Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ashes to Ashes

Light purple 1940s suit paired with fur overboots and a black tilt hat for winter


I didn't have an Ash Wednesday service this year, thanks to fun things like snow and more snow and budgets. But I had a new hat that was just perfect for the occasion, so I decided to dress the part anyway.

Light purple 1940s suit paired with fur overboots and a black tilt hat for winter

And to tromp out into the back yard to show you just how much snow we have!  It's settled a little over the last few days, but it's still pretty impressive!

Anyway.  The hat.  It's a fun little number made all of fabric with that signature tilt style, a bow, and a veil meant to cover the back of the hair!  I feel like the ruffles and veil give it a bit of a Spanish flair... and it reminds me strongly of a hat I think I've seen in a photo or advertisement, but for the life of me I can't remember where!

1940s ruffled tilt hat with back veil

Another fun thing about it being an all fabric hat?   I think I could recreate it.  I'm busy working on a pattern right now and if all turns out properly I'll have that on the blog!  Wouldn't a hat like this be stunning in white with a longer veil for a 40s bride with a courthouse or casual wedding?  Or you could do it in leftover fabric to match a handmade dress...

Light purple 1940s suit paired with black gloves and a black tilt hat for winter

1940s ruffled tilt hat with back veil


Light purple 1940s suit paired with fur overboots and a black tilt hat for winter

Tilt hat: Modern Millie
Black gloves: 57th Street Antiques?
Totally invisible enamel and rhinestone earrings: Flea market
Purple suit: Modern Millie
Black sheer blouse: Charlotte Russe
Black stockings: ??
Black velour and fur overboots: Etsy

Monday, February 16, 2015

Won't Shoe Be Mine?

It's an awful pun.   I know.  I'm sorry.  Look, we just got hit by our third major snow storm in as many weeks and we're all a little loopy.

Posing next to an ice sculpure of red high heels wearing red shoes, gloves, and hat with a black 1950s princess coat

Which is why, you see, I had to get out of the house on Friday before it decided to start snowing again.  So after work I bundled up and headed up to Modern Millie to check out a couple dresses that were calling my name.  Of course I had to take a few outfit snaps by the snazzy ice sculpture out front, especially since it matched my outfit so well!  You'll have to excuse the nonplussed look on my face in most of the pictures... it was a bit cold, and since I was using my tripod to take these pictures in a public alley people kept going by and looking at me funny.

Detail of a "Be My Valentine" red heart-shaped novelty brooch paired with a vintage wool dress with black velvet details

I really wanted to wear this Valentine's themed novelty brooch that I picked up last spring (After Valentine's Day was over, naturally) so I decided my best bet for a cold day was styling my squishy new wool dress with red. (Previously, blue and pink) Mostly, I was quite warm... although I was kicking myself for forgetting to put on stockings!

Detail of a black and white basketweave wool dress styled with red gloves, belt, and brooch

Posing next to an ice sculpure of red high heels wearing red shoes, gloves, and hat with a black 1950s princess coat

Posing next to an ice sculpure of red high heels wearing red shoes, gloves, and hat with a black and white wool dress

Detail of a red felt 1950s cap worn with bakelite earrings, a Valentine's novelty brooch, and a black and white basketweave wool dress on a snowy February day


Posing next to an ice sculpure of red high heels wearing red shoes, gloves, and hat with a black 1950s princess coat and a wool dress

Red curlique hat: Gift from Julie of Fabgabs
Black and white wool dress: Modern Millie
Black wool coat: Etsy
"Be My Valentine" novelty brooch: Wakefield Uncommon Antiques
Red gloves: Uhhh...
Red '80s belt: Probably Savers
Red T-strap shoes: Goodwill
Red bakelite screw-back earrings: Antiques shop in Tomahawk

Friday, February 13, 2015

Selfies

I was rather proud of this little ensemble I put together for a bitterly cold day last week, and I meant to take real proper photos of it... but then, what with one thing and another, I didn't.  So, after a long day of tromping around, I took a few snapshots in the waiting area of the JC Penney dressing room while I waited for Doug to find some new black pants for work.


They're not going to win me any prizes, but they get the point across!  And I had to share something since I don't think this coat has made a blog appearance yet!  After my grandmother passed away, my aunts decided I should take her sheared raccoon fur coat from the '60s.  As I understand it, this coat went to church in high style on many a frosty winter morning.  There was also an anecdote about the coat, my uncles, and a raccoon tail which was somehow obtained and affixed to the back hem one morning without my grandmother noticing... that must have been a sight!

Style-wise, of course, it does not quite go with the 1940s suit and hat I chose to wear, but for warmth it is unmatched by anything in my closet and on the coldest days of winter, out it comes, decades be damned!





1940s felt and sheared beaver fur halo hat: Etsy
1960s sheared raccoon coat: Grandma
1940s suit: Etsy
Sixteenth note pin: Modern Millie
Cotton stockings: Modern Millie
Brown heeled lace-up shoes: DSW

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Must the Winter?


I feel like the next few days of outfit posts will be a pretty accurate chronicle of our comical and still-increasing quantity of snow.  New England really doesn't have the tools to deal with much snow at a time, and certainly not much snow weeks in a row... so things are a bit on the messy side around here.  You'll have to forgive the sad face in these photos... I was still recovering from my cold when they were taken!  Thankfully I'm just about better now and my nose has returned to a normal color....










Fur and satin hat: Antiques shop in Cayucos?
Grey coat: Weave thrift
Purple suit: Modern Millie
Moonglow lucite necklace and earrings: "Paton Baubles" courtesy of Allison
Grey scalloped gloves: 57th Street Antiques, probably
Grey overboots: Bought from Va-voom Vintage

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

In The Pink

I am actually not in the pink.  I mean, I'm wearing plenty of it but in all honesty I'm rather under the weather.  I've got one of those nasty winter colds and I've nearly sanded my nose off my face with tissues.  In fact, the "sultry parted lips" face I'm pulling in most of these pictures is actually the "I can't breathe through my nose" face.  So, you know.  Winter.


I don't have an unlimited budget or brand sponsorship, so this blog sees a lot of outfit repetition.  Case in point?  This dress.  (Also, these shoes.)  Expect to see it styled with nearly every color possible at least once before the year is out.  I went with hot pink this time, inspired in part by a picture that Joanna (Dividing Vintage Moments) shared on Facebook involving a massive scarf worn as a belt.  I'm also loving how the black velvet bib detailing works for showing off brooches.










Pink wool hat: Modern Millie Newburyport, probably
Bow brooch and matching earrings: Present from Doug
Black and white wool dress: Modern Millie Salem
Pink pashmina scarf: Gift from Sara
Pink gloves: Gift from Granddad, found on Etsy
Fur and velveteen boots: Etsy