Saturday, November 28, 2015

Plain ol' Plaid

I don't always have the time or energy to dress up in the high-fashion styles of the 1940s and 1950s.  In the winter, my casual uniform tends to be separates.  A warm skirt and cozy sweater are about what I can muster after an 8 hour day at work.

Usually, I would tuck my sweater into my skirt for a more finished look, but this Pendleton Turnabout (or similarly styled knock-off) has a very long waist, and it bunches unflatteringly over my hips due to my body shape.  I like it way too much to let that dissuade me, though, so I just wore the sweater over it instead to disguise the rumpled bits.  Maybe not the most flattering look ever, but I was warm, which is what counts!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

For You Blue

I always like wearing my silliest has to church, but there are some limits... it's important to make sure you can still put on your surplice!  I almost got stuck taking mine off after service was over, but I managed to get through eventually with the hat still in place.  I've run into the same problems with fitting petticoats or shoulder pads under the robes the choir wears, too... the former makes me feel a bit like a stuffed sausage and the latter makes me feel a little like a choral linebacker.

I can't wait for the weather to properly crisp up for winter... it's still in that cold-and-damp place, and on Sunday it was vaguely spitting rain most of the morning.  If I look a little deflated in these pictures, that's why!  Pincurls and soggy weather are not friends.  My mildly startled face in this next picture might also be a result of the chilly weather.  Well, that and maybe one cup of coffee too many.


Saturday, November 21, 2015


In spite of the ever-shortening days and dropping temperatures, I'm not quite ready to give up on my novelty skirts.  Sure, I might have to take pictures in the afterglow of sunset and glare of a street light at 4 PM, but I'm still wearing my cotton skirt, gosh darnit!  Sure, I've had to make a few changes from how I styled this in the summer, but I'm making it work!  I swapped out the peasant top for a sweater with a long-sleeved thermal undershirt and added some tights and I'm ready to make this skirt last me a little longer into the winter. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I Love a Piano

At the beginning of the summer, an exchange with the lovely Julie of FabGabs Vintage resulted in this fantastic novelty print sweater arriving on my doorstep.  It was entirely too warm to wear it then, and it needed some mending, so it wallowed in my sewing basket for the summer.  Naturally, when I went to meet a piano acquaintance for coffee I had to bring it out for its fall debut. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Golden Wonder

 This is going to be one of those posts with a slightly unreasonable number of photos.  I tried to narrow them down, I swear, but I just needed to show you the wonderful ridiculousness that is this hat from every possible angle.


I made a spontaneous stop at Raspberry Beret after church the other Sunday to kill time while I waited for Doug to get out of his service, and the second I walked in I spotted this amazing golden confection perched on a hat stand.  Naturally, I made a beeline for it, nabbed it off the hat stand, and carried it around the shop with me while I checked to see if it had any friends.  I'm pretty sure my shopping companion (a dear friend who is a very stylish but very modern lady) thought I was a bit nuts as I triumphantly handed over the $25 to claim my new hat... tiny absurd toppers in bright gold with feathers, sequins, and veiling aren't exactly in vogue for 2015!  But for me, it was perfect.