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Fall Ramblings

October 5th, 2011

Yesterday was my friend Shirley‘s birthday, and along with her sister Dawn, we got together and went to a very cool antique village nearby and had lunch. To say that the place we visited was “cool” is almost an understatement.  It’s very cool, but so much more – especially if you’re into salvaging things, remaking […]

 


Yesterday was my friend Shirley‘s birthday, and along with her sister Dawn, we got together and went to a very cool antique village nearby and had lunch. To say that the place we visited was “cool” is almost an understatement.  It’s very cool, but so much more – especially if you’re into salvaging things, remaking & reusing odd finds.  The place is FULL of odd finds!  We stayed for over an hour browsing all of the cool things & making mental “things to make” lists.  Dawn was very smart & used the Pinterest app to take photos to load straight to her Pinterest board. I’ll have to remember to do that next time!

Outside everything was decorated for fall. There were pumpkins & mums, fall colors, hay bales & corn.  I love how they always change up the decor depending on the season. The village is made of about 5 or 6 smaller buildings full of antiques, and 1 larger building. Outside is used as well as inside.  It’s tucked in a little spot you’d never think to stop at if you are in Raleigh – it’s off of Durant Road, after the train tracks close to the Capital Blvd. side of things.  It is SUCH a feast for the eyes inside & out.  If you love vintage jewelry, or love finding things to re-purpose for the home, you have to visit.  And they have some of the best vintage chandeliers I’ve seen around, for quite reasonable prices (and most are plugged in and working!).





This last photo is of this great outdoor fireplace mantle, it would be cool outside on a patio or in the backyard, this one had a mirror, some frames, candles (even a candle holder with eyeballs in it) – it was very Halloween, without any of the usual pumpkins & jack-o-lantern decor.  To the side was an old bed spring leaning against the wall with white lights woven through the springs.  There were used wine bottles placed in the large spring coils.  Great idea if you love wine & always have bottles around!

So, are you decorating for fall, or are you like me, and just too stumped to make a move?  I need to get some mums & pumpkins at least, and then I’ll worry about inside later.  I know lots of people have tons of fall interior decor they pull out & place around – but since I’m not one much for sit-arounds & knick knacks, I’m sure that’s why I have no spare decor.  Maybe I’ll make a feature wall or feature area that I can change for the season. I may have just the perfect place on my stairway.

 

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Right on Target for Fall

October 5th, 2011

  Anyone who knows me knows that it might not be the best idea to go shopping with me.  I absolutely LOVE styling other people…me – not so much.  Because of that, I’m usually the one people ask to go shopping with them, or help them pick out clothes for a certain occasion.  For myself, […]

 

Right on Target for Fall

 

Anyone who knows me knows that it might not be the best idea to go shopping with me.  I absolutely LOVE styling other people…me – not so much.  Because of that, I’m usually the one people ask to go shopping with them, or help them pick out clothes for a certain occasion.  For myself, I tend to do more *piece shopping*. It’s rare that I’ll actually go out and buy a complete outfit.  As a piece shopper, I look for things to integrate into my wardrobe and that work with what I already have.  Usually I can be heard saying “I love the necklace from H&M, the Boots from Target, the skirt we saw at F21, and the funky lipstick that we saw at Sephora….it would look so great with my purse with the tassles!”. 

So, this morning, I was feeling rather fall-ish.  It’s cool out, and it’s time to start transitioning my wardrobe to fall.  How does one transition in the land of “when is fall getting here?”.  Well, you put on jeans…then dress as usual up top! LOL.  Fall around here is usually still in the 80s…unless it’s unseasonably cool (which is the 70s).  Mornings & evenings are chilly, but during the day, you can get away without sleeves.  The outfit I created above on Polyvore (love love love!) is perfect for a fall day, and as a personal challenge – EVERYTHING came from the same store – Target!

Why are there two pairs of shoes? Well, I’m indecisive, and to leave one of those out as an option just felt wrong!

This outfit is NOT from Target, but it’s totally something you’d see me in.  Yes, it’s a little funky, the turban is questionable, but I love it all the same.  The green shirt from Anthropologie is truly lust-worthy…and the cost will keep it firmly in that category!  It’s a cropped sweatshirt…and it’s $118. It’s one of those pieces I love, but the cost/benefits analysis of paying that much for it just doesn’t add up for me. The other pieces are from all over.

Finally, yes, that’s stripes & animal print.  It’s quirky, but it’s me.
Are you on Polyvore?  If not, you must check it out!