Saturday, August 16, 2014

You Say Tomato, I Say Cook it For Dinner

All Saturday chores lead back to the library-and I've been all over town today. Danny went for a haircut, we stopped at the pharmacy, struck gold at the thrift store (can you say, "pink ultra suede dress?") and finally made it back to the library to pick up reserved books. I didn't notice the owner of the bike in the photo waiting patiently for us to finish snapping away, but he seemed entertained enough as he was smiling as he went to his bike. It looked like such a young person's bike, so I was a bit surprised to see a fellow in (at least) his 90's hop on and ride off. Good for him!
I bought this belt yesterday at Hand-Me-Ups, and was delighted when I got it home to discover how well-made it is. What's more, the buckle can be replaced, a feature newer Western belts are often lacking. That's good, because I'm on the search for a gigantic, horseshoe shaped buckle with tons of turquoise. I'd settle for a buckle in the shape of Nebraska, but not for everyday wear. Anyway, now I have the perfect belt. I have a hell of a time finding belts that don't fall apart after a wear or two, so if I sound a bit too excited over a tooled belt from the 70's, you'll have to excuse me-I've been wearing my share of crappy ones for a long time.
This dress is not vintage, though it had me fooled at first glance. It came with a matching belt, has a side-zipper, and even beautiful shell buttons, but a look at the tag told me it was Talbot's.  I like Talbot's (a fact that always made my sister laugh a bit as their clothes are on the conservative/New England-y side). I've always found their clothes to be well made, in a range of sizes, and not likely to ever go out of style. This was $5.99 at the thrift store, but it was on sale for an additional 1/2 off. I thought I might pee myself from excitement. A pair of stockings at Talbot's will cost you at least $20.00. This isn't denim, but rather a light cotton printed to look like denim (ingenious!). It was light, comfortable, and didn't wrinkle too horribly (except at the sleeves, and I have no idea why). So good, good, and good! It is much too warm outside to be fiddling with clothes that require ironing.
I've had this tiny brooch for a bit, but hadn't worn it as it tends to disappear on most clothes. This turned out to be the perfect backdrop for it-something I'll have to keep in mind when accessorising in the future.

Outfit Particulars:

Talbot's dress-Hand-Me-Ups
Tooled belt by Browning (the gun manufacturer? Maybe I'm supposed to hang a holster off it for a water pistol or something) Hand-Me Ups
Triffari brooch-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage Gaymode shoes-thrifted

We've been watching plenty of movies/television series of late. We're currently engrossed in The Singing Detective, though I'm afraid Danny has acquired a some new vocabulary to hurl about. Recently watched include:
Bells Are Ringing
Cloud Atlas
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Day After Tomorrow (awful)
The Day After (sad, but not awful)
Danger UXB (the entire series)(which you shouldn't watch around a holiday when people are blowing off firecrackers during the tense scenes. I nearly had a heart attack).
The Terminal
The Maltese Falcon
And I know there are more, but I can't remember at the moment. We checked out a Best of SCTV at the library for tonight. I don't know what the hell Danny is going to make of that .
Tonight's Meal:
Roasted tomatoes with garlic, olives,  rosemary, thyme, oregano and parsley over pasta with fresh mozzarella. Summer cooking is the best-you just toss it in a pan and let it do the work for you.
I guess it wouldn't feel like a proper weekend if I didn't flip you off so...
I only flip off the people I love.


Joanna said...

What a great bargain shopper you are. There aren't too many thrift stores where I live and anytime I do go, there is nothing good. I also wish I could find some good estate sales but still looking!

Goody said...


Thrift stores are great for the sort of thing I like (70's polyester, mostly) but if you're looking for 40's and 50's it really is getting scarce. I tend to do better for hats and shoes across the river in Iowa. Maybe more of a "dress up for church" culture than we have here.

If you have a flea market/swap meet sort of thing it might be worth checking out-I've found great vintage stuff at those. And of course, there's Brimfield fair spring/summer if you're up for a bit of a road trip. I miss Brimfield, I used to find the greatest stuff there.

Remind me what size shoe you wear so I can keep an eye out for 40's pairs for you. For some reason I thought you wear an 8 like I do, but I can't remember.

Sue said...

Check out your tiny little waist!!
I love Monty Python, did Danny enjoy it?

Curtise said...

That's a great dress, and it reminds me that I have a denim shirt dress in my wardrobe which needs an outing... So many frocks, and only one body, it's hard to wear them all! I completely understand why you would get excited about a decent tooled leather belt, that one is a beauty, and cheap crappy belts piss me off too.
The filmathon and dinner sound excellent! xxx

Goody said...

Not my waist.

Danny thought it was very funny, though I think many of the jokes went over his head. I was prepared to explain oral sex jokes if he asked, by telling him it is when someone, "Talks dirty."

I really have turned into my grandmother.