Saturday, July 23, 2011

Stay Tuned!

Hello, folks! It will probably be a bit quiet around here for the next week as some BIG changes are going to be occurring on this little ol' blog.  Stay tuned for further announcements!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Same Dress, Different Season.

You may recognize this dress from this post.  I first thrifted this dress back in February, and I wore it all layered up in the winter.  It really is a summer dress. though, and it's so light weight and cozy that I've been getting a lot of use out of it.  I know you can only tell in half of these photos, but it has tiny polka dots on it.  You know, the kind that from the right distance/angle look like they're dancing and then start to make your vision blurry.  I love the little dancing polka dots.  
Dan and I had originally planned to shoot this outfit in a field full of hay bales because I love hay bales, but by the time we got to the field they had taken the hay bales away.  Every last one.  We then tried this little park behind our town's municipal building, but as we pulled up a HUGE swarm of what appeared to be miniature horse flies swarmed our car.  When I say swarmed, I mean they were chasing the car as we turned around in a very persistent manner, and one tough little guy clung onto the review mirror for most of the way back to town.  Finally we found a location that seemed to work.  Have you had any similar experiences when trying to find a suitable shooting locale?

Photos by Dan.

Dress: Thrifted
Shoes: Clarks
Hat: Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


 My beginner's digital photography class is drawing to a close at the end of the week, and I thought I'd share some of the photos I've taken so far.  These are various vines that I've come across on nature trails around the school at which I work.  I just love how each one is different.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Gold Hoop Earrings

I, like most Americans, love the movie, I Love You Man.  The lovely Rashida Jones, the adorable Paul Rudd, the hilarious Jason Segal...what's not to love? One of my favorite things about this movie, though, is Rashida Jones' character, Zooey's, style.  In fact, with the exception of the cute Florida t-shirt outfit, her style is very close to what I strive wear to work during the school year as a librarian.  I, too, am a cardigan fanatic.  (To help give you an idea as the the extent of my fanaticism: Last year, one of the math teachers gave her students a probability problem on the odds that I was wearing a cardigan that day...duh, 100%.) 

As I watched the movie for the first time, I couldn't help but notice her dainty, gold hoop earrings in each scene; I've wanted a pair ever since.  Well, this year my wish came true on my birthday, and my mom got me a pair! I've worn them every day, and I know I can wear them every day indefinitely...they just go with everything.

All images from here and here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Rachel's Roadhouse

Yesterday Dan and I drove to Grove City, PA because we had a return to make to the Outlet Mall there. I was very good and did not buy anything! Afterwards, we went to the best restaurant located just a few miles away, Rachel's Roadhouse.  The food is seriously delicious.  It's in the middle of nowhere, and yet every single time I've been there it's been packed and there's been a wait.  Every time.  Lunch, Dinner, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, no matter.  This time Dan and I decided to take advantage of our wait time and take a few pictures.  We found this little creek running right behind the parking lot, so I hopped right on in! It was very refreshing, and it helped pass the time quite well I must say.

Photos by Dan and I.

T shirt: J Crew Outlet
Skirt: NY&Co. 
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Clarks
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Rediscovered Top

On my way out the door with Dan to take these shots, my mom make a joke about how this outfit was my third of the day, which was true.  The only consistent piece throughout my three outfits today was my top, but I hadn't worn it since high school, so I figure I was just making up for lost time.  That top had been one of my favorites in high school, and I hadn't been able to make myself part with it since then.  One of the reasons I hadn't worn it in so long is because I gained weight in college and knew it wouldn't fit, and ever since then I've been afraid it would be too small, and I haven't been daring enough to try it again.  Well, today I did, and boy am I glad! I still love it just as much!

I decided to add this picture of Dan because he just looks so handsome and I rarely include photos of him on the blog.  I'm trying to convince him to let me include his photos in all of my blog posts, steps.  What do you think of the idea?

 Photos by Dan.

Tank top: old Banana Republic 
Skirt: Salvage Life Vintage (Etsy)
Wristlet: Dooney & Burke (birthday gift from Dan)
Shoes: Born (SO comfy!)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Down the Rabbit Hole

I had quite a bit of luck the last time I went thrifting.  Lately I've been coming home empty handed, but this time I came home with a couple really cute things, including this little button-up, sleeveless blouse.  It was the perfect light, airy top for the 90 degree day we had yesterday! We've just been having the most beautiful, sunny, hot weather here, and I'm loving it!!

I just started reading Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, and it makes me wish I had a time machine so that I could travel back to the days of Elvis, saddle shoes, and diners with black and white tiled floors, bright red furniture, and bottled Cokes.  When I'm reading about these things, it feels a bit like traveling back in time, and I guess I'll have to settle for that.

Photos by Dan.

Top: Thrifted
Shorts: Ruche
Belt: Gap
Shoes: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Greek Festival

Yesterday Dan and I went to the Greek festival in Erie to see the sights.  It was my second time going, and I think I appreciated it more this time around.  It's held at the Greek orthodox church, and there are clothing, jewelry, art, and food vendors set up in the parking lot.  My favorite part of the festival is going into their exquisitely decorated church.  It is absolutely beautiful, and honestly, the picture below does not do it justice.  The entire place seems to be made of gold and marble, and their are detailed paintings adorning every surface.  

My second favorite part of the festival would have to be the snow cones.  I couldn't decide which color to get, so I got all of the colors in one! Dan is getting over a stomach bug, so we didn't think it'd be very wise to fill up on Greek food at the festival, but this icy cold snow cone really hit the spot on this beautiful, hot, sunny day!

Photos by Dan.
Tank top: Eddie Bauer
Shorts and hair pin: J Crew Outlet
Shoes: Clarks
Belt: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Seafaring Family

Today was a very relaxing day, and I was fortunate enough to spend the whole afternoon vintage and thrift shopping.  I picked up the bracelet pictured above in a little jewelry shop on the main road in my town, and I found a couple of tops at the Salvation Army.  When I got home, my mom taught me how to hem.  I purchased a lovely little red and white gingham dress that really need shortening at a thrift shop awhile back, and she showed me how to do it.  I'm going to try hemming a skirt soon and see just how much I learned today.  Hemming seems to take quite a bit of patience, which I do not have all of the time.

Tonight my family (my mom, dad, brother, and I) had a family dinner and went for a boat ride.  My brother practiced driving the boat, and it was really nice to see him.  He's twenty-two and has an apartment in town, but I hardly ever see him.  He'll be a senior in college next year studying English, and it'll be interesting to see what he ends up doing when he graduates.

Dress: Gap
Belt: borrowed from Mom
Shoes: Liz Claiborne
Owl pin: vintage
Bracelet: vintage