April 9, 2014

In With The Old

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Blouse, Skirt (altered), & Sandals- Thrift Store, Earrings- World Market, Hair Comb- Me Made

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I found this skirt at the Goodwill Bins a few weeks ago and it just took my breath away. It had been a particularly awful day. The kind of day where the least awful part was watching a grown-ass man clear his throat and spit on the floor of the courthouse. After two hours of line waiting, 30 degrees hotter temps than it was at my office, no air conditioning, and being stuck in a stuffy room with screaming kids, dirty diaper smell and the ground spitter, I took myself to Goodwill in an effort to de-stress. If you have never been to a Goodwill Bins before I seriously recommend getting yourself to one asap. It is just a room full of bins of donated items. It is really pretty amazing. It's gross and you will want to bring body hand sanitizer with you, but the treasures to be found are pretty great. So after the long awful day it was a lovely reward to come across this absolutely beautiful skirt.


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When I bought it the waist was itty bitty, and it was floor length. I've been dreaming of a skirt like this for ages and so I bought it intending to shorten it and make a new waistband. Initially I thought this was an 80's-does-Edwardian skirt or a reproduction. As I began to take it apart I found that every single part of this skirt had been hand sewn. The thread and fabric were fragile, and until I bleached it, the skirt was a beautiful tea-dyed shade of cream. The eyelet and lace at the hem are all hand stitched together. The seams are all hand French Seamed. There are spots where this skirt was mended and where little crocheted flowers were carefully stitched over stains or tares... It is a literal work of art.


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I shortened it by probably a foot and re-did everything by hand save the waistband. It took me about three hours in total (I am a slow hand stitcher), which blows my mind in comparison to how much work was originally done by hand. I like to think that whoever this skirt (let's be real, petticoat) originally belonged to is happy it's still around and deeply appreciated.

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April 7, 2014

Forest Falls

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My original post for today ended up being a bust due to the insane winds we've been having. So instead here is a post that I never got around to from last August.
I'm not very wordy today (long weekend and photoshoot bust makin' me cranky), but hopefully the location makes up for it. This is seriously one of my favourite places in all of the State.


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We spent my Birthday last year up in Forest Falls. We took an absolutely wonderful meal of grilled chicken, pasta salad, and green salad and ate at the picnic/state park area. My mom and Bri turned out little picnic site into a magical woodland creature haven. The joke is that I've always said if I ever get married it will be here in a party fit for Fairy Folk, so they took the idea and ran with it. It was pretty much perfect. We had cherry, blueberry, & raspberry handpies for desert and I got a GoPro! Afterwards we hiked up to the waterfall and swam for a while.


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The water was icy cold and the weather perfectly cool. Forest Falls is kind of hidden in a valley, and doesn't get as hot as the surrounding areas, which is pretty much the best thing ever in the Summertime.


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It was a pretty wonderful day.
I'm hoping to make it back up there before I leave (and actually remember my camera! These were all taken on my phone) and explore more of the actual hiking trail.

If you ever find yourself in So Cal, this is definitely worth the trip.

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April 4, 2014

On the Horizon

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Blouse, Skirt, Belt, & Sandals- Thrift Store, Earrings- World Market


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I've had some really great thrifting luck the last few weeks/months. For a while there I would find one piece here or there, but lately I'll go in load up my arms and walk away with a nice pile of treasures. A lot of things are ones that need altering and it's been really nice to have fun with dreaming up outfits again.  This skirt must have been used as a costume at one point. It was nearly floor length when I bought it and closes with velcro. The print is borderline obnoxious (it's roses in case you couldn't tell), and just perfect. The blouse and sandals are very recent finds, and I just really, really loved this outfit. This is one of those outfits where I just felt like myself. I'm excited to take this out this summer for picnics and hikes and general frolics through grassy fields. My Summer plans are pretty amazing this year, and perfect cute adventure outfits like this make me even more excited!

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Speaking of Summer plans, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what this year holds in store. In May I'm going to be doing some travelling. I'll be in New Mexico for a few days visiting Laura, and a few days after I get back I get back on a plane headed to a secret location for a crazy wild adventure that will take me to two additional secret locations over the course of 7 months. It's crazy, wild, and super nerve wrecking. I will be living out of a suitcase, moving fairly often, and in totally foreign to me locations. I am of course excited, but also nervous. I have no idea what those 7 months will hold. As far as this space is concerned, I'm not even sure what my internet connection will be like. I will have a few free days while I am away, but I'd really rather not spend those days stuck in an Internet Cafe spending hours catching up on blog reading/writing. And honestly a part of me feels like I have outgrown this blog. It's been good and I've done a lot of growing up through it, and I still really love blogging, but I really think I am ready for a new chapter. We shall see.  The point is that I just wanted to touch base and let you know that things might be changing in a lot of small and big ways in the coming months. So if I seem to have dropped off the planet from May-December I promise I haven't, I'm just off trekking the world. I'm really excited to share this adventure with you all!!

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April 2, 2014

Beach Baby

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Erica was here on Spring Break last week. We had a ton of adventures and really amazing wonderful times (including meeting Jason Mraz in a completely bizarre "this doesn't ever actually happen in the town I live in, especially not at my favourite mexican restaurant" turn of events), but I was so bad at taking pictures! I have a few on Instagram, but I did manage to bring along my DSLR when we went down to the beach. I've been trying to push my photography skills as of late, and really learn how to use my camera. I am by no means a pro, but slowly I'm learning to take a better photo. These are from our jaunt in Oceanside and I'm pretty happy with them.

Every beach day requires this song on endless loop.

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The weather was really weird. Inland it was rainy and cold, and even rained on us a tiny bit when we first got to the beach. But then the wind picked up and blew like crazy and the sun came out and it warmed up a bit. It was actually pretty perfect. We played in the water and climbed the jetty, had chicken strips and French toast and chocolate milkshakes for lunch, visited the Surf Museum, met up with friends of Erica's to walk the Pier and my parents and siblings joined us all for a Fish'n'chip dinner. 

Earlier in the week I took Erica to Hollywood where she was disappointed to learn just how tacky/trashy/lame it all was. But this, this is the part of California that never disappoints. Blast some Beach Boys, throw on some sandals, and soak up a little bit of joy. 


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How was your Spring Break?
What have you got planned for your's?