Friday, October 3, 2014

The Blogger Closet

Happy Friday, blogosphere -- I have some exciting news to share! {cue trumpets} ....

I've teamed up with Amanda from As The Wine Cork Turns and I will be taking over her @thebloggercloset on Instagram this weekend for 3 days from Saturday until Monday. Hop on over and check out my posts which will include #ootd's and hopefully some charming Charleston backgrounds since we are heading there today after work! Here are some of my recent instagrams so you can get an idea of what I'll be posting...

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and be sure to follow along with me @thebloggercloset on Instagram.  And if any of you are interested in signing up to take over The Blogger Closet instagram account for 3 days, click here.

Cheers to the freakin' weekend -- well, technically it'll be the weekend in only 6 more hours!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Black is the New Black

Looking through my wardrobe, I actually don't have a lot of black clothes or accessories. I remember in college, some of my friends would pretty much only wear black and my closet was a colorful rainbow of all colors with very little black. Anyway, winning this black purse might be one of those things that changes everything. This may shock you, but I don't think I've ever owned a black purse. Sounds kind of crazy, right? Well, If I ever did own one, I can't remember what it looked like. But - bags that are white, orange, beige with a pop of color? I've got those down. So, this will be fun. It's always good to get outside of your comfort zone. Here's to black! 

Close up of the beautiful bag I won from a Harper Loren blog giveaway - there were almost 5,000 entries and I was the lucky one! So fun, right? 

I got these leopard smoking slippers for Christmas last year and I really think they are the perfect Fall shoe. Although they give me blisters like no other. I guess this is why I have a box of bandaids waiting in the wings.  Stay blister free, friends!

Top: Madewell Crochet Mix Tee | Jeans: Loft (Modern Skinny) | Leopard Slippers: Clarks 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Goodbye Summer

Since Summer is ending over, I thought I would share one of my favorite recent beach memories. Now, we do live in North Carolina so naturally the last time I was at the beach was in the middle of last Fall - in October... That's totally normal, right?  During this trip to Topsail Island, Jake and I dipped our toes into the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.

I've been to beaches in Hawaii, Italy, California, Washington State, Iceland and now the Carolinas. I must say that Topsail beach in North Carolina was one of my favorites - mostly because of the warm water and powdery soft sand. On this particular day, I would guess that it was in the mid-80s and the water had to be at least 70 degrees. It was so warm -- it felt like bathwater!

Loving mother nature's ombre blue.

This scene reminds me of a corona commercial.

Our spot for the day. Could have stayed here for a week.

This is different than Hawaii -- stairs to the beach???

One pieces are the new two pieces.

There is really no feeling in the world like wiggling your toes in the sand... amiright? Hope you had an amazing summer -- and here's to still being able to go to the beach in the Fall. We might have to make another trip soon! I've been craving the ocean.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

What's In A Name?

Did you ever wonder where my blog name "Vintage Modern" came from? 

(Photos below are by Jagger Photography). 

When I was planning my our wedding in late 2010/early 2011 I was trying to find a theme. I noticed that I gravitated towards vintage touches - we ended up using an old typewriter instead of a guestbook, a vintage train case to hold cards and an old birdcage as the centerpiece to hold the flowers at the altar. But I also had a lot of modern ideas - my colors would be yellow and gray (I consider yellow to be more modern and gray to be more vintage). I wanted to wear a ball gown made of organza {with pockets}! I decided that I would paint my nails greige because I didn't want to be the cookie cutter traditional bride.

That is actually one of my favorite things about weddings -- that the couple gets to choose everything themselves and personalize it as much or as little as possible.

So, when people asked me, I referred to my theme as vintage/modern which I know sounds kind of odd because they seem like direct opposites. And they kind of are. But, overall, it worked! I was so happy that I got to incorporate elements that were both vintage and modern. I think it ended up exactly how I wanted it to.

I still like both vintage and modern elements and when I decided that I was going to start a blog, I thought it would be the perfect name to describe my style. I will say that I would consider myself more on the modern side now, but I recognize that I am always changing and growing and I wouldn't have had my wedding any other way... Well, maybe we can have a vow renewal in Italy for our 10 year anniversary in Summer 2021?1?!

