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catherine deneuve, photographed by milton greene♥ This circa-1950, personalities-as-Christmas-trees whiskey-ad is 100%-perfect.

 Believe it or not, karma truly can be a bitch. Case in point? This guy.

 While over-the-top public proposals aren’t necessarily my style, observing them without fail draws a tear or two to my eye. This one was no exception! Awwww.

 As if I wasn’t skeeved out enough by this stupid song. Ick.

 My friend Kara shared her list of 12 female authors everyone’s gotta get familiar with. Good stuff!

 “People who are pathological about white lights are usually the same people who stuff their TV into an armoire and try to pretend they don’t have one.” Yes to everything in this article on the great white vs. multi-color Christmas light debate.

A co-worker told me today about a local bakery that only sells mini Bundts. I think a visit over the weekend needs to happen, seeing as I’m completely Bundt-obsessed.

♥ Last but not least, I stuffed myself silly at Umami, the tastiest temporary restaurant I’ve ever stepped into. They’re closing up shop soon, so if you can get tickets (or stop by for takeout), I’d highly recommend checking it out!



Photo c/o: my mind lives in the '70s

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snow After spotting this cute forest of fudge on Handmade Charlotte today, it’s quickly moved to the top of my holiday must-make list. Fer cute!

Time mag wants to know what word should be banished in 2014. Only trouble is you can’t vote for ALL of them to go away.

If you’ve ever been tempted to arrange leftover glasses from a dinner party into pretty shapes, these overhead shots by Omar Sosa will confirm your instinct as awesome. Do they look like snowflakes to anyone else? (via Design Crush)

Gift-wrap has been on my mind a lot lately (you’ll see why Friday!), and this post from ModCloth featuring vintage wrapping has got me totally inspired. Especially love those ideas from McCall’s!

Leith Clark + Warby Parker is a thing, so ’60s-style, feminine frames can be yours, or mine, if I ever muster up the courage to go to the eye doctor.

During this season of disproportionate indulgence and too-busy-for-yoga-class work schedules, this read from Kind Over Matter hit home hard this week. Love your curves ladies, and while you’re at it, pass me a cup of ‘nog!

If $1,000 showed up in my checking account tomorrow, I’d plan a trip to San Francisco (to visit my sweet Ian of course) and crash here. #dreamy Shout out to A House in the Hills for the introduction!

Last but not least, I’ve been doing some fun stuff for my girl (Beauty) Bets. Check out  two of my latest posts: Must-Haves for Perfect At-Home Manis and Splurge/Steal, a Tale of Two Illuminators.



Photo above by: William Mebane

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I Don't Care About Your Diet Print - Hand-Illustrated

I am so totally buying this print to hang up in my office, available via this fantabulous Etsy shop.

My hon and I have been on a big “Three’s Company” kick lately, so this article, featuring the show’s lost pilot episode caught my attention. Can you imagine that show with a different theme song? Or worse yet, minus Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt?!

Last week, I had the pleasure of working with Sara Montour on a photo shoot and had to track down her blog the very next day. Such a talented young thing, and so nice to boot!

How to hide awkward bangs with a vintage curl: Totally bookmarking this for the next time I can’t squeeze in a bang trim (or botch them at home myself!).

Another motivating post by my friend Sarah of Yes & Yes, this time on the topic of money-saving and happiness.

Anyone who treasures vintage will appreciate Marianne’s post on the ’50s dress that started it all. I know the exact item that started my obsession—a pair of beaten-up Levi bell-bottoms my neighbor Sheila Brand loaned me when I was probably 11 or 12. They felt like butter and fit like a glove!

Serendipitous poetry” generated at random from New York Times’ feature stories. Unexpectedly brilliant!

Some interesting words of wisdom on what to wear to work.

And last but not least, three recipes I pinned, made and loved last month:
Baked Banana Blueberry Oatmeal; Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Golden Raisins, Candied Almonds and Harissa Dressing and Smoky Tomato Soup with Spinach and Olives.



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tumblr_mgak8y5ZjT1qhrygvo1_500 Stumbled upon this enchanting photo of dancers mending their shoes and tights in a park in Minneapolis circa 1945.

Style secrets from the ladies of the Harlem Renaissance. Inspiring in every way.

Some style (and life!) lessons we can all learn from Lucille Ball.

Adorable photos of the Beatles drinking tea. So. Cute.

Three recipes I pinned, made and loved this week: Date-Coconut Oatmeal, Grapefruit, Carrot and Ginger Juice and Spinach Lasagna Cupcakes.

A Q & A with GIRLS’ costume designer, Jenn Rogien.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous paper flowers.



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hearts Ugh, how dