Saturday, April 12, 2014

oh, hello there.

Hey! Long time, no post, I know. I hate when bloggers abandon their site without any explanation, and look what I did.  Sorry for just walking away like that.

I'm still really into wearing clothes and sewing and styling and vintage like I was before, but I've found a new outlet for those interests.  Around the time I was winding down on my posts here, I started dreaming about running a local shop to showcase vintage and handmade clothing.  Jacksonville is a huge, diverse city but we currently have very few vintage shops to speak of.  I saw that little hole in the market and determined to fill it myself, and in April 2013 I opened my shop, Stitch Craft Vintage.

I'm starting out small and working towards bigger things.  I found an independent booth in a local market with low rent and, with the help of my handy husband, outfitted it to look less like a flea market stall and more like a boutique.  It's a constant work in progress but I am so proud of the space I've created.  About half the store is devoted to women's vintage clothing and the other half is handmade; I'm really stoked on having a place to hock the things I'm making, and it's led to a surge in my vigor to create, create, create as much as possible.  So many good things are coming out of this endeavor, and no matter where this road takes me, the journey is proving more fulfilling than I ever anticipated.

I could go on and on about this new chapter of my life, and as I'm sitting here writing this I'm feeling a little familiar itch to come back to this blog space more often.  I don't know that I will return to OOTD blogging (they say personal style blogging is dead, have you heard?) but I might come back from time to time to ponder things I'd like to explore on paper (screen?): what the start-up process was/is like, the challenges of running a creative business on the side while working a traditional 9-5, fears about the oversaturation of the vintage market, how selling in a flea market presents a totally different side of retail.... So many good writing prompts there.

In the meantime, if my blog is still showing up in your reader and you give a shit what I'm doing these days, stop by my shop instagram (@stitchcraftvintage), check out my etsy shop, say hi on my facebook page, or look over my (admittedly bare) shop blog.  Let me know if you're still reading, and if you'd care to read those prompts I mentioned. And have a fabulous day.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Florals in spring-time, especially around the Easter holiday, are always very unexpected.


Monday, April 09, 2012

book report

 I've had this outfit in mind for a while and when our weekly visit to Chamblin's Bookmine rolled around on Friday and the weather finally cooled off enough to wear jeans, I seized the opportunity.  It was a great outfit for an afternoon of sitting on the floor surrounded by stacks of books in a quiet corner of the store (it was even more comfortable with the oversized cardigan I wrapped up in).

I've been on a dystopian-novel kick for  the last 12 years (it started with Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale in high school) and I'm very fortunate that post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction is on the rise right now.  Like everyone else, I was/am a big fan of the Hunger Games series and have been looking for a book/series to fill that void for over a year, and with the assistance of I came across the Maze Runner series... have you heard of it?  It's not groundbreaking literature- in fact, it may even be classified as YA fiction- but the first book was one of those can't-put-it-down 6-hour-straight reads.  It's roughly based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and that's all I'm going to say about it because I am notorious for giving away too many details and spoiling the plot when summarizing books.  You should just check it out.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

mint and eggplant (fashion, not food)

High: Getting off work early and coming home to take a long, indulgent nap.  It felt like Saturday morning.  I say Wednesday afternoons from here on out should be reserved for siestas.  

Low:  Mosquito season is upon us and I know this because I fed a swarm of them while I took these pictures.  At this rate I'll have malaria before August.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

really good


I ordered these leopard print flats a month and a half ago and they finally came in yesterday.  There's a point when the anticipation of delayed gratification turns to annoyed impatience, and for me it was at the one month mark- I would have cancelled the order but they looked so cute in the picture and they were on sale and I had already mentally created a space for them in my closet.   The long wait was certainly unexpected (why did you sell me out-of-stock merchandise, Target?!) but it was so worth it.  You can go ahead and get used to this pair now because I want to wear them with everything- and since leopard is practically a neutral, I think I can get away with it.  I'm going to try, anyway. Green plaid and leopard print? Sure, why not?

  • wearing new shoes and a new dress and feeling pretty fabulous for a Tuesday   
  • the awesome breeze and perfect lighting as I took these pictures
  • strolling along the beach with Ben before sunset
     Low:  don't have one. It was a really good day.

Monday, March 19, 2012


High: Waking up with plenty of time to get ready before going to work.  Monday mornings are usually rushed, groggy and grumpy but today was different; maybe it was because I was wearing this perfect combination of colors?

Low: Realizing that the hem of my skirt is slightly higher in the back than in the front after looking at these pictures.  I'm not sure if it's because my butt is huge or the skirt is wonky; either way I can fix it.  Hope no one got a show they didn't intend to see today!

Friday, March 16, 2012

crewed copy

Ok, I really loved this outfit today.  It started with this J. Crew image that has been floating around Pinterest lately.  As I pinned it to my style board I said to myself, "I have what it takes to rip this look right off."  And for WAY less, too.  The blouse retails for $88 (is that a deal in the world of J. Crew or is it just status quo?  I'm a noob when it comes to the fancy brands);  I picked my blouse up at a vintage shop in Athens, GA last fall.  After chatting with the store owner for a half hour about running a vintage shop, I couldn't leave without buying something and when I spotted this blouse I immediately saw it for what it would be in my closet: an instant classic, something I'll be able to remix over and over again (or that's the plan, anyways).  So although it was $16- a bit steep for my thrifting taste- I made it mine and have not one regret about it. (I wore it here also, and I plan on wearing it more frequently over the next few months).  

This yellow and blue pairing is one of my favorites- it's so bright and cheerful.  I needed a top to wear underneath my dotted blouse but I couldn't find my go-to black tank (my closet is kind of a wreck right now).  Out of necessity I went digging through my t-shirt drawer and spotted this yellow t-shirt (how could I miss it? It's the color of a highlighter!).  I love the contrast between the two colors, especially when combined with black and white.  It's quite an eye-catching four-some.  (You can see a few other ways I've worn yellow with blue here, here and here).

Since there's so much going on with the colors and the print and the vest, I kept my jewelry light and low-key.  I thought a necklace or a cocktail ring would overwhelm the look and send it overboard, so I just stacked two basic rings and called it a day.  I was so comfortable in this outfit- it was figure flattering without being restrictive, light enough for the warm weather, and colorful to the point of elevating my mood.  More days like this one, please.

High: Spending the afternoon at the bookstore with Ben and stumbling across a new piece of fiction that I'll be starting tonight (as soon as I hit publish here).  The anticipation of beginning a new book is almost as pleasurable as reading the book itself.  It's that sense that anything can and will happen between those pages, and the promise of escape into another reality, and the gamble that the whole novel could be crap OR it could be your next favorite-book-ever.  So much potential lies beneath the cover of a brand new (to you) book- even more so when it's bought on a whim, completely uninformed and based solely on judgments made by the cover (which we all know is something that you're never supposed to do).
Low: Not getting a package that I've been expecting to come through the mail.  It should have been here today according to the tracker and yet it never showed up.  I'd expect it tomorrow but since I'm having it delivered at work I have to wait for Monday before I can get it.  Boo to delayed gratification.  I've waited long enough- this is both the delight and the drawback of ordering on-line.