Consideration

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So, even though I haven’t gotten much feedback/comments on my blog, I know people read it.

I’ve been considering importing this blog over to blogger.com. I love WordPress, but I have hosted a few blogs on blogger and I found it to be better for views and such. I have jumped around a lot with my vintage shop, such as rebranding myself and beginning this blog after the new name. I don’t see it as being indecisive, I see it more as making the best moves for myself.

Does anyone have advice? Pros, cons, etc? It would be greatly appreciated.

So Will The World End Tomorrow?

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It’s raining pretty hard here in Charlotte. Fitting, ominous weather for the prospective end of the world.

Personally I don’t think it’s going to end. I mean we had Y2k, “the rapture’, and lots of other doomsday threats. If it does end, well at least I was able to accomplish one thing.

Remember my post about Portfolio Show and being done with college? Well, a few days ago I actually graduated. Cap and gown, diploma, the whole shebang.

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Please excuse my dirty mirror and hairspray.

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Also excuse my messy apartment. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to play a banjo. But, I really enjoy that in order to get confirmation of my education, we are forced to wear robes and a silly hat.
photo (7)These would be the wonderful graphic designers I spent four years with, minus a few who decided not to walk. The pretty lady standing behind me in the black dress is Erin. She’s probably one of my closest girl friends. The kid in the front, with the glasses, got like every single honor and award possible. Graphic Design wizard, yo.

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I got to wear a white thing cause I got a Bachelor’s degree.

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Mom and dad drove all the way up from Pickens to come see me 🙂 Unfortunately my siblings couldn’t make it, but they congratulated me.

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My and my mommy 🙂

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Sorry they’re sideways. I didn’t feel like going into Photoshop to flip them. But, behold my diploma! Yeah. I’m awesome. After we went to a restaurant called Halcyon. All the ingredients are local and organic. We got a bottle of white wine, a cheese platter, and then my dad had something crazy and I split a burger with my mom. It was delicious but I was scared the burger wasn’t cooked because it was SO red in the middle. But I ate it because it was awesome and did not get sick. Justin had scallops.

I didn’t get the job in Nashville 😦 but it’s okay. We finally have internet here and I can continue looking while Justin works. We’re thinking about looking for a house in the Fort Mill/Rock Hill area.

Unfortunately, he’s sick right now and I’m trying to nurse him back to health with soup and tea. I can hear him coughing from out here 😦 Poor boy. Well, until I get photos of my newest vintage products, that’s really it for now. Hopefully the world will still be intact.

 

Leaving Nashville

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Well…I only stayed one night here but I have to say, I’ve been enchanted.

Everyone is so nice here! That’s not something you find much in Charlotte. The air seems cleaner, and even though it’s cold it’s a natural kind of cold. In Charlotte when it gets cold, people freak out. Here, life just moves along the way it should.

I think I did really well on my interview yesterday, and the kind lady I spoke to said she would try to get back to be before I left (which is only a few short hours away…I’m tempted to “accidentally” miss my flight =P ).

This is what I wore to the interview. Sorry it’s blurry

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Dress from Modcloth
Black tights from Target (Not shown)
Black wedge heels from Rack Room Shoes (Not shown)

Would you hire me? I’d hire me!

Well…I gotta finish getting ready here and then bum a ride from the free shuttle back to the airport. -sigh-

I’m In Nashville!

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Yup! I am in Nashville…only for one night, but if all goes well, I will most likely be relocating here.

I have a job interview at The Art Institute of Nashville (I know, I just can’t escape AI schools apparently). I flew in this morning and go in at five. I really hope this goes well because I could use a change of scenery.

I had a window seat for the flight, and Nashville Tennessee looks like heaven, at least from above. Land and trees and lakes and everything I love. I feel like I could grow more here, professionally and personally. Also, this was my first time travelling alone to a place where I don’t know anyone. Pretty exciting!

Sorry for my lack of posts. I mentioned before that I don’t have internet at home right now, but that should change soon. This is a short post but…I just had to update 🙂

Chicago

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Oh Lord, I have not blogged in a long time.

This is not due to me being lazy. Justin got a job so having photos taken is a wee bit more difficult. Also, no more internet at my apartment. And my camera is mainly broken. I’m a tiny bit limited on where to go for free WiFi. The only reason I’m online now is because I am in Chicago, visting my sister and her fiance! Unfortunately all I have are iPhone photos, but it’s okay.

It’s been a while since I had been in Chicago, having used to live an hour and a half away by train before I came back to the Carolinas. I forgot how different they are. Not in a bad way, just as a different way.

Their apartment is in a building that was built in the 1890s. They have wood floors and vintage doors/doorknobs and an exposed brick wall in the kitchen. I, personally, absolutely love it (except the awkward bathroom, I’d change that around a bit) but they don’t seem to like it much.

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That’s the back porch. I love it. The stairs are insane though!

I got in Thursday evening and we went and got Thai food from downstairs (they live above a Thai restaurant, a grocer, a coffee shop, and convenience store. I’d become a complete and total recluse omg) my sister Cat and I had wayyy too much wine! No regrets…

Yesterday Chris had to work so Cat and I went down to Clark and Halstead, which is basically hipster central. If you’re reading this from Charlotte, imagine Central Ave, but about 300 times bigger. We went to a store called Rag Stock, which I had been to before, that I wanted pretty much everything. Peplum dresses, gauzy shirts with collars, flower pants… you name it. I can’t pull off floral pants until I lose about 15 more pounds.

We went to The Chicago Diner after that, a 100% vegan restaurant (meat free since ’83!). We shared a vegan Reuben, vegan mac and cheese, and sweet potato fries. I decided I would either move across the street, kill myself, or kill the chef. It was way too delicious to ever be shared or be too far from.

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I mean just look at that. I love my meat and cheese but once in a while…damn. A good vegan meal will make me very, very happy.

We walked home and after Chris got back we went to Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods, a tiny little British food store I absolutely fell in love with. Chris got super excited when he found out they had back bacon. I just loved it all, especially the owner, who had his adorable little baby with him.

Chris then decided to make the most amazing meal ever. Asparagus soup in boule with smoked bangers. Please excuse my language, but holy. shit.

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I mean just look at it. I actually got really sad because I was so full I couldn’t finish it.

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That’s Karma, their crazy German Shepherd.

And these were the past two mornings:

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Today we are hopping all around the city, ending with a trip to Christkindlmarket! I hope to have more to blog soon!

What I Saw Today

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Hello!

It’s been a while since I posted. My days are filled with applying to jobs, cleaning, caring for my dog, etc.

But today I saw things I didn’t appreciate. Justin’s dad came up to visit us and we decided to take a trip to The Sleepy Poet, one of the most awesome antique malls in the immediate area of which I live. I love The Sleepy Poet; going there always inspires me and I get lost among the booths and displays. The first time I went I swore I had traveled through time. I wish I could live there.

Today they were having some sort of event. There was a food truck and people were set up outside. There must have been at least 200 people there. Normally there are not that many and it stays the quiet little spot that I love.

I’m claustrophobic. I don’t like crowds. But I sucked it up and went in because the selection of clothing is enormous and beautiful. Luckily there weren’t many people looking at the clothes so I stayed there.

Then these women meandered over. They dove into the racks of clothes as if they were in a department store. They tried on shoes, beautiful vintage shoes, pulling them over their feet as if they were in a shoe store. They pulled through the displays of delicate handkerchiefs and hats. And I wanted to scream.

The clothes there are delicate and well-preserved. As are the shoes and accessories. My heart was beating so fast because one does not handle vintage and antique products in this manner. I wanted to scream but I refused to make a scene. I watched in horror as a woman pulled a beautiful aubergine 1920s dress from the rack as if it were a rag doll.

I hate when people treat items like this. To me, a vintage/antique product is something to be revered. Yes, you can wear them, as long as you CARE for them and handle them with respect. They survived this long for a reason, and it is not because they were handled like mass-produced department store crap.

Don’t even get me started on the 12 year old girl who started clanging a pre-20th century bell like there was no tomorrow. It actually caused me pain. Enormous pain.

I had the issue a bit ago of my things smelling like cigarettes, and I addressed it on my Etsy shop. I have since very carefully washed every single item after researching how to care for them. I keep everything on a clothing rack in a pet-free room in my apartment. I care for my items, I care about my customers, and I care about this business. I may be small, but I am happy for each and every sale I make. I am happy to provide people with quality vintage clothes. I love this and I plan on going forward and learning even more. I know most people in the business care and respect their shops and items, but consumers need to know exactly what they are doing as well.

Vintage and antique clothes are not toys. They are jewels of the past. Owning them is not a convenience but a luxury. You are holding someone else’s memory. Remember that the next time you think a vintage clothing rack is the same as something in Macy’s or Dillard’s.

I don’t want this post to sound mean or bitchy. I’m just trying to make a point.

Please visit Kitschy Cool Vintage. They supply The Sleepy Poet with the majority of their vintage clothes, shoes, and accessories. They are amazing and beautiful, and I wish I owned them all!

Suddenly, 50 Degrees!

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Well Charlotte took a turn towards Fall/Winter…months of sweltering weather gave way to me needing scarves, boots, and coats. I’m not complaining in the slightest – This is my favorite weather. I guess I’m high maintenance and prefer a gradual change instead of, “HEY, HI IT’S ME FALL!!”

I guess I’m a bit old fashioned…but hey, it was literally overnight. I had barely any time to switch my closet to Fall/Winter clothes. The Carolinas are finicky I guess.

So, I have a shop update for you! Yay! Shop update!

 

First up is a 1960s Sears brand top. It’s super comfortable. I kind of don’t want to sell it but alas, I must!

 

This late 80s early 90s number is super interesting. Personally, I hate turtlenecks but, I did really like this print. It also has little beads sewn in over the lines!

 

Now this one I’m pretty sure is a mens but…we’re going to call it unisex. It has some holes and such but I couldn’t pass up how “70s Varsity” it was.

 

1960s house robe. That is really all I think I need to say here. I mean, just look at it. Look at the GLORY!!

 

This is a vintage men’s shirt from the Fox Collection!

 

These beauties will make you feel amazing. I know, because I tried them on. There is a tiny flaw to them as well; the insole is a bit detached and the stitching on the right instep is a bit undone.

So these are up in the shop right now! Super exciting.

Life as a college graduate is difficult in that I’m having trouble finding a real job…I may just go down the the cupcake place near my apartment and see if I can work there until I find a big girl job.

How is everyone doing?

Exciting News and also, I’m Back!

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Dress from ModCloth
Photos Courtesy of Joshua Nagy at Alter Frame Productions

What’s that? Who is that? Is that me at the 2012 Portfolio Show? Is that me graduating from college? Why yes it is!

That’s right. My hiatus paid off. Four years of hell and hard work, and I have a Bachelor’s degree of Graphic Design to show for it. It has been one hell of a ride but it’s over. I can finally begin a new chapter of my life.

That is me and my dad! After the Portfolio Show, my parents took me to my favorite restaurant, The Wine Shoppe. It was a wonderful day and night. Aside from the gift of graduating and my parents coming to see me, my friend Julia gave me something very special. One of my best friends, Landon Hill, passed away last Thanksgiving. Though I have pulled through the tragedy, I think about him every single day. He had been writing an autobiography before his death, and Julia gave me a copy of the parts that she had saved from his emails. His cheeky, clever words will be coveted by me forever 🙂

Now, onwards to the next part! My hiatus is over and I will be blogging and returning to my Etsy shop. As of now I only have two items to list, because my life was hectic up until a day ago. However, I will be posting these two items in my shop today!This 1980’s button down red polka dot dress reminds me of a grown up Minnie Mouse, and I love it! It’s super comfortable too, and somehow slipped through the 80s shoulder pad trend.

More 1980s!I love this oversized blouse. It has an eyelet print, but is not real eyelet unfortunately. Very comfortable and casual (also no shoulder pads!)
So these will be in the shop today! Coming up, more adventures in learning to sew and maybe some other things!