Don’t you just love a man in a bow tie?
Today’s I’m lucky enough to have guest post with Steffy of Steffy’s Pros and Cons.Her blog is becoming my favorite go to source for thrifted/vintage wardrobe inspiration. Adding thrifted items into your wardrobe can be tricky at times, but if you take Steffy’s approach of anything goes, you’ll be just fine. Stefanie has provided a few images for inspiration as well as a tips for styling. Hope you enjoy her style as much as I do. Welcome Steffy!! ♥
Hey cuties! My name is Steffy and I run the blog Steffys Pros and Cons. I am so excited to be here on The Veda House, and thank you so much Cassie for featuring me! I am going to share with you a few summer outfits that are fully thrifted to give you some ideas when you find yourself in a thrift store completely lost (it happens, don’t fret!)
(vintage pleated dress, vintage bag, thrifted sandals)
OUTFIT 1: This dress was one of my luckiest finds. If you find a dress that also looks great with a cropped top over it (like this one).. which usually works with most pleated dresses… BUY IT. This dress can be worn as a dress or as a skirt, and that is awesome!
(vintage hat, vintage polka dot dress, vintage bag, vintage heels)
OUTFIT 2: Anytime I am thrifting, I always am on the lookout for retro looking patterns that pop out at me. That is exactly how I stumbled upon this beautiful polka dotted dress! The hat is also vintage… if by chance you find a cheery item you can wear with many different outfits, never pass it up!
(thrifted striped tee, vintage plaid skirt, vintage bag, vintage loafers)
OUTFIT 3: This outfit is mostly thrifted. I decided to be bold and pair stripes with plaid, as well as bright colors with other bright colors! When you are in the thrift store, be brave! What is the fun in thrifting if you aren’t going to leave with one-of-a-kind, vibrant and unique items?
I hope I could teach you a thing or two about vintage/thrifted clothing, and how to pick it out! Make sure you hope on over to MY STORE- tea and tulips, because most of these items are for sale in my store!
Thanks Steffy! We really appreciate you sharing a little bit of your thrifting knowledge with us. Let’s be brave people, and pair stripes with plaid!
Today around 1:30, the boy and I sat ourselves down at a neighborhood pub to enjoy a nice lunch. I mentioned something like “to bang, or not to bang”, meaning should I cut bangs in my hair or not, and the rest of the conversation went down hill from there. It’s interesting how a lunch date conversation can turn from ordinarily pleasant to dirty in less than 10 seconds with the mention of a hairstyle. I think the rest the rest of the conversation included mentions of boners, ninja’s and gang signs. Guys… the things they find entertaining.
We spent the afternoon strolling one of our favorite St. Louis neighborhoods and antique stores.
I wanted to thank everyone who commented and helped me through my recent really rough day. Having a blogging community as supportive as you guys is truly a gift. Thanks to all of you!
You were mean and ugly. I hope to never see your face again. Please and thank you. I’m determined to make this coming week amazing!
1^ Today is grocery day. Yuck. At least I get to stock pile my fridge with a bunch a fruit.
2^ We finished Shameless and now we are looking for our next TV series. Seems like we’ve seen them all, so it’s going to be a challenge to come up with something. Any suggestions?
3^ I’ve been craving ice cream like crazy. This could be bad news on my wallet and mid section.
4^ 2 more weeks until I turn 25. I keep thinking there is something I need to mark of my list for year 24. hmmm what could it be.
5^ The boy and I are planning a little vacation out to Portland sometime in July. Let the travel planning begin. Any must see things?
Goal for this week:
I’m going to do my best to workout/ do physical activity every day this week. I also need to drink a lot more water than I have been. We’ll see how this goes.
Photo via Julia
Today was rough, horrible, completely memorable in a not so great way. Today was one of those days where you are the fly and life is the car windshield; ugly, graphic and hard to clear away. I do have to admit that all the blame shouldn’t be placed on this single glorious day, but on all the recent days leading up to it.
Today’s awful, not so great day was a culmination of all of life’s recent pressures, coming together at a peak and them completely blowing up in my face. Today was the day that I needed a pair of boxing gloves just to make it through the work day and a day when I didn’t have enough energy to fight. Today was the day that the pressure of opening my online shop by the end of June became to much, and things needed to be reassessed. Today was the day that I was temporarily convinced I shouldn’t be a blogger because I’m boring, the stuff I write about is bland, I don’t have a “voice” and the content I put out there is just plain shit. Today was also the day that my to-do list exceeded what was physically possible to achieve, not today…maybe not in this lifetime. Last but not least, today was the day the laundry piled way too high, the living room rug became an award-winning collector of dog fur, the refrigerator became completely empty, and I still haven’t had a chance to get my butt to a salon an get my hair dyed. Yeah…that was today.
I’m feeling completely defeated and living on the edge of insanity is just not my cup of tea. I need to take a BIG deep yoga breath (maybe 5,000 would be good), take a little time for me, and come up with a game plan to make life a little more manageable. I’m not one to let life defeat me and when it makes a really great attempt, I make lists. Lots and lots of lists. (predictable) I brainstormed in a hot bath tub filled with aloe bubbles until my toes were embarrassingly wrinkly. Of course I cried…a lot, and I whined that there would never be a solution. After coming back down to reality I think I managed to come up with a 6-step plan. (or at least a start of something solid)
Step one is to eat something. Stat. Step two is to make lists (DUH) of things that are absolutely crucial. I’m talking about “What’s absolutely necessary to get done in the next 30 min?”, and work from there. Small baby steps are the way to go. Step three is to reach out to the people I’m closest to and bloggers who I value their opinions, and see if they have any insights about some of the things I’m struggling with. My hope is to gain perspective from doing this. Step four is to come up with a blogging schedule that will give me something to plan my weekly posts against. More structure and less flying by the seat of my pants kind of thing. Step five is to extend my shop launch deadline to be less concrete. Instead of it opening at the end of June, it will be opening “this summer”. This allows me to produce a product that I’m 100% invested in and completely passionate about. I’ll also be removing the lookbook from my immediate tasks to accomplish. The lookbook is a want and not a need at this point. Step six is one of the most important. It’s time to get inspired again. I’m talking uber inspired.
So that’s the plan, the immediate plan. Things may be adjusted as I work things out, but right now things are feeling a bit more manageable. By the end of this month, when I reach the beginning of my 25th year, I’ll be ready to take on anything that comes flying my way. Bring it on. Bring it on.
Post referring to Thursday, June 9th
This week there has been some AMAZING things going on in blog land and I am excited to share with you some of my favorite links this week. I love being able to give bloggers the recognition for publishing something truly inspiring.
1. Did you happen to read Kyla Roma’s guest post over on My Girl Thursday blog? It’s all about blogging with a focus on PASSION and it has some great little insights. Go read it for sure!
3. In the mood for a really great DIY project? I know this particular project has been on my list for some time now- Hand Printed Fabric Gift Wrap…omg. Casey ( My Life As a Sugar Lander) guest posts over on Unruly Things and it’s greatness.
4.One of my absolute favorite bloggers, Danielle of Sometimes Sweet has started a new adventure of writing on the site Hello Giggles. She talks all about mommy hood in a unique and witty way. Check out her posts every Wednesday!
5. This kitchen renovation featured on MINT design blog is gorgeous. Shows how just a little paint can make all the difference. Reno on a budget!
6. I’m in love with this heart felt post by Sidney of The Daybook. The post is a sweet note to her husband who is apparently rocking the “husband card” these days.
7. A Creative People interview with Gemma Correll. on Oana Befort’s Blog. Her illustrations are so whimsy, they make me smile.
8. Isn’t Katie just the most adorable mom out there. This Weakly Wears outfit is perfect for an on the go mama and love the node to vintage going on.
9 Some #FF on the blog today because I can never seem to mention everyone on twitter in 140 characters. These girls are (somewhat new to me)must reads. I need to add them to my daily reads list on this blog.
1. Love Life
2. Aura Joon
3. Door Sixteen
4. Scantingly Brilliant
5. Strawberry Moth
6. Sweet Fine Day
7. The Hummingbird Girls
8. The Velvet Bird
9. Three For The Road
10. Whole Family Fare
I hope everyone has plans to sit back and enjoy this pre-summer weekend. It’s been really hot over here in St. Louis, so we plan on laying low and catching up on things.
I’m starting a new feature over here on Thursdays that I’m really excited about. One of my favorite aspects of hunting down previously-loved treasures is the research that goes into each item once it makes it into my home. They all have unique and interesting stories. This new feature titled, The Collected & Reused will feature one item from my online market each week. Each week may be slightly different, but I’ll provide little stories to go along with the item. Some weeks may be more informational as I will provide information about the item; where I found it, what it’s original purpose was, what it’s worth, and even what you can do to repurpose it. Think of it as an online Antique Roadshow broadcasting live from my loft. It’s going to be fun. I promise.
This week’s story comes from my Dad, partner in crime, and old junk lover. He’s been helping me track down product for the market203 launch, so he has some stories to share about the experience. Hopefully I can get him to share more stories during this series.
