Friday, April 17, 2015

The Caped Crusader

As I've mentioned a time or ten, one of the fun things about wearing vintage is that sometimes, the vintage finds you. Such was the case with this enormous 1960s cape, which came to me by way of a woman who occasionally sings with us on Sunday mornings.  She it had come into her hands by way of a family member, and since she already had a camel-colored cape of her own she immediately thought of me.

1960s-inspired outfit with a leopard print sweater, skinny jeans, and a vintage camel cape

I've been having a blast wearing it and styling it for the last few weeks.  I don't have a ton of things that go with it (browns are not my favorite) but it works really well with jeans for a sort of '60s look that's a little more casual while still looking "vintage-y".  Plus, a cape is really just a socially acceptable blanket with armholes.  And sometimes that's what you want to wear.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it...

I think spring is finally arriving here in New England!  It was almost warm enough on Easter Sunday to go without a jacket, so I did, because I knew I would be mostly indoors.  It was still quite breezy so I may have regretted my choices slightly when I was out walking about and taking these pictures after church...

Easter outfit with piano novelty print dress, green handknit sweater, green shoes, and pink and navy feathered hat

Thursday, April 9, 2015

In The Night Watches

Happy (extremely belated) Easter, I hope you and yours have had a pleasant and blessed holiday, whether it was Easter, Passover, or Viva Las Vegas!  Okay, maybe that last one is less likely to be blessed, unless it is by the Gods of Vintage Finds.

vigil outfit 1

As I've mentioned a time or six, my fiance and I are both church musicians which means a lot of singing and not so much sleep when it comes time for a major holiday!  I had services to sing on Thurdsay and Sunday, and Doug had those and every day in between.  Since I wasn't singing Saturday night, I decided to attend Doug's vigil service, which I knew would be beautiful and quite impressive.

vigil outfit shell shoes

Now, there's nothing like Easter to make a person want to wear new things and get out spring clothes, and even though the weather apparently does not agree that it's time for spring clothes I could not resist the urge to break out a few new goodies for the occasion!  I snapped up a few things from Pin Up Girl Clothing during their online yard sale (it helps to be on the East Coast occasionally!) including one of their harlequin print Jenny skirts.  I've wanted to try the brand for a while and the yard sale gave me a great opportunity to try out the fit and quality of a few things without taking a big financial plunge.  I was a little leery of the colors in this particular skirt (as you may know, I'm not big on brown) but I was trying to get enough things to qualify for free shipping so I decided to go for it.  As it turned out, one of the other things I wanted was sniped from my cart while I was shopping so I didn't qualify for free shipping anyway, but I'm glad I ended up getting it anyway!  The quality, size, and fit are really great for me, and now I feel like I can order some things from full-price collections without fear.  (Hellooooo Mary Blair prints!)

I also snapped up a new pair of shoes (nude heels are clearly an essential) from Modcloth on clearance.  These adorable Miss L Fires were marked all the way down to half off and the last pair left was exactly my size.  They're remarkably comfy and I'm glad to have a go-with-anything pair of shoes in such a versatile color.  I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of them when I'm trying to assemble more colorful outfits and want to avoid black pumps.

vigil outfit 3

vigil outfit hat 2

vigil outfit skirt puff

vigil outfit hat 1

vigil outfit waist details

vigil outfit 2

Hat with silly feather: Garment District
Pink confetti lucite earrings: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Black sweater: Forever21
Red jacket: Gift from Doug (Sears, ages ago)
Harlequin Jenny skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Seashell shoes: Miss L Fire by way of Modcloth

Friday, April 3, 2015


We are well and truly into the madness of Holy Week now.  I've boiled the eggs, bought the fish for dinner tonight, practiced the anthems for Easter, and am now slogging through the double whammy of work and bonus church services until Sunday.  So today I'm sharing with you what I wore on Palm Sunday (or at least on the afternoon of Palm Sunday since I conveniently forgot that the liturgical colors for the first half of Holy Week are red.  RED.  There are so few opportunities to wear red, how could I forget?)

Black and brown striped vintage Lanz Originals dress accessorized with a red jacket and black hat

I snagged this fun stripey dress at Modern Millie after it had sat there for long enough to go on sale.  I'd avoided trying it on because brown isn't really my color, but since it was marked down I figured that I might as well, and lo and behold, I like it!  I think it'll be fun to pair with brighter colors, like lime, pink, or baby blue, and I'm glad to have another piece to wear my brown hats with.

Detail of brown and black striped bodice, small buttons, and red belt

The only odd thing about the fit is that the bust darts are a little low for what I've come to expect from dresses of this era.  I'm wearing a vintage bra here, but it doesn't really line up properly, so next time I think I'll try a modern one and see if that looks a little better.  It didn't really matter because it was still cold enough that I needed to wear my jacket most of the day anyway.

Black and brown striped vintage Lanz Originals dress accessorized with a red jacket and black hat

Black and brown striped Lanz Originals dress with a bright red petticoat for fun

Salt-stained red shoes to coordinate with a bright red petticoat

It's clearly time to give all my shoes a good shine and a little love now that the salt is off the ground.  And you'll have to excuse the silly face, it says something about the mood around here this week...

Black and brown striped Lanz Originals dress with a bright red petticoat for fun

Black sunhat: Some antiques shop
Red jacket: Gift from Doug several years ago
Red belt: Thrifted
Red bakelite earrings (almost invisible): Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Black and brown striped Lanz Originals dress: Modern Millie
Red petticoat: Tatyana Boutique
Red Sofft pumps: Goodwill

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

To the Bus!

I woke up the other day and as I looked for something to wear I realized that I hadn't touched this cozy flannel novelty print dress since I finished it!  I don't know what caused this oversight, but clearly the combination of fuzzy warm flannel and whimsical print is just right for these cruel and cold days at the tail end of winter.  It also reminds me a lot of one of my childhood heroes, Ms. Frizzle, so I decided to run with the theme and go for a bigger hairstyle instead of a smoother vintage look.  All I need now are novelty earrings and shoe clips, and maybe a lizard.

frizle outfit skirt

I also hadn't finished sewing buttons on this sweater that I finished before Christmas so it was about dang time to get it done!

frizzle outfit sweater 1