Saturday, October 21, 2017

All the 80's Looks in One Hideous Jacket

The Jaeger jacket gets the yearly wear. I own three, but this one is by far the strangest.
The crazy, long lapels, the goofy shoulder pads, the pockets so low you'd need absurdly long arms to reach them. This jacket is every bad idea from the 80's rolled into one. I'd never part with it!
The skirt is equally bonkers. Prince of Wales check and gingham in alternating panels. The fabric is a very stiff cotton that would be best used for upholstering outdoor furniture, and the heavy, industrial zipper better suited to a duffel bag. The length is quirky too. There's a very old label in it, in Hebrew. It looks like something put together in a home ec class on a kibbutz. Needless to say, I've been wearing it because I like oddly constructed clothing. I just wish I knew the story behind it.  The socks are of course the Ouija patterned ones I bought at the Halloween shop. They're quite tight on me. I have, thanks to all the running larger-than-typical calves. Most days I don't notice it, but knee socks are tricky to find large enough. I'm also swollen like a damn balloon from all the steroid medications, so for the time being, I might need to stay away from knee socks. I wish they made compression hosiery in Ouija board patterns!

I tried out some very matte green eye shadow. I don't think it is me, but it was fun for a day.
Outfit Particulars:
Sweater-Target about 15 years ago
Socks-Halloween shop
Betsey Johnson bag-Goodwill
Necklaces-both Hand-Me-Ups
80's Jaeger jacket-Goodwill
We were at Lake Manawa today, and found ourselves caught in the most magnificent downpour. We sat in the car watching the thousands of gulls scatter as the hail began, only to return ten minutes later as the skies cleared. Sometimes it can be nice to quietly experience nature, even in less than perfect conditions. Earlier in the day, we stopped in at the Douglas County Extension office for their open house. There were bunnies, goats, sheep, hissing cockroaches, spiders, plants, cooking demonstrations and just about everything you would expect. We ran into a Master Gardener we know, met someone Danny saw at Bird Banding last week, and chatted with an entomologist about those bloody Pirate Bugs biting like crazy this time of year. There were 4-H kids showing off their prize animals, and the loveliest girl told us all about her bunnies. It was a very nice way to draw people in from the community that wouldn't otherwise have reason to go to the Extension. The thing is, they're really a great resource.  Gardening questions? Food preserving worries?  Something eating your flowers? I've availed myself of their expertise over the years, and have always been glad we have people around that really know their stuff. It was a great way to spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon.

I hope you're having a nice weekend.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vogelfanger bin ich ja

Back to the park looking for the Pink-Sided Junco, without any success, but we did spot a number of other birds, so the trip wasn't a loss. The weather has been sunny and beautiful, but at this point we could get snow-so we're determined to get outdoors while it lasts. I'm wearing my old-lady over-glasses because my eyes are so sensitive to sunlight it isn't worth risking a pair of regular sunnies. These block sunlight from the sides as well-and they're polarised. That's helpful when you're looking up into the sky for a tiny bird. My pumpkin earrings have a light inside that flashes with the press of a button, but the sun had them glowing naturally today.

 I found a nest blown down in the grass today. Whatever bird was using it has long-since fledged, and it was surprisingly clean. No, I'm not going to make soup from it.

 I gave this tiered wrap skirt a first wear. Yes, I have trainers on my feet-you didn't think I'd take good shoes through a muddy park, did you? As we were taking photos, two older men, shirtless jogged by.
"Don't take my picture" yelled one only half-jokingly. I wanted to reply, "I'm not here to take pictures of sweaty, old, men" but instead I just replied, " I won't." Imagine the arrogance of thinking I'd want a photo of him!
Outfit Particulars:
Vintage blouse-Goodwill
Straw bag-Goodwill
Earrings-K Mart
No fragrance because the park is swarming with bees, mosquitoes, and pirate bugs. 
I wore this the day before-same park, different outfit. 

Outfit Particulars:
1950's Sporteens wool skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
1970's Western blouse-Can't remember
Geiger wool jacket-Hand-Me-Ups
Handbag-antique mall
Brooches-Both Hand-Me-Ups (the larger owl was lost in the grass, and found the following day, just as the bracelet was. Strange.)
Boots-Goodwill years and years ago
Tooled belt-Goodwill
 "Hey little owly, what say we jump off her coat and go look for some mice in the grass?"
We'll give the birdie search one more chance tomorrow, but I'm not hopeful. Still, with such lovely weather I can't say I really mind. Next week looks to be much cooler. 
Here come the twitchers...everybody hide!

