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My Love For Vintage Tees + Tips For Finding Your Own

One of my favorite things to collect is vintage tees. I have about 20 that I wear on a regular basis and they are the majority of the items I kept in my closet clean-out (read more about that HERE). Below I've listed some of my best tips and tricks to finding the vintage tees of your dreams! Check it out!

WHERE TO LOOK:
THRIFT STORES/VINTAGE STORES:
There's so many things to list here. My number one place: thrift stores. Find some good thrift stores that specialize in vintage finds and resale. A lot of times you'll notice two things: 1. Some of the tees are SO CHEAP 2. Some of the tees are WAYYYY OVER PRICED. This is something I run into a lot while shopping in person. Make sure you look online for shirts like ti and see what they are selling for. One of my favorite in-person finds is the shirt pictured above. This Alabama shirt cost me a tiny fraction of the $150 it's currently selling for online. EEK!

ONLINE:
I only have one thing to say here....MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE BUYING. I've purchased MANY shirts offline for Eddie and I and 100% of them have been exactly what I thought I would get but that's because I read the descriptions, ask questions, research pricing, etc. The saying "if it looks too good be true, it probably is" is not always a good rule of thumb though. I've found shirts from the early 80's with tags still attached for a decent deal.


TIPS + TRICKS:
- QUALITY. Make sure you look for holes, rips, stains, etc. Sometimes this doesn't bother me but other times it does. I don't want to pay $20 for a "nasty" option when there's one online for $35 that's in much better condition. Most tees should looks somewhat worn in. If it looks too clean with perfect coloring, there's a chance it's a replica.

-Sizing. Always shop garment measurements (online) or try on before buying. Vintage sizing is usually a bit different than your normal size. Sizing also varies A TON in the vintage world so never just go off a standard size. I like both a fitted shirt (for tucking in high waisted jeans) and also loose baggy tees (for over denim cutoffs and more of a casual look) so I never really fit into a true size but if you're looking for an exact fit, double check!


- Check the tags! Most vintage tees are Hanes or Fruit of The Loom....at least that's what I've determined. Additionally, some artists started adding their own tags to shirts. Those are usually a sign that these came directly from their merch booths.

- Copyright dates are important! They usually appear on the bottom corners of the graphics (front or back) so make sure you look for those.

- Replicas are OKAY...if you want them to be. There's nothing wrong with having a reprint in your closet. After all, it's your collection! These are usually cheaper anyway! Wear them with sweats! SHOWN BELOW: replica Waylon Jennings tank from Midnight Rider


HOW TO STYLE THEM:
I love wearing my tees on a daily basis so nothing too dressy. Jeans, jean shorts, jean skirt, sweats, etc. With that being said, you could easily add a leather jacket and some cute embroidered booties and head out for a late night concert or dinner date. If you wanna dress them up, I suggest mixing a printed bottom (skirt, pants, etc.) with the casual look of the tee on top. This keeps it edgy, cool, and bit more dressed up. Throw on a cool heel and you're ready for a night out on the town!

STRAIGHT FROM MY CLOSET:



SHOP SOME OF MY FAVE REPLICAS:

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Tips for Better Shop Organization

If you know me at all, you know I spend 90% of the (small amount) of free time I have in the shop. Something you might NOT know though, I'm crazy about organization. Everything has its own place, everything about that just makes me happy. 

Wall Control:
Part of my organization OCD is having as little on the floor as possible. I like to have as much hanging on the wall as I safely have room for. I love having a place for everything and Wall Control makes it that much easier to do so. On top of that the stuff is made right here in the USA. It's a better alternative to pegboard since it's made of metal. This allows the holes to stay in tact versus ripping out over time. It always holds a lot more weight than traditional pegboard which is one of the many reasons it's become such a huge part of my shop setup. 
SIDENOTE: It's SUPER EASY TO INSTALL!


Wall Control: Accessories 
HIGHLY recommend their assorted accessories also. I love the fact that the system can use pegs or shelving systems! The shelves I show here are 12" deep and 16"wide and we are using them to store all our Whiskey Boat Goods oil, jar, and lid back-stock  As you can see they can hold a significant amount of weight without ripping the holes which would be common with traditional pegboard material. 


