This and That

Where’s the line between collecting and hoarding? It’s getting real blurry over here with the Bourbon & Boweties bangles. I love the story behind the brand: the creator, Carley, started her jewelry business with $500 worth of beads and stones from NYC, and now her designs are sold in nearly 3,000 retailers around the country.

When I started blogging back in 2010, I loved spending Saturday afternoons hunting down designer and vintage treasures in thrift stores. I don’t have time for it these days since most of my weekends are spent in the flower shop, but if you’re new to the thrill of thrift shopping, Verily posted some great tips to ‘Master the Art of Thrifting Like a Style Blogger.

I’m living in the American Eagle hi-rise jeggings I bought on sale last month, and seriously considering getting a second pair in every color. I especially love the black; they make everyday outfits feel more polished.

The little number on the tags of our jeans can be such a point of frustration (and confidence annihilation) for women. Associate fashion editor at, Marie Southard Ospina, tried on 10 pairs of jeans from different brands in the same size to show it’s really just a number; and a pretty useless one at that. She says, “Our obsession with being the ‘right’ size is nonsensical. To try to define a ‘size’ is equatable to trying to define a ‘color.'”

Go subscribe to Peter Hollen’s YouTube channel. He does incredible — I’m not using that adjective lightly; it’s mind-blowing — a cappella music videos. His cover of ‘Hallelujah‘ showed up on my Facebook newsfeed around Christmas, and I was hooked. The ‘Epic Disney Medley‘ is my favorite!

If you’re spending all your free time watching the old seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix (um, who isn’t?) you’ll love Paper World. The miniature paper replicas of Stars Hollow are amazing.

Looking for some recommendations for your next trip to the bookstore? Check out the Sits Girls’ list of ‘12 Good Books You Must Read in 2015.

About Keira Lennox

I’m a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style.

I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

(Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

58 thoughts on “This and That

  1. I love your website ^_^ It has inspired me so much throughout my years of blogging. I started a This and That section yesterday and would love for you to check it out! Take care =*

  2. Love reading your thoughts as usual. Thanks for the link to the Good Books to Read, I’m always interested to hear what good literature is available these days. XOXO, Sam

  3. I have to have some of those bangles now! :) I’m a bracelet girl, too, and I get my fix from Bullfinch and Barbury ( they’re on Etsy). Bangles really *do* become a hoarding obsession, because there’s really nothing to stop you from wearing a whole armful. ;) Thanks for sharing your pretty collection!

  4. Love the bracelets!! Though I bet it got heavy pretty fast! :) Have clicked on almost all the links as well, yay! And about the size being a number thing, wow, it was a wake up call. Really. I will keep it in mind next time I feel fat in size 28, thanks for that!! :)

  5. I love the free style, stream of consciousness you wrote this article in! And also, I want to buy those jeans! Do they run true to size or small?

    1. They’re pretty straight through the hips, so I ordered up a size. They do stretch a bit as you wear them, though. I’m 5’3″ so I got them in short, and they’re the perfect length for flats.

  6. Those bracelets are great! I’ve never heard of that company but will definitely check it out! I also agree about size being a number, once I got over that shopping became so much easier and more enjoyable. I was also not limited to how clothes looked because of that size I thought I wore. Sometimes going up a size makes the clothing look better and I feel better wearing it.

  7. I can’t get enough Gilmore Girls and am so happy it’s on Netflix! If you love the show as much as I do you might want to check out the Gilmore Guys podcast, it’s hilarious! Side note,those bracelets are gorgeous!

    1. I get mine from my girlfriend’s boutique, m.marie, but there are lots of boutiques online that sell them! Also, follow Bourbon & Boweties on Facebook for details on retailers and trunk shows in your area.

  8. I love the bracelets! Thanks for the reading links. I had a panic attack in Barnes & Noble in the “new arrivals” section because I hadn’t heard of any of them. Finally wandered over to the classics section. I’ll try out some of these!

    1. Haha, I do the EXACT same thing in the new arrivals section! I love the “Summer Says” section at Books a Million; I’ve found some good things in there (new and classic).

  9. Those bracelets look great all stacked up like that, the stones really make each piece unique. American Eagle? really? Hahaha I haven’t thought about that store since high school but now that you mention it, they did always have great deals on pants I got obsessed with (well, in the US anyway, Canada tends to be way more expensive) Great post!

    1. I know, it’s crazy and I only shop online because I feel ancient when I go in the stores and the kids call me “ma’am” but their jeans are so worth a try!

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