February 2012 | Chantilly

Interview with Caitlin of Doverpeak

today i'm catching up with the lovely caitlin of doverpeak. i found her blog surfing around, and i'm so glad i did :) check out her awesomeness in this here interview!

1. Introduce yourself!

Hello there! My name is Caitlin and I blog over at doverpeak.

2. What's your blog about? Why do you keep one?

I mostly blog about my outfits and adventures but I sometimes delve on personals things. I've lost some weight over the past year so I'd like to eventually include my weight loss journey into my posts, as well. I keep this blog because I like to document things. My outfits, my body shape, 'what's in my bag', current nail color, etc. So, one day when I'm old and gray and I've lost my mind, I can look back and see all of my craziness and loveliness and all the wonderful, supportive people who were along for the ride.

3. What are your favorite weekend activities?

It sort of depends on the season but generally my favorite activities are thrifting, going to the beach, going on picnics, hiking can be lovely, hanging out in my underwear all day watching Netflix, getting out to Brooklyn, movies, any adventuring, really.

4. Do you have a day job, or do you work for yourself?

I do. I'm a hairdresser but I also work at a deli. It's not an ideal job but it's a job, so I can't really complain too much.

5. What do you think of Garden Gnomes?

I'm not really sure. It would be kind of cool to think they wander around at night.

6. What's your favorite color? Why?

Any shade of green. Green just signifies freshness and new life to me. It also tends to be a flattering color on me.

7. If you could be a mythical creature, what would it be?

I would absolutely be a mermaid. I love the ocean and I couldn't imagine living anywhere land-locked. It would be the neatest thing to be almost as capable as a human but to be able to explore the ocean without the danger. Plus, I'd have sassy long locks. I actually have a mermaid tattoo on my leg.




check out my new favorite skirt :) i've had my eye on this one for awhile...

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photos by matthew panton

my friend damon and i went out shopping last week, as part of his kickstarter reward. i picked him out some cool stuff, but as an extra thank you, he wanted to get me an item of clothing!

we were near an american apparel, so i chose this skirt. it's a corduroy circle skirt... the shape is so flattering that now i wish i had them in every color.

i also wish i had more of these little vintage button-up shirts... i wear this one so much!

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shirt- vintage
skirt- american apparel
tights- hue
dreamcatcher necklace- foxwoods casino
booties- vance c/o blowfish shoes

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i hope everyone had a nice weekend.

i've been sort of a shut-in... but the good news is i think i finish the cd artwork! sort of... it still needs some tweaks, and i need to show it to someone who can tell me if i did everything right. but other than that... it's done.

i can't believe i designed cd artwork. this is weird (but cool.)


sunday songs ~ a trip to the moon

last night, we watched the movie hugo. the plotline revolved around the turn of the century filmmaker, george melies. i hadn't heard of him before, but the movie was beautiful. it made me want to find out more, so i looked him up.

i found out that one of his most famous works was a film called a trip to the moon. and it's really quite magical...

my friend zach mentioned that the video for "tonight, tonight" by the smashing pumpkins was inspired by this work. after viewing both, you can obviously see the influence.

what is it about this song and the dreamy visuals that make my heart ache in the absolute perfect way? such a lovely tribute to the original filmmaker.

sigh... don't you miss the 90's?



pesto bruchetta recipe

since i hate onions and tomatoes, i always avoid bruchetta at restaurants. however, this one italian place we went to recently had fresh pesto topped bruchetta. it was absolutely so delicious, that i decided i needed to whip some up at home! it wasn't that hard, and was SO GOOD.

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
a little less than 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Loaf of Italian Bread


~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees
~ Add garlic to food processor/ magic bullet and pulse a few times.
~ Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse again.
~ I used a magic bullet, so it was slow going at first. I had to pulse and pulse until I finally got most of it chopped. Once I added the olive oil, it was smooth sailing... so I suggest adding some of that in first if you have a magic bullet!
~ Slowly add the olive oil a bit at a time.
~ Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended.
~ Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

(if you wish to freeze your pesto- omit the cheese and pine nuts, and add at a later date! you WILL have pesto leftover, so this might be a good option.)

~ Cut Italian bread into thin slices, and place on a baking sheet.
~ Bake the slices for about 10 minutes.
~ Spread pesto onto the bread slices, and serve!!


Expert tip: use good olive oil.

