San Francisco: Unplanned Mini Vacation


A couple weeks back we made plans to take Chloie (my eldest) to visit her grandmother in California. We've done this every summer for the past 5 years. This year we decided to take a mini vacation after dropping Chloie off. Piper, Jedidiah, & myself decided to go to Washington. We eagerly anticipated the drive up the coast, I looked forward to meeting another lovely blogger friend and hoped to drive down through Portland. I was sooo excited! Ahh but as is the luck of being a standby flyer, things don't always turnout the way you anticipate. We flew into San Francisco and saw Chloie onto her plane, the day started so well, then everything unfolded. Every flight became booked! Nothing was available to Washington or Oregon. Not even back home! Fearing we would waste a whole vacation in an airport trying to get somewhere we decided to stay in San Francisco. Life's one big adventure, go where the wind blows you.

I am a California native. I grew up in Lompoc and spent most of my youth between there and San Diego but I've never been to San Francisco (or at least that I remember). It was exciting to get to see another part of the state that I always hear about but have never seen first hand. I regret, however, that we went completely unprepared. We packed for 80/90 degree weather and instead were faced with moist and windy 55 degree weather. No coats or warm clothing packed. We spent a great deal of time in the car driving not knowing what to do as we didn't plan anything. Poor Piper was wiped. I love the above photo of her. LOL!

Thankfully, after talking to my sister, she suggested checking out Haight St. She said it was a lot like the hippie scene in Manitou Springs, very colorful and lively, she was definitely right! This was a fun place to wander. You could spend all day walking up and down the streets shopping and enjoying the atmosphere.

If you're ever in San Francisco I completely recommend checking out this area! The handsome bulldog above was just sitting outside a shop, paying no attention to anyone passing by. I couldn't resist taking a photo. What a beautiful dog! My favorite part about this spot was all the vintage clothing shops!!! There were sooo many! It's one thing that I don't see a lot of in Colorado. I spared Jedidiah from going into more than two. But seriously if I was alone, I could have been in those stores all day long! Oh and by chance I came across the shop Loved to Death. Ever heard of it? I saw a couple episodes on tv once. They're an antique shop of odd and eerie things. It was pretty neat to go into the actual shop. Although it would have been even cooler if I had seen Wednesday Mourning too.

During our visit we promised to take Piper to the beach. Most of our vacation we had been stuck in the car because it was too cold to get out and we didn't have a lot of layers to keep us warm. Eventually I broke down and bought myself a hoodie. I'm obsessed with zip up hoodies and I love collecting state hoodies!

Sadly, like everywhere else, it was just too darn cold to stay and although Piper refused to admit it she was cold too. It took everything in me not to bury myself in the slightly warmer sand. We didn't stay long.

Although we didn't get out much and we weren't prepared for the cooler weather our mini vacation wasn't all bad. I was pleasantly surprised with how beautiful this city was. It carries a certain charm that most larger cities don't have. We kept commenting on how clean everything was and even as crowed as the hillsides are with homes, all the colors and styles made everything so lovely. I look forward to visiting again when we are more prepared and perhaps later in the summer when it's warmer.

How's your summer going? Any exciting adventures or future travels? We have lots of travel plans still to come this year, Oklahoma, still hoping to go to Washington, then later this year Florida, and POSSIBLY Machu Picchu but that could change on a whims notice...still deciding.

Take Care & Enjoy,

What I Wore: Sunday Dress


Hello there! How is your summer going? June is nearly over and I feel like here in Colorado summer has barely begun. With some days reaching into the 90's I feeling that great heat wave wash over me but it's shortly lived with all the rain that we've been having. It's another gloomy day today and inside my house it feels darker, even with every window open. I love my beautiful home but there are days I dream of a house with better sunlight and larger windows. If I live here long enough I may have to demo some walls.

In this shoot I'm wearing another lovely dress from Apricity. I can't say enough wonderful things about this beautiful dress. It's a bit different from what this designer has made in the past. There is no stretch to the fabric so when choosing a size, be confident! The bust was a little large but I have that trouble with a lot of dresses. Little chested me living in a large breasted world. That reminds me of a story from when I was in the 7th grade. *Insert Flashback Music*  I was in a store with my grandmother, I was looking at bras. I sighed and said "I cant wait till I'm 18 Gama." My grandmother looked over at me and said "What's so special about turning 18?" I replied "Well my mom said she didn't get her boobs till she was 18, so I can't wait till I'm 18 so I can get mine too!" My grandmother laughed in her sweet beautiful way and said "Oh she got them when she was 18 but you do know that your mom bought her boobs? They aren't real." My eyes widen, my mouth dropped. It was then that my whole world went crumbling down all around me. Hope gone! Of course now I'm content with myself, most days at least. We all have those moments of whoa.

  Anyhoo, back to this lovely dress. I've purchased this dress in Indigo. It also comes in Charcoal. Perhaps even more colors in the future! It's fully lined and quite comfortable to wear. The collar is my favorite detail, I hope to see more dresses created with collars. I'm such a sucker for them.