On the hunt again! Over the last year I have been pounding the pavement looking for the best deals! When my daughter, Cassie told be that she was going to open up an online shop, it sounded cool, then only to find out that she was going to sell vintage goods, I was in heaven. I have a love and knack for finding old treasures….
Hunting down products from the past can be a blast. You have to search all estate sales, antique malls and flea markets just to name a few. This is where you’ll find the deals and you have to look all over the country to be really successful.
Let me tell you about a story, my lucky day!
I got back from a business trip and decided it was time to investigate the “Garage Sale” scene. In my mind this just didn’t seem like a FUN day, sifting thru the mounds of clothes, books, old shoes, etc, all typical of what you will find in the neighborhood.
It was time to figure out where all the good stuff was, so I went and got our local newspaper. In my city they have a 3 page spread just devoted to Garage Sales! The newspaper displays a color coded map to help guide you to all the sales.
Now, how do you know where to start? Good question. “Close your eyes and point” was my method! I identified 10 stops I wanted to try, got out the GPS, loaded in every stop, and was ready to go! Woke up early the next morning, and the wife and I started out on the journey…
The first stop was out in the country, so to speak. We pulled up the stone driveway and saw nothing, no sign of any Garage Sale, no cars no people, no life! We kept driving down the lane and saw 3 chicken coops, a pole barn, but still no signs of life. Oh well I thought, lets go on to the next one…
Just as we were about to leave, I saw movement to my right. We looked over to see a women exiting one of the chicken coops. I rolled down the window and asked, “Is there a sale going on?” She answered, “yes, come on in, help your self!”
We thought, ok we came this far, lets have a quick look. My wife and I jumped out of the car, opened the chicken coop door, and WHOLLY MOSES, god’s gift landed in out lap. It turns out this lady along with a close friend have been collecting antiques, and OLD/vintage containers for several years. Her husband got sick so they closed down their antique store, and redecorated this chicken coop to the hilt. All I could say was AWSOME! The way they had everything displayed was inspiring. I thought to myself, “this is what it’s all about.” The bonus was that they sold me everything at cost, so I bought everything I could, and blew off the rest of the day. I guess the Garage Sales were not meant to be!
This item will be listed in the market203 the last week of June amongst a gazillion more items.
Over Memorial Day weekend I traveled home to spend some much needed time with family members on both mine and Jake’s side. It was a jam packed weekend spent with lots of visiting and lots of catching up. All that visiting can be exhausting, but it is always nice to know everyone is doing well. Here’s some unseen moments from the trip.
- READ FIRST PART OF DAY HERE -
This farmers market is amazing and open all year long. The fruit/veggie stands are covered with an overhang so you can even go on a rainy day. The boy and I bought some stuff to make a healthy lunch- pineapple, stuff to make a salad, grapes and a cucumber. I love how you can walk out of there only spending a couple dollars and you know you’ve spent your money well. As we were walking out the boy asked me if I’d like to pick out some flowers to take home. Of course I did, so we went all the way back through the market to find the perfect bouquet.
Once home we washed and chopped all of our fresh produce and put the gorgeous wild flower type flowers into a vase. We made lunch and then plopped ourselves in front of the television for the next couple hours watching Shameless on Showtime. After a few episodes I read a few chapters of my current book and took a solid 2-hour nap. Pefection.
Once we were rested after our afternoon nap it was getting late in the day. Our neighborhood also had it’s first “concert in the park” that night, so we thought we’d take the pup on a walk and enjoys some tunes from a local band. We walked slowly taking in the steamy hot evening, listening to the end of the concert and letting the pup smell anything and everything on our way home. The rest of the night was filled with more and more Shameless. The end.
Just warning you, this is a lengthy one. Perfect days call for long 2-day documentation. (See tomorrow’s post for second half of the day)
Woke up bright and early on a Saturday, which is pretty rare. I must have been excited about what we had planned for the day. Promptly at 10:00 I woke the boy up to get ready to go to our neighborhood’s 42th annual home and garden tour /”Antique Fair” being held in our neighborhood square. Several booths were calling my name and I was anxious to get out there before everyone else, hoping to find a treasure. It was steamy hot, even at 10am in the morning, but the boy and I parked the car and started to peruse the square. Lots of great booths, lots of great items, but unfortunately everything was over priced. (why didn’t I buy one of those plastic mouse figures above…I’m hating myself for passing one of those up) I’ve learned to not be disappointed if I don’t find something worth while, so we got back in the car and drove to the farmers market in the next neighborhood over. TO BE CONTINUED…..(tomorrow)