Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Small Goals: 2016

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Photo by Chelsea Laine Francis

Geez, am I glad January is over! I wanted last month to be a very productive one, and it was, but I also felt like 1) I was constantly playing catch up from my holiday break in December and 2) I definitely spread myself way too thin with a lot of different commitments I shouldn't have made, which really boils down to poor scheduling on my part which 3) Left me feeling extremely overwhelmed and stressed out. Whew! Aren't you kind of exhausted just from reading through those points?! Yeah, you and me both! Anyway, thankfully it's a new month and I'll take January as a good learning experience in my never-ending quest to better manage my time. With all that said, let's see how I did on my January goals.

1) Read a frekkin' book.
Done! I read Big Magic and I have to say I really loved it. It was an easy, relaxing read. I highly recommend it if you're in the business of wanting to live your most creative life! 
2) Become a better photographer.
Yes! I am now shooting in manual mode on my DSLR, which in the four years that I've had it, I've never been able to do before. If you're interested in learning how to better use your camera I'm sure if you google "photography classes" in your area you'll find one! I'm taking Photography 1 at The Austin School of Photography which is a six week course and I'm loving seeing my progress each week.
3) Set up an efficient system for maintaining the Pieceology Vintage site.
I spent a lot of time on this in January. I'm comfortable with the system I've decided on for now and I feel a lot less stressed about it after all the planning but I know this will be a constant work on progress and the site will continue to evolve as my business grows. 
4) Learn some sewing basics.
I've learning buttons and hems thanks to my girl Emma! Buttons were a bit challenging for me which I was kind of surprised about but I think I've got it down for the most part and I'd like to continue to learn more. I think there is a lot of value here since I run a business where I'm dealing with secondhand clothing all the time. 
5) Put together a workout schedule.
So, I did put a schedule together but I can't say I did a good job of following through with it like I thought I would. A lack of focus and some unforeseen challenges arose last month that kept me from my running. I do have to say I did go to yoga a good bit but now, to make up for the lost time, I really have to step up my running game before my 5K at the end of this month.

Five out of five. These goals were pretty ambitious so it feels really good to be able to say that I completed them all! Now, on to February!

Set up an Etsy shop for Pieceology Vintage.
This is something I've been thinking about for a while and after talking with Catelyn (check out her shop, it's amazing!) and my fellow vintage shop owner friends Moth Oddities (check out their shop, too, it's awesome!) I think it will be super beneficial for PVTG to have not only a beautiful website but also an Etsy shop. My hope is that this will be an additional channel for people to find me who otherwise might not.

Find a prepared meals service I like.
In an attempt to stick with one of my goals for this year which is to lead more healthy lifestyle I think prepared meals might help. I'm super busy these days and most nights I don't have time to cook (also, I honestly don't like cooking all that much) and lately I haven't even had much time to go to the grocery. This results in eating crap. If I can find a healthy prepared meals service that isn't extremely expensive it'll save me time and I'll be eating better food. Let me know if there's a place you recommend!

Drink more water!
I'm buying a Nalgene water bottle like tomorrow you guys! I'm so bad about drinking water. Admittedly, I don't usually drink much of anything during the day which is HORRIBLE. Now that I'm starting to run more I really need to make this a bigger priority, even though it always should be anyway.

Get blog posts done ahead of time.
Lately I've gotten in this terrible habit of working on my blog posts the night before they are going to be published. If I want to be posting more often (trying for three times per week) I need to get them all out of the way during the weekend or at the start of the week. Blog posts take up A LOT of time and I don't have the capacity anymore with everything else I have going on to spend almost every evening during the week working on them. Unless I want to stay up all night... which is not a good option.

Slow down.
Read the first paragraph of this post. I have to start being more intentional with where I am spending my time and how I am spending it. I ran myself ragged in January and I don't want that to become a pattern this year. Less random commitments, more focus time on the important stuff.

OK, that's it. Let's see if I can get five out of five again this month. I have hope! Don't forget to link up with us over on Nicole's blog with your monthly goals post, too.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Circa Late 2014, Early 2015

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Black Tunic Top (similar), Target Leggings, Poncho (gift, similar), Interlaced Goods Scarf, Brixton Hat, Shoes via Charm School Vintage, Thrifted Backpack (similar)

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

I feel like this is a very "circa late 2014, early 2015" April outfit. Normally, that wouldn't be the best thing I could say because I really like how my style has evolved in the last year and I wouldn't change a thing about it. But, my Dad got me this poncho/cardigan thing for Christmas and I actually really love it. Plus, I've been wearing leggings as pants a lot again lately, which I wore a lot of toward the end of 2014, and I'm digging how comfy and simple that is. Although I definitely don't want to go back to that time (I wasn't in the best place mentally) I sure don't mind bringing back these comfier looks I used to rock on the reg.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mixing Vintage With Modern: 1990s Knit Sweater

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Last week I posted an intro about a new series I'll be featuring every couple weeks here on the blog called Mixing Vintage with Modern. Here's the first installment!

