Saturday, September 23, 2017

Wild Sunflowers

A beautiful morning in the valley with millions of wild sunflowers gathering up this golden light.

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Basic Full A-line Skirt in Mustard from: ChicWish

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lace and Leather

    Did you ever get stuck in an era with your clothing?  Maybe it's Hippie Chic, Hollywood Glam, or Victorian Society, but whatever the case, it can be difficult to bring those nostalgic pieces into the present and wear them more than one way.  With this Victorian influenced white ruffled top, I was really drawn to stay within the theme.  I tried several outfits, all with a decidedly Victorian flare, but in the end I wanted to take this top in a different direction--that direction being a fast forward 100 years to the present-- by pairing it with a short, faux-leather dress from Forever21.  I added the black bow at the neckline and the perfume bottle purse is a bit of a nod to French Couture.

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Richlulu Womens Sheer Lace Ruffle Mock Neck Trumpet Sleeve Top Shirt Blouse- $15.99

Black Leather Dress by Forever21 from ThredUp.  Use my link to sign up and save $20 off your first order.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Little Quirky

    I love it when I find a currently available match to a thrift shop find so I can share it with my fellow fashionistas, and I'm super excited for today's find.  I get tons of compliments about my glasses sweater that I wore in my Fresh Face Friday post from December of last year, so I am tickled pink that ModCloth now carries a similar Quirky Glasses Pullover Sweater, and I especially love that it has more color!  
    I wear mine on casual days with boots or flats and jeans, but I can totally picture ModCloth's version looking great with pencil skirts or swing skirts.

5 Tips When Bleaching Your Hair

I've worn my hair every style and every color possible--except one.  This summer I decided to fulfill a lifelong desire to go blonde.  My natural hair color is very dark brown so the closest I've ever managed to get on my own was a strawberry-orange color.  I got lots of compliments, but it felt like an incomplete achievement.
  1. To Pro or Not To Pro:  That is the first question you must ask.   I initially went to a salon to have a pro handle this tricky task and to ask about the price for such a feat.  I was quoted at $150 for initial bleaching and $60 for each 4-6 week follow up visit.  No way!  I thought, I can do this myself for less.  A two part bleaching solution can cost around $50-$70.  Add in the tubs and brushes, and special shampoo, and you're over half-way to the cost of having it done at a salon.  Given that my hair came out fried and unevenly bleached, I really wish I'd just spent the money and gone to the salon, but you have to decided for yourself which is best.
  2. If you decide to tackle it on your own, be sure to strip any existing hair dye or gloss treatments  from your hair first.  I like Oops: Color Removing Solution.
  3. If you go to a salon, you'll be more likely to get an evenly toned color.  At home you run the risk of having a mix of orange-y yellow all the way to platinum.
  4. Bleaching damages hair and it will likely not bounce back to that same natural softness you had before.  Be ready for hair that feels like straw and is in need of lots of over night conditioning masks to restore some of the softness.
  5. If you've fried your hair beyond repair (ahem, like me), you have two options: be patient and let it grow or embrace your inner pixie and buzz it all off (ok, maybe there's an option somewhere in between).  The pro to letting it grow is that you can keep your long hair look if you're willing to power through the frizz each day, and of course fighting the frizz and the constant flat hair and breakage are the cons.  I'm facing my frizz with a lot of up-dos.  FYI, all that frizz, really makes my up-dos and buns look fuller and thicker, so that's another pro.  The pro to a pixie cut is that glorious feeling of starting fresh and the con is that manic year of crazy, weird hair while you wait for it to grow out.  Either way, time and patience are key.  In the end, I may still go short and ditch the frizz, but I'd like to try one more color before I do.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn, Ahoy!

