17 April, 2014

Vintage Pants are Modest - Part 2

A follow up to my previous post {you can read it here - 1} that will show more options for vintage enthusiasts.

Reproduction companies will charge and arm and a leg and yet they don't cater to the XXS/XS or the XL/XXL. It can be difficult for the 23" waist to get a pair of jeans to fit snug enough not to fall down on them, that would be mortifying. Or that thicker waisted gals, much like myself have taken notice that companies have shrinking their sizes or have eliminated them altogether, making less options for the plus size. It is something I've become more and more aware of as time goes on.

There is companies who doe custom work and I can speak from experience that a custom piece in your wardrobe will make you feel like a million bucks. I have a repro 1930s overalls custom made for me and it makes my waist look soooo tiny.


My overalls  were custom made by Cyd's Custom Pieces on etsy. The same etsy store makes these Katherine Hepburn inspired trousers as well and look at that lovely super high waist!!

SomethingElse Clothing also offers custom work for swing pants and they come in all shades of colors. I even love that cuff on the hem. So cute!


Dolly Pegs Vintage is a company on etsy and ebay who offer custom made denim overalls, suspender pants, and trousers in either a cloth kit you can sew up yourself at a lower price or the option for them to sew them up and ship them out to you after they finish.

Time Machine Vintage, who is a long time standing custom work, repro clothing store on etsy. Many have purchased from them and though the price is steep, at least you get it custom to your body and it isn't some cookie cutter piece.


My final shop featured is Big Beautiful Barbara Brown. Who is well known for her beautiful pieces done for plus sizes, but don't worry slender lasses, she also does custom work and will tailor your trousers {or dress and blouses} to your exact measurements.

All of these options are obviously modest and cute as can be. They can be on the pricey side, but I think every women needs to invest in at least one custom piece in her wardrobe. And if it fits you wonderfully, flatters your figure, and its your favorite style, you'll find scads of ways to wear it.

My next post on Vintage Pants are Modest I will share with you some patterns that are affordable and are definitely modest.

15 April, 2014

How Fiction Tainted My Expectations

We have all been there, at least once in our lives where there is a certain book with a certain character that has ruined our expectations for a relationship with a person. I'm very aware of the fact that because of my love of novels and I can't tell you how many I've read where so many of them have disappointed me in the fact that I loathed the characters the author created. And when I do find a good book, I almost always develop an admiration for one of the characters.

Over the years my love for fictional characters, much like my taste in men, has changed. As a young girl I was introduced to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and more specifically Mr. Darcy.

First up is Mr. Darcy...
I would go as far as saying most of the women who read Pride and Prejudice fall for Mr. Darcy at least once, sometimes for life. Much like Jane Hayes {Austenland} I often become a little more than attached to certain male characters and Mr. Darcy was one of them.

No matter how many times I read the novel or watch the mini-series {A&E production is the only one I fully approve of as the best adaptation}, I always fall for him a little more each time. Mr. Darcy humbles himself and in the end we see his true colors, that behind the wall he put up, Mr. Darcy gets better with closer acquaintance.

Second is Gilbert Blythe...
The sweet and every loyal Gilbert of Anne of Green Gables is definitely a man who is easy to fall in love with. I'm not the only one there are tons of fangirls who dream about one day finding their Gilbert. We have envied Anne for taking her friendship with Gil for granted and cheer at the end {as if this is any spoiler} when she finally admits she cares for her long time chum.

Gil is loyal, caring, thoughtful, and funny to boot. What's not to love about the man who never gives up on a girl reluctant to admit she loves him? Gil Blythe will always have a place in my heart.

Third is Ray Singleton...
Very few understand my love for the character, Kalin and I are definitely on the same wave length here. The Magic of Ordinary Day's is not as popular as the novels above, but still Ann Howard Creel created a character that is a diamond in the rough.

Ray marries Livvy to save her reputation and the reputation of her unborn baby. He's selfless, loyal, dedicated, and in the words of his sister, "When he falls in love, it's forever." How can you not love that?

Finally Jeremiah Silverman...
There are very few modern novels with decent characters, let alone male characters. My sister had been saying how wonderful Rabbi Silverman is in the Psalm 23 Mysteries is, I just didn't get it...until I finally read the first novel. I was hooked and yes, I fell for the lovable, Israeli Rabbi who is fiercely protective of those he cares about.

Is it too much to ask for an Israeli Rabbi with a great sense of humor who is devoted to faith and family?? 

From my teen years to early twenties I've dealt with has left me more than discouraged. I went from being a hopeful romantic to a realist. I've encountered mama's boys to perverted jerks, I kid you not. It's no wonder that with the caliber of men, or lack of high caliber of men, caused me to turn to fictional men.

With that said, I leave you with this...

And that is how fiction tainted my expectations.

14 April, 2014

How I Write {When to walk away}

Here's the final installment in my How I Write series. Make sure you catch up on the first three posts {1-2-3} before continuing.

When to Walk Away.
I created the characters and then I told their story, trying my best to get down every detail and now I have to let their story speak for itself. Think of it like letting your baby leave the nest. Are you worried about them? What if they fail?

Those Blasted Queries
How do you best describe your novel in only fifty words? How do you pitch or try to sell your book in only four hundred words or less? I needed plenty of drafts for my simple little query letter.

Besides my query letter, I needed a hook, line, and sinker worthy pitch, synopsis, and heckuva first chapter {or sample chapters, which is why your first lines are so very vital}. Every single agent is different and so I have to treat my queries in such a way. Tweaking {not to be confused with twerking, ick!} a query and pitch documents helps.

If you just happen to have a primarily masculine name such as, Sean, make sure you sign off with a Miss or Ms. or even Mrs. so and so instead of leaving that for them to guess your status. I've been called Mister {he, his, him} all my life and I try to take all the precautions now to assure I'm not called such. While on the topic of titles, it is incredibly important to address an agent as Mr. or Ms.

I often have to learn from my own mistakes. Researching agents per genre is pretty important. I would not send a women's fiction to a romance fiction agent...they are not one in the same. Some agents do allow submissions for multiple genres, but not always. It feels like there are a million genres and a billion agents out there, but rest assured there is the perfect agent out there for me who is willing to take a chance on my novels.

Don't cry Jo...
I can't remember how many rejections I've gotten thus far, but it is definitely a small amount. However, I did achieve a record of receiving two rejections in one week from the same agent. If you can't laugh about it, there's no sense in continuing to query.

I'm not saying it isn't frustrating as I receive form rejection after form rejection saying it's not you, it's me, can get old fast. But, yes there is a but, once in a blue moon some agents ask for a full manuscript. :::jumps for joy::: Only to never hear from them again. By now this is beginning to sound like a one sided relationship with a commitment phobe.

Does it get better? I've heard many times it does, but not in our house. A friend of mine, Rachel, not too long ago signed on with an agent for her YA novel. However, she's the only one I know personally who has been signed on to a legit literary agency.

So what does one do when no one wants the novel you poured your heart into? This will be a very difficult pill for any aspiring author to swallow...Nothing, absolutely nothing! I can tweak my query and pitches until I'm blue in the face, but if you have a difficult novel to sell in a market that is already flooded with novels polar opposite of your own, won't probably make much difference.

Chin up!
Easy for me to say, but hey I've been there, actually I am there. But I know if I want to be a novelist one day, I can't give up just because a few agents don't like my novel. I will be published one day and I will pursue a career in writing. It is just taking a little longer than I thought. I'm not throwing blame on anyone, because one day there will be a particular agent who will see my novel and take a chance. Then the rest will be...history.

I hope you enjoyed this series in how I write. I know not all of you are interested in it, but the more I wrote on it, thanks again to Ashley for the idea, I really got into it. Thank you for listening to this writer ramble...

06 April, 2014

Adventures in Wet Sets

For the past two years I haven't bothered to do a wet set {because for over a year I had a pixie cut} but I have been itching to curl my hair. I've never been any good at pin curling, but foam rollers and rag curls are quite effective at getting a vintage hair style.

February I chopped some Bettie bangs in hopes of achieving some cute Bettie Page hair styles. I even got multiple compliments, some even from men that thought the bangs looked good.

This is far more of an authentic 1950s style pageboy, which I loved. I just threw up my hair in foam rollers and curled it under. I pulled back the sides with bobby pins {which I've seen Stephanie - Star-Spangled Heart- do a ton of times} and a nice bow accent. I did not put my bangs in foam rollers, and used a curling iron instead.

My second wet set was interesting because between my first and second I decided to grow out my bangs. I like to change my hair often and honestly I just forgot to trim up my bangs and thought, I might as well just grow them out.

It started out more of a 30s/50s pageboy with a pincurl bang, but then Veronica thought it was much more Lady Edith and I concur, very Lady Edith indeed. Either way I was pleased.

