Friday, November 27, 2015

Home for the Holidays

Yes, I'm one of those people that made a holiday post the day after Thanksgiving. I just couldn't help myself with all the Christmas decorations everywhere. I love the style of the 1950's to help bring out the bright holiday colors. I am also a sucker for red velvet and my very thoughtful boyfriend bought me this dress a while back from Vessel Vintage, located in Shreveport. Check out their website at It's one of my favorite stores and I suppose we're considered regulars there.  

This coat I am wearing is from a great vintage inspired clothing website called Alice's Pig at! They are based out of London and will give you a fabulous British flair this holiday. You can find the coat I am wearing at The reason I loved this coat so much was because I live in Dallas and this piece just so happened to be named after it. It's also inspired by Christian Dior's "New Look" that he made famous. So many reasons to be a fan of Alice's Pig and such an honor to work with them. 

I recently had one of my boyfriend's cousins send me this beautiful train case/hat box. She said that she thought of me when she saw it! This is something so special to me. The fact that someone actually went out of their way to send something to me just because they thought of me is what means the world to me. Thank you so much Karen! I don't have very much family so I am thankful for those who I am not even related to that support me. 

(Sidenote: I was so thrilled that it matched this outfit perfectly and just in time.) 

The shoes you see are one of my favorites by Manolo Blahnik!

My last feature is this jewelry set that I am proud to say was designed and made by yours truly! It was made with vintage chandelier crystals that I arranged into a pair of earrings with a matching necklace. I was inspired by Old Hollywood glamour of course, and I believe that you can wear this set any time of the day, whether you are at the office, on a lunch date, or during the evening at an event. 

I will be selling handmade jewelry at my school in the next couple weeks for the holidays and I just might continue making these to sell if it works out. I love creating little works of art that you can wear and I hope people enjoy wearing them as well. 

I know it's early, but Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

World War Two Weekend

This past weekend I got to indulge in one of my favorite hobbies! Living through the past, of course. I attended the annual WWII reenactment held in one of my favorite cities, Waxahachie, Texas, where I used to live. I was decked out in 1940's clothing head to toe. I purchased this suit online and everything else was found in antique or thrift stores. My wonderful boyfriend bought me this mink to go with the outfit!

All photos are taken by my mother Mindy Smith unless stated otherwise.

The shoes I am wearing are 1930's/1940's Sears and Roebuck. I am also wearing authentic nylon stockings with a beautiful seam!

Now featuring my boyfriend, who I met at this same reenactment exactly a year ago! We celebrated by taking photos in the exact same place we did last year. 

(Photo with Emily Seamster)

We ended the night at the Roger's Hotel, one of my favorite dinner spots. (Photo from Lance Armstrong)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Autumn Window Shopping

I just love fall fashion and the colors that go along with it. The 1940's was a great time for fall colors that were incorporated into clothing. It was a time where bright colors were rationed in the dyes so the less colorful became more popular. 

I have on an authentic 1940's suit and blouse, vintage hat box and hat, and leather bag that was made in England. 

 My special feature are these wonderfully authentic looking clogs by Lotta From Stockholm ( They are perfect for fall and have the exact style of the 40's to match. You can find them at this link

 I spent the day window shopping as you can see!

Shown above are a very special pair of earrings to me. They belonged to a great cousin of mine who's mother I was named after, my first name being Gwendolyn. My cousin's name was Ruth and she was an extremely kind lady. She also had beautiful taste in fashion. She once knitted me a scarf shortly before she passed and I find it so sweet that someone would put so much time and effort into a gift for me. Since she passed she left for me her pearl necklace that I will be featuring in the future, and I was also given her gorgeous pearl collection by my other thoughtful cousins. 

 I had to show off the seam in these stockings, along with their pattern. 

After shopping it was time for a cup of tea and a great lunch at my local cafe, which used to be a JCPenney's back in the day. 

Posed with a new friend of mine, Bridgette. She is from Germany and has such a beautiful accent. She is also the best waitress!