I took myself to see The Monuments Men at the movie theater at the Grove last night.
Blue beret – Jet Rag vintage shop, LA
Olive sweater – my mom’s
Blue skirt – Etsy
Ankle boots – Target
Gold hoops – Target
The movie theater itself is very pretty:
There are a lot of beautiful theaters and Art Deco-era buildings in LA and I’ve been to tragically few of them.
When I got home I ate some spinach on my mom’s China, drank some Royal Tokaji out of my grandma’s Grand Marnier glass, and finished (yippee!) my book about Victorian interior design.My thoughts on the Monuments Men – it’s not necessarily great filmmaking, but I still enjoyed it. The editing is a little weird and a lot of the movie feels like a trailer as opposed to a movie. I think the problem is it’s trying to be a lighthearted action drama with widespread appeal but it could have been a great movie if, like its subject matter, it aimed to be fine art. What’s great about the movie, though, is it is entertaining to watch, I learned about a group of people I knew nothing about, and I was reminded of the vital importance of our artistic cultural legacy. It’s really beautiful to see people who fought and died in the name of preserving the master works of Western civilization and it made me feel inspired to learn more about great works of art.
This outfit makes me feel like a ’40s gal who’s pitching in to help the war effort. Like sure I’ll wear pants and a button-down… but it’s gotta be cute.
Shirt: Custom-made in China (I bought the vintage buttons on Etsy and put them on myself)
Jeans: Custom, bought on Etsy
I realized I never smile in my pictures so I’m trying to prove that I do actually know how.
On Sunday I went to Six Flags – that’s right, I have a season pass. You should, too. It’s SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS to ride sick-ass roller coasters ALL YEAR LONG!
The Green Lantern ride – I love it but a friend of mine characterized it as “a series of jump kicks to the chest and balls.” So I guess you’ll have to make up your own mind.
Riding roller coasters is definitely one of the #1 things I want to do with my life. Hit me up if you want to go to Magic Mountain, you can find me on the Superman ride, Tatsu, or complaining about having to put my things in a locker to go on X2.
It’s my birthday! For fun I found some pictures of me/my birthdays throughout the years!
Me at 3, a few days before my birthday.
Me at 12
Me at 16 with our beloved dog, Dog. I miss her. Only dog I’ve ever loved.
My 17th birthday!
My 18th birthday! We went bowling.
My 19th birthday.
21st birthday. No idea what happened to my 20th.
Also my 21st.
22nd skee ball birthday!
From today! My 25th birthday. Me and vegan pizza and a 60’s sweater.
The card my 4-year-old brother picked out for me. It says you could look everywhere and not find a kid as good as me!
Sorry for the terrible pictures but I wanted to show you the cape I got for my birthday. It’s awesome.
One day I’ll figure out how to take better pictures, I swear.
It’s not so bad turning a quarter-century old – eventually I hope to be a century old so it’s interesting to know that the first quarter is complete, that story is told. When I was born we had VHS tapes and the Cold War and now it’s all iPhones and Obama. I can’t wait to see what the next 75 years bring.
Pink 40s dress – Wild Man vintage store in Lawrence, KS
White 70s belt – Jet Rag vintage store in LA
Pink ring – my grandmother’s
Fishnet stockings – What Katie Did
Boots – Target
Sorry my room’s cluttered – I feel like it never looks clean even when it is really clean because it’s so small – but I wanted you to really see the dress and this amazing 50’s sweater I found at Wild Man in Lawrence, KS. Those are strawberries!
Fake lashes too, yo. I like them not too long but dark and thick. It’s a little crazy what a big effect they have.
P.S. Check out what happened this morning! A SWAT team raided my next-door neighbors at 4:30 in the morning. I was up working so I turned my lights off, cracked my window, and just creeped the whole time. It was really interesting.
That’s a SWAT dude with a huge gun right next to my car! LA is fun.
I went and visited family in Indiana and felt COLD weather for the first time in a while! Luckily this casual 40s/50s winter outfit kept me pretty warm. I like this outfit because it feels like just the sort of thing a girl in the 40s or 50s would have worn when hanging out with her family in the cold months – it’s casual, conservative, not too fashion-forward but cute, warm, and comfortable.
Sweater – modern, my mom’s
Skirt – 50s, Jet Rag
Stockings and wool socks!
Boots – Target
I love these boots. They have lace on the sides (which I really should have taken a picture of) and give me an early 1900s feel.
Here’s my cousin and me! Don’t worry, I asked her if I could put her picture up. 🙂
It sounds crazy, but I wore skirts and dresses the whole time I was in 20-40 degree weather and I stayed warm. Between slips, thick skirts, stockings/hose/tights and socks, you can wear more layers than you could if you just wore pants! I’ll post some more cold-weather outfits in the next few days!
I can’t believe I’ve been MIA for so long! I’ve been out of town and busy and blablabla. I’ve still been wearing vintage, though, don’t worry. 😉 I got some new headshots taken recently and I did my best 40’s glam – what do you think? (BTW the one above I didn’t use as a headshot because of lighting issues but I included it here because I thought it was cute!)
I feel like my hair was especially big that day but doesn’t it have a Rita Hayworth vibe? I feel like I get 90% of my fashion inspiration these days from this photo:
I will admit I’ve been having some vintage styling issues this summer:
1) When I started buying vintage it was cold out so most of my clothes are fall/winter clothes!
2) It’s hot and I don’t want to wear the more restrictive vintage styles but sometimes I don’t know how to style a vintage outfit without a girdle and stockings!
3) Too hot and sweaty to really do my hair and makeup (I don’t have A/C).
Do you guys change your vintage style at all in the summer? Have any tips for me? 😀
Today I get to show you one of the dresses I had made in China! I had one other dress and a couple made that I’ll try and remember to take photos of soon. I showed the tailors this photo:
And here’s how it turned out:
I had to add the belt because the dress looked pretty undefined without it – they didn’t get the hip right at all and really underdid the ruching in the bust (and I think didn’t measure my bust right, as it pretty much has the effect of erasing the ruching almost altogether). That said, I think it’s still a pretty dress and it will be good for the times when I want to dress vintage without endangering one of my actual vintage dresses.
I tried to take a picture where you could actually see the bodice better but I feel like my iPhone was not cooperating.
I was also wearing some new Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner I got and jade earrings I bought in China. I love them.
And my cute barrette!
And a friend of mine put up a picture on Instagram from an improv show I did. It’s funny, I think you can kind of tell how much curlier my hair gets through the day if I’m not brushing it every 20 minutes.
All in all, getting clothes made was a mixed experience. I think I wouldn’t get a dress made again because it’s easy enough to find great dresses without spending a lot of money (although repro is expensive, pretty much as a rule). I’ll check back in with the other dress and the blouses soon and let you know what I thought of those!
I bought a new dress and for once I have great photos to share! My friend and I went to Angeles National Forest on Thursday and she had the great idea to dress up and take pictures of each other. What else are nature-loving ladies like ourselves going to do?
Dress and belt: 70s does 40s, Jet Rag ($24!) I love the atomic print.
Shoes: Aerosoles (I don’t like these but I wanted sensible shoes for the forest)
This might be one of my favorite pictures ever taken of me. I think I look very vintage glamorous in it.
It was so much fun, we’re already talking about doing another one!
Improv is the passion of my life right now – I don’t think I’ve gone two days without seeing or being in a show since I started two years ago unless I was out of town. But vintage dressing and improv don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. In general, you’re not supposed to wear dresses and skirts while you do improv. You’re supposed to be free to do anything – lay on the ground, turn a cartwheel, act like a dog. Improv is also male-dominated, so it can be tempting to try and dress like a guy to fit in and be taken seriously. That’s definitely what I used to do:
But now, I do improv pretty much every day. This week I have seven shows in six days. I don’t want to dress like a boy all the time. And you know what? Most of the time I don’t turn a cartwheel or act like a dog. You can still make choices you’re comfortable with, regardless of the situation. Although I’ve still had to fall down on the ground a few times but that just comes with the territory.
I had a couple shows last week that took pictures, so I thought I’d show you some pictures of me doing improv in pretty vintage outfits!
This is my most improv-friendly vintage outfit. 70’s jeans, 70’s shirt (from my mom’s elementary school), and a beret to give it flavor.
Here’s me wearing my new pink 60’s matching suit and shirt with my 50s sweater over it. Flyyy.
This is that amazing brown dress I keep posting grainy pictures of. Isn’t it THE MOST DIVINE?
I guess you can do improv in pincurls, a 40’s dress, stockings, and two-inch heels. Because even though I take part in probably the most casual art form, I can’t stop being my fancy self.