If you want to see more of our wedding photos, be sure to check out our Wedding Chicks Feature. We just celebrated our 3 year anniversary and I must say that I can't wait to see what the next 3, 5, 10, 15+ years bring!

All photos by Jagger Photography.


Thursday, August 21, 2014


Last month Jake and I traveled to Seattle for our friend's wedding + to spend some QT with family and friends.

The more I think about it, I realize that I never really appreciated the beauty of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest [#PNW] while I lived there. I feel the same way about Hawaii. I barely looked at the waterfalls or really enjoyed the beauty when I saw it everyday. I think I took it for granted...  {{insert stay in the moment quote here}} Truthfully, being present and staying in the moment are things I've been working on for years and I'm sure I will continue to work on them for years to come.  Just some food for thought.  

Some of my favorite photos from our trip after the jump...

Rattlesnake Lake & Rattlesnake Ledge Hike 

The infamous Kerry Park. Still love that view.

Wedding wear.

103 degrees that day.

Quite possibly the cutest flower girl ever. Enjoying her blizzard after her job was done.

I miss you Seattle. Until next time.

We don't have any trips planned for a few months so I am hoping to explore Charlotte a little more and find some hidden gems. I'll keep you posted.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Quick Trip: Boston

I had the opportunity to travel to Boston earlier this Spring for a work conference. It was my first time in the beautiful, historic city and I must say that it did not disappoint. I had a free afternoon the day before the conference began and I explored Newbury Street which was within walking distance of my hotel in Back Bay.  

I walked through Boston Commons and a beautiful garden on my way to Newbury Street. 

I had my first Georgetown Cupcake. The verdict: good, but very spongey. Made me miss Trophy Cupcake back in Seattle. 

I also went into this Warby Parker location on a whim and ended up ordering new glasses. It was so fun to be in the store and try on any frames instead of doing the at home experience. I was just listening to NPR the other day and they were talking about "pop up" shops and they spoke with someone from Warby Parker who was saying they never thought they would have a brick and mortar store when they first created the website, but that customers loved to stop by the store in person to see all the choices at once.  Sometimes it's hard to narrow down only 6 pairs of glasses to try on. You really need to try on glasses in person to see what they will look like on you. I ended up ordering Fitz in Tortoise. I had been wanting a pair of glasses in tortoise so that was a fun impromptu adventure. 

I really want to go back to Boston sometime soon and I think I'll take Jake with me next time.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sunday Drive

A few months ago, Jake and I had a delicious brunch at Fahrenheit in Uptown Charlotte. It's a new restaurant on the 21st floor of the SKYE Condominiums. We checked out the view from the rooftop deck and it was spectacular. I highly recommend the restaurant. The view, the food and the ambiance were some of the best we've had in Charlotte. We tried lobster rolls, ahi tuna wontons and shared the Easter brunch entree which was ham, eggs, home fries and kale topped with a bourbon glaze.  Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. 

After brunch, Jake and I took a short 30 minute drive to Davidson, NC where Davidson College is. I've heard that the campus is beautiful. We walked around the tiny downtown and explored the campus.  I took these shots and {cue suspense}, then the unthinkable happened. 

I dropped the camera on concrete with the lens open. This has always been my greatest fear! I tried turning it on and off but it kept giving me the same error message and the barrel around the lens was slightly crooked so it wouldn't close or open all the way.

It's not a crazy expensive camera and it's 2 years old so it wasn't the absolute end of the world. But, I was sad. I spent the whole time driving home looking up repair places and trying to figure out if it would be worth it to repair it. We had several trips coming up {Charleston, NYC, Seattle} and I had planned to take a billion photos and now the camera was broken.  We got home and I started looking up this error and possible DIY ways to fix the camera. One of the suggestions was to jam the barrel back into place by slamming the camera really hard against a sofa. I'm not joking and I spent a good half and hour trying this method. It didn't work. We also tried using a credit card to pry the damaged barrel and get it back in line with the other parts of the barrel. That didn't work either.

Then I basically gave up. About 15 minutes later, the next thing I know Jake says "what will you give me if I fix the camera" and comes waltzing in the bedroom with the camera! He repaired it using a butter knife! So, the moral of the story is - sometimes I need my handy husband to fix things for me. The end.    

I leave you with the view from our apartment, at sunset.


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