Monday, August 25, 2014

wearing: leather vest and a black maxi

Thrift stores are great. (But you already knew that.) I love the potential. I love the one-of-a-kind finds. I love the feeling of finding something I've been wanting for a long time, or something great with the tags still attached. This vest was one of those finds where I really couldn't believe it hadn't been snapped up already when I pulled it off of the rack. It's a hand made (and homemade from the looks of it) leather vest. Usually vests at the thrift store are way too big in the body for me, but it's like this one fits like it was made with my measurements in mind. Oh, and it was only seven bucks.
maxi skirt - thrifted // homemade leather vest - thrifted // hat - H&M // leather jewelry - DIY'd ; vintage jewelry - thrifted

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

misty mornings

kimono - Trails End Clothing, FIsh Creek // deer antler necklace - DIY'd // bracelets - DIY'd

Saturday, August 9, 2014

recycled leather scrap jewelry inspiration

The other day I bought a bag of scrap leather from a local shop, and boy, have I been having so much fun making things! I totally love the aesthetic that a wristful of worn leather creates, and when I added a few cowrie shells, I was definitely digging the beachy boho vibes. Simple stacking bracelets, fringe necklaces, headbands, all the things. I'm sure my creations will be making more appearances here soon!
shirt - thrifted // shell braclet - Star Gazer, Fish Cree // leather bracelets - DIY'd // necklaces - DIY'd

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

rainy day gypsy

A quiet rain is pitter-pattering down on the roof of my trailer, and the delicious scent of wet earth hangs in the air. Luna curls herself onto my lap as I lay a spread with my Klimpt Tarot cards. Soup simmers atop the tiny stove. All is well.
sheer kimono/shawl - thrifted // skirt - thrifted // Minnetonka hat - thrifted // spoon ring - craft fair

Sunday, July 20, 2014

a peek into my trailer

Well folks, I moved into a trailer. Yup, a camper, rv, mobile home, whatever you want to call it. After dealing with landlord craziness and Luna's accident, we decided that for financial and mental health reasons we needed a change. And that change came in the form of a 70's Yellowstone Camper. It's been a few weeks, but I'm already in love. I'm not surprised. I loved traveling and living out of my van, so it makes sense that living more permanently out of a trailer would appeal to me. I'm slowly getting used to the campground life, and basically, I never want to leave. Obviously we won't be able to live out of a trailer in Wisconsin through the winter, but we're discussing potential winter destinations (eep!) and keeping our options open. 

I'm definitely going to be sharing more photos, I was just excited to finally be able to post these few. I've been working every day and mostly double shifts, so there's still some things to be done around the site, but it's slowly coming along. I borrowed some blankets and pillows from my van to decorate and it's amazing how much those little changes made me feel so much more at home. All the items in the photos are things I've thrifted. (You can see more of the trailer, decor, and campground life on my Instagram!)

Luna is quite at home in the trailer. She loves looking out all the windows and running back and forth from the bed to the futon. I put her on a harness and leash and take her out for walks almost every day so she can get some fresh air (I use the term "walk" lightly. Mostly we go outside and Luna flops over and refuses to move, or thinks I'm offering her a kitty salad bar and chews on all the greens). We installed an AC unit to make sure she'd be comfortable on hot days, but to our delight the weather has been super pleasant and we haven't had to run it at all! The best part about the trailer is that if we do decide to move for the winter, it will be easy to take kitty along with us, not worry about finding cat sitters or cat friendly housing. (Oh, and Luna is recovering splendidly! Thank you all for asking after her! It's almost as if she were never hurt at all, save for the funny shaved spots she is still sporting from her procedures.)

Campground life is delightful. Even though our trailer is equipped with a full bathroom - toilet, shower, tub, sink - I think it's kind of refreshing to just walk to the common building for teeth brushing and showering. It's a nice short little walk and then I don't have to clean the shower - win, win! And the people I've met here are just so nice! I wish I'd considered buying a trailer sooner - this really is the best. Ugh, I could go on and on, but I'll save some for when I have more photos.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

spell of the gypsy witch

vintage velvet skirt - thrifted // top DIY'd // vintage sheer kimono - thrifted //
 vintage fringe shawl - thrifted // both flower crowns - DIY'd // jewelry - thrifted //
 hinged knuckle ring - Target (old) // vintage chiffon scarf - thrifted // floppy hat - H&M (old)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

wearing // DIY kimono and a crescent moon tank

I've had kimonos on the mind as of late (I even wore one in my last post!). They're so effortlessly chic and they add so much to simple outfits, how can one not be enamored with them? Anyways, I've been searching for one that would fit into my preferred price range with no luck. Then I started keeping an eye out at thrift stores for something I could DIY into a kimono type thingy (and was inspired along the way by the wonderful Marlen of Messages on a Napkin - check out her sweet DIY kimono here!). Then, last week, on a run through of my local thrift store I found it - the perfect dress. There was no tag, but the thrift store tag had labeled it a size 4X, and I'm pretty sure that it's 100% rayon. Plus it's black, hey-o. I immediately knew that I had stumbled upon the perfect DIY opportunity. So for $3 I brought home this large shapeless black dress. I cut it straight down the front and, voila! That's it. I didn't hem it at all (partly because my sewing machine is currently in storage, and also partly because I'm lazy), though I might add some beads, lace, or fringe later on, I still haven't decided. Honestly, the unfinished look is right up my alley. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out - perhaps it is one of my favorite things I've DIY'd ever?! The color, fabric, and length are just perfect, and I adore how wonderfully witchy it is.

