Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Radio City Rockettes! Hurray!

At the end of October, I saw a tourist doubledecker bus go by advertising the 85th anniversary of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and I knew I had to do everything I could to get tickets. I saw the Rockettes two or three times as a little girl, twice at the Christmas Spectacular and once at the Easter shower, and I remember thinking how cool it would be to be a Rockette. Then again, I also wanted to be Clara in The Nutcracker, a cartoonist, and Harriet the Spy. The shows themselves are a blur but I definitely remember it being a bright, beautiful, amazing show, and I figured as an adult I would appreciate it more.

I knew the Rockettes had been around for a long time but I had no idea they got their start in 1925  in Missouri (the 85-year celebration refers to their time at Radio City).



Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Mr. T

Ah, Christmas Eve. I'm working from home for the next few hours, but that doesn't mean my heart isn't absolutely bursting with holiday cheer.


Merry Christmas from Nancy Reagan, Mr. T, and me. See more great photos of famous people like Jackie O, Buster Keaton and Jayne Mansfield with their Christmas tree on Flavorwire.

Monday, December 17, 2012

(Dancing) Strangers on a Train

Yesterday, I went to the Vintage Peacock Train Ride and it was an incredible good time. I wore my 1950s Jantzen set from Jill at the Vintage Baroness with a 1980s tie neck blouse I bought on a thrifting trip over Thanksgiving. No 30s pieces, but the effect was pretty authentic:

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Getting Ready for the Train Ride


I'm really, really excited for the Vintage Peacock Train ride this summer. Swing dancing on an old train in my vintage finery? It's going to be fantastic.

I have friends that want to go but don't know what to wear and I get it. When I go to a 30s-themed event, I always end up having to Google some stuff. But what I've learned is that when recreating different eras the two keys are silhouette and accessories. Which basically means you can probably find something in your closet. Think of this as your quick and dirty guide to 1930s fashion.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peacock Party on the Trains

via Levy's Unique New York
God bless the MTA! New York's train system is still putting itself back together after Hurricane Sandy, but they were able to bring back an event I'm jealous I've never been to: the Vintage Train Peacock Party. Quirky tour company Levy's Unique New York teams up with the MTA, NYC Balboa Club and NYC Swing Dancing Club to bring out a subway train from the early 20th century and stuff it with stylish people and swing ensembles. Best of all? All it costs is subway fare. This, friends, is the real reason I'm not doing Santacon.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holidays in my Instagram

For this installment in the horribly inconsistent "This Week in Instagram feature", I bring you holiday joy, a new sweater, and a typewriter. Tis the season! I'm bursting with seasonal cheer.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Retrofit: Gimme Gingham

I wear my gingham button down all through spring and summer, and sometime into fall with a cardigan. As for the sweater, I usually wear it alone. I don't know if it was the Ivy Style exhibit or what but I was like, duh, wear the two together?!

Gingham button down - Buffalo Exchange
Cashmere sweater - Christmas present from my auntie
Pencil skirt  - H&M
Calvin Klein tights
Vans saddle shoes


I love brightening up black and white with surprising colors. And I got to wear these great ceramic almost-damask studs I thrifted last fall.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Giveaway Sponsor Spotlight: Peek Brooklyn

Earlier this week I introduced you to Besame Cosmetics, who giving my readers a chance to win one of their incredible lipsticks. Next up is Peek Brooklyn, purveyor of cool tights. Owned by Cristina Casciano-King, Peek Brooklyn is an online fine hosiery boutique. Cristina stocks her store with designer stockings, hold ups, tights and leggings from European labels that are hard to find in the US.

I wanted to include a little gift from Peek (a special discount code) in the holiday glamour giveaway because hosiery is an important finishing touch to your holiday party outfit.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Giveaway Sponsor Spotlight: Besame Cosmetics

Last week, Marie of Lemondrop Vintage kicked off the Season Bright giveaway series. My holiday glamour package is up for grabs and one of the lovely sponsors making it possible is Besame Cosmetics. Besame Cosmetics, created by Gabriel Hernandez in 2004, creates gorgeous makeup with rich pigments, modeled after the colors and packages popular in the 1940s. Besides being beautiful, Besame lipsticks are non-toxic, using ingredients like olive oil, green tea and rose waxes. This means long-lasting wear that doesn't dry out your lips.

