Thursday, December 18, 2014

North

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The heady spice of wood smoke… the first beacon of home welcoming me North. In my home state of Maine, the scent of burning wood permeates every activity from late-September through ’till March or April (and in some years… early May). Even now, the odd whiff mysteriously drifting through the air in Philly has the power to instantly transport me. It punctuates the air in fall and winter, mixing with the icy stillness of an impending snowstorm, enveloping me like a security blanket. I never expected to be so tied to where I grew up, tied to the woods. For so long, I resisted. But no longer can I deny the softness that befalls my shoulders, the lack of tension that typically knits my brow… symptoms of stress leaving my body as I leave the city behind. That exciting, busy city life and all its secret stress — the kind you don’t even realize you’re burdened with – growing smaller in my rear view mirror as I navigate towards the place I will always consider my true home.

It’s been three years since I traveled to that little home in the woods for Thanksgiving, having lived too far away to make the trip while residing in Pittsburgh, and the time away was welcomed with open arms. From expressway to highway, highway to state road, and finally to the long and winding dirt track that leads to the home I grew up in. No cell phone service, no internet. No neighbors for miles. And snow in the forecast. For my busy, always working mind, it was the kind of forced quietude that I needed. A time to step away from the noise of the world, reset, and find some inspiration for inspiration’s sake. Like clockwork, not long after my crack-of-dawn arrival the snow began to fly and in a few short hours the wild land outside was blanketed in sixteen inches of perfect, pristine snow. Winter in Maine is a reminder to slow down, take your time. The roads may be treacherous, but there’s a warmth that awaits at the end of the drive.
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**This post was originally published here as part of my full time work
*** It's a BB gun

What I'm wearing: Free People sweater, necklace, and sunglasses, J.Crew jacket (similar on sale).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Here & There 12.14

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Guess who didn't get anything done this weekend? This girl right here. Ah well, sometimes you need a weekend like that, except that I am no where near through with prepping for Christmas. I hate how fast this time of year goes by. Did you have a good weekend though? I'm recovering from a few too many holiday parties, but otherwise yes, it was a good one. Anyway, here's what caught my eye this week:

Is there anything better than 80s Gunne Sax? So good.

So in love with this vintage patterned sweater - cozy!

A simple and cute look for a December weekend.

My favorite earrings are back in stock! Save 15% w/code 'OrchidGrey'

Really digging this illustrated Grateful Dead tee.

My favorite tights are on sale!

An interesting art project. Love this one.

Jane Birkin was so perfect.

Save 20% off all of the things at Asos! Including these cute shoes and this perfect dress.

Made me laugh.

30% off winter items at Forever 21 -- love this jacket and this one too.

Hellen Mirren gives a pretty mean side eye.

Take an extra 30% off sale items at J.crew- really digging this sweater and this classic coat.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Last of Fall

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Throwing it waaaay back to September... whoops. Chris and I had hit up the Franklin Flea market when it was held at the Navy Yard, and took the opportunity afterwards to poke around the older buildings that haven't yet been refurbished. I picked this skirt up over the summer at another flea market and I'm a little bit obsessed. For someone who all of a sudden finds themselves in jeans more often than not, a gorgeous, floaty skirt is pretty much the best.

Get the look: Tee: UO // Skirt: Vintage // Bag: Vintage via Omnia Vintage (c/o) // Bracelets: Studebaker Metals // Boots: Samantha Pleet for Wolverine 1k

Monday, December 8, 2014

Here & There 12.8

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Happy Monday (night)! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was exactly what I wanted it to be - I did some Christmas decorating, watched White Christmas, and did a little cleaning and a little shopping. A good weekend always softens the blow of Monday morning, right? Right. I'm now watching Scrooged, which is... bizarre. Anyways, here's what caught my eye this week...

Quite possibly the coziest vintage coat to ever exist from Vintage Urban Renewal.

Love this vintage '70s maxi dress from Jess Amity.

How pretty are these earrings from Hooked Productions?

These sweet potato cupcakes look pretty incredible.

Love this minimalist bar necklace- so gorgeous. Save 15% w/code 'ORCHIDGREY'

Save 15% off everything from AA - love this gorgeous skirt.

These look so tasty.

Such a pretty door chime.

Bizarre.

Love these shoes.

Mary's gorgeous home is on Design Sponge! So awesome.

Up to 40% off gifts on ModCloth - including the cutest kitty calendar.

Jen is having a mega sale on her Etsy shop!

How to stay stress-free for the holidays.

Dream jeans.

On my wishlist - these bitters from Urban Moonshine.

My favorite kitty bracelet is on sale!

The truth behind Instagram.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pine Street at Dusk

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Strolling down beautiful Pine Street at dusk, dreaming of living in one of the cute townhouses... a pretty solid end to a pretty solid weekend. Happy December, friends. It may be almost winter, but Philly is clinging to fall temperatures like nobody's business.

Get the look: J.Crew coat (similar) // Vintage denim jacket (similar) // J.Brand jeans (similar) // Converse high tops // The Seams Designs Beanie (c/o)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Here & There 12.1

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Happy Monday and happy December! Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? I just got back from a whirlwind -- but much needed -- trip up North, and as much as I loved the trip, I am so happy to be out of the car and sitting on my own couch. Did you do any Black Friday shopping? Small business Saturday? I'll be browsing some sales for Cyber Monday, below are a few things that caught my eye this week (+ sale deets!)

Head over heels for these gorgeous vintage boots from Vintage Urban Renewal!

I'm always a sucker for vintage jewelry - this necklace from Jess Amity is incredible (+ on sale!).

So in love with this Oracle necklace from Black Crystals - 24% off until midnight on Monday!

A cozy tee from Hooked Productions, and it's named after my favorite song.

Take an extra 30% off sale items from AA! Love this gorgeous dress.

5 tips to empower yourself.

Take 40% off your purchase at Gap, love this sweater and this bra.

Paul Rudd had amazing hair in the '80s.

Such a pretty poncho + an extra 25% off.

Seinfeld's girlfriends all had pretty incredible style.

Super sale times at UO - love this sweater.

Take 30% off everything at Asos! Love this coat and these boots.

Save 30% off reg. items and 40% off sale at J.Crew! So obsessed with this coat.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cinnamon Yerba Mate Latte + Uncommon Goods

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Soft, late-fall sunlight filtering through the curtains, a good book, and a steaming mug of tea. Pretty much the perfect Sunday afternoon.

'Tis the season of hot drinks on cold, blustery days. Typically my drink of choice is coffee, but a few weeks ago I had the misguided idea that I would give it up. It sounded like a good idea, like something I should do. HA. Three hours and one caffeine headache later, the idea was erased from my brain. Forever. Instead, I've been replacing my two o'clock cup of coffee with yerba mate tea. It gives a boost similar to green tea, but lacks the acidity of coffee -- you can read more about it here -- and can be easily dressed up with spices and honey. Served in a rustic mug (hot drinks must always come in rustic, handmade mugs), it's the perfect pick-me-up for a sleepy afternoon, or the two o'clock slump at the office.

Today I'm sharing the recipe for my latest obsession: a cinnamon-infused tea latte that's the perfect mix of sweet and spice. It's pretty much the best thing ever on a frigid cold day.
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Cinnamon Yerba Mate Latte

Ingredients:
6 oz filtered water
3+ tbsp full-fat canned coconut milk (to taste)
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine everything but the water in a large mug. Boil the water and pour over the ingredients in the mug. Stir and adjust sweetness to taste. Enjoy!

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While browsing Uncommon Goods for Christmas gifts recently, I fell hard for this beautiful kantha quilt and handmade mug, knowing the mug would be the perfect thing to enjoy my latest concoction from... the fact that this is actually a soup bowl should give you some indication of my caffeine consumption... I'll admit, I'm relatively new to the site, but after looking around and reading about the products and Uncommon Goods' mission, I'm sold. Uncommon Goods is, in a word, impressive, supporting craftspeople and shipping the mostly US-made product straight from their Brooklyn-based warehouse. With the holidays coming up, it's an amazing resource for responsibly made, handcrafted, and unique items. As I looked around, I found myself making a mental list of gifts to give, they have everything from beer-making kits, to jewelry(and how awesome is this?). And if my plan of making handmade gifts falls through (again) this year, this will be my first stop. 

The quilt on the other hand is undergoing a custody battle between Zephyr and myself. This cat has good taste and seems to enjoy color-coordinating himself with his blankets of choice. I've always loved kantha quilts, a love that has only grown since starting work at FP, where the vibrant patterns, colors, and stitching is everywhere, even on the walls.
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Get the look: Uncommon Goods kantha quilt & handmade mug (c/o) // Journal - gift from my mom // Cat found on the side of the road (find a similar one in a shelter near you ;))

Over the Weekend: Holiday Inspiration at Terrain

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In search of seasonal inspiration, this weekend I hopped in the car with Mary of Millay Vintage, bound for the magical world that is Terrain. And let me tell you, this weekend the magic was turned up to 11 for their annual Holiday market. We're talking fake snow and carolers dressed to the nines in Victorian-era costumes, and I will not lie: I loved every second of it.