Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday Happenings

What should one wear while out holiday shopping? Probably not this, but I don't have any holiday parties to attend so I got dressed up just for fun. I actually wouldn't recommend petticoats in environments where you could potentially knock things off shelves with your skirt, but to be fair I am more clumsy than most so perhaps others could manage better than I!

This top is one of my most favorite makes ever. The combination of the stiff taffeta fabric with flocked flowers and the classic shape are a great pairing, and I think the plaid lends itself well to the holiday season. I've worn this top once before on this blog (see that outfit here) with a black pencil skirt, and I can imagine pairing it with my black circle skirt as well in the future. I have recently been considering making a full length black circle skirt, even though I never get to wear evening clothes, in silk taffeta or cotton sateen to wear with tops like this one. I just don't have anywhere to wear something so dramatic! This red circle skirt has been such a useful item in my closet in all seasons, and works especially well around the holidays for creating an almost Christmas card looking outfit. Cotton sateen is such a great fabric since it can be dressed up or down very easily.

I hope you all are having a good December so far, though I know for some the holidays are more a source for stress than a real celebration. Oddly, though I am not religious in any way, I still love the Christmas season. I love the smell of greenery, the infusion of cinnamon into everything sweet, the pretty lights, and the emphasis on goodwill for once, all of which have very little to do with much of anything except making winter feel cheerful. Then of course, as a bit of a shopaholic....I love shopping for gifts and wrapping presents! Even if I do get myself into trouble "accidentally" buying a few gifts for myself... Opps!

Have a good weekend everyone! and...may the force be with you! (OMG movie time!)

Top & Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Fishnets: Amazon
Hat, Jewelry, Clutch, Gloves, & Belt: Vintage

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cataloging Catalogs: Accessories, Montgomery Wards Spring/Summer 1943

Last time we looked at the fabrics pages of the spring/summer 1943 Montgomery Wards catalog and today I have some wonderful accessories! Rain boots, umbrellas, collars and dickies, handbags, and shoes! I especially love looking at the styles of clutch bags, because when shopping for bags I have noticed many 1940's bags labeled as 1970's, and when sellers make that dating mistake you can sometimes scoop up a really great deal. Usually since things from the 1940's are rarer than things from the 70's/80's they are priced much higher, so knowing how to spot 40's items is important for any collector. Knowing what different 1940s styles looked like also gives you the knowledge you need to spot later reproductions (again from the 80's and 90's) that are near identical to their 1940's counterparts, which are usually again selling for much less.

Oh, and also I've included the first few pages of shoes :) Dreamy, gorgeous shoes.

As usual, open these images in a new tab or save them for future reference to see the full size of the image and read the text and pricing info for each item. Feel free to save, pin, and share these pages with anyone who may enjoy them!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ultra Violet

What can I say, I'm just a natural trend setter. The Pantone color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet purple, and I just dyed my hair that color recently. Some would say it's mere coincidence, but I think we know the truth.

Just kidding of course! In all seriousness, obviously I love the color "ultra violet". Though I do think the color is actually quite polarizing, as some see it as purple and some see it as blue. To me, I consider the skirt, gloves, and hair pictured in this post as purple, but many people keep noting my blue hair which I find a bit confusing. I will admit I bought this skirt mostly because it matched my hair so well. We all know I love a plaid skirt, so it's really no surprise I fell for yet another one. This style of skirt seems to have been around from the 1940's through the 1990's, until all plaid skirts became tiny mini kilts in the early 2000's (WHY?!). This one was very clearly from the 1980's, and I had to chop about 4 inches off the hem since it was just too long. Since I was already matching my skirt to my hair, I kept the rest of the outfit simple and went with a black sweater and accessories.

I managed to get a good bit of holiday shopping in this past weekend, which it nice to have crossed off my to do list. Now I've got to get back to video editing so I can get something new up this weekend while I am busy seeing the new Star Wars film. To say I am excited for the new film would be a vast understatement!

Skirt, Belt, Handbag, Jewelry, & Gloves: Vintage
Sweater: Banana Republic
Fishnets: Amazon
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Velvet, Plaid, and Pine

Purple isn't a very 'holiday season' color, but I'm going to make it work somehow! Pairing it with plaid could help right? And loads of velvet? 

I could wear this velvet jacket every other day it pairs so well with nearly everything in my closet. I'm always on the look out for another black velvet jacket with different details, because as far as I can tell they are just super versatile! This time I wore the jacket with my Vivien of Holloway circle skirt and matching black velvet accessories. I found the hat over the summer at a local vintage fair and just couldn't pass it up, despite already having a larger black velvet hat in my collection that I made myself several years ago. This one was just so perfectly 50's and was only $15 dollars! The velvety black suede heels are part one of a two part splurge from Remix that I mentioned a few weeks ago. Now I am on a spending ban for sure! No more shoes for me for a good long while, I had a bad case of shoe fever (including a bad breakout of shoe lust on Black Friday, damn you Bait footwear! I'm too weak to resist!). 

I haven't been in a very holiday mood yet, mostly because I am shocked to find we are in December already. I mean, of course if you go by the way the news and foul miasma of gross misogyny and general disaster that has permeated this year from the start, it seems to have been a very long year indeed, but personally for me it has actually flown by. As ever I have a lot to accomplish and never enough time to do it all. The more lights that go up outside, and holiday music invades my ears at the super market, the more I'll realize it really must be the end of the year. Which can only mean one thing...its almost time for more Star Wars!!! What did you think I was going to say?

Jacket, Hat, Gloves, Jewelry, & Bag: Vintage
Skirt: Vivien of Holloway
Petticoat: Malco Modes
Fishnets: Amazon
Shoes: Remix Shoes

Monday, December 4, 2017

Black-Capped Chickadees

These little birds were following us around at the Chatfield Botanical Gardens and singing sweet little songs. I felt a bit like Snow White with them hopping about in the trees! I just had to look up what kind of birds they were when I got home, and now I know they are black-capped chickadees. At least that's what I think they were, I'm no bird expert, I just think they are well cute!

We have reached the point in the year where I actually wish it would snow just a little bit so the landscape would be rendered a bit more wintry and charming. I didn't even need a coat this weekend, it was that warm out. This blue suit is a favorite of mine (she says about all her suits...) and this time I decided to pair it with red accessories. The reds here are actually not perfectly matched to one another, which I have decided to pretend I don't mind- even though that kind of thing does get to me! I want everything to be perfectly coordinated even if that is just not realistic. The gloves were a more recent acquisition this past fall. I actually didn't have a well fitting pair of red gloves until now, which seemed like a rather basic color to have and therefore strange to have missing from my arsenal. Red accessories are probably the most useful set in a vintage wardrobe after black, as red is such a great accent with most neutrals as well as many brighter colors. I decided to style this outfit just as I would if my hair wasn't a random loud color, so I didn't coordinate around the purple, and I was surprised that I felt it still worked in the end. The purple hair does make me want to add more purple into my wardrobe though...

I actually got a tiny bit of sewing done this weekend as I finally hemmed two pleated plaid skirts that have been knocking about for a few weeks! The 1980's made some very nice plaid wool skirts, but most are just too long for 40's styling.  I actually need to ban myself from picking up these skirts because I have so many plaid skirts now that it's just getting a bit silly. I need to focus on finding nice sweaters and jackets to pair with all of my skirts instead. I hope you all had a lovely weekend as we head into December, I just can't believe the end of the year is approaching so soon!

Suit, Hat, Handbag, Scarf, Gloves, & Brooch: Vintage
Fishnets: Amazon
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Earrings: Old Navy

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