Saturday, May 31, 2014

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Pictures taken before we adjusted the kite properly.
Let's go fly a kite...or not as the case turned out to be. This week my husband found an amazing triplane kite in a trash pile (all the renters in our area are moving out for the summer). The kite was in decent shape and just needed some adjusting. It was quite windy when we woke up so we were excited to take the kite for a spin but the wind died down once we had made a trip to Lofty Pursuits to get kite string.
Not only does Lofty sell all sorts of games and toys (yo-yos, discs, juggling props, unicycles, board games) it is also a old timey soda fountain and candy shop that makes all their own ice cream and candy. I got a double scoop cup with toffee and Kahlua, I almost got the Champagne sorbet because lets face it, I LOVE Champagne. My hubby got a double scoop cone with strawberry banana. Sugar fix satisfied we headed to a park to try out our kite.
The clouds were so pretty today
 Today's Outfit:

Headband- Local hair store
Sunnies- Amazon
Necklace- art trade
Dress- American Eagle (thrifted)
Shoes- BC Footwear (outlet clearance for $8)

I got lots of complements on my outfit today, more so than normal. I couldn't believe how perfectly my BC heels matched this dress, I have had the heels for several years but I have only worn them with jeans. I also perfectly matched the jade, red coral, and chartreuse in nail polish. I am a sucker for sun dresses and a super good priced thrifted one makes me even happier. I know this dress will get lots of wear this summer.
Oh Florida sun, you cast too many shadows
Maybe the wind will pick back up again so we can try out the kite next week. I might just have to pull out our stunt kite to fly since it can pick up the smallest breeze, the plane needs a heavy wind to take off.


Friday, May 30, 2014

So Hard to Wait

A while ago I shared a few pictures of our summer garden right after planting. Today I am going to share some of the bounty (well, photographic evidence of it). 

Cherry tomatoes, we have already started harvesting these

Heinz tomatoes, some of the fasting growing tomatoes we planted

Indigo Rose tomatoes, a dark purple tomato
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We also have a ton of Lemon Boy tomatoes starting to ripen, they probably are my favorite tomato

The tomatillo plant is finally putting off "lanterns"

Ichiban eggplant blooms are always the prettiest flowers in the garden
I harvest our first eggplant yesterday. Oh how I love Japanese eggplant!

The rutabagas are getting bigger. I pulled up and roasted the largest one

Volunteer squash, looks like we have acorn and spaghetti

 Our cilantro is blooming so it is time to plant fresh but the bunnies love the blooms and we are trying to use it up before it seeds. Look at all that parsley in the background. We have all types and it is growing like weeds :)

 The purple basil is finally shooting up

We have two types of purple basil, this kind has more green in the leaves.


Gardening (urban gardening for us) is very rewarding. We hardly have to buy any groceries during the summer.




Thursday, May 29, 2014

Enchanted Cottage

When I started this blog I not only wanted to show off my love of fashion, I wanted to show off the beauty of the area I live and grew up in- the capital of Florida, Tallahassee. I don't know how I had never been to the place I explored for today's post before. Lichgate is right off a busy road that is mostly large apartments for college students. A small post (that is quite easily missed) marks the turn in to this magical little plot of land. I followed the darling curving path it opened up onto a majestic 300 or so year old oak. I was immediately in love with the land.



Tucked away on three acres off High Road is a fascinating property hidden from view. A visitor walks down a wooded path and is greeted by a majestic live oak tree shading a soft lawn. This tree, a sapling in the time of Shakespeare, keeps company with something not seen in Florida, an English Tudor-style cottage, which looks as if it comes from the pages of a child’s book of fairy tales. With a steeply gabled roof, diamond-pattern leaded glass windows and stone foundation, the cottage continues its vigil over the gardens, labyrinth and tree surrounding it.  -Lichgate Website

 Just past the oak is a beautifully tended faerie garden! It is full of lovely flowers, little fountains, and faerie shrines.

 If faeries do exist I am sure they would live here.
Butterfly bush
A meditation labyrinth


 This way to wonderland...
The enchanted cottage
 I swear my hair was cute, curly, and styled when I left the house. Blame the 80% humidity.
I changed up my hair a little. I am planning on adding burgundy or purple to the ends but I wanted it to rest after stripping. I just don't feel like myself when my hair is all a natural color, my friends often joke that I look too normal when my hair isn't bright red.
Hair clip- JoAnn's dollar bin
Earrings- (I guess I didn't get pictures of them) similar
Blouse/skirt- thrifted
Flats- Payless

 I will have to bring a tea set and a book next time
Please ignore the shutter remote :)

 Tea cups make darling bird feeders. I almost got a picture of a lady cardinal having breakfast but she didn't like the look of the camera.


PS: Just added in some purple to my hair
Looks much better ;)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dandelions


Today certainly feels like summer. The car read 108 in the sun today but it is hovering around 93 really. 


 Dress: Vintage from Avant Garb
Earrings- Gift from my sister
Glasses- Amazon
Shoes- old

When I saw this dress I knew it needed to come home with me. I'm not big into blue or green but I just fell in love with everything about it. Being vintage this dress needed some love, my mom fixed up the seams and trimmed/rolled the hems back into shape. I especially love that this dress flares out enough at the bottom that it doesn't have a slit. It looks darling with peep toe espadrilles.








 Happy unofficial start of summer!