Jackie and Marilyn | Midriff Moratorium

This won’t be my last crop top ever (most likely), but it is pretty likely that it was the last summer-like day for quite some time (it was 70 degrees in November in Minnesota!), so I figured it would my last chance to pull off a summery outfit before I’m covered in layers!
bonessss2I got this tiki/bones shirt at a local thrift/second hand store in Minneapolis called Buffalo Exchange. I can get into a lot of trouble there, especially because they have a vintage section. I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet, so I figured we were close enough still to Halloween and warm enough still, that I would give it a go!
bonessss1 bonessss5Although it was beautiful out, it is not quite shorts weather anymore, so I opted to wear my favorite pair of jeans, EVER, from ModCloth. I have three different colors because they are that good. I never thought I would invest money in to any leg prisons anytime soon, but these babies are worth it!
bonessss6Since I won’t have a simple outfit in quite some time (hello leggings and layers and jackets, oh my!) I left my outfit as simple as I could. Just throw in some flip flops (I’m miss you the most, flip flops!) and sunglasses and I was good to go.
bonessss4Brianna actually got to come see my new house and help me take these blog pictures before the inevitable early darkness that entered our life with daylight savings time. My dog Brim obviously wasn’t going to let me steal his spotlight!
What I Wore:
Shirt: Buffalo Exchange
Jeans: ModCloth
Sunglasses: Ragstock
Shoes: Target
– Melissa

Mackie and Jarilyn | Melissaโ€™s Fashion Remix

We believe you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe every season to create fun new looks! This week on Jackie and Marilyn, we are taking eight pieces โ€“ two tops, two bottoms, two dresses and two outerwear items โ€“ and mixing them into eight outfits. Shoes and accessories were limitless.

Melissa here with my fashion remix challenge. Boy, when Brianna brought up this idea I was like “That sounds Awesome!” but when I was faced with doing it I was like “Oh crap why did you agree to this torturrrree!” Haha, no, it’s really not that bad. I am notorious for having…not a lot of basics. My closet consists of ball gowns and sweatpants and not a whole lot in between, so I dreaded finding items that would mix and match well. 

Once I did find these items, though, I was pumped and surprised how many possibilities for “new” outfits I actually had.

Outfit #1: Halfway to Easter

1-8outfitsAdmittedly, this is the most “fun” and least “fall” outfit I got out of the bunch. I like it, but I think it would be better suited for the spring rather than the fall as it’s just a whole lot of pastel. It might be better with a darker/more solid colored cardigan over it!

Outfit #2: Pop of Fun
2-8outfitsThis is usually not how I would style an outfit, as I usually go full force with something zany instead of adding the neutral blazer and shoes…but I like it! I will have to remind myself that sometimes simple is ok ๐Ÿ™‚
Outfit #3: Pitter-Patterns
3-8outfitsI have always been in awe of people who can layer collared shirts under things like dresses and sweaters (ahem, Brianna). It’s always been uncomfortable and frumpy-looking when I try it. I really love this look, but it took me a hot minute to get the collar to lay perfect, and it only cooperated for a couple pictures before it sat wrong over the dress again. I might have to face that layers are too much of a force to be reckoned with and leave it to the experts (ahem, Brianna).
Outfit #4: Gretal Goes To College
4-8outfits 4-HatThis outfit is probably the most “me” thing I ever could have done. All of the suede! All of the fall tones! All of the quirky vintage! I have never worn this vintage hat before even though I have had it forever and I think I finally found the outfit that it’s meant for!
Outfit #5: Green Team
In the fall I usually switch to more earthy tones of all my favorite colors. I end up wearing a lot of greens and dark blues because I don’t do well with black or gray outfits. I love that this outfit looks relaxed and in the fall field with out looking boring or monotone!
Outfit #6: Anchorwoman
This may be a little too matchy-matchy for some, but when you have some vintage 70s wear you’re bound to have some matching suede. It reminds me a lot of costuming for Christina Applegate’s character in the Anchorman movies, and I’m not mad about that. I also have found my new favorite pair of glasses from Coastal.com after returning for pairs. Success is mine!
Outfit #7: Back to Cool
7-8outfitsThis reminds me a lot of something I would’ve worn on my first day back to school (the most planned outfit of one’s fall!). I would always pick out some crazy stuff, but being on my parent’s dime, it would have to be functional as well. I would be too excited to wear one new thing so I would wear ALL THE NEW THINGS. I’m still this person, whether I have a first day of school or not.
Outfit #8:  Fall Ball
8-8outfitsI think this is the most balanced of the looks. Vintage, fun, but still approachable easy to pull off. A nice mixture of quirky and basics. If wearing floral in fall is wrong, I don’t want to be right!
Outfit that I loved the most: Gretal Goes to College (What can I say, I have a flair for the dramatic. I know not every day can be head to toe vintage and whimsy, but A LOT of days can if you play your cards right)
4-8outfitsOutfit that I loved the least: Pop of Fun. (I don’t hate it, but it ain’t me. I don’t look at it and go “yeah, I’d wear that.” More color please!)
2-8outfitsLike Brianna, I am pretty guilty of saying that I have nothing to wear and falling in to outfit ruts. I’ll take the lessons I learned from this challenge to heart and mix things up a bit more and maybe (just maybe) invest in a couple more “basics.”  Maybe one less heavily graphic printed item and one more plain-colored shirt. MAYBE. ๐Ÿ™‚
– Melissa

