Tuesday, January 31, 2012

the dying party + going 29

Here are some images from my 29th ultra low key birthday, including my fiasco of a dying party. From bright clown head red (I am not even kidding) to now a much tamer dark red. It's only been a few days and I'm tired of red already...is that bad? ;-)
This where things started to go wrong ;-) However, I will say that the wine and hanging out were great.
dinner in the suburbs
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happiness + lemon crumb squares



And now, click here for the recipe for LEMON CRUMB SQUARES. Don't these look tasty tasty?!


Happy Tuesday!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

shop updates + modeling

First, what's updated in the shop. All images are linked. Special thanks to K for being a good sport ;-)

happy birthday, paul newman

"I picture my epitaph: 'Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.'"
 Jan. 26 - my handsome dream husband's birthday. Le sigh, le sigh! What a gorgeous creature.


Some interesting things about Paul Newman that you may not know:
  • He was kicked out of Ohio University for 'unruly behavior'.
  • He served three years in the Navy during World War II as a radio operator (he was training as a pilot at first, until he learned he was color blind).
  • He acted in 65 films in over half a century.
  • "Newman's Own" (a successful line of food products) has earned in excess of $100 million - every penny was donated to charity!
  • He was married to his second wife for over 50 years.
  • He died at age 83 of lung cancer.

"If Marlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist." - New York Times







Sources:
biography
photos: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

wordless wednesday: 1930s

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PINTEREST: long hair tutorials

Recently my friend LA and I were talking about her hair and what she should do with it. She works a full time corporate job with a commute, so she doesn't have much time or energy to get all fancy, but she wants to shake things up a bit and feel more confident in her look. I, on the other hand, work at home, don't commute, and don't really see anyone during working hours, so my short hair is often a mess, poofy, pinned back, unappealing (don't tell anyone). I didn't know if I could be much help to LA, but I told her I would check out Pinterest and see what I could come up with. And here we go....











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Monday, January 23, 2012

bitty birthday, a sale

My birthday is this week. So. Let's celebrate!


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a collection of vintage magazine adverts

Lately I've been working on scanning in a bunch of the old magazines I have. The ads and stories are great if you're into that kind of thing (which I so am). I'm currently uploading images from True Story, April 1949. You can click on the page above called a collection of vintage magazine adverts, which will be updated often.

Instead of adding these to a private album where you can't access unless you take a screen shot, I've uploaded them in a manner that you can can download and save the pictures to your own computer. Vintage is always worth sharing, lovelies :-)

A sample, dears, in the spirit of Valentine's Day:

Happy MANIC MONDAY and keep on trucking.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

radical self love night

Last night I took myself out on a date. I've been feeling kind of ...well, shitty lately, and I decided that it was time to do something about it. I am an avid reader of the blog Gala Darling, so I decided to practice some of her ideas for radical self love. And you know what? My date was awesome!
 
I wore a thrifted 1960s mini mod dress (it was way shorter than anything I'd normally wear, but I love the buttons and the color, so I paired it with some textured black tights and vowed to be confident). I straightened my frizzy mess of hair while blaring my favorite punk rock band and I tried new make up tricks that I've been learning from great blogs such as ConstantlyAlice.

Anywho, I took myself to my absolute favorite sushi place in Charlotte. I sat at the bar by myself and felt totally comfortable and happy (!). It was great and I am going to start taking myself out on dates more often.

After eating and drinking and being merry, I came home to watch the 1957 movie, Witness for the Prosecution, based on the Agatha Christie novel. (I absolutely love mysteries and courtroom dramas.) Starlet Marlene Dietrich stars in this movie and she is a little hottie. Just look.














Before I thought that "radical self love" - ideas prompted by not only Gala Darling but also Olivine's Charm School - sounded selfish or self-absorbed or something. But it's not. Why can't you love yourself the way you love your friends and family? So I'm working on it...and it's looking to be a super fun project ;-)

Give it a try! You might be surprised.

photo creds: marlene / poster

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

valentine's day giveaway!

May I present to you...

Lady Jane Vintage & Friends 
Valentine's Day Mega Giveaway!!!

ALL of this will go to ONE lucky (U.S.) winner! Hot damn!

Here are the rules:
  1. Click HERE to be taken to Lady Jane Vintage's Facebook page. Click on each of the photos of the prizes and be sure to LIKE each of the Facebook pages for the contributing shops. (Contributors include: Lady Jane Vintage, Cozy Vintage Cottage, Carmen and Ginger, ConstantlyAlice, Baubles, Accoutrements and Garb, Kris's Vintage Clothing, and me! French Press Vintage.)
  2. Share/re-post this GIVEAWAY ALBUM on your personal/ business Facebook pages to spread the word
  3. After you have completed tasks 1 & 2, comment on the album on LJV's page that you have done all of the above and would like to be entered! 
Facts: THE DRAWING WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 6TH! That way the vintage contributors will have time to ship the prize pack out to the winner so they can receive it in time for VALENTINE'S DAY! ♥
And now for some individual images of the prizes:





 

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pinteresting... free embroidery patterns

Jenny Hart kicks it.
I very much so love to embroider. Often I toggle between a crochet project and an embroidery project to work on while I watch TV in the evenings. It helps me unwind from the weird days I sometimes have.

Some of my favorite embroidery patterns come from Sublime Stitching. That Jenny Hart is one talented lil' lady. I also love Aunt Martha's embroidery patterns because they are classic, simple, sometimes kitschy, and often from vintage patterns. You can find Aunt Martha's patterns in some fabric stores, Amazon, eBay, and the like.

The internet also features a plethora of free patterns, especially on Flickr and Pinterest. All you have to do is print these out, trace with a transfer pencil, and iron on with a warm iron. Then you're ready to embroider away!


Source: flickr.com via French on Pinterest


Source: flickr.com via French on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via French on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via French on Pinterest


Source: flickr.com via French on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via French on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via French on Pinterest



Photo cred: jenny hart

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