April 16, 2018

In Bloom










The trees are finally flowering! Hooray!

And yes...that is a new black plastiflex clutch! Because having one black plastiflex clutch is just not enough, *ahem*, of course one must collect as many as possible right? This one is smaller than my usual one, so obviously, I had to have it. I love plastiflex, but you all knew that all ready didn't you? I want a red one now...

This dress is a new-to-me vintage number, but I'm not sure how long it will remain in my closet. Though I love the print and the fit is almost perfect, the armholes are a little tight, and the acetate fabric is not the most comfortable to wear. I really do love the black and white print so I will be on the lookout for similar patterns in cotton for future summer sewing projects. That's right sewing projects, because I simply must get sewing again. And I will be able to because...

I FINISHED THE DRAFT OF MY BOOK! (!!!!!) Now, you all may have heard me mention my long suffering fiction project that I have been working on off-and-on for six years now--and this book that I just finished last week is actually not that book, but is a completely new story I only started writing back in February! Yes, I wrote a 145,000 (yep, way too long oops) word book over the last few months. Of course I have accomplished nothing else, but also, I wrote a darn book! It's still feels a bit crazy that it is done, and of course there is a high chance no one else will read it/like it/publish it, but it still feels pretty awesome to have finished a whole draft of a fiction book. I'd love to be a published author someday and this certainly feels like being one step closer :) Luckily I love editing so now the fun continues as I work through re-reading and editing the whole draft over and over again!

I hope you all get to read it someday, if I ever have any updates on that front you will be the first to know ;)

Dress, Clutch, Belt, Gloves, Hat, Necklace: Vintage
Fishnets: Amazon
Shoes: Remix


April 12, 2018

Cataloging Catalogs: Ward's Fall/Winter 1947-1948, Even More Dresses!


Sometimes in the middle of scanning all of these pages the dresses start to look very similar. Well, truth be told, many of these dresses are very similar, but the first few pages of today's run actually have some real gems that I would love to replicate for my closet! I am not a huge fan of a shirt dress/house dress myself, just because I feel they make me look super matronly for whatever reason, but the different style lines and pretty geometric patterns of the other dresses here are right up my alley!

I promise I'll be back with more than inspiration images soon, I've been both bust writing and waiting out my awkward in-between-hair-color and in-between-weather situations! There is an end in sight for all of those issues, so you will see more of me soon ;)





April 9, 2018

Spring Style Inspiration 2018


Stuck in the in-between. With winter and spring still at odds, with the confused weather outside, with bare trees and snow still on the ground, and currently-- I'm even in between hair colors (I'm fading out my purple for a color change appointment next weekend...) so no outfit photos this week! I didn't leave the house, I've just been editing all weekend ;)

In an effort to get excited for spring to truly arrive, lets just dive into some pretty images to inspire our spring wardrobe choices yes? I know I am looking forward to wearing something other than woolens and picking up some pastels finally! I'm hoping that the snow will cease and the flowering tress will bloom soon, but until then fashion may be the only outlet for bringing florals and color in my life. If you are interested in even more inspiration for spring, I have done pulled a similar collection of springtastic images together from around the internet before, so check out 2017's and 2016's posts for even more.

I've got some spring cleaning and organization to do soon as well, having pushed everything but writing aside this year. I am so lucky to have had inspiration of another kind dominate my year so far, even if it has put me behind in everything else! Cheers to new beginnings and new ideas :)


















April 6, 2018

Cataloging Catalogs: Ward's Fall/Winter 1947-1948, More Dresses!


I may be MIA around here, but I did spend a bit of quality time with my scanner this morning to digitize some more pages of the 1947/1948 Fall Winter Montgomery Wards catalog! More dresses today, and the dresses are the best so no complaints there...except perhaps the usual one that I sadly cannot place an order for any of these.

