Third Eye

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I have a third eye! Ragstock sells these awesome screen printed sweatshirts, and I couldn’t resist getting one to wear to class this semester! How amazing is the idea of repurposing a thrifted/vintage sweatshirt? I wish more companies would do that! It was so hard to resist buying it in every color though.

On the other note, Happy Monday people! Hope you survived the weekend, whether you love VDay or hate it 😉 As predicted, there is now a giant cake in my fridge, you are more than welcome to stop by and have some!

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Velvet 90’s

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How are you? I am still stuck in the 90’s. Not sure why, maybe because of all the velvet that reminds me of that decade. This Ragstock dress is no exception, I might even wear it on Valentine’s Day, because why not?

Let’s talk a little about Valentine’s Day, shall we? Here are a few thoughts that I would like to share and tell you how mine is going to pan out a week from Sunday.

  1. It’s a Sunday, so I will get to sleep in, snuggle up with everyone, and by everyone I mean Sam and Mason (our dog).
  2. Drink unbelievable amounts of coffee. On my way home from my late night class yesterday I caught myself thinking that “Wouldn’t it be nice to come home, drink coffee and do homework?”. Yes, my friends think I am weird.
  3. Valentine’s day is always our half-versary (is this even a word?), since we got married on August 14. This is how I actually remember when we got married, because we’ve forgotten our anniversary on a number of occasions.
  4. Sometime around 1 pm Sam and I are going to go get me a cake. I don’t like the sweet thick icing cakes, so we are going to go to Lund’s & Biyearly’s and I am going to pick out something completely ridiculous. Last year it was a Butterfinger cake. And the year before it was a chocolate cake with (I swear) 2 lbs of raspberries on top! Man I love my cake. We are going to spend the next 2 weeks trying to consume the cake. It will probably dry up and I will have to throw away at least a quarter.
  5. Then I am going to realize I have homework to do, and will spend the rest of my day working on some group project that involves creating a unique idea and implementing it without spending any amount of money.

And this is how we do Valentine’s day Hutson style! Happy Thursday friends!

PS. Romance is not dead, maybe…

Babushka

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Scarf – Irish wool blanket // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell // Duster – Eileen Fisher //

Dress – Bel Kazan // Necklace – vintage

Christmas is over, so is my fall semester. I can’t believe I did it yet again. Let me tell you, college second time around, especially when you are 29 is hard. Hard, but doable. Now it’s just waiting for the grades to go up.

I am really excited for 2016. I will be graduating, moving for work and basically starting all over. Don’t worry, Sam and Mason are coming with!

Meanwhile, here I am at the Cedar Lake Beach in my babushka scarf, wishing that there was less snow and more sand.

Fall Smells Like Vintage

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A few weeks ago we shot some amazing pieces for Alacloth’s ASOS and ETSY stores. She is by far my favorite vintage seller of all, and I can always rely on her to find me something specific.

Having read this recent interview with Bill Cunningham, I started thinking about blogging and fashion industry as a whole. And while I still want to pursue a career as a buyer, I think it’s time to make this blog more unique and more me. Kind of that weird quirky style I used to have. I was so inspired that I even filmed a refashion video for you!

I had my first group presentation and my first midterm this week, and that’s why there will be way less posts on here, and way more pictures on Instagram, but I am very excited about Adam Lippes for Target collaboration that’s coming up at the end of the week, so I think I’ll feature that, and go spend my hard-earned college student dollars on more buffalo plaid!

Meanwhile I am also on a hunt for a garment steamer. I heard there is one at Goodwill by my house 😉

Vintage State of Mind

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As you know I’ve done shoots for Alacloth (a vintage Etsy store run by my friend Ann) a few times, and every time I see the photos, I always wonder to myself – why don’t I wear more vintage? But the thing is I tend to only like the items my friend Ania picks out, but when we shoot all I want to do is take home half of the clothes. And I would if closet space wasn’t an issue. A girl can dream, right?

Today I went to my friend Melanie’s house and her upstairs, which is a lot similar to ours is her closet. All of it! If you’ve been to my house you can imagine what I am talking about.

So I am hoping to be able to clean and organize my upstairs, start and finish a couple DIY projects, organize and replace some living room furniture and have an updated decor post for you. Meanwhile, here are my favorite vintage pieces at the moment.

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Luminess Air Airbrush Cosmetics Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Luminess Air and Hawkemedia. All opinions are my own. 

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I have recently completely changed up my makeup routine. I switched from the BB cream I’ve been using to Luminess Air Airbrush Cosmetics. It’s been amazing, and it’s pretty safe to say I am never going back to regular makeup again.

I never thought airbrushing to be that of a big deal like other bloggers made it seem. It’s pricey, seemed like it would take too much time, and I was fine with the products I currently had. And then I tried it. Airbrushing is the bomb, I tell you! It helps create an even skin tone, makes me look younger, and keep my skin matte longer.

