• Space Cadet

    One thing I do like about overcast days with snow-covered ground is that it makes excellent light for photography. Bright, soft, even light, no dark shadows to be found! It’s hard to get light that nice on a bright sunny day.

    Retro 1950s inspired outfit with a space ship and flying saucer novelty print flannel dress paired with a bright orange feathered hat

    Today’s outfit is brought to you mostly by me wanting an excuse to wear this hat. I’ve been looking for an orange hat for a while (I like having all the colors, even if they aren’t all good colors for me…) and Doug was so taken with this absolutely absurd orange feathered creation that he got it for me for Christmas. I know, he’s a good guy… supports my hobbies and enables my hat habit.

    1950s orange wool hat with a veil and a faux bird of matching feathers paired with an outer-space themed novelty print dress

    I was having a hard time figuring out what to pair an orange hat with and then I realized that my novelty print felt spaceship dress had the perfect matching bright orange. Obnoxiously bright colors for the dull weather we’re having, warm and cozy felt to ward off the cold, and covered in spaceships to match thematically with NASA’s exoplanet announcement… clearly, a perfect combination.

  • Last Hurrah of the Snow

    I’m starting to think that the snow storm last week was the last hurrah of winter, and things are starting to turn towards spring. Of course, since I always seem to take pictures faster than I can post them, I’ll have to shuffle my pictures out of order a bit so that I can get all the ones that have snow in them out of the way first.

    1950s inspired outfit with a black coat and skirt paired with a leopard print sweater and matching hat on a snowy winter day

    For example, these pictures were actually taken the looks at timestamp on pictures gosh, the 12th? Apparently I’m further behind on posting than I thought… honestly, I was sure I had chatted with you all just last week (which is true!) but anyway.

    These pictures were taken two Sundays ago when we stopped at Minuteman on our way home for the sole purpose of frolicking in the snow and taking a few pictures to document the magical winter weather.

    1950s inspired outfit with a black coat and skirt paired with a leopard print sweater and matching hat on a snowy winter day

    I picked my clothes 100% for coziness factor and 0% for photographability… apparently black on black doesn’t photograph well in the snow, whoda thunk. However, I do not regret my choices.

  • Snowy Valentine

    I don’t have any actual Valentine’s Day pictures for you, because on Actual Valentine’s Day I was mostly feeling sorry for myself and wearing a full-body sweater as I tried to avoid coming in contact with more people than necessary. Yes, in true winter form I am sick and busy being a large baby about it and napping as much as possible.

    Red and black Hell Bunny Vivien coat over a vintage black and white checked wool wiggle dress paired with a valentine heart brooch and red accessories

    Fortunately, I took some Valentine’s-y pictures earlier this month. I’m miffed that most of them turned out a bit blurry, but it was my first go at taking pictures with my new mini tripod so I suppose I can’t really expect perfection.

    Red and black Hell Bunny Vivien coat over a vintage black and white checked wool wiggle dress paired with a valentine heart brooch and red accessories

  • Think Springy Thoughts

    Now that I’ve found a skirt that matches my blue suit jacket, I’ve developed an overwhelming desire to wear it with everything. So, uh, you might be seeing a lot of this suit around the blog in the coming weeks. Sorrynotsorry.

    A springy late winter outfit with nods to 1940s style, featuring a royal blue suit paired with spring green accessories and a sparkly black overcoat

    We had a bit of mild weather at the end of January that put me in a premature spring mood, so I decided to pair my royal blue suit with green accessories (and a frog pin!) in hopes of channeling some warmer-weather vibes. Of course, the weather is still absolutely frigid… so long underwear, opaque tights, and an overcoat are all indispensable.

    A green 1940s tilt hat featuring a sweep of veiling and cut-felt flowers along one side

  • The Princess and the Queen

    We’ve finally gotten to the part of the winter where it has been cold for too long and this little Californian is starting to wonder if she will ever be able to leave the house with less than four layers on again.

    1950s inspired outfit in pink, blue, and black with novelty print castle skirt and a princess coat

    Most of all, I miss the simplicity of being able to put on a dress and be done. These days it’s opaque tights, a thermal undershirt, perhaps a slip, a dress or separates, a sweater, and then a coat on over everything, which leaves me feeling a bit like a stuffed sausage. That’s probably why I attempted to channel a more springy look in this outfit I wore the other day… even though I had to wear a long-sleeved thermal shirt underneath my sheer gauzy blouse.

    1950s winter ensemble with a black princess coat with velvet trim paired with a velvet cap

    Besides, this coat always makes me feel a little like an evil queen (something about the pointy velvet collar perhaps) so it seemed fitting to pair it with my most princess-y printed skirt. Unfortunately, the snow we had when I last posted is long gone so we’ll have to go with the Drab Dismal Forest look rather than a fairytale snowscape for the background.