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

6 RETRO GOTH OUTFITS ACROSS AMERICA! {U.S.A. Road Trip Lookbook}

SURPRISE!?! I moved from the WEST COAST to the EAST COAST of America! It was sudden yet not at the same time and there is a video + blog post all about it on Tales of Sheaves explaining more. So sorry for the silence on my blog + YouTube channel, but it feels good to be back! I hope this video + photos of the 6 retro goth inspired outfits I wore on our epic U.S.A. road trip makes up for my absence!

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In the process of moving, my husband & I took decided to take a once in a lifetime epic road trip across the United States and I thought it’d be fascinated to document my outfits and changing landscapes of America the Beautiful along the way. I had fun putting together different looks from the clothes I packed that would fit each location! I’d love to know which is your favorite?!

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{OLD WEST} Our first stop was in Old Tucson, Arizona which felt like we had time traveled to the old west and into my favorite John Wayne western “Rio Bravo” which was actually filmed here! You know I had to put together a neo-victorian steampunk outfit for such an occasion.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Black Lace Parasol-eBay // Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Frilled Black Blouse-Savers // Brown Lace Belt-eBay // Black Lace Layered Dress-eBay // Black & White Striped Leggings-eBay // Black Boots

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{MY BIG ADVENTURE} Next stop, THE ALAMO, Texas! Yes, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure brought us here to find the basement and *might* have inspired my outfit but I learned so much about the history and that even Davey Crockett died there in the great battle.

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Vintage Style Red Hair Scarf-Doll Me Up // Cat Eye Sunglasses // Chevron Print Dress-DD’s Discounts // Black Tights // TUK Creepers

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{SOUTHERN MERMAID} In Lake Charles, Louisiana we got to hold baby alligators and swooned over the beautiful southern mansions on the lake front so I thought this goth pinup urban mermaid look was fitting.

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Red Mermaid Pearl Hair Clip-Bonita Bellita on Etsy // Cat Eye Sunglasses // Black Mermaid Shells Crop Top-Adorkable Appearel // Boho Maxi Dress  // Studded Sandels-Payless

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{FRENCH GARDEN} New Orleans was somewhere I have always dreamed of going! The French Quarter was loud with jazz music and wildly crowded with tourists and all kinds of people.  We really enjoyed the beignets and gumbo soup and looking at all the beautiful architectural details. However, the Garden District was by far my favorite place we visited on our trip. We strolled along streets and streets of gorgeous historic southern mansions that were from my old-fashioned dreams.

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

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{MONTGOMERY ON SUNDAY} We drove into downtown Montgomery, Alabama on a Sunday to find it completely deserted, except for the families leaving an old brick church dressed in their Sunday best. Come to find out, that was the very church that Martin Luther King Jr. preached at and the state capital building right across from it was where he delivered his powerful speech, “How long? Not long!” after the march for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery.

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Red Bowler Hat // Gingham Dress & Leggings-H&M // Boots-Kohl’s

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{SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS} The mountains of Northern Georgia were blooming with gorgeous spring blossoms when we arrive to our final destination in Cleveland, Georgia. Working on a historic farm + living in the south definitely calls for plaid and red don’t you think?

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Red Bandana-Walmart // Red Denim Jacket-Savers // Gray Plaid Shirt-Ross // High Waisted Black Pants // Biker Boots

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It felt surreal reaching our final destination on the other side of the country after a 1 week road trip. Workaway is something we had dreamed about doing for over a year, when we lived in Sweden, and that dream finally came true in the most unexpected way. I can’t wait to share my new adventures on the East Coast and our time at Mountain Laurel Farm through this wonderful cultural work exchange program. We’re already having a blast living the farm life and learning the wedding/B&B business in hopes of becoming innkeepers ourselves someday!

Bye For Now,

-Lindsay of Sheaves

Spring Lookbook

Ah, lovely springtime…it comes a little later in the year to Sweden than most of the rest of the world, therefore so does my spring lookbook too since I wanted to wait for the pretty flowers and green leaves to appear! I feel so blessed to have found 3 beautiful locations (Tullgarns Slott, Fagerås, & Nynäs Slott) full of spring loveliness and I hope you enjoy the three outfits I put together as this is about as “floral” as I’ve ever gotten! If you fancied any of the items I wore you maybe be able to find it for yourself in the outfit details below!

spring lookbook_thumbnailOUTFIT 1: Springtime in Sweden can still be pretty chilly so I had to pair this dress with long sleeves, leggings, and a cardigan but with the floral embroidery it still felt quite “springy”. I felt like I was in my favorite movie “Big Fish” with the forest full of daffodils!
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-Orange Flower Crown: Sheaves Creations (Etsy)

-Silver Heart Necklace: eBay

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-Cropped Cardigan: Fashion store in CA

-Black & White Embroidery Dress: Ross

-Boots: Kohl’s

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OUTFIT 2: When I found this yellow top (that is actually a dress) it instantly reminded me of a daffodil with the bright yellow color and ruffled neckline.

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This outfit is the most “fancy” compared to the other 2 outfits in this lookbook and I think fit perfectly at Tullgarns Slott (one of Sweden’s royal palaces).

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-Daffodil Hair Clip:  DIY

-Yellow Ruffle Top: Fashion store in CA

-Pencil Skirt: Ross

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-Polka Dot Tights: Walmart

-Victorian Boots: Funtasma

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OUTFIT 3: This look was inspired by St. Patrick’s Day since I always find myself listening to a great deal of Celtic music and this is the only green dress I own. spring lookbook_wm (4)

As the white wood anemones started appearing all over I realized they resembled the white embroidery on my dress and with my white flower crown to match I felt like I could almost disappear into the Swedish forest in camouflage. spring lookbook_wm (3)

-White Flower Crown: Sheaves Creations (Etsy)

-Green & White Embroidery Dress: Ross

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-Four Leaf Clover Necklace: Flax & Kite (Etsy)

-Brown Purse: Forever 21

-Boots: Kohl’s

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I hope you enjoyed seeing the outfits in action in my Spring lookbook video as well the photos. This is just one of 4 Seasons of lookbooks I did in Sweden so feel free to check out my other spring, summer, and fall lookbook blog posts and videos on my YouTube channel! If you’d like to see some fun BTS from my husband & my May Day weekend where we frolicked in the daffodil forest and celebrating Swedish Valborg, you can watch HERE on Tales of Sheaves.

Don’t forget to follow me on lookbook.nu/lindsayofsheaves for more fashion & outfits! Which springtime outfit AND location did you like the best?!?

Bye for now,
-Lindsay of Sheaves

An Invincible Spring

the awakening of spring_wm (21)“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer (spring). And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” quote by author Albert Camus from “The Stranger”endless_spring

I came across this image above last “spring” and it made such an impact on me. I had to track down where the quote came from and found it was by Albert Camus and was translated (very loosely) from French. Most translations say summer at the end but it was this image that said spring that helped me through a seemingly endless winter in Sweden.the awakening of spring_wm (27)

As a California girl it happened to be my first “real” winter ever and it also happened to be the longest and coldest winter on record for many years. My husband & I moved to Sweden together in December 2012 and his family had been hoping and praying for snow so that I would get to experience a real white Christmas and I also was looking forward to that. But then there was a white New Years, white Valentine’s day, white St. Patrick’s day, white Easter…do I need to keep going? Needless to say the endless amounts of snow, ice, darkness, and negative degree temperatures got REALLY old. I started to hate snow and it seemed that every time it started to melt and I would get a glimmer of hope that spring was coming I would wake up the next day only to look out my window to a fresh blanket of snow and the process started all over again. It was a very emotional and mental experience for me, something I had never gone through or ever had to face before. Seasonal depression became no joke to me and the days of darkness were blinding to my mind. I honestly can’t even remember what I did for those 5 long months of winter until Jonas & I went on a trip to CA for a friend’s wedding. We left Sweden when the snow had just started to melt and came back to a full blown summer!the awakening of spring_wm (23)
This winter couldn’t have been more different than the last, only a few major snowfalls that melted quickly and spring came quite early! This has been my first “real” spring in Sweden and it’s been very intriguing seeing the first signs of spring that I totally missed last year. Right now there are flowers blooming all over the city and the weather has been quite lovely aside from the mandatory April showers (that bring May flowers.)the awakening of spring_wm (22)
I see so much wisdom now in the full quote above that I would have never understood unless I had gone through it myself. It was one of the darkest times of my life in more ways than one but it did teach me how to find within myself an invincible spring. I had to reach inside myself and feel the spring breeze, smell the blooming flowers, and hear the birds singing. In fact, I had to learn how to keep a piece of that invincible spring inside all year round for I believe it is important to always keep an open and blooming disposition.the awakening of spring_wm (25)
I feel like I became my own snowdrop flower. They are one of the first spring flowers to appear and can even push up through the snow. So like in Camus’ quote, when winter was pushing me down hard I had to find the will, the power, a strength in me to push back in my darkest times. Then, just like a snowdrop flower, to push up through the snow and declare that I found within myself an invincible spring.the awakening of spring_wm (24)
These photos are a part of a Tales of Sheaves “The Awakening of Spring” photo set but I decided to separate these pictures and write this blog because they became so symbolic for me. The different shades of green candles are representative to me of the coming of spring. I was very inspired by Celtic music and the awakening of spring when I created the headpiece you see in the photos. I wore a brown dress and used neutral toned flowers on the sides because when the seasons are in between winter and spring the forest is brown and has very muted colors.the awakening of spring_wm (26)
My favorite part of the photos is the reindeer moss I’m lying on. It was so perfect that we found this spot because I used some of the same kind of lichen that I gathered last winter/spring on the top of my headpiece and I love how my head blends into the bed of moss.

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I apologize for this long-winded explanation of why the quote above is so significant to me but it felt important to put into writing my experience of finding my own invincible spring and if it can encourage you in any way I am glad!
-Lindsay of Sheaves