So if you are in the market for an awesome kimono and can't afford one, or would rather just make one like mine, listen up! These are my tips. Thrift a dress that is a few sizes bigger than your dress size (again, my dress was a XXXXL), and this will ensure your kimono drapes nicely while you're wearing it. Also, pay attention to the fabric! You don't want to pick a dress fabric that's too thick because it won't drape well. In my opinion, rayon, silk, or a very light polyester are the perfect kimono fabrics. Lastly, pick a dress that doesn't have a lot of structure - big and shapeless is ideal. Essentially, a big square with arm holes. Cut your dress down the middle (or pick a dress that is all of the aforementioned things that has a button down front and just unbutton the buttons!) and hem it with a sewing machine or by hand (or leave it raw, like I did). Then wear it and bask in the compliments.
pants, wool hat, jewelry - trifted // crescent moon shirt - DIY'd // kimono - DIY'd // Jessica Simpson Dany platforms - eBay

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

wearing - sleeveless dress and a sheer kimono

I've been searching thrift stores for the perfect sheer black kimono style top for a looooong time, so when I found this one I was practically jumping up and down (it was the kind of purchase that one wears immediately after buying). I found it at a thrift shop in Green Bay hanging with a matching teddy on the 'Intimates' rack for (wait for it) $1. Technically, I guess it's supposed to be night wear, but oh well, welcome to your new life. It's trimmed in pretty black lace, and it features gorgeous asymmetrical bell sleeves. It's a perfect witchy addition to hot summer night outfits. Every item in this outfit is secondhand - all is thrifted, except for the shoes, which were a great eBay score!
black velvet dress - thrifted // vintage sheer kimono - thrifted // Jessica Simpson Dany platforms - eBay // hat - thrifted

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Luna's Recovery Fund

This is a post no pet mother ever wants to write. It's hard to start, but here it goes. On June 7th, Luna, my sweet little black kitty, was hit by a car. It was late so I had to drive over an hour to the Green Bay Emergency Animal Hospital where she was admitted and received care. She was treated with Thoracentesis (withdrawing air from around the lungs), and is currently receiving treatment for a fractured tail that is also affecting nerves around her bladder, making her unable to urinate on her own.
Luna is so so so so lucky that she's alive. Fortunately no other bones were broken and she seems to be seeing and hearing without an issue since the swelling around her face has gone down. I am so utterly thankful for the expert care she's received. I brought her home early yesterday morning, but has yet to be completely stable. She goes between periods of extreme lethargy and restlessness, which may be effects of all the medication she's on. She isn't able to use her litter box on her own, so I've had to take a trip to the vet each day so they can help her. I would give anything just to have her tell me what hurts and what I can do to make it feel better. But there are moments when she lays down and just purrs, so I'm trying to hold onto those moments during the other times of uncertainty. The vets attending Luna are just taken with her (like everyone who meets her) - they all tell me how sweet and well behaved she is, even though she is in considerable pain. She really is just the nicest cat I've ever met. It absolutely kills me to see her in pain.
I knew before I ever adopted a pet that when I did it would be a huge responsibility, financially. I've been prepared for spaying, ear mites, emergency allergic reactions, and everything else that having a cat entails like food, special medication, toys, and care while I'm away for a few days. But I definitely wasn't prepared for this disaster. I am in the process of moving out of that house I kept talking so much about and into my van. The money I save will go toward paying the vet bills I've amassed in the last couple of days. The total I will have had to pay is over $3,000. I'm working every day, but can only work limited hours so I can make sure I'm able to care for Luna. 
I've been really overwhelmed and truly grateful for all the support and well wishes that are flooding my inbox. Lots of people have been asking how they can help out, and someone suggested I start an online fundraiser. I feel really weird soliciting money on my blog, especially for help with pet bills which I feel are solely my responsibility, but I've been assured by a few friends that the kindness of strangers will make it worth it.

I've also decided to make my partnership page public, which is something I haven't done in the past. If you'd like to purchase an ad on my blog instead of or in addition to donating to the fundraiser, that option is also available. You can advertise your blog, an online shop, or even an Instagram account, haha (it's been done before!). All the proceeds will be going towards Luna's medical bills. All the information about the ads can be found on the partnership page.

I totally understand that you may not want to donate or purchase and ad and that's ok! Even just sharing a link to Luna's story would help out. Or a sweet comment, those always make my day. Or you know, positive vibes. We're not picky! Thanks everyone for everything. I'll be updating everyone on Luna's condition soon.

Friday, June 6, 2014

road trip tips and tricks: essentials for your big adventure

Over this past winter I did a lot of traveling. Road trippin' to be specific. I drove more than ten thousand miles all together! I paid a visit to the Pacific coast, the Atlantic coast, and lots and lots of beautiful places in between. There have been so many things I've learned along the way, and I'm so happy to be able to share those things with all of you.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

gypsy at heart: a girl and her van

This big gal I call 'Trixy,' and she's my pride and joy. Buying her might have been the best decision I've ever made! Last night I took her to the Outdoor (The Skyway Drive-In Theater), and she was pretty much the ultimate Drive-In vehicle - lots of pillows, blankets, and comfy seating! I've been cleaning her out bit by bit now that the weather's prime for overnights and day trips, and going through all the miscellaneous papers, ticket stubs, and receipts Trixy accumulated whilst on my road trip has made me quite sentimental and anxious to hit the road again. I know I've said it before, but van living is my favorite thing in the whole world!

Want to see more of Trixy? Check out the first post about her, some camper van decor photos, a bit about my epic road trip, and a post including the best night ever spent in the van!
 velvet skirt, shirt, jewelry - thrifted // boots - Target // flower crown - DIY'd
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