Friday, September 29, 2017

Pucker Up

Hello there! Well, I had a nice short day at work today; I went in until 10:00 a.m., then drove to meet my mom, so we could carpool to an insurance meeting for our work (we both work at schools'; she's a business administator, and I'm an assistant to a business administrator). The meeting wasn't long, and I got home around 2:15, which is great! It was funny, because the table we sat at had among others: myself, my mother, my dad's cousin, and the first boss my mom had at a school, and she hadn't seen me in about fifteen years (my mom and her have remained friends since my mom left that school about twenty years ago). 
My dad's cousin is also a BA. 
Yesterday was my birthday, so tonight Bob and I are going to my parent's house for cake. 
My grandparents will be there, too. Tomorrow we're leaving for Asbury Park for the weekend. The weather's supposed to be sunny, but cool, about 65 for the high. I hope I find some good things while antiquing down there!
I can't believe I'm leaving in 9 days to head to New Orleans with my parents! It's coming so fast now. I pretty much know what outfits I'll be packing, naturally. I can't wait to show my mom around the French Quarter & Garden District.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter lipstick print Lauren dress. I love the Lauren style, and wish that Bernie would release this style again soon, in new prints! I think it may be the most flattering style on me of all her dresses. 


Dress: Bernie Dexter
Brooch: Deer Arrow
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Well Read

Hello there! Today I'll be going to Bob's great aunt's 90th birthday party/family reunion, about an hour away from us. Otherwise, I'm not doing much today, besides running to Target and doing some reading. I recently started reading "This Boy's Life", which my grandmother lent me a long time ago, and I never had read. It's a memoir, which is my favorite genre of books. I'm about a third of the way through, and it's definitely good so far. 
I'm really looking forward to going to Asbury Park again, this coming weekend. Bob and I are staying over there for one night, and it'll be nice to get back there again before the weather starts to cool here. We're also going to two nearby towns there to go to antique malls, and we haven't been those antique malls before, so I'm hoping I'll have some antiquing luck! 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my beloved Bernie Dexter book print dress, that I've had for about four years now. It was my very first Bernie, and although it's always been big on my waist, and I wish I had gotten in the size down, I still LOVE it!! As I've said a few times before, I am an avid reader, always have been, and I also have an English degree. So a book print dress is beyond perfect for me! This dress is extremely rare, and I'm so glad I scored it way back when. 

Dress: Unique Vintage (Bernie Dexter)
Necklace: Etsy (Luxulite)

Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Heels: Modcloth (BAIT Footwear)

~Bye bye for now!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

1940's Big Band Bows

Hello there! Last night Bob and I visited my grandmother, and today I'm doing cleaning, laundry, and working out. Tomorrow Bob and I are going to his great aunt's 90th birthday party/family reunion, and it's about an hour away from us. It's 84 degrees today, and going to be almost 90 degrees tomorrow & Monday, so it definitely doesn't feel like fall here!  Bonus is it's super sunny today, and supposed to be the next few days, too.
Bob and I have been watching "Mystery Science Theater" recently, on Netflix. I had never seen it before, and he hadn't in a long time. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a show where they play a crappy movie, usually an old movie, and these comedians talk during the movie, making fun of it. You'd have to see it! It's usually pretty funny. You can't believe how crappy these movies are!! How movies like that get the go ahead to be made is beyond me!
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Trashy Diva Big Band Bows 1940's dress that I got from a lovely lady int he TD Facebook group I'm in, about three weeks ago. She remembered I was in search of this one, and messaged me to let me know she was ready to let hers go! I already had this print in a different style, but I adore the print so much that I wanted it in this 1940's style, too. I don't do that much, but I have about four TD print in two different styles. Sometimes a print is just THAT good! 
I don't have too many dresses that match the shade of blue that these heels are, but this print matches them really well. I just love this shade of blue; it's so bright and pretty. Also, these shoes are so comfy; I really hope BAIT Footwear brings this style back. It's called the Roni, and they only released the style once, in three colors. I have all three colors, of course. 

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

~Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Poppy Kelly

Hello there! Phew, this week has been hot out! We had some cooler weather for a bit earlier this month, but the warm, sticky weather is officially back now. I can't believe Friday is the first day of fall already; crazy! I'm such a summer girl, and it's always hard for me to accept when it's over. Of course, summer goes by more quickly for me than any other season. 
Today I went to the dentist for a cleaning, which is not something I look forward to, at all. They found no cavities, BUT, I do need to get a crown, because I have a crack in a, that'll be fun! I'm going back in a month for that 2 hour procedure. I'm crossing my fingers that I won't have to pay too much out of pocket for that. I don't have much going on the rest of the week, just visiting my grandmother on Friday at her place. 
Last Sunday we went to a family dinner at a local restaurant for my other grandmother's 76th birthday, and this Sunday we're going to Bob's great aunt's 90th birthday party/family reunion. I really don't like to go out on Sundays, but we just happen to be doing so three weekends in a row! The Saturday after this one we'll be going back to Asbury Park, and this time we're staying over for a night. The reason we're staying over is because we're going to check out a tiki bar they have there! The bar doesn't open until 9:00 p.m., and Asbury Park is an hour and a half from where we live.
I'm excited to check out the tiki bar, especially because there's not really any around us. During the day we'll go to antique malls in that area, eat lunch at the amazing sub shop they have in town, grab some ice cream, and have a drink at the Bier Garden. I really do like that town; we just went for the first time two months ago. I'm glad we finally found some place in New Jersey we can day trip to, as our other day trip spots are in PA.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Bernie Dexter poppy print Kelly dress. I just love a great floral print. I don't have too many accessories that match this dress that well, so I usually just pair it with these poppy and green Splendette bangles. I wear my Bernie Kelly dresses to work all the time. They're so comfortable, and easy to wear. 

Dress: Bernie Dexter
Bangles: Splendette
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Shore Getaway

Hello there! Last weekend Bob and I went to Wildwood & Cape May. I had never been before, and he had only been once a long time ago. We had a really good time. The weather was in the low 70's during the day and very sunny all weekend long. We got down there Friday around 4:30 p.m., and left Monday morning. 
We stayed at a 1950's motel called the Caribbean Motel. Wildwood actually has the largest amount of 1950's motels in the country, some still operational. There are so many neat neon signs still there, and I got a lot of pictures of them. Our motel room had Heywood Wakefield furniture in it! I wanted to take it all home with me! I loved our room. It had vintage reproduction midcentury modern lamps, too. The motel had a nice heated pool too, which I swam in on Sunday for a bit. 
On Friday night we walked about a mile to grab dinner at an Irish pub called Cattle N Clover. We weren't too impressed with the food, especially not our appetizer of mozarella sticks, and it's hard to mess up mozarella sticks! After we were done with dinner, we walked back to our motel, hung out there for a bit, and then got an Uber to North Wildwood, where we got dropped up at another Irish pub. We had a drink there, and then walked around the area to check it out. We sat at another outdoor bar and had a couple of drinks, and then got an Uber back to our motel. 
On Saturday morning we headed to Cape May, which is about fifteen minutes south. I loved Cape May! It's such an adorable little town. There are colorful Victorian homes all over, which is one of the big things CM is known for. We went to a few antique shops, and other shops, and I got a few small things. We also had an early lunch at a place called Dock Mike's Pancake House, which was really busy, and we had to wait about half an hour for a table. The food was decent there. 
After we were done shopping, we headed back to Wilwood to go to the beach. We weren't sure how far we'd be able to go into the water, because of how cold we'd be. The water temperature was the same as the air temperature! We did go in, but I didn't submerge completly, although Bob did. It was really nice to get to go in though, and to lay on the beach and listen to the water. I love that sound. 
After we left the beach, we went back to our room, and got ready to go out for dinner. We walked to a place on the boardwalk called Doo Wop Diner. It actually is rated the #1 place on Trip Advisor to eat in Wildwood. It's a 50's style diner, with 50s's style tables and vinyl booths, and the waitresses even wear poodle skirts. Our waitress was really sweet. I just got a tuna wrap there, and it wad fine. It's hard to mess that dish up! 
That's enough for now; I'll write more about the rest of the trip in another blog post!

Bought this cute Swedish tray at the Scandinavian shop in Cape May

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Vintage Plaid

Hello there! Bob and I got back from Wildwood & Cape May yesterday afternoon. We had a great time, and such sunny, beautiful weather every day. We went in the ocean on both Saturday & Sunday, and I'm so glad we got to do that! I just love swimming in the ocean. 
I don't like to lay on the sand for too long, but I do love hearing the soothing waves lapping on the shore. The water was warmer than the air temperature, so unless we submerged ourselves, it was chilly for the parts of our body not under the water. We were only there for two full days (Sat & Sun); we got there Friday evening, and left Monday morning. So, the trip flew by, naturally!
I'll do a blog post about it soon, probably this weekend. So, this week is another short work week for me, and next week will be my first full work week in quite awhile. 
In the pictures below I'm wear a colorful, fabulous vintage dead stock shirt dress that I bought from Etsy recently, and for a great price! It came with the original tags still attached; and I think that's so neat!  I don't want to take them off! The dress came with a thin brown belt, but I didn't think it did anything for me, so I won't wea it with the dress.
I feel like I'm wearing a piece of history when I wear vintage clothing. I've been quite lucky with finding vintage dresses lately, and my aesthetic seems to have shifted to vintage and Trashy Diva, with rare exceptions (specifically Bernie Dexter and Retrospec'd). 
I love that this dress has a lot of colors in it, but it's not crazy bright or anything. Don't get me wrong, I really love my super bright dresses, but it's also nice to have some variety in my closet. 

