Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sipping Warm Tea On A Saturday In October

In my last post I featured an Outfit of the Day for a Saturday of both tea time and a wedding. 


Well, since I do love blogging about tea time, here is my post on tea time with my mother-in-law.

The weather was fair and my mother-in-law and I had a morning of antiquing at My Friends And I during their annual Christmas open house. What makes it a Christmas open house you may ask? Well I asked the same thing, hence the reason I wanted to check it out. There didn't seem to be be anything super special about this day at My Friends And I other than the 10% off your purchase, larger crowds, and a few Christmas items out for sale. Still I had a great time browsing around and even picked up some vintage buttons and belt buckles for future sewing projects.

After attending My Friends And I's open house my mother-in-law and I went out to tea at my favorite local teatime spot, Tyme For Tea just a few doors down.

The food was delicious. The scones were detectible, the savories scrumptious, and the sweets decadent. It was everything I have come to know and expect from Tyme For Tea. I sipped on a nice warm pot of almond coconut macaroon black tea while leisurely sitting and enjoying good conversation and company.

The Table Is Set At Tyme For Tea, Niles, CA


Cute Teacup Napkin Ring At Tyme For Tea, Niles, CA

Tea Menu, Tyme For Tea, Niles, CA


Tea Menu, Tyme For Tea, Niles, CA




Warm Cuppa

Blueberry Lemon Scone With A Warm Cup Of Tea

Tea Sandwiches and Savories

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Opps! I forgot to take a picture of the sweets. We were too quick to eat these. Petit fours, brown sugar cookies, and peanut butter honeycomb balls.

Time Well Spent








Monday, October 20, 2014

Outfit of the Day: Green Means Go- A Day For Teatime And A Wedding!

This past Saturday was a busy and wonderful day.


I started the day off with my mother-in-law in the nearby old town of Niles. We went to one of hers and my favorite antique stores, My Friend's And I, for their annual Christmas open house. Then after browsing around and picking up some vintage buttons and belt buckles for me and some other goodies for her, we went out to tea at Tyme For Tea just next door.

The lovely day continued after a dress change when Tim and I got to attend our friends' wedding in the beach side town of Monterey. The event was beautiful, the venue gorgeous, and the weather perfect! We felt very fortunate to be able to celebrate this wonderful event with them. It was a beautiful occasion!




Outfit of the Day:

For the open house and tea time with my mother-in-law I wore my Bettie Page / Tatyana green circle jumper with a black cotton shirt I got from Nordstrom some years back. I paired this with my trusty flats. Although I wasn't expecting too much walking to go on, I didn't want to tire my feet out before going to the wedding later that day.

Bettie Page Green Circle Jumper- Front View

Bettie Page Green Circle Jumper- Front View

Bettie Page Green Circle Jumper- Side View


For the wedding I got out my Stop Staring Timeless dress, one which I've been saving for a special occasion. I couldn't think of any occasion more special than our friends' wedding! I paired this with my BC Cat Kitten heels (In The Winner's Circle heels) because it was too hard to resist wearing them! I also wore a black fascinator to add a touch of extra fancy dress to dress up for this occasion. When the night got cooler I had my Trashy Diva Courtney Dress Coat to keep me warm!

Stop Staring Timeless Dress In Green- Front View

Stop Staring Timeless Dress In Green- Side View
 
BC In The Winner's Circle Heels In Animal- Close Up

Trashy Diva Courtney Coat- Front View

Trashy Diva Courtney Coat- Front View

Trashy Diva Courtney Coat- Side View






Saturday, October 18, 2014

Matching Your Dress To Your Teaware, Part 7 Polka Pairing!

In the vintage lover's world, who doesn't love polka dots?!


Polka dots are so wonderfully retro, classic, iconic, and fun! When I first saw the Hell Bunny Red Madden Polka Dot 40s dress pop up on the Cats Like Us website I immediately recalled how I saw a beautiful and perfectly matched teapot on Stash Tea's website.

Hell Bunny's Red Madden Polka Dot 40s dress is a 1940's style bright happy red dress with large white polka dots all over. This fit and flare dress has a high neckline adorned by a decorative collar which itself has decorative silver buttons. Furthermore, this dress also has cute puffed sleeves with faux cuffs, flattering and form fitting pleating under the bust, and a fitted waist that flows into an A-line skirt.

Pair this with the Polka Dot Teapot at Stash Tea and you have a perfect duo for a retro themed tea!

