What I Wore // Cool Summer Days

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oh boy, we've been having some beautiful weather here in the Midwest. It almost feels like the fall weather is starting to set in, the days are less humid and it's been breezy and absolutely lovely. I've been enjoying this weather by taking advantage of my back yard and playing with the kids outside as much as I can. I've stated before that my mom style is something I want to share more of on the blog because as much as I love frilly frocks, they just aren't practical for my everyday life.
This outfit is something that I would typically wear while wrangling the kids and spending my day outside. I love the print on this blouse, it reminds me of vintage fabric and the color combination is right up my alley.
I paired it with my favorite purple suede bag that I picked up at Target a few seasons ago because the color was spot on and it's a little bohemian. Fringe on a bag always makes me happy.
 I added a few pops of turquoise with my nail polish, bracelet, and flats to break up the navy and well, because I pretty much wear some variation of turquoise pretty much every day. All in all I love this outfit because it makes me feel a tad dressed up but still comfy enough to tackle all of my daily mommy duties. Perfect on every level.
Shoes // Target (no longer available)
Earrings // Betsey Johnson
Blouse // Mossimo (no longer available)
Bracelet // Forever 21 (find something similar here)
Leggings// C/O Okay, Allison!
Bag // Target (no longer available)
What is your favorite thing to throw on when you're going for a casual look?

Pin-spiration// Poppy Power.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Are you ready to be inspired? I've been all about pops of red, dip dye, and poppy flowers over the past week so this pin-spiration round up is full of bright reds and happy florals. I got such a lovely response from my last few paintings and a lot of you wanted to purchase prints of my work so I created my first print to be sold and it is now up in my handmade etsy shop! I will be producing a limited number of this piece for the time being and I've already made a sale and shipped it out. Hooray! I will be working on a variety of prints to go in my handmade store as well as some crochet pieces so keep your eye out for a shop update in the future. Until then enjoy this round up of loveliness inspired by my first piece!

True Life: I have too many hobbies.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Yesterday I broke out some of my art supplies and started playing around with sketching and painting a little floral number for my daughter's room. I always forget how much I love to work with watercolors. After a crazy weekend it felt wonderful to relax and procrastinate a little. I've come to the conclusion that I have far to many creative hobbies and it's becoming more difficult to balance them all, or choose which project I would rather work on.
I've been crocheting up a few custom orders, trying to make a final decision for colors and products that will be featured in the handmade store, and trying to squeeze a few paintings and drawings in along the way. I'm not going to even discuss the several embroidery projects that are sitting around half done or the pile of fabric that is lying next to my sewing machine waiting to be loved. When will the madness end?
I have had a lot of interest in my paintings and have been asked quite alot if I will sell them in my Etsy shop or make custom orders, so what do you guys think?
Would you like to see prints of my work in my handmade store? What other subjects would you like to see me whip up?
If I can figure it out I may work on a series of paintings and turn them into prints and posters.
Let me know what you think!

ABM 30 Day Challenge // Week One.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Last week the lovely ladies over at A Beautiful Mess took to Instagram and challenged their followers and blog readers to a 30 day selfie challenge. Now, I know what you might be thinking, 30 days of looking at my own face on Instagram, how vain! I've seen this complaint a lot over the last week and I understand the reservations but I decided to take part and hopefully gain knowledge from the experience, I'm a glass half full kinda gal. I know that my photography skills can always be improved and my kids don't always like to be photographed so what better way than to practice on myself?
I've really enjoyed the challenge so far, it's been really stretching my brain and each day I find myself brainstorming ideas for my next picture. I've been trying to make my selfies as diverse and interesting as possible playing with different angles, lighting, and filters. The point of this challenge isn't to take a mirror shot of yourself every day for a month, it's to experiment and try something new. Of course I did get one in for good measure.
In the process I've used my actual camera a few times and it's made me a lot more confident with using a tripod, timer, and camera settings. I mostly photograph with my iPhone for blog posts and even my shop because it's always by my side and I'm confident using it in everyday life. I'm trying to stray away from my phone photography and focus more on taking better photos with the camera I have and this challenge has really helped me with that.
I hope that I can keep up with the challenge over the coming weeks and create something new and exciting each day so that my face doesn't get annoying on your Instagram feed and it will keep my feed looking natural and not like a shrine to my self. I'm not that obsessed with the way I look!
It's been great to be in front of the camera for a change, proof that I'm alive. I'm usually the one snapping away and documenting our lives so I'm never in photos anymore. I realized recently that there are albums on my computer full of holiday events and get togethers and I'm no where to be seen! Hopefully this challenge will change that for the better!
Are you taking part in the challenge? Let me know what you think of it so far!

