2017 was a little rocky for me from beginning to the end. I have such high hopes for 2018 because it’s already starting better than last year. I usually do resolutions on my birthday, but I woke up, got on social media and was inspired by everyone’s goals and wishes for the new year that I decided to jump in too.
Due to some health issues, I had to have blood work done at the end of 2017 and what do you know!? Almost everything is out of whack. Luckily, most of it can be solved by losing weight which I have struggled with over the last couple of years. I have a new FitBit and gym membership. Time to get to work! I plan on being active by going to the gym, taking my dog on walks and not just letting her out, and roller skating! It has been far too long since I’ve laced up my skates.
Since 2011, I’ve always participated in the Goodreads reading challenge. It’s a great way for me to keep myself accountable and get suggestions on books. I didn’t meet my goal of 50 last year so I’m lowering the goal to 20 books for 2018. Much more attainable. I’m also going to carve out a little time each day to read. The first book on the list is a book I technically started in 2017, The Changeling.
Grow My Business
In 2017, Hearts and Hearts did more than double the sales it did in 2016. I’m so proud of my little business and I want to grow even more! I learned a lot about what sells and what doesn’t, when to list and how to drive traffic to my site through social media. In 2018 I want to double my sales from 2017! With the knowledge I have from the previous year, I’m pretty positive I can do it!
2017 was not a year of travelling for me. I intend to change that this year. I want to go back to Europe and meet up with a couple of friends, travel to new cities stateside and I want to do something I’ve never done-go on a cruise! My travelling always consists of exploring and museums -which I love! But I want to just go chill and lay out by the pool or a beach for a week. Drink some frou frou drinks and enjoy the sun, ya know?!
I’ve blogged for over 15 years in some shape or form. Over the last 4 years it’s been less and less consistent. This year I want to put more time and effort into it. I want to share tips and advice for selling vintage, buying vintage. I want to share my travel adventures, my outfits, my struggles, my wins–EVERYTHING!
Happy 2018 y’all! Did you make any resolutions? What are your hopes for the new year? Any tips for me to stay consistent blogging? Have a book recommendation? Let me know in the comments!
October was a whirlwind of a month. I felt like I was going, going, going all month long. Business wise, I had two pop ups. Hearts and Hearts Vintage was one of 5 vintage vendors at Tako’s Treasures for 3 weeks and the second was a weekend pop up at Red Velvet.
I was successful at both, but I’m taking a pop-up break. For November, I’ll be focusing on growing my brand, sourcing and organizing inventory and hopefully filling my shop up to the brim with new items!
I went to Nashville earlier in the month. Sadly, I didn’t do any exploring of the city. It was a one day shopping trip. Pin-Up Girl Clothing (PUG) was hosting a yard sale! PUG dresses usually retail for $100-$350, but at their infamous yard sales nothing is more than $60. Of course I made that 4 hour trip up the highway to shop, shop, shop! I’ve heard the legends of these yard sales and knew that it was going to be worth it. They hosted a contest to get early entry and as someone who HATES LINES I wanted it more than anything. The contest required reposting images once a day on either Facebook or Instagram. 3 people from each social media site would be given 10 minutes early entry to shop with a friend. I entered of both and I won…BOTH! None of my friends accompanied me on the trip so I asked two girls who are customers at the boutique I work at and they were thrilled. We all had great hauls and I’m sure my dresses will make a cameo on the blog some day soon.
The rest of the month was spent working and being way more social than I’m used to. Everyone and their mom was born in October so I had a few birthday parties and dinners to attend. I had a good October, but my body was over it and I came down with the flu the last week of the month and missed all Halloween activities. I’m still not 100%, but I’m finally feeling better.
Somebody remind me to get a flu shot in September next year!
It’s fall in the south, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Our temperatures have wavered between 75 and upwards to 90 degrees the last couple of weeks. This is not me complaining. 85 degrees is a welcome escape from the hot hot heat of a Memphis summer.
During a Memphis autumn I’m constantly wearing summer dresses with cardigans and booties. It’s my go-to look. I recently purchased this dress from The Dainty Hoof and it is already one of my favorites. Its bright yellow and bold colored flowers just make me feel cheery! The peter pan collar is adorable and it has pockets! POCKETS!
I absolutely adore this dress and I’m sure it’ll get another wear before the temperature drops! I’m counting down until the weather gets cooler.
What’s the weather like where you are? Are you transitioning your summer style into fall? Let me know!
Until recently, I hadn’t worn a skirt in at least 5 years. My midsection is where I carry most of my weight and it makes me self-conscious to wear pants/skirts. I mostly stick to dresses-with empire waists or skater dresses as they flatter my body type. But this summer, I wanted to love my body, flaws and all. Also-there are way too many cute skirts out here for me to worry about my pooch being on display. So, skirts have made their way into my outfit rotation.
I’ve been pairing them with graphic tees, camis, and my summer staple- a denim vest. I’m glad I decided to try something out of my norm. It adds another dimension to my wardrobe and wearing them has made me feel more positive about my body. It highlights the part of my body I’m most self-conscious about, but I still feel cute and confident when I wear them. Who knows!? Maybe I’ll be wearing jeans next!
