When Irish Eyes Are Smiling


Brittany Va-Voom Vintage wearing 1950s vintage cat eye glasses from Dead Mens Spex

Happy St. Patrick's Day! While some use today as an excuse to drink, we have real reason to celebrate in my family because it's my Grandpa Dan's birthday! He always gets into the spirit and although he's more German and Scottish than anything. He decks the house out in green lights and clovers and blares Irish tunes as loud as the sterio will go. We celebrated last night at my Momma's house. She's been making the typical American corned beef and cabbage for ages but this year she also made a big pot of Dublin Coddle, which was divine. Pj and I found some Irish style bangers for her recipe and it turned out beautifully.  At Grandpa Dan's party, there was much drinking of Guinness, eating and reciting of Irish toasts. This is my favorite:

"May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
                                                        So we’ll know them by their limping."

 On mom's side, we actually do have a lot of Irish heritage and mom is very interested in Irish history, culture and folklore. In October, her Celtic oracle based on the Ogham was released. She was the author and artist for The Voice of the Trees. She did years of research to complete this project and I had a lot of fun hearing about the beautiful Celtic legends.

Brittany Va-Voom Vintage wearing 1950s vintage cat eye glasses from Dead Mens Spex
  Anyway, not much going on today. Just running errands, grocery shoppin', a little sewing maybe.It is such a beautiful day that we decided to play outside this morning and take some pictures with the beautiful blooming trees. Today's ensemble is 40's inspired but not what I would call "vintage" at all. The blouse and skirt are both 70's polyester but it works, I think!

Check out my fab green shoes. I spray painted them yesterday and I think they turned out beautifully. I'm giving them several days of testing to see how they hold up but so far, so good! I have a few more pairs that are being painted so when I'm done with those, I'll give you the scoop on the how-to and all of the tips I've learned along the way.

 Also today is a new-ish hairstyle with faux bangs and a topsy-tail (remember those, children of the 80's?) I'm running to the store for a new web cam today as mine kicked the bucket many weeks ago. Hope to get back to video tutorials soon and this style will be among them!

Giveaway Winner!!!
Oh...I almost forgot. The winner of the Sydney's Vintage Clothing $50 gift certificate giveaway has been chosen at random by Sydney. We only have email addresses for the entries so please check your emails, ladies and congrtulations to the winner!  
blouse, skirt and shoes- thrifted
bakelite bangles- antique shops and online
40's green leather purse-flea market
gloves-antique shop in Springfield, MO


  1. You look so cute and I love your glasses!! I also love your hair, it looks great

  2. What ^She said. You're consistently one of the most adorable ladies I've ever seen.
    Cheers doll!

  3. I love this outfit - it may be more 'retro' than vintage technically but the styling is what makes it killer! I've noticed in recent years my family has really distanced themselves from celebrations around St. Patrick's day, now that it has become less of a cultural celebration than an excuse to get blazingly drunk. We have strong connections to Ireland through cousins and grandparents, and I guess we celebrate our heritage by keeping those familial connections strong and learning about our history.

  4. yay for faux bangs! ever since i learnt how to do them last december, I haven't stopped. you look lovely. the photos are too. happy st. paddy's day!

  5. I love my faux bangs as I'm to scared to have the chop! Love the outfit & the party sounds grand :)

  6. retro or vintage, the look is still there, and a fabulous look it is.
    I'm loving the faux bang on you, I've been obsessed with rolled bangs lately, do you use a rat to roll yours?

    Lynn Brooks

  7. You look amazing! I love your hair style too :)

    Your mom is very talented!

  8. 70's it may be - but 40's it looks!

    Can't wait for more info on those painted shoes!


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