Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Black Burning Heart

Dress: H&M ($12)
Sandals: c/0 PacSun
Studded Cuff: bought in high school
Silver bracelets: Antique/oldoldold
Goodbye and good riddance, August! Today has been one of THE hottest days ever and I have to say, I'm over summer. Over. It. I'm also not afraid to say that I've been rocking this Morticia-Addams-on-summer-vacation look for the past three days. It's the only thing suitable for 100*f heat. I've noticed that New Englanders get a little rough around the edges this time of year, we've experienced a little bit of fall and are now being subjected to an indian summer, we've exhausted our summer wardrobes and are pining for sweaters and tights, just give us 65 degrees already!

This look is kind of faux-styled: just a dress, but pile on enough hardware and you look like you might know what you're doing! I've had this studded leather cuff since sophomore year of high school. A few years back I passed down most of my band t-shirts and studded jewelry to my brother, but I couldn't part with this piece. It aged so well, I knew I would want it in the future.
I can already tell you that posting will be light this week, we're expecting three more 90+ degree days before it cools down this weekend and I'm planning on hiding out wherever there is air-conditioning. I'm also insisting on not cooking, it's take-out tonight!

Oh! also, look what we found out front of Chris' work today:
I've never seen a Praying Mantis in real life before! This one was huge, I'm thinking it must have been female? She was hanging out on the windowsill this morning, admiring her reflection.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Friday, August 27, 2010

You Asked, I Answered: Pt. 3

Circa 2006 in Vegas drinking beer out of a cowboy boot at a bowling alley.

Have you ever travelled outside of the US?
Yes, I love traveling and I'm lucky enough to have had parents who encouraged it. I've been to Germany (where we stayed with my mom's aunt), Ireland, and Japan. I was actually in Japan for about a month during college, I got to travel all over the country which was incredible. I've also been all over Canada, but where I'm from (Maine) that's a pretty common thing because we're so close- my mom, brother and I used to do a road trip to PEI every summer to go camping. I've also been all over the US. I would love to go overseas again, but right now my dream trip is to go cross-country.

Who is your favorite artist?
Ah, that's such a hard question! I would say it's a bit of a tie between William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman as all time favorites. Eggleston had such a knack for documenting people and places, and Sherman's concepts are really interesting to me. I also love Kiki Smith, Frieda Kahlo, Nikki S. Lee, Jeff Coons, Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth. Those are pretty random, but a good example of artists whose works that have inspired me over the years.

What is your daily skin-care routine?
My routine is pretty basic: In the morning I splash my face with cold water, towel dry and apply Oil of Olay spf 15 lotion. I then wait about 15 minutes to apply make-up. For make-up in the summer I usually only wear liquid eyeliner and mascara (in the winter, I wear concealer too). At night, I use a baby-wipe to remove my eye make-up (pampers sensitive skin- it cheaper than make-up remover), wash my face with cold water and Alba Pineapple Enzyme facial cleanser, towel dry and apply the same lotion as before. In the winter, I apply Jojoba oil at night instead of lotion. About twice a week I use St. Ives Apricot scrub to smooth away any dead skin.

What is the most expensive item of clothing you have ever bought?
I once had to buy a bridesmaid's dress that cost $200, and keeping with tradition I never wore it again. Other than that, everything in my closet I paid under $100 for. If you want to count my snowboard boots, I paid $150 for them on sale at Chris' work! (Erica, if you read this the wedding was beautiful and I was so happy to be a part of it!)

What eyeliner do you wear?
I use L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black

How many tattoos do you have and do they each have a special meaning?
I have three tattoos: Two traditional swallows on my back and a set of script numbers on my wrist. The swallows I got about 6 years ago, they don't have a specific meaning other than my appreciation of traditional tattooing and my love for that specific bird (I grew up on a farm where there were a lot of them). In traditional folklore they also symbolize the coming of spring, which I like. The numbers on my wrist are a little more personal, they are the last four digits of the phone number of my family home, which burned down in 2004 while I was at college.

Where in Germany is your mom from and do you speak German?
My mother's side of the family is from Weilburg, Germany (my dad's side is Irish). She spent most of her formative years in the US but my Grandmother had dual citizenship, so they also spent a considerable amount of time with family in and around that region. My mom speaks German, unfortunately I do not.

