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dress: Target | shoes: Forever 21 | bow: self made | tights: Motherhood Maternity | earrings: unknown


Twenty weeks pregnant means I’m definitely moving from making regular clothes work into roomier garments (and yes, maternity clothes–I got desperate and acquired a few things recently!). This dress (which is not maternity–I bought it years ago) I knew would be perfect once the weather cooled down–and it has been so comfortable to wear! I know some people hate shift dresses on pregnant women (and I thought I’d shy away from this style), but let me tell you: this is perhaps the most comfortable I’ve been in a long while! lol. I think it really boils down to proportions though: since this is a shift shape, the shorter hemline works to counter balance the fullness.


Not much else to say about this outfit–so let’s talk about something exciting! A couple weeks ago I had the anatomical ultrasound, where we found out the baby’s gender! I was pretty convinced I was having a boy–but was I right?


Nope!!! To say we’re excited to welcome a little girl into our lives next year doesn’t quiet sum it up! Either would have been delightful and welcomed with open hearts, but I have to admit the idea of a “mini Casey” (as everyone keeps referring to her!) is more than a bit fun! There has been a lot of knitting of little girl things (including the sweater above; I plan on doing a knitting post in a couple weeks) and perhaps a few stops at thrift stores for cute girl clothes since we found out. I can’t help it: suddenly teeny tiny clothes are irresistible to me! Poor SH–he keeps coming home to the top drawer in the nursery dresser getting more and more full. At least we’re doing it on the cheap (thrift stores and hand-me-downs from kind friends–something we’re really thankful for!). hehe!


Now just 19 more weeks until we meet her! It can’t come soon enough… :)

November 5, 2012 · 88 lovely thoughts
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Thank you all for your lovely, kind compliments on the dress I made for my sister in law! I am delighted to report that I got word that the dress was a perfect fit and she looks like a knock-out. Whew! I can’t wait to see pictures of how she looks on prom night! But that I have to wait for… Always the hardest part! lol.

coat: 50s vintage, vintage shop | dress: vintage, estate sale | shoes: Remix | handbag: Mac & Jac (TJ Maxx find) | bracelet: vintage | earrings: vintage “Fakelite”, thrifted | belt: thrifted | hair tutorial here

I have this uncanny ability to always pick out somewhat ironic color combinations. Red, white and blue, and now navy and gold. Which also happen to be the US Navy’s colors. (I also want a herd of goats, which are the Naval Academy’s mascot animal. I think I was fated to marry someone in the Navy.) Which is fine if you live in other parts of the country, I’m sure. But living in the city where there is such a large Navy population, well that is a bit awkward. I, however, seem to be good at embarrassing myself, so no surprises here. hehe! (No, it doesn’t really bother me–I just think it’s funny.)

This dress I don’t think I’ve ever done an outfit post on, despite having worn it a lot! It’s another of those pieces I found at that infamous estate sale in Florida. The one I still dream about–and kick myself for not grabbing some of the amazing costume jewelry that was there. Oh well. My feeling about hunting for vintage is that if you’re persistent enough, eventually you’ll cross paths with what you’re looking for! This coat is another bargain find; one of my favorite Florida vintage shops has a yearly “garage sale”, and I picked this up for $5. It’s a bit droopy, but I rather love it. Gold isn’t a color I generally wear, but because it’s a coat rather than a dress or blouse, I feel like I can get away with it.

Now let’s talk about this little somebody, shall we? I think it’s criminal how quickly he’s growing; Maverick has gone from a cute, fat little 9lb. puppy we got the end of February, to a nearly 30lb. ball of energy! I basically can’t lift him at all anymore. (Well, I can, but try and lift 30lbs. of wriggling puppy–you get the picture!) It makes me a bit sad he’s no longer a baby… But at least he’s getting good at dancing with me!

April 20, 2012 · 58 lovely thoughts
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I am still recovering from the Titanic dinner party this weekend (darn seasonal allergies that got me halfway through everything!), but will have some pictures of my gown and the event on Wednesday. (I might post a sneak peek on Facebook though…) Until then, I wanted to share a little something that my lovely friend Sammy of Sammy Davis Vintage and I have been working on!

