One was new to me and one was a repeat read but both were fantastic and I highly recommend both.
Travel, adventure and connecting with people is part of my DNA so it’s no surprise that my first round of reads this summer had to do with getting out there, exploring and meeting people from all over the country.
Although Travels with Charley was written in 1961 and South and West was from Joan Didion’s notebooks from 1970 what really struck a chord with me was how a great deal of the topics, issues, concerns and observations from the early 60’s and 70’s are similar to the topics, issues, concerns and observations of modern-day.
What is for sure different now than back in the 60’s/70’s was the actual book itself! Back in the day a book was a book…paper that was bound with a spine and with pages that could be dog eared to a indicate your stopping point. Now you can listen to a book, read a book on a computer, tablet or phone but I prefer the old school method…the real deal paper book!
So now let me share with you something I am crazy in love with which is the Little Free Library…a worldwide non-profit program the inspires the love of reading and community with a “take a book return a book exchange”. There are over 50,000 Little Free Libraries around the world in 70 countries from parks to front yards.
Today was my first time using the library which was pretty awesome. All I had to do was to go to the map to find my local library and too my surprise there were several within 5 miles of my home. So I got my book, wrote a message inside and asked future readers to do the same and then hopped into my car to find this purple Little Free Library which I found in a neighbors front yard…magical!
To learn more about the Little Free Library check out the link below.
These are the patterns and prints that didn’t come home with me from Brimfield but still inspired me. Shocking, I know but even this more is more girl couldn’t bring home anymore!
As they famously say a picture says a thousand words, so here are 9,000 words.
So much pattern…so much inspiration…so much to share…so here goes!
Kapow!!! That’s the sound of Flower Power with a Punch…
This Flower Power Punch I speak of is not a refreshment nor is it your soft dainty floral frock where you have visions of proper ladies lunching at a garden party but more of a rowdy Andy Warhol crowd at an amplified pop art gallery opening.
I am sooo crazy in love with my vintage Neiman Marcus palazzo pants from my must stop shop, Swift and Faire, at the fashion tent during the Brimfield show. These crazy cool ladies always have an amazing curated collection of must have’s and these were for sure one of them this round!
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okay…so I know it’s still early to call it but I must say switching up how we “do” Brimfield this time is tracking to be pretty fantastic!
Coming in early for the very curated very delightful textile show was a huge win. It had a slightly different vibe than the fields that open up tomorrow but still a great time with treasures to be found in both goods and in people (which is one of my all time favorite things about this show). We also had a chance to hit up some of the local shops as well as exploring nearby towns.
My fashion roots lie firmly in the 60’s and 70’s but when it comes to the summer loving time of year I lean HEAVY into the super groovy 1970’s style..which I like to call my Laurel Canyon vibe,where hippie meets beach bum with a decent amount of rock and roll for good measure!
The vibe looks something like this…macrame accessories, large hoop earrings, oversized sunglasses, halter top, chunky cork or wood platform shoes and a perfectly worn in pair of jeans.
What I really needed in order to complete the perfect Laurel Canyon vibe was a pair of patch covered jeans. So two plus years, many patches and many sewing mishaps later I would like to debut my latest and greatest project…
Peace. Love and Patches,
I am one who goes through phases of reading books. During my book club days I was rallying for a magazine club for those limited attention span peeps…I thought this was a brilliant idea but I had no takers.
When I am in a “reading phase” I tend to lean towards books about music, fashion, biographies and a good crime/ mystery that I am pretty sure stems from all of the Scooby Doo watching I did back in the day.
So I have been in a pretty good run of a reading phase and wanted to share some of my recent reads which all happen to be style related.
Fear and Clothing is about one woman’s journey through the cornucopia of style through the US during her travels.
Brooklyn Street Style is all things style in Brooklyn with a really great resource guide of the neighborhoods and the must stop shops. The paper and photography of this book are also quiet delightful!
70’s Fashion Fiascos I firmly believe is miss named…it should be 70’s Fashion Fabulousness!!! Great examples of what I love about the fashion of that decade…with the exception of some of the creepy guy pant suits.
Tiki style is not just exclusively for the tiki room anymore…
So with that said this week we move out of the tiki room and head to one of my most favorite spots in the house…the sun porch. This space is truly the perfect place that brings all of the best things of the outside world with the comforts of inside living.
The vibe is goes something like this…World Beat meets Threes’s Company with a dash of Mid-Century and the proper measurement of pure Tiki…a magical fusion if I must say so myself!
When great things come together they become AMAZING!!!
No different than when peanut butter & chocolate got together and created the perfect combo platter of the peanut butter cup…is what happened just last weekend when MuuMuu of the Month magically collided with the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
This is my fifth year partaking in the reindeer games of the 127 (aka longest yard sale). Every year there is a different approach ranging from the crew, the states covered, what off shoot road trips to make and last but not least the bounty that comes home with me. And no different than the previous 4 years this year took a new twist…instead of shopping the 127 I reversed the dynamic and took my Style With No Regret wares to set up shop on Signal Mountain…it was a blast!
I have always had a special place in my heart for all things tiki that started at a young age when my grandparents would take me to the Tiki Club (which was their community pool) and continues to this day. The occasional umbrella in my drink grew to a whimsical hula girl for my desk to the ever growing and curated Tiki Room.
To celebrate Tiki Tuesday here are a few snaps from our most current Tiki Room.