SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN NEW YORK!

ūüĆł Oh, how lovely the springtime in New York has been in April!ūüĆł I’ve found fresh inspiration to explore, film, and create! Come along with me in this April Instagram Stories roundup video and don’t forget to follow me @lindsayofsheaves to see things as they are happening!

Some highlights of the month were when Jonas & I went to the Nyack street fair it was the first warm spring day we could go coat free, and you could see how everyone had a spring in their step again!

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Jonas surprised me with a lovely Easter egg hunt and we got a surprise tea set that is just perfect for Buxton Cottage!

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I’m so thrilled it’s flea market season again!!! I’ve always loved looking for treasures at rummage sales but not until now could I actually take some home with me to decorate the cottage! ūüŹ°

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I can’t seem to get enough of floral prints, flowers, and sunshine! I expect May will also hold some wonderful adventures that I do hope you’ll come along with ‚̧

Bye For Now,

Lindsay of Sheaves

CA GIRL, MARRIED TO A SWEDE, LIVING IN NEW YORK!

{Get To Know Me/Q&A}

I tend to confuse people when they find out I’m a California girl, married to a Swede, living in New York‚ĀČ I thought a “Get To Know Me Tag”/Q&A would be a fun way to explain my background, interests, and how I’ve become the woman I am today! ūüėä Thank you for your lovely questions and I hope you enjoy getting to know more about me and don’t forget to tell me in the comments something fun about you‚̧

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!

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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

BREAKING DEPRESSION HABITS

Let’s walk & talk about depression, anxiety, bad habits, and mental health! I recorded this on my Instagram Story (daily vlog) on a day I felt very lonely, depressed, and down on myself about my weight gain which triggered a lot of old bad depression habits of mine…SO, I decided to do something about it and go for a graveyard walk where I feel peaceful. Taking baby steps in the fight against mental illness can be the hardest thing to do when mental disorders flair up but WE CAN break the bad habits! Let’s do it together, one step at a time!

My WORKAWAY Volunteer Experience

Workaway has been the most meaningful & rewarding thing I’ve done in my life thus far! Click the link below to hear more about how this volunteer cultural exchange program CHANGED MY LIFE!
Travel cheaply and stay for free, whilst making a difference to the communities you visit. Put your existing skills to good use, or try something new you‚Äėd never normally get to do and pick up new skills along the way.
-Lindsay of Sheaves

INSPIRING AUTHORS HOMES IN HARTFORD (Mark Twain & Harriet Beecher Stowe Houses)

Hello dearies! It’s been some time since I’ve shared an adventure vlog + blog post and this one comes as a surprise since this was a last minute trip! Come along with me in Hartford, Connecticut to see the homes of the inspiring authors: Mark Twain & Harriet Beecher Stowe + an apple picking adventure in Glastonbury!

I was absolutely in awe of Mark Twain’s “steamboat gothic” style house! He had it especially designed in 1873 and a house such as this truly fits a man of his greatness and some quirkiness!

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Perhaps most people love Twain for his stories of Tom Sawyer, but I have grown to admire him even more for his adventurous spirit. The more I’ve traveled the more this quote rings true in my heart. As I strolled and thought about Twain’s writings, I thought of this quote:

‚ÄúTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one‚Äôs lifetime.‚Ä̬†

Just around the corner is the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous abolishionist and author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.

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This quote from her is almost brought me to tears:

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

I thought about how many times Jonas & I have been so close to drowning yet the tide does always turn just as you’re about to sink, as long as you keep believing, hoping, and working hard! It really does feel like there is a wind in our sails again after many a storm this year and I can’t wait to share what adventure we are going on next!

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Bye For Now,

Lindsay of Sheaves

MEDIEVAL VIKING FAIRE + OOTD IN SWEDEN! {S√∂derk√∂pings G√§stabud}

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 ūüėČ 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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Climb Every Mountain

I couldn’t have imagined that I would become a “mountain girl” in more ways than one!

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“Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.”

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After leaving my home state of California and driving across the country on a new adventure to the East Coast, I really had no idea what was in store.

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A dream of mine was coming true to work with weddings and the bed & breakfast business when my husband & I volunteered at Mountain Laurel Farm via the Workaway cultural exchange program.

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We had the most glorious spring time and Easter in the mountains of North East Georgia and truly grew to love those Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Waking up every day to this view was such a blessing and the perfect place to decompress and at the same time begin to learn a new career. I felt all my passions and talents come together in harmony when helping decorate weddings, planning, organizing, and even cleaning before the special events!

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We met and worked with such wonderful people and it was with tears of love that we waved goodbye to our host and her family and the farm that grew to be a home away from home for us. (Click HERE to see the vlog of our move from GA-VA)

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But adventure was calling our names again when we found out about an innkeeping internship in Virginia, and off we went to the Shenandoah Valley!

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Harrisonburg was in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and had such a quaint downtown area. We hardly got a chance to know this town when after 6 weeks we were pushed out of our home and jobs by some very deceptive innkeepers that took advantage of us. It was an unfortunate misadventure that we hope not to repeat and are unsure if the bed & breakfast business is for us anymore.

