Friday, July 30, 2010

earning your stripes

I hope by now you’ve stopped by the Red Dirt Revival Etsy Shop to check out the update!!  You better shop quickly because items are going fast!  My favorite item in this update is an adorable red romper:

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This romper makes me want to grab some cotton candy, find a Ferris wheel on a pier, and ride until the stars come out! Wouldn’t that be magical? I just love the chevron stripes!  It doesn’t get much better than this little romper…

I’ve been seeing stripes everywhere lately!  I’ve secretly been coveting a lovely striped rug for our dining room for quite a while now and I have yet to find the perfect one! 

In honor of the Mandy Red Linen Romper, Here are a few red stripes that are making my heart race:

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Recycled Sail Purse from reiter8

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IT’S FRIDAY!! enjoy it!

xo,

Chels

if i die young…

Little known fact: I’m obsessed with blue grass-y music. Bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Nickel Creek, The Punch Brothers, and anything Allison Krauss really makes me feel relaxed.  This is The Band Perry.  The debut song by this band really made my ears bleed. Okay, sorry, just being honest. But this new song… well, I’m obsessed with it… I can’t stop listening to it and watching the video. So pretty.

and i’m also seriously considering starting a blue grass band…. no seriously. who’s intrested?

xo,

Chels

p.s. no seriously.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

SHOP UPDATE!

The Red Dirt Revival Etsy Shop has been stocked with fantastic vintage finds- just in time for back to school! Browse to your little heart’s desire and let me know what you think! I very much appreciate all of your feedback!

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My favorite piece? The Mandy Red Linen Romper! Does it get any sweeter than those chevron stripes?! I think not!

I know. Drool. Snatch it up quick, kids!

xo,

Chels

Storing vintage scarves

A look that I sport A LOT (like, to the point that it’s kind of ridiculous sometimes) is the vintage scarf.  So versatile.  I mostly wear them in my hair

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or around my neck {I call this “cowboy style”. And I wonder why people laugh at me….}

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but I’ve also been known to wrap it around my waist or just tie it onto my bag. Any way you style it, scarves are fantastic. Why? Because I can slap one onto my head when I’m in a rush and don’t have time to do my hair. Sometimes I put one on my neck because my shirt is wrinkled and I don’t want to iron it (I can feel you judging me…) They’re a really great vintage item to collect because there are usually several to choose from at any thrift store in town, and they’re usually super cheap. Most of mine were a dollar or less!  Needless to say, I’ve acquired many many of these, and now I’m starting to feel bad about just tossing them into my drawer with the rest of my accessories and belts. I should probably be more careful with them as some are pretty old and delicate.  I really need to find a new plan for storage. Any thoughts? I’d like something that keeps them wrinkle-free, so I’m assuming that means hanging them somehow…

rings: I used to work in a retail store that employed this method of hanging their scarves.  It was really easy, but we had to be careful that the plastic rings were really smooth so that the scarves didn’t get snagged as they were pulled through them. {image}

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I also worked at a bridal boutique that used a method similar to this.  All of the veils were hung using clips that had hooks on the ends of them so they could hang wherever we needed them in dressing rooms and on rods.  {image}

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what I come up with!

Enjoy your Thursday!

xo,

Chels

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

…heart on my sleeve…

There was a time when I was a teenager that I wouldn’t wear anything with hearts on it.  I made it a point to request jewelry that was not in the shape of a heart. I wasn’t that “girly”.  But those days have clearly passed because lately, I’m noticing a huge amount of heart jewelry in my box.  One of my very favorite necklaces is a locket that was passed down from my grandmother to my mother on her wedding day, and from my mother to me on my wedding day. It’s very special to me.

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I also have a ring and several pairs of heart-shaped earrings, including this pair which I happen to be wearing to work today!

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But there’s one piece of heart-shaped jewelry that I don’t own, and that’s a bracelet, so you KNOW I gasped when I saw these beauties:

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so pretty and dainty.  Perfect.

xo,

chels

A tiny peek

At the RDR shoot from this weekend!!

