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Archive for February 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
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Friday, February 24, 2012
I'm just not feeling my Friday Fashionista today so I hope to get her posted tomorrow. Blogs are all about fun and if you're not in the mood for something, it stops being fun if you have to do it anyway. So, on to date night instead :)
Yesterday was so beautiful and warm that I had the windows opened all day. When Pj got home from work, we took the kids outside to romp in the grass.
Rhys was too little to crawl in the warmer months last year so this was his first time feeling the grass. At first, he didn't like it and kept crawling to me to sit on my skirt but after he saw Olivia run off, he wanted to chase her.
For date night, I was really in the mood for sushi so we went to Sushi AI for dinner. I always get the honey roll, which is cream cheese, honey, rice wrapped up with tempura flakes on top. It's like sushi dessert! (that's the white/yellowy thing down there)
I also had eel and the spider roll, which is all cooked fish and crab. I'm not wild about the raw fish thing and am kinda picky about fish/shellfish in general so these are all tasty, non-bizarre things. The eel has a unique taste but is smoky and delicious!
Every time we go, I do try to broaden my horizons and try something strange. This time, it was octopus sushi. It arrived and looked very pretty but I was still scared! (that's the white/purpley thing)
|such a chicken|
Thursday, February 23, 2012
|Delicious Italian sodas...and Lulu enjoying her OJ|
|Olivia's Apple Dumpling|
|My Club Sandwich|
After brunch, we promised to take Olivia to play at the park on Main Street. Frontier Park is set on the Missouri River front of historic St Charles. Lewis and Clark departed from this site on their expedition of the Louisiana territory.
|Getting ready for an expedition of their own|
There is an old train station and lots of beautiful buildings. Most of these buildings are gift shops, with the attic space being rented out as apartments and lofts.
We popped into the Knit and Caboodle for some yarn for my next project. I love all of the cute shop signs!
Main Street is one of my favorite places on the face of the Earth. Pj and I had our first date and were married on Main Street. The hospital where my kids were born overlooks the old buildings and river. I grew up around here and I'm happy to call St. Charles home. If you're ever in the St Louis area, visit historic main street. It's a beautiful place to shop, lunch and explore.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Hello, darlings! I hope that everyone had a lovely weekend. Our was very relaxing. We took the kids out for breakfast yesterday and I rounded up my supplies for the Ooh la la Pin up Sew Along. My printer kicked the bucket on me but my momma came to the rescue and printed my patterns for me. I'm making some of Anna's bias cut tap panties this week in addition to the bra and bandeau, which I love!
In other news, I'm the featured model of the week on Plusmodel411.com! Check out my interview and some of my favorite photos
Plus Model 411 provides information, tips and inspiration for plus sized fashion models. While modeling is more of a hobby for me, there's still a lot that I needed to learn before getting into it and I learn more every time I go to a shoot. If you've ever wanted to break into the world of modeling for fun or as a career, check out plusmodel411.com
Va-Voom Vintage is not an affiliate of plusmodel411.com
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Lingerie aficionados, Anna from A Few Threads Loose and Sarah from Ohhh Lulu team up to bring us the fabulous Ooh la la Pin Up Sew-Along. The sew-along begins with Anna's new pattern for this amazing French Pin-up Corset garter belt and continuing with her French Pin-up Bra Corselet.
A proper garter belt is a must-have piece for me. It has good tummy support for smoothing out any bumps and holds up your stockings without the discomfort of a full girdle. Finding a nice garter belt that you can wear (and not a Fredericks of Hollywood in-the-bedroom item) is no easy task so I am very excited to be able to sew my own!
I'm joining in the fun, for sure! Pj worked from 3am to 7am this morning so after he has a good nap and I've sized my patterns, I'm going to the fabric store for some lovely pink satin. I have almost all of Anna's gorgeous lingerie patterns and have been wanting to begin making my own unmentionables for a very long time. I'm so happy that I get to begin today. She sent me a copy of her 1940's Pretty Pretties booklet, which has a lot of information and how-to's on dainty details that you can do to add special touches to your handmade lingerie.
Also on my must-sew is her beautiful vintage teddy pattern, which would be lovely to wear to bed on a hot summer night. The Pretty Pretties booklet gives instructions for a shell-edged hem and lace inserts. I think that would be beautiful to do on the legs of the teddy.
You can join in on the Ooh la la Pin Up Sew-Along at A Few Threads Loose and purchase the lovely sew-along kit (patterns for garter belt, bra and Pretty Pretties booklet) in her etsy shop, Mrs. Depew Vintage. Be sure to pop over to A Few Threads Loose for a coupon code for her shop and enter her giveaway to win the patterns for the sew-along!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentines Day to everyone! I'm spending the day with all of my sweethearts. I was woken up by my darling kitty, Gypsy. I'm enjoying the day with my sweet kids and when Pj gets home from work, we're enjoying the evening at home, all 4 (5 including Gypsy) together.
We never go out on V-day. It's just a mess. V-day in St Louis is always freezing cold, often snowy and not worth waiting an hour and sitting in a crowded restaurant to eat. Instead, we stay home, cook or order out and watch romantic comedies while lounging in our snuggly pajamas.
|Braised Beef with Tortelloni via The Little Kitchen|
This year, I'm making one of my favorites, Olive Garden's Braised Beef with Tortelloni. The boneless spareribs simmer in the crockpot with marsala cream sauce all day and by the time dinner rolls around, the meat melts in your mouth. It's served with cheese-stuffed tortelloni and is divine! I really think that The Little Kitchen's recipe is even better than the stuff at Olive Garden.
This afternoon, I'm watching some of my favorite romantic comedies on Netflix while I work on vintage repairs.
I love Barbara's sassy attitude in this laugh-out-loud black and white flick. She's a showgirl running from the mob and Gary Cooper is a professor who needs to hear what street-talk sounds like so he can complete his encyclopedia entry for slang.
I hope that everyone has a lovely Valentines Day and gets to spend a little time with their sweetheart, be it a beau, a fur-baby or dear friend.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I found Sydney's Vintage Clothing last year when I bought this fantastic 40's dress, which is one of my favorites! I love the print, the rhinestone buttons and all of the little details.
Sydney's arranges their clothes by size and era, making it easier to find exactly what you're looking for. Check out some of my favorite vintage dresses in large and extra large sizes
Sydney's has an excellent selection of clothing, amazing hats, shoes, jewelry, housewares and more. Be sure to follow her on facebook, twitter and check the site regularly for new additions and frequent sales.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thank you so much to everyone for your comments on my last post. It means the world to me that this little blog is such a big inspiration to so many people. I want you to know that you're an inspiration to me!!
Anyways, last week, I completely lost track of time and forgot to post my Friday Fashionista! So, I'm making up for it this week with an amazingly fashionable and intriguing lady, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.
an excerpt from the Wallis Simpson biography at thebiographychannel.co.uk:
"On 20 January 1936, King George V, Edward's father, died, and Edward became King Edward VIII. The Government and the people of Great Britain had high hopes for Edward, but his infatuation with Wallis distracted him from his state duties. He alienated palace courtiers and his unorthodox approach to Government matters caused concern amongst ministers.
Some claimed that Wallis may be a German spy, handing State papers over to the German government. Some historians still consider that she might have had connections there, given Edward's sympathies towards the Nazi regime in the late 1930s.
Marriage to a divorcee was a constitutional impossibilty, so King Edward was faced with three options: give up Wallis, keep Wallis and face the resignation of the entire government, or abdicate. He chose the last option."
|The Duchess, looking delighted to meet Hitler....bad plan, honey!|
|I'm loving the matching turban and huge brooch|
Madonna's film W/E, which chronicles the love story of Wallis and Edward was released in the US last week. It's not in theaters in my area yet but when I finally see it, I'll let you know! Be sure to check out the exquisite costumes in the W/E Vanity Fair spread.
Read more about Wallis and her style here and here
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I get a lot of questions about my size, my wardrobe and how to find plus sized vintage clothes. I generally answer the questions as they come but Beth from Beth's Happy Day inspired me to write this post with her comment yesterday. Thank you, Beth! This is a really long post but I wanted to be sure to answer all of your questions as best as I can. My carnival/car show photos were done by Leah Fauller in September.
|this dress was found in an old attic in St Louis|
|1930's plus size image via Bettes Bargains|
|Junk in the Trunk! -Photo by Leah Fauller|
|enjoying some of life's sweetness|
It takes a lot of time rooting through racks of clothes to find something that fits but believe me, there's loads of plus sized vintage out there, waiting for someone to find it and bring it home!
If anyone has any other questions about me or about plus sized clothes, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your comment below. Thank you for your questions!!