Monday, April 30, 2012

Hats For Derby Day

I've been searching around for inspiration for a hat to wear to the Gold Cup races this Saturday in Virginia.  Since the forecast is for a warm, sunny day, I thought a wide brimmed picture hat would be great fun!

These hats in the Kay Windsor ads are just what I have in mind.  Stunning!

And the dresses are pretty great, also!  Though I've decided against a full skirted dress and crinoline for race day, I'd love to find a reason to wear one soon. 

Kay Windsor Frocks was started in 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts, and they produced a popular, independent line of moderately priced dresses for over 30 years.  When Vanity Fair purchased them in 1971, they were producing 5 separate dress lines.  In 1977 Vanity Fair entered into an agreement to sell the Kay Windsor dresses under the JC Penney label, but they did not do well and were discontinued in 1982.

Everything about these 1950's ads are just perfect, I think.  The gloves, the bags and the earrings are so ladylike, and the tag line "The look you love" is spot on.

How do you feel about these fashions; do you love them, or are they not for you?  Please share; I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Annapolis, and a '54 'vette

We spent a lovely, lovely day last weekend by the water in Annapolis.  It was one of those perfect Spring days; sun, a cool breeze and no humidity.  Lovely!  {it may seem that I am overusing the word "lovely", but it was, it really was.}


I took the pictures above around the lovely couple (they are, they really are) that we spent the day with; I had to promise one half of said couple that I would not publish his image.  Some people just don't like to have their picture taken, I'm given to understand.

I, on the other hand, have no camera shyness!  When the mister spotted this beautiful 1954 Corvette parked nearby and said "let's go take pictures", I was in!  {As owners of a fun car ourselves, we welcome people to enjoy it, and generally assume that other car owners have the same feelings.  We have yet to be chased away from the cars mister loves to ogle!}

Such a beauty!  I would love to have one of these for my very own someday.

In other news, I started a dress! 

I'm making the sleeveless version on the right; it's a Simplicity pattern from 1966, and the fabric is a Liberty Tana Lawn.  Probably my favorite fabric, ever.  If you've ever sewn with it (or worn it!) you know what I mean.  I started last evening, and managed to get all of the pieces cut from the fashion fabric.  I had sadly little sewing time today however; I only managed to get one of the lining pieces cut!  Oh well; the weekend is just around the corner, and sewing time is part of the plan!

I hope that you have been having a wonderful week, dear friends!  What do you have on your work table these days?  Please share; I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I Love Lucy

I love to start my day with laughter!  Lately, I've been waking up to I Love Lucy reruns on the Hallmark channel, which has to be one of the funniest shows on television.

It seems that television audiences agree!  Since it's premier on October 15, 1951, it has never been off the air, and is seen by 40 million Americans each year.

In addition to being frequently shown in reruns on television, the series is also available on a Complete Series DVD.  While reading about this, I just discovered that they include colorized footage, the lost pilot, the not often broadcast hour long episodes, and a never released full length movie.  A dream for Lucy fans!

And for those of us who can never really get enough of Lucy, there is the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York.  I have never been there, but I am thinking that a visit is in order soon, as we have family in that area.  I'll be sure to tell you all about it!

Do you have a favorite sitcom as well?  Please share; I'm always in need of a good laugh, and I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pictures Of Bliss {Twelve}

I find it so therapeutic to participate in Liv Lane's Little Bliss List linky party (almost) every week!  It reminds me to take a few moments and think about what made me smile in recent days, and provides me the opportunity to relive those fun moments by sharing them here. 

Without a doubt, a weekend with my favorite three year old tops the list!  We spent one delightful evening at Chuck E Cheese...

...and another at a beautiful wedding beside the Chesapeake Bay.

A certified shoeaholic, a new pair always makes me smile.  But this special pair makes the list for another reason; they are Toms, the company behind the motto One For One.  For those unfamiliar, for every pair of shoes that they sell, they provide a pair to a child in need.  With a closet full of shoes myself, I sometimes forget all of those around the world that go without.  A visit to their website leaves me blissful about the good works being done, and inspired with ideas to help spread the word.  Hosting a Style Your Sole party is now high  on my wish list for a summer event!  If you are in the Annapolis/Baltimore/DC area and like the idea of participating in a day of creativity for a cause, please send me an email; (  I'm envisioning a simple but fun all ages event; picnic style food and drink in the sunshine and tables set up with shoes to decorate and supplies to decorate them with.

You may remember me mentioning my participation in a stich swap recently; I shared the hoop that I sent out here.  I sent it out into the world only to receive it back; it lost a battle at customs and delivery was unable to be completed becasue the shipping address was rendered illegible.  I've sent it back out, and am looking forward to hearing that it has arrived in the hands of the recipient soon!

I received the hoop pictured above all the way from the United Kingdom just the other day; isn't it beautiful?  The events hostess, Mollie of Wild Olive asked that we not reveal the identities of our giftor or giftee, but I think that it is probably safe to say a simple Thanks, Kim!!!  

As I was dashing out the door the other day, a quick glance in the mirror made me smile, and  to pause for a moment to share.  This two toned owl from the 1970's is one of my favorite necklaces!  He's such a joyful little guy.  I also want to mention that the orange dress is from the Red Velvet Fall/Winter line.  Hand made and in my favorite color is a win-win for me; I bought it the very same day the collection launched!

I hope that there are blissful moments in your days as well, dear friends.  I also hope that you'll consider linking up with Choosing Beauty; the weekly linky party stays open until midnight on Sunday.  If you do, I hope to visit; I am making it a goal to read as many of the posts as possible each week.  And if you leave a note in my comment section I promise I will! 

If you don't have a bliss-filled post to link to, please leave me a comment about a happy moment from recent days in your life; I really believe that shared bliss multiplies!

xoxo, Anita

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Vintage Style For Derby Day

Well, I certainly hadn't planned on a six day blogging break, however sometimes, life happens.  But I'm happy to be back now, and I have no plans for another break in the foreseeable future.  (fingers crossed for good luck!)

Now that Easter has come and gone, I am looking forward to the next ritual of Spring; Derby Day.  For us, that means the Virginia Gold Cup, held the same day as the Kentucky Derby; May 5, 2012. 

We spend the day every year with a group of friends who put out just the most fabulous spread.  Because of this, getting ready for race day means two things to me; a dress and a hat.

Such fun!  In these photos I am wearing a modern Lilly Pulitzer shift dress and an Eric Javits hat,  but I'm thinking that vintage is the way to go this year.

I spent some time earlier today creating a mood board on Pinterest, and I thought that I would share a few of my choices here.

I love this vintage (1960's) Lilly!  It would be fabulous with my treasured Eric Javits hat, but this vintage pink straw number is pretty great also.

For a full skirted 1950's option, I'm loving this black and white cotton dress with it's fabulous butterflies!  And I think that the shiny black raffia hat with its grosgrain ribbon is the perfect topper.

I'll be working on my board in the upcoming days; stop by for a peek!  And if you're not on Pinterest yourself, feel free to email me for an invite.  It really is a great place to organize your inspiration from all over the web, to be inspired by the boards of others, and even to socialize. 

Do you have any Spring social events coming up?  Please share; I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Style ~ Timeless Influences

While I would never try to copy someones style exactly and believe that it's not only important but necessary to be an individual and to express my individuality, I'd be lying if I said that I'm not influenced and inspired by the style of others.

I believe that in order to be out stylish best, we should draw our inspiration from the style of those we admire, but make it our own.  It isn't stylish to be a carbon copy of another person; that's costume.  It is stylish to take what we admire from the style of our fashion icons and interpret it a way that represents who we are.

My style tends to be varied and eclectic, but always has the underlying qualities of classic timelessness running through it.  This is what draws me to vintage clothing and accessories so much; finding pieces that have withstood the test of time and work for me today is a great joy!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is one of my favorite style icons.  Both her classically feminine First Lady style choices and the more modern look that she sported in her post White House years remain relevant and adaptable today.

Grace Kelly is another woman that I admire for her impeccable taste and the timelessness of her looks.  In all of her roles ~ actress, Princess, wife and mother, she embodied a classic grace that can never be copied, but that many of us cannot help but aspire to.

Diane von Furstenberg is hands down my favorite present day icon of style.  The wrap dress that she introduced in 1973 (a staple in my own wardrobe!) not only symbolizes effortless elegance and empowerment to generations of women, it is in the Costume Institutes collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  While original dresses from the 1970's are highly coveted by fashionable women everywhere, and increasingly harder to find, several styles are offered each season in an assortment of both modern prints and vintage offerings.  "Feel like a woman, wear a dress!"

I'm linking this post up to the Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop April Edition; My Style.  Head over to read what other bloggers have to say about their own styles!

Do you find influences on your style from fashion icons?  Are you drawn to the fashions from an earlier time, or do you prefer all that is modern and on the cutting edge?  Please share; I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What would you say...

...if you thought it might be the last thing that someone heard?

Would you take a moment and put some thought into it?

If it was your dear friend, life partner, family member...

...would you say "I love you"?

If it was the checker at the grocery store, the teller at the bank...

would you say, "thank you, and have a nice day"?

If it was your neighbor or the person standing next to you in line at the dry cleaner,

would you say "hello, it's nice to see you?"

Just for today, let's behave as if everything we say is the last thing that the recipient will hear.  Let's fill our words with kindness, our actions with joy.  Just for today.

And then let's treat every day, just like it's today.

Make it a good one, friends!

xoxo, Anita

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Around The House

Happy Easter!  I hope that everyone is having the loveliest of days.  I thought that it would be fun to share some of the vintage and hand made pretties that are decorating my home for the holiday with you today; enjoy!

Decorations on the front and back of the front door.  The heart was hand cut by Bob's dad and painted by his mom.  Treasures like these are priceless!

A shelf in the dining room is the holiday home to this early 1900's post card in almost perfect condition.  I love collecting these!

The condition of this post card is not as good, but I love it just as much.

I just adore this stuffed rabbit from Giant Dwarf on Etsy.

I'm off to spend a few hours digging in the dirt; it's a perfect day for some gardening outside!  Later, we'll have a traditional Easter dinner of ham and all of the trimmings.

How are you spending your Easter Sunday?  Please share; I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita