The Notebook Fashion and Style Week


Fashion from the notebook movie

The Notebook is one of those movies that I have to watch every time it's on tv, no matter what. What can I say, I love a sappy chick flick and when its combined with Ryan Gosling and vintage fashion I can't resist. It's usually shown as a weekend marathon so I thought it would be fun to do a Notebook marathon of my own.

 This week, I'll be posting several new hair tutorials, outfits and shopping guides based on stylings from The Notebook. Grab my button and tune in on Monday, dolls!

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September Call for Sponsors


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Va-Voom Vintage Shop Update: New Dresses 40's-60's


This week in the shop, I started listing some lovely vintage dresses from the 40's-60's. I'll be listing more this week!

find it in the Shop

Find it in the Shop

Find it in the Shop

Find it in the Shop

Find it in the Shop

Eliza M's Vintage Style Sewing


Eliza M's Vintage Style Sewing offers their brand new collection of sewing patterns inspired by vintage fashions.

 If you love the style but are intimidated by confusing markings on vintage patterns, this is your pattern shop! Eliza M's Vintage Style Sewing has made sewing as simple as possible- with no multi-sizes and classic cut for easy sewing and patterns go up to a size 22. Here are a few of my favorites:
Betty Dress Pattern

Pussy Galore Blouse and  Hop and Swing Pants
Greta Tea Dress Pattern

Capri Pants Pattern

                  Dress Pattern Design Competition for Spring/Summer 2013 Collection 
Eliza M's Vintage Style Sewing is hosting a dress design competition! One lucky winner will have their design turned into a pattern for the Eliza M Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. For more information and to enter the contest, check out the Eliza M blog.

* Eliza M's Vintage Style Sewing is a sponsor of Va-Voom Vintage. All images from Eliza M's*

Friday Fashionistas: Lucille Ball


How to dress like Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball Fashion and Style

It's been ages since my last Friday post! It's so good to be back to regular blogging. Today's Friday Fashionista is one of my favorite vintage mamas: Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball Fashion and Style

"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead."- Lucille Ball

  While her comedy stands out more than her fashion sense, it seems that the modern world ties all things 50's back to Lucy. I can't tell you how many times a stranger has said "You look just like I Love Lucy!"

Lucille Ball Fashion and Style

One of the most iconic fashion moments for Lucy and for mothers is when she appeared on television while pregnant. In her time, pregnancy and even the word "pregnant" was not acceptable for American television but when the actress was with child, they had no choice but to find a way for the show to go on. In 1952, Lucy became the first pregnant women to be on a television show and of course, she was a maternity fashion icon.


                               "I'm not funny. What I am is brave." -Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball Fashion and Style
Lucille Ball Fashion and Style

"How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them."


"Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don't rush; otherwise you'll look like a patchwork quilt."



Va-Voom Vintage Shop Now Open


It's been a busy week so far but Va-Voom Vintage Shop on etsy is finally open! I'm starting with listing my collection of knitting and crochet patterns from my vintage magazines and booklets. Crochet patterns include a 2 page instruction sheet with basic crochet patterns from a 1955 crochet magazine.

 I love the complexity and beauty of knitting but crochet is a great place to start if you're new to needle arts. My great grandma taught me to crochet when I was a teenager and it is so relaxing. Unlike knitting, which takes me ages to complete, crochet usually gives instant gratification for impatient crafters like myself. Here are a few of my favorite crochet patterns, just listed in the shop.

Poodles on Parade Cardigan I must find time to crochet this one soon. Poodles are so kitschy and fun! I'm thinking baby blue with black poodles and metallic or beaded details...maybe a monogram in place of poodles. I just love it!

 Tweed Chenille Bag and Beret with little velvet bows  
I really adore the spray of tiny velvet bows across the top of this hat. Unlike many tiny vintage purses, this handbag is a decent size to hold all of your modern needs.

Cotton Filet Blouse
This blouse is so stunning. It would be beautiful with a 50's full skirt or even with modern trousers.

 Straw Resort Crochet Dress
How awesome is this dress? I saw a crocheted dress made from doilies a while back and have been wanting a crocheted summer dress ever since. I think it would be a great project to do over the winter.

 Embroidered Shirtwaist Cardigan
One thing I always consider before investing a lot of time in knitting or crocheting a garment is "how often will I actually wear it?". This cardigan is a perfect example of a handmade item that you can wear with ease and it mixes well with a vintage or modern wardrobe. And I can't say no to anything with a cute collar.

I'll be posting weekly updates with new arrivals including pdf and paper patterns, vintage clothes and accessories.  You can also be the first to know about new listings via facebook and twitter. Thanks for looking!

Giveaway: 1940's Dress Pattern from Mrs. Depew Vintage


Before we begin with this giveaway, the winner of my Marilyn: Intimate Exposures giveaway is  Kim from Midwest Musings. Congratulations! Please email me with your mailing address.

      Today we have a really lovely giveaway from one of my sponsors, Mrs Depew Vintage
 Mrs. Depew Vintage specializes in vintage sewing, knitting and crochet patterns. Her amazing PDF patterns have become very popular in the vintage sewing community but she also offers a variety of paper patterns in her etsy shop. She just launched her brand new website, where you can see her full line of patterns, ebooks and get updates on her newest additions.

 I recently finished her 1950's one-piece bathing suit pattern and I used her 1950's beach bustier for my tiki dress!

                    My 1950's Bathing Suit                                          My Tiki Dress and Bolero

Today's giveaway was hand picked by Mrs. Depew

"McCall's 6971 from 1947 is a printed pattern for a Ladies' and Misses' Dress in a wearable size 42 with a 44" bust and 36" waist. The dress includes a front bow-tie, shoulder pads, an optional belt, and short, three-quarter or long sleeves. The envelope may show some wear and tear but this little gem has in-fact never been used and is still in its original factory folds."

To enter:
 be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below with your favorite Mrs Depew pattern or ebook

The giveaway will run for one week and the winner will be announced next Wednesday.

See more of Anna's patterns at Mrs Depew Vintage on Etsy and at
Follow her sewing tutorials, fashion inspiration and more at her blog, A Few Threads Loose

To Be A Buttercup


On Sunday morning, Pj and I took a walk through this beautiful field of buttercups. I love these huge rolls of straw. I call them "Wheats" because they look like enormous frosted mini wheat cereal. On road trips when I see cows grazing, I yell "COWS!" in a squeaky girly voice. When I see these, I yell "WHEEEEATS!" I never realized how big these things are. Pj had to give me a boost so I could climb up on one.

The air was so cool and fresh and this field was full of beautiful sunny buttercups. I could have stayed here all day if it weren't for the scratchy, crispy grass from the drought. Although the local cows are dehydrated and the corn has only grown to a few feet tall, these little flowers bloom and thrive with very little water. They are small and look fragile but they are strong and they don't let anything keep them from blooming. Oh, to be a buttercup!

Vintage 50's parasol print dress- Vintage Arcana on Etsy
1940's head scarf- Donnaland Vintage Variety
blue cardigan-thrifted and embellished by me

Well Aint This a Geographical Oddity


This weekend, I found myself quoting Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? when we passed through Mexico, Florida and Paris all in two days. Well, Mexico, Florida and Paris, Missouri, anyway! I take a billion photos of the scenery but to spare you the boredom, here's a peek at the interesting structures of each town. Mexico is actually a pretty big city and has some really amazing buildings, neat little shops and festivals. I hope to go back and explore it sometime soon.


 Pj's grandparents live near Mark Twain Lake and we joined his mom for a weekend road trip to relax and visit.  His uncle has a vacation house just a few doors down so Pj, the kids and I stayed there and enjoyed the quiet evenings and lazy mornings. Here is Olivia and her frog, "Haircut" checking out the lake.

On Saturday, I spent most of the day right here in the hammock by the lake, watching the clouds go by and enjoying the gorgeous weather.

After the kids woke from their naps, we went to the marina at Mark Twain Lake to feed the dish off the dock. They were enormous! Rhys and Livvie both loved watching the fish splash and munch on stale croutons and Pj loved petting them.


On the way to the Marina, Rhys loved the feel of the wind in his hair!

vintage peasant blouse-estate sale
40's crochet turban-made by me
assorted bakelite bracelets
Wearing History shorts-handmade by me
white wedges (Jolt by Sofwear)-Amerimark

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