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Etsy Favorites #64: Large Vintage

If there's one thing I find frustrating about shopping for vintage, it's that almost every time I find a dress that I love, it ends up being a size small or extra small. Obviously there's nothing wrong with those sizes, but as a size large, it gets pretty difficult to find items I like in my size. That said, they do exist, just hidden among the smaller items in shops. If you're a size large like me, I've scoured Etsy for some of the best vintage in my size. 

Colorful Summer with Dolly and Dotty

It's hard to believe that it's not actually summer. It's hot as hell most days, and it just feels like summer is in the air. Naturally, I'm already dressing like it is too. The folks at Dolly and Dotty were kind enough to send me this dress and one other recently, and I can honestly say that this dress is spectacular. It's one of those pieces that took me forever to figure out how to style just because there were so many ways I could have done so. It's so versatile and fits perfectly that I can already see myself wearing it to death all year. Not only is it very well made, but it also has pockets - obviously that in itself is reason enough to love a dress. It feels perfect for days at the park (like this one) or days walking around downtown. 

Speaking of perfect, yesterday included both of those things and more for me. Jon and I spent the first half of the day taking pictures (yes, he's an experienced Instagram boyfriend) and walking around both the park by our apartment and the downtown area across the street where a little farmer's market happens every Sunday. In the afternoon, we headed over to my parents' house to celebrate Mother's Day. My brothers, sister-in-law, and nieces and nephew were there, but Jon's parents also joined. We're incredibly lucky that not is Jon's immediate family small, but our parents get along really well so we've be able to do some holidays together in the past year or so. It's really the best to have both sets of parents in one place and see our families like each other so much.

SSDGM with The Five15

Welcome to part 2 of my collab with The Five15! In my last post, I mentioned that my virtual friendship with Angie started because of our shared love of pop culture and feminism. Really, though, the thing that started it was My Favorite Murder. This isn't the first time I've mentioned it, but it truly is my favorite podcast. In fact, talk to almost anyone (mostly women) who listen and they'll also tell you that no other podcast compares. It's not just a podcast; it's a community. The bi-weekly show hosted by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Killgariff inspires such passion in its fans that's hard to believe the subject matter is so dire. Yes, the podcast is about murder, and yes, it's extremely funny. Karen and Georgia have a way of taking true crime and making it compassionate, thought-provoking, and, well, funny. It's a way to lighten up the subject for those of us fascinated, but also to learn about protecting ourselves and become educated on real issues and culture. Karen and Georgia are the first to admit that they aren't experts on the subjects they're speaking on, and they willingly take critiques and better themselves from them. 

I'll be honest, I can't say that I was the biggest true crime fan before listening, but I had heard that the podcast was good and decided to give it a try. This was probably two years ago and it since has not only become my favorite listen but also sparked a huge interest in true crime that I didn't realize I had. One of my favorite parts about it, though, is the community. I'm constantly finding more people online who are also fans, and it instantly becomes a conversation. If I know someone is a murderino, it's clear that we'll be good friends. 

I absolutely love everything from The Five15, but her MFM items are the BEST. I also have this shirt in black, and while I didn't think it was possible to love it any more than I already do, I am obsessed with this grey and pink version. The illustrations are all little nods to the show and quotes from Karen and Georgia. If you're into MFM, you seriously need one of these. I also have one of the keychains, and it's so ridiculously perfect. Angie is a sweet baby angle. 

Don't forget to enter my Six Year Anniversary Giveaway

Six Year Anniversary Giveaway

Can you believe that it's actually been SIX years? It's crazy to think that I've kept this thing going for so long. I remember being so nervous to start this blog in the first place, and being especially nervous (dare I say embarrassed?) about anyone reading it. Six years later, I've carved out my own little space in the Internet, and it's hard to imagine my life without it. Though I've had my ups and down with this blog, I'm always grateful that I have this online diary of sorts as a document of my life these past six years. I'd be lying if I said that I haven't spent time rereading old pasts and comparing new photos to old to see how I've changed. It's funny to see me go from a bored college student to a thriving one, and from college grad with no direction to a confident and stable adult. I can only imagine what I'll feel like when I reread this post six years from now. 

