Wednesday, April 30, 2014

road trip recap: Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)

Colonial Williamsburg...the happiest place on Earth. Well, to me, at least! I visited once when I was about eight and begged my parents to take me back ever since. Well, I finally decided to take myself! This was the next stop on the road trip after Georgia and South Carolina. The weather was absolutely horrid! It was freezing, snowing, and just all around bone chilling. I didn't quite pack for the frigid temperatures, so walking around outside for three days was kind of brutal. I slept in the van the first night I was there, but I ended up getting a hotel for the next two nights because I was just miserable. That was the only time I stayed in a hotel the whole trip (only spent $80 on lodging for three and a half weeks traveling - pretty awesome!)! After walking around in the snow for most of the day it was so so so nice to be able to go back and relax in a warm hotel room (and binge watch Friends and The Big Bang Theory!)!

It's amazing how much I remembered from when I was young. Just the smell alone walking into the shops triggered memories right away. The delicious fragrances of the homemade soaps, and the smoky wood burning stove smell commingled into just an almost overwhelming sensory memory overload. It was absolutely wonderful. (I bought some soap and I'm keeping it in a couple drawers of my dresser so every time I open them I get a little whiff of Williamsburg. Just lovely.)

I definitely recommend getting the three day pass if you are planning a visit here - it's worth it! It was so nice that I didn't feel rushed to see everything, because I knew I would be coming back. While I was there I visited all the sites that were open. The places in the photos here include the magazine, the armory, the silversmith shop, the blacksmith shop, and the Governor's Palace. My favorite places were probably the blacksmith's shop and the magazine. It's just so neat to be able to watch the craftsmen and women at work in the shop!

Monday, April 28, 2014

wearing // velvet leggings and a cape

Sometimes, the addition of one spectacular item of clothing is enough to make even the most basic lazy outfit something to blog about. Take this outfit, for instance. Underneath this gorgeous cape, all I'm wearing is a tee shirt and some leggings (basically my go-to lounging outfit), but then I laced up my Litas, threw on the cape, and added the hat before hustling out the door, making the lazy outfit something worthy for a day out and about downtown Sturgeon Bay. This tee was a gift from a friend, and while I usually don't dig the 'fuck everyone' outlook on life, I do appreciate the random print and the subtlety of the message, haha. Also, in regards to hair, I bought a spool of plain black ribbon a while back, and that ribbon is the absolute best for replacing blah hair ties when it comes to braids, pigtails, and low ponytails. I always get lots of compliments on the bows, and it never hurts to feel like the subject of that Cars' song...It's not the perfume that you wear / it's not the ribbons in your hair / I don't mind you comin' here / and wasting all my time...

Oh, and if you were wondering what the heck all those things in the background are, they are speakers! I'm standing in the parking area of the Skyway Drive In Theater! They open this weekend, yay!
leggings, arrow ring - thrifted // tee shirt - gifted Men of Mischief //
 cape, hat - H&M // Jeffrey Campbell Litas - eBay // ring - Claire's

Sunday, April 27, 2014

happenings 4/20 - 4/27

I may be moving into my new place this week. Hopefully. Ugh. Moving is that absolute worst, and I sincerely hope that this is the last time I move in a long, long, long time. I've been organizing a lot of my clothing as I go about packing, and it's really got me examining my clothes and wondering where it all comes from. I think I'm at a point in my life where I need to start becoming more conscious of where and how my clothing is made. I want to start weeding out the cheap and trendy junk from my wardrobe to leave more room for the quality timeless pieces. All these realizations are making for some quite exciting things to come here on the blog! I can't wait to share them all with you!

Here's some of what I've been up to this past week...

Packing up books, skulls, shells, lingerie, and jewelry.

Slathering on all natural, organic, and unrefined coconut oil. Everywhere.

Wearing messy braided pigtails. A lot.

Drinking lots of flavored water. I'm loving this simple tasty recipe:

fresh lemon juice
grated ginger
apple cider vinegar

Add all ingredients according to taste preferences, and stir well. This drink can be enjoyed warm or cold.


