Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Old Lady is Taking Photos Again

Our complex is located with access to two major roads in different directions. Most days, as classes let out at the college next door, there's a stream of cars making their way to 90th Street past our place. I try to avoid being out front snapping photos with an audience of 20-something students slowly making their way down the street, but college level classes have unpredictable dismissal times. One of these days, I'm going to cause an accident.

What's the matter, never seen an old lady with a parasol before?! 
 I decorated a cheap banana palm hat from the Asian market down the street with some colourful trims. Took all of ten minutes, and strangely enough it goes with much of my wardrobe. Go figure. I must give credit to the Brilliant Mr. Tiny for the idea, who makes similar hats that look much, much better than my sad effort. I just don't possess the crafting gene. Miraculously, this one came out wearable.

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage 60's Tanner of North Carolina dress-Fairytale Costumes
Shoes-K Mart
Hat-Made it!
60's clip Earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
Bangles-all over
Vintage Bags by TJ Florence, Alabama-Jenerations (In the abandoned mall)
Parasol-Hobby Lobby
Belt-Thrift World (I think)
Fragrance-Guet Apens, Guerlain

I put away the hat and parasol for the library, as I needed my hands free to carry books. 

I've been experimenting with my makeup in the warm weather. I had ditched the foundation in favour of a BB cream, but as the humidity rose, I soon abandoned that for just a light dusting of Coty Airspun powder over sunscreen. That seems to be the magic combination for me. I have very uneven skin town, and my freckles have mostly merged into brown patches. Combined with a bright pink nose and cheeks, it can be challenging to find something that tones it all down without laying on an inch of spackle. So far, I'm pleased. It isn't flawless of course, and I wouldn't expect it to be. I don't mind having imperfect skin, I just prefer it not being the first thing people notice.  Funny how such an old product like the Coty powder works better than the expensive primers and foundations. 
Outfit Particulars:
1970's sleeveless polyester dress-Fairytale Costumes, Omaha
1970's home-sewn jacket-Goodwill
1960's white patent bag-Goodwill
Bangles-all over
1960's enamel brooch-Goodwill
Earrings and blue glass ring-Hobby Lobby
Belt-came with a dress
Fragrance-Guerlain Santal Royal

 Still working on the eyebrows.

This fellow flew into our tree with something gripped in his talons. Turns out, he brought his picnic lunch over to our place. Nice, eh?
I understand the food chain, blah, blah, blah, but it is disquieting to see a hawk eating a sparrow, digging out the good bits like he's scooping out a two minute egg. 

This is my next project. I bought this dress a couple years ago intending to fix it up, but never got round to it. The neck and bodice are in rough shape, and initially I thought I'd just cut it into a skirt. Now, I'm less sure. I might try repairing it, or using a contrast fabric as a binding. The fabric is faded in spots but it was just too cute to pass up. 
 I think it was a house dress to begin with.
 That pattern-oh goodness it is cute.
 I have a collection of collars, so hopefully I have a white one that will work with this. I don't think what's there is salvageable.
I'd like to wear this for my trip to Kansas in September. I'd better get to work. 

Hope you're having a nice weekend.


Sue said...

If I was a student and walking past you taking photos I would offer to take them for you because I would want to get to know you! Totally love that first outfit, parasol, hat, the works, a total explosion of colours!!! I am interested to see what you create out of that frock now, wicked print on the fabric.

Goody said...

It is move-in weekend for the students, and the dorms have gigantic posters with letters on them because the students are too stupid to read an address. It is a medical school. God help us.

Connie said...

Any student worth his/her SATs would be honored to have you as their neighbor. You hat is quite yummy. Thank you for introducing me to Mr Wacky Tacky. And I have rarely met a vernacular print that I didn't like. Your bird dress has me chirping for joy. I can't wait to see how it turns out. BTW. My Grandma had Gorgeous skin. Her secret? Pond's cold cream at night, Coty face powder, rouge and Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick by day and a scotch on the rocks at 5:00.

Goody said...

I'm encouraged to hear your Grandma's routine was similar to mine (Ponds is the only thing worth using to remove makeup)now I'm off to find that bottle of scotch!

I hope you enjoy the Wacky Tacky-he's great fun.

Bibi said...

I'm loving the hat & 'stranger in paradise' ensemble with it also.
I spent an evening pleasantly perusing Wacky Tacky.
I wonder if Mr Tiny would like a peri menopausal Jayne Mansfield look alike model? I'd love to pose in a rufflekini (make mine in hot pink & safety orange please).

Mim said...

I've never tried the Airspun powder; perhaps I should give it a whirl - I used to use mineral powder foundation, but my morning walks mean I sweat it all off my nose and look patchy so I've stopped. The Airspun sounds like it'd be easier to touch up.

The students probably wish their older relatives were as cool as you.

ThriftyParka said...

Oooh, that is a brilliant tip about the Coty powder and sunscreen. I'll have to try that.

I am LOVING those Fairy Tale Costumes dresses! I can't decide which one is my favorite.

Hee, hee, great picture of the hawk - I guess Mr. Hawk had the munchies.

That house dress is WONDERFUL!! Have you thought of unpicking the top from the skirt part and replacing the top with a sleeveless shirt or blouse? You still preserve the wonderful, dress flow. Is it cotton? I bet it's going to be wonderfully cool in the heat. I'm off to munch on sparrow bits, I mean ice cream ;)

Goody said...

Ask him-isn't the rufflekini just the greatest?

The Coty powder is very light, and comes with a gigantic powder-puff rather than those flat ones you get in most powders. It takes a bit of work figuring how to use it without getting it all over your clothes, but the learning curve isn't too steep. I don't sweat anymore (seriously, I don't) so even my hot flashes are a dry event as far as makeup is concerned. I don't know how well it would blend after a walk, but the stuff is so cheap you wouldn't be out much to try. Let me know how it works for you.

@Thrifty Parka
That's a good idea about just replacing the top. The buttons do come down a bit far but I suppose that could be stitched-up without much effort.

Beth Waltz said...

The Adventures in Paradise ensemble has me humming the theme from the show of that title -- and thinking this would be just the thing to wear when waving at Gordon McKay! Straw hats do lend themselves to inspired trimmings: repurposed scarves and necklaces in particular. I've a very old memory (remembered from a 4' eye level) of wooden bins of "notions" in a pre-chain sewing shop. Loved the word and adored those tiny flowers and fruits and ribbons.

Coty powders and Ponds cold cream were staples in the days of early television. Decades later I still kept a brush and a box of Rachel in a bottom drawer for local male celebrities whose bald heads reflected lights. I steadied them with a towel, then reassured them with the Ponds in view. (Also used Preparation H for bags under their eyes.)

Goody said...

@Beth Waltz

I had to consult Google on that one-a bit before my time, but never saw it in reruns either. We didn't do much television growing up.

Yeah, cold cream is so much better at removing stage makeup than having your mother scrub your face with Ten-O-Six lotion. To be fair, it was a very early stage of the chicken pox, and she did feel bad about not recognising it. Or so she claimed...