Independence and an Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Red & White High-Waist Bikini

I'm never fully convinced it's summer until the 4th of July. Most of the memories I have of this holiday are venturing out to the Hamptons with my Dad, listening to The Beatles or The Police the entire drive. Every year my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins would get together for a big lobster boil and [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]