I doubt many people are still reading this, but as with every blogging anniversary, I'm thanking those of you who have followed along with a huge giveaway. And as usual, I'm offering a variety of amazing prizes from independent female-run businesses. Here's what you'll win:

-one vintage floral Peter Pan collar from Magnus Clothing Co.
-one item of your choice from Holly Oddly
-$15 credit to Tiny Forester
-one pin of your choice from We Said Shop

A little about the shops participating:
Magnus Clothing Co.: I can't explain enough about how much I love Magnus. Luckily, I already wrote a blog post about the topic. Magnus Clothing Co. makes detachable collars, and for girls like me who think that every shirt or dress could use a Peter Pan collar, this brand is a dream come true. Her collars are feminine and adorable, and each one has a way of singlehandedly transforming an outfit. She's giving away this vintage floral collar, which I have and wear All. The. Time. It goes with everything, and I can't recommend it enough.

Holly Oddly: I could compliment any number of things about Holly's work - her unbelievable talent, and her killer use of color come to mind. However, one of the things I love best about her is her taste in pop culture. Her work pays tribute to some of my favorites including My Favorite Murder, The End of the F***ing World, Shawn of the Dead, Westworld, and more. She's offering one of item of your choice, and considering she makes a huge variety of items (like pins, keychains, stationary, and more), your possibilities are endless. She also owns and operates The Hidden Hand Society for a darker range of items!

Tiny Forester: Speaking of pop culture, Tiny Forester is another one with impeccable taste. I first met Chloe through blogging when she was running one herself, and I was constantly inspired by both her style and her creativity. I was so excited when I found out that she was running her own business, and extra excited when I saw how cute her pins are. Most of her designs are pop culture related, with designs spanning from some of my animated favorites like Steven Universe and Over the Garden Wall to Sailor Moon and anime and my personal picks: snacks. She's giving away $15 store credit, and you know you'll want to get everything. 

We Said Shop: Okay, okay, I'm a little biased on this one. We Said Shop is my pin shop that I run with my brother. While we admittedly haven't had much time to devote to it lately, it's still a fun hobby that we love doing. All of our pins have TV show quotes, and our first three designs have quotes from The Office, Parks and Rec, and Arrested Development (just in time for the new season!). We're giving away one pin of your choice.

All you have to do to enter is follow through the Rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends in one week. Good luck!

Take Me to Hogwarts with The Five15

I don't know if I've mentioned it much on the Internet, but my love for Harry Potter runs deep. It was the first book that really got me into reading, and I started the series when I was 8, not long after The Goblet of Fire came out. My grandma had gotten me the first book for my birthday, and I was devastated because I was sure that I was going to get a Barbie. I barely glanced it at first until my parents told me that I had to read some of it before I could watch TV. Funny how what first felt like a punishment turned into a lifelong love. It didn't take long for me to get into The Sorcerer's Stone and soon, I was pouring over the books. I got almost my entire family to start reading them and when a new one would come out, we would pre-order it and wait in line at Border's for the release. When we got a new book, I would do everything I could not to put it down (even reading through dinner) so I could finish it as fast possible. The readings were followed by re-readings, and naturally I was just as into the movies. I actually just reread them last year for the first time in years, and it was just as exciting as the first few times. 

All of this a longwinded way of saying that, naturally, I couldn't get over how great this raglan from The Five15 was when I first saw it. I found Angie on Instagram probably about a year ago or so, and we quickly became virtual friends. Her art is SO impressive, and I'm constantly waiting to see what she comes out with next. Not only does she share my love of certain fandoms (I have another post coming this week), but she also shares my passion for feminism and advocates for women, equality, the LGBTQA community, and more. A great amount of her art directly supports these groups, and a portion of the proceeds from all of her sales goes toward organizations that support women. Obviously I jumped at the chance to collab with her, especially because of how amazing this shirt is.  The illustrations are the cutest, and it's comfy as hell. I love dressing up T-shirts, and this one was way too much fun to style. 

Weekend Wears #2

Considering I take photos of my outfits every weekend, but can barely muster up the motivation to blog them regularly, I figured that sticking to a consolidated format would work great. Going forward, I'm going to be sharing a few outfits at a time, with some exceptions. I have a few of really exciting collaborations coming up, and I'm starting to feel optimistic about keeping this up again!

As for this past weekend, it was the first one in weeks where I had virtually no plans. The last few weeks consisted of my sister-in-law's bachelorette party, my brother's wedding, and Dapper Day, so needless to say it's been a little exhausting (in the best possible way). I wanted to take it easy this week so I slept in, did some cleaning, and caught up on a lot of TV - both myself and with Jon. We watched all of Barry, and I'm so into it. I can't wait to watch more. 

On Sunday, we did some grocery shopping and photo shoots before going to a friend's place for Thai food and even more TV. This first outfit is what I wore on Sunday, and I'm obsessed with this dress. It's a bit different from what I normally wear so I had a little bit of struggle with styling it. I actually wore it out to dinner on its own during the bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs, but I felt much more comfortable wearing it with a cardigan over it. I wouldn't call myself a "modest fashion blogger," because I'm all for others sharing their skin and showing off what they've got, but I always feel a little naked without a sweater. I swear I have some skin under there though!

Last Things: #1

While I have the motivation to blog (who knows how long this will last), I want to try to write about all of the things I've always meant to. I've dabbled a bit in lifestyle and pop culture blogging, but it's never really stuck. Seeing as I always enjoy seeing other bloggers' recommendations, I figured I'd at least try to start a series about what I'm into at the moment. If you want to talk pop culture or shopping, shoot me an email or find me on Instagram so we can chat!

Westworld art by Dustin Goebel

Here's the last thing I...

Watched (TV): Westworld. I watched the first season as it aired, and I'd been anxiously the return for the past year. As expected, the new season offers far more questions than answers, but that's half the fun. Watching Westworld kind of reminds me the golden age of watching Lost. While it can be frustrating, it's fun to watch week to week and hypothesize about what the hell is going on. Fingers crossed it all comes together in a much cleaner way than Lost did.

Also: Silicon Valley, finally catching up on the newest season.

Re-watched (TV): Frasier. My obsession is strong. I can't get enough of '90s-early 2000's sitcoms, and for me, Frasier is the gold standard.

Listened to (Podcast): Sandra. I am a huge fan of Gimlet Media podcasts, and seeing as I loved their last fictional one (Homecoming), I was excited to learn that they were releasing a new one. With a voice cast including Alia Shawkat, Kristen Wigg, and Ethan Hawke, this one follows a woman (Shawkat) as she starts working for a virtual assistant company, much like Amazon's Alexa or Google Home. I finished the series already, and while I could make complaints about the plot if I really wanted to, it was a fun listen. I do wish there were more episodes as I feel like it would have been better if they had more time really expand on the world and develop the characters. That said, it still manages to be captivating, and the voice cast is perfect.

Listened to (Music): Dr. Dog, Critical Equation. I just started to listening to Dr. Dog's newest album so I can't speak too much to it just yet, but they're one of my all-time favorite bands so it's safe to say that I'm enjoying it already.

Purchased: I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I am obsessed with the podcast My Favorite Murder. I recently purchased tickets to their live show on Halloween (which I'm only slightly freaking out about) with a few Instagram friends, and we started talking about creating a little MFM book club. The most exciting news to happen this past was that police ARRESTED THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER. It's crazy. I've been wanting to read Michelle McNamara's book on the case since it came out, and this book club we're starting gave me a good excuse. I wish I had read it before the news came out, but I'm sure it will only be more satisfying reading it now.

Wanted to Purchase: I honestly haven't found as many Modcloth items that I've wanted lately, but I've been drooling over their collection with Collectif. My must-buy list includes this Gnome dress, cacti cardigan, and t-strap heels.