Monday, November 19, 2012

be thankful.






Outfit Details:
necklace - Sea of Bees (coming soon to Emerging Thoughts)
dress - Free People
Hansel from Basel thigh highs and Darling cardigan - Emerging Thoughts
bracelets - c/o Sorrelli 
Shenanigans boots - c/o Seychelles
lipstick - Smashbox posy pink
suitcase - Mark's.


Okay, so I wasn't actually going anywhere; I'm a total fraud. My cousin's husband has this great suitcase that's covered in travel stickers, from its past owner's life. I've always loved anything with a story, and this has its story all over the surface. I started wondering why I haven't collected anything from my modest travels. I only buy postcards when they're ancient (I just picked up this gem from 1910) and I couldn't really think of anything else I'd be able to collect within the confines of my Brooklyn apartment. But after a little thought, I realized that I have a different kind of collection that can't be put into just one category. Everywhere I go, I search for something one of a kind, whether it's vintage, antique, or simply handmade. On this trip, I came home with a trunk full of goodies: a vintage chenille bedspread, lots of artwork for the walls (old and new), that 1910 postcard (with writing on the back), a slew of vintage hats and a couple of dresses. They may not be your typical touristy souvenirs, but I'm pretty sure I'll hold onto them a lot longer than anything from a gift shop. 
What do you collect when you're on the road?

45 comments:

  1. I always collect little stones or shells, and my boyfriend has started picking flowers for me on every walk we go on. Just the little ones with lots of colours! I keep these in jars and in old film canisters and even though they get mixed up and I often couldn't tell you which came from where, I love having little pieces of the world around me.

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  2. Pretty!

    I collect sugar packets! I started 12 years ago on my first trip abroad to Paris. Free souvenir! And then it just kind of continued. I have boxes and boxes full of sugar packets from different places!

    Sarah (I don't know why blogger always puts me in as Anonymous!)
    http://sarahstaebler.wordpress.com

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  3. That is such an AMAZING suitcase! You've inspired me to seek out something one-of-a-kind on my first trip abroad, which will be in March 2013 in Paris and the French Riviera. :) I'm beyond thrilled, and I hope to study French language and literature in college, so this is really the opportunity of a lifetime. You've made me even more excited to go...grr! Gotta wait a few more months! <3

    - Samantha
    http://samlovesmakeup.wordpress.com

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  4. beautiful pictures, beautiful style & beautiful room. All in all: fantastic :)

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  5. What a fantastic suitcase!? Beautiful photos! You look gorgeous :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  6. Such a pretty dress!

    munchmecat.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh, you look stunning. I love how ethereal the dress is. I like to collect postcards, jewelry so that when I wear it I am reminded of where I have been, and Christmas ornaments. xo

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  8. love the fuzzy cardigan!

    www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

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  9. Love this look, so chic! Love your blog :)

    The Style Storm

    xo, Christina

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  10. I also like to come back with small momentos. Usually a cute piece of antique or artisan jewelry. That way it doesn't take up much room. Oh, or a good vintage book. I can never pass up an old mom and pop book store.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  11. sometimes we just have to use props as we see fit! :) this is a gorgeous look.
    kw, Ladies in Navy

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  12. love the dress.
    xo
    Rachelle
    http://pinksole.com

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  13. I love sending postcards while on trips (still haven't decided whether the people getting them actually care that they got postcards though...). I have, in the past, gotten christmas ornaments when their were ones I liked. I figured they would always remind me of the special memories every time I took them out. But you don't see as many nice Christmas ornaments anymore. I also got children's picture books featuring the place I visited both times I went to Europe ("This is Rome" and "The Three Golden Keys" which was about Prague. Both were in English. I got Paddington Bear and his book from England). But then, I am trying to get a job as an Elementary Teacher so....

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  14. Such a fun look!
    I love holding onto maps and tourist pamphlets! I have a box full of them!
    -Adrienne. xo

    http://sending-postcards-home.blogspot.com
    http://sending-postcards-home.blogspot.com

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  15. That dress and this cardigan are both gorgeous. The booties are also pretty sweet. Great style throughout!

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  16. What a gorgeous dress! So feminine and pretty! I love the idea of non-conventional souvenirs. I like to find something I know I'll hold onto as well. :)

    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi KL!

    This is such a pretty outfit and I just love the props too! Great monochrome look. And your pose is so sweet...

    Zoe xxx
    http://www.zoealexanderuk.com

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  18. You look absolutely adorable!

    xo
    Maggie
    http://magz725.blogspot.com

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  19. Love this look! I love the sweater and the boots. And what a cool out suitcase.
    Carlee
    Almost Endearing

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  20. I don't ever find myself collecting anything on trips. I visit the giftshop but everything is just too cliche and ugly lol

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  21. Your photos are stunning!!
    xo Emily
    www.bupster.blogspot.com

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  22. Love this girly look on you Keiko! Adorable as always :) I try to find something each trip that I would not be able to purchase anywhere else! Always fabulous to have a token to remember a trip :)
    xoxo Darby
    Obviously Obsessed

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  23. Like you, I love to collect vintage when I'm on the road. It's something that I know I'll hold on to, and even if it's unrelated to the place, I'll still remember where I found it and what I was doing. I also like to collect regional cookbooks, when they're available. Even in small towns, you can often find small cookbooks compiled by the town historical society or a similar group. I love reading about the food and traditions that make up a town or city.

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  24. Just like you, I love to take unique items home from my travels. The most recent thing I found on my trip to Budapest was a felt pillbox hat with a velvet bow that I love and will always remind me of Budapest. I also love to bring local designers' items home with me as well as beautiful little things to decorate my home.

    x
    Sabrina
    apixiesviewonfashion.com

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  25. I've never been able to travel much. That costs money :\ You look as beautiful as ever :)

    xo Ashley
    luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  26. Love the travel suitcase. It seriously has style. And I do love your lipstick shade. I must check it out! I've been trying to get a little bit more colorful! :)

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  27. I love your Free People dress!
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  28. The suit case is fantastic, I'd want to take some photos with it too! Your treasures from your travels all sound unique very much what I usually look for, handmade items - clothing and art, the postcards you collect sound really cool!

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  29. The bright blue. The suitcase. That necklace. Your smile :)

    xo
    summer

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  30. i love your gold necklace with the white dress. great photos!

    I tend to collect matchboxes with nice pictures on from bars (even though i don't smoke!)

    Katie x

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  31. So cute! love the mixture of the dainty dress and the knee socks. New to your blog. Will be coming back.

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  32. Oh great pictures! I collect wintage stuff and materials for sewing!

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  33. very cool suitcase indeed. I love the see-through impression of your dress. stunning

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  34. How did you do that to your hair?? I love it!

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  35. I have the same FP dress in brown & I am absolutely in love with it too! You look beautiful in the cream one.

    xoxo
    Holly
    www.myscuttle.com

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  36. This dress is so cute! :) when on trips I like to buy Starbucks cups.. They always have ones specific to cities, and they're useful!

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  37. My husband and I collect either Christmas ornaments or shot glasses. Two very polar opposite collectables, no??! We just get whichever ones are cooler:)

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  38. I love that suitcase, go much history. I like to collect oder vintage things esp. bottles like old medicine bottles and vintage pop. I would love to find some antique throw blankets and yearbooks :)

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