    I'm full of outfit ideas involving fall colors, but I couldn't resist welcoming the season with
something nautical.  I only wish I lived a little nearer to a body of water so I could take some pics more in line with the theme.  Oh well, the woods are turning gorgeous colors so this navy blue really stands out among all the reds and oranges and yellows.  I also managed to welcome the season with a minor farm accident.  We heard about a man who had some wire fencing he wanted to get rid of and would give it for free to anyone willing to come and tear it down without leaving nails all over the ground.  We agreed since we need to build some fences for the chickens and all the other animals we hope to acquire in the spring.  
    We spent about four hours one very cool day last week pulling rusty fencing staples from rotted wood posts.  About midway through this endeavor, I hit a particularly stubborn staple that refused to come out.  So, with the staple puller firmly hooked underneath, I put both hands on the grip, and one foot on the post and pulled with all my strength.  Turns out, I'm much stronger than I thought and the staple came flying out while I went flying backwards into the box of old staples and barbed wire bits.  I scratched my arm to pieces, but managed to find the staple and add it to the box.  So, don't be alarmed if you happen to see a few scratches in these pics, or bruised knees from kneeling on the ground for the four hours it took to pull up that fence.  It's all just a part of being a farm girl and a fashionista. 

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Navy Blue Vintage Sailor Collar High Waist Dress - $23.60 from:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Vancouver Fashion Week is Coming!

I got an invite to Fashion Week in Vancouver this year and I so, so wish I could go.  But, I'll stick a pin in that idea and hopefully I'll be able to go next year!  In the mean time I'll be posting pics and videos from this year's fashion week as they become available.  I'm so excited to share this with you!

Something New, Something Blue

    I wish I'd had the courage to wear color at my wedding.  A friend of mine wore the most gorgeous
teal gown with an ivory bodice and I adored Gwen Steffani's ombre pink gown at her wedding with Gavin Rosdale, but really before those two stylish blondes showed me that colors at a wedding can be classy, I'd never even considered it.
    I always said I'd only take the plunge once, but my wedding was full of so many kerfuffles and blunders that if the subject of renewing vows came up, I'd seriously consider it.  And if I did, this time around, I might add a little color to my wedding dress, and while I'm at it, why not knock out something new and something blue at the same time :D      
    I didn't really have a wedding dress in mind with I spotted this lace lovely, but I think it would be perfect for the occasion, even if I'm going as a guest.  Or, and this is something I hope to make a reality soon, I think it would be perfect for a fall garden party with friends.  I bought mine second hand, but the best part is, I've spotted a look alike dress at ModCloth that is so gorgeous and classic I had to share.

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My dress and shoes are from ThredUp.  Use my link to sign up and save $10 off your first order.
Look alike dress, Chi Chi London Exquisite Elegance Lace Dress in Navy spotted at ModClothMake an unforgettable entrance in this decadently embroidered dress by Chi Chi London! With an ornate illusion neckline, intricate scalloped lace, and a full, tulle-lined skirt, this coral-and-white frock exudes timeless feminine flair.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Looking Sharp (Cactus Puns Are Back!)

That's right!  Another succulent print with lots of ruffles and girlish style.  I added a belt to this dress to give it a waist, and had to be very careful when ironing it because this fabric has a tendency to melt when the heat is too high on the iron, but it was worth the extra effort for such a cute dress.

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Richlulu Womens Sweet Cactus Printted Off Shoulder Ruffled Purfle Chiffon Strap Mini Dress- $19.99

Earrings and Necklace from

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Sailing We Will Go

Just a quiet, chilly morning out here in the hills.

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J Crew Sweater from ThredUp  Use my link to sign up and save $10 off your first order.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Autumn With Emily

The morns are meeker than they were,
  The nuts are getting brown;
The berry' cheek is plumper,
  The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
  The field a scarlet gown,
Lest I should be old-fashioned
  I'll put a trinket on.
    Thank you, Miss Dickenson.  I like to read that poem every autumn as soon as the the leaves turn.  When I was deciding how to spend my clothing budget for this first month of fall, this dress was at the top of the list and I'm so glad I bought it.  It's unlined, so a slip and chemise are a must, but the colors are so vibrant.  I intend to wear this to the first of the fall harvest festivals in the area starting next weekend.  I have missed this folksy little slice of American Culture and I can't wait.

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Sleeveless Printed A Line Dress with Belt - Yellow- $20.49 from: RoseGal

Charter School Cardigan in Rust and Qupid Heels from ModCloth