Thrifty Thursday// Pyrex and Turquoise.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's Thrifty Thursday! It's been too long since I posted some of my lovely thrifted treasures with you all so I decided today was the day! I've been mostly thrifting for Pyrex, but in the last week or so I've found some great vintage housewares to add to my collection.
1.// While at the flea market I picked up these amazing diamond and star burst print bowls for a steal, they were a dollar a piece so I grabbed a few. I also stumbled upon this awesome atomic print planter, it was .50 cents and it looks so cute in my kitchen window! 2.// This Verde set is missing the 401, if you have one and want to get rid of it let me know! I found the set while at the thrift store across the street from my house for $10.00! What?!  3.// I've had my 343 Arches for some time now, so I was absolutely thrilled when my mom pulled the 344 out of my step-father's dad's house. It's perfectly minty and they display beautifully together! 4.// This turquoise enamel Club pot looks absolutely wonderful in my kitchen and was also a find from my mom, free stuff is the best stuff!

What have you been thrifting for lately? Do you have a goal when you thrift or do you pick up whatever catches your eye?


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

 Happy Tuesday lovely readers! I haven't done a Treasury Tuesday post in awhile so I whipped on up on Etsy to share with all of you. My treasury is mainly just a bunch of stuff I want in my house,  but it ended up with it's own theme so I'm going to run with it. It's no secret that turquoise and orange atomic pieces make my heart pitter patter and these pieces, new and old, are a great way to show that off in my home. I'm especially head over heals for the bullet planter, light bulb salt and pepper shakers, and that huge art piece! To check out all these pieces and shops head on over to my very Atomic Treasury and have a look!

Insta-lately // Adventureland.

Friday, July 12, 2013

This week was really spectacular! We had a bunch of adventures with the kids, I finally feel like things are getting back to normal, and my husband had a short work week so we got to spend more time as a family. 
Earlier this week we took the kids to a county park that we live near and we had a blast picking wild flowers, eating a picnic lunch, and playing on a tire swing. The kids had such a wonderful time and it was great to find a new place to explore. We will definitely be taking a lot more trips there, the kids never wanted to leave and I don't blame them!
 We also finally starting to unpack the final boxes and we started hanging things on the walls! I could not be more excited about that! I've been so eager to cover up these bare walls, I even whipped up my own wall art. I made a few little pieces to hang in our entry way, I'll have to show them off soon. I had forgotten how much I love to doodle. 
While I was in my artsy mood Marli and I decided to make a little house for her to play in. After a few hours and some challenging moments we created Marli's very own dream house. I'm going to be blogging all about it soon so keep an eye out! 
I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your weekend!

TILT // Paradise Edition!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Today's TILT post is like a mini destination vacation. I've been itching to go to the beach and take a little vacation from how hectic life is right now, but it's not really an option so packing my virtual suitcase for a make-believe vacation will have to due.. These pink and turquoise pieces are perfect for a late night beach stroll or dinner and cocktails with your honey bunny. Small bags and comfortable shoes are a must when you're on a vacation, you don't want to be uncomfortable hauling around all your junk with sore feet, you're supposed to be relaxing! Floral frocks, parrot studs, and huge sunglasses pull it all together for a very sixties tourist vibe, I can dig it.

Need a more little "vacation" time?
Drink // This Paloma cocktail sounds exactly like paradise to me. Whip up a batch and share them with your friends!

Make // This sunset themed manicure will have you feeling very tropical no matter where you are, check out the easy tutorial here!

Listen // The sweet sounds of Lana Del Rey will calm your nerves. Download Born To Die // Paradise Edition on ITunes and ride into the sunset.

Watch // The King himself soaking up the Hawaiian sun in Blue Hawaii and just picture yourself getting surf lessons from gorgeous 1961 Elvis Presley. Major Swoon Alert.

also check out:
// Bre from Peacoats and Plaid featured me on #womancrushwednesday check out who else was featured over on her blog!
 //This cute little drink umbrella DIY project from OH HAPPY DAY is simple and fun, stick one of these in your cocktail and you're ready to party!

What are some of you're favorite things this week?

Kitsch Krazy // Table Talk

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today's Kitsch Krazy is all about statement tables and my choices don't disappoint. Mid century furniture has such wonderful lines, fun shapes, and beautiful finishes that really make my heart swoon. Hair pin and tapered legs give such a modern and minimalist feel but can go great with all sorts of styles and tastes.
I always say, the crazier the better, so I love the more extreme shapes like the boomerang and kidney bean styles. The nesting tables shown below would be fabulous in just about every living room I've ever seen, so you don't have to live in a time capsule to incorporate great mid century pieces into your home. Here are some of my favorite mcm style tables available on Etsy!

One. // Two. // Three. // Four. // Five. // Six. 
Which style is your favorite?

Casual Sundae.

Earrings // Topshop
Blouse // Target
Loafers // Target

This weekend we had a little family barbeque so naturally I had to sport my favorite earrings, ice cream cones! I'm very much in the summer spirit so these earrings and fun floral loafers were perfect picks. I love fun accessories to jazz up a simple outfit like jeans and a blouse, I like to keep it casual and fun especially when I'm in mommy mode. Marli especially loved these earrings and even helped photograph them for the blog (that last one is hers)!

What are some of your favorite quirky and fun accessories?

also don't forget:
 // There are sponsorship spots still available for this month, grab um up while they're open!
// Gypsybeee Vintage will have it's grand re-opening tomorrow, look out for a promo code via twitter!
// Follow Gypsybeee via Bloglovin', an easy way to keep up on all of your favorite blogs!!

Back in Business!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

I've been working on a total shop overhaul for my vintage store Gypsybeee Vintage and it's time to re-open! I've been on vacation from both of my Etsy shops for a few months and I've used that time to restock and restyle the entire store! It's been a lot of work, but I'm finally ready to re-open and start selling vintage goodies again.
I will re-open on Wednesday, July 10th!
I have tons of fun vintage housewares and Pyrex available and I'll be adding to the inventory frequently. 
I've also been working on some wonderful things for the handmade shop so keep an eye out for more information on that in a later post.
I hope you guys had an awesome weekend!

Settling in.

Friday, July 5, 2013

  Today I thought I would share some of the progress we've made on our house in the last couple of weeks.
 It's starting to feel a lot more like home, but we still have a lot of small details to accomplish that will make it more complete. I cant with to start changing light fixtures, hanging pictures, laying down rugs, and putting little finishing touches on everything. It's really coming along beautifully and it's feeling much more "us" everyday.
 Our master bedroom is still lacking in wall art but it's pulling together well. I am so happy that I finally can appreciate those lovely mid century curtains and my beautiful new mid century bedroom set!
 I got much of my Pyrex and vintage kitchenware unpacked, rewashed, and up for display. They look much happier now that there is plenty of space for all my pieces. I still have room to grow, always a good thing.
My favorite thing about the kitchen is that awesome view, it actually encourages me to do the dishes.
The living room is looking pretty glorious, but still in need of a huge comfy furry area rug! We are still doing some painting down the hallway too but I love all of the colors together. We also bought the coolest IKEA light fixtures to replace all of the yuck brass ones everywhere.
After we get a little more accomplished I'll show you guys around again!
What is your favorite room in your own house?
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