Another black dress

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I love wearing dark colors. The majority of my wardrobe is black and I’ve been challenging myself to wear and buy clothing with more color and patterns. But, gah! It’s so hard. I made an exception and bought this little tank dress from Old Navy when they were having a $10 dress sale(I can’t resist those). It spoke to me because it’s short, sleeveless, and blousy! Perfect for this Memphis heat! I purchased the dress with the promise that I would wear it with something that popped! And so, I did. I’m really into the current kimono trend. They’re perfect statement pieces for the summer. It can change a little simple black shift dress into something more. I was drawn to this one, because of the vibrant, bold floral design and the fringe on the hem. Cute, right? I also added this white Fish bone necklace from Tatty Devine! It really stands out against my all black ensemble. How do you jazz up your simple dresses?

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Dress- Old Navy Shift Dress

Kimono-Red Velvet Memphis(Sold out) similar here

Necklace-Tatty Devine- Fishbone Necklace (purchased second hand from Red Velvet)

Purse-Margot Foldover Clutch

Gingham on my mind 

 

I’ve been dreaming of the perfect  gingham dress for summer and I’ve finally found it!

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I picked this blue and white gingham dress up from Target and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s 100% cotton, so comfortable and breezy! The skirt is very full giving it a fun vintage inspired look. The dress is available in a small up to XXL!

 

Are you on board with the gingham trend? I can’t get enough! 

 

 

April-What I’m into

Or rather what I was into in April. 🙂 I always plan to participate in this link up,  but I forget about it or lose track of time and just scrap the idea all together. Not this time! I am linking up for Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into prompt

Reading– I only read two books in March. Actually if I’ve being honest, I started both of these in March, but finished them in April. Still counts!

I have been in love with Taraji Henson forever. I don’t watch Empire(it’s on my list), but I’ve watched her in so many tv/movies and have fallen in love with her personality from following her on social media. Her memoir, Around the Way Girl does not disappoint. It’s in her voice so it’s hilaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarious, but also does a very good job of telling her life’s story. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.
The second book I read was “I’m Judging you” by comedian/activist/blogger Luvvie Ajayi. I love her blog and enjoy her on social media, but I wasn’t a big fan of the book. It should’ve been a short read, but I could barely get into it. It started off strong and just petered out. I was hoping for a collection of essays that would make me laugh and give me something to think about, but it just fell flat on everything. It wasn’t a good book or a bad book. Just meh.

Watching– I recently reinstated my Funimation account. Funimation is like Netflix for anime and man have I got my money’s worth. I watched a lot last month but my favorites were Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid  and Interviews with Monster Girls.The latter being my favorite. It’s about monster girls trying  in a normal world trying to navigate high school life. It’s super cute!

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Listening -KENDRICK LAMAR-DAMN!

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End of category! That album is so damn good. I don’t have to skip a track. The entire album is great. I’m not even tired of Humble which has been playing EVERYWHERE!

Oot and aboot – I participated in a fashion show. The theme was Evolution of Fashion and I was privileged enough to have my vintage clothing on the runway. It was a great experience which I will blog about soon. I also got a new job! I’m a shop girl at the cutest shop in downtown Memphis.

Creating-NOTHING! Which I should definitely be doing. I did see a cute tutorial for mini pot planters on A Beautiful Mess.

Crushing on

From Left to Right, From top to bottom

1. Flower Watercolor Print  2. P.S. I Love You Pin 3. Floral Enamel Brooch Set 4. 70s Pastel Dress 5. Pink Wrap Dress

Daydreaming-about leaving the city for a getaway! Lots of things have been getting in the way of that. But I am dreaming of escaping for a little bit and exploring a new city.

And a new car. Mine is on the fritz.  🙁

So glad I posted in time to participate in this prompt. Check out what other bloggers were up to in April here!

Mint Cream Vintage Expo 2017

Mint Cream Vintage Expo 2017 is almost here!

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Mint Cream Vintage Expo is an event that showcases the best in vintage clothing, jewelry, shoes, toys, and furniture from local trailer park vintage retailers. Including yours truly. The expo will be held at Tad’s Imaginarium which is the most unique venue in Memphis. It’s an indoor  trailer park covered from ceiling to floor in industrial art created by Tad. Truly a must-see. This is Mint Cream’s second expo and if it’s anything like last year’s, it will be a blast!

 

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Amy (the creator of Mint Cream Expo) and I at the expo last year.

 

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This year’s expo will also have entertainment! Los Psychosis will be playing, hair demos, a classic car show and a fashion show! The expo is May  7th from 11AM until 7PM at Tad’s Imaginarium. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Pop up!

