song of the day:
Eisley – “Memories”
If I had to describe the Vaile Mansion in one word it would be imposing. It’s the star of the neighborhood and I swear it knows it. I guess it’s used to the reactions of people driving down the street and suddenly shocked to have its looming presence dominating their view. This is one of the perks of living in Independence. History’s survivors, both big and small, are everywhere. And as dramatic as the Vaile’s exterior is, the interior probably comes pretty close to matching it: 31 rooms, 9 marble fireplaces, painted ceilings… Not too shabby, eh?
As far as thrifting finds go, this vintage coat is by far my favorite to date. And the absurd thing is, I actually walked out of the store without buying it. It was marked $20, but with a 75% off sale only a couple days away, how could I possibly not wait for the chance to get it for $5? I’m tellin’ ya, bargain hunting breeds insanity. Lucky for crazy me, it was still there when I went back. In the left pocket, I found a small envelope with an extra button, an order slip with handwritten details (sapphire in color, Spanish lamb fur) and a $285 (!) price tag. It’s definitely the warmest coat I’ve ever worn too. Notice how there isn’t a single photo with my hands out of my pockets? That’s not a pose. That’s how I was 100% of the time there. Never have I walked around in 30 degree weather and been so comfortable. If only my shoes had kept my tootsies as warm!
More photos, including better shots of the Vaile Mansion, here