Spring In My Step

AT LAST! Spring has sprung in New York and I couldn’t be more excited to see charming old towns come back to life after a long winter. Come along with me & Jonas to the Nyack street fair filled with loads of fun vendors, enchanted boutiques, and a Victorian house cafe on the most gorgeous spring day!

This is literally the first time in MONTHS that I’ve worn lashes, lipstick, and the best part…FLATS!!! Farewell, snow boots and winter coats!

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I finally felt a “spring” in my step again as the warm sunshine kissed my face this weekend. Oh, the wonderful feeling of curling your hair and letting it blow in the soft breeze. I’m thrilled that it’s hair scarf weather again, I knew I had to bust out my nifty 50’s scarf in “white” for such an occasion!

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When I saw the forecast for a warm weekend I knew it was time again to reach for my white and red poppy dress that I found at a Goodwill in Virginia last spring. I paired it with another lucky New York Goodwill find with this black and white lace cardigan with the cutest little pearl details.

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I was never much of a floral kind of gal until the last few years when my whole heart longed to be bathed in flowers and sunshine. Now, I have my eye on a quite a few floral novelty print dresses, hope to snag some soon and be able to dress on the outside what I’m feeling on the inside!

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The first snowdrops and crocus have started popping up around Buxton Cottage and I’m so thrilled to watch the spring awaken around our vintage home. Speaking of vintage homes, it was so fun stumbling across the Edward Hopper House & Art Center. A realist painter whose work inspired Alfred Hitchcock in films such as “Psycho”!

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I love that there is so much historic everywhere we go in this part of colonial America. I can’t wait to keep exploring it and plan more fun adventures as we head into summer. What about you, have you any fun fair weather plans?

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Wishing all fresh inspiration and to feel that “spring” in your step again! Bye For Now,

Lindsay of Sheaves

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GOTHIC VALENTINE WINTER OOTD + Sourpuss Clothing Dress Review!

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Curiouser & curiouser…

Here’s my gothic take on a wintery Valentine’s day OOTD featuring the “Fatally Yours” dress provided by Sourpuss Clothing which is perfect for us spooky gals who aren’t into pink and Valentine’s Day!

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As soon as I saw this dress it made me think of the Queen of Hearts and Tim Burton’s Wonderland style and I knew how I wanted to style it! This dress could be done up in so many ways but since it’s still wintertime here in New York and Valentine’s day is around the corner I thought it’d be fitting to do a romantic gothic retro look.

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This style of dress is new to Sourpuss and I can’t even express the wonderful feeling I had when I zipped up this XL and it fit like a glove! I really adore the gathered material on the bust area, it’s so flattering for my figure.

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The hearts & daggers design was created by a Philly tattoo artist and the print even has tiny hearts and stars which is a very unique touch. The anatomic hearts are adorable and the daggers have a very classic feel to it.

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I really adore the length of the dress, how it comes to the knees, and has a fun mesh lining which I’ve never seen on a dress before. The dress is 100% polyester, has the softest feeling, and I love how it flows as you walk…so light and has a little stretch!

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Now let’s talk about how I styled this rocking dress! My black velvet vintage style turban with diamond shaped vintage silver brooch with black onyx center is my go to in the winter. Both items I found separately on Etsy.

My gothic lolita coat is from Pyon Pyon which I ordered from Restyle.pl while I was living in Sweden and I have done a whole review on it + some winter fashion tips I picked up which you can see HERE.

My lovely pen pal friend from Germany (@ladydewilde on Instagram) sent me these charming handmade “Alice in Wonderland” jewelry which turned out to the the crowning touch to this outfit. The earrings say “Curiouser & Curiouser” and the necklace, “We’re All Mad Here”. I mean, how serendipitous is that?!

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My husband & I really lucked out with finding the perfect shooting location to fit the mood I had envisioned. Lasdon Park nailed it with it’s twisty trees and old statues.

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Later that evening I changed up my outfit details in the car since we were attending a black & white winter gala where Jonas’ “Sleepy Hollow” & “Red Riding Hood” art was on display. I realized that I too was wearing art and oh, how that red POPPED against all the b&w!

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Hope this review of the new Sourpuss Clothing dress was helpful and that you got some outfit inspiration for your Valentine’s day whether that be with your gal pals, man, or even alone. Know that you’re awesome no matter what your relationship status is! Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

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Halloween in Salem + Witch City LookBook

Hello dearies! My dream came true of going to Salem on HALLOWEEN!!! My husband & I always combine our birthday festivities with Halloween since they are all within 4 days of each other, but we have never traveled for Halloween weekend before and we had the most amazing adventures in Connecticut & Massachusetts!

