Monday, November 24, 2014

It's the Blog Run Giveaway!

  It's giveaway time! This is the first running of the Blog Run, and I'm happy to say we have many cohosts, and three prizes today! We are giving away some Ethnic Charm and Jade Stack Bracelets, a $10 Starbucks Giftcard, and a free ad space on My So-Called Chaos!

Your cohosts are: The Grand Adventures of Me, Be a Warrior Queen, Cassandra M's Place, Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts, A Gayle Force, My So-Called Chaos, and Sky Envy! They're great blogs to follow, covering a variety of things like other giveaways, product reviews, fashion, and travel. Great fun! 

  The giveaway is very simple. Just follow through the simple entries, and you get more chances in the drawing! The first few are mandatory, before you can unlock the many others that will get you extra points. It is appreciated if you comment and let us know you're following, etc.! We're thrilled to see you here! 

  So without more ado, let jump into the party! Everyone enjoy! The giveaway ends December 1st, at 12:00 a.m.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello Katie Girl~Guest Post by Katie!

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Katie from Hello Katie Girl, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  Hey guys! We have our first guest on Out My Front Door! So excited to have Katie over for a visit. She runs a lovely fashion/travel blog that I recently came across, and I'm so glad she agreed to introduce herself. Enjoy the post!

(disclaimer--ALL photos are courtesy of Katie!)

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  What an honor it is to have a guest post on Out My Front Door today! This is my first time partaking in a guest post and it thrills me to step outside of my comfort zone at my blog, Hello Katie Girl and venture into uncharted waters. So without further ado, let me introduce myself: I’m Katie, the “girl” behind Hello Katie Girl’s Fashion, Food and Fur. Although the focus of my blog is on fashion and style, it’s also a hodgepodge of my other interests that extend beyond the confines of my wardrobe. I’m always up for an adventure, be it exploring a new recipe in the kitchen, taking photos of my handsome English Springer Spaniel, William, or finding a hidden architectural gem in my backyard.

hello katie girl san juan capistrano
San Juan Capistrano
My “backyard” just happens to be the sprawling city of Los Angeles. I have a love-hate relationship with the City of Angels, but lately through blogging I have learned to appreciate some of the subtle and perhaps not so subtle attractions it has to offer. My findings both on and off the beaten path in Los Angeles are often chronicled on my blog.

You will see some of my favorite locations in the Los Angeles and Southern California area. They include in chronological order: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Mission San Juan Capistrano, Roy’s Diner and the Wigwam Motel on Route 66, the Lummis House, the Korean Friendship Bell, furniture designer Sam Maloof’s house, and the iconic Hollywood sign. In the near future I hope to get to more places, discover more sights, and learn more about the area, so feel free to come along on the ride!


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Thanks Katie! Loved the post. Hope to see you again! I'd also like to remind everyone that tomorrow is the BIG GIVEAWAY! So don't miss it! We'll be giving away some a set of Ethnic Charm Stack Bracelets, a $10 Starbucks card, and Angie of My So-Called Chaos is giving away a free ad space! So stay tuned for all the fun!!

  Here are more stunning pictures from Katie. It'd be a shame not to lose them all!

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ROY'S


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Wigwam Motel

hello katie girl lummis house
Lummis House

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Korean Friendship Bell

hello katie girl sam maloof museum
Sam Maloof Museum

hello katie girl sam maloof museum
Sam Maloof Museum
hello katie girl hollywood sign
The Famous Hollywood Sign ;)


Thanks again Katie, for visiting and sharing your blog!


  ~Elora


Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Quad Cities, LeClaire Illinois~Day 2, Part 2, Antique Archeology

  Here's a fun one! We visited Antique Archeology, the shop featured in the American Pickers show. It was really cool to be able to step into it, see everything, take pictures--I was so thrilled. Smaller than I expected, but it was so fascinating to see old victorian shoes, a hand chariot, a medicine kit, plane propellers and motorcycles (they have  penchant for them, and I appreciate that). Really awesome. For some reason some of my pictures were lost--I know there are certain shots I took, in the first shop (there were two) that we went into, like a red motorcycle, the hand chariot, a sailor's hat...leather jackets. I have no idea what happened to them. Such a pity, because I really wanted to show you the hand chariot. Hopefully I can go back someday.

  The first giveaway in the upcoming Blog Run will be posted on Nov 24th, so make sure you mark the date. You'll be thrilled to see the prizes!

  Without any more adieu, here are the pictures! Enjoy!


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This was the only picture saved from the first shop, where things like that hand chariot was.
antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop
Interesting to see all those shoes, so old--they used to be used, they used to have the dust of the past century filling their crevices every day.

antique archeology american pickers shop
Oh, motorcycles...how I love them.



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Loved this.

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antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop


antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop
I love old popcorn machines!! There's something so fascinating and...I don't know...possibly romantic about them.

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop


  Hoped you guys enjoyed this! Antique Archeology is a really fascinating place. We were a bit disappointed not to see the Pickers there, but ah well. People rarely do apparently. ;)

  Part 3 will be coming soon, covering our trip to Walnut Grove! (Which just might need a couple posts in itself--it was incredible).


  ~Miss Cocoa Latte


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LeClaire, Illinois~Second Quad Cities Adventure Day 2: Part 1 The Old Town

  Here I am again! Been keeping myself occupied as usual. Hope you guys loved the last post! If you all missed it, here's the link for Day 1 in the Quad Cities.
  This post will be Day 2, where most of the activity was. Day two will be broken up into different posts, as we did so much that day--went to a botanical garden, a park, Walnut Grove, Chocoholics (unfortunately, no pics were taken), Antique Archeology (might have heard of it from the American Pickers show!) and several ADORABLE shops along the streets of the old parts of LeClaire.

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quad cities mississippi river

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quad cities old town scenery

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quad cities leclaire
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quad cities scenery

leclaire illinois original bulidings

quad cities leclaire scenery

quad cities leclaire scenery


leclaire illinois original bulidings

leclaire illinois original bulidings

leclaire illinois original bulidings

leclaire illinois original bulidings
leclaire illinois original bulidings
This was just for scenery--we didn't go in! ;)


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leclaire illinois original bulidings

leclaire illinois scenery

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Bit blurry, but still.

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leclaire illinois gardens
quad cities gardens

quad cities gardens

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leclaire illinois gardens

quad cities scenery
leclaire illinois gardens

leclaire illinois gardens

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leclaire illinois original bulidings


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This is one of my favorite shops! Got a lovely hat here.  It was a beautiful, quaint shop!! Hope to go again!
vintage autumn cloche hat
I struggled at first about whether or not to get it, but I knew I'd regret it if I didn't--not very often that something compliments me so much!

vignette's shop leclaire illinois

leclaire illinois original bulidings
These show when the building was finished. I thought that was so interesting. It was fun looking for the date blocks.


leclaire illinois original bulidings

leclaire illinois original bulidings

leclaire illinois original bulidings


leclaire illinois original bulidings

  Well, that's it for now. Hopefully I'll be able to get the next post out in a more timely manner! It just has been so hectic. Looking forward to seeing your comments!

  ~Elora

  P.S. The giveaway this month is going to start on the 24th, so be sure to be here! There will be a variety of prizes!

  The Ebay auction is ongoing--more items going up every week! Here's your chance to get Christmas gifts for your loved ones!

ebay beach gifts
Scallop and Cowrie Shell Pendant Necklace, interchangeable: $2.99