On March 19th, Hearts and Hearts participated in the first Sunday Vintage Pop Up Market. The Sunday Vintage Pop Up will be a monthly pop up market held on the Fuel Cafe patio. There were vintage vendors, handmade sellers, and yummy brunch (and mimosas!) provided by Fuel Cafe. I had one of their breakfast quesadillas and I can tell you they are superb. Here are some photos from the event.

 

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It was a lot of fun. I met a lot of people, hung out with friends, did some networking and made some sales! All in all, a successful pop up. The next pop up is in April. Hope to see you there!

 

 

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HBD

Happy birthday to me!
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Well…it’s not technically my birthday, but I celebrate all month long. Yep. I’m one of those people. I celebrate by treating myself to my favorite things all of March.
Fresh tulips! Cupcakes and cookies for lunch. Baskin Robbins for dinner. Taking advantage of ModCloth sales (bought 5 dresses from the stylish surprise sale)! Lunch and brunch dates!! Using vacation days just to sleep in. Tickets to see Radiohead in New Orleans in less than a month! Little things that make my day brighter.
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Happy March!

Birthday Trip to New Orleans

I spent my birthday weekend  in Nola. I needed a fun, but quick getaway and at only a 6 hour drive away New Orleans seemed perfect. And it was.
I spent 4 days and 3 night in that magical town. Exploring the neighborhoods, eating so much amazing food, visiting museums, meeting new people, listening to live jazz and blues, shopping, drinking, and just relaxing and enjoying a new city.
I won’t bore you with every single detail of my trip, but I will give you my top 3!

1.Drinks at the Carousel bar!

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Carousel bar is a located in the lobby of Hotel Monteleone. The bar includes a piano bar in the back with comfy booths and a faux-starlit sky on the ceiling, but the main draw for me was the actual carousel bar where the bar gets its name from.  Yep! This bar has a working vintage carousel with a bar in the center. I was told that it was hard to get a seat at the actual carousel, but I was lucky and got one of those coveted 25 seats! The carousel doesn’t move very fast, only making one full rotation every 15 minutes. I got two of their signature cocktails-a Pimm’s cup and a Vieux Carre. I enjoyed the drinks and the atmosphere of the place. i can see why it was frequented by literary greats Faulkner, Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams.

2.Mardi Gras Indian parade

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The Mardi Gras Indians are a group of black carnival revelers in New Orleans. They perform during Mardi Gras and on Super Sunday/Saint Joseph’s Day. I had no idea who the Mardi Gras Indians were or what Saint Joseph’s Day was, but my Uber drivers, bartenders, store owners all mentioned it as something worth seeing, so I went!
It wasn’t very organized like a proper parade. It felt more like a gathering or a block party, which I enjoyed! Waves of people hanging out, eating, and drinking crowded the street. Every 10 minutes or so, a group(tribe) of Mardi Gras Indians would walk down the street in amazing giant feathered costumes playing drums. The crowd would part to let them do their thing dancing along with them and after that was done, the crowd would go back to hanging out until the next group arrived.

3.Le Pig Mac

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I had the most amazing sandwich from Cochon Butcher. Le Pig Mac-2 all Pork Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickle, Onion on Sesame Bun
I mean…do I need to say anything about this sandwich?!
Just looking at that pic makes me want to drive back! I love New Orleans and can’t wait to go back again.

On my wishlist 

  

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Hedgehog brooch from Funlola’s Workshop Warning: Everything in the shop is extremely adorable! Handmade with polymer clay and lots of love, this little hedgehog brooch is beyond perfect.  I love peeking into the making of Funlola’s creations through her Instagram account. The time she takes on each item is reflected in her art. 

Headphones and Warpaint, an original painting by JesLesemannHughes Art

I love everything about this painting by Jes. 

Grappas and Tapas Dress

Love the style and bright bold colors of this dress. I’ve been debating back and forth about getting it for my birthday. 

Redonda Beach Romp Sandal
It’s starting to warm up around here. Flat strappy sandals are a staple in my wardrobe and these gold ones are so cute! 

February

  
February was filled with lots of brunches, dinner dates with friends, mirror/outfit selfies because I’m becoming more comfortable with my body, cupcakes,  voting, new comics, new friends, knitting a scarf even though it’s warming up, workouts, Dr. Seuss week with my preschool class, and finding  the perfect purse (the rainbow one in the middle!) while thrifting! 

70s Dream Dress

Oh, you know. Just hanging out in a(nother) dress I originally purchased for the shop, that ended up in my own closet. Actually, this dress has barely been in my closet. I love it so much that I’ve been wearing it any chance that I can get. 70s flowy, lightweight, bohemian, floral dresses are my jam. And this one ticks all of those boxes and makes me feel super cute!

 

 

(Dress-Thrifted, boots-Modcloth Steadfast Style Boots in Brown)