Easter Spring Dress 2017

Flashback Summer: Easter Spring Dress 2017

I'm finally posting about my dress I made for the Easter Spring Dress 2017 challenge!  I learned about it on Akram's Ideas, and I decided to do something different and share a video about it with you guys.  I'm not going to become a youtuber any time soon, but videos are definitely fun to make every once in a while!  Since a lot of info is in the video, I've posted just a few pics to give you a view of my Easter look this year.  If you have any other questions about the project, just comment below and I'll be glad to answer!

"Best Dressed" and First Runway Experience

Flashback Summer: Emileigh Rogers at 2018 417 Fashionation
I was very privileged to have won a local "Best Dressed" award in our local 417 Magazine.  As perks of being one of seven chosen, I was featured in the April issue of the magazine, and a full interview was included on the website.  Such an honor, and I was proud to represent vintage fashion! (Picture credit)

Sundress Season - Advance 5627

Flashback Summer: vintage 1950s sundress - Advance 5627 Harari fabric

I've been slowly revamping my wardrobe, and my goal the last few months was to make items largely out of my stash fabrics.  I don't have a HUGE stash, but it's definitely been motivating to use what I've got and go easy on the sewing budget in the meantime.  It's also been good to get me out of my comfort zone.  I have some fabrics, like the one I used for this dress, that aren't colors I typically wear or to which I am usually attracted.

Women's History Month Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed.  Winners are announced below.

It's been lovely seeing the encouragement of women and their achievements this month, and I wanted to end with a "thank you, readers" giveaway!  I've gathered items from a few small shops run by women and a few other pieces, and I think you guys will really love them!  

I have two prizes available in this post, and another two prizes available at my Instagram profile!  The giveaway closes April 7 at 12AM.  Good luck!

Details and ways to enter are below:

(U.S. Residents Only) - collector cards c/o Persistent Sisters Shop
This giveaway has original art, makeup, a cute notebook, and an amazing collector series of cards featuring influential women from history!

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(Open to anyone) - pattern c/o CraftSubversive Shop
This pattern shows you how to make the felt patch above featuring our classic favorite, Rosie!  This can be used as an ornament, wall hanging, or anything else you'd like to decorate with some 1940s empowerment.

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Bedroom Refresh with Minted Art Prints

Flashback Summer: Bedroom Refresh with Minted

"Jacob, you know what we should do?  Rearrange the bedroom.  We've lived here for a whole year and we've never changed it around."

"We haven't lived here a year."

"What?  Of course we have.  We moved in in... in..."

"We moved in here last October.  It's been four months."

"ARE YOU SERIOUS?  How is that possible?!  It feels like forever!"

Santa Fe: Fashion Roundup & Shopping Tips

Flashback Summer: Mexican Tourist jacket vintage southwest fashion

I've rounded up some of my vacation outfits to share with you guys, along with some stuff I discovered to aid you in your shopping while there!  I really loved getting to wear southwest-inspired vintage that looks a bit out of place in my home in Missouri.  (Although that doesn't stop me from wearing them, make no mistake!)  I also found a really great deal on this kid-sized Mexican tourist jacket, and I bought it special for the trip!

Santa Fe: T-Shirt from Memo Illustration

Flashback Summer: Santa Fe - T-Shirt from Memo Illustration

So you might have seen in my last post the amazing t-shirt I was wearing, and I wanted to share a bit more about it because it was one of exactly two garments I had been saving specifically for my Santa Fe trip.  (The other one is coming up soon!)

Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument

Flashback Summer: Santa Fe Travel - Bandelier National Monument

I am excited to share this post on the Frijoles Canyon Cliff Dwellings in Bandelier National Monument, as it was one of my favorite spots we visited.  Talk about idyllic southwest scenery and history!  A blending of Native, thousand-year old cliff dwellings and more recent vintage history of quaint lodges and an adventurous female.

Santa Fe Travel Series

Flashback Summer: Santa Fe Travel Series - tips

What an amazing week I've had!  I've been keeping it on the DL, but last week my family and I went to Santa Fe for spring break!  It's the first time my parents, sister, my husband, and I have all been on the same continent for an official family vacation, so it was especially lovely.

The cool thing about the United States is that it's a big country, and there's a HUGE amount of things to see and do.  We have a diverse history, an impressive range of natural settings... so it was a bit difficult to narrow it down.  Even though I, of course, was raised largely in America, most Americans haven't seen all there is to see here.  There's just so much!

My sister suggested we go to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  None of us but her had ever really been to the southwest of the U.S. before, so we were up for trying something new!  It was a FANTASTIC vacation, and I'll be highlighting some of the things we did, my desert-travel fashion, best places to visit, and tips in a series here on the blog.  Today I'm starting with some of my top tips and advice if you ever venture down this way.

Interview with a Blog Husband

Flashback Summer: Interview with a Blog Husband - GlassesUSA.com

"Is your husband into vintage, too?"

"What does your husband think of your clothing?"

"Does he like old stuff?"

I get a lot of questions about my husband's style and interests, so I thought I'd take a chance to interview him!  Jacob takes most of the photos you see here on the blog when I'm not using a tripod, and I appreciate his help!  So here's some insight from the man behind the camera:

Happy International Women's Day!

Flashback Summer: Happy International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day, and I want to celebrate by sharing some encouraging notes that I hope will help you feel strong and empowered today!  I'll be doing some more posts throughout March for Women's Month, and I've even got an exciting giveaway coming up to celebrate.  Stay tuned!

Lovely Lounging 2: Peach 1930s Gown

Flashback Summer: Lovely Lounging 2 - Peach 1930s Nightgown

This is a follow up to my first post featuring some of the lovely things in which I like to lounge about the house!  Today I'm featuring this pale peach 1930s nightgown that I absolutely love.  It was one of those rare items that fit me without any alteration when I got it!  Truly magical!  It's made of the softest, prettiest silk charmeuse.  Basically I want to live swathed in silk.

Early 1920s Ensemble & Nataya Blouse

Flashback Summer: Early 1920s Ensemble Nataya blouse

The early 1920s is one of those periods that has some really, really lovely fashions but very little of it is being reproduced.  I especially love these few years in fashion because they begin to embody the comfortable, flowy styles the 1920s are known for, but they're often done in ways that are friendlier to a wider variety of body types.  Many early 1920s dresses have longer lengths, layered styles, and a defined waistline at or right below the natural waist.  

1920s Tennis Dress from House of Recollections

Flashback Summer: 1920s Tennis Dress from House of Recollections
(For some reason my hair looked really red in these photos.  It's not; I didn't dye it.  I don't know what happened, haha!)
While I absolutely love 1920s party dresses, I can't wear them every day!  I do have to wear some more hardy, casual clothing for my daytime, regular-life activities.  I was so pleased to discover the House of Recollections Etsy shop when I was searching for such pieces!

Art Deco Goodness from Revere Folie

Flashback Summer: Art Deco Revere Folie earring review 1920s

I love the power of accessories to take a look up a notch.  When I discovered Revere Folie, a handmade and vintage-inspired accessories shop, I fell in love with the fun shapes and shininess!

Gatsbylady Isobel Petite Dress

Flashback Summer: Gatsbylady Isobel Petite Dress review - 1920s party

A 1920s beaded party dress is ALWAYS welcome in my closet.  They're decadent, they're comfortable, they're fabulous.  However, as a short person I've had trouble finding gowns that fit well.  I usually have to alter the straps and make them shorter, and the shaping can be a bit off at times.  Not so with this dress!

Pre-Tied Turban: Sarah's Doo-Wop Do

Pre-Tied Turban: Sarah's Doo-Wop Do

I have an exciting recommendation for those of you that love the look of vintage turbans but don't want to have to tie them all the time: Sarah's Doo-Wop Dos!

Intercultural Vintage: Nassau's Mademoiselle dress

Flashback Summer: Intercultural Vintage fashion - Nassau's Mademoiselle dress - khanga

What a mystery this dress is!  Like, seriously, this garment is a mish-mosh of cultures from all over the world, and the more I have researched the crazier this mystery has become.

Lovely Lounging: 1930s Charmeuse Gown

Flashback Summer: Lovely Lounging - 1930s Charmeuse Gown

Many of us have incredible outdoor wardrobes, but we haven't built up our indoor wardrobes as much.  Perhaps because not many people see it, or it's not a priority for the budget.  But I'm here to tell you... pretty loungewear is SOOOO worth it!

Iron Rangers from Red Wing

Flashback Summer: Iron Rangers from Red Wing review

I've been trying to take my vintage style in a more B.A., masculine route to match my changing life roles.  I want things that pair vintage style with toughness and resilience.  I've often found this combination in vintage motorcycle ladies, WW2 female war workers, female military personnel, and other boundary-pushing ladies of the past.  However, most of them seemed to have worn their gear to death, because it's hard to find, and very few people are reproducing such styles.  Enter Iron Ranger boots from Red Wing!

Custom Wunderlabel

Flashback Summer: Custom Wunderlabel clothing labels

Casual 1920s One Hour Dress

Flashback Summer: Casual 1920s One Hour Dress pattern

Make Do & Mend: 1980s to 1930s Coat Refashion

Hello again, lovely readers!  I've had a nice, long break for the holidays, but I'm glad to get back to blogging!  I have a really fun project to share with you guys that started out with this Seinfeld-worthy 80s/90s coat I bought from a thrift store: