Thursday, August 31, 2017


Hello there! I took a bit of a break from blogging because of the death of my mother-in-law. She passed away almost two weeks ago, and the wake was last Sunday, and the funeral was this past Monday. Her death wasn't sudden; she had an awful auto immune disease called Schleroderma. I had never heard of it before she was diagnosed, and most people I know have never heard of it, either. The last couple of months she was physically unable to swallow because of the disease, so we knew her death would be coming soon. 
But, despite knowing for a little while that it was coming, it is of course still devastating, especially for Bob, his brother, and father. The four of them saw each other very often; my Bob's brother lives at home, and Bob, his brother, and father all work together. We are glad she's no longer suffering, but there is now a hole in our lives. 
I had never lost someone this close before; I have never even lost a grandparent. I still have three grandparents who are alive, and the other died before I was born. I also can not recall ever being at a funeral. So, I was nervous about how everything was going to go; the wake, the funeral, all the family functions that went on last weekend and last Monday. I'm a classic introvert, and get drained from a lot of socialization. But, I knew I had to be there through everything, for Bob.
All six of Bob's mother's surving siblings came up from West Viriginia (one sister had predeased her); as well as Bob's dad's brother and wife who live in Georgia. I had never even met some of the uncles from West Virginia before. 
Well, we got through it. I've felt so bad for my husband the past few months, seeing how painful it was for him to see her declining; we both felt so powerless about it. He's doing okay right now. The funeral service at the funeral home was the hardest part of everything for me, and I think for my husband, as well. I'm a very emotional person, very sensitive, and empathetic as well. Needless to say, I cried a lot. I didn't go to work Monday or Tuesday, and neither did Bob. 
I'm a private person with most people, except for those I am closest to, and I didn't want to talk about it on Instagram, and debated writing about it here. But, in the end, I chose to just write about it here. 
Wednesday was my first day back, and was also my first full work day sine June, since my job's summer hours are now over. The teachers came back to work today, and the kids will be there on Tuesday. It always comes so fast. 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my beloved Trashy Diva French Quarter Annette. I've had it for a year and a half, and still feel so lucky that I managed to score it off of Poshmark, for a great price. It was big in the waist, but my mom took it in for me. 

Dress: Poshmark (Trashy Diva)
Brooch, earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fruity 40's

Hello there! Tonight Bob and I are going out with his friend and friend's wife for drinks, and tomorrow I'll be meeting a friend for lunch. Other than that, it'll be a pretty low key weekend for us (lots of Netflix, reading, working out, and cleaning for me), which I'm very much looking forward to!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new to me vintage 1940's shirt dress! I got it from an Etsy vintage clothing shop, called Birthday Life Vintage. I had never ordered from that shop before, but I was very happy with my purchase, the speed of shipping, and the sweet little thank you card she enclosed. I just love purchasing from small businesses! This dress has the cutest fruit print on it! You KNOW I'm a sucker for fruit prints. The dress is made of cotton, and is quite comfy, and also fits very well, which made me so happy. There's not even any gaping with the buttons over my chest. It's so hard for me to find great vintage in a print I love that also fits me, so when I do, it's very exciting! Bonus if it's also a shirt dress! In addition, I was glad the neckline wasn't as high as the neckline on my other two vintage dresses. I think necklines like the one on this dress are more flattering on me, than super high necklines. 
Even though there's only a month left in summer (wahhhh!), I'll be definitely wearing this dress into fall! How could I not?? I have some fruit dresses with white backgrounds, that I probably won't wear into fall much, but I think it works better with the black background. Oh well, I do what I want anyway, when it comes to fashion!

Dress: Etsy (Birthday Life Vintage)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Harlequin Heart

Hello there! This week is a fairly quiet one for me. I'm meeting a friend for lunch on Saturday. This past weekend was busier than usual for me, with a lot of family time. I saw my sister for the first time since Christmas. I went with her and my mom to look at a couple of wedding venues on Friday. Saturday Bob and I went to my parent's house for my grandmother's 90th birthday party. As long as my mind is okay and my health, I hope I make it that long! We do have really good genes/longevity on both sides of the family, so that's a great thing. I can't imagine how it feels though to have lived almost a whole century; what a lot of change, and hopefully progress you must see! Hopefully I see more progress in my lifetime than my grandmother has seen.
Trashy Diva launched a new collection today, but unfortunately, I don't care for the new print, so I won't be buying anything. TD is my favorite vintage repro brand, and I always am very excited for new launches! So, it was disappointing for me, but good for my wallet, ha. 
The background color is olive green, which is not a color I like, and the print itself is of bicycles and mimes, with a lot of white in it. Oh well, hopefully I love the next launch!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Heart of Haute harlequin dress. I got this dress a couple of years or so ago, and still ADORE this print! Harlequin is one of my favorite prints, period, and I really love this bright color palette. My Splendette purple & teal bangles match the dress really well. I don't wear much purple at all, so I don't get to wear my Splendette purple bangles too often. I'm also wearing my Shoe Bakery ice cream flats in these pics. These were my first Shoe Bakery shoes, probably about three years ago. I have one other pair of SB flats currently. Their shoes are so darn cute!
Oh, and Bob cut my hair about a week ago, so, when curly, it's super short now! I'm so lucky I have an amazing man who cuts my hair and cooks for me!!

Dress: Cats Like Us (Heart of Haute)
Brooch: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Splendette

Flats: Shoe Bakery

~Bye bye for now!

Friday, August 11, 2017

What A Cupcake!

Hello there! Today I'll be with my mom and sister, looking at some wedding venues. They're going to a few all over the area, but I'm not going to all of them. I'll also be visiting Bob's family this afternoon. I'm also doing some laundry and cleaning. Tomorrow is my grandmother's 90th birthday party, and it's at my parent's house. It won't be big; they'll just be a few of us there. My other grandparents will be there, my sister, and a couple of my dad's cousins.
Last night I went out with some friends from a former job, to celebrate on of my friend's birthday, and the news that he got a new job. He had still been at that place since I left a year and a half ago, and someone else in our group still is there. I'm very happy for him for moving on and moving up. It's always somewhat scary to leave somewhere you've gotten used to, no matter how toxic the environment.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Unique Vintage cupcake skirt that I got a year ago, and have posted about before. It was an ordeal trying to get this skirt; there were a lot of shipping delays, and then errors on their part as far as my payment. It was strange and annoying, and I try to avoid ordering from them. They also use Fed-Ex for shipping, which takes a week to come to me. Anyway, I do love this super cute, sweet skirt. The bright shade of blue in the skirt matches my PUG Sabrina blue top really well. This is my favorite shade of blue, by the way. 

Top: Facebook group (PUG)
Skirt: Unique Vintage
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite), Splendette, Vintage
Brooch: Erstwilder
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Sandals: Modcloth

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

1940's Cranes

Hello there! Yesterday I had fun going to an antique mall with my mom, and then a classic car show with my parents and Bob. I actually didn't buy anything at the antique mall, which is good for my wallet, ha. The classic car show was held at a 50's style restaurant about 40 minutes from where I live, and a few minutes from the antique mall. I hadn't been to this restaurant in about ten years. The weather was PERFECT, too! It was really humid and gross on Friday, but there wasn't any humidity yesterday, and it was in the 70's. 
It's a typical Sunday for Bob and me today; just hanging around at home, and he's doing lots of cooking and baking for the upcoming week. Next week will be busier; my sister, mom, and I are looking at wedding venues for my sister's wedding on Friday, it's my grandmother's 90th birthday party on Saturday, and I also am meeting up with some friends one night. 
I've recently gotten into vintage tablecloth and dish towels. I was buying reproduction tablecloths for a couple of years, but now I've really been searching for cute vintage ones. 
I just got two in the mail from the same shop, and the one was my #1 most sought after tablecloth, so I immediately put it on our little table in the kitchen (we don't eat at it) and I'm in LOVE! It's so kitschy and adorable. I can't wait to have it in our kitchen in our house too, because we're going to have a red & turquoise kitchen, and the tablecloth is red, turquoise & yellow. I posted pictures of both of my new ones below.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Trashy Diva cranes 1940's dress that I got in a trade a month or so ago. I had this print in the L'amour style, and I traded that dress for this one. I like this one better on me, and am glad I was able to trade. I've only been into the Trashy Diva 1940's dress for a few months now, and have three currently in my closet. I hope they come out with more soon; I think the style is quite flattering on me. 

Dress: Trashy Diva
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Splendette

Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

For The Record

Hello there! Yesterday I did my weekly cleaning and laundry, worked out, read, ran an errand, and watched some Netflix. I started watching the Netflix show called "Ozark". 
I watch four episodes, and it's a decent show; there's six more episodes left. It's a drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.
Today I'm going to an antique mall (it's actually inside of an old mill) with my mom and then going to a 50's themed restaurant with my parents that has a big car show in their parking lot every Saturday in the summer. My dad's been wanting Bob and me  to go with them for awhile (they go a lot). They take my dad's old 1950 GMC truck with them when they go. I'm not sure yet if Bob will be coming with me, as he has some things he wants to take care of today.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter record print Kelly dress. I've had this one for over a year now, and just love this print so much. I used to have this print in a Modcloth dress, but sold it, and then I had it in another Bernie style, but also got rid of that one, as I love the Kelly style so much. So, it took me three tries, but I got it right in the end!
I love highlighting the seafoam shade of green in the dress; so I pretty much always wear seafoam heels with it, and I love pairing this seafoam Bakelite bangle that I got at the Nashville Boogie with it, too.  

Dress: Bernie Dexter

Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite) & Nashville Boogie
Brooch: Erstwilder
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear 

~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Vintage 40's Skirt

Hello there! I'm not doing much tonight; I worked out, and will just be reading, and relaxing/watching Netflix. Oh, I can't wait for the weekend. I don't have much planned as of now, but that's fine by me. Next Saturday is my grandmother's 90th birthday party, and next Friday I'll be looking at a couple of potential wedding venues with my mom and sister for my sister's wedding.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my new to me vintage 40's skirt that I picked up last Saturday at Retro Fest. It is a couple of inches or so too big on my waist, but I couldn't find a belt that looked good with it. It's also longer than I like and typically wear, and not as full skirted, but the fruit print is so darn dreamy. I love that there's a lot of red in it too, as it pairs well with my red tops. I wore the skirt to work earlier this week, but I hardly ever wear my vintage items to work, as I don't want to wear them too much, since they're priceless to me, and also because they are so old, it'd be easier for them to fall apart (the four vintage clothing items I have are all made out fabric that's pretty thin). The shoes I'm wearing in the pictures match the skirt so well, and I love that they're also 40's inspired, so this is quite the 40's outfit.

 Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Retro Fest (vintage)
Brooch, earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: Re-mix Vintage Footwear

~Bye bye for now!