the beauty thrifter is in + a giveaway alert!

brushing out This week over on Beauty Bets, I had the privilege of working with Sally Beauty Supply to do a quick how-to featuring Ion products and tools. In it I share a new super-fast way to get “I just had my hair in braids all day waves” as well as some awesomely affordable Ion product picks. If that’s not enticement enough, there’s also a pretty rad BEACH VACATION giveaway going on in conjunction to the post. If I wasn’t disqualified from entering, believe me I’d be ALL OVER IT. My girl Bets has all the details…please do go check it out, enter and WIN.



Photo by: Sara Montour.

recently thrifted

I’ve been in a bit of bling-buying mood recently, which usually spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for my bank account. Instead of picking up the first sparkly thing that caught my eye at the thrifts (or 10 of them), I vowed to seek out well-made pieces that would fill a need in my collection and/or complement what I already have. Here are three of my favorite finds…

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset I’m planning on finding a longer, thinner chain for this silver and enamel eagle pendant ($15), but in the meantime, I’m wearing it as is. Like all the time. And I can’t even explain how delicate these shell earrings are ($10). Both were purchased from the lovely Holly at yesterdays’ Double Peace Studio’s pop-up.

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset It’s a rare day that I leave the house without a bracelet on. And on silver days, I’m most definitely wearing one of my beloved cuffs. When I spotted this beauty with abalone inlay ($12) at Second Début‘s St. Louis Park location, I had not choice but to snap it up.

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetP.S. Did you know that Second Début location has a vintage section? It does, and holy crap is it amazing! Not at all cheap, but definitely home to some top-quality stuff.



heads up: 4th of july thrift-store sales

tumblr_mpew4339f21rphtnfo1_500Hot damn, how is it possibly July 4th tomorrow? As per usual, summer is flying by, and I, for one, am not at all excited about that. This weekend, however, holds loads to be excited about, including a trip to the ball park, barbecues with friends, watermelon-rum slushies on the deck, hours of uninterrupted project time and duh, shopping mad thrift-store sales tomorrow! If you too, want to celebrate our nation’s b-day by saving some green, here’s a quick rundown of stores offering deals tomorrow.

Stock up on clothing at Salvation Army Family Stores because it’ll all be 50% off Friday, including fancy new Target swag in the basement of the downtown Minneapolis store. (Clothing at the by-the-pound store is not included in this sale.) Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and every location will be running their own in-store sales.

ARC’s Value Village is offering Village Rewards members 20 points for every $1 spent, and all locations are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Shoppers who visit Second Début tomorrow will save 25% on their purchases, including clothing, shoes and jewelry. Stores will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 Go crazy at Goodwill, where from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., almost everything in store is 50% off, including furniture. (A list of metro-area locations is here.)

Be safe and have fun this weekend, OK?



Photo c/o: Seattle Municipal Archive.

midweek melodies: independence day ditties

independence day On the eve of Independence Day, I thought it’d be good to share a little mix featuring a few of my favorite patriotic, old-country jams. Despite my disappointment by (and disillusionment with) the decision made by our highest court this week, it’s impossible to not feel a wave of national pride swell when I hear these songs. From Loretta Lynn’s “God Bless America Again” to Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag,” I picked the best of the best (available on Spotify, that is) to share with you today. I hope you enjoy!



P.S. If ushering in America’s birthday on the dance floor sounds like a good time, my favorite local honky-tonk band is the star of a Pre-Independence Day Texas Roadhouse party tonight. Fun starts at 7 p.m. and goes ’til 11 and entry is only $6!

clickin’ around, vol. 54

tumblr_n5y3f1rDaJ1rbqpjlo1_500 Class of ’21 entertains the graduating class of ’71 during commencement and reunion at Smith College via Vintage National Geographic. In case you, too, need a little light this week.

3 new takes on classic summer lemonade and summer salads made for toting. Who wants to picnic?

Poignant shots of modernist homes just prior to their demolition.

In defense of old-lady perfumes. Amen to all of this.

Really digging this #girlboss video series that’s going down over on Nasty Gal. Lots of inspiration and wisdom in those two-minute videos!

Last but not least, a candid interview with lil’ ol’ me re: my favorite local thrift stores and people I like on Twitter (and in real life).




how to: make a polka dot tablecloth

tableclothHi cutie pies, happy Monday! If you like polka dots as much as I do, hop over to Goodwill’s blog to see how I transformed a plain ‘ol thrifted sheet into a party-perfect tablecloth. Not only is it a completely customizable project, I love that you can wash and reuse it, unlike store-bought plastic or paper table coverings. A few basic supplies and a couple hours are all you need!



pinned it, made it: kentucky bourbon cake

Last night, I met up with a couple lovely ladies over a dinner of snacks to talk through an event idea I’ve been noodling. Aiming to impress, I dusted off my as-yet unused Bundt pan  with this bourbon-spiked baby in my sites. It’s from the fabulous book, Vintage Cakes, which I pinned here, where I store the brunt of my Bundt-obsession.

c585f3c6f5308f161ee752760b466b61Despite the fact that I ran out of cake flour, this cake turned out splendidly. Served with fresh strawberries and a little cava on the side, it was a fitting finale to a productive evening.

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Have you baked anything delicious lately? If so, lemme hear about it!