Winter Georgia?

Friday, January 31, 2014

So by now I'm sure you've heard about the Snow-pocalypse that occurred over the past few days. I continuously doubted that I would see snow since Georgia generally has one season: HOT.

For most people this type of weather wouldn't be a big deal, but for this little Georgia peach it was a huge deal!  It hasn't snowed in my home-town since Michael and I have been together so it was a good reason to miss work, and it was a fun new 'first' that Michael and I got to experience! Trust me, it's rare to have a new first this late in a relationship, and we both had been waiting for it to snow in Augusta. 

The first night it snowed I was definitely unprepared! Being my normal skeptical self I wasn't prepared to spend long periods of time outside. As usual, I was wearing a floral dress, light cardigan and heels.  The next day I was determined to be fully prepared for this "blizzard" as us Southerners considered it.

On Wednesday I made sure to dress a lot more seasonally appropriate, because I knew I had a long day ahead of me!  I started the day walking with Michael to my favourite coffee shop.  Luckily, for me it is only about a mile from my house and we were their first customers of the day....I wonder why. One of my favourite things about the snow was walking in the snow.  It was such a fun new experience for me, and I'm sure if it snowed more often I'd hate it, but it was such a novel experience. Not to mention the snow made the scenery so beautiful!

On Wednesday, my snow outfit consisted of layers on layers on layers. I definitely learned that you can never wear too many layers when you plan on being outside. I was able to wear my Ravenclaw scarf, which was exciting considering it hardly gets cold enough to wear. Michael wore his Slytherin scarf to show people our inter-house love. For the rest of my ensemble I went with tights and leggings under my dress, because I still had to continue my "no-pants" tradition. The peacoat and boots also helped to keep me warm. The one thing I was lacking? Gloves.  They never tell you that building snow-men is a dangerous sport especially for my poor little fingers!

Overall, I loved my snow days! They were a great time to catch up with good friends over hot coco and have a rare snow-y adventure.

Are you used to this type of weather or was it a treat for you too? What did you do on your snow day? 

Traveling Junebugs: From Coast to Coast

Monday, January 27, 2014

This edition of Traveling Junebugs sadly doesn't feature both Junebugs!

As many of you know I won Modcloth's Snapshot-To-Studio contest, and last week I flew out to Los Angeles to have a photoshoot!
Many of you have asked me about this fun time on my Instagram so I thought I'd share a little about my trip!

I flew from my hometown in Augusta last Tuesday and 7 hours later landed in sunny California.  After settling into my hotel I went to sleep, because I had to be up at 3:30 a.m. the next day. SO EARLY.  This day I didn't have a shoot, but instead I got to see what all went into making a photoshoot successful, and let me say, there is a lot that goes into the final product! It was nice seeing everything, and it made me a little less anxious about my shoot!

That night I went to dinner with two lovely ladies who work at Modcloth, Helena and Kelly.  I had followed both of the gals on Instagram for a while, and it was incredible to get to see them face to face!
Thursday was my big day!  It luckily started a little later around 8 a.m!  First thing that I did was get my hair and make-up done. My make-up and hair for the first half were very vintage inspired!  Beautiful waves and red lips! If only I could make myself look like this every morning!  Next, I sorted through beautiful clothes racks to find pieces that exemplified my style!  This was so fun for me, because it was like shopping through someone else's amazing closet!

After getting my hair and make-up done I began my shoot!  Everyone was extremely sweet and reassuring, and it made me feel so lucky and comfortable.

The biggest surprise of the trip was when I got to meet a very familiar face!  I met Susan Koger the Co-Founder of Modcloth, and someone who has always been an inspiration to me!  I can honestly say I held back tears, and my excitement as to not scare her!

Behind the scenes of my first outfit! 
The shoot seemed to fly by! Although, I definitely don't consider myself a model being pampered and having all eyes on me definitely made me feel like a model!

I don't want to spoil any of the final material that Modcloth decides to use, but I wanted to share some behind the scenes pictures with you! In total, I modeled 5 different looks so this just gives you a sneak peak into two of those looks, both of which are available on Modcloth's website!

For more pictures and information make sure to check out my Instagram, and keep an eye out for me on Modcloth's page!

I can honestly say this was a dream come true for me!
What would your dream trip be? 

