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sometimes you wake up bright and early on a sunday morning in the mood to get dressed up for the farmer’s market. i’ve been on one of my health kicks lately, so i’ve been stocking my fridge with lots of nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. a big part of it stems from the fact that i have this growing toddler who really needs to be eating the good stuff. he’s not especially picky, but i do have to get creative to make sure he’s consuming a variety of different foods. i’ve been making lots of pesto as a way to sneak in those dark leafy greens. it was a revelation when i realized that i could swap out the basil for kale, chard, spinach, or any other greens, and the pine nuts for any type of nut!

wearing:
vintage raw silk blouse
button front skirt courtesy of lucky brand
vintage clogs from wear it well vintage
vintage plastic tote
brookes boswell wakefield hat

shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet

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enter to win $100 to egg baby!

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today i am pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of egg baby! this new york city brand was launched in 2003 by designer susan lazar with the goal of creating an affordable luxury brand for babies and children. my little guy doesn’t always walk around in fancy designer clothes, but we definitely like to splurge when it’s time for portraits or family events. adam wore a few of their pieces for easter, and i love that they’re soft and comfy enough that we’ve been able to get extra mileage out of them even after all of our photos were snapped.

another thing i really love about the brand is that in addition to making adorable designs, they also focus on using environmentally friendly materials. so of course, i am very happy to be able to offer you a chance to win $100 to shop for yourself (or for gifts)!

 

enter to win $100 to egg baby!

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a few of our favorites: chambray hat, shortsleeve striped crewneck teeneru tab shirt, and twill trouser shorts.
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tomboy style

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when it comes to life lately, it’s beginning to feel like all work and no play over here. so in between drying coats of paint in my house, i went for a quick bike ride around my neighborhood to get some fresh air, and to remember that my muscles can move in a direction other than that of a paint brush! and it was the perfect opportunity to swap out my paint-covered jeans to test out my new levi’s commuter skinny jeans. they’re part of their latest commuter collection, designed for cyclists, by cyclists. they’re basically a regular pair of high rise skinny jeans made with a super stretchy water-resistance performance fabric so that they are comfortable and practical to wear while cycling. they even have a little reflective strip along the inner side seam, which reveals itself when you roll up the cuffs. i really hate wearing “performance” gear unless i absolutely have to, but it’s nice to have the functionality when you’re riding around, so these are the perfect middle ground.

and as much as i love a good pair of dark denim, it was actually fun to play around with this lighter shade of cornflower blue. i’ve been experimenting a lot with mixing different shades of denim, so i tried them out with a cropped denim top and a simple pair of clogs for a tomboy vibe. it’s super casual, but i still feel like i’m retaining my sense of style, even when i’m spending more time focusing on paint colors than clothes!

wearing:
indigo jane top courtesy of loup
commuter skinny jeans courtesy of levi’s
vintage clogs
vintage linen baseball cap

willow three speed courtesy of brooklyn bicycle co.

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aro lookbook edition 3

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ever since i got this bracelet from austin-based jewelry boutique aro, i have hardly taken it off! if you’re not familiar with the shop, they specialize in bringing together independent designers, artisans, and unique finds from around the world. and with each lookbook, they introduce new emerging jewelry designers and collections. their latest look book features a combination of new collections and designers from lab by laura busony, hey murphy, wylden studio, alynne lavignne, stanmore nyc, tarin thomas and shala karimi. it was shot by photographer nicole llakar and modeled by mary bryce with hair and makeup by emily hobbs and nail design by maghan rosales also known as “nails y’all,” the creative direction and styling was by shop owner leslie hernandez, who collaborated with local austin boutiques hai clothing and frock on vintage.

shop the lookbook here!

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smeg

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if you’ve spent any amount of time on pinterest, then you’ve probably found yourself drooling over impossible pictures of dream kitchens. i’ve been spending countless hours doing just that, because one of the larger projects that i knew i wanted to tackle in my new house was the kitchen. the house was built in 1926, but the whole kitchen was gutted and redone in 1970. at some point, i promise to share some really good “before” photos, but you can see some glimpses here: dark stained cabinets, sickly sea green tiles, and an avocado green oven! i can only assume that at one point, there was also a matching avocado refrigerator.

since i’m looking at my house as more of a restoration rather than a renovation, you might think that i’d be looking to go with a historically accurate 1920s-style kitchen. but if you really start to do research on kitchens of that era, you’ll see that they really don’t lend themselves to modern practicality. i think many people still had wood burning stoves and ice boxes! so instead, i’m going to be mixing and matching vintage elements for a space that will be modern and vintage all at once. think white painted wood cabinets with crystal door pulls, a butcher block countertop, subway tiles, a farm sink, perhaps a fancy chef’s range. i know, it might all sound way too cliche, but it’s the space i dream about creating… complete with a smeg refrigerator!

i’m sure you’ve seen it. it’s a total mid century style (but this many years later, i think we can just call it a classic). and despite a few giggles after seeing the name of the brand (did you know that it’s an acronym for smalterie metallurgiche emiliane guastalla?), i have to say, i’ve got my heart set on smeg.

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noémiah

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the temperatures are rising, and it’s really starting to feel like summer around here. and as much as i’ve been into wearing very utilitarian clothes lately, sometimes it’s fun to throw on something whimsical and feminine and just plain fun. enter my new swimmers dress by canadian brand noémiah. the print was designed in collaboration with montreal-based artist, paule t.b., and the dress was hand sewn by designer noémie vaillancourt as part of her very first complete collection. all of her designs have a certain dreamy, feminine quality to them with lots of swingy silhouettes and delicate fabrics that lend themselves to twirling around on hot summer days.

wearing:
swimmers dress courtesy of noémiah
vintage linen top
jenni kayne suede flats
vintage coach bucket bag

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secret shop la

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i’ve long been a fan of los angeles-based vintage boutique, secret shop. so when shop owner kitty jensen recently revamped her site to include housewares and a rotation of featured art prints, you know i was excited. especially after i saw the beautiful editorial photographed by genevieve dellinger and modeled by beth houfek. so many beautiful and unique vintage pieces all set in her own dreamy world. the shop is filled with tons of goodies like this perfect cotton set and this perfect ’60s tent dress, so you better head over before you miss out!

photos courtesy of secret shop.

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cherry season

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nope, not picking cherries, but wearing them! which seemed kind of appropriate since cherry season is upon us. and i have a sneaking suspicion that we’ll probably be heading out to the cherry festival now that we’ve got a toddler to entertain. though this beautiful set by bon george is much more appropriate for going out on a late afternoon date, which is exactly how i wore it! i’ve been kicking around the house in work clothes a lot lately, either watching adam or attempting to work on an endless list of home improvement projects, so it felt especially good to throw this and go out! like an adult! it can become a bit of a rare treat when you’ve got littles, but things will be changing soon. i just realized that in about a month, adam will be old enough to enroll in a toddler program at a nearby school. and i’ll have a few precious hours to myself every couple of days, just in time to enjoy this amazing summer weather. it really is only a short time before they’re off on their own… queue the happy tears emoji!

wearing:
the amos top and the wyatt skirt courtesy of bon george
brookes boswell wakefield hat
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
turquoise ring courtesy of iadornu
right hand charm bracelet

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mid century wardrobe

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a couple of months back, i started browsing craigslist on a whim. i’d always wanted a vanity in my bedroom, so i could perch at the mirror in the mornings to get ready, perhaps while glamorously wearing a robe. and as luck would have it, the very first search result was for the perfect little mid century vanity. i was actually surprised to find one from that particular era, since i’d figured such things had gone out of style by the 1950s, but lo and behold there it was in all of it’s sleek, modern splendor. it was being sold individually or as part of a set with two matching wardrobes. i wasn’t in the market for such a thing, so i hopped in the car to pick up my little dresser and called it a day. but don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone? joni mitchell had it right. i almost instantly regretted that i didn’t buy the whole set, and now i can’t stop obsessing over finding one. the only catch is that by the 1950s, people definitely had closets and weren’t in the habit of keeping their clothes in giant wooden boxes. leave it to me to set my sights on some totally random piece of furniture that turns out to be rare and hard-to-find.

so while i scour craigslist and the local green sheet, here are a few inspirational images that are keeping me motivated to find my perfect wardrobe.

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outdoor inspiration, pt. 2

the time has finally come for me to reveal the final result of my recent project in collaboration with hp sprout! you can read this post to see the first part of the process, but i’ll also catch you up to speed right here. after playing around with the capture app, i chose a few different scans of bright orange kumquat branches to create a custom fabric for my very own shirt design. i uploaded my design to spoonflower, and in a couple of weeks my custom-printed fabric arrived, and i was ready to start sewing! i’m not much of a seamstress, so after doing a bit of research online, i decided to simply trace the pattern of a very simple top i already owned to use as my guide. it was literally two pieces of fabric sewn together and took all of 10 minutes to complete. but what really brought it to life was the bright  and cheerful pattern.

it was a really fun process to go from picking flowers in the garden, to designing my own custom print using sprout, and creating a finished product. i would never have even considered taking on a project like this, but with the sprout, i managed to create something in only a matter of hours.

wearing:
self-made top using fabric designed with my hp sprout
vintage denim skirt
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama straw
vintage coach bucket bag
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet







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