Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Five Favorite Instagrammers

It's hard to believe that June is my first Instagram anniversary. It doesn't seem that long ago I started an account @flyingclubhouse. In the past eleven months it's become my favorite social media app. I've found so many inspiring accounts. Today I've rounded up five of my favorites.

1. @_merricat

Be prepared for a twilight world of mystery and old lace. Dakota has such a unique eye. Her images of abandoned places and boudoir dolls are enchanting.

2. @bywoodsandwater

Take a walk in the woods with Canadian Instagrammer Samantha. Her personal style is a bohemian nature-lover's dream and you won't believe her woven creations.


3. @tipatipati

I've been following Monique for a long time on her blog before I joined Instagram. Her vintage style is absolute perfection and she's an expert at sharing sweet moments with her family in Brooklyn. 

4. @lalafauxbois

Head over to @lalafauxbois if you're in need of brightness and sunshine. Lisa hails from Arizona and is a master of Instagram color. She's a real creative spirit, too.

5. @_oscillations

I'm kind of nuts over Nichole's 60s and 70s-inspired style, which she offers glimpses of at @_oscillations. There are also shots of everyday life (cat pics)! and a good serving of inspiring vintage images.

There are many more Instagram accounts I'm in love with currently. I may need to make a Part 2 and 3 to this post. In the meantime, please shout out your favorite Instagrammers in the comments.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Red Hair, Red Screen

The Flying Clubhouse: Red Hair, Red Screen
The Flying Clubhouse: Red Hair, Red Screen
The Flying Clubhouse: Red Hair, Red Screen
The Flying Clubhouse: Red Hair, Red Screen
The Flying Clubhouse: Red Hair, Red Screen
The Flying Clubhouse: Red Hair, Red Screen | spring thunderstorm
I colored my hair red about a month ago, and I'm really loving it. I had been thinking about it for awhile, and I finally decided to go for it. I was pretty sure I was done with lightening or permanent dyes, and I wanted to work with my natural hair color rather than against it. The results were better than expected.

I used a semi-permanent dye. It's just one bottle (no mixing, no peroxide) and it basically just stains my hair and combines with my natural color to create what you see. The semi-permanent color really evened out the brassy ends and ashy roots, which was great.

In other news (as I've mentioned before) I've had some computer trouble. Over the past week I've managed to get my very old Dell Inspirion laptop running again. It had a plethora of issues, however:

  • It needed a new AC adapter and battery (it wouldn't even start without these).  
  • The touch-pad mouse was non-functioning.
  • The headphone jacks are broken.
  • The screen is strawberry-colored upon startup. 
  • Some keys are missing, thanks to my late cat Brownie. 
  • It's prone to overheating - even slowing down and crashing because of this.
  • It has a 99 gig hard drive and only 2.00 gigs of RAM. Even when it was new, this was a problem for my media-heavy ways.

It also runs Windows Vista, but I actually prefer it to Windows 8 or 10. Vista is faster and more organized, in my opinion, and getting the old Dell running made me realize how much I missed it.

Anyway, I purchased a replacement AC adapter and battery. Fortunately, the redness in the screen mostly goes away a minute or two after booting. (It just needs to warm up)? Luckily, I had a spare wireless mouse to use instead of the touch-pad. Typing with missing keys isn't too much of an issue - two of the keys are only function keys, and one is the up key. Back when my cat Brownie was still kicking she loved the warmth of my laptop. One time I tried to gently pull her off my keyboard while I was working and she yanked off the two function keys with her claws. (Thanks, Brownie. I miss you all the same).

The over-heating was actually an easy fix. Upon unscrewing the back of the laptop I found half an inch of dust blocking the vent. It looked like the lent trap in a dryer. Without the dust blocking the fan, it runs cool again. Despite all these fixes, I think I'll be looking for a new laptop in the future. Hopefully, this one will work in the meantime. I will call it Frankencomputer.

top: thrifted
skirt: second-hand on ebay
bag: vintage 70s via crazygoodbannanas

Monday, May 2, 2016

Around the Clubhouse: May 2, 2016

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The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse: May 2, 2016
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse: May 2, 2016
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse: May 2, 2016
Hello!

Things have been much slower on this blog than I would like because of PC trouble. It looks like my laptop has a failing hard drive. I think things will be fixed soon, and Steven is kindly sharing his laptop in the meantime.

How cute is this chubby dove? I set out a terracotta dish of seed and next time I looked out the window this fluffy bird was using it as a roost.

