Polka Dots and Leopard Spots


Well hello again! Long time no see, huh? I mentioned earlier this week on my facebook page that my computer kicked the bucket on me. I really thought that we would have to buy a new one but Pj has it working again and I'm finally back to blogging.

In the past month, I haven't worn many of my lovely vintage dresses. Due to my job, I've been wearing a lot of skirts or pants and blouse ensembles lately. For labor day, we took the kids to the zoo and I finally got back to the old me- which felt wonderful! The St Louis Zoo has a beautiful brand new sea lion habitat with a viewing tunnel. It's much larger than the old sea lion habitat and the cutie little lions look much happier!

For our outing I wore one of my favorite dresses, a purchase from my sponsor, Mary Van Note. I fell in love with all of the cute details of this dress- the print, rhinestone buttons, scalloped collar and matching belt. My best friend, Amanda found the same dress in shades of brown so we wear them when we go out together and look quite silly. I wore this dress on the blog once before, during a vintage car show. Here are a few other beauties from Mary Van Note:

My little sister, Chelsea came along to the zoo with us since she was off work too. Oh, guess what, blog readers? She's got a bun in the oven! It's her first and she's due in the spring, right around Rhys's 2nd birthday. It's been really fun having baby talk and sharing advice on pregnancy and babies. She's going to be a wonderful momma.

Dress- Mary Van Note
60's necklace- from my Great Grandma
green bakelite earrings- Jackson Corner Vintiques, Farmington, MO
assorted green bakelite bangles
cream sandals- Kohl's

Mary Van Note Vintage is a sponsor of Va-Voom Vintage. All shop images from Mary Van Note on etsy


  1. How wonderfully sweet that your dress belonged to your great-grandma. Neither of my grandmas held onto clothes from their moms, or their own youths, but you can guarantee that I'll be passing on some of my own mid-century collection to future generations in my family one day, too.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Sorry, sweetie, I meant to say "necklace", not dress (from your great-grandma). I was thinking about your super cute dress and thus wrote that word by mistake. Silly me - clearly not firing on all cylinders today :D

      ♥ Jessica

  2. I agree with Jessica, it IS great to have a dress from your great-grandmother. My grandmothers didn't hold on to much either, and I'm always jealous of people with fashionista grandmas that have held on to their clothes!

    Your dress is great! The color is fabulous. And I have the same cream shoes; I LOVE them, don't you? They're SO comfortable and I can wear them all day.

  3. Oh thank you so much, Brittany! I love seeing you in that dress and was thrilled to see you sport it at the zoo because my boyfriend works with zoos! So it was cool on multiple levels. I always like seeing shots of zoo exhibits in different cities. Anyway, thanks so much for the support!

  4. You have been missed!!! Great post mama! And yeah for your sis!!! xox

  5. Awsome! it looks like you had a wonderful time! i have those shoes too! i got them at Kols on clearance for 9 bucks!!! you go gal, wearing those all day around the zoo with kids! I love how 40s they look, and they're supprisingly easy to walk in.
    Wonderful post!

  6. That's nice things are getting back to normal for you and the family.

  7. Glad you're back to blogging!Love your dress.

  8. Love your dress and nice to see you posting! Looks like a fun outing. And I agree with Jessica, how nice it is to have a piece of jewelry from your great grandma! I have very little family heirloom pieces, but I recently inherited a gorgeous pair of earrings from my great aunt. And one of my favorite pieces is my grandma's high school class ring. :)

    And congrats to your baby sis!

  9. Just found your blog and I love it! I'm tired of being a frumpy hausfrau, so I'm reading all kinds of plus-size vintage blogs, trying to redefine my style a little. Imagine my excitement when I realized your from my hometown of STL! So all your sourcing really means a lot because I can actually go to the thrift shops you mention. Thanks for brightening my day!



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