Tuesday, February 17, 2015

1954




Classic Mad Men, n'est-ce pas?
I just had a birthday. I was born in 1954. Yeah. Yeah. I know I'm old. If you stick around long enough it is bound to happen to you, too. These people were ALSO born in 1954. So I have to think that it was a pretty good year! 
The cover story was about little Arabella Churchill who was considered a potential future bride for Prince Charles.
 
 If you ever want to feel REALLY OLD. Go out and find yourself a magazine that was published around the time that you were born and check out the advertisements.
Even if you're only 20 years old, go get a mag from 1995.
 It will blow your little mind.
 
 Women mostly stayed home and cleaned house.
This kitchen appears to have a stripper pole. An obviously very CLEAN stripper pole.
 
My Mom was probably feeding me this crap.
And wearing one of these torture devices.
And getting all jacked up on sugar.
 
Just about everybody smoked. Doctor's Orders!
 
 Unfiltered Camels are so therapeutic for those delicate opera singer vocal chords.
 
Oh look. A group of babysitters for me!
 Most likely sneaking cigs and spiking their Seven-Up with Jack Daniels.
 
And of course there is our never ending obsession with weight control.
I'll have to try this the next time I bake. Rolling pins for all types of buns.
 
 
 I saved the best for last. Love Love Love the latest accessories collection from Jacques Fath.
 
 
So....have you ever looked at advertisements from your Birth Year??
Do it. Really. Do it. I'd love to hear about it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

You Go, Coco!


 
 
SO THIS HAPPENED
 
Coco Chanel at Villa La Pausa in Roquebrune, French Riviera, with her dog, Gigot, c1930.
"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
                                                                     Coco Chanel
 
Connie Snow at Blackbird Circle in Carlsbad, Southern California, with her dog, Pancake, c2015.
"What's for Lunch?"
                 Connie Snow

 
Alors, Mes Amies!!!
Just so you know, I don't spend all my time living in the past.
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linking up with Tres Chic Patti's Visible Monday


Friday, January 9, 2015

All I Have Wished For Will Be

Ruth St. Denis and Denishawn dancers in Yoga meditation.
I am OBSESSED with Ruth St. Denis.

 
2014 was a Crazy Year for me. You may or may not know that I have really struggled with my health over the past two years. And this year. 2014. I discovered that I had been misdiagnosed and was being treated for the WRONG THING all this time! See what I mean? Crazy.
But the Good News for me is that I found an adorable doctor (those are two words that you don't often see together) who is finally helping me to get back to myself.
This is why I think she is adorable ~ she correctly diagnosed me and is helping me to get better AND she loves to shop at Thrift Stores!!! Whenever I have an appointment with her we compare notes about the local Thrift Shop Scene.
 Thrift Girl Power! Yeah! 
 
Did you know that just smelling Rosemary can alleviate anxiety? Well it's True!
I always told myself that if for some reason I ended up in prison I would pass the time by learning a new language. I have no idea what I would have done to put me into prison but...you just never know, right? Well, being ill all this time FELT like prison. I did not learn a new language but I definitely gave the swear words in my own language a workout.
So here are a few things I did to pass the time.

Here's where I spent too much of 2014. In my bed. The picture of the vintage shoes is to remind me that very soon I will be wearing actual CUTE SHOES once again. Yes. I. Will.
Cute shoes, n'est-ce pas? 

I read a lot. Mostly books about feisty women. 
I did some knitting.
 Look at that. I Macgyvered a bread bag clip to keep the yarn from slipping off of the end of the knitting needle.
 
I won this beautiful necklace of a swinging girl from Coulda Shoulda Woulda's Instagram giveaway that I was not even aware that I had entered. Thank you so much Naomi. It is PERFECT.  
I took lots of scenic car drives.
This is the gorgeous Self Realization Fellowship In Encinitas, California all lit up for the holidays.
 
And I did a bit of on-line shopping. This 70's hippie dress is from Thriftwares Vintage.
I just love it so much. I can't wait to wear it out in public while wearing SHOES.
 
Crimson Ball Sinks From View.
Click HERE for some Donovan wonderfulness.
So CHEERS to a HAPPY HEALTHY Running Around Doing What You Want New Year for EVERYONE!!!
 
So what do YOU do to help pass the time when you are housebound?
 
I'll be recycling Radiant Orchid at Spy Girl's 52 Pick-me-up: Pantone Party
And joining the fancy dress party at Patti's Visible Monday


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gashlycrumbs

It's Tulle Time!!!!!!
striped tee ~ J Jill
white tulle over black tulle ~ made by me
leggings ~ who knows? who cares?
flip flops ~ guess what? Reefs!
 
Donchya just LOVE Tulle????
This time of year it is so important to add some tulle to your wardrobe for Halloween Costumes and Holiday Parties and Impromptu Tipsy Interpretations of the Nutcracker.
You just never know when you might need a some Tulle. 
 
I had plans to do a little tutorial on how to make a tulle skirt.
A white one with and elastic waistband and a black one with a satin sash waistband. 
But this tulle was being such a beatch that it turned into quite a tussle. A Total Tulle Tussle. 
 I kinda lost it. This was not the adorable DIY that I had planned.
So I scrapped the DIY. This type of thing happens more frequently than I'd like to admit.
I'll probably wear the black tulle over a skirt and the white tulle under. Maybe. Who knows.
Anyhoo....I decorated a Halloween Cake.
I am capable of making beautiful cakes. This is Not one of them.
mmmm....cake.
After my Tulle misadventure I Deserve Cake. Yes I Do. 
And Since it's Halloween let me tell you about my deep abiding love for Edward Gorey.
I love him so much! I'm sad that he is gone because I just want MORE Edward St. John Gorey!
The Gashlycrumb Tinies is one of my favorites.
I actually bought this little book for my kids when they were younger.
 I made certain that interspersed with Flopsy Bunnies and Madeline they had a healthy dose of Edward Gorey, Tim Burton and Lemony Snicket.
Hey, I'm just providing them with material for future therapy sessions.
You can see the whole book HERE
 
C is for CONNIE who ate too much cake
 
 
I'm off to crash the Halloween Party at Mis Papelicos' Share-in-Style 
 
 
 
 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Wreck 'Em - Burn The British



What is it about Eating Breakfast Out in a Coffee Shop? 
 
 
 
I can make Eggs at Home.
We have a very nice Coffee Maker and a Fancy Toaster.
 
But We don't have one of These at our House
Wall-O-Matic! 
 
 
Wouldn't It Be Nice?
So instead of lolling around in our pj's all day we actually got dressed on a Sunday and drove to Coronado, California to have Breakfast at Clayton's Coffee Shop.
This place is so old school that they don't even have a website or a Facebook page or anything!
Ca-Razy!
 
 
mmm...  pie 
This is how you can tell that we're in Southern California. Hot sauce on every table. 
 
 
Requisite Bathroom Selfie.
OK Employees. Now get in here and Wash Your Hands!
 
 
And just because I Love a dose of Local Slang, check out this list of Good Old American Luncheonette Lingo right HERE
Did you figure out what I ordered?
 
 
And now for your listening pleasure please insert a 25 cents and press D9.
 
 
 
86* 
 
 
 
*Bonus points if you know what 86 means!