Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Outfit

Today I had another lunch date! I'm really turning into a lady who lunches. I headed back to Fort Greene, Brooklyn to have burgers with my friend Nadia. I got a hamburger topped with goat cheese and pickled onions. We split an order of curly fries. Yumm.

Here's what I wore, though I actually ended up untucking the shirt and taking out the belt. It was one of those days where I tried on a million things and nothing quite suited me! But I went with this outfit because this mini skirt (it's denim and from Old Navy a few years ago) is one of my summer go-to items and I also love this tank top, which I got at a thrift shop in my neighborhood a few weeks ago.You can also get a glimpse at my messy office here... Here's another shot of me, sitting this time! I actually love the chair I'm on - it's Matt's desk chair and vintage, he got it (for $25!) at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, actually when Maura was visiting in March. So it's extra special that way!I'm also quite excited now because Matt's friend Marc invited us to drive down to the Jersey Shore with him tonight and stay at his grandmother's beach house for the weekend! Matt was down there a few weeks ago and said the house is lovely and right on the beach! I'm very excited and will be sure to take some pictures to post here! Have a great weekend!

- Jenna

Dotted lines

I've been at my job almost a month now, and trying to find workwear that is comfortable, professional, and fashionable is a struggle. Here's what I came up with for Thursday:

I wore my old-standby black pencil skirt from the Gap, pairing it with a puff-sleeved blouse from Banana Republic. I tried to jazz up this plain buisness casual look by adding a polka-dot belt from a shirtdress handed down to me from my mom. To contrast with the polka dots, I wore my white buckle flats from Nine West. Far from flashy, but with just enough flair to get me through the day.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Movie Version

Today I trekked out to Jackson Heights once again to have lunch with my friend Beth. This time we did get Indian food - actually a lunch buffet that was delicious! Plus it gave me an excuse to wear my owl skirt, which I got at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market and which, as I wrote about here, I had to bring to the tailor to have a new zipper put in. I love it, weird little shorts lining and all!I also finished The Handmaid's Tale, which I bought at a thrift shop in my neighborhood last week. I had read it before, but what a great book! I finished it last night a while before I went to bed, but I seriously had to tell myself not to think about it before I went to sleep because it's so powerful and haunting and... well, frightening! But great. I also was looking stuff up about it online and came across the fact that there was a movie made of it in 1990 starring Natasha Richardson. And, with the magic of Youtube, I was able to watch the whole movie online! Oy. Not good. So many changes were made from the book, which I suppose is necessary, but it's just so hard to take a book that is entirely made up of a character's internal thoughts and make it into a movie! You wind up having to make changes to the plot that make the main character more active, but that end up diminishing the creepy, totalitarian feel of the book. Here's the poster, even that is cheesy looking!But then it made me think about movie adaptations of books in general... they usually are pretty disappointing. I read all the Harry Potter books, but have mostly avoided the movies (though recently I have started renting them) because, though it is fun to see all the things you've been imagining in your head while reading, it does in some way ruin your own vision of the book to see another person's interpretation. And it's always sort of heartbreaking when big changes are made to the plot!

I can think of a few really good adaptations from books - Sideways is a much better movie than book (I listened to the book on tape one time) and About a Boy is a great movie, even if it does deviate from the novel.

Anyway, there's my thoughts on the movie version of things. Oh, and I swear I do read books about things other than dystopian societies! I guess I just haven't recently...

- Jenna

Tomboy Style

Sometimes, I get tired of pencil skirts, uncomfortable belts and form-fitting dresses. Sometimes, I just want to dress like a boy, or at least a pre-pubescent boy from the '50s who's not opposed to wearing short-shorts. This look is what I wore to our local bar for a weeknight of drinks celebrating my friend's visit.
This is one of my favorite t-shirts, a 1950s vintage piece I purchased at my favorite vinatge store, Up Six Vintage in St. Paul, MN. Forgive me for having a crappy camera, but I love the high collar and stripes on the shoulders. The shoes, also purchased at Up Six (for $7, might I add), are Superga sneakers that I've been told resemble "Mickey Mouse shoes." I'll take that as a compliment. It may not be a glamorous outfit, but I still like the throwback vibe it has.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Birthday Dinner Outfit

So last Friday was my boyfriend's birthday, and we chose to celebrate it at this little Pittsburgh bistro called Legume in the Regent Square neighborhood. We've been there quite a few times now, and it's always good French-Heartland fusion. Here's what I chose to wear:The dress is one of my favorite Modcloth purchases, flattering even after a big meal! The shades and bag are both old and not that interesting...coincidentally, they both cost $3!
I just recently bought the shoes from Deborah Jean Vintage on Etsy--they're perfect! I love a good oxford, even if I have numerous similar pairs.-Maura

Movin' Right Along

Last night Matt and I went to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to see a special screening of The Muppet Movie. It was so fun to see it on the big screen! I just love the Muppets. Plus it was great to see the movie with a whole audience laughing and cheering along.I also remembered right at the end of the movie that at my 8th or 9th birthday sleepover party we totally rented The Muppet Movie. So many good memories!

Before the movie we got dinner in the neighborhood (Fort Greene) at this lovely little Mediterranean sort of place. The best part of the dinner was that they gave us complimentary baklava and yogurt for dessert. Sweet!

Here's my outfit for the evening. It gave me an excuse to wear my new turquoise vintage skirt that I found at a thrift shop in Astoria last week. It fits quite well and I also love that it came with its original belt - somehow that felt like a rare occurrence to me. Plus I can use the belt with other outfits, like I did on Sunday!The shirt is from Urban Outfitters a few years ago.
And the skirt
Here's BAM! Overall it was a great night, though the movie started at 9:15 and we got out around 11:30 and I realized I'm totally an old person - I was so tired! Haha oh well... it was still worth it to drag my old bones out to the movies!

- Jenna

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Sunday in Pictures

I took a bunch of pictures documenting my Sunday, which wasn't particularly eventful, but was still nice and relaxing.Matt and I were a little lazy about getting out of bed this morning, though Matt did jump up to get a pad and marker to draw me a picture of what the skateboard he had as a kid looked like.
Then I got dressed. Same skirt as I wore Friday, but different top and different belt.

We crossed Queens Boulevard and had brunch at Quaint.On the way home we stopped by a thrift shop that sells books outside. These are the books we bought.

I did some laundry.

Fame was on TV!
Matt and I had a little sing along.Then we got distracted by Youtube and looking up 90's singers/music videos.Tonight it turned stormy. Here's the view from my office window - that's a car driving by.

And there's (most of) my Sunday!

- Jenna

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dinner Last Night

Last night I went out for Korean food with my friend Arielle. I wore one of my finds from thrift shopping yesterday - this oh-so-90's skirt that really took me back. I felt like an updated Kelly Taylor. Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Thrifted, Necklace: Forever 21
Belt: Thrifted, Sandals: Clarks (from Shoe Mania)

I'm not usually super into sandals, but I really love this pair. They're comfortable and sorta stylish. Maura actually turned me onto the fact that Clarks does make some cute shoes for the ladies!Here's the detail on the skirt and of course my new fave skinny belt!

- Jenna

Friday, July 24, 2009

British Bird Hall

I went thrift shopping today on Steinway Street in Astoria. There's a giant Goodwill there (I think the biggest in the city) that I usually stop by, but today I also went to a smaller Goodwill down the street, which was surprisingly chock full of vintage clothes! I made out with a few great pieces, but for now I'll just share the framed poster I picked up at the giant Goodwill.
- Jenna

Grandfather's Clocks

Because I'm relatively poor and live in a small apartment, most of my vintage houseware and furniture desires must go unfulfilled until I have more money and a larger living space. For this reason, I seem to have become slightly fixated on modern clocks. I didn't realize it was a collection until I already had at one vintage clock in every room aside from the kitchen, with two in the living room. So I thought I would share my clocks with you:

These two are my living room clocks. The first was purchased from the Galesburg Antinque Mall for $5, and I was very pleased to see it worked! It reminded me of the type of solid piece one might find in the Draper residence. The second is one that Robert got me for Christmas. I love, love, love this style of clock, though I'm hoping to eventually move this one to the kitchen and purchase another like these, my fantasy clocks:

Here are more of mine, my two bedroom clocks:

I got the small Timex clock for $1 at a Pittsburgh estate sale. Sure, it's nothing too special, but I love the seafoam-colored second hand. The pink clock is a new version of an old clock model from the 1950s. For some unknown reason, L. L. Bean was selling them a few years ago and my parents got me one. The great thing about it is that the alarm provides a pulsing light for 5 minutes prior to wake up time. I almost always wake up to that, which is great. The only bad thing is, the alarm itself sounds like a school-bell and will make you jump out of your skin. Hooray for clocks! If anyone else has cool clocks or knows a good place to get cheap ones, please leave links in the comments section!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Weekend Party

This past weekend, we had a joint birthday party for my boyfriend and one of our friends. On the day of, the weather was wacky and provided us with this beautiful rainbow:I also love having parties, because it means I get to bring out all the exciting dishes I have! It sounds silly, but I kind of love retro dishes. Anyway, I just thought I'd share these pics of our refreshment table, featuring some 1960s "comma dishes" I picked up earlier this summer at the Mall of St. Paul in St. Paul, MN. In the pick on the right are some vintage shot glasses my parents got me at the wondrous Galesburg Antique Mall in Galesburg, IL. The mod swizzel sticks in the first pic are from Rite Aid--not too exciting, but cute!

The Details

Matt's parents were nice enough to frame this poster that Matt got when a play he wrote a song for was in the Humana Festival in Louisville this year. Here's the poster hanging nicely framed above our TV:
Having a new poster on our wall made me think about the various details we have in our apartment. I like incorporating some vintage elements in with our hand-me-down furniture and Ikea finds.

I got this typewriter at a rummage sale up in the Adirondacks. It was supposed to be like $20 but my godmother bargained it down to 5 bucks! I love that it brings some color into our living room and it makes me want to start collecting typewriters.... but I suppose they won't all be $5, so I'll hold off for now.I also like including some old books on the bookshelves in our living room. Along with the books that I actually read, they make for cool little additions to the shelves.
Matt bought this little Mozart figurine when he was ten and obsessed with the movie Amadeus. I like it next to this book about Robert Moses that his dad bought us at the library book sale last week.

We found this mirror in the alley next to our apartment. It looks kind of heavy and detailed, but I think it's just spray painted and made of... wood or plastic? A great (free!) find!
I guess this Beck poster is not technically vintage (it's only from 1997), but it's from a concert that Matt went to in Philadelphia and we were both obsessed with Beck in high school (I saw him in 1998, but unfortunately do not have an awesome poster from the show). Matt's sister apparently saw this poster in the window of a record store and asked them to give it to her. Now it hangs in our bedroom!

This poster is also hanging in our bedroom - Matt found it in the basement of his old apartment building. It's actually the front of the box for this toy, "The Visible Woman." Coincidentally our friend Marc is related to the guy who designed the toy.

We have a few of these album frames around the apartment, but this one is my favorite. "How to Succeed" is one of my fave musicals and I love having it over my desk - it evokes all that Mad Men 60's office stylishness and I think is just a really cool album cover.
I bought these postcards at the Galesburg Antique Mall when I took a trip with Maura to her hometown! Now they hang in our (purple) kitchen.OK, the last detail I'll put up - this light switch that's in our front hall. It was here when we moved in and it's such a small detail, but I think adds to the old charm of our apartment.

And there you have it! A few (perhaps too many) of the details that I love in my apartment.

- Jenna