Thursday, January 31, 2013

I am a bad blogger

I am a bad blogger. Friday night, the hubby and I went out to dinner with our senior pastor and his wife to a fabulous French restaurant. I got out of work early and so had plenty of time to get all dressed up and pretty and my hair looked great. There was loads of delicious food and we all had a great time.

These are not pictures from Friday.

These are pictures of me on Sunday in a new to me vintage coat.

Yes, I am wearing a grey and black dress and a brown coat.

But considering that I had a major pin curl set fail that morning and slept in later than I should have, things turned out ok.

Also, things went well considering that I got a grand total of one picture from Friday's fabulous hair, outfit and food things.

Dessert! :D Somehow, I don't think I'll ever be a food blogger though....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Inspiration: Capes

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my cape ensemble last week! Capes are so fabulous! So here is some vintage cape inspiration for you.

I love this 30s sleuth type cape.

Look at this stunning 50s checked cape!

I love the little sleeves on this cape!

1940s glamorous capes!

A pretty cape in a neutral color is a great wardrobe basic.

This darling cape makes me wish I could crochet!

Monday, January 28, 2013


It's Historical Sewing Fortnightly time again! This challenge was the UFO challenge. Alas, I had no historical UFOs so I chose one of the other options and made up an "unfinished idea" instead.

I had planned on making a vintage robe this fall and I'd even bought a pattern and fabric. Alas, when the vintage pattern came, it was missing a piece so I had to return it. :( I did have a 1930s style pj top pattern that I'd found free online a while ago so I snapped up a modern pj pattern for the bottoms and decided to finish my vintage lounge wear after all!

The Challenge: UFO (or UFI in my case.)

Fabric: 3 yds flannel backed satin ($5/yd)

Pattern: Butterick 3314 ($2) and Vera Venus Pattern 30s Style Pj Top (free)
Year: 1930s-ish

Notions: bias binding (stash), elastic (stash)

How historically accurate is it? Not really. The pants are modern but I did add some width to make them more 30s wide legged style. The blouse is 30s style but I'm not sure how accurate it is, not having made any 30s pjs before. So, we'll put it in the "inspired" category.
Hours to complete: 3 or so

First worn: January 27 to sleep in
Total cost: $17

Oh, these are so much more glamorous than my usual pjs!

***Edit*** So I slept in them last night and the armholes on the blouse are too small for sleeping! They were ok when I was just lounging around but I think I need to find some smaller bias binding so they'll be just a tad bigger.

Friday, January 25, 2013

30s Wool for Winter

When it is not going to get above 20F all day and you have to be in a building with no central heat, dressing warm is a must!

So out came my 1930s me made skirt and cape set!

It's Eva Dress SE30-1399 that I made last year for the Eva Dress Contest.

Alas, my yellow sweater is too big now since I was only half way through my weight loss when I made it last year. So I paired it with a green sweater and vintage green velvet beret.

I also got some new boots! They have a faux fur lining and are so warm!

I did attempt to wave my hair but I think I took it out before it was dry so it didn't take.

The whole ensemble kept me very cozy!

I love this cape! :D

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Looking back to fall

The weather has been miserably cold lately and I've been dreaming of beautiful fall days! So, I dug up some unblogged outfit shots for a fall daydreaming post!

This is an outfit from a 2012 fall wedding. It was gorgeous out!

There is nothing funner than twirling in a circle skirt among the leaves

Beret love!

Beret: France in Epcot
Jacket and lace cami: New York and Company
Skirt: me made
Shoes: Payless

Come back soon fall!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Makeup Reviews

I finally feel like I've used the new products I got on Black Friday enough to give them a proper review. This bunch if from the Kat von D line.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Pin Curl Styles

Pin curls are a great way to get 40s and 50s curls but they can also be used in vintage styles!

They look great piled behind waves.

Or just tacked on the end of a wave.

Pile them on top of your head for a great "bang".

Be creative and build your own updo full of pin curls!

They also look great when paired with all sorts of rolls.

Do you use pin curls in your vintage styles or just to get gorgeous curls?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Rockabilly Pretty

I'm going to start by saying that I don't love rockabilly. It's not historically accurate. It's too sexy. I think most rockabilly ladies would look better with less tattoos and piercings. And I never got the 40s victory rolls with a 50s inspired outfit.

But there are somethings I find really inspiring about rockabilly fashion.

Rockabilly has such excitement! It takes a small snipet of the rock 'n roll, youth counterculture of the 50s and reinvents it with all of the advantages of the 21st century. Stretch fabrics! Airbrush makeup! Crazy high heels! Bold hair colors!

Speaking of hair, these girls have it going on! It's always so perfect and striking! Whether night black, bleach blonde, fire engine red or bold pink, it always makes a statement.

And the make up is gorgeous! Really, these girls have skills! I must learn how to do this.

They are so creative and push boundaries! This girl has a yarn and knitting needle fascinator! Eep!

But they are not all over the top glamor. They know how to do casual and still look fabulous.

What do you love about rockabilly? What parts could you live without?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Midcentury Modern

For day 2 of the bridal expo, I decided to go vintage! And added some layers because they had the ac waaaayyyyy up.

Tada! Cherry circle skirt, new sweater from Banana Republic and vintage hat!

I love vintage hats!

I'm so in love with this new sweater I scored super cheap at Banana Republic.

We had a great day and I loved getting to wear my circle skirt.