Monthly Archive: December 2015

Well Within Your Peach Dress

Sharing another dress that is available in the shop, The Well Within Your Peach Maxi Dress.

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I love this dress and it is such a dream to wear!

For this photoshoot, Meg and I went down to Cobden, Illinois.  Cobden is one of the gems of Southern Illinois in my opinion.  It’s a teeny tiny town surrounded by orchards and vineyards.  We stopped at an orchard on the way into the town to get this set of pictures.

Cobden has a tiny stand that has the best tacos EVER.  If you ever find yourself anywhere near Southern Illinois you have to stop at Taqueria Pequena and get a carnita taco. Cobden is also the home of The Yellow Moon Cafe (another great little eatery) and The Old Feed Store which is a quaint little place where bluegrass and american musicians from near and far perform.

Here’s a list of things to do in Cobden, in case those suggestions don’t cut it.  This tiny town packs a whole lot of charm and fun into one area!  I’ll be sharing more photos from this photoset next week!

More details on the Well Within Your Peach Dress:

 

Just in time for the holidays – the Well Within Your Peach Maxi-dress is the perfect attire for those holiday parties. It is romantic, feminine, and fun to wear. It features a semi-sheer floor length pleated skirt that moves and flows with you. Unlined, semi sheer blouse (there is a liner that falls just a few inches down on the skirt, is shown with another slip under it), short sleeves, and scoop neck all in a soft, light cotton/polyester material that feels like wearing a cloud. The back of the blouse is open, buttons at the top.

Size: large in womens; bust: 19″; waist: 13″-20″ (elastic); hips are free; length: 57″

Price: $52.00 + s&h

Check it and other great dresses out in the shop!

 

Meet the Model: Megan

MEET: Megan Dawes

Megan is a dear friend of mine and is sweet enough to model some of my vintage wares from time to time. She is the owner of The Victory Parlor, an absolutely adorable little shop in downtown Herrin, Illinois, as well as one of the cosmetologists there.   One of my favorite things about Meg is her infectious optimism and sense of humor.  Meg is one of those people that is full of love and happiness at all times and it’s hard to resist her enthusiasm and laughter.  Not only is Meg a total sweetheart – she runs a business (which I’m learning is no easy feat) and has been cosmetologist and self-love advocate for six years, and she’s only 24-years old! Not to mention, she’s the only person that my extremely picky 15-year-old will allow to touch her hair!

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Occupation
Salon owner and cosmetologist at The Victory Parlor.

What is your favorite vintage style?

I love 1940’s pinup style.

Who was your first style icon?
Audrey Hepburn!

Who is your current inspiration?

Joan Jett!

How would you describe your personal style?

A mix of several different eras with my own twist.

What is something that you love about yourself?

I’m very ambitious! I set goals and then I make it happen.

Do you have a self-love moment to share with us?

Opening my own salon when I was only 23! It was a lot of hard work, but I knew it was what I wanted to do so I put in the work that was needed. It has been very rewarding.

What is the one thing that you really splurge on for yourself?

Whatever catches my eye! It could be clothing, jewelry, or food. I like rewarding myself for my hard work.

What is one way that you work to improve yourself?

Yoga was new territory for me and truly changed how I viewed my health. It’s an excellent way to keep stress down and to clear my head.

How do you practice daily self-care?

Most days at work, you’ll catch me in something cute and comfy without any makeup on. I think it’s extremely important working in my industry to show women that you don’t have to look like a barbie all of the time.

How do you help other women to embrace their own self-love?

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for going on six years. I’ve performed everything from makeup applications, to waxing, to hair transformations, to nails over the years. Opening my shop up has allowed me to reach out to individuals that are going through a struggle, which is my favorite way to help. We are always donating services to charity events and to those who really need a pick-me-up, regardless if money is an issue or not. The most rewarding feeling is bringing a smile to someone’s face and watching their confidence when they feel and look good.

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Recipe: Jam-filled Muffins

One of my favorite cold weather breakfast or snack items is a muffin.  Easy for grab and go in the morning or perfect with a cup of tea and a chat with friends in the afternoon.  I try to keep fresh baked muffins on hand and bake a batch once a week or so.

I LOVE jam or jelly on my muffins.  It’s even better when it’s in them!  A few years ago I came up with the brilliant idea of adding jam before baking them.

You can use any ole muffin recipe to achieve this.

I used a recipe from AllRecipes that I modified just a bit.

Blueberry Muffin Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil – I substitute for 1/3 cup of coconut oil.  To substitute coconut oil, heat it until barely warmed in the microwave and liquid
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries – I did a triple berry muffin, because more is always better! 1/3 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of raspberries, 1/3 cup of blackberries
  • blackberry or strawberry jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in berries.
  3. Fill muffin cups about half-way with batter.  Add a big dollop of jam.  I like LOTS of jam.  You can’t go wrong with too much, really.  If you put too much the muffins might fall apart, that’s the only thing to keep in mind.
  4. Fill the rest of the muffin cup with batter.  Go ahead and fill all of the way to the top of the cup.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.  It may take a little bit longer with the jam in it.

These are great reheated in the morning!  Definitely want to eat them warm.

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Nom Nom! Enjoy!

Style Inspiration – Katharine Hepburn

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One of my all-time favorite style icons is Katharine Hepburn.  Not only was she smart, independent, sassy, and funny – this woman OWNED her style.  During the 40’s and 50’s women primarily wore dresses and overtly feminine clothing.  Not Katharine.  She wore men’s suits with playful little twists, button down shirts tucked into high waisted pants, and loafers.  Oh, the loafers!!  I love her look.

Not to mention, she was stunningly gorgeous.  She stayed beautiful until the end of her life.

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AND she could preach some self-love, let me tell you.  She was unabashedly, totally and completely, all about loving yourself and following your heart.

Yes, yes, and yes.

Want to copy Katharine’s look?  A white oxford shirt, high waisted slacks, and a pair of Eastland loafers are all it takes to be effortlessly cool and gorgeous.  Try to stick to classic cuts that flatter your figure, don’t be afraid to shop in the men’s section, and avoid low cut blouses. It just wasn’t her style ;).

Heartstopping Aran Fisherman’s Sweater

There are moments when you’re collecting vintage items when you unwittingly pick up a piece that has a poignant and profound history behind it.  That is definitely true of this aran fisherman’s sweater:

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When I started to research the sweater I discovered that there is a rich and wonderful history behind this sweater.

“From its origins, the Aran sweater has been intimately linked to Irish clans and their identities. The many combinations of stitches seen on the garment are not incidental, far from it. They can impart vast amounts of information to those who know how to interpret them. Aran sweaters were, and remain, a reflection of the lives of the knitters, and their families. On the Aran islands, sweater patterns were zealously guarded, kept within the same clan throughout generations. These Aran sweaters were often used to help identify bodies of fishermen washed up on the beach following an accident at sea. An official register of these historic patterns has been compiled, and can be seen in the Aran Sweater Market on the Aran Islands.”

How heartbreaking is that?  I tried to find out which clan this particular sweater belonged to but there are just SO many different clans that it was impossible to pinpoint the right one.  I had no idea that this was a tradition in Ireland.

Read more about the history of aran sweaters here.

Thought I’d share a little tidbit about this great item that is now listed in the GeekBetty Vintage Etsy Shop.