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I’m hoping to have all items up by the end of the week!

How was your weekend? Mine was super productive! We’ve been searching for the perfect curtains for our bedroom, and I got so fed up with the search that I decided to just make some- out of drop cloths!  They’re PERFECT!  We really like them. It’s amazing how a set of drapes can completely change the feel of a room. I’ll get some pictures up soon.  I also did some thrifting and got to hang out with my Bear.  Sunday was church with an amazing sermon, house work and the RDR shoot.  I can’t wait to show you everything else!!  It’s sort of a “Back To School” theme!

Enjoy your Monday!

xo,

Chels

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back to school?

Two classes that I am very seriously attempting to convince my husband that it’s in our budget for me to take:

Elsie’s Retro Beauty School

Home Ec

I really might die if I can’t take them… just saying.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My favorite color

My favorite color changes with the seasons, the weeks, the fashions, the time of day, whatever. But recently, one has come around and stuck.  I simply can’t get over that lovely shade of vintage mint green (more accurately, “seafoam green”)!  I have several items in my home that reflect my love:
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See what I mean?! Out. of. Control….It’s only fueling the fire…
My other favorite color is grey… don’t get me started…
What’s your favorite color?
xo,
Chels

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dakota Fanning

Looks so pretty and grown up in the August issue of Marie Claire magazine! I love the sort of school girl-glam-rock theme in the shoot.

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She’s only sixteen, but it’s so funny to her with front teeth and sans short little blonde bob! Quite a departure from this:

 

p.s. have I mentioned how much I am loving the pale skin trend? I have long since accepted that I am a pasty pale Scottish girl with no claim to any sort of pigment, but it’s fantastic to finally see others embracing the same! Pale girls, unite!

I hope your week is going smoothly. I’m already wishing it were Friday!!

xo,

Chels

Monday, July 19, 2010

the mondays…

Oh goodness… I can’t seem to find my feet today.  It’s just been one of those weeks and it seems to have spilled over into my weekend and clear across into the next week… allergies aren’t helping either.  I hate the feeling of being in a funk…

The above is a {blurry} picture of our once blank kitchen wall. Thanks to a few vintage trays (and some newer John Derian ones) our kitchen finally feels complete. It’s funny how one small missing piece finishes an entire puzzle.

How was your weekend?

xo,

Chels

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Channeling Audrey

I watched Roman Holiday a few days ago, so naturally, I couldn’t resist doing my best Audrey yesterday at work! 
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A high pony tail, side-swept bangs, winged blacked eyeliner, coral lips and a vintage 50s top with cap sleeves made me feel like a Fair Lady.
I hate to be one of those cliche girls who says Audrey Hepburn is one of my style icons… but Audrey Hepburn is one of my style icons. She always looked chic, no matter what she was wearing! She was kind of the Jennifer Aniston of that time.  Even though most pictures we see of her are from movies like Breakfast At Tiffany's, every once in a while you see a photo of her in a more natural light. Those are the ones I love to study…

I’m getting very anxious for the weekend. How about you? It’s been sort of an interesting week around here {read: LONG}. I hope yours going a bit more smoothly!
xo,
chels

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

just friends…

it’s not you, really. It’s me… I think I just want to be friends.

{I just broke up with you online, and you didn’t even see it coming. Word}

Ease your pain and be my friend on Facebook! 

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You could also stalk me a little on Twitter. 

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But this doesn’t mean we’re getting back together…

xo,

Chels

In keeping with our rainbow theme…

Think of the possibilities you’d have with a space where you could feel totally free to splatter paint everywhere and paint stars on your kitchen cabinets and use every surface of your home as a test canvas… It’s funny, really, because it just occurred to me that I DO have this freedom, if I choose. Bear and I own our house.  We could paint Van Gogh’s Starry Night all over our walls and no one could tell us to stop. And as much as I’d love to, I never will….
Isn’t it strange that we who are homeowners truly do have this freedom, yet regardless of the desire we might feel to be this out-of-the-box with our designs, we don’t take advantage of the fact that our entire house is a blank canvas?! Maybe actual restrictions aren’t the problem. Maybe it’s all mental.  And maybe I’m about to go all Wassily Kandinsky on my walls. We’ll have to see.
{side note: I used this Wassily Kandinsky painting as a mural in my bedroom when I was in high school.

yeah, I was cool like that. My mother just recently painted over it. Sad day. I’ll have to have her send a picture so I can show you.}
I hope you’re enjoying your Wednesday. Go out there and enjoy the rainbows. Like this guy.
xo,
Chels

It’s so bright and intense….

This is my current favorite video. I CAN’T NOT LAUGH WHEN I WATCH IT! Oh my gosh…

It was made as a spoof of this one, which is JUST as funny!

Go ahead. you know you want to….

And you’re welcome.

xo,

Chels

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just a reminder…

and I really appreciate you reading, commenting, shopping, and really just being there throughout this journey.

You guys are pretty awesome. Thanks.

xo,

Chels

Our Weekend Hike

We went out to Red Rock Canyon this weekend and did what we thought would be some quick, easy hiking… turns out there’s only one way onto and off of the canyon that doesn’t involve leaping to your death- something we clearly hadn’t brought the right equipment for- so we spent quite a while just wandering.  I took a pretty awesome fall that has resulted in a bruise on my hind-side and I got stung by something, but it was very pretty and we got to have some fun together at least!

At the trailhead:

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Rapelling pleateau:

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A good view of the opposite side of the canyon wall and the pond:

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Taking a quick break:

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Realizing we might be lost…

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He’s got his phone out… yep. We’re lost…

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Trying to decide whether making the jump is worth it….

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Look who found an exit! See that little flash of red? That’s our car! Perfect!

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So that was our little day trip. It was our first time to the canyon and I don’t think we’ll be returning even though we really did have a lot of fun being lost together!  Sometimes getting lost is the best part… as long as you’re with someone you love!

xo,

Chels

Monday, July 12, 2010

Grey Nail Polish

is amazing. I recently purchased Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic and I love it!

It’s not too purple, and not too grey, and best of all- NON metallic! It looks just like the name says it would: chic!

I’ve been wearing it for over a week with very little chipping (which only came after a long hike on some slipper rocks!), and it’s officially my new favorite nail color.
have you tried it?
xo,
Chels

Giveaway Winner

First I want to thank all of you so much for participating in the giveaway!  It was super fun to hear all your favorite summer pastimes (most of them included swimming or some body of water- one of my favorites too!)

And without further ado, our Red Dirt Revival Mini-Vintage Giveaway Winner is……

Kayla!!!

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Thanks for entering, Kayla! If you’ll email your address to me, I’ll get your goodies in the mail!

Also, Kayla has a wonderful blog that you should definitely check out!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!

xo,

Chels

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Giveaway!

Earlier this week I mentioned that I had been organizing my inventory and found some pretties that I just love! Today, my friends, we’re giving it away! 

YAAAAYYYYY!!!!!

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Included in this giveaway:

-Two vintage paint-by-number paintings (dated 1957 on the back)

-Whimsical Vintage child’s rosary

-Pretty little vintage floral enamel brooch

-Super cute vintage brass squirrel

-A whole lotta lovin’ from me.

 

Rules to Enter:

All you have to do for a chance to win is be a follower of the Red Dirt Revival Blog (go to the window on the right labeled “Followers” and select “Follow”)

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and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite summer pastime! For an extra entry, tweet about our giveaway and make sure you add @reddirtrevival!

THAT’S IT! I will randomly choose a winner Sunday evening and announce the winner on Monday!

Gear up for the weekend, folks! And stay cool!

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xo,

Chels