What I Wore: The Modern Vintage Edition

You’re all a smart bunch of people, I’m sure it hasn’t escaped you by now that I love vintage and retro style and even sell my own finds on Etsy. Well, when the Internet first starting being a huge shopping hub (wow, that sentence makes me feel ancient even though this was probably only 10 years ago or so), it opened up a whole new world of vintage possibilities! I spent so much time searching online for the perfect 40s style dresses and rockabilly handbags. It was a sickness. Still is, I guess. However, back in those days, your options for true vintage and vintage reproduction were limited and pricey. I would drool over styles from Stop Staring! hoping that I could one day afford something from their collection. And I still do.
Of course, now the Internet has made it easier than ever to find vintage reproduction styles for any price range. It’s really nuts how easy it is and I find a new favorite site every day. The dress below is from a store in the UK called Voodoo Vixen that I just discovered a few months ago!
Vintage style dress
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Things I Love: Pretty Pastels

This past weekend I noticed that the trees were starting to bloom all over the city and I couldn’t have screamed more like a little girl. It’s official! We’re done with the dreary days of winter and moving to summer! When you live in the Midwest you’re never really sure that winter won’t come back and bite you in the ass in the middle of May, so I try not to get too excited until I see the trees turning green.

With that in mind, everything that caught my attention shopping around this week was light and colorful, like newly springing leaves. I’m in a mood to throw out all of my black and grey clothes, but I’ll hold off on that I guess. But there’s nothing better than shopping for sun dresses and open-toed shoes when you can actually start wearing them!

These sassy and sweet Protagonist Heels from Modcloth are so perfect for spring dresses, don’t you think? Damn you Modcloth and your cute shoes.

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What I Wore: Sheer Vintage Dresses Edition

Oh some days it feels like spring will never come. We’ll get one nice day accompanied by three chilly ones. I’m starting to give up hope here. But, it just means that I try to take advantage of the nice days when we have them, like this past weekend. It was the perfect day to test drive this little vintage number. This lilac vintage dress is one of my favorite finds, but it’s super sheer so it really only works on warm days. But when it does work, oh it works.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

I don’t think I’ve talked about UncommonGoods on here before, which is odd because I love suggesting it as a destination to anyone who asks me for gift giving advice. The site was actually recommended to me when I was in a bind trying to find a quick Christmas gift for someone I didn’t actually know too well. Needless to say, I found something that was perfect and have been a fan of the site every since. So, when they approached me to do a little review of their Mother’s Day Gift collection, of course I agreed!

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Home Tour: A Chicago Apartment with Rustic Touches

Surprise! Today’s home decor feature is my apartment! I was inspired by Compass, a real estate website in NYC, and their Starter Stories project to share with you my new apartment and all the work that my boyfriend and I have put into making it home. Since it’s our first apartment together, it’s most definitely been a learning process that has involved a lot of compromise. We’ve only been in the space for about 6 months, so there are still a lot of things that we’re figuring out how to make work, but I am finally ready to do a little unveiling and let you all into my world! Especially since I’ve been talking about this new apartment constantly (like here and here and here, for example).

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DIY: Simple Beaded Necklace Tutorial

Sometimes you’re in a bind and need a quick gift for someone. Sometimes you have some beads and some chain. Sometimes that turns into a present and the day is saved! Like in the case of this necklace. I just couldn’t find the perfect gift so I decided to make it.
You can never go wrong with a handmade gift. People will appreciate that you took the time to make it even if they don’t wear it. But, hopefully, you know the person you’re trying to buy a present for well enough that you know they’d love your gift (or at least fake it). So here’s a quick and easy DIY gift that you can put a lot of love and personalization into. 

Easy Beaded Necklace Tutorial

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Loving Right Now: Kitschy Vintage Kitchen Decor

I’m still in the process of trying to make my new apartment feel like a home and it’s been so hard to focus on just one room. I want to buy everything, for every room, all at once! Anyone else understand this feeling?

Of course, I can’t do that because as much as I wish I am, I am not a millionaire. So, I’ve been doing it slowly — paycheck by painstaking paycheck and cutting corners where I can. Like the responsible human being that I am. Unfortunately, all this has allowed me to do is continue adding items to an ever growing list of “wants”. That combined with my inability to focus on one room has created an odd list and caused be to buy things on impulse – making for some very odd, half-finished rooms. To combat this insanity, I’ve decided to share it with you! Aren’t you excited? In an effort to focus, I’m just going to share my wants, my loves, my hopes, and my dreams for my new apartment room by room. Maybe that way I won’t wonder why I have an extensive plate collection for the kitchen walls but still no table for the craft room (yes, this is a real problem).

This is not a picture of my kitchen, I just wish it was. But I am stealing this idea of keeping stuff above the cabinets. 

Today, I’m starting with the kitchen! I’ve just got a tiled backsplash put in (courtesy of my very handy father), so now I’m super motivated to get at least the kitchen feeling like it’s finished. I love the idea of painting the inside of the cabinets, or at least putting contact paper up on just the back wall. BUT my kitchen color scheme is currently this kind of mint green and red combo, with a pop of yellow, so I think adding more color to the backs of the cabinets might just be too much.

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Favorite Things: Cozy Winter Necessities

If the constant snow storms and freezing cold are any indication, we’re still in for a long month of winter ahead. Luckily for us, there are plenty of ways to bog down, get cozy, stay warm, and pretend that the outdoors don’t exist. So to help each other out through these rough and windy days and dream of blankets, candles, and warm tea, I’ve put together a collection of all my favorite things that make winter hibernation not so bad.

First off, what everyone needs to start hibernation season is something warm to drink and nothing makes tea better than an adorable tea pot with an even cuter infuser. I’m a loose tea drinker mainly because I like the idea of wasting less packaging, but with all these new and adorable infusers, it’s hard not be a loose tea drinker!

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