My favorite part is the application. I am a firm believer that you should avoid touching your face as much as possible, and this is the perfect tool for me. And I actually like the feeling of air blowing on my skin, though I was terrified I was going to airbrush myself in the eye by accident.

You simply start by matching your color on luminessair.com by uploading a photo, or going directly into purchasing the kit and selecting a color from there.

Since my skin tends to get oily, I went with the Matte foundation, and a medium color. When I received my Aqua and White Luminess Air kit it actually came with two different shades, which is perfect, because my skin tone will definitely change once the summer is over.

The airbrush system is extremely easy to use at home. I simply watched a video on how to correctly use the stylus and went from there. (The video part is REALLY important, don’t skip out on that!)

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I had a photoshoot with my friend Ania of Alacloth Vintage last week, and she definitely noticed the difference in my skin. bbb1

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As you can see from the photos it’s perfect for covering up blemishes and any imperfections that I have. I’m pretty excited I had the opportunity to try out the Airbrush system, because I would’ve never bought it for myself.

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Have you ever tried an airbrush system? What did you think?

Ashley Barlow Art

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Ashley Barlow is hands down one of my favorite local artists. I met her last year at the Edina Art Fair, and have been in love with her collages ever since. The vintage element, the combination of colors, the DIY element (stitching) and the thought process that goes into her pieces is amazing.

Edina art fair took place a couple weekends ago, and I naturally stocked up on some more Ashley Barlow for my house. You see, I have this vision for my living room, which I can’t wait to bring to life, and Sam is finally okay with it. So now it’s a waiting game! But I will definitely be sharing that with you, be it next week or next month!

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#ThriftStyleThursday – Denim Days

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For today’s #ThriftStyleThursday post we all styled our favorite pair of thrifted jeans. Thanks Brittany of Lipstick and Yarn for the idea!  And I couldn’t settle on one. So I picked my top 5 pairs!

I love jeans, I have too many pairs, way more than I can ever wear, and I also don’t wash them. I keep my jeans nice and dirty hanging on the pipe rack that Blake built for me. Okay, I guess I should rephrase that. I wash them when they get really dirty. And by really I mean really. A few months ago my friend Melanie (who designs Massimo jeans for Target) told me about denim snobs. Denim snobs are people who can’t spend less than $200 on a pair of jeans, and believe in preserving indigo, so only hand wash their jeans when it’s necessary.

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Step 1: Fill a sink, tub, bucket or other jean-sized vessel with lukewarm water and a small amount of ultra-mild detergent. Woolite Dark is a good bet, but it’s very concentrated, so start with just a couple of teaspoons. Take a deep breath, ignore the anticipated slights from the hip police running through your mind, and put your smelly-ass jeans in the tub. Make sure they’re fully submerged (this may require you to weigh them down).

Step 2: Soak them for about an hour, giving them a stir half way through to loosen any dirt that’s worked its way into the denim.

Step 3: Remove the jeans, drain the tub (of course), and rinse them thoroughly with cold water to remove detergent residue. Roll them up in a dry towel that you don’t mind staining blue to remove some moisture.

Step 4: Hang them out to dry. (Note: Make sure you hang them in a place that has good air movement, as you don’t want your jeans to mildew. Also, take care to hang them somewhere that won’t be ruined by a steady flow of indigo-infused water.) Do not tumble dry, as all that heat will undo your good work. Once your jeans are dry, pull them on and proceed to beat the hell out of ‘em till they need a bath again.

I normally wash my jeans inside out on cold, and never put them in the dryer. It’s worked great for me so far. Here is also a great video I watched in my fashion ethics class last semester.

Now go check out everyone else’s denim posts, I can’t wait to see what everyone styled this week myself! 

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Earth Tones

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I never would’ve thought I’d be wearing a skort, but here it is, and it’s amazing! I have a few fun things and events coming up this week and next. There will be another shoot, a store event, a fun Valentine’s Day giveaway and a couple exciting announcements.

Also, this semester I am writing for CollegeFashionista, and I am pretty pumped about that! I will make sure to share my posts and photos with you here and on Instagram.

The photos are from a shoot I did for Alacloth Vintage with Eric Sorensen a couple weeks ago.

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Vintage Lookbook with Alacloth and Eric Sorensen Photography

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Yesterday I had the most amazing opportunity and time of my life to shoot a few vintage looks for my friend Ania (Ann) of Alacloth vintage with a local photographer Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography. I met her through a friend, and was always fascinated by her commitment to finding and selling the highest quality vintage items she could find. And of course her Russian roots. We shot in the rain (yes, it rained here on December 22! Go figure Minnesota weather!) by the tracks on Hiawatha in Minneapolis, and had so much fun!

One of the train yard workers asked us what we were doing, so we had to explain the situation, and then offered to take his picture as well. He said he was going to think about it 🙂

Since it was a pretty public place we also had a guy drive by, honk and blow kisses. All in all it was an eventful Monday photo-shoot and I am so excited to be sharing it with you!

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