Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Finds Aug 6th

While I may be on a spending diet I do need a few new things. Mainly new jeans. My old jeans give me "muffin top". Not something that I like to have. So I have searched around for new jeans and I think I may have found some that are budget friendly and are figure friendly as well.

Nice and dark with a bit of a flare.

A basic bootcut.

Tom hates the deconstructed look, but the these are kind of cute :)

I have also been drooling over this lovely dress on Modcloth.

So will these fit into my budget? Do I really need them? I know the dress I really, really WANT. *sigh* It will be a great addition to my wardrobe and look wonderful with a little black shrug I have. But do I need it? Oh the agony of being on a budget!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Getting Ready For Fall?

Sémillon Flat
$45 -
More flats »

Stamp Camp New Images Page 22
$13 -

birdcage postcard

It is so hot outside, but all the Fall catalogues have started coming in the mail and stores have put out their Fall displays already. While I can't even attempt to wear these clothes now I can save up for the pieces that are critical (I need pants desperately!) and start my idea list of things to sew. I finally got my serger fixed and now just need to get my sewing machine fixed, it doesn't do reverse. It will be nice to sew again and get those projects that have been sitting on the back burner the past few months completed! Tell me, am I the only one who gets way ahead of herself with tons of plans?


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sarong Song

Mendosa Sarong
$35 -

With the Summer heat and humidity I have been going native and wearing sarongs! I swear there is no better way to stay cool when it is sizzling outside. I have here a cute selection of styles I found on the internet. You can also just grab a large scarf that you already have and tie it yourself to make your own sarong. Here is a good site to start learning the different ways to "tie one on" LOL!
How to Wrap a Sarong.

If I can get anyone to take pictures I will post them here or in the flickr group of my sarongs. I have a great selection I have collected over the years. For now I am going to kick back with a nice cool glass of lemonade and see if I can find me a cabana boy with a palm frond fan.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

It Takes A Vintage Girl To Tell An Antique

Those Potatoes Aren't Going To Mash Themselves

Those Potatoes Aren't Going To Mash Themselves

Looks Like You Missed A Spot

Looks Like You Missed A Spot

New Gloves

I'd Put On White Gloves, But I Have A Dirty Job To Do

Here's Looking At You Kid

Here's Looking At You Kid

Sleep Like A Kitten?

Sex Sells Everything, Even Train Tickets

What a great time Tom and I had in the Tehachapi Mountains rummaging through antique stores and sitting in quaint cafes. I swear there is not a better time to be had! There was even a hobby store full of model trains for Tom to look over. We had a laugh at the advertising plaques that showed scantily clad women to sell train tickets.
IMG_4781 IMG_4782

Sex sells everything I guess! I was a good girl and only spent a small amount of money. I just had to buy the grape shoe clip at one store. I had inherited one just like it from my Nana! Now I have a matched set to wear on my shoes.

Grapes On My Toes!

$18.00 Vintage Grape Shoe Clip.

I also bought a pair of black gloves. Perfect for my next tea party. To end the day we split a cheesecake and watched the clouds form and break apart from the deck at Kohnen's Bakery. So romantic! Of course, any time spent with Tom is good :)


Saturday, July 10, 2010

The First Step

New Shoes

They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I know I am a shopoholic. So I had already taken the first step years ago. I buy shoes, clothes and accessories compulsively. But other than that I had never really done anything about it other than cutting back when my husband was out of work. Now that we are empty-nesters I have had to take a step back and re-evaluate my life. Do I really need to keep accumulating all these material goods? What plans do I have for the rest of my life?

First was to lay out my priorities for our money:

1. Retirement.

2. Vacations to visit our cherished friends.

3. Renovations to our home.

These are all really important to me and if I don't stop spending all our money then I can not accomplish these goals. So that means I will have to actually set myself a budget and stick with it.

So today is the first day of my budget. I have three envelopes with each goal on it and I will put a defined amount of money into each envelope each payday. After a few months I will put the accumulations in an Roth IRA for the retirement and use the others as needed for my goals. I think that I am finding that "things" don't always make you happy, but friends and experiences do.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Finds June 25th

Dress it Up!
  • Dress- Modcloth $44.99
  • Shoes- Aldo $54.99
  • Necklace- From my Nana
  • Earrings- Aldo $12.00

I received my new dresses in the mail today just in time for my post! Yay! The first dress needs a bit of alteration so I will have to wait to take it in before I show you it, but as you can see the Soda Fountain Dress in Cola from Modcloth fits to a T. I also bought the Aldo shoes I wanted today so I am a happy camper :)

Spectator T-Straps
Aldo Hiedeman Shoes

Other purchases were a hat and earrings today.

New Fedora
Here's Looking At You
You may remember this hat from my article: Hats Hats Hats!
I just had to get it when I was at Target and I saw it was the last one there. Only $16.99

Flowers and Rhinestones
These earrings were too cute to resist and I knew they would go with my Nana's vintage necklace which I didn't really have any earrings to go with.

I had a great day today shopping with my daughter and grand daughters. I can't wait until next payday to do it again!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Neutral Zone


This Spring and Summer neutral and pale tones have been much in fashion. Not being not been one for pale colours I have stayed away from this trend until now. In an effort to push myself a little style-wise and get a bit out of my comfort zone I put together an all neutral outfit. I based it on one that Betty Grable was wearing in one of her famous pin-up photos.

Neutral Zone
  • Blouse- Anthropologie on sale $77.00
  • Shorts- Salvation Army, Hesperia $3.00
  • Belt- Vintage, remix
  • Shoes- Forever 21 $22.50
  • Jewelry- made by me

I love the vintage vibe of the outfit and the way the neutrals look together. I never would have done this on my own, but I guess designers do know a thing or two. Of course, so do pin-up girls *wink*


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chocolate Chip

I love chocolate chip ice cream. When I found this dress by the same name I just had to build a little outfit around it. It is perfect for a sweet date to an ice cream parlour. Now I really want some ice cream!

Sorry for the long delay between posts. With graduation of the last child at home (yay!)and a bit of personal turmoil I have not been able to blog. I am trying to remedy that. I STILL have photos I need to upload from my camera, sigh.

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