Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy 2016!

Hello there! Ahh, I'm so very glad to be out of work until Monday. I know the long weekend will fly by though, as it always does. I plan on doing a whole lot of relaxing! I met my friend for a drink last night, and tonight I'm going with Bob to a New Year's Eve party at his friend's house about forty minutes away. Unfortunately, none of my friends will be there. I don't really want to go, but my husband doesn't get to see his friends often, so I want him to be able to go and have drinks (I'm driving).
Two dresses I ordered with some of my Christmas money arrived yesterday! I'm wearing one in the pictures below. I adore this Bernie dress! I've had the skirt for a year, but am now selling it on eBay. I much prefer the dress. It took me awhile to finally order the dress, and I'm really happy with my decision. I find it more flattering on me, and I love the fuller skirt. 

I also received a Voo Doo Vixen apple, strawberry & floral print shirt dress. I like that print a lot too, but prefer this shape to that one. I'll be keeping it too, though. I also ordered the Bernie New Year's print dress yesterday from Pin Up Girl Clothing (got the last one!), with a coupon, but of course it won't be here in time to wear tonight. Oh well, I figured I can wear it for my birthday, weddings, etc., so I won't just be wearing it on New Year's Eve's.
Happy New Year to all! Hope 2016 is a great one for us all!










Dress: Bernie Dexter
Cropped Sweater: Gift  (Heart of Haute)
Necklace, Brooch: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle, Sodasweethearts)
Heels: B.A.I.T. Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

High Street

Hello there! I've been having a pretty low key Sunday in, with Bob. I'm reading a book I got for Christmas, and it's really interesting. It's called "Into Thin Air", about a journalist's Mt. Everest climb in 1996 (true story). I don't know how people make the attempts at climbing Everst, they are MUCH braver than I 'll ever be, ha. Tomorrow's back to work for Bob and I, ugh. But, can't wait to get through the 3.5 day work week, and have another 3.5 day long weekend! One good thing is, the phones should be pretty quiet at work this week, as a lot of people have off this week.
In the pictures below I'm wearing the outfit I wore to go to Bethlehem with Bob yesterday. I got the cropped tie sweater and earrings from my mom for Christmas. I really love the earrings; my favorite colors! I had them custom made on Etsy, and then sent my mom the link, ha. I also love the sweater. I can definitely never have enough cropped sweaters, to wear with my dresses and skirts. This is my first time trying a Heart of Haute cropped sweater. I just ordered it in red from Retroglam.com. I already had a white cropped cardigan, but I wear it all the time, and it's not very good quality. It's the same thing with my current red cropped cardis. The blog post title is from the print of the dress I'm wearing, the dress print is called High Street.









Dress: eBay (Bernie Dexter)
Sweater: Gift (Heart of Haute)

Necklace, Brooch, Earrings: Etsy/Gift (Luxulite & MouseMarket)
Heels: B.A.I.T. Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry, Merry

Hello there! Hope everyone had a great Christmas! Mine was pretty good. I got to see a lot of my family from Wednesday-Friday. I slept over my parent's house Christmas Eve, just like every year. I got a lot of really great gifts; got everything I asked for. I didn't ask for pricey things, just a bunch of lower priced items, like books, jewelry, a pair of shoes, a cropped cardi, etc. 
Bob an d I are leaving shortly to head to Bethlehem, which I'm excited about! We always have a good time there. We're going out to dinner & for drinks at Brew Works, and then stopping at a store at the mall on the way back, to look for Christmas ornaments. I've found some really cute ornaments at Boscov's the past couple of years, so that's where we're going to look again. They also should be on sale! I haven't been to a mall in probably over a year. 
In the pictures below are a couple pictures of gifts I received for Christmas.  I hope the Dita book, the Micheline Pitt DVD, and Suavecita hair products will really help me with styling my hair! I definitely still need help with that. I've gotten better, but not good enough. 
There's also a picture of me holding my seven month old cousin, Teddy, on Christmas Eve. It was the first time I met him. He is such an adorable and good baby! He barely made a sound. 











Dress: Bernie Dexter
Cropped cardi: Gift (Heart of Haute  )
Shoes: B.A.I.T Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Nesting Dolls

Hello there! I think we're going to have a pretty quiet (that's typical for us) Sunday. Bob's actually still sleeping now, ha. I'm as usual dreading Monday, but, the bright spot is that the next two weeks are 3.5 day work weeks for me! My sister is flying home tomorrow. It's so crazy how fast time goes...she moved out to Nashville four months ago, and it doesn't seem she was gone that long. She has three more semesters of grad school left. 
I'm all ready for Christmas now. I bought and wrapped all the presents, and they're under our tree. Wednesday night we're going out to eat with my grandparents, aunt, uncle & cousin, and parents and sister. We go out to eat every December, for my grandparent's anniversary. Christmas Eve I'm still deciding whether to go out to eat with Bob's family, or to go to my aunt & uncle's.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Tatyana nesting dolls print dress. I'm glad that my kelly green BAIT Idas match so well with the dress. This is the only Tatyana brand piece of clothing that I own so far. I thought about ordering it for a long time. I should've gotten a size smaller though. (I ordered my usual size, that I am in most brands.) The lighting was terrible in our kitchen yesterday when we took these outfit pictures. I am definitely taking pictures earlier today, and the sun is really shining, so the should turn out much better!









Dress: Tatyana
Necklace, Brooch: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle, Luxulite)
Heels: B.A.I.T. Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Harlequin Dream

Hello there! I'm so glad that the weekend is finally here! The end of the year is always hardest/busiest at my job. There's a lot of things that have to get done, and the most important are job proposals. Most job proposals are due the last two weeks of December. Ugh, as if December weren't busy enough! My bosses go on vacation the day after Christmas, and come back January 4th. So, I just need to get through this coming 3.5 day week, and then things should be a lot better. But, this coming week will probably be quite crazy. 
Today I'm going to be cleaning, doing laundry, working out, running an errand, finishing wrapping, taking outfit pics, and relaxing with Bob. I'm pretty excited for Christmas, especially now that it's only 6 days away (crazy!)! How did that happen?!
Int he pictures below I'm wearing my Pin Up Girl Clothing harlequin print Jenny dress. I got it for Christmas two years ago, and it was my very first PUG piece. It's still a very special dress to me. The print, the fit, the fullness of the skirt; it's all perfection. I'm so glad I tried out PUG, it opened me to a new world of options that are flattering on me, and also beautiful pieces.

 






Dress, Cardi: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Necklace, Brooch: Etsy (Luxulite, Atomicmingo)
Hair flower: Viva Dulce Marina
Heels: B.A.I.T. Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Just Desserts

Hello there! Bob and I had a nice outing to Bethlehem, PA on Sunday. The weather was simply amazing! I left my jacket in the car, and only wore a cropped cardi over my dress. First we went to the Christmas Market, then we went over to Main Street, and went in some stores there, and also went to the few Christmas stands they had set up. I found a few small items: an ornament, a spatula, some dip mix, and a dish towel. The Christmas Market isn't great. It's something to do, but they don't have much either of us are interested in. They actually barely have any Christmas-y items! It's so drastically different from the Christmas Markets in Germany (I've been there once). But, it was still nice to have a little day trip.
Monday night I went to Panera with my good friend. I actually hadn't seen her in three weeks, which is a lot for us. But, she had moved December 1st, to about 45 minutes away from me. She had been living in the same town as me. We had a lot to catch up on.

Tomorrow night Bob and I are meeting my parents are my great uncle's house to have cake for his birthday. I don't really have plans yet for this weekend, but that's fine with me. Next Wednesday-Friday I'll be seeing my family. I'm sleeping over my parent's on Christmas Eve again.
In the first few pictures below I'm wearing a dress my mom made for me a year ago. If you can't see the print too well, it has desserts all over it, pies, cookies, ice cream, etc. It's very appropriate for the season. The pictures below that were taken when Bob and I went to Bethlehem on Sunday. The last picture is of my new B.A.I.T. Footwear shoes that came today. I had been wanting kelly green BAITs foreverrr, and they finally started making them again! I love them, and can't wait to style them. The saddle shoes are my first pair of saddle shoes, and my mom is actually giving them to me for Christmas.
 












Dresses: Handmade & eBay (Bernie Dexter)

Necklaces: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle) & New Orleans shop
Brooches: Erstwilder
Shoes: Shoe Bakery & BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blue & Orange

Hello there! I'm just getting ready to head out the door to go to Bethlehem, PA with Bob. It's supposed to be 70 degrees there today!! Ah, it just doesn't get better than 7o in December!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Pin Up Girl Clothing Heidi dress. I ordered it from Retro Glam during their Black Friday sale. I had been considering getting this dress for over a year. It was sold out in my size for a long time on the PUG site, and when Black Friday came around, I remembered to check Retro Glam. I got it for a steal: $55, including shipping (from Canada)! I have the PUG Harley dress in this same shade of blue, and I am just in love with this blue. It's so bright and vivid, and pairs so well with pops of bright orange. Since the outfit screams bright, I also paired it with my Betsey Johnson gumball machine purse. I have owned a Heidi once before, but ended up selling it. I think it's safe to say I won't be selling this one!







Dress: Retro Glam (Pin Up Girl Clothing)
Necklace, Brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Purse: eBay (Betsey Johnson)

Heels: Modcloth (B.A.I.T. Footwear)

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Poppies For A Birthday

Hello there! I'm very happy that the weekend is finally here. This work week was a tough one to get through. Last night Bob and I went over my parent's house for my dad's birthday. My grandparents and mom's cousins also came. We had a good time, and got to have my favorite cake ever, my mom's triple layer chocolate lake with chocolate icing. She had the house very decorated for Christmas, other than the fact that their Christmas tree wasn't up yet. But, my mom had 7 mini trees up! I posted pictures below of my parent's house. You might be able to see where I get my love for holiday decorating and antiques! Yesterday I
received four Christmas onrmanets from Everyday is a Holiday. The last picture posted below shows them. I love them soooo much! They are absolutely perfect additions for my tree/decorating scheme. 
Today I'm just cleaning, doing laundry, working out, running an errand, baking cookies, taking outfit pictures, and then just relaxing with Bob. Tomorrow we are heading to Bethlehem, to go to their Christmas market. I'm excited, I hope I find some cute things. I didn't have much luck their in the past, but hopefully this year is different.
I wetset my hair last night for the very first time. I have mixed feelings about the results. (My hair in the pictures below, was not from the wetset.) But, hopefully, in time I'll get better at it. I just can't wait to finally be able to style my hair  "50's ish", with different options. I've mainly been doing it just two different ways for awhile, and I'd like more and better options. I'm also getting some helpful tools for Christmas (like a DVD, book, and hair products about vintage hair styling, make up, etc), and I can't wait to try them out!

















Dress: eBay (Bernie Dexter)
Brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: B.A.I.T. Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Little Red

Hello there! I had quite the bad day today, and it's hard for me to write a blog post when that happens. It's also hard to stay positive when these days happen; it's just a downward spiral of negative thinking. I am by nature a very positive, cheerful, optimistic person. I have one thorn in my side though, that keeps me from feeling fully happy. I am trying my best to get this thorn gone from my side, but it's not so easy. Unfortunately, I can't talk about the details here, in case someone who shouldn't see, would see. I can say it has nothing to do with my marriage or friends though! So, that's a good thing, since they are both extremly important to me. But, it is a drain on me mentally, and hard for me to kick that feeling. Anyway, enough venting here! Let's talk about more fun, colourful things. 
Friday night Bob and I will be going to my parent's house, along with some other family, toc elebrate my dad's birthday. Sunday we are actually going to Bethlehem! We have been planning to for weeks, but kept putting it off. It's supposed to be 60 degrees all weekend, too, so that'll be perfect. 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Retrolicious Little Red Riding Hood dress that I got in New Orleans in September. It's a little bit short for me, but the print is so darn cute, that I had to get it anyway. In the first picture I'm getting ready for my work Christmas party, which was this past Saturday. (I didn't actually wear this dress to it!)

 







Dress: Wicked (Retrolicious)
Brooch: Deer Arrow
Shoes: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A First For Me: A Cat Print

Hello there! Bob and I were going to go to Bethlehem today, but we are tired, and not feeling up to it. We went to bed late last night. We haven't done much at all today, but I did watch the movie "Amy" (the documentary about Amy Winehouse's life), which I've wanted to see since it first came out in theaters. It was sad, of course. I didn't listen to her music when it first came out, or know much about her. But, about a couple of years ago, I started to listen to more of her. The movie wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but it was interesting. It seems a lot of the most talented, creative people are usually tortured inside.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Heart of Haute cat print dress that I ordered during a Black Friday sale. It's surprisingly the first cat print I've ever owned. (I'm a huge cat lover.) I really love wearing shirt dresses. I ordered up a size in this dress, since my Heart of Haute dresses are tight on my bust, and this has buttons that I didn't want to gape. Unfortunately, like my paint palette dress I recently got, this one is huge in the waist. But, I didn't want to exchange it, in case the buttons would gape in the next size down. 

 








Dress: Catslikeus.com (Heart of Haute)
Necklace, Earrings: Etsy (IncredInedible)
Heels: Modcloth (B.A.I.T. Footwear)


~Bye bye for now!