Hearts and Hearts Vintage has a couple of exciting things planned for October. First up is Tako’s Treasures-a vintage pop up market in downtown Memphis for the month of October. For the entire month Erica of Tako’s Treasures is curating a vintage and art market featuring local vendors and artists. I’m so excited to be getting the exposure that this location gives. The space is amazing and it is filled with amazing vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, house wears…you get the point. If you’re local, definitely check it out! It’s located at 7 N. Main, Downtown Memphis from 11am-7PM every day in October!
Not in Memphis? Most of the vendors can be found online!!
Trashy Diva is having a sale on their sale section! 50% off of items that are already significantly cheaper than their original prices. Know what that means?! It means I purchased my first TD dress! I’m so excited to get it and I hope it fits. *crosses fingers*
The Crybaby Club (shoutout to Memphis’ own Natalie, the creator) is having a sale on their pins all week long. $5 for these awesome enamel pins. Including my favorite and most worn, the Memphis Heart enamel pin.
Not a sale, but Funlola’s Workshop (another Memphis shop) had a shop update with lots of new items added to her shop. My favorite are the succulent necklaces! Have a visit to her shop and follow her on Instagram for behind the scene looks on how she creates her pieces. Each one is amazing and painstakingly detailed.
We had a rare under 90 degree day in Memphis so I spent the day in one of my favorite vintage dresses usually reserved for fall. I usually stay as far away from my polyester vintage as possible during the summer, but this one is so breathable and so darn cute, I pulled it out.
So many things about this dress make it my favorite. The color, the accordion skirt, the button up top, and hello!! I could match it to one of my pairs of spectacles! I purchased it from one of my favorite Instagram shops, Shop Maeberry! Instagram shopping will be the end of me! It has replaced Etsy for my go to vintage shopping.
I bought this dress a couple of months ago, but haven’t worn it until today. It’s from the Victoria Beckham collection at my fave, Target. I loved the silhouette and the mod-ish look so I had to have it (and two others from her collection).
I paired it with black and white bangles and my new bag. A black straw circular purse that I picked up while thrifting in Little Rock, Arkansas last weekend. I’m a sucker for straw/wicker bags and I was happy to add this unique one to my collection.
I spent last weekend I’m Dallas. I had a great time visiting my dad and other family members and being tourist in my old stomping grounds. I lived in DFW for a total of 10 years so it’s always fun to go back and visit. I usually don’t visit Texas in the summer because Texas, but I made an exception because the Dallas Museum of Art had an exhibit I REALLY wanted to see. México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde featuring Frida Kahlo.
I first came to know Frida’s work through an art appreciation class in college and of course the academy award winning movie Frida. I fell in love with her story and her paintings, specifically “The Two Fridas”. That painting both fascinates and kind of creeps me out, but I looooooove it. When I found out it would be on exhibit I knew I had to plan a trip around the dates it would be on display.
Seeing “The Two Fridas” up close and personal was amazing. I was there right as the museum opened so I had a chance to enjoy it by myself and take it all in. Well, me and the guard who reprimanded me for getting too close to the rope separating the painting from the guests. Hehe. It was everything I expected and more. Such a special feeling to see something you’ve loved and learned about for years.
Frida was my main draw but I loved seeing Diego, Orozco and the differing paintings of Nahui Olin (who was apparently everyone’s muse). The entire exhibit was wonderful. And if it weren’t ending today, I would tell you to make sure to see it if you’re in the DFW area.
I did a lot of eating on this trip. Whataburger is always a must during my visits to Texas as well as Taco Cabana and In and Out. I also ate at some local places, the stand out being Milk and Cream. They are a desert shop that sells donut ice cream sandwiches. Yep. Ice cream between a donut. The process is pretty simple. First pick your bun type (plain or glazed). Then you pick ice cream flavors and lastly you choose one topping.
I got vanilla between a plain donut with sliced almonds as a topping and it was delicious. The bun was warm and was the perfect accompaniment to the ice cream. Everything I ate in Dallas was delicious, but when I got back home this week I knew a detox was in order. I’m currently on a diet. Not removing anything from my diet, just making smarter choices and making it a habit to visit the gym more regularly.
Oh, oh, oh! I went shopping at Daiso also known as a Japanese dollar store!! But that’s a whole other post. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!
Hunger by Roxanne Gay. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for years. I preordered and forgot about the release date, so it was a lovely surprise to get it in the mail. I thought I’d devour this book in a day, but I couldn’t. It’s such a raw, powerful memoir about Roxane Gay’s relationship with food, self-image and weight. It was so emotional that I couldn’t just speed through it. I had to take breaks and emotionally process the chapters, but I finished it. It’s a fantastic read and I recommend it to anyone of any size.
I’ve ever watched Big Brother or Bachelorette but I’m tuning in for the current seasons and I’m enjoying it. I have a few issues with the shows (a racist contestant for a black bachelorette? The bullying in Big Brother!) but I’m still tuning in every week.
June was a busy month. I saw Wonder Woman TWICE, cookouts every weekend, participated in a pop-up, treated myself to Hello Kitty Cafe treats and fostered a puppy for Alive Rescue. She was adopted this week!
Visiting family in Dallas and seeing the Frida exhibit at the Dallas Museum ofArt. I’m so looking forward to seeing the Two Fridas.