Mistaken for Strangers


Last night, some friends and I watched “Mistaken for Strangers.” It was made by the younger brother of the National’s lead singer, Matt Berninger, who filmed it all while on tour with the band. While much of the film does look at the band as it tours, it was also a way for Tom Berninger to figure out what direction he wanted his life to go as a filmmaker. I laughed when he asked the band members questions they clearly weren’t prepared for (“do you take your wallet onstage when you perform?” or “what do you really think of my brother?”) and came close to tears when he confessed his insecurities to the camera. Whether you love the National or not, it’s worth checking out. 

You can buy the movie here for online streaming.

Hanker Time: TheLuLuBird Pottery

“I have a personal theory that everything you need to know about life you can learn from working with clay.” – Liz Aldag, The LuLu Bird Pottery

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this pottery and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. I grew up near a huge pottery mecca in Seagrove, North Carolina and many Saturday mornings were spent helping my mom pick out gifts from the local stores. Pottery always seemed outdated until recently when I spotted The LuLu Bird Pottery.


Ceramic Cloud Serving Bowl, $34

The artist, Liz Aldag, is based out of Durham. I love everything about her collection collection- the colors, the shapes, the sizes, and the variety of pieces. I also love how functional each piece is. The cloud bowl would be perfect for serving up popcorn and the mugs below make me crave a cup of hot chocolate. 


Pair of Turquoise Waves Ceramic Coffee Mugs, $45




Black Mountain Planter, $40 

And these planters- they are my pottery soulmate. I want to fill up every windowsill in my house with these beauties. I’d definitely wash the dishes sooner if I could look at these while I scrubbed. 

You can shop the entire collection here

Mr. Goodbooth




Mr. Goodboth set up camp outside of the Rock and Shop Market this weekend to snap photos and I’m so glad they did. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to give you these rare photos of me in a sombrero.

I also loved the market enough to go twice- in the morning and the afternoon, hence the different outfits. I was trying to look edgy in that first picture, which came across slightly different than imagined.

A Few Things I’ve Come to Accept


| Image via MessyNessyChic|

+ I will never feel feminine or pretty while wearing a hat.

+ My dog doesn’t totally love humans and I can’t make him.

+ The real reason I’m thankful for my iPhone is so I can set reminders to return my library books.

+ My cheeks become flaming red when I’m embarrassed or angry or sad or happy or hot or cold. No amount of makeup can hide it.

+ I will always be from a farm, no matter how much I try to hide it by living in cities.

+ Receipts will forever be found in the bottom of my purse.

+ Sometimes I prefer the film adaptations over their written counterpart, the book.

+ I will never be satisfied with the amount or selection of clothing in my closet.


Durham Rock and Shop Market

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year: Durham Rock and Shop Day! I’ve only been once but it left a lasting impression. Think about walking into a room filled with all your favorite stuff and the artists/designers who made it. That’s what Rock and Shop is! It’s an Etsy-lover’s dream come true. Not that I needed another reason to fall in love with Durham, but Rock and Shop seals the deal. 

First up, Jordan Grace Owens. I’ve regretted not buying this poster for the past year.  I can’t wait to pick one up tomorrow. She handprints each one to give a personalized look. Beyond posters, she also sells the cutest paper dolls and illustrations that are A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. 



Screenprinted Poster: Yes, Ma’am, $25 from Jordan Grace Owens’ Etsy shop |


Next, This Paper Ship. This Paper Ship is composed of a talented couple in Saxapahaw, NC who specialize in lettering and design. They’re the geniuses behind the design of Yellow Dog Bread Co. in Raleigh. (If you haven’t been there, btw, go. NOW!) I’m looking forward to checking out prints and letterpress items from this shop! 


| Put The Kettle On Print, $10 from This Paper Shop |


And up last, Near Modern Disaster. Last year, the designer, Samantha, behind Near Modern Disaster and I had a detailed conversation about lilac jeans. The verdict: we’re both fans. I’m also a fan of hilarity of this shop! I bought a friend this card for a friend and I still can’t stop raving about it. I also bought this print for myself. I think the cards below will be my next purchase. Because I can’t resist deer or bowties, especially when they’re put together. Check out this shop for cards, illustrations, and general radness. 


| Season Deer folded cards- set of 8, $18 from Near Modern Disaster |

If you’d like to know more about who will be at the Rock and Shop Market,  check out their website or Facebook page. I’ll be the one drooling over everything tomorrow, so keep an eye out for me. 

Vinnie Louise

Vinnie Louise Favorites

My favorites from Vinnie Louise


I’m so excited about the new shop opening today by my friend and lady crush, Ginny! She’s wonderfully adventurous and her latest adventure is Vinnie Louise. Her style is like nothing I’ve seen before, in the best way. If you haven’t checked out Vinnie Louise yet, pop over there now and check out the shop before it all sells out.

My favorites are the Aztec Cardigan (which sold out while I was typing this, booo!), the Pyrite & Bar necklace and the Mindy Dress. Every piece in the shop is handpicked by Ginny and is less than $52. Pretty incredible, if you ask me!

Congrats, Ginny! Vinnie Louise is perfect.