Dress: Etsy (Vintage Calling)
Bangles: Splendette
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Puffer Fish

Hello there! Is it Friday yet?? It's a short week, and I'm still antsy for it to be Friday arleady, ha! I have a half day on Friday too, so tomorrow is my last full day this week. This week's been pretty quiet thus far, but on Friday Bob and I are headed to Wildwood and Cape May for three nights. It'll be SO nice to get away, especially after all the stress and sadness of the last few months. We haven't been away at all, even for a long weekend, since May. 
We wanted to go on this trip during July or August but were unable to because of his mom's health, so I don't think we'll even get to swim in the ocean due to the cooler weather. It's only supposed to be 70 degrees while we're there. But, it's supposed to be sunny every day, so that's great! If it's too cool to swim in the ocean, I am DEFINITELY swimming in the heated pool! Bob doesn't like pools, but I told him he doesn't have to go in with me, he can hang out on a lounge chair.
I started packing, and will finish tomorrow. Of course I've been planning my outfits for weeks now. It'll be nice to take outfit pictures in front of pretty and interesting backdrops, as opposed to my usual boring kitchen/dining room back drop. Another reason I can't wait to have a house, is to have different back drops to choose from, including using different areas of our yard. We have no privacy where we currently live, which is why I rarely take pictures outside here.
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Oblong Box Shop puffer skirt that I got a couple of years ago, and my Pin Up Girl Clothing purple Harley top. I don't have too many skirts that this top matches with; but it matches this one quite well. This print is just too cute. 

Top: Pin Up Girl Clothing 
Skirt: The Oblong Box Shop
Bangles: Splendette & Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)
Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Green Kimono

Hello there! I'm so glad it's a three day weekend! I also have a 3 1/2 day weekend this coming week. I'm taking a half day on Friday, and took off the following Monday, because Bob and I are going to Wildwood and Cape May for three nights. I've never been to either town before, and am very excited to check them out! The trip will involve lots of ice cream and antiquing, looking at the gorgeous "painted ladies" (Cape May is known for their Victorian houses painted in all different pastel colors), beach time, going to Irish pubs, and scoping out all the 1950's neon signs in Wildwood. Wildwood has the largest concentration of 50's motels in the U.S.! We're staying at a 50's motel that is also authentically 50's decorated in the rooms (decorated with anituqes as well as repro items). 
We're also going a little out of our way on the drive down (will add about a half hour to our drive time) to check out an antique mall. I found it on Instagram, and it looks like a good one, so I want to check it out, since I won't ge tthe chance to again for a long time, ha. 
Last night Bob and I went to my parent's house for dinner, and Bob's dad and brother also came over. I'm also meeting my mom and grandmother for lunch at Panera today. I'm staying home otherwise today and tomorrow. 
In other travel news, in the beginning of October I'm going to New Orleans and Nashville. 
I'm going to New Orleans with my parents; my dad will be there on a business trip, so I'm staying in their hotel room, and hanging out with my mom there, while he's stuck in meetings. He's going back home on a Wednesday, and my mom and I are staying through Thursday, and flying to Nashville together on Thursday, to visit my sister. My aunt and cousin are also going to come up to Nashville from Texas. I'm flying back Saturday evening, and my mom is returning on Sunday evening. 
In the pictures below I'm wearing my Trash Diva Green Kimono Anna dress. I've had it for a couple of years now, and it's still a very worn and loved piece in my closet. The material is so light and airy, and the print is a dream. There's so many colors in it; it's so easy to wear with a variety of different accessories and shoes, although I pretty much always chose an armful of rainbow Bakelite to wear with it; I can't resist. 


Dress: Trashy Diva Facebook group (Trashy Diva)
Bangles: Etsy (BrighterBakelite)
Earrings: Etsy (Luxulite)

Heels: BAIT Footwear

~Bye bye for now!