Sunday, October 30, 2016

Small Town Jodi

Hello there! Yesterday was a lot of fun. I was gone all day, shopping out in Pennsylvania with my mom and aunt. We went to three stores, an antique mall & had lunch at Panera. I got back home around 4:30. I got a few santas and snowmen, three small pieces of Pyrex (for $11!) at an antique mall, and a bottle brush tree and two ornaments for the tree. I could have bought more at the antique mall, but I restrained myself. This coming Saturday we are going to a large antique toy show (which will also sell holiday decorations), and I don't know how much I'll see there that I want, so I didn't want to get too much yesterday. We're going to a couple of stores after the toy show, too. I'll seeing my mom and aunt again at the toy show, plus my dad and uncle. My aunt & uncle (I call them my aunt & uncle, but actually my "aunt" is my mom's second cousin, so really they are my cousins) are close with my parents, and they share a lot of interests, especially antiquing!
Bob and I ran a couple of errands last night, but otherwise we just stayed in & relaxed. Today we're also staying home. I have to do the chores I didn't get to do yesterday, like cleaning and laundry; so much fun!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my newest Bernie Dexter dress. This one is in the Jodi style, and I have three dresses in this style. It can be worn either on or off the shoulders. I had loved this print since it fitst came out months ago, and finally ordered it. The print looks like it depicts life in a small country town. I lalso love this color combo of red, yellow, & teal. I have a teal cropped cardi which matches perfectly with it, and I can wear that with the dress to work, since the dress is low cut. 

Three of the pieces I got at Stamm House

Dress: Bernie Dexter
Necklace, Brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Splendette & Brighter Bakelite

Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mums The Dress

Hello there! This week's been dragging a bit, am I right? My boss is away at a conference; he left Tuesday morning and will be back to work on Friday, and my co-worker who works with me and my boss is off the next two days, so I'll be by myself in our office tomorrow, but definitely won't be all alone in the building, since I work in a school, ha. But, this happened one other day since I started there, that it was just me in the office, and it is kinda weird, because it's so quiet. But, I'll just play my music louder than normal, ha. 
Christmas prints are starting to come out! Pin Up Girl Clothing posted a video today of them shooting part of their Christmas items. There's a Christmas harlequin print top; I was hoping for Christmas harlequin! I don't like the top for me, but I'm crossing my fingers for a dress int he same print! I can't wait to see what else they come out with. 
The only plans I have so far for this weekend are that I'm going to PA with my mom & aunt to do some shopping for Christmas decorations and antiques. I'll be gone the whole day; it's about a two and a half drive each way. I always love going out there; there's a lot of great, unique shops out there, more so than anywhere around the area I live in.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter Kelly in the mums print. I got it back in July, and did a post on it back then. It popped up on the site while I was on vacation, and I snagged it immediately. The colors are fabulous! The coral in my brooch and bangels matches the coral in the dress so well. I wear this dress to work pretty often. It's probably considered "out of season" by now ha, but I don't care! Florals are year round to me.

Dress: Bernie Dexter

Brooch: Erstwilder
Bangles: Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Care For A Drink?

Hello there! Yesterday we had the first really crappy, rainy day that we'd had in a LONG time. Before that, we hadn't gotten much rain in months. But, I see the sun is out today, so that's good, since we'll be looking at houses today.
Can you believe Christmas is two months from Tuesday?! Insane! I can't believe how fast time has been going lately. I'm excited to buy gifts for people for Christmas and to decorate! But, I am definitely NOT excited for colder weather, ugh. 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bettie Page drinks dress I scored on the PUG Swap & Sell Facebook group in the summer, and blogged about back in August. I had once bought this dress from Modcloth, about three or so years ago, but at the time I didn't love it on me, and ended up sending it back. After awhile, I started searching for it again, and finally found one in the same size, which is a little big on me, but, I do really love this print. I've seen several cocktail prints from different repro companies, but this one is my favorite. I love these Splendette glitter bracelets paired with the dress, and since these pictures were taken I've received green glitter ones too, that I would also pair with this dress next time.

Dress: PUG Swap & Sell group (Bettie Page Clothing)
Necklace: Antique mall
Bracelets: Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Kitty Kelly

Hello there! Last night we went to Target, and they had a tiny bit of Christmas stuff out already! There's more online. I can't wait until they get their full stock out! They usually have at least a little bit of cute stuff that I want. Other than that errand, we just stayed in & watched TV. I'm doing chores today, and tomorrow we're looking at a couple of houses. Next Saturday I'm going out to PA with my mom and aunt to go to those shops we love that sell holiday decorations and to an atique mall, and I can't wait. This will be the forth time I've gone out there with my mom this year, which is two more times than we normally do. 
I'm excited to see what Christmas themed clothing my favorite brands will come out with! I've only seen one item so far, and that's a skirt from Oblong Box Shop. It's not available until November though, and I can't wait to get it! It's perfect and adorable.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie kitty Kelly I got a couple of months or so ago. I am a HUGE cat lover, and always have been. I'm a huge animal lover in general, but kitties are my favorite. I haven't had a cat since leaving my parent's house, but growing up there, we had cats since I was about ten. I really do miss having a cat around. Unfortunately, my husband is allergic to them, ugh! Sometime after we have a house, we will see about trying out a hypoallergenic cat, if we can find one in a shelter. Even if he wasn't allergic, we wouldn't get one now, because of the cost.