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But you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that! I’m starting to see more and more how life is all about following your heart towards your dreams whatever shape and form they may take.

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We got a crash course in innkeeping and it wasn’t what we had always dreamed of (despite the bad work environment) and that experience has helped us sharpen our focus and vision for the future!

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My new mantra is #TRYEVERYTHING from Disney’s ZOOTOPIA:

“I won‚Äôt give up, no I won‚Äôt give in
Till I reach the end
And then I’ll start again
Though I’m on the lead
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail”

To me, life is all about trial and error and learning from your mistakes, picking yourself back up, and heading toward the next dream!

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I’m thankful that our adventures lately have given me a chance to spend time with my pen pal in North Carolina! (Click HERE to come under the sea with us to the Atlanta Aquarium)

spring 2016 outfits_wm (4)She has taught me the value of always looking for the silver lining of every cloudy situation. And that’s why I really feel I can call myself a mountain girl now, not only for having spent the last several months in the Blue Ridge but because I keep choosing to climb my mountains and even if my head is in the clouds, I’ll always be looking for those rainbows and silver linings.

spring 2016 outfits_wm (14) I hope you enjoyed seeing all the spring/country inspired outfits I had fun putting together. I’m not sure what direction my fashion is taking, but I’m just gonna go with it! My #ROADTORETRO may be on hold but I’ll still have fun with what I have, and now that I’m in Sweden for the summer I’m sure I’ll have even more interesting things to share. As always, thank you for coming along with me on my adventures! Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

WINTER FASHION TIPS + Gothic Coat Review!

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Winter is here and I’m so thrilled to finally be able to share my collaboration with the lovely Jeanette Karlsson Cederstr√∂m who I had the pleasure of meeting in Sweden when I was still living there!

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This last winter we both had gotten the same gothic coat and I asked if she would like to review it with me and her husband Micke also took some really epic photos of us in the beautiful old town of Strängäs!

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In the video you can hear both of our perspectives on the coat as it fit Jeanette like a glove but as for myself I had a little more trouble with it but nevertheless I love the coat!

THE COAT: Pyon Pyon LY-024-Description from Restyle.pl where I purchased mine on sale for 86.70‚ā¨/$100:

“Gothic¬†Lolita¬†Coat. A¬†good¬†quality¬†coat¬†in¬†Gothic¬†Lolita¬†style. Sewn¬†of¬†a¬†decent,¬†black¬†fabric.¬†Lined¬†up¬†with¬†warm¬†fleece. Fitted¬†at¬†the¬†waist,¬†widening¬†towards¬†the¬†bottom. Down¬†of¬†the¬†coat,¬†sleeves¬†and¬†hood¬†finished¬†with¬†fake¬†fur.
Coat decorated with guipure lace.
Coat¬†has¬†pockets¬†and¬†it’s¬†tied¬†up¬†on¬†the¬†back.”

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PROS: Surprisingly warm even in minus temps, quality material/cute detailing, good length, hood is adorable and warm, and best of all I feel like myself in it!

CONS: Tight¬†in¬†shoulders, bow in¬†the¬†back¬†hurts¬†when¬†sitting, takes¬†forever¬†to¬†button¬†up/bust¬†buttons¬†too¬†tight, I had to re-sew the buttons on, pockets are small and at an awkward angle, and it’s heavy¬†to¬†care¬†if¬†you¬†need¬†to¬†take¬†it¬†off. I highly recommend buying a size up than your usual.

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WINTER FASHION TIPS: I’m a California girl that lived through 3 Swedish winters and it was really only the last one that I felt like I had learned what worked for me. I moved to Sweden in December 2012 (the longest and coldest winter they had had for years) and I had no clue how to dress for winter.

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The only coat I wore for those 5 months of winter was what I now affectionately call “the puffy jacket of hatred” because I despise that thing SO MUCH…I think you know the type I mean, the kind with down feathers inside and makes you look like the Micheline man?! While it is practical and I understand why that’s the style most people go for, I just couldn’t handle NOT feeling like I was wearing my style on the outside!

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SO thanks to this gothic winter coat and a few tips, I feel like I found a good way to cope with the frigid winters, Let’s go from top to bottom:

  1. HATS: I can’t handle wearing them but if you can great! My head got to hot when I came indoors and worse of all…hat hair!
  2. HOODIE: This was my favorite trusty trick, I would wear a hoodie underneath my winter coat that I could easily zip up to my neck or down depending on how hot or cold I was. Doing this I didn’t always need a scarf and the hood was great for keeping my head warm and hair from flying around. When you come indoors and take of your coat you still have a hoodie to keep you warm.
  3. SCARVES: I really dislike scarves, I always feel as if I’m being strangled but sometimes you just gotta have one and in that case if I wore one that was cute it made it easier for me!
  4. GLOVES: I tried faux leather ones (that looked stylish but were hard to grab/feel things), thick gloves (for extremely cold days), and gloves with the fingers exposed which ended up being my go to since I preferred to feel things and was the only way I could use my touch screen phone.
  5. LAYERS: I tried different long sleeve shirts made for winter and I found those to never be comfortable for me, I ended up just getting a plain cotton long sleeve shirt that I would layer under my dresses or t-shirts.
  6. LONG JOHNS: Hate them, but can’t avoid them in minus degrees! I also tried fancy ones made for winter or ones made of fleece and NEVER AGAIN! I found those kinds to be uncomfortable and always too tight! The kind I ended up using the most was a thicker kind of legging from H&M that worked great for me. I would layer them under jeggings under a skirt of dress!
  7. SOCKS: Oh this is one that took me forever to figure out…Most often I had to wear at least 2 pairs at a time: 1¬†wool¬†pair and 1 cotton and I would layer them alternately with my long johns and pants otherwise the bands would cut into my skin so badly when I’d take off my socks at the end of the day I’d have huge imprints on my skin and rashes.
  8. SHOES: I found that there are all kinds of “fun” winter boots but I stick with one that¬†are¬†easy¬†to¬†take¬†off¬†when¬†you¬†come¬†indoors. I found gothic style ones with a zipper on the side and ones that were slip on. I also recommend wearing a half or full size up from your usual size to make room for your extra socks!

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I hope my tips of how to stay warm and cute and feel like yourself in winter can help you! I also have a winter lookbook video + blog post where you can see how I styled 3 gothic outfits and you can see the coat  more in action as well!

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Stay warm & bye for now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

November Outfits

Hello dearies! After all the events of Halloween time in October I must say it took me quite some time to recover! Jonas & I have also been trying to get on our feet again and therefore I’m afraid my outfits of November are some what lacking. Though this month has held some really rough moments in the spirit of Thanksgiving I want to remain grateful and leave you a quote from one of my favorite Irving Berlin songs:

“Got no checkbooks got no banks
Still I’d like to express my thanks
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I’m all right”

{MAKING CHRISTMAS} I was asked my my friend Savannah of Walt’s Classics to be apart of her vlogmas on her YouTube channel! I decided to do a ride through the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland and naturally I had to film in a Jack Skellington inspired DisneyBound outfit.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Jack Skellington Mickey Mouse Ears-Disneyland// Black Cardigan // Black & White Striped Dress-Savers // Corset Belt-eBay // Shoes-TUK Creepers

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{SNOW WHITE} When your hairstylist cuts and curls your hair to make you look like Snow White you run to Disneyland in your favorite Snow White Jenny skirt and take photos before it gets dark! Watch my hair & makeup update HERE! I also had so much fun asking my fellow princesses what they were thankful for this year for my YouTube channel.

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Red Hair Scarf-Doll Me Up Inc. // Black Cardigan // B&W Peter Pan Collar Blouse // Smpw White Silhouette Necklace-The Shadow Studio on Etsy // Red Apple Brooch-Femme de Bloom on Etsy // Snow White Skirt-Pinup Girl Clothing // Black Tights // Red Flats-Bait Footwear

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{VICTORIAN DAYDREAMS} Visited my favorite Victorian house in Anaheim again and this time to film our annual Married Life video. Each year we try to wear elements of outfits that we often wore that year so. So far this year since living in CA I’ve been quite fond of mixing Victorian and gothic elements.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Maroon Blouse-Savers // Velvet Flocked Skirt // Black Tights // Shoes-TUK Footwear

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{DOWN BY THE SEA} On my mother’s birthday we went to Balboa Beach for lunch and though it was chilly it was a beautiful day! I’ve found that adding cardigans and tights to summer dresses makes it feel like a whole new outfit for winter!

OUTFIT DETAILS: White Hair Scarf // Cat Eye Glasses // Black Cardigan // Chevron Print Dress-Ross // Black Tights // Black Flats-Payless

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{OAK GLEN} Oh it was delightful to revisit one of my favorite mountain towns in CA with my family! I’ve gone apple picking here each fall for as long as I can remember (besides my time spent living overseas) and the air was cool and crisp enough to wear my thrifted red denim jacket!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Red Hair Scarf-Doll Me Up Inc. // Red Denim Jacket-Savers // Gingham Dress & Leggings-H&M // Boots-Kohl’s

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{OLD WORLD VILLAGE} On the anniversary of Beauty and the Beast and on the occasion that we went to a European Christmas market at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach, I put together a gothic enchanted red rose inspired outfit where I felt like I was in my own little provincial town.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Rose Headband-DIY // Rose Chocker-Made by a Friend // Black Lace Blouse-Savers // Velvet Flocked Skirt // Black Tights // Shoes-TUK Footwear

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If you would like to see more photos + vlog of my November adventures with Jonas celebrating Thanksgiving in California for the first time in 3 years, just click HERE! Also, now that I’ve gotten a new phone I’ve been having a lot of fun using SNAPCHAT (lindsay.sheaves) where I share more snapshots of my daily life and personal things, but it only lasts 24 hours!

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I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for YOU! Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves