Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekly Wishlist & Friday Favorites

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1. Lulu's // sleeveless tee - extra 20% off sale w/ code Hoppy20
6. Jo Totes // georgia nautical camera bag - enter to win one here!

A few more things I'm loving...
// A pretty lemon swimsuit
// One awesome 80's top from Velouria Vintage - 15% off w/code "ORCHIDVTG"
// A sweet summery dress from Yeye Vintage Boutique - 20% off w/code "yeyelovesorchid"
// Perfect roper boots from Adventurer Vintage - 15% off w/code "ORCHIDGREY"
// Classic red heels from Ferris Wheel Vintage - 20% off w/code "ORCHID20"
// 25% off orders from Madewell! and 30% off at J.Crew Factory!
// Infomercial failures, made me laugh so hard!
// A pretty neon shift dress.
// Jellies are back! Would you rock them?
// If your name is Ann, this is even better.
// A breezy summer dress.And a polkadotted one.
// Etsy loves: One, Two, Three, Four, Five.
// A pretty, polkadotted skirt. And awesome, vintage-inspired platforms.
// The perfect bangles.
// This dress would be perfect for a summer wedding.
// This print would look lovely above our bed.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Au Revior, March. Don't Let the Door Hit You On The Way Out!

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Top to bottom: Shoes on the South Side // A sunny cat // The line outside The Moth // Working from the cafe // The CMU costume closet // Zephyr really likes having his head scratched

A few shots from March, a month that I'm excited to leave behind me. Like most of the country, we're still very much in the grips of winter- it has snowed every day this week- and I'm just one in a chorus of many, singing the same song of "where's spring?"

Thanks for all the positive thoughts last week regarding our apartment hunt, we got the place we looked at and are looking forward to: no more wall-to-wall carpets (the bane of my existence), being within walking distance of something other than a gas station, and living in a space that lends itself better to socializing. I'm hoping this also means that we'll be able to get Zeb (our other cat) back, because Zephyr is pretty darn lonely. And clingy. We're not moving until early summer, but I've already started planning. I'm ready for a fresh start, we both are. How was your month? Anything exciting happening in April?

I'll be working on my recap of the Whole 30 this weekend, if there is anything specific you'd like me to address, please let me know, either in the comments or on Facebook.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Giveaway: Win a Bag of Your Choice From Jo Totes!

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Today's giveaway is generously brought to us by Jo Totes! Jo Totes creates camera bags that are not only highly functional, but are comfortable to wear and stylish too. Jo Totes bags are crafted from high-quality faux leather, boast tons of pockets (including room for a tablet), and come in a rainbow of colors (I'm in love with the mint Missy bag!). I can even fit my laptop in mine on office days! Jo Totes is generously offering one lucky winner the bag of their choice, pretty amazing, right? Say it with me: no more broken lenses!

To Enter: Visit Jo Totes and leave a comment here with a link to the bag that you'd choose and tell me what your favorite thing to photograph is. Want an extra entry? Like Jo Totes on Facebook (and be sure to let me know with an extra comment if you do)! Good Luck!

Tiny print: Giveaway ends on Monday April 1 at 10pm. One entry per person, two if you follow Jo Totes on Facebook. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Winner will have a 48 hour grace period to respond to email notification before a replacement winner will be chosen.  Be sure to leave an email address in your comment if you do not have a blog where I can EASILY reach you. The winner will be chosen in a timely manner, and notified, but I reserve the right as proprietor of this blog to announce the winner when I see fit. This giveaway is open to ALL, however shipping rates apply. For info on shipping, please see the Jo Totes shipping info.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Spotted Moth and Ruch giveaways! The winner of the Spotted Moth Giveaway was Anna, #24 & the winner of the Ruch giveaway was Kaleigh, #140- both have been notified:
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snow Season

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What I Wore:
Coat: Gentle Fawn (ModCloth)
Stole: Antique
Dress c/o Ruche
Top: Thrifted ($5-ish)
Tights: American Apparel ($25)
Boots c/o Lulu's
Cardigan: J.Crew outlet
Brooch: Vintage/ Thrifted ($3)
Snake ring: ModCloth (2011) (similar)
1st knuckle ring: from's actually just a small ring

Where I wore it: To work

My intention today was to show you that, not only is this bag super handy for camera accessories, but on office days, it doubles as a laptop bag. As you can tell, the weather had other ideas (that's not dandruff in my hair, it's snow... that miserable kind of snow that's almost rain and makes normal things like photoshoots really difficult). So, I hope you'll take my word for it, instead of hauling a purse, small backpack, and lunch bag into the office, I just pack everything- including my camera- into this one bag. It's awesome. And I look so much less like a crazy person when I don't have to waddle through the parking lot with a million bags looped around me. The best part? It's comfortable. Sure, it's still a heavy bag after all that stuff is packed inside, but one heavy bag is better than three. The front pockets are large enough to keep my wallet, extra notebook, phone, and a small arsenal of lip balm, and there are about three other pockets that I haven't yet filled (but you can bet I will). So yes, I'm a Jo Totes convert now, my poor camera is no longer floating freely in the bottom of a cotton tote, smashing into door frames and rolling around in the car. No more broken lenses.

On another note, it's almost April, there were four inches of snow on the ground yesterday, and I'm wearing heavy layers. It feels like January. I've been optimistically mixing lighter colors into my outfits, in hopes of coaxing out the spirit of spring. But it's not working. Aaaaand, this brooch is the coolest thing ever- it's painted silk. I found two of them, the other is much simpler, but I love how modern this one is.

Inspired By: Ani Castillo

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Let's Work Together in April!

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April is nearly here, and hopefully, spring weather not too far behind. I have lots of fun things planned as the weather warms up, so if you've been considering ad space, now is a great time to jump on board!

All sizes are available, and if one is sold out, your ad will be queued. Ads run for 30 consecutive days once approved, regardless of date purchased. For more info, and to purchase a spot, visit my sponsorship page. Have a question? You can always email me!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Weekly Wishlist & Friday Favorites

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2. Bluesville, USA // Vintage Mohair Cropped Sweater -- take 15% off w/ code"orchidgrey"
5. Ruche // Full White Skirt

Like the rest of them, this week was crazy. Yet I still find myself asking: Friday? Already? It's frigid cold here, like, January cold. With snow and everything. I'm over it, bring on the sun.

A few more things I'm loving...
// Love this sexy striped dress
// Perfect vintage boots from Adventurer Vintage - 15% off w/code "ORCHIDGREY
// Pretty floral sneakers from Velouria Vintage -- 15% off w/code "ORCHIDVTG"
//A classic cross-body from Ferris Wheel Vintage -- 20% off w/code "ORCHID20"
// The cutest mini dress from Yeye Vintage Boutique-- 20% off w/code "yeyelovesorchid"
// The most perfect handmade earrings
// Shoe love: these wedges, classic sandals,
// These waffles look amazing.
// This clutch is so cute, perfect for summer!
// This makes me want to go on a road trip.
// A sweet midi skirt
// The best "Living In..." yet.
// This makes me want to go to the beach, and this, and this.
// Where did Glen Coco go? He's right here.
// Topanga had the best hair.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Neutral Spring

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What I wore:
Jacket: ModCloth (find it here)
Vest: Swapped
Dress: BB Dakota
Belt: Vintage/ Avalon ($10)
Boots: Thrifted ($5)
Bracelet: from childhood

Where I wore it: To the office, out for Thai food, to banjo night

I know, not springy at all. But to be fair, we woke up to a fresh blanket of snow on the ground this morning with temperatures in the 20s. Blergh.

On another note, we are looking at a new apartment this evening. If you wanted to send some positive vibes our way, I wouldn't turn them away (and would be very appreciative). Apartment hunting is stressful, wish us luck!

Inspired By: Anniek Kortieve for Document Journal

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All images ©Catherine Servel

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Giveaway: Win $50 to Spotted Moth!

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I'm very excited to bring you today's giveaway, generously brought to us by Spotted Moth! Spotted Moth has an amazing selection of unique clothes and accessories, that are not only bright and bold, but affordable too. I'm particularly smitten with the Dip Dye Button-Down and the Grid Circle Scarf! Spotted Moth is offering one lucky winner a $50 credit to their shop! Pretty amazing, right? The perfect way to get a jump start on your spring wardrobe.

To Enter: Visit Spotted Moth and leave a comment here with a link to your favorite item and what you're most excited about for spring. Want an extra entry? Follow Spotted Moth on Facebook or Instagram (@spottedmoth) (and be sure to let me know with an extra comment if you do)! Good luck!

Tiny print: Giveaway ends on Monday March 25 at 10pm. One entry per person, two if you follow Spotted Moth on Facebook or Instagram. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Winner will have a 48 hour grace period to respond to email notification before a replacement winner will be chosen.  Be sure to leave an email address in your comment if you do not have a blog where I can EASILY reach you. The winner will be chosen in a timely manner, and notified, but I reserve the right as proprietor of this blog to announce the winner when I see fit. This giveaway is open to ALL, however shipping rates apply. For info on shipping, please see the Spotted Moth shipping info.
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the Ruche giveaway winner will be announced on Friday! 

Vintage Babes: Cycling Date

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Image ©National Geographic

Women on weekend cycling excursion pose beside road sign near meadow. Location: Lincolnshire, England, Great Britain.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Homewood

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What I wore: 
Sweater: Sheinside ($33)
Tee: Target ($8)
Jeans: J.Brand via Gabe's ($20)
Boots: Mom's vintage
Necklace: Swapped
Bracelet: Thrifted ($2)
Gracie bag c/o Jo Totes

Where I wore it: Running errands and a walk through the cemetery on Sunday

The Homewood Cemetery is one of the prettiest I've seen. A place full of eccentrics who knew what they wanted when it came to their burials: pyramids, statues, a life-size tree replica. We always see deer wandering through the trees, and it's blissfully quiet. A nice escape from what has been a stressful month so far. After running errands on Sunday, we took a quick walk through, it was colder than expected and our fingers froze up quickly. On the weekends, when I have a little more time to stop and look around, I like to cart around a few extra camera accessories: an extra lens, my mom's old AE-1, and my charger (because I'm terrible at keeping my battery charged).

These boots are one of my favorite hand-me-downs from my mom. She was a very tiny lady in the 70's so I was wearing most of her old clothing as a (really groovy) sixth grader, but some things like these boots, work now. She said she bought them in Portland, ME for $70.

Vintage Babe: Carol L. Andrews

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Who the hell is Carol L. Andrews you ask? This, this is Carol L. Andrews.

Monday, March 18, 2013