Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Feeling a little melancholy this week. When I was young, and I mean, from the time I was 5 til was 20...every year me and my family would spend a week in Ocean City, Maryland. We always stayed at the same hotel right on the beach. It wasn't the biggest, the newest, or the fanciest...but after so many years it felt like home.

I can still see the passage of my youth right on that beach in my mind's eye...from riding my father's shoulders in the surf when I was still too little to navigate the sea on my own...to playing "Misty of Chincoteague," by "trotting" back and forth at the water's edge, neighing for my herd-mates still across the channel (my poor parents must have been mortified). Later, wave-surfing on tummy-chafing rough rented rafts...and even later...meeting boys in beach bars and making out with them on the sand.

We always went the last week of summer, leaving right after Labor Day - so we would be there for my birthday and I always got to pick the restaurant for that night - usually a crab shack with paper tablecloths and little wooden mallets to smash crab claws with, followed by carnival rides on the boardwalk and cotton candy.

I have a significant birthday coming up this weekend...and it has me thinking about birthdays past and being with family...and our vacations at the beach. And missing them both.

These pictures remind me of those times....

Vintage-style Dutch beach, replete with changing tents.

breathing sand

so cliché

Candy Apples

Sunday, August 29, 2010

what's your motto??

this may be like my new motto for life....

what's YOUR motto??

darling drawing by Little Doodles on flickr. She does sweet little line drawings of "fashionable creatures," as well as adorable drawings of What I Wore Today

Saturday, August 28, 2010

home. sweet. home.

I'm finally finding enough of my "stuff" packed away that the new place is starting to feel like "home." yay. here are a couple little views of home.


Friday, August 20, 2010

is it fall yet?? ??

OMG these clothes from the J Crew Fall 2010 line make me so anxious for the cooler

the layers are so rich and cozy, and i ADORE the blinged-out blazer, it's SO
molly-ringwald-80s-esque! the whole collection is sorta tweedy feminine man-tailored....YUM.

what fall item are *you* excited about pulling out and wearing again
when the temps drop soon??

See the whole J Crew Fall 2010 Lookbook and behind-the-scenes video!

Monday, August 16, 2010

an award?? for little 'ol me??

Ooh, I got a sparkling little blogging award from the creator of "Fear is a Dirty Word" !!! I feel so honored that anyone even notices me over here in my little corner...thank you so very much  :-)

Here are the rules to the award:

1. Answer the question : "What do you like the most about your own blog?"

Frankly, I have a pretty serious love/hate relationship with my blog! I love it in THEORY, I'm always thinking of stories to tell, seeing things I want to share, taking pictures...but then I get here, to BLOGGER, and it just TAUNTS me. I'm not a total noobie on the web, I don't know how it always manages to get the best of me, but usually I get so fed up at wrangling with it, that I just give up!

So probably what I like best about MY blog is that it's where I have saved all my OTHER favorite blogs, so it's a gateway to all THEIR lovely photos and stories and inspirations.

And in all humbleness I will ask if anyone is willing to take pity on Poor Me, and give me a few tips on getting Blogger to do what *I* want it to do, I would be EVER so grateful.

2. Pass this award to another ten lovely ladies (and this is the REALLY hard part - limiting the list to TEN!): in no particular order:

Everything Style : by the lovely Shae Acopian Detar, vintage seller, stylist, photographer, artistic spirit.

The Drifter and the Gypsy : by Micaela, the sweet dreamer, still a teen, but more vision than many twice her age.

Bleubird Vintage : by Miss James - who, aside from doing everything with charming style, is also the CUTEST pregnant gal EVER!

Country Cottage Chic : by Miss Jayne, gracious host to the site that drums into our heads that the cutest things in the world are from the OTHER side of the pond  :-)

Ask the eBay Queen : by Suzie. SuperMom. Nuff said.

Green and Chewy : by Carole and her little dog Chewy. Teaching us How to Be Green, one backyard at a time.

Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk : by Wanda (aka Waldo aka My-Separated-at-Birth Sister on the Road to Successful Vintage Business). Follow her many forays into the world of thrifting and re-selling.

Liebemarlene Vintage : by the darling Rhiannon, with wonderful photographs by her boyfriend Drew, as they visit the historical South and many thrift shops on the way.

From Me to You : I've just recently found this one - I love her mix of photos and themes and subjects. I love it all!

SF Girl by Bay : Bohemian Modern Style from a San Francisco Girl. Always charming and inspirational.

There! Phew! Thanks to all the lovely ladies mentioned above, for bringing a little loveliness, charm, whimsy, and graciousness into our lives everyday. Yay, Internetz!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

summer's end drawing near

It’s only mid-august, yet summer feels like it’s starting to end already. I think it really shot its load in june and july this year, and now there’s just not that much heat left to blast at us. There’s a coolness in the mornings when I walk the dog, and again in the evenings when we sit out on the stoop. The days may be hot, but you know there will be some relief in just a few hours. The trees are dry from so little rain, that leaves are browning and falling to the sidewalk below, as if to say autumn is coming soon…

I think of August as the “quiet” summer month. More people are away on vacation, the novelty of summer has worn off. It’s peaceful...

I don't have links to these photos, but I believe they're all originally from flickr from these users: 1) dorellana, 2) elle photography, 3) mademoiselle granny, 4) shelbi dimond, 5) tamara lichtenstein, 6) yvette inuffio

Saturday, August 14, 2010

back in business

the whole moving thing always takes so much longer than i think it should...i've been in the new place 2 months today (!) and I'm just finally starting to feel a little settled. and the good news, I finally have things for sale in the shop again. here are some of my favorites that are up right now...