Monday, December 11, 2017

Red & Aqua: Pair Made in Heaven

Hello there! Well, it's offically two weeks until Christmas! I wrapped all the presents I've bought so far on Saturday. I'm definitely not skilled at wrapping, ha, but at least I had super cute vintage inspired wrapping paper to use this year! The beginning of this week is going to be pretty quiet, but Thursday-Saturday will be pretty busy for us. Thursday night I'm meeting some friends at a restaurant & bar for dinner and drinks. 
Friday Bob and I will be going out to eat with my parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle & cousin for my grandparents' anniversary (58 years!). My parents and Bob and I will be leaving after a couple of hours to head to my great uncle's house to have cake for his birthday.
Saturday night is my work Christmas party, and I may be going to an antique store in the morning, about twenty minutes from where I live, as well as doing my usual Saturday tasks like cleaning and laundry. 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my very loved and worn Trashy Diva Americana dress that I got from eBay about three years ago, and have blogged about multiple times. I so wish TD would release new Americana dresses! I wear this dress to work a lot in the winter and outside of work, too. I'm wearing an adorable new brooch in this picture, that I got from a shop this past Sunday, for $7. I like how changing up the accessories and/or shoes with a dress freshens up the look, even if it's a much worn dress like this one is.
I just adore the pairing of red and aqua together, and those are the colors I'll be using in my kitchen in our home. I couldn't resist pairing my new PUG aqua (it's called mint online) wicker purse with this dress. This purse is great, and it is a little bigger than the PUG baguette style wicker purses, which I have two of. I wish the baguettes were a little bigger, too.









 

Dress: eBay (Trashy Diva)
Brooch: Gift shop
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Splendette
Purse: Pinup Girl Clothing
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tree Skirt

Hello there! Well, our weekend plans got a wrench thrown in them, becaue of the snow. It started snowing here a couple of hours ago, so Bob has to salt/plow this weekend. He really hates when the snow comes during the weekend, instead of during the week. 
Last night we went to my parent's house for cake for my dad's birthday, but we couldn't stay long, because we had to get back so Bob could go to bed at a decent time, since he had to wake up early to get ready to salt/plow. My grandparents were there last night, too. My mom made her triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate icing that she makes for family birthdays, and it's the BEST chocolate cake ever. It's so rich, and makes me thirsty, ha!
Tonight we were going to go over Bob's dad's house for dinner, but that had to get cancelled due to the snow. Tomorrow Bob was going to go with me to a small antique show, but now he won't be going. I'm still going to go, though. 

Today I'll just be staying in, cleaning, doing laundry, working out, and then just relaxing.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Oblong Box Shop ceramic tree print skirt that I got a year ago. Oblong Box Shop has such super cute Christmas print skirt. My reindeer one is also from OBS. I get endless compliments on both skirts. I have a smaller collection of antique ceramic trees: 3 so far, so I really appreciate this skirt! Plus the skirt is super colorful, so what's not to love about it? I get such a small window of time to rock my Christmas outfits, so I try to make the most of it, and wear them a lot during that window. I've been wearing my Erstwilder Christmas lights brooch a lot since getting it last month. 









Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Oblong Box Shop
Brooch: Erstwilder
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tickets

Hello there! One more day of work to get through this week, can't wait for the weekend! 
My mom has made over 2,000 cookies so far. She is the Christmas queen, obviously. 
I started mailing out my Christmas cards this week; the big day is only 2.5 weeks away, can you believe it?! I have off the week between Christmas and New Year's, and I'm definitetly looking forward to that! 
I haven't had too much going on this week yet, but I will the next three days. Tomorrow Bob and I are going over my parent's house to celebrate my dad's birthday, Saturday night we are going to Bob's dad's house for dinner, and Sunday we are going to an antique/craft show about 20 minutes away. I just found out about this show, and this one will be the last one I'm going to until the end of February.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter tickets Kelly dress that I got about a year ago. I love the color combination in this dress. You can see my new to me lime Pinup Girl wicker purse I got through a Facebook group recently (it's no longer available on the PUG's site). I'm glad I was able to find the purse, as I really love the color lime. Lime isn't a color that's used too much in the brands that I like; I wish it were used more frequently.
I now have 3 of these PUG wicker purses, and I think they're really cute. I won't use them as an every day purse, as they're not big enough for that for me, but I'll definitely use them a lot on the weekends, vacations, etc. I love vintage flower enamel brooches, and now have a few of them. I got this one from an Instagram seller, but I look for them a lot at antique shops.







Dress: Bernie Dexter
Brooch: Instagram seller (Vintage)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Purse: Facebook group (Pinup Girl Clothing)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Grand Canal

Hello there! Well, the antique show my mom and I went to on Saturday was a success; I got a small bottle brush tree there and a plastic snowman that I had never seen anywhere before, and really love! My mom paid for part of the snowman, as a Christmas present for me. After we left the show we went to a couple of nearby stores that I had never been to before. They were cute shops, but I didn't get anything at either place. 
This morning I went to a few stores, and then met my friend at Panera for lunch. I got some Christmas gifts when I was shopping, for my grandmothers and mom. Now I'm really almost all done Christmas shopping. Christmas is only three weeks from tomorrow! I can't wait to have off for almost a full week and a half. I am going to go into work one day, probably the Wednesday after Christmas.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Retrospec'd Connie dress in the Grand Canal print, that I purchased during their Black Friday sale. This shade of blue is gorgeous, and a bit unsual, and I LOVE the vintage repro print! As I've said before many times, shirt dresses are simply the BEST. I get tons of wear out of them, and I wear them to work constantly. 
Also in a picture below is my new mint Pinup Girl wicker purse, that I ordered during a Black Friday week sale. I also recently snagged a PUG lime wicker purse, but in a different shape, as well as a lavender one.











 
How pretty is this color combo??!


Oldwick antique show finds




Dress: Retrospec'd
Bangles: Splendette
Purse: Pinup Girl Clothing
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pink & Green

Hello there! It's December! That means only 3.5 weeks until Christmas! I'll be baking some more Christmas cookies this weekend. Tomorrow I'm going to the Oldwick antique show, and I'm so excited! I really hope it's as good as it was last year. Last year I got a few things, and I could've gotten even more. They had a lot of awesome bottle brush trees there, which are my favorite antique Christmas items to collect.
I've gotten most of my Christmas shopping done, but still have a couple of small things to get. 
Sunday I'm running errands, and meeting my friend for lunch at Panera. Other than those things, the weekend will be pretty quiet; cleaning, laundry, working out, and a lot of relaxing at home, just the way I like it!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Retrospec'd poppy print Sandi dress. I love big, bold floral prints. This dress is quite comfortable, and that's in large part to the stretchy side panels it has. I love this color combination of pink and green; I don't have much of that combo in my closet. My antique flower brooch I picked up this summer at an antique shop matches with the dress quite well. I love these 60's flower brooches, and have a few. 
I'm wearing my petticoat in these pictures. I haven't worn it to work yet, and I'm not sure yet if I will. I do love how it looks with some of my dresses though, including this one. I think some dresses are just meant to be worn with petticoats, to give them that extra oomph. 







Dress: Retrospec'd 
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Brooch: Antique shop
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Cocktails

Hello there! I had a great four day weekend, and hope you all did, too. It was the perfect mixture of doing fun things, seeing family, and getting to do plenty of relaxing at home, too. It certainly went by very fast, and now Christmas is four weeks from today! 
I went to an antique show on Saturday with my mom. She asked me the night before, and I wasn't sure at first, since I've been doing a lot of antiquing lately and obviously spending money doing that, and the Oldwick show is this coming Saturday, too. But, I ended up going, and I'm glad I did! I had never been to this show before, and my mom hadn't been in many years. It was about forty minutes from where I live, and I met my mom halfway, and then we carpooled from there. 
It was a decent size show, with a few good antique holiday vendors. I saw some vendors I have seen at other shows, and also some I've never seen before. I bought three things myself: a $10 fruit print tablecloth in great condition, a snowman blowmold for $15, and a plastic Santa on a reindeer, in the original box, and it still lights up! I really wanted this amazing, gorgeous, huge pastel tree topper, but didn't want to spend the money, and I also had seen two multi colored ornaments I really liked it. I showed them to my mom, and luckily she bought them for me for Christmas! I'm so glad she did, because if we left without that tree topper, I really would've been kicking myself.
In the pictures below I'm wearing the outfit I wore on Saturday. I love breaking out my Christmas outfits! I wait all year to do this, ha. I really love this Heart of Haute cheery cocktail skirt that I got a year ago. Isn't this Erstwilder Christmas lights print too cute?! 
I obviously love how bright it is! I got TONS of compliments on my outfit at the show, which is nice, but I'm trying concentrate on all the goodies I'm looking at, ha! I don't mind people telling me they love my outfit and what not, but I don't want to have to chat too long, and have them ask too many questions about my style! 













Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Heart of Haute
Brooch: Erstwilder
Bangles: Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Orlando

Hello there! I had a good, quiet Thanksgiving at Bob's aunt & uncle's house, with yummy food. It was the first Thanksgiving I didn't spend with my family, but I did see some of them on Wednesday night. Today I went to antiquing with my mom, about forty minutes from where I live. I got one plastic Santa for $13, but that was it. I was glad I didn't find anything else that I had to have, because a week from tomorrow I'm going to the Oldwick antique show, which I found a lot at last year, and have a feeling I'll see a lot that I want this year, too. 
I don't have a lot going on this weekend, which I'm glad about. I'm running a couple of errands tomorrow, and I got my cleaning and laundry done today. I also made my first batch of Christmas cookies today, and decorated the tree. I've been watching Christmas movies lately, and I'll be watching "Love Actually" either tonight or tomorrow, one of my favorites.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Trashy Diva Orlando dress that I just got through the TD swap & sell Facebook group I'm in. It's definitely on the fancy side, so it's not a dress I'll be wearing to work or for errands! But, I liked that it's has a high cut neck, because most of my fancier dresses are low cut, so it's nice to have this option, too. It would be gorgeous for Christmas, and I probably will wear it either Christmas Eve or on Christmas. 
I'm wearing a petticoat in these pictures. I got my first one last weekend while antiquing, and I love how it looks with some of my dresses, including this one. You can't beat a beautiful red dress, in my opinion! The zipper is quite tricky on this dress; it gets stuck on the top seam in the back of the dress, so much so that Bob can't even get it go up, so I have to flip the dress around to the front and zip it that way, and then flip it back, and very gingerly try and get my arms through the arm holes. It's not because the dress is too tight on me either; Trashy Diva is known for having this problem with many of its dresses, which is super annoying.









Dress: Trashy Diva Facebook Swap & Sell group
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mid Century Dream

Hello there! Yay, I'm so glad my long weekend has begun! We got out of work early today. at 12:30. Tonight Bob and I are going to my parent's for dinner, and my aunt, uncle, cousin, and grandparents will also be there. My aunt, uncle, & cousin are in from Texas, and tomorrow Bob and I will be going to his aunt and uncle's house. Friday morning my mom and I are going to antique mall and a couple of other little shops, about fourty minutes from me. 
Unfortunately, Bob has to work on Friday; he never gets off on Black Friday.  
Last night I went to Panera with a friend I hadn't seen since July. We've been getting together about every three or four months for awhile now. It's always nice to see her and get to catch up. I worked with her a horrendeous job, about seven years ago. I lasted less than four months there ha, before I quit with no notice, something I do not typically do. Even though the job was so terrible, I'm just glad I met her and have stayed in touch with her all of this time.
I'll definitely be doing some Black Friday/Cyber Minday shopping between now and Monday. I did place a couple of orders earlier in the week: a purse from Pinup Girl Clothing, and a Bernie dress. I also ordered some new Splendette bangles today (the new release went live this morning), and my mom's going to pay me back for some of them, and give them to me for Christmas. It was better that way, than placing two separate orders, and playing twice for international shipping!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter Go Retro Drive in dress, that I got back in May. I've worn it to work a lot since, and I just love the mid century modern print! I love this color combo too; it's a bit unusual. I'm not into brown, but I don't mind it here with all the other bright colors surrounding it. 







Dress: Bernie Dexter

Brooch: Instagram seller
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Retro Market

Hello there! Bob and I had a good day out in Pennsylvania yesterday, in spite of the rain and traffic we encountered. It's just over a two hour drive to Lancaster for us, and we got there a little after 10 a.m. We went to the Retro Market antique show, and it was the very first one they'd had. The same people who put on Retro Fest in July (which we went to this past July), also put on the Retro Market. I hope they'll continue to put on both shows! 
I had a lot of success yesterday. My best finds were two adorable vintage dresses for a total of $40! Vintage clothes shopping is not an easy feat, especially if you're not tiny, as the medium to larger sizes are harder to find. The red dress I got fits me pretty well, just a little big in the waist, and the gingham dress I got is very big in the waist, so I'm going to see if my mom can take it in for me, and for now, I'll just be belting it. I got my first vintage purse at the show, and it's a cheery shade of yellow. I got that for $15, and a blue flower enamel brooch for $8.
I also got a small fruit lithograph print that I'll hang on the wall. As for my Christmas-y finds at the show: I got a plastic Santa Claus cookie jar, a new book on vintage Christmas with the CUTEST graphics, a dish towel with a super cute, bright, bell print, and a smallChristmas gift for my mom. 
The show was on the small side, but that's okay, because I got enough great finds! I also saw Joann there, a woman I met at the July show, after following each other on Instagram. 
My dad happened to ask us Friday night when we saw him, if we'd be stopping in Adamstown on the way there or back. I totally forgot it's right on the route to Lancaster!
So, Bob wasn't excited ha, but he was very sweet and let me go to two antique malls in Adamstown on the way back. It was a long day for him, with all the shopping, driving in the annoying rain, and the traffic.  
I found a few small items in Adamstown: a Christmas apron that I LOVE, a board game with adorable graphics, a really cute Scotch tape container, and my very first petticoat! Can you believe I never had a petticoat before?! I got it for $13, too, ha. I got really good deals yesterday! I definitely won't be wearing the petticoat to work, but I will start wearing it on weekends. 
I'm really glad we went, and I'm looking forward to going to Retro Fest again, this July! 
There's so much amazing antiquing out in that area of Pennsylvania,a nd I love going. 
My mom and I are probably going to Adamstown over Christmas break. It's better when my mom brings me, instead of Bob, because she has more fun, ha.
Oh, and I got TONS of compliments on my outfit yesterday! First when I got to the show, I was walking around with my coat on (which also could be worn as a dress), and people thought I was wearing it as a dress, and were complimenting my outfit. I got hot later on, took of the coat, and then was getting compliments on my reindeer skirt outfit, and a couple people asked if I had changed my outfit, ha! Nope, just took off my coat. 
 

















Look at this whopper of a tree!!



Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: The Oblong Box Shop
Brooch: Erstwilder
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!