Tuesday, July 7, 2015

van life // driver's seat

I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but I just cannot wait to take my van on the road again. I'm longing for deserts, oceans, and everything in between. And, just living in the van is fun! I could honestly travel living out of the van indefinitely if it wasn't for the fact that I'd miss my cats so much, haha.

I'm always looking to spruce up the interior decor, and I think before my next trips my goal is to try and hunt down a tapestry or two to hang on the ceiling/walls, I think that'll be a fairly easy way to take the interior from mostly drab to fab with only a few (big) staples. I also want to put some hooks up to hold things like spare keys, jewelry, and sunglasses, so they don't get lost all the time.

My van, Trixy, is actually the one thing in my life right now that is not a mess. And I'm proud of that. The fact that she's so clean, that is. I've tried so hard to keep her tidy since I deep cleaned her earlier this year, and it's been great! It's so nice to just be able to decide to take off for the night, or to take in a drive in movie and not have to worry about moving stuff in and out, or much cleaning. Little trips have been the best so far this year!
denim cutoffs - thrifted & DIY'd // long sleeved crop top - thrifted // vintage bandana - thrifted // 
sunglasses - thrifted // vintage Minnetonka hat - thrifted // Minnetonka moccasins - Fish Creek Moccasin Works

Thursday, July 2, 2015

van life // the little things

Well. the weather's been absolutely GORGEOUS lately, and that's just got me dreaming about road trips all day long. I thought I'd share some details from inside my travelin' van today, as I've been working to keep her clean and, well, 'cause I think she's so darn awesome. A few wonderful trips are being planned for this coming fall/winter season and I couldn't be more excited! The next step is getting some work done on her (brakes, exhaust, tires, ect.), but I'm expecting to have her up and running in plenty of time to be road trip ready.

Check out my video on road trip tricks here and the correlating post here!
// Pretty shells from my visit to the Gulf of Mexico a while back. Also, TAPE DECK.
//I thrifted the comforter that's thrown over the back bench. It's kind sized, so it is perfect for snuggling under on chilly nights. I also thrifted these awesome pillows (I especially love the longhorn skull one!).
// My van is a '91, so it has a tape deck. I have a converter that I can plug my phone into, but it's also kinda novel to have some tapes handy. I found these at a thrift store in Mississipi.
// Another thrifted blanket (yay!), a great hat, and a good book. 
// This is where small little odds and ends wind up. There's some tickets from the drive-in theater, Elvis matches from Memphis, and more shells. Also, when I bought the van I was confused as to what exactly these weird spaces were near the cup holders, but I'm pretty sure now that they're for tape cases. They're also great for holding my phone!
// Crates like this are perfect for storage. I have a couple in here, and I used them to organize blankets, towels, shoes, and hygiene odds and ends.
// Thrifted curtains I hung between the cab and the back seats. I keep a bouquet of dried eucalyptus on the dash. When the sun shines on it or the vent is blowing it makes the whole place smell pretty!
// Cup holder things. A shell from the beach, a key chain from Graceland, and spare change for tolls.
// The passenger is always in charge of the camera!
// Comfy shoes, always. Also, thrifted rugs help keep the floor of the van clean. They're easy to shake off outside, and they help make the space cozy!

Friday, June 26, 2015

a very boho wedding dress // part one

No, I'm not getting married any time soon. But I found a pretty awesome outfit to wear if I ever do decide to tie the knot! And guess what? This ENTIRE bridal ensemble cost me less than $30. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely not planning on spending a grand amount on my wedding dress. No way! I thrifted this cropped top a while back and just recently found this GORGEOUS bohemian maxi dress. (I have really been into cream colors lately...this coming from a die hard all black wearer.) I was playing dress up and decided to pair these together and I am obsessed with the result. I have always thought of my wedding dress having long lace sleeves, so of course, I adore that part, and the silhouette is long and the skirt drags across the ground, which I just absolutely love as well. The veil is actually a super duper long sheer curtain I thrifted a few months ago. Hey, it works. And it was five bucks. I definitely like the idea of going the wildflower route - these Oxeye Daisies I picked right here. So...that's also a free bouquet. (Use all that saved money on your honeymoon, y'all! Like...a sweet road trip. In a sweet van. You know. Or something.)