While the pesto we made was good, it would've been even better if we'd made sure we had some better quality stuff on hand. (I'm partial to the unfiltered organic olive oil from Trader Joe's, but unfortunately there was none around.)


pesto bruchetta


vintage heaven

i've been meaning to post about this for awhile... but between lulu's and pete's, and everything else going on, this post sadly got put on the backburner!

as some of you might know, my parents recently opened a secondhand/ vintage furniture business. they get to do fun things like go to auctions, estate sales, and do "house hauls" to find their stock (meaning when someone passes away, they pay the house owner to come in and haul away whatever they don't want.)

they stumble onto some pretty cool stuff this way.

one day on a recent visit, i woke up to find about 20 vintage aprons on a pile on the floor. they kept a few to sell in their store, and the rest i got to take home!!

chantilly vintage aprons

some of them were in perfect condition, and others were damaged beyond repair. i'm going to use those as scrap fabric for crafts/ projects.

along with the aprons, there was a huge bag of the most adorable vintage hankies! i snagged about 15 of them. when you think about it, it's so wasteful to use tissues... can't wait to start using these :)

chantilly vintage hankies

at some point, i found a paper with the name of woman who died. the woman whose things i was going through. her name was hazel.

all of a sudden, it became different than say, a trip to the vintage store- an experience which removes you from the person who previously owned the items. everything in my hands now had a history.

i felt a twinge of guilt, but it also made me feel very connected to hazel. i was sad that she had to pass on. but i was also happy to be giving her special belongings, which were so much a part of her daily routines, a new life. they are going to be cherished and cared for all over again.

anyway, they also found this amazing purse in perfect condition. it's as if hazel bought it in the 1950's and never used it at all.

chantilly vintage purse

lastly, and perhaps best of all, they procured a bunch of vintage hats!! you can tell which ones she wore and loved frequently, and which ones were just for special occasions. i snagged the two beauties below (one of them seen in this post)

chantilly vintage hats

off subject a bit, but i also brought home some thrifted goodies from my trip... i found a few good shirts...

thrifted shirts

and this amazing velvet shirt/ dress/ thing. i was uninterested in it at first... but it's so unique, with its old-school rock star charm. like something stephen tyler would wear. plus when i got it home, i found $20 in the pocket! the thing paid for itself.

thirfted velvet

thanks everyone, for having a look through my finds with me :) have a beautiful day. xoxox


towering above

i kind of really love my new vance boots from blowfish.

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i wasn't sure about them. i've seen a whole lot of other bloggers look fabulous in them. before i lived in nyc, i used to love wearing heels. but i just can't do it anymore. i'm a fast-walker, and like to get to where i'm going in a hurry. heels often prevent me from doing that.

and if they turn out to be uncomfortable, lord have mercy...

there is NOTHING more miserable than walking around the city for an hour or more in uncomfortable shoes. i don't care how many episodes of sex in the city episodes you've watched saying otherwise. those ladies are fancy and take cabs everywhere. this girl walks.


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these shoes make me feel like a total sex bomb.

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also... i wore them out on valentine's day AND to a magazine launch party this weekend. survey says for nyc walking and comfortability.... not so bad! considering these babies are five inches high, i can speed along in them pretty decently. and as far as walking in them for an extended amount of time... surprisingly manageable!

so happy i took the chance :)

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cardigan- anthropologie
scarf- thrifted, ri
shirt- forever 21
necklace- etsy
skirt- thrifted, ri
tights- forever 21
socks- sock dreams
vance booties c/o blowfish shoes

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ps, we have a winner for the urban outfitter's giveaway! congratulations to the lively little miss (who also happens to have left me the cutest comment in giveaway history.) i'll be contacting you soon!

urban winner

sunday songs ~ no one's gonna love you

you know...

the more i go on walking around this earth, i find that i care about what people think of me less and less. take for example, today. i decided to go for some brunchies all by lonesome. just me with my coffee, eggs, and bacon. head-bobbing to the music like a maniac, staring off into space.

but then a song came on that almost made me pee my pants and spit out my coffee at the same time...

well, it wasn't actually this song (although i've spent many nights watching this video, crying into my beer), it was a COVER of this song. and it blew me away!!

(gahhh, the record label is blocking it from playback on my site! go watch it on youtube! you won't be disappointed.)

i love this take on the song. i actually think cee lo's version is even a little stronger. i love how the chorus (really more of a refrain) opens up in a glorious bloom of strings and synthesizers. the same can be said for the bridge section ("things start splitting at the seams...") like sunshine coming through clouds on a gloomy day.

to me, this makes the song flow better, and build up in a more satisfying way. i think i literally said to myself outloud "HAHA YESSS" the first time i heard the chorus.

i'm also digging his alternate melody. the beat and the strings lend themselves to make the overall tone feel more hopeful than the original.

i think it just makes a case for the fact that if you've got a strong song, it will translate well into several different genres. and also how big of a difference production can make :)

well anyway, i hope everyone is enjoying their sunday.

when i was a little kid, i used to take some of the little creamers and jelly packets with me when i went to restaurants. why exactly? i don't know. but i took one with me today for old time's sake :) just to remind me of the awesome song i discovered there today.

half & half


record release blog party

record release blog party

i've been noticing quite a few new faces around the blog in the past few months... so for new readers not in the know... i'm a singer-songwriter and made a new set of recordings. i also set up a kickstarter, and raised money to partially fund it :)

i'm getting close to being done with everything.

soon, i'll be sending it out to get pressed, delivering rewards to kickstarter backers, emailing bloggers in hopes of getting cd reviews, setting up a new etsy shop, and putting together a cd release show :)

my blog parties have been popular in the past, so i thought it might be fun to have an online cd release party as well as an official in-person one!

