just because you love it. And although I know he cares, in a way, if people enjoy it or not, he seems to play mainly for himself. It's been inspiring to see music approached this way and it's encouraged me to want to sing with him, which has turned out to be one of our favorite things to do together.


All of this has made me quite a cheerleader for his music and in various incarnations of his live band, I've always told him he should tour. For one reason or another that's never happened but when he released his solo album last Spring, which is about his time at college in Athens Ohio, he couldn't stop imagining that he'd go there and play these songs live.

I really just forced myself into the live lineup. Dan had written a lot of these songs slightly out of his vocal range and having another person back him up was insurance. Once he'd heard word from his favorite musical companion, also named Daniel, that he'd come out to Ohio and play these songs with him, I got sort of 'thrown in' to complete our line up. I couldn't be happier about that.


All the coffee shop shows Dan and I had done together over the years sort of came together. We worked out vocal arrangements for each song over a couple months this Summer as the tour fast approached.

Dan worked really hard to book all our shows (with the help of some buddies in Ohio and Tennessee) and it was shocking to see how quickly things could come together and also how fast things could get cancelled or moved around. In the end, we played four shows, plus a bonus show for the college paper in Athens (video here!) which ended up being the perfect amount.

I'm pretty pumped to do another tour. Maybe next year? A lot of my anxious-ness about my voice has gone away as I've grown up and when you're enjoying yourself, playing music you really enjoy, it's easy to get caught up in that and forget that you have a bit of stage fright.

I'm really glad that I did this in my 29th year. It's not something I could have done at 15 and thinking about that makes turning 30 seem more like an accomplishment than a death sentence.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Do It Yourself: Cute Notebook!


Happy Monday! I'm back with a cute DIY today. I came up with this yesterday and I'm planning on using up some of the contact paper I just can't say no to at estate sales and make a pile of these notebooks to sell at Crafty Wonderland in December. I thought I could share with you how to make one of these yourself in case you've got a large stash of contact paper too!



For this project you'll need moleskin (or other paper covered) notebooks, contact paper, scissors and a cutting mat and rotary cutter if you're picky about your sides being straight. I also brought a pen to make cutting marks but that's optional.


A quick tip on measuring your book, add a quarter inch on all sides. You can trim it off at the end but this allows you some wiggle room when you put the contact paper on your notebook.


I used my rotary cutter and this part went really quickly. Just make sure if your contact paper has an 'up' and 'down' side, that you cut the paper so it will appear right-side up on your notebook.


Pull off the backing of the contact paper slowly and press the notebook cover to it. I found it best to keep the notebook closed when putting the contact paper on. If you lay it flat, it creates a gap on the spine of the notebook. The contact paper pulls off easily so don't be afraid if you mess up, just start over!


And you're done! Now you have an adorable place to put your Fall goals, ideas for Halloween costumes, grocery lists for that pumpkin pie and maybe even (gasp!) your holiday shopping list. Is it too early for that? I never know since I'm one of those people that shops year round for Christmas.

I hope you enjoyed this little rainy day project!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shopping on Tour

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Don't you love a good brick and mortar shop? We did a lot of browsing and peeking our heads in at different shops on our tour. It was so inspiring! My favorite shops were in Nashville. There were so many great ones, but here are three of my favorites.

The first shop is above, it's called Local Honey. It's in an old bungalow house and I saw some gorgeous dresses there, but the boy was the one who really scored. Their men section was one of the best I've ever seen. The layout was tremendous and the selection was fantastic.

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This one was called Hip Zipper and it was the best selection of women's clothes I saw the whole trip. I refrained from going absolutely bonkers and just picked up one dress but I could have bought so much more. There were 3 circle racks of dresses and then a whole wall of shirts, cardigans, skirts and more. They have men's stuff too but I was too enthralled with the women things to take much notice :)

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And finally we went to a high-end retail shop called Imogene and Willie and although every single thing was out of our price range, we had fun looking at their displays and dropping our jaw at $270 belts.

I highly recommend checking out any of these shops if you're in the Nashville area! I also had a chance to meet the lovely Kaelah and peek at her Honeybean shop on wheels. We've been emailing about her new business so it was great to see it in person. It was dark so I didn't get any good photos of that!