I had so much fund doing my first thrift haul, I decided to do a second! Doing these videos has been a much bigger challenge than I anticipated, and I have a newfound respect for all the thrifting Youtubers I watch now. But it’s also getting easier as I go along. I think I’m getting the hang of it!

In this thrift haul, I talk a little about some of my recent finds at my favorite thrift store, Circle Thrift, as well as my favorite online platform for buying and selling secondhand clothing, Poshmark. I also shared a few items I found at a new store to me, the Savers in Willow Grove. I recently took an awesome thrifting class with Nadene of Thrifty Business with Jay & Nay there, so I’m sharing some of my finds from that class.

In this thrift haul, I talk a little about finding two of my ‘holy grails’ of thrifting — things I have been looking out for for months, even years, and finally found. This time, I managed to find my first Burberry piece and some amazing gold-plated flatware similar to the set I’ve been coveting at West Elm. What are some of your thrifting holy grails? Have you ever found one?

I’m realizing now that I have so much to learn if I want to keep doing these videos — lighting, equipment, editing, etc. But I hope you enjoy these early vlogging attempts as much as I loved making them! As before, I’m completely open to constructive feedback, and I’d love to know what sorts of things you’d like to see in future videos.

If you liked this post, you might want check out my first haul video! You can also read more about my favorite places in Fishtown, or how to get started buying and selling on Poshmark

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This post was generously sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.

I’m one of those weird people who loves winter — the cold, the snow, the holidays, all of it. And I particularly love winter style, with cozy sweaters, sleek jackets, and lots of layers.

Vintage Winter Style paired with a JORD watch

A few weeks ago, the folks at JORD generously sent me one of their watches for review. I’ve been wanting to do a vintage fashion post for a long time, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to finally show off my vintage style.

Vintage Winter Style paired with a JORD watch

My key to wearing vintage is to mix it with modern basics — here, a vintage 60’s jacket and scarf with jeans and a tee. The scarf is from my collection of vintage tourist scarves, and shows a map of Paris — although I happened to stumble upon it in New York City. The jacket, in a cobalt blue that doesn’t feel dated at all, was a Salvation Army find. The inside label reveals its provenance as being from Erlebacher Washington DC, a high-end store that was a favorite of Jackie O. The best part of thrifting for vintage, for me, is getting to wear these pieces that abound with stories and history.

The beautiful JORD woman’s watch I selected is perfect year-round, but particularly easy to pair with outfits that epitomize my winter style, and looked right at home with my vintage pieces. I love the play of colors between the blues and greens in this outfit.

Vintage Winter Style paired with a JORD watch

From the moment I opened my JORD watch in its beautiful box, I was impressed with how beautiful and obviously well made it is. I chose the Dark Sandalwood and Emerald women’s watch, which was an easy choice because it pairs two of my favorite colors, and was so excited to start pairing it with my thrifted and vintage finds.

Vintage Winter Style paired with a JORD watch

Another of my keys to wearing vintage is selecting timeless, high-quality pieces that look at home with any outfit and wear beautifully over time. This vintage Coach purse is one of my favorite items in my closet, and only looks better year after year. I love mixing black and brown, and the gold details on the unique watch and the classic purse tie them together beautifully. I know they’re going to be my go-to winter style accessories.

Vintage Winter Style paired with a JORD watch

outfit details: Jacket: vintage Erlebacher Washington DC / Scarf: vintage map  of Paris scarf/ Purse: vintage Coach / Jeans: Madewell  / Watch: c/o JORD

If you’d like a JORD wood watch of your own, you can enter here to win a $75 credit towards a watch of your own. Giveaway closes 12/4!

I hope you liked this vintage winter style post! If this is something you’d like to see more of in the future, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments.


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First I put together a room inspired by my pinterest pins, and you, my lovely readers, asked if I could do a budget version. So I put together a living room for under $1000. Which, I get, is still a lot of money. So you challenged me to go even more budget. So here it is: a sleek, minimalist, midcentury bedroom for under $500.

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For this post, I wanted to emulate a minimalist, midcentury look. Here are a few examples of the look I was going for:

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how to put together a DIY budget bedroom for under $500:

It was really important to me not to sacrifice style as I was putting together this post, but you do  have to make some concessions somewhere in order to save money. In this room, you’ll need a bit of elbow grease and willingness to do some DIY. But the end result, I think, would look amazing.

Bed + Headboard:

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Start with an inexpensive platform bed – the Braxton Studio Platform Bed from Wayfair is only $222.* I love how high end it looks in the Walnut stain!

Instead of a traditional headboard, go with an inexpensive DIY option. The best part about this is the flexibility — you can always go back and switch it up later for a relatively small cost. I love the tassel garland found on this Apartment Therapy Post:

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There are lots of tutorials for making something similar around the web — here’s one.

Total cost: approx. $250

Dresser:

For the dresser, you have two options: refinishing a Craigslist find, or if a good Craigslist option is hard to come by, tackling an Ikea hack. Thankfully, there are lots of amazing Ikea hack tutorials available around the web. Here are a couple of my favorites:

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I love the minimalist, midcentury look of this elegant Ikea hack from Earnest Home Co.

