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Before my voice fails…


Well, my hair is growing out finally. I have lots and lots and lots of hair, and I usually give up at about this length and revert to a super short style, but I’ve been enjoying styling my longish layers.

I like to incorporate vintage details (honestly because the twists and curls are really the only pretty way to manage my hair). What do you think?

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Am I really all the things outside of me?


Well today is my first day back to school. As a little kid, it was so important to pick out the best possible outfit for that all-important day. It was the way everyone would remember you forever!

First day of school. Ever.

You know what? I’m totally okay with this. I would wear this outfit right. fucking. now. Check out all that swag!

I’m taking a slightly less neon approach this year. And I’m awfully sad about it, in retrospect.

shirt: vintage, no tags (from antique fest)

jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt

sweater: Gap

bag: American Tourister

necklace: thrifted

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Shop Additions


I have added a bunch of new things to the shop over the last week or so, including some of my all time favorite shirts from my personal collection.

These are going to hurt for sure to ship out!

Prettiest Lemon & Lime Paisley Blouse

My Favorite Plaid Blouse

Best Plaid Blouse

Lake Placid 1990 T-Shirt

There are several others, and more will go up over the next week. Enjoy!

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High Waisted Jorts!


I have been having a really great summer so far. Taking on a lot of new experiences, pushing my boundaries a little bit socially. And I’ve been having fun getting dressed.

I’m working a little scavenger hunt into my thrifting and garage-saleing this summer. It keeps “work” feeling a little more like “play.” My three Big Win Finds are

1) high waisted pants and or shorts

2) the elusive Perfect Pair of Jorts*

3) Sleeveless Tops (the more side boob, the better)

Today’s find are HIGH WAISTED JORTS.

I bought these last week. I have had an especially hard time finding high-waisted shorts that fit my thighs. I have slim legs and a lot of the leg openings are huuuuuge. This is problem is not so pronounced with these featured jorts because they hit at about mid-thigh and then I roll them up.

I love these because you can wear a super basic top with them. High waisted jorts are statement enough for me thanks!

What are your favorite summer thrift finds?

 

*I would like to call attention to a point of contention amongst my friends and fellow jorts enthusiasts. Some people believe that perfect jorts can not be BOUGHT but must be MADE, by cutting off cherished jeans. I myself believe in the power of the hemmed jort in addition to the power of the fray.

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Funky Flea!


While Syracuse doesn’t have a lot to offer, we do have a couple cool projects going on. One is the Near West Side Intiative (which brought you the “green architecture” post in conjunction with Syracuse University) and several public art initiatives, including the Public Arts Task Force. To be honest, I think a lot of what they do is a little misguided (I live in the near west side, so their art is my reality rather than some theoretical application) but they did sponsor this.

On Saturday, Syracuse held it’s first Funky Flea, modeled after Brooklyn Flea. We DO have a large, sprawling flea market every week but admittedly it doesn’t really have as much of a hipster vibe as this did!

I was happy to go down and support, as the beautiful and talented Mother Midnight team had a fabulous booth as well as my long time friend (and birthday sharer) Marty Butts with his endeavor Small Potatoes Sales & Marketing. I hate to get all sappy here, but I could not be more proud of Marty. PLEASE check out his bloggity blog. I will be linking to it on my blogroll too. I highly recommend the Flour City Pasta (seriously. yummy.) and my friend Hannah LOVED the wasabi pickles.

Mother Midnight was kind enough to let me park behind their booth (there wasn’t really anywhere to tie up your bike!) and they DID NOT SELL IT despite receiving offers. They were also kind enough to package my stuff up nicely while I was out wandering around.

I didn’t really get too much, a couple old pieces of framed art from the ReStore and some Flour City Pasta. But I really enjoyed walking around, meeting people and seeing what everyone had to offer.

I really loved the whole concept, using an abandoned piece of property in what is my favorite part of town to put on a hip little gathering. Can’t beat it. Next time they hold it my friend Aaron (who does print making and other graphic-y things) and I may do a joint booth, for unlimited coolness.

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Spring Cleaning: Home Office Edition


Wow. My living room post had the most hits EVER. I underestimated the power of voyeurism!

Anyway, I’ve been working on the whole house, organizing, moving, painting. I thought I would post a little bit more (and yes, my whole apartment has that terrible carpet in it. le sigh).

This room would be the dining room, I use it as my office. It has been organized many different ways but I am pretty happy with the way it is now. In order to fully appreciate it, you should imagine cats sleeping everywhere and NPR streaming on the iMac.

The desk, and Loretta

That clock is one of my favorite things...

Sneak peek at our yellow kitchen...

"Jesus Saves from Hell"

orchid pedastal

"Is Very Good Vodka"

I’m wondering what everyone else’s office looks like!

What do you like best about mine?

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Maggie Gyllenhaal


I love the great vintage look of this lingerie campaign. Aaaaand I love Maggie Gyllenhaal.

So, gratuitous blog post, begin.

These are some pictures released from her Agent Provocateur campaign.


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Going Green


On the Radio.

I listen to NPR sort of compulsively. It is tuned in on my clock radio, and plays quietly throughout the day and during naps. This morning I woke up to Prime Time, which is actually an AARP show. It is always awesome. This is what I heard upon waking up:

Since 1907… every bit of plastic that has ever been produced is somewhere on our planet, either in our atmosphere through incineration, in landfills if its been buried or if it has been disposed of irresponsibly or by mistake it ends up in our oceans or ends up in our natural environments. So every bit of plastic that has ever been produced is somewhere out there. Plastic lasts forever, we use it for a very short period of time, so it’s no suprise that these fingerprints are turning up all over our natural environments.

These are things you know. Right? We know that plastic doesn’t go away. But the idea that EVERY PIECE SINCE 1907 is still here is shocking.

(god, that image search was super depressing. “plastic trash island.”)

These gyres are the unseen consequences of our disposable culture.

Consumerism necessarily distances the consumer from the consequences of their consumption, and stewardship has been lost in our culture. I encourage you to look beyond the hipster esthetic associated with Etsy and thrifting and think about the environmental impact. Challenge yourself to use more vintage, second hand and re-purposed goods. If you are like me, you will find satisfaction in looking around your house and realizing that not only have you minimized your waste, but that you have created a beautiful and eclectic space filled with one of a kind items.

Here is some inspiration to get you started:

Wood Serving Bowl from HannahBellaMemories

Heart Measuring Spoons by BeehiveKitchenware

Seven Deadly Sins by trixiedelicous

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More vintage Liz!


My mom’s best friend (and my Godmother) is turning 60, so mom has been scanning all these old photographs of their friendship through the ages.

She just forwarded these to me:

My very first pedicure.

Me, circa 1987.

aaah isn’t it good to know my hair, through all of the stupid colors, mohawks, shaved heads, dreadlocks… it all ended up here. At this.

I would like to say this is bedhead, but this is generally what my hair looks like. Althought I did just get out of bed.

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Easter Post!


As mentioned before, my parents have TONS of vintage and antique stuff.

For Easter, my mom made a really cool vintage table setting. Here are some pictures!

Check out these awesome linen embroidered napkins!

A lot of our stuff is “chicken oriented.”

Instead of your standard egg dying, in our family we did a modern Ukrainian egg decorating style using wax and phase dying. Of course! Maybe next year I will do a demo post.

Never too “matchy matchy”…

My mom is a fantastic cook. These are grass fed lamb chops (no mercy!) that were locally raised within 20 miles of my parents house!

Delish white chocolate cheese cake and some kind of strawberry dressing that has an unknown amount of liquor in it. Because that is how they roll.

Hope your Easter was full of incredible food and lots of fun!

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