Friday, April 25, 2014

road trip recap: Laurel Grove Cemetery (Savannah, Georgia)

After not being able to post all my cemetery photos from New Orleans, I was suuuuper excited to get to these! It was kind of dumb luck that I stumbled onto this place. I looked up on my GPS where a YMCA was (so I could get my shower on), drove there, and the cemetery ended up being right across from my destination. Perfect! Again, it's hard to explain the atmosphere exactly. The Spanish Moss (the stuff hanging from the trees) is definitely what helps makes this place so darn aesthetically pleasing. Well, of course that, and everything else, haha. There are just so many textures, and they all combine so wonderfully! This is THE most beautiful cemetery I've ever experienced in person. If ever there was a time to say I can't even...that was it. I spent a good amount of time here trying to capture some of the beauty on camera. Please enjoy!

Basically, I woke up in a Wal-Mart parking lot, showered at a random YMCA, explored the cemetery, and then said goodbye to Savannah as I headed North. Like I say in all these recap posts, I wish I could have stayed longer and gotten to enjoy more that this city had to offer, but I had to keep on movin'.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

wearing // ouija board print and a bodycon skirt

This outfit started out with the mauve blouse, shorts, and a big floppy bow tie. Too business casual. Then it became Ouija Board shirt, shorts, and a long black jacket. Too gothic. Then I didn't want to take the Ouija shirt off because I'd already fixed my hair, so I just threw the blouse on again over it. Lastly, I added the bodycon skirt. Sheesh, dressing myself sure can be a production at times. My point, I suppose, is that sometimes outfits evolve over time or a matter of minutes, in my case. I would have never thought to wear this blouse unbuttoned over another shirt, but I actually love how this ended up looking in the end.

I found this shirt at my local thrift store (isn't that the way the best love stories begin?). I almost put it back because of the size (it was a size 14, and I usually wear around a size 4). Then I though ehhhhhh, it doesn't look that big, so I picked it back up, carried it around a bit, and put it back because I concluded that it was too expensive ($5, hey, I'm poor). I came back to it a third time and thought, well, I'll just try it on. And I fell in love. I looked at the tag again and saw it was 100% silk, which didn't make the price seem that bad. Then I noticed it had a little stain on it (urgh), but I decided it wasn't very noticeable, and then used the stain to my advantage to get the price knocked down at the register. So I walked out with a gorgeous, silky, wonderfully colored blouse for only one dollar. And that is the story of how this pretty mauve blouse and I came together (still a better love story than Twilight).
bodycon skirt - H&M // ouija board shirt - Hot Topic // blouse, necklace - thrifted // tights - DIY'd // 
Jeffrey Campbell Litas - eBay // rings - Target, H&M, Victory Jewelry // vintage Coach purse - thrifted

Monday, April 21, 2014

what's in my purse?

I was thrifting with my mom this past weekend and found a pretty vintage Coach purse, so I decided to snap these pics as I was switching my things from my old bag to this one. I hardly ever buy purses because I'm super picky about what kind I use. When I invest in a purse it has to be large enough to carry at least one paperback book, and be of quality material (I detest the slimy faux leather some stores, ahem Target, seem to favor these days). Of course, it also has to look nice! I always am drawn to vintage Coach bags when I happen to see them because the ones I find usually meet all the aforementioned standards. I liked this one because it was brown and black and thus, super versatile.

Basically this is the most boring What's In My Purse? posts ever, because, well, look. Nothing too exciting, but...There's a pair of sunnies that my bf randomly found somewhere last summer, a thrifted wallet that is having sipper issues, random rocks, some cash, change, random receipts (there were actually more of these, but I didn't want the post to be What's In My Purse Besides Receipts, so...), memo pad and pen (a must for any aspiring sleuth), mint tin lip balm holder, emergency mascara, hair clip (I can't live without these! My hair is too heavy for pony tail holders, so these things are great! I have only ever found them at Claire's. They're about $4, and I always buy all the ones they have whenever I'm there because I'm afraid one day they'll stop carrying them and then I'll pretty much have to shave my head.), loose bobby pins, and, of course, a book. So what do you guys have in your purses?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

happenings 4/13 - 4/20, 2014

So, remember last week when I said the snow is finally almost all gone!? Well, haha, mother nature decided that we needed a bit more because the very next day it snowed. All day. And the next day, too. The week was white. But it's raining today, so hopefully that will be the end of snow for the year. *Knocks on wood.* *Does rain dance.* *Shakes fist toward the sky threateningly.* *Apologizes.* Anyhoo...

