Do you think a city should grind to a halt over three inches of snow? Neither do I. Yesterday, the police had so many stranded cars on the uphill section of Dodge street next to where I live that they finally shut the street down so cars could be pushed-towed, and ploughs brought in to clear the snow. The mayor (who is facing a boatload of criticism over the ploughing, or lack thereof) is doing her best to blame everyone else (again. This is the THIRD time this season the city was unprepared ) and the Chicagoan in me is watching this unfold and thinking, "I know how this is going to end because I've seen it play out before." Mayor Stothert, meet Mike Bilandic . Don't underestimate snow as a reason to be voted out of office. Anyway, the roads didn't look much better today, so we stayed in and made some "Toast Perfume."
Lime jelly with star anise, and Lemon, lime, rosewater, lavender, and vanilla (which smells suspiciously like Shalimar). I think we have potential State Fair material here, but we'll want to experiment a bit. These were both small batches for the research and development stage. I have some Earl Grey/jasmine tea/vanilla/rose steeping for tomorrow. We take our State Fair entries seriously around here.
OK enough of that, let's talk shoes.
Are you old enough to remember the label, Fire Islander? I am. They made nice clothes, but they went the way of Ship and Shore. I've sewn the buttons back on this blouse more times than I care to remember, but that's the thing with vintage-you need to carry a mending kit in your purse, but you're rewarded with pieces you don't see on every other person walking around the city.
This shower-curtain is soon to be covered with the Vera you're used to seeing. I needed a new liner, and this was on sale.
Fire Islander 1970's/80's blouse-Goodwill
Skirt- Sears, about 15 years ago
Waistcoat-New Life Thrift
Gaudy Liz Claiborne bracelet-can't remember, had it for ages
Fragrance-Eau du Givenchy-The first twenty minutes can sear the membranes from your sinuses, but then it settles down, and I find it pleasant. But oh, that first twenty minutes! It was released in 1980, but to me it really smells like a 90's perfume.
See? We made it to the middle of the week, Bonus happy news? The gardenia tree in the sunny window has buds. If that isn't a reason to smile, I don't know what is. I am too smiling. On the inside.