Skirt: Vintage, 1950s, from Chick-A-Boom! Vintage
Necklace: From East Brother Light Station
The weather has gotten to the point where tights aren’t necessary anymore. It’s kind of nice. I always get really into the whole sunny weather thing right at the beginning of spring, then by the time May rolls around, I’m ready for the rain again. I’m bringing out all the cottons in my closet right now. This circle skirt has made quite a few appearances in public ever since I got it for my birthday. It’s from the 1950s and I am completely in love with it. That pattern! That cut! That buckle! Looks like I found myself a new spring staple.
Music: Rome – Odessa
First of all, happy International Women’s Day! Today I give my thanks and my respect to all the women, past and present, who have struggled to improve the lives of women all over the world. I also give my thanks and respect to the men and to the people of non-binaried gender identities who have contributed to the fight for women’s rights and gender equality. We still have a long way to go, but without these great people, we would be nothing. They are our heroes.
About the dress:
There are certain pieces of vintage clothing I own that I call the “crown jewels” of my collection. This dress, which my parents gave to me for my birthday this weekend, became a crown jewel the minute I took it out of the box.
It’s a 1940s hand-painted deadstock shirtdress. It came from my friend Marissa, who owns Chick-A-Boom! Vintage.
This is the most expressive, wild 1940s dress I’ve ever seen. It’s beautiful in every way. It’s an absolute privilege to be the owner and caretaker of this sartorial work of art.
On my birthday, Arthur took me to the Ice Cream Bar, a 1930s style soda fountain and lunch counter in San Francisco. We went during the afternoon when they weren’t busy, so we pretty much had the fountain counter all to ourselves, which was great. The food there is excellent, but the real highlight of the whole experience was the soda jerk creations they offer: phosphates, lactarts, floats, malts, shakes, etc. I had a bergamot and almond phosphate and Arthur had a float they call “Tiny Bubbles,” which is made with star anise and black peppercorn tinctures with roasted pineapple ice cream. Next time we go, I want to try some lactarts and other specialties. And I will definitely visit in the afternoon again. I can only imagine how crazy they get at night!
After we stuffed ourselves on some food there, we headed to Fort Point, a place I hadn’t visited in a very long time. It was really nice to visit the lighthouse, which I think has a pretty interesting history based on what I learned during my Californian lighthouse research. In the early part of the 20th century, keeper James Rankin saved some people from drowning at Fort Point. They had fallen into the ocean after drunkenly dancing on the sea wall during a picnic.
It was a truly excellent birthday weekend. Check back on Friday for a post about one of the vintage dresses I got for my birthday (a really beautiful 1940s piece)! See you then!
Dress: Stop Staring!
(Photos by Arthur, except for the photo of him, which was taken by me)
It was my birthday this weekend. I turned 24. Hooray!
Arthur gave me this beautiful fair trade, hand-woven ikat dress from Mata Traders, one of my favorite fair trade clothing companies. He knows me well! He got me something that brings together my love for fair trade and mid century styling.
There will be more birthday photos on Wednesday, so stay tuned!
So I was just taking some outfit photos when all of a sudden this neighborhood cat wandered into the shot. He sits on our front porch sometimes, and he’s always been very friendly to me and Arthur. For some reason, he decided the spot I was using for photos was the exact spot he needed to sit in. I have very little experience with cats, but apparently this is kind of their modus operandi, right? “If I fits, I sits.” Or, more accurately, “If someone is already there, I sits.”
Dress: Gifted. Vintage, late 1960s home-sew, from Persona Vintage