Outfits worn in this post can be seen below:

Closet Essentials:
Petti-post, A Guide to Picking the Perfect Petticoat

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Excuse the mirror selfie, but Amelia and I have been getting lots of questions on Instagram for a while now about if we wear a petticoat/what kind of petticoat we wear.   Well let me tell you, yes we wear petticoats and to me they're like hair: the BIGGER the better (it's one of those Steel Magnolia, the bigger the hair, the closer to God, southern things).  That being said, I thought I'd write reviews about all of the petticoats I own and tell a little bit about them.  I'm including photos of me wearing them with a circle skirt to give an idea about length, fullness, etc. Note, I'm a little lady (5 feet tall little) so I'm going to try to give pretty specific detail about length.

American Apparel Multi-Layered Reversible Petticoat: This was my first petticoat. I love that there's a pretty large selection of colors to choose from, but if you're trying to add fullness to a tea-length circle skirt or dress, this probably isn't the petticoat for you. It looks great when you're standing still, but then you realize when you walk, the top half of your skirt is full and the bottom is totally flat... awkward. Again, I'm 5 feet tall, so for me to say it's too short... it's short. To the right is a photo of me wearing it to show length, it's above my knees.  On the brightside, it's not itchy, which is saying something for a petticoat.

 American Apparel Petticoat Slip Skirt: Because I liked the fabric of the shorter American Apparel petticoat so much, I thought I'd try the longer one. I'm also a sucker for ballet pink; not only is it cute, but it doesn't show through when worn under lighter colored items.  Sadly, while this one was long enough, it provided almost no fullness to my dresses and skirts which was a total bummer.  I think including the word petticoat and the word slip in the name of the same item, is an oxymoron.  It's definitely more of a slip and. I wouldn't recommend it as a petticoat.

In a desperate attempt to insure that I didn't waste money on two petticoats I wasn't happy with, I layered the short one under the long one.. to the left no petticoat, to the right the two layered.

The long petticoat actually hid the awkward lines of the short one and provided additional fullness once pushed out by the shorter petticoat! This is still my go-to way to petticoat an A-line dress or circle skirt: it's light colored, not itchy and provides a perfect and flattering amount of fullness. The only downside, is in the summer it's a bit hot.

Pinup Girl Clothing White Canvas Underskirt: I like to try new things so when I saw that this underskirt was $36 and had promising "before and after" photos under an A-line dress on PUG's website, I figured, why not? I will admit, I was a bit letdown.  I ordered a S/M (it only comes in two sizes) and it was almost too small (I have a 26 in waist which 99.9% of the time, is a medium.) Basically, I was constantly paranoid that I looked like I had muffin top because of the elastic waistband + weird sizing combo. Also, it oddly provided almost no fullness to my skirts + dresses, and when I could get it to give some fullness, I was constantly having to fiddle with it and puff it back up, because it got smooshed under the weight of my skirts and dresses. This is weird because a lot of my clothing is made by PUG and their stuff is a pretty thick/dense fabric.  Maybe I would've been happier if I'd sized up? But I don't want to spend the money on another to find out.

Hell Bunny Va Va Voluminous Petticoat (short): My first experience with Hell Bunny petticoats was trying on Amelia's 24 inch one (it's referred to now as the "long" Hell Bunny petticoat), we literally laughed at how ridiculously long it was: IT HIT MY ANKLES.  It was also really long on Amelia and she's 5'7", needless to say, she returned it. We saw Modcloth post the shorter version which was 20.5 inches and I wouldn't have purchased it if I hadn't had a store credit, but we were curious, so I did.  Well, I'm so glad I bought it.  While it's still longer than most petticoats, it's not so long that it's hanging below my hemlines (this is a preference thing, I know some ladies want their petticoats to show, but I consider it an "undergarment").  It also provides a dramatic amount of fullness even to my circle skirts made of a thicker/heavier material, like the Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny SkirtIf I had to recommend any petticoat in this post where you'd get the most for your money and love the result, this would be my recommendation (white isn't the only color option). I will say, it's a bit itchy and sometimes hard to sit on, but you're also not having to layer multiple items like the American Apparel ones I recommended above, so it's cooler in the summer.  I also think it provides a slightly better shape. Remember, the 20.5 inch one not the 24 inch one.

