Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Little Miss Thrift

I felt very direction-less with the blog for quite some time, but I think I've finally settled into posting about things I know about, such as thrifting! Thrift stores and thrifting are some of my favorite things to do. After being Savers-deprived for a few weeks, I finally got to take a quick look around the store.

There were some Ferragamo shoes I fancied, but for eleven dollars and I size too small, I let 'em go. However, I did find a lovely Royal typewriter (right) in it's original case. The typewriter on the left was one I picked up at Savers a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, due to lack of space, they're both in their case right now.

The two vintage bathing suits were steals I found. It's amazing, I think, how no one ever looks at the bathing suit section in thrift stores. You find some real jewels! Though neither are for me, I hope to open an etsy shop this weekend, where they'll be posted. Links on that when it comes.

My favorite suit is the two-piece, but I'm having a little trouble dating it. Gorgeous, either way, though.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Day Vacations

This morning my grandma called me up and asked if I wanted to take a drive down to her past living locations, about twenty minutes south of Salinas. Though we didn't get to do everything we planned (I packed a picnic lunch only to discover that they charged ten dollars to get into the park), it was quick trip to some nearby California locations. Gonzalez, Soledad, and Greenfield are south of us, and they're only a few miles apart. My mom grew up here, but besides a few quick passes going to LA, I'd never actually visited any of these places.

The cemetery in Greenfield was probably the best part of the entire trip because it's where a lot of relatives on my mom's side are buried. The tombstone is of my great-aunt and uncle. Apparently, I'm almost identical personality wise to my Aunt Lizzie. This is according to my grandma. According to my uncle, it's true, because she was one tough lady.

The trip was casual. We didn't actually walk around much, because my grandma's in her seventies and those hips just don't move like they used to. I only took pictures of my bag and shoes because they seemed like the only notable items of the assemble.

I had fun, though. There's something about driving through old country roads with the windows down that makes you happy.

Shoes: Oxfords via Savers.
Bag: UO

I'm getting better at this! Quite possibly no one is reading, but I'm working on it...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Well, improvement is the way to go.

The idea of starting a blog used to intimidate the crap out of me. Okay, let's be honest here: it still does. The blog in my head is full of romantic outfit photos and tales of great adventures. However, the blog in real life isn't quite as exciting, but I'm working on it. To be honest, I'm not one for taking pictures of myself, but I'm going to work on that too. As a little intro post ( a much better one than last time, though I'm still attempting to figure out blogger), here are some things I love:

There is a US map taking up almost the entire length of one of my bedroom walls that can prove this. Though I haven't stuck dressmakers pins into places I've gone (I'd only need like, ten), I do have a very detailed map going through the states of places I'd like to go. It's a goal, right?

Old books, especially dictionaries.
Quirky little Kaylie collects dictionaries. I have something around thirty, my oldest dating back to 1912. The best I ever saw was in a little antique shop here in Salinas, over a thousand pages and a few inches tall. Ten dollars! Unfortunately, at the time, I didn't feel like lugging it around Old Town, so I let it go. When I went back, fully prepared for the trek, someone had snatched it up. Fate, perhaps?
Kittens, cats, and other animals.
We have four cats in our house: the adult, two teen sisters, and a toddler, whom we found outside of our apartment building a few days ago. Originally we were going to find him a home, but I loved Studely (short for Stud Muffin. This boy is fiiine.) too much to share him with anyone else. He's about the same size as the little guy in this pic.
Thrift stores.
Thrift stores are all the rage these years, and for good reason. Unique clothing at an affordable price? Count me in. Also, it's modern-day treasure hunting, with some of the best prizes.

All images are courtesy of google.

These are just a few thing that get me smiling. Hopefully there will be more posts to come. I'm just a little intimidated by the blogging world, but I figure I should probably get over it, especially if I want to go into fashion journalism, aye?