2010

Another year is about to end and I have to say, I’m sad to see it go. Here are some of my top  memories from each month of 2010.

In January, I celebrated Elvis’ birthday with my man at Lee’s, went to the Best New Bands showcase at First Avenue (never miss this show!) and started early a.m. bootcamp with this girl. As it turned out, our trainer was a pathological liar/crazy person, but we didn’t know this until mid-February.

In February, Curan took me to see Mavis Staples at the Dakota, my brother and I went to Rhymesayers’ Benefit for Haiti fund-raiser and I ate insanely good pork rinds at Publican. (Go Bears!)

In March, my dearest friend in the entire world came to visit. (I miss you, Jessi!) Other things that happened in March: I started this blog & ate a damn good burger at House of Coates.

In April, I got really sick, but got better in time to see Charley Pride at Treasure Island. I also saw the Twins play at Target Field for the first time and hosted a clothing swap.

In May, I went to Canterbury to see the Derby and started hosting a weekly nacho night with my best girl friends. I. Love. Nachos.

June was a month full of music. P-Funk, Black Keys, Booker T & the MGs & last but not least, Tom Petty. I also started writing for Beauty Bets, inherited two vintage cameras and planted some veggies.

In July, Mary and I had a blast up north at my family’s cabin and then my sweetie’s beautiful daughter came to visit. On Bastille Day, we saw Chooglin’ play at Barbette and then bussed it down to Orchestra Hall to see America. The next week, Mary and I saw Neil Young. July was amazing.

In August, Jamie got hitched. It was a gorgeous wedding and a super fun night. Another big thing to happen in August? Rae and I started a business. Later in the month, my honey and I took our first vacation together. We went to Chicago to see The Stooges and honest to God, it was the most perfect weekend ever.

In September, I started working a ton on Mighty Swell. I went to Hank’s birthday party, saw Best Coast and Ludacris and went on a thrifting trip through Wisconsin. Curan and I also caught the tail end of the State Fair.

In October, Rae and I had our first pop-up sale! I judged the Drunken Spelling Bee with Mary and I started living on my own for the first time in goodness knows how long. We saw the Vaselines and I went thrifting a lot. This navy and red dress is a favorite Savers find from that month.

In November, I turned 28. I also saw Rev. Horton Heat with this awesome girl and went to a swanky fashion show with Mary. My man and I celebrated two years together with brunch here and drinks at Jimmy’s. We seem to wind up there whenever there’s a special occasion.

And last but not least, December! Rae and I put on our second pop-up, and it blizzard-ed. Jamie had her baby, and she is precious.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good year. I can’t wait for the adventures that 2011 is sure to bring!

I hope you all have wonderful nights!

xo,

Meghan

style magic: rosie the riveter

Although my tastes are inherently girly, with a capital G, lately I’ve been drawn to the practical fashions of WWII-era factory gals. You know, outfits a “Rosie the Riveter” type of gal would’ve worn. So when I read about the passing of Geraldine Doyle, whose face served as the model for the iconic “We Can Do It” poster, I figured today seems like a good time to dig up some inspiring images from that time.

What’s to love…

♥ overalls ♥ chambray ♥ ankle socks ♥ bandannas ♥ loafers ♥ denim ♥ red lipstick ♥ nice brows ♥ button downs ♥ utilitarian ♥ simple ♥ scarves ♥ jumpers ♥ functionality ♥

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Last but not least, here’s Geraldine Doyle when she was 17 years old. The photo was taken in 1942 at a metal pressing plant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Funny fact: Geraldine only worked in the factory for two weeks. She quit when she learned that that another woman had damaged her hands while using the presser, and “she feared that such an injury would prevent her from playing the cello,” her daughter said.

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This portrait was provided by Geraldine’s family. What a beauty.

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xo,

Meghan

 

how to: remove grease pencil markings

Hey sweethearts,

Today’s how-to is easy peasy, but it’s also super handy!

You’ll need: a bottle of 100-percent acetone (found with the nail polish remover) and cotton pads or a soft, clean rag

Step one: Dab a little acetone on your cotton or rag.

Step two: Give the markings a little rub and watch them vanish!

Annnnd, you’re done! This little trick works for taking grease pencil (also known as wax pencil) prices off the soles of thrifted shoes, glassware, you name it. USE CAUTION, however, when using acetone on painted surfaces, as it can also remove the paint, along with the wax. (Click here to read my post on how to clean vintage luggage.) Do NOT use acetone on finished wood.

I hope you all have lovely afternoons! I’m off to take a quick lunch-hour power walk with Finnie. It’s finally warmed up a bit here in Minneapolis, and I’m craving some fresh air and sunshine.

xo,

Meghan

mint

Hey all!

This afternoon, my pal Mary tipped me off that a shoot by Serah Star, featuring a sweet piece of vintage borrowed from yours truly, was online. The entire spread is so lovely, you must check it out.

The piece of lingerie I lent is sooooooo super pretty! It’s the perfect shade of mint green and it’s in fantastic shape, considering that it’s probably around 60 years old.

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Photography, Serah Star
Fashion Styling & Creative Direction, Hollie Mae Schultz
Hair & Makeup, Kate Erickson
Styling Assistant, AJ Lund
Model, Lindsey, Ignite Models

Thanks so much to Hollie Mae and AJ for paying me a visit and finding some pretty things to play with. Local stylists, take note: Rae and I and all our vintage are here for you!

I’m off to enjoy some pasta & red wine. Nighty night!

xo,

Meghan

 

 

 

thrifted gift: blue ridge china set

This Christmas, my mom gifted me one of her biggest thrift-store scores of 2010: A 57-piece set of blemish-free Blue Ridge china.

The pattern is Quaker Apple, which was produced in 1953 as part of a promotional deal Blue Ridge had with Quaker Oats. That year, housewives reaching into their box of oats were surprised with a full-sized china teacup featuring a hand-painted deep red apple and and trimmed in green. Encouraged by the ad on the back of the container saying “start your set now and save!,” homemakers built a collection of hand-painted ceramics $1.95 at a time.  A spoon rest, oatmeal bowl and bread plate today, a set of plates or a handful of soup bowls a few months down the line. Bit by bit, piece by piece.

A few years after this, Blue Ridge stopped producing china. The market had dwindled, drawn away by the lure of indestructible plastic dinnerware. Most larger pieces made after the ’30s have the Blue Ridge stamp. Some are numbered, most are not. Very limited collections of hand-signed pieces were also produced.

If you were wondering what 57 pieces of china looks like, this will give you some idea.

10 dinner plates, 10 saucers, eight small plates, seven fruit/dessert bowls, seven soup bowls, seven teacups, three various-sized platters, an oatmeal bowl, a sugar pot, a creamer, a spoon rest and a large salad bowl. Sweet, right? At first, I was a bit off-put by the “is that a teacher present?” vibe the apple was giving off. But once I started looking at the different pieces and noticed the one-of-a-kind-ness each one had, I fell a little bit in love. I think I’m going to use them everyday, since I’m definitely more of an “every day is an occasion” type of person.

I feel very lucky to have received such a surprising, sweet gift this year. (Thanks, Marmee!) I hope you all had very merry Christmas weekends, too. Did any of you get your socks knocked off by a gift, big or small, thrifted or not?

xo,

Meghan

 


 

Glory be, isn’t this the prettiest lake in the world?

Every time I visit home, I take a solo trip to the beach. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s 70° and sunny or 20° and icy, or if I spend an afternoon there or just half an hour…being by the water makes me feel sooooo gooooood. I don’t realize how much I miss living by a huge body of water until my feet are on the sand, and I’m just enchanted by the water, the waves and that sky.

Anyway, I hope you all had wonderful, joy-filled weekends. I’ll be back to regular posting soon. Now, though, it’s time to start tidying up my very messy house and readying myself for the work week…I have an extra special house guest coming in just a few short weeks and have *lots* to do before she arrives. Plus, welcoming the new year with a cleansed, pared down household just feels right.

xo,

Meghan

merry happy!

Hey lovelies!

Happy Christmas eve! I’m heading to Wisconsin for the weekend and I’m so excited to go home!!! But before I hit the road, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope Santa is good to you, and more importantly, that you get to enjoy lots of time relaxing with your loved ones.

To tie you over until I’m back…here’s a sweet little snapshot of Pattie Boyd taken on Christmas day in 1973 at Friar Park.

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xo,

Meghan

three months in the making

Hello there!

True story: I started making this garland in September. September people! My original plan was to make a bunch and use them to decorate Mighty Swell’s first storefront. And then I was going to make a bunch and sell them at our event in December. Oh silly me.

Anyway, just a mere three months after starting, I really did  finish one off this week and here she is. I think it’s a cute, cozy way to add a little pretty to anyplace that could use it. And, to be honest, pom poms just make me happy. I hung this first one up from my $5.99 photo line in my bedroom.

I can’t crochet to save my life (believe me, I have tried and FAILED!), so instead of crocheting a line to link the poms together, I just tied the yarn that loops the pom together attempting to make the spaces in between as even as possible. Tying them together went super fast. Untangling them after they accidentally got mussed up did not. Lesson learned.

I bought the yarn at thrifts and then found a couple big, one-pound skeins on sale at Michael’s. (The pom pom maker I used was a gift from Rae, and it is also thrifted.) You can find detailed how-tos on making various pompom garlands here, here and here. And my favorite instructions for making poms themselves is here, courtesy of HonestlyWTF. (God, I could spend ages on that site!)

Well, happy Christmas eve eve to you all! Tonight I’m celebrating with my man. We’ve got plans for a fancy homemade steak dinner complete with mashed potatoes, green beans and a Paula Deen cheesecake for dessert (recipe here). He splurged on some delicious cuts at our favorite meat market and I can’t wait to get cookin’. Yay date night!

xo,

Meghan