OOTD: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello dears, how are you all? I hope you all are well and had a Happy Thanksgiving. The food was delicious. Since it was a holiday, I dressed up a bit so I have a OOTD Thanksgiving post for you all!

Jacket: Forever21
Skirt: Forever21
Blouse: Forever21
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Estate sale

I really like this necklace, I recently bought it for $3.
It's kind of heavy so I wonder if I got a good deal.
I'm glad I have a black one now, the rest I have are peach, white or ivory.

This has to be one of my favorite outfits, so I will definitely wear it again.
Thanks for reading!


Liebster Blog Award!

Hello readers!

I was given the Liebster Blog Award by the fabulous Harlow, which is a fantastic award given to five deserving bloggers. This is a great honor, and I'm happy to pass it along to another five bloggers!

The 11 questions given to me by Harlow:
   No. 1 - Who/what inspired you to dress vintage/vintage style?
I started to gradually dress vintage about three or four years ago. I started to become interested in the 1940's, the music, the style, the makeup. Of course, like all young teens, I liked pop music and trendy clothes. But I slowly started taking my style to a different place. I liked to shop at Forever21 (still do) and that's where I got my first vintage inspired pieces. I got more comfortable with dressing a bit different than other teens, and liked the look I was starting to achieve. Now, I am thinking about vintage all the time. As you may have read in my previous posts, my parents have a great respect for what is considered antiquated, so I grew up with it. Now I embrace the styles of by-gone eras, and can't see changing it anytime soon.
   No. 2 - Do you have a vintage style icon?
Not necessarily any one in particular. I've always had a strong appreciation for my great-grandmothers, all hardworking women. I love looking at pictures of their younger days. They're an inspiration. I also love the actresses and the clothing of the first half of the 20th century. I think just seeing women of the past inspires me, they influence my style and the way I live.
   No. 3 - Your guilty pleasure?
Being silly when I'm home alone I suppose. I dance when no one is looking and sing when no one can hear me :) My grandma also gives fantastic foot massages!
   No. 4 - What is your favorite cocktail/drink?
As far as alcohol goes, I am not yet of age to consume it, nor do I wish to. I am pro-prohibition! I do love a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary. I love tea, especially Gold Peak Green Tea.
   No. 5 - Do you have a signature perfume or scent that you always wear?
I don't usually wear perfume, but I tend to wear anything floral. Rose, Lilac, Chantilly, etc.
   No. 6 - Heels or flats?
I wear heels when I dance (home alone), but for everyday footwear, flats!
   No. 7 - If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
If I were able to help people that aren't making good life choices or taking life and the little things for granted, I'd do that. I really like helping people.
   No. 8 - What is your favorite item you own?
I don't own them, but they'll always be mine. My family.
   No. 9 - What countries have you travelled to?
None. I'd love to visit England, Poland or Denmark.
   No. 10 - Is there any particular period in history that you're fascinated with?
I'd say 1910-1950. I also like the Regency era. Most of the time I convey a 1930's look.
   No. 11 - Describe yourself in one word?
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If you are given the award:
1. Link and follow the blogger who awarded you.
2. Blog about the award.
3. Give the award to 5 other bloggers, preferably with less than 200 followers.
4. Answer the 11 questions I ask and give 11 of your own to the bloggers you award.
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Here are the 11 questions I will ask my five bloggers who receive the award:
  • How long have you embraced vintage and why?
  • Which famous person/historical figure would you have dinner with?
  • Which famous person/historical figure would you go shopping with?
  • If you wear red lipstick, which kind is your favorite?
  • What era inspires and intrigues you the most?
  • If you could live a second life as a different person, which time period would you live in?
  • What is the strangest vintage item you own?
  • What are some great qualities you have?
  • What is your favorite material?
  • What is your favorite vintage name for a female?
  • What is your favorite vintage name for a male?
.   .   .   .   .   .   .
 After much deliberation, these are the five bloggers I choose for the award:
Congrats, Gals!


My Obsession with Door Hardware!

Here is a another post featuring one of my obsessions; door hardware! I inherited this odd trait from my dad. An old door isn't an old door without some good old fashioned hardware to match! That's why my dad has cardboard boxes full of miscellaneous hardware. But, my collection is not as large, I only have a few escutcheons, pulls and knobs. Here are some pictures I've taken of them.

They all have crackly paint and patina.

This one is really big, there's two keyholes.
This one was probably for sliding pocket doors going from room to room. Unfortunately, this is the only one I have for this purpose.

Don't you wonder what kind of home all of this hardware came from? Imagine all the stories they could tell!

Small glass knobs for cabinetry, quite popular currently, sometimes pricey. I think I have 5 in various sizes. If you plan on buying any to use for furniture, I would get the ones with screws and washers still with them!
Which one is your favorite?


My Remington Rand Typewriter

Hello, dears!

I thought I'd share a nice possession of mine, a 1940's Remington Rand typewriter. I obtained this typewriter from a lovely elderly woman named Evelyn. (Not my great-grandmother, this is a different lady.) I was at her house with my dad, brother and grandparents because she was going to be living in the nursing home with her husband. She feared her family wasn't concerned about her belongings and thought they might just throw them away. So, she invited us over to look at some of her things in the basement, see if we wanted to purchase anything before it all would go. There was a plethora of books, painting supplies and lots of other items in the basement. After being down there for about an hour scouring, I found a case, a heavy case with a key. I opened it up and saw a vintage typewriter! I knew it was at least from the 1950's by the way it looked. And the (most likely) original case to go with it? Awesome! I asked her if she'd sell it, and she said yes. I believe the price was between 5 - 10 dollars. I did some research on it, and found out it was most likely post-WWII, and I noticed some like mine currently priced around $400 online. I haven't gotten my typewriter looked at by a professional, so any information I've read or seen could be inaccurate. I don't know how I'd consider the condition, all I know is it works. Right now I don't feel the need to have more information. I like it just the way it is, and don't want to profit from it. Like I said, it's a possession, not an item I'm trying to turn over to make money off of. If it's worth $400, hooray for me. Right now it will live a simple life with me and my crazy family! Here are some pictures of this little dear.

Do you have a typewriter?
Have a nice day!


American Duchess: 23Skidoo T-Straps Giveaway!

Good day!
There is a fabulous giveaway over at American Duchess going on!
You could win a pair of these adorable t-strap shoes.

If you'd like to find out more info about this giveaway, here is where to learn more. These shoes are super gorgeous and can go with any outfit!
They would be a great addition to your vintage wardrobe.
Good luck!


OOTD: Feeling minky!

Good day, readers!

I went to a few vintage shops today and got some nice items. The first piece I bought was a mink collar in a lovely ivory color for $14. It's nice to have a fur that's a light color, and one that looks clean! I got pretty lucky. My cat doesn't quite know how to react, though. I also got two cute postcards for $1 each, a Valentine's day one and a Happy Birthday one. Before we went shopping, I had planned on doing an Outfit of the Day. So when I bought the mink, it was a great little addition to this day's outfit! Here are some pictures.

Slacks: Handmade, Click here for Pattern
Blouse: Forever21
Cardigan: Old Navy
Shoes: Target

Have a nice week, darlings!
Should I wear this mink for a Christmas OOTD?
Let me know so I can brainstorm!


First Halloween OOTD + some ghostly visitors!

Hello reader!

Hope you all had a spectacular Halloween! I didn't wear a costume or go anywhere special, did you? If anyone asked what I was 'dressed up' as, I figured I'd just say Al Capone's Secretary :) That brings me to what I wore on Halloween, which will be my first "Outfit Of The Day" post! I also thought I'd share a few of my ghostly experiences. After reading Va-Voom Vintage's Halloween post, I thought I'd share some of my own encounters! None are very scary, most of them are quite heartwarming. First, here are some pictures of my outfit on Halloween.

Coat: Forever21
Blouse: Forever21
Hair Rosette: Forever21
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Target
Tights: Target


My first experience, (the only creepy one) happened when I was about 11 years old. I came out of my room, and across from me in another doorway was a man who I describe as having strange electrified dirty hair, and possibly wearing overalls. There were a few men who worked on the railroad nearby back in the 1930's, not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. I don't really know about this experience being all that real. At the time I was freaked out.

My next experience came about 2 years ago. I was in my room, my mom was with my brother in his room putting him to bed. I heard what sounded like my mom's name being called. It wasn't scary, just as if someone came to the door casually looking for someone. When my mom came back I told her what had happened, described the voice, and she thought it was probably my grandpa, her father. We were both pretty content.

The third experience is another comforting family one that happened a couple of months ago. I was at the computer, and I suddenly smelled my great-grandpa's (Evie's husband) aftershave. My cat came in by me and I picked him up and I said, "Hi Grandpa". My cat looked across the room when I said it, which made me think, okay maybe he really is there. I said to my cat, "is grandpa here, honey? If he's here I'm saying hello, can you see him?". My cat looked across the room again, in the same spot! He must have been there. I wasn't at all freaked out, I was so happy he came to visit me.

Those are all the experiences I can remember, but I hope to have more visits from my relatives. I know antiques and vintage items can have their owners still attached, an item they must've loved enough to stick with wherever it goes. So far, I haven't brought anyone home!

Thanks for reading!