Do you ladies wear a petticoat?  Do you love one I haven't mentioned?
(Below are some of the items worn in this post)

Wedding Bells:
Amelia and Michael's Very Potter Proposal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"You are protected, in short, by your ability to love"

I don't know if people truly realize how much I love Harry Potter, but I'd just like to preface this by saying that Harry Potter has defined me as a person for 14 years now. I have Harry Potter tattoos, a wand collection and season passes to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

So, I'll go ahead and admit that I am an extremely gullible lady. Michael and I had planned a trip to go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in Orlando or at least that is what I thought!  

So, our day started pretty normal.  We went to the theme park and rode the main Harry Potter ride, the Forbidden Journey.  After that Michael suggested we go to Ollivanders.  Now, I didn't want to go to Ollivanders, because I've gone a few times and I NEVER GET PICKED.  So I hesitated and decided that sure we could do it.  I'm so glad that I didn't go with the idea, and ruin Michael's plan. 

As usual, I don't get picked for the "experience" of the wand choosing me, but afterwards Michael suggested that I take a picture with Ollivander. This is when he got down on one knee, and anxiously asked me to marry him and put the most beautiful pearl ring on my finger!  I have been telling Michael since we started dating that if he didn't propose to me with a pearl ring I'd say "no". So I was extremely happy that he had picked out perfect ring...just a few sizes to big at first.

What I thought would just be a fun time riding roller-coasters, and drinking butterbeer turned into the most eventful vacation that I've ever had. I still can't believe that I'm lucky enough to be marrying my best friend...besides June. ha 

So, on October 20, 2012 I had a "Very Potter Proposal" in Hogsmeade, and I couldn't picture anything better!  For two Harry Potter nerds this was the ultimate proposal, and for me it was a complete dream come true!  Michael and I love Harry Potter so much that we are having a Harry Potter Wedding coming soon! 

Here is a video of Michael proposing...I muted the sound, because I sounded like a crazed hyena crying non-stop, but for a room with no lighting I think it's pretty decent, and to hear me talk about my proposal click here.
What would your dream proposal be? 

Wedding Bells:
Collin + June's Proposal, For the Girl Who Waited

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


So, my spider senses had been tingling around the time of my proposal. Collin used to book shows/tour in a band and hadn't done either in a long time but out of no where, he decided to book a show.  He said it was his "Goodbye Show" because he moved to Nashville but neither of us had lived in Augusta, our hometown, in years so it seemed a little weird... Michael (Amelia's fiancee) knew, but Amelia and I had no idea: me because I was the proposee and Amelia because she is a terrible secret keeper (as am I).  Here is a little bit about that day.  Collin + I were in town for the show, so of course the majority of our time was spent with our favorite people: Amelia + Michael.  We started out the day with coffee and planning for our future trip  to Universal Studios (which later actually happened and can be seen here.)

We wandered around grabbed coffee, made our way to a favorite restaurant  and here is the really ironic part: the pearl had fallen out of Amelia's engagement ring, so we ended up in a jewelry shop to get it repaired (Collin already had my ring) so we're walking around looking at engagement rings and then we bought ourselves these beautiful ring pops, which we modeled, unknowinglyThis is some Alanis Morrisette type irony.

We went record shopping after this, but for the length of the post lets fast forward to the good part! Collin plays an entire set (a lot of the songs about me, our break up 7 years ago, etc. but the songs tug at my heart strings and are incredibly sweet.) Then he ends the set with our song: Spitalfield - I Love the Way She Says L.A.  Towards the middle of the song, the room full of friends+family started shifting and by the end of the song, I realized there was a little circle with only Collin and I inside. I wish I could say I knew what was going on at this point, but I honestly didn't... I just thought he was being sweet.  He got to "our part" in the song which is a line that says "and now you've got me thinking, and I really think it's true, the sun shines sometimes just for you" (he wrote it to me in a note in college to ask me on our first date, such a hopeless romantic) and he  ended the song early, flipped over his guitar and in lime green duck tape on the back were the words "Manda, will you marry me?" (he'd done this to me at a show years ago as a joke, more irony) and out of his pocket came a TARDIS shaped ring box and inside it said "For the girl who waited..." (it took us 7 years of missed romance mishaps to get back together, so it was appropriate. In addition, Hello Amy Pond reference) and had my beautiful 40s estate ring! I. D-I-E-D.

I couldn't be happier about the people that were there to share this with us, how lucky we are that room full of amazing people captured this for us in photos and on video and for my incredibly sweet and thoughtful fiancee who organized an entire show and thought up every detail; I couldn't have dreamed up something better.

Amelia and I were so excited to share these stories with y'all, we felt it appropriate since Amelia's wedding is coming up in March and mine in September. Amelia will be sharing her amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter proposal in our next post. Say hello to the start of  wedding spam! We promise we won't overdo it!

Tell us about your proposal! Did you see it coming?
Or, dream proposals, anyone? We'd love to hear!

Outfit Post: Is it Summer, yet?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Today, I'm sharing my very much Summer inspired outfit! I don't know about y'all, but this is one little lady who absolutely hates the cold weather. So even though I hate the cold weather it seems like I'm always dressed a little seasonally inappropriate (this phrase is one coined by Miss June xo).

Right before these pictures were taken I may or may not have locked Michael and I out of the 
house...oops.  So although, I wanted it to be Summer it was definitely not a good idea to spend that much time outside.

So here is my Summer inspired look for today:

Ignore that deceiving sun, because today was just as cold as ever! My outfit for today features a red and white polka dot top from Pacsun(at this point it's a few years old), a Hell Bunny white floral circle skirt, a vintage carpet bag that June bought me for my Birthday last year, and lastly some leopard print shoes from Target. 

My everyday accessories include my daisy hair clip, and also my pearl necklace.  I wear these two accessories almost every day, because I think they really bring everything together.  Not to mention, my daisy makes every day seem a little bit more like Summer.

My favourite details of today outfit are definitely my leopard shoes and carpet bag.  I chose leopard shoes, because they aren't expected.  Plus, who doesn't like leopard print? ;)

The carpet bag is definitely the nicest purse I own.  It's from Sweet Ludie's Vintage, which I blogged about here. It's no surprise that I love floral prints, and this one features a floral print, and it's fairly large for a vintage bag!

My outfit today exemplifies some of my favourite things about Summer including halter tops, floral patterns and a surprising lack of layers.

What is your favourite piece of clothing? 
What clothing items remind you of Summer?

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Things We Love #3

Friday, January 17, 2014

1. Mary Jane Kitten Heels: These little tan heels by Qupid are an amazing vintage-inspired staple shoe and they're so cheap!  I bought them in green last month to go with my Christmas dress, and now I'm addicted (I feel like I need them in every color!)  Bonus: they arrived really quickly!  I recommend these to anyone needing solid color, vintage-inspired shoes. Additional bonus: they're plain so they go with heavily patterned items quite well!

2. Birdie Dress in Mustard and Purple Floral: I seriously can't snatch this dress up fast enough when Pinup Girl Clothing restocks it. I find myself lurking the site constantly for it.  It's absolutely beautiful.  They also use this fabric in a halter style dress, but I'm not a big fan of halters.  So I'll be over here biding my time until this one restocks!

3. Tattooed Lady Leg Brooch: This amazing leg brooch by Yukitten'me sort of made me giggle, then I realized I loved it.  One of my favorite brooch makers, Luxulite, posted this last Novelty Brooch Friday on Instagram and I know I had to have it.  1) I'm addicted to brooches 2) It's just the right amount of kitsch.  Who doesn't love kitsch?!  Update: I have a problem and purchased this brooch before even posting this.  It's en route... it will be marvelous.

4. I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated:  I think the title alone will make any girl with a history of dating alternative guys laugh internally (or externally depending on how bad your dating history has been... I laughed externally haha).  Several of the reviews I read actually referred to this book as the female's version of High Fidelity.  The author, Julie Klausner, has written for The New York Times and Saturday Night Live (umm, great combo!) I like to throw comical reads in between all the serious ones I gravitate towards, so this has been added to my "to read" list!

5. Made to Measure Bracelet:  I was lurking Modcloth's newly posted accessories when I came across this and died. I'm guilty of an attempt to make jewelry out of measuring tape before.... and it was a DIY-disaster. I think this bracelet is a little expensive (perhaps that's because I'm unrelentingly cheap when it comes to jewelry), but it's a measuring tape bracelet, so it's basically perfect!  I'm crossing my fingers and waiting on a sale!