I don't own a TV and I haven't for a few years now. I absolutely love how freeing it is to not a) have to have a TV take up room looking ghastly on the wall, and b) be tempted to watch it for hours a day. FREEING. I find that I read more books, take more photos, have more time to workout, play Battleship, watch tutorials on YouTube...time for all the things! However, my local libraries do have a vast DVD selection that I like to peruse now and then. I bring them home and just watch them on my laptop and that is quite enough to keep me entertained for a while. This past week I watched The Conjuring, which came out last year (I had no idea!), and guys, this is the best horror movie I HAVE EVER SEEN. It's definitely my kind of horror - supernatural, thrilling, mind f-ing, and it totally had me jumping out of my seat at times. Oh, and it's also based on a true story. What?! Yeah. Also, I think I am coming down with a woman crush on Vera Farmiga. While that movie I would recommend highly, I would also recommend NEVER wasting your time watching Knowing. Literally the worst movie I have ever seen.


Randomly stumbled onto this video from Kiesza. This had about two million hits when I first watched it and that has more than doubled in the last few days (they can't all be from me, people)! I can't believe this is done in only one take - my mind is blown. This girl is gonna be huuuuuuuge. I am OBsessed with her faux hawks and you better believe I will totally be channeling that look soon. (See my faux hawk tutorial here.)

Reading The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki. Love me some historical fiction.

Thrifting some pretty vintage Coach purses. My favorite!

P.S. Check out this gorgeous portrait by Carly Watts! She just made little Luna look as cute as can be.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Underworld and heavens,
Land and sea,
I waken these energies unto me.
clothing  - thrifted // rings - Claires, H&M

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

road trip recap: Pensacola Beach & Santa Rosa Island, Florida

On a road trip absolutely FULL of amazing adventures, this couple of days was probably my favorite. The weather was probably a huge factor in that it was the only day where the sun was out it wasn't too chilly (side note - year of the polar vortex was probably NOT the prime time for a trip trying to escape the crappy weather - it was uncharacteristically cold everywhere we went, even Florida). It was nice to enjoy the beach in appropriate beach weather, haha. The water was still kinda cold, but that was easy to get over once I discovered all the pretty things to see under the waves. This day spawned a new obsession - hunting for seashells! I found the prettiest one of the whole trip (above - a pear whelk), and one of the few unbroken finds of my haul.
I spent the day at Pensacola Beach, and towards late afternoon I headed east a few miles and parked the van by the dunes on Santa Rosa Island, where bay was visible to one side, and the gulf to the other. I hung out in the van that night, played lots of Clue Express with the bf, and soaked up the amazing beachy atmosphere. There weren't any signs prohibiting overnight parking (that we saw) so we stayed the night, and I woke up to a beautiful sunrise that turned everything a gorgeous mix of pink, purple, and blue. Walking on the beach and watching the sun rise that morning was a truly spiritual experience. I don't know if I've ever seen anything as lovely. This was the night/morning that really sealed the deal for me, van road trip wise. I got to enjoy this spectacular area, sleep overnight practically right on the beach, and wake up to this view all without seeing another soul, and it cost nothing. Van life, people, is where it's at.

The sun eventually hid behind the clouds and it became significantly chillier than it had been the previous day. I decided to forgo completely suiting up to snorkel, but I ended up getting pretty wet as I collected shells along the shore anyways. The best finds from this beach were an unbroken giant cockle, a fighting conch, and a perfect teeny tiny whelk. Little did I know that, even though it was colder, these would be the best days for swimming and shelling. I thought it would remain pretty much the same throughout my time in Florida, at least, but dang, it was cloudy and low fifties for most of it. Hopefully next year I'll catch some more actual sunny beach days! (I'm already planning on coming back to this area and maybe down to Sanibel Island where I hear the shelling is top notch!)
pictures 2, 8, & 9 by Shepley
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