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The Cottager

Jessica Wagner

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Seventies Vintage

I pulled this vintage beauty out of my parents attic. Maybe it's the old soul in me, but I've always been drawn to clothing that tells a story. Dreamy pieces in creamy white, like this natural frock, speak to my sensitive nature. I love the lived-in feel from another time and place.

My sisters and I used to have a big wooden box of dress up clothes and this 1970s dress was one of our favorites. Back then it would fall three feet too long, dragging across the floor, and take us to an imaginary world of royal tea parties and secret gardens -- or dark alleyway dealings as British spies in disguise.  

Fast forward to today, it's the perfect fit for picking wild flowers on a rosé picnic at the cottage. I love the soft worn-in linen feel of the dress. The tag actually reads "The Cottager for the Junior." I couldn't find much about the brand, but it breaths like a warm summer night. The empire waist and detailed buttons up the back add a charming vibe that makes it stand out from today's fashions. 

I believe a good vintage dress has the ability to transport you... the more ethereal the better. I have a soft spot for our weekend escapes to our family cottage. Our happy place. <3 Life slows down and we usually just enjoy eachothers company or get lost in nature. Fishing on the lake, walks on the beach, running through wild flower fields or picking berries from the local farm.  I've been coming up to the lake since I was born. t's a place that holds childhood memories and peaceful nostalgia. BBQs, late nights around fires. Sunning like little sand crabs on Papa's dock. Canoe rides and getting pushed on the swing {or into the pond!} The sound of crickets and the hum of nature. A place for wild strawberries and wild freedom.

We discovered this quarry down an old dirt path, and this dress just felt right for whispered dreams and special moments. Earth-goddess hair, bare feet and free flowing fabrics where staples of the seventies. In full hippie-chic mode I added a few Queen Anne's Lace to my braid for added effect. {Interesting fact: Queen Anne’s Lace is in actuality, a wild carrot!}

When looking to add vintage clothing  to your wardrobe, don't be afraid to shop around in antique shops, or your own auntie or grandmothers dresser drawers. Hats, baskets and scarves are a few accessories I usually walk away with for a steal! 

When it comes to making a decision on to buy or not I like to try and envision wearing it in a countryside flower field, full of eyelet lace, and creamy shades of dancing white. Little stone cottages and over-grown ivy. Lost dirt roads and hidden wishing wells. If the dress fits the scene - (and fits!) or can be easily altered, into the bag it goes! Always check for stains, holes, and missing pieces. 

Long maxi dresses or even midi styles will serve as versatile summertime wear and will evoke an "imperfect" elegance. Shabby chic at it's best, out in the open sky among the singing reeds. Unabashedly feminine, and whimsical. 

If you are also enchanted by history and vintage style, where are you favorite places to find  additions to your wardrobe? I would love to hear in the comments below! 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage The Cottager For The Junior  Shoes: Vintage Huaraches - House of Dow Picnic Basket: Vintage Hat: My grandmother's <3 Lips: Le Marc Lip Crème Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 

Kentucky Gypsy

Jessica Wagner

Jewelry For The Free Spirited

Hey guys! Just dropping in the share some snaps from our latest editorial shoot with Kentucky Gypsy

I’m super excited to tell you a little bit about her color-filled jewelry and accessories line. (Available to shop on Etsy.) 

Without further ado, here are my favorite pieces from her gorgeous collection (plus, check out this dainty Sydney Choker necklace, as seen in this post here.) 

Handcrafted for the free-spirit
— Kentucky Gypsy

I'm wearing the Monroe Bolo in sky blue and bronze Monroe Earrings

Don’t you just love it all already? From charming bolos and chokers, to whimsical earrings and necklaces, these pieces will elevate your look from bland to wildly visionary. You can follow Miss Gypsy herself on her blog here, and keep up with her latest designs over on instagram. 

I love the care and imagination put into every piece. From fine chains, to exquisite statement pieces with lost of character. I mean - these gold guns!! Talk about a conversation piece! (Not to mention all the possible “gun show” jokes to be made…. did ya get your tickets?!)

