Friday, August 19, 2016

Beauty From Another Era

Hello, friends!
I do hope you had a lovely week!  How is it that Friday is already nearly upon us (or IS upon us now that you are reading this- this will make sense if you keep reading)?  For that matter, I keep thinking, how is it that blessed autumn is already nearly upon us?   I have had the joy of fellowship with several of you who have mentioned that you too are ready for fall to be here.

By the time you read this, sweet friends, (thanks to scheduled posting) I will be away from home and on a road trip!  I am filled with glee and anxious excitement to be taking a long-awaited trip and thankful to the Lord for times of rest such as this.  It is also quite a long drive, further than we have ever driven in one stretch, but I'm excited- being such a long drive, it would be a blessing to have any prayers for a safe trip☺  I am traveling to a most wonderful city along the Mississippi and cannot wait to take in the sights and beauty of one of America's most well known monuments and much more that we will be exploring... and I look forward to sharing about my adventures there!  If I am able, I also hope to share a photo or two on my Instagram.  I'd love to have you join me there.
But for now, I wanted to share a fun, simple post... I have been poring over anything and everything vintage fashion, and along with that comes vintage beauty.  With this, I was also reminded of reading an article about the enchantment and delight there is in being a little girl and then growing up into a young lady and so on and holding dear memories of watching your mother get dressed and do her makeup.  Isn't this so true?  I can remember fondly snippets of moments watching just that- it is so much about admiring your mother's grace and her heart and inner and outer beauty as a little girl and growing up with that ideal of those aspects of hers of which you hope to mirror.  And I think for many of us, that begins with watching our mothers in this way when we're little, such as seeing them dress up in their Sunday best for church or for a picnic... whatever it may be.  
This made me think much about how beauty today in its modern, more worldly form has lost a great deal of the charm and elegance of what it used to be.  Just think of the sweet gracefulness mixed with ladylike class that was the makeup and beauty and style of the ladies in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. I'm thankful for our mothers, grandmothers, and others who carried that on into later eras. 

Getting ready to go somewhere back then was an elegant affair, even in the way ladies organized their vanities and gently applied modest amounts of makeup that brought out just the right elements of their natural loveliness.
Ladies did their hair and makeup in ways then that exemplified beauty in modesty and classiness,
And I just love and am captured by those ways of eras gone by... thankfully preserved through old beauty films like these that I found so neat to watch!

 
 
 
When I think of the epitome of graceful beauty that ladies embraced in another era, it is often of images like in these lovely videos... and of them brushing their bouncing, curled hair, adding a flower or feminine clip, or even a hat or fascinator.  And as I shop more and more often at the antique mall I love, I am reminded of the care and delicacy with which things were made as I find old compacts and mirrors and vanity sets, so ornate and a work of art themselves... as they assisted lovely girls and ladies back then to create their own work of art as they dressed and groomed to go out.
 
That is, to me, beauty from another era.

Vintage style compact// one of my favorite lipsticks in Softshell Pink
by Revlon// a satin hair flower made by me
 
 
Did you find these films interesting?
 
What is your favorite beauty era?
 
 
I will miss you, dear friends, while I am gone, and look forward to saying hello again
when I return!  Have a most wonderful weekend ahead!
 
 
Many blessings always,
-J
 

 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Outfit // Fifties Garden

 Happy new week, dear friends!
I hope very much that your weekend was wonderful and your week is off to a blessed start.
 
What a joyful weekend it was with a good balance of work and relaxation.
I think those are the best kind of weekends that I feel like I enjoy most.  It seems a weekend
doesn't feel nearly as fun unless I'm working on some sort of project or delving into some
new venture.  But lying on the couch with my puppy and watching a good mystery or classic
is so nice, as well.  This weekend it was an Abbot & Costello film. 
We have several of their films and I love sitting down to watch them because they bring back
memories of watching them years ago and all through my childhood and of eras past.
The one we watched last night had an especially cozy setting and even a cameo from the
 Andrews Sisters, which I had forgotten about and greatly enjoyed.
 
But I guess I didn't sit down to write about that
(although I could (smiles)), so onto the outfit☺ 
This weekend, as I ran some errands and worked around the house for the
most part, I wore a comfortable yet fun outfit that, for me, had a vintage feel because of my
 black ankle pants with white polka dots that felt fifties-esque (reminding me of the cute pants
I remember seeing worn with tunics or button ups by ladies of past eras, like on I Love Lucy).
But this outfit also made me smile because, as I put it together, it had reminders of
a sweet garden with bright floral and colors that felt lovely
 and cheery for a summer's day.
 
  With black and white garments, like stripes or polka dots like my ankle pants,
my favorite color to pair along with that piece of clothing is bright pink.  I just love
the fun feel of pink, black, and white together.  So, I added a plain pink tee and a white, long
 cardigan.  I love the length of it, as it makes an outfit especially modest with more
coverage in back.
 
 This satin fabric flower is one I made awhile ago.  I delighted in making fabric flowers
with my momma and adorning their centers with pins or buttons that were beauties and had
a bit of an old-world feel, and this one is perhaps my favorite.  It is both a hair clip and
a brooch/pin that you can clip onto any jacket or dress.
This flower brooch echoed the garden and floral tones I was already loving within
the print on my bag.
 


The polka dots in my pants were mirrored by a subtle polka dot accent of my hair tie
and the pink throughout my outfit, both in my bag and shirt, was added to with these pink
 earrings made from buttons with a surface that seems to glow.


