Saturday, April 30, 2016

What I Wore - Fur Coats and Old Lady Smell

Hello there!
I remember when I was a kid I wore fur coats (plural, there was more then one). I'm not talking about ones that actually fit me or ones that were faux fur, I am talking about giant, real fur, heavy, thrift shop coats that smelled like old lady. My mom let me pick out my own clothes from a very young age, which led to some weird questionable fashion choices on my part.

 Now I have a few nice (faux) furs that fit properly, all still from the the thrift shop and all still kind of smell like old lady, most of my clothes smell like old lady it is just something that comes with thrifted vintage. As I was going through my coats, getting ready to put them away for the season the thought of my childhood fur coat love came to mind. I loved those things so much, I must have gone through 3 or 4 different ones before I was a teenager. All of them were pretty well the same: Brown and kind of stripped, that really rough fur that cheap old fur coats have, they all came down to my ankles if not a bit longer, I could honestly have fit five of me in anyone of them they were so big and they all made me sneeze my head of because they were dusty and real fur. This was before I realized I was allergic to everything, I guess being allergic to cats should have been a good indication I was also allergic to other random animal fur.

I was an odd child to say the very least, but I'm an odd adult too so I guess somethings never change. Looking back I realize I went through a lot of really strange fashions when I was a kid, and looking in my closet now I realize I've gone back to a lot of those fashions now. Which isn't a bad thing really, I liked really old styles when I was little, I just didn't have as good a taste at the time, now I can actually pick out dresses and fur coats that look nice on me, I can wear the highly impractical shoes, I can wear hats that don't fall over my eyes (for the most part). I'm really thankful that mom let me wear pretty much anything my odd little self wanted because that really helped me shape the weird mishmash of styles I have today. My closet is filled with everything from Victorian inspired pieces, to vintage styles, to gothic, to modern and everything in between, It might look a little crazy to someone else, but it is totally 100% me. I'm an oddball and I love it!

These pictures are almost a month old and really have nothing to do with this post, but I took them and wanted to use them for something. I have definitely fallen out of practice with taking outfit photos, I think it's been nearly 2 years since I took any! So hopefully I can get back in the swing of it.
And yes, that is a babushka. I've had it since I was like 10, like I said most of my oddness has carried into my adult years. Oh well it looks cute!
Anyways that's enough of me rambling! Have a great day!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Apple Side Vintage is Now Reopen!

Hey there everyone!
I finally got my shop opened back up on Etsy. I am super excited about all the goodies I have to list. I only have a few listings up right now but over the coming weeks there will be lots more added!
Here is what I have up so far

Vintage Barbie Grand Piano Really Can Be Played

Well there is my first batch of listing up and ready to be sold. Just click on the link under each photo to go directly to the listing.
I am so excited to have my little shop back up and running! Make sure to check it out and favorite my shop for updates on when I post new things!
Have a great day!

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Mouse in the House

Well hi there
As I'm writing this it's 11 something at night and Sam and I just finished a major scrubbing of the kitchen. That was totally unplanned.
We were sitting in the living room watching tv when all of a sudden I hear an ever so soft little sound from the kitchen, I ignore it at first then it gets louder. I make Sam pause the show we're watching and we listen, "I think we have a mouse!" I say as I half push him off the couch. So he goes in and looks around as the scrunching sounds get louder. Finally he found it. We had part of a 12 pack of soda sitting on the floor under the table, you know the kind in the long cardboard boxes? It had some how gotten its self stuck in there.
Thank god for Sam, he was so calm about the whole thing, if it was me I would have been screaming. He covered the opening in the box with a piece of cardboard and brought it outside well I fumbled to get the door open for him. needless to say we won't be drinking that soda now.
So there we are at 9:30 at night, once the mouse is out of the house I spring into action in the kitchen. Doing the dishes in the sink, picking up any food related items that were out, tying to find where the darn thing came in, you get the idea. 
Now I don't want everyone to think our kitchen is a disaster, because it isn't. It did need a bit of tidying but it is fully sanitized. 
Growing up in the country I am fully used to the whole mouse thing. I grew up in a big drafty farm house, where getting a mouse in the house was almost a guaranty a few times a season. And no matter how many times it happened I still screamed bloody murder and freaked out.
But needles to say I'm used to it. And being totally honest I didn't do all the mouse proofing to the house I should have. I didn't really think of it for some reason. I guess since we hadn't seen any evidence I put it out of my head.
But oh well the kitchen is now sparkling clean and there are mouse traps all set out. And I will definitely not be letting dishes sit in the sink over night anymore. 
In the just over 2 months since we moved in we have gotten to go on plenty on plenty of homeowner adventures. The drains backing up two separate times, the smoke alarms all going off repeatedly at all hours of the day (the middle of the night most times) for no actual reason, and all manner of other little things. But with all the stuff we've had to deal with, good and bad, I wouldn't change a thing. I am always going to cherish these first few months in our house, because with every mini disaster, we've fixed it and then gotten to laugh about it. And at the end of the day that's all that matters, we get to be happy in our little home. And we get to grow as a couple and as individuals together. That is all I could ever ask for. I am happy with the perfectly imperfect life we are building. I could do with out the mice though haha.
Oh and heres a picture of Ollie, it has nothing to do with this post but I don't have any other pictures for it so here you go.

