Friday finally! Whoohoo! It's been a pretty laid back week for me, just catching up on sleep and getting back into the daily grind after returning home from vacation. You know how that goes, right?
Anyhow, as summer is coming to an end...hey, I know the pumpkin spice lattes are being chugged all over the place these days, but it's still technically summer and as much as I love a good PSL, I'm hanging on to this sunny season with the tightest grip possible. After all, they say El Nino is coming our way and a long, freezing winter is ahead. (I'm not buying into that hype quite yet, by the way). Whatever the case may be, it's always a joy spending a wee part of our day by the lake. The boys love skipping rocks and building tracks in the sand and I just love watching a good old fashion sunset. I've said it before, summers are made of this kind of stuff.
As for the outfit: I'm wearing shorts...yes shorts and all thrifted schtuff to boot (well kind of). The top is mine from high school...9th grade I believe, which makes it just shy of 20 years old! Gasp! Thank you mom for saving a bag of clothes from my teenage years that are apparently still cool to wear today. Who knew? As for the jeans - I bleached them and sewed the little floral pockets onto them from an old shoulder patch a little while back. (SEE HERE). Gotta love those days where a fully secondhand outfit comes together as easy as cake.
So I'm kind of deeming a couple Fridays a month on le old blog as "Casual Fridays", sans dress-donning looks. Truth - I don't wear dresses ALL the time. Do you?
I'm always on the hunt for inspiration in the casual pants/shorts looks department. Feel free to leave a link below to your favorite casual look of your own. I'd love to take a peek.
I'm back after a brief time of going missing. Well, I didn't technically go missing, I actually made the 12 hour haul down to Hilton Head Island, SC for our family's yearly vacation and decided to unplug for the week to truly take in every moment of R&R that I possible could. Yep, it was exactly what this gal needed. I'll share more snaps from there later though...
As school is back in sesh...the Mr. and I decided to poke around our town's old abandoned school. It's sad and a little creepy but we kind of love to daydream that something special will dwell here again someday and that this old schoolhouse will be put to go use once again.
Speaking of old school...this is my first time in a wee while that I'm wearing a vintage dress (and how sweet is the print on this strawberry beaut?). Vintage is truly where my heart lies however having a nursing tot...and a very active one to boot in the home makes wearing vintage a bit impractical and quite difficult to don on a daily occasion. Not to mention, as vintage sizing runs much smaller than modern sizing, it's a challenge fitting into these dresses with a post pregnancy body. I'm pleased to say though that I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight (prior to my first pregnancy) - that which I think I only accomplished by eating healthier and being more active and now I can fit into my vintage dresses once again. Though I'm not one for talking about weight and size and all that jazz around here, it truly is great feeling more energetic and healthier overall. Hooray! Now that is something to jump for joy about...
I'm back with my final installment on my Mata Traders Remix Challenge of the Summerfest House Print dress.
It's been one swell summer and if I can tell you anything about remixing one piece over and over again, it's that this dress has surely taken me the extra mile. I think it's the single piece in my wardrobe that has snuck it's way into my weekly wears time and time again and has been remixed far beyond what I've even shown here. Who knew a house printed dress could be so versatile? It has taken me to summer bbqs, graduations, church, open mic nights, days at the lake and has been suitable for some good ole hanging around the house with pizza and a Netflix marathon of some sort. Not bad, eh?
Anyhow, this time around I kept it monochrome...blue on blue (does anyone else hear that Bobby Vinton melody in their head now?) A cardi over a dress is ye olde summer uniform for me, so of course this dress was destined to be remixed into such an outfit.
One more sweet tidbit: As I've gone on and on in my previous remix posts about how much I adore Mata Traders dresses and the mission of the company itself, "to work with organizations (across India & Nepal) that educate, employ, and empower woman...given the opportunity, thrive in a sphere of meaningful work that is outside their homes and families". Take a peek below of some of the woman that are part of these cooperatives and artisan groups that hand make the gorgeous dresses and accessories that Mata Traders puts out. If you want to read more about Mata Traders and their mission...take a jump right here and in the meantime, you can also receive 10% your order with the code MATA_SHADES.
Challenge now complete. Which look is your favorite?
I'm back again with another doll of dress from Mata Traders - a fair trade company I can't say enough good about these days. This time I'm mixing up the Rain or Shine Dress - and how could I not just go gaga over this little yellow umbrella covered gem? The silhouette is pretty different for me as I tend to cling onto fit and flare a-lines or babydolls. However, I couldn't help but be compelled to give something a tad more fitted a try - and you know what, I loved it! It had me feeling slightly Joan-esque - that I can't complain about. This first remix of the piece had me adding accessories of hues that were side by side on the color wheel. Yellow umbrellas - green shoes - blue brooch & bag...see what I mean?
Anyhow, this afternoon was spent out thrifting to our hearts' content, getting a mani/pedi and grabbing some pastry and coffee - because an afternoon out and about sans the kiddos is never complete without a little caffeine and something sweet. How about you...what does your perfect summer day look like?
It's so hard to believe but the Mr. and I celebrated 10 years of marriage one week ago today. Ten, yes ten...where did the time run off to? I'm not really sure, but it seems like 10 years have happened in the blink of an eye. Kind of scary, but very cool, ya know? Anyhow, 10 years (and two little guys) later ...the adventure continues on. It's not always picture perfect, after all we are human, but it's a beautiful journey and I would count myself blessed to be on it with my very best friend.
Anyhow, we ventured to Philly for the weekend and took in the city, the food, the shopping, and yes even a trip back to Plane Spotter's Place, an area behind the airport, near the tracks above where we used to lie on the roof of the Mr.'s car and watch the planes fly closely overhead and dream of a life together. So yes, dreams do come true and 10 years later here we are back at our little spot to prove it.
That's all for now darlings! And on a side note....thanks to my fella Flock Together gal Hannah, for lending me this sweet lil leopard dress to don on this special day.