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Spring Trends: Gingham


I love gingham. I’ve never met a gingham that I didn’t like. Maybe because it reminds me of picnic blankets or tea towels or pretty linens drying on the line, but gingham always makes me think of Tennessee and being in the country.

red white sleeveless gingham

When I was in middle school, I had a favorite gingham shirt. I guess it was technically more of a buffalo check (a blown out gingham with large squares of white, the base color, and mix of the two) in pink and white. (Very similar to the one above that I found on Etsy.) I often wore it with my Tretorn sneakers, also in a gingham pattern. (Confession: these were also mostly worn with tight-rolled jeans – you non-Southern-folk probably called them “pegged”, but we didn’t.) I loved that shirt, and I would still wear it if I still had it.

(Update: apparently this shirt was VERY memorable, as I wrote almost this exact paragraph a couple years back when I did another gingham post. What I didn’t tell you is that I probably remember this shirt SO much because it happened to the be the shirt I was wearing when I got really sick at school and almost threw up on my principal when my dad came to pick me up and the two of them decided to have a long chit-chat to catch up in the middle school hallway. Ah, memories.)

(Sidenote: Do you remember clothes like this? There are many times Husband and I are having a disagreement on how something happened in the past, and I say something like, “No, I remember because we were at so-and-so’s and I was wearing such-and-such.” To which Husband replies, “Of course you remember what you were WEARING.” As if that proves nothing. My mind is a steel trap, people. Steel trap!)


Every spring, I start scouring my closet (and the thrift racks) for gingham, like it’s in my blood. And every year, gingham seems to make a come-back. But for me, it never really goes out of style.

gingham ad

Last week, I opened up a magazine to find this ad (Ann Taylor? Loft? I can’t remember) – with scads and scads of gingham and checks in all different sizes and styles. Pretty!

Another confession: Our home’s entry way has two closets, and one of them is filled with clothes for me to refashion or repair or to sell on Etsy. When I saw the gingham ad, I remembered a cute black and white gingham nightshirt that I thrifted back in the fall. (See? Steel trap!) I knew it would make a great dress – with a little bit of updating and a punch of yellow.



DSC_0057See this yellow sweater makeover here (when I had short hair!), and see the yellow clutch DIY project here.)

As I dug through the closet, I found a couple of other gingham items. I decided to list these on Etsy, but not before I played dress-up with them for a bit.

First up, a vintage buffalo check jacket:




DSC_0083It’s relatively light weight, layers well, and also works for that dress-over-jeans look that’s popping up everywhere right now (see here and here for more inspiration).

And I found this 1950s vintage gingham dress:




A handmade brown gingham pinafore or apron-style dress with open sides (I’m wearing a brown tank top underneath). I love its chunky vintage silver zipper, its full skirt, and its shoulder ruffles.

It was such a great thrifted find – and of course, I remember every detail of that day, because when it comes to clothes, my memory is flawless. Just ask Husband.

(CLICK HERE to check out these and other vintage pieces in my Etsy shop.)


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Pretty Blouses (or My Spring Uniform)

Over the weekend, BB played in his first Little League game of the season. My heart melts a little every time I see him in his little uniform – his baseball cap, his shirt with his last name across the back, his sweet little batter’s stance. I definitely have a thing for him in a uniform.

And I definitely have my own little uniform this time of year. I mix it up, but I usually start with the same base – jeans and pretty blouse.

vintage blouses

Last Friday, for Five Things, I posted some photos of pretty spring blouses I’ve been inspired by lately. I love the look of a blouse – feminine, a little dressier than a t-shirt, but still easy to wear with jeans.

That’s basically my spring uniform – jeans, pretty flats or heels, a blouse, and maybe a cardigan if it’s a little chilly or a leather jacket if I’m going out to dinner.

When I hit the thrift store, my first stop is usually blouses. I love finding vintage ones because they are better made, they are pretty classic, and they are very wearable.


This one was a favorite I came across recently, but it had two major flaws.


Linebacker shoulder pads!


These things were massive.


Like, I could do some blocking damage on the field with these babies.


Luckily, these shoulder pads are the easiest to remove.


Long threads mean a quick snip, and they’re gone forever!


Perfect with flats and a cardigan…


…or heels and a moto jacket. The uniform stays the same, but the accessories change it up. That’s what I love about vintage blouses – they can be dressed up or down and can be paired in lots of different ways.

So today, in my Etsy shop, you’ll find a variety of “new” vintage blouses listed. These hand-picked pieces are perfectly classic – quality vintage construction with fabrics and finishes that fit seamlessly into a modern wardrobe.

etsy collage for blog

Paired with jeans, black trousers, or  pencil skirt, these just might be the perfect pieces for rounding out your spring uniform – no bat and glove required!



five things

Five Things

Hello! Happy Friday!

How is it already Friday? This week has been a quick one, hence Five Things coming in way late on a Friday. Here are a few quick things on my mind this week:


1.Spring. The trees are starting to bloom, and every day, BG brings home a cup of Bradford Pear blossoms from school. I have really loved our wet winter, and I’m definitely not ready for our hot summer temperatures, but I am really, finally, definitely ready for Spring.

2. Money. I’m just finishing up Financial Peace University. It’s been great. Husband and I have tried budgeting several times in the past, but I’ve never stuck with it. (Yep, you read that right – it’s me. I’m the one who WANTS to budget, but then I’m the one who doesn’t follow it.) This has been a game-changer for me. I’ve learned a ton about planning for the future and staying out of debt, and I feel more confident with money than I’ve ever felt in my life. Instead of feeling restricted, I feel freedom because I know we are covering our bases, not just in our day-to-day spending, but in our planning for retirement and for college for the little people. (Also, I’ve been using Dave Ramsey’s free budget app, EveryDollar, and I love it. It’s been easier for me to use than YNAB – which is a really great app, too, BTW – but easier to use means I ACTUALLY USE IT, which is half the battle.)

find the gold

3. This quote.

vintage blouses

4. Spring Blouses. I’m ready for spring, and it feels like Spring here this week – warm days, blooming trees, bare arms. I’m getting some pretty spring blouses ready to go in my Etsy shop and feeling inspired by these above. Check back next week to see what I’ve found! (sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4)

5. This made me laugh. Husband takes his lunch most days – either leftovers from dinner the night before, or I pack him a lunch along with the kids’ lunches (PB&J for the win!). After I forwarded this to him, he texted back, “I’ve removed all joy from my life.” (You should know that we don’t have a TV either.)

Hope you have a lovely weekend full of lovely spring weather and actual small joys. Thanks for reading!