Look of the Day: Black and White and Green All Over.

And then all of a sudden it is August 11th.

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I have been away for a little while mostly because I was on a surprise birthday road trip with my boyfriend (who planned AND manged to keep it a secret) to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado…and then I had to recover from my road trip, I will be posting more on that later on…hopefully the day after my birthday which is tomorrow…..wooohoooo

In the meantime I’m here to share a little photo shoot I did with my handmade skirt after a work meeting the other day. The office I “work out of” is at the LA River Center and Gardens so it’s a pretty lush green place in the middle of a very urban landscape. If this skirt seems familiar to you then you get an A+ for paying attention because it is made from the same fabric as this handmade shirt, what can I say…I like a bold black and white polka dot.
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I became best friends with this plant.

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Twirly.
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The necklace I wear almost 24/7.

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These shoes have become a fast favorite (after I broke them in and bandaged my wounds) they are comfortable flats that immediately class up an outfit.

TBT: Redwood Acres Fair.

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While I was searching through my external hard drive I found these throwback Thursday pictures from waayyy back on July 27, 2010 when I went to the Redwood Acres Fairย in Eureka, California. I always liked these pictures but I never had a place to put them…until now.

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This kid was serious about the Ferris Wheel.

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These horses have seen some things…

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Just like most Fairs it was colorful, exciting and just a little bit janky.

Snapshots: Yard Sale.

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This past weekend my boyfriend and I had a successful two-day yard sale in our front yard. It was hot and sweaty and I am still suffering from my grass allergies but I am glad we did it. We had all kinds of help from my parents on the the first day, my mom was recruited and was gently forced to stay and keep me safe. The second day Ben’s Mom and brother came and helped us out all day .

This yard sale was a little bittersweet because I sold/donated ALL of the inventory from my now shuttered online thrift store: Notnu. It was a little sad to see my carefully curated store selection go in a fire sale but it was also nice to move forward and free up all that space.

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She’s a terrible negotiator.

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All the unsold clothes are being donated to Goodwill, Dress For Success, and My Freind’s Place, check them out to see the good work they are doing. Also, consider doing some research about what kind of donations your local shelters and non-profits need instead of just dumping your good stuff off at a for profit thrift store or one of those Dare bins that usually just send the stuff to rag, the landfill or overseas.

DIY Resource: HFH ReStore.

You might have heard of Habitat for Humanity, they “provideย decent and affordable to low-income families around the world”, but have you heard about the Habitat for Humanity ReStores? Well I’m about to blow your mind because if you like thrift stores or are in the market for some new doorknobs the “Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.”ย Find one in your area HERE.

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The Restore in my area recently moved to a new location and my dad and I went to go check it out because he needs another filing cabinet. Let me take you on a little tour.

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Art for all tastes.

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Need a light bulb? washer? dryer? microwave?

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Need windows?

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I went to the Azusa location so if you see something you like, and you are in the area, then I highly recommend you get over there ASAP!

A little side note: Since the stores are donation based you never know what you are going to find, last time I was at ReStore I found a vintage Polaroid Land Camera with flash for $5 bucks…It was a very exciting day for my vintage camera collection.