Spring Date // Hers and His


Today, I have put together a collection of some of my favourite (read wishful-thinking) things for the spring to summer transitions for date days. I'm thinking picnic in the woods, garden centres, and vintage hunting. 

For Her
1 // 2 // // 4 // 5 // 6

For Him
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

The Date
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

And there you have it; everything you could need for the perfect spring date! 

I hope you have a lovely day.  

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Antique Mall

I kind of love antique malls, thrift stores, and reconstruction shops. I love looking at all the old things that were once loved by someone and now are waiting to be loved again. 

Recently, my hometown had a rather large independent furniture retailer close down, and in its place came my absolute favourite shop ever: the most intensely huge indoor antique mall! Nick and I spent Sunday afternoon with his aunt and uncle wandering around, and there were so many treasures to behold. 

I loved the old maps and posters, the old clothing (obviously), and the fabulous collection of vintage cameras. Nick's aunt and uncle left with a few old wagon wheels, a rusty tractor seat (which they plan to turn into a bar stool), and a very cool tin bucket that was once used for fishing. 

I am always a fan of the Pyrex and Corningware casserole and mixing bowls from the 60s and 70s, as well as old tea cups. I'd like to plant an herb garden in vintage teapots someday, and have a kitchen filled with cute retro things. Of course, right now, that's a long ways off, but a girl can dream right?

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My Crochet Project Bucket List

Spring is everywhere. I am stuck inside this next week to finish all my final papers ( ...because I'm a procrastinator), and all I want to do is crochet and help Nick plant the garden. The problem is that I can't crochet and write papers at the same time, and we haven't had the last frost yet, so planting is out for a few more weeks. 

That being said, man, as soon as I am let loose, I have a bucket-list of projects I can't wait to embark on.



That first blanket is knitted, but there are crochet stitches that will give you a similar look. The block colours on it remind me of croquet sticks. 
The dishcloths are just lovely, and would make excellent gifts. I love the vibrant red, and the adorable plaid ribbon tying them together.
I haven't quite figured out how to do a crochet pillow yet, but I will! That creamy white will match with my room's colour palette.
The last blanket is very similar to the one I am working on for my friend Maria (you can find her blog here!), who is getting married in a few months. The colours are just perfect. 
I have a few other projects of my own that are near completion, so they'll hopefully be up soon. In the meantime, I have a lot of pages of intelligent academic garble to write. 
Do you have any projects you are working on? Leave a link in the comments, and I would love to stop by! And don't forget to follow along using the buttons below, or under my profile. I love to connect with my readers! 

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Black and Blue and Breakin' Rules

Whoever decided that you couldn't wear black and blue together clearly did not think that particular faux-pas through. 

Besides being the name of one of my favourite Backstreet Boys albums, the colour combo is one of my go-to's now that I have these cobalt blue paints that literally match with nothing else in my wardrobe. I'm not brave enough to wear them with Barbie Pink, or bold and nautical red and white stripes (though I am sure they would look good with both), so I find myself turning - more often than not - to a simple white or black shirt to tone them down. 

I also have featured a second major fashion 'Do-Not' in this outfit: stripes and plaid. I guess that once I realized I had broken one rule of fashion, I figured I might as well carry on with my brilliance and go full out. And not only will I break the fashion rules, I'll do it while also belting out various melodies from The Backstreet Boys - when they were still the way I knew and loved them ...back in 1999. (NOTE: I didn't actually sing, but only because it was cold, starting to drizzle, and Nick would have turned around and walked away if I started into 90s pop music.)

Remember BSB's album 'Millennium?' That bad boy was the soundtrack of my tween years - and the term 'tween' hadn't even been coined yet. I had a mad crush on Brian (because who didn't??) and secretly thought Nick was trying too hard to be pretty (wasn't he?). Still, it was BSB for me. You would not have caught me dead with an N'Sync CD. To this day, I still couldn't tell you what N'Sync sang besides 'Bye Bye Bye', which is fine because JT moved on to bigger and better things anyway. He and Jimmy Fallon have a place in my heart. But it's a completely different (and relatively smaller) place than that which is occupied by Brian, Nick, Howie, AJ, and Kevin. To them, I will be loyal. Right up to my wardrobe choices, apparently.

Really though, I think the only reason either of these combos work is because the stripes and plaid are subtle, and the cobalt blue pants become the feature since I've sandwiched them between a black top and black flats. I contemplated putting on red wedges, but it just seemed to push things too colouredly disproportionate. And, well, you know me, I hate it when my outfits are disproportionate. 

So black and blue it is ...because I secretly hope my boys would be proud.

shirt(s) // Smart Set
cropped pants // Joe Fresh
flats // Nine West, thrifted
bag // American Living, thrifted

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