OctOOTD 10/29




What a special day it is. 10-29 has always held significance for me as it is my Mother’s birthday and a mothers birthday is not something to take lightly! It is because of their strength, sacrifice and very existence that we have the arduous privilege to walk this earth and therefore it is truly a day worth celebrating! Today, however, turned out to be very special for a different reason.

An unexpected nearly week-long trip out of town for work set me back a bit in way of fall joy and halloween spirit… I always try to partner my work-related frustrations with a healthy sense of gratefulness and achievement. I should be grateful for chances to learn, grow and succeed… I should be. Though I don’t always see it that way.

I got home just in time for the last weekend before halloween to really dive in the deep end and though I got off to a rocky start, allowing pangs of anxiety over come me, I eventually settled back in to my usual flow. What helps most is being able to spend some time with Britt – My boyfriend of nearly 5 years, by the way… I mention his name all the time though a proper introduction has probably gone amiss. At the end of the day, just getting to spend time with him feels like a huge weight off my shoulders. We are both so busy it’s difficult for our paths to cross. If it wasn’t for the fact that we lived together we would likely miss each other entirely for weeks on end!

Today, though, we sat together in the beautiful late-October sun and had a long lunch downtown, finally having the time to just sit and talk before grabbing coffees from Malaprops and heading to the Farmer’s Market to pick up more of our favorite jam. The WNC Farmers Market was pure magic today. The maple trees were glowing a bright, firey orange as if they were all delicately ablaze and gracefully shed their leaves like tiny floating embers. It was all in slow motion and filled every second and every ounce of my existence with the pure joy that only nature and good company could. Our lovely few hours together quickly came to an end as he had to run into work, but it was still exactly what I needed. Today is such a special day… a moment in time to mark the rebirth of my own happiness and sense of peace. A day to serve as a reminder of all the good that comes from sharing time and space with those we love and that we don’t have to tackle it all on our own.

So here I am, sadly unable to pay my mom a visit on her birthday but thinking of her still and allowing myself to relax today and to accept all that I can not change, because I’m not alone in any of this. Since I was out of town for about a week, I sadly fell very behind in OOTDS for this October, but here’s to finishing off this month strong! Here’s a little orange and black for you today and a little cameo from my favorite winter shoes! I just couldn’t resist.

Having to use my iphone again so sorry for the low quality…But it’s all about the clothes anyway, so who cares right??  Right! ❤

Outfit |Blouse, thrifted vintage burnt orange button up. Thrifted pleated black skirt. Old GAP black tights. Poetic Licence “Afternoon Tea” Boots.|



Thankful For Friends With Style vol 3



Thankful for friends with style… pt3! I’m starting to think this may have to become a series in its self! This 1980s button down dress was gifted down to me by Cassi Lee and it’s already becoming a fast favorite of mine. I love pretty much everything about the victorian-revival fashion from the 80s and eagerly seek out these types of gems so my gratitude for a scrumptious number like this is sky high. I also added a bow, tied around my neck with a cream satin ribbon to pump up the romantic vibes and thought it the perfect opportunity to take my new Clarks oxford heels out for a spin. They’re SO comfortable, I see these becoming my new go-to’s!

| vintage 1980s dress handed down by Cassi, Clarks oxford heels, Fossil watch|

ootd: Read, White & Blue


Happy Independence Day to my fellow US-dwellers out there! Today is an infamous day of pure garishness. Americans dressed head to toe in our nation’s colors with flags, hats, noisemakers, fireworks and beer. Oh, and did I mention fireworks? Anyone out there with a pup understands why this could get a wee bit old, especially with an easily spooked little dear like Archer.  Continue reading “ootd: Read, White & Blue”

Happily-Homemade: Dry Shampoo!

DIY natural dry shampoo for brunettes

Let me preface this by saying I don’t intend on writing a lot of beauty-related content on this blog. However this is one of my very favorite natural DIY beauty recipes and just couldn’t resist sharing! Consider this type of thing the “slow fashion” of hair-care… after all, it’s better for the environment and it’s better for you! Continue reading “Happily-Homemade: Dry Shampoo!”


Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 2.53.10 PMI made an Instagram account for this blog a while back. I don’t use it too often, it was really just a way for me to have the freedom to post as much blog related content as I wanted, without bugging friends and family on my personal account. So, it does exist and I do post every so often but I want to get into using it more frequently!

Like most things I feel more motivated when im a part of something bigger. I love the potential for give and take with blogging and social media as a whole, it helps me feel connected and find others out there who inspire me.

So if you follow along here, please give me a follow over there too and I will so happily follow back (if I’m not already, some of you I already found!).  My un is the same, thegirlphantom. I will hopefully be grammin’ way more often, especially with images/outfits that don’t make it to the blog , tidbits about my vintage shop, some sketches or even some plain ol’ ridonkulousness.

Look forward to seeing you there!


snapchat: jackiezulli

OOTD: Hello Yellow


Oh my god, is.. that my SKIN?? Yeah, I don’t show off my legs too often. Especially not with an outfit this short and pumps that tall! But how could I resist? It’s warm and sunny and the day just called for a carefree outfit. So here I am… free of cares.

vintage-inspired playsuit handed down by a friend // poetic licence “london calling” pumps, found second hand  // novelty camera purse,  found second handIMG_5567IMG_5606IMG_5648IMG_5670