Dress: Bernie Dexter
Necklace: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle)
Brooch: Erstwilder

Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rainbow Candy

Hello there! Tonight I went to a board meeting at work, but it was quite short. Bob and I looked at a couple of houses last night, and we're looking at a couple more on Sunday.
I had an excellent, bright mail day today! The dress and Bakelite bangles I'm wearing in the pictures below arrived today. They are so colorful, which makes them so purrfect for me. These bangles are my very first pieces of real Bakelite. Bakelite is SO gorgeous, but most of it is crazy expensive!! I got a good deal on these though. 
Some people may perceive this dress as being more of a Halloween/October dress, but I will be wearing it year round! There are little pumpkins and candy corn on the dress, but there's also tons of other candy, and candy is definitely a year round thing. I think wearing these bangles with this dress is an absolute must, and I can't see ever not pairing them together in the future, ha. I can't enough of Kelly dresses. I think I have eight or nine now. They're so comfortable, flattering, and provide more coverage than most vintage repro dresses.

Dress: Bernie Dexter
Bangles: Etsy (The Brighter Bakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fallin' For This Skirt

Hello there! So, I had a great time in Bethlehem last night with Bob. We got there later than we normally do; we normally get there around 3:00 or 4:00 p.m., to avoid the dinner rush, but we got there around 5:00, and then drove arond trying to find parking. Of course when we got in the restaurant it was packed, and there was a wait. Luckily we only waited for twenty minutes, and we were able to leave and walk around, because they texted us when our table was ready. I loved my meal, which is the same food I also order there ha, pretzels & beer cheese soup dip. It's so savory, flavorful, and delicious, and every time I've ordered it somewhere else, it is nowhere near as good. After dinner we walked down Main Street, and went to the Moravian Book Store, a stop we make every time we go to Bethlehem. It's the oldest book store in the U.S.; it's a really big store, and they have really cute gifts there, and lots of holiday decorations. I picked  up three Christmas ornaments that I loved. They're all sweets, which is (I'm sure it's not a shocker) the theme of my Christmas decorating, and my ornament collection has gotten pretty big! 
Speaking of ornaments, I'm so excited for my mom to go to Germany next month because I can't wait to see what ornaments and other goodies she picks up for me there! But, I'll have to wait until Christmas to find out. If you didn't know, Christmas is HUGE in Germany, and my mom has always had an obsession with Christmas and all things German, so she's gone over there a few times in November or December to do Christmas market tours and shopping, and I went with her once. Bob and I are actually going to a big antique toy show in the beginning of November in PA; we are meeting my parents and aunt and uncle there, and my mom has been there many times before, and told me there's a lot of antique Christmas decorations there, too, so I'm excited! 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new Pin Up Girl Clothing Halloween skirt, designed by artist Steph Buschema. As soon as I saw PUG first post about it was a month or so ago, I couldn't wait for it to become available, and as soon as it did, I snatched it up. A lot of their Halloween items have been selling out SUPER fast. I was hoping my orange Harley top would match it, and they do match very well. The skirt is quite full, which I love. I don't wear petticoats, but if you do, you wouldn't need one for this skirt. The black Mary Jane heels I'm wearing are SO comfortable! They're BAIT, and I received them a couple of weeks or so ago. I've worn them to work too, and they never bother my feet at all, plus they're super cute!

Top & skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Sweater: Trashy Diva
Brooch & earrings: Etsy (Luxulite, Scrumptiousdoodle)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rockin' Robin

Hello there! Yay for the weekend returning. Last night I met a friend for a drink. I hadn't seen her in awhile, so it was really nice to catch up with her. Today I'm going to Bethlehem with Bob to out to eat and go to a couple of shops.
Now that Christmas is under 2.5 months away, I can't wait to see what Christmasy dresses will be released from my favorite brands! I HATE winter, but I do really love Christmas; it's my favorite holiday.  I haven't bought any gifts yet, but my mom keeps asking me what I want for Christmas, and this week I told her about some jewelry on Etsy, but I have to come up with more, ha. I'm going to spend some time going through my Etsy "favorites" to see what else I can come up with for her. My mom is always way ahead of the game. She wrote out all of her Christmas cards last week!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my newest Retrospec'd dress. This is the Connie style, and I have it in three prints now. I'd been eyeing this robin print for a long time, and finally made the plunge. A store owner in Florida that I know through some Facebook groups ordered it for me along with her own order, so I got a discount, and didn't pay shipping! Retrospec'd is one of my favorite dress brands, and I have eight of their dresses so far. They make such gorgeous prints! I'm not sure if all of them are, but I know at least some of their prints are exact copies of vintage prints.

