luddite tendencies

You’ll be seeing a lot more of me in 2017, because – feet-dragging though I am – I’ve decided to get a smartphone. Thing is, I hate them. Honest to God, if all touchscreens blinked out of existence tomorrow, I’d be partying in the streets. They are so counterintuitive I’ve started to suspect it’s a…

well red

I promised y’all a “what I’ve been reading” post an embarrassment of weeks ago, so a “what I’ve been reading” post I’ll give you, dammit. And with my new red blazer from Carla Sue Vintage providing a perfect pun, no less! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying the past month or so. Jonathan Strange & Mr…

scarf it down

As Kristina’s style crosses the border of “vintage housewife”, mine is setting down roots in the land of “gal about town”. I don’t know whether I’m actually less into the domestic aesthetic than I once was or whether it’s just the season. Either way, though, I’m favoring secretarial separates and working-girl wool. I know it’s…

step off my suit

A bigger part of my style ethos than I usually like to admit? Inaccessibility. Aspie problems, part the umpteenth. I rarely want to talk to strangers. To that end, I’ve been wearing a lot of suits lately. Does a lady in a suit look like she’s here for your bullshit? Emphatically: no. Better than the…

another goddamn princess coat

I used to side-eye people who claimed they “forgot” to blog – like, how could you not post your photos as soon as you took them? Very easily, it turns out. How did I end up with four – yes, four – backlogged outfit shoots and nothing at all to say? I don’t know, but…

me-made: fine & feathered

If you’ve voted – and I hope you have! – there’s nothing more you can do at this point. So let’s just kick back, watch the elephant in the room stamp and snort, and enjoy some pretty pictures. My me-made feathered dress and new-to-me ’30s coat (check out those absurd shoulders) balanced the riots of…

halloween, part two

Some pinup!witch shots I snapped the day before Halloween, between rounds of hunting Pokemon. I’d actually already shot this outfit and was planning to post it, but this scenery summoned me – I ended up reshooting the entire thing in front of this old rectory. Which, because my current literary obsession is Jonathan Strange &…

me-made: spin-up girl

Over the years, my Halloween costumes have grown steadily less inventive. It’s not for diminished love of the day, though – it’s that I spread it out more. A whole month of subtler autumn colors and patterns is better, in my view, than one final burst. To that end, this costume is pretty much “spookier…

spooky selections

This outfit is decidedly not scary, unless you’re the type to be squicked by my harlequin pin. Even in sheep’s clothing, though, I’m as wolfish as ever. Longtime readers have some inkling of how big a horror fan I am. If you’re new here, you probably also have some inkling. Seriously, I’m not subtle. This…

merrily we roar along

For the second day of the Springfield Steampunk Festival (not that I’m sharing these shots a month late or anything), I decided to go ’20s. Still not steampunk, I know, but I feel the Jazz Age heeds┬áthe spirit if not the letter. ┬áThe same subversive spark animated both eras. The one happened to manifest in…

extravagance & wool

We’re having an apocalyptic warm snap today (80 degrees?!), so I’m attempting balance with the newest, and possibly most spectacular, item checked off my vintage wishlist. I took these pictures over three weeks ago at the Springfield Steampunk Festival, so they’re both pre-haircut and pre-full autumn foliage. I’m sure you can handle it. My yearning…

me-made: bountiful butterick

I didn’t realize until I’d finished my version of Butterick B5556 that it’s apparently quite common in the seamstress ‘sphere. I’m wearing a pattern pioneered by some of the biggest names in vintage sewing – I mean, the freaking Boyer Sisters! A Lass of Yesteryear! Not only is this apparently a capital-Th Thing, I get…