Well everyone, now that I've rambled about our crazy night I'm going to go and get comfy.
Thank you for reading and have a great night!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

End of the Year Life Update

Well hello there!
You know how I've said again and again (and again), that I was going to be better about blogging? Well I've failed at that. But here I am again with a new post, and to say again that I will be better about blogging, hopefully, we'll see.
My last post was almost a year ago I think... Oopsie.
Where to start, where to start. A lot and I mean a lot has happened in the last year. Starting with me and my boyfriend going on an epic (not really) search for an apartment. I could write a whole post about our apartment search and I probably will. We actually got interviewed in a newspaper article about our search, so if you want to see more about that you can HERE
After months of searching for an apartment we finally realized renting just wasn't in the cards for us and turned to buying. Us being long distance made it a touch hard to look at houses since we had to coordinate everything ahead of time and we could only get so many good chunks of time together to look since we both had to travel. 
But after spending a few weeks in Portland and looking tirelessly at houses at the end of the summer, we finally found one. Again, I will write a post about the story of finding our house at a later time.
And then finally after almost seven months of trying to find a place to live, we got to move in together. After nineteen months of being a long distance couple, we finally get to be together for good, it is positively amazing!

Well we were looking for houses at the end of summer Sam asked me to marry him! So not only did we get to move in to our new old house, we got to do it as an engaged couple! 
You won't see this little blog fill up with wedding plans though, don't worry. We haven't set a date yet and we aren't planning anything big. 
We're happy keeping it small because we have everything we could want right now, a little house to call our own, and a life to build together. 
2015 was a whirlwind. It held a lot of bad things, it was extremely stressful and emotionally draining, half the time nothing seemed to go as planned. But it was also filled with lots of good things, lots of happiness, and many new beginnings.

I don't really know what path this blog will take in 2016 so we'll have to see. I still want to post outfits and thrifting fun, but I think there may be more house things involved, and maybe more craft and diy posts, I don't really know yet. I've thought about maybe starting a new blog rather then continuing with this one but I just don't know. What do you think?

We'll see where it goes in the new year.
Also please ignore the lack of pictures in this post, and the fact that they are both cell phone pictures. My photo taking game has lapsed a little lately.
In any case thank you for reading and have a happy New Year!
Have a great day

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

'Cause We All Want Change

Hello all,
I've been listening to Never Shout Never's new album Recycled Youth - Vol. One On repeat since it came out a few days ago.
 (Photos circa 2010... I was a silly thing even then)

 I've been listening to Never Shout Never since I was 14... That was 7 years ago! The new album is some of their old songs revisited and re-imagined, and there is something so surreal and nostalgic about it. So many of these songs were and are so important to me, they played all through out my teenage years and still do play, maybe not as much as they did when I was 14 but when one comes on I can't help but smile. Hearing all these songs in a new state makes me realize how much I grew along with the music I listened to. When I was 14 I never in a million years would have listened to these songs in this new state, I liked the happy little ukulele emo pop that it was, I mean I still like that don't get me wrong, but I have a much deeper appreciation for this deeper more "adult" sound that this album has taken on.

I guess this album came out at the perfect time really, my 21st birthday is on the 2nd, just two weeks away now, and it's hitting me how much my life has changed, I am so far away from that 14 year old girl I was, but I am also very much still like her. I never intend to grow up so much that I lose sight of that 14 year old, I know I will always be silly and childlike, but I have grown up since then. This album reminds me of all the changes that have happened since I first heard the songs, and still how little some things have changed. I will still always fan girl a bit when my favorite bands come out with new things, I will still have all the dreams of a 14 year old because we should never grow up so much that we forget to dream like that. 
Do you still listen to any of your teenage favorite bands?
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I'm Baaackk!

