I’ve Got a Mullet!

Ever since this whole high-low skirt trend started, I’ve been kinda on the fence about it. Sydney (The Daybook) covered that in a recent post…perhaps they have some magical leg-lengthening powers on tall people. I’ve never tried on a high-low skirt that I’ve liked, until this one. I think the pleats are what drew me in – I love pleated skirts. I also think it’s one of the first of these skirts I’ve seen that’s not made of a chiffon fabric. I guess I like it because it’s different.

I love the way lime green looks with black and white, so I paired it with this tee. The texture and beading on it – it’s so artsy! I like the contrast of the artistic, organic shapes on the tee with the geometric pattern on the skirt. The pattern on the skirt is subtle enough to where I didn’t feel like they conflicted.

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And yes, I prefer to call it a mullet skirt. Because that’s what it is. :)

top: secondhand Chicos
skirt: secondhand American Eagle
shoes: secondhand Kim Rogers
necklace: secondhand Betsey Johnson
earrings: secondhand

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Blue Vintage Hat

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Several months ago, I bought some really cute vintage hats from Etsy. This is my first time actually wearing one. I love it so much! I’m really excited to wear the other one. It’s an ivory short crown bowler hat and the ribbon has black stitching on the edges.

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This skirt is fine for indoor wear, but as you can see, it’s pretty long and drags in the grass. It had been raining, so when I was done taking pictures, the bottom of my skirt (and my feet) were pretty wet.

top: secondhand Talbots
skirt: secondhand
shoes: secondhand Arizona
hat: vintage via Etsy (Village Vine)
bracelet: secondhand

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Babysitting Outfit

I wore this last week to babysit three kiddos. It was my first experience babysitting, unless you count playing with toddler neighbors and friends’ younger siblings. They’re cool kids, so it was fun. I’ll likely be watching them a lot more in July. They like art, so it’s easy to keep them and myself entertained.

I intended to post this outfit the day I wore it, but that happened to be the same day my blog temporarily died…so you get it today. It’s been REALLY hot lately – like mid-90s (˚F). Today is the first day it’s cooled down a bit and it has been wonderful. babysitting outfit The past several years, I haven’t owned many pairs of shorts, nor have I had the desire to. This year, my shorts supply is building up again. I guess it really just depends on what I find in consignment and thrift stores. This year the stores have been good to me.
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tee: secondhand American Eagle
shorts: secondhand New York and Company
necklace: 5th birthday gift
sandals: secondhand Bandolino
hat: Cooperative via Urban Outfitters

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Asheville Hikes

If you’ve tried to visit my blog this past week, you probably either saw an error message or a just a really messed up version of my site. There was a “quality of service issue” on the server my blog is housed on…in other words, it wasn’t really my fault. Unfortunately, I was out of town and not really in a convenient position to handle it, so it’s taken awhile but it’s up and running again. Thankfully, a recent backup was available so I didn’t lose any content. PHEW!

I went hiking with my dad and brother on Memorial Day. It was a ton of fun and a beautiful hike. I wanted to share some pictures with you from the trip. The hikes were in Dupont State Forest in Hendersonville, NC (just outside of Asheville). The trails were High Falls/Triple Falls and Cedar Rock Mountain. (Click on the smaller images for a larger view.)

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Inspiration: Black and White

I’m a color lover. Sure, neutrals are great. In the world of fashion they’re versatile, and some people can pull off head-to-toe neutrals stunningly. But, as I said, I love color. Lately, though, I’ve been drawn to the simplicity of black and white. I noticed a few days ago while scrolling though Pinterest, the images that were catching my eye were of black and white decor, outfits, and art. Because of the stark contrast between the two, when paired together, they are just as eye catching as a vivid color. Obviously, I still hesitate to wear solely black and white, but I’m officially declaring that it will happen soon. In the mean time, here are some of those black and white images that made me look. (Click image for original source.)

