January 31, 2014
Aren't braids just lovely? They are very much back, and taking the fashion world by storm right now. Now if only I had the basic motor skills to successfully attempt one. Practice makes perfect, I guess.
(Messy side braid via Once Wed, braided half up via Then Let it Be, waterfall braid via Babble, braid on braid via Refinery 29)
January 30, 2014
The other day I really discovered my design taste. I like simple things with bright colors. (Although I have been known to enjoy an occasional chunky necklace or two.)
I'm very ready for the weekend.
January 28, 2014
I am by no means an architecture enthusiast, but I am a sucker for an interesting detail. Be it an amazing wall of arched windows or a sculptural lattice, it adds a great deal of visual interest to a space.
January 27, 2014
January 24, 2014
Full skirts are so feminine and girly. I absolutely love the way that a full skirt is styled in this picture - it's got just enough edge with the palette and the necklace to where it doesn't go too Disney Princess. (Love those ladies, but you can't dress like one every day.)
I think I may need that sweater.
(Tibi skirt, J. Crew sweatshirt, La Garconne clutch, Rupert Sanderson shoes, Forward Forward necklace)
(Outfit via High Rise Fashion)
January 22, 2014
I was super excited to write this post today - the first beauty review for the blog! Out of all of the products that I use, Benefit High Beam has to be my absolute favorite. (Except for concealer, that is literally my best friend.)
This product is really great. It's not the neatest to apply (think large nail polish bottle for your face) but I just use three little dots and I can blend with my fingers. The trick is to put this where the light would naturally hit. If you aren't sure how to find those places, sit underneath a light in front of your mirror, and take note of where the light reflects. If you put this anywhere else, it can look fake.
I use it on my brow bones, cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and on my cupid's bow. (That little vee above your lip) It adds a little dimension. You can put this over your makeup, but I like to put it on under my powder because it tones down the shine.
Shine on, girlfriend.
January 21, 2014
I seem to have a problem with talking about upcoming holidays way too far in advance. (I think I started posting about Christmas in maybe November?) Oh well...I can never be accused of being unenthusiastic.
These beautiful mini cakes are the perfect contrast to all the sugary sweet, bright pink heart treats that seem to be running rampant this time of year. Don't get me wrong, the more color and girlyness (or girliness?) the better in my book, but still a little sophistication is nice from time to time.
January 20, 2014
I recently told you that I can't work in a messy environment. It really is true. Ever since I was a little girl, if my room was messy, I can't get anything done. I think it stems from something my mother taught me; "never cook in a messy kitchen".
Or maybe it's just because I am a self-proclaimed neat freak. (What's so freakish about that, I must ask?) If you follow me on Pinterest you probably have seen that I have an entire board dedicated to organization.
In light of these facts, I decided that I'm going to start slipping some organizational/cleaning posts into the "interiors" section. (Just to spice it up, you know?)
(Print via Etsy, color-coded books via Fabulous K Blog, nail polish organization via Arianna Belle, dress rack via Belle Maison 23)
January 17, 2014
Lately I've been loving black, white, and gold together. Super timeless and feels very high-end.
(Ban.do bobbi pins, coffee pot image via Sees by Sanni, kittens via Pinterest, Kohler faucet, metallic eye via Pinterest, polka dots via Lotta Agaton)
January 16, 2014
There are days when I feel like wrapping myself up in blankets, shutting off my phone, and just hibernating from absolutely everything. (Especially these past couple of days; I have been fighting the flu - emphasis on the word fighting!)
The good news? We serve a God who is always there for us. He is a "very present help in trouble". I take so much joy and peace from knowing that my God will never leave me, that He is there for me wherever I go. When I am weak and tired, He gives me strength. He is such a good God!
Let's lean on God today.
(Woods image via the wonderful Elena Morelli - seriously, her blog is visual joy!)
January 15, 2014
Mode Vintage isn't really a "personal" blog. I mean, yes, it is my blog and I do talk about stuff that is near and dear to my heart, but I don't talk about my life or anything because I like my privacy.
I do, however, want to share some things that a lot of people don't know about me. (I'd love to hear more about you, too, if you want! Share in the comments!)
2) Whenever I go to the store to buy something for myself, I always end up buying a notebook. (And then spend several hours trying to figure out what to write in it.)
3) Cheese is my favorite food.
4) My favorite thing in the whole world is this pair of stork scissors.
5) I love dogs.
6) If my desk isn't clean, I can't work.
7) I hate nail files. The sound - ugh.
8) I love knitting and crocheting. (My sister always says that I am an old woman; I also have been known to watch Bonanza and The Big Valley marathons on TV.)
9) My shoe collection is 80% high heels.
10) I was my school's poet laureate in the 4th grade. I won with a poem about pancakes.
January 14, 2014
Sunglasses are to me like peanut butter is to jelly. (It's even become a joke about me - my heels are high and my sunglasses are huge.) It's always a major achievement when I find the perfect pair. (My current ones are fabulous.)
I love tortoiseshell sunglasses. Round is preferable, with just the tiniest little flick out. Classic and chic.
(Audrey Hepburn via Girl Seeks Shoe, redhead via Tumblr, Linda Rodin via Refinery 29)
January 13, 2014
January 9, 2014
Oh monkey bread, oh monkey bread, oh how I love you, monkey bread. (To the tune of O Christmas Tree) But seriously, this stuff is addictive. So, I'm sure you can imagine just how ridiculously excited I got when I saw this recipe for Nutella Stuffed Monkey Bread Muffins from Sugar and Cloth. (That's really a mouthful - bad pun intended!)
Wow do they look good.
(Images and recipe via Sugar and Cloth)
January 8, 2014
How adorable are these illustrations? They are the work of amazing French artist Sophie Ledesma. She's been commissioned by companies from Boden to L'Oreal Paris, bringing her original and colorful designs into the world of commerce.
I think my favorite is the Merci image. It is so adorable, is it not? (Although the little boy also has a claim on my heart.)
Enjoy your Wednesday!
(All images via Sophie Ledesma)
January 7, 2014
January 6, 2014
We live in a very loud world. Not just audibly loud, but also subconsciously loud. Do you ever notice how when you try to do something important, you turn off your phone. (Maybe it's just me.) I can't get any serious work done if my phone is alerting me of every update.
Sometimes you have to literally silence everything to truly listen to God. There is a great deal of wisdom in leaving your phone at home and finding a quiet place to pray. It helps you get more in-tune with God, and less in-tune with the things of this world.
With the New Year spread cleanly out before us, let's get quieter and listen.
(Image via Tumblr)
January 3, 2014
January feels gray to me. It's right between Christmas and Valentine's day, so there isn't all that much to be prepared for. Honestly, after a very busy Christmas season, I am looking forward to having absolutely nothing to do for quite a while.
Three cheers for a slow January!