Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Finds!

This time it's actually Friday!  Hooray!  Time for some Friday Finds.  This week I've been doing some sewing, so these finds are all sewing-based.

V9294 Vogue Pattern

This is a new pattern from Vogue that is a reprint of a 1939 pattern.  I really like this.  It's pre-"America in WWII", but it would still totally work for that period.  I looked for this pattern the other day at Joann's, but it wasn't in stock yet.

8594 Simplicity Pattern

This is a new pattern from Simplicity.  It's not one of their vintage/retro patterns.  I'm specifically looking at C and D.  Imagine those two dresses in a tiki/Polynesian/Hawaiian print.  With summer coming, this could be a fantastic little number!

Okay....I've spent most of my free time this week working on a new venture...Lonely Hepkat Clothing.  Let me preface your link clicking by telling you that I don't have anything to sell right now.  I'm just in the design portion of this.  Soon, you'll be seeing a kickstarter to help get things moved along with production.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friday Finds! On Sunday

I guess it's time to bring back Friday Finds!  It's Sunday today, so I'm either late or really early.  Who cares, right?

Since I'm in Alaska and it's pretty cold right now, this is geared towards cold weather retro finds.

V Neck Sweater in Kiwi Green - $34.50, Rocket Originals

I love this bright green!  In the winter, I am always seeking out sweaters.  I LOVE Rocket Originals.  I have 4 of their sweaters in my closet.   I have not tried their shoes yet.  This particular sweater also comes in: black, airforce blue, claret, and mustard.

Norma Jeans - $110.67, Freddie's of Pinewood

Need some jeans for the winter?  High quality denim is where it's at.  Wear with saddle shoes, loafers, chucks, boots, or whatever you call "winter footwear".  Pair with a t-shirt and cardigan or a sweater.  If you're curious, there are men's denim over at Freddie's too.

Wildcat! - $44.27, Freddie's of Pinewood

This is a new short-sleeved sweater over at Freddie's.  I am a big fan of black and leopard print, so obviously I love this.  Imagine pairing this sweater with Micheline Pitt's bat-eye sunglasses.

La Riviera Swing Trousers - $62.25, Morello's

Morello's has a denim line of swing trousers, a dark line (Black, Black Pinstripe, Brown & Pink Stripe, Mulberry, Navy, Raspberry, Red, Rust), and a light line (Cornflower, Dogtooth, Green, Green Stripe, Lavender, Mint Stripe, Oatmeal, Pink Stripe, Stone, Turquoise, Pink, Cream).  Fabrics range in weight, so read the descriptions.  These are perfect for the office in the winter.  If you check out Morello's, be sure to check out their coats.  I have one and I love it.

Elvira Queen of Creeps T-shirt - $29.99, Retro-A-Go-Go

For those casual days, why not wear this awesome Elvira t-shirt?!  She's inspired a lot of us to put our best features forward.  Pair with retro denim!

Mid-Heel Fur Thick Plush Pumps - $30.89, New Chic

If you wear skirts to the office, you might want to consider these pumps.  They have a low heel, but still have that retro look.  They come in black, beige, and khaki.

1950s Double Collar Blouse - $48.42, Miss Bamboo

A stylish shirt to wear under a cardigan!  I love the fleck pattern.  This shirt comes in harlequin leaf, turquoise blue fleck, purple fleck, raspberry red fleck, and navy fleck.

Glamour Pants - $168, J. Peterman

These are men's 1940s trousers that are adapted for a woman's body, as per the description.  I have not tried these, but they are on my Christmas list.  They come in 19 colors!  Colors: black, bone, camel, dark camel, sage, slate, aubergine, chocolate, copper, cranberry, dark grey, lilac, Mediterranean blue, misty grey, navy, plum, sand, teal green, and walnut.

1940s Whirlaway Skirt - $92.64, House of Foxy

If you are looking for winter skirts, I urge you towards heavier fabrics such as wool, felt, or velvet.  This particular skirt (wool) comes in tweed, navy, black, red, mustard crepe, and brown check.  I also like that this has a handy pocket.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Designs, Writing, & Pageantry

I just got through a whole week of going to the gym!  I feel so much better.  I'm back on track.  I lost 7lbs this week.  I'm doing good.

Lately, I have found myself to be pretty busy.  I've been working on some clothing designs and I have a few writing projects going on.  So that's pretty cool.

I've also been working on the 2018 North Pole Pin-Up Pageant.  This will be the third year that we're doing it.  That's pretty cool! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Road Blocks

Maybe starting to workout and do things right at Christmas was a bad idea.  I feel like it's just been one thing after another.  Eating-wise, I've done pretty well.  I'll admit to a piece of toast here and there.  I will also admit to trying out the three cakes that I made earlier this week for my mom's shop. 
That's standard practice in a bakery/deli/cafe, especially with new recipes.

What have my road blocks been so far?

  • Christmas
  • New Years Day
  • Back to back birthdays, Jan. 9, 12, and 13
  • Getting harassed by my mom and uncle about working out and what I eat
  • Running my mom's shop while she was out of town for a week
  • Myself

I always include myself because I am often my biggest road block.  I need to find some motivation.

I like my gym schedule.  Cardio, Upper Body, rest, Cardio, Lower Body, weekend.  I feel like it works for me.  I keep thinking that I should do a little more and I keep hearing about hot yoga.  I found two weekend classes for hot and warm yoga, so I think I'm going to go to those.  I'll have to test them to see if it's really what I want to do.  In the past I've only been able to do maybe 6 weeks of yoga before I get really bored with it, but I've never done hot yoga.

What do my readers think?  What else should I do?