The winner of the holiday glamour package won't mind getting caught under the mistletoe in this luxurious lipstick because nothing says "b├ęsame" like pinup-red lips.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Smartening Up about Style

Last Saturday, I started the day with brunch with my cousin at the Hotel Chantelle. It's the perfect Saturday brunch spot: affordable, not crowded, and inspired by 1940s France. Dandy Wellington performed and the crepes were incredible.  Dandy liked my outfit so much he Instagrammed it. I was dressed for my second stop, the Ivy Style exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.



Bet you didn't know I wore jeans - Seven
70s sweater vest - Etsy
Bow tie - Reminiscence
Scarf - pashmina bought from random street vendor                                                          

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Old Time Radio: Thanksgiving Edition

You may know I've fallen in love with old radio shows. They celebrated holidays on the radio just like the holiday sitcom episodes for today. I'm leaving you with some hilarious holiday listening.

Turkey Dream, The Jack Benny Program: In which Jack falls asleep and dreams of turkey. 



Happy Thanksgiving! (via My Vintage Vogue)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holiday Glamour Giveaway!

The fabulous Marie of Lemondrop Vintage  has brought together shop owners and bloggers to give readers the chance to win incredible goodies for the holidays. She's created an adorable catalog for all the participants including me!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bond Title Sequences, Ranked

I saw Skyfall last weekend and I'ms till in the throes of Bond fever. Which is why I'm extra excited about this article on Time ranking and analyzing all the title sequences for the films, a very important job indeed:

"Since the first Bond movie in 1962, every film (with a few notable exceptions) has started with the same trademark image: a view down the barrel of a gun. It’s a part of the James Bond legend as iconic as his vodka martini, but it’s also a cue for audiences to inch a little farther forward in their seats. Because what comes next is often the best part of the entire film: the James Bond opening scene. It’s like getting an extra Bond movie squeezed down into a tidy, 10-minute package: chases, fights, gadgets, kisses and quips, all segueing neatly into the (equally iconic) opening credits and theme song."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Everybody, Everywear: Ladies Need Wellies, Too

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 This month's challenge was boots. I know boots--ankle boots, granny boots, over the knee boots--are all the rage this season but the truth is, I haven't bought a pair of boots in about four years. Unless you count my wellies.
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1950s dress seen here
H&M trench coat
Wellies - Redfoot Shoes

   

 I got these fantastic foldable--yes, foldable--rainboots from UK-based company Redfoot Shoes with a Groupon. Finally, a practical shoe that's actually cute. They fold up fairly small, have a nice lining and arent't too heavy. I've been wearing them to death in the wet weather we've been having and best of all, they're so cute, I don't mind wearing them with my vintage dresses sometimes.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Music Mondays: Please Don't Go by Johnny Acey

The other day I was thinking about how I used to post a lot on music when I started this blog. That's how I got drawn to vintage "culture"; listening to my parents' music, looking at album covers and wondering about the musicians themselves. And as I go to the monthly rockabilly night at Otto's, my music collection is skewing older and getting more diverse. So.Here's a great little tune I fell in love with when I listening to the RebelNight djs on the radio a couple weeks ago. I don't know much about Johnny Acey, but if you guys have favorite tracks, leave 'em in the comments.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Retrofit: Sweater Girl in Stockings

I don't have a laptop right now, hence the lack of posts in the last week. The Boy was kind of enough to let me steal his computer for this quick outfit post.

While I hate the cold, I lovelovelove the sweater girl look. And today's low temperatures meant I could wear my favorite 1960s wool skirt and a cashmere sweater (it felt even better slipping into this outfit when I woke up and there was no heat or hot water ugh).

