Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30, 2011: Black, Leopard, Friendship Bracelet

Belt: Off a vintage dress
Sunnies; Gift from ex-coworker
Necklace: Madewell sale ($14?)
Friendship bracelet: "The wolf store" in York, ME- from Punky
Black cross back Bra: American Apparel

I like working in a place where my co-workers give me friendship bracelets, and I have to say, the bright, woven bracelet trend is one that I can definitely get behind. They're easy to make, affordable, and tie easily on to extremely tiny wrists. I like the color it added to my monochrome outfit yesterday. This is one of my favorite dresses, it's perfect for hot summer days like yesterday. The sheer fabric feels fantastic blowing against my legs. Except, you know the downside of the maxi dress/skirt trend? Driving in them. For a little height I added my ever-comfy Casita wedges. I also really love how this black bra looks under the dress, especially how it crosses in the back.

I'm off to my other job this afternoon, what are your plans? The weather in new England is finally acting like summer, take advantage!
Have you entered the Mitu Vintage giveaway yet?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mitu Vintage Giveaway!


Today's giveaway comes from Mitu Vintage, a fantastic vintage shop stocked full of vintage goodness. Up for grabs is this fantastic faux-ostrich purse, complete with jaguar head clasp. Amazing, right?

To Enter: Visit Mitu Vintage and leave a comment here with a link to your favorite item from the shop. For additional entries, follow the Mitu Vintage Blog or follow Mitu on Twitter!

Tiny print: This contest is open to US RESIDENTS ONLY. be sure to leave me an email address if you do not have a blog where I can easily reach you. Giveaway ends Tuesday July 5th at 10PM EST. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Bearcat Vintage Giveaway! the winner via random.org was comment #1:
Congrats lady!

ModCloth Summer Sale!


Who doesn't love a sale? ModCloth has marked down hundreds of items for summer (including bathing suits), all at 35%off! The sale lasts through June 30th at 5PM ET. Just enter the code SOHAUTE during checkout to receive the discount. What makes this sale even sweeter? You can shop without regret with ModCloth's free returns and exchanges!

What do you have your eye on? I just grabbed the Cherry A La Mode Dress, which I can't wait to wear with some long necklaces and strappy sandals (I think it'll be perfect- and forgiving- for a summer ice cream date)!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mini Spotlight: ModCloth, Lulu's, & Bearcat Vintage


I wish I were wearing this outfit right now, aren't those wedges amazing? I'm obsessed! It's only Tuesday, and somehow this week has been crazy busy, I admit to falling back on the old faithfuls of shorts and T-shirts for convenience sake. However, this is what I would be wearing if I wasn't so frazzled. I LOVE the pairing of the cute lace top (it buttons up the back!) and chambray skirt, add some splashes of color with turquoise earrings and a 70's bag.

Perfect for: A mid-week lunch date!

Monday, June 27, 2011

An ordinary happy moment...


I was so excited to open up the ModCloth blog today and see...me! They had a great little blurb about the ever popular Ordinary Happy Moments Dress by Dear Creatures. Dresses are a summer staple of mine and many other girls, but unfortunately dresses are often accused as being "cop-outs": you throw one on and you're done, no thought needed. I disagree, I think the three images above are the perfect example that with the right accessories, one dress can go a long way. Don't you love how Rhiannon accessorized with her sling? And I love Jennifer's cute black hat. I love dresses that incorporate a variety of colors such as this, the more colors in the dress, the more color options you have to accessorize with!

Friday, June 24, 2011

June 24, 2011: Grey, Denim, Multi

Vintage Jordache vest: Thrifted ($5)
Silk pattern tank: Thrifted ($3)
Hiriser Jeans: Madewell (sale)
Bracelet c/o Kellyssima
Makai Sandals c/o Blowfish Shoes
Happy friday everyone! I'm so happy it's the end of the week, I'm exhausted! Chris and I are running around today, getting errands done before my brother comes this evening. Did you have a good week? I have to admit, I'm kind of glad this one is over, it's been long and the weather has been pretty miserable. I've been kind of stuck in a blue and white rut lately, so today, I forced myself out of it by donning three things that have been in my closet forever, but I've never worn. I bought this pretty silk shirt at Savers waaaay back in January, and am just now able to wear it without being freezing. I love the patterns on it. This vintage Jordache vest I've had for over two years, and I'm glad I didn't toss it or swap it, I love the grey suede and the back is faded in the most beautiful graduated pink and purple. And last but not least, I've had these Makai Sandals since the beginning of May and am finally wearing them, apparently I have a thing for grey.

What are your plans for the weekend? My brother and his girlfriend are coming down tonight and I think Polish food is in order. Tomorrow, I'm hoping for some sun so we can go to the beach! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Something completely different: Cookies!

When I posted to Twitter last night that I made vegan cookies, a couple of lovely ladies requested the recipe. Having no posts planned for today, I thought I would do something different and post my tried and true recipe, adapted from The Garden of Vegan, one of my all time favorite cookbooks. Now, I'm not vegan, but I was vegetarian for a long time, and during that time (which included college) I accumulated a mass of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. I loved the Garden of Vegan series for it's simplicity, the recipes were easily adapted to a vegetarians diet, and most importantly, easy to change up and experiment with. I still use them often. Anyways without further ado:

Julie's Version of "Maureen's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies" (adapted from The Garden of Vegan)

You will need:

3/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat)
1/2 cup dry sweetener (regular old sugar is fine if you're not vegan)
2 cups rolled oat flakes
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 slightly overripe banana
1/3 cup olive oil (I use extra virgin)
1/2 cup maple syrup (the real kind)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
(Here's where I change it)
what it calls for:
1- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

What I actually put in:
1/2 cup coconut flake
1/2 - 1 cup raisins
1/2- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional at this point)

What to do:
Preheat oven to 350*f. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sweetener, rolled oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a blender, blend together the banana, olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir. Add the coconut flake, raisins, and chocolate chips (and whatever else you feel like), and stir until well combined (it won't be as doughy as regular cookie dough). Spoon heaping tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet and press flat with your fingers or the spoon, the cookies will seem crumbly, but they'll be solid after baking, don't worry. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are browned. Let cool and gently peel off cookie sheet. Makes about 10-14 cookies. Refrigerate to keep fresh. Enjoy!

Note: this recipe was adapted from Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer's The Garden of Vegan cookbook

PS. To everyone attending the Lulu's.com & Swapaholics clothing swap today in SF, sadly my feet are still firmly planted on Massachusetts soil. I was very unfortunately unable to attend, but I'll be thinking of you as I make espressos and smoothies this afternoon! Happy Swapping! If you still haven't nabbed your ticket, you can still use the code ORCHIDGREY to receive 25% off!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Win $35 to Bearcat Vintage!


I'm so excited to announce today's giveaway: Jenny of Bearcat Vintage is offering one lucky winner a $35 gift certificate to her shop! How awesome is that? She's recently added some amazing pieces (like the three above), so it shouldn't be hard to find something you love. See something you just can't live without? June 21st is the last day to use the GEMINI discount code to get 20% off your order!

To Enter: Visit Bearcat Vintage and leave a comment telling me what your favorite item from the shop is, Good Luck!

Tiny print: One comment per person. 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 Tuesday June 28 at 10PM EST. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.
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Thank you to everyone who entered the Bluesville, USA giveaway! The winner via random.org is #5:
Congrats Rory, check your email for details!