You have probably some of the most gorgeous hair I've ever seen, and I read awhile back that you only wash it two days a week! I was wondering if you wash it after you exercise and if not, how you keep it from looking sweaty and gross?
Thank you! I DO only wash my hair about twice a week, and I don't typically wash it after going to the gym. When I'm working out I usually wear it up in a bun with an elastic headband wrapped around my head to keep fly-aways out of my eyes. I wait until after I shower to take it down. I don't know if that helps with keeping it less sweaty, or if I just have a really high gunk tolerance, but it seems to make a difference. You could always try using a dry shampoo to soak up any excess oils post-workout. I occasionally use Tresseme "Fresh Start". I like the texture that a little grime adds to my hair, and not washing it constantly keeps it healthy.

I always wondered, are you married?
Nope! Chris and I have been happily un-married for a little over 6 years. The topic of marriage has certainly come up in discussion, and isn't out of the question, but it's not a priority for us right now. (the answer to this question has clearly changed since then!)

I love your blog! Any tips for newer bloggers?
Thank you so much and welcome to the blogging community! Blogging can be tough at first, but I think staying true to your own voice is the most important thing. Write about what you love! If you're a fashion blogger, quality pictures help volumes with your readership, make sure they're in focus and well lit. Don't focus on getting sponsored, or getting X amount of followers, those things will come if you stick to it and enjoy yourself!

Have a question?
Ask me on Formspring!

Chris and I are headed to Maine this afternoon to celebrate Punky's birthday. I'm so excited, the weather is perfect, and I can't wait to be sea-side finally! It's been kind of a crazy week, which ended with me losing my phone. I've had the same terrible Verizon phone for the past five years, and today I'm finally taking the plunge and buying an IPhone! Have a great weekend!

Remember, you still have time to enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kdikio Vintage Giveaway!

Today's giveaway comes to us from Kristin of Kdikio Vintage. You may have noticed a couple of pieces from Kdikio Vintage styled within my outfits lately, well that's what we're giving away to three lucky readers! Below are what's up for grabs:

I love each of these pieces for different reasons, the Southwest necklace has a really beautiful tribal aspect to it and I love that it's - presumably- handmade. The B-Ballin' Diva bracelet's warm tones would be perfect for fall. And the Lock It Up Necklace reminds me of Sid Vicious (random, I know but I love the Sex Pistols).

To win one of these amazing pieces visit Kdikio Vintage and leave me a comment in this post telling me which piece (out of these three) you would pick and how you would style it. I will choose a winner for each piece using a random number generator.

This contest is open to all, be sure to leave me an email address if you do not have a blog where I can easily reach you. Giveaway ends Monday August 30th at 10pm est. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

The winner of the Spotted Moth giveaway is comment #73, Megan! Congrats! Thank you all for entering!


I'm so excited to say I've been featured again on Glamour.com! This time the slideshow focuses on recycling last years trends into new outfits. I really felt passionate about this topic, because not all of us can afford to buy new items each season, even though we may feel tempted to! It's amazing to see how far one's closet can stretch, the combinations are endless when you keep your mind open!

All the girls who participated had amazing looks and great ideas to take into the new season. Go here to read the whole article and see how I re-work my closet!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Just a quick post today...
Sweater: Thrifted ($5)
Jeans: UO (gift)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ($60 sale)
Shirt: J.Crew Outlet ($40)
I woke up this morning to another grey, cloudy, and rainy day, and frankly I couldn't be happier. I love waking up early on these days, taking my time to make coffee and enjoy just being in my home. It was the perfect day to break out this sweater- which I bought in July- that I love. I have such a hard time finding affordable, but well made sweaters, that even though it was July I snatched this up the minute I saw it. I love the camel color and basket weave knit; I knew it would fit into my wardrobe perfectly.
Another piece on loan from Kdikio Vintage! I love the texture of the leather on brass, and I thought it tied in my bright shoes nicely with the rest of the outfit.

I'm keeping things short tonight, it's been a long day and I have another busy one lined up tomorrow. Have a great night!

Monday, August 23, 2010

White Feathers

Shoes: Thrifted ($10)
Belt: Vintage (gift)
Tights: UO ($4 sale)
Bracelet: Vintage (old)
I had about a 10 minute window this afternoon to run out and take some photos, we're finally getting some much needed rain. Today is one of those windy and rainy pre-fall days where you just want to curl up in a sweatshirt and hide out indoors. Which is exactly what I'm doing. We got some cooler weather this weekend too, which has aided the trees to start turning, pretty soon Fall will be in full swing in New England!

I was happy to be able to break out some tights this morning, I tried this dress this past weekend sans-tights and it was a little too short for my comfort. Tights make me much more comfortable with really short clothing. I love how the blue, brown and white work together. I've been looking for the perfect white dress all summer, I love this one from ModCloth and I could immediately imagine it with a brown belt and tights. Sure it's a little short, but the lace is so pretty and I love the three quarter sleeves, even though it's white I plan to wear it long after labor day with tights and a sweater.

I found these shoes last week at a thrift store in New Hampshire, they're new, but I bought them because they remind me of 60's loafers with the little square heel. I love new shoes that look old, you get all the comfort of newly designed footwear but the style of something vintage.
Also stay tuned for a another giveaway on Wednesday, this one is going to be really fun! All I'm going to say is pay close attention to my accessories today and tomorrow!

I once again didn't get any images of my weekend, Chris and I drove to Maine to visit my Mom on Friday and stayed until Saturday night. We went peach picking, had a bon fire and ate smores. Sometimes weekends are too good to stop and take photos!

How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Secret Recipes

I'm really glad that Dolly Parton photo is getting so much love, she really is one of my favorite people.
Skirt: Vintage ($5)
Belt: Vintage ($3)
Shoes: F21 ($13 sale)
Dress (top): Kensie via Idee Geniale/Delightful Dozen
Sometimes the best way to find inspiration is by just playing dress-up. I was all ready to photograph myself wearing this dress how I originally had it, with a brown belt and brown shoes, but then took a look in the mirror and decided that I needed to challenge myself more. I have to say, I love how it works as a top. I normally wouldn't have gone for something with such dramatic shoulders, but that's the beauty of clothing swaps, it's mine for a day and then I send it along. I added my white leather skirt for a bottom, and my leopard print belt as a mid-tone. To even out the brown shades in the belt, I added the Baracus Bracelet, which has gold and silver chains. For me, when I'm putting together an outfit it's all about balance.

Also, this leather skirt makes me feel like an 80's rock video girl. When ever I put it on I half expect a piece of cherry pie to fall from the sky and land suggestively on my lap. And yes, that link goes straight to the Warrant video, check out those awesome polka-dot bed sheets. Those bed sheets, and maybe the lip couch, are the only redeeming qualities of that video.

There's still a few days left to enter the Spotted Moth Giveaway!

And, if you don't already, be sure to follow the Delightful Dozen on Facebook!

What's your recipe for stylish success?


Just a little something to help you get through the day. Kittens and Dolly, that's all it takes.
Remember to enter the giveaway below. Outfit post to follow later today. That is all. XO -J

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Spotted Moth Giveaway!

This weeks giveaway is from Spotted Moth, they're offering one lucky reader a $25 gift certificate towards their lovely online shop! Above are just some of the items you can find for under $25, but of course you could also apply it towards something more extravagant, they have so many great items!

To Enter:

1. Visit Spotted Moth
2. Leave a comment in this post telling me which item you would choose if you won!

This contest is open to all, be sure to leave me an email address if you do not have a blog where I can easily reach you. Giveaway ends Monday August 23 at 10pm est. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

See something that you can't live without? Spotted Moth is offering Orchid Grey readers a 15% discount through August 25th. Enter the code Orchid Grey at checkout. You can also follow Spotted Moth on Facebook!

The winner of the Pineapple Mint bag was comment #31, Michelle Campbell! Thank you all for entering, I have so many summer meal ideas now!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shop Closet Update!

Ever wish you could shop my closet? Well, nows your chance! I spent the majority of my day cleaning out my nightmare of a closet and updated the Shop Blog this evening with a bunch of skirts, tops, dresses, and bottoms. I'm enjoying the extra room in my closet immensely and I'm sure my suffocated clothes are enjoying the room too. Below are some photos I took during the cleaning process, I thought my dresses looked pretty hanging from my bed-frame like that. Sorry though, these dresses aren't available in the shop.

(note: these items are not available in the shop)

Need to do some school shopping? Check out my shop blog for everything you need (well, almost), you may even recognize some items from my old blog posts!

