Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's a Gift-a 49'er!

First, I would like to say that last week was quite a somber one due to the horrible shooting in Connecticut. Even though I knew my family was ok (my sister and her kids live 20 minutes away) I was saddened for those kids and their families. I won't get into it too much on here but I wanted to say something about it. Hopefully something like that never happens again.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Even though it doesn't get nearly as cold here as it did in Denver we do have winter. It's just more in line with what I was used to living in New Mexico. I'm thankful that I don't have to experience snow and below zero temperatures anymore!! So even though I no longer need the heavier stuff, I still bundle up. I am a notoriously cold person (in temp, not heart) so I feel like I am always dressed in sweaters. In an effort to broaden my winter wardrobe I have developed a mild obsession with 49er jackets.

It's a gift...a 49'er

Pendleton starting making these jackets in 1949 (hence the name) and actually still make them. They have such a fabulously casual yet stylish look about them that they have become quite the collectors item. Finding them in my size, however, is a bit of a challenge. Usually I have a problem with the sleeves being too long. I would own an adorable pink one if my arms had been longer. Instead my friend Kat owns it. Oh well.

Here are the 49ers I do own:

I wore this to work yesterday. My coworker is always saying how I remind me of old photos of her mom in the 50s. This one is blue with cream and orange. It fits me quite nicely so I wear it often. I love the buttons on it!

This was my first 49'er. It is red and green and just a bit too big. I don't care though. I love the shell buttons and red and green are my favorite colors!

I always style my 49'ers with dungarees and a head scarf. I'm not very creative I guess as all the old adds feature them with pencil skirts.

This is my most recent acquisition that I haven't even received in the mail yet. I am completely in love with the lilac color!!

It is newer I believe. The add says 60s but I am not sure. I may see about changing out the buttons if I can find ones similar to those on my blue one. I just love those!

It is a Young Pendleton so hopefully it fits well. It looks soft and comfy and I can't wait to wear it!!

So many 49'ers do you own? In what colors???

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Sweaters

For most people, when they hear the term 'Holiday Sweater' or 'Christmas Sweater' they think of tacky, 80s mom sweaters and properly themed parties to go with. For me, I think of all the fabulous knit varieties from the 40s and 50s. I've tried to collect these through the last couple years but they are hard to come by. When I do find them they are also usually a bigger size so I have been looking around for modern knock offs.

I was in Forever 21 yesterday and found a cardigan that has the look and feel of the vintage ones I love so I picked it up:

Love the reindeer!! They have it in red online as well, which I am really tempted to buy.

This is my one and only 'vintage' one:

Its actually from the 70s or 80s but I really like it.

Here are a few from around the web that I covet:

Here's a picture of a his and her's matching set:

Fernando would never wear this sweater, ear muffs and mittens set! I'd rock the sweater if it weren't a turtle neck. Plus, I love her heart shaped belt!!

Here's an adorable red reindeer print:

I'm not sure who this lovely model is. I found this picture on Pinterest. This image is what inspired my search for the reindeer print cardigan from Forever 21.

Here's an almost identical one that just sold on Ebay:

It sold for $52. Not bad and I'm quite jealous I was not the winner!

Here's one that is currently for sale on Ebay:

Love that the snow looks like flames!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

1-Hawleywood's Layrite Grooming Spray

I don't always have time or patience to set my hair properly. The only way I get a good curl is with a wet set that I sleep on. Sometimes though, I just don't feel like sleeping on uncomfortable rollers so I have been faux setting it with Hawleywood's Grooming Spray. I get pretty good results and the curls last! In fact, the first time I tried this it rained and I thought my curls were doomed. Nope. They lasted all night!

First, I wash my hair and use volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Then I blow dry with my head upside down, to give added volume. To set, I spritz small sections of hair with the Grooming Spray and roll with foam rollers. Then I spritz again. The bangs get pin curled. Then I hit with the blow dryer. I leave them in as long as I can, heating them with the blow dryer again and again.

Its not as curly as a wet set but it gets good volume and looser, 50s curls. An added bonus is that the Grooming Spray makes styling my front barrel roll super easy!

See???? Barrel roll awesome-ness!

2-Smith's Rosebud Salve

This is not a new obsession. It's my favorite everyday lip gloss that I've been using for years. It can also be used on your hands and skin. It doesn't have any scent or taste, so it is just perfect to use everyday.

3-Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Runaway'

I am OBSESSED with this song right now! I love this band and I love Karen O and this song is one of my favorites.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tulle-Cyber Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...

Black Friday is so overrated. Its all about the Cyber sales! It seems like every online store offers up great deals and discounts that make it hard to not take advantage of. So far I have been good, but I just had to buy a couple things off of  TulleThey are having a mega sale on their site right now with awesome deals. Hurry over though if you are interested. They are selling out quick.

I could have easily bought a dozen things from them today. They have the cutest jackets and sweaters! I ended up buying 2 jackets, which I am in need of since I left most of my coats behind in Denver. What's nice is that they both have that vintage aesthetic I love!

Sales price- $17.00

It has the cutest bow on the back!

Originally- $118.00
Sale price-$29.50

I had this in my Pinterest board 'Stuff I Want' so I am pretty happy to be getting it for super cheap.

Next I will be taking advantage of a Sephora $20 off coupon I got in the mail. Very excited for that!
Have you guys gotten any great deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I'm Not Dead

Sometimes blogging feels like a chore. Sometimes it feels like work. Sometimes I am too busy and sometimes I am just completely uninspired. Lately, it has felt like all of the above. I feel as if I have nothing interesting to talk about. I think that just means that I am happy and comfortable though. Funny how that happens.

Since I feel uninteresting I will just share some photos from some shows with you. There may be more on my camera at home so there may be a part 2 to this story. They are all Roy Rapid shows because I am poor and I get in for free :-)

 Roy Rapid, The Side-wynders, and The Avenues at Tio Leo's.

Roy Rapid's new marquis. A gift from their manager Jessica.

My man playing drums. 

My hair is super long again! This daisy print dress is one of the very first vintage dresses I ever bought way back when. I still love it!

This was a good show. I ate and drank and danced a lot. I had not danced in ages!! I had so much fun! There were a ton of Lindy Hoppers there and I swear they always seem shocked that I can actually dance Lindy pretty well. They say things like 'wow, you're actually good!'. Shocker. But thanks for the compliment!

The Southwest Stomp in Tempe, AZ

It was fun to take a mini road trip, even though we just drove there and came right back. Fernando got a new-ish SUV with heated seats so I was quite comfy. I didn't do any shopping at all, but I did hit the Dunkin Donut's across from the hotel. Yum!

I really liked my outfit even though I had to let the buttons out on the skirt in the car outside the venue. Thank god for sewing kits! It was always snug but an office job has made it snugger. 

The show was fun and the Roy Rapid boys got a little crazy during their set. Ben, the guitar player, passed out on stage and had to be carried out. Luckily it was after they played though. 

Roy Rapid at Joe's in Burbank.

Nicole, Monica and me. I covet Monica's gold confetti lucite purse!!

Casual show the night before Thanksgiving. Hadn't washed my hair in a couple days so it all got stowed away. This was a show I could have slept through, I was so tired!

Nikki Hill at the Kensington Club Nov 30th

Ok this show hasn't happened yet so if you are in the San Diego area you should come down on friday to see Nikki Hill!! I am super excited! I haven't actually ever seen her live, can you believe that??? I will take pictures and share them here I promise!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pin Curls

I wanted to share this video with you guys. Its from Ashley Marie on You Tube. She does a pin curl from start to finish. I, for one, suck at pin curls! I have more hair than a normal person so even when it is long it is insanely difficult to do all the pin curls. Even my hair stylist is amazed at how much hair I have. Anyways, I thought I would share because I think she does a really good job at showing how to do the set, and also how to brush it out and style it. She has other good vintage hair styling videos too so you should go and subscribe to her as well.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

I want to start a bit of a regular series, maybe weekly, showing you guys just a few of my favorite things. It will be things that I am currently using/wearing/loving and it will include just about anything from cosmetics to clothes to food to movies. Basically whatever I feel like sharing!

Lets get started!

Coty Airspun

Coty Airspun has been around since 1935. I remember my grandma using this loose powder that came in the cardboard container with the gold fans on it. What I remember most is the smell. I never tried it though because I was never a big fan of loose powder. As I've gotten older though I have tried to wear less makeup. Well, not really less, just not as heavy. As you age makeup can get cakey, gathering in the lines on the face. I don't feel that I have 'aging' skin just yet though. Actually, I feel pretty good about my skin and don't feel I need to cover it up as much! Yes, I have some crows feet that I wish would magically disappear, but besides that I like how my skin looks. I have been using lighter foundations and powders for a while now and decided to finally try this classic cosmetic.

I bought the color Honey Beige and have been using it for about a week now. I dust the powder all over my face after applying foundation, then set it with a spritz of MAC Studio Fix. So far I am really loving this powder! I love that it is light and gives me just enough coverage. Its perfect for work and weekends spent in the sun. 

Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer SPF 50

I purchased this from Big Lots for $4.50 in the color Fair to Light. I bought it for a few reasons: 
1-I like Physician's Formula.
 2-It has SPF 50.
 3-I tested it on my hand and really liked the consistency. 
I actually buy a lot of cosmetics from Big Lots because you just never know what they are going to have and its fun to try new things. I wore this foundation to the flea market on sunday and to work on Monday and today. Its a light foundation, yes, but it still has color and coverage to it. It doesn't separate throughout the day or gather in lines and I love that it has an SPF 50 to it. If you are looking for a light foundation with sun protection in it I highly recommend this one! Its not discontinued either, as so many products that I get at Big Lots are.

Funny Movies

I saw two movies recently that had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt:

1-For a Good Time Call...

This movie is about 2 girls living in New York that start their own phone sex company. Even though it has a raunchy story line, it is done in a really quirky, interesting way. I want this movie on DVD when it comes out!

2-Pitch Perfect

This movie is about a college glee club. Its like Glee but without any serious, tear jerking messages. Its just plain funny and Rebel Wilson is my new hero.

So there you go. Just a few (or four) of my current favorite things. How about you guys? Do you have any thing you are currently obsessing over??

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Lucky Day at the Thrift Store

There's a thrift store down the street from my work and I go by there a few times every week. They have awesome sales every day and I usually find something I think is cute. Its usually more modern things though.

Today I went there out of boredom and picked out a couple modern shirts. Before getting rung up I looked in the jewelry case and spotted something that you don't ever see at thrift stores: Bakelite!!

There it was, a yellow honeycomb Bakelite bangle, peaking out of a bag of mixed bracelets. I'll take it, please! Oh you'll give it me for half off?? What luck!!

I decided I should have a better look in that jewelry case before leaving the store. There was another bag of jewelry with a red bangle that I needed to see up close.

There was a hole in the bag so I slipped my hand in and felt it. Yup! Thats Bakelite!! I'll take this one as well. Half off? Sure, why not?!

Upon better inspection I was quite happy to discover a third Bakelite bangle in one of the bags, a brown one. All in all I paid $8 dollars for 3 carved Bakelite bangles. 

This is by far the luckiest trip to the thrift store I have had since leaving Denver! What's your luckiest thrift store find???

Monday, October 8, 2012

October Spookfest 2012-The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary was built in 1930 to be a luxury cruise liner. The builders spared no expense and decided to name her after England's greatest queen-Victoria. King George, however, assumed they meant his wife Mary, so that is how she wound up with her name. She had her maiden voyage in 1937 and for 3 years she was the premier ocean liner to stars and dignitaries alike. In 1939, with the start of WWII, she took on a new role: she became a troopship, transporting soldiers fighting in the war. This was her job until 1947 when the war ended. After her military service she was restored to her previous glory and went back to being a cruise liner. In 1967 she made her final voyage, docking for the final time in Long Beach, CA to become a hotel.

The Queen Mary has a long and interesting history, not only as a cruise liner and hotel, but as a WWII vessel. With all the deaths that occurred on her decks, rooms, and pool, it is no wonder she would be classified as one of Americas's most haunted hotels.

War Ghosts
The Queen Mary is reported to have 49 ghosts and most of these were troops. When she was enlisted into military service, the Queen Mary was stripped of her luxurious adornments and painted gray. Nicknamed "The Grey Ghost", she definitely earned her nickname!
Sailing home after the war.

One such reported ghost is a young seaman named John Henry who lied about his age to procure a position on the Queen Mary.  He worked in the boiler room and was soon crushed to death while trying to flee a fire. The haunting activity includes knocks and bright lights and even a vortex. Ịt's even been reported that the door to the engine room is sometimes hot to the touch.

Another ghost sounds like an old wives tale, but one that I can not disprove. Apparently the troops killed a chef because they did not like his cooking.  They stuffed him into the oven and burnt him alive as a lesson for bad cuisine. His screams still echo his horrible death to this day.

During its most deadly mission, "The Grey Ghost" had to zig zag to avoid enemy ships. Instead, she crashed into her companion ship, nearly cutting it in half and sending 239 men into the sea to either drown or be eaten by sharks. It is reported that mysterious pounding on the side of the Queen Mary is those men trying to signal to come on board. It is also said that men screaming and the sound of metal crushing against metal can be heard below decks at the extreme front end of the bow. Those who have heard this believe it to be the screams of the sailors at the moment the light cruiser was split in half by the liner.

