Friday, October 31, 2014

Actually Autumn!

Why hello there and happy Halloween!  I'm not doing anything especially festive today (except for going to work... that qualifies as spooky, right?) so instead here are a few photos from a few Sundays ago.

Most of the components in this outfit are new to me.  I picked up the fur, hat, and shoes while we were in Wisconsin and the suit was a recent Etsy find.  The color wasn't mentioned in the listing, and the photos made it look a soft dove grey... but when it showed up it was sage green!  Which is fine, really, although now I really want a grey suit.  And of course I'm absolutely head over heels about the little 1940s fur topper, it's the perfect sort of tilt with a back band and bows... just divine!

40s fur tilt toper & suede pumps: Antiques shop in Stevens Point
Unidentified economy fur scarf: Antiques shop in Minocqua
Sage green suit: Etsy
Black gloves: 57th Street Antiques
Black blouse: Aeropostale

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bird & Bakelite

I'm not super happy with how the full-body photos for this outfit turned out, but honestly, they weren't the point.  The point was taking (more) pictures of my bird hat and gloating over the fact that I've finally found a pair of earrings to go with my much-neglected carved bakelite necklace.  And they were in the dollar costume jewelry bin at an antiques shop!

Also, these photos are from, gosh, 3 weeks ago?  Yeah, I'm catching up with a little bit of a backlog.  Now focus on the bird and ignore the fact that I was incapable of picking flattering poses that day!

New York Creation hat with a bird on it: Etsy
Carved bakelite earrings: Antiques shop in Tomahawk, WI
Carved bakelite necklace: Gift from a family friend
Grey wool dress: Goodwill
Black gloves: 57th Street Antiques
Black suede pumps: Antiques shop in Stevens Point, WI

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fly Away Home

And now for something completely different! 

To be entirely honest with you, I took these pictures almost a month ago and promptly forgot that I hadn't posted them until just the other day.  Oops.

I don't wear this bright blue cardigan or charming swallow brooch nearly enough... I always think that they "don't go" with other things I own.  Perhaps more blue jewelry or a brightly colored hat would solve that problem?  The sweater is awfully fuzzy (I think it's angora...) and quite warm, yet it always ends up at the back of the closet.  Hmm.

And, as a side note, it's funny how one's tastes change over time!  Looking at these pictures, I find myself thinking that this circle skirt would be a little more flattering if it hit just below the knee instead of just above.  And a good ironing wouldn't hurt, either.  What do you think about hemlines for vintage and vintage-ish styles?

Red straw hat with comical feather: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Blue fuzzy sweater: 57th Street Antiques
Blue earrings: don't remember...
Swallow brooch: Classic Hardware (here)
Navy circle skirt: Made by me
Red petticoat: Tatyana Boutique in Boston (formerly Betty Paige clothing?)
Red pumps: Goodwill

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sarasota Surf

Oof!  Home again from another weekend of travel.  I know I have quite a lot of photos to catch up on now, but I wanted to finish up with the last batch of photos from Florida before moving on to more seasonal images!  Besides, it's dreary and rainy here this morning, so a little burst of tropical sunshine seems like a good idea.

Like most women living in today's very image-centric world, I was rather self-conscious about these photos and the idea of posting them, but I'm doing it anyway.  Swimwear always makes me extra aware of my body shape and how it differs from the catalog model norm... and it doesn't help that finding a one-piece suit that I can swim in that also looks halfway decent and doesn't cost a hundred bucks is a monumental struggle.  I found this one in the plus section of Forever21 at the beginning of summer (only bikinis available in smaller sizes, make of that what you will!), and while it is a smidge loose in some places it fits pretty decently in others and doesn't do that too-small-spandex digging in at the hips thing.  And, bonus, the torso is almost long enough!  I feel like every strapless or halter swimsuit I try on begins a losing battle to keep the cups up where they belong instead of around my waist!  But this one pretty much stayed put, and I was happy about that.
So yes.  I feel like the occasional swimsuit photo and the more-than-occasional selfie can be a good tool for body positivity and self-acceptance.  And I'm only posting the ones I like the best.  So there.

Hair flowers: Michael's
Bakelite & other bangles: Thrifted
Swimsuit: Forever21 plus section
(Edited to add....  this swimsuit was marked an XL and fits like maybe a solid medium.  If I actually wanted a larger size I would have been very disappointed in the sizing choices!)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Wedding Guest Dress

I'm about to leave to attend another wedding, so perhaps now would be a good time to share what I wore to my cousin's wedding!  I ended up going with the blue lace dress, and I'm glad I did... "Black Tie Optional" in Florida doesn't end up meaning very many floor-length gowns!  The picture quality is less-than-stellar in this post since I just grabbed a few shots with a little point-and-shoot that my dad tucked into his suit pocket of course there are a few iPhone photos as well.    The venue was stunning, so a few of these photos are from indoors during the cocktail hour wander-about.

Black orchid hair clip: Made by me
Blue rhinestone earrings: antiques shop somewhere
Blue rhinestone stretch bracelets: 57th Street Antiques
Black gloves: 57th Street Antiques
Velvet and lucite box purse: Antiques shop in Stevens Point, WI
Blue lace '60s party dress: Modern Millie Newburyport
Sequined sweater: Goodwill
Black suede pumps: Nine West, by way of Savers