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Shapes and Letters

When I was wearing this geometric print top, my mom looked at me and asked, “What does your shirt say?” Well, it says nothing. They’re just geometric shapes, I told her. She insisted that it says “Old Navy” over and over, even after I explained that it’s not an Old Navy top. Haha! I can kinda see it, though. There are some O and L shapes. geometric print top geometric print top geometric print top geometric print top I typically don’t go for tunic-length tops. I just don’t think they’re that flattering on my petite self. When I tried this on, my first thought was…what in the world will I wear this with? It’s too short to be a dress, but too long to look okay with jeans, and I’d rather not wear leggings. I really like the color and print of it though, so I got it anyway. Luckily it works well with these super skinny jeans, and belting it keeps it from exaggerating my shortness. geometric print top geometric print top hat: Pins & Needles via Urban Outfitters
tunic: secondhand H&M
jeans: secondhand New York & Company
sandals: secondhand b.o.c.
bracelets: secondhand & Fair Trade
belt: high school years American Eagle Outfitters
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(P.S. There’s lichen on that tree! The marriage of fungi and algae ♥)

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Striped Maxi Dress & Asheville Fun

I spend my weekend exploring Asheville, North Carolina. It’s such a cool place! First of all, it’s in the Blue Ridge Mountains so it’s beautiful. Asheville doesn’t have the feel of a huge, bustling city, but it still has the culture. For people who love food like myself, it’s perfect. We visited the co-op while there (Asheville has a strong local/sustainable/organic scene), as well as a few restaurants (The Green Sage, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Stonebowl - all delicious). We also checked out the North Carolina Arboretum, and I took a class with my brother to learn about lichens at the Botanical Gardens (lichens are interesting!). I believe Asheville also has a great arts scene, and it’s well known for its abundance of craft breweries.
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My mom noticed there is a plethora of consignment and thrift stores in Asheville, so I’m anxious to go spend a day touring them all. I’d also like to go on some hikes in the area. I went on a hike with my dad in Old Fort last fall, which is about 30 minutes from Asheville, but I’d love to do some more exploring. You can check out some iPhone pictures from my trips here. Most are from the arboretum.
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I actually didn’t wear this outfit to Asheville. I wore it the day before. I really like maxi dresses/skirts, and I love the colors in this one. It’s also not way too long on me (I’m 5’3″), so that’s a plus. It kinda bugs me that the stripes don’t line up at the seams, but it’s not a super high quality dress so I can’t expect perfection. I’m picky, can you tell?

shirt: secondhand Banana Republic
dress: secondhand
hat: J. Crew sale
shoes: secondhand Nine West
necklace: gift from college roommate, handmade by her grandparents
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Growing Up

This is what I wore for a client meeting today. I love the mustard with the deep red, and I think they compliment the black and white pattern beautifully. I like the tulip sleeves on this top – they make it just a little more special. (Side note: look at that lush veggie garden behind me…mmmm). Linking up at Marionberry Style today.

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It has been a CRAZY past three weeks for me! Siblings moving, travel, client meetings, lots of logo designing, baking, car washing, green smoothie drinking, visits with friends…it’s amazing how I feel busy, yet I don’t feel busy. After my college graduation, I went to a conference with my mom, sister, and best friend and right after that, I went to Ireland for a few weeks with a friend and had an unforgettable time. Then…real, post-college life started. I applied for jobs, got my hopes up about many, but nothing worked out. I turned down a few offers that I didn’t feel would take me in the direction I wanted to go with my career. Finally I started focusing my time more on freelancing. It’s going well, but obviously it takes time to build up enough business to make a living.

Problem is, I don’t feel like freelance is what I should be doing full time at this point in my life. I feel secluded and cramped. I miss the companionship I had while in college. I miss having a group of coworkers I get to see everyday…I miss being part of a team. I miss the structure that my days had while in school and working my design job there. I miss having someone beside me, across the room from me, or down the hall from me that I can get feedback from on my designs. I miss getting dressed up everyday (freelance = work at home = loungewear). Sure I could get dressed everyday and create a 9-5 schedule for myself, but it’s just not the same being at home working by myself. So I guess the reason I don’t feel busy, despite the fact that I am, is because I spend my days at home rather than in school or “at work”.

As for feeling cramped, my bedroom in my parents’ house feels smaller everyday, and I envy my brother and sister who each have their own place (plus, the interior designer in me is anxious to do some decorating).

I should be thankful that I have projects to work on, a place to live, and friends - and I am – but it’s hard when my siblings are all moving on and I’m still here. I guess I just have to keep pressing on and trust that the perfect job for me is just right over the horizon.

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Sorry for the crazy long personal post. It just kinda happened.

top: secondhand Banana Republic
pants: secondhand Fade to Blue
shoes: secondhand Cole Haan
belt: target
earrings: secondhand

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The Secondhand Shopaholic’s Shopping Guide: On The Purple Couch (Maryland)

Today I’m featuring On The Purple Couch on the blog because they will be celebrating their first year in business this coming Saturday, May 18th!