Bins + Containers:
Some would say I am OCD, but I just like to be efficient, I think. I like to know exactly where everything is so that I can find it the quickest. I grabbed a couple of these storage bins off of Amazon when we first started setting the shop up. I have them up on the wall and they work great for organizing everything from screws, bolts, hooks, hinges, etc organized. The best part? It doesn't take up much room either and is keeping all the little things from rolling around or getting lost. 

PRO TIP: Label the drawers for added organization!







Tool Organizers:
Organization, organization, organization. I am a big fan of it. This little screwdriver pegboard accessory is a great addition to the shop. Keeps all of them standing straight up so they are easy to grab and use! The wrench organizer (linked a similar one below) is such an easy way to stay organized and have everything in order so looking for the right size amongst a pile of wrenches is never an issue!


Drawer Organizers:
These are a MUST if you have a toolbox in your shop! They keep everything in place which means you don't have to worry about all those odds and ins rolling around all over the place!


Magnets:
These little guys are SO USEFUL! We picked these up FOR FREE from Harbor Freight with the purchase of something else within the store. We added them to a strip of metal on our pegboard originally, but can now simply place it on our Wall Control! They are great for those important screws you just can't afford to lose!



Cord Organization:
Packbands are a LIFE SAVER! If you are looking for an easy way to keep all your cords wrapped up and organized, look no further. It truly is the best new way to organize and avoid those messy tangles!

TIP: Make everything mobile! This helps a ton! Buy lots of items that fold up and move. This allows you to constantly adjust to the amount of space you need for each job/task. If something is stationary (work bench, etc), add casters to the bottoms so they can roll out of the way!


AMAZON LINKS TO BUY:

Another great place to shop for things like this? Harbor Freight. They are inexpensive and have TONS of options. A lot of the little items you see came from there for half the price! Don't forget your weekly coupon!

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All About Houseplants!

Houseplants have become a staple in our world the past year or so. They add so much to a space and truly give it all the cozy and homey vibes! 


Tips For A Healthy Houseplant:
1. KNOW THE PLANT! Don't go off what the people at Home Depot say. Yes they are nice but 9 times out of 10 they have NO IDEA what they are talking about. Research the plant and make sure you can take care of it the way it needs. 
2. Lighting is EVERYTHING. Some plants need tons of light and that's hard for a lot of people. Does you home have lots of windows? Do you have room for a large plant right in front of your back door? These are the things you must think about before bringing a plant in. They only thrive where they get the lighting they require. 
3. WATER ENOUGH BUT NOT TOO MUCH. It's a battle any plant person faces...."is my fiddle leaf fig dying because it needs more water?" *waters it*. "SHIT, it's dying because I overwatered it?" Seriously. Me every few weeks. Again, KNOW THE PLANT. 
4. Re-potting is KEY for getting your plants to new heights. They only grow to the size of their containers. SO, if you are looking for a little more growth, grab a larger pot!

DID YOU KNOW?:
- Some plants need to have their leaves cleaned and/or dusted! They make the cutest little brushes for this task OR you can grab a lightly damp washcloth and clean off all the dust on the leaves. This allows the light to really get to the leaf!
- If you can see a plants roots on the top of the surface, it's time to get a bigger pot or add more soil. If you aren't looking for a lot more growth, just scoop a couple cups of soil on top of the roots. They need coverage to hold in water!
- Brown leaves usually means poor watering habits. Make sure you water the plant thoroughly until water runs from drainage holes. Shallow watering causes the brown tips!

Shop our favorite houseplants below PLUS a ton of cute little garden accessories! 
Live Plants:

Garden Accessories

Check out our plants in action below:

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A Guide To Belize: What We Ate

One of the best parts about vacation has to be trying all the delicious food am I right? Because this was our second time to Caye Caulker, we already had a few favorites we knew we HAD to eat at, but also went in with zero plans and 100% open to anything and everything. (Also important to reiterate that the island is 1 mile wide and 5 miles long so there aren't a plethora of options. Plenty, but not an abundance.)