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A completely different look that would still feel at home in my inspiration rooms, this lacquered Ikea hack from Lindsey Crafter looks so sleek and high end!

Total cost: approx. $75 for dresser and supplies

Rug:

resize-1Rugstudio to the rescue again! This sleek herringbone rug is discontinued, so it’s reduced to only $24.00 for the 2×3 size.

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And I’m in love with the stunning pattern of this rug, a bit more expensive but still completely affordable at $40 for a 2×3 rug.

Cost: $24

Midcentury Side Tables:

This is another item you might luck out with and find on Craigslist, but if you don’t, the DIY instructions from Jamie’s Home Blog make this gorgeous version seem completely doable:

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Cost: My ballpark guess for this project is around $60, although I could be way off.

Chair:

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I love this midcentury-look chair from Wayfair,* which is a fairly affordable option at $233. But that puts us over budget. So what to do? Time to get crafty again.

I’ve sourced some great midcentury chairs before on Craigslist and at local vintage stores for $40-50. There are some great guides to refinishing midcentury chairs around the internet, but this one on the DIYNetwork site seems like one of the easiest to follow.

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If I were to pick a fabric for the chair in this room, I’d probably go with something like this from Fabric.com*:

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Total cost: I’m going to ballpark this at around $100, but it could vary a lot based on how much the chair costs, how much work it needs, and what materials you already have on hand.

Approximate Cost of the Room: $510

Adding together all the elements, including an approximate cost for supplies, this room clocks in at around $510. Shopping carefully for materials and using things you already have on hand should keep the cost firmly under $500. Even a few of the ideas could be incorporated into your existing decor to give a pretty significant overhaul to the look of the room.

Now that I’ve actually put this together, I’m tempted to actually use these ideas for decorating our guest room! Is that something you’d like to see?

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Last month, I spent a week in Warsaw, most of which was spent researching at the National Library. But I saved the last day of my trip to explore the flea markets of Warsaw.

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As I think I’ve mentioned previously, my MA thesis is about postcards of Warsaw at the end of World War II, and one of my goals of my trip was to come home with some additional examples. Leave it to me to make hunting through flea markets an integral part of a research trip! I ended up buying a bunch right at the last minute, as the second flea market I visited was closing for the day.

Warsaw has a few flea markets, all of which are a bit off the beaten path. The two markets I ended up visiting, the Zoo and Kolo markets, are easily accessible by public transit from the city center, and are worth the short trip.

Visiting Warsaw’s Flea Markets:

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Zoo Market:

I don’t know if it was because I was visiting off season, but I was disappointed at first by the small selection of vendors at this market. Once I started hunting, though, I realized that among the small selection at the flea market were still some real treasures.

The Zoo Flea Market is definitely a bit more upscale, a little more hipster, with a more curated selection offered by the vendors. Especially if you’re exchanging American dollars for Polish zloty, though, the prices are still extremely reasonable. The real strength of the small market was pottery and ceramics.

Zoo Bazaar Flea Market in Warsaw

A couple days previously, I had visited the excellent folklore exhibition at Zacheta (Warsaw’s national gallery of art), so I was inspired to pick up a beautiful hand painted plate that reminded me of those included in the exhibition. I also purchased a sleek white midcentury vase made in Germany.

Zoo Bazaar Flea Market in Warsaw

Visit: The Zoo Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6. You can get there on any public transit that takes you to the Warsaw Zoo, including the 13, 23, 26, or 32 trams.

Kolo Market:

Compared to the Zoo Market, the flea market at Kolo is a lot more traditional, and a lot more of an adventure. Don’t expect the vendors here to speak English, so if your Polish isn’t that great, see if you can find a Polish speaking friend to go with you.

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You can find literally everything and anything at Kolo. It was here that I finally found my postcards, sold by a sweet older man who was charmed by the fact I came all the way from Philadelphia and spoke passable Polish. He patiently sorted through all of the postcards he was selling to pick out the ones that fit the criteria for my thesis.

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It was a good thing that I was already carrying my ceramics from the Zoo market (and had also spent all of my zloty), because I was tempted by so many items at Kolo – especially these interesting carvings.

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Visit: The Kolo market is also open on weekends, from 6am-3pm (but many vendors start to wrap things up earlier). Take the 12, 13, or 24 tram to Kolo. (You might have noticed that the 13 tram conveniently goes between the Zoo and Kolo markets, if you want to hit them both like I did!)

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Do you tend to visit flea markets and thrift stores when you travel? What are some of your favorites?

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A few weeks ago, Crystal and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary, and I thought it was about time I blog the details from our wedding! I didn’t blog much about my wedding while I was planning it, which I really regret — if I could do it again, I would have budgeted time to documenting the process. I’m hoping to make up for that soon with a few DIY posts that document the projects we tackled for our wedding. In the meantime, here’s a long overdue wedding recap.

