31 December, 2012

Waving As the Bandwagon Passes By

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I'm not going to do a 2012 in review post, because if you've been a follower for long enough you know how difficult this year has truly been for me and my family. We've had tragedy hit and we've been over flooded with blessings only God could have bestowed.

Together my family and I have grown closer, forged new friendships, and I think have finally found a church where we can feel at home. With all the instability in this year, I hope 2013 is better. I pray for security. Nothing turns your life upside down when you don't have security. I am happy that so many others have had a wonderful year, I know so many who are suffering. I don't know if the Mayan's prediction was actually a crappy year, but it's really felt that way to me.

This post has a very glass-half-full mood to it and it's not my intention to bring anyone down with me. But I will happily bid 2012 farewell and welcome 2013 with open arms.

I have a few resolutions I might share with you at a later time, but at this time my one resolution I will share today...To live in the moment. For so long I've lived in the past or the future. We have no idea what the future holds and we don't know if we're promised tomorrow. So cautious me is going to live life.

That's all for now. I wish you all a blessed New Year! Good-bye 2012.

26 December, 2012

Blah, Blah, Blah

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That's about how I've been feeling lately, too. Just Blah!! About a week ago I came down with the flu, just in time for Christmas and between being light headed, throbbing headaches, and nausea, I haven't been up to a new blog post. My mind just hasn't been in it. And it hasn't been in my writing either, my manuscript has been left untouched for over a week. How neglectful of me!! On top of that my allergies have been going crazy because it hasn't been cold enough to kill off the allergens.

We are getting Blizzard Euclid today and it's quite pretty outside. All the doggies enjoyed frolicking in the fresh snow. I wish I could take pictures, buuuutt....our camera died this week, before Christmas no less. All I have is my camera phone and the quality just isn't that good.

I promise when we get a new camera I'll be back to outfit posts and pictures of our new little one which I've yet to introduce on this blog. We adopted a new baby a couple months ago and although I've uploaded some pics of him to Facebook, not all of you are friends with me so you can't see his adorable little face.

In the meantime I hope you've noticed all the changes that have gone on with my blog layout. I was able to get this new look with the help of the lovely Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage. I had noticed that Bunny's Vintage Victory was just stunning and came down with blog envy. That's been remedied when Brittany offered to help me and slowly The Fictionista has been transformed. I'm so very thankful for Brittany's help. I'm not as talented as she is in web graphics, I rely mostly on picmonkey and befunky for help {I currently don't own any photo editing programs like adobe or corel}.

I know this is a short post, but I don't really have much news. I'd love to do a post on the items I received for Christmas. But like I said, no camera!!

I hope you all have had a fabulous Christmas filled with lots of love and blessings!

16 December, 2012

Vintage Basics {Accessories}



Hats - Hats to me are absolutely a MUST in any vintage wardrobe. I adore hats. I've always adored hats. Anywhere from the pillboxes of the 60s or the sleek cloches of the 20s and 30s...I love them all. I don't get a lot of wide brim hats. Why, because when you are a petite gal who is plus sized it's so hard to wear them. Also I don't have a lot of hat pins. Anyway, hats are a wonderful accessory that you can play around with. I think I've lost count of how many I own, but who cares!


Shoes -I know most vintage ladies go for high heels. I don't. I hurt my toes a year and a half ago and ever since then I can't wear any heels over 3". If I do get shoes, I am careful to try them on first. And I never try the 5" heels like I used to. {Being so short has allowed me to wear TALL heels.} I think keds are another great investment in vintage shoes. They were quite popular in the 40s for the casual look and it's still popular. Gosh, I love 40s fashions. I suggest if you can't get keds, get a pair of Vans. They are so identical to keds and just as comfy.

 

Purses/Bags - Purchasing vintage purses really isn't a need or even a want for me. I have no desire to purchase delicate vintage bags. I'm rough on my purses and I can't do that with a vintage piece. Not only that, but my purses are huge!! And I have all sorts of things in there that I'd have to purchase vintage suitcases to carry all of my must need items.

 

Jewelry - I love all kinds of jewelry, but I'm not the kind of person who has to have Bakelite. I have always bought whatever I liked despite whether or not it was apart of current fashion. That includes jewelry. I rarely purchase vintage jewelry. 1} Because it's so darn expensive. 2} You can find jewelry at supermarkets such as K-Mart that have a vintage look for a heck of a lot less. 3} And I don't particularly wear a LOT of jewelry except for my earrings. I did wear my vintage looking Star of David for a long time and then I lost it. :( So now I'm not wearing many necklaces.

 

Hairpieces - After chopping my locks off, I'm really into hair accessories {not to be confused with hats}. I love bobby pins with pretty rosettes on them or fascinators with vintage pizzazz. Also headbands and scarves have become a MUST in my wardrobe. I've lost count of how many I got at various stores. They are so neat and one can go with five different looks. That's a great way to spice up a vintage wardrobe {in my opinion}.

11 December, 2012

Rosie the Reviewer {Vintage Pants Shopping}

I was talking with Bunny {of Bunny's Vintage Victory} on facebook the other day and finally have gotten the courage to write this post. And since my vintage desire is directed towards pants instead of dresses, I am reviewing the "where to" or "where not to" buy pants.

Do you ever get frustrated with poor or non-existent customer service?? For me, even if I have to pay an arm and a leg for something, if I get great customer service it's all worth it in the end. Here's a few shops I've dealt with and my experiences from them.


1. Freddies of Pinewood



On my journey to find great vintage jeans, my first stop was Freddies of Pinewood. I just LOVE how their jeans are so accurate. I love the feel of the material. It's so sturdy. BUUUUUTTT there customer service really sucks. I own two Freddie's items, one a bobby top and a pair of their jeans I bought from another blogger. Well, I contacted them on-line and it took them forever to get back to me. To top it all off, their tops were too big on me and their jeans too small. If you have hips, get one or two sizes bigger and just tailor them down. They were quite rude to me, needless to say not doing business with them again.


2. Cyd Angel {Ruggersmarty}

I'm sure you probably haven't heard of this seller. She's a small buisness owner who is also a pinup model. Last year I asked her to sew me up a pair of repro 1930's overalls. As soon as I got them I was thrilled!! The brown fabric was even prettier then the picture showed. I loved how comfy and versatile they were. I've even lost some inches and lost and gained weight since purchasing and they still fit like a glove. I highly recommend Cyd.


3. Online Sellers


I must caution you to beware what you purchase from ebay or etsy sellers. The above picture is the result of trusting someone with no feedback. I cannot stress this enough, do not buy from someone who has no feedback!! Make sure the seller has sold a few items, or similar items before purchasing. I took a chance and was almost taken. If you purchase a pair of vintage jeans from someone such as FabGabs or AlexSandra's, I would recommend them. They're established and trustworthy sellers.


4. Fab Gabs Vintage


Yes, it's the store that has every vintage gal salivating as soon as Julie lists a new item. Fab Gabs is one of the leading small business owners and it's no wonder her clothing is spectacular!! Last Christmas I purchased the above 60's does 40s playsuit when it was on sale. {It's the only way I can afford Fab Gabs!!} I contacted her and asked for it to be reserved, she did it immediately and after I purchased it warned me I would receive it closer to the new year. I was more than okay with that. When I got it, it was even better in person. LOVED it! A great experience buying a vintage pant item.


5. Nicole Katherine Designs


Where or where do I begin??? I fell in love with Nicole Katherine Designs about a year ago and have watched off and on when I could purchase a pair of her dungarees. She advised me to get the xl because it would have enough room for my massive wide hips. {Okay not massive.} As soon as I got them on the zipper pinched my skin it was so tight. I tried contacting the store owner and not only did she give me problems {remember she advised me to get that size} but refused to help me out in any way. I've never been more disappointed in customer service.

{I'll be featuring the last store in it's own personal review on customer service sometime in the near future.}

I've had my share of problems, but I've had some good outcomes too from buying vintage.

10 December, 2012

Literary Giveaway!!

Head on over to Charlie & Me for a great chance to win this literary package in their giveaway!!


09 December, 2012

Vintage Basics {Clothing}

Not too long ago Jessica {of Chronically Vintage} did a fantastic piece on building a vintage wardrobe. It's not something you do overnight. It's a long drawn out process that sometimes takes years to complete. And then when you have a large variety of vintage in your wardrobe you might want to sell some of your pieces to acquire more.

There are plenty of staples she mentioned in her post that I have been acquiring for years. However, there are no vintage shops in my hometown. Not kidding!! So I have to either scrounge the goodwill racks or shop on-line.

I thought I'd do a post inspired by Jessica's.

The staple and/or basic for most ladies are dresses and skirts. I do love dresses, but I'm not the kind of person who would wear a dress or skirt everyday. I was such a tomboy growing up. My mom bought my boys jeans because I was constantly putting holes in the knees or getting stains on them. {Why is is that some men's clothing is better quality than women's?? Just a thought...}

What are my basics/staples in my vintage wardrobe....

 

Blouses - Blouses can be so versatile. You can interchange them from a pair of pants to a lovely circle skirt. Or if you want to be casual pair them with some vintage style dungarees and a cute cardigan. Also when I buy blouses, I don't buy vintage. I usually thrift button up blouses with neat details such as a puff sleeve, peter pan collar, or a neat print.



Dress - Shirt dresses and blank dresses are a great way for me to be both casual vintage and still be comfortable. Every lady needs at least one blank dress. A blank dress can be a solid color that you can pair with loads of items to create various looks.

 

Skirts - Yes, even though skirts are not my favorite {mainly because of my hips}, I do have a few in my wardrobe. And I mean a few, only four that fit me properly. I do have a black skirt that I can borrow off my mom if I need to, but just not a huge fan of skirts. :-/


 

Sweaters - I think sweaters/cardigans are one of my favorite basics in a vintage wardrobe. Because they can be both casual and dressy. I'm always buying thrifted cardi's from the clearance racks. I have even lost count of how many I actually have. I even own some vintage cardi's that are so darn cute! The argyle cardi shown above is probably my favorite and though the pink cardi is missing a button, I still got it, just look at the detail!! Both thrifted.

 

Pants - I've saved the best for last!! Pants are my go to items when I buy clothes. Dresses and skirts are a bit impractical, unless I'm going out or dressing for church. Pants are just a must for a vintage gal like me. I bought the brown overalls last year for my birthday and I adore them!! I don't have any other vintage pants. I'm in the process of acquiring a pair of repro dungarees {shown above}, but the size I got doesn't fit, it's just a size too small. I don't like my pants to be skin tight. So we'll see how things go. I've had a heck of a time trying to get myself a pair of vintage style jeans. :-/ Someday!!

That's it! All my vintage basics for my own vintage wardrobe. I do love finding dresses, but if I had my way I'd have more vintage style pants than dresses. I'm such a tomboy! :-) In my next post on Vintage Basics, I'm planning on discussing accessories.

04 December, 2012

Spring in December

Sunday was the second day in December and I should be freezing instead of going around without a coat on and wearing my favorite jean skirt without tights.


But I do love my spring! Next to autumn, it's my favorite season.


I love short hair! Why, oh why, did I not do this sooner????


I finally found a replacement for my AE brown flats. I had to throw mine away because the sole was falling off. :-( I searched and searched for a pair similar on ebay. Nothing. I was pretty bummed. Because ladies when we find a pair of shoes we love and that are so versatile, it's so hard to replace them.

As luck would have it, on a trip to goodwill I found these fantastic flats. They aren't the same as my AE one's, but I love them just the same.


{Outfit details}
Flower headband - Claire's
Earrings - Silver Forest
Necklace - old from Holiday World {A gift from my Aunts}
Cardigan {Coldwater Creek} and shoes {Airwalk} - Goodwill
Cami - thrifted
Purse - Miche {mom gave it to me}

03 December, 2012

NaNoWriMo - Week 5 {Belated}

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This post really should have been last week, not today. I dunno how the week got away from me, but it did. So here's this year's final post on NaNoWriMo 2012.

I recently got my manuscript of SOTH back from my mom who was reading/critiquing it and I'm still plugging along with my other WIP so two novels at once...pretty easy since one is 98% complete. Just one more draft!!! Whooohooo! Then off to the agents my little manuscript goes!

Back to NaNoWriMo, I had loads of fun this year! I never attempted NaNo before and I think I might try it again next year, who knows?? I am trying my best to get back into the swing of things. I've been typing up my handwritten chapters to get myself in the mood for the WIP once more.

I still don't know what might happen in the next chapter and it's so exciting. Because although I know the overall outcome I want, there's so many doors to open that will lead me down different paths for this new manuscript. I can see why the classic writers wrote like this, it's quite exhilarating.

Okay, this is totally off topic, but I have a rant that I need to get off my chest....I absolutely abhor how people, even people I love, tell me how to write. I'm a writer I know how to write. It's my job, if I don't get it by now I must be an idiot. I don't tell you how to do your job, I don't want people to tell me how to do mine!!

Whew, I feel better now.


All for now....