August 31, 2011

Polka dots anyone?

We love love love everything about Australian label Gorman! Maybe it's the polka dots, or the backgammon print, or the amount of orange used! We don't know how we would pick just one of these beauties!

August 30, 2011

Summer-y illustrations!

In our minds, as soon as August comes to a close, and September takes over, Fall has begun! So for today's hues-day post, we wanted to hold on to all things bright and Summer-like with a mash-up of random colorful illustrations! Happy Tuesday, now go out and enjoy the rest of Summer while you still can!

August 29, 2011

And the winner is...

Congratulations "gee"! Please email us (with your mailing address) at: to claim your prize!
Like we said before, we will be having another giveaway once we get 500 likes on our facebook page here!

Our lovely sponsors part 3!

Hello! Savannah here from MaieDae. I run a fun lifestyle blog, vintage inspired handmade shop and graphic design business for your blog, special event and business design needs. I'm married to my high school sweetheart/love of my life, we have two boy cats; Kaito & Kyo and we both work full-time in good ol' Atlanta, GA. :)


Love Fox is the love child of Miss Faith and B, two friends & forever vintage lovers.  Follow along as the two ladies navigate owning their own vintage shop in sunny Santa Barbara, where the focus is on bringing their foxy customers fashion-forward vintage.  Besides shop stories, their blog encompasses all of their daily adventures in treasure hunting, dressing up and living life along California's central coast. 


Our names are Illene and Amber and we are the owners of Baby Bird Vintage: our heart on a string Etsy shop! We are bosom buddies from the sunny state of Florida who love all things vintage, geeks, hula hooping, cup cakes, Douglas Coupland novels, girl dream pop vocals, the beach + margaritas with salt, thrift road trips and most importantly our daughters! Our favorite past time of all is collecting vintage digs--which we share with you! We keep a revolving eclectic collection in our shop of FUN, classic + contemporary vintage clothing and accessories. We keep our shop totally affordable as well so that everyone with any pocket book size can buy and sport beautiful, excellent quality vintage! Old is the new NEW!
xoxo- Illene and Amber


My name is Rae Veda. I am a dress designer and entrepreneur. My favorite things are window shopping and picnics in the Fall. I own an online boutique called Scarlet Cake Artistry. In it I sell vintage, handmade, & pretty things. My dream is to someday have a brick & mortar shop and my very own honeybee hives. xo. 

Hi there! I’m Anna (middle name Medley) and I’m a vintage loving mama-to-be. I’m also known as a wife and preschool teacher with a passion for thrift stores, cats, being outside (even on the cold snowy Minnesota days), decorating my home, live music, bright colors, and enjoying the small things that make life so groovy. I’m currently working on opening up an etsy shop (opening mid-August) where I’ll share my vintage scores at bargain prices.


Michelle Clement is a 26-year old who designs, blogs, draws, and sometimes works on cartoons. She designs goodies for her shop, Bubbly Shnooks; loves living close to the ocean, and gets her hands crafty in everything from scrapbooking to crocheting to embroidery to sewing! She has a weak spot for singer-songwriters, hammocks, lattes, graphic tees, cardigans, tattoos, thrifted linens, and anything octopus! You can find her crafty adventures here:

My name is Lisa, and I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (same as the Oh So Lovely ladies!).
My blog features fabulous vintage finds for sale, as well as the occasional tidbit about various auctions and estate sales that I've been to. I'm new to the whole blogging thing, but have been thrifting and garage sale-ing for more than 30 years. My habit just got a little (okay, a lot) out of hand, and I decided it was time to start sharing some of these awesome finds with others. I have a thing for out-of-the-ordinary items, mid-century decor and kitchen wares, and aprons. Lots of aprons. Yes, that's me, at age 2, riding a tortoise!

Hello, I'm Jessica from Retro Ramona's Vintage.  I'm a vintage lovin' gal from the Bluegrass state who teaches by day and thrifts by night.  I love retro goodies and would love to know the story behind each and every treasure I find.  Check out my shop!

August 27, 2011

A little shop update.

We can't believe that August is almost over already! Wow! This month has sure flown by! It feels like only a few days ago we were finishing up the Fringe Festival and fantasizing about our upcoming move into the shop! Crazy how time flies when you're having fun! We are finally getting into the groove of being shop owners, but we can't get comfortable for too long because we are moving locations in a month! We are only moving 2 doors down, but it's still a move nonetheless. We are planning on staying at this next location for quiet awhile, so we really want to make ourselves at home and decorate. We have big plans for making our little loft vintage shop very unique and inviting. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming before & after post of our shop makeover! 

We also want to take this time and say a big thank you to all of our family and friends who have helped us prepare for this in the last few months and who have come by to visit us! Visitors are always welcome in our shop! We really appreciate having such an amazing support system in our lives and we don't take you guys for granted! And for those of you who haven't gotten a chance to make it down to the shop yet, not to worry, because we are planning on having an official grand opening party at our permanent location! 

That's all for now friends... enjoy your weekend!

August 26, 2011

Our first giveaway!

We are so excited to be hosting our first giveaway! You lovely readers totally deserve it! We really appreciate all of your love and support! So as a thank you, we will be giving away the following to one lucky winner: a large sponsor spot for September, a vintage floral apron, a pair of heart-shaped earrings, a floral headscarf and a cute retro wall clock! 

How to enter:
All you have to do is simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite thing about summer?

The giveaway will be open until Monday evening and at that point a winner will be chosen at random! 
Good luck and happy commenting!

*We'll be doing another giveaway once we have 500 people "like" our facebook page!*

Get away lovers!

Well we're back from our quick lovers' getaway, and it was just what the doctor ordered!
I got off work early on Saturday, and Derek and I checked into the Hotel Fort Garry, here in Winnipeg. It is a super old (supposedly haunted) stunning hotel where we spent our wedding night, so we were thrilled when my parents booked us in for the night! We slipped into the cozy white bathrobes, popped a bottle of champagne and just relaxed
We went to Inferno's Bistro for dinner which was uhhhh-mazing and then headed back to our room for the night. In the morning we had the incredible brunch and then headed out to Amuricuh. We spent the first night there in Grand Forks, hit up the Super Target and stocked up on all of our favorite American things, (things that we can't buy in Canada for some weird reason) Nut Roll, jalapeño Cheetos and Lemonheads! If you're a Canadian, I'm sure you have "An American Thing", if you do, let me know what yours is!
 (sorry for the lousy picture, I would re-take it but most of these are long devoured!)

Then we hit up Happy Harry's to get some wine (holy cow it's crazy how cheap alcohol is in the states!) then we had some greasy mexican food and went back to our Hotel for the night.
We headed to Fargo, ND the next morning for one last night away. We know, we romantic...not (no offence Fargo!) but sometimes it's nice to just get outta town! 
We passed this beauty along the way! 

I may or may not have done a lot of thrifting...note the full cart and the full basket...typical.

Next we went to my favorite restaurant in Fargo- A Taste of Italy, and it did not disappoint! They have the most insane spinach and artichoke dip ever!  

We really didn't do a whole lot while away, just a whole lot of eating and relaxing and lovey dovey quality time, it was perfect!

Until next time...

August 25, 2011

Giveaway opportunity!

Hey lovelies! We are only 15 google followers away from hitting 500! Woo!!! We're so close! To celebrate hitting 500 followers we thought it would be fun to have our first giveaway!  But... we won't be posting the details of the giveaway until we officially hit 500! So, if you aren't following us yet, please do, so we can get this giveaway underway! xo 

The history of love.

 Erin recently shared her proposal story and it got me thinking back to mine 3 years ago.
But before I can get into that, I've gotta start at the beginning...

 (side note: this is one of the few photos of me with highlights and Emery with no beard!)
Emery and I actually have quite a history together. We met back in 2003 when I just finished 10th grade and he had just graduated from high school (so young!) It all started when a good friend of Emery's was interested in dating my best friend, and he thought that things would be less awkward if they went on a double date. I told him that I would be cool with him fixing me up with one of his friends so that I could come along, so he fixed Emery and I up on a blind double-date. I had never been on a blind date before, and didn't have too high of expectations of getting a relationship out of it, I just figured that it would be a fun night hanging out with a babe (my friend showed me his picture) that I would probably never see again. So the 4 of us went on this double date, and Emery and I instantly hit it off! By the time we were half way through the date we were already holding hands, which was the biggest deal to my 16 year old self. The day after that we proceeded to go on another date... and we went on another date the day after that... and the day after that... and the rest is history! There was never a period of time that we were just friends, because we basically went from being strangers to dating!
After dating for a few years I finally graduated high school and Emery was my grad date! Even in high school I was in love with vintage clothing, so I rented a 1950's baby pink prom dress and he wore a vintage brown tuxedo. It was really quiet a lovely day. After my graduation I decided that I wanted to get a full-time job and get some work experience rather than just jumping into university right away.
For the first part of our relationship Emery lived at his parents' house in Steinbach, which is a small town about an hour away from my parents' house in Winnipeg. At around this time he moved to Winnipeg to go to school to study Audio Engineering and to be closer to me, which I was super excited about! When I was 20 I moved out with my best friend and we had the greatest time being on our own! It was really important to Emery and I that we each had independent lives and interests outside of our relationship. I feel like that is one of the trickiest parts about being in a serious relationship at such a young age is creating your own sense of identity without always having to rely on your partner. That was definitely one of the biggest lessons that we learned. It's all about finding the right balance of personal time and together time. Also, staying together with your high school sweetheart after high school can be a bit challenging because people change so much as they hit their adult years so it is important that you both change and evolve together.

...A few years later...
 It was the day before our 5 year anniversary and Emery decided to take me on a lovely date! At this point we were both working opposite schedules so it was a rarity that we would have a whole day off together! I was very excited! It was a gorgeous September day and we went for lunch then took a relaxing stroll around the art gallery! After that he informed me that he had booked me an afternoon at the spa! He dropped me off there and said he would be back in a few hours because he had some errands to run. So I was just relaxing and enjoying being pampered all afternoon, and then as I was about to leave, one of the estheticians took me to the back room where my favorite dress and favorite pair of heels was hanging in a garment bag and she gave me instructions to change into them! I had no idea what was going on or how they got there but I was eagerly going along with it! After I changed she told me that my ride was waiting outside, and when I walked into the parking lot my dad was waiting for me in an amazing 1960's car! I was totally blown away! I was so psyched on the ride home to be driving in such a cool car that I didn't even have time to think about why I was. After my dad dropped me off, I walked through my front door to find all of the lights off and all of the blinds shut and the room was filled with hundreds of candles and my favorite song playing! At this point Emery walked around the corner in a tux and got down on one knee and told me to make him the happiest guy in the world and marry him!!! My hand would not stop shaking as he slipped the ring on (which he had gotten custom made for me after a vintage engagement ring that I loved!) These photos were taken RIGHT after I said yes!
   After my heart started beating again, he made me a delicious dinner and we drank champagne and listened to records all evening long! We already eagerly started planning when we wanted our wedding to be and where we wanted to go for our honeymoon! We decided to have it in the following June of 2009, which gave us plenty of time to plan our dream day! (which I will be sharing with you very soon!)
 A few weeks later we had a lovely engagement party with our close friends & family! We went for dinner, drank champagne, ate desserts and celebrated all night long!

Now 3 years after the magical day that we got engaged, we are still living happily ever after in our little blue home! My advice? Never say no to a blind date... because you just never know! ;)
Lots of love,

August 24, 2011

Meet our August sponsors, part two (of 3)!

Hello, lovelies! My name is Ivelisse, and i'm a wife to a laid back dude & momma to a rad little lady . In my corner of the internet, you will find random musings about my little family, grad school escapades, my love for vintage, fashion, crafts, ideas and happenings along the way. Come say hello!

My name, or rather my nickname, is Funtime and I live, work and play in London, UK. I am a "Jill of many trades" including being a freelance writer and blogger. I write a personal blog called Bird in the Bush, which is about living in a bright and busy borough of London called Shepherd's Bush. A long time lover of all things vintage, I began selling some of my best "Funtime Frocks" and jewellery to free up valuable wardrobe space. I have long believed that vintage should be treasured, but I also think it should be affordable and accessible too and I love that Etsy helps me fulfil this vision.

Growing up surrounded by arts and crafts, Christi Jay spends much of her free time taking things apart and reassembling them to create clothing, jewelry, and illustrations. This use of second hand materials provides each piece with its own personal history. She uses factory scraps of leather, hand cuts and knots them to create one of a kind macramé necklaces that are bold as well as lightweight. While currently she only sells her jewelry in the store, there will be clothing and art prints to come!

Diandra and Laura are feminist homemakers, derby girls, gardeners, crafters, starters, finishers, and in general...ass-kickers. We believe in bringing our DIY ethic to everything we do from crafting to community. Every day we work to engineer our community by seeking out and intentionally creating meaningful relationships. We joint-blog to share ideas and inspire each other and their readers to see the possibility and beauty in the everyday. Oh yeah, we have kids too.

I’m a twenty-something girl who married her best friend and then had two incredibly cute little boys. I write about our life as young parents, the hilarious and challenging times that come with having a special needs son and the things I find beautiful in life. I love vintage and handmade things and while most days I’m in sweatpants and elbow deep in dirty diapers, I’m daydreaming of Spring-time dresses, creating something beautiful (or edible) and looking forward to my next cup of coffee.

Hi! I'm Stina, a creative cat lady who spends her free time playing with her cat, yarn and fabric. I dream big and drool over cute dresses and sweet recipes. My blog Her Name Was Greta is my new born baby that I'm looking forward seeing growing and evolving over time. I'm looking forward meeting you all!

Hi, my name is Amy and I am the party. I live in a cute vintage Midtown apartment in Sacramento, CA. My style could be described as vintage modern (a little bit vintage, a little bit modern). A self-proclaimed dork and hostess with the mostess, I spend my free time decorating, searching for vintage treasures, exploring new places, making and designing jewelry and websites, and drinking an absurd amount of coffee. I'd love it if you'd follow me in my adventures as a vintage-modern girl celebrating her love of fashion, food, vintage, DIY, and local culture.

Hi everyone! My name is Bonita Rose and I'm a creative soul living on the prairies in Fargo ND. I love to inspire. I am a collector and lover of all thing vintage. I love thrifting! I make art. I play with color. I sew and play with paint, paper, and rubber stamps. Art has always saved me. Always. Real books and reading are two of my passions. One day, I want to write my story and share my life with the world. Writing to me comes as easy to me as breathing. I am a noncustodial mom to my two fabulous teenage daughters.My dream is to one day, move down south with my husband Greg to Tybee Island, Georgia and live near the ocean. To expand my current Etsy shop to a real handmade and vintage store on the Island. To have my creative studio in my home near the ocean or in my shop, to inspire others. Always, to inspire others.

I am a made-with-my-own-two-hands obsessed girl who hails from the heat and cotton fields of Central California, transplanted to the cool, mossy climate of Seattle. I live in a teensy city apartment with one boyfriend, a lot of vintage Pyrex, and even more yarn.  Between my blog and Etsy shop, you never know what you may find: a delicious recipe, inspirational photos of my canning adventures, vintage family photographs, snapshots and Polaroids of our latest road trip adventure, or Pyrex-inspired collections of kitschy, colorful, crocheted Granny Hoops.  Someday I will have a Victory Garden full of flowers, herbs, and vegetables to eat; but for now I have created a Victory Garden of a different sort, full of hand knit and crocheted curiosities to brighten your walls and warm your souls. How does your garden grow?