Friday, January 23, 2015

Winter Beach Blues

Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter

Winter, it turns out, is cold.  So cold that when I was trying to get dressed the other day I had a mini wardrobe crisis because I couldn't figure out what I could put on relatively quickly that looked good and would keep me from freezing my posterior off.  Clearly, this Californian is still adjusting to seasons.

Black and white basketweave wool dress with royal blue gloves and southwestern silver jewelry

I did what any sensible person would do in the situation: gathered up my spending money and headed for the shops.  A few hours later I'd collected two more long-sleeved tops, two sweaters, and three thermal undershirts and was just about ready to head home when I decided to trundle over to the closest vintage shop and have a look through their racks.  I didn't see anything I liked in my budget and was just about to purchase a single pair of gloves when I was informed that the soft and squishy wool dress I'd been avoiding looking at had certainly been there long enough to be marked down... so naturally I tried it on and promptly purchased it.

Black and white basketweave wool dress with royal blue gloves and southwestern silver jewelry

The dress is a wonderful addition to my winter clothing collection... it feels as though I'm wearing a full body sweater and I can hide all sorts of long underwear underneath it!  I decided to pair it with a few slightly southwestern pieces in hopes of channeling a little of that warm-weather energy... I've been having a hard time pairing this gorgeous silver brooch with any of my other southwestern-styled pieces since it features a royal blue rhinestone instead of the more typical turquoise shade... but it looks awfully nice with the new blue gloves I picked up for Christmas!

Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter

Black and white basketweave wool dress with royal blue gloves


Black velvet and satin cocktail hat with bobble trim

Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter1940s fur, velveteen, and rubber overboots



Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter

Black velvet hat with bobbles: Modern Millie Salem
Silver screw-back flower earrings: Savers
Black and white wool dress with velvet details: Modern Millie Salem
Very blue gloves: I Love Vintage Stuff on Etsy, present from Granddad
Black suede belt with silver buckle: Modern Millie Salem
Silver and rhinestone brooch: ThePickerGirl on Etsy
Black velvet and rabbit fur overboots: Etsy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Always Learning

Ah, the challenges of winter blog photography... sometimes you end up with lovely pictures in the snow, sometimes you end up with rather grainy pictures taken indoors because it's almost completely dark out at 4 PM.  And sometimes you were planning on taking pictures outdoors and then your zipper decides to fail catastrophically and you decide that very broken zippers are best disguised in the comfort of your own home.  The joys of vintage!

1940s collegiate inspired outfit with beaver tilt hat, plaid skirt, laced shoes, and pussy-bow blouse

So now the skirt is in the mending pile, which is a shame because brown is not one of my favorite colors to wear (have you noticed?) and as a result this is the inaugural wearing of this snazzy little '40s hat.  Which I clearly should have been wearing all fall and winter because it's awesome but it is also brown, so it has been sadly neglected.   I'm open to suggestions here... How do you make brown a fun exciting color to wear?  Because this hat deserves a few more outings before winter is up!

1940s collegiate inspired outfit with beaver tilt hat, plaid skirt, laced shoes, and pussy-bow blouse

Brown wool and sheared beaver fur 1940s tilt hat

Brown wool and sheared beaver fur 1940s tilt hat

Brown lace-up shoes in front of a bookshelf

1940s collegiate inspired outfit with beaver tilt hat, plaid skirt, laced shoes, and pussy-bow blouse

Sheared beaver tilt hat: Etsy
Dark magenta blouse: Forever21
1970s plaid pleated skirt: Goodwill
Brown lace-up oxford pumps: DSW

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cherries in the Snow

January always seems like a bit of a let-down after the hustle and bustle of the holidays... but on the bright side, it's a good time to do a little shopping for you!  My granddad always sends a nice little Christmas present my way, and this year I decided to do some very specific wishlist shopping with it, so in the first few weeks of January I've had the fun of waiting for the mailman to bring me a little pile of boxes "from Granddad"!


For the fun half of my present (the practical half was shoe-shine products), I chose three hats and three pairs of gloves that filled some big gaps in my color collection.  I'm a very bargain-minded Etsy shopper so I took a careful survey of the options and then consulted Hannah (one always must have shopping buddies!) about which ones were the best deals and most likely to be winners.  This green one was the most expensive and the biggest gamble of the lot, but since it had the New York Creations label we figured that the odds were good.  And I, as we know, am always a sucker for green.


We headed over to a little local park area to take these pictures while we were running errands... it was snowing ever-so-slightly and shoes for running errands are not shoes for tromping through snow!  But I'm quite pleased with the results of our little side venture, and it was worth the few minutes of cold toes.









Green feathered hat: Gift from Granddad, via Etsy
Red bakelite earrings: Antiques shop in Tomahawk, WI
Wooden cherry brooch: Witch City Consignment
Sage '40s suit: Etsy
Forest green gloves: Gift from Granddad, via Etsy
Nude-ish tights: Marshalls
Green Chelsea Crew pumps: Modern Millie Salem

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Slushy Sunday

I'm beginning to think that red plus a neutral color is my default winter uniform.  Sure, there are other colors and options out there for the cold season (raspberry, forest green, and royal blue being chief among those) but nothing pops out against all the monochrome cloudy skies and slushy ground quite like red.


It's only a shame that photo compression (I'm lookin' at you, Picasa) really does not like red.  Not that this is going to stop me from wearing and photographing and posting it... it's just a nuisance!

Don't mind my wet stockings, I managed to tromp into a rather deep slush puddle disguising itself as just a continuation of the standard inch or so of slush that was covering the rest of the path.  The dangers of winter blog photography, I suppose!












Hat with red banding and feather: Concetta's Closet
Grey coat: Weave Thrift
Red gloves: 57th Street Antiques
Grey wool dress: Goodwill
Red plastic & metal necklace: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Red pumps: Goodwill

Monday, January 12, 2015

Birthday Outing, part 2

 For my birthday proper we headed out on yet more thrift and antiques adventures.  I decided to wear one of the birthday presents I'd picked up the day before, a snazzy little squared-off tilt hat I scored for a steal at Modern Millie. 


I'd been thinking about trying out the wild 40s blouse + skinny jeans + boots + loud hat combo for a while, and since it was cold and gross and I was feeling lazy it seemed like a good idea.  Would be even better with some of those lace-up-front hiking or equestrian style boots, don't you think?





Green felt hat: Modern Millie Salem
40s blouse with rhinestone broccoli: Garment District
Gray wool coat: Thrifted
Green gloves: Antiques shop
Grey skinny jeans: Imogene + Willie, on sale
Black leather boots: Clarks