Film Photos No 1

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

I am so excited to share these! We got a bunch of our film from the past couple months developed and I am so happy with how the photos turned out. There were even more, but here is a dump of my favorites. Some are in Savannah, some in Florida, and some from our recent lake trip that I talked about on my Instagram here.

Thanks for reading!

How I Style My Favorite Tennis Dress

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Earrings | Hair Clip | Purse (Vintage)

This dress is one of those pieces of clothing that I just love. It is meant to be an active dress so in addition to being cute, it is extremely comfortable. I also own this button down in three different colors because they match everything and are wrinkle resistant (the big selling point for me!). My favorite outfits are no-fuss outfits like this.

Hope everyone is excited for the weekend!

How to Repair a Vintage Purse

Monday, May 30, 2022

I mentioned in a previous post that I had recently purchased some vintage purses I had on my wishlist, but some of them needed a little TLC. I purchased this Gucci purse a couple of years ago while I was in college, but only just got around to repairing it. I wanted to share my process with you guys. 

Pictured above are all of the products I used to repair my purse. A little disclaimer, I had never repaired anything like this before, but this worked great for me. I recommend watching YouTube tutorials as well until you are comfortable. The canvas on the bag was in great condition, so it only needed cleaned a little. However, the leather was not in perfect condition and the strap was in rough shape. Here are the links to the products:
  1. Leather Stain
  2. Sealant
  3. Similar Strap
As you can see in these two photos, the leather on the corners was pretty worn. The piping all along the edges and somewhat on the front was worn like this, so that is where I touched up the most. 

I started by doing only one spot to make sure I would be happy with the results. I painted on some of the stain and waited until it was dry. I needed to repeat this two more times before the color matched. Once it was dry, I added the sealant on top. The sealant took about 24 hours to be completely dry for me. 

As you can see the final result turned out perfect. There were a bunch of little spots like this I touched up. I then removed the old strap, clipped on the new one, and voilĂ , you have the finished product. Thanks for reading!

Coffee Date No. 5

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Welcome to another coffee date where I catch you guys up on random things and share some personal and Instagram photos. A couple of projects I am working on, but did not photograph are two new paintings to go in our living room and finishing a quilt that my grandmother was working on and was passed down to me. The quilt is much harder than I thought it would be because the whole thing has to be hand stitched. There are a lot of flowers on it and each one takes about two hours.

My family recently attended a more formal birthday party and it was a ton of fun! This is a photo of my sister and I outside of the party. I was able to wear a vintage necklace from my great-grandma which was extra special.

This is a sweater I purchased recently. It is probably one of my favorite clothing items I own. The sweater is fairly lightweight so even with the Savannah heat, I will be able to get a lot of use out of it.

Recently, I have been able to purchase a couple of vintage purses on my wish list. This is one of my favorites. My old roommate found one at a consignment store several years ago, and since then I had been on the hunt for one. It was in fairly good condition and just needed some minor TLC. I had to touch up the off-white paint as well as get a leather stiffener spray to fix the ruffled pieces at the top. 

Here, my husband and I had just finished a coffee date downtown and he started goofing off and taking pictures as we were leaving. The dress I am wearing is from Zara and is so lightweight and comfortable.

Last month we went on a short trip to south Florida to visit our new niece. The tacos were good, but I actually took the photo because I loved their plates and wanted to see if I could find some online later (which I did!).

Lastly, here is a picture from when we were walking downtown one evening last week. This is one of the other vintage bags I recently purchased. Also, I love this time of year when it is light out later.

Hope you all enjoyed!

Do People Still Read Blogs?

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Sweater: old Brooks Brothers | Skirt: old J. Crew
Shoes: old J. Crew | Purse: old Ferragamo

Happy Friday guys! This is one of my favorite work outfits. I feel like I say that a lot (haha), but I try to purchase outfits and/or pieces that I would wear to work and out casually. I also try to get pieces that I can mix and match. For example, I also wear this cardigan with my wide legged white pants, or this skirt with button downs and other sweaters. 

I shared a poll on Instagram yesterday asking who still reads blogs. The results were about 50/50. I thought this was interesting since I still read blogs, but the problem I have encountered is not a lot of bloggers post anymore. For those of you that still read blogs, I would love to hear your favorites below!

Thanks for reading!

Thrifting Outfits

Monday, April 4, 2022

On social media, a lot of people talk about shopping, but there doesn't seem to be as much conversation about budgeting and, what I call, shopping smart. I wanted to share with you guys an outfit that I purchased completely second hand and love. I really love shopping second hand because it is easier to find classic pieces, one-of-a-kind pieces, and get more bang for your buck. 

Here is the breakdown of the pieces:
Dress: old Madewell ~$10
Shoes: Jack Rogers ~$40
Handbag: vintage Ferragamo ~$90
Watch: vintage Louis Vuitton ~$15

The key to buying used is patience. I am fairly particular about what I like and have a mental list of pieces I would like to add to my wardrobe. I use Poshmark, eBay, and Etsy all the time and any time we are traveling, we visit new thrift and antique stores. When looking at designer pieces, it is worth learning tricks to identify real versus fake. When shopping thrift stores, there usually isn't much organization, so I look for colors and textures that I like to help find pieces more easily.

Some of the leather bags I have purchased have needed paint touch-ups and even their straps replaced. YouTube was a great resource to learn what type of paints to use and sealants.  An easy and affordable way to replace worn straps is Amazon, they have tons of different styles.

I hope you guys enjoyed!
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