We took a late afternoon a couple weeks ago to explore up at the lake and found ourselves on a dreamy, rolling prairie. It felt like we had been transported to some open-range ranch in Montana, and the photos turned out super cool! (If you don’t mind seeing me in my "everyday" glasses!)

I recently found out my left eye has been rejecting to my contacts. (Ugh.) It’s basically attacking them and I have been deemed to wear my glasses for the next month. Exclusively. So, wanting to clear things up as fast a possible I have been rockin’ my spectacles non-stop. I don’t really mind my glasses, I just hate not being able the wear my favorite oversize shades! Maybe it’s time for this old gal to consider Lasik? Anyone else have an experience like this?

Anyways, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of special projects and collaborations coming together, and I can’t wait to share more with you! In the meantime, stay stylish my fellow free-spirits and gypsy babes!!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Forever 21 Embroidered Maxi Hat: Lack of Color The Valley Glasses: Gant Rugger Necklace: Kentucky Gypsy Earrings: Kentucky Gypsy

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A special thank you to Kentucky Gypsy for collaborating on this post!

Summertime State Of Mind

Jessica Wagner

Red Maxi Dress: Celebration of Summer 

Hey babes! I am feeling extra thankful

This past week brought some much needed rest. The kids and I got to spend some unplanned time up at the lake (hence this post being a bit delayed) and I am reeeecharged. It’s amazing what a little sunshine, fresh air and freedom from the day-to-day can do to negotiate a cold away and bring about virtuous relaxation.

I’ve said it before, but I am a summertime girl. There is something about the slow passing of time and the simple pleasures it brings: the sound of waves gently lapping on the shore, the taste of a home-grown strawberry plucked off the vine, and the psychedelic sunsets painted in the late evening skies. It ALL makes me smile. 

I put my phone away for most of the days. I didn’t mind a strict schedule. I allowed myself an afternoon siesta (or two.) Guess what? It equaled lots of unbound bliss.

I’m pretty sure I could spend forever watching clouds pass in the gleaming sunshine, listening to a thunderstorm rolling in, or chasing moonlight on the warm breeze of an open sea. We got to do all of these things in the last couple days, PLUS we rode around our little beach community in Papa’s golf cart like some kind of crazy celeb royalty, waving to every passer-by. It was FUN. Add in a couple chilled bottles of rosé Summer Water and rendezvous via the boat, and you pretty much have my ideal lifestyle. #beachlife

To celebrate summer and taking things SLOW I want to share a few appropriate quotes that are inspiring my current summertime-state-of-mind goals.


Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.
— Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

At these times, the things that troubled her seemed far away and unimportant: All that mattered was the hum of the bees and the chirp of birdsong, the way the sun gleamed on the edge of a blue wildflower.
— Alison Croggon, The Naming

I almost wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days—three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.
— John Keats
Overhead hung a summer sky furrowed with the rush of rockets; and from the east a late moon, pushing up beyond the lofty bend of the coast, sent across the bay a shaft of brightness which paled to ashes in the red glitter of the illuminated boats.
— Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.
— Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

It was rapture enough just to sit there beside him in silence, alone in the summer night in the white splendor of moonshine, with the wind blowing down on them out of the pine woods.
— L.M. Montgomery, The Blue Castle
The morning heat had already soaked through the walls, rising up from the floor like a ghost of summers past.
— Erik Tomblin, Riverside Blues

Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare; And left the flushed print in a poppy there: Like a yawn of fire from the grass it came, And the fanning wind puffed it to flapping flame.
— Francis Thompson, "The Poppy"

Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That’s why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.
— Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
— John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Summers were always our favorite times; we would eat outdoors under the shade of a tree. After having our fill of food and laughter, we’d pluck ripe figs right off the trees, peel and eat them until the sun disappeared into the blue. I can still taste those summer days, and will always do everything in my power to re-create them.
— Adriana Trigiani, Rococo: A Novel
All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.
— L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

Outfit Details:
Dress: Top Knot Boutique Striped Maxi Dress with Tie Back Detail Shoes: Old, (similar here) Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso

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Do you have any favorite summertime memories or quotes? Books? Songs? Photos? Places you like to go? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!