mill no. 5

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In April, a colleague of mine told me about Thread and Groove – a record vendor event at Mill No. 5 in Lowell.  She knows that Dave and I have a (smallish) record collection and are always on the lookout for more, so we definitely needed to check it out!

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It was our first time at Mill No. 5, and we thought it was such a cool place.  I’m sorry we didn’t take any photos near the vendor area, so you can’t really get an idea of the scene.  But I promise you, it was very hip! (haha, I sound like an old lady when I say “hip”)

We did sneak off into some remote areas and corners of this place to take photos, since I was far too shy to pose in front of passers-by.

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They even have a small little independent movie theater.  I checked out their site, and it looks like they do free cult movie nights every Wednesday.  The catch is that you don’t know what movie it will be until you get there!  I’m thinking I’m going to have to drag Dave out for that soon 🙂

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There were also cool twisty staircases which were fun to explore:

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My outfit consisted of a darling Lindy Bop skirt that I got from Modern Millie Shop in Salem.  At first I thought the little heart pockets were too cutesy for my taste, but now I think they are my favorite detail on the skirt!

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I paired it with a new soft pink faux leather jacket, and the PERFECT purse.

But guess what?!  It isn’t really a purse!

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Back in December one of my students gave me a gift of Hammond’s peanut brittle, and it came in this adorable radio tin!  I squealed quite loudly when he gave it to me (he must think I REALLY like peanut brittle!) and instantly knew I would be using it as a purse.  The candy was packaged in a plastic bag inside, so I didn’t even need to clean it out.

It comfortably fits my phone, keys, and card holder.  The only issue is that since it is metal, I can hear the contents rattling around inside…so I might end up giving it a lightly padded fabric lining.

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04-08-17

Skirt:  Lindy Bop ‘Bernadette’ Orange Study Print Swing Skirt via Modern Millie Shop
Top: Express Outlet
Sunglasses:  H&M
Jacket:  Candie’s via Kohl’s
Headband: Forever 21
“Purse”:  Hammond’s Peanut Brittle Gift Set
Shoes:  ModCloth Poised for Perfection Heel in Pebble

a great day

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When these photos were taken, I couldn’t have been happier!

(Sorry if this is TMI…) A few weeks prior I had discovered a suspicious lump in my breast, and was anxious to see my doctor to find out what it was.  Breast cancer runs in my family, so of course I was concerned.  When I went in for the appointment, I was expecting that I would be told that it was nothing.

Instead, the doctor ordered me an ultrasound and a mammogram, which were scheduled for a week later.

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After what felt like the longest week ever I had the tests done, and was thrilled to find out that it was a benign cyst.  Yay!

FYI – the mammogram was quite painful, and I’m glad that I don’t have to go through that again until I’m 40! (that is, unless any other little bumps pop up)

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Dave worked a half-day that day so he could accompany me to my appointment (and coincidentally also works at the same hospital where I got the tests done), so afterwards we decided to grab lunch then take a little walk around Faneuil Hall.

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I have to be honest that I don’t love how this high-waisted skirt looks on my body.  I think it’s due to the fact that my torso is a little short as is, so wide waistband makes it look even shorter…but this skirt is SO comfy and was quite cheap so I’m not complaining 🙂

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Hope you have a great weekend!

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04-05-17

Top:  Forever 21
Skirt:  Forever 21 Stripe Pleated Skirt
Sunglasses:  Isaac Mizrahi via Burlington Coat Factory
Fleece-Lined Tights: Marshall’s
Shoes:  Madden Girl

make me mod

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When my parents were recently up in Boston, we made sure to check out Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium.  I heard it was cool, but since I’m not a football fan I wasn’t sure if I would appreciate any of it.

But when we pulled in, I was thrilled to find restaurants and shopping – so of course that made me happy!  I also loved seeing the big stadium (though I’m sad I was never able to get tickets to the Metallica show that’ll be there later this month!)

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I didn’t really plan this outfit, but I loved that once everything was on it had a bit of a 1960s mod vibe going on!  I purchased this cute checkerboard top a few months ago from ModCloth, and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to photograph it.   I have been trying to add more fun tops to my wardrobe, since most of the ones I own are plain/solid.

The fun top needed a fun pose, so it felt like it was the right time to bring a jump pose back to the ol’ blog…

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Wow, that’s 2 weeks in a row now with a pose failure!  But if you cover up my head…and my arms, it’s not so bad, right?

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Before I wrap things up, I HAVE to give you a closer look at my purse!  My parents always buy me the best stuff, and this was a Christmas gift from them that I adore.  The speakers on this baby are real, and the sound quality is actually pretty good!  There’s a headphone jack inside with a little battery pack so you can plug in your phone and rock out 🙂

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04-15-17

Top:  ModCloth Chess Friends Forever Top
Pants:  H&M Black Slacks
Jacket: XOXO via Macy’s
Purse:  Betsey Johnson Here Comes Trebel Crossbody
Headband:  Claire’s
Sunglasses:  Payless
Shoes:  Bella Marie via Amazon