Friday, May 30, 2014

visiting idaho // flashback friday

I thought I'd try something a little different for today's post. I was ordering photo prints the other day, and I came across a bunch of photos in my library that for some reason or other, I hadn't gone through or edited or anything. I thought it would be fun to share them with y'all over the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy!

Early last September, after my birthday, my family took a short vacation over to Idaho, where we stayed at one of our timeshare's resorts near a beautiful lake. We spent time wandering around the lake and lazing around, watching sunsets, and then after sunset, the glorious thunderstorms that happened nearly every night of our stay. We visited small towns, on the hunt for the best antique and thrifting spots. Some of the places we visited were absolute busts, like when we almost lost ourselves among the dusty and disorganized (and not to mention overpriced!) mountains of junk in one antique store, but we did find a few gems. On the way back home, we stopped off at the Grand Coulee Dam, then drove over to Leavenworth to grab German food for dinner. It was a much more laid-back vacation than I was used to, and that ended up being kind of nice and relaxing. I'm thinking that it's about time to head back. :) 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

long time, no see

//dress: marshalls / jacket: jcp / tights: target / boots: thrifted / jewelry: gifts/vintage//

I've missed writing on this little blog, and now that I have a break from school, I'm excited to dive back into it. I had finals at the start of this month, then immediately after, hopped on a plane to Orange County with my boyfriend to meet up with his family for a week of Disneyland, Universal, and SeaWorld. I bunked with his little niece, and we all had a blast. Still...after I got back, I desperately needed to recover after a week of what seemed like almost nonstop walking, haha. I didn't take as many pictures as I normally would have, but I did get a few, which I will hopefully be sharing on the blog sometime soon! So that's what I've been up to during my blog hiatus (oh—and I also got my hair cut!), and now life has finally started to slow to a normal pace. I have so many ideas, and my boyfriend, whether he knows it or not, is an amazing source of inspiration...I can't wait to share them with you all on here. Here's hoping that I actually am able to get myself back into the swing of blogging. :) 

This dress was definitely an impulse buy, as were the boots. I found the dress by chance at Marshalls this past week—its pattern jumped out at me from the rack, and it just happened to be my size. It was more than I'd usually spend on a casual dress, but as I carried it around the store, debating whether or not I should buy it, I realized I would wear it a lot throughout the year, since it can be easily worn as a sundress or layered with tights and I had to get it. The next day, I was shopping at Goodwill where I found the boots, a super soft suede, almost brand new, for $5—usually boots are never priced that cheaply at Goodwill—so, of course, I had to snatch those up as well. :)

Oh, and the camera I picked up last summer on my birthday while antiquing with my aunt. It's from the 20s, and I think it's absolutely adorable. :)

I hope you're all having a fantastic day!

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Thursday, May 22, 2014

the red dress {eshakti review}

//dress: c/o eshakti (similar) / heels, cardigan: thrifted//

I always love red dresses, but red is a color that I'm not usually drawn to or inclined to wear, possibly because it's more bright than the colors I usually wear, or maybe it's just not the greatest with my cool, pale skin tone. However, when Eshakti offered me the opportunity to review one of their dresses, and I saw this gorgeous, retro sundress, I thought I would go for it. I really love it--it has pockets (always a plus!), it's figure-flattering, it can be dressed up or down, and the style is so fun. Eshakti always has such beautiful dresses, and I love that they can be customized to fit each person's own style and measurements. The one issue that I've had with the two dresses that I have from Eshakti, however, is with the straps being ever so slightly too big on my shoulders. This dress is also a bit longer than I usually like, since it's at that awkward length where I almost have to wear heels to avoid making my legs look stumpy. Other than that, though, I'm pleased with the dress and its quality. With this dress, when I first tried it on, probably because I wasn't being careful, I ripped part of the seam along the zipper. It was a small rip, though, and an easy fix.

I highly recommend Eshakti—they have such a great selection of dresses, skirts, and tops in gorgeous styles and colors! If you haven't already, be sure and check them out on their website and on their 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22