Jackie and Marilyn | I Wear My Grandma’s Clothes (I Look Incredible)

If you haven’t heard “Thrift Shop” then you probably think that the title of this blog is a little cocky, but then you are the person who hasn’t heard Thrift Shop, which is both bothersome, and a feat. So let’s call it a tie!
This past weekend I went to my Grandma’s house to go through some of her items. She passed away exactly a month before my wedding, and if you know me personally, you’ll know that this woman was and still is one of my most looked-up to humans I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It was hard going through her things, but I’m glad I got to actually take some time and truly grieve and celebrate her outside of this busy busy summer. From Thrift Shop to Grief, how do you like them apples?
GMA_Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 4.20.00 PMWe still aren’t sure where her wedding dress’s new home is yet, but I wanted to make sure to try it on while I was there. My grandparents got married in 1945 and, according to pictures, she was a very beautiful bride (obviously). I remember her telling me that, because of war rationing, their wedding cake was actually just hat boxes with frosting on them. You do what you can with what you have!
GMA_20150927_154901Her wedding dress seems like it was pretty true to its time. Modest and elegant. It reminds me a lot of the 1945 dress featured in this 100 Years of Wedding Dresses video.
Gma_20150927_155032My favorite part of her dress was her gorgeous veil/crown. I don’t think you can get more regal than this. I think that this look should replace flower crowns and STAT.
Gma20150927_154941 GMA_20150927_154941Had I been thinking clearly or had even known it existed still, I would have asked my grandma if I could wear her dress for my wedding. I love the history of things and I think we both would’ve gotten a kick out of it. I don’t know how I would’ve pulled off looking that traditional in a small yard ceremony, but that would’ve been for past Melissa to figure out.
Luckily, I did have a piece of her with me on my wedding day. My godmother attached this beautiful locket with a picture of her to my bouquet. I like this young picture of her, because although I take a lot after my mom’s side, I can see a bit of my features in here and feel a little closer to her in doing so.
Gma_11934973_10101550091376811_2043175497710609944_o Gma_11935676_10101550108058381_436476704066672077_o Gma_11947919_10101550092010541_3633025485108927433_oWhile cleaning out the house this weekend, I inherited some of my grandma’s house dresses and nighties, as well as a coat. I’m sure they’ll pop up on here sometime soon! Hold on to your favorite clothes, ladies! Someday you might have a very weird granddaughter who is interested in keeping your nightgowns.
– Melissa

Jackie and Marilyn | Renaissance Royalty

The Renaissance Festival is here! This signals the end of summer but the start of a darn good time. My husband and I won tickets to go this year, so I’m glad we got to fit it in last weekend!
RennFest4As every year, I make sure to plan to go on “Pet Weekend,” because why wouldn’t you go on a weekend where you are guaranteed to see a bunch of dogs in costume? We saw a Mastiff there last year, which started our love affair and eventual acquiring of one with our dog, Brim.ย  He didn’t come with us this year, as he gets over stimulated and over heated pretty easily, but maybe when he is less of a giant puppy!
RennFest6 RennFest5I decided to dress up this year as royalty, although I really like the whole pirate and steam punk possibilities of the Renaissance era. I bought this head-jewel piece (I’m sure there is a nice name for it) last year at RenFest and had the vintage 1970’s dress since last winter. I’ve had a plan for quite some time! I even planned my hair cut (yet to be determined) for AFTER RenFest so that I could have long princess hair.
RennFest2 RennFest1I got this cool belt at a thrift store a couple years ago and haven’t had much chance or occasion to wear it. It’s actually velcro! Oh, the wonders of thrifting.
RennFest3By the end of the day I was covered in dust, dog drool, and turkey juice, but it was well worth it!
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What I Wore:
Dress: Vintage/Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Jewel Hair Net: Renaissance Fair
Earrings: Gifted
– Melissa

Jackie and Marilyn | The Great Minnesota Sweat-Together

Piggy-backing off of Brianna’s awesome fair blog, I figured I better chime in too! I’m so happy that we got to spend some time roaming around the fair together and seeing The Avett Brothers with our husbands. It’s been a crazy summer and I definitely didn’t get as many friendship-fests in as I wanted to!
Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 3.59.26 PMI knew it was supposed to be hot and humid, and the weather man wasn’t wrong! I far prefer the heat to the cold, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to try to combat it any way I can! I wore light, airy clothes and kept my hair wet the whole day. Even 12 hours after showering and styling it wet, it still hadn’t completely dried! Gross.
Fair3 Fair6 Fair7I wore this awesome crop top my Mom actually had when she was around my age. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, vintage that stays in the family makes my heart sing!
Fair4I got this awesome vintage skirt at a garage sale this summer and still hadn’t had a chance to wear it. I’m glad I found my chance! It’s nice and airy and hits at the perfect waist-line for a crop top.
Fair5Yes, I’m still trying to officially break my ModCloth sandals from my wedding. A 15,000 step day at the fair may have done it! I also wore the cute flower earrings from my wedding because I hate to just let them sit in a box when they’re this cute!
Fair2Despite losing 5 lbs water weight and gaining back 5lbs in french fry weight, it was a very fun, sweaty time!
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What I Wore:
Top: Vintage
Skirt: Garage Sale
Earrings: Gift
Sandals: ModCloth
Friendship: Priceless
– Melissa

Jackie and Marilyn | Our State Fair Is A Great State Fair

Happy first day of fall, everyone! Labor Day was yesterday so I have officially decided that summer is over! The weather in Minnesota this week is projected to dip into the low 70s, maybe even mid 60s, so I think it’s a fair statement to make.

As much as I love fall, and I really do, summer certainly does have its perks, so I sent off the season with one more summery outfit.

IMG_3585This weekend my husband and I went to the State Fair with Melissa and her husband (!!!), so I chose an outfit that most spoke “state fair” and “summer” to me. It was all about primary colors and gingham! Gingham is a pattern I believe can be used any season, but it’s especially summery. If only the red and white stripe headband had been gingham instead ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_3597 IMG_3601I used three main summer favorites for this outfit: A gingham top I have worn a lot this summer, which I found on my Nashville trip back in May; my amazing Brickyard Buffalo skirt; and one of my many pairs of Saltwater Sandals. If you made it through the season and haven’t bought these, seriously consider stocking up for next year/your warm weather vacation this winter! (P.S. the Jamberrys on my toes are from all the way back to Melissa’s wedding โ€“ they’ve lasted really well!)

IMG_3652 IMG_3658I realized right before we left that my hair was in pigtails and I didn’t have on any earrings! I grabbed my trusty button earrings because they seemed wholesome, like this outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_3659What I Wore:
Headband: ModCloth
Earrings: TargetShirt: Vintage
Skirt: Brickyard Buffalo (also on Etsy)
Sandals: ModCloth

The State Fair was a fantastic time, as always. We met up with Melissa and her husband to see baby animals, eat food, slide on giant slides, squeeze into photo booths and enjoy some amazing folk music. A pretty great way to cap off the summer!

IMG_6759 IMG_6762 IMG_6797 IMG_6791– Brianna

Jackie and Marilyn | To The Moon, Honey!

To follow up the wedding blog, why not show you a bit of the honeymoon? My husband and I decided to do a short honeymoon now and an actual honeymoon when it’s cold and we need to escape Minnesota. We didn’t have much for vacation, so we spent two days a couple hours north of us in Duluth. What better place to show off some nautical style than on the shores of Lake Superior?
Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 3.59.33 PM Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 3.59.24 PM Duluth6Being on the north shore, it’s usually pretty cool, but we got lucky with a couple mid-70 days that turned into 60-degree evenings. I packed sundresses knowing very well that I would probably be a little cold, but I’m just not ready to give up my sundresses just yet. I pulled out this cute sailor dress from ModCloth, one of the first dresses I got from them years ago. It’s a little discolored and worn, but it’s still one of my favorites!
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To keep the Lake Superior winds at bay, I had my handy jean jacket from Goodwill. Originally it was Sarah Jessica Parker’s line that I didn’t know she had. Way to make a great structured jean jacket, SJP!
Duluth3 These ModCloth sandals that I wore at my wedding are still going strong. They were $8 and the reviews said they would wear out quick. They are starting to wear, which makes me really sad because they are just the most comfy. If they weren’t sold out, I’d get 5 back up pairs. Restock, please, ModCloth!
Duluth4My husband and I have freakishly large heads, so hats for us are ย never really an option. SOMEHOW this hat from Target fits my head. It was great to keep my hair from blowing all around and it is one of the few outfits I’ve worn where I feel like I’m “pulling it off” hat-wise. Huzzah!
Last but not least, I got these cute sailboat earrings for $1 at the antique store and they make me very happy. Of course I have to wear them in Duluth. Ahoy!
What I Wore:
Dress: ModCloth
Jacket: Goodwill
Hat: Target
Earrings: Antique Store
Shoes: ModCloth
Sunglasses: Target
– Melissa