I recently sourced some lovely purple paisley silk from a large thrift-store dress. I've been wanting to make a mod mod mini skirt for some time with Simplicity 7218, but I started to doubt that silk would be suitable for this pattern. I've set the project aside for now, but do any sewers want to chime in with advice? Could I use a light silk or would it be better to stick with a more durable material?

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely week!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Purple Twilight

The Flying Clubhouse: Purple Twilight
The Flying Clubhouse: Purple Twilight
The Flying Clubhouse: Purple Twilight
The Flying Clubhouse: Purple Twilight
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"...there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza...”
- Daria Morgendorffer, Is it College Yet? (2002)
I hope you've been having a great April. These are some shots from the month so far. I've been a little obsessed with taking photos featuring purple, violet, and blue.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Three Pink Roses

The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses | bell sleeve dress
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses | spring outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses | spring outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses | spring outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses | 60s coin necklace
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses | think pink lipstick
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Three Pink Roses | bell sleeve dress
I bought this dress on sale from asos recently. (Boo, not secondhand, I know...) I had been on the hunt for a white tunic dress with angelic bell sleeves for months and had no luck with my usual thrift and vintage sources. While I have great success thrifting accessories, separates, shoes, and outerwear, I find that solid dresses in my preferred shape and size are the most difficult to score. But dresses like this make the best backdrop for all the interesting vintage costume jewelry, scarves, and bags I like to wear.

These deep purple tights came from Ruche years ago. They've held up amazingly well, considering how often I've worn them. I am very sorry to see that Ruche is closing. I hadn't shopped there in a long time, but I have fond memories of their pretty lookbooks. Additionally, the headband I wore at my wedding came from Ruche. So many businesses and online shops come and go, but it's a shame to see such a lovely spot on the internet come to an end.

I don't have much of a social life, but we have some events coming up this spring - a party, the odd evening out, and a graduation - where this outfit will be just the thing. I'm a complete sucker for a little white dress.

dress: asos (out of stock)
tights: shop ruche
coin necklace: vintage 60s
amethyst pendant: jewelers paradise

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Casual April

The Flying Clubhouse: Casual April | creative layers
The Flying Clubhouse: Casual April | creative layers
The Flying Clubhouse: Casual April
The Flying Clubhouse: Casual April
The Flying Clubhouse: Casual April
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The Flying Clubhouse: Casual April
Wishy-washy April weather encourages creative layering.

I love headbands, but my hair is so thick and unruly I've always had trouble making them work. For some reason the wired style is an exception and keeps everything in place much better than elastic or plastic. I'm very proud of my handmade wired headband. I think I'll make a few more when I get my hands on some additional plastic-coated wire. It was so easy I won't give a tutorial for it here, but it you want to make your own you can find lots of easy instructions by searching for "diy wire headband."

Hope your April is going well so far!

bell bottoms // shirt // belt: thrifted
necklaces: vintage via etsy
bag: vintage 70s via crazygoodbananas
moccasins: minnetonka
headband: diy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Poppies, Poppies, Poppies

1. A Bed of Poppies, Maria Oakey Dewing, 1908
2. Poppies, Stefan Luchian, c. 1910
3. Poppy Field, Guy Rose, 1910
4. Poppies and Daisies in a Blue Vase, Odilon Redon
5. Poppies and Eucalyptus, Benjamin Brown
6. Poppies, Lilies and Blue Flowers, William James Glackens, 1915
7. Poppies, Henri Matisse, c.1919
8. Poppies, Pierre Bonnard, c.1914 - c.1915
9. Poppy Field in a Hollow near Giverny, Claude Monet, 1885
10. Vase with Poppies, Cornflowers, Peonies and Chrysanthemums, Vincent van Gogh, 1886

They walked along listening to the singing of the brightly colored birds and looking at the lovely flowers which now became so thick that the ground was carpeted with them. There were big yellow and white and blue and purple blossoms, besides great clusters of scarlet poppies, which were so brilliant in color they almost dazzled Dorothy's eyes.
"Aren't they beautiful?" the girl asked, as she breathed in the spicy scent of the bright flowers.
"I suppose so," answered the Scarecrow. "When I have brains, I shall probably like them better."
"If I only had a heart, I should love them," added the Tin Woodman.
"I always did like flowers," said the Lion. "They seem so helpless and frail. But there are none in the forest so bright as these." 
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

I have always associated poppies with the Wizard of Oz. The first time I heard the word "poppies" was probably when I was a tiny tot watching the MGM film. Despite their sinister role in the story, they've always been among my favorite flowers. Poppies are symbolic of sleep, death, remembrance, but when I see a field of them I think of a flock of red paper valentines waving in the wind.