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Our wedding was a vintage inspired affair. It was held at a historic inn in my hometown, at the peak of fall in New England. It was pretty much exactly the wedding I’d always dreamed of (and thankfully, Crystal was on board with everything.)

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VENUE: We got married at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The Wayside Inn claims to be the oldest continually operating inn in the United States. I wanted our wedding location to be historic but of personal significance, and the Wayside Inn fit both of those criteria.

A great perk to picking an inn as our wedding venue was that we automatically had a unique place to house our guests the night of the wedding. One of my favorite memories of the whole evening was at the inn after the wedding, when Crystal and I joined my parents, brother, cousins, and new in-laws by a roaring fire for a glass of bourbon brought up from Kentucky for the occasion.

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INVITATIONS: Having beautiful letterpress invitations was one of my priorities. Early on in planning, we picked Ladyfingers Letterpress for our invitations, and they knocked it out of the park. They were extremely kind in working with my DIY proclivities, and helped me design a Save the Date that I could DIY with a stamp they made. (More on that in a future post!)

We sent our invitations from the historic Ben Franklin Post Office in Philly, using vintage stamps from my great-grandfather’s collection. (More about that on this post!)

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GOWNS: The great thing about being two brides is that you get to make up your own traditions and do things as you see fit. It wasn’t a given that we’d both be wearing dresses, but that’s what we decided. Because I’m a control freak, I saw Crystal’s dress before the wedding — but she didn’t want to see mine. Funny enough, we picked very different dresses that shared a lot of details, like beading at the waist.

My dress was from Silver Moon Vintage in Chicago; Crystal’s was from Sabrina Ann in Ardmore, PA. You can read more about my vintage wedding dress on this post.

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BRIDESMAIDS: As bridesmaids gifts, we bought dressing gowns from Plum Pretty Sugar, which I had been eying since they first sold their gowns on Etsy – long before we were engaged!

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I put together a collection of vintage jewelry (sourced from Etsy, Ebay, Poshmark and local flea markets) for the ladies to choose from as we were getting ready.

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BRIDESMEN: Our wedding party came together so naturally, it didn’t really seem like a question that we would both have men in our party — our brothers, and our good friend from college, Kai. The bridesmen all received ties from Bandari bow ties (which sadly now seems like it’s disappeared form the web.) The ties were made locally in Massachusetts, but from silk manufactured in Sudbury, England.

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CEREMONY: We were married at the Martha-Mary Chapel on the Wayside Inn grounds. The chapel was built by Henry Ford, and named for his wife and mother. It’s a replica of an historic New England church, and absolutely charming. Crystal’s friend and mentor from seminary, Jess, officiated for us. Her words were absolutely beautiful, and we were so honored to be one of the first couples she married.

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As if stepping back in time — or maybe a fairy tale — we were brought to and from the ceremony by a horse and carriage. We walked down the aisle to the Promenade from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, played by a quartet of students from the Boston Conservatory — friends of a family friend.

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RINGS: Both of our engagement rings are vintage; mine is Crystal’s grandmother’s, and I bought hers at A. R. Ullman in Hatton Garden while I was living in London. Our wedding bands are from Erica Weiner.

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MARIACHIS: It isn’t a celebration in my family without a Mariachi band. Except — exactly as happened at my parents’ wedding — they got lost and didn’t show up to play as we exited the chapel. Instead, they played while we took pictures, which might have been even better.

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RECEPTION: Unlike some brides, I was really adamant that our wedding not  be a tech-free wedding. Technology changes, and twenty years from now I want to remember exactly how things were like in 2014. This shot of people checking the photos they took on their phones is one of my favorites.

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FLOWERS: I don’t know why we debated for so long on who to pick for flowers, because deep down I knew we’d always go with the Frugal Flower — which is literally a five minute walk from the house I grew up in. Not only did they have sentimental value, but they did an outstanding job.

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The flowers were displayed in small salvaged jars purchased over several months from Scott Jordan of Artifact Art. These jars had sentimental value, since I had bought a couple with my grandmother on one of the loveliest days we’ve spent together in New York City. He was so great at working with us, and finding us exactly what we wanted.

As I’ve blogged about previously, the jars were displayed on silver trays and vintage frames that we’ve since repurposed as decor around our house. The table numbers were from GaugeNYC on Etsy.

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PAPER MOON: This was one detail we almost didn’t include, but in the end I really wanted. We purchased ours from PaperMoonShoppeCo on Etsy. We didn’t do a full photo booth, but just had it as a prop for people to snap photos with using their phones, and it worked just fine. It was so much fun watching guests take their photos with it throughout the evening.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: We are thankful every day that we chose the inimitable Olya Vysotskaya as our wedding photographer. We’d love to have another shoot with you soon, Olya!

Our wedding day was perfect, even with all the little things that went wrong. All of these details listed above were stitched together with the listening ears, emails, clinking mimosa glasses, and patience of beloved people in my life, making the whole wedding planning process a truly special one. Looking back now, I’ve grown even more grateful for the immense support and love we received from friends and family at the beginning of our marriage. If you’re reading this — I’m sure you know who you are — thank you!

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