Civilian Ghosts
Even though most of the Queen Mary's ghosts are military related, there have been a few deaths related to her luxury liner and hotel years. 

Superstition says that 13 is an unlucky number. On the Queen Mary is most definitely is! In 1942 John McKenzie was crushed to death by door #13 in shaft alley. The rumor is that he was actually held there as the door closed on him. In 1967 Crewman John Pedder was either caught there during a fire drill, or was playing chicken and lost. Now people often see shadows walk through the closed door

Door 13. The door has long been removed.

One of the most haunted spots of the ship is Cabin B340, which is no longer rented out due to the extreme paranormal activity, believed to be the result of the murder of an 8 year old girl named Dana. Some stories even say that Dana's murderer, her father, also killed her two sisters, mother, and also himself.  Cabin B340 is bigger than it originally was because the wall dividing room B338 and room B340 was removed. When the Queen Mary became a hotel, visitors kept sending complaints about sleeping in room B340. They were woken up in the middle of the night by the light turning on and off, the sink turning on and off, coat hangers floating above their heads, and bedspreads undoing themselves. The Queen Mary staff decided to not rent this haunted room to the public. It is, however, still used for research by paranormal experts..

Daniel is a little boy of 5 or 6 years of age people like to call the Blue Boy. He is often witnessed on the Promenade deck near the stairway and shops and has been seen in the observation bar. He seems to be looking for his parents and is always wearing blue, Edwardian clothing. It is believed he roams other areas of the ship as well.

The Pool
The Queen Mary actually featured two pools, one of which has been turned into a theater. The 1st class pool is still intact and open to tours. Though it is not filled with water it does house a few ghosts. 

A little girl named Jackie from either broke her neck or drowned. She now wanders the pool area and nursery looking for her doll or mommy. Jackie is sometimes accompanied by Sarah, another little girl that drowned in the pool in 1949. Visitors often hear the sound of splashing and children giggling. There are also lots of EVP's of little Jackie crying and talking.

There is also a lady wearing a 1930's bathing suit seen around the pool. She sometimes leaves wet footprints, even though there hasn't been water in the pool for decades. Apparently there is a second vortex in the pool area that was caused by the murder of a woman in locker 20. People will often see shadow people in the hallways of the dressing rooms.

The Queen Mary is an Art Deco beauty filled with history, secrets and obviously a few ghosts. If you have never visited it I highly suggest you do, even if you don't believe in ghosts. Hopefully I can take one of the ghost tours one of these days. It would be great to see all the haunted areas of this beautiful ship.

The Observation Bar

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cancer Sucks

Nick Curran died today. Its very sad. He battled cancer for the past few years and it just kept coming back. The last time I saw him play was in Austin at the Continental Club while his cancer was in remission. He was so skinny but he could still play a mean guitar. He wasn't singing at that show. He was supposed to play Denver a few months later but his cancer had returned. Its sad to hear now that it claimed him.

Cancer sucks. It keeps taking great people too soon. Thats the second musician to die from cancer in the past few moths. Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys died too. That one really, really sucks. The Beastie Boys were my childhood and my teen years and I never got to see them live, and now I never will.

Fuck you cancer! RIP Nick and Adam.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Etsy Sale

Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know that I am having a sale in my Etsy shop from now until Monday. I am offering 15% off everything!!!

Coupon code:

Here are a few things I have to offer:




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Non Vintage Thrifting Finds

This past weekend Fernando and I went thrifting. He bought records and I bought clothes. I didnt buy any vintage (sad) but the things I did buy will be good things to mix in with my vintage wardrobe or wear to work. I'll tell you guys a secret: I don't always wear vintage. I know, I know, thats crazy talk! But seriously, I love going to thrift stores and finding modern clothes with a vintage feel to them. Its nicer on my wallet too.

Love this purse :-)


Forever 21 dress. Woven brown belt and ankle tie sandals will make for a cute, summer look. Yes, it is still very much summer here in San Diego.

A beaded cardigan, good for winter. American Eagle.

My attempt at getting a close up picture of the bead work.

Striped crop top. 

Wool cardigan with rhinestone buttons.

Cute basic!

Stretchy, polka dot dress. This will be good for work.

Cute plaid top. This will be great with jeans.

This Bebe top is going to get a bit of a makeover. I want to switch out the buttons to give it more of a vintage  look. It will be good with skirts.

Another polka dot dress for work.

Shopping grand total--$25.

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