Hanging With My Gnomie

6:01 PM

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So there is a not-so-well-kept secret about Oak Park. On someone's front lawn, carved out of what appears to have been a tree trunk, is a giant lawn gnome. I have no idea when this gnome came to be, it has been there ever since I was little and had a paper route in the area, it was there in high school when some classmates had tried to steal it (hence the guess that it was actually carved out of a trunk) and it is still, to this day, sitting patently on someone's lawn on Oak Park Blvd.

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Kyle was having a mini-freak out when we were taking these, he kept saying "Omg, we're on someone's lawn, they are going to call the cops!" But come on! If you have a giant lawn gnome in your front lawn you are just asking for someone to take a picture of, or with it! I personally think lawn gnomes are awesome and will be incorporating some into my garden this summer. But there is another blogger, one that I have been a fan of since I started blogging back in '09 that loves gnomes and so after driving past it a few weeks ago I knew that I had to take pictures with it. Kallie, of  Happy, Honey and Lark, I hope you like my friend here!

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I have also noticed that lately, I have been not liking some of my clothes. I have always leaned toward 60's or 90's style clothing, a little laid-back & slightly rocker or girly, and a little vintage-prep for work.  I have  habit of buying sundresses or tank tops that are cheap and even though they may look alright on me and fit right, I don't like them. I think I am going to have to purge the closet and give some clothes away to people who will actually wear them instead of just hoarding clothes like I do. I have mostly been liking the thrifted items that I have bought or the quirky dresses I have bought from Mod Cloth lately. I guess I mostly like items that stand out to me and that can be worn in several different ways. Like this jumper for instance, I have worn it in the colder months with flannels and sweaters layered under it, with light tops in the warm months like I have here, and I have also worn it with a summer top and over shorts. So I guess as I am making some healthier life changes, I am going to make some wardrobe changes as well. I want to be more "me" and just really fall into my own style now that I have spent almost two years experimenting with style. Hopefully this means that there are lots of remixes to come :)

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Details
Jumper-F21
Button-up-From Becky!
Tights-CVS
Shoes-Thrifted
Necklace-Gift
Bracelet-Cedar Point Gift Shop

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  1. Creepin'.

    It's so rad. I want one of those outside my house... I'm gonna get to carving.

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  2. A giant hand carved lawn gnome? That's so strange, haha! Anyway, I really love everything about this outfit! That jumper paired with the plaid shirt is perfect :)

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  3. Wow, that's so cool! The photos look awesome.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
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  4. Totally understand your urge to photograph the gnome:) Awesome shots.

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  5. That gnome is adorable! I can't believe he's taller than you are.

    I'm sure dozens of people trespass all the time to touch it. No trouble there.

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  6. What an adorable jumper! Love that statue too!

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  7. Its great to take an outfit to mix up all through the year! Love the yard too.

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  8. Evan and I were just discussing how a garden gnome is just what our flower garden needs. Speaking of 90s... do you remember the cartoon David the Gnome? Or the movie A Gnome Named Gnorm? Both were so good.

    Is there a Plato's Closet in your area? Perhaps you can swap out some of the things you don't like anymore for some cash or new finds (some plato's are straight crap while others are pretty fantastic).

    Super cute jumper! You look adorable as always.

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  9. Such a cool gnome! Great outfit too. Hahaha..that's funny, but I'm sure part of the adventure in getting the right place to take a photo.

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  10. Wow, that gnome is pretty impressive! I had no idea how tall he was until I saw you standing next to him. Your jumper is adorable! I usually purge my closet once a year, around this time. It's really helpful to get rid of stuff I just happened to buy, and figure out what I really like.

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  11. Love the gnome!! And common, if you have that in your garden you can't call the cops every time someone is taking pics! Lovely outfit! I know the feeling of not liking your clothes... I'm going through the same phase, as I've lost a lot of weight and I feel that nothing fits me anymore...!

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  12. stunning outfit n specially Shoes, lovin it. :)

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  13. Love your outfit, so sweet, one of my favourites that you have posted. That hhuge gnome is so amazing!

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  14. Ah, you look too cute in this outfit, Sara - I so love it! :)

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  17. i want a huge gnome in my yard...but not enough to cut a tree down! i think your style is wonderful! good luck with the purge!

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  18. But your clothes are so YOU!!! I love them on you! This is really cute. I love your gnomie friend hehehehe.

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  19. I'm 100% on the same page as you as far as not liking my clothes lately... I feel like everything looks the same... Need to find some other stores to shop at and change it up. Love your blog - just found it! I'm now a follower, too!

    Jen
    houseofjeffers.blogspot.com

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  20. That is so cool!! As soon as I get my own place, I plan on setting up a funny little family of gnomes in the garden!

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  22. Ha Awesome! Zach was freaking out too when we took pictures of my last outfit post b/c the shed was in someones yard...like 200 meters away! haha boys. I love this jumper and I agree...purge the clothes if you don't like them, especially if you don't like the way it fits on you. I tend to buy items at thrift stores just b/c they are cheap but then remind myself to ask if I REALLLLY love it. Otherwise I'd have a shopping cart full of thrifted goodies. :)

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  23. *_* but you look so great!!
    very cute outfit!!! realyl love it!!!
    the green grass location in amazing!
    and the dwarf too!! *_*
    huge blog! i'm following you with google box!
    hope you'll do the same, just if you'll like mine :) sweet italian kisses

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  24. Fun gnome! That beats the one in Amelie any day. We have this extremely kooky neighbor who has the creepiest sculptures in his yard. There are some Easter Island style heads and a floating ominous hand. I never want to meet them haha.

    I grew sick of everything in my closet by the end of this past school year. I was wearing the same things since September and although some cardigans will always be my go-to for a chill, other closet staples made me want to vomit. I donated everything that had seen its better days (thanks to the brutal college washing machines) or things that I couldn't imagine willingly wearing again. Now I'm buying things that are flatting, comfortable, and remix-able (not a word) so I will see endless possibilities with them instead of a deadend.

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  25. What an awesome gnome!

    My friends used to have a ceramic garden gnome named Travis and they would take pictures with him in different locations, like a Flat Stanley or something.
    It was also funny because at the time they did it, there were robberies of lawn decorations happening in our town. But it wasn't us, we got ours fair and square.

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