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End of Autumn & My First Levi’s Jean Jacket

While going through my camera roll, I’m feeling reminiscent about a trip I took in the final days of fall with my family to Boston and Salem.  The air was clear and crisp, and the leaves were orange and bright as always in New England.   The day trip called for layers and provided the perfect opportunity to wear this vintage Levi’s jean jacket I picked up in Brooklyn at

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Fine Points: Vintage Christmas Decor

The Christmas decorations are up!  It’s no surprise that truly vintage or vintage-inspired Christmas decorations would be my favorite.  Below are some of my best vintage finds from over the years that still excite me every year as I unpack my Christmas boxes.  Inspiration can be found in the smallest details. What kind of personal touches do you like to bring to decorating your space for the season and festivities?

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Thanksgiving.  I’m excited to share with you my first Holiday Gift Guide.  These are just a few things that I find relatively special.  They bring something positive to my daily life therefore, I can recommend them with confidence as you’re looking to buy gifts this holiday season or perhaps a gift to yourself.  Enjoy! Weighted Blanket My weighted blanket was the best discovery of the year. It’s a game

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Coat Of Many Colors

Last month I bought this vintage sequined jacket from Liz at THE GOODS vintage clothing (IG:busyladybaca).  She has a beautiful collection and this is the second vintage jacket that I’ve purchased from her.   I wear all black on most days and there isn’t much in the way of bright clothing in my closet but I was drawn to this coat in all its blazing intensity.  I think it’s fantastic.  I’ve

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Golden Leaves & Black Velvet

I recently visited Gillette Castle with my family.  Built in 1914 by American actor, William Gillette, the castle and estate is now a state park with amazing views of the Connecticut River and magical ponds and forests that make up the grounds.  We had a lot of fun exploring the place and taking photos of each other.  This vintage, black velvet sequined jacket is a favorite find of mine.  A few

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Fall. Finally!

Summer is over and I couldn’t be happier.  Jacket weather is here for the next eight months.  There are a lot of new khaki coats and army style jackets in the shops these days although it’s a long-time classic look that never goes out of style.  I recommend that you skip the mall, pass on all of the newly released versions and go for the real deal.  Government-issued military jackets can

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Fine Points

If you’re like me, it’s all in the details when it comes to styling elements.  Whether you’re drawn to contemporary home decor and clothing, vintage, or some combination of the two, it’s often the details that draw you in.  It could be the color, lines, craftsmanship, originality, other aspects of the items that you choose to decorate your home or wear on your body that makes something special and cherishable.

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School Uniform

Recently, I discovered what I think is the greatest thing on the internet.  A YouTube channel of ambient sounds set to Harry Potter themes.  I’ve listened to back to back hour long episodes as I work or putter around the house.  I have since discovered many channels such as this but this is the one I’m obsessed with, ASMR rooms.  I highly recommend that you check it out.   This got

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Confessions of an Audiophile

I’ve loved music all of my life and I’m a dedicated fan of vinyl.  As a kid, I spent my allowance on 45’s and always had a lengthy Christmas wishlist of Barbies and the biggest hit records of that year.  When it came to books (Scholastic Book Club in particular) and records, my parents always obliged. Being fans of music and books themselves, I assume they were excited to see their

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Sunday BBQ For One

This being the last weekend of summer, I decided to barbeque.  As a vegetarian, I don’t partake as often as some but I do love the opportunity to toss some veggie dogs onto the BBQ. My brother-in-law made this awesome cast iron grill and gave it to me as a Christmas gift.  It’s perfect. I bought these milk rolls from Trader Joe’s to use for my hot dog buns.  

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