Thursday, September 30, 2010

Favorites from around the Web...

I don't have a lot of content for the blog during the week - my outfits are vintage, but often repeats of previous things, I'm not hosting any soirees, and I really am just hunkered down and working on homework.

I wanted to feature things from around the web that I've fallen in love with.

Lucianalachance's Favorites

The first thing is this terrifically curated set of flickr favorites. This person added a dress of mine and I like to check out who has favorited my pictures to make sure they are not creepy, and I found this beautiful pallet of soft pinks, blues, and creams. The images in it are so cohesive that it's beautiful just to look at the little squares all lined up together makes a wonderful image.

A quick google search didn't reveal anything about a blog, or I'd link you there too.

Second, I want to introduce you to a new blog I've been enjoying. Rebekka Seale, a graphic artist and a baker, commented on my blog awhile ago and I went and checked out her blog, Dear Friend - can I say I'm in love?


Not only do I love her illustrations, but I love her descriptions of life in Nashville, the vintage dresses she is picking up for her daughter that she and her husband are adopting from Ethiopia, and of course, the pictures of her apartment she will occasionally post (house tour please!?)


If you want to support her adoption efforts you can check out her web site or her etsy shop.

(First image is a screenshot of the flickr page, the second two illustrations belong to Rebekka Seale and are from her flickr page...)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm not a stranger. I know you well!


It was the love of my life's birthday this past weekend. For his birthday shindig, I set the table with what I consider "guy food," which really just means packaged and processed stuff. Everything except those grapes got gobbled up!


The house was full of guys! There was serious discussions about sports, politics, climbing 14ers, and of course religion. The atmosphere was very different from the mostly female entertaining I usually do with tea parties and the like...but no less fun! I enjoyed hosting the pack of rapscallions my husband calls his friends.


Words cannot express my gratitude, respect, and love for this man! I am humbled by his generosity, his dedication, and his creativity every day.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pegasus Dress...

Pegasus Dress

My old cycling team, Pegasus, has the greatest pink and black uniforms. Katy, a graphic designer, designs them and they get more and more amazing every year. Even though I'm not racing bikes at this moment, you can bet that if they ever put a branch in Colorado or if I move back to Wisconsin I'd be bike racing in a second because it's so much fun to be on that team!

Pegasus Dress

I found this dress completely trashed at the thrift store - someone had cut the closures off the front, and it was hanging sadly on a hanger. I sewed nine little hooks and eyes on it, and borrowed a belt from a different dress, put on a vintage slip and it's good to go! I'm thinking about adding a bow to the collar, too, in the same pink as the details on the dress.

Pegasus Dress

Since I'm not racing and don't have the latest pegasus kit, I'm going to let this ridiculous pink and black dress fill the pink and black void in my heart...

Friday, September 24, 2010

All the Seasons Go The Same

Fall is here.

I can feel it. I can see it in the trees. It smells crisp and bitter like fall.

1960's sailor dress

I love the cooler weather, I love being able to wear my polyester 1960's dresses again without keeling over with heat exhaustion.

1960's sailor dress

1960's sailor dress

Most of all, I love the fact that the sun rises a beautiful gold!


1960's sailor dress

There is nothing like the autumn sunshine.

1960's sailor dress

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The heart will always go one step too far...

At the party last night...


Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out To Get Us!

My friend had a birthday, and as you know, in my life birthdays are a celebration of the highest order! She waffled about heading to Kansas for her birthday, but decided to stay here and take me up on an offer of a tea party.


A tea party can be pulled together in an hour easy - text a few friends and then allot 30 minutes to a quick vacuum, tidying, and a rinse of those tea party worthy dishes you never get to use. Give fifteen minutes to run to the grocery store for a bottle of wine and those last few baking ingredients that you need for scones. Spend that last fifteen minutes whipping up a batch of gluten free chocolate chip scones, and take them out of the oven fresh for your guests!


Another friend of ours had the same birthday, so after the tea was served, enjoyed, and conversation was had, we headed out to our friends birthday Fiesta!




Saturday, September 11, 2010

You can take your time to work things out...

Reading Room

This is where I have been spending my last few days. Sometimes the best company is the company of books and a cup of tea, particularly when you are nursing yourself back to health. I've been waylayed with the flu for the past few days and it's been good to really commit myself to rest, something I don't do as often as I should.

Thursday, September 09, 2010


The winds are high here, fifty miles an hour, and they ring through my windows, rip at my screens, and howl into my house.
I am tired, I am tired.
But I am proud of this gathered life I have made.

(Vintage Cycling Shoes, My Receiver, and a shelf above my bed, all objects from my house)

Tour de Fat

There's an annual bike parade that happens every year in my fine city. This was our first year here for it, so it was my first year dressing up. I hemmed an hawed about what to wear - first I thought about my victorian skivvies (they alone make a great costume...I once won the Rocky Horror Picture Show underwear contest in them - I was head to toe in cotton, and I was up against a string of ladies in nothing but bras and garters...but I digress...) and then I thought about wearing something vintage. I decided I do that pretty much every day, so that was out.

The morning of I woke up, grabbed my suitcase of clothes I love but hardly ever wear and pulled this sari out:

Tour De Fat 2010 Costume

It was surprisingly easy to cycle in but I'm still dealing with the sari-shaped sunburn!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

A Portable Celebration

Thrifted Cake Carrier

While thrifting this week I found one of my new favorite kitchen things. It has two compartments, those darling blue knobs, and a little handle to carry it easily from home to fĂȘte. I'm really excited to use it for our church picnic tomorrow!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Teacher Clothes

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this yet, but I'm in Graduate School to become a teacher. Every day is a clothing crisis right now, because on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, when I am in a 1st grade class for 8 - 9 (or more, some days!) hours, I am at a loss for what to wear.

I will admit that this summer was nice because I could go galavanting across the country in fancy dresses and tons and tons and tons of white clothes, but that just isn't the case now. You spend the whole day chasing a pack of 6 year olds, creating art projects, leaning over their tiny tables to check their work, and sitting on the floor with them.

I wear a lot of modern skirts, cardigans, and comfortable shoes, but I'm really longing to go back to my vintage threads!

To get some ideas, I've collected some pictures of teachers doing their thing in their vintage dresses. What has a study of all the vintage teacher images on Getty Images and flickr taught me? Teachers (of the primary grades) wore cotton dresses, circle or longer pencil skirts, crisp blouses and T shirts tucked in, belts guessed it...cardigans the piece of clothing that is most synonymous with Teachers and Librarians! Their shoes were low healed and practical, and they topped things off with broaches or necklaces and a simple watch, which is so important in the classroom.

All images from Getty Images