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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Garden Scapes

Even though it is a blistering 90 something degrees out with a 51% humidity and climbing, I decided to take my time before a lunch with friends to do a little GTL. Gardening, Tanning, Laundry. (You are welcome for the cultural appropriation!).

the garden.

I know my garden looks crazy, and well, it is. I’m not a great weeder, in that I don’t have tons of time for it (and I like the wild look!). But all of that crazy green foliage that looks like past-their-prime daffodils is actually garlic. The whole plot is over-run with it and it actually breaks my heart to carve out little sections for the basil, tomatoes, squash, kale, chard, radishes spinach and endive… but I do.

heirloom tomatoes. and garlic.

basil. and garlic.

heirloom radishes.

Spinach, and garlic.

I don’t have to work ’til 4:30 and it is THE MOMENT to harvest the first of my garlic scapes!

garlic scapes.

Now to be fair, I did not know about garlic scapes until the other day. I had a few friends over for a little back yard BBQ and enjoyment of the Lemon Ginger pasta I mentioned in the Funky Flea article. When the aforementioned beautiful and smart Hannah saw all the garlic in my garden, she flipped.

Apparently she had received some through her CSA last year and couldn’t get enough. They are to her what fiddleheads are to me. I couldn’t be more excited. I love garlic. I use garlic in EVERYTHING.

Also, I didn’t know you had to cut these off before the cloves would fully mature, so. Double win.

Perhaps I will make some Garlic Scape Pesto, or this delish looking pizza:

from Not Without Salt


Do you have any good garlic advice / recipes? I could really use them!

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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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New Living Room!

I have spent my last few days off fixing up my living room, and I’m pretty proud of it!

I painted the walls “fiddle head fern” green, re-arranged everything and finally got it together to hang stuff with purpose (rather than wherever there was a nail). Hope you like it!

The old leather suitcases were actually my great grandfather’s and have his initials on them. I am using them to house MOST of our VHS collection. The coffee table is something Lief made.

I wish we had a nicer couch, but this one is super comfortable and was free. I’m gonna keep my eye out for some nice white vintage curtains but I love the way the current ones filter the light, so maybe they’ll stay!

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Big Boat Fix

I had a surprise day off yesterday after basically two weeks of working two jobs, so I went with Lief to help him put his boat in and hopefully begin my illustrious waterskiing career.

As with many wonderful plans, this was destined for failure. We got the boat all hooked up and realized that the floor was pretty rotten.  The following are some pictures of us tearing out said floor and replacing it. I say “us” although Lief brings all the real skill to the table. I would like to give myself some props for being the best damn ShopVac’r around, an excellent getter of things needed, and caller-outer of measurements. I am also not bad at marking for cuts.

I love Lief’s family and their house. They have a large family (4 kids!) and there is always something going on. They are a family of carpenters and athletes (check out Eli’s cool ski set up) with a pack of 4 dogs. Anyway, even though I didn’t go waterskiing I did get to spend the day out in the sun and had a good time.

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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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Happy Mother’s Day!

A lot of the wonderful women I have met through this Wandering I Vintage experience are Mama’s… So happy mother’s day to you ladies!

I am not a mama, but I’ve got one. Happy Mother’s Day, mom!

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