My 30th birthday was spent in Mystic, Connecticut in search of wee faerie villages with my Workaway family and of course a stop at Mystic Pizza!

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On Jonas’ birthday we went to Boston for a tea party and to see the pumpkins he carved for Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns! You can see all our birthday adventures on Tales of Sheaves (COMING SOON) but on my blog I’m going to be talking all about SALEM!!!

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Ever since I first saw Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” I KNEW I one day I had to go to Salem in search of the Sanderson Sisters and the epic filming locations! On the Saturday night before Halloween we ventured into Witch City and it was the most magical experience (even after trying to find a free place to park for 1 hour).

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The first filming location we spotted was The Ropes Mansion and I gasped to behold it’s beauty in real life! It was the home of Max’s crush, Allison, and where her family put on the most fancy Halloween party. Speaking of parties, the Salem Old Town Hall was the location for the party Max’s parents almost “danced until they died” when Winifred sang her bewitching version of “Put A Spell On You” with her sisters.

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On Halloween day we got to explore a few more locations just outside of Salem. We found the “Hocus Pocus House” (Max’s house) at 8 Ocean Avenue. It was fun to see so many fans of the film stopping to snap a photo in their costumes and even chatting with others there. I truly felt the spirit of Halloween there!

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Our favorite filming location was at the Old Burial Hill in Marblehead, Ma. It’s one of New England’s oldest cemeteries and has the most stunning view over the water.

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We found the very graves where Jay & Ice met Max and bullied him into giving them his new shoes.

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It’s a lovely spot for an autumn stroll!

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I of course had to strut my favorite bat skirt from Sourpuss Clothing and as night fell upon All Hallow’s Eve I transformed my Halloween day outfit into a witchy night look!

All I had to do was switch my creepers and hat to pointy ones! Threw over my newly thrifted find of the century (this gorgeous black coat) and I was set for a cold Halloween night in Salem!

salem-lookbook_wm-10We stopped by the House of Seven Gables before nightfall and even had a few people want to take photos of us. Funny, because I was basically wearing my “normal clothes” with a few tweeks, just goes to show what the right accessories can do!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my witchy wardbrobe for Halloween weekend + all the amazing “Hocus Pocus” filming locations!!!

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We had the time of our lives being in Salem for Halloween and I’m glad we could bring you along for the adventures! Until next time, bye for now!

-Lindsay of Sheaves

Tomorrow Is Another Day

When in Georgia on a historic farm I couldn’t help but throw together a “Gone With The Wind” inspired photo shoot!gone with the wind_wm (10)

The farmhouse at Mountain Laurel Farm was something out of my old fashioned southern dreams. Jonas & I were lucky enough to stay and volunteer here for 2 months this spring!

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Our host had this scarlet red dress that she insisted I use for a photo shoot! I put together a flower crown with red roses that were part of the wedding decorations at the venue.

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Jonas was gifted this oh so dapper suit and vest by our host’s mother, she sure knows our style!

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For these photos, I of course took inspiration from “Gone With The Wind” but with a gothic twist!

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I could totally imagine a real southern gothic wedding like this and I wish I had the opportunity to do more bridal styling. I still dream of having my own wedding business someday!

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Doing research for this I was reminded of some beautiful quotes from “Gone With The Wind” that truly resonate with me in this season of my life.

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“After all, tomorrow is another day!”

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As Jonas & I have been traveling for the last 6 months searching for where feels like home for us, I’m truly thankful each day and have learned to live life to the fullest!

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We’ve had some heart breaking disappointments but we’re always thankful for a new day, a new start.

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Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

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Swedish Summer Lookbook

Oh, lovely Swedish summer! Jonas & I had a wonderful 6 weeks visiting family, friends, and familiar places…plus a few new magical ones! I thought it’d be fun to do a Swedish summer lookbook of some of my favorite outfits I wore on the trip at some pretty epic locations! Hope you enjoy watching and coming along for the fashion adventures!

{MIDSUMMER} We spent midsummer’s eve at a charming open air museum full of the cutest old red farm houses. “Midsommar” is a celebration of the summer solstice and of light, everyone wears flowers in their hair and dances ’round the maypole!

OUTFIT DETAILS: White Flower Crown-DIY // Green Embroidered Dress-Ross // Black Flats-Payless

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{BOOK CAFE} It seems to be our midsummer day tradition to go for a “fika” at one of our favorite summer cafes; it’s full of books and delicious treats and of course the cutest exterior.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Flower Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Floral Dress-Goodwill // Black Flats-Payless

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This thrifted dress for 5 bux is my new fav, it even has pockets! I wore it so many times this summer already, it was perfect for exploring the secret garden at Nynäs Slott.

