Friday, February 24, 2017

Vintage Outfit Post-A 1930s Style Drindl Dress From the Black Pinafore For A Trip To Mitsuwa Market

Recently I have been in the process of selling off a lot of my vintage wardrobe.  I'm certainly not giving up vintage, rather I want to fund new outfits, and I wan't to make sure everything I own is something I really love.   That's how I feel about this amazing 1930s style Drindl that Deborah From The Black Pinafore made me.  It just couldn't be better.

I emailed Debora some pictures of 1930s and 40s Drindl's I found online 

and asked her to make something similar, but with a hooded capelet, lately I've been really into hoods (see my amazing 1930s hooded robe).  The result is wonderful, very 1930s or 40s Disney Princess, or Hobbit!,  in the best way possible.

The artisan-ship on the Drindl is amazing.  The hooded capelet is hooded brow velveteen.  The sleeves are trimmed in the same velveteen as the cape and have zip closures.   The apron ties on and the white section is faux blouse trimmed with brown ribbon.  The entire dress zips up the back.  

Amazing Craftsmanship!

I paired the drindl with a 1930s deer brooch, 1930s gloves, thick winter tights from Amazon, my trusty American Ducess oxfords, a 1920s petite point purse and a hair flower from my beloved Chatterblossom.

I wore my Drindl to the Mitsuwa market place which is seriously one of my favorite places in the world.  Not only do they have the most delicious ramen:

But all of the Japanese supermarket items are incredibly cute:

And there is an amazing bookstore with tons of adorable animal books

and toys like this Ponyo puzzle.

I got a pug key cover that was sold out the last time I was here

and some super cute dog and cat buttons.

Here they are on my Freddie's of Pinewood jeans jacket.

Perhaps I should have left the pug life button though because it may be a bad influence on Fry and Weasley as they could be embracing their inner thug.   On Wednesday there was a drive by shooting less then a block from our home and I was in the back yard with all of the dogs.  Tuvok was terrified and ran toward me, but Fry and Weasley ran towards the gate and the sound of the shooting.  It was very scary but we got inside safely and no one was hurt.  (The bullets missed whoever the intended target was.)   There are definitely downsides to living in the city, but Mitsuwa Market is an upside.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Second Cross Stitch Done and Mr. Tuvok Get's His Teeth Cleaned

I finished my second cross stitch.

It's Castiel from supernatural.  Though I messed up his eyes a bit.

In other news we took all 5 dogs to the vet so we could renew heart worm meds.  It was crazy

And Mr. Tuvok got his teeth cleaned.   We had made an appointment for Weasley to do the same but our vet said his teeth weren't that bad yet and we could wait a year.  I love my vet he's very honest and saved us 800 dollars.  He did say Tuvok had lots of tartar for a two year old dog and would be needing lots of dentals over his life time.  We expected that though since he is a toy poodle.  Tuvok isn't happy about it though.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Around Town Sunday Funday: Bike Ride With Fry and Mr. Tuvok

I'm pretty weirded out by these 65 degree days in February, particularly less then a week after a big snow storm, but at least it's nice biking weather.  We took Fry and Mr. Tuvok for a bike ride in down town Jersey City.  This was Mr. Tuvok's first bike ride and he did very well (though he's not a fan of pot holes.)

We made a pit stop for burgers, fries, and bubble tea, 

and discovered that Fry does not like french fries!!!!

but Mr. Tuvok does!

Who would have thought.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Film Strip Friday-More Dates for Kay

Just in case you didn't get enough Valentine's dates you could try Kay's rather aggressive techniques.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mommy and Me Dressing With Mr. Tuvok

So I've never wanted kids (other then fur kids) of course but I've always thought the idea of mommy and me dressing was super cute.  Thankfully, I've found a way to make it work!  The lovely Deb from pug possessed made Mr. Tuvok an adorable poodle (and dog) print fleece coat for  Christmas and I've realized it is a great match with my pug and poodle skirt from Girl in a Whirl (featured on the blog before).

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine's Day Outfit Post-Romeo and Juliette Skirt From Girl in A Whirl

Despite the saying on the adorable 1950s Valentine above I have always been pretty neutral about Valentine's day.  I like vintage cards and who doesn't love candy, but I'm not one to make a big deal about the day.  However, I'm perennially a sucker for seasonal dressing and Valentines is  no different.

About 6 months ago I was perusing Etsy when I came across the most amazing 1950s Novelty circle skirt depicting Romeo romancing Juliette on the balcony.

The skirt was beautiful but it was also tiny and astronomically expensive, think major veterinary bills price level.  Still I liked it so much I kept thinking about it and I decided to ask my favorite 1950s reproduction seamstress, Girl In A Whirl, if she could make me a similar skirt.  We decided on a different color scheme, lavender and pink, as opposed to black and pink, which would have shown to much pet hair anyway. The resulting skirt, is like all of Girl In A Whirl's creations, beautiful, in fact I think it really is prettier then the original.

The details she included in the skirt are amazing: the figures, flowers, hearts, and leaves are all cut from felt and hand stitched.   The skirt is light and comfortable and like all circle skirts it is beautifully full when paired with a crinoline.


Of course you can get a little tangled up when walking dogs in a full skirt, but that just adds to the fun!

I wear my Romeo and Juliette skirt with a soft knit pink top from Freddies of Pinewood that I really love and my purple snood from Arthelia's Attic.  My hairs a little short for a snood these days but I like it so much I wear it anyway.

This is a perfect fun outfit not just for Valentine's Day but for any day, and like my other Girl In A Whirl skirts it is totally unique.  

Recently I have been selling off a lot of my vintage and reproduction pieces so I can have room and funds for more!  But I haven't sold a single one of my Girl In A Whirl pieces and I never will.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Weasley's Crush on Wesley Crusher from Pug Notes

Just in time for Valentine's Day Weasley is breaking out one of his Christmas gifts.  A Star Trek The Next Generation Wesley Crusher inspired sweater by pug notes.

Now all he needs is a Valentine to send to Wesley:


Monday, February 6, 2017

Kitsch Collectables-Miss Ponytail and Miss Traveler Cases

As a novelty purse fanatic I spend a lot of time perusing vintage bags, purses and cases on easy and ebay.   My ideal purse isn't one of those chic subtle leather ones:

What I want is the wackiest, craziest, kitschiest novelty hand bag out there: dogs, cats fish, coconuts, crazy sayings etc.



 I've learned over the years to not limit my online handbag searches to traditional adult hand bags, but rather to look outside the box and search for things like travel cases, sewing bags, book bags, lunch boxes, hat boxes, and most of all children's bags.  That last search item is how I discovered Miss. Ponytail.  

Miss Ponytail, and Miss Traveler by Ponytail, are Barbie like teen queen character who appeared on diaries, record cases, travel bags, purses, and lunch boxes in the 1950s and 60s.


I knew I wanted a Miss Traveler or Miss Ponytail bag in my collection but I wanted it to be the right one for the right price.   It took me  a while but I found the perfect specimens on ebay and even bargained the seller down!

It's a Miss Traveler case and spiffy young Miss Traveler with her adorable pill box hat and Jackie Kennedy like bob is accompanied by a charming well groomed poodle.  As a poodle mom I knew this was the case for me.  It really made me think of a 1960s airline stewardesses, a look I admire

So using my 1940s style pinafore dress from The Black Pinafore  (you can read about it in this post) I put together a  cute 60s sort of look 

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