6. Gold Glitter Josephine Purse: The only reason I haven't purchased this bag yet, is because Pinup Girl Clothing's shipping is a little pricey, so I like to order several things to take advantage of the free shipping (and they haven't had anything I want in stock). Amelia has been eying the multicolor glitter version of the bag and we think they're JUST big enough to fit a book, a makeup bag and a wallet... which is PERFECT! Finding a cute, big purse to fit our style has been pretty difficult, so I hope they don't run out of these while I'm waiting on them to restock some other things.

What are some of the things you love?
What's on your "wishlist?"

Vintage Adventures:
Mema Had One + Sweet Ludie's Vintage

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Photo Cred: AugustaGaLiving
So frequently we're asked an array of questions relating to our personal fashion, and where we buy our clothes. I don't make my own clothing so I'm always looking for affordable, quality vintage pieces. Vintage fashion in small-town Georgia is not always that easy to come by, and that is why Mema Had One is one of our absolute favourite places.

Mema Had One sells all kinds of vintage items ranging from furniture, kitchen supplies, records and my favourite thing: clothes.  The vintage clothing at Mema Had One is sold by a seller named, Sweet Ludie's Vintage.  
Sweet Ludie's Vintage is run by a mother and daughter who have absolutely spoiled me when it comes to amazing vintage finds. One of my favourite things about Sweet Ludie's is that they have a wide variety of clothing from different decades in many sizes. So whether I am in the mood to shop for vintage lingerie, hats, shoes,dress or simply dress patterns I can usually find something at Sweet Ludie's Vintage. Sadly, on my last shopping trip I was so caught up by the fabulous shoes that I found, that I forgot to take too many pictures.

Since I started shopping at Sweet Ludie's Vintage, I've found some of the most beautiful vintage pieces, and here are some of my favorite past finds:

 The outfit on the left is a two piece set in the most beautiful shades of orange, red and peach. When I saw this outfit, I sat in the dressing room until I decided whether or not I could buy it. I didn't want to get out of it.
The green dress is a perfect spring dress including matching belt and lovely peter pan collar.

The pink dress on the left is what I call my "Glinda" dress, because I feel like a good witch. The waist was measured at 24" so it fits just right, and the attached crinoline just adds to the beauty of this dress.
My last vintage purchase was these beautiful vintage 1950s Thom Brown shoes. They are lace up oxfords, and they may or may not make me feel like I'm going to a sock-hop.

Overall, shopping for vintage clothing is about having fun and stumbling upon awesome finds. I do indulge on online shopping often since it's more readily available, and I don't have to leave my bed. My favourite thing about shopping at Mema Had One is that I can have the adventure of shopping for vintage, and I don't have to worry about the hefty price tag that comes with a lot of vintage stores.

Where is your favourite place to shop?  Are you an online shopper or would you rather go hunt for it? 

Traveling Junebugs:
Junebugs Take Wizarding World, the WWOHP Edition

Sunday, January 12, 2014

These Junebugs are back from our trip to Florida/Universal Studios, which will now be referred to as Wizarding World (because that's the important part, right?!?!) and as promised, we're writing a little post about our travels!  This post was written by both of us, but you'll see little bold, parenthetical notations where we went back and inserted personalized comments by each of us about the trip. ; )

A couple days before our trip to Florida, June and her fiancée Collin came home to Augusta, Georgia to spend some time with family and so we could exchange Christmas gifts.  Our little group (Amelia + Michael & June + Collin) had been hoarding knick knacks for months.  The gift exchange included brooches + records + a comissioned painting (Amelia had a Doctor Who painting commissioned for me and I almost cried/died, but I wouldn't have regenerated... so I didn't. xoxo June) + candy + lots of stuff (June bought me the most amazing presents including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figure.  My nerd heart melted xo Amelia) because we overdid it and we're awful bloggers because we got too excited and forgot to take photos. HOWEVER, we did go on a sushi date afterward and we took some photos before that, it's quite obvious who was whose date.

