Friday, August 29, 2014

Lovely Linen

The end of summer is such a tease.  Just a few days ago, when we took these pictures, the morning air had a decidedly crisp edge and our daytime walks were pleasantly breezy.  Now, of course, it's back to being absolutely stifling and humid, with no breeze to be found.  Today is off to a better start... perhaps it will cool down after all.

Doug took these photos of me at the park we usually walk at.  We went in the evening for better light, and I was (obviously!) a bit overdressed for a stroll in the woods, but I wanted to show off a few of my new purchases.  To be honest, I was having quite a bit of trouble picking out something to wear, and after sending a few partial outfits to Hannah she suggested this neutral dress and hat pairing.  After all, what are girlfriends for if not giving you suggestions on what to wear?

I very seldom wear neutral brownish shades, so I decided to pair them with bright red to add a little pop to the outfit and make it feel a bit more me!  Plus, this way I can highlight a few more goodies I picked up on my trip.  Most notably:  I now (finally!) have a pair of plain red earrings, which fill what was a major gap in my jewelry selection. And they're Bakelite, which always feels like a little extra vintage victory, especially when they're in the dollar bin of crummy costume jewelry.

On a side note... I, uh, chopped some length off my hair in frustration after getting back from vacation because sets weren't holding, so some bits of it may look... uh... funny?  for a while?  Yeah.

Linen-colored hat with lavender flowers: Antiques shop in Woodruff, WI
Bakelite earrings: Antiques shop in Tomahawk, WI
Red and metal necklace: Same shop as the hat
Linen-look dress: From Brittany's vintage stash clearout
Red bangle: Thrifted
Red Sofft pumps: Goodwill

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Niagara Falls

I have one last set of photos from our travel adventures before we go back to business as usual around the blog.  We took an extra day driving home so that we could make a few stops along the way.  The first day we used up all of our extra hours in stopping at antiques shops (the successes of those excursions will be the subject of another post) and stayed the night with my aunt outside Chicago.  On our second day, we made Niagara Falls our goal.  Unfortunately, it took most of the day to get there, so we arrived at the falls just before dusk.

I was clearly insufficiently dressed for the occasion... I was unprepared for not only the chilly wind but also the rather aggressive perpetual mist kicked up by the waterfall.  We didn't stay for long... just enough to marvel at the falls and take a few pictures before it got really dark.  Then it was off for a cup of cocoa and on to our hotel before heading home the following day.

Black cardigan: gift
Striped dress: Found at an antiques shop in Wisconsin
Black pumps: Thrifted
Green purse: Present from Doug

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wisconsin Adventures: Paddleboard fun

One of the best things about going to Wisconsin is that there are so many fun and vacation-like activities to be done.  Fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking... you name it.  And for the past few years, stand-up paddleboards have been added to the mix... rented from a local outfitter for the general enjoyment of all.

It is, naturally, a bit tricky to get good blog photos of watercraft, so I paddled around right off the end of the dock to take these pictures.  In reality, though, a nice paddle outing usually involved an excursion around the bay and over a sand bar to the forested point you see behind me in the picture.  Although they were a bit daunting at first, the paddleboards are remarkably stable, and paddling around the lake on a still morning is quite the treat.  

And as a side note here:  can we just take a minute to acknowledge that looking at photos of oneself in swimwear is quite the challenge?  I was really pleased with how all of the photos in this mini-shoot looked at first, but in choosing for this blog post there was a lot of careful selecting around ones that made it clear exactly how many cups of iced coffee and servings of ice cream I've had lately!

Black orchid clip: Made by me
Sunglasses: TJ Maxx
Red and metal necklace: Antiques shop in Minocqua
Swimsuit: Forever21 Plus section
Shorts: Made by me
Bangles: Thrifted various places

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wisconsin Adventures: The World's Largest Penny

 When we rolled into Woodruff on our way up to my grandpa's place, Doug noticed banners hanging from every street lamp proudly proclaiming Woodruff, WI Home of the World's Largest Penny.  So he asked me about it.  And I was ashamed to note that although I've been in Woodruff nearly every year since my birth, I'd never set eyes on this penny.  So we set out on a quest to find it.  After prepping ourselves with coffee and cinnamon rolls from Little Creek Coffee Co. we looked up the locale of the fabled penny and headed off.  We spotted the penny pretty quickly, drove around the block to find parking, and hopped out to take a few pictures.


I guess it should be pretty apparent why I'd not visited this... uh... inspiring landmark before.

The story behind the penny is actually pretty nifty.  The giant concrete likeness sits just kitty-corner from the hospital that the pennies founded, and a block from the Dr. Kate museum.

But it was all we could do to stop giggling long enough to take pictures before we got back in the car and headed off for the rest of the day's adventures.

Black fleece turban: Made by me following Lilies & Remains' Hedy Lamarr tutorial
Sunglasses: TJ Maxx
Green blouse: Thrifted
Black belt: Grandma
Watermelon skirt: Made by me
Black pumps: Savers

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cambridge Adventures: Candlepin Bowling

 Woo!  We're back from our vacation and busy settling back in to our regular routine... I assure you that there will be many vacation photos in the coming weeks.  But first....

Just before we left on our trip, a friend of ours from undergrad came to visit for a few days on his way home from a summer music festival.  He mentioned that the last time he was in Cambridge, one of the hit activities was trapsing over to neighboring Somerville for Candlepin Bowling... and even if the bowling wasn't great, the place he remembered going to had great beer and pizza.  Naturally, we were sold on the idea right away.

I used to do quite a bit of regular bowling in my youth, although I'm not sure how well the skill carried over... Candlepin is a bit less like bowling and a bit more like bocce ball in the basic mechanics.  But even if we were, uh, less than entirely successful with our scores, it was still a fun outing and we didn't wake up the next morning with one surprisingly sore arm, as often happens with regular bowling.

We went mid-aftenoon, which was wonderful both because the place wasn't too crowded and because the large skylights overhead kept the alley bright and inviting, not cavernous and dim as bowling alleys often are.  And the pizza and beer?  Delicious, as advertized.

Black bow: Icing
Lobster pin: Wakefield Uncommon Antiques
Red bangle: Goodwill
Pink '60s blouse: Goodwill
Red shorts: Made by me
Bowling shoes: Rented on location