Recent Happenings….

Yeesh!  It’s already May – I can hardly believe it!  Time has been flying by this year.

A week ago I took advantage of the gorgeous late-afternoon sunlight and posed for some pictures after doing some alterations on this dress of my mom’s from the 1970s (photos by my mom)…

You can see a whole post I did about this dress on my VintageRoseGirl blog – http://vintagerosegirl95.blogspot.com/2012/04/id-rather-have-flowers-on-my-table-than.html

These flowers in my front yard were too gorgeous not to take a photo of!

beautiful spring clouds

my favorite spring outfit
Top – vintage (my mom’s)
Jeans – Target
Shoes – Target

Last night I went to a friend’s graduation party (in all vintage, of course!) and today I went shopping, went to yoga class and then hung out by the pool for the rest of the day.  I love weekends!

I love this photo of my mom and our cat – I love her so much!!

Happy Birthday to my lovely Mommy!!!!

My Life in a Nutshell….

This week is theater week for my ballet company’s spring performance.  That means rehearsing in the theater for 6+ hours a day, everyday, until the show this weekend.  In my spare time (ha!) I’ve been doing school, surfing pinterest (of course) and icing my feet quite a lot.

this was as close to an outfit post as I could get this week - stylish, right?

flat shoes and pointe shoes waiting to be sewn, water bottle, To Kill a Mockingbird and a sewing kit - all theater week essentials.

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No-Bake Boston Creme Pie – I’m definitely trying this after theater week is over (http://www.thekitchn.com/-cookbook-recipe-137474)

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Amazing chevron door via my pinterest – the inspiration for my summer project (more on that later)!

peonies & polish

Definitely painting my nails one of these shades when the show is over (via my pinterest)!

I won’t have time to post again until the show is over, so have a great rest of the week, everybody!

Apple Cake and Other Nice Things…

Is it just me, or is this week flying by? While sitting in class the other day numbly mulling over bleak facts such as : I have approximately 8 projects to complete in the next few weeks, and oh yeah, an oral exam in spanish, I realized there is a surefire equation to improving an otherwise awful monday. It’s nice to have a solid equation to rely on sometimes.

Sucky Monday (or any day really,) + any of the following things:

1. Wearing borderline ridiculous red pants (any of these should do nicely.)

2.  Having a delish breakfast to wake up (such as Baked Banana Oatmeal)

3. Pilates! I’ve gotten obsessed, because you can easily work out this way at home with zerooo equipment, and no obnoxious musclehead guys throwing weights around and grunting. Aren’t those the worst? (This site is the awesome for at-home Pilates routines.)

4. Making this cake (keep on reading…)

= a MUCH improved weekday. It’s a mathematical certainty.

I guess a good blogger would be making cakes like this everyday, and posting as soon as it popped out of the oven, all the while having perfectly cute, pinterest-worthy nails, but sorry…this is real life. I totally made this cake like, um, November-ish? In real life I’m eating salads and lettuce wraps all week in a determined attempt to actually stick to the Passover diet that I usually cheat horribly on each year. For those of you without a temporary carb restriction on your life, bake away please!

Apple Cake

Adapted very slightly from Smitten Kitchen

5 apples, I used organic honeycrisp and they were wonderful
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar

2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a tube pan. Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean

There you have it - the perfect weekday cake, especially with a cup of tea.

Let’s Fly Away….

Two weekends ago (sheesh, I’m late posing this!!) my Mom, Aunt and I took my grandfather to see two WWII planes that were on display at the airport.  My grandfather was a pilot in the Air Force during WWII so it was amazing to see how much he enjoyed seeing the planes.  It was also amazing to see how he and the other veterans acted like old friends…

My grandfather is on the far left, with my Aunt behind him.

I love details 🙂

I love him!

After one of the guides told us this was storage area my grandfather said "Don't let him fool you, this is where we used to stash our girlfriends!"

seeing the sights in my new favorite dress - a vintage, 1940s beauty!! You might say that I'm in love 🙂

It’s been a longtime dream of mine to dress in complete vintage and go to an airshow – this was as close as I could get right now, and I’m thrilled that I got the chance!  People were taking pictures of me too, which was flattering, to say the least!

One of the first vintage hats I ever bought - it's still a favorite of mine.

my Mom and Aunt Kathy with Pop 🙂

even prettier in flight!

so gorgeous 🙂

It was definitely a memorable experience and it only intensified my desire to be a pilot.  I would be a fourth generation pilot – pretty amazing, right?! Here’s a picture of my Pop at Shaw Field in South Carolina in 1941.  If you ask me, he’s just as handsome as he ever was.

Sometime soon I’ll do a whole post on his personal style.  I hope you all have a great week!!

Thank Goodness It’s Friday…

TGIF!!  This past week has been rough (the week after spring break always seems twice as long) with lots of things that had to be finished, doctor appointments and so on.  So here’s my remedy: wear a pretty vintage skirt, eat some spaghetti and a salad and watch a Woody Allen movie.

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lettuce straight from the garden 🙂

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Movie date with Mommy tonight!

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so want to make this dress (photo via Elegant Musings – my latest blog crush! http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/07/50s-dress-tutorial-pt-2/#more-9050)

So, that’s what I’ve been up to lately – tomorrow I’m going to a local springtime parade and then I have rehearsal for the rest of the day.  I hope you all have an amazing weekend and do something you’ve always wanted to do!

Obsessions….

Obsessions.  Everyone has them, and here are some of my recent ones.

Kate Spade Fall 2012 collection:

Awesome quotes from pinterest:

The Glitter Guide on tumblr:

A late afternoon manicure and reading the April Vogue: 

Chevron patterns:

vegan chocolate cake:

Yummy!  I think I’ll go have another piece right now – ciao!

Forever 21

     Or, as I should say – finally! It’s funny how life works out – I distinctly remember saying, half my life ago or so, how once I turned 21 I would only have one more year to shop at Forever 21, because how lame would it be to shop at a store called that when you were 22?! How ridiculously old, I thought. Well my little former self, not sure I’m gonna be sticking to that plan…hate to break it to you. I can’t imagine giving up my favorite source for all things cheap and of-the-moment in just under a year from now.

In the spirit of getting old, I’ve spent this St. Patty’s day, the biggest drinking day of the year, not guzzling green beer, but sleeping in and listening to Mika and Lily Allen, which reminds me of my senior year of high school, which makes me feel extremely old. Which I guess I am now, right? Remembering that wonderful, carefree summer before my senior year when I lived at Wakulla Springs and listened to “Grace Kelly” by Mika and Ratatat’s “Wildcat” every waking moment really makes me feel ancient, and it seems crazy that highschool should seem soo long ago.

First legal night out on the town...whoop whoop!

Sinfully good (vegan!) chocolate cake with ganache...

Birthday treat mani. One of two in my life..I'm fancy like that.

B-day dinner heels are a must

Hope you all had a happy St. Patty’s Day and Happy Birthday to all my fellow Pisces out there (is it just me or are there a crazy amount of Birthdays in March? Popular month!)

St. Augustine trip….

Sorry for being so ridiculously late on this post. But, as promised, here it is!

The trip was amazing, the weather was beautiful, friends were more than generous, family was wonderful, the food was amazing and I’ve completely fallen in love with Flagler College – that just about sums it up! But just in case you haven’t gotten the picture yet of how amazing the trip was, here are some photos that just might help!

Isn't Flagler gorgeous?

Isn't Flagler gorgeous?

details of the fountain outside Flagler...

the ceiling in one of the Flagler buildings...

everyone had the cutest bikes!

yummy salad....

Ahhhhh....

group picture!!

This cat at the hotel we were staying at was absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful model, too!

Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back!!  Hopefully we’ll get a chance to go during the summer 🙂

Have a great weekend!!

I See Sunshine, On a Cloudy Day…

Things have been insane lately.  And I don’t mean doing-ten-things-at-once-while-trying-not-to-burn-what’s-on-the-stove insane.  I mean doing-ten-things-at-once-while-trying-not-to-burn-what’s-on-the-stove-while-talking-on-the-phone-while-feeding-the-cats-and-trying-to-finish-up-that-one-last-geometry-lesson insane.  Oh well.  That’s life!

On a lighter, brighter, sunnier note, this Thursday I’ll be leaving for a blissful four day vacation in Marine Land (which includes a visit to St. Augustine!) with family and friends!!!  A much needed break, I must say.

And nothing can snap you out of a mad mood quite like something deliciously unhealthy-

yummy 🙂

To get in the Spring/Summer mood, I’ve been browsing vogue.com looking at all the 2012 resort collections – all I can say is I’m completely floored by the Moschino collection!

How amazing is this jacket?!

How amazing is this jacket?!

yes please!

yes please!

How cool is that sweater with the buttons up the back?!

How cool is that sweater with the buttons up the back?!

I'm seriously loving the red, white and blue!

lovin' the 70s vibe!

loving this one!

Taylor from Sterling Style got the chance to rent this gorgeous piece - she's a lucky gal!

http://www.sterlingstyle.net/2012/02/ladylike.html

Well, there you have it – I’ll post again after my vacation, hopefully with lots of photos of sunsets, palm trees, friends and family and maybe even a rare outfit post!  Have a great week, everyone!!

Valentine’s Day….

Here are some super late photos of how I spent my Valentine’s Day – enjoy 🙂

handmade valentines are the best!

a little mid-morning craft idea....

and what's valentine's day without chocolate?

heart shaped cookies are a must...

And what’s cuter than kittens and mustaches?  A kitten with a mustache!

I ended the day with ballet, a pilates class and watching glee with Mommy 🙂 A great day, I would say!