Ok, so it’s not the first tanktop I’ve ever owned, but I haven’t owned one in probably five years. I’ve been getting a little more into clothes that show some skin as opposed to my usually very conservative outfits.
Skirt: Vintage (it’s below-the-knee, it’s been on the blog a million times)
Yeah, I’m showing off some tricep like a real buff bitch. Grr.
Also this changes the topic but is anyone watching True Detective? I’m on the third episode and it’s amazing. And I looove Matthew McConaughey’s hair in it. I never found him attractive until this show, I guess I like him better with a shirt on and pretending to be smart.
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.
I took myself on a date to see Dallas Buyers’ Club at CityWalk yesterday – CityWalk is a giant, gaudy shopping center connected to Universal Studios, similar to Downtown Disney.
Vintage-style hat: bought in Hong Kong
70s button-down: Jet Rag vintage shop in LA
Wide-leg pants: custom-made in Beijing
Vintage sunglasses: Wild Man vintage shop in Lawrence, KS
Red vegan bag: Matt and Nat
Dallas Buyers’ Club was fantastic – I’d definitely recommend it. I thought it might be one of those Oscar movies that’s bleak and depressing but the performances are good, but it really wasn’t. It definitely was sad, and the performances were fantastic, but it wasn’t bleak. Some parts were funny, some parts were inspiring – it isn’t the story of a man dying of AIDs, it’s the story of a man who refuses to die quietly and accept the discrimination and the backwards FDA regulations systems of the late 80s. It’s an important and moving story and I’d definitely recommend it.
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.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has been making me crave her silky, glamorous wardrobe. I’ve also been in a bit of a pants mood this week (which is CRAZY and very rare) so I tried to channel my inner lady detective with this outfit.
Silky 70s camisole – etsy
Silk 60s bed jacket – The Hidden Closet
Pinstripe black pants – custom-made in China
Unpictured shoes – red Minnetonka moccasins
Vintage necklace and earrings – from my grandmother
Hair clip – bought in China
Love this barrette. Looks very 20s to me.
Isn’t this a fantastic necklace? I wish I knew more about it.
My plant and I.
I don’t normally think I was born in the wrong era, but I feel it some days. I may not be a fashionable 1920s lady detective, but it sure was fun to dress like one for a day.
For once I actually felt the desire to wear pants! My, my. I feel like Amelia Earhart in this look.
White shirt: Owned since high school
High-waisted khakis: Custom-made in China
Vintage scarf: Gift from my grandma
NASA jacket: Bought at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Brown boots (unpictured): Target
I’d love to get some classic black shoes (men’s style) to wear with outfits like this. Or maybe just some saddle shoes.
This was a surprise – I knew I got a free drink for my birthday at Starbucks for being a rewards member (sign up for free or put a gift card on your phone) but I had no idea that you could get ANYTHING YOU WANTED. I assumed it would just be a small regular coffee! I got a venti soy mocha frappuccino FOR FREE. I intended on saving some for the next day but ended up drinking it all and that was my dinner. I still went to bed at a reasonable hour, caffeine just doesn’t get to me. If you like Starbucks, you should definitely sign up for their rewards program!
To celebrate my birthday I had a fancy party where everyone was instructed to dress up in clothes inspired by the 20th century. I thought that left plenty of leeway (my friends are not vintage enthusiasts) and most people did really well!
I wore my great-grandmother’s top from the 50’s, a vintage black skirt, vintage clip-on chandelier earrings, and swing dance shoes.
Here’s one of my friends sipping tea from a teacup and saucer out of my mom’s china set.
Some of my guests! We had a greaser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy, and some good old-fashioned retro glamour.
My new favorite picture of my old roommate and me – I think we look late 1800’s in composition and facial expression.
All in all, it was a really fun party. We had tea and coffee so the non-drinkers would have things to drink, and several types of wine for the drinkers. I made celery sticks with peanut butter in them, which surprisingly went like hot cakes. We used my mom’s wedding china, vintage wine glasses, and my great-grandmother’s 1920s silver (I had a lot of careful cleaning to do after the party was over). One beautiful vintage glass of my grandmother’s did get broken, which was really upsetting. But I’ve decided to use my nice things and the only way to keep them all unbroken is to put them in a cabinet and not touch them. And then what’s the point?
Silky button-down (70s) – Jet Rag
Pencil skirt – borrowed from my mom
Necklace – vintage, passed down from my grandmother
Also featuring my brand-new purchase, Coty L’Origan. I plan on doing a post on vintage perfume soon and I’ll tell you more about it then. So far, I’m in love. And I’ve gotten no complaints, which can be almost like a compliment when wearing perfume around my family.
My aunt gave me this little black dress for Christmas and since it’s a scorcher today (40 degrees. Fahrenheit) I decided to wear it! It’s not vintage but it’s pretty vintage-appropriate, I think.
Black Primark dress
Beaded 50s cardigan
Now I’m hanging out with my mom and – no joke – watching my birth video. It’s honestly pretty cool seeing yourself be born and it’s super weird seeing my parents young! My mom turned 24 right before I was born – I’m 25 now and I can’t imagine having a baby. It’s also really weird seeing my parents married. Oh, home videos. You are alternately fascinating, boring, and make me cry a lot.