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Trip to Jane's Carousel

As I'm sitting here waiting for Hurricane Sandy to drown us all, I was flipping through photos on my camera and realized I didn't post about my wonderful trip to Jane's Carousel this summer. It's a beautiful carousel the built in 1922 in Philadelphia, restored, and brought to the Brooklyn Waterfront. Husband and wife team Janes and David Walentas bought the carousel at an auction in 1984 and spent years lovingly restoring it, luckily for us.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Crazy Old Halloween Costumes

I'm a pretty festive person, so I'm surprised it's taken me this long to get anything Halloween-y on the blog. But a friend sent me a slideshow of some insane vintage costumes. Some a creative, definitely, but some are just...wow.

Like this guy dressed as a side of bacon. I just don't get it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Some Thoughts on Chelsea Crew Shoes

I've never reviews a brand here before but I want your thoughts. A while back, I bought a pair of Chelsea Crew shoes from the boutique across the street from my old apartment.
The Nico t-strap

I needed a pair of shoes for a 1950s Dances of Vice party; plus, I needed shoes I could wear to salsa clubs. After watching them for weeks, I went in and bought them. I was disappointed that a shoe for $55 (the discounted price) wasn't leather. Or at least the inside of the shoe is leather but not the outside? Confusing. Either way, they didn't look so cheap so I sucked it up and bought the shoes.

Friday, October 19, 2012

These, um, Weeks in Instagram

I've been really terrible about keeping this column thingie going, but I really want to! Instagram is great. I love finding tiny, beautiful things and sharing them. Bear with me, guys. So here, selections from the last several weeks from my Instagram feed:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Old Time Radio: The Jack Benny Show

A few months ago I got tired of my usual radio station and started going through the dial. I stumbled across some swing and stayed on the station. When I came back from the kitchen 10 minutes later, I heard the voice of jimmy Stewart and sat on my bed to listen. The announcer on he show said Stewart was doing a version of his movie bend in river. It was really funny and I just had to stick around and find out what I was listening to. It was an episode of the Jack Benny Program on WBAI's Golden Age of Radio program (7-9pm for the New Yorkers that want to listen).

I haven't been able to tune in many Sundays but I went on a search and started listening to more episodes through a podcast. I can now say I'm obsessed with Jack Benny. His radio show, which ran for about 30 years was witty. I can see why people tuned in every week. After a while jack, Mary, Phil and the whole gang start to feel like family.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Just Dandy at the National Arts Club

Last Friday, I got the chance to hang out with some very fashionable people at Dandy Talk, a panel/showing/party starring the photography of Rose Callahan of The Dandy Portraits. If you haven't taken a look at her incredible photos, you should look right now. She photographs very well-dressed men, many with a vintage sensibility.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

New York Burlesque Festival at Brooklyn Bowl

Every fall, by the time I think of the New York Burlesque Festival, it's already come and gone, but not this year! I got my ticket to see the Friday night show at Brooklyn Bowl. It was fantastic. About four full hours which is really, really long considering there were no seats, but the acts were fascinating. I saw everything from the plain bizarre (a boylesque performer in an igloo dancing to Britney Spears wtf?) to the very witty (a great Salome and  John the Baptist routine). And my poor knees couldn't even handle the entirety of the second act. But I absolutely fell in love with Calamity Chang's "Asian Hooker" act and I think I may be following her around New York.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'm on ModCloth!

I'm a longtime fan of ModCloth, so when they put out the call through their Instagram that they wanted to shoot street style photos of their customers, I went running. I was actually fighting the flu that day (I'm not sure if I was sweating from the heat or from my low-grade fever). But I had a brand new dress from Amy at Wildfell Hall that I really wanted to have photographed, so I took some Dayquil, stuffed my purse with tissues, and got on the train.

1950s plaid shirtwaist - Wildfell Hall on Etsy
Purse - stolen from my mom, 80s
Mary Jane pumps - Spring Shoes

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hungry Construction Workers, 80 Years Later

This month marks the 80th anniversary of that iconic photograph "800 Feet Above 47th Street" (1932). You know the picture: those guys chowing down like they're not about to plummet hundreds of feet to their deaths.

Friday, September 21, 2012

September's Rebel Night

Held in the dirtiest, stickiest tiki bar, Rebel Night it something I look forward to every month. Put on something leopard print and head to Otto's for the best rockabilly party, with music from the original 45s!


From last month's Rebel Night. These guys know how to have fun!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

House Beautiful: A Nice Cool Drink

I love going to the Brooklyn Flea to pick up things for the home, like my lovely sugar, flour, coffee, and tea tins. It's a great way to add charm to basic household items. A few weeks ago, in the thick of the summer heat, I was going to just go to Target and get a pitcher to put iced tea in. I lucked out on a beautiful day at the Flea and got lucky with this cute1950s pitcher for $14 (the vendors were really good to me).

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Everybody, Everywear: Schoolmarm Style

EBEW - Back To School 

I love that this month's Everybody, Everywear challenge is back to school. Granted, I'm in denial about the crispness in the air in the morning (it'll be 80 degrees later today, who needs a sweater?) but the sense of renewal fall brings definitely comes from back to school. It's sort of nice. It's also sort of nice to not have to spend all my money on textbooks.

I've long been a fan of collegiate and prep school looks from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. And look at these adolescent dapper dans in the 1960s--I'm proud to say I went here for high school, but, you know, way after the girls were separated from the boys and told to take five years to complete the rigorous English program.

 


I love suspenders, plaids, and saddle shoes, but more often than not, I tend to think of my style as [sometimes] sexy schoolmarm. Hence, the sweater clips.

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Boy, was it windy!
1960s shirtwaist
Cardigan - Nordstrom
Shoes - Anne Klein
1950s sweater clips - Etsy

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Retrofit: Up, Up and Away to Coney Island



A few weeks ago, in a scramble to cross things off my summer bucket list, the Boy and I spent a cloudy Sunday at Coney Island. We walked around and played a mean game of air hockey (he still owes me a rematch). I also got to prance about in this Anthropologie dress I got about a month ago from Housing Works for $12. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"Real Cool Killers"by Chester Himes

The last week has been really insane. I don't have Internet at my house right now so the best I can do is my the Blogger app on my iPhone. It's been hard, what with all the photos for my blog being on my camera or laptop.

Anywho, Monday, the boy and I passed by my favorite bookstore, Unnameable Books in Brooklyn. While he looked for the latest book in The Song of Ice and Fire series (nerd) I browsed the tables. I picked up this gem of a pulp novel from 1959 by Chester Himes. Now, Himes wasn't just a two-bit scribbler like a lot of tee pulp novelists; he wrote "real" books, one of which I even read in my college courses. His novel "If He Hollers Let Him Go" is about the issues black servicemen faced in World War II. It still counts as gritty--there's plenty of violence and obscene language--but the characters are well-drawn.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hello, Nurse!

Nurse Bettie, LESLast Friday was like a lot of my Fridays--I went to a burlesque show. It was my first time at Nurse Bettie, though, which I can't believe because it's a pin-up themed bar. It's also roughly the size of my living room.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Everybody, Everywear: Does It Count if It's Black?

Monochromatic 

 I've missed doing the Everybody, Everywear challenges every month, and I really wanted to try this month. Except the challenge is monochromatic and that's really hard. At least it's hard if I don't just put on a solid-colored dress, or all black like I did. Besides, in my day, the "monochromatic trend" was called being matchy-matchy. Eh hem.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Retrofit: Red & Purple

It's taken far too long for this dress to make it to the blog. I bought it last fall from Amy of Wildfell Hall Vintage. It's a 1940s rayon shirtwaist, and best of all the buttons are rhinestones!

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Hadn't worn my mahjongg tile bracelet in a while and it felt good to bring it out

Friday, August 3, 2012

My Talk with Alicia Estrada

In May I started writing for Latina.com and it's been great because I've gotten to delve into some of my old-lady interests (like disco). I was so thrilled when I got to have a phone chat with the owner of Stop Staring! Clothing, Alicia Estrada.