Lately I've been pretty obsessed with Betty White's 1950s hair. I just adore Betty and think her cute as can be 50s pin curled bob is so lovely. I didn't achieve a wave because my bang area is just too short. {But something to work for as my hair grows.}

When I was fluffing out the curls it had a really Marilyn Monroe vibe to it, which was kinda nice. Then as I brushed it out and fluffed up the curls, it turned into this fabulous Betty White inspired hair, exactly what I had wanted!

I used small, medium, and large foam {or sponge} rollers from Goody I believe and First Evolve. I'm hoping to throw it up again tonight for an event at the CANDLES museum tomorrow. :::crosses fingers:::

03 April, 2014

Giveaway with the Vintage Dancer

Head on over to The Vintage Dance for a terrific Giveaway.

Vintage Pants are Modest - Part 1

A while ago Kalin {Modesty is My Policy blog - a nice combination of modest vintage and Christian living} and I have talked how much we love vintage pants. Whether it is the high waist that covers your panties when you bend over or the loose fit that is not only flattering to one's figure {and comfy to boot}, but also the fact that you aren't poured in to them.

{I do realize there are some vintage reproduction jeans that are designed that way, but I do my best to steer clear of them in general.}

Kalin is a lovely young lady who is always searching for fashionable, yet modestly appropriate, garbs for herself and I love to cheer her on. I too am very modest in what I wear. I have always been self-conscious of my bust size so I do whatever I can to cover up and short shorts, no matter how many you try, really aren't flattering. Unless you like that wedgie feeling similar to what you get with a thong.

modest pants

I want to show some very positive and modest ways to wear pants and still have a great style! I love pants and see nothing wrong in wearing them. To be honest I see, especially vintage pants, much more modest than a dress or skirt. Think about it, no Marilyn over the grate moments.

Here are some options I came up with and think they not only are modest, but are highly fashionable. I even threw together a rockabilly inspired ensemble because I want to show you can be rockabilly and modest simultaneously.

Very cute and very easy 30s 40s inspired outfit and not only are you fully covered, but this would be such an adorable look for any gal.

set 1

With a simple traditional vintage look and then a rockabilly sassy look. Both sets show you can be modest and stay true to your style. Personally I love them both and would love to have these in my wardrobe.

set 2 - multi options

I doubt anyone can be more modest than the very lovely Grace Kelly

get the look - grace kelly casual

I have always been more drawn to pants/jeans. Seeing that I love vintage fashion, that did make things difficult at first. Until I found oodles of patterns, vintage jeans, and repro companies who had tons of options for this tomboy in love with yesteryear.

Do you love and/or prefer vintage pants/jeans to dresses/skirts? If so, how many items do you currently have in your wardrobe?

31 March, 2014

What doesn't kill you...

What doesn't kill you either makes you stronger... or mutates you. Maybe after all this we can survive a zombie apocalypse?? Just sayin'.

Ever really wonder if God has your back? I mean really do you often think with all the little, or even big, things that go wrong that maybe sometimes you wonder if God is listening? I do sometime wonder why some really crappy things happen to us while others do as they please. Why is everything right as rain for them, but I feel out in left field all alone?

I had my question, or prayer, revealed to me this week.

But first I must start with a story that happened not so long ago...

Summer 2010: When we finally were able to replace our furnace/air condition because the air condition part of it croaked three years prior. It was something we just lived with and it wasn't as bad as you'd think. Until we found out what was happening behind the scenes.

For those three years, and maybe longer, due to our broken furnace/air conditioner carbon monoxide was being pumped into our house at a 100% for three winters. I swear if it weren't for the original windows that leaked air in and out {we have a 100-year-old home} we would have died, all of us including our precious furbabies.

We were reminded that God had our backs and if we had put plastic over the windows to conserve energy like we'd wanted, none of us would even be here.

Fast forward to this past week. {March 2014} We had no other choice but to have some construction work done on our bathroom, living room, and dining room because years ago we had a water damage. After years of putting it off, I was glad it was finally going to be taken care of.

There was delays and set backs, but the bathroom was finished and now looks pretty good. As T {our contractor} started on the plastering, he found a rusted out pipe that was leaking. Turns out that it was leaking methane gas into our home for who knows how long. It had to be around fifteen years or more, since that's how long we've lived in our current house.

First carbon monoxide, now methane gas. {Which by the way, it isn't odorless!!}

I've learned a lot this week. I've learned not to take as much for granted and realize who I can rely on to help us out when we need it. I have also been reminded that God has been working overtime in protecting us against the methane gas.

If you have any doubt that God isn't listening, remind yourself that there is always something out there that could hurt you and the reason why you're still here on this earth is because God is protecting you from something, anything that might harm you.

With all this said, I think we can survive some zombies. Go ahead, bring it!