Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Croquet Kind of Day

About a week ago, I did a little garage sifting to find my mom’s old Schwinn bike so I could take the bike ride I’d been longing for.  You know how garages are…you clean them and they just get stuffed full of stuff again.  Well, as the story goes…this led to some unleashing of little hidden treasures.  One of these treasures was my Grandpa’s very vintage Croquet set.

I have a few memories of him teaching all of us grand-daughters how to play Croquet…so the hubby (making a cameo appearance in this post) and I thought we’d give it another try.

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Croquet is a lost sport I think, at least in the U.S.  It should be brought back!  Croquet was a popular game back in the late 19th, early 20th century…and a fashionable one at that.

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Wearing H&M stripe blazer and white pencil skirt; coral button up by Antonio Melani; Steve Madden brogues, similar here; thrifted Kenneth Cole belt.  Hubby is wearing Ralph Lauren polo shirt.

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I don’t think either of us will become pro Croquet-ers any time soon… but it’s a fun game for the nostalgia of it, if anything.  Like Bocce ball, croquet would also be a great idea for entertaining guests!

Blogfit: Red Motif Skirt

A couple weeks ago, I went on a cotton fabric splurge spree at the fabric store.  I bought 5 different cotton fabrics to make 5 different skirts from.  This is one of the five.  I’ll be sure to post the other 4 soon.

I thought this red motif pattern had a very ‘Moroccan inspired’ feel.  So, I styled it accordingly. ;)




Blue crop top is Buffalo by David Bitton; Jade bangle from a second hand store; Green bracelet from H&M; Mom’s vintage earrings; Shoes from Target a few years ago.


I made this necklace about 6 or 7 years ago.  The flower pendant is actually a dried hibiscus flower preserved with resin.  Pretty cool.

Stay tuned for skirt posts!

Boho Summer

Boho Summer

Boohoo kimono top

Dorothy Perkins orange camisole
$22 –

Madison Harding wedge shoes

Warehouse leather shoulder bag
$85 –

Dorothy Perkins cowgirl hat
$19 –

Rut&Circle round sunglasses
$18 –

A Day in the (Rose) Arbor

I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of June! Time sure has  flown by these past several months, and so far we’ve had a pretty delayed Spring around here.  It’s actually still averaging pretty mild temperatures for late June in Cleveland (in my opinion!)  I’m ready for the warmth!

Well, since June is the month of roses and knowing that they don’t stay in bloom for very long either, we decided to have a little photo shoot in the rose arbor.  It was a very lovely day for it as well.  Hope you like it!






I love the button detail on the front of this dress.  It’s by far one of my favorite dresses,  it’s a Jessica Simpson dress from a few years back, and one that I knew I wanted the moment I saw it.  It’s just so ethereal and feminine…a perfect dress for the month of June.  (Similar here).

Jade is probably one of my favorite gemstones.  It comes in so many shades of green, but this lighter shade is definitely my preferred shade of Jade.  This Jade beaded necklace was my Grandma’s.  Bangle is from a secondhand store.





Shoes are Vince Camuto from Dillard’s.  They’re actually a little more sparkly in person.


Flower belt from Francesca’s.  (Similar).

New Statement Necklace!

I absolutely LOVE my new statement necklace.  They’re a great way to make a look really pop…also, great conversation starters!


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It was kind of a weird weather day in Cleveland today, I’m assuming as a result of some of these storm systems moving through.  It was rainy and overcast, and then the sun came out and everything warmed up to a more normal June day.  Although, it was a tad windy which resulted in some pics of my hair flying everywhere.  On a related note: I finally got it cut and colored after a verrrry long time, which always feels good.  But I inevitably feel a little weird at the hair salon because I sit there awkwardly quiet, never knowing what to talk about other than the weather, which results in an appointment that feels forever long. :p


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vest: altered by me; skirt: made it; shoes: Kirna Zabete for Target; necklace: Anthropologie, here.

Summer Maxi

Just another blogfit from a warm summer afternoon, and another visit to the CLE Museum of Art.



This is one of the two maxi dresses I own.  I absolutely love it for it’s versatility…not only can it be casual, but I’ve also worn it to a summer wedding, which it’s perfect for.

maxi dress: Dillard’s; khaki jacket: H&M; sandals: Target, similar here; purse: vintage; belt: thrifted Kenneth Cole.


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I absolutely love this leather purse.  It was my moms, but she doesn’t remember where it came from…so it will forever be a mystery unless she remembers its origin.  :p



There was a very pretty Wisteria vine growing just over that marble bench behind me.  It smelled lovely.


Blogfit: a ‘what I wore today outfit’ put on the blog.


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Top: Gianni Bini-Dillard’s; khaki jacket: H&M; belt: thrifted Kenneth Cole; necklace: vintage; brogues: Steve Madden, similar here.

DIY: Tie Dyed Denim

Here is one of my latest creative projects.  Tie dyed denim.  To be honest, it was a bit of a trial and error project to begin with…I really hadn’t expected the result to turn out as well as it actually did, so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.


Here’s how I did it and how you can too:  I filled one of those plastic storage tubs with one part bleach, one part water (amounts are optional as long as you put in the same amount of each).

I then took an old pair of jeans and scrunched them up, tied rubber bands around them like you do with any other tie dying.  Then I put the jeans in the tub of  bleach/water and let them soak for about 2 days (best to have the tub outside, or in a utility/laundry room so you don’t damage anything important ;) ).

After the 2 days, I rinsed out the jeans and let them hang to dry.


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After the jeans were dry from rinsing out the bleach, I made a few tears, and threw them in the washing machine to get out more of the smell and to help set the distressing (TIP: when distressing your denim, throw your jeans in the washing machine and dryer to get the slits to fringe).


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Shoes are Vince Camuto, jewelry is from Anthropologie.  Similar earrings here.  Sequin tank from Express.