As for my accessories, I decided to keep my jewelry simple - a few pretty vintage rings, a silver cuff, and one of my favorite choker style necklaces I made with leather and a very special shell. Then I topped off the look with an extravagant floral crown. I made this one for only a few dollars with supplies from the craft store. I love what a bohemian edge the crown adds to the whole look.

I decided to eschew my go-to dark polishes for the "occasion" in favor of Essie's pale pale pink, "Ballet Slipper," which is so lovely, and not at all overpowering. I used my favorite copper eye shadow (from the L'Oreal HIP line), which looks especially phenomenal on people with hazel eyes, like me, and I added a dark purple-y lip (Revlon's Va Va Violet). I let my hair do its own thing (per usual). I don't ever use any products in it - I prefer to keep my hair chemical free and happy. Plus, look at it, I don't think I could tame it if I tried.
dress - thrifted // long sleeved crop top - thrifted // veil - thrifted //
 flower crown - DIY'd // rings & cuff - thrifted // necklace - DIY'd

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

yoga // the beginning

My yoga journey started about five years ago. There were three of us in a friend's living room. This wasn't gym class yoga - this was something completely different - this was something beautiful. I believe my love for yoga came first and foremost from that first teacher - a dear friend. Though I was strong, I was mighty inflexible (I couldn't even touch my fingers to the floor from a straight-legged standing position), and I knew little of the poses or the practice of controlled breath. She was patient. She was kind. She didn't push. She taught me that one doesn't have to be perfect in breath or pose to be a yogi. Are you practicing yoga? Then you're a yogi!

Then there was about a four year interval where I didn't practice yoga at all. I lost what flexibility I had gained. I moved away, changed lifestyles, changed jobs, had my heart broken, traveled across the states, and finally was able to take a step back and realize that I needed yoga in my life again. I started taking yoga classes regularly last fall, and I don't think I'll ever stop. I started out taking Gentle Yoga and Flexibility once a week and eased slowly into Beginning Yoga, which I'm currently taking twice a week.

It has been so rewarding to experience my body becoming stronger and more flexible as I continue to practice yoga. (Now I can almost put my hands flat on the ground!) I am so proud of what my body can do. Not only is my practice beneficial to my body, it has also given me great peace of mind and a great degree of mental clarity at a time in my life when I am lacking stability and feeling stressed out over all the little things.

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts and photos with you. I know the poses in the pictures are not perfect, but they were fun to take, at any rate. I've only been practicing consistently for about a year, so I still consider myself  a beginner! If you haven't ever experienced yoga, I one hundred percent recommend taking a class or two to see how you like it. I truly believe that yoga can benefit everybody (and every body!). 

Do you take yoga classes? What is your favorite part about them? 
If you haven't, do you think you'll try it someday?
P.S. I made a "yoga" board on Pinterest! Check it out here, and let me know if you have a similar one - leave a link!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

serpent in the grass

black velvet skirt - thrifted // black top - thrifted // vintage belt - thrifted //
wide brimmed hat - H&M // antler whistle necklace - Hide Side, Fish Creek, WI

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

wearing // Warren Zevon tour shirt and jean cutoffs

Warren Zevon is, by far, my favorite musical artist, so when I saw this shirt on eBay, I immediately lusted over it, but it was WAY out of my price range. The seller kept relisting it, and I started making offers, but all my offers were countered with a price I wasn't quite ready to dole out on a tee shirt, so I continued to dream, and continually check eBay frantically, worried that someone else might have snagged it. So, long story (kind of) short, I bought it. It was less than the original price, but still super expensive (for this thrift queen, anyways). I don't regret it, though, especially after it arrived in the mail and I got to feel how wonderfully worn in it is, and see how perfectly it fits. Plus, there are cool shirts, but are any of them Warren Zevon tour, skull wearing sunglasses smoking a cigarette wearing a Native American headdress in front of an Amercan flag cool? Yeah, no. Worth it. Hello, new favorite shirt.

