Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fruity Sundress

Hello there! It's been so wonderful to have this extra long (4 day) weekend! I didn't do too much during it, either. On Sunday Bob and I went to a family BBQ all day at my parents' house. Today Bob is back to work, but the school I work at was closed today too, so I'm home by myself. I worked out and did some reading, and I'm going to run a couple of errands. I like getting to relax, but I also like getting things done. I like a nice balance of the two, ha. I can never just stay home all day and do nothing at home; that makes me feel too lazy. So, I enjoy getting to do activities at home like writing blog posts, reading, and working out. 
I'm going over my friends' apartment tomorrow for dinner, and this Saturday my mom and I are hitting yard sales in a town about half an hour from where I live. It's the townwide yard sale day. Neither of us have been to it before, and I'm looking forward to it. Hope I find some good mid century antiques! I haven't been to yard sales in years, and I don't know why, ha. I know plenty of them have a lot of junk, but there's always a chance you'll find something great, and for cheap! 
Can I just say how excited I am that it's the end of May?! My favorite months weather wise are May-September, and especially June-August. The weather this month was even cooler than it was in April, which is very odd. So, it hasn't been staying cosistently warm here, or I should stay warm enough for me, ha. Of course, summer always FLYS by, but I do try to always make the most of it by going on Saturday day trips. I like to go more than Bob does ha, so it's always a struggle between the two of us to find that balance. I know I'll be going out to Adamstown, PA one Saturday or Sunday this summer with my mom, to go antiquing. So, at least Bob is off the hook for an Adamstown trip, ha!
In the pictures below I'm wearing one of my Retrospec'd fruit print dresses. I have two Retrospec'd fruit print dresses, both with the same print, ha. This one has very thin straps, and I'm not a fan of really thin straps, so I usually pair a cropped cardi with it. I got this dress last summer from A Classic Paradise, and this style is called "Sundress". This fruit print is my favorite fruit print in my wardrobe (and I obviously have A LOT!). 











Dress: A Classic Paradise (Retrospec'd)
Necklace, brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)

Heels: Sourpuss Clothing (Bettie Page Shoes)

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Doris

Hello there! Today Bob and I heading to my parents' house for a family BBQ. Other than that, I'll just be working out, reading, and watching "Arrested Development" on Netflix. I just discovered it! I started watching it on a recent plane ride, and thought it was pretty funny, and wanted to look and see when I got home if Netflix had it. Bob and I watched a few episodes last night.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Trashy Diva Doris dress that I've featured on my blog before. It is such a staple in my closet. I don't wear many solids if ya hadn't noticed, but you can't be a super flattering, comfy red dress! I wear this dress a lot to work, too. It also is the perfect dress to pair my accessories with! I have so many options with this dress, since many of my accessories have red in them. 
My shoes I paired with this dress are new! They are Re-Mix Vintage brand, and it was my first time ordering this brand. The heel is definitely higher than my normal heel (4.25"), so I was nervous about that. But, before ordering, I asked some girls in a FB group I'm in if they were comfortable, and I was told that they were. I haven't worn them out yet, but so far, they do seem comfortable, although I'm definitely going to be careful walking in them, as I'm definitely klutzy. I love how vintage they look, and that there's four different colors in them. When I initially decided I wanted these shoes about a month or so ago, I found they were sold out on Trashy Diva's website, and they were sold out in my size on the Re-Mix site. 
But, I signed up for an in stock alert on Re-Mix's site, and I received the alert while I was on vacation. I still debated a couple of days, and then went for it. It's a good thing I went for it when I did, because I saw they're sold out again in my size. The only problem is, I like them so much, I now want them in another colorway, ha! I want the green, purple, pink, & blue colorway from Trashy Diva, and I do have a coupon for TD, so I think I'm going to take the plunge shortly. They also will match my two TD Carnival dresses very well, which is great.








Dress: Facebook group (Trashy Diva)
Necklace: Etsy

Bangles: Splendette
Earrings, brooch: Etsy (Luxulite) 
Heels: Re-Mix Vintage

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Go Retro

Hello there! Well, Bob and I are back from Nashville, safe and sound. We got back late on Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. We were supposed to get back Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m., but got back a little after midnight, due to Newark airport temporarily closing to investigate an engine fire on another plane. After picking up our luggage, and making a stop at the grocery store to pick up something to eat, we got home a little after 2:00 a.m. 
We had a really fun trip though! There's a lot to do in Nashville. It surprised me how big it is. We had use of my sister's car the whole time we were there, so we drove to a few different areas of Nashville, as well as Franklin. We got to do a lot of antique and vintage shopping, too. We saw about ten bands play at the Boogie, and they were all great. Most of them I had planned on seeing and had heard their music before, but some I hadn't heard before, and it was fun to discover those new bands, as well. We also had a lot of fun with Sara and her boyfriend Cody, who we hung out with Thursday - Saturday.
I'll post more info on the trip and pictures of the trip soon, in a future blog post.
I have a 4 day weekend (the school I work at is closed on Tuesday, too), and I'm so excited for it! I came back from the trip, and worked Thursday & Friday, and now get to enjoy 4 days off. Not bad, huh? It'll be nice to have slower paced days off, after having such a busy trip.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Bernie Dexter dress. The style is a new style of hers, and it's called the "Drive In", and the print is called "Go Retro". This is my first Drive In dress, and it is quite similar to her Kelly style dress, which is my favorite style of hers. 
It fits very similiarly, except that there's no waistband on the Drive In style.
I had liked this print since it came out about a month or so ago, but debated ordering it, because I wasn't sure how bright it would be in person. There's a lot of tan, brown, and black in it, but it's still bright enough for me. I'm also wearing my new to me vintage sunglasses in the pictures. I picked them up for $10 at the Nashville Boogie, and I love them! They're my first pair of vintage sunglasses, too. 








Dress: Bernie Dexter
Sunglasses: Vendor at the Boogie (vintage)
Bangles: Splendette & Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Red Fans Anne

Hello there! Well, I got some packing done yesterday, but I definitely have a lot more to do, so I'll be working on that today. I'll also be working out, and visiting my grandmother, and later on, my parents. 
Tomorrow after work Bob and I will meeting with an architect for the first time, about plans for a stick built home. We gave up on the modular home idea, because the only modular home company anywhere by us (and it's 1.5 hours away) is impossible to get ahold of. We're sick of waiting for them to get back to us. Ugh, trying to get a house is so ridiculousy frustrating. First it was frustrating looking at houses, then it was frustrating trying to get info on a modular home, and now we'll see how this new direction goes.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Trashy Diva red fans Anne dress. This dress is soooo comfortable! It's made out of stretch cotton. I hope TD releases more stretch cotton dresses soon! The straps are adjustable via buttons in the back, and that's always a bonus for me. When I have the option to do it like this, I shorten the straps. I haven't worn this dress in awhile, because in the cooler months I wear this print in the Virginia shirt dress that I also have. I love the cornflower shade of blue that's in the print. It's not as common in prints as other lighter, darker, or brighter shades of blue.

 





Dress: Trashy Diva
Bangles: Splendette
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mum's The Word

Hello there! Today is a yucky, cool, rainy day out. The past three weekends it's rained all weekend, or most of the weekend. It's supposed to warm up here starting  this Tuesday, but we leave Wednesday, ha. Hopefully it'll be really nice out when we get back, too. Isn't it crazy the way that time works?? For some long our Nashville trip seemed soooo far way, and now here it is, only 4 days away!! I'm so excited to explore a new city.
Bob and I are just staying home today. He's doing a lot of cooking, and I've been cleaning, and doing laundry. I'll also work out and do some reading and outfit pictures, oh, and do some packing! I've barely packed so far. I need to plan out my outfits more, too!
On Thursday I met up with three friends that I used to work with at a previous job. We get together once a month at a nearby restaurant. It was nice to catch up with them. My plans didn't work out last night, so I just went to Target, and then stayed in with Bob. Tomorrow (Mother's Day) we'll be seeing my grandmother, and depending on when my parents get home from their trip, I'll be seeing them, too.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my trusty Bernie Dexter mums Kelly dress. I've had it for almost a year now, and it's gotten A LOT of wear. I wear it to work a lot. I think the print is simply gorgeous, and since it's a Kelly, it's so easy to wear, and very comfortable. I did pair it with different accessories this time. I usually wore the coral bangles with it, but I also added in this seafoam green Splendette bangles that match the green in the dress quite well. I had also never worn these light green earrings with the dress before, but was happy to find that they also matched. I usually wear the dress with my pink BAIT Iones, but switched this time to these coral BAIT Hansels. 








Dress: Bernie Dexter
Brooch: Erstwilder
Bangles: Splendette
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear


~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Candy Shop

Hello there! One week from today Bob and I will be heading to Nashville! I'm sooo excited. 
I love exploring cities I've never been to before. My sister lives there, but she'll be in Europe with her fiance while we are in Nashville. She just got engaged last Friday! We'll be staying at their apartment for two nights while we are in Nashville, which'll be nice, since we'll save some money that way. She's also letting us use her car, so we'll also save money that way, although obviously when we go to bars we'll use an Uber. 
I'll be seeing my friend Sara (of the blog http://www.inanutshellblog.com/) and her boyfriend while we're there, so that just adds to my excitement! They are also coming there for the Boogie. I haven't seen her in a year, since Viva Las Vegas last year. I met her IRL about a year and a half ago, at the New England Shake Up (it's held in Massachusetts). 
We had been online friends, thanks to our blogs and Instagram. 
I have more plans than normal the next few days. Tomorrow I'm meeting a friend for a drink after work, Friday Bob and I are going to a friend's house, Sunday we'll be seeing my grandmother, and if my parents get home early enough (they've been on vacation), I'll be seeing them too, Monday Bob and I are meeting with an architect (about building a house), and Tuesday night I'm going to a board meeting at work. I'll be busier than I'd like to be, that's for sure.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Unique Vintage candy shop skirt. I scored it during a sale they had, where certain skirts were $40, and then I used a $5 coupon, so I got the skirt for $35! I had adored this print since it came out a few months ago. It came out at the same time that the gumball skirt did, which I just got for $25 at Viva. There's so many colors in this skirt, so it's super easy to pair shirts, shoes, and jewelry with it. I think next time I'll wear my mint Sabrina top with the skirt, instead of the white one I'm wearing here. I also couldn't resist pairing the skirt with my Modcloth cupcake sandals! These sandals are too cute. They're really comfortable, too.








Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Unique Vintage
Brooch: Deer Arrow
Bangles: Etsy (Brighter Bakelite)
Earrings: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle)
Sandals: Modcloth


~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Vegas, Part II

Hello there! Well, I'm finally posting about the second part of my Vegas trip! So when I last posed about my trip, I wrote about Wednesday night - Friday. Saturday was the car show; and is the "biggest" Viva day. We got over to the car show early, a little after it opened. We first went to the vendors, which is what we always do; wouldn't want things to start to sell out before we get to them. I found a few items: a $25 Unique Vintage gumball skirt I had been eyeing online since it came out months ago, a Brighter Bakelite beautiful bright blue bangle, a couple of hair flower pieces, and a big Lux De Ville purse which was normally priced at $95, but I scored for $40! I didn't get too many things, but I was happy with my haul. 
After we hit the vendors, we went over and looked at all the cars. It does get really crowded at the vendors and where the cars are, so that is one annoyance. We had lunch at the car show too, I just got a burger from a food vendor. I met Katy, woman who runs the Etsy shop Luxulite, Jesse, the man who runs Brighter Bakelite, and Micheline Pitt! They were all SO sweet. I was really glad I got to meet them. I got a picture with all of them, too. 
Other than the shopping, the big highlight of the day was watching Reverend Horton Heat perform. Bob was most excited to see RHH, out of everything at Viva. Bob had a couple of his CDs, but we hadn't seen him live before. I hadn't been as into his music previously, but after seeing him perform, I was more into it! It was an AMAZING show! I was really impressed, and loved the whole show. I'd love to see him perform again, and I wish he was playing at the Boogie! I was really happy that Bob loved the show too, because he's so patient when I shop and do all the things I want to do at Viva, so I wanted him to really get to enjoy something.
Before RHH, Brenda Lee had been performing. I had wanted to catch her whole performance, but it didn't work out, and we only saw her last song, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree". The reason I missed the rest of it was because I went to a Trashy Diva meet up at the car show, where I met some girls from the TD Facebook group I'm in. 
We talked for a little while, and took some pictures by the Viva car. 
Bob and I were at the car show all day, and  I think we left around 7:00 p.m. to go back to our hotel room to "freshen up".  We went out again to Frankie's that night.
On Sunday morning, Bob and I took a walk on the strip. We walked down to the Wynn hotel, which we had never checked out before. But, I wanted to go there because I had seen pictures of a beautiful hot air ballon and carousel they have in the hotel, which are made out of flowers! They were both sooo gorgeous, and they had other beautiful decorations there, too. After we check out the Wynn, we went across the street to Sugar Factory, and I got a birthday cake milkshake to go. It was really good!
We finally got to hang out with my friend Lisa on Sunday. She had been in Vegas since Thursday, but was there with a few people, and us meeting up didn't end up working out until Sunday.  She met us at the Baliwick Pub in the afternoon (at the Orleans). Bob and I had had an early dinner there, and then moved over to the bar. There was a band playing on the stage there, too. Lisa showed up with her friend, and we hung out at the bar there for awhile. After that, Bob and I went back to our hotel room to get ready to go out that night with Lisa. We went to Frankie's with her first, and met two really nice women who were at the bar. They were in Vegas for Viva, too, and the one woman recognized me from Instagram. I talked to them for a long time, until they left.
We went to the Double Down Saloon next. The three of us had never been there before. The same people who own Frankie's also own DDS. It's a total dive bar, but we all like dive bars, and prefer them actually. I was pretty tired by this point, and didn't want to be out long. 
We saw one band play, and then part of another band's performance before we left. Lisa ended up staying there once we left, because wshe was enjoying the music. I thought both bands were really good and was surprised, ha.  They were very different in sound though.
The first one sounded like indie rock, and the second was heavy rock, a bit too heavy for me, but the woman who sang in the second band had a really amazing voice.  
Monday we took it easy. It had pretty much been a blur the past three days, and we were really looking forward to slowing down. We checked out the Arts District of Vegas, which we had never been to before. They have a few antique shops there, and I got a marbled green lucite bangle at one of them. The one shop I waned to check out most of all was unfortunately closed that day. There were some other shops we walked by that were also closed, but we went in about four shops. 
We went out to dinner that night to celebrate Bob's 33rd birthday. We just went to Caros & Charlie's in our hotel (a chain Mexican restaurant). After that we went to a few places. 
We went to Sugar Factory and sat at the bar. I had one drink there. Their drinks are so expensive (mine was $16!), but I knew that before, as I've been to a couple of their restaurants before. We then went to Senor Frogs, another Mexican chain restaurant. 
We sat at the bar there, too. I had a drink, and Bob had a drink and more food. They are also on the pricier side, but most places in Vegas are pricey for drinks. I just hate paying $9 or $10 for a Vodka cran. It really irks me! We stopped in Casino Royale on the way back to our hotel. It's a really divey, small casino that Bob likes. He did some gambling there. Our last stop before bed was the Margaritaville bar in our hotel. We ended up talking to a woman from Austrlia for a long time, probably about an hour or so. She was easy to talk to. She was traveling alone. She had first gone to San Francisco, and after Vegas was going to NYC for 9(!!!) days! I'd be nervous to travel alone like that and wouldn't do it. One of the main reasons I wouldn't is because I'm shy, but for someone as outgoing as this woman, it'd be a different story.
We left Vegas on Tuesday. We had a great time. We won't be going to Viva next year. Bob says he needs a break from it ha, and I'm okay with it. 









A store we went to in the Arts District


Lisa is on the right, and the two women in the middle we met at Frankie's that night


Jesse from Bright Bakelite





On the right is Katy, the woman behind Luxulite.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Carnival Trixie

Hello there! I'm so glad that it's May! The best weather months/my favorite weather months in NJ are definitely May-September. Bob and I have been planning to go to New Hope for the day this Saturday, but of course the weather prediction is rain for the day...I'm hoping that'll change between now & then, though. If it does end up raining, we'll probably go to Bethlehem instead, since we don't have to walk much there at all. Either way, I'm looking forward to being out for the day!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Trashy Diva carnival print Trixie dress. I already did a post recently about this print in the Annette style. This is my first Trixie dress, ever. 
I had a coupon for TD that I got at Viva, so I placed an order for this dress, along with two others. I ended up not keeping the others; I wasn't in love with them on me. But, this was the one that I loved AND loved on me! 
I very rarely buy prints in multiple styles, in fact, I think currently this is my only double TD print. This one is more comfy than my Annette, because it has stretchy side panels, so it's not as tight on me as my Annette. I wore this one to work today, and I'm going to reserve my Annette for non-work occassions. I have some extra room in the waist in this one, but it fits my bust well, so I couldn't have sized down on this one. I had emailed TD's customer service before placing my order, to ask them which size I should get, and I followed their advice. 
I had to pair my Erstwilder balloon brooch with this dress, as there are balloons in the print!
I can never resist a good theme, ha.






Dress: Trashy Diva

Brooch: Erstwilder
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite) & Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!