I know I said last time that there would be shoes, and I still definitely have that planned for the next shop update!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Classic

The only images i managed to get of my weekend:
Shirt: J.Crew outlet ($40)
Suede Skirt: Thrifted ($2)
Shoes: Vintage from Flea Market ($10)
Necklace: J.Crew sale ($30)
Belt: Vintage (from mom)
Sunnies: UO ($10)
Camera: Canon AE-1 (Mom's)
I always enter each weekend with the good intention of taking more style photos, but always end up with maybe one set of outfit photos. Usually something gets in the way, typically the weather. This past weekend Fall was in the air! The weather was beautiful, but there was a little bite to the air that told you it's not far off. Chris and I had some errands to run, so I took advantage of the situation to get dressed up. My opportunities for dressing up have been few and far between lately, since I'm mostly working from home my uniform during the day is usually jeans and a t-shirt.

For this outfit, I was inspired by the buttoned-up collars seen this past season in the MiuMiu look-book. This is of course extremely more casual, but you get the idea. The camera is actually not an accessory, I shoot a lot with my mom's old Canon AE-1, which is of course a classic. For the longest time, there was a light leak where the cartridge sits but Chris fixed it by sliding one of the rubber washers from his old plugs around it. It fit! I have about six rolls right now waiting to be developed, once I get them back I'll post some!

I also am sporting some new sunglasses. Sadly, my favorite Fred Flare Carrie's were squished by Chris a few weeks ago, I picked these up when we were in Boston last week. They're much smaller, and I'm still not convinced, I miss my Carrie's! I think I'm going to have to order a new pair.
I've had these shoes for awhile now, but never seem to be able to get shots of them. I bought these back in May at a local flea market brand new but vintage. They are the perfect oxfords, I can't wait to wear them with ankle socks as soon as the weather is cool enough! Chris and I went to the same flea market on Sunday and found some awesome things for the wedding, which I'll be posting later this week!

I also have a long overdue shop update planned for this week. I finally bought some more mailers and did another closet clean out! Stay tuned!

Did you have a nice weekend?

Friday, August 13, 2010

You asked, I answered: Pt. 2

I've really been enjoying going through all my old photos for these Friday posts. Chris, not so much, I don't think he likes having the past dug up and plastered all over the internet! so, just me today:
Circa 2007 while I still worked at Chris's step-mom's salon

Have You ever Been to Texas?
Yes! I love Texas, I've been to Austin a few times and every time I go, it's harder to come home. I've also been to San Antonio and Dallas.

How tall are you?
I'm five feet, five inches

When did you decide to pierce your nose?
I pierced my nose two years ago when I turned 24, it was a birthday present from Chris.

Where are you working now?
Right now I am blogging and freelancing full time.

How come you are so amazing? ;)
haha, thank you! I just try and be as authentic as possible!

I've just started using Blogspot and I was wondering, how do you add more than one tab at the top of your page? So far I've only got one that says Home.
My template was made by a graphic designer friend, I wish I could offer more information. I would maybe google it. Sorry!

What High School did you attend?
I attended a semi-private high school in Southern Maine (note: for those of you unfamiliar with semi-private schools, it often means that the population in the area in which the school is located is not large enough to warrant building a public school. Therefore the taxpayers pay for the local kids to attend, I was a local, not a boarding student)

What is your biggest insecurity?
While I certainly have my insecurities from time to time, over the years I have made a greater effort to not focus on them. I am not a saint, there are certainly things about myself that I sometimes wish I could change, however there is no use obsessing over them because in the grand scheme of things, they just don't matter. I think I have a lot more to be thankful for than to fret about, and I remind myself of that every time I start to feel bad about any one little thing.

Do you have any scars on your body? If so, how'd you get them?
I have a lot of scars, received in a great many ways: Chickenpox, climbing- and then falling out of- trees, falling off bikes, etc. I was a rough kid.

If you could go on vacation for the next month with an unlimited budget, where would you go?
I would drive cross-country in a heartbeat.

