Look Ma, I’m “Stylish”

15 07 2010

Those that know me know that I have deep embedded insecurities about fashion/style related things. It all started when I turned 18 and was show how to use a full length mirror.  Prior to that I only noticed what was from the hips up.

You have to understand that as a 5’10” tomboy with a very limited clothing budget I just grabbed what fit in the thrift stores and special ordered tall pants so I didn’t have to live in mens 501s (this was pre-tunic/ long pants era which started in the 2000s). All that fit me was 1970s Womens ts and other funky randomness I came across.  I would throw it on and walk out the door often without even looking in the mirror. Some-days I would be in converse and a 1950s sundress and others in this weird rainbow tube top and baggy cords with my flip flops or barefoot. They were comfy and I liked them.

Then my homeschool eccentric bookworm bubble was broken by realizing that the other 18 year olds were wearing tight stuff and make up. They even styled their hair and I had managed to miss this whole right of passage. I then was sucked into this nasty try to fit in phase which really sucked because nothing fit me right and I couldn’t afford what did fit me and it left me trapped in this unsatisfied bubble of bleh.

Over the last few years since corporate america chewed me up and spit me out I have been trying to reclaim my care-free style but can’t seem to. I am giving it a try again this month as I whittle down my wardrobe and decide what clothing I have that really represents how I want to present myself to the world.

Part of that was to get a “pixie cut” which after it was done didn’t look like a pixie cut and made me freak out day after day in the mirror trying to figure out what to do about it. Then today while browsing the Sartorialist I saw 3 women with a very similar style. They had 7 year old boy haircuts too! Am I accidentally riding a trend?  Impossible! Then while looking at bobs with bangs I came across this: Lo and behold! There’s my haircut- AND the color I had dyed it.

So, now I am befuddled. I am actually relevant. I don’t like it that much, but am thinking if I am actually doing something stylish, maybe I should keep it for a while… this goes against my trend-hating ways which lead me to mock the simple minded women who waste money on ever-changing trends… which I would actually engage in if I wasn’t a scrooge and if the darn clothes fit me right.

Well, regardless of whether it’s trendy or not, I need to figure out what to wear with this, because most days I feel like a schoolboy.  Will update as I discover the new carefree but stylish nearing 30 year old me.

PS I plan to add some muscle and reduce some flab while I am rediscovering myself.


1942 Mesh Stocking- Free Pattern

1 07 2010

This is from a 1942 book entitled “Complete Guide to Modern Knitting and Crocheting” It was the book that began my obsession with vintage knitting patterns.
I hope you enjoy and if you use this pattern I’ll post a picture of what you made!

I am enamored with this Fried Zucchini

30 06 2010

100_9196, originally uploaded by ladygrungevintique.

Sweet, crisp and wonderful…

1945 Vogue Bikini Knitting Pattern- Free!

30 06 2010
Click on the image below to see the instructions on this ADORABLE set of Bikinis.
Also, if this is made by anyone getting this for free…. you owe me a picture because I would love to see it!

New Pattern!

Vita-Mixing Thru My Day

28 06 2010

Our new Red and Shiny New 5200 Vitamixer has been such a pleasure!

I try to keep everything affordable because if done properly owning a vitamix blender can not only enrich your diet but also your wallet.

I primarily shop for veggies at discount produce locations (in our area called farmers markets). I can walk out with 4 bags stuffed with veggies and fruits for under $15 most of the time. These fruits and veggies are used primarily in soups and smoothies and on occasion as snacks. Example of the discount: Red Bell Pepper bought at Sprouts:79 cents each on special/ Red Bell Peppers bought at Farmers Market: 79 cents a pound and it takes 3-4 to make up a pound. Good stuff.

When i get home from the store I chop up my fruits and freeze them immediately. This keeps them from going bad over the week of use and also makes it really easy to throw together a drink in 2 minutes.

This week I found Oranges for 25 cents a pound, nectarines for 39 cents a pound and apples for 79 cents a pound. I also was able to get kale for 79 cents a bunch and spinach for 49 cents a bunch.

So, this week those will be the flavor of my smoothies.

Morning Use: 1 cup of vanilla almond milk (flavor from vanilla bean), 1/2 recommended dose of the powders shown in below picture, 2 handfuls of frozen veggies and a bit of each fruit that I had frozen. I also sometimes add in a spoonful of coconut oil and vegetable glycerin. Water to create desired texture and 30 seconds blending. This will fill up 2 large cups for breakfast. One for Hubby and one for myself.

I rotate the protein powder source Bi-Monthly to keep from potential allergies developing.


The apples do not blend when cut as large as I cut them… do not freeze them.

Lunch: Normally we like to chew for lunch

Dinner: Dinners from the Vita-Mix consist of a variety of whatever is in the fridge soup or a cream of _____ soup made from the Vitamix Recipe Book.

My favorite combo was: Red jalapeno, garlic, a few red bell peppers, a few tomatoes, a few onions and pinto beans. I also used some veggies stock and a dash of red wine to impress my hubby. I took half of the cooked soup and put it into the vita-mix with a  gank of herbs and blended until creamy. Then I poured it back into the soup and WA-LA: Stuff Soup! Tingling to the palate and a textural feast for the eyes. All together the soup only cost about $3 to make sue to my thrifty produce places.

Snacks: My Fav-Or-Ite thing to do with my red bundle of joy is: A tray of icecubes, 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, 1 scoop of coconut oil and then flavored milk to desired consistency (maybe a cup to start)

Blend for about 30 seconds and it is a AMAZING summer coffee drink and I love it.

We actually had a MAD discount night when we saw a double feature at the drive in for $7 each person and I made kettle corn and garlic popcorn with the coffee drinks. Snacks only cost us about $1.50 because I made them and there was plenty left over.

I drink it to fast to include a photo!

Troubles and Good Music

26 06 2010

What a day…. what a literal stinkin day.

Bad days happen to many people all over the world. Those days when everything goes wrong are a part of life. BUT what makes a bad day near impossible is when it starts out missing a shower and forgetting to put on deodorant and getting sweaty in the early hours of the day- with no ability to shower until the late evening. Yes, I had a stinky bad day.

I would list it all, but why glorify the bad when there’s good to speak of…. such as, before my car started smoking and shaking on the freeway it was running like butter from the repairs at the mechanics. Or that although the property I manage had 4 huge maintenance emergencies happen in the morning, all of the vendors could make it out for the repairs. Or, that when I got home completely exhausted (and stinky) my husband gave me a huge hug and kiss while behind him sat a plate piled with grilled pollo asada, bell peppers, sweet onions and asparagus with an ice cold apricot beer.  I then finished it off with a shower which measuring the dirty foot prints I had upon the first shower steps was MUCH needed. Now I am filled with food, relaxing while listening to Mr. Fantasy by Traffic and hoping my sore throat is a fluke and doesn’t cause my tonsils to flair up.

Enjoy this with me. It totally sounds like his voice has bounced around in his mouth for a bit before the words come out. And on watching this I realize how tired I am because I was thinking that his mouth is big like a cave and if I lived in it I would put a sofa to the left and hang a mirror on the right. No drugs people… this is natural.

Torturing my Wallet- Spool No. 72

17 06 2010

So, I am screwed. All of my issues with stores have apparently been resolved via one website.

I would wear every single thing on this site… with zeal.

What I need now.

Thank you for the eye-candy Spool No. 71