Here's a look at some of the things we ate throughout our honeymoon:

Happy Lobster:
This was our first stop of our honeymoon. This was somewhere we ate last time and knew it would be the BEST place for lobster on the island!

Amor Cafe:
I think the final count for times we ate here on our honeymoon was THREE. It's that good y'all. Best place to get fresh veggies and homemade bread! Get the egg sandwich (made 100 different ways), you won't regret it. And the coffee? STRONG IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. 


Pasta Per Caso
This was a given! We KNEW we had to come back here this trip after eating it TWICE last trip. I must say, it was just as good this time around. FAVE PLACE ON THE ISLAND. They offer two dinner options every single night. Our pro-tip is to order one of each and share! We also HIGHLY recommend the salad to start with! Share! It's big enough for two!


Reina's:
This was my favorite place we ate on the island this trip. My food was beyond delicious and made right in front of your eyes. It looks like someone's kitchen in their house (it is!) but don't be scared of it. SO GOOD!

The Magic Grill
We ate here one night when we weren't super hungry. We ended up just grabbed one meal to share. It was okay. Fresh? YES. As good as other places on the island? Probably not. 

Rainbow Grill & Bar
This was a late afternoon lunch we decided to treat ourselves with because we walked all over the island the few hours before. We grabbed some fresh snapper quesadillas and OMG so yummy! Get yourself two Belkins and you've got the perfect afternoon treat!

To see our favorite place we ate in San Pedro, check out our Guide To Belize: San Pedro HERE. 

SIDENOTE: We drank ALL THE BELKIN while we were here....per usual. 


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DIY Fish Cleaning Station

A good friend of mine commissioned me to design and make a fish cleaning station for his dad. I was a bit intimidated at first, but I sat down, sketched out the design, and headed to Home Depot for supplies. Not only did my friend (and his dad) love the outcome, but so did I. It's something I truly am proud to say I designed and built. 

For this project, I used the following measurements: 55” wide x 38” Tall x 36” deep
 This will be helpful if you are attempting to build this yourself. I have a list below of everything you'll need to make this for yourself using these dimensions. Keep that in mind if you are altering the size for your own piece. 


There were a couple of special elements to the station though. 
• His dad recently had a stroke and has limited use of his right hand. I created a strap system that would allow him to strap the head of the fish down while he filleted with his left hand while the clamp holds the tail down. 




•This station was going down by the coast so I decided to beef it up with treated lumber and galvanized hardware. It’s built like a tank and should last a while. If I had to guess, it weighs about 70 pounds. 

• I also added a GFI outlet so that they could run any kind of power at the station and know it is protected. All held tight to the station using Pack Bands (one of our favorite small businesses!)


•The other features I added are the cut outs along the back wall so that the fish remains can be washed out the back or off the side. We elected to have as few places as possible for the remains to collect. For this part of the project I used my Dewalt Brushless Jig Saw and Ryobi Router (both linked below).



Here's a few shots during the building process plus a couple more of the finished outcome. Keep scrolling for a list of tools used and a full list of product links to buy everything you'll need to make your own. 





What You'll Need to Make Your Own:
The amount will vary depending on the size you intend on making. We also used treated wood given the location and proximity to the salt water.
Wood: 
2 - 4x4x8
2 - 2x4x8
2 - 2x12x10
Screws: Spax (preference but these are the best)
Metal Strip: 

Tools Used:

Product Links To Buy:

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Songs We Currently Have on Repeat: February 2019

Keep scrolling for the full Spotify playlist:

Morgan's List:
1. Dear Rodeo - Cody Johnson
2. Sleeping Alone - Flatland Cavalry
3. To a T - Ryan Hurd
4. I'LL QUIT LOVING YOU - HARDY
5. Backseat Driver - Robert Counts
6. I Hope - Gabby Barrett

Eddie's List:
1. Home Is Where The Heartbreak Is - Gone West
2. You Found Me - The Fray
3. What Whiskey Does - Randy Houser (ft. Hillary Lindsey)
4. Leave Me Alone - Tucker Beathard
5. Without Me - Halsey
6. Obsessed - Sam Riggs

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