Sunday, April 30, 2017

To India, With Love

Mumbai Skyline, Taj Mahal print, and Gold India Map Decor available at
        Believe it or not, I do wear jeans.  I have a pair of boot cut Levis that I wear all the time now that we're living in the country, and a nice pair of work boots to go with them.  But, my preference for jeans is a comfortable skinny jean in a great color that I can wear with a tunic and flats.  With the ornate beading and rich colors on this Ionia tunic by Maeve, my outfit instantly had a very traditional India fashion vibe to it, and I love it.   This entire outfit is second hand, except for the jewelry which I made myself.  The tunic and jeans are from ThredUp and the flats are from Ebay.  Head to toe this outfit cost about $50.  Given that the tunic alone originally cost $110, I feel pretty fabulously thrifty, and really, being able to share my shopping tips like this is the whole reason I have a blog.  
    I always hear women say, "I love what you're wearing, but I never find things like that" or, "I could never afford things like that."  And I have to say, "uuuuhhh, yes you can" to both.  I know I spend more time and money on clothes than the average person, but this is my hobby and I love it!  For everyone who doesn't want to make this a big part of their lives, I'm here for you :D  It takes time, it takes effort, and sometimes it takes finding the right hunting grounds for great bargains, but it is possible.

Shop the Look:
Maeve Ionia Stitched Tunic & Mustard Jeans by The Limited From ThredUp.
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Raspberry Flats by Aldo
More Buying Options and Sizes for this Ionia Tunic on Ebay and Poshmark:
Size 6 $54, Size 6 $75, Size 8 $84, Size 8 $90

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Slice of Summer

    Ready for a little fun in the sun?  If you're still recovering from Easter candy overload and don't quite have summer on your mind yet, here are a few early picks to whet your appetite:


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lavender & Cream

Hearts, Macarons, and Rose prints from

She dreams a champagne dream
strawberry surprise, pink linen and white paper, 
fields of butterflies, reality escapes her

Shop the Look:
Peach Cardi and purse are old
Necklace is handmade by yours truly.  Check out my Etsy shop for other lovely jewelry
Purple Dress by The Limited from ThredUp
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RedV heels from ThredUp, but these Take Your Dances T-Strap Heels from ModCloth are similar
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Monday, April 24, 2017

With a Little Luck: ootd

Clover NecklaceClover Earrings, and Ireland Travel journal from
    It seems that everywhere I look, the world is green and full of life and I must be out in it.  So, I'll be brief today and leave you with a little poem and lots of pictures:

 The World is very old;
But year by year
It groweth new again
When buds appear.
~Cicely Mary Barker

Shop the Look:
Lucky Clover Dress from The Other Sparrows 
Lauren Conrad LC Poplin Blouse from Kohls
Nila Anthony Peach Purse
Similar Gold Knot Sandals from ModCloth
Gold Sandals from ThredUp
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Make Great Rides Dress

My home isn't terribly far from a gorgeous secluded lake.  I decided to take my daily stroll here today and it's the perfect morning for it.  This Make Great Rides dress from ModCloth just arrived, so I decided to wear it today.  It is an absolutely perfect fit and well made.  I am so happy with it; I wish I had a cute little bike with a basket on the front to ride around while wearing this cutie :D

Shop the Look:
Make Great Rides Dress from ModCloth
The Zest is History Heels in Burgundy
Forever 21 Mint Purse from ThredUp
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ree & Me

    I've never really been on a girls' weekend, but catching up with old friends over dinner led to a revelation of our shared love of all things made by Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.  Someone suggested a trip and plans were tentatively made.  Often someone will cancel at the last minute, but this time everything worked out and after a wonderful night of girl talk, Mexican food, an amazing bottle of Villa Jolanda coconut moscato, we were on our way to a town I never thought to visit--Pawhuska, Oklahoma.   
    Even though we arrived at the cafe at 8:15 a.m., we spent an hour waiting in line.  Breakfast was a wonderful, rich southern meal with biscuits, bacon, eggs, and gravy on the side.  So, good!  Then we spent some time browsing The Mercantile and buying a few pastries from the bakery upstairs.  While I wish there had been a little more to do on the way, it was a wonderful scenic drive with hardly another car in site for several hours of the trip, and best of all it was the perfect day with friends.  
    I picked up souvenirs for everyone I'd left at home for the weekend, and for myself I grabbed a strand of these lovely turquoise beads that all the ladies in the shop were wearing.  They are well made, and I have already worn them with several outfits and I am planning a second trip this summer with other friends who heard about my trip and were a little angry that they'd been left out.   I know it's only spring, but my summer is shaping up nicely already.
    Since I'm in an old mercantile kind of mood, I decided to visit the one nearest my home.  It's full of flea markets and antique stores now, but they've remained favorites and are one of the first places I visited when I got back to the States.  If it were possible for me to buy one of these old buildings I'd restore it and make it into a working mercantile too.

Shop the Look:
Turquoise Necklace from The Mercantile
Darling Lace Dolly Dress from Chicwish
1950.  Small Vintage Turquoise Ring available in my etsy shop
Fervour Cardi From ModCloth
My Stroll Mate Flats by Rocket Dog from ModCloth

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