Dress: Retrospec'd
Earrings: Etsy (IncredInedible)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lindy Bop Cupcakes

hello there! Well, today wasn't the best day; it was kind of crazy at work, and then I had a 2.5 hour long dentist appointment for a crown; my first crown. I would've much rather been at work! But, I do really like everyone at my dentist's office, so that is a plus. My dentist did tell me I will  probably experience some gum pain, and I don't really feel pain yet, but hopefully it's not too bad. The numbness from the novocaine is all gone though finally! I did have a good mail day today though; I received two Lindy Bop dresses, although I'm returning one (way too small on my chest!), and a Retrospec'd Connie dress. I loveee the cupcake Lindy Bop dress and the Retrospec'd Connie dress, and I posted pictures below of the cupcake dress. The dress is only $37! Lindy Bop isn't the best quality, and their sizing is all over the place, but $37 is definitely worth it for this adorable, comfortable dress. I only own one other LB dress (I recently sold one), and most of the time LB dresses don't really appeal to me, but this season they've been coming out with some really cute prints! Believe it or not, I didn't have a cupcake dress in my wardrobe (I did have one cupcake dress, but sold it a few months ago). This print also comes in a skirt version, but I'm more of a dress girl, if ya hadn't noticed.  There's also a really cute fox print LB shirt dress that's brand new on their site, and I'm thinking about getting that one. Believe it or not, I don't have many dresses with pink backgrounds, and pink is one of my favorite colors!
I'm excited for the weekend! Bob and I are going to Brew Works on Saturday for dinner. 
We haven't been in a couple of months. It'll be nice to see what new Christmas items the Moravian Bookstore has, too. I'm also meeting my friend tomorrow night for a drink. It'll be nice to get out of the apartment a bit, since last weekend I just stayed home.


Dress: Lindy Bop
Brooch: DNJ Retro (Erstwilder) 
Necklace: Etsy (Scrumptiousdoodle)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

New Orleans, Part I

Hello there! So, here's my first post about our recent short and lovely trip to New Orleans. I'll posted about the rest of it in another post soon.
So, I went to New Orleans last Wednesday night with Bob, and left last Saturday morning. We were only there two full days, so the trip was a real whirlwind. Since we've been there together twice before, we knew where to go with our limited time. We left our hotel room around 10:45 pm on Wednesday, and went to Erin Rose, an Irish bar that we love. It has a dive bar feel, which we also love. We had a couple of drinks there, and split a grilled cheese sandwich. After that, we went to a bar called Boondock Saint on Bourbon Street. We try to stay off Bourbon for the most part, but that bar is decent. It's always interesting to talk to bartenders or servers in New Orleans. Most of the ones we've talked to are not from New Orleans. At Erin Rose, a guy came in with some dollar bills safety pined to his chest. It was his birthday, too (it was mine on Wednesday). We ended up finding out that in New Orleans, that's a thing; people will give you money to pin to your chest on your birthday, ha. So, someone told me I should do the same thing... and I made a whole $3. We got back to our room around 2:30 am, and so we didn't get up as early as I wanted to the next morning. 
On Thursday we started out by going to Johnny's Poboys, and then going shopping, naturally. Johnny's is my favorite spot for Poboys; they've been open since the 50's I believe, and are reasonably priced, and really good. We of course went to Trashy Diva as soon as the opened at noon, and I got two dresses I had been wanting for awhile but was waiting for my trip, and I also picked up an Erstwilder brooch I had been wanting. We went to some other stores in the Quarter, and I picked up a Hello Kitty cupcake Christmas ornament a the Christmas shop. We also walked over to where a store called Wicked used to be, but I was very disappointed it was gone. They sold Retrolicious and Folter brand there, among others, and last time I was there I bought two dresses.
We took an Uber over to Magazine Street in the Garden District in the afternoon. Magazine is one of my favorite streets in New Orleans. There's a lot of little shops and restaurants one after the other there. We went to Trashy Diva's other clothing shop location there, where I picked up another Erstwilder brooch. We ate at Juan's Flying Burrito there, which we hadn't been to before, and later we walked down to District Donuts, and I got a glazed donut there, which was SO good, and huge. We went in a few other shops, but I didn't get anything else. We also stopped by this outdoor area where an artist named Simon works on his art, and he also employs other artists who paint for him. I've bought magnets from him before, and I really love his paintings. He uses New Orleans phrases in his paintings like "Ain't nothin' a poboy can't fix" and "Laissez Les Bons Temp Roules" (English= let the good time roll). 
I posted a picture below of me next to the entranceway to his outdoor area.

Our first night there; my birthday

I bought this dress at Trashy Diva on Thursday

Magazine Street

Simon's art area

My haul from the Royal Steet TD