Blend for Vintage Clothing

A common concern I hear from people who have yet to take the plunge into the world of vintage clothing is that, if they do, they will look like they are wearing a costume. Here are 5 tips for wearing vintage while avoiding exactly that. First of all, let me preface this by stating that there is nothing wrong with looking like you’re wearing a costume when you’re not.

Personally, I absolutely adore when someone’s style treads that line between theatricality and reality and I’m all for wearing whatever it is that you feel good in, especially if what you feel good in is an expression of your spirit and creativity.

Of course, not everybody feels that way, and a common concern I hear from people who have yet to take the plunge into the world of vintage clothing is that, if they do, they will look like they are wearing a costume. Here are 5 tips for wearing vintage while avoiding exactly that.


Interior Art Deco Craze

If you like your interiors sophisticated with a bit of flashiness, Art Deco decor may be just the ticket for you. Its combination of worldly luxury and exuberance create a glamorous style that opens up all sorts of possibilities for creating a chic space. It might have been a short-lived period, but Art Deco has had a lasting influence on design and decor. The style is a bit flashy and glitzy, but without fussiness and it immediately evokes a vintage feel.

Many people has the notion that enlightenment is one state. Many also believe that when it is attained, a person is forever in that state.

The impact of the Art Deco era — actually a short 15 years between the wars from 1925 to 1940 — can be found in furniture as well as art and architecture. It takes its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs that was held in Paris to present all sorts of new ideas.


Retro Photography is In Vogue

William Henry Fox Talbot did not set out to be a photographer. He was inspired by friends who made exact drawings using a camera obscura—a dark room with a small hole in one side, which projects an inverted image of the outside view onto the opposite wall. An indifferent draughtsman, Talbot wished that by some trick the drawings could make themselves. By experimenting with chemical-coated paper, he found a way to do just that.

Louis Daguerre’s images, imprinted on metal rather than paper, were sharper. Initially, as the two men competed in the mid-19th century, the daguerreotypes he pioneered were more popular.

But Talbot’s innovation led more directly to photography as it is understood today. Daguerreotypes were unique artifacts; Talbot’s calotype was a paper negative that could yield any number of positive copies. Over time his idea led to the development of photography as a form of infinite reproduction.


Classic Cars w Modern Hearts

‘They don’t make cars like they used to’ is a phrase often quoted by old people wound tight in the grip of nostalgia. But nostalgia lies. They don’t make cars like they used to, because old cars are generally rubbish. They leak, they break down, they’re slow and they smell of unspecific grandparents. In fact, very few things improve significantly with age – wine, experience and Rachel Riley make for a very short list.

There are loads of examples as to why. In adopting pedestrian-friendly bonnets, cars lose their slinky, low noses along with the option of bouncing a pedestrian’s head off the engine block.

With strong, crashworthy monocoques, you not only lose the ability to be squashed flat during a roll, but also the airy, glassy, thin-pillared elegance of yesteryear. So you get two rather stark choices: pretty, characterful, unreliable deathtrap, or soulless modern conveyance. I may be over-simplifying this, but you get my point.


Emerald Cave Exploration Trip

In Koh Mook Island, also known as Koh Muk, we self-organized a trip to the Emerald Cave (also called Morakot Cave); without a guide or tour agency. And it was… spectacular. The Emerald Cave in Koh Mook island ends at a “secret” lagoon, that even has it’s very own beach. The lagoon can only be reached if you kayak, or swim through a pitch black, 80-meter long cave. We’d love to tell you more about the Emerald Cave, but before we do, you must know that we experienced a serious kayak-trauma in Thailand.

Eventually, you’ll arrive at one of the most unique and beautiful places in Thailand: a beach surrounded by towering cliffs that are covered with tropical vegetation.

Last year (March 2016) we explored a number of smaller caves at Railay Beach. A great experience, until our kayak capsized and we ended up in the water. No biggie, until we found out that our dry bag wasn’t properly sealed. Farewell brand new SLR camera. So this around time we left our new new camera behind in our room, and only took a mobile phone, dry bag and waterproof flashlight (a must!) with us.


Creating Hygge In My Sunroom

Here is a secret about me…I really don’t like huge DIY projects. I’m too impatient to get out a bunch of tools and wait for layers upon layers of paint to dry. Plus, I’d have to borrow my in-law’s pickup to transfer anything large, which is simple, but not simple enough for me. But I what I love, and am pretty good at, is seeing beauty in what someone else might see as used and would want to discard, and knowing how to place it in the right spot, or creatively use in a different way.

It is a place to find amazing items to bring beauty into your home. It is a place to post the items you no longer love to make space for the NEW! Yep, I’m all about it.

I’m also passionate about creating hygge in my home, and often that means getting rid of excess and being purposeful about what brings beauty and a welcoming atmosphere. While searching Facebook Marketplace, I kept my eye out for things that would beautify my sunroom, fit in my small car, and were practical, but beautiful.


5 Things To Do To Thrive

Rachel Hollis is quick to add that this does NOT apply to new Mama’s, or those in seasons of life where extra sleep IS caring for yourself. BUT… if you find yourself saying, “I don’t have time to read” or “I can’t find time to work out” or if you know that things like prayer, journaling or meditation would benefit you more than sleep right now…then get on up!

I spend the early morning time doing things I already was doing on a regular basis, but now I am not rushed and have a head start…it has become my favorite time of day!

I started doing this thanks to the advice from The Miracle Morning, and after hearing it over and over from people like Brendon BurchardLewis Howe, and Tony Robbins, it has been a goal on my mind that I wanted to pursue. I have been doing it regularly since early June and it has been life-changing.


7 Plant Green Smoothies

Have you noticed the fun green smoothie cards in the photos? They are a little sneak peak of what is coming very soon from New Nostalgia! You will be able to purchase them once New Nostalgia shop launches the first week of October 2018! Eek! We are almost there! I have been working hard behind the scenes creating card sets that I know will be helpful for you!

They have been life-changing for me, allowing me to live life in an efficient and purposeful way.  I can’t wait to share more about them and offer them to you, too!

These cards on rings will be printable, portable and have themes for all areas of life that you will be able to refer back to over and over again. Anti-Anxiety Cards, Green Smoothie Recipe Cards, Prayers for your Kids Cards, Room by Room Home Rescue Cards, 20 Favorite Essential Oil Blends–these are just a few of the card sets that you will find in the New Nostalgia shop.


Retro-inspired Wedding Dresses

Spring is here, love is in the air, and it’s wedding season! Vintage-inspired everything is trending right now, and believe it or not, it is possible to find affordable wedding gowns for, especially if you plan on having a retro-themed wedding. Whether you’re seeking a ’50-inspired, pinup gown or a dress fit for a mid-century debutante, the wedding world is full of retro inspiration.

Each dress on this list is under $200, which leaves you with more gold for your happily ever after! Grab a favorite design for your special day.

Wedding dresses can cost thousands of dollars, but your “something old”- inspired gown doesn’t have to break the bank. With beautiful details like beading, sashes, and lace, we found 22 of our favorite retro-styled wedding dresses.


Wedding Style Decor Hacks

The venue is a perfect size and frees on the date you want—but the carpet is terrible, the wallpaper clashes with your colors and the lighting are all wrong. We tapped our favorite wedding pros for clever hacks to the most common décor challenges. You don’t know anything yet? Don’t worry, creativity can never get lost when it comes to wedding decor. Find your inspiration.

“We love to incorporate specialty lounge furniture and beautiful vintage pieces,” Tien says, “a few properly placed items can make a huge visual impact.”

This is an easy fix: Rent ones that complement your wedding style or colors, like classic Chiavari chairs or rustic wood benches.  If budget is a concern, select a couple of pieces that will have maximum effect, like king and queen chairs for the sweetheart table.