On The Purple Couch
A Consignment Experience
Location: 955 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Website: www.onthepurplecouch.com
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On The Purple Couch
On The Purple Couch is a consignment boutique in Silver Spring, Maryland, but owner Bahia considers the boutique to be a consignment experience. Everything about the boutique—from the goods being sold to the décor to the layout of the space—is carefully curated to make the shopping experience easy, enjoyable, and renewing. The space is decorated with a relaxing color scheme and a minimalist floor design, making shoppers feel at home. As Bahia says, the goal is to “create a space that transcends the every day and gives our guest a chance to come in and take a deep breath and be transformed if only for a time.”

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On the Purple Couch, is not just a consignment store, it’s a store with a purpose and a mission—to reuse, renew and conserve. “ It’s a mix of my life and my experiences of living in some of the most beautiful places in the world and experiencing all of the sites, sounds and color combined with a passion for living and doing good in the world,” Bahia expresses.

Like many consignment and resale stores I’ve featured on the blog, The desire of On The Purple Couch is to provide quality secondhand clothing and furniture at a cost the average shopper—like you and me—can afford. They want to help us improve our self image and create a beautiful and unique living space for ourselves.

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Speaking of unique living spaces, On The Purple Couch is the stockist for Annie Sloan’s decorative Chalk Paint® in Silver Spring. They regularly have demos and workshops on how to repurpose and paint furniture using this fun product.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

On The Purple Couch has a caring heart not only for their shoppers, but for the community and those in need. They partner with the Tigerlily Foundation, which supports and provides services and programs to women under forty with cancer.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Silver Spring area this Saturday, be sure to stop in and support On The Purple Couch between 10am and 5pm. There will be Chalk Paint workshops, door prizes, yummy treats, sales, and more. If you can’t make it this Saturday, I’m sure they would love for you to stop in next time you are in the area.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Good luck with your big day, On The Purple Couch, and congrats on one year in business!

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Party Like It’s 1922

Have you been as excited as I have about The Great Gatsby premiere? F. Scott Fitzgerald definitely ranks among my top three favorite authors, so I’ve been looking forward to this movie ever since I learned about it over a year ago.

I drove two hours to go to the midnight premiere with a friend (it was actually a 10pm showing, but I was absolutely fine with getting to go to bed at a decent hour). Being that I was doing a bit of traveling to see it, there was no way I wasn’t going to dress up. I got a glitzy, sequined dress for $5 at a yard sale, but when I put it on, it was a bit large on me and just looked too 1980s. I had this drop-waist dress in my closet, so I figured it was passable for 1920s. Paired with the long necklaces, the headband, and the 20s-esque purse, I really like how it came out. I would’ve loved to have worn a glamorous dress with fringe and beading, a more elaborate headpiece, and jazz shoes, but this was free and practical. Plus, I’d wear this not as a costume.

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I really enjoyed the movie, and I definitely recommend it, but only if you’ve read the book. I didn’t see it in 3D (not really a fan of 3D), but I think a lot of the visuals and effects could make that a neat experience. I was worried the modern twists would bother me (the music, for instance), but it’s a very flashy, extravagant film, as Fitzgerald portrays the jazz age to be, and the twists kind of help to exaggerate the hedonistic lifestyle of the characters. The approach in terms of production is obviously anti-realistic, and everything about the movie is theatrical, so you just have to go expecting that.

There were some things about the movie that bothered me, but not enough to make me not like it. I was reading a review on NPR, and one thing the author Linda Holmes mentioned is, ”the entire moral underpinning of Gatsby is lost because it is given a romantic aspect far beyond what should be there,” and I agree with that. But I think that’s the case in a lot of modern movies – all emphasis is put on love and romance. The movie was pretty faithful to the story line of the novel, though. Most other issues I had were just petty annoyances…Gatsby’s accent seemed inconsistent and forced at times, and the insanely fast cars zig-zaging around obstacles required that I extend my belief farther than I could.

Did you dress up for the premiere? If you’ve seen the movie, what’d you think?

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dress: secondhand Old Navy
shoes: secodhand Maria Sharpova by Cole Haan
purse: seconhand J. Jill
accessories: secondhand

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