Hello out there blogging world.
Well here we are 4 months after my last post, where I said I was going to blog more. Guess I dropped the ball on that one, oopsie. But here I am again to say, I am going to try, and feel free to pester me in the comments if I don't get back to it soon. 
Right now my darling boyfriend Sam is here with me staying for the month. We're in the middle of a blizzard right now and let's be honest for a minute here. Winter sucks, majorly majorly sucks. The storm isn't even over yet and there's a drift halfway up the kitchen window and climbing, I doubt by the end of the night we'll be able to see out the window at all haha. 

But anyways enough about the doom and gloom that is winter, lets talk about the doom and gloom that was this last Friday the 13th! 
As I said my boyfriend is here right now so we decided to do a little creepy Friday the 13th/Valentines day photo shoot for some fun and I thought I'd share some of my favorite ones here. 

Sorry this post is so photo heavy I just really loved these. We even managed to get Ollie in on the act and his face in that last photo is just so perfect. 
My Sam just started up his own blog The Haunter is in so you should go check him out, for a touch more of the dark quirkiness. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines day and that the winter is treating you well so far. I will be back soon with another post. 
Until then, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Past Few Months

Hello out there blogging world, long time no see.
It has seriously been forever since I've looked at my poor little neglected blog, and I feel awful about that. I love the blogging world, I love being a part of it. And I know I've said this before but I mean it this time I am honestly going to try and get back in the swing of things here.
Many bloggers intentionally take breaks from blogging, my brake was not fully intentional, it was for a little while, like the first month was moderately on purpose. But then that month passed and then another and another, and the longer I went without posting the harder it was to get back to it. And it certainly hasn't helped that the last 8 months have been crazy and have turned my life upside down and backwards, making me face situations that have changed nearly everything about my life. 

So where do I even start to explain all the events that have transpired? 
In one day at the end of April my life changed forever, everything turned upside down. My step fathers 93 year old uncle passed away. Now this even of it's  self doesn't seem like it would turn everything upside down to the average person, yes it was very sad, yes he is greatly missed by the community. But he was also in his 90s so it didn't come as to much of a shock to most. He lived with my 85 year old step grandmother, and after he passed everyone knew that she couldn't be all alone in that big house. So my mom and step dad moved in with her, and that threw me into living on my own for the first time in my life. Now most 20 year olds would be jumping for joy to basically be given a house, but I'm not most 20 year olds. When I thought of living on my own I thought of moving into an apartment in a nice little city or town, not a farm house in the middle of nowhere. But I can't complain to much, it's a house and it's mine. Yes it's not an ideal situation, yes it can be very lonely at times, and yes it has been a very big adjustment, but it could be much worse. It's been 6 months now of living alone, and so far I'm doing okay with it. It has been an emotional struggle at times, but I am coming to grips with it. 

After all that happened and the initial craziness was was over, I tried for most of the summer to find a job, with no success. I put out an application at nearly every place around, even Mcdonald's, and I didn't get even a call back from any of them. And most of them point blank said that because I don't have previous job experience they won't hire me. How exactly am I supposed to get experience if I can't get a job? This is my third year of trying to find a job with no luck. At this point I am pretty sure no one in this area will ever hire me. But we'll see I guess.

Over the summer there were other hiccups, my car died one day when I was out yard saling and I haven't been able to replace it yet, luckily I can usually borrow moms car when ever I need it. Nearly the whole county was out of power for a week after a bad storm. I've run into household problems that I had to learn to deal with, Just to name a few.

But this post isn't all doom and gloom. I have also had some very very good and wonderful things happen this year. In February My boyfriend Sam, asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes. We've been together for nearly 8 months now. He has helped me get through all of these hard times and made me smile more then I ever knew possible. He lives in Massachusetts, so right now it is long distance. I know most people really won't understand that, yes it's hard, it has challenges, but we face them together and it makes us a stronger couple. I plan on doing a post about how we handle the distance at some point soon. 
In September, we got to spend a week together, and it was simply one of the best weeks of my life, and I can't wait until our next visit.

The last few months have changed my life very dramatically. It has been a whirlwind of things, and I'm sure it's not anywhere near calm yet. But that's just life sometimes, things have to be turned upside down before they can be put back in order. 

So that has been my life during my break in blogging. And now I am truly ready to start again. it might take me awhile to get back fully into it, but I'm sure going to try!
Have a wonderful day and thank you for reading.
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