etsy finds: radiant orchid

pantone-color-of-the-year-2014-radiant-orchidReady or not, the new year is nearly here, and with the flipping of the calendar, comes a brand-new Color of the Year from our friends at Pantone. This year’s pick? Radiant Orchid, a variety of purple that hums with pink and grey undertones. While purple’s never topped my list of favorite colors, Radiant Orchid doesn’t bug me. So much so that just for fun, I pulled together collection of vintage prettiness from Etsy in 2014’s banner hue.

Etsy Finds: Orchid // High Plains ThrifterTOP: 1980s Ruffle Party Dress ($20), Lucite Heart Vase ($10), 1960s Belted Coat Dress ($64)

MIDDLE: 1940s Tap Pants ($35.15), Knitted Lace Curtain Panels ($25)

BOTTOM: Painting Idaho’s Snake River ($7)

Do you have feelings re: Radiant Orchid? Can you picture it in your rooms, wardrobes or  makeups bags this year?

xo,

Meghan

clickin’ around: vol. 42

I Don't Care About Your Diet Print - Hand-Illustrated

I am so totally buying this print to hang up in my office, available via this fantabulous Etsy shop.

My hon and I have been on a big “Three’s Company” kick lately, so this article, featuring the show’s lost pilot episode caught my attention. Can you imagine that show with a different theme song? Or worse yet, minus Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt?!

Last week, I had the pleasure of working with Sara Montour on a photo shoot and had to track down her blog the very next day. Such a talented young thing, and so nice to boot!

How to hide awkward bangs with a vintage curl: Totally bookmarking this for the next time I can’t squeeze in a bang trim (or botch them at home myself!).

Another motivating post by my friend Sarah of Yes & Yes, this time on the topic of money-saving and happiness.

Anyone who treasures vintage will appreciate Marianne’s post on the ’50s dress that started it all. I know the exact item that started my obsession—a pair of beaten-up Levi bell-bottoms my neighbor Sheila Brand loaned me when I was probably 11 or 12. They felt like butter and fit like a glove!

Serendipitous poetry” generated at random from New York Times’ feature stories. Unexpectedly brilliant!

Some interesting words of wisdom on what to wear to work.

And last but not least, three recipes I pinned, made and loved last month:
Baked Banana Blueberry Oatmeal; Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Golden Raisins, Candied Almonds and Harissa Dressing and Smoky Tomato Soup with Spinach and Olives.

xoxo,

Meghan

an ode to grandma’s dressing room

mary & haroldToday over on the Etsy blog, I shared a few pretty ideas for building a vintage-y vanity area, inspired by my beautiful Grandma Mary (pictured above) and the nook where she used to get ready. With inspiration coming equally from Naples, Florida, circa 1977, and femininity’s golden age of the 1940s and 1950s, the curated collections of dress, decor and details were SO fun to put together. If you have a minute, please do check it out!

xoxo,

Meghan

new year, new projects: decking out my office

I didn’t make any new years resolutions per se, but sprucing up my office is definitely a task I want to tackle this month. I’ve never had a cubicle job before last summer and I gotta be honest, it’s been an adjustment. Sitting still in one place and tap-tap-tapping for eight to nine hours is hard, but I’m set on making it a little easier this year by filling my space with things that are me. My eyes have been peeled for goodies at the thrift, but here are a few odds ‘n ends that’ve have caught my interest around the Internet.

magnetsMagnets!
1. Plastic Canvas Alphabet 2. Bruuuuuuuuce!  3. My daily dilemma 4. Vintage 1961 Scout Convertible (my dream car!) 5. Golden Girls Faces


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Prints!
1. Julia Child quote, designed by Rae Alexis 2. Why Not? Lino Print (I think this all. the. time!) 3. Cubicle Sweet Cubicle Counted Cross Stitch 4. Heavens to Betsy Gold Foil Print 5. Lady Juggler Mid-Century Modern Print

extrasExtras!
1. Vintage Pink Magazine Office File Organizer 2. Teak Desk Trays 3. Orange Scotch Tape Dispenser 4. Kitten Book Ends 5. Delfonics Pencils

What do you all surround yourself with to stay inspired? I’d love to hear!

xoxo,

Meghan

etsy find: the prettiest of slips

Can we take a break from our regularly scheduled Tuesday night activities to pause and appreciate how beautiful these repurposed vintage slips from Whimsy Time are?

:::pause:::

You’ll want to click the pics to jump to the listings if you’re at all like me and want to buy them all immediately. OK, I guess we can all go back to whatever we were doing. Which in my case, is making potato tacos and listening to reggae records.

xo,

Meghan

guest post: spring vegetable soup

Hey dearies, happy Monday!

I’m so lucky to have a handful of fabulous guest bloggers popping in throughout the week while I’m getting ready for Mighty Swell. To kick things off, here’s Libby, from one of my favorite daily reads, pinkshirtsandcarwrecks. Her veggie soup recipe is just the thing to get us all back to healthy, seasonal eating after a weekend full of Cadbury eggs and jelly beans. Don’t tell me I’m the only one with a sugar hangover! 

xo, Meghan

Hello everybody! I’m Libby from pinkshirtsandcarwrecks and am honored to help Meghan out while she gears up for Mighty Swell! I thought since spring is teasing us I’d help coax it along by making a fresh spring vegetable soup. Creamy Celery Soup is delicious and delicious, not to mention healthy! My version is adapted from this recipe from Martha Stewart. Here’s how to make it.
1. Wash and chop these vegetables: 1 bag/bunch of celery, a few small red potatoes (peeled), one large red onion, three cloves of garlic and one bunch of white asparagus (chop off bottoms – these are too stringy, even when blended in the soup!).
2. Melt a knob of butter in a large pot/4-quart saucepan over medium heat and add vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and cook until soft. These veggies smell so wonderful cooking! I added asparagus in because it’s in season right now, but you don’t have to if you don’t want. You can add more potato, too, if you like.
3. Add six cups chicken or vegetable stock (or water, but stock makes it more flavorful) to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat back down to medium and simmer (uncovered) until veggies are very tender—fork test them in 20 minutes.
4. Now the fun part! Puree the soup until smooth using your immersion blender (I love this handy kitchen tool! It makes this into a one pot meal. You can pick a cheap immersion blender up at Target—or even Walgreens!—for under $20). Add juice from half a lemon, re-season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. You can also use a regular blender, but you’ll have to work in batches and do more dishes. Read Martha’s recipe for tips on this step if you’re using a stand alone blender.
6. If you still have a few celery leaves they look pretty for garnish. I highly recommend serving this soup with some toasted slices of fresh baked baguette (I broiled them on a cookie sheet in the oven). I like them plain with butter, but you could rub them with a little garlic and olive oil before toasting—they make the best accompaniment to this spring vegetable soup. The whole thing takes less than an hour and it’s a such a treat for lunch or a light dinner or first course. As Julia Child would say, bon appétit!
In addition to her awesome blog, Libby also runs not one, but two Etsy shops, one for her vintage finds and another featuring her handmade creations. Check ’em out!