Vintage Item: 1990s Chunky Knit Sweater 
Found at a thrift store in Pacific Grove, California.

Occasion #1: Dinner with friends.
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Vintage Sweater, Ily Couture Plaid Blanket Scarf, Banana Republic Coat (similar) , H&M Jeans, Rag & Bone Booties, Cleobella Bag (similar)

I don't know about you but when I go out for dinner with friends 9 times out of 10 it's pretty casual. I find that adding a pair of booties and some skinny jeans makes this outfit perfect for an evening out with the girls.

Occasion #2: Running errands.
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Vintage Sweater, Topshop Jacket (similar), AG Jeans (similar), Converse Shoes, Canvas Tote Bag from a music festival (similar), Interlaced Goods Scarf, Ray-Ban Sunglasses

This is how you would most often see me wearing this sweater. The #1 rule when running errands is comfort, right?! So, flat shoes are a must. I also like to carry a tote rather than a purse just in case I end up picking up something that needs to be stowed away easily while I run other errands. Plus, sometimes it's nice if I want to bring a water bottle, snack, deodorant, etc.

 Occasion #3: Coffee date.
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Vintage Sweater, Forever 21 Dress (seen here as a skirt) and Denim Jacket (similar), Black Booties (similar), Urban Outfitters Tote, Brixton Hat, Black Tights, Storie in Italy Necklace

When I'm meeting up with a friend for coffee, ever though it's usually a casual occasion, I still like to feel cute and put together. Adding a hat and a pair of fringe booties accomplishes this without being too dressed up. I also always like to bring my computer bag with my laptop in tow just in case I want to stick around after to get some work done!

Let me know in the comments what you think of this post! I had so much fun putting it together so I hope you enjoyed it. I'll have another one of these coming up in a couple weeks!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On The Move

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Full Outfit via Pieceology Vintage, 1960s Weekender Suitcase via Ora Grace Vintage on Etsy

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

This suitcase. Stephanie brought a similar style when we went to Marfa and I just knew I needed one, too. So I took to Etsy over the Thanksgiving holiday and snagged one up. I later decided it'd be a great prop for Pieceology Vintage shoots and I think my instincts were right!

The intent with a lot of my shoots for the shop is to get photos of my clothes on real people to add to the website when I need to update it with new product. I was going to list this awesome 1990s canvas sport jacket and this circa 1970s green sweater skirt I purchased from Italy but I ended up selling them both over the weekend at my West Elm pop-up. Things could be worse, am I right?! Luckily Chelsea took a bunch of photos of other pieces as well so I still have lots of material to work with and there will be new vintage goodies on the site later this week. So stay tuned for that! And bonus, I just love this outfit, so instead of wasting these photos I decided to share them on the blog. Sold product and a cute outfit to post on the blog? That's a win-win in my book.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Series Intro: Mixing Vintage With Modern

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Free People Coat (similar), Banana Republic Jeans, Interlaced Goods Blanket Scarf, Brixton Hat, Vintage Boots via Charm School Vintage

Since starting Pieceology Vintage I've realized a lot of people are afraid to wear vintage. I'm not really sure why that is, but through chatting with people about the subject I've come to gather that it might have to do with a bit of a stigma people have around vintage clothing. I get a lot of comments like:

"Oh, I can't pull off vintage."
"I don't know how to style vintage." 
"I'm not cool enough to wear vintage."
"I can't ever find vintage pieces in my size.
"If I find a piece that's my size it still doesn't fit well."
"Ew, old clothes, do they smell?"

I love that last one... yes, sometimes they smell, and that's why we have washing machines. But seriously, broaden your horizons people! Vintage is actually fun and I'm here to show you that anyone can wear it... and I know that's true, because I've personally styled many different body types, personalities, age groups, etc in vintage and they always look absolutely fabulous in it! What's more, you can wear "old" clothes with all those new clothes you already have in your closet.

In this series, my intent is to feature one vintage piece every couple weeks and incorporate it into my modern wardrobe styling it three different ways for three different occasions. All other pieces will be new. This is my little attempt at showing you that you CAN wear vintage and still look very cool, put together, current, and on trend (if that's what you're into). And there's one other thing. Each outfit, with the vintage element included, will truly allow you to feel unique in what you're wearing because, guess what? It's vintage and odds are pretty good that no one else will have it! Who doesn't want to feel unique in what they're wearing?!

I'll be starting this series next week so stay tuned for the first installment of Mixing Vintage with Modern! Until then, here are a few recent outfits where I wore one vintage item and all of the other pieces were modern.

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Vintage Overall Dress

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Vintage Denim Shorts

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Vintage Boots

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Vintage Top

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Vintage Top

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Vintage Poncho

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Vintage Jumper

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