Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Of The Garden Variety


 Skirt c/o Kiddo TV

I don't do a lot of work with sponsors because it feels really awkward to accept items and then give an honest review.  However, I do enjoy working with smaller shops and Megan from the blog Garden Variety opened an etsy shop, Kiddo TV, a while back selling vintage.  She has a killer eye for interesting garments and stocks quite a bit of 70s, 80s and 90s clothing.   She offered to send me an item and after browsing through, I picked out the skirt.  I knew it would be easy to work into my wardrobe and this is just a few ways I've worn it since receiving it.  Also, her shipping is crazy fast!  As an Alaskan, I'm pretty use to shipping costs being astronomical  and taking weeks to arrive.  Not with Megan though!  This skirt arrived in just a few days and being someone who likes fast shipping, this makes me want to order from her shop based on just that. 

I do a lot of my shopping through ebay and one of my biggest beefs is sellers not giving detailed descriptions, measurements or taking dark, low quality pictures.   Megan does a great job of writing out descriptions of the clothing, complete with accurate measurements and her photos make it easy to see what the clothing actually looks like.  Her prices are also pretty reasonable, with how expensive thrift stores have gotten, it's worth the extra few dollars to not have to dig through the racks full of F21 and Target clothes to find the actual vintage. Plus, Megan does a great job of stocking really different garments, I've never seen anything like the Egyptian Skirt she has currently and the Horse shirt is adorable!

So - Fast shipping, different vintage clothing, good prices and easy to see what you're ordering.   I think Megan's done a great job of setting up a shop that offers a great shopping experience and has a different selection of vintage than the usual 50s shirtdresses.   She also works hard and has a five star rating with many sales and satisfied customers so you don't have to just take my word for it that she's awesome.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Into the Sun We Go

Jaxon Hat (thrifted)
Forever21 Dress (thrifted)
Leather Bag (thrifted)
Dolce Vita Heels (ebay)

Happy Labor Day!  Ironically most of us work on Labor day but hey, a paycheck is a paycheck.   We were thinking about one last bbq but the season ends but brrr, it's cold!   I realize in normal parts of he world it's still considered summer until some ungodly date(like Sept.22 - hahhhaaa!) but it's definitely fall up here.  The leaves are turning, it's been under 30 degrees at night, the first hard frosts have it and everyone's walking around with a look of impending doom.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Every Road Has It's End

Free People Hat
Joie Silk  Blouse (thrifted)
Leather Obi Belt (thrifted)
American Eagle Outfitters Jeans
Carlos Boots
Lucky Leather Bag (gift)

I just discovered that I really like tunics.  I always thought that being short meant tunics would just look really silly on me and help make me look even shorter.  Apparently it's the other way around or at least it seems to work as long as I use a belt.  (Short person syndrome or something like that.)   I'm going to take the kids to see Guardians of The Galaxy today, which can I just laugh my head off for a moment over that being made into a movie?  If you'd told me ten years ago that someone was going to turn that comic into a popular movie, I would have thought you were a crazy person.  Disney is really having a heyday with Marvel, now on top of a billion Avengers movies, now they can do GOTG crossovers with X-Men and revive that whole story arc!  Dude, they can milk at least another five movies out of this, there's so many 80s stories arcs they've yet to capitalize off of.   

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On The Way

Free People Hat and Bag (gift)
BCBGeneration Coat (consignment)
Anthro Blouse (swap wit a friend)
JBrand Waxed Jeans
Leather Boots (thrifted)

You're all going to be really sick of this hat.  It's pretty much my most favoritest of all favorite things.  This blouse is pretty new to my closet, a friend is going back to work after being a SAHM for the past five years and rather than go shopping, we just did a clothing swap.  I had a bunch of JCrew/BR silk blouses, skirts and dresses that aren't really my style anymore and she loves Anthro so it worked out pretty awesome for both of us.  
I think I'm going to get rid of these pants and upgrade them.  They've completely lost their shape and after a half hour of wear, they bag out and pretty much fall off.  The material's gotten really thin and they just don't look that good any more.   (Ugh on my AE black pants as well, the material is really thin so you literally see every bump.  No thanks!)  Because black pants are such a staple in my wardrobe I think I'll try to find another nice pair like my Sevens, there really is a difference in the material between them and the AEs and they've held up a lot better.  I've been researching a good pair and I think I'm going to try to find a pair of the JBrand Marias on ebay, I don't want to pay full retail when I can find them for a fourth of the price elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Every Cowboy Has His Day

Free People Hat
Vintage Leather Jacket (thrifted)
Aeropstale Tank
Banana Republic Cashmere Cardigan (not pictured - thrifted)
American Eagle Outfitters Jeans
Lucky Leather Bag (gift)
Jeffery Campbell Boots

When I drove to work the hills were shrouded in mist.  It'd mostly burnt off by the time I got off work and went to take pictures but it still looked beautiful and gave the whole area a really nostalgic feel.  It's nice living in the valley during the winter and not having to worry about slippery hills but I miss the mountains quite a bit once I get out of the flatlands. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Burn Like Fire

Free People Hat, Kimono and Des
American Eagle Outfitters Bag
MIA2 Sandals
Belt (thrifted)

I am not really for all of this fall stuff - the trees are turning colors, kids are in school, it's getting colder at night and there's frost on the windshields in the morning.  I harvested the rest of our rhubarb and raspberries yesterday, our rhubarb plants last year were pretty pathetic but they've been great this year, I've gotten three cutting out of them where last year I got one. (And they were pretty sad little stalks to boot.)  It was the same with the raspberries though, last year they were tiny and had worms in them and this year they huge and were thankfully lacking in the worms. (Yuk, that's all I can say.)  I need to get out to pick blueberries sometime this week, last year we picked a five gallon bucket of them and after freezing them, they lasted maybe a month before we ate them all.  What can I say, blueberry pancakes are the bomb.  I would like to get two five gallon buckets this year but we're pressed for time right now with a lot of projects to finish up before the snow flies.

Ugh, snow.

Spirit In The Sky

Free People Hat
American Eagle Outfitters Tee and Pants
Valentina Leather Bag (thrifted)
Icings Necklaces
Steve Madden Leather Wedges

Hurray for comfy pants!  They're basically just pj pants but I like pants that make me look tall. (Probably because I have to wear at least a four inch heel to make these work.)