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Today’s thrift run

19 Jan

Today I made a run to the local thrift store. Around East Tennessee, this is usually a bust…quite honestly, it’s always a bust. Today was different!

I found quite a few things I’ll start with the clothing. Below from left:

  • An early 50’s cream cardigan (I need to shrink it just a tiny bit) and cherry red wiggle skirt.
  • The shoes are just my favorite pair of Steve Madden heels. (not from today)
  • My favorite modern shirt and lacy cardy (not from today)
  • The saddest thing I found was a 1940’s black rayon dress with wonderful hip detail (as seen below), that had been hemmed to hit above the knee. It fit me and my boobs which is SO hard to find, so I was devastated when I got home and tried it on and discovered it was so short. Not really sure what to do with it. Should I take it back.

I am putting together my Valentines day outfit! I think I have an adorable little white hat with strawberries that will go with my new skirt. I’m super excited. ❤

Secondly, I found some great little house hold items.Clockwise, from upper left:

  • This really kitschy pineapple souvenir mug from Hawaii
  • My FAVORITE find…a chrome Lincoln BeautyWare canister set from the 50’s in excellent condition.
  • A lacquered vanity powder box, late 50’s.

I’m making plans to bring back all my hats! I think I’ll do a tutorial on how to freshen up tired veils on hats soon.

So, what should I do with the dress that has been hemmed? It’s not as desirable at that length. Also, What type of tutorials would you be interested in seeing? Leave me a note in the comments below!

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Welcome Matte

18 Jan

Lipstick.
The scent, the smooth velvety texture, ….The look on my boyfriend’s face as the realization that I have just laid one on him with cherry-red lips….All of these things make me happy on some level.

The perfect shade is, it seems, rather illusive. How much money have I spent over the years on determining MY shade, only to have it discontinued or available only seasonally or regionally?

30's inspired cardigan, lipstick Revlon Matte Really Red

My favorite looks are matte. The pastel mattes of the 50’s; petal pinks, lilacs and nudes. When it comes to red, I love the 1940’s red, which is a blue-red, as opposed to the pink & orange reds of the 1950’s. Every girl MUST have a signature red lipstick, even if you have it custom mixed. Red lips are my therapy. It doesn’t matter how bad I feel, how sick I am, I can slip it across my lips and instant pick-me-up!

I have recently become a fan of the lip stain. It’s a finished look without the need for touch-ups (at least as often). Working in a fast paced, no time for a break work environment makes these an ideal choice. I highly recommend you look into them if you work in a hospital or the food industry. Those are two places where you don’t want contamination in your face products.

What’s your favorite shade?

As a side note, I would like to thank Solanah of Vixen Vintage for her personal assistance, wonderful blog and the inspiration that I should re-embrace the vintage lifestyle that I left behind when I went to college. Visit her as well for great outfit inspiration and tips. I aspire to make a site as helpful as hers.

Hard Pressed.

18 Jan

I LURVE bare minerals makeup. I have a pretty little vintage powder compact that I don’t carry. It sits, unloved, in a box. This makes me a little sad. I know how to take Coty Airspun powder and put in into my compact. Can it be done, effectively, with my Mineral Veil? Has anyone had any experience with this? Please comment below loves ❤

Also, for those of you vintage gals out there, I’ll start to post tips for living retro in a modern world, you know, the stuff our grandmothers knew.

perfect ordinary day.

13 Jan

Today has been a good day. In fact, really everyday i wake up is a good day. I got to wake up in the arms of the man I love, the man who loves me. All I could think is what a lucky, lucky gal I am.

Got my hair done by a girl who was so excited to do a “cool hairstyle”  in the midst of a bunch of little old lady styles, and she totally aced it! Plus she had me show her how to do eyeshadow like mine, but she didn’t think she was brave enough to really wear it. I gotta say, if I were in the beauty industry, I would rock my look all the time….but the hospital frowns on it. I don’t know how trusting I would be with an RT who had pink hair.

I’m such a domestic girl, I love wearing aprons and doing house work. Cooking, cleaning, ironing….these things make me happy.  I just finished prepping every thing for dinner, all thats left is too pop it in the oven about an hour before Thomas comes home. It’s a new recipe…but I’m stoked about it. Cranberry chicken. We’ll try it out and i’ll review it. I LOVE retro recipies.

I haven’t had Christmas yet. If this weather will give me a break, I might be able to. I’m also in the middle of working on some aprons. I need a few new ones (One can never have too many aprons) and one for one of my favorite girls, H. EXCEPT…I can’t figure out my sewing machine. How embarrassing is that? So I guess when I do make it back to see my family for a belated Christmas, I’ll take it back down there with me, and have Mother show me again how to wrap and wind my thread about the little hooks.

I’m fixing to get started on cleaning the house again, then work out, shower…and by that time, it’ll be time to get on dinner, set the table and get dressed and ready for Thomas to get home.

I hope, dear readers, that you find as much joy the “simplistic” things in life and really take the time to cherish those around you.

 

 

Thankful today.

20 Oct

Throughout the day, I usually stop to remind myself of what it is that I am thankful for. Of course there are the big ones like “I woke up this morning”, but it is so easy to overlook and take fore granted the little things that we grow so accustomed to. I am going to attempt to make a point to regularly jot down the things that I am thankful for in hopes that I remind myself, and maybe you dear reader, that even the smallest of things are important in making us who we are.

Today, I am thankful for:

Good coffee

Cool crisp Autumn air

Getting kisses from Thomas when I woke up

My “new” car

Conversations with my understanding friend Kat

These really awesome retro chairs

My down comforter

That’ll be $4(arms).08(legs)

19 Oct

I have a weakness for thrift stores. The less visited they are, the more I seem to follow a beacon right to them. Today, for instance, I dropped into an unsuspecting little place that smelled heavily of musty books and white shoulders. I shop thrift, like I shop the grocery; I work my way around the edges, and look at the very bottom and very top shelves the most, because that seems to be where I find my most valuable, or at least personally cherished, items that I have adopted from such places. So, after I picked up a cookie jar about 3 times and decided that I didn’t like its energy, I rummaged through the comprehensive collection of unlovable dishes sitting in a most uninviting book case. Disappointed, I moved to the middle of the store, where I was drawn to a set of twins, to two lovely specimens of what the 1950’s had to offer in way of home furnishings. They were poorly dressed, clothed in the most vibrant burnt orange the late 1960’s had to offer, but beneath lay a most beautiful body, indeed. So after some haggling, I acquired my very sleek Meier & Pohlmann Arm Chairs, and finagled them into the back seat of my car.

On the ride home I pondered their new attire, and concluded upon heavy medium gray upholstery for seating, and a retro patterned bark cloth for the back. Both of these items I intend on locating and having in my possession by the end of the week.

Once home, I began undressing them, carefully removing the little metal bits. Brass tack, by brass tack I uncovered what I believe may be the original upholstery; a once bright teal and grey tweed which has been light bleached and worn thin and dingy.

So now in my dining area sit these two incredible chairs stripped down and disassembled. After having clearly being deprived of an imaginative eye and loving home, I cannot wait to complete this project and give them a spot in my little corner of the world!

I have yet to positively nail down a year for these babies, but I did locate an article online with an ad that has chairs by the same manufacturer that are almost, if not identical to, these from 1954.

Re-cap of a great day!

28 Feb

I had a fantastic yesterday from start to finish!

Early morning I got to have some wonderful conversation. From the time I fell asleep to the time I woke up I had amazing dreams and felt so safe. After running a couple of errands around town, I headed to JC and went book shopping. I was looking for a specific nifty retro embroidery book…but I didn’t find it. I did however come away with a couple of reprinted Hard Case crime books and a cookbook “Hostess with the Mostess” that is FULL of retro recipes (and pics) that I cant wait to try out! Now… I just need someone to let me cook! lol! Yesterday evening I got to have dinner with Jamie and Chelsea. Then Starbucks with the gang. Followed by Tv and girl talk with Chelsea. I got to see everyone I care about that lives around here 🙂 Spending time with the people I love makes me extremely happy!!