SO. within the next month or so, i'll be looking for a few good bloggers, giveaway sponsors, musicians, and entrepreneurs to share their stories, music, pictures, diy's, and anything else you can think of. i want to pull out all the stops for this one, and if there are enough guest posters, i'm hoping to even make it a 2-day event!!

i'm not entirely sure when the cd will be ready, or when the blog party will be taking place. it could be a month. it could be two months. i'll be closer to picking a date when i know the artwork is done and the cd's are pressed. last time, it did take a fairly long time to get everyone's posts in, so i'm trying to be an early bird :)

these have been really good traffic generators in the past... so not only are you helping me, it's a promotional opportunity for you, as well!

if you're interested in participating, please email me at chantillysongs at gmail dot com to find out more! you can refer to my kickstarter launch and holiday blog parties to get an idea of what i'm looking for :)

thank you so much... hope you're having a good weekend! xoxo


pete's show/ gallery

just a few more pictures of my friday night adventures for you :)

after i snagged my pretty sweater at the lulu's event, i hustled over to 14th street for a quick look at matt's photo gallery exhibit.

matt gallery

michelle gallery

gallery jeff

i felt bad because i couldn't stay there long. i wanted to socialize with my friends and leisurely sip merlot... but had to settle for stuffing some cheese in my face and pouring a cup (two cups?) down my throat. i still can't believe all these important/ cool things happened in one night!

the man and his photos.

matt gallery 2

i got a head start before my friends, and headed to pete's candy store on my own. i had cleverly stored my guitar there earlier in the day so that i would not have to carry it around with me ;) then, i started to claim my free drinks...

now, the thing about drinking three hypnotique cocktails (lulu's), two glasses of wine (gallery), and a gin and tonic (pete's) is that you start to eventually feel a little.... tipsy.


the show was still good, though :) but never again...

and check out that stage... isn't it beautiful? the performance space is made out of an old train car!



outside looking in


upside down friends




chantilly at lulu's style studio!

happy valentine's day, everyone!

i have to confess, i don't really have a valentine's post for you lined up. so instead, i'll just talk about the lulu's event i went to on friday night....

(it's about to get fashion-y up in hizzere.)

lulu's table 1

i found out about the lulu's event on thursday last week. i already had two other commitments on the night it was happening, but resolved to power through and go anyway... if only for the experience and free stuff :)

lulu's cuppys

as you can see, everything was impossibly beautiful. and the event boasted the tiniest, most glitter-topped cupcakes i've ever seen. i ate one, then went on the hunt for the free drinks. about 20 minutes later, everything on the pretty sweets table seemed to have vanished :(

however, the booze flowed freely.

(a little too freely...)

lulu's hypnotique

lulu's hypnotique 2

i stood awkwardly by myself for awhile, then finally broke the ice by asking a group of girls next to me if i could take their picture. one of them turned out to be veronika of tick tock vintage, who i felt silly for not having recognized.

i then proceeded to nerd out and take picture after goofy picture. geektown, population: 1

with veronika/ tick tock vintage & kristina/ the rebel waltz
lulu's ppl

the beautiful people

with veronika & kaitlin/ all this happiness (the other girls, i didn't meet)
lulu's people

i was pretty relieved when i saw someone that i actually knew- an acquaintance from college, stephanie. we didn't talk for that long, but she stuck around long enough to take decent (but somewhat blurry) shot of my outfit for me.

thank you stephanie! hope you got something good.

lulu's stephanie

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once i was finally let into the area where i could choose a free item of clothing, i had another huge geekout moment, when i met julie from orchid grey. hers was one of the first style blogs i started following. i gushed about her blog, and how much i loved her hair. but luckily, didn't appear too silly in the process (?)

chantilly orchid grey lulu's

by this time, i had no more time. so i ran around the racks in the room, frantically looking for something that i liked. i saw someone walking around with this dress, and was completely jealous. briefly considered this top, and was about to walk away with it.

but then i spotted this sweater, which i wore in yesterday's post! i felt like it fit my style much more than a formal, flowy blouse would, so i snagged it.

plus, the color is my ultimate jam.

lulu's mint sweater

other lulu's swag included-

lulu's swag

- a lulu's tote bag
- two pairs of faux eyelashes
- an nyx gift set with a lipgloss, mascara, and an eye pencil
- a lip balm
- hair removal cream
- a $20 jewelmint gift card
- a coupon code for a free pair of shoes from michael antonio.com?! (these shoes are not really my style, but i couldn't get the code to work, anyway...)

the rest of friday night... to be continued!!


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