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Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco De Mayo! (With an Outfit Post and a Recipe)

I thought Cinco De Mayo would be a good time to share a recent vintage purchase, and one of my favorites: My 1950s Mexican tourist jacket.  I've wanted one for awhile and this was a steal for $30 on Ebay and its in terrific condition.

I'm not sure why but there seem to be almost no photos of actual mid century women wearing these jackets BUT there are a plethora of them available.  They are one of the easiest vintage items to find and available in a wide range of colors.  (The following jackets are for sale on Etsy)

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  Prices vary widely so its a good idea to keep a look out, I personally found better prices on Ebay then on Etsy.

I had originally wanted a turquoise jacket, but I'm quite happy with my red one.  I particularly like the embroidered village scene on the back:

and I think it goes nicely with my Weasley's chili pepper neck scarf:

and my luxulite chili pepper hair clip and bowling pin brooch

Casual, sturdy vintage items are my favorite, and a Mexican tourist jacket is perfect for everyday wear.  Vintage blogger the  Atomic Red Head has a particularly impressive collection that you can read about here. 

I couldn't write a Cinco De Mayo post without including a recipe for Tres Leches cake, which is my husbands all time favorite cake.  This is the only cake recipe I have every made in which I used a mix, but trust me it still tastes amazing.

Tres Leches Cake

1 box moist yellow cake mix (I used Duncan Hines moist deluxe)
eggs, milk, and oil depending on cake mix directions
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 pint heavy cream
1/2 cup rum
cool whip or whipped cream
sweetened flaked coconut
Prepare the cake mix according to box directions but use milk instead of water.   Let the cake cool.  Whisk condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, and rum together.  Poke holes all over cake and pour the mixture over.  Cover and leave in the fridge for a few hours to absorb.   Frost with cool whip or whipped cream and coconut.  (Note: this cake is pretty hard to cut as its very moist.)


  1. That is a nice jacket. I love the scene on the back!
    And Weasley looks very festive, too!

    Love, Ellen & The Fab Five
    Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

  2. Great find! You look so festive.

    Love the header picture, too.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  3. Love the jackets and your header
    Lily & Edward

  4. I hope you wear this to school cos I bet your kids will think you are cool!!
    stella rose

  5. Your jacket is wonderful. I love Mexican and southwestern themed stuff. What a perfect post for today!

  6. Your jacket is so cute! And I love the hair clip. You look really good in red!
    Weasley is looking very handsome with chili pepper neck scarf :-)
    The recipe sounds wonderful. Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

  7. Tres Leches Cake looks delicious and much easier than one I saw them making on the Food Network.
    I have never made one and never will because I love it so much I know I'd eat the whole thing.

  8. You look great in the red! Perfect choice! Oh, that cake sounds amazing!

  9. I swear, I thought the bowling pins were maracas. And I love the cream colored jacket! And oh the cake looks good!!!

  10. Nice jacket! You both look very festive.


  11. Cute jacket and yummy cake!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  12. That is a lovely jacket and how festive. Hope you had a lovely Cinco De Mayo. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  13. Your jacket looks beautiful and I can't imagine the turquoise looking any better. The cake looks really good too, and I may have to try it. Is there any way to make it without the cake mix?

  14. That is so cute! You always have the greatest finds!

  15. I love this vintage cloths and your jacket is awesome. The cake recipe looks devine and since it does use a mix, I may even make it since I'm not the big baker. Hope you and Weasley had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo!


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