Pearls of Wisdom, Spots of Confusion

Bad Housewife Chronicles #2

Betty always makes sure she is perfectly coiffed and looks attractive when her husband arrives home late at night.  She is always up and waiting for him with a big smile and a prepared cocktail.

Whether he was held up in a work meeting or stayed out playing poker with his pals, Betty stays up until he arrives home.  She understands that her husband wants her to look sexy no matter how much she cooked, cleaned, and wrangled kids that day.

 

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The Bad ’50’s Housewife

The year is 1954.  Betty is a housewife living in suburbia.  She’s been married for several years when her mother-in-law gives her a pamphlet titled “The Good Wife’s Guide”. Betty is shocked and offended that her mother-in-law thinks that she needs advice on how to keep a nice home and keep her husband happy!  After a quick perusal, Betty decides that she does everything that the pamphlet suggests a good housewife should do!

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Betty sets out to prove to her mother-in-law AND her husband just what a good wife she is!

Betty always keeps fresh flowers and live plants in the house.  

She wants her husband to return to a home that smelled fresh and clean every night!  She takes great care of her plants and makes sure that they receive love and attention every day.  She never forgets to water them.

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This is a part of an ongoing series that we’re working on, the “Bad ’50’s Housewife” series.  Join us every week as we share more stories of Bad Housewife Betty’s exploits!

Do you have any suggestions for future photos?  Leave them in the comment section!

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.

Style Files: the Nun Better Dress

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It’s hard to find the exact size that you are looking for when purchasing vintage.  Vintage sizing was extremely different from modern sizing.  There’s also the fact that many vintage items listed are the only ones that you will find of that style!  You don’t often find a vintage vendor who has a dress in small, medium, and large available.  With antique and retro clothing, you work with what you can find.

The Nun Better Dress was an exciting find because the cut is SO versatile.  This dress is too adorable for words.  I’ll try to put it into words any how.

On the hangar, this dress might appear shapeless and frumpy.  It is not, I assure you.

Meg and I styled it with a wide red belt and that alone changed the shape and appearance of this sweet little frock.

Cute, right?  I thought so too!

We headed south for this photoshoot.  Our original goal was the tiny town square in Anna-Jonesboro, Illinois.  I liked the shape of this olive green building and the retro light fixture above the entry.  Isn’t it great?  Little details like that grab my heart every time.  Around the corner of this house was a barn style garage in the same muted olive green.  It only took a moment to realize that I had Meg posing in front of a crematorium.  A little morbid, but still worth the shot!

nun 3This dress is truly a perfect piece and an exciting find for a purveyor of vintage goods such as I.  It’s a larger size which is sometimes hard to find, adorable with great details like double chiffon cuffs and a pussy bow on the front, and it can be styled to fit women of different sizes.  So happy to be able to offer this item on the Geek-Betty Vintage Etsy Shop.  This is a great example of how you can easily change the shape and style of a dress by simply adding a belt.
Vintage 1960’s dress, black with white collar and sleeves. Double chiffon collar and cuffs. Pussy bow at the collar. Snap in bib. Elbow length sleeves. Semi-sheer dress (shown with a slip under it). Falls below the knees. This is a LOVELY item in great condition, with a few smudges on collar. Additional info and photos available upon request.

No tags, appears to be handmade.

Measurements: bust: 21″, free from bust; length: 44″
Model wears a modern size 4; measurements 36-29-35, fits quite loosely on her without the belt

Price: $46.00 + s&H

 

Red Letter Day Belt available in etsy shop.  Vintage 1990’s wide red belt. A great accessory to punch up any look. Pleather-like curved buckle, silver rivets, very stretchy and adjustable. Shown on model, measurements: 36-29-36, fit on the 3rd adjustable hole.  Measurements: length: 38.5″ from end of buckle to other end, stretches to about 55″ (very flexible).  Price: $8.99.

 

My collection of antique cameras are up for grab as well!  Snip Snap Vintage Polaroid Camera on Etsy.  This is an antique 1960’s Polaroid Land Camera Swinger Model 20. This is a rare model that was only produced for a few years in the 60’s-70’s.
This item has been used as a home decor item since I’ve had it. I’m unsure as to whether it works. It appears to function okay, however I am not an expert on cameras and have never used it.
This listing is for decorative purposes. It MAY work, but I am making no claims.