Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Put a Feather in Your Cap

As I am sure you all know, hats come in two categories.  There are hats, functional, decorative, and in between in all shapes, sizes, and colors... and then there are Hats, appropriate for Easter, the Kentucky Derby or generally stopping traffic.  When I first started getting into vintage styles, I usually shopped for hats.  My favorites were close-fitting 1950s numbers that ranged in size from glorified headband to small cap.  I still love and wear hats like that, especially on warm or windy days or in less hat-friendly environments.  However, as time has gone on and I've become a braver vintage wearer, I've shifted my attentions to collecting Hats.

I found this one on Etsy after a particularly challenging week in the first half of my class, and although it was poorly photographed it looked promising, and it claimed to be in good condition.  I think my little gamble paid off! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring (tra-la)

It feels like this spring has taken a long time to start getting green.  It's hard to feel terribly springy when everything is just a massive tangle of grey and brown branches and dead leaves.  In the last week, though, things have finally started to make headway and trees are starting to bloom and push new growth.

So although brown and black aren't terribly spring-y colors, I decided to take some inspiration from nature for this outfit, and I'm really pleased with the end result!  The main focal point for the ensemble is the little brown hat.  The colors and crown of small white flowers seemed quite springy.  The hat itself is a bit of a mystery, though... see, I got it at Christmas time but nobody in my household would confess to ordering it!  My mom's side of the family always does a bit of a secret Santa sort of gift exchange, so perhaps it was ordered by one of them, but the box was straight from Etsy so we have no idea who the original buyer was!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

For lo, the winter is past...

...Although the rain is definitely not over and gone!  The snow is, though, and for that I am thankful.  Our last few snows were quite late this year, though... the last snow was a full month ago (as were these pictures!)

Kelly green 1950s vintage Don Loper suit paired with raspberry pink accessories for spring

I was pretty sick of the whole slushy winter thing when I picked out this outfit, so I went with bright colors in hopes of warding off the last of the winter doldrums.  The suit was a bit of a squish, but I've been getting more active and getting back on top of my eating habits (darn you winter and your coldness) so hopefully I'll be able to wear it a few more times this spring and a little more comfortably before it gets too warm.

Soutache collar detailing on a bright green Don Loper suit paired with a goldtone rhinestoned brooch set and a bright pink close hat with matching rhinestones

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sound the trumpet, strike the viol, etc.

I've been sitting on these pictures for months and I'm glad I can finally share them!  My fiance gave his graduate voice recital this winter and finally got the recordings back this past week.  He was gracious enough to give me an excuse to sing with him by programming a few duets into the concert... so I got to break out the fancy duds and get on stage.  You can watch the whole recital on YouTube here or continue reading for more of the fashion show.

You'll have to forgive my incredibly nonplussed face in these photos, when we took them it was below freezing and rather windy, so the few photos sans fur are brought to you by me being very very cold but pretending not to be.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April Showers

I realize as I set about writing this post that I have been absent here the whole past week.  I had a week "off" from class, which I spent in equal parts frantically working on classwork and avoiding the computer at all costs.  I'm back now, though, and I have passed my midterm exam of sorts and am on to part two.

Spring has been very hesitant in arriving this year.  A few days of warm weather and then we're back below freezing again.  I have absolutely no flowers on my daffodils, they've all been too confused!  I've been eager for the weather to switch over, though, so I've been wearing a lot of lighter dresses with thermal underwear and wool coats.

I purchased this dress at the tail end of winter after letting it languish in my Etsy favorites for quite some time.  I was torn on whether the adorable novelty print was worth the somewhat iffy condition.  With the dress in hand, the condition doesn't seem so bad but the whole thing is a bit on the short side for me.  I'm not sure whether it'll stay in my closet permanently, but for now I'm willing to fake it with a belt... because umbrellas.