Do you follow any other blogs that aren't fashion related, like fitness, or nutrition, or lifestyle? Any suggestions?
I do! it's hard to keep track, I tend to jump here and there in my blog reading. I love reading cooking blogs like Smitten Kitchen and Ming Makes Cupcakes and I follow a lot of art blogs (there is a list of "Artists and Designers" under my blog roll that I highly recommend). I also love Design Sponge, Camp Comfort, For Me For You, A Cup Of Jo, City of Dionne, and the Rockstar Diaries. I don't read any fitness or nutrition blogs, I keep myself updated through other websites for that sort of stuff (self magazine, vegetarian times, etc.)

Aside from Savers & Modern Millie...where do you shop for thrift/vintage?
I hit up the Salvation Army but rarely have any luck, I also try to visit as many church and charity shops as possible when i drive home to Maine because they tend to be cheapest. The majority of my wardrobe was bought from these kind of shops, as I typically don't have enough cash to go shopping at vintage boutiques. I always recommend going to thrift stores when you're traveling, most of my clothes were bought at out of state stores and carted home!

Well, that's it for today. the weather today is perfect, and Chris and I have spent most of it lounging at the park, taking pictures, and hanging out with our cats. It's one of those days where you can tell Fall is slowly trickling in and all I want to do is bake pies and curl up with a book or a movie or both! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pineapple Mint Vintage Giveaway! (closed)

This week's giveaway comes to us from Pineapple Mint Vintage, a lovely little Etsy shop run by Kim, chock full of vintage treasures. And today just happens to be the one year anniversary of her shop! Bonne aniversaire!

She is offering one lucky winner this amazing straw tote from the 80's, it measures about 14"w x about 13"h. I have such fond memories of bags like these, I'm pretty sure my mom had the same one in the late 80's, stylish lady that she was.

To enter:

1. Visit Pineapple Mint on Etsy
2. Leave a comment here telling me about your favorite summertime meal

This contest is open to all, be sure to leave me an email address if you do not have a blog where I can easily reach you. Giveaway ends Friday August 13 at 10pm est. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

See something on Pineapple Mint that you can't live without? She's offering a special 20% off anniversary sale through tomorrow afternoon!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Queen of Bees

Chris keeps asking me to predict the future, I wonder why...
Turban: Vintage ($10)
Sunnies: Vintage ($2)
Shoes: Karen Millen v. Buffalo Exc. ($40)
This is actually a repeat of an outfit I wore this past weekend. It's one of those outfits that started the day as a basic dress and sandals and by days end had morphed into something completely different and slightly more complicated. But awesome. I love when that happens, sometimes inspiration doesn't hit until later in the day.

I found this turban at a vintage store while out on a thrifting excursion with my friend Jess. It's one of those things that I put on as a joke to show her, and once seeing it on my head I was convinced it must be mine. Paired with some huge vintage sunnies, and some major platforms it's the perfect 70's revival ensemble. Or, all I need is a feather and a large brooch and I match Marco the Magi behind me. Maybe I can pick up some extra hours as a part-time fortune teller.
Chris follow-up appointment went well today, his hand is healing! there is going to be one gnarly scar though! I'm keeping things short tonight, we just got back from Boston and have some dvd's of Monster Quest to power through.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Hits

it was hot today.
Shirt: J.Crew Outlet ($40)
Shorts: Thrifted ($6)
Belt: Thrift gift (mom)
Ring: Crystalised Ring c/o ModCloth
Sandals: Volcom c/o Pac Sun
It's still summer. It's still hot as hell. These are the facts that I've been forced to come to terms with the past couple of days. I've been telling myself to avoid the shorts section at the thrift store, thinking that it's almost over and purchasing shorts would be silly and fruitless at this point. Ha! I got in my car this afternoon and the thermometer read 101*! In need of a little inspiration I took a trip to my local thrift place, knowing that the shorts I tried on a few days ago would most likely still be there, they were.

I've been living in a certain pair of cut offs all summer, and they're looking a little worse for the wear. I love the faded floral pattern of these, especially when paired with my favorite button up and darker accessories. I'm not sure if I want to leave them cuffed or hem them, thoughts?
This weekend was delightfully low key, no hospital visits for anyone involved! I really enjoyed just hanging out with Chris and running errands, it doesn't take much to please me. Our hospital free-week ends tomorrow though, we've got to head back into Boston tomorrow afternoon for a follow-up. I'm glad he's on the upswing, and at least healing. We both are rooting for an actual cast tomorrow, so that we can draw stuff on it. Poppeye tattoos? A squid? there are so many cast-drawing possibilities!

Have a good night!