Monday, July 30, 2012


End of July already? Whoa. Well, here is a snapshot of what I'm doing in my life right now:

Finding Inspiration: Chictopia

I need to manage another social media website like I need a hole in my head. But I did it anyway. I joined Chictopia. And I'm loving it. I mean, free compliments, people! What's not to love?! One day someone said I looked like a marigold flower. Made my day.

You can find my ChicBlog here. If you are on Chictopia too, please let me know, so I can follow you! :)

Listening to: Balkan Beat Box

I got the opportunity to see these guys live and it was amazing! It was in a small and intimate venue and they had an awesome stage presence. You can tell they love what they do. And they're good at it. Really good.

My favorite song: Part of the Glory.

Spending my time: Poolside.

With high temps over 100 degrees, the pool is where it's at.

Drinking: Peach Lemonade

Peach lemonade. My new favorite summer drink, by far. :)

Three weeks until school starts around here. I intend to enjoy every minute of it. How is your summer going?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

cooked, a la mode

On these "excessive heat" days - which is everyday, it seems - this simple cotton dress has been my saviour. Clothing-to-skin contact is minimal, and I can retain some modesty. Thank you, simple cotton dress, for that.

simple cotton dress : vintage, thrifted
sandals : mossimo, target, a few years ago
(the fairy is thinking about Thoreau, too)

Standing around taking pictures when it's over a hundred degrees ranks low on my priority list, so I don't have lots of pictures to show you. Instead I'll tell you something you may not know about me:

Lurking under the surface of this seemingly sweet, innocent face lies something dark and dangerous.

simple cotton dress, close-up

A fabric obsession.

simple cotton dress #2, sadly in the mend pile

I've been keeping it at bay, because if I dare indulge in it, I will go mad.  I am certain of this.

my daughter wanted to wear her simple cotton dress too, so we could match :)

These tiny floral prints cause waaaay too much excitement for me.

Also exciting - in a less dangerous sort of way - my 50s bathing suit was featured over on the blog, My So Called Crafty Life. Check it out here. Thanks Ashlee! I'm honored to be a part of your lovely collection of vintage finds. :)

And don't forget the summer sale is still going on in the shop! 15% off with coupon code: SUMMERLOVIN.

Finally, the title inspiration: (I can't believe he nailed it - philosophically speaking - 150 years before "climate change" entered mainstream awareness!)
"The luxuriously rich are not simply kept comfortably warm, but unnaturally hot; as I implied before, they are cooked, of course a la mode." -Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

yikes! stripes! fruit stripes!

I'm starting to be able to spot a Vera Neumann print a mile away.

scarf : vintage, estate sale
Vera Neumann top : local vintage shop (wild man vintage)
jean skirt : blanco, thrifted
wedges : montego bay, thrifted

This is the third Vera piece I've acquired. (The first has already sold, the second is for sale here.) But it's not just her signature scarves and clothing I'm drawn to.

Vera believed that art should be accessible to everyone. That it should not just hang on walls, but permeate life. Wear it. Eat off of it. Sleep in it.

And that's a philosophy I can live with.

Monday, July 16, 2012

shop update & sale announcement

It's been quiet here on the blog, but I've been super busy. I took a break from listing new items to re-organize the shop and start getting ready for the fall/winter season. What?! I know. It's a hundred degrees out and I'm thinking about sweaters and capes and wool? I had to shut myself in and crank up the AC.

GKVC Fall 2012 Preview

But - here's the good news for you - I need to make room for the new stuff. Which means having a sale, of course. Yay for sales!!! Now through the end of July, everything is 15% off when you use the coupon code SUMMERLOVIN.

Also, coming soon to the shop: bow ties, suspenders, shoes, shoes, shoes, eyewear, and a few more items for your vintage style home.

Now carry on, summer. Carry on.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Writing your name in the air with a sparkler.

dress : vintage, estate sale
wedges : tommy hilfiger, thrifted

Sprinklers, swimsuits, and watermelon.

The big fireworks display.

These are a few of my favorite Independence things.

Happy Fourth!

Monday, July 2, 2012

new in the shop

Here's what's new in the shop this week:
(Click on any picture to go straight to the listing.)

Vintage 80s Crop Top
striped soft tee
Vintage Athletic Tshirt
blue and orange baseball tee
Vintage 60s/70s Sheer Blouse
short sleeve top
Vintage 50s Floral Blouse
soft cotton top