Cardigan // Target- Mossimo
Pants // Old Navy (Pixie style)
Tee // Given to me
Bag // Betsey Johnson
Sandals // Thrifted- Laundry List
Earrings // made by me from buttons
Flower Brooch // made by me
 
 
Sometimes you wear an outfit that just feels unequivocally cheerful as you go through
your day and makes you smile inside, and this simple, yet colorful outfit was that
for me when I wore it this weekend.  I also love an ensemble that is modest and feminine
while also being relaxed and comfortable, and this felt exactly that to me.
 
I am also enjoying wearing clothing that is summery before the weather begins
to turn, which I'm very much looking forward to!  How about you?
The South has been brutal this summer, but we are praising the Lord for the amazing
blessing of a few cloudy, rainy, cozy days and a high of 80 right now.
 
 
I hope that you all have a wonderful week☺
May I also say what a blessing each of you and your friendship has been to me.
Friendship and the loving ladies I have come to know have been on my thoughts
and I just want to thank you for your sweet friendship.  This is something that
needs no occasion to mention or be thankful for, but is just a blessing
that is always present when you have a chance to meet blogging friends who share
 their Christ-like kindness and their light, like so many of you I have gotten to know.
 
 
Are you excited for fall and wearing cozy clothes soon?
 
Have you ever made fabric flowers?
 
Are you a fan of old mystery films or Abbott and Costello?
 
 
Many hugs, dear friends!
 
-J
 


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Vintage Delights // Bathing Beauties & the 1930 Royal 10

Hello, dear friends!
I hope your weekend is going well.  Are you ready for fall?  That is certainly one of the
preoccupations of mind lately, especially now that we just stepped into the new
month of August!  All I could think today as I changed the calendars this week was,
where has the summer gone?  But although summer's magic will be missed,
I'm also quite thrilled that it is soon to be fall because I am at that point in the season
where I relish in the moments of walking into places like the craft store and smelling
the fall scents and seeing the wreaths and decor... it makes me yearn
more and more for crunching leaves beneath my feet and brisk mornings.

•          •          •

It is a joy today to get to share with you a few of my vintage pieces I
picked up when I last went antiquing!  I took home with me treasures that are lovely,
delicate, storied, and one even almost 85 years old.

This past trip, I of course had to add to my vintage photographs collection.
This time, I looked around a rather long time and did not find any photos that really
struck me.  Then, in one of the last "booths", I stumbled upon two photos right next
to one another and could not get them out fast enough.
They both came home with me, a very summery, vintage photo of two friends or sisters
or maybe mother and daughter? Bathing beauties out for a day at the beach.  And then one of
my new favorites in my collection, the precious photo of a young mother with her
beautiful child, both dressed so sweetly and dressed up. I also love that there is a glimpse
of the family's car in the background, which can help with dating the photo.
  
And perhaps almost as much as the photos themselves, I love purchasing them because
the cherry on top is the paper bag they give you at the register to hold your treasures inside.
The bags are printed like an old newspaper, often looking like something out of the
pioneer era or turn of the century.  I love reading the old print on them, just adding to my
already bursting love for nostalgia.

On a shelf that is tucked inside the back of one of my favorite booths that we love to visit
when we're here was this authentic, old hairbrush, just like the ones you see the ladies
in the 40s and 50s movies using as they brush the ends of their shiny, coifed and curled
locks.  At least, that is the scene I always seem to think of in my mind when I see these
kinds of old hair brushes.  They are beautiful, so artfully made with the designs and silhouettes
they have, especially in the vanity sets I love to see as we walk around.  I'm sure this one came
from a lovely ladies' vanity set, but it was by itself and one of the best priced I've seen.

I confess that I've dreamed of brushing my hair like the elegant ladies in those old classic
movies, with these lovely brush and comb sets.  They are truly from a finer age.
I have one that I purchased here before, but the handle started cracking so I use it as a display
piece, but I finally have a good sturdy, vintage brush from a vanity set to use- all it needed
was some VERY good cleaning and sterilizing and it was ready to go on my vanity☺
I just love the blue, pearlescent back and the princess style silhouette.



And last but most certainly not least (drum roll.....),
I finally realized my dream of owning a pre-WWII era typewriter.
As someone who loves literature and writing often, as well as- of course- vintage and
beautifully antiquated items, this was something I have been looking for over a period of
time.  And this time, I found a beautiful typewriter that was exactly what I was picturing.
The Royal 10 typewriter, dated 1930.  Pause for bursting excitement!

And to add to it's beauty, smart silhouette, architecture, and history, when I got
it home, I realized that the existing ribbon is still working fine and I am able to
type on it!  Imagine my delight when I found that it still worked, when I had just
been excited to have it as a display piece for my writing and craft desk.



  
This is one of my favorite places, this town... to walk up and down its streets
and around the downtown square, admiring its old world charm and architecture.
It is also home to the oldest bakery in Texas.  I am always enamored of places that
are home to the oldest anything in the state or in the country. 



Standing in front of an Antebellum building near downtown, which was
featured in my last post where I shared my summery outfit I wore on this
wonderful day out!



 And on into the inside of the glorious antique mall...





I don't think I ever realized how "scrunchy" my face is when I take photos until
I took a photo of myself taking a photo in a mirror. (smiles)

...and I loved this sweet little lady figurine with "give us this day our daily bread"
on her daily bread" on her apron.  Isn't she darling?  She reminded me of what the
china figurine that Ma cherishes in the Little House books may have looked like.


 I enjoyed sharing with you my vintage finds and treasures I brought home on our
last trip to the antique mall!  What fun it is to walk around inside; 
I think I will never tire of going back, for there is always something new to see
with such loveliness, history, and wonder.


I hope your week has been blessed!

Do you have any special weekend plans?



Whatever your weekend holds, I hope it is blessed and full of joy☺


Blessings & hugs,

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