Friday, July 13, 2018

Weekend Reading 7.13

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Happy Friday! How did we get here already? I'm talking Friday... but also mid-July. Crazy. The weather here has been so incredibly gorgeous, exactly what we missed about New England when we lived in Philly. After a hot and humid week last week we're back to somewhat cooler temps and, more importantly, zero humidity - absolute heaven (have we come to this already? Talking about the weather? Now you know what it's like to be at a party with me – excitement central over here). ANYWAY, we're looking forward to spending some quality time with friends this weekend and planning on jumping into the ocean at some point – because it's that time of year (the time of year that makes you completely forget about January) and I'm so damn happy about it.

Hope it's a fun one, friends. xo

ICYMI – Vintage gingham dresses and how to wear a wrap dress

Because change is good and I'm trying to embrace it – I chopped about 8" off my hair last week and am now on the hunt for cute hair accessories

Everything you need to know about dry brushing

Our plant collection is growing and I've been looking for more hanging planters like this one – surprisingly hard to find! (love this option too)

Love this cute DIY market tote idea

I've been seeing these graphic bags everywhere lately and I'm kind of into them? Love that geometric version.

Definitely making these candles for my patio - goodbye bugs!

Ordered my favorite sandals in this color this week and LOVE THEM

In defense of the cruise (NYT)

This vintage kilim bag would be great for a weekend away

Do you listen to storycorps? I always look forward to it on Friday's and loved this one

Never met a badass black boot I didn't love – including these

Word on the street is that Prime day is coming! I'm finally taking the plunge and buying this (I've been selling my clothes on Poshmark to save up for it)

This pretty robe would be gorgeous for around the house or layered over a tank with vintage jeans

How pretty is this simple summer look on Tieka?

The best thing about summer? One piece dressing

I've love to layer this blanket at the end of our bed - so pretty

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

How To Wear A Vintage Wrap Dress

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Wear it any damn way you please. That's the answer. But personally, I prefer mine with some giant gold hoop earrings and a wide-brim hat, arguably the two pieces in my closet that are getting the most mileage this season (and these sandals too). I found this vintage wrap dress at a secondhand store here in Portland where it was masquerading as a duster jacket. But I knew it could be more – specifically, it reminded me a lot of current dresses from Reformation, which I love but cannot afford unless I'm up for spending a solid chunk of time scrolling through previously-loved options on Poshmark (where I found this one actually).  Luckily, like most things, it's all been done before and wrap dresses are easy enough to find vintage or secondhand wrap dresses. Will you have to make some adjustments? Probably (I've had to pin the interior of this one to make it less boxy). But doesn't it look cute with my new ride, Gertie the Volvo?

Details: Dress & bag: Vintage, Hat: Clay LA, Sandals: Sam Edelman, Earrings: Rackk & Ruin
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Vintage Gingham Dress

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If worn differently, this vintage gingham dress might run the risk of feeling way too costumey. Or... in other words, might run the risk of looking too much like what I wore 10 years ago. I used to be really into the whole '50s/Rockabilly thing (hence those birds on my back - still love them though, helps that I frequently forget they're there), that interest was somewhat evident when I started this blog back in 2009. Why, I don't know, other than to say that other experiments in identity weren't out of the question for me. Save for a couple of full skirts, that style has mostly faded from my repertoire, replaced with pieces that feel more like the person I actually am (or have become, as the case may be). But this dress caught my eye when it showed up in a pile my friend Ashley was getting rid of before a move. The nearly-off-shoulder cut is amazing, and I love how the lace and gingham hint at square dance without tipping over to full-on Dolly Parton (much as I love her). One direction, it could easily fall into full-on Betty Draper territory, but with the right accessories (and hair), I feel as though a vintage dress can look modern and polished, with even a bit of an edge.

Details: Dress, bag, and scarf: Vintage, Sunglasses: Free People, Earrings: Rackk & Ruin
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Weekend Reading 7.6

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It has been a week, you guys. In fact on paper one might be lead to believe I'm actually a middle-aged white man going through a crisis: I wrapped up my full-time job, bought a new (to me) car, and chopped off my hair. I'm sure there were some other moments in there, too, but while this all may make me sound slightly unhinged, I'm very, very pleased with how things are going. The car is vintage, of course, a sweet little Volvo to be used mostly to get to and from the beach while Chris is working out of town, and I love it. The job situation perhaps deserves a longer post, but for now I'll leave it at this: If you're unhappy, do something about it, and also there are bright sides to every situation. For now, I'm focusing on my freelance work and also breathing some new life into this blog. I feel as though I've had ideas stewing for so long, but haven't had the headspace to bring them to life - so here we are. This weekend... I honestly have no idea. It's been brutally hot and humid here, but it looks like we might actually get a break, so the only thing I'm hoping for is time spent outdoors! Hope yours is a good one, friends.

ICYMI: Raw cheesecake (not just for the 4th)

How your vote impacts the environment - guys, this stuff matters. The ocean was so warm this week... and that's not a good thing.

The most perfect vintage Levi's 501

Yum - I already made strawberry rhubarb crisp this morning, but I think I need to make these vegan no-bake cookies too

I love using pieces like this for my hanging planters

I've been updating my Poshmark almost every weekend - adding some jewelry today!

On my July wishlist: a cute pair of printed slide sandals like these, a color-blocked dress like that red and pink number, loafers like these because I'm insane and already thinking about transitional pieces, and an eye-catching dress made out of something breathable!

These handmade celestial bridal crowns are next-level gorgeous!

Have you had this conversation with a friend yet? Because I sure have: Why do we all love true crime so much? 

Save an extra 30% off sale items from Madewell! Loving this cute tiered skirt, this cross-body bag, and this '70s-style striped tank

Topical: Sunburn remedies (I am currently just one giant sunburn and I am SO ASHAMED)

Love these sleek booties - so good with a white cotton dress or top and skirt set, right?

Watermelon jerky is, apparently, a thing. and guys... it looks GOOD

This simple high-waisted bikini looks way more expensive than it is

How to boost productivity in the summer (i.e. when you least want to be working *slowly raises hand*)

Pretty much obsessed with the gorgeous homegoods in this Etsy shop

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Raw Paleo-Friendly Cheesecake for the 4th

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This post was originally written for Avocado Green as part of my freelance work – see the full post here

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Between my stint at Free People and general personal passion (I love tinkering with raw desserts), I have made a lot of raw cheesecakes in my time. Some good. Some not-so-good. So many, in fact, that I am confident in saying this is by far the best one yet. It even won Chris's approval, he who loves full dairy, all-sugar everything. So that's saying something. But seriously it's SO GOOD. If you're looking for an easy dessert for July 4th that doesn't require the stove and doesn't create a sink full of dishes, this is it, friends. Enjoy!

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Raw Vegan Cheesecake with Seasonal Berries


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 6 fresh pitted Medjool dates
  • 3 Tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp flaked Maldon sea salt or kosher salt

  • 2 cups raw cashews (soaked in cold water for at least 6 hours but ideally overnight – this is a must as it ensures a creamy filling)
  • ¼ cup coconut cream 
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch or two of Maldon salt or sea salt

  • Fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut

  • Blender or food processor 
  • 8” springform pan 
  • Parchment paper


Step 1: Trace the bottom of the springform pan onto the parchment and cut out the circle you traced. Place the circle of parchment inside the springform pan. This will make removing the cake from the pan super easy.

Step 2: 
Add all crust ingredients to the blender or food processor. Pulse until sticky and well combined (it should have the texture of rough sand and come together when pinched). If your crust is too dry, add a few more dates and pulse.

Step 3: Press the crust mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside while you make the filling.

Step 4: Add all filling ingredients to the blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Taste the filling and adjust the flavor accordingly by adding more sweet, more lemon, more vanilla, or more salt.

Step 5: Pour the filling into the pan and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle coconut flake over top. Place in the freezer until set - at least four hours.

Step 6: Remove from the freezer and take the “cheese” cake out of the springform pan. Top with berries. Allow to sit for 10-20 minutes before slicing and serving. Tip: run a sharp knife under warm water to make slicing easier.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Weekend Reading 6.29

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You guys. it's June 29th... how did we get here? I know,  I know "said every blogger ever", but seriously. It finally feels like true summer in Maine (a glorious thing), and after a week of news that felt... well, it felt awful and I realized last night my mind has been in complete maintenance mode, I'm excited to get outdoors and forget about real life for a couple of days. Maybe you are too? We're thinking about a hike or kayaking tomorrow (with temps expected to reach 90, I think kayaking will win), then probably the beach on Sunday. I've been trying to figure out our July 4th plans - to be honest, with all the garbage that's going on right now in the country, I'm not feeling very festive. But I'm looking forward to taking a break mid-week to maybe get out to one of the islands and relax – and I'll be donating to the ACLU. I'm also headed in for a fresh haircut next week and as of right now, am planning on a bit of a chop (like everyone it seems these days - perhaps related to the current political climate?). I'm so tired of the extra weight on my head, and lately, I haven't had the patience for hair. Anyone else feel me on this?

Well there you go - Friday brain dump. Hope you're hanging in there. Enjoy the links! XO

Jess has a brand new site PLUS she's offering 20% off through July 4th. Loving this vintage '90s velvet duster.

This tweet thread is everything

These vintage letter stencils would be such a cool display piece all lined up on a wall.

Are you a My Favorite Murder fan? This story from this week's episode was pretty incredible #SSDGM

Pretty obsessed with all the bold earrings in this Etsy shop - but especially these **adds to cart**


Have you seen the new swim line from Outdoor Voices?? I literally JUST bought a suit, but if I were in the market, I'd definitely get this one.

What to know about the protests planned for tomorrow (June 30)

Save an extra 30% off sale items from Urban Outfitters, including this perfect woven straw basket bag and this jumpsuit

Annnnnd save 20% off at Madewell. Kind of obsessed with this 70s-style tee dress

This campaign video is so inspiring

So much new over on Moorea Seal! Especially in love with this crisp white button up tank

Really craving a trip to NYC soon - especially after looking at these pics

Related to hair - curious about this straight styling brush

What to do if your therapist gives you bad advice

A book added to my list

Save 50% off select styles from J.Crew - including this adorable gingham swimsuit and these cute as heck pajamas

A (beautiful) 4th of July party menu

Friday, June 22, 2018

Weekend Reading 6.22

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Say it with me now: What. A. Week. If you're like me, you're probably feeling super burnt out from the latest news cycle - this one was particularly rough. I hope we've all done our due diligence and called or donated or helped in the way that feels right (check out Daily Action for helpful ways to do this), but I also hope we can all give ourselves a little love this weekend, too. Now more than ever, the realities of the world feel like they could crush us and it's important to take care of yourself and your mental health.

For me, that means stepping away from technology this weekend as much as I can. Tomorrow, Chris and I are headed to New Hampshire to see my dad and maybe do some hiking if the rain holds up. I want to make this strawberry cake as a belated step-Mother's/Father's Day celebration treat, it looks so good! I'm also hoping to stop by my mom's to pick up some rhubarb to use for strawberry crisp. Sunday looks like rain, but if it holds off, we're headed to buy some plants. Our couch is finally here and I'm so ready to put the sorta-finishing touches on our apartment. It's a weekend of doing things and I can't wait to get away from the news. What's on your agenda? Hope it's something fun and/or relaxing!


Some useful links for information and ways to help now:

This post from Cup of Jo does an amazing job of breaking it all down, especially what's happening now that that families could be reunited (currently there's no plan or timeline)

On June 30th, there are rallies taking place across the country - here's how to find yours

More links for your weekend:

Would love to add this vintage butcher block to my kitchen

I've been wearing the hell out of my espadrilles this summer and need some new sandals already - loving these pretty options

The fundraiser that raised $12 million in 5 days (the original goal was $1,500)

This book is officially on my NEED list

Because #selfcare: rice krispie treat ice cream sandwiches. OMG.

Really into these rad vintage festival pants

A funny thing happened in Maine this week: I ran into Keiko on the street! So fun to see Maine through her eyes, and it was nice to see an old blogging friend

So obsessed with this affordable swimwear - I just got this suit and LOVE it (for reference because the sizing can be confusing, I'm a 6 in top and 8 in bottoms)

Hello. This is my dream home.

A pool float for people who hate pool floats

So in love with this look on Tieka

I just bought this lip serum and can't wait to try it - will update!

Major street style inspo at Pitti Uomo

Obsessed with this entire outfit, but especially those jeans!

Etsy is having a HUGE birthday sale! love these cool tulle socks and this pretty white dress

Another white button-up dress to obsess over and it's 40% off! (love this one too)

Save 30% off J.Crew - including these adorable earrings (and these too)