I actually snapped up another catalog for my collection this morning actually, the fall '43/'44! Since my Spring/Summer '43 catalog is still my favorite of the bunch I am hoping this new addition will be full of more gorgeous inspiration when it arrives as well. Since we sadly cannot shop these pages anymore, tell me in comments about your most recent vintage find, mine was a killer striped 1940's multicolor corde clutch handbag!




April 3, 2018

Wishing Winter Farewell










This is indeed a very wintry ensemble, but spring has not quite sprung here in Colorado just yet. You can see snow on the ground in these photos, and it can snow off and on all the way into May here, so I can't quite put my sweaters and jackets away for straw hats and cotton. So please forgive my velvet and tartan in April if you can, I know it's a bit odd...

I recently picked up some new hat veiling, since I have been adding my standard black birdcage veil over many hats (and wearing veiling alone) so often this year and wanted to add some more variety! This one is a larger size net and I really love it! I also bought a thicker/weightier black veiling and some more standard veiling in navy blue and dark purple. How do you all feel about vintage veiling/netting? I love veiled hats and wearing veiling alone just over my hair as well, but I know it is super old fashioned these days. Veils of the religious and not vintage fashion verity are so politicized these days, but I suppose netting like this is almost not considered a "veil" in the same way as ones that actually hide the face. It is still a little barrier to the world, but I like to think it's more like delicate armor.

I hope you all aren't real tired of seeing this same velvet jacket again and again by the way, I just love it and it pairs with so much in my wardrobe that I can't help but wear it all the time :)

This is going up a day later than I usually post, can you guess why? Yes, that's right, I have been super busy with writing! I am so close to finishing this manuscript (I shouldn't say that and jinx it somehow!), but now I'm worried it may be too long. It can be easy to let the cold hard facts of publishing be a storm cloud hanging in the distance above the horizon. First time authors rarely get a book deal with something over 100,000 words...but I can't let reality deter me yet! I just have to finish first and worry about wanting to publish and be a real author someday (uhh, soon) second. I am starting to get real excited about finishing this draft so I can sew and make videos again. I miss my other passions ;) I'll be back to full form soon I promise!

Jacket, Gloves, Hat, Clutch, & Jewelry: Vintage
Veiling: Etsy
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Fishnets: Amazon

March 29, 2018

Think Pink






While out running errands, do you ever struggle to find a nice blank wall to get some blog photos against? No? Just me then? Suburbia needs more large solid walls you guys, like some plain brick or even just blank concrete, I'm not that picky...

Anyway, photo backdrop troubles aside, really I just wanted to show you all my new (well, vintage, but new to my wardrobe) black handbag because I really love it! One of the first vintage handbags I ever added to my collection was a brown reptile skin 1950's style handbag, and somehow it took a few years for me to find one I liked in black as well. It was a very Slytherin mail day as this black purse and a new pair of emerald green gloves both arrived and I can't wait to wear them together sometime. (Yes, fellow Harry Potter nerds, I am a Slytherin. I had no idea until Pottermore told me, I always thought I was a Ravenclaw, but I have to admit...Slytherin fits me better!) Speaking of gloves, this was the first time I wore these shocking pink gloves and they are pretty bright and fun aren't they? I had never really been the biggest fan of pink, but I started to warm up to the color last year all of a sudden. In small doses it turns out I like pink just fine!

Finally, this jacket it also new. Someone freeze my Etsy account! (just kidding, please don't) It is actually part of a new suit, but I need to let the skirt out a bit in the hips before I can wear it as one ;) I wanted a more 1950's style black suit, but I'm not sure this number is truly the 'one' I have been after. The open style of darts in the bodice are just not as flattering as the more sculpted 1940's suits I am used to. This style of jacket is more late 1950's/early 1960's and makes me feel I look a bit matronly honestly. I dunno, what do you guys think? I think I'll be sticking to more 1940's styles in the future, but this suit still feels very professional and put together for any future meetings I may need to look chic and classy. Like you know...meetings at publishing houses one day, a girl can dream right?

Dress: Made by me
Jacket, Handbag, Gloves, Scarf, Hat, & Jewelry: Vintage
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Fishnets: Amazon


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