flower crown fridays…

Someone contacted to make several baby’s breath flower crowns for an upcoming wedding this weekend in New Orleans.

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Baby’s breath is so undervalued.  It got a bad rap due to being overused as filler in cheap red rose packages from Walgreens.  I was ecstatic she wanted to use them in crowns for her and her girls.

It’s time for a baby’s breath comeback.

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Just another excuse to sit around, eat Dove choco-minis and make flower crowns.  An ideal day in the House of Modern Vintage household.  A day like most others, only difference was this time I was paid.unhelpful helper

Here’s my unhelpful helper.  Some of us ate too many choco-minis and some of us ate too much baby’s breath.  I’m surprised we got anything accomplished.

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When I dropped in the florists to pick up some baby’s breath, the elderly lady behind the counter commented she didn’t understand why more people don’t use it.  “It’s cheap.  Shove some in mason jars and there’s your wedding”.

So keep that extravagant option in mind for future reference if you’re planning a wedding.

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tis the season…

saints headband

From here on out my Saturdays are devoted to college football and Sundays are reserved for Saints games.

My go-to Sunday accessory, a Deepa Gurnani headband in the classic black and gold combo.

Geaux Saints

Margo goes Blondo….er.

more blondes

After non-stop traveling the last several weeks, my hair needed a re-do.

I leave tomorrow for Mardi Gras and wanted to make sure my hair was as blonde as it could be.  My track record for catching beads as a brunette is pretty dismal (zero to date), so I’m hoping this will be the catalyst that changes everything.


So almost three hours of Cosmo/Vogue/InStyle reading later…

blonde hair

I’m ready for more travel.

New Orleans here I come.

valentine’s day essentials…


All I really want for Valentine’s is someone to rub my shoulders and a bottle of wine.

But here are some other gorgeous little necessities for the big day.


Normally, The Boyfriend and I are rather anti- NYE & Valentine’s Day.  A couple of my least favorite things usually happen on these holidays~ crowds, waiting and prix-fixe menus, just to name a couple.  Especially prix-fixe menus.

Waaay to picky for that nonsense.


{ban.do bobbi pins from Anthro}

But this year, I had a change of heart; cocktails and dinner can’t be too bad.  Although I haven’t tried to make reservations yet, so maybe I’m being a little optimistic.

But my hair will look good while we wait; I’m thinking messy bun.

After an hour or so of cocktails and waiting for a table, “messy” will be inevitable.  I’d rather start with “artfully messy” than end with “cocktail messy.”

Geography & Headbands…


Even thinking about it gives me a headache.  I began my day trying to plan some travel in the south, and finally five hours later looked up from my giant map, cross eyed and agitated.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel.  Just not by car.  Or when I have to plan it myself.

Geography is not my thing.

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Seeing as it was only 2:30 and it didn’t seem like a proper time to open wine (and no one was available to come over), I decided I needed a little retail therapy.

While in college my freshman year, I started dating a fun new guy and found my geography class relegated to the back burner.  They could have told me Arizona was in Dubai for all I cared.  And (fortunately) the relationship lasted only as long as the class but (unfortunately) I still don’t know where all the states are.

So even though geography is not my thing, headbands are.

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I can easily say I will never have enough headbands.  Especially gorgeous vintage looking headbands.  And, although I’m a jewelry designer, apparently I also needed some jewels.  And a manicure.

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Thank you Anthro.   While you break my bank account, you save my sanity.

So for now, I’m headed to Mississippi.  I think that’s off to the right.  Hopefully there is an Anthropologie there.

Life as a Blonde…

When I decided to go platinum, I sat down with my hairdresser and he asked if I was going through an early mid-life crisis/late quarter-life crisis.

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Who knows.

But it’s an interesting new chapter in my life.  Immediately after coloring my hair, it might have been a chapter I was wishing I had left un-read.  But now, at week four, I love it.

It was time for  a change.  This is also the first time I’ve had short hair for six years.  Even though it’s been four weeks, I still reach to flip my ghost hair over my shoulder.  Not there I have to keep reminding myself.

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I know I’ll look back at pictures when I’m 50, laugh and think, ‘well at least I did it.’  But in the meantime, it’s been an adjustment.  I currently still look at pictures and think, ‘who in the hell is that…’.


But I will say, before I was counting down the days til my whole30 diet was over and cocktails will be served.  Now I also countdown days til my next hair appointment.  I can’t tell now which is taking up more brain energy at this point but at least I finally have something to take away from the fact I have five more days til I can have a glass(es) of wine.

In the meantime, instead of enjoying mimosas or an amazing rosé champagne, I will have a kombucha and de-caff at Brewed.

Five days.  Or 31, depending on which countdown I am currently focusing on.

Hey Blondie…

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The idea was planted in my head when I was in high school.

My mother, a brownie like me (or the old me I have to keep reminding myself), told me when she was in college she had a ‘mishap’ with a hair frosting cap and had to go blond all over.


Well, that was the 60’s so I was hoping the bleaching process has improved and been updated since then.  As I learned after having my hair lightening for 16 hours total, it might have but not by much.


So two days, 9 inches and 50 shades later, I’m platinum.   And while it’s still kind of jarring in the morning when I glance in the mirror to wash my face, it’s growing on me.

But that said, any suggestions on a great conditioner?

Summer Hair…




When I’m feeling a little lazy and just want to throw my hair up on top of my head, I love a ballet bun.  But sometimes, they’re a little too polished looking, a little too ‘librarian-esque,’ for my tastes.

I came across this super easy messy bun on Pinterest.  Perfect to fight the Texas heat while still looking a little polished.  But not too much…



While I do like Pinterest, I feel the majority is about weddings and pictures of people braiding their hair.  Who know braiding your hair would become so popular.  Or so labor intensive.

But I found this pic and love the idea of mini plaits inside a larger braid.  Seems easy enough.

All this braiding still seems a bit ‘Little House of the Prarie’-esque to me but maybe I’ll come around.