Fairy Pink, Roses & Polka Dots, and the Return of Winter

I’ve apparently been lulled into a false sense of spring, so much so that I pulled my favorite floral frock from the back of my closet, only to have to put away again.

The Emma 1950s Dress from Hell Bunny is a robust mid-century housewife reproduction. The eye-catching design features pink and yellow roses, white polka dots, and several rows of buttons down the front.

The wide collar creates the illusion that the dress wraps around the bodice and secures with the use of the buttons, when in fact, it zips up the back. With the help of the adjustable belt and full, a-line skirt, the dress creates a flatteringly small waist.

Although the skirt itself is quote voluminous, I wanted to add an extra bit of poof, so I made sure to wear a petticoat underneath.

The weather this weekend put me in such a spring-time mindset that I finally wore my Kate Spade Mother of Pearl Clip-On Earrings. I’ve had these sitting in my jewelry dish for months now, but didn’t feel inspired enough to show them off, mainly because winter is positively dreary.

Additionally, I’ve never fully trusted clip-on earrings. My ears have been pierced since I was a little girl, so I’ve never experienced anything other true earrings. I have to say, though, these babies grip your ears. After wearing them for a few hours I have no doubt that they will stay on all day long.

And once again I’m wearing my Ione in Fairy Pink from B.A.I.T. Footwear. I think I need an intervention or possibly just need to buy some more shoes, but look at how perfectly the fairy pink matches the pink roses on the Emma dress! I couldn’t pass up this pairing.

The Emma 1950s Dress is made out of 98% cotton and is machine washable, although you may want to air dry it. It’s available in US XS-XL, but I find that it runs slightly large, so check your measurements before ordering.


An Antique Trolley, Modern Florals, and Pin Curls

One of the reasons I love living in Boston is the history, but you don’t have to head downtown to experience it.

I recently posted this black and white photograph to my Instagram. It’s an image from 1955 of the trolley station across from my apartment building. This trolley is still running and I take it to and from work every day.

Milton Station originally opened in 1848 under the name Milton Mills. It was a subsidiary of the Old Colony Railroad and was placed on the border of Boston and Milton. The trolley only stops at seven stations, which makes up about three miles. It’s a short ride, but it’s filled with natural and man-made beauty.

The most breathtaking part of the ride is the “Healthy Heart Bike Trail,” part of which I used as backdrop in this post. As you pass over a bridge, you see a field filled with what appears to be wheat stretching over the horizon towards the Neponset River. On the other side, you can peer into Cedar Grove Cemetery, which was established just after the Civil War (pictured here).

I can’t help but love riding to work in one of the oldest streetcars in America, and because of it’s history I wanted to ensure that I captured an equally historic look in these photos.

This dress may look vintage, but it’s anything but. This Birdie Dress in Mustard and Purple Floral from Pinup Girl Clothing has been my dream dress for years. I originally saw it on the beautiful Modern June Cleaver from Junebugs and Georgia Peaches and instantly fell in love.

Years later, I finally have my unicorn. This Birdie Dress’s mid-century housewife cut mixed with outrageously gorgeous florals made it perfect for this historic to modern-day theme.

As for my hair, well that’s another story. I’ve been trying to achieve a more authentic look, but my locks are quite thick and heavy, so the brush out can be quite a handful (get it?).

I’ve been contemplating a Femme Fatal Middy cut (and a deep, natural red color), but it would all be such a drastic change and I doubt my complexion could sustain red hair.

What do you think? Go shorter? Take a risk and go red? Or leave it as is?


1940s Wiggle Skirt, Floral Blouse, and Self-Esteem

“Like my grandmother used to say, ‘there’s no better dressing than meat on bones.'”

Although I was a chubby child, and a chubby preteen, and a semi-chubby teen, I wasn’t self-conscious. What impresses me most about my young self is that I felt utterly beautiful despite the fact that I was more or less average and a bit overweight.

Perhaps seeing the film Real Women Have Curves helped shape my confidence at the fragile age of twelve; or maybe we’re so carefree at that age that body image doesn’t necessarily exist. Whatever the reason for my misguided perception, it eventually disappeared as I grew older despite the fact that I also became thinner.

Fast forward to my early twenties and I’m diagnosed with a mild form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, in which I still physically feel, and see myself, as overweight. Because of this, I’m generally uncomfortable wearing wiggle dresses, wiggle skirts, or anything that clings to my stomach. But for some reason I feel confident in vintage clothes, particularly in this vintage skirt from the 1950s, which makes me feel anything but self-conscious.

Over time, and it’s still a work in progress, I’ve come to realize that although I may not have a perfectly flat stomach or a thigh gap, my figure is beautiful. I have an hourglass shape with curves in all the right places, just as my grandmother did, and just as all of the other bombshells from the 1940s and ’50s.

So here’s to the girls who may not look, or feel, like the models of today, but who are built like the models of the midcentury. And those are the women who are truly sexy.

Blouse: Floral Button Down – H&M | Skirt: Vintage 50s Fontana Army Green Wool & Leather Pencil Skirt – Birthday Life Vintage | Shoes: Brown Leather Lace Up Oxfords – Office