She’s started a series where bloggers take one vintage garment and style it several different ways, giving ideas about how to work vintage into the modern lifestyle. She sweetly asked me to be a part of this series and I picked a late 50s blue shirtwaist dress I had bought at an estate sale a couple years ago. The challenge was not so much coming up with four looks, but keeping myself from dreaming up even more! hehe. You know I love this concept of making clothes work different ways, so this was right up my alley. Click here to drop by the Sammy Davis Vintage blog and read the entirety of the post with all four of the shirtwaist looks (and be sure to check out the other participant’s style posts as well)! Thanks again to Sammy for having me be a part of this series! (And thank you to Sailor Husband for taking all of the photos–he was really patient since this was a bit of an epic photoshoot!)

April 9, 2012 · 16 lovely thoughts
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03.18.12 | pop of raspberry
skirt: thrifted, altered | tee: thrifted | belt: Francesca’s Collections | shoes: Naya | handbag: vintage, thrifted | earrings: Target | bracelets: thrifted

Seeing as I’m in the middle of a lot of long-term projects at the moment (my 1910s evening gown and a dress for my sister-in-law’s junior prom next month), I suspect outfit posts may become a bit more frequent over the next month or so while I’m engrossed in these projects. I hope no one minds! I think it’ll be a nice excuse for me to dress up as well; we’ve been having weird, in-between winter and spring weather lately, which means my outfits have been kind of boring an repetitive.

03.18.12 | pop of raspberry
03.18.12 | pop of raspberry
03.18.12 | pop of raspberry

I pulled out this lovely taffeta skirt over the weekend to wear–I suspect it’ll be one of the last times until next fall. Taffeta just always makes me think of cool weather, rather than warm! It’s a vintage Gunne Sax skirt that I found at a thrift store in Florida and shortened to get rid of the damaged hem. I prefer knee-length skirts anyway! I really love the deep, rich raspberry color and the pleated waistband–and it has pockets!

I chose to wear it with a grey tee that is a recent thrift find as well. I’ve worn this skirt with striped shirts and the like, but sometimes it’s fun to let the pop of color (in this case the skirt) do the work and keep everything else in the background. Well, if you count a leopard print belt as being in the “background”… lol.

03.18.12 | pop of raspberry

My thoughts are really starting to turn to spring weather–I’ve been slowly pulling out some of my more warm-weather appropriate pieces that have been in storage since we moved back north. Here’s hoping it’ll warm up (and stay warm!) soon! I’m especially eager to wear a gorgeous, floral print dress I thrifted in November… It’s an 80s-does-50s piece, and reminds me of the strapless styles that inspired me last spring. What are you looking forward to wearing as the weather warms up (or cools down, depending on where you live!)?

March 19, 2012 · 49 lovely thoughts
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To be honest, I wasn’t planning on posting photos of this outfit. I had shared them with some friends a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t sure how this would be received on the blog because everyone is used to seeing me in pretty dresses. But then I realized how silly that mentality was! This blog is about my inspirations and fancies, and this is just a much part of me as the “other” looks. This is how I dress some days when the mood strikes me–just like the days when I wear vintage 50s dresses. A few weeks ago this was me dealing with lots of post-move stress, a husband who had just gotten back from deployment, and I didn’t feel in the mood to pull out a dress that day. It’s just as “authentic Casey” as the days I wear super high heels and tie-neck blouses with a vintage hat perched atop my head! So I hope you’ll enjoy seeing this “other” side of me (the one that is just as much a part of me as the girly-girl side!)–and a rare sighting of me in jeans! lol.

02.24.12 | outfit: leopard spots
02.24.12 | outfit: leopard spots
02.24.12 | outfit: leopard spots
sweater: vintage, thrifted | jeans: Forever 21 | shoes: Naya, DSW | scarf: vintage, thrifted | poodle brooch: vintage, thrifted

This is a very simple look and something I wore at the beginning of the month when it was cold but sunny, and I felt in the mood to wear some modern jeans. Now, these jeans were a total impulse purchase at Forever 21–a store I rarely buy clothing at. But they fit my curvy backside better than the more expensive jeans I had been shopping for, plus they have a subtle leopard print that I was smitten with! From far away they look like a mottled grey, but up close they’re leopard! Lots of fun on days I’m feeling “wild”. hehe! Paired with a classic cashmere cardigan and a vintage Liberty of London scarf, and it tones down the leopard just a bit and goes a bit more with my vintage aesthetic I like to infuse into every outfit!

What is your favorite “wild” piece in your wardrobe?

February 24, 2012 · 59 lovely thoughts
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