Saturday, September 24, 2016

Autumn Hues

Picture Heavy Post warning.

 We're having a brief return to summer with heat and humidity better suited to July, but I know too well that it won't last but a few days. The evenings have been cool, which makes sleeping pleasant. I do enjoy this time of year, still having opportunities to wear lightweight items as well as the woolens. Layering is definitely a good strategy.
 The jacket lasted about five minutes outside, but went back on as soon as I stepped indoors. This is my, "Don't fuck with me" pose, also known as the, "Clean up your shit, or it is going in the bin" pose. Depends on the circumstances.

"I'm sorry, I can't hear you because my ears are already full of excuses. Try again later."
Outfit Particulars:
Dress-God knows. It is so old I forgot when I bought it. 
Kate Spade bag-Goodwill
Sara Coventry earrings-Garage sale
Brooch (on dress)-Hand-Me-Ups
Lippy-Wine With Everything (More like, "Whine" around here lately)
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Cabochard

Tuesday brought a bit of paisley x 2 with the addition of a scarf. 
Not that I required a wool scarf, but hey, matching! I don't judge how you get your thrills, okay?

Well, maybe I do...a little.
 These beautiful vintage clip earrings were .25 cents at the Sarpy County Museum Garage Sale.
 Outfit Particulars:

Vintage Willi of California Dress-Goodwill
Vintage wool scarf-Hand-Me-Ups
Brooch-Yard Sale
Clamper bracelet-gift years ago
Other bracelet-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage earrings-Sarpy County Museum sale
Vintage handbag-Goodwill
Oh look, another brown handbag. I'm consistent, if nothing else.

The vanity in the powder room is much higher than the upstairs. I didn't have any trouble getting my leg up, but down was another story! 

Thursday was, "Dress like your Nana Day" so I dug out this frumpy spotty dress and a checked vintage Handmacher jacket. It wasn't really "Dress Like Your Nana Day", but had it been, 
I was ready with appropriate attire. I miss Clara more and more as I get older. I made a prune plum torte this week and almost cried that I couldn't share it with her. No one loved prune plums like my nan. Anyway, this is exactly the sort of combination she would have worn, though with considerably less pattern mixing. 
Here's a rare photo of both grandmothers sitting together without fighting (at least long enough for the photo). Alice is on the left, Clara on the right. Alice was more fashionable, but Clara was more stylish. I probably dress a bit like both of them on any given day. That's not a bad thing as far as I'm concerned.

The band has yellowed, but the watch itself is in nice condition. I have two identical watches now, so perhaps I'll try replacing the band on one and see how it looks.
I was afraid these Italian made earrings would catch my hair horribly, but to my delight, they didn't.

Outfit Particulars:

Vintage Mario Forte for Handmacher jacket-Hand-Me-Ups
Earrings-Sarpy Museum Garage Sale
Sara Coventry brooch-Sarpy County Museum Yard Sale (.50 cents!)
Mod vintage watch (the centre spins when wound)-Sarpy County sale (I found two!)
Spanish tapestry purse-Salvation Army
Fragrance-Vintage Formulation Samsara (still makes me sneeze. Bummer)

 Finally, I dug out my very favourite autumn skirt for the first wear of the season. In the sun, the coppery colour shows better, but even on a dull day, I still feel like a (recently discontinued flavour) Quality Street. I'm not really a toffee person myself, but I do adore this skirt (Really people, Christmas isn't ruined forever. They've changed the flavours before, the Earth still turns, life goes on).

 Anyone for an absurdly over-priced French handbag? I didn't think so. Mine was NWT at the Goodwill for a fiver. This isn't my typical style of bag, but it was so nicely made, and brown (always a selling point for me) I bought it anyway.
Outfit Particulars:
Vintage jacket (part of a suit)-long gone vintage shop in Brookline, Massachusetts
Shoes- K Mart a few years ago
Vintage polyester crepe blouse-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage belt-Hand-Me-Ups
Bangles-all over
Vintage earrings with seashells and flecks-Sarpy County Museum Sale-.25 cents
Vintage brooch-Mum's
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Opium

Whew, that was a lot of outfits. I apologise for the mega-posts, but life has been so upside-down lately I don't know if I'm coming or going. You could be worse things than busy though, so I'll not complain too much. 

I'm headed to an Alpaca farm tomorrow. I'll be wearing old shoes. 
Hope you're having a splendid weekend.

At the Art Supply Store

There's a young woman working at the art store with a bit of an attitude. Standing in the aisle of ink, I said to Danny,
"I hope she's not working today, I'm not in the mood for her bullshit."

I heard the gasp before I looked up, and saw a mother and daughter that could have been Honey Boo Boo and Mama June. The mother quickly clamped both hands over her daughter's ears as she steered her by the head past us as quickly as possible. The father followed after, avoiding looking up.

It took about five seconds before the teenage couple standing next to us started laughing.

"Oooh, the lady said a bad word."  the boy giggled.
"That's sort of mild for my mother." Danny added.

I shouldn't be as pleased with myself as I am.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Needs a Nice Cutlas

Somehow, I think a belt this size requires a sword. As I tried to accessorise, I came to the conclusion that a sword, and perhaps pirate boots are the only possible things that would work here. The big earrings and Ceil Chapman brooch seem too out of place. Unfortunately, the costume shop closed (and right before Halloween!). I'm going to miss that place-they had the greatest selection of vintage in town, at prices I could afford. What's more, the employees were the best. There aren't many places I go that I leave in a better mood than I arrived. RIP Fairytail Costumes-you will be missed.

What the photo doesn't show is the brushed nylon trim on the neckline and cuffs of this dress. I suppose the designer was going for a suede look, but it doesn't quite achieve it. As early 80's dresses go, it isn't terrible (and worth the .49 cents I paid for it) but I think I will cut off the top and turn the bottom into a skirt. I might be able to salvage enough of the neckline for the waistband. I don't know why, but brushed nylon, and the wrap of the top just makes me think, "Bathrobe." Still, "Teal is teal" and I do love teal. Sometimes I make exceptions for a nice colour.
Outfit Particulars:

1980's nylon dress-Goodwill
1980's belt-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage Ceil Chapman brooch-yard sale
Earrings-Can't remember
Vintage handbag-Goodwill
I found this scrawled on a box at a yard sale! I really wish I knew the story. I'm an old lady, and love a bit of gossip.

I gave myself a haircut this morning. I long for a proper haircut, but can't escape the feeling I'd be paying someone to do a worse job than I manage myself. I see a lot of chopped-up looking hair walking around on heads in Omaha, and I suspect that look is deliberate. A bob isn't difficult to do but I've yet to see anyone sporting one I'd want on my own head. Every six months or so, I give it a cut with my crappy shears. I am *this close* to giving myself a pixie and being done with it. 

Outfit Particulars:
Ann Klein dress-Goodwill
Vera Bradley quilted purse-Goodwill
Cut-out lace-effect jacket-Sequels thrift store
Shoes-Thrift World
Bangles-all over
Necklace-Et Cetera
Vintage Sara Coventry earrings-Garage sale
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Vent Vert

We ended up skipping the Apple festival due to the fact the orchard ran out of apples (kinda makes an hour drive pointless) but I did make it to the Sarpy County Garage Sale at the museum. It was great! I came home with so much costume jewelry I'm not sure where to put it all. At between .25 cents and a dollar it was worth stocking-up. I think that will require a separate post. It was loads of fun, and I can't wait to do it again next year.
 Finally, I was looking through a cooking magazine from 1975 when I came across this ad. For all you avocado newbies, here's what Americans were doing with them in the mid-70's.
I've never run across Snap-E-Tom.  All we got in Chicago was V-8 or Clamato.

Well, what do you know? We made it through Monday. Onward!

Friday, September 16, 2016


Violetlene has won the State Fair cookbook. Congratulations! Please send your name and address to me at cornmotherne at yahoo dot com.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Apple Time

This weekend is the annual Applejack Festival in Nebraska City, Nebraska. I do enjoy a visit to the orchard in autumn, and with the additional activities around town it makes for a pleasant way to spend the weekend. Nebraska City has a particularly good Civil War museum with a small but well selected collection. This weekend they will be offering help tracing Civil War ancestors in your family (well, not in mine of course but Mr. ETB's family have been here since Colonial times). There will be quilt shows, car shows, arts, crafts, antiques and all sorts of apple-related foods to enjoy. Can't make it to Nebraska City in time for this year's events? Start planning next year's visit. We'd love to see you.
Over the years I've accumulated several apple-themed pieces of vintage. The glass necklace above was purchased some years ago, but the earrings were something I picked up last year. I have some faux apples purchased at the craft store so there's a good possibility there will be yet another hat made this year. I have a glue gun-and I'm not afraid to use it!

 The other event on this weekend (Friday and Saturday) is the annual Garage Sale to benefit the Sarpy County Historical Society Museum. This is another gem of a museum we're lucky enough to have nearby, and I always enjoy a visit to see what they've added. The garage sale features donated items and in recent years I've been fortunate enough to come home with vintage sewing notions, lamps, brooches, shoes, and books. It is always best to get there early on the Friday for the best selection, but there's always something good on Saturday as well (no idea if they hold out items for the second day or not). It is a cash only operation, but worth the trouble of planning ahead-and the prices are so low you won't require much to fill a bag or two with great items. I'm planning to go Friday, then spend Saturday and/or Sunday at the Applejack festival-but of course I've learned not to set plans in stone.
Outfit Particulars
Vintage back neck-zip nylon polo neck-Thrift World
Vintage JC Penny Towncraft Jacket-Thrift World
Vintage denim skirt-Goodwill
Socks-At least 20 years old, can't remember
Vintage shoes-Thrift World
Vintage Valdrome shoulderbag-Hand-me-Ups
Belt-Shop Ko
Glass Apple necklace-Goodwill(?)
Apple basket earrings-Et Cetera, Seward
Enamel bracelet-Filene's (about 25 years ago)
Fragrance-Habit Rouge Dress Code (as flankers go, it is rather good)

 Let's be honest-nylon isn't the most forgiving fabric for a pair of 36DD knockers. I either need to invest in better bras, or keep the jacket on.
Well, not keeping the jacket "on" in the traditional sense of course as we discussed yesterday, the new way to look like an idiot wear your jacket is off the shoulders. Like so. I give this fad until the first frost when people come to their senses and pull up their coats in a nice wind-blocking defensive gesture. 

Hope your weekend is as exciting or dull as you'd like it to be. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Disaster Victim or Fashion Victim

...or perhaps, a fashion disaster?

I can't help thinking this vintage gold coat looks a bit like the thermal blankets the Red cross hands out after a trail derails, or a tornado hits. I thought about posing beside the road with my belongings strewn across the lawn, but thought better of it as my neighbours might not appreciate the visual similarity. That's why I have a blog. Actually, I think the blankets the Red Cross hands out look better. I didn't need a blanket after our tornado, but they did give me a free tetanus shot and heavy-duty bin bags to clean up with. And coffee. Don't discount the importance of a hot cup of coffee after your house has been hit by a tornado. Anyway, my point is this might be a tricky item of clothing to wear.
I have been paying enough attention to know that this season, to look fully idiotic you need to wear your coat in a useless manner draped around you as though your home was just hit by a tornado (and you are waiting for your coffee and tetanus shot). "Hmmm, waiting..." No idea why I'm holding a beaded pear other than, "Hey! Props!"
Perhaps it would be put to better use in the winter emergency kit in the car. You could spot this coat better than any flare I know of!

Hard to believe people wore stuff like this in the 80's. I didn't, but someone must have because I keep finding thew evidence in thrift shops. 
 Vintage slippers (but they have a heel and leather sole, so they're shoes now as far as I'm concerned)
 Thrifted brooch
 Vintage Damascene bracelet and a Whiting and Davis panel bracelet.
Outfit Particulars:
80's lace bodysuit- Probably Carson Pirie Scott, but I can't swear to it
90's Liz Claiborne waistcoat-Jordan Marsh
Gap skirt-Goodwill
Bracelets-all Goodwill
Stranded beads-Hand-Me-Ups
Long necklace-Hand-Me-Ups
Necklace used as belt-Hand-Me-Ups
Slippers-Can't remember, probably Goodwill
1980's coat-New Life Thrift
Velvet shoulderbag-Goodwill
Fragrance-Coriandre (I could have worn Arthes Fashion Victim, but that would be too obvious)
 Some days I leave the house looking normal (ish).
 The weather has been changing, so I'm slowly moving into autumn hues if not fabrics. The pinafore dress is rayon, not wool.
Ultrasuede is good this time of year as it is lightweight and breathable. Washable too, which is helpful if you get caught in the rain. 
Vintage 50's clip earrings. 

Outfit Particulars:
Ultrasuede jacket (70's does 40's) part of a suit-Goodwill
Lady Devon polyester 70's skirt-Goodwill
Earrings-New Life Thrift
80's handbag-Goodwill
Vintage Gaymode shoes-Thrift World
Fragrance-Patou Sublime

 Our weather has been so strange, we had hummingbirds and warblers in our backyard today. That just doesn't happen mid-September in Nebraska. My salvia is still alive, which is also some sort of miracle.

 I'll leave you with some photos taken last weekend at Lake Zorinsky in West Omaha last weekend. Don't forget to enter the drawing for your very own Nebraska State Fair cookbook. Contest closes 15 September at Midnight, Omaha time.
Remember kids, coats belong on your shoulders, not draped around you, tornado or not. 

Hope you're having a swell week.