Alicia designs gorgeous vintage-inspired dresses (40s and 50s, with some 30s detailing mixed in) and she built the company from the ground up. She's very sweet and about to be a mother for the first time (congratulations!). I absolutely love that she literally sewed every piece that went into the boutiques. An interesting note on Alicia's personal style that didn't make it into the article:

"I was a punk rock girl who was inspired by retro. So if you could imagine I was shopping at thrift stores, I was tearing clothing apart, remaking it. I would take a big 1960s mumu in big psychedelic prints and cut it apart and turn it into little blouses or skirts. And so I was just that girl who wasn’t necessarily attracted to one era. Back then in college, most of the stuff was 1960s and 1970s inspired because that’s what I could find in the thrift stores,"

 Find out more about why Alicia is one of Latina's inspiring Latinas of the week!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Retrofit: Twinsies

A few days ago I got all excited to wear the red pencil skirt I got in a California Goodwill for $8. And then I got to work and realized something rather serendipitous.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Last Week in Instagram

I've been bad about keeping up with this feature (heck, I've been bad about blogging, period) but I wanted to try again. Here are some Instagram snaps from last week.(click to enlarge)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Busy, Busy Me

Posting's been, at best, sporadic over the past few weeks but for good reason, honest! First, I was in California for a week:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Interview with a Playboy Secretary

My friend forwarded this great article from The Morning News. The daughter of a 1960s Playboy secretary interviews her mother about what it was like to work in their ad office in New York, and her answers might surprise you:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Are You Making the Best of Yourself?

That's all this makeup artist/announcer man wants, is for a woman to accent her appearance just right.

 There are some good notes in this vintage makeup video, like how to choose the right glasses for your face, but I don't think I could ever wear my eyebrows this thin.

Friday, July 6, 2012

My First Vintage Hat

I have a love-hate relationship with hats. I love the way they look in old ads but I have a hard time finding one that doesn't make me look bald and ridiculous with my short hair. The half-hats and hat headbands of the 50s give me a fighting chance. I ordered this cute little hat months and months ago from Hip and Vintage on Etsy and finally got a chance to wear it when I had some "just for play" photos taken a few weeks ago.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Those Were the Days

It's been quite around here. Swamped at work, wedding this weekend. I haven't forgotten you. Here's a great image from Flickr that shows the Disney-fication of Times Square. Those were the days: smut at the crossroads of the world.
click to enlarge. It's really cool!
   

from VeryShortList on Flickr

I'm not sure of the decade, but I think it's the 70s.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Swinging at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

After a long work week, a lazy day on Governors Island with Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra playing in the background was just what the doctor ordered. On Saturday, I got into my 20s and 30s inspired best for one of my favorite summer events in New York, the Jazz Age Lawn Party. 
the most stylish girl in the hot dog line
on the ferry!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Nice Work if You Can Get It (And I Got It)

this is the dress!
I've been sitting on some exciting news because I'm a worry wart but here goes: that lovely dress I wore to the Kentucky Derby party? The one I was photographed in for the Wall Street Journal website? Well. I'm now running the social media show for the shop that sold it to me! I couldn't be more excited.

Vintage a la Mode is a San Francisco-based shop with a really great online business as well. Springer Teich is the brains behind the operation and she's built something really fabulous. I'm New York-based but I hope to one day visit her location. It looks absolutely gorgeous.





Monday, June 11, 2012

This (Last) Week in Instagram

I had so many good intentions of getting this up last night, but it just didn't happen. Anywho, here are some snaps from the week! (Not pictured: the fondue set I got at a stoop sale for $8)

 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

At the Farmacy




Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain is one of my favorite places in Brooklyn (and that's saying something because I love Brooklyn). So imagine the giddy look I got on my face when I saw on their blog that they were serving free egg creams in honor of their two-year anniversary!

Brooklyn Farmacy is the sweetest sweet shop this side of the Hudson. It's a converted 1920s pharmacy on a cozy corner in Cobble Hill that now serves classic soda fountain drinks and food with a twist. The decor and low light make it nice and comfortable. It's really a nice little something apart from the rest of the world. The Farm (that's what local's call it, the Farm) is really great about using local products like pickles, cheese, and soda syrups from Brooklyn and the rest of New York. Not that I'm too hung up on that sort of thing--I'm just in it for the ice cream.

Monday, June 4, 2012

This Week in Instagram

It's a new week, so I'm a bit late on this, but I think I want to keep the "This Week in Instagram" feature going.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bring Back Dusting Powders!

