Organic Clothing From ModCloth

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ModCloth is one of my favorite places to shop. They have a lot of vintage inspired items and many of their items are made in the US and 100% cotton. They even have a few organic items from time to time. They have some very cute organic items right now and a couple are 50% off so it’s a great time to buy them. Here are some of the organic items available right now.

Riviera Romance Dress

Riviera Romance Dress- $49.99 (also available in navy)

 

 

 

Jubilant Jupe Skirt

Jubilant Jupe Skirt- originally $49.99 on sale for $24.99

 

Skipping Through Spring Skirt

Skipping Through Spring Skirt- originally $49.99 on sale for $24.99

These items often go fast so be sure to buy them soon. You can also get free shipping for orders over $50, no coupon required. I have ordered from ModCloth several times and have always been very happy. They have wonderful customer service and returns are free and easy.

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My Vintage Birthday

This past week was my birthday and we had quite a week of celebrating. To start off my birthday week, my husband, cousin, her boyfriend, and myself went to an antique show in Oklahoma City. We had a wonderful time. My cousin found some really nice vintage luggage and a vintage apron and her boyfriend found a really nice travel bar set. I got a blue cardigan, square navy scarf, purple apron, turquoise doily, and purple doily.

We also ate lunch together in OKC, showed my cousin around Norman/the University of Oklahoma (she is from California and hadn’t been to the OKC/Norman area before), and when we got back to town we ate dinner together at a local Italian restaurant. My cousin’s boyfriend’s, who happens to be one of our friends as well, sister was having her birthday party later that night so we met back up for that after a wardrobe change. We ended up out really late for that and had a lot of fun.

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My birthday was on Tuesday (July 1st) and Tuesday’s we normally go to trivia at a local bar. Several of my friends and my parents joined us and it was a lot of fun. My parents got me a circle skirt (they had also given me money for the antique show), two friends got me some body products, and one of my friends got me a sweater clip (because she knows my love of cardigans) and a cute vintage inspired hair pin. My in-laws gave me money for shopping, a lot of that went to ModCloth clothing during their 50% off sale, and a Lego Cinderella’s Castle, because who doesn’t like Legos? Earlier that day one of my friends sent me an amazing organic fruit and snack basket. My friends know me well! Oh and my sweet husband got me a blue vintage purse with matching gloves (pictured above). My grandma also gave me a vintage gift but I’m going to share more about that later.

On Wednesday, my husband and I went to the nearby town of Sulphur to a hotel, the Artesian. It’s a beautiful historic hotel that the Chickasaw tribe has rebuilt. The original hotel was established in 1906. It was sadly destroyed in a fire in 1962. The Chickasaws did a beautiful job rebuilding it to look like the original hotel. (click here to see a photo of the original hotel) It features a very nice spa, indoor/outdoor pool, restaurant, casino, and even several nice shops.

View of Sulphur

My husband and I have gone to the shops and restaurant several times but this was our first time staying in the hotel. Last month my mom, grandma, and I went there for lunch and to shop and we asked to see some of the hotel rooms. They showed us some of their themed suites and I fell in love with the one they call the Hollywood Suite. It’s an art deco themed suite. I had told my husband how much I liked it and he booked it for us for the night. (Sorry about the fact that I didn’t turn my iPhone, I was just thinking about posting it on Facebook.)

Before we went to the hotel we went to the town next to Sulphur, Davis. There is an antique store we enjoy going to because they also sell sports cards, so my husband looks at those while I look at antiques. I didn’t find anything there but we also went to one other antique store in town and I did find some vintage bangles there.

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Once we got to Sulphur we went to this adorable 50′s themed cafe and I got a chocolate soda float. After that we did some shopping  at the hotel and then we went to dinner. After dinner we went to the hotel bar and hung out there for a bit. And back in the room I took advantage of the giant jacuzzi tub, it even had color changing lights in it. The rest of the night we just relaxed in the amazing room.

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The next morning my husband went to the gym and I went to breakfast (not sure why he has to make me look bad like this). I was just looking for some hot tea, this is a requirement for me in the morning, but I also found pancakes. It was a very nice breakfast. After breakfast and the gym, we checked out and headed south to Frisco, Texas.

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In Texas we did some shopping and then met up for dinner with my cousin and her boyfriend, she is living in the Dallas area right now. We ate at a nice restaurant, Silver Fox. It was wonderful! It was nice to get dressed up and go out for the night. After dinner we went to Dave & Busters. We were a bit overdressed for it but it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, right? We had a blast and stayed until they were closing.

The view from our balcony at our hotel in Frisco.

The view from our balcony at our hotel in Frisco.

The next day we just did a bit more shopping and had lunch in Allen, Texas. The next day we went to Norman again to do a bit more shopping and to have lunch. My husband had taken most of the week off so we wanted to take advantage of that. We came back home and had dinner at a local restaurant. It was a very nice week and I had a wonderful birthday.

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Living a More Vintage Life

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I’ve always been enamored with the 40′s and 50′s. Even as a kid I watched a lot of Nick at Nite and was very interested by the time periods. Sure TV glamorizes the time, sexism and racism was rampant and most women weren’t really cleaning the house in heels and pearls but I see no reason to throw the good out with the bad.

I long to be able to put on a dress, heels, and pearls and go sit in a soda fountain. My small Oklahoma town did have a soda fountain while I was growing up but sadly it closed several years ago. Coffee shops are great but I’d much rather sit on a barstool at a soda fountain drinking a shake, even if I am a bit lactose intolerant. There is a very cute cafe in a town near me, I had high hopes but the shakes were not as good as the decor. They used soft serve ice cream, this is not how you make a shake! They do however have their own chocolate soda which makes a pretty amazing float.

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Bedre Cafe in Sulphur, Oklahoma

Over the last several years I’ve learned that I’m not alone in this love and that many still try to live a more vintage life. While I have no plans to get rid of Netflix, my laptop or smartphone, I do want to incorporate more vintage into my life. I want to unplug more. I have started leaving my phone in my purse when out. If I’m out alone I check to make sure my husband hasn’t texted me, I don’t want him worried but I don’t text people unless I really need to ask a question right then. I’m still getting on social media while out too much but doesn’t everyone need to know where I am all the time and what I’m eating?!

There is a fine line though because social media is part of my job, both because of my blog and because I do the social media for Happyland Music Alliance (HMA). The other night I was out at music and I did use my phone to take a photo of the band to post on HMA’s Instagram and posted that I was at the show on FB to encourage others to come out, but that’s all. I didn’t read all my notifications or messages on Facebook until I got home. Do we really need to be able to contact people at all times? Is liking a photo really that urgent?

I also want to take more pride in my home. I have talked about this already but lately life being so busy has gotten in the way of housework. I know I feel better when my home is clean and looks nice. As much as I hate missing out on social events I’m going to have to skip some and get caught up. Hopefully once I’m caught up I can find a schedule to help me stay caught up. I am a housewife after all so I feel the state of my home is a reflection of me. Currently that reflection is a disaster!

Fashion is also a big part of the 40′s and 50′s that draws me in. I’m currently purging my wardrobe and rebuilding it with vintage and vintage inspired pieces. I know that many of the women that dress more vintage tend to do the more pinup look, which I LOVE but my style is more Donna Reed. I love full skirts, cardigans and pearls. This will be a time consuming venture but it’s a lot of fun looking for pieces.

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One of my new vintage inspired skirts from ModCloth.

It’s no secret that I’m a feminist but feminism is about choices. I’m grateful that I have the choice to live like this and I’m not forced. It happens to be what makes me happy and comfortable but I know that’s not true for all women and I’m so glad they can choose another path.

As a work towards living a more vintage life I will take all of you with me. Don’t worry this will have a green theme and there will be pieces you can take from it even if vintage isn’t your thing. They also won’t be the only posts I will be doing.

I’d love to hear if any of you are also enamored with all things vintage. Let me know below and if you are a vintage lover what’s your favorite era? How far do you take your love of vintage?

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The Retro Housewife Workout

cleaningThe last several years I have a gained a lot of weight and I need to lose it! I don’t eat fast food, drink soda, or any of those kinds of things that people quit and drop 10 pounds overnight. I find when I count calories I often struggle to eat enough. I’m not a big eater. I do eat too many sweets at time but less than most people.

I have found over the years that to lose weight I have to exercise. Finding the time and energy has been proving to be very hard. I know that if I want to stick with something it’s going to have to fit my schedule. One thing I want to do is swim laps twice a week. I have Fibromyalgia and swimming is gentle on my muscles, it also is a recommended form of exercise for asthmatics.

The other thing I want to do is keep a cleaner and nicer home. As I talked about in my last blog, I feel a bit like I’m failing in the housewife department lately. So why not kill two birds with one stone?!

I was reading an article in Daily Mail (which I do not recommend as a news source but since this was just a fluff piece I’m not as worried about sources) about how 1950′s housewives stayed thin. They weren’t spending hours in the gym or drinking meal replacers. They were just active. According to a study, by the woman’s magazine Prima, they burned more than 1,000 calories a day doing housework and such. Now we burn just around 560.

This is where my new, fancy, workout plan comes in. I want to spend less time online and more time cleaning. I know that if my house is in order I will feel happier and I will be burning more calories. I don’t plan on getting rid of the gadgets that are part of why we burn less calories but instead I just want to clean more. I also want to get back to cooking and baking more. We still don’t eat a lot of packaged food but more than we did for awhile.

Like I said I still want to try to swim twice a week and I want to do some yoga each day for stress relief, flexibility and to help my chronic health problems. I will also try to use the WiiFit when I don’t make it to swim, However, I have no plans to go on some strict, everyday exercise plan. I know right now that will not fit in my schedule and I will fail. So time for another 1950′s housewife experiment.

I’d love to know if anyone else has tried this or wants to along with me. I will be sure to update everyone along the way. Share your thoughts in the comments below or you can post on my Facebook page.

Photo Source: National Archives 

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Failing at Being a Housewife

5956902687_9cf0a6b49b_zI have dreams of spending the day cleaning my house in a full face of makeup, perfect hair, a dress, and heels. And of course being cheerful doing it and having a spotless house. The reality, especially lately, is very far from that. The reality is my house is a mess, I rarely get out of yoga pants if I’m not leaving the house, I’m behind on all my work, and I’m exhausted, not cheerful.

I’m trying to find a schedule that will allow me to stay on top of things and feel more productive but I really am not a schedule person. Between my normal responsibilities, the new business I’m involved in and the fact that I’m exhausted from hypotension, I’m really struggling to stay on top of things.

I keep thinking if I can just get caught up I can handle everything. And this is likely true but it’s the getting caught up part that is hard. The scariest thing is May is going to be an even busier month. I’m in a wedding, we have Happyland Music Festival, it’s my husband’s birthday, it’s our anniversary, we have another wedding to attend, and I’m sure other things I’m forgetting about. Plus all of the normal things.

What I’m going to try for the next couple of days is to get my computer work done by the time I’m done with lunch or very shortly after and then spend the time until dinner doing housework. Hopefully I can keep the evenings for mostly free time. We will see if this helps or even works, ha.

If you have brilliant ideas, share in the comments below or on my Facebook. Also feel free to make me feel better by saying you are dealing with the same problem!

Photo Credit: Tetra Pak®

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