Sunday, September 7, 2014

Big Love Fest

It has come to my attention that I have basically stopped taking pics of most of the things we do.  However, the X-man takes pics all the time, of everywhere we go, and everything we do.  He puts it all on Facebook.  If you are friends with the X-man on Facebook then you know EVERYTHING.  His Facebook is a better blog than my blog.  Basically, I swipe pics from him to make posts.

Asheville has a million festivals.  They are all pretty fun.  This is one we went to with art, music, and food called the Big Love Fest. 

I actually found a vintage dress here!!!  I bought it, but it was too big.  That almost NEVER happens.
It's a blue 50s/60s brocade one.  Has some flaws, but I am not the type to care as long as it's not on some really inopportune spot.  X-man was like, "Isn't that one almost just like the other one?"
YES. It is.  Because I like blue and I like brocade.  Too bad it don't work.  Now listed here.

I was really happy that morning because I finally bleached my roots.  I traded a vintage dress for this handmade necklace.  My dress is from T@rget.  Years ago.  I actually bought it when I was pregnant with Girl London and could in no way fit into it.  Eventually I got to wear it.  Here I am squeezing into it again!!  It's really sturdy and well-made.  One of those special collections.  I got it on major clearance.  I don't buy clothes from there anymore, but I do not regret this purchase at all. 

Lovely dirty mirror selfie so you can actually see it.  Probably need to take some cleaner to this stat.

Hooking up to Patti's Visible Monday.  C u there!

Love & light,
<3 <3 <3

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Some faves

Going to talk about a few favorites.

This here is one of my favorite dresses.  It's a little 60s Liberty Circle dress I bought off Etsy a few years ago for about $16.

Wearing with some of my fav pieces of bling, including the bastard massive cuff for Vix!

More fav things!!
Last Sunday I had a friend and her family from high school that I haven't seen since high school come to Asheville for a little visit and vacay.  Used to call her Little Lisa because she is such a tiny little thing and I've talked about her here when she was running her company...  Now, she is doing incredible things.  I'm so happy for her.

The X-man, Little Lisa, Me!!!!!!
It also happened to be our 20 year high school reunion---perfection.

Her husband and kids are awesome and our kids had the best time. EVER.

Her 2 beautiful boyzzz + my two beautiful girlzzz = 22222222222 much fun!

They stayed for several days in our little guest house and we hiked and explored Asheville together.

That same weekend I also had another high school friend pop into town with her family---no pics---but, it was sooooooooo great to see her.  Coincidently, our daughters were the same age and were pre-school friends and in the same Daisy Scout Troop, so Girl London was blowing up happy to see her Tampa friend in Asheville <3

I also went to a house party thrown by some friends of ours that also live in Asheville (and went to high school with the X-man and I in Tampa---LOTS of people from Florida here---they call us Floridiots! hahahaha) annnnnnnd ran into ANOTHER friend who was popping through town on her way from Denver back to Tampa.  
Used to party with this chica here back in the day and hadn't seen her face for about 15 years.  Nice :)

Ok, last one!  We also ran into X-man's best friend's little brother.  They moved to Charlotte recently and randomly popped up in Asheville after a hike and we got to hang with them downtown.  Probably hadn't seen these guys since Girl London was an infant and we used to do these monthly dinner parties--- unfortunately no pics. 

Another favorite thing I want to talk about is MY NEW FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH rn.

The Hazel Mill Amphitheatre.

I am drama crazy.  Can't act, don't want to act, but absolutely love live theatre.  You are allowed to bring chairs blankets, some people bring little tables, picnics, wine, beer...  No smoking tho!!  Although we are assured by the announcer before every performance that if Asheville takes a turn like Denver, that they might bend the 'no smoking' rule lolzzzzzz

It is run by the Montford Park Players, one of the longest running Shakespeare companies and GET THIS--- all summer performances are FREEEEEEEEEEEE!   It always starts at about 7:30 in the evening, so it quickly gets dark and I love it!!!  

Heaven, I tell ya'.  We've seen Taming of the Shrew (amazing--it was even better than the performance I saw at the Job Theatre in Tampa!) and Tartuffe (they decided to honor Moliere because they thought Shakespeare would approve.  I agree!!!  I had only read that play and it was so awesome to see it preformed).  Coriolanus is next.  It is rarely preformed so this should be a treat. 

The Players lent their theatre to The Fox & Beggar Theatre  earlier this year for the show Animalia that I have to say was literally one of the most magical performances I have ever seen.  It took you into the past/present/furure/dreaming/waking/death/love/magic/life...  If you click the link there is a little video, but really it was just this miracle of the moment that only live performance can reach.  It also had a live orchestra to accompany the show.  

So that was some faves of mine.
Trying to keep it positive because the news has been a downer lately and giving me a bit of anxiety ughhhh

Totally hooking up with Patti for Visible Monday!

Love & Light, 
<3 <3 <3 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dreamy Dresses

Hey all you bloggy babes!

I must say that Asheville summers are niiiiiice :D

Fact:  The X-man and I moved to Asheville w/o ever visiting, not even once.  We also picked our house online w/o seeing it in person.  We picked a new place to move using some personal criteria for our lifestyle and researched a bunch of places (Google street view was a HUGE help!!!) and ended up in Asheville.  People thought it sounded insane.  I just want to say that we are loving this city and I am so thankful for the internet for making it possible!

Ok.  I've discovered two awesome ladies who sell used & vintage clothes.
The first one is UrbanGypsyTrunkShow and she is a real hoot!  She does local pop up shops with music and hula hoops and all her stuff is usually between $4-10!!!!  I LOVEEEEE affordable vintage!

That's Girl London doing some hoops and the Urban Gypsy herself in the blue skirt in the tent.  She's so funny.  We've gone to two of the pop-ups and she was so friendly and outgoing and I was like, "Uggghhhhhhh duuuuuuuuh".  Has that ever happened to you???  I have these lovely moments of absolute social awkwardness and in my head I'm like, "What a great lady!!!!"

Anywho, I got the dress on the left below from her for $10.  It's a repro, but in the style I love and with peacocks in pattern.   Peacocks are awesome.  It's a little sheer so I have to wear the cotton slip I talked about in my last post here underneath it, which is great because it gives me reasons to wear it more often!  I've worn the dress a few times already, but haven't taken any pics.

Nowwwwwww, the dress on the right.  The one in front.  This is the real deal 60s 70s super soft cotton gauzy dress I've been dreaming of...  I have a couple of dresses that come close, including the one sold to me as vintage and shipped in the manufacturer's vacuum sealed plastic (this was no mistake),  and this 80s one, but this one ^^^^ is the dream one.

Bought this little baby from a shop that the X-man and I kept driving by and wanting to check out.


Obviously, we must go here!
There was usually a massive pile of stuff out front when we would drive by.  And the place would be closed.  And we'd be like, "Who would leave all this amazing stuff out front and just not be open?"  Then one day when we went back to try again, we met Angie, the owner and we understood.
She was "not open...." (long dramatic pause as she gazes out at us from a sort of make shift head wrap that she was holding draped across her face Princess Jazmine style) "but open".
Works for us!!!

Shop is chock full of goodies!  You can see her in the back hiding my dress.  I didn't have cash, so I actually had to leave to get cash and come back.  She was super nice.

Almost forgot to mention!!  When we came back to get the dress she gifted the X-man this vintage 60s picture he was drooling over:

He was sooooooo happy!!

Love & Light,
<3 <3 <3

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summah Readin'

I am a few weeks behind!!  Going to do a post anyway before I catch up.  Mainly because it involves a book going around, started by the amazing Jan at Fort Smith Stylista, that I need to talk about and get on to the next in line!

the thoughtful dresser by Linda Grant

Really liked the book!!!  Grants voice/writing style was very enjoyable to me.  She was funny and smart and had a good sense of humor.  I'm not going to give away all the deets, but she talks about fashion and basically why a lot of us really enjoy it.  Annnnnd how a big part of why some people put down fashion, particularly a woman's interest in fashion is basically based in misogyny.  

I need to find out who is next for this book and send it off!!  It's a great summer read :)  THANKS Jan for the rec!!!

My mom just came for her week long vacation and birthday visit and we had ridiculous amounts of fun.  So grateful for my mom.  

Now, a few quick posts.  I realized I haven't even really taken pics or shared some of my favorite items of clothing.  I got this sort of undergarment white cotton slip that I wear like a dress last summer on my New York trip from Artists & Flea.  

I rly love it!!  But, I am considering dyeing it blue...  I'm figuring I'll wait 'till I've completely stained it (bound to happen!) and then do it.  The biggest cuff from Queen Vix.  The fabulous short pink kimono is from Twice Round Vintage. That was the store I mentioned before that I wanted to keep to myself for awhile, maybe pretend I own it, possible move in and live there...  What I like about it, you ask????  Lots of fun vintage at AFFORDABLE prices!!!!!  Thank you very much!

Also, sometimes when it's rly hot I just wear crap like this:

Some thrift shop cheap Mango label dress that I don't even have to feel guilty about wiping my hands on if I want to...  

Also, Asheville is confusing in the summer.  I keep walking out to my backyard, but there is just a big garden and no swimming pool!?  Hmmph. 

P.S.  Those roots!  Need my hair did STAT!  Off to catch up with blogs!!!!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Special Delivery!!!

Soooo, I've been doing lots of stuff lately.  I can't tell you everything, because it would be just way too much blogging for me, so I will share some weird random moments.  The best kind, right!?

