Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Recreating a Late Sixties Look

It's so nice when fun backgrounds fall into my lap.  This was the case when our local high school kids built one of the homecoming floats on our street.  For quite a few years now, we have enjoyed seeing these floats come to life in the neighborhood.  So it was about time I took advantage of the scenery.         

One of the great things about this maxi skirt that I bought from Anthropologie this past summer is the waistband.  Since I have to roll maxi skirt waistbands because of my height, this particular skirt had a nice design that acted like a pretty belt after rolling it down.

By pairing my vintage Alice of California polyester top to this skirt, I established that late 60's early 70's outfit that I have always liked.  This top/blouse was a Goodwill find about five years ago and since then I have been a fan of Alice of California.     

I have been wanting to try the Philosophy shower gels but decided on the Bath and Body Works because of their generous sales.  While doing some last minute shopping at Marshalls, I found these flavors that smell incredible and were only $12.99.  Even though I am keeping these, the annoying thing about Marshalls is that if you want to buy items as gifts, the price tags are the stickiest tags to remove.              
Skirt: Anthropologie Parana Maxi by Cecilia Prado.
Top: Vintage Alice of California.
Shoes: Liz Claiborne gold pumps.
Necklace: Anthropologie Anguilla.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Temporary Crown Hell

The latest nice Christmas news is that I splurged on this vintage brooch and earring set at Goodwill for $24.  The price seems high for Goodwill but in cases like these, I use my trick of asking myself if I would pay this price in a vintage shop.  It's just a good reminder to remember that as long as I love the item and I think it is a fair price, I should just buy it. 
The light lavender background that the jewelry is sitting on are my new AG Stevie Sateen jeans that are my new favorite pants.   
This cute little owl ornament, along with my AG jeans earned me a popper from Anthropologie on Black Friday.  I let my daughter choose if she wanted to open it in the store or at home with the reminder that if we opened it at home, we may miss out if we got the candy gift.  She wanted to wait and when we opened it at home, it was the card to receive the candy stick.  Oops!            
The latest not nice Christmas news is having to deal with a temporary crown on my lower back molar for two weeks.  It's hard to indulge in fun festive foods when you have to try and chew on one side of your mouth.  Even with all my careful eating, the temporary fell off last Friday night which meant a weekend of exposed tooth without a crown.  
I can now write a manual of how to live with this situation.  Microwave all cold soft foods and don't go above 100 degrees for warm drinks like coffee.  For me, I found that I could not go over or under the 100 degree mark.       
Meatloaf has become my new best friend since it is so hearty and quenches my hunger.
Wednesday cannot come soon enough when I hit the two week mark and my new crown arrives.   

The blue birds and pine cone above are part of the Anthropologie holiday display.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fun Thrifting Finds

This needlepoint handbag caught my eye a few months back in one of my local consignment shops but I did not pursue it for fear of an impulse buy.  I recently gave it a second look and became more interested when viewing the vintage looking hardware on both the clasp and the feet on the bottom.              
Although the owner did not know for sure, together we just assumed that the hardware was a good clue that it could be vintage.  The confusing part is that the needlepoint is in excellent condition and there is no tag inside, so it is hard to know for sure.  We both agreed that the chain strap had been added and was not original due to the cheaper quality.  I was amazed by the price of $11, marked down from $22.          
I confess that this skirt was an impulse buy.  But it was hard for me to resist an unworn Odille skirt from Anthropologie with the original tags, marked $28.     

The next purchase came from Goodwill, which I have been having all sorts of fun with lately.  For $12 and a mere 29 cents, I lucked out on this cute Siamese pair.  I have been wanting one of these old mid-century TV lamps but never fully pursued it.  So I was in awe when I saw this piece on the bottom shelf at Goodwill and actually hesitated, wondering if the man next to me was going to dive in.  I slowly reached for it, feeling success upon grasping the item and then proceeded to hold on the best I could for fear of dropping it.      

This was a cute furry visitor at the consignment shop that I just had to snap a picture of.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mike Benet Dress

I have been doing extremely well shopping thrift stores lately.  Just when I think that every treasure has been picked over and found, I come across fun items like this Mike Benet dress at Goodwill for $12.                    
It is in outstanding condition considering it is most likely from the 60's.  I did find out that the company started in the early 60's but some people have mistaken the dresses for 1950's formal dresses.  

The sequin work is gorgeous and although I had never heard of Benet dresses before, I'm now hooked.  I found a pink one on Ebay that I would buy in a heartbeat if it wasn't $200.  It's hard to go from $12-$200!
So the great news is that old houses are still being cleaned out, collector's downsize at times and the sellers of antique/vintage items retire from the business.    

My BCBGirls pumps look perfect with the dress since they are a yellow with a hint of sparkle. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bits of Fall

This is the first year that I have decided to hold on to fall and not jump into Christmas right away.  I will keep our tradition of decorating the day after Thanksgiving, but until then, it's all about the fall and not winter. 

This outfit and picture did not turn out the way I wanted, but as I was putting together a fall theme, the pumpkin won. 

Flowers on my dining room table means that my daughter has completed yet another play.  The play at her school used to be in the spring but this school year, it was held in the fall.  

Disclaimer: Mom Brag Alert!  So the kidlit went from playing an old lady in the spring, Marta in The Sound of Music during the summer and recently, a singing Minstrel that contained more lines than she has ever had.  We were both nervous but she ended up doing great and so did McDonalds which came in handy for late night quick meals on performance nights.      
My new mini obsession is candles.  It started a few weeks back when I walked into Anthropologie and smelled an incredible scent.  The Pumpkin Souffle Boulangerie flavor by Illume has "natural food grade ingredients" and is, "clean burning."  This of course goes for the other flavors. 
After the Halloween decorations came down and Thanksgiving went up I put up the few Thanksgiving decorations that I have.  The Holiday Hostess Thanksgiving Feast Barbie that came out in 2010 for Barbie club members is one of my favorites in her 50's style dress.  The Pilgrim Barbie is from 1994.
I keep the pumpkin soup tureen from Williams Sonoma up year round.

The Anthropologie candle is still available along with other nice scents.  The clothing below is no longer available.  

Shirt:  Anthropologie Chatty tee in fruit print.
Cardigan: Anthropologie.
Jeans: Wit and Wisdom.
Shoes: Keds.   

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bewitched Fashion

I'm sad that my favorite month is over.  Boo hoo!  At least the weather is going to be nice this week with plenty of sun.  We survived Trick or Treating in the rain and the Fall Festival but sadly it's time to pack up the Witches and other decorations.   
Speaking of Witches, we have been obsessed with the old TV show Bewitched ever since we picked up the DVD set at Costco.  I'm glad my daughter loves it and can take a break from the current obnoxious kid shows she watches.      

I loved the first season wardrobe for Samantha Stevens.  Since the show started in 1964, the dresses still have a 50's look but not as puffy.  This dress I'm wearing is very similar to what Elizabeth Montgomery wore on the first season.  We are only on the second season now and she has been pregnant for most of the beginning.  I hope the nice dresses appear soon, now that we are at the part where Tabitha has been born.        
I have always loved 50's dresses but this early 60's style without the crinoline petticoats make for a less costume look for everyday.  I also love the 3/4 sleeves which is another characteristic in the shows first season's dresses.  I'm now hooked on these dresses and have been searching for vintage and new in this style.  I was lucky to find this dress at ModCloth where I had a store credit that I used on top of a sale.
These are just a few of my decorations that I will soon be putting away.  The fabric one below is one of my favorite witches by Gathering Traditions.  I used to see this style for years every Halloween but this year was just a bad year for decorations.  There were mostly skeletons everywhere instead of my favorites, witches and black cats.
 Dress: ModCloth Star Studded Performance by Emily and Fin.  A few sizes left in comets like mine.  Coming soon in a feather print. 
 Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi for Target in copper.  Old.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Holding on to Warm Weather

Hot weather is coming to an end so I wanted to get some last minute Lilly Pulitzer in.  This was a cute dress I bought for a great deal on Ebay a few years ago.  
I love the inside lace trim with the embroidered Lilly name inside.  It's also fun to play a hunt and find game with the fabric and find Lilly hidden in different areas of the prints.  I'm not sure if this is true with all Lilly Pulitzer fabric, but the pieces I own have the Lilly's hidden throughout.             

Monday, October 20, 2014

Moth Control

The Merona skirt from Target that I am wearing could be about ten years old. This was one of the goodies I found hidden in my closet recently.  It's a draped rayon that looks like a sarong but has an elastic waist instead of ties like a true sarong.  It was originally an impulse buy, but I love it now.       
Every time I mention that I have found a long lost item in my closet, it makes it sound like I have one of those huge dream closets that make me melt when they show up on reality shows.   
The reality is that I don't  have walk in closets, but just strict moth/silver fish control.  Over the years I have purchased plastic garment bags from Kmart and Target and gradually transported a lot of  clothing into them.     
Some of the garment bags are hard to see through and therefore it's easy to forget what I have.
I want to note that the closet experts always suggest cloth garment bags, but I added the plastic bags because it was convenient to grab and go whenever I remembered how destructive moths and silver fish can be.  I also have crushed dried lavender from my garden in my closet as well since I have heard that lavender is a moth repellent.        
Cats can be destructive as I have mentioned in past blogs.  No damage was done to my Kohls Peter Som skirt and I did know better than to drape it over a chair for a while before putting it away.  The cord belt was the allure for the kitty, as I came upon the skirt on the ground with the belt pulled in a straight line.

Handbag: Vintage Theodor of California.
Skirt: Target Merona, old.
Shirt: Ann Taylor outlet from summer 2013.
Shoes: Target Ona flats.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hello Fall

I have been really nervous about germs lately and because this is suppose to be a light hearted blog, I don't want to dwell on anything that has been in the news lately, yikes.  With that said, it is flu shot time and I wanted to get the vaccine before we get further into the season.      

On Friday I bribed my daughter with a Jamba Juice so she would agree to go to one of the local pharmacies and get flu shots.  We had to wait a little too long for the pharmacy tech to come out and then I had a bout of panic when I saw that he was not unwrapping new needles.  I of course questioned this, which bugged him, but he then showed me how a retractable needle works.  Still, I was left uncomfortable because he acted like a rude jerk.                    
This darling dog was in an elderly lady's cart in front of us in line.  After fawning over his cuteness, my daughter asked if she could pet him and then I asked if we could take his picture.  We were like tourists in Hollywood who just spotted a celebrity.    

The lady was sweet about it and only seemed mildly distracted as she tried to continue business with the employee.  I overheard her mention that her husband had died a week ago and I then felt a little bad about us oohing and aahing over her dog.  My concern turned to relief when she mentioned that it was probably good for him to get all of this extra attention.               
I don't want to see the hot weather go and this includes the last hurrah with the summer outfits.  On a particularly hot day last week, I found this Peter Som skirt I bought at Kohls this summer to be very comfortable.  It's light and airy with a loose elastic waist so you can actually eat while wearing it.        
One last picture of this cutie, just because.  The photo credits belong to my daughter who loves photography. 

Skirt: Peter Som for Kohls.  Last spring/summer.
Shirt: August Silk from Marshalls, about three years old.
Shoes: Payless brown Montego Bay Club wedges, about four years old. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fun Clothing Discoveries

During my closet cleaning project, I have been coming across clothing that are truly diamonds in the rough.  Items that you would never guess came from certain stores.  This is the case with my old Victoria's Secret skirt with bright cabbage roses printed all over.   
I remember seeing this cotton skirt in the VS catalog and thinking how out of place it was amongst all the skimpy garments.  With my love of vintage, it was an easy purchase for me and currently if you want to find something this retro, your best bet is to shop places like ModCloth or Anthropologie.
While on the topic of retro items, I found these cute drinking glasses at the Dollar Tree that depict vintage era appliances.  I didn't buy any since I have more than enough glasses but they are perfect for someone who loves vintage.      
Skirt: Victoria's Secret Hugo Buscati.  Old.
Shirt: Anthropologie Deletta Gathering Tee, no longer available.
Shoes: Gap pointed toe flats, older.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Turning a Dress into a Skirt

During my Maxi dress/skirt kick this year, one of my pet peeves has been all of the halter style dresses that I wish were a skirt instead.  There have been so many cute colors and prints, but halter dresses have never been my style.  

But last week I did an easy, crafty, presto chango and turned a Lilly Pulitzer looking Kmart dress into a skirt.  However, I have to give credit where credit is due.
About a month ago, I noticed one of the moms at my daughter's school in a darling printed skirt.  When I inquired where she bought it, she informed me that it was a Kmart dress that she just cut the top off.  Instant skirt!    
This was one of those, "why didn't I ever think of that," moments.  So last week while shopping at Kmart, I spotted the Selena Gomez dress on a major clearance.  There is a greenish hued dress as well and sizes are really limited online.  Checking your local Kmart is the best option.

While cutting the dress, I carefully came close to the elastic waist part because I wanted to get as much length out as I could.  It is still long on me, so I roll it about two times at my waist and wear a longer tee to cover up the waist.   

Dress/Skirt: Kmart Dream Out Loud Selena Gomez Junior's Maxi dress in Paisley.
Shirt: Anthropologie Deletta Gathering tank. Older.
Shoes: Payless Montego Bay Club wedges about four years old.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Best Old Forever 21 Skirt

Yesterday I was just feeling off and under the weather.  But it was just a normal female situation, so rather than allowing female biology to keep me down, I embraced the nice sunny day.  I saw this skirt hanging in the closet and didn't hesitate to wear it since it was filled with cheerful colors.  

It's always annoying when I put off taking a blog photo.  This was taken right before dinner and the last thing I wanted to do was have my picture taken.  But I did it for the skirt, this cute, cotton floral skirt that I bought from Forever 21 about five years ago.  It even has a cotton lining underneath that you don't usually find in the cheaper stores. 
The Isaac Mizrahi necklace I'm wearing was a take off on candy necklaces and it's no longer available from QVC.  I wanted to show closeups of the skirt so I added a vintage necklace in one picture that would also look good with it.  I bought it at a garage sale years ago and it now needs to be repaired.  I'm not sure if I should tackle fixing the clasp myself or if it should be restrung by a jeweler.    


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