Weekend Recap : Thanksgiving Part One

Part one of our Thanksgiving weekend pictures : ) We spent Thanksgiving day with my side of the family this year, and it was such a fun time. We played croquet, watched the parade, drank cranberry margaritas, and cooked up a storm. All in all a fun holiday spent at home. Hope yours was the same! Part two coming tomorrow ; )

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale!

In case you missed it, our Black Friday Sale is going on in both the vintage clothing and vintage home shops! Head on over to www.oldschoolswank.etsy.com or www.oldschoolswankhome.etsy.com to check them out! You can also enter to win a $75 gift certificate to OldSchoolSwank by signing up for our newsletter HERE or at www.oldschoolswank.com. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend!

Around Here Lately

Scenes from around here this week. Lots of raking, organizing and shooting new vintage, burning Christmas scented candles, a couple gorgeous sunsets, puppy sitting and enjoying settling into a new schedule where our work days end at 5 (for the most part) and we feel like real adults. Oh yah and I got bangs (!!). We are still having fun messing around with our new photo setup so the photo above is a fake-guitar-playing-me with new said bangs and pretending to be cool. Happy Monday everyone!

Thanksgiving-ish Recipes

I have been on a recipe hunt for fun things I can make on and around Thanksgiving this year that are fun and a little different. I love the holiday season and all the baking and cooking that goes along with it. Although I'm a major sucker for all the traditional items, I think its fun to spice it up a little bit and try one or two new things as well. This is a roundup of some fun items I have found in case you are in the holiday spirit as well ; )

2. Cherry Kale Panzanella via Jelly Toast (originally found on BleuBird)
6. Everything Tea via OhDearDrea (to keep you healthy all season!)

8 Life Lessons I Learned While Waitressing

Photo of the waitstaff during the sixties at a hotel we were at for a wedding this weekend
Last weekend marked my last night serving at the restaurant I've been working at since we moved here two and a half years ago. After nearly ten years spent in and out of restaurants wherever I've lived, I really feel I learned so many valuable skills and life lessons from each position I held. And let me tell you, there have been a lot of them. I have managed, assistant-managed, supervised, bussed, served, and bartended. The one position I managed to avoid was hosting, because that just seemed like too much of a pain in the butt. But through each of these positions I learned something different that I carry with me today as I jump into the wild ride of building my business full time. I wanted to write them down while they were still fresh in my mind, so here we go-

8 Life Lessons I Learned While Waitressing

1. How to be part of a team
This is an obvious one. At most other jobs you will be part of a team, and probably will be working very closely with at least a couple people on your team regularly. At a restaurant you are PART of the team, meaning that without you the team will flounder and fail quickly. It makes you realize the importance of helping others, and how much more success you have yourself when you do.

2. How to be self-sufficient
On the other (contrary) hand, at a restaurant you learn that it is also up to you and you alone to get through certain situations, and that you have to be able to handle it. You learn to deal with situations without having to run to someone else to help every time.

3. How to handle any and all personality types
This one is huge. You can and you will have to deal with every personality type under the sun. That may be a three year old who spills her chocolate milk you just gave her and screams through the entire place, a customer who feels the need to create their own dish not on the menu every time they come in, the guy who makes terrible jokes you have to muster a laugh at, or the "VIP" table you have to give special attention to. You learn to be able to walk into any situation and be able to make small talk comfortably, which is so helpful in many life situations.

4. How to keep a "game face"
The scene - your name is being yelled in the kitchen because two of your tables' meals are up and need to be run to them. Someone at another waitresses table is aggressively flagging you down for a refill of Diet Pepsi. The table you are standing at taking their order has been debating whether to order calamari for five minutes, while you stand there with pen and pad in hand silently tapping your foot in frustration. But no one can tell, because you have your game face on. This one has been a hugely helpful skill to transition into real life, as a game face and keeping your cool can help you through many a sticky situation.

5. How to know your limits and speak up when you need to
The saying is "the customer is always right", but you find out quickly that can't always be the case. No matter what, you are going to have a jerk at your table every now and again, and you quickly learn to not let them get away with anything and everything. As a definite "people-pleaser" personality type, this has been a great lesson to learn for me.

6. How to multitask like a madwoman
You better bet I can hold a conversation and do four other things at the same time. Thank you, bartending experience.

7. How to communicate clearly and efficiently
Often times you do not have more than a second or two to relay a message to a fellow waitress or the kitchen staff on a busy night. The more concise and clear you are, the more likely the result you are looking for will come about, so you quickly learn to communicate efficiently. This has helped me a ton in my business and customer service communication.

8. That it is important to have fun at work too
As crazy as it can get in a restaurant, the staff can get super goofy as well, which makes for a fun time even in a high stress situation. If you can make a joke out of it or find the humor in a sticky situation, it makes it so much easier to get through it, leave it behind you and keep your priorities in line.

Style Files : Military Parka

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My Tumblr Favorites

I can get lost in Tumblr pages for an hour or two if I let myself, especially when I am in need of a little inspiration and have a glass of wine in my hand. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Pinterest, but sometimes I prefer the more collage-y style of Tumblr. I've also discovered many the great blog or small brand through a Tumblr image I stumble across. Below I have listed a few of my favorites I've been following for awhile, in case you want to get lost in them for a bit ; )

OldSchoolSwank Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook

I am so excited to share some images from the OldSchoolSwank Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook! This is a project I have wanted to do for so long, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. My super talented photographer friend Julia Backus photographed another friend Abby in a few looks that I feel represent OldSchoolSwank's overall style for this Fall/Winter season. I love how the photos encompass a little retro, a little bohemian, and a little mod style, which are my favorite vintage items to source. 

If you'd like to check out the full lookbook, or the newly updated shop website, head to www.oldschoolswank.com.

Weekend Recap : Halloween and Puppies

We had such a great holiday weekend. Owen's sister and her fiance visited, and my sister, her fiance and some other friends came over for a Halloween party Saturday. We were "winter princesses" after a failed attempt at wearing our wetsuits to be scuba divers. Let me just say, wetsuits are not flattering on land, and very hot. We sat on the porch with "Thriller" and "Monster Mash" on replay, drinking sangria and handing out candy to so many cute trick-or-treaters. My favorite costumes have to go to a little girl in a big hat and frilly dress, dressed as a "fancy lady", and another little girl who constructed her own (opening) refrigerator costume out of a cardboard box. She had little hand drawn foods on the inside, which included a bottle of red wine (hah).

Other than that, we took a few walks down to the (very chilly) lake, enjoyed some movie time at home on the couch, made some Halloween candy and then puppy-sat our friend's dog Monkey on Monday. It was hard not to steal her. Hope everyone had a great weekend as well!

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