Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cranberry Sauce

 This dress is one of my very favorites. I found it at an estate sale where I purchased a "lot" of clothing.  Most of the items were too large and have made their way elsewhere, but this dress fit me perfectly. I had to hem it significantly, and I have made multiple repairs on it over time, but this handmade piece has stood the test of time and remains beautiful and comfortable.

Dress: Vintage
Tights: Target
Shoes: Jcrew
Necklace: Corvidae

Special guest alert! John is so stylish but he usually hangs out solely behind the camera. This time he gave me permission to post his outfit too! 
Tie:   Jcrew
Belt: VERY old Abercrombie and Fitch
Shoes: Timberland

Recipes to come soon! I'm also tossing around the idea of some DIY instructionals. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sister Style

 My sister is seriously one of my closest friends. When she "moved" to California for a few months this summer I missed terribly. We typically get along like peas and carrots thought there is guaranteed to be at least one slap fight if we spend more than 8 hours together. (usually less. Sometimes a pea just has to smack a carrot.)
We are 4 years apart and sometimes I feel as though we were raised on different planets. We didn't always get along, like, at all, but over time we came to realize that our core values are the same, and we geek out pretty equally over the same stuff. You know important things like cartoons, cute stuff, comic books and science. And that is really what you build a friendship on. Being a (mostly) good person to one another and obsessing over Gravity Falls together.

One place we definitely (still) don't see eye to eye on is the way we dress. We are completely different in our styles though we both draw inspiration from similar sources. We have been told we both dress like old people, I an old woman, and Alicia an old man. While these outfits are really showing that (though we are both wearing vintage pieces more than 30 years old) I often tend to agree. In any case, we are gonna be some badass old ladies together. 


Friday, November 23, 2012


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I mean, I really love Easter and Christmas (and above all Halloween of course) but I love that Thanksgiving is a day intended to celebrate family, love, food, and being grateful for how fortunate we truly are. John and I headed up the mountain for the first half of the day to visit my Grandparents and enjoy lunch with my family. My grandparents provided the traditional fare (turkey, squash, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce), my sister made the all important green bean casserole and my Mom provided amazing sweets (pumpkin bread, snickerdoodle cake and my favorite pumpkin pie). We brought the veggies. My next few posts will be the recipes for my new favorite: Brussels sprouts, glazed bacon wrapped green beans, and John's Spinach balls.
The food was all wonderful, but the best part of the day was spending time with my family! It's not often I get Mom, Dad, Alicia (my sister), and John, but it's a true rarity to also have my Grandparents. While the time was fairly brief, I truly appreciated it.

The gang's all here and ain't we a good looking bunch?  I realized on the car ride home that with the celebration of friendship, family, and decadent food I'm Thankful for Thanksgiving. This was truly a lovely one, and I can't wait for Christmas.
What are you thankful for?
Gobble Gobble,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


 That title indicates that John and I went hiking well off into some scenic NC wooded barely worn trail. That would be just a touch misleading. We are but a few feet from a small section of the Charlotte Greenway. Not to say that it's not scenic (quite the contrary actually), but it's far from isolated. We had to wait several times over for bikers and curious walkers to pass before we could capture a useful selection of shots. In these first three photos I'm actually very aware of a large pile of dog doo, that I'm attempting (successfully. thank goodness) to avoid while flitting about like a hyperactive 7 year old. We are starting to loose the trees which is such a shame, as I've hardly had the time to take photos of myself in front of them hike and enjoy them, so we jumped at the chance on Sunday. This wasn't even close to the prettiest tree we passed, it was just the easiest one the shoot in front of as there was a convenient little clearing.

Blouse: Penguin  (Boris and Natashas)
Sweater: JCrew (kids sale section)
Dress: BB Dakota
Tights: Target
Boots: Seychelles (Ebay)
Necklace: Corvidae Jewelry

Don't let Fall pass you by without taking some time to enjoy it. It's so easy this time of year to get so focused on what we have to get done that we don't take time to breathe, and enjoy the little things. I'm very excited about Thanksgiving on Thursday and eating Pumpkin pie spending time with my family and John's. Hopefully, I won't lame out on you guys, and I will post a recipe or two this season, as well as some of our adorable family. Cross your fingers!