October 31, 2011

While my mantel says Happy Halloween, it never will be again, at least not the way it used to be.  Up until last year, Halloween was my second favorite holiday.  Then came the car accident that changed my life.


October 21, 2011

Some of you may be asking, why in the world is she writing about a Maui vacation that took place in August in October?  Well, it is because I only just got some of the photos in, so I can finally put this post to rest once they’re posted.   

We love Hawaii and go there when we can.  Hubby Dearest proposed on Waikiki Beach.  We were married in Maui.  We got four feet away from flowing lava on the Big Island a few months before we conceived Little Man.  I used to dance hula.  So when we decided to go again, I couldn’t wait.

I made grand plans about how my photos from this vacation would be different, to reflect my vintage interests.  I sewed and bought and packed 7 pairs of vintage shoes to go with my vintage ensembles.  You see, I thought I would have stellar poses like this.

 Photo from Amy Jeanne's gorgeous blog and Flickr set.


October 17, 2011

Several of my friends and I gussied up and gathered at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo to catch the 1931 version of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff.  The movie was preceded by a couple of Laurel and Hardy shorts.

Old Town Music Hall by Lady by Choice


October 13, 2011

Just a quick post to share my birthday happiness with you.  No, not my blogaversary, as I completely blew past that one in August, but my actual birthday.  Since it is a worknight, we just did a quick dinner at Beckham Grill (yummy sidecars) with cupcakes afterwards.  Saturday, we'll celebrate a little more at Disneyland.


October 9, 2011

Thanks to the lovely and talented Nabby at This Old Life, I’ve been given a blog award - the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!  Merci, Madame!  Nabby’s blog is just delicious.  What she can craft out of fabric and vintage patterns is amazing.


October 7, 2011

I don't normally get into social issues in this blog, but I'd like to take a brief post to talk about something that means a great deal to me.

As a woman, I am very fortunate to have been blessed with an excellent education and the choices that my society has afforded me.  As a blogger in a free country, I am able to speak my mind and share with you those things I find interesting and relevant, at least in my little corner of the world.  I can wear what I want (especially on this blog), say what I want, and think what I want.  And so today I will take a little departure from my usual vintage happenings and will join bloggers around the world to talk about choices – choices we have that many young girls and women do not.

I was free to go to college.  I was free to choose my partner for life.  I was free to choose to have children when I was ready.  But that is not the case for girls in the developing world.  The plight of millions of girls across the world has largely been ignored.   But let’s take a look at some of the stats, shall we, courtesy of a little website I’d like to share with you – The Girl Effect.

-    An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school raises her wages by 15 to 25 percent.

-    However, approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.

-    One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15; 38 percent marry before age 18.

-    One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18; 14 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth in developing countries each year.

-    Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide. Compared with women ages 20 to 24, girls ages 10 to 14 are five times more likely to die from childbirth, and girls 15 to 19 are up to twice as likely, worldwide.

I had a son, but had I had a girl, or had I not been born in the country I was born in, our lives could have been drastically different.   Maybe you have daughters.  Can you imagine this life for them?  Can you imagine what your life would be like had you been given the lack of choices these girls are?

So let the free-thinking, vintage-wearing, saucy women of today, and the men who love them, think for a bit about the plight of our younger sisters around the world.  If you choose, join me and other bloggers for The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign, happening during this week of October 4th-11th, 2011.  Let us be the voice of girls whose voices are silenced by the world around them and stand up for girls to get an education, stand on their own two feet and change the world around them.

And now back to your regularly scheduled vintage programming.

'Bye for Now,


October 2, 2011

Saturday morning we made our annual first-weekend-in-October trip to Oak Glen.  It wasn't so much a vintage-style outing as an antique-style outing.  Being a city girl, you’d think I’d be used to city pumpkin patches.  Nice plots of concrete with bits of hay strewn about and a bounce house.  Nothing says Halloween more than asphalt and porta-potties!  Needless to say, I’ve always been less than thrilled, so as soon as I found out about Oak Glen when Little Man was just a babe, I high-tailed it out there and we’ve been going ever since.