Vintage love.

Vintage is delightful, plain and simple.

The treasures that came be found at second hand stores are truly unreal. Of course, you won’t always have the best luck, but when you do it can be a, “thank you Jesus!” moment.

For example, this dress. I couldn’t tell you the exact era it’s from, but darn is it a gem. The pattern is different than any I’ve seen, and the style is complimenting and classy on many figures.

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This is the perfect boho summer dress. Everything about it screams fresh and laid-back. The intricate patterns draw my eye in, while the fit is loose and comfortable.

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Here is a gorgeous fancy white lace dress. If it were a bit longer, I’d call it a wedding dress. Those sleeves are to die for.

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One of my all time favorites; these rockin’ printed ’80’s pants. Holy cow, how much more amazing can they get?

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As we all know very well,  the ’70’s are back and better than ever. These huge bell-bottom jeans are the center of attention in any look.

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Here is an adorable crocheted, summer blouse. Perfect for relaxing by the pool or dancing to a band at Coachella.

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Another Coachella must; this fringe vest is in a category all it’s own. Love love love.

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Thank you to my mom, Michelle, for letting me feature only a small portion of her incredible vintage gems. Aren’t they beautiful? I want to know what you guys think! What is your fav?

Here’s her shop if you want to take a look (ps. these items will be up shortly): https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageUrbanRenewal

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Love all. Love Madeline.

vintage inspiration.

this outfit explains just how much I love vintage clothing. although one piece is barely used, it was still not bought new, so let’s just pretend it goes well with the “vintage” look. and the cardigan is currently available on my Etsy shop for your convenience! I decided to dress up a little today when my friend and I walked around our small downtown valley while sipping milky matcha tea. hope you enjoy. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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Top: vintage floral button down tank top cut from a romper.
Jeans: used Jasonwood embroidered.
Cardigan: Vintage Cherokee
FOR SALE ON MY ETSY SHOP here
https://www.etsy.com/listing/213433473/cherokee-sweater-80s-sweater-tribal?
Shoes: Vintage 90’s

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friends in far-off places.

I can’t express the gratefulness my heart feels when I am granted love, not only from my small community, but from a far away place. my friend who lives in Hawaii was gracious enough to send a hawaiian snacks/candy care package to me in Oregon. it is so special to me since I’m unable to go to my local grocery store and buy the same items. I will shortly be sending her a care package from little old Oregon soon.
share love, from state to state.
love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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give yourself a makeover with GlamST iOS


i’ve recently had the opportunity to try out, and review, a new app on the App Store. it’s called GlamST iOS, a virtual makeup creator that allows you to apply makeup to a selfie of yourself, a celebrity or a model that the app supplies you with. the innovative program was recently launched and is now being talked about by many users.
to begin, you choose a portrait to work with, next you can adjust the personal details of the face to how you like them. for example, eye color and hair color…

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after you have decided what features you want the person to have, you can now play around with different themes such as glamorous, hipster or sexy…

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once everything is selected you can now sit back and relax while your masterpiece is being assembled. here is a model with half of her face presented with the “fresh” makeup look, and the other half with nothing…

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i believe the app is well executed and can be used as a great beauty tool on multiple occasions. maybe you’re late for a fancy evening and don’t have enough time to try out more than one makeup look before running out of the house. good thing GlamST comes to your rescue when you can simply import a selfie and find out which makeup style fits your event perfectly, like “glamorous” or “edgy”. this trick takes away the hassle of having to eliminate looks by physical application, which is much more time consuming. it can be used as a great tool for makeup artists or even amateur artists. or even the basic girl who enjoys spicing up her Instagram selfies, which isn’t a problem since GlamST enables you to post your creation straight from the app.

to get a better idea of what the app is capable of doing, here is my favorite look that I’ve made on a model…

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i like the app, and I know you would too! that’s why you should go over to the App Store and get the beneficial service… love all. love Madeline.

GlamST Instagram- http://Instagram.com/glamstapp
Twitter- http://twitter.com/glamstapp

You can buy it here at the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/uy/app/glamst/id917490858?mt=8
GlamST’s website: http://GlamST.com

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for the joy of flannels.

i’ll just start off by saying that flannels are a large part of my life. before this year I had no particular draw to wearing the oversized, cozy shirts, but now things have changed and i wear various ones multiple times during the week. the best part about flannels is that they are extremely easy to throw on over basically any outfit. they go well with plain T’s, tank tops and even sweatshirts.
since my mild obsession began I now have a small collection that is slowly growing. i’ve tried to vary the colors, but some are still similar to others.
i find most of my shirts at used clothing stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army because that’s where they are sold for very inexpensive. i’ve also been lucky enough to find a few at some local consignment shops. i tend to gravitate towards both men’s smalls and women’s mediums-large, since those sizes fit my figure the best. but really, if it relatively fits, i get them!
where I live makes it sometimes hard to wear flannels during the depths of the winter months because it gets so chilly, but during the early fall and spring is when I regularly wear them religiously.
i’m sure that people think I rarely wash my clothes, therefore that’s why I’m always seen wearing similar (not the same!) clothing pieces… or that I just don’t have many choices in my wardrobe (which, boy, let me tell you that’s incorrect!). but for their knowledge I’m a very cleanly person, I just take joy in wearing comfortable and fashionable clothes… most days of the week. and I don’t expect anyone to understand unless they’ve worn a flannel shirt and experienced it’s greatness. okay, enough ranting.
here’s my collection…

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if you’re interested in seeing how to DIY an ombré flannel shirt like this one let me know in the comments, I’d be more than happy to!

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on a side note… i’ve recently made a new friend here in the blogging community. she runs the blog PhotosandFros
she takes darling photos with each blog post and I love indulging in each well written piece. she is also new to the blogging community just like me, but she’s progressing fabulously! it would help both of us out tremendously if you took a trip over to her blog and subscribed to follow her wonderful talent. she posts both about fashion, photography and lifestyle. I have no doubts that you’ll love her and her writing style!
here’s her blog…
https://PhotosandFros.wordpress.com

enjoy… love all. love Madeline.

innovation at it’s finest.

yesterday I decided to step far outside of my style comfort zone and wear a maroon floppy hat, perfect for fall. the hat is my mom’s and I had been thinking about sporting it for weeks. let me say, it was a great choice, and gave me a lot of confidence.
in the morning I roughly curled my now-short doo and placed the accessory on top. I paired the statement piece with a basic black shirt with thin white stripes, a charcoal grey cardigan, and my dark wash skinny jeans. the outfit was the definition of fall and I loved it. I also wore brown leather midi boots that pulled the different elements together nicely.
if you’re ever contemplating wearing something far outside of your “style”, don’t be afraid and go for it, because sometimes the most unique things look the best. love all. love Madeline.

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changes.

it is now fall and many changes are happening. one of which being my new and improved hair. exactly a week ago from today I made the major decision to chop off the majority of my relatively long hair. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been contemplating doing this for quite some time now because I was tired of my long, dry, damaged hair. and whenever I got the chance I would put it up just because I was always so annoyed with it. in short, I was unhappy with my hair that hadn’t changed for years. so on Wednesday after my school got out I went to my hairdresser, showed her a picture of what I wanted, and told her I was ready to lose my long locks.

as the process was happening I thought I would feel sad or regretful right away, but I felt neither. Instead, I felt this great wave of exuberance wash over me, like I was suddenly a new person.
before I go on I would like to clear up the question some of you may be wondering, “did you donate your hair?” well… leading up to the day of the cut I was, of course, planning on giving it to Locks of Love. but when the time came I was too wrapped up in the moment and forgot to tell my hairdresser that’s what I wanted (p.s. I had more than the minimum). and she forgot to ask me. so sadly, after more than half of my hair was lying in a heap on the floor I realized what I forgot and felt a tinge of regret, but there will always be a next time, right?
okay, continuing, I asked my hairdresser to cut it around collarbone length, which she did, and leave the front a bit longer (almost like an A-line style). if you didn’t know, my hair is astronomically thick. I mean crazy. so the process took some time an in the end it didn’t feel too much lighter since I still have a crap load of hair. but all in all it’s been the best decision I’ve made this year. I feel like a different person, and I haven’t regretted it once yet (thank goodness no meltdowns). I would have to say the best compliment I’ve received so far is “Wow Maddie, it makes you look more fun”. now all I’ve been doing is playing around with new hairstyles and seeing what I like best. if you’re ever having doubts about changing something simple in a drastic way I think it’s best to just do it, so you’ll never wonder what it would have been like. I encourage people to take risks and chances because who know, you might end up loving the outcome just like me.
here’s the new doo, before and after… tell me what you think in the comments!

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p.s.
if you want me to do a post about how I grew my hair quickly let me know in the comments! i’d love to do that for you guys😊
and since it’s holiday season it just makes sense to take a look at my etsy shop where you can buy adorable vintage items at reasonable prices! and I’d really appreciate the love from my readers

https://www.etsy.com/shop/moodymadeline?ref=search_shop_redirect

love all. love Madeline.

excitement.

i rarely use exclamation marks, which means this must be an important occasion. well, your assumption was correct… I SOLD MY FIRST THING ON ETSY. hold your applause, I know it’s crazy but it’s mostly true. since you’re dying to know what it was, I’ll ease your mind and tell you it was a 1970’s cropped, green Christmas sweater. and it was extremely cute in my opinion, therefore, I definitely understand why it was snatched up so quickly. on Etsy, I styled it with a pair of light wash boyfriend jeans and buckled leather booties. even though the pants weren’t high waisted, the slightly cropped sweater went well. and to be honest I wasn’t expecting to sell anything as quickly as I did, but I am NOT complaining. the recipient used a check as the form of payment, so as soon as it comes through my PayPal I will be shipping it to the UK.

I know there’s notice of a story behind my first sell, but nonetheless it really inspired my shop and keeping it updated. AND I couldn’t keep it a secret from my favorite blog readers any longer! here’s the pictures that sold my sweater, I hope you find joy in them also. and if you haven’t already taken a look at my shop I would really really love and appreciate your support❤️
https://www.etsy.com/shop/moodymadeline?ref=search_shop_redirect

ps. i was going for the hipster, laid back style if u didn’t feel the vibe.

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the beginning of my etsy adventure.

today marks the first day my new Etsy shop opened. after weeks of working out the bugs I was finally able to get it up and running, and I can’t tell you how extremely happy it makes me. it would put an even bigger smile on my face if you did me the favor of checking it out, giving your feedback or even looking to purchase any items you find cute. I mostly sell clothing right out of the ’80’s that I would where any day of the week. thank you so much for your support and walking this new journey with me.

here’s the link to my shop…
https://www.etsy.com/shop/moodymadeline?ref=search_shop_redirect
love all. love Madeline.

brain fog.

sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. the reason being not what you would think. I have not been overwhelmingly busy or swamped with homework. but I have been deep in thought, you may be thinking ‘about what?’, well, to answer your question many things have been on my mind recently. the first being the need/desire for friendships of various kinds. as I have mentioned in my later posts, my very best friend, Anya, moved far away from me over the summer. without someone constantly by my side, I occasionally feel lost or stuck because I have no one to vent to or throw random ideas and thoughts at. but you could also think of the change as beneficial in the sense that I am forced to be my own person and decision-maker, with no “security blanket” per say. many times I feel myself yearning for her companionship though, because she’s someone I can count on at anytime. not only have I been thinking about our friendship, but about the true definition of a friend. I like to see the good in most people, therefore, i define a friend as someone I can always count on, someone who is kind to me, and who I care about. some may say there is no definition, because it’s the feeling you get when you’re around a person, some intuition that tells you they’re a friend. and some people, no matter how many times they screw up, it’s hard to look at them than anything less than a friend, and easier to see the good in them and pray they never make another mistake again (which, inevitably the do).
secondly, I’ve been thinking a lot about managing my time. there are so many things I want to do and buy, and time is money, right? while I see so many material things I want to purchase with money that is hard-earned, I also plan on visiting Anya in Panama sooner than later which would trump every trinket, clothing item or novelty snack I could buy with cash. on the other hand, God says that he will provide, so I know I shouldn’t worry about having enough money to do and buy all the things I want, but I struggle with putting all of my faith into The Lord at times (which is one aspect of my character I have to work heavily on).
and lastly, since I’ve been doing all this thinking, I’ve also been doing a lot of writing. writing is the one thing that is sure to always clear my head, it’s almost as great as having an actual person in front of me to vent to, but in a much more beautiful way where words are spilled onto paper and you can see the things swarming your brain. It’s a wonderful escape, and a talent I’ve started tapping into again lately.
there are my excuses for the brain fog, you might like them, you might think I’m crazy for actually putting that much thought into my life, but whatever it may be, it’s just me. another reason for my mental busyness is that I’m starting an Etsy shop, trying to upload my items and figure out the billing information. it’s very exciting and you will be the first to know about it once it’s open! and the very, very last reason for my absence is that I haven’t been putting much effort into my clothing choices lately, making it hard to blog about an outfit that I’m not inspired by. anyways, thank you for listening to my rant, I hope you found at least 2 things interesting. if not, I’m so sorry for wasting your time. Love all. Love Madeline.

p.s. here’s what the sanctuary of my thoughts, aka the home of all my rabbit trails, looks like 💓

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