Date in The City

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This past Saturday my husband and I went on a nice day trip to the Oklahoma City area. On our way there we stopped in the small town of Purcell. Purcell was a railroad town and was founded in 1887. It has a very historic downtown. We stopped there because I had heard they have some very nice antique stores.

Hotel Love

The first store we went to was amazing. I could have spent hours there. It’s in the historic Hotel Love. It was built in 1895. For the past 30 years it has been owned by a lovely couple, Jerry and Elaine Butler. They were there today and were such sweet people.

Hotel Love

When Jerry and Elaine first owned the hotel it was a drug store. After Jerry went to an auction and got some antiques, which they placed in the windows. People started asking where the antique store was. They wanted to look around even when they told them there wasn’t one. After some of their items ended up in the movie Twister they went into the antique business full time.

Hotel Love
The shop is two stories and you go through several of the beautiful old hotel rooms. They items are displayed in such a beautiful way. The other stores in town were great as well but this one was really special.

After Purcell we headed up to Oklahoma City to Dave and Buster’s. We had a nice time playing games for awhile and then went to an antique store I really like in Oklahoma City. They have a lot of beautiful furniture and other great items.

Benvenuti's

My amazing dessert!

After that it was a quick stop in Whole Foods and back down to Norman. In Norman we had a wonderful dinner and Benvenuiti’s, a really nice Italian restaurant. After dinner we made a quick stop at Target, then grabbed some coffee and headed back home. It was a lovely day.

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What I Wore

Mint Polka Dot Skirt: LeBomb Shop
White Cardigan: New York & Company (not available anymore)
Purple Top: ModCloth (not available anymore)
Purple Flats: Payless (not available anymore)
Black Vintage Inspired Purse: Etsy (not available anymore)
White Vintage Bangle: Antique Store
Black & White Polka Dot Hair Tie: ModCloth
Pearl Stud Earrings: Gift from Husband

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Haul: two pairs of vintage gloves and a vintage navy purse

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Pin Up Night

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Last weekend a local shop had a Pin Up Night event. I wear vintage/vintage repo daily so I used this as a good time to go all out. It was a lot of fun to see everyone in the pinup inspired clothing.

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JJ DeVour, myself, and my cousin Leslie. (photo by Casey Howard)

The night was featuring a friend of mine JJ DeVour, a pin up model. She was selling and signing some of her beautiful prints. I have seen a lot of work but it was fun to see some photos I hadn’t seen before. She is such a beautiful model and also a very sweet lady.

Pin Up Night

Ash & Ange, Pandamonium (photo by Casey Howard)

Music was provided by some Happyland Music Alliance (the business my family and some friends started) bands. Ash & Ange opened, they were wonderful. Pandamonium then played and everyone really enjoyed them.

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My cousin Leslie and myself (photo by Casey Howard)

After the party we headed over to a local bar. It was a lot of fun and kind of funny to see people’s faces when a lot of people dressed in pin up showed up. It was also nice to have a night were I wasn’t the only person wearing vintage inspired clothing. Plus my husband bought me a new outfit for the party, that’s always a good thing!

What I Wore

Navy Floral DressDress: LeBomb Shop
Black Petticoat: ModCloth
Navy Cardigan: New York & Company (not available anymore)
Pearl Necklace & Earrings: Gifts from my husband
Navy Pumps (not pictured): ModCloth
Seamed Stockings (not pictured): ModCloth (not available anymore)
Blue Purse (not pictured): Vintage from Etsy

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Eco-Friendly Fall Decor

I love to decorate my home for fall, it makes it feel so warm and cozy. The only problem with seasonal decor is that a lot of the items you find are poorly made and are often made of toxic materials. There are better options out there though! These are some of my favorite fall decor pieces that are made with eco-friendly materials.

Eco-Friendly Fall Decor

Many of these items come from Etsy.com, one of my favorite places to shop for eco-friendly decor items. Simply search for terms like “eco-friendly fall decor”, “eco-friendly halloween decor”, “recycled fall decor”, and so on. Also be sure to check your local thrift stores for used decor items.

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Leaf Ornaments Leaf Ornaments, $42, UncommonGoods

 

Book PumpkinBook Pages Pumpkin, $15, AnthologyOnMain

 

Autumn Dish Towel

Upcycled Autumn Dish Towel, $26, Two Girls Laughing

 

Fall Candle

Fall Scented Soy Candle, $23.99, Abe’s Market

 

Reclaimed Wood PumpkinReclaimed Wood Pumpkin, $25, TheWoodpeckersShed

 

Fall Wreath

Artisanal Orange Herbal and Berry Wreath, $76, Bambeco

LED LightsLED Halloween Lights, $13.93, Amazon
*Note: Lights contain lead, keep away from children and wash hands after handling* 

Halloween Paper StrawsHalloween Paper Straws, $12.11, Amazon 

Zulily Halloween

You can also find some cute items on Zulily for amazing deals right now. They have some neat LED decoration.

Do you decorate for fall? If so, what are some of your favorite decor items or places to shop for fall decor? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Black Forest Blended Coffee

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The other night I was making German sausage with onions and spaetzle, and wanted a German inspired dessert that was easy and not very heavy. Black Forest Cake is a great German dessert but not easy or light, so I made a blended coffee version.

Black Forest Blended Coffee

Makes 3-4 servings

Black Forest Blended Coffee

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients, other than the whipped cream and cherries, in the blender until smooth. If desired, top with whipped cream and a cherry or two. And don’t forget to serve it with a glass straw and in a cute glass.

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Building a Vintage Inspired Wardrobe

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I’m currently working on purging my wardrobe. There are several reasons for this.

  1. I will never weigh what I did in high school. My body has matured and will not fit into a lot of the things I’ve held on to, even when I do lose weight.
  2. A lot of my clothes are from high school. It’s been nine years since I graduated from high school.
  3. My style has changed. In jr. high and a lot of high school I was into more goth type clothing. Since then I have been trying to find a style and I finally have and most of my clothes don’t fit with it.
  4. I don’t wear a lot of the things I own.

So far I have donated a large bag of item and have another good size box I’m working on. I’ve also started to buy some new items.  I wish I could say they are all made in the US and organic but confession, they aren’t. When possible they are and they are at least natural fibers.

You may guess because of the title of my blog that my style is vintage/vintage inspired. I have a real love of 40’s-50’s clothing. And I’m not talking pinup, though I love that as well, I mean more of a Donna Reed look. I love full skirts, cardigans, heels, ponytails with ribbons, pearls, and all that wonderful stuff.

Currently, as I build my new wardrobe my style is less extreme but slowly I’m working towards a very vintage looking wardrobe. It’s amazing for one’s self esteem to only own clothes that fit properly and that you feel good in. I don’t want to hold on to clothes that don’t fit or that I don’t like anymore.

I believe it’s a good idea to take a look at your wardrobe every once in awhile and decide if it’s really still working for your body, life, and style. Of course most of us, myself included, can’t just go buy a new wardrobe all at once. However, slowly buying new pieces that you can work into what you currently own is a great way to get started.

I’ve been working on a list of items I want to have in my new wardrobe. I thought I’d share the list in case anyone would find it interesting. While many items only work for my vintage inspired wardrobe, many are classics and are good for any style. And I figure if you are reading this blog you may be interested in a vintage inspired wardrobe as well.

Hell Bunny Rosie Skirt, $50-$53, Amazon

Circle Skirt- Circle skirts are one of my vintage favorites. They are beautiful and comfortable.

Pencil Skirt

I’ll Have the Usual Skirt, $39.99, ModCloth

Pencil Skirt- While I love circle skirts more than pencil skirts, pencil skirts are a wardrobe staple. One in a neutral color can add a lot to your wardrobe, vintage or not.

Beacon of Charm Dress in Plaid

Beacon of Charm Dress in Plaid, $124.99, ModCloth

Shirtwaist Dress- These dresses are a great choice for a casual outfit. No trying to find things that match, just throw on the dress and add a few accessories and you are ready to go.

Lindy Bop ‘Ophelia’, $61.99, Amazon

Cocktail Dress- While not for everyday wear, a cocktail dress is a must. Since you likely don’t need as many cocktail dresses as other pieces going with one that will work for multiple occasions is important. A classic black dress is a good place to start.

Karaoke Songstress Jeans in Cropped Cut

Karaoke Songstress Jeans in Cropped Cut, $54.99, ModCloth

High-Waisted Pants- Low rise pants are often very unflattering for those of us with extra pounds or that are curvy. I know I feel like I’m always having to pull up my low rise jeans to make sure nothing that shouldn’t be showing is showing. High-waisted pants are not only very vintage, they are flattering!

Every Opportunity Pants in Linen

Every Opportunity Pants in Linen, $59.99, ModCloth

Wide Leg Pants- This goes with the above but is a very 40’s look.

Best Heart About It Cardigan

Best Heart About It Cardigan, $34.99, ModCloth

Cardigan- Those that know me know that I LOVE my cardigans. You can wear a simple top and jeans and just add a cardigan, cute shoes, and look very put together. I have cardigans in all sleeve lengths so I can wear them all year. My first vintage clothing item was a black cardigan, very fitting for me.

On Rotation Sweater

On Rotation Sweater, $64.99, ModCloth

Fitted Sweater- Fitted sweaters are great with skirts or pants.

Hell Bunny Petticoat, $59, Amazon

Petticoat/Crinoline- A petticoat or crinoline is a must for full skirts.

Velrose Cotton Half Slip, $27.95, Amazon

Slips- Many vintage and vintage inspired dresses and skirts are unlined and need a slip. They are also helpful if you are wearing wool or other items that could be a bit itchy. Full skirts also can be blown up by the wind and a slip adds a bit of protection. It can also mean less washing of your dry clean only and hand wash items.

Enthrall in a Day's Work Heel in Black, $34.99, ModCloth

Enthrall in a Day’s Work Heel in Black, $34.99, ModCloth

Heels- Heels can make any outfit look better. I get the most complements on my outfits when I’m wearing heels. If you aren’t very comfortable with heels try kitten heels. They are my favorite for times when I will be doing a lot of walking. Wedges are also easy to walk in.

Accessories- Accessories can take a classic piece and make it look more vintage. Pearls (they don’t have to be real), sweater clips, gloves, bangles, brooches, cute handbags, and hats can all make an outfit. 

Red Lipstick- I’m still looking for the perfect natural red lipstick. Finding the perfect shade for you is a vintage wardrobe essential. Red lipstick takes very little effort but will make you look more put together.

These are the things I have found in my research to be the most essential vintage inspired wardrobe items. What are your essential wardrobe items, vintage inspired or not?

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