- Sage green knit dress from the 20s(?), gift from my mother
- Antique peach bed jacket with lace trim and lace heart pocket, Charm School Vintage
- Belt is actually a headband with antique lace and crystals from Louise Black
- Peachy lace collar from the 30s was gifted to me by my roommate
- Pink socks, American Apparel
- Mary Janes, Payless
Point of fashion: Today I met up with Sophie of The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party at a bridal expo in the Texas Hill Country. Sophie throws fabulous themed tea parties with real fine China, tiny sandwiches, and French Macaroons. I came with my phonograph, and decided to coordinate my outfit with the hand painted flowers on the bell of my phonograph, which run in the families of peach, sage, mint, and pink.
The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is the most popular time for couples to get engaged, thus, there are a lot of newly minted financees! This is the most exciting time to catch people because the path to their wedding days are still quite wide. They show off their engagement rings, talk about their party, and dreamily sigh about wedding dress shopping. They aren’t “in the woods” yet, merely surveying the storybook forest.
I made a little collage of the day, featuring a bridal tea party design by The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party:
- Curry knit hat from Urban Outfitters a few years ago
- 1930s dress with stiff ruffles and pearly buttons – from Uncommon Objects
- 1950s navy fabric belt – thrifted from Goodwill
- Black knee socks
- Black and brown T-strap shoes – from Target a few years ago
Today I took Austin Phonograph Company to a wedding at Mercury Hall in South Austin. I was a little apprehensive, because it was my first Jewish wedding to play, and I didn’t know what I should wear. I’d been to my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah at Temple about ten years ago, but I didn’t know if there was a special dress code for a wedding. I read on a few websites that ladies are supposed to cover the neck and upper arms, as well as the head. To be safe, I chose a dress that is modest but properly festive for a post-Thanksgiving party.
The event had a more traditional ceremony, but there was also an all-girl Mariachi band playing called Las Coronelas (watch this video, it is UHmazing), a man rolling custom cigars for guests, and plenty of attendees with neck and elbows exposed.
Here is my little corner of phonographs next to the wedding cake, chocolate tamales, coconut cookies, and key lime pie shooters.
I hope your Thanksgiving was fun and restful – I held a baby rooster and spent time with friends.
- Beaded ribbon headband, handmade by Louise Black
- Joan of Arc Saint medallion, from Natalie Ribbons on her trip to Paris
- Vintage green knit dress, not sure of the era, but it has little snaps on the shoulders to hook bra straps to
- Green belt from Decades Vintage in Portland, OR
- Purse with bakelite handle that belonged to my grandmother, Nina
- Stocking garters with little flapper faces on them (I wear these nearly every day)
- Black stockings
- Black pointed shoes
On the first of the year, I cleaned out all of the refrigerator ghosts (including a beet I’d purchased in August!). I spent the day with Reese. He cooked me dinner while I searched for sheet music on ebay, and we giggled at some of the silly covers. We ended the day by watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents and I finished embroidering two vintage slips with the phrase “Yours till Niagara Falls.”
- Gold skull headpiece
- 1940s gold locket
- Gold lame dress with hand painted carousel horses
- black socks
- Gold Melissa shoes
The skull is made of styrofoam and covered in glitter. I cut it in half and pinned the bow that used to be on this dress to the back. I spray painted some Baby’s Breath to poke out of the top. It’s attached to a stretchy cloth headband by about fifty pins that are just stuck every which way into the back of the styrofoam. This is such a comfortable headpiece and it’s so very light weight and doesn’t give me a neck ache. Here is the secret for getting lots of makeup off: soak face in the shower, cleanse, and then put jojoba oil all over. Let it sit and then just wipe it off.
- Two giant flowers affixed to hair combs
- Baby’s Breath
- Turquoise ribbon
- Pink scalloped sweater – Anthropologie
- Turquoise/White vintage dress – New Bohemia, ATX
- Pink socks
- Black pointy shoes
Today was Pride, Prejudice and Zombies day at work, and since I’m a very poor zombie, I decided to go for Dia de los Muertos instead. A few weeks ago in preparation for Gadjo Disko! I bought two huge carnation pom pon flowers at the craft store. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, only that I wanted to wear them as a headpiece somehow some day. I bought some plastic hair combs and snapped off a tine. I squeezed the stem of the flower through the broken tine area and set it with strong glue overnight.
This morning while I was doing my makeup I listened to the soundtrack for Candyman and Hocus Pocus, specifically putting “I put a spell on you” on repeat several times.
Here was my makeup for Dia de Los Muertos in 2008. I was really excited to move to Texas because I always loved Day of the Dead imagery but I never ever lived in a place that celebrated it. The first thing I ever bought was a little skeleton mermaid in San Francisco wayyyy back in 1999 during my first visit to the city. I had no idea what she was, only that I thought she was precious and that I needed her right then! There are whole shops and museums this time of year in Austin devoted to Day of the Dead celebrations. Last year I saw the giant crowd of zombies dancing all together to Thriller in unison in the Day of the Dead parade.