It is finally getting to be coat weather here, and I really couldn’t be happier. Our cool weather is so short lived in Southern California that I really try to fully embrace it, sometimes even pulling out the sweaters a month early just because I am getting anxious for the season to change. I have had this coat for a number of years, if you have been following this blog for a long time you may have seen it before.
We had planned a trip to the zoo this morning, but while we were getting ready we got an emergency call from my grandma’s neighbor letting us know that she had gotten locked out of her house. I ended up changing, but this is what I would have worn had we ended up at the zoo!
Coat, shoes, skirt, blouse: thrifted
Brooch: From grandma
Gloves: Frock You Vintage
I finished sewing this skirt earlier in the week. It is actually the second one I have made, and was such a snap to sew up. I think it is my absolute favorite style of skirt, it is pretty and so comfortable. This one was made of a lightweight cotton lawn in navy, which is perfect for our still incredibly warm weather here in southern California. The first one I made is a pretty vintage striped fabric, that is really more suited for Spring and Summer, but I may get a picture of it one of these days to share.
The pattern I drafted was from Gertie’s book, which I talked about a few days ago. After reading the pattern I remembered she had a similar tutorial for it on her blog, which you can see here and here.
Top: Friendly Fox Vintage
Skirt: Handmade by me
Pearls: Belonged to Russ’ grandmother
Dress and bloomers: Vintage, thrifted
Shoes and socks: Target
Happy Halloween! Lucy and I dressed up yesterday for a Halloween party. I wasn’t planning on dressing up (I never do), but at the last minute I decided to roll my hair in tight curls and pull together this I Love Lucy costume. I have always thought about dressing as her, but it has always seemed too obvious to me, the only thing I did differently was put on false eyelashes and style my hair different.
I sewed Lucy a little cape. It turned out quite large and I didn’t feel like trimming it down, so it looks like she might be Little Red Riding Hood for the next two years.
I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.
Skirt: Capricorn Vintage
Today was a bit of a sad day. I sent a really amazing piece of vintage through the mail to Tasha of By Gum By Golly, and it arrived shattered. I feel like I packed it well, but I can’t help feeling sad and a bit guilty that it broke. I always feel so bummed when vintage breaks, it just makes me think that there is one less of that amazing item in the world. Maybe there is a vintage heaven…?
Anyway, I decided to dress in an outfit that would lift my spirits a bit, and that, along with a little retail therapy at an estate sale (or two) surely did the trick.
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Skirt: Frock You, San Diego
I almost got rid of this blouse last week when I was clearing out the closet. I have always loved it, but have never found quite the right ‘bottom’ to pair it with. Holding on to a top for over three years that you have never worn is grounds for getting rid of in my book, but I just couldn’t do it. The day after I sold off most of my old clothes I found this skirt in a vintage shop.
Dress: Bubblepipe Vintage
Bakelite: Flashbacks, San Diego & WoldHeart
I am obsessed with this dress. I showed it to Russ before I bought it and he said, “don’t you have one like that?”, and I kind of do–but not exactly. So what if I have a closet full of dresses that look pretty much the same, right?
Pardon the not so great photos. I really need to get better at editing photos when the lighting is poor. If anyone has any great tips or resources I would love to hear them (the editor I am using is Gimp). I have so little time to figure these things out on my own anymore, but I really would like to improve my editing skills.
I hope you all had a great weekend. It was a bit rough around these parts. As Russ was taking apart our old dinette set (after moving the Hey-Wake in!) the table top dropped and crushed the bones in his big toe. He has been in a soft shoe and on crutches for the last few days. Tomorrow he goes in to (hopefully) get a walking cast, so he can go back to work. Poor guy.
Dress: Pretty Little World Vintage
Bracelet: Larkinbird Vintage
Pants: Old Navy
I just got this dress last week, and absolutely love it–I actually wore it two days in a row! Yesterday I wore it with a petticoat, though I didn’t realize how badly the elastic needs to be replaced, so I went without it today.
It’s been a long time since I did any outfit posts, and quite honestly most of it has to do with how much my body has changed. I have been feeling really blah about the few clothes that fit and/or are conducive to nursing the babe. I am working on changing that. I have a bunch of new (to me) vintage patterns and fabric waiting to be turned into beautiful clothes. As soon as my sewing machine is finished being repaired it’s on!
Here are some pictures from our fun little family outing. We spent the afternoon getting margaritas, visiting the thrift store, browsing the antique shops, and running in the grass at the park. I could not ask for a more perfect day.
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Another Instagram outfit post! I took Lucy to the library this morning for baby story time. She loves going, we sing songs and she gets to play with other babies. I love seeing her interact with other little ones.
Lucy had her first taste of Indian food this evening. A few days ago I made some aloo gobi and left the salt out of her portion. She absolutely loved it! When I first started giving her food we were doing the purees. I really didn’t like how it was going, I felt like I was stuffing food down her throat and she was never happy about it. After doing some research into baby led weaning (as suggested by one of my readers) I decided to give it a shot (for those who don’t know, it is pretty much letting baby feed themselves from the start). It has been going so well. While most of the food ends up on the floor, it is nice to see her enjoying eating and doing it at her own pace.
Outfits: Everything but my hat thrifted (H&M) and Lucy’s leggings (Target)
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The days have been getting considerably cooler here. I know to those of you in more Northern regions 60 degrees probably sounds downright tropical right about now, but here in San Diego it sure feels chilly! Over the weekend I got an e-mail from an old family friend (who was my pre-school teacher!), and it seems to have me feeling a bit nostalgic at the moment for our time living in the North West. I sure do miss the cold snowy winters. Russ told me over the weekend he has never in his life been in snow–I can’t imagine! I want to make sure that when our daughter is older she can not say things like that. Snow is just too magical to be missed, especially in one’s childhood.
Anyway, this post is just a little ramble with an outfit photo thrown in for fun. I hope you are having a lovely day!
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Well what do you know, an outfit post!
I have been wanting to start them up again since, well, shortly after Lucy was born. Quite honestly though, it is much harder to get dressed now than it used to be. I’m not even taking the time it takes to get ready into consideration here. I am mostly talking about my ‘new’ body. I have lost the baby weight and then some. Most of my vintage dresses zip or button half way up–and then you reach the ta-tas. Breastfeeding has made these things huge. Not only am I limited by what will fit over them, but having easy access is a must as well. I have a closet full of beautiful dresses, but nothing to wear. Really. I have a very small handful of clothes that have been in rotation. This one I squeezed into for a quick trip to visit Russ at work and to do our grocery shopping.
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