That's the fella we're looking for. Obviously, not our photo! To make matters worse, Danny spotted another bird that clearly doesn't belong in Nebraska (or the US for that matter) so we'll be on the lookout for two birds now. Not being a birder, I'm really no help but I will drive him over there and try. Honestly, I wouldn't know one from the other, but someone has to run after marking things down on the checklist. I'm good at that. I leave the birdcatching to Papageno Danny.
I really hope he finds that bloody bird (s) soon.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rocktober Rose

 Yeah, yeah, I'm wearing brown again...but this time I've accented with rose. That's radical for me, so take a good look as it isn't likely to happen again. I don't know why I don't wear this combination more often, as it seems to work okay.
 I ran across my shadow at the park. Hi shadow!
 Oh shadow, that really isn't very polite!
 Well, never mind her, she's obviously having a bad day.
I like this park, there's so mushroom to play. You can groan at that one if you like.
You're not actually groaning, are you?!
I had lost my bracelet in the park, but returning the following day, I found it! Then, I promptly lost a brooch. I haven't found that unfortunately.
The Fuzzy-Headed Twitcher found a rare bird (for our area) earlier this week. He's seen it twice since, but was only able to get one not-great photo. We're still waiting to see what the e-Bird people have to say. He's excited anyway, but we've been spending an awful lot of time in pursuit of a tiny little bird. *Shrugs* I'm not a birder, so I can't quite summon the same excitement-but I'm willing to drive to the park so he can chase it. Thankfully, we've been having nice weather.
Outfit Particulars:
Vintage 70's sweater-Hand-Me-Ups
Pendleton jacket (part of a trouser suit)-Goodwill
1970's Lady Devon pleated skirt-Thrift World (I think)
Micro-mosaic bracelet-Goodwill
Acorn earrings-can't remember
Brooches (on sweater)-Both Goodwill
Fragrance-Jolie Madame (Thank You, Emily! I adore it. And thank you Mim for mentioning it)
I'll leave you with some views of Towle Park in Omaha.

Now, to find that bird...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rocktoberfest-Autumn Neutrals Edition

Whew, what a nice but busy weekend I had! There was opera, baseball, baking, running and even time for a spot of thrifting. Can't find fault with any of it...well, it would have been nice if our team won, but you can't have everything. I did well in the thrifts and I will have some interesting pieces to show you in coming posts. I've been trying to avoid buying all but the very best pieces as I absolutely need nothing. Good thing the shops have been generously offering up the very best stuff! I did resist buying more pottery...not easily done. I could buy a complete China service for what I spent on four pair of tights at Target today. Yeah, but I can't wear a salad plate under a skirt, 'ya know?
I wasn't sure if I'd ever shown this Mexican tourist jacket on the blog, so I wanted to make certain the back was photographed as well. The sun thwarted our attempts at a detailed photo, but I think you can get the idea. The jacket is made of felt anf the flowers are embroidered. I have three of these jackets, but this is my favourite by far. 
Mr. ETB remarked that I was, "Dressed normal" today, but quickly elaborated, "For you." Fair enough, but I'd have swatted him if he'd  been standing nearer when he said it.  
 I don't wear too many dresses with tight-fitting tops, but this one seemed to work without making me look like I'd been squeezed into a sausage casing. As I have a very similar dress, I must now decide between them in an effort to whittle down my wardrobe.
Well, looking at them side-by-side they are a bit different-but similar enough in colour that I should probably unload one. I think I prefer the one I wore today. This is an on-going problem as I like certain styles/colours/designs and have a tendency to keep purchasing similar items. That's how I ended up with a dozen blue and white spotty/polka dot dresses. We won't discuss my fondness for brown skirts, or kilts.