My outfit details are oldies but favorites. This belt is one of my first purchases from ModCloth, I now own several elastic belts. They've become quite the staple pieces to my wardrobe. Sadly this one is no longer available. The orange brooch I recently found at an antique mall. For $2 I couldn't pass it up! My lovely shoes are from Chelsea Crew. These shoes are so challenging! Tough to break, they often hurt my feet for ages before I wear them in. Only then they are extremely comfortable and well worth the effort. These have yet to come to that point and still annoy me to wear more than an hour or so. It doesn't help that I seem to be oddly between an 8 & 8 1/2. :-/

I found this alley by chance. We were looking for a place to take photos when I happen to see a colorful alley. What luck! At the time of day it was, the sun was terribly bright. Harsh lighting never did anyone any favors. This alley was nicely shaded with a beautifully painted background. The only drawback was the wind and the passing people who caught a glimpse of my flashing panties! The one day I didn't wear bicycle short! Geez!

What I Wore:
Eye Glasses: Zenni Optical
Dress: Apricity
Brooch: Vintage
Belt: ModCloth
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (ModCloth - Similar or These) (Different Color)

Take Care & Enjoy,
Heather Gwinn

What I Wore: Apricity - January Dress


Ahhh have I mentioned how much I love Fleet Collection? Well thanks to a slow and steady flow of sales they've had over the last year I now nearly own their entire collection... Okay that may be a bit of a stretch but I do have at least a dozen or so of their dresses. The last 11 (5 I bought for Chloie) only cost me about a total of $60!!!!!! Talk about killer sale! Two of them cost a whopping $2 each! Unfortunately, I'm sad to say they have since closed their shop. It's not all bad news though, one of the owners, Eileen, has recently opened a new shop Apricity! Much like Fleet Collection, her style is vintage with a modern twist.

The dress above is her January dress in Seafoam. I'm surprised to say I own no other dress in this color. I was a bit worried it would clash with my porcelain skin but I think it somehow works nicely. If you've ever followed Fleet Collection or owned any of their other pieces this dress is a lot like their Holly Golightly dress. It's fabric is exactly the same, with a nice weight and stretch to it. What I love in particular about this dress is it's soooo comfortable and soft! So comfortable you could sleep in it! Plus it has pockets and who doesn't love a dress with pockets?

Eileen's current line is small but beautiful. She recently put out a new style similar to this one but in the most beautiful shade of green called Solstice. When my wallet allows I may have to snatch it up! My most favorite dress is her Sunday dress. I hope to see many more in that same cut. This dress is simply a dream. I'll be sharing picts soon!

What I Wore:
Headband: ModCloth
Glasses: Bonlook
Cardigan: Barracuda Bazaar
Dress: Apricity c/o
Shoes: Rue21

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather Gwinn

My Goofy Family


Hello There! It's been a while since I last posted. These past few weeks have been a total blur! For weeks the girls were chanting "Schools almost out!" or "Only 10 more days!" Then before I knew it it was 6 days then 2 and now they've been out of school for a week. Summer, promise me you won't disappear if I blink my eyes too many times? Actually it's still a bit chilly around here. We've had a TON of rain and while I'm grateful for what I hope will be a fire free summer, I would really like to retire my stockings and extra layers for a while.  Next week looks really promising though. I'm extremely hopeful! *fingers crossed*

These photos are from earlier this month. I can't tell you enough how many times I got on the computer to edit these darn photos only to get up and clean something, visit with family that stopped by, or get into a Pinterest marathon! There simply aren't enough hours in the day. I really wish I didn't need sleep. Think of all we would accomplish...says the girl who is up till 5:30am again. SHAME! I will regret this in just a few short hours.

This was such a wonderful day. The weather was perfect and everyone was in the best of moods. Piper, like father like daughter, played with just about every stick she could find on our walk. Every time I turned around they had found another one to poke, drag, and be goofy with. I'm not too crazy about Piper playing with sticks but I try to remind myself that we were all kids once too.

I regret that I didn't capture the photos that led up to the events of Chloie in the photo to the right. Her expression is hilarious! Jedidiah was trying to convince her to go closer to the river. Of course she had no interest or trust in him with that idea so Jedidiah tried to pull her over, teasing to throw her in. She tried to retaliate and throw him in but that only led to Jed splashing her with water and causing this funny photo.

Chloie took the photo above. Ahh I'm afraid to say we aren't the most normal bunch of people. We're rather dorky, loud at times, always joking, and usually gabbing on and on about nothing and EVERYTHING. Jedidiah usually has three looks in photos, a cheezer grin, his stink eye/ I disapprove look, or this one with his tongue sticking out. He cracks me up! ♥ Are there poses you notice you or your family make all too often?

I asked Chloie to take some photos of Jedidiah and I. We really need to take more photos together! I had artistic visions of beautiful couples photos which were probably waaaay too unrealistic of goals for me to put on my 15 yr old daughter. I turned around after giving Chloie the camera to stand by Jedidiah only to find him holding a huge stick! He said "Look honey, let's take a picture with this!" Needless to say I wasn't amused. All I could think of was the American Gothic painting by Grant Wood of the farmer and his wife. Haha! I'm thrilled Chloie caught this pic though. I'm pretty sure I make that face a lot. :-/

In the end Piper and Jedidiah happily walked the rest of the trail with that darn stick. A befitting way to end this post I think. How is your summer starting? Is it warm where you are? Any plans this summer? There is a huge possibility we may go to Washington/ Portland for a wanderlust adventure sometime in the months to come. Yea!

What I Wore:
Dress: ModCloth
Cardigan: ModCloth
Shoes: Similar or These
Glasses: Bonlook

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

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