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{CHRISTMAS IN JULY} Ok, technically this was in June and technically the charming town of Gränna has candy canes all year ’round…but when I found this dress at Goodwill I knew it’d be perfect for visiting the red & white striped town!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Red Hair Scarf-Doll Me Up Inc. // Poppy Dress-Goodwill // Black Cardigan-Fashion Store // Black Flats-Payless

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{ERICSBERGS SLOTT} This palace in Sweden took my breath away! I had always wanted to see it and it sure is grand…I actually felt intimated standing in front of it!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Flower Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Floral Dress-Walmart // Dotted Tights-Target // Black Flats-Payless

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{NORDIC MERMAID} I spent a lot of time this summer hopping across rocks on the Swedish archipelago in search of nordic mermaids and selkies!

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I’m also obsessed with Faerie Magazine and this summer issue about mermaids and sea serpents takes me into a magical underwater world!

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Flower Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Black Mermaid Shell Croptop-Adorkable Apparel // Black Maxi Dress-Walmart

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{MEDIEVAL FAIRE} I just adore viking faires in Sweden, especially when the market is set around a medieval castle like Torpa Stenhus. I had fun wearing my goth medieval inspired outfit again.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Black Mesh Shirt // Black Maxi Dress-Walmart// Gray Studded Belt

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{WONDERLAND} I sure felt like I had tripped down the rabbit hole when we went to Julita Gård. The roses were in beautiful bloom and we even found a magical wishing well!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Cat-eye Sunglasses // Gray Ruffle Shirt-Goodwill // Black Flocked Skirt // Dotted Tights-Target // T.U.K. Creepers

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I sure hope you enjoyed coming along for the fashion adventure as much as I did putting together these outfits and running around magical places in Sweden! Let me know what YOUR fav outfit is + location and I hope to see you in a new post soon!

Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

MEDIEVAL VIKING FAIRE + OOTD IN SWEDEN! {Söderköpings Gästabud}

BEHOLD! The long lost vlog of a trip to Söderköpings Gästabud, a medieval faire in Sweden! I originally recorded this with Jonas 3 years ago to be one of our first vlogs for Tales of Sheaves when we had just started making videos of our adventures for YouTube!

I’m pretty sure it never saw the light of day until now because that very weekend my beloved cat Samson passed away back home in California, and I was absolutely devastated to have not been there with him.

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I came across this abandoned footage recently and realized it was perfect for my channel, medieval  goth inspired outfit included! I sure do love a good viking faire and this time travel was a welcome distraction from grieving my dear best furry friend.

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I’m a bit embarrassed of how awkward we are in the video, we really didn’t know how to vlog, not that we do now 😉 but we are so much more comfortable in front of the camera now. Hope you enjoy going back in time with me to the middle ages!

Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

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Embracing Change

Hello dearies! My #LindsayofSheaves YouTube channel was long overdue for an update video, hope you enjoying hanging out with me in the enchanted forest where I share what’s been on my mind and heart lately!
I’ve been learning to embrace change and what makes me unique in every season of my life. Jonas & I have sure had a lot of adventures (and some misadventures) and in all or travels and life changes I’ve come to want to embrace what life is teaching me in that season. I like to reflect that also in how I dress even if I’m switching up my style from faerie to retro to goth to country…or a mix of all of those! Who’s to say you aren’t supposed to do that?!
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Also thought it’d be fun to  share photos of some of my fashion journey thus far in hopes of inspiring you to have fun with your style and don’t worry about what others may think, just be one-of-a-kind YOU! I’ve had fun with all kinds of styles from my punk rock high school days to my glam metal hair-styling phase. Around the time of my wedding I started to enjoy wearing dresses, something I had never done before!
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Living in Sweden brought out the faerie and medieval viking in me. In California I enjoyed vamping it up and getting a taste of the retro/vintage world with a splash of Disney style! In the south I had fun being a country girl and visiting Sweden in the summer has brought out the mermaid in me.
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So glad to be posting this update video in case you’ve been wondering what happened to my #roadtoretro series and why the focus has shifted to different things on my social media! Thanks so much to everyone who’s been following along on my crazy adventures around the world and with fashion, it means so much to have you along for the ride! Hope to continue to have you along for the adventures and remember that you are beautiful and one of a kind! Dare to dream and have fun in all seasons of life!! Bye For Now,
-Lindsay of Sheaves