Thursday, September 26, 2013

"She might not be a clever woman but..." (1922)

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There is just something I love about the illustrations in old magazines.

Friday, September 20, 2013

1930's Hat, Pearls, and More Pearls

I've been dashing off all over the country side looking at real estate again. (There is one that looks promising at the moment, but it's too soon to tell.) I must say I am absolutely exhausted! Luckily I have a few days to rest up and get some projects done around the house. 

Last week (amid the house hunting) I managed to get up to Port Perry again with the small informal knitting group I belong to. We stopped by a couple yarn shops and had a lovely lunch. If you are ever in Port Perry, Ontario I highly recommend going to Millers Market. It's a Christmas store with a small cafe at the back. The food is really good, especially their homemade tea biscuits (this coming from a girl who doesn't normally like tea biscuits!). 

I took the outing as an opportunity to get dressed up, as I missed "dressed up Sunday" last week. I did try a marcel wave in my hair, but it was much too humid to end up with anything but frizz. My favourite 1930's hat fixed that problem. I paired that with a modified Clara Blouse (message me on Etsy if you want to custom order one. They are really comfy!) and a thrifted skirt. I looped a long string of pearls around my waist to match the short strand around my neck.

Britt, who you may recognize from my Etsy shop photos and her occasional
 appearances on the blog, is part of the knitting group. I taught her to knit :)

Before I end this post, I just wanted to mention that I may be online sporadically over the next few weeks. I've been having wrist problems lately and have been trying to limit my computer time as it seems to make it worse. I'm hoping if I rest it enough it will get back to normal. I always feel bad when I miss out on awesome blog posts people have written, but I'm just not able to keep up with everyones postings in my limited computer time. If you post something really neat (an awesome outfit post, a tutorial of some sort, etc) can you let me know in a comment? Thanks!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
That's All.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sport Hats (1917)

I love how these hats are both sporty and stylish. The Niblick might be my favourite but it is hard to pick. Anyone have any idea where I could get a hat like these? They seem like they would be perfect for a variety of occasions. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Shop Update

I have been a busy little beaver creating clothes for my shop. Britt came over yesterday so I could snap some photos of my new stock. It is great having friends who will model for free (well almost free, I'm treating her to coffee tomorrow)! I've created a Glossi digital magazine to showcase some of my new items, so please check it out below. Also a reminder that I do offer custom orders, so if you see something you like but want a different colour or size message me through Etsy.

Don't worry, I will try to keep Etsy shop related posts to no more than once a month :)
That's All.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The 100 Year-Old Apple

There is a beautiful conservation area a short drive from my house. Many, many years ago the land was part of a larger farm. My grandmother actually remembers the farmer who donated the land. I was there a few days ago and discovered a trail I had never explored before. Along this trail were some old apple trees, which I'm sure are left over from when it was a farm. They must have been planted at least 100 years ago. There were plenty of apple left on the tree so I picked one and took it home. It was small and tart, but still enjoyable.

Since it didn't kill me, Britt and I went back last night and I picked a large bag-full to turn into apple sauce. Normally I never remove anything from conservation areas, but I figured the apple trees were planted there, are not a native species, and all the apples would just go to waste otherwise. Besides, there were so many apples my large bag-full barely made a dent in them.

The sun was going down but Britt snapped a few photos on my "apple picking outfit". I'm wearing one of the Clara Blouses (available in my Etsy shop) in a lightweight blue gingham, an old pair of black denim jeans, a belt I made with a vintage buckle, and of course a string of faux pearls (because pearls are right for EVERY occassion). This is the first time I've ever worn my hair with wrap-around braids. I cannot seem to french braid my own hair no matter how hard I try, so instead I created two long braids and just wrapped them around my head.

Well I'm off to make applesauce and parsnip apple soup!
Anyone else enjoying the fall harvest? I haven't done nearly the amount of preserving I did last year, but I am starting to put some food away for winter. I've already dried enough mint for a winter full of peppermint tea.

That's All.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dressed Up Sundays

For a variety of reasons I have not be getting as dressed up as I used to. I'll admit my "normal" clothes are not slobbish by any means, but I do miss putting on a nice frock and a fancy hat. As a result, I have decided to make an effort once a week to go all out. Sundays are normally spent going for coffee and driving through beautiful farmland with the family, so I thought it was the perfect day to pick.

Many of my beautiful vintage dresses don't fit due to post-university weight gain. Despite rumours of the "freshman 15", I actually lost a lot of weight at university. Unfortunately, due to a lot less walking and slightly less healthy food, I have since gained it back. While I certainly don't mind being curvier, I do miss my vintage dresses (which I can't afford to replace at the moment). Luckily I am slowly managing to narrow down a bit and can wear some of my bigger vintage dresses. This red dress has always been one of my favourites. It is a 1970's polyester dress, but it is very comfy and easy to wear. I paired it with my mom's old tiger print scarf and a wide brown belt.

And can I just take a moment to recommend this great new lipstick I discovered? It's called Zuzu Luxe by Gabriel Cosmetics and I am totally in love with it. I have a chemical sensitivity so I can't use many "normal" beauty products, which limits my lipstick use. However this is one of the most natural lipsticks I have ever found. I have the Starlet shade and it is a beautiful bright red. It is very moisturising and not the least bit drying. (This isn't a promotional post or anything, I just honestly love this lipstick!)

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
That's All.