6th Annual Clothing Swap [VIDEO]

For the last few years, My friend Kirsten and I have been making little videos to help promote the swap. We are self-taught hacks (obvi), but we love the creative challenge of creating a video. This year’s video was directly inspired by Daria Werbowy for Equipment Spring 2015. Hope y’all like it.

Below is a link to the Facebook event page for the swap. Join the event and invite your friends! The swap is a super fun community event and a great opportunity to find a fabulous addition to your wardrobe, but please remember this is a clothes drive for Goodwill. #GiveMoreThanYouGet

Speaking of hashtags — There is one more week until the Swap. Why not share what you are bringing to the swap on social media with the hashtag #PortSwap. Then after the swap share what you got at the swap. I know, right. #sofun

6th Annual Women’s (and Men’s!) Clothing Swap
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Portsmouth Public Library
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-427-1540

I founded the swap in 2009 but since then I’ve switched to working part-time. I am no longer the person that actually organizes the swap. I am more like a retired chairman on the board. The swap is now run by the uber-talented Stacia Oparowski and the promotion is handled by Laura Horwood-Benton.

Hope to see you at the Swap! xo jam

Vintage Mobile Home For Sale – Kittery, Maine

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Nice older mobile home on it own lot. Level yard, 2 car garage, paved driveway, town water, in town location. Click on image to be taken to listing on Beangroup.com.

The vintage mobile home (above)  is for sale in Kittery, Maine. What an awesome opportunity for affordable small living close to downtown Portsmouth. Whoever buys this better post before and after pictures. There is a ton of great inspiration online for how to remodel a vintage mobile home. Click on the images below to be taken to examples on MobileHomeLiving.org

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Sustainable Style Wedding

diane-looking-like-a-rock-starMy sister is getting married! She is 52 and he is 50 something. It is the first marriage for each of them. My sister first noticed him while on a group hike in the White Mountains. A lady in the group fell and he was the first to offer her assistance. Sweet, right.

My sister is letting me help her style the wedding. The groom is happy to let us take control of the style of the wedding. He is in charge of getting the marriage license and something involving a bicycle built for two. :)

Let’s start with the dress. Both Diane and I love vintage. The dress below is one that I really love but Diane doesn’t. It is harder than I thought it would be to find a vintage wedding dress. So many of them were designed for a young bride. Diane wants something that is modest and simple and appropriate for her age.

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Dalena Vintage on ETSY

There are three bridesmaids in the wedding. We will all wear jewel tones. I’m leaning towards emerald.

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Off Broadway Vintage on ETSY

My dress choice depends on Diane’s dress choice. If she goes with a long sophisticated dress I’ll wear something glamorous like the dress above. If she wears something summery and short or tea length, I might wear something like this dress below.

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Dethrose Vintage on ETSY

old as adam suitI think I will even get to style the groom. I hope to take him to Old as Adam in Portsmouth, NH. Something like this blue suit to the left (without the vest) would be just the thing. I think he would feel himself and Diane would find him British-y handsome.

The wedding ceremony will be held outside with a view of the White Mountains. The reception is in a brookside bistro. Diane wants, as much as possible, for the day to be stress free. She wants the day to be easy and fun. The bridesmaids will carry baby’s breath. The tables will be decorated with rosemary.

WEDDING-FLOWERS

The images above are from my Big Day Pinterest board. Click on the image to be taken to the source.

That’s all for now. More details later. xo jam

5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap

Hey Look — Kirsten and I made a fun little video to get everyone excited for the 5th Annual Women’s Clothing Swap.  The Swap is this Saturday, May 3rd from 10am-2pm at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Join the Swap FB event page and invite your friends.

ALSO — Join us on Thursday (May 1st) at 6:30pm for a free screening of Party Girl.  A preview of early donations will be on display.  Wear something fabulous and let’s talk swap.

BTW — the video I made with Kirsten was totally inspired by this Prada Video.

Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.

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I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

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Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.

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I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.

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The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.

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half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com if you have any questions.