 The next day we woke up S-O  E-A-R-L-Y at the urging of our fiancées, who enjoy watching us suffer (not really, but these Junebugs are not morning people) and started our 7 hour drive from the Peach State to the... Harry Potter State? (not what it's called?)  We also made an extra tourist-y stop at the Georgia/Florida line rest stop (aka the best rest area, because you can get free orange juice, duh. ha xo Amelia), where we were verbally accosted by a creepy dude shortly before capturing these very photos with the Florida sign.  We posted them on instagram and got very warm welcomes from many of you Floridians, thank you for those, we wish we could've seen some of you!

The rest of that day was spent in Downtown Disney, which was absolutely amazing.  We knew there was no way we could cram both parks into one visit, so this was an amazing way to experience a little bit of the Mouse (Not going to lie. The lack of Ariel merchandise made me sad. :( Amelia).  We watched Collin have kid-in-a-candy-store syndrome in the Vinylmation store, and then we wandered around and found a hot air balloon, and in lieu of taking a ride, we used it as a photo prop. WHICH WORKED JUST AS WELL BECAUSE WE'RE IN LOVE WITH THESE PHOTOS.

Our first day in the park was spent exploring WWOHP (it was my first time and I might've cried a little because I'm obsessed  xoxo June).  Of course we spent some time in Honeydukes, because what wizard wouldn't? (Honeydukes is always one of my main stops in Hogsmeeade. My sweet tooth lures me in xo Amelia) And Amelia bought June her very first Butterbeer. (I think I'm disgracing the true butterbeer connoisseurs by saying this, but I preferred the frozen over the iced. xoxo June).
The next day consisted entirely of Universal Studios, where we lucked into phenomenal weather and at some point our quest became eating a giant donut (clap clap clapclapclap xo Amelia) because Michael made it his goal of the day, which therefore meant it was also Collin's goal of the day.

We stopped by Mel's Drive-In as soon as we got to the park to explore and snap some photos, look at those dapper dudes (Collin was very un-stoked that he was the designated fanny pack caretaker.) 

Of course we rode everything once (my favorite rides overall were The Mummy and The Forbidden Journey xoxo June), the lines weren't anywhere near as bad as we were told they'd be.  We made a friend that put us in the express line twice in a row for Spiderman (as a Marvel nerd Spiderman is one of my favourite rides especially with all of Stan Lee's cameos xo Amelia) and another that showed us the secret playlist on Rip, Ride and Rocket who did the same thing and that was pretty amazing (who doesn't want to ride a crazy roller coaster twice in a row while secretly listening to Modest Mouse?!? xoxo June).  Also, we ran into Miss Monroe and she asked us to take photos with her, so maybe we should move to Florida and dress up and randomly wander around theme parks for tips.

Our last day in the park was spent making our rounds and visiting Wizarding World again so we could get a final Butterbeer and grab some last minute souvenirs.  Our last act of vacation-ing was stopping at a record store, Park Avenue, on our way out of Florida.

 These Junebugs (and fiancées) had an absolutely phenomenal trip and we can't wait for the next one together.  Remember Amelia winning that Snapshot to Studio Contest for Modcloth?!? Well, in a few weeks, she'll be taking off to California to takeover Modcloth, so look out for that as our next Traveling Junebugs post! How exciting!

Anyone planning any trips soon?  Did we forget to go anywhere? 
Any suggestions for our next trip? Let us know!

Closet Essentials: Circle Skirt Edition

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

top - (a Modcloth dress no longer in stock)
similar to this Mandie Bee Ella Top
shoes  - (older) Belk

If people asked me what one type of clothing I couldn't live without was... well I'd have a hard time answering. I have a few types of clothes that I consider Closet Essentials. I consider something a closet essential, when it becomes an item that I wear everyday (or almost everyday) no matter what the occasion is.  That being said, my first edition of Closet Essentials features: Circle Skirts.  One reason why I love circle skirts is because they create a lovely fit and flare shape that is associated with the 1950's.  Circle skirts are a favourite of mine for multiple reasons, and I'll explain why!

One thing I love about circle skirts is that they're long enough to wear to work, but they still look cute and not out-dated. I work in an office environment, so it was difficult finding a way to tweak my style to fit the slightly conservative environment. It's easy to keep my style consistent, because circle skirts allow me to dress modest at work.  Also, as you can see, they add a pop of color to outfits that otherwise can be a little plain. 

 Another thing that I love about circle skirts is that it's just as easy to dress them down!  One of my favourite looks is wearing t-shirts with circle skirts.  This is for multiple reasons, one I'm lazy, and two it gives me the ability to express myself.  This way I retain my love for band-t's but I still look put together.  This is one of the main benefits of circle skirts, in my opinion.  If I wore my Brand New t-shirt with jeans it may not look as put together, but I'm able to maintain my 1950's inspired style even if my t-shirt doesn't reflect that.
t-shirt - Brand New show in Cincinnati, OH;
skirt - Essential Elegance Skirt in Black
shoes - Irene Pump in Red

Finally, not only are circle skirts an easy thing to wear to complement a top, but they also bring their own fun!  Whether it be modern circle skirts or vintage circle skirts they often come in a huge variety of patterns!  I love that I've been able to find numerous circle skirts with different novelty patterns ranging from atomic print to hieroglyphics to flowers; my circle skirts definitely have personality.  This makes getting ready not only easy, but incredibly fun!  It's great finding new things to complement my novelty printed skirts.
top - similar to Scoop Neck Cami / Modcloth;
skirt Roses Are Radiant Skirt / Modcloth;
shoes - Irene Pump in Red / BAIT Footwear

top- (actually a bodysuit so it stays tucked in!)
My One and Only Bodysuit in Black c/o Modcloth
skirt - Sweet Ludie's Vintage in Augusta, GA
shoes - thrifted)

It's easy to just grab a circle skirt, and put it on and be ready for the day!  
Let me know your go-to closet essential!

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June's Little Home:
Our Mid Century Morbid Living Room Tour

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Because I'm spending a lazy Sunday sitting on the couch (pictured above), I thought I would write a little bit about this space because it's my favorite in our home.  I'd been planning my future living room for months when we started looking at houses and had been touring houses with that in mind, so when Collin and I found our home, I was ecstatic that it had a lot of what I wanted.  Upon moving in, the biggest problem we encountered was that we're both collectors of different things, so we couldn't decide what would go IN the living room without making it look like a cluttered nightmare.  After much debate and deciding that there was no way we could fit all of Collin's records and all of my books in one room we compromised: my books + his taxidermy. (Everyone say hi to my little Lady Thackery Binx peering 'round the corner!)

Instead of moving our old furniture, we sold a lot of it on Craigslist and almost broke even with what we got for it after buying the new furniture, which is awesome!  When people come visit, they always comment on how lucky we are that we have built-in bookshelves, but we actually ordered three of the same bookshelf from to store my books + knickknacks.  We just assembled them ourselves and anchored them to the wall.  Instead of moving our old couch, we sold it and found an amazing deal on the retro-esque green tufted one pictured and believe it or not, it's ACTUALLY comfortable (I sadly had to get rid of a vintage one in the move because Collin said it felt like sitting in a pit of despair).  We hunted down a new coffee table on Overstock to fit the decor and then to personalize the room a little, we decided we would each get our own chair, to be picked with no criticism/input from the other (this was hard because some of the chairs Collin liked... oh my).  After a little hunting, I chose an Eames rocker and Collin chose an orange leather recliner that I like to call "the Nickelodeon chair".

We didn't put the records in the room, but of course we still put a turntable in.  Collin picked this little teal cabinet from Target and we just bring records back and forth from the room that we keep them in (until they pile up all over the coffee table and have to be re-shelved, oops!).  To add something to that huge empty wall, Collin added a few of our not-so-alive pets: Edgar, horns, Archibald, Barnabas and Penelope.  Koa got stuck over by the prints I got Collin as a surprise from Parlor Tattoo Prints (they were more of the beginning of a series of bribes to convince him to move to Nashville from Atlanta but that's another story.) 

 Retrospectively, I think the most important decision we made was deciding against putting a TV in this room.  We wanted a room where we could have visitors and people could interact without that distraction.  We have one in our den, but not putting in our living room has been one of my favorite decisions (especially because the space gained by deciding against one leaves room for more books and knick knacks! Yessss!)

What have you done to personalize your living room?  Do you have any questions about where we got anything? I'd love to hear from you!