Thursday, February 14, 2008

MOVCFM,Baby its Cold Outside,February 2008

Happy Valentines Day !!!! In honor of the day I had to share a little retro vintage clothing themed Valentine for you by a cherished favorite artist of mine.Miss Joan Walsh Anglund !
So,how many of you(when it's cold outside) consider it a good day when it's high noon,and you're still in your PJ's ? I have a little alternative vintage solution for you. Lets call it "Comfort Food for the Body" ! How about old beaded cardis from the 50's and the softest and buttery-est,washed to perfection jeans(those that are at least a size too big!)you could possibly find?
The above icy blue cardi was thrifted recently for 1.50(it was half off!),and the old lady beads were bought at an estate sale for a couple of bux.

In the floor collection today ,I present to you a typical winter day ensem for me. You could even call it a uniform.
Beaded cardi ,that I have had for so many years,I can't recall the price,Kowalski undershirt,my fav-o-rite jeans ever!I bought these in my 2nd trimester with my 1st,and now they are merely delightfully baggy!
.....and..... my absolute ,positive ,mu-hajorly favorite,the kind of thing goofy old Stacy and Clinton would make me throw away..... beat up and aged to perfection,cowboy boots! I bought these for 4 dollars at the thrift eons ago. I have spent over 100 dollars through the years in re-sole-ing fees. I wore them last year in Hair for pitys sake. Not only do I love to wear them but am sentimentally attached to them. ...and look,now they're sandals too!

Another ice blue beaded cardi from my collection,bought from the thrift,and this time accessorized with a vintage detachable fur,beaded,collar also from the 50's(and the thrift, for a few bux!).
...another year round staple for me is overalls.They are always cheapedy cheap at the thrift!
Step 1:thrift a vintage looking ,extremely soft and comfy sweater. This one has a lovely vintage-y rose print and cost 69 cents. I just toss them in the washer and dryer and felt them a bit for patina.
Step 2: Add a well loved denim jacket.
Step 3: For interest I threw on this vintage tablecloth as a sort of wrap.I wore this last Thursday to take my littlest to dance class. It was a particularly cold and blustery day and I just sort of grabbed something as a shawl/scarf. I was amazed at the compliments I got.
My oldest babe could not believe Mommy wore a tablecloth out (I'm sure Sarah can't either!),and she told her father just that.To which he replied"...and how long have you known your Mom?"
I became rather enamored of the table linen as fashion accessory idea and decided to experiment.
Here I paired a thrifted cardi from the 60's with a lace table runner and pinned with a couple of 60's and 70's flower pins from my collection. In retrospect I think one pin is enough!
Here I used an embroidered dresser scarf as a neck scarf ,paired with another fave 69 cent ,washed to death ,and oh so soft sweater!See one pin is best!
...but what to wear when you are going to an event and all you really wanna do is stay home and watch Mission Impossible re-runs ? My vote goes for non-constricting velvet vintage dresses! My favorite leopard velvet that I have had for ages,and am so glad I never tailored it to fit.
My newest green velvet baby doll dress from the 60's ! So soft ,so warm,and so comfy ! I bought both of these at my favorite vintage clothing store, Ahab Bowen,for less than 20 bux each(much less!)!
I leave you with a pic from season 1 of Project Runway. This is Austin Scarlets much maligned offering from the "deconstruct vintage clothing" eppy.
I loved most of the garments that came from that challenge,but this is the one that I would have liked to have owned! The judges hated it,but I LOVED it. Which is more than I can say for last weeks wrestler girl eppy.Could my beloved PR have "jumped the shark" as they say in the biz?
I have not yet watched last nights eppy,so don't tell me anything about it until I watch it later tonight.
....but I will say this about the Wrestler Girl least the designers embraced it,and my top 3(Jillian,Christian,and even Rami)did create some fun stuff
....but come on now.... give us some high fashion....please!


Vallen said...

I picture Ms. Anglund always wearing demure little cardigans like yours with soft things around her neck. I, too, in my more vivid days found a table runner had turned into neckpiece. And I won't tell you what happened on PR but I think you will be pleased.

Sarah and Jack said...

Well, you are right, I am shocked that you wore a tablecloth! LOL

What's more shocking is that you can find those beaded cardigans at the thrift. I have never seen a single one in the thrift, in all my thrifting years.

Jane said...

Love the dresser scarf...scarf! So looking forward to this season PR coming out on DVD. I am always a season behind, but I love me a marathon of viewing!

Heidi Ann said...

I remember those Joan Walsh Anglund magazine pages! I think I must have some squirreled away somewhere here in Packratdom. I love all of your combinations. Those vintage cardigans are seriously gorgeous.
May I also say thank you to you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment? Thanks so much!

Heidi said...

I'm with Sarah, I've never been lucky enough to find one of those beaded cardi's at a thrift! I've also never seen one that would fit me--seriously, were people tiny midgets in the 50s?

Donna O. said...

Love the boots/jeans ensamble- And Christial as Edward Sissorhands! Hay Hysterical!!(He's my fav to win!)

Anonymous said...

I love when you find that dream item that you can wear season in and season out, and constantly have repaired. I have a pair of boots I love like that! I hope they never truly die!

this weeks PR is totally redeeming, made the wrestler challenge a mere dust speckle in the past. Enjoy!!

Mosaic*Queen said...

Yummy!! You have the BEST vintage clothes around!!!!

Stephanie said...

Wearing are the fashion foward it!!!!

Rebecca said...

LOL! I can imagine now that all the starlette's will be sporting their favorite table cloths. ;)

"Oh darling, and look here! See that spot? It's gravy and it's VINTAGE."

"That's so chic, darling."

"Why yes, I know."

Love, LOVE that white cardi with the blue, so pretty!

Gina said...

You are SO CUTE!!! said...

Happy Hpppppppppy LATE Valentine's day!!! The holiday that keeps on giving!! hee heeee!!! You are such a dish, I will say it time and time again!!xxo

andrew b. said...

Hi ms. westfall!

I like the idea of using grandma's table linnens for something else besides keeping the table warm!

marjorie said...

those are some oh so pretty sweaters!!:)

Donna O. said...

Just checking in- PR tonight-
whoo- hoo!!!!

AnastasiaC said...

hey gorgeous!! you know i love Joan Walsh Anglund - i treasure that book you sent me two christmases (is that a word?) ago...
ive got my project runway downloaded - im upto the Levi's challenge so not sure how far behind I am but its good!!!

Angelina said...

Your thrift stores have the best stuff! I love beaded cardigans and have had many of them.

I especially love your daisy-like flower pin.

rochambeau said...

Outfit # one is my uniform too!

Hope all is well in your world Jungle Dream!


Donna O. said...

Did you watch it?? Did you love it??? Post about it- you must!!

donna o. said...


Karen Cole said...

You are tooooo clever!!!

I love the beaded cardigan!!! OMG. $1.50????

I will return. Found you by way of Stephanie and Constance.

sweetheartville said...

I've been toying with the idea of making a skirt from a round tablecloth I have for the last few years, but I have to say, tying one on as a cape/shawl never crossed my mind! You are simply a fashion genius. There, I said it.


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