Friday, March 27, 2015

Lighten Up!

Easter is almost upon us, but it still doesn't really look like spring here!  I still need to pile on quite a few layers to stay warm, and the snow on the ground hasn't melted yet (although a rain storm this weekend is helping a little).  All the same, I'm getting sick of the dark and heavy color palate of winter and am eager to be able to dress in something a bit lighter. 

Lent V outfit with purple mid century suit and rabbit trimmed coat

For last Sunday's ensemble, I opted to try to avoid black entirely.  This can be a little tricky for me, since two of my warmer coats are black as are most of my shoes, but with a little creativity I think I was able to pull it off.  Plus, I was able to wear my Irregular Choice shoes, which always garner me loads of compliments.

You'll have to excuse the slightly rumpled look, it's tricky to take pictures after having been in the car for a good bit and not getting to see a full-length mirror... the downside to having your man take pictures is that he tends to think you look great and not notice that your jacket is rumpled and you're making a funny face.  It also didn't help that the wind on Sunday was truly impressive!  We ducked into a little alleyway to take these without being too blustered, but that was a challenge.

White gloves with embroidery and cutwork

Back view of 70s-does-40s grey wool coat

Irregular Choice lucite heeled pumps and purple handbag

It was warm enough to go without tights, so I am afraid that my legs stand as a testament to things I have run into lately.  On the left, one of the steps on the assisted pull-up machine at the gym, and on the right... the dishwasher at work.

Closeup of fur collar and white silk roses

Lent V outfit with purple mid century suit and rabbit trimmed coat

Hair flowers: Made by me
Purple suit: Modern Millie
Grey wool coat with rabbit trim: Weave Thrift
Purple purse: Marshall's
White shirt with rhinestone detail: Garment District
White gloves with cutwork and embroidery: Gift from a choir member
White pumps: Irregular Choice

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's in My Purse?


What's in my purse?

One of my favorite things about reading blogs is getting a little peek into other people's lifestyles.  So when I saw Annie Pancake's post on what she keeps in her purse as an art student, I was inspired to take pictures to show you what I keep in my bag at all times!

The contents of my purse, laid out in a grid

Now, I did take these pictures just after I emptied out the 50 or so bobby pins that had made their way into my purse, but nine times out of ten I've got a few of those floating around too!  I of course have the standards: keys, wallet, emergency maxi pad (what, you don't??) as well as a few less standard things.  I tend to keep a little box with some medicine in it handy, and since I've been getting over a cold with a terrible lingering cough I've been keeping a bag of cough drops, too.

The makeup that lives in my purse: MAC & Maybelline lipstick, a vintage tourist compact, and a powder brush

Red lipstick is of course essential to vintage girl style, so I always have a back up of my go-to red (Maybelline Continuous Cranberry) in my purse.  The M.A.C. lippy was a gift from some of the gals I work with, and it's been living in my purse too, although I really should move it to my vanity because it needs a lot more pampering to go on nicely and stay without smudging.  I also keep a compact to see if my makeup needs a touch-up.  This is one of a few tourist compacts from my Busia, and it has a working sifter so I've put some loose powder in it... but I'm not a fan of the powder I chose.  Does anyone else keep loose powder in a vintage compact, and do you have a recommendation?

My new MOO business cards and their fancy holder

I also have a case of Moo business cards in my purse.  I finally ordered some for my blog after the Christmas holidays, and although I've not yet had an opportunity to hand one out I feel like keeping them with me at all times is a good idea!

Lush Helping Hands lotion

I've also gone to keeping a pot of Helping Hands by Lush in my purse at all times.  The chemical sanitizer we use at work is pretty hard on the skin, and combined with the dry winter it had really done a number on my hands.  Chapped and bleeding knuckles aren't a good look on a person!  My manager is a huge Lush fangirl, so I popped over to the nearest store and told them my tale of woe.  The price tag may seem a little steep, but a little goes a long way and the difference it makes is amazing.

My new smart(er) phone

And, of course, the all important phone for instagramming and keeping up with things while I'm out and about!  I've not had a smart phone before, so finally upgrading to a touch screen Android phone has been super nifty.  I do still have an iPod touch which, if we're being honest, is what I use for Instagram since it has better photo quality!

The purse & everything that was in it

And that's it!  What do you keep in your purse?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Comic Relief

I still don't know whether summer will ever come (we've got another month before we're allowed to plant things outdoors here) but just in case it shows up I decided it was high time that I make myself a turban that works for warmer weather.  Or warmer weather and the gym.  Fleece is just a little too cozy sometimes, you know.

cartoon scarf 1

Anyway, a little poking around later and I'd found this "dusting cap" pattern so off I went to the fabric store to find something suitable.  I actually didn't like most of the selection, but this comics-inspired novelty print caught my eye and with a perfectly sized "remnant" on the bolt as well as a sale going on, the whole project cost less than $3!

cartoon scarf 3

I ended up using my entire piece of fabric, and I'm glad I did since those extra few inches of length let me fake out a really good poofy bow to top it off.  I'm quite pleased with the end result... I think I might need a few more!

cartoon scarf 6

cartoon scarf 4

cartoon scarf 7


cartoon scarf 2

cartoon scarf 5

Comic print scarf: Made by me
Red bakelite earrings: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Blue angora sweater: 57th Street Antiques
Grey skinny jeans: Imogene + Willie
Black leather boots: Clarks from DSW

Monday, March 16, 2015

Raspberry and Lime

Okay, so maybe I'm getting a bit optimistic about it warming up.  Perhaps my mind is wandering to thoughts of outdoor barbeques and patio cocktails.  Perhaps I am daydreaming of warm evenings and fresh vegetables.  But hey, like they say... dress for the season you want, not the season you have!  What, that isn't the expression?   Well.  Hmm.

raspberry and lime 7

In all honesty, it was really nice to have a Sunday warm enough to go out in a rayon dress and a coat... it's been a while!  And I even got sprinkled on (with water falling from the sky in liquid state!) a bit while I was taking these pictures.  So exciting!
(As a side note, I swear my slip was in place all morning, but when I scampered out to take these pictures after lunch it had gotten dislodged.  Rude.  Plus I didn't touch up my lipstick after eating a big salad and I'm still sick.  Real life photographed here, guys.)

raspberry and lime 6

Also, a perfect excuse to wear my new-to-me chartreuse rhinestone necklace and earrings.  They were one of my gifts from me to me funded by Christmas money from my Granddad, and I love them.  They make a real statement, don't they?

raspberry and lime 5

raspberry and lime 4

raspberry and lime 3

raspberry and lime 2

raspberry and lime 1 

Green 1940s tilt hat: Modern Millie
Chartreuse glass and rhinestone set: Gift from Granddad by extention (from Etsy seller A Purple Palm)
Raspberry rayon dress: Oona's Experienced Clothing
Green gloves: 57th Street Antiques
Black pumps: Savers 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Plaid and a Sweater: the "Will it get above freezing today?" Uniform

As I've already mentioned, the second half of February snuck up on me and knocked me down pretty hard... out the window went all the good habits I'd been cultivating all January and suddenly it was March and I had no idea where the time had gone!  So now I'm trying to pick up the pieces again and get back on track for the rest of spring. 

Vintage collegiate style for winter: plaid skirt, black sweater, swallow pin, and loafer pumps

One thing that fell by the wayside pretty badly was my piano tuning studies.  While my work schedule was consistent, I'd been trying to study a little bit every weekday morning, but when a few people went on vacation that was all turned on its head.  As things settle back down, I need to figure out where to fit study time into my day.

Vintage collegiate style for winter: plaid skirt, black sweater, swallow pin, and loafer pumps

Today's outfit is a little more casual than some, since I was feeling sleep -deprived and beginning to catch a cold on Sunday morning.  So instead of dressing up to the nines I decided to go for a slightly more subtle collegiate-inspired look for yet another cold winter morning.

Vintage collegiate style for winter: Plaid Pendelton Turnabout skirt with loafer-inspired pumps

Vintage collegiate style for winter: Waistband detail of plaid Pendelton Turnabout skirt and black sweater

Vintage collegiate style for winter: plaid skirt, black sweater, swallow pin, and loafer pumps

Vintage collegiate style for winter: plaid skirt, black sweater, swallow pin, and loafer pumps

Vintage collegiate style for winter: Detail of Classic Hardware swallow brooch and matching blue clip earrings

Vintage collegiate style for winter: plaid skirt, black sweater, swallow pin, and loafer pumps

Black 1950s sweater: Modern Millie
Blue clip earrings: Thrifted
Blue retrolite swallow brooch: Classic Hardware
Blue plaid Pendelton Turnabout: Concetta's Closet
Black loafer-styled pumps: DSW