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Animal House…

This weekend was such a blast for the boyfriend and I. The sun was shining and it was absolutely beautiful out…Can’t ask for more than that! We decided to take full advantage of the amazing weather and ride our bikes to the Sacramento Zoo. It’s a fairly long bike ride from our flat in Midtown, but I’ve been dying to take the new vintage bike for a spin and practice city cycling.

It was SO nice cruising down the tree lined streets, and gawking at all the beautiful homes. We even checked out an open house in Land Park on our ride over. The house was the perfect size, with so much charm and character…pretty much exactly what we are looking for. I wish I could’ve made it mine right there and then, but we are not looking to buy just yet…Hey, a girl can dream can’t she!?!

We got to the zoo an hour and a half before closing, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Everyone had gone home, so we essentially had the place to ourselves. I urge you to check it out on one of these lovely weekends, I promise you won’t be disappointed! I’ve compiled some photos of our outing for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

(Cruising on my vintage Gitane bike, it rides like a dream!)(Lemurs! They are my new favorite animals…So cute.)

(Little hoots…It was love at first sight!)
(Mr. Ant Eater. He was so cool to watch with his ginormous shnoze, and crazy crimped hair. We decided he uses his huge tail as a broom to sweep up the ants before chowing, but not positive on that fact.)

(So awesome!)

( I love the Emu behind me, totally creepin’ into the photo. haha.)

(Sleepy Kangaroos, what a life.)

( Such an interesting animal… I wanna know how they sleep…?)

(What can I say…I’m a kid at heart!) 

Have a fantastic week!

P.S. My blog redesign is almost finished!!! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.

xoxo,

L

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Put a Hat on it.

Here comes another outfit post…

This week my inspiration comes from my mom’s vintage hat collection. Luckily the stormy weather we’ve been having lately has subsided and turned to quite a lovely afternoon.

Take a peek:

(This was my Mom’s “going out in San Francisco” hat. I’m so glad she kept it, it’s not only sentimental, but fabulous! When I’m out traipsing about, I always think of my Mom and all of the adventures she had.)

( I used to play dress up with her hats when I was a little girl… Obviously not much has changed.)

( The skirt reminds me of the one Zooey Deschanel wears in “500 Days of Summer”….)

(Isn’t my backyard nice? It’s in the middle of the city, but surrounded by trees…It’s like my own private oasis!)

(I love the length of this skirt, It fits just right.)

( What I’m wearing: vintage hat from Mother, thrifted sheer cami from $1 sale at Bows and Arrows, vintage high-waisted skirt from The Nest, and Mia wedges gifted to me by a very close friend.)

So, what do you think of the look? I’ve been experimenting with high-waisted skirts lately…and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised with the result. I wasn’t quite sure about them at first, but I realized they need to have just the right fit and length to balance out proportions.  It’s definitely intimidating to experiment with different looks, but the best part about fashion for me is trying something new! I realized once you take the initial plunge, there’s no coming back… You should try it sometime, you could be in for a real treat.

 What are some looks that intimidated you at first, and how did you make them your own? I would love to hear some feedback!

Until next time.

xoxo,

L



Gone for So Long…

First off…

I apologize for being completely MIA for the past two weeks, my latest shoulder injury has been consuming much of my life thus far. I decided to take a break and attempt to fast-track the healing process by abstaining from pretty much everything for as long as possible. Well, I made it two weeks…and now I’m back in action, ready to jump back in the swing of things.

During my two week hiatus I did sneak out to to the 2nd annual Velo and Vintage fashion show held at Hot Italian on May 7th.

Showcasing beautiful bicycles alongside beautiful fashion…This event was quite the crowd pleaser, and was put on by two fabulous local bloggers!!! What more could you ask for…? Oh ya, it was free! All I have to say is WOW, what a phenomonal, fun event.

Take a look for yourself:

Big shout out to Kari from Juniper James, and Lorena from Sac Cycle Chic for putting together such an amazing show!!!  As you can see, I’m extremely lucky to live in such an awesome city with so many awe inspiring people.

On the subject of bicycles, May is bike month, and since it’s such a cycling-friendly area, Midtown has a lot going on. In addition to the fashion show, Hot Italian also held the Sacramento Bicycle Film Festival over the weekend, the Tour of California is coming through town, and today kicks off national Bike To Work Week. Nothing brings out your inner kid like riding a bike, so be sure to get out there and join the fun!

xoxo,

L


Things I Love Thursday.

Another weekly installment.

1. Photography:

I recently worked on a photography project, and it was so much fun! It made me realize how much I love taking photos, and how much I miss getting lost in the darkroom for hours. Now, I get lost in Photoshop, but nothing compares to the darkroom. I was looking back through the photos I took in my college classes, and I love them. Figured I might as well show you…

2. The 60’s Era.

I have become fascinated with all things vintage, and love the design, clothing, furniture and architecture from that era.

(The clothing from this era is my personal favorite, such beautifully crafted garments)

(I love the Shell chair. The boyfriend and I are currently on the hunt for one)

(Twiggy, what a 60’s staple she was!)

3. Eichler homes-

Rolling with the 60’s era, I love the design of the Eichler homes, they were very innovative and aesthetically pleasing. My Dad actually lived in one when he was a kid…which makes them even more awesome!

xoxo,

L


3 Things I Love Thursday…

So I tried to do a 10 things I love Tuesday, but it takes me about 3 hours to write it up, and as much as I love writing about the things I love, I think I’ll stick with three on Thursdays:

1. Vintage Typewriters-

Aren’t they cool? After I saw one used as a guest book for a wedding, I have been hopelessly smitten with the idea of finding one of my own. I think it would be fun to bring out at a party, or to play around with at home. Luckily I found an awesome retro styled one at the Antique Faire on Sunday for $10…I can see a lot of projects happening in the future!

2. Pastels- Such great colors for spring! Especially since Easter is around the corner. I love the subdued lightness, so airy and fresh. Try it, I’m sure you will feel the same.

Easy as ABC

3. Skinny ties- I am swooning over the urban skinny tie look for guys…It is so hot. I just bought a few for my boyfriend and he looks so good in them.  Guys take note, skinny ties is where it’s at… and you’re guaranteed to look like a million bucks.

I think it also might be fun for us fashionistas to try and pull off the skinny tie look, playing on masculine and feminine could be really fun!

street style

I’m sure you will see more of these in the future, because the 10 things is just a little too ambitious for me. I just realized that tomorrow is Friday… Yippee! Wait, where did the week go? Well, I suppose it doesn’t matter. I’m just happy it’s almost the weekend, and I’m sure you are too. Check ya on the flip side…

xoxo

L


My New Ride…

This past Sunday was the Antique Faire, and I make sure never to miss it. There are always fabulous treasures to be found. Sure, you have to dig and sift through everything, and there is a lot of crap, but it’s when you find that one special thing that makes it all worth it.

For me, that one special thing is a vintage bike. I have been pining for one since we moved to Sacramento. My boyfriend recently mentioned he wanted to buy me a new bike, so I have been looking here and there at what I might like. I am in LOVE with the Public bikes. DWR (Design Within Reach) founder Rob Forbes started the company and they are beyond awesome, here is a look at my favorite one:

 

Super sweet right? Well, somehow the universe aligned perfectly for me on Sunday, and I found the most purrrrfect bike. I noticed it immediately, but figured it was WAY out of our price range. Fortunately we got there when everyone was closing up shop, so the bike was marked to sell at $175. The frame is exactly like the one pictured above except a vintage french version. My boyfriend got the bike down to $150, and we were sold! Take a look at my fabulous new ride…

(Vintage Gitane frame)

( Ethan took the old handlebars off, and sawed off part of my beach cruisers to make these bad boys..what do ya’ think?)

(All new parts. New tires, brakes, chain, cables, and a new beautiful paint job)

( The guy we bought it from did a lot of work to it, including the awesome paint job…I love that color, so unique!)

So, what do you think of the new fresh ride? I am in LOVE! It is exactly what I was looking for, and I am very excited to ride it all over town. It’s awesome that Sacramento is such a bike friendly city. I see people riding to work and school all the time, it makes me happy to know that we are keeping our cars in the garage and helping the environment, even if it is one pedal at a time. Stay green!

xoxo

L



What a Weekend…

I hope everyone had a fun, fabulous weekend! After a week of being tremendously sick with my chronic condition, the boyfriend and I took a mini-vacation to the BIG city of SF to see Sweden’s finest, The Sounds. The show was in a hole in the wall place, and we were all packed in like sardines. Nevertheless, we ended up finding a great spot on the second floor balcony to see it all go down…and what a show it was! WOW… The Sounds are truly the only band I have seen where every single person in the crowd was singing along and dancing together in perfect unison. It was fantastic, and I can’t wait for them to come back to the States for another round, but I’m sure we will have to wait another couple years. 😦  I tried to take you guys along with me by using my iPhone to video the show, but the sound is terrible, and I know you would appreciate if I didn’t put you through that.

The concert was in Hayes Valley, which is one spot in the city we really haven’t explored much before. We always end up cruising around the Haight, Downtown, or the Marina. So it was a nice change and we had a blast exploring the neighborhood. Awesome upscale boutiques, trendy restaurants, and beautiful people. I can pretend for a day can’t I??? I did end up getting a few shots of my outfit, so here’s a look…


(Head to toe: Vintage sunglasses, Jones New York scarf, UO striped top, vintage high-waisted floral shorts, tights from Target, and Chinese Laundry black boots)

Our weekend in the city ended up being a complete blast, and I can’t wait to do it again!  I’ll leave you with my favorite song by The Sounds…Maybe it will convince you to go see a show next time they play. Hope your Monday is filled with sunshine and laughter.

xoxo

L



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