I bought a pair of jeans at the thrift store (where else?), and this past winter, as I sat inside and dreamt about days where it wasn't below freezing outside, I cut them into shorts and distressed them. Distressing denim is fun! My favorite distressing implement is a cheese grater, but can openers, bottle caps, and lighters (careful!) are all similarly entertaining and effective. 
vintage Warren Zevon "Sic 'Em Dogs on Me" tour shirt - eBay // denim cutoffs - thrifted and DIY'd //
vinage aviators - thrifted // vintage lace up combat boots - thrifted // rings & bracelet - thrifted
 felt fedora - Minnetonka // vintage belt - thrifted // necklace - Victory Jewelry

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

wearing: vintage maxi skirt and denim jacket

If you watched my latest thrift haul video, you may recognize this skirt! I really love the color, print, and especially the high waist. This vintage Gap denim jacket I thrifted a while ago. It's pretty perfect as far as denim jackets go, I'm pleased to own a classic. There was one I thrifted last year that that is REALLY similar (it's Guess brand), except the cut is a bit higher and there are no pockets! Why anyone would even consider making a jacket, especially a denim jacket, that didn't have pockets is beyond me. I mean, hello, where are you supposed to shove your hands when they get cold? Your phone? Your keys? So that's why I ended up with this one.

I wore this necklace in my last outfit post. I want to say it's because I haven't unpacked any of my other jewelry yet (I haven't!), but really it's because I don't even need unpack anything else because this piece is so perfect. This necklace goes with everything, and I've pretty much worn it every day since I got it in the mail. (Check out all of Victory Jewelry's other lovely pieces here!)
shirt - thrifted // vintage maxi skirt - thrifted // vintage Gap denim jacket - thrifted
 // vintage round sunglasses - thrifted // belt - thrifted // hat - H&M //
 necklace - Victory Jewelry // other jewelry - thrifted // Jeffrey Campbell Litas - eBay

Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 spring thrift haul video

This is the first video I've posted on the blog in years, and it's the first one that features me talking (who else hates their voice on camera?!). It's obvious I'm a little nervous talking to the camera, but hopefully when I start making more videos, I'll start to be a bit more natural. Do you like seeing bloggers make vlogs? What other topics would interest you to see in this format?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

wearing: Harley tee and bell bottoms

Hey, hey! Today is my first day back in my trailer (hello, wireless internet!!), and holy cow, am I so excited to finally be back. This past winter just draaaaged on like it was never gonna end. Nothing against the winter, but, DAMN, I am so happy to be ambling around town in short sleeves. Short sleeves and...jeans?! Well I never thought there'd come a day when a jeans outfit would make its way onto the blog, but with my style being pretty dynamic, I guess never should not be part of the vernacular. Lately I am really into vintage tees, distressed denim (especially bell bottoms and cutoffs), and chunky silver statement jewelry. Lucky for me (and everyone!), thrift and second hand stores are perfect places to find said items on the cheap.

Ok, let's talk about hair. Do you see how RED I am?! I have never every chemically altered my hair color. This red is all thanks to 100% natural henna. Not only does the henna bring out my natural red highlights (like woah), it makes my hair suuuuuper soft and sleek. I've henna'd my locks about five times in the past few months, and I'm definitely going to continue. Have any of you ever henna'd your hair?
Harley Davidson shirt - thrifted // American Eagle bell bottom jeans - thrifted // hat - H&M // 
vintage Coach purse - thrifted // sunglasses - thrifted // cuff and rings - thrifted // necklace - Victory Jewelry
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