On a little trip my family took recently to Helen, GA., we found ourselves near Cleveland, GA.  Nine miles to be exact!  This is the home of the BabyLand General Hospital---where Cabbage Patch Kids are born.  

Here is Baby Dream and Girl London with my preggers sister-in-law.

The salon! 


Here is Baby Dream pulling a new baby right out of a cabbage patch.  

Now pay attention!!!!!  This is the MAGICAL TREE and special CABBAGE PATCH where a nurse assists births when you are there---it's a big production. 

Obviously, the girls adopted some kids...  Courtesy of Grandma.  Here is the family for the official ceremony and stuff.

There was this one doll who looked like she really needed a family.  I think she's been waiting a long time for someone to take her home :(

(She's actually wearing a pretty sweet vintage 70s Hang Ten tee and badass psychedelic print skirt.)

Nowwwwwwwww for a flashback!!!!  

I am originally from Atlanta and moved to Florida when I was about 12, but with so much of my family there, I ended up creepin' around GA a time or two.
My mom and dad had taken me to Babyland when I was a kid and one day when X-man and I were (most likely) on our way back home from Thanksgiving with my family in Helen...  I spotted BabyLand.   
I vaguely remember driving by and seeing the Babyland sign and being like, FUUUUUCK!  We must stop here!  You must witness this!! (It's free BTW.) 
And X-man being like whaaaaat????  (Because it's honestly hard to really understand until you go.)
It used to be different, less fancy, a little crappier, but still very magical!

Circa: 1993 or thereabouts 



Trust me, we could of NEVER predicted two decades and two kids later back at BabyLand!

I'll leave you with this: 

Love & Light, 
Yecchie Becky 
<3 <3 <3 

Friday, May 9, 2014

When u wear what u want

Some styles that I love are just not flattering on me...  The sort of big tent dresses and what-not.  Wearing them anyway!

Sitting on the swing we hung from a tree...  The neighbors house is behind me lolzzzzz  They get to witness my amazing modelling.  Lucky them, huh?

This was the sort of dress I wanted to buy when I purchased that overpriced one I talked about here, that wasn't even vintage :(
This one is 80s, I adore the glorious 60s and 70s versions, but they are rare and expensive.  I found this one at an inexpensive Downtown Vintage Market that is kind of awesome.  They even have a cafe and bar.
It's purplish, cotton, has an elephant/paisley/floral print and is thick enough so you can just wear it w/o worrying about being too sheer.  I love sheer, but it often means having to REALLY figure out proper undergarments to make it work.  So you don't get arrested or whatever.

But, like I said, this stuff is not really flattering for me.  Fuck flattering!

Here is a nice chunky rear view for you!

Also, this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vix is a vintage fairy making one of my vintage dreams come true!!!  I have ALWAYS wanted one of these bastard massive cuffs and she sent me one.  X-man loves it, Girl London tried to run off with it, because it's amazing.  THANK YOU!!!!

This is a vintage handbag that was handmade from some old super soft denim and embroidery.  It was an inexpensive Etsy purchase.  I really like it!

I am wearing a vintage shell necklace from Antique Addict.  One of the dopest vintage stores in Tampa with the nicest owner ever.  She's been there forever.  X-man and I would shop there as teens in high school.  She was always so sweet and encouraging when I started my own business.  Great lady, small biz owner, appreciates vintage, has so much knowledge, very kind and helpful---and has great clothes at great prices!!  I do miss her.

Kind of a crappy pic!  The other necklace is a hand carved coconut one from my first trip to Puerto Rico with the X-man...  Probably 15 or more years ago.

Anyway, lots of second-hand goodies here so linking up to Bella's SecondHandFirst!!

Love & Light,
<3 <3 <3

Monday, May 5, 2014

I know! Another waterfall!

This time we were at Catawba Falls.  I wore my kimono jacket from Marketplace Handwork of India.  They let me choose an item to review and I chose this cotton kimono jacket, sold here.  It is definitely my style with an Ikat-style print and it's cotton.  This is the sort of item I use all the time when it's hot---easier than sunscreen!  Just cover-up!  Annnnd when I go on hikes.  There is usually a break from the sun, but I use usually wear long sleeves or a lightweight jacket so I don't get as many scratches or close-encounters with critters.

Old hats, jeans/pants, and sneakers are usually the way I roll on hikes.  With a swimsuit underneath in case we end up somewhere where the water is irresistible.


I customized my jacket with this patch from Etsy store PhoenixCompost.  Super cool little shop with anarchist/feminists/environmentalists and what-have-u patches.  I also want to add a few studs to the sleeves, but I'm slow with projects.  I felt it was the perfect patch because it looks cool and MarketPlace of India is a fair trade company.  I've had lots of compliments already.
Hooking up to Patti's Visible Monday because we out here!

Love & Light,
<3 <3 <3