Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pyrex Bakeware Love

Regular readers know I have an affinity for vintage Pyrex. I thought I'd share a picture of some of my bakeware. As an individual who is also a baking aficionada it should not come as a shock that my bakeware is my favorite part of my collection.

You can see more of my collection on Pinterest, though admittedly I am very bad about taking pictures as my collection changes. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Booted: Naturalizer Jersey (Wide Calf)

It's the time of year when retailers start rolling out fall lines. I have a hard time with this as it is well over 100 here lately, and I won't be able to wear any fall items until at least the end of October...unless we go on a trip somewhere much, much cooler than Tucson.

Nevertheless I soldier on, dutifully looking at the pretty items. I spotted a cute short sleeve sweater at Banana Republic yesterday but couldn't even bring myself to try it on as I knew I would just have to shelve it for a number of months. Sigh. But one thing I do search for each year is boots. Specifically, tall leather boots with a wider shaft.

I've had the same two pairs of tall boots for a number of years. Both are cute but they have absolutely no padding; they are a lower-end brand and the support and workmanship is minimal. Though they are leather they are not aging well, despite me treating the. The zipper part keeps getting stuck in the lining and once I even had to cut that lining from above to get my foot out of the boot (it got caught just above the ankle, so I couldn't just wriggle it off). All this to say I decided this is the year I am getting new boots. I love to wear them with jeans tucked in, I feel put together and somewhat fashionable.

Finding wide calf boots can be a challenge but I secured some from Nordstrom: Naturalizer Jersey.

Yes, I ordered both colors. I was so excited when they showed up. We were gone when they were dropped off, and as we pulled into the driveway I told my husband, "This is the first time I have had a shoe delivery in a loooooong time." And yes, it is. I can't remember the last time I purchased shoes that were not for running/exercise. 

I ordered a 10W, wide calf. There is definitely padding, as one would expect with Naturalizer. They zip up fine until the last inch or so, then I have to work it a bit. For whatever reason the last bit seems tighter. I can still get them zipped over a pair of jeans, and I know they will stretch over time. There is some bagging in the ankle area, it's not as snug as I wish it could be. These seem to go up higher than my other boots, and I'm tall. They are a bit loose in the foot area, however I am not sure a regular width would fit over the bridge of my foot. 

All in all these seem to be winners. Hopefully I will be able to wear them before Christmas. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Fit and Flare

I am a dress addict. I am also an eyelet addict. Combine the two and I am all in, which is why I swooped in on this Gap dress today.

I do have a concern that is will be a bit too flared and poofy at the waist. We shall see. Bonus: it comes in Tall sizes and was 40% off with my BR card. 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Things I Just Don't Understand

These shoes. I just don't get them. In the summer heat won't your ankles be sticky and hot? Yet your feet would be cool and catch a breeze. I just don't get it. Maybe I am old. The end.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Some Inherited Vintage Goodness

My grandparents lived in West Virginia and my grandmother passed away a couple of years ago. One of my uncles had been living in her house until he passed away last fall. Now my father and uncles have been working on closing out the house and just this month my dad made a trip back east to haul home some family goods. I put in my request: any old glassware and the Hoosier cabinet.

Well, my dad came back with my wished-for items.

This is a terrible picture but alas, it's all I have at the moment. My dad thinks my grandparents purchased this Hoosier cabinet in 1950. It has been repainted several times, and the shelves papered. The wood sides along the bottom are starting to split and fall apart. Restoring this will be a challenge but I (and my husband) are up to it. It still has the roll-top closure (where you see the open space) and the original flour chute and cabinet. The enamel top is in good shape, with some chips but nothing too terrible. I can't really get to work on this for a while. Since we are moving after the new year and renting until we find a house this will have to stay with my parents until I have the space to do it justice. I might find myself over at their guest house (its temporary residence) working on it once it cools down, though.

And the much good stuff. This is one picture I managed to get. There's Pyrex, some Fire King jadeite, some other Fire King bowls and plates from 1952, and Hazel Atlas, which was manufactured in West Virginia not too far from where my grandparents lived. I was pretty excited to get it all and have already cleaned it all up.

Blendo! It was alms made in West Virginia. My dad is holding on to this right now but perhaps one day he will consider me worthy of having it. It is in amazing condition; my dad said it stayed in the china cabinet and was rarely used.

As I work on the Hoosier I'll be sure to take pictures. I'm going to try and do as much as I can without my husband's help; I figure it will be a good project for me to tackle and learn from.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cotton FTW

So apparently my husband has shrunk over the years. He used to be a 32 and now, well, I found myself at Banana Republic returning some slim cut shorts I had purchased in size 31. I can't wrap my head around him being a possible size 30. True, he is very clim but I swear, he hasn't lost weight in twelve years of marriage, nor does he have a wasting disease. He likes beer and food. Is it possible vanity sizing is happening for men now? All indicators point to yes.

Anyway, while I was doing the return I spotted the cutest top over in the women's section. And when I went over to look I was truly surprised to see it was 100% cotton. Cotton! That rare and magical fabric that rarely exists in clothes and if it does must be blended with copious amounts of other materials.

Now, I don't usually go for shirts that require a layer underneath. I hate to be all trussed up and hot. But cotton! So I tried it on and fell in love. And was pushed over the edge when I found it was 40% off. I get bored with wearing tees with shorts so this will be a nice departure. Plus it will also work well in our warm falls with my most favorite Loft denim capris (which are now on sale over half off, so yes, I got two pair). I literally wore out my pair from last year, as I undid the cuff and tucked them into tall boots during the few weeks of winter we have.

Let's hope with Marissa Webb taking the helm at BR that more cotton will be forthcoming. Even the sales associate told me they are tired of the synthetics.


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