Here’s Looking at Me Kid is a blog that truly inspires. Whether you’re a vintage clothing connoisseur or a DIY decor aficionado, you’ll fall in love with Mandi’s blog. This Ohio gal takes old school inspiration and reimagines it for the 21st century. In this post, Mandi not only shares her styling of her namesake romper and her favorite ModCloth picks, she’s also sharing her perfect thrifting soundtrack!
You have a section on your blog called ‘Guilty Pleasures.’ What’s your favorite indulgence?
I’m a big believer that chores shouldn’t dictate your life, as they will always be waiting for you, no matter how many dishes are in the sink or how high the mound of laundry is becoming. So, my weekly guilty pleasure is ignoring those chores and hunkering down for a classic movie marathon while drinking wine and eating spicy popcorn. And guess what? The chores are always waiting for me the next day. So, I hold fast to the idea that no harm is done.
With your degree in interior design, do you have any tips for decorating with vintage and antique pieces? You showcase a lot of these type of pieces in your own home.
Browsing through an inspiration file or book is incredibly helpful in curating a home. Shopping and thrifting becomes less intimidating, [as] it’s then easier to say no to something not quite right, and to say yes to the perfect new addition to your decorating style. In my personal inspiration file, I am really inspired by modern, stark white interiors that are splashed with bright and textural vintage pieces. The tables in my home are made from reclaimed barn siding, paired with mid-century modern hairpin legs. For me, it’s all about creating a fun mix.
You revamped a vintage bike with your dad. How did you do that?
My dad was the nerdy 9-year-old who built himself a go-cart from spare parts and drove it around the neighborhood. So, it’s no surprise that today he is an engineer, mechanic, and carpenter. I’m a daddy’s girl, so from a very young age I’ve enjoyed spending time with him in the garage and learning the ropes of the table saw and drill press. I was intimidated to take apart my rusted, bent up bicycle, but Dad reassured me that we would figure it out.
He advised me to take pictures as we took it apart, so we would remember where everything went. After it was taken apart, he sandblasted the steel body, and we went to the auto paint shop to pick out a tinted primer and paint for the body. Since Dad has a spray gun powered by an air compressor, we didn’t need to bother with cans and sore thumbs from spraying for so long. Some parts of the original bicycle were unsalvagable, like the rotted chain and dented handlebar grips. Those pieces I replaced with affordable vintage-styled parts I found online. We were able to save the 1950’s medallion that adorns the front, but I’m still on the lookout for vintage reflective stickers.
If you are interested in fixing up an old bicycle, don’t be intimidated! If you can’t figure out how to put the pieces back together, you can always bring it into a bike shop and have them do it for you. If you’d like to see some pictures of the restoration on my Flickr account, look here.
Mandi flaunts her namesake romper.
What would be the perfect playlist for a day of thrifting?
My music taste changes slightly with the seasons. So, here is a perfect foot-stompin’ playlist for fall thrifting in the Midwest:
“To Go Home” – M. Ward
“Lorelai” – Fleet Foxes
“Miss Magnolia” – Matt Costa
“Happy Day” – Andrew Bird
“Furr” – Blitzen Trapper
“Where’d All the Time Go?” – Dr. Dog
“Your Protector” – Fleet Foxes
“At the Beach” – The Avett Brothers
“The Boxer” – Simon and Garfunkel
“More than Life” – Whitley
“Another Sunny Day” – Belle & Sebastian
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” – Bob Dylan
“Vice Rag” – A.A. Bondy
“When U Love Somebody” – Fruit Bats
Lastly, before we let her go, we asked Mandi to style her namesake romper a couple ways. Here’s what she whipped up:
Find all the pieces Mandi styled her namesake romper with in her favorite picks.