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

Christmas In New York City

Hello dearies and MERRY CHRISTMAS from New York City!!! Wow, I never thought I could be saying that but here’s a video of our adventures of our first time together into the Big Apple AND we got to meet up with my lifelong friend Olivia and her husband and his sister! We had a grand ol’ time exploring NYC on a snowy day!

It seems like most of the classic Christmas movies are set in NYC and walking around the streets from Grand Central Station towards Central Park sure did feel like walking in a movie set.

nyc-christmas-2016_wm-1 We had just gotten a fresh load of snow that very morning and it really lit up the city despite us having to dodge puddles of melted ice for most of the day, it was absolutely magical!

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Central Park was definitely my favorite and I would love to go back and just wander around there for hours but as of this time I was having way too much fun catching up with my friend Olivia! I sure hope to have more adventures with her and her husband again soon, they are so adventures and I love how we used to play pretend horse adventures together as kids, went on a trip to Scotland as teens, and here we are meeting up in NYC..I love how special friendships like that take on so many different forms over the years!

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We even got to experience a childhood moment together when we found the Balto statue! No one else in our group grew up with this beloved snow dog but we were gushing at the nostalgia!

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As night fell we hit up Times Square! It was loaded with people but I guess that’s part of the charm though I don’t think I’d dare to be here on New Year’s Eve. There were so many crazy characters running around and people taking photos with people dressed like the statue of liberty but amongst all the crowds something else caught my eye. I spotted a young couple bundled up with blankets sitting on top of suitcases with a cardboard sign that read:

“Homeless & Cold: Hoping for a Christmas miracle”

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That struck home so deeply with Jonas & I that we had to stop and give them a little gift, look them in the eyes and say that we have almost been homeless a few times this year and it always gets better if you keep believing and work hard. They couldn’t believe we stopped to even talk to them and I almost wanted to cry as I saw tiny flames of hope ignite in their eyes. I truly hope they have a Christmas miracle and I wish the same for any of you who may need one right now too! Merry Christmas & bye for now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

SINTERKLAAS FESTIVAL + FANTASY PARADE! {Rhinebeck, New York}

Hello dearies and HAPPY SINTERKLAAS DAY!

Come along with me and my friends to a magical festival in Rhinebeck, New York!

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This charming village keeps the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas alive plus adds their own fantastic touches with a whole day full of magical creatures, multicultural music, and a fantasy parade! The whole main street opened their doors and had different activities such as magic shows, crown making, storytelling, puppet theater, circus performers, and the list goes on and on! Everywhere you looked there was something magical happening!sinterklaas-2016_wm-3

Every year they have a different animal theme and this was the year of the OWL! People were wearing feathered masks and there was even a giant cuckoo clock being operated by a owls! It was very obvious how much creativity and hand crafting went into every detail of the planning!

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I’ve always been a “night owl” myself and it was such an amazing experience when the whole audience started HOOTING at the end stage of the parade. The owl queen came up and said a few words and this quote really resonated with me, she said: “In times of darkness do as the owl and turn your head the other way.”

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My favorite part of the whole event though was when the whole crowd started singing “This Little Light Of Mine” and I could just feel the warmth and light from people’s hearts as we sang “Shine all over New York, Standing Rock, and the whole world!”

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Jonas & I have definitely found a new favorite winter tradition! We loved how the whole experience and how it fused everything we love into one winter spectacular! It’s fun finding new traditions for us in a place we’ve both never lived before. Bye for now,

Lindsay of Sheaves

Mystic Moments With My Mum

Hello dearies! My mum came for a visit to the Northeast and it was the first time I’d seen her since we moved from California 9 months ago! It was such a joy to show her our “new home” and a few of our favorite spots in Connecticut and New York.

We were first reunited in Glastonbury, Connecticut where she was staying with a long time friend. We went for a walk and swooned over the charming colonial houses and all the gorgeous autumn leaves. mystic-november-1

A few days later Jonas & I picked her up and took her to Mystic, Connecticut! We found the perfect fika spot in the Stonington Borough at Indulge Coffee Shop! I loved showing my mom the old lighthouse museum and the stunning seaside view. I know how much she loves those things and ever since our time in Connecticut I had wanted to show her.

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 Although, we had actually been on a New England trip when I was a teen and went through Mystic but I don’t remember it much. It was so special to show her “our” favorite place and especially for her to meet our Workaway family at Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast! With whom we had a delightfully cozy dinner of Irish stew (thanks so much to our fellow Workawayer “Narnia”)

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On the last day we spent together she & her friend Kim drove to New York so we could show her our where we live now! It was unreal having her see the room we are renting and walking around the town together. We had brunch at my work and even got spoiled a bit by the staff, that was so special! We went looking for the Clinton’s home, got turned away by security, and had crepes even though we were already so full…we had to have a “birthday” fika for my mom (who’s birthday is actually tomorrow)!

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It’s hard living away from all of our family and I often think of all the things I want to share with them in person and it was so special to be able to show my Mother dear some of those things and especially to have made warm memories. I will hold them close to my heart and think on them when California and Sweden seem like planets away. I’ll keep believing that “The Best Is Yet To Come” and that it’s only bye for now ❤

-Lindsay of Sheaves

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FALL PINUP COUNTRY OUTFIT

HAPPY OCTOBER! Fall is my favorite time of year and always brings the country pinup gal out of me!

 Come along with me on an old-fashioned apple orchard adventure in New York!

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I’ve always dreamed of autumn like this! Being from California, we have nice orchards and pumpkin patches but not the beautiful fall leaves. When I lived in Europe, they had the fall colors but not pumpkin patches!

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So, this fall season in the North East USA if already fulfilling my old-fashioned Halloween dreams. And of course, it’s so much fun making outfits to match the occasion. I’ve been loving this outfit with a flannel (Ross) with a Casper tee (Walmart) tucked into my high waisted paints and creepers, hair scarf, and braids to complete the pinup country look.

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I hope you all have a blessed autumn season full of apples, leaves, and pumpkin everything!

Bye For Now,

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:

“Travel 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’s lifetime.” 

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

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