Spring is upon us and I’m feeling the need to scrub and clear out the house. I don’t wear vintage or retro every day and I do own sweat pants (shhhhh! It’s our secret!). On most days I try my best to dress like me though. I love finding uniform tops that have a retro flair when thrifting because it gives me something to clean in, that isn’t rags. Nine times out of ten, I end up needing to leave the house for something and this way I still look put together even though it’s utilitarian. Plus they have huge pockets!
I keep my makeup simple on “around the house” days — that way if I have to make a run to the store I don’t look too haggard. I take my foundation and mix it with both primer and moisturizer. Just a dot of each on the back of my hand swirled together. It evens the complexion without being too done. Dab on some concealer, a touch of liquid blush, lip gloss, caramel eyeshadow, mascara, and then dust with a mosaic brightening powder. Five minutes. Done.
Keeping my hair out of my way is important too, because I’m not going to worry about styling it if I’m just going to wash it out after a while anyway. Sheer scarves are my favorite for this type of day or when it’s super humid.
It’s pretty much a standard that I’m going to wear a brooch. I made a handful of these custom ice cream cone brooches and have sold all but one. It’s waiting for a “flavor” if you’re interested let me know.
Now to get back to my chores.
When I was in Jr. High, my textile arts class learned to batik. I remember how frustrated some of my classmates were with the breaks and bleeds of the dye that make a batik, well…a batik. I fell in love with the uniqueness of the process. The inability to duplicate that piece of art ever again is fascinating. I own a few batik style prints. This one is one of my favorites. I wore a copper coloured cardigan and swirled bangle (not pictured) with caramel coloured flats.
This is an Art Nouveau style brooch that I thought paired with this dress nicely.
It was perfect outfit for our double date to a local burger and wings joint. Not too fussy.
It was feeling Springy outside and it was a very welcome change! I needed all the colour I could wear at once and definitely found it in this slightly psychedelic dress. I realized though that I am lacking in bangles. I’ll have to hit the markets this summer to remedy that. Everything I have is “warm” or red. I added hot pink bakelite hoops and a very 60s pair of necklaces. I think this is going to be my “cruise” dress assuming I ever go on a cruise.
It’s a royal purple and plaid sort of day!
Bangles – Various Sources
Brooch – Estate sale
Dress – Thrifted
Hat – Gift
Shoes – Thrifted
Around my home, because tiny poodles are the best.
Because sometimes, there are pictures to share for no reason besides there’s not really a post for them and they’re on your phone.
What I wore wedding dress hunting and thrifting with Mother.
60’s Dress – Thrifted
Brown Belt – Thrifted
50’s Shoes – Estate sale
My current favorite pair of shoes. I wish I had two or three pairs of these. I’m afraid I’ll wear them out.
Red Moccasins – Thrifted
On my way to the post and the grocery. (Excuse my mess)
1940’s suspender dress
…And lastly my favorite meme ever and a shout out to my Alma Mater, Nashville School of the Arts:
Back to work.