A beautiful vintage dusting powder tin
for sale on Etsy
I love all the beauty products out there (Sephora is my playground), but I'm sort of an old-fashioned girl when it comes to skincare. Nothing removes makeup like cold cream, and since it moisturizes as well, that's one less thing to do before I collapse exhausted (or, um, tipsy) into bed.

For the past several days, New York has been hot. Really, really hot. I carry a paper fan in my purse but it's not always enough to keep me from feeling icky. And then I remembered how my grandmother always kept a tin of delicious-smelling powder on her dresser. Her powder puff seemed like the softest thing in the world. I didn't know it then but I know now the powder absorbs moisture beautifully. So the other night, and I was stewing in sweat, I wondered: why aren't dusting powders as popular as they used to be?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5 Notable Latino Contributions to Disco Music

Willie Colon without facial hair. Weird.
I'm a writer in my real life, and I'm always excited when I get to combine my love for old things with my writing gigs. My piece on Latinos and disco music went up on Latina.com last week, and I'm really excited. I put together a list of five songs from the era that show that disco borrowed as much from Latin music as Latin music of the 70s borrowed from disco.

Friday, May 18, 2012

This Week in Instagram

Some say that because Instagram has gotten so popular it's now completely useless and not cool. As someone without a properly functioning camera, I'm going to go ahead and say that Instagram is still very cool and so each week I'll be sharing stuff with you guys from my Instagram account, and maybe even from my friends' streams, since they have interesting stuff too.

Really, I use Instagram because I'm always amazed by all the stuff I see. The beautiful details in a building, adorable dogs, a great pair of shoes. Taking pictures when I'm not "prepared" to makes me realize that even on the crappiest days I'm surrounded by beauty. So. It won't always be vintage, but it will hopefully be interesting.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Manhattan Serenade at Duane Park

Last night I took my boyfriend and the same game friend that went with me to the Kentucky Derby party to the Wednesday night burlesque show at Duane Park, starring Dandy Wellington and His Band. Duane Park is one of the most popular places to see burlesque in New York, especially with a live band, but last night was my very first time.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Changes

Hello. I'm trying to get a proper handle on my blog stuff so my lovely readers can get to things easily. First:

I've changed my Twitter handle. I'm no longer @d_funkt (that was my username when I first started using Blogger) and now I'm @itsdlovely. Tweet me and let's be friends.

I'm no longer going to use the Google Connect widget. Instead, I'm going to ask that you all subscribe to my feed however you usually curate your feeds. I personally love Google Reader. But I'm also on Bloglovin if that works. Thanks for being flexible and we'll be back  to our regularly scheduled programming shortly!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hilarious Jon Hamm Video

I nearly cried watching Jon Hamm give advice to teenage girls, who are admittedly pretty funny on their own, at times.
 

I love him even more than I did before.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Leibster Blog Award


Not to be all Sally Fields and stuff, but they like me, they really like me! Shon of The Sunflower Mama Chronicles passed on the Leibster Blog Award to me last week and since I've been busy with work/feeling famous, I'm only getting to this now. But a big thanks to Shon. OK, the rules are:

1. Thank and link back the person who awarded you
2. Write 7 random things about yourself
3. Spread the love to 15 more bloggers

I had to dig into the archives to make sure I didn't repeat myself for those of you playing along at home. Here we go, Seven Random Things:

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dressed for the Races

This year's Kentucky Derby viewing party at The Bell House was just as much fun as last year's (even though this year we had to pay $10 to get in to the previously-free bash. I'm on to you guys).

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Retrofit: Mods to a ModCloth dress

If you've been poking around here for a while, you know one of my favorite dresses is the Soda Fountain Dress in ginger from ModCloth.

When I first posted about the dress, I commented on it needing starch since it gets wrinkled easily. That's an easy enough fix. A mere month after that I accidentally ripped the little capped sleeve while reaching to open the passenger side door. I can't sew to save my life so I had it patched up at the tailor. That didn't hold. A seam ripper mistake and tailor visit later, this is what I got: