Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Liquor Labels

Hello there! Well, this week isn't going too quickly yet, but I am really looking forward to 70 degree weather tomorrow, yay! I don't have too much going on this week, but I'm meeting some former co-workers at a bar/restaurant on Thursday after work, and Saturday night I'll be going out to a bar with Bob. Tomorrow night Bob is making my very favorite meal, and I can't wait! He makes it once a month for me. The meal is tomato tart, and is similar to pizza.
I'm going to watch the movie "Moonlight" On Demand tonight. I'm excited that they've been putting more of the Oscar nominees and winners On Demand recently. I watched two already: "Loving" and "Manchester By the Sea". "Moonlight" won best film of the year, in case you missed it, so I have very high expectations for it.
After getting my two biggest Trashy Diva unicorn prints last year, the next one on my list was any of the liquor label print dresses. Well, now I can scratch that unicorn off the list, too! I am wearing the liquor labels print Day dress in the pictures below. It's my third day dress. The day dress has a straight skirt; so that's pretty out of the ordinary for me. It's also two sizes bigger than what I normally wear in the Day dress, but I got the measurements before buying it, and it didn't seem too much bigger than my size, and it's not! This print must have ran a bit small. So, I do have a little extra room at the waist, but I'm used to that. I figured if it ended up being huge in the waist, my mom could take it in. But, with the belt on the roominess is no big deal. 
Ugh, this print! I just adore it. I can't wait to wear it out on its maiden voyage this weekend! I had been planning it out in my head before receiving the dress to pair it with these blue Idas, and I'm so glad they match perfectly! I'm so happy I was able to find my unicorn, and I know I'll be wearing it a lot. I won't be wearing it to work though, as I don't think they'd find the print appropriate for a school, ha. 









Dress: Facebook group (Trashy Diva)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kitschy Kitchen Kelly & Antiquing

Hello there! Today Bob & I went to a local antique show, and then had some drinks at a restaurant/bar in town. The antique show had 45 dealers, and I had never been to this one before. I only bought one item: a bottle brush wreath. A couple of vendors recognized me from an antique show I went to in December, including the one I bought the wreath from today. It's my first bottle brush wreath, and I love it. It's in really good condition, too. I try to only buy antiques that are in good condition, and Bob is a stickler for that, too. We were only at the show for about 45 minutes, so that made Bob happy, ha. 
After the show we went down the street to a brew pub that also has an outdoor bar, in case the outdoor bar was open, since it was so warm out. Unfortunately it wasn't open, and the bar inside was packed, so we went to a different restaurant/bar that's closer to home. We sat at the bar, and the bartender is actually a teacher at the school I work at. I already knew she worked there, but never had been waited on her there before. 
It was crazy warm again today; got up to 70 degrees. We got a thunderstorm in the afternoon, which is very odd for winter. The cold front is coming back in, and it'll be much cooler tomorrow, unfortunately. I've been getting too used to this spring/summmery weather!
In the pictures below I'm wearing the outfit I wore today. I usually wear this retro kitchen Bernie Dexter Kelly when I go antiquing, because it's oh, so appropriate for it! It's one of my most worn dresses, period. I like to think it brings me good antiquing luck too, ha.






Dress: Bernie Dexter
Brooch: Deer Arrow
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Piece Of Cake

Hello there! It's too darn gorgeous out today, and sadly, after Saturday it's going to drop significantly in termperature. I just wish the warm weather would be here to stay already! It's in the upper 60's right now, and sunny. It's supposed to rain on Saturday unfortunately, or else I'd be taking advantage of the warm weather, and going to New Hope for a day trip. Instead, we'll be going to an indoor antique show nearby. I don't have much else going on the rest of this week/weekend. 
I'm really hoping for warm, sunny weather the following Saturday, so we can go to New Hope. I miss going there; I don't think we've been since around August. Two Saturdays from this one I'll be going out to PA with my mom to go antique shopping, and I can't wait for that!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Lindy Bop cupcake shirt dress that I got a few months ago, and blogged about back then. It's really big on my waist unfortunately, and any smaller belt than this thick belt doesn't really define my waist enough, since there's so much extra fabric. Ugh, the struggle. Almost all of my dresses are large on my waist, and some are really large on my waist. Thank God for belts, I tell ya! Lindy Bops' sizing is quite wonky, and it does annoy me. But, they've been churning out some really prints, plus they're so cheaply priced! 








Dress: Lindy Bop
Brooch: Erstwilder
Bangles: Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Doris

Hello there! It was really nice to see my aunt & cousin from Texas last night. I hadn't seen them in a year or so. My uncle couldn't end up coming. My cousin Franny is 15 now, and 5'11"! I'll see them again tonight when my family goes out to eat for dinner, and then they'll be flying home on Monday.
It's been so spring like this weekend, and it wasn't even cold when we left my parents' around 9:20 p.m. I just had on my light Trashy Diva coat, and I was fine. I hope winter is really gone, and they we won't have a lot of back and forth with temperatures. I looked at the 10 day forecast, and it's not supposed to get really cold again at all. In fact, Thursday will be the warmest: 68 degrees! 
When the weather starts to turn like this, and it actually smells like spring outside (it did yesterday!), I start really thinking about and looking forward to all the things I want to do outside! It's hard being cooped up inside in the winter time, and boring. I can't wait to start going to visit the towns in PA that we like to go to, for day trips. 
Next Saturday Bob and I are going to an antique show, about 15 minutes from where we live. We've never been to this one before, and I'm really looking forward to it. I think it's mainly going to be Easter items.
In the pictures below I'm wearing the outfit I wore last night to my parents' house. This Trashy Diva red Doris dress is a staple in my closet, just like my red TD Americana I posted about on Thursday. They both get a ton of use, and they're so versatile and flattering. 
They are made of cotton poplin and are of decent thickness. I hope TD does more cotton poplins very soon! 







Dress: Facebook group (Trashy Diva)
Necklace: Vintage (eBay)
Brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Paint Kelly

Hello there! It's a beautiful sunny day here, and going to be warm. Bob and I are going to a family dinner at my parent's house tonight. My mom's making turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, etc. So, it'll be like a mini Thanksgiving dinner, ha. She also baked a triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate icing for dessert; we're having it for my grandfather's birthday. She makes it for all the family birthdays, and it's everyone's favorite. It's extremly rich, as you may have been able to tell from the description. She even mailed a piece to my sister for her bday in January, ha!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my newest Bernie dress. I have three Bernies with paint palette prints, and I really love each of them. I think I can safely say this is my favorite of the three though. I wore it to work on Thursday, and wore it last night to meet my friend at Panera. I love pairing it with these bright blue BAIT Roni heels. The blue in these heels almost exactly matches the blue in the dress. I get a lot of compliments on these shoes. 
They're so darn comfortable, too. 
I almost always pair my Lillian Madison Designs paint palette brooch with my paint palette dresses, because there's nothing like a good theme, am I right?







Dress: Bernie Dexter 
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Brooch: Lillian Madison Designs

Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Serving Up Some Americana

Hello there! Well, my four day weekend is now upon me. It's the last time off until spring break in April, when I'll be away in Vegas for part of break. To make it even better, we are supposed to have a very warm Saturday-Monday, reaching a peak of 60 degrees on Sunday! It's not supposed to rain, either. So, I'm really going to get spring fever this weekend!
I haven't had much going on this week so far. I went to a board meeting last night, but it didn't go too long, and I got home around 6:45. I've still been watching "Call the Midwife" on Netflix, as there's five seasons on there. I'm on the beginning of season 4 now. The show isn't one of my all time favorites, but it's pretty good.
I'm seeing a friend tomorrow night, and Saturday and Sunday nights have family dinners to go to. We are celebrating my grandfather's birthday on Saturday at my parents' house, and we have family from Texas that will be here all weekend, and will be at both dinners (we're going out to eat at a restaurant on Sunday).
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Trashy Diva Americana dress that I won on eBay about two years ago. I get a lot of use out of it in the wintertime. It's pretty much the perfect shirt dress; it's simple, but flattering and comfortable, and looks like it could be vintage. 
It also fits really well everywhere, which is not usually the case for me with dresses. I hope Trashy Diva starts making this stye again soon! I don't think they've made any new Americanas in the almost three years I've been buying from them.
Since the dress is just a solid red, I can pair it with so many different brooches, and any of my black shoes. You can't go wrong with a well made, flattering, red dress!






Dress: eBay (Trashy Diva)
Brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I Say Tomato

Hello there! Bob and I are having a typical quiet Sunday today. He'll be doing a lot of cooking and baking for today and the upcoming week. I'll be working out, reading, and watching Netflix. I have a board meeting to go to on Wednesday at the school I work at, and then two family dinners this coming weekend. I may be meeting up with a friend, too.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter tomato print Chelsea dress that I got about three years ago. It was one of my first Bernies. I had seen it online for a little while, and at first it wasn't something I had to have, but it grew on me, that's for sure. 
I'm so glad I snapped up when I did (during a Black Friday sale), because it seemed to have sold out online everywhere right after that. Tomatoes are my favorite vegetables (or fruits, ha, I know it's debatable what they are). I can't get enough of them! Whenever Bob is cooking with them (which is a lot), I go in the kitchen and take pieces of tomatoes. Bob has started gardening at his parents' house, and we'll have tomatoes around the end of July/beginning of August! I can't wait to have our own house and garden. Did you know New Jersey is one of the top producers of tomatoes in this country? We're not called the Garden State for nothing.









Dress: Bernie Dexter
Necklace, brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Splendette

Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Cherry Blossoms & Tulips

Hello there! Last night after work I went out with some co-workers for drinks and appetizers, and then I just came home and watched TV & Netflix with Bob. I don't have much going on this weekend, but have some plans the next couple of weekends. 
Next weekend Bob and I will be going to two family dinners, to celebrate my grandfather's birthday, and we're having two dinners in a row because my aunt, uncle, & cousin will be in town from Texas. I usually only see my aunt, uncle, & cousin once a year, in December, but they couldn't come back this past December. 
I had a snow day on Thursday, and a delayed opening on Friday, which was great, ha. This coming week will be short too, because of President's Day weekend (I have off Friday-Monday). 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter cherry blossoms print Lauren dress. I've posted about it once before, back in the beginning of December. This print is the perfect spring print. I just love cherry blossom trees! I just got the Erstwilder tulip brooch from a store called Kinks & Quirks. They have a brick and mortar shop in Virginia, and a website. 
I had never ordered from them before. They had free shipping on Erstwilder, with no minimum. They sent me a cute pair of pineapple earrings as a gift, too! I love this tulip brooch. It has my favorite colors in it: pink & orange. Erstwilder had released a tulip brooch last year, but with purple & green coloring. I didn't get that one, as I wasn't too into that color scheme. There are some tulips in this dress, they're along the bottom of the dress, and right above my belt. 
Maybe if I wear enough spring prints now, spring will hurry right along? 








Dress: Bernie Dexter
Necklace: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle)
Brooch: Kinks & Quirks (Erstwilder)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beautiful Dogwood

Hello there! Well, I finally got my wish: I have my very first snow day tomorrow! I haven't had a snow day since college, ha. We're predicted to get 6-10 inches of snow...and today it was 60 degrees!! But, that's New Jersey for ya! Oh gosh, it was such a nice day today. It was quite foggy in the early morning, but it soon broke, and was sunny the rest of the day. On my lunch break I drove and parked with my windows partially down. What a welcome respite from the cold and dreary days, but of course it's so fleeting! Spring is a month and twelve days away, and it needs to hurry on up. 
Tomorrow will be our first real snowfall all winter. We've had an inch or less here and there, but that's been it. It's funny, because now that I work in a school, I HOPE for a snow day, and Bob hates snow days ha, because he has to work extra long and hard. Plowing is very physically tiring. So, I hope for them, and he dreads them, unfortunately. 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Trashy Diva dogwood print Day dress. The lighting was bad, but I had to get pictures right away! My order got held up by USPS, and ended up arriving on Monday, when it was supposed to come last Friday. It was hard to wait.
I had ordered the L'amour in this print too, and was hoping I would only love one of them on me, so I could send back the other one. Well, luckily I did just love the Day dress. At first, I wasn't entirely sure about which one to keep, but the longer I had the Day dress on, the more I started to feel I liked it better than the L'amour. The Day dress skirt isn't a full skirt, which is unusual for me, but I do still love the style, and I have one other Day dress. 
Bob actually liked the L'amour better on me, but it's my money ha, so it's up to me! The turquoise color is sooo dreamy, and that dogwood print is gorgeous. I love a good floral print. 
I sized up one size from my normal TD size, in order to accomodate my chest. My other Day dress is also a size up, and fits my chest well, so I was hoping the same thing would happen with the dogwood Day dress, and it did. It fits my chest well, and isn't huge in the waist (just a little roomy), which is great! 
I lreally ove the details of the dress: the buttons and the big collar, and I couldn't resist wearing it to work today, since it felt so much like spring outside!




Dress: Trashy Diva
Bangle: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Cocktails Gilda

Hello there! I don't have much going on today, just staying home with Bob. He's doing a lot of cooking and baking, like he always does on Sundays, and I'm doing a lot of reading and Netflix, plus some outfit pictures, and working out, also as per usual, ha. I love our quiet Sundays.
In the pictures below I'm wearing a new Lindy Bop Gilda dress. I have one othe Gilda dress, and that one has a San Francisco print on it; I've done a post on it before. The Gilda is my favorite LB dress style. I find it has a better fit than other styles I've tried, and is more flattering. This print was first released in a different dress style, and while I love the print and colors in it, I passed on the other style. I'm glad I passed on it, and that they released the print in the Gilda. It was also on sale when I bought it, for only $25. I was disappointed when I received it though, because the zipper was broken. It had been sewn in incorrectly on on side of the dress, and made it impossible to zip all the way up. I contacted LB, and they refund half of what I spent, so I got $12.50 refunded. Bob fixed the zipper for me on the sewing machine, and now it zips!
But, the first time I tried it on with the functionining zipper, the the top two buttons popped right off. The dress came with one replacement button, which I sewed on. So, I'll be wearing it like I am in these pictures, with no top button on it. It's annoying that LB does not have the best quality. You get what you pay for, I suppose. 
The almost neon/citrusy colors in the cocktail glasses in this print pair so well with my orange, yellow, & lime Bakelite.
Also in the pictures below is a picture of me wearing my new Trashy Diva ribbed rayon Fontaine coat that I scored for half off during their recent ribbed rayon sale, and a close up of the front of my hair last night. I lucked out with my hair! It's always random for me with my hair, ha, if I can get it to turn out decent or not when I'm styling it after it's been curled. 
I LOVE my Fontaine coat. It's not very heavy, so it's not practical to wear when it's really cold out, but I think it's so gorgeous and flattering. Before getting the Fontaine, I had no vintage repro coats at all. I'm glad I now have one in my arsenal. It just buttons over my chest though, and when I first put it on, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get it buttoned there.










Dress: Lindy Bop

Brooch: Etsy (Poisonofchoice)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Darlin' Darlene

Hello there! Happy Saturday! I don't have much going on this weekend, but Bob and I are going out to eat for an early dinner tonight, at Friendly's. We haven't been to Friendly's in a quite awhile, probably close to a year. There's one right around the corner from us. 
We're going tonight for an early Valentine's Day dinner. We don't like going out to eat when it's crazy busy, so the last few years we haven't gotten out to eat on an actual Valentine's Day weekend.
Neither of us are watching the Super Bowl tomorrow; we have no interest. Bob does like watching some football, but he can't stand the Patriots, and I can't stand football, period. So, I'm very glad he didn't ask me to go to a Super Bowl party this year.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my newest Bernie Dexter dress. This one is a brand new style she released, and it's called the Darlene. It's very similar to the Kelly dress, which is my favorite style of hers. I also really love this Darlene. I think the best parts of the dress are the Peter Pan collar and the waist area. I even think this one is more flattering on me than my Kellys. The dress originally came with a black tie around the neck, but I used a seam ripper immediately to take it off, as I wasn't crazy about it. I also like to wear it with the zipper not all the way up. I got the same size in this one as most of my Kellys are, and it does fit a little bit smaller, but that's good for me, because the waist on my Kellys are loose on me, and this one is a better fit, although I do still have some room in the waist on this. The bust is also tighter in this one, but not uncomfortably so. So, if you're in between sizes, I'd go with your larger size in this one, especially if you have a large bust.
Believe it or not, I have almost no dresses with a pink background on them! Pink is one of my favorite colors, so I had to snap this one up. Also, I can't resist a good kitty print, and I have this same print but with a red background in a Kelly dress. 








Dress: Bernie Dexter
Brooch: Etsy (Sodasweethearts)
Bracelet: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paris Jenny

Hello there! Happy February! I'm so glad we got through January; we're that much closer to spring! January & February are my least favorite months, and I am eagerly awaiting March. Once March arrives, spring is so close, and then it all gets better from there. We've had such a mild winter though, and I hope it continues. 
I don't have much going on this week. In addition to watching "Lilyhammer" on Netflix, I've started watching "Call the Midwife" on Netflix. "Call the Midwife" is set in England in the 50's, and my sister recommended it to me. I of course love seeing the retro fashion on the show! "Call the Midwife" is a serious drama, unlike "Lilyhammer" which is a drama/comedy, and can be pretty corny at times. 
I just started reading a really powerful memoir called "All The Galant Men"; a memoir by a Pearl Harbor survivor, who was 94 years old when the book came out. It's been a fascinating read so far. It is the only memoir written by a USS Arizona survivor.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny dress in the Paris print. I got the dress last spring, and posted about it back then. I used to have this print in the Jenny skirt, and it was actually the first item I ever bought from Pinup Girl, years ago. I ended up selling the skirt though, as I don't find Jenny skirts flattering on me. I much prefer Jenny dresses on me.  There's boning in the Jenny dresses, so that can make it a bit comfortale to bend over and things like that, but otherwise, they are comfortable enough. I don't wear them to work, though. I think this print is so gorgeous, and I think my Pinup Girl amoeba purse goes really well with the dress, too.
 





















Dress, purse: Pinup Girl Clothing
Bangles: Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!