my first (and only?) pinup contest

On Saturday, I competed in Kochanski’s Miss Polish Pinup Princess Pageant, part of the annual Polish Pile-Up car show. I’d actually registered for this competition last year only to wake up terribly ill the morning of the contest, so this was a long time coming. I finally decided to take the leap, after watching a number of contests at other car shows, and go for it myself.

Did all my pinup dreams come true? Well…not exactly.

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bike babe fantasies

Officially, I know how to ride a bicycle. I learned as a kid and spent some time tooling around my parents’ yard growing up, but I was never really much of a rider. I then proceeded to not ride for many, many years. They say you never forget how to ride a bike…but you can definitely get very rusty. I’ve taken one or two extremely wobbly rides in the past few years, so my bike skills are pretty close to zero. And yet…the warm weather always gets me hankering to hop on a bike.

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summer of self love

This summer will be the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” the iconic counterculture phenomenom that’s become the perhaps the greatest single symbol of the hippie movement. San Francisco and London (two of the centers for gathering flower children) have a variety of special celebrations planned, but I think that we can all commemorate the Summer of Love in our own way by dedicating ourselves to self love this summer. I was just talking to a friend about how the start of summer always feels the start of something new more than January ever does to me. So I’ve come up with a few ways to embrace self love all summer long.

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birthday giveaway: my favorite things

This weekend (May 6, to be specific) marks the first birthday of The Sconnie Sling! After lurking and daydreaming about a fashion blog for months, I finally took the plunge. Since then, I’ve published 118 posts, redesigned (and redesigned again), made the switch to self-hosted (and did it all by myself), and had so much fun. I’m still full of ideas and love sharing my style and my thoughts with you. I wanted to mark the occasion and celebrate some of the women & makers who have made my first year of blogging so fun at the same time, and I was lucky enough to collaborate with those women to put together a pretty rad giveaway package, if I do say so myself!

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