Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mad Men Party

The Modernism show had events all weekend including a home tour of the amazing Arapahoe Acres, which I will do a proper post about later. But I wanted to show you what I wore:
I wore my homemade (not by me) 40s jumper. We got a lot of 'are you guys in the fashion show' remarks. Ugh.

Anyways, that evening there was a Mad Men themed party which we went to. Oscar did a great job of dressing just like Don Draper, wearing his grey 60s suit. I wore a 60s dress but my hair was a bit more 40s:

I got this dress at a thrift store for $3!! The shoes too!

Our friends Mike and Karen were the only ones that danced.

Me and Karen with Charles Phoenix. He is a character!!

There was a 'weird foods of the 60s' contest. This concoction won. You roasted the weenies over the flame in the middle. I did not partake.

Some of the other guests along with Miss Modernism Jamie.

At the end of the night they decided the winners of the 'best Mad Men themed outfits' and can you guess who won??

Holly and Oscar!! Booyah!! I'm sure Oscar got extra points for bringing the Polaroid, and actually taking pictures with it. They are all over our fridge.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lolita Girl Sale

Just thought I'd share this info with everyone. Lolita Girl Clothing is having a 1 day sale on Wed Sept 1st. Everything in their shop will be 40% off!!

Mod Show Goodies

Even though I didnt get to shop as much as I would've liked I did manage to walk away with some amazing stuff!!

50s dress $20.
The color is closer to green. I hardly have any dresses with sleeves so this is a good addition.

40s Rayon shorts $40. How friggin cool are these???

Bakelite bangles $90. The green one is such a unique color and I needed more brown.

Bakelite spacers Oscar bought me $45.

Confetti lucite purse $100. I HAD to have this the second I saw it!!


Oscar bought some Franciscan to add to our collection.
$180 for all of them. Franciscan is expensive and these are really rare pieces.

I also bought a pair of shorts from my friend Karen and she gave me a dress.



And last but not least I won a hat on Ebay.


Denver Modernism Show

The bad news is that I did not win the Miss Modernism pageant. The good news is that the girl that did win was positively adorable!

With Miss Modernism 2010, Jamie.

The pageant was mortifying for me. I despise being on stage and performing for people. It is just something that I am not good at. The talent portion was particularly painful. Some girls sang, one did a strip tease wearing aprons, one did a burlesque version of Barbarella. I did a really bad version of the twist as my "talent", and I hated every minute of it! Jamie played the clarinet while tap dancing, which was totally cute! I was happy when she won.

On stage with Charles Phoenix.

All I really wanted to do was shop and I did a rather rush job of it after the pageant. I did manage to get a few really great things and I spent all my money really fast! I'm going to do a seperate post of all my Mod show goodies.

The show was really good this year. Tons of vendors with a massive amount of amazing stuff. I really wish I could've spent more time shopping!

With Cindy from Boss Vintage. That bag isn't filled with groceries, I promise you!

I always drool over Cindy's bakelite!!

With Ron from Boss Vintage. That lamp to my right was one of a pair. They were figure skaters and I just loved them!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cheap Etsy Find

I'm off to the Modernism show tonight so I shouldn't be doing any online shopping, but I just couldn't pass these up:

Cute, right? Take a look at the heel:

Yup. Carved pagodas! Even better was the price at $6!!

How could I not buy them?!?!?

Thursday, August 26, 2010


My hair

My outfit

And my Lola's

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Just Cuz Its Vintage Don't Mean Its Cute

I love vintage but I think it is safe to say that I do not love all vintage. There are some things that are just not my style. In fact I am really quite picky. I won't wear wool, I stay away from long sleeves, and vintage jeans are still iffy to me. I love 40s clothes but a lot of it looks frumpy or matronly on me. I'm not fond of polka dot bakelite or quilted circle skirts. Get the picture? Picky! Oscar is always yelling at me to broaden my horizons, but I know what looks good on my body so I stick with it. Plus, why would I listen to a guy that owns like 200 hawaiian shirts? Anyways, I thought that I would share with you a few things that are on my 'absolutely not' list.

1) 50s Cat suits

I will never wear one of these. IMO they are really unflattering on most body types. You have to have an AMAZING body to pull one of these off, and most of us don't. Plus, they just remind me of Peggy Bundy on Married With Children. Which doesn't make sense because I adore leopard print and red hair. Go figure!

2) Saddle shoes
I know a lot of you ladies out there love these, but they just aren't for me. I remember my sister having a pair in the 80s and I didnt like them then either. I really don't know why. Maybe its because they look like bowling shoes. Maybe its because I have an aversion to socks and will avoid wearing them at any cost. Or maybe I just don't like black and white on my feet at the same time. Whatever it is, I stay away from all two toned versions of these in any form.

3) Western Anything

I don't care if its cowboy boots, suede, or anything with fringe, I stear clear of it altogether. I despise western wear! Hell, I can barely stand western swing. I just don't get it. If its your thing than have at it! I will stick with my hawaiian print dresses and playsuits :-)

Please keep in mind that these are just my preferences. I know a LOT of what I wear other people wouldnt be caught dead in. Plus, my opinion is always changing. I used to think Pake Mu's were weird but I just bought one. A hell of a deal might change anyones mind! But now I want to hear from you guys. What vintage items do you stear clear of? Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to vintage styling? I want to know!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Todays Hair

I actually set my hair last night so I thought I would share the result with you. My new cut helped so much!!

I tried to get a good picture of the wave I did on this side, but black hair is impossible in photos! I set the rollers a bit differently this time and I think it helped a lot! This morning before the curl relaxed I looked very 30s!

It made me think that maybe I could pull off shorter hair...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Beauty Products I can't Live Without

A recent Mad Men episode had the girls in the office talking about their beauty routines. It was done in typical 60s humor (women use Ponds because they want a husband), but it got me thinking about my beauty regimen. I started young, stealing my sisters makeup and playing with their curling irons and hair mousse. When I was 10 I tried to convince my mother that I needed a bottle of Oil of Olay. Eventually she gave in and I was hooked on beauty products ever since. I no longer use Oil of Olay but one look at my 'supply closet' will show the extent of my beauty obsession. I use a LOT of different products for all parts of my body. I thought I would share with you guys a few of my 'can't live withouts'.

Bio-Oil $10

As I have gotten older I have begun to notice fine lines around my eyes and mouth. I also have some scars as a result from acne, which leaves red patches on my skin. I had heard about Bio-Oil being a good remedy for this so I purchased it from Rite Aide. You use it as a spot treatment, massaging it into the skin twice a day, applying it before anything else. I have been using it religiously for a couple months and I have noticed a real difference around my eyes especially. The lines look much fainter. My coworker even said something about it! Needless to say I am in love with this stuff.

St Ives Green Tea Cleanser $6

I bought this cleanser by mistake and have been loving it ever since! I use it at night to wash off my makeup and I just love the way it makes my skin feel clean but not dry. Also, I have noticed that overall my skin looks better. It is more even toned and I haven't had any breakouts. This may partly be because of the Bio-Oil, but I definately think this cleanser is helping a lot as well.


I used to buy expensive shampoos and styling products but was never really satisfied with my hair. One day I thought I would give Pantene a try and I've been sold ever since. My hair feels great, looks great and styles great. Most recently I have been using their heat protection spray and my hair stylist could feel the difference.

Osmotics Crease-less $85

I work for this company so it is easy for me to rave about their products. I won't rave about all of them though, only the ones I really love. Crease-less is one of those products. This is a serum that helps reduce the appearance of expression lines. Obviously this is one of my biggest concerns with my skin, as you can probably tell. This works great with the Bio-Oil and I notice an immediate difference. As long as I have these two products I will never need botox!


Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque $4

I do not have acne prone skin but about once a month (I'm sure you know when) everything goes wacky and I get yucky pimples on my chin and forehead. I use this masque to really clean out my skin and dry up all those nasty bumps. I only use this masque about 3 times a month. When my skin is not breaking out I use their mud masque which is also great.

So there you have it. Now keep in mind that this is just a small sampling of products that I use and love. I haven't even included any makeup products! I think I will do one for that as well. As you can see I use mostly drug store brands. I do not believe that you need to spend a million bucks to maintain yourself. But, I do believe that there are some higher end products out there that do amazing things and if you can afford it, why not? I use a lot of Osmotics products because I get them for free from my company. When I no longer work here I will have to look for a cheaper route as $85-$150 per product is a bit high for me!

So ladies, how about you? What are some beauty products that you can't live without? I'm always looking for something new!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Weekend Round-up

Yesterday was a bad day. I woke up in a horrible mood, had issues with my hair and thighs, and it just seemed everything was fighting me. I am dealing with a non paying bidder on Ebay as well. Needless to say all I wanted to do yesterday was hide, which is exactly what I did!

Well today is a new and better day so I thought I would share my photos from the weekend. On friday we went to a show. Nothing exciting really but I did take an outfit photo:

I'm wearing my faux 40s dress and vintage wedges. My hair is doing something very weird! I have a hair appointment today because it needs a trim badly!

Saturday was a positively beautiful day so we took the Caddy out and drove around. We went to Boss Vintage to visit with Ron and I finally purchased this book:

You would think I would've bought this book ages ago as its author lives here in Denver, but I kept putting it off. I finally decided to buy it though as I've been struggling with my hair lately. I must say that this book is amazing! I have the previous vintage hair bible 1940s Hairstyles by Daniela Turudich, and it has always been helpful, but Lauren does an amazing job at showing you how to do these styles with modern tools. She also shows you how to do pin curls, finger waves and victory rolls. Plus there are TONS of color photos so its virtually fool proof. I highly suggest buying this book! You can buy it at Vintagehairstyling.com. Also, if you don't already follow her blog you should because its filled with vintage hairstyling tid bits.  Its called Bobby Pin Blog.
 Ok, back to the weekend.

After that we decided to go to the zoo because we havent gone before and its just a few blocks away from our home.

I finally wore my Rose Marie Reid playsuit. I love it!! My shoes, however, were killing me.

Here I am petting the lion.

And here is Oscar about to go swimming with the flamingos.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Decisions, Decisions...

This one?

Or this one?

And what about this one?

I can't decide!!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cheap Pink

I'm sure you all know by now what a shopoholic I am. My job is boooooring so its really what I do all day to pass the time. And I can't pass up a deal!

Pink lucite bangles-99 cents

Pink 50s sundress-$13

Also, I went and did something crazy today in regards to this:

Basically, I entered and I'm scared poopless over it. It requires a talent show and I am at a loss as to what I can do. I am not a talented person!!! Also, I have major stage fright. But, the prize is $500 to spend at the show (last year there were 2 whole bakelite booths!!) and a trip to the Palm Springs Modernism Show in February, so I may just have to grin and bare it. Its only 2 weeks away so I need to get something together fast! I don't know if I should stick with my regular vintage look, or go more 60s for the show. I guess it will depend what my 'talent' is.

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