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.
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