Monthly Archives: June 2012

My Favorite Internet Finds this Week

You’re going to love this sweet little fashion film by Luisaviaroma, pure eye candy!

Funny Father’s Day card.




Back Story Blouse at - very vintage looking!














And finally, I love this acoustical version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by The Civil Wars:

My Outside Living Room

Blooming seed pod
All-time favorite - coneflowers

Palm tree beauty, great color and textures.






water colors









Not sure what this perennial is called, but it is lovely. Red and yellow painted flowers from the same bush.






Bunny planters greet me at the front steps

Mad Men Inspired Fashion for Me

The love for vintage, retro fashion crosses blood lines in my family. My niece, Whitley, inherited her sense of classic style from her grandmother, my mother-in-law, Martha.  Martha was a beautiful southern woman and a buyer for a leading department store in the 1960’s in Rocky Mount, NC. She went on numerous buying trips to New York and had an eye for timeless fashion and quality materials.

Meanwhile in a suburban DC neighborhood, my mother worked full-time and when I was around 10 years old, she went back to school to better her career choices.  As an important bread-winner in our family, she knew that dressing for success was vital for her to land a decent job so she could help support my brother and me. She was budget-minded and bought classic pieces on sale. She also found time to make almost all my clothes until I rebelled in high school, opting for The Villager shirtwaist dresses, skirt and sweater sets that my peers were wearing.

But, I digress. My love for vintage fashion really came to fruition in my early 20’s. How I wish I had saved those Villager shirt-waist dresses and sweater sets. How I wish I had this fringed top and print slacks my mom is wearing in the Christmas photo.

Me & Mom, Chistmas - maybe 1961










The aforementioned niece, Whitley, writes an award-winning blog, The Queen City, devoted to all things stylish in Charlotte, North Carolina (aka the Queen City). Her latest post was a promotion of the chic, online retailer, Shabby  I took a look at their website, and fell in love with this skirt and cardigan ensemble.

JubJub Bird Skirt









So, naturally, I’m following all of Whitley’s instructions to a T to get myself in the drawing for the $50 gift card. The clothes I’m seeing at Shabby Apple are straight out of AMC’s Mad Men.  Check out this article about costume designer, Janie Bryant, in NY Times blog article, “Behind the Madness.” Don’t you love the cream sweater & matching coat with ascot below?

Betty Draper from AMC's Mad Men


Outer Banks Weekly Round-Up

Finished this book.

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011










Participated in the Wine Down 5K in pretty good time (for me).

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC










Finished 6 week training with the Steel Magnolia’s at Outer Banks Bootcamps.

At the Wright Brothers Monument








Blooming flowers in the backyard:

Purpole Coneflower "echinacea purpurea"








Hubs fixed the outside shower, It’s the best shower in the house. I asked him if he could make it a wee bit bigger; first he said no. But after his shower this morning, he agreed. I’m hoping he’ll make it big enough for a small bench, and then maybe we could get satellite tv and a microwave oven and I’ll never come indoors again #justkidding.

See this and  more cool showers at Content in a