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage Mexican tourist jacket-Hand-Me-Ups
Bangles-all Hand-Me-Ups or Goodwill
Vintage Miami Creations handbag (they didn't only do straw and lucite)-Antique mall
Terra cotta clip earrings-Sequels
Brooch on jacket-Goodwill
Tumbling leaves brooch on jacket-Sarpy museum yard sale
Fragrance-Guerlain Heritage (men's frag but completely unisex to my nose)

 I so wasn't kidding about owning too much brown clothing-here's what I wore yesterday!
 One of many brown jackets in my wardrobe.
I have owned the blouse for thirty years though, so I can;t very well get rid of it now! Actually, it is more like 35 years. So hey, now it is vintage!

Outfit Particulars:
Blouse-Marshall Fields Country Shop-80's
Talbot's jacket-90's-ish
Brown 80's skirt-Goodwill
Wheat sheaf brooch-Thrift World (I think)
Sara Coventry earrings-can't remember (there's a matching brooch)
It shouldn't be possible to get into a style rut shopping secondhand, but I guess my taste is rather set. Do you find yourself buying similar things again and again? 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Skirts and Sweaters-Wardrobe Staples

Ow! I have to stop wearing staples! Before I get my hat and leave...

 I realised as I dressed this morning that I've been more or less a sweater and skirt sort of person my entire life. What could be easier? Dress it up or down with scarves, necklaces, brooches-you have an outfit. I struggle with summer as a blouse doesn't quite work the same (it should, but...). Once things cool off, I'm back in my comfort zone wearing the clothes that make me happy. Of course there's room for dresses, suits and even trousers, but when I bolt out of bed late for wherever it is I need to be that morning, I like having a "go-to" look. This is that look.

I added the vintage Pendleton '49er jacket because it was so damn cold in the morning. By afternoon it was no longer required. The 80's does 40's look of the sweater and skirt works well with the true vintage jacket, purse, and brooches. I have no problem mixing eras, and even the 80's Naturalizer shoes have a good 40's vibe to them.

Of course Lurex wasn't a thing in the 40's (that I'm aware of). I really like how gold thread is combined with the grey rather than silver. It is unexpected, and broadens the possibilities for the outfit. A mustard yellow jacket would work here too, or camel.
Outfit Particulars:
80's sweater-New Life Thrift
Vintage wool skirt-Goodwill
Naturalizer shoes-Goodwill
Vintage 40's suede bag-Goodwill
Pendleton '49er jacket-Goodwill
40's acorn brooch-can't remember
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Estee Lauder Knowing

"I'm bored! Show something with a bit of colour!"

Okay, Xerox how about this?
Bright red/orange eye shadow from a colourful palette by NYX. Gosh I love red eye cosmetics. I had been using a deep red blusher, but now that I've found the NYX stuff, I'm hooked. 
"I think Xerox is being unfair, I rather like the grey outfit."

Thanks Mr. Goose! This is an odd goose by the way-he appears to be a hybrid between a Canada goose and god-only-knows? Maybe a Snow goose? Domestic goose? He was hanging with a flock of Canada geese at the park. 
 Anyway, new boots.
I bought these last Spring at goodwill-unworn, original tags still on. They're quite comfortable to walk in, though they are a bit larger than I'd like. Next time, a pair of socks.
This time I've tucked my sweater in. This vintage acrylic polo neck has a zip neck so I didn't need to mess my hair or makeup getting dressed. My mum always threw a sheer scarf over her head when pulling on clothes, but I never bother. Most days the makeup and hair are done after I dress. I know, I know, I'm doing it wrong!

 Outfit Particulars:
Vintage polo neck (70's, probably)-Goodwill
Vintage 70's wool skirt (part of a suit)-Goodwill
Wooden leaves brooch-Etsy
Halloween brooch-Can't remember
Earrings-Sarpy museum sale
Tortoise bangle-Goodwill
Red bracelet-Filene's 90's
Vintage Kadin handbag-Goodwill
Micro-mosaic ring-Goodwill
Fragrance- Vintage formulation Aromatics Elixir

Finally, I bought myself a cheap smart phone to post photos on Instagram. I think I still prefer the blog format, but it is a nice way to connect with friends that have moved away from Blogger. The camera on the phone is pretty shitty, and I'm technically inept, so don't expect much ;) I'm posting as goodymcgoodface if you feel like checking it out. I think it might be good for things that don't merit a full post, but I'll warn you the photos are terrible.