Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend Diary: So Long Summer

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Can you cram an entire summer into four days? Pretty much yes. And that's exactly what we did. I was lucky enough to have Friday off from work, so we kicked off our miserably hot, long weekend early with a trek through the John Heinz at Tinicum Nature Preserve, which was gorgeous and full of birds, as promised. Saturday morning we left early and spent the day hiking through the fields and exploring ruins at Valley Forge, and today we finally relented to the heat and went to the beach.

Despite entering the weekend with absolutely zero plans, we had a really, really great time, and I have to say our timing for Ocean City was perfect. We were driving in when everyone else was leaving, which meant a nearly empty boardwalk and low-key crowds on the shore. Sometimes playing it by ear is precisely what you need to do.

See ya summer.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here & There 8.30 (+ Shop My Closet)

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It's about that time again. We're living in a smaller place which means less room for clothes, so I've been cleaning out my closet -- BIG TIME. I'll be listing stuff on my closet sale Instagram from now through, well, infinity, so if you're interested, check out @orchidgreyscloset. Lots of vintage, shoes, and things from my last job that I bought and never wore.

Chris and I have basically been hiking all weekend, the weather is gorgeous, and I've been enjoying the chance to get outside and reconnect. We've got an exciting project on the horizon, lots of fun things ahead.

Here's what else caught my eye this week...
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// Porta earrings from Moorea Seal

// Vintage jacket & handmade bracelet from Jess Amity

// So cool - you can create your own crop top with Melissa Hojnacki.

// The coolest triangle necklace from Black Crystals - save 15% w/code "ORCHIDGREY"

// Love this vintage southwest skirt from Wold Mama Vintage - save 15% w/code "ORCHIDGREY"

// The power of being polite

// Moorea Seal is having a huge labor day sale -- 20% off site wide! Love this crescent moon ring and these boots.

// Rebecca's pink hair is so amazing.

// Up to 60% off at Nasty Gal -- really loving these sneakers, this sunflower dress, and this romper.

// A cozy sweater for fall and the perfect moto jacket.

// Autumn outfit inspiration.

// I made homemade marshmallows for work and they were amazing.

// Yum - this zucchini bread looks incredible.

// Homemade cleaning products.

// Playboy's guide to catcalling is actually kind of amazing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Franklin Flea & Me

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This summer has most definitely been a strange one, there's plenty of new but at the same time, it's been largely devoid of our usual activities. Most of my summer clothes are untouched, passed over for what's easy and what's not still in boxes -- tee shirts, cut-offs, Birkenstocks -- and every now and then I catch myself thinking of an activity (thrift shopping!) only to realize I haven't had a chance to do it in months! It's a strange time. But, life is finally starting to feel at least somewhat back to normal, or we're at least feeling a little more settled.

Flea markets are usually high on our summer to-do list, I love waking up super early, grabbing a coffee for the road, and roaming around misty, muddy fields looking for treasure. I'm sure we'll have plenty of that this fall, but it was nice to take in the Franklin Flea a couple of weeks back in the city. Definitely a more curated flea market than what you'd typically expect, but that's not such a bad thing sometimes. Even better, we could walk there. A novelty that still hasn't worn off. Chris and I roamed around and chatted with vendors, I found an amazing skirt for fall, and we both took full advantage of the food trucks. I love sifting through the ephemera and detritus of decades-past, the weird cast-offs that are considered antiques or collectables now, but at the time were looked upon with disdain (Sexology, anyone?). What's considered kitsch now was once just someones secret past-time, or bad art, or truck stop tee shirt.What strikes me is that these items have lasted decades, sometimes centuries. So much of what we bring into our homes and closets today is made with a shelf life -- I write this as yet another iPhone is in the process of biting the proverbial dust. I can't help but wonder: In the world of fast fashion and accessible everything, what will the ephemera from our generation be? Who knows, this could be total bullshit and exactly what someone in the '50s thought about those pulp paperbacks. I guess we'll see.

This has been my go-to dress this summer for when I want to look like I tried, but still want comfort. It's just so easy to wear. I could say the same for these shoes. The heel is the perfect height to look a little more fancy than flip flops, but still be just as easy to walk in. I'm all about lower heels and flats right now, and I can't wait to start incorporating boots back into my wardrobe as soon as the weather cools off slightly.

Get the look: Dress: ModCloth (on sale!) // Sandals: Seychelles (also on sale!) c/o // Bag: Vintage Coach (similar) // Sunglasses: TjMaxx (similar) // Chain bracelet: Thrifted // Metal cuff: Studebaker Metals

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Here & There 8.23

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Can you believe it's August 23rd already? It blows my mind how quickly this summer has flown by, though I'm not complaining about the cooler mornings and evenings we've been treated to the past few days. Right now, I'm listening to the Grateful Dead (Box of Rain - listen to it and I dare you to not get emotional), while it drizzles outside (which is especially awesome because it means there are no children playing in the park across the street screaming bloody murder...I'm officially a crone), and a stick of campfire incense burns. It smells campy in here and it's the best.

Today we're heading out to Terrain to their Heirloom Tomato Festival. I'm excited to take some pictures for work, and also to pick up these string lights for the bedroom (they're so, so pretty). I'm feeling more centered than I was the other day, and excited for the weekend ahead. What are you up to?

Here's what caught my eye this week:
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// The perfect Vintage 70's blouse for fall from JessAmity
// Classic tortoiseshell sunglasses
// Lapis hoop drop earrings from Black Crystals - save 15% off w/code "ORCHIDGREY"
// So smitten with this vintage D&B purse from Wolf Mama Vintage - save 15% off w/code "ORCHIDGREY"
// Love the button-front of these jeans
// Three soft-focus lens effects you can make ON the camera
// This made me laugh
// Really digging these minimalist black slip-ons for fall, also these lace-up Docs would look so cute with a mini and an oversized sweater (like this one)
// Really digging Ashley Monroe's Dolly-style country, especially this song (the video is also pretty kitschy and genius as well)
// Homemade Nutella? Yes please!
// This cute girl makes me miss my long hair so bad!
// I am absolutely making this this weekend
// Dream home.
// These are most definitely on my fall wishlist
// I, too, am not afraid to admit that I am obsessed with Taylor Swift's new song and video.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Worn: Stripes & Floral, In Maxi Dress Form

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I bought this dress on our initial visit to Philadelphia. Justifying it as a sort of "Yeah! You got the job!" gift-to-self. I then proceeded to not wear it. For whatever reason. Despite all those facts, it makes me feel kind of amazing, and I wore it on Wednesday for our anniversary dinner at Twenty Manning. Three years, crazy and wonderful.

To be honest, I've been struggling a bit with self-confidence lately and I really needed an excuse to dress up and feel my best, and this dress was perfect for that. Adjusting to a new schedule, new city, new job, new everything, it's taken a small toll on my perception of myself. I started this year in a really positive headspace, so it's felt sort of defeating to take a step back mentally, in terms of how I view myself, and physically, as I haven't been able to get back into a gym routine yet. I'm working on it though. I just want to feel settled. I love our new place, really loving our new city, I love so much about our lives lately, but our place is still a disaster and I'm definitely still in the getting-to-know-you phase of meeting people. No matter how positively you go into a major change, especially a big move, it's going to be daunting in some respect. Always a few speed bumps.

As much as it causes a little mental distress, I do believe a little (or a lot) of upheaval is healthy every now and then. It gets you out of your comfort zone. With this move to Philadelphia, I've been making an effort to be more open. To try not to be so goddamn awkward and socially inept. Make note of the word effort in there. Man, are you ever just so aware of yourself? Ugh.

I've been getting rid of a lot of stuff lately, too. The extraneous stuff I've been holding on to, the clothes that don't make me feel amazing. It's got to go. Sometimes you just gotta clear up and clear out.

Get the look: Dress: Free People (on sale!) // Wedges: Flogg // Clutch: Vintage Coach //

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Diary: Cape Cod

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The first weekend in August was our first weekend in our new place, while we would have been happy to be homebodies for two days, instead we loaded up the car and drove north to my grandparent’s house on Cape Cod. Bigger and better things. We had a party to get to. The drive itself was such a welcome change from what we'd become accustomed to. No real planning ahead, no worries about the havoc a 14 hour drive would wreak on our bank account, because now “home” (in its many, many senses) is only a few short hours away. No longer the all-day drive it once was. THIS, this is what I missed!

So we very happily woke up at 5am, packed up the car, and drove to Cape Cod to celebrate my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. They renew their vows every 10 years, and it’s hard to believe 2004 – when we celebrated in Ireland - was that long ago. But it was. Time flies. It felt so good to be back on the Cape and good to be back around family, some of whom I haven’t seen since our wedding. We spent Saturday at the party they threw, and spent the majority of Sunday on the beach. It was a sleepy and sunburned drive home. But a drive that didn't take 14 hours. And for that I am thankful.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend Wishlist 8.17

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Well, another unintended hiatus. What can you do. Fingers crossed we get our internet up and running this week, at the moment I'm sitting in our local coffee shop, which is really very nice. I shouldn't complain. But we're going on a couple of months here with our lives flipped over, and I'm just ready to get back to normal. I want a routine. The break from online noise has been nice, I'll admit, though.

Anyway, I've been clearing out a lot of my belongings lately, thinking about where I want to bring my style in the coming season. Here's what I've had my eye on. Stay tuned this week for more posts. It'll happen. Ugh.
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// Portia Maxi dress from Avenle

// Texas Longhorn maxi dress form Mojave

// Lucy heel from AA

// Blue quartz necklace from Black Crystals - save 15% w/code "ORCHIDGREY"

// 90s barrel bag from Jess Amity

//The sweetest  90s floral mini skirt from Wolf Mama Vintage- save 15% w/code "ORCHIDGREY"

// My favorite dress is on sale!

// The perfect hat for fall.

// Palo santo smells so good!