Vintage Love

Here in Wisconsin things have been cooling down and getting almost fall-like. The leaves are even starting to turn a little bit! Its crazy…but I am loving it. I tried to find some apple cider yesterday but its still too early for that. On the other hand, it is a good time to take a look at my summer wardrobe and put together some summer-to-fall outfits…

Here are some vintage Etsy cuties that would work perfectly in this not-very-hot, not-yet-cold weather. Happy September!! xoxo

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Vintage Hand Tooled Leather Bag from thegreedyseagull

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Vintage Floral BabyDoll Dress from leasvintage

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Vintage 1960s Sunglasses from modhuman

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Heart Locket Bracelet from LaLah

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Red Leather Peep Toes from CometSalvage

Diamond Rings - All Yr Songs

…because its Friday and I’m feeling glam. xoxo

Steinbeck & the Art of Words

I’ve made it a personal mission (don’t hold me to this) to read my way through the top 100 classic novels…you know: Atlas Shrugged, 1984, Ulysses, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc. Like everyone else, I had to read many of these works while in school, but some of them have eluded me for whatever reasons — mostly laziness, I suppose. I think its somewhat of a social obligation to know these crucial, culturally-relevant works, so I’m playing a bit of catch-up. I decided that my first undertaking should be one that would hold my attention, so I chose East of Eden (Steinbeck, 1952.) John Steinbeck is one of my favorite writers because of his frank, accessible voice. (Read Cannery Row , I adore it.) He can say so much in the simplest line; with a handful of purposeful words, diction and syntax he finds the pulse of a poem. Too often we are bombarded with so many words that the intent becomes contrived or lost all together; not here.

East of Eden is one of the major, superstar classics that I never picked up. Last night I cracked it open and it starts out with a stunning dedication to Steinbeck’s friend and agent, Pascal Covici (aka, Pat.) I found it so simple and touching that I had to share it here:

Dear Pat,
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted and you said, “A box.”
“What for?”
“To put things in.”
“What things?”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well, here is your box. Nearly everything I have is in it and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts - the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still, the box is not full.

John

Honey, I’m Home

Ahhh, home sweet home. Actually, I’m not THAT excited about being back from my trip to NYC. I wish I had a lot more money so I could make it a sorta-permanent vacation. A girl can dream. Anyway…here are a couple happy little jams for your Thursday. xoxo.

Music Go Music - Live on Face Time - Just Me from music go music on Vimeo.

Music Go Music - Live on Face Time - Warm in the Shadows from music go music on Vimeo.

New York, New York

I have been a total blog-slacker this week. I know this…but its sort of justified. On top of trying to purchase my first house, I was preparing for my extended weekend trip to NYC this weekend. My last visit was so fantastic that I had to get back out right away. I think I’m going to make a habit of this. See you Tuesday!

Memory Cassette - Asleep at a Party

Soooo dreamy. Love it!! Happy Friday.

Asleep At A Party / Last One Awake - Memory Cassette from Sebastian Rozenberg on Vimeo.

via Vimeo and gorillavsbear

Etsy {Weds}day: A Touch Rockabilly

Let me just say that I almost bought the dress in today’s feature. I love it. My future wedding dress will be something very, very similar, but I’m just not ready to walk down the aisle yet…and having that adorable dress around might be jumping the gun a tad. And oh…those shoes are stunningly fantastic but alas, my feet are tiny, itty-bitty things that will swim in them. Sigh…

Anyway, all of today’s Etsy {Weds}day picks are a mostly girly, a touch rockabilly and all very classy. I love them.

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Derby by JadeRoseDesigns

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Vintage Couture Dress from TimelessVixenVintage

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Satin Ring Pillow from YANDEBRIDAL

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Natural Flowers Bouquet by AprilHilerDesigns

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Pin-Up Mermaid White Leather Fluevogs by redhedgingerbread

If you haven’t seen it…

So I saw 500 Days of Summer this weekend. Loved it. Its not a sugar coated, you-know-how-it-ends kind of love story that totally misrepresents life. It does, however, pose a very controversial, subjective question: What is love? Is love even real? Just go see it before I give it away…

Bonus: impressive soundtrack featuring the Smiths, Doves and a rare cover by She & Him. Regina Spektor’s Us starts the movie perfectly; I actually didn’t love that song until I saw this movie and now I cannot get enough. And then there’s this lovely gem from The Temper Trap, Sweet Disposition:

Weekend Vintage: Saturdays in August

The day started out all doom and gloom with serious thunder and rain…but alas, the skies parted and a perfect Saturday ensued. I feel like the summer is slipping away quicker than I am prepared to deal with, so I’m doing my best to make the most of these remaining sunny days. For example, I just got back from indulging in some ginger infused margaritas on the sidewalk - they were fantastic! Here are some summery vintage finds from Etsy. Put on your sunnies and get outside before its Thanksgiving again…

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Vintage 1970s Oversized Sunglasses from SmallEarthVintage

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Vintage Paisley Dress from kennedyholmes

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Vintage Purple Pendant from ShesFancy

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Vintage Clutch from bluegrassbooty

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Vintage Kelly Green Sling Backs from brownbagvintage

A haus and a babe.

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I just LOVE this photo from the Terrace Beach Resort in British Columbia. Its beautiful and I want to go stay for a while.

I admit, I have been MIA for a few days but its all for good cause! There is big news my world, so I’ll share just a bit to explain my absence. Most importantly, my brother and his girlfriend welcomed their first baby on Monday. Everyone is happy, healthy and adorable. The baby makes me a first-time aunt and I will answer to “Auntie Chelle” from now on. Ooh, I could eat him up.

Secondly, I might be a home owner! (Sadly, its not one of gorgeous cabins pictured above.) I don’t mean to jinx it because nothing is totally finalized, but its looking like things might work out. The house is small and needs a lot of love, but I see its potential…and it will be really friggin cute. Anyways, fingers crossed!

I’ll try to get some serious blogging done this weekend. Hope you have a lovely one.

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