Wednesday, April 23, 2014

wearing // ouija board print and a bodycon skirt

This outfit started out with the mauve blouse, shorts, and a big floppy bow tie. Too business casual. Then it became Ouija Board shirt, shorts, and a long black jacket. Too gothic. Then I didn't want to take the Ouija shirt off because I'd already fixed my hair, so I just threw the blouse on again over it. Lastly, I added the bodycon skirt. Sheesh, dressing myself sure can be a production at times. My point, I suppose, is that sometimes outfits evolve over time or a matter of minutes, in my case. I would have never thought to wear this blouse unbuttoned over another shirt, but I actually love how this ended up looking in the end.

I found this shirt at my local thrift store (isn't that the way the best love stories begin?). I almost put it back because of the size (it was a size 14, and I usually wear around a size 4). Then I though ehhhhhh, it doesn't look that big, so I picked it back up, carried it around a bit, and put it back because I concluded that it was too expensive ($5, hey, I'm poor). I came back to it a third time and thought, well, I'll just try it on. And I fell in love. I looked at the tag again and saw it was 100% silk, which didn't make the price seem that bad. Then I noticed it had a little stain on it (urgh), but I decided it wasn't very noticeable, and then used the stain to my advantage to get the price knocked down at the register. So I walked out with a gorgeous, silky, wonderfully colored blouse for only one dollar. And that is the story of how this pretty mauve blouse and I came together (still a better love story than Twilight).
bodycon skirt - H&M // ouija board shirt - Hot Topic // blouse, necklace - thrifted // tights - DIY'd // 
Jeffrey Campbell Litas - eBay // rings - Target, H&M, Victory Jewelry // vintage Coach purse - thrifted

Monday, April 21, 2014

what's in my purse?

I was thrifting with my mom this past weekend and found a pretty vintage Coach purse, so I decided to snap these pics as I was switching my things from my old bag to this one. I hardly ever buy purses because I'm super picky about what kind I use. When I invest in a purse it has to be large enough to carry at least one paperback book, and be of quality material (I detest the slimy faux leather some stores, ahem Target, seem to favor these days). Of course, it also has to look nice! I always am drawn to vintage Coach bags when I happen to see them because the ones I find usually meet all the aforementioned standards. I liked this one because it was brown and black and thus, super versatile.

Basically this is the most boring What's In My Purse? posts ever, because, well, look. Nothing too exciting, but...There's a pair of sunnies that my bf randomly found somewhere last summer, a thrifted wallet that is having sipper issues, random rocks, some cash, change, random receipts (there were actually more of these, but I didn't want the post to be What's In My Purse Besides Receipts, so...), memo pad and pen (a must for any aspiring sleuth), mint tin lip balm holder, emergency mascara, hair clip (I can't live without these! My hair is too heavy for pony tail holders, so these things are great! I have only ever found them at Claire's. They're about $4, and I always buy all the ones they have whenever I'm there because I'm afraid one day they'll stop carrying them and then I'll pretty much have to shave my head.), loose bobby pins, and, of course, a book. So what do you guys have in your purses?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

happenings 4/13 - 4/20, 2014

So, remember last week when I said the snow is finally almost all gone!? Well, haha, mother nature decided that we needed a bit more because the very next day it snowed. All day. And the next day, too. The week was white. But it's raining today, so hopefully that will be the end of snow for the year. *Knocks on wood.* *Does rain dance.* *Shakes fist toward the sky threateningly.* *Apologizes.* Anyhoo...

I don't own a TV and I haven't for a few years now. I absolutely love how freeing it is to not a) have to have a TV take up room looking ghastly on the wall, and b) be tempted to watch it for hours a day. FREEING. I find that I read more books, take more photos, have more time to workout, play Battleship, watch tutorials on YouTube...time for all the things! However, my local libraries do have a vast DVD selection that I like to peruse now and then. I bring them home and just watch them on my laptop and that is quite enough to keep me entertained for a while. This past week I watched The Conjuring, which came out last year (I had no idea!), and guys, this is the best horror movie I HAVE EVER SEEN. It's definitely my kind of horror - supernatural, thrilling, mind f-ing, and it totally had me jumping out of my seat at times. Oh, and it's also based on a true story. What?! Yeah. Also, I think I am coming down with a woman crush on Vera Farmiga. While that movie I would recommend highly, I would also recommend NEVER wasting your time watching Knowing. Literally the worst movie I have ever seen.


Randomly stumbled onto this video from Kiesza. This had about two million hits when I first watched it and that has more than doubled in the last few days (they can't all be from me, people)! I can't believe this is done in only one take - my mind is blown. This girl is gonna be huuuuuuuge. I am OBsessed with her faux hawks and you better believe I will totally be channeling that look soon. (See my faux hawk tutorial here.)

Reading The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki. Love me some historical fiction.

Thrifting some pretty vintage Coach purses. My favorite!

P.S. Check out this gorgeous portrait by Carly Watts! She just made little Luna look as cute as can be.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Underworld and heavens,
Land and sea,
I waken these energies unto me.
clothing  - thrifted // rings - Claires, H&M

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

road trip recap: Pensacola Beach & Santa Rosa Island, Florida

On a road trip absolutely FULL of amazing adventures, this couple of days was probably my favorite. The weather was probably a huge factor in that it was the only day where the sun was out it wasn't too chilly (side note - year of the polar vortex was probably NOT the prime time for a trip trying to escape the crappy weather - it was uncharacteristically cold everywhere we went, even Florida). It was nice to enjoy the beach in appropriate beach weather, haha. The water was still kinda cold, but that was easy to get over once I discovered all the pretty things to see under the waves. This day spawned a new obsession - hunting for seashells! I found the prettiest one of the whole trip (above - a pear whelk), and one of the few unbroken finds of my haul.
I spent the day at Pensacola Beach, and towards late afternoon I headed east a few miles and parked the van by the dunes on Santa Rosa Island, where bay was visible to one side, and the gulf to the other. I hung out in the van that night, played lots of Clue Express with the bf, and soaked up the amazing beachy atmosphere. There weren't any signs prohibiting overnight parking (that we saw) so we stayed the night, and I woke up to a beautiful sunrise that turned everything a gorgeous mix of pink, purple, and blue. Walking on the beach and watching the sun rise that morning was a truly spiritual experience. I don't know if I've ever seen anything as lovely. This was the night/morning that really sealed the deal for me, van road trip wise. I got to enjoy this spectacular area, sleep overnight practically right on the beach, and wake up to this view all without seeing another soul, and it cost nothing. Van life, people, is where it's at.

The sun eventually hid behind the clouds and it became significantly chillier than it had been the previous day. I decided to forgo completely suiting up to snorkel, but I ended up getting pretty wet as I collected shells along the shore anyways. The best finds from this beach were an unbroken giant cockle, a fighting conch, and a perfect teeny tiny whelk. Little did I know that, even though it was colder, these would be the best days for swimming and shelling. I thought it would remain pretty much the same throughout my time in Florida, at least, but dang, it was cloudy and low fifties for most of it. Hopefully next year I'll catch some more actual sunny beach days! (I'm already planning on coming back to this area and maybe down to Sanibel Island where I hear the shelling is top notch!)
pictures 2, 8, & 9 by Shepley

Monday, April 14, 2014

road trip recap: Biloxi, Mississippi

Unfortunately I wasn't able to fix the problem with my Lafayette Cemetery photo file so I still can't post them. On to Mississippi, I guess! I drove from New Orleans to the town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and was so stoked to finally be near a beach! My boyfriend was scheduled to play at a bar called The Julep Room that night, so in the meantime we went thrifting (I found $19 in the pocket of a pair of horrid '90's shorts, woohoo!), and took a long twilight walk on the beach.

The next day started off with a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme (they were running a Daylight Savings promo that I had heard about on Twitter, and I know I said this in an earlier recap post, but getting free food when you're on a road trip is the effing bomb). Yum. It was then a short drive on over to Biloxi where Trixy was lovin' the beach view parking spot we got her. The early part of the day was spent soaking up the sun, eating ice cream truck treats, attempting to swim at Biloxi Beach (where the water was suuuuuper chilly and shallow for days), and exploring a local cemetery. After the crazy winter up in Wisconsin and the chilly weather at the beginning of the trip, the beach was, by far, the best thing about Biloxi. Even though I knew I was going to be experiencing lots more beach on the trip, seeing it for the first time here was really memorable. It wasn't long, though, before the van was packed up and we were crossing the Alabama border.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

happenings April 6-13, 2014

All the snow is ALMOST GONE! After the veritable blizzard we had about a week ago, I think this part of the Midwest is finally getting the fact that winter is SO over. There have been a few rainy days and a few gorgeous days, and, thankfully, no more snowy days. Come on, spring!

I started packing to move this week. I just moved this past November, and now the house I'm renting has sold (it was on the market), so I have to up and move just like that BOOM at the literal WORST TIME EVER to move when you live in Door County. guys! The house I'm moving into is SO perfect. It was FATE that I happened to look on craigslist when I did because I was the first person to inquire about the post, look at it, and make an offer. I am so lucky. I'll be able to ride my bike to work, into town, and to the beach! I signed the paperwork yesterday so it's official! I'm so excited. However, from now until May 15th I'll be in that weird limbo phase where some of my crap is in boxes, at the wrong house, lost forever, ect. You know. Ugh. But it will all be worth it in about a month. I can't wait!

I've been bringing home home lots of great thrift finds lately. My local thrift store has been having mad sales because they're closing for renovations and such, so I've stopped a few times this week. There is only ONE thrift store in my area (It's Door County, people. It's awesome 'cause there's no big box stores up here, but there also aren't a lot of other things that would be thrift stores. Well, except for this little tiny one I'm talking about.) So I made sure to take advantage of the only sale at the only thrift store in my area, and I scored! I bought some great velvet pieces, a bolo tie (I am obsessed with bolo ties), some pretty maxi skirts, and a cool Hard Rock Cafe tee.

Here are some other things I've been doing this week...

Scrolling through every single page of Coconut, Lemon, and Lime. And stalking all over her Instagram, too. She wears white like I wear black and is the absolute queen of wonderfully beachy flatlays.

Reading A Ride Into Morning: The Story of Tempe Wick by Ann Rinaldi.

Laughing at My Parents Reacting to YouTube Comments by Superwoman on YouTube. Love this woman. So. Much.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

wearing: black velvet and Jeffrey Campbell Litas

The first time I saw a style blogger rocking a pair of Litas I didn't care for the appearance of the shoes at all. It looked like the girl was trip-trapping about on hooves! But then I saw them again and for some reason it was like Cupid emerged from behind two clouds and shot the hell out of me. I fell in love. It was almost as if the boots were so ugly that they were pretty. So, as a girl who can't just drop incredible amounts of cash on a pair of shoes (or anything, for that matter), I admired them from afar. Every so often I searched for them on eBay and was astounded that the prices that were still way out of my range. But then a few weeks ago it seemed as if the eBay fairies were smiling down upon me. I found them for a mere $65.99 (which is still high for me, but was the lowest that I'd ever seen the Litas by far!)! Plus I was able to buy them immediately instead of bidding on them, which never seems to go well for me anyways. They arrived at my door a few days later. You guys. These are the most amazing shoes I've ever owned. They are BEAUTIFUL. I am totally hooked on Jeffrey Campbell now. (I even scored a pair of O-Wildes on eBay a week later for only $24.99!! Eeep!) And the best part is that they were pre-owned so they already have scuffs and scratches on them and I won't have to be devastated when I accidentally bang them up a bit, which I am definitely wont to do.

Today was the most perfect day, weather wise. It was about sixty degrees with a sweet cool breeze. If every day could be like that I'd never ever complain about the weather! I decided on all black, all velvet, big hat, and big shoes. I guess none of that is really out of the ordinary for me, haha. I found this gorgeous Marc Jacobs blazer at a thrift store for around $5 and I am in love with all the details! The shoulders, the buttons, the cut, and even the sweet bow in the back are all just excellent. And then there's the fact that it's black and it's velvet, I should really just never take it off. I love how it looks with this long velvet dress. So delightfully witchy.
velvet skirt - thrifted // Marc Jacobs velvet blazer - thrifted // hat - ASOS // Jeffrey Campbell Litas - ebay // 
crystal ball ring - c/o Victory Jewelry // shield ring - Target // claw ring - Claire's // necklace - DIY'd

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

road trip recap: St. Louis Cemetery (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The reputation of the cemeteries in New Orleans for being aesthetically kick-ass was something I was aware of before my trip. However, no matter how much I researched and how many photos I looked at online prior to my visit, I was definitely not prepared for how insanely awesome the cemeteries would appear in person. The atmosphere is something that's hard for me to put into words. Of course the traditional adjectives associated with graveyards and cemeteries come to mind: spooky, creepy, eerie, ect. And the overcast skies definitely added to the gloomy scene. But there was so much more than how it looked! There was definitely an almost tangible energy in the air - as if someone was holding their breath, waiting to whisper the stories and secrets of the dead into my ear. Gah, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. For someone who loves cemeteries and spends a fair amount of time exploring them, the ones I wandered into in New Orleans were the most beautiful I had ever seen (until I visited Savannah, Georgia, but that's a post for another time...).

These photos were taken in the St. Louis Cemetery. There are three parts of the St. Louis Cemetery, but unfortunately I wasn't aware exactly which one I stumbled upon. I could have spent hours examining each and every marker, but sadly didn't have the time. Planning on visiting New Orleans? Definitely make sure you visit! Hopefully I'll have more photos coming from the Lafayette Cemetery, but unfortunately somehow the file folder those pics are saved in became corrupted and my computer keeps crashing every time I try to open it. Major bummer (that cemetery looked so much cooler than this one...and clearly that's saying a lot!).
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