We interrupt your day to bring you the newest Silent Movie Star!
Phoebe and I have been having a little fun with iPhone video apps today.
I'm excited to share the first video in my new ongoing series "Housewifery Home Ec." I'll be featuring vintage instructional videos to help you on your way to Happy Housewifery.
Does "Creaming the Butter" have you reaching for the cream? Then you need to watch this little gem from 1949 and get up to date on your Cooking Terms!
Why oh why did no one tell me about this range of post-partum and nursing lingerie 11 mths ago??? I have some cute cotton polka dot nursing bras but they still feel very BLEGH. I would have snapped all of these up in a heartbeat!
The queen of vintage style Dita Von Teese has added some va-va-voom for new moms with these additions to her already stunning lingerie range. The prices seem to hover in the $40 range which is pretty normal for "nice" nursing bras. Even better, the sizes go all the way up to "F"!
I love this lace sleeper!
This is a great every day option that will help you feel a little more ooh-la-la and less blegh. This would actually be great to wear under vintage dresses. Those shapeless cotton ones just don't work!
This one makes me so happy. I never thought I would say that about a nursing bra. HAH. I mean WOAH MAMA!
And the award for sexiest post-partum shaper (did you EVER dream you'd hear those words?) goes to....
LACE! POLKA DOTS! BOWS! Give it to me!
There you go ladies. We are no longer relagated to boring beige cotton bras while nursing!
How do you like my sensationalist tabloid heading? Did it get your attention? Well, there's no scandal here. The PinUp girl in question is Pin UpGirl clothing (or PUG as we gals affectionately call them) and they have finally released a maternity line!
When I first became pregnant I had visions of myself being cute in some vintage maternity outfits. Cute little smock like tops with my red lipstick and curled hair. I spent hours combing Etsy and what i found is that
1: vintage maternity is very hard to come by
2: when you DO find it, it's prohibitively expensive.
So, I gave up that dream and spent my 9 months being cute in some $8 jersey maxi dresses from Ross.
If only this PUG line had been around then.
Now, first off, I have to say I am not a fan of the term Preggers. Ugh. I would have named the line something like "Bun" after Bun in the Oven. I always liked that term. It sounds cute to me. But you know what, when I am talented enough to create my own clothing line I can name it whatever I want. So, Preggers it is.
The dresses aren't available quite yet, but if you're expecting or plan to be then get over to the site and wait-list yourself for this beauties. I haven't seen them in person yet but I'm guessing by the cuts that they will still be super flattering when you move from bump to baby!
I hope this is a sign of good things to come. Maybe more vintage-inspired lines will start designing for moms-to-be.
I really really want to host a Tupperware party and I think I am going to! I've reached out to my nearest representative and hope to hear back shortly. I have visions of a themed party. All of my lovely ladies shall come in their best vintage look, we'll sit around and eat some delicious treats that I make from my vintage cookbooks. We'll have a gimlet or two and "ooh and ahhh" over some candy colored Tupperware!
Oh, and have you met the Tupperdiva? This site makes me so happy. It has Tupperware Catalogs from the 50s and 60s. I dare you to visit and not squeal with delight. I did! When I was researching how to contact a representative I noticed that you can host ONLINE parties as well. Would you like to attend an online Tupperware party? I'm not sure how I'd make it as much fun as an in person party but I sure will try. So tell me, would you come?
I love my lovely modern loft but I do daydream about having a gorgeous vintage house all decked out in retro-finary. Lately I've been drooling over some pretty inspirational pictures from lots of great sites so I thought I would share them with you one by one.
I cannot wait to check this site every day. I love watching the transformation as people find tarnished vintage fixtures and furniture and then bring them back to life. They also have an amazingly inspirational photo gallery. I haven't explored the entire site yet because there is SO much to check out. The Forums look like the place to be though! I also have to admit that I would just love to sit down and have a chat with Pam, I think we'd get along famously! How could you not love the lady behind Save The Pink Bathrooms?
Friday night we took a little trip to our local used Bookstore to spend some store credit. I always find great things there and this but Friday night I found something amazing! I think I may have even jumped up and down a little when I found it.
There they were, in all their mauve pink glory. A full set of 4 volumes of the Nancy Taylor Course. I'd read about this course and had looked for a set for awhile and then given up when I always came up empty handed.
Back in the 50's and 60's there were numerous Self Development courses for women. Dorothy Carnegie (wife of Dale of "How to win friends & influence people" fame) had a very popular one. Nancy Taylor had another very popular one. What was great about Nancy's course was it was part of the Nancy Taylor Secretarial and Finishing School, which set up in about 300 cities in the US. Nancy offered Secretarial courses and a "charm and finishing course." It was a great source of pride for the Nancy Taylor School to boast that their graduates were well versed in proper make-up, hair, and fashion. Employers were very excited to have ladies that understood how to have "the right look".
The volumes that I found are for the Charm and Finishing course and I couldn't be more excited. There are charts for you to track your progress through the various "reducing" exercises. I was tickled to see that the previous owner of my volumes had dutifully noted her present and "ideal" measurements in blue fountain pen. Although she kept up with notating her weight measurements over the next few months, I'm saddened to say that she neglected to keep up with her ankle, waist, and neck measurements. Tsk Tsk.
I've just started reading (and attempting to complete) Volume one and I intend to share my progress with you and even some of the lessons, if you're interested. Although, I don't think I'll be notating my measurements here for you. ;-)
Until I can get some great pictures from my own set of books, you should check out this great set on Flickr.
Along the way we'll learn all sorts of great things about Hair & Makeup, choosing the right Hat and clothing, improving our speaking voice, how to be a charming conversationalist, and doing everything with poise and grace.
Check out these great images from a Charm School in the 40's that I found via Life on Google.
I was sipping my coffee and reading the Daily Mail online when I came across this little gem. A woman found her mother's shopping list from 1937. She fed a family of nine children for £1. The Mail estimated the equivilant today would be about £40. It's a lovely little article.
This part really made me smile:
She said times were hard but the family never went hungry because of her mother's careful shopping.
Mrs Read said: 'We always had a full table. We never ever wanted. She never stopped working. She was the first one up at 5.30am and the last one to go to sleep.
'She lit the stove in the morning to do the baking. Breakfast was always ready for us when we got up.'
So ladies, keep in mind that every little bit DOES help and makes a difference. You should definitely go read the whole article but I wanted to share the shopping lists here.
shopping list from August 15, 1937 - Total cost £2
1 lb tea - 2s (shillings)
1 lb butter - 1s
1 lb back bacon - 1s 5d
1 lb cheese - 8d
1/2lb lard - 4d
3 oranges and 1 jelly - 1s 3d
1 packet of dried peas - 4B=d
12oz preserving sugar - 2s 9d
Small Rinso - 3B=d
4 lbs sugar - 9d
2 lbs tomatoes - 1s 4d
Jar of salmon and shrimp paste - 3d
Custard powder - 5d B=lb
Biscuits - 5d
Tin of health salts - 3d
Bottle of sauce - 5B=d
Tin of corned beef - 6d
2 lbs of collar bacon for boiling - 1s 9d
12 eggs - 1s 9d
Quarter of ham - 7d
Apples - 4d
Dolly Blue - 1d
Small can of Libby's milk - 3B=d
1 lemon - 1B=d
Candles - 2B=d
Rice - 2d
PG Tips - £3.45
Anchor butter - £2.42
Unsmoked bacon - £4.76
Medium Cheddar cheese - £2.99
Value lard - 28p
Hartley's orange jelly and 3 loose oranges - £1.14
Frozen peas - £1.67
Plain flour - 43p
Silver Spoon caster sugar - 59p
Fairy household soap - £1.53
Silver Spoon granulated sugar - £1.68
Loose tomatoes - £3.41
Jar of salmon and shrimp paste - 53p
Custard powder - 86p
Plain digestives - 59p
Andrews liver salts - £1.93
HP sauce - 89p
Tin of corned beef - £1.38
Bacon - £1.27
12 free range eggs £2.72
Prince's ham - £1.40
Six Gala apples - £1.57
Thick bleach 70p
One pint semi-skimmed milk - 45p
1 lemon - 30p
Dinner candles - £1.25
Basmati rice - £1.69
** 1 British pound = 1.4984 U.S. dollars **