The Polka Dot teapot is a classic brown betty shaped teapot in a bright, uplifting cherry red color. It's spherical body coordinates flawlessly with its white polka dot motif. The lid of the teapot is brilliantly and simplistically topped with a round knob continuing on with the dot motif of the teapot.



Hell Bunny Red Madden Polka Dot 40s Dress,
photo: http://shop.catslikeus.com/products/hell-bunny-red-madden-polka-dot-40s-dress




Polka Dot Teapot, photo: http://www.stashtea.com/Tag-Polka-Dot-Teapot/dp/B004IC6UHS?class=quickView&field_availability=-1&field_browse=2861425011&id=Tag+Polka+Dot+Teapot&ie=UTF8&refinementHistory=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Csize_name%2Ccolor_map&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Csize_name%2Ccolor_map&searchNodeID=2861425011&searchPage=2&searchRank=salesrank&searchSize=12




These two make a perfect paring! After all, in the vintage lover's world, who doesn't love red with white polka dots!





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sale On Sale Find From Trashy Diva!!!

I love sales! But I especially love a good sale on sales!!!


I haven't caught on yet if there's a particular time of year that sales on sale items occur or if they just occur throughout the year at the end of each Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer season when new stock is ready to come in. So far, the end of summer has been a good time for these sales. Pinup Girl Clothing just had a fabulous string of sales on sale items... you can see my awesome finds from this sale here. Trashy Diva also recently had their own sale on sale items!

As some readers might have noticed I've been buying quite too many Trashy Diva dresses as of late... some might even say too many dresses in general but I do have a hard time resisting a good sale! During Trashy Diva's sale on sale I picked up a purple Varga dress for almost 70% off the normal price. Plus, I was lucky to also get free shipping! Such a steal is hard for this girl to resist!


Dress Review:

The Trashy Diva Varga dress is a 1950's style halter dress with wide halter straps, a plunging sweetheart neckline, gathering at the bust, a very fitted waist, and a nice full flared skirt. The bust and waist is fully lined and the bodice has an elastic back to help get a fitted look. I knew that this dress tends to fit a little loose in the chest so I ordered it in the smallest size my waist would fit, size 10. Even with the elastic back and the smaller size there is still some room in the chest. For the price and the beautiful rich purple color of the dress though, it's definitely a keeper!


Trashy Diva Varga Dress- Front View
Trashy Diva Varga Dress- Front View
Trashy Diva Varga Dress- Side View

Trashy Diva Varga Dress- Back View


One thing that I really love about this solid color purple dress is that it is easily dressed up or down!


Trashy Diva Varga Dress- Close Up


Trashy Diva Varga Dress- Close Up




For reference my measurements are 39-30-39, 5'3" and this is a size 10.







Monday, October 13, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Getting Out More Black And White In Preparation Of Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year!


It is a month long celebration in my book!

Actually, some might say I celebrate longer than just one month since I usually get my Halloween decorations out in September and am still watching horror movies and eating Halloween candy well into November. In actuality though, horror movies and candy are year round for me! But I do like to indulge a little more around Halloween ;)

In any case, on Saturday Tim and I had some friends over for dinner. I donned on a pretty black and white dress, put on my skeleton bones apron and got cooking! After dinner we went out to the movies and saw Annabell which I enjoyed immensely even though I didn't particularly care for the end. This movie joins the list alongside Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Possession of recent big box office horror favorites.

To continue on with my Halloween tradition I'm currently reading My Soul To Keep by one of my favorite horror writers, Tanararive Due, which will soon be followed by The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (I can't believe I haven't read this one yet!). And I'm sooooo looking forward to visiting some Halloween haunted houses soon and on Halloween, taking my usual vacation day off from work, staying home baking pumpkin bread while catching up on the most recent season of A Haunting released on dvd. <3


Outfit of the Day:

For this day's activities I wore the Evie dress by Hell Bunny paired with my usual throw on and forget about black flats. I love this dress because it's a heavier weight fabric perfect for when the weather starts to turn cooler but because of the short puffed sleeves and collar detail which you wouldn't want to cover up with a sweater or jacket, it's perfect for early Autumn when it's still warm during the day.

Hell Bunny Evie Dress- Front View

Hell Bunny Evie Dress- Front View



Hell Bunny Evie Dress- Side View


Hell Bunny Evie Dress- Back View





Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me: My Sci-Fi Rockets' Missing Piece

I am so happy to announce I completed my sewing goal for 2014!


At the beginning of the year when I vowed to get back into sewing I made the goal to myself that I was going to aim to make four dresses this year. I started out strong with one dress completed in February but then really started slacking the rest of the year. Now, with almost three months of the year left to spare I finished my fourth dress!

For this dress I used Vogue pattern 8974 from their "vintage Vogue" collection. Since this was my first time using a Vogue pattern I wasn't sure how the sizing would be so I opted to sew the pattern one size bigger than my usual sewing size. After sewing though, I found the dress was too big so made alternations to make it smaller. Because of the alternations on it, the dress came out less than perfect especially at the back of the bodice. Additionally, I modified the pattern by using a side zip instead of snaps along the side of this dress. Another note on this pattern, I found that the length of this dress came out so much longer than the retro Butterick patterns. I ended up heming the skirt down by a good 5-6 inches!

Overall I'm very happy with the way this dress turned out!

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974- Front View

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974- Front View



Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974- Side View


Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974- Back View

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974- Close Up



I chose this dress pattern with the intention of making a dress which would match well with a Trashy Diva Sci Fi Rockets Bolero. I bought this bolero during one of their sales. I was sad I missed out on their Sci Fi Rockets dresses and was happy I at least didn't miss out on this print completely. But while I loved the bolero the first moment I tried it on, I had the problem then of what to wear with it. Perhaps it would make a cute top with high waisted capris? Perhaps it still will but I'm happy I now have a dress to wear with this beautiful bolero!

For this dress I used a dark, though not quite navy blue color, trying to match it up as best I could with the blue on the bolero. To match the style of the bolero I used cover buttons where the shoulder straps meet the bodice to mimic the covered buttons on the bolero. I finished up with a cute blue vintage belt buckle I found on Etsy.

When I first saw this pattern I knew it would be the perfect dress to go with this bolero! I love how the geometric angles at the bodice of the dress compliments the over-sized geometric collar of the bolero. I feel that the whole cut of this dress is very complimentary to the cut and pattern of the Trashy Diva Sci Fi bolero! The sharp angles on the dress, both at the front of the bodice and the crossing straps in the back, go perfectly with the sharp angles on the bolero and all the sharp angles in the Sci-Fi Rockets print itself!


Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974 with Trashy Diva Sci Fi Rockets Bolero- Close Up

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974 with Trashy Diva Sci Fi Rockets Bolero- Front View

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974 with Trashy Diva Sci Fi Rockets Bolero- Front View



Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974 with Trashy Diva Sci Fi Rockets Bolero- Front View

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974 with Trashy Diva Sci Fi Rockets Bolero- Front View

Fourth Dress Of The Year Made By Me, Vogue 8974 with Trashy Diva Sci Fi Rockets Bolero- Side View

Vogue 8974











Monday, October 6, 2014

Busting Out With The Bustle Betty!!!

Hello Kittens,


I have recently become obsessed with a facebook group, Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva, which I found through The Full Figured Chest's blog. The name of the group is pretty self explanatory. It's a facebook group for people looking for and selling their Trashy Diva dresses.

I love that all the ladies in this group are so helpful, so friendly, and love showing off their Trashy Diva dress! I also love that it's a great resource for finding older styles or prints of Trashy Diva dresses. As some of you fans of Trashy Diva might know, once a style sells out from the Trashy Diva website it's usually gone forever (unless you're lucky enough to still find it on another retailers website... though other retailers are rare).

Since I joined I have found two prints I can now add to my collection in the incredible Bustle Betty style.


Dress Review:

I love this 1940's style Bustle Betty dress which is slender without being a wiggle.

This dress features a pointed collar, capped sleeves, flattering darts and pleats all along the bust and torso, a bustle in the back, a slight peplum in the front, and the back of the skirt ends in a slight fish tail.

I first got this dress in the wonderful and fun Mardi Gras print from a seller in the group for a steal! When this dress later popped up in the group in my size in the beautiful Slap and Tickle print I could not let it pass me by!

 The Bustle Betty in Mardi Gras Print:

Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Mardi Gras Print- Front View



Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Mardi Gras Print- Front View



Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Mardi Gras Print- Side View

Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Mardi Gras Print- Back View

Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Mardi Gras Print- Close Up





 The Bustle Bett in Slap and Tickle Print:

Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Slap and Tickle Print- Front View

Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Slap and Tickle Print- Front View




Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Slap and Tickle Print- Side View

Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Slap and Tickle Print- Back View

Trashy Diva Bustle Betty Dress in Slap and Tickle Print- Close Up




I love that even though these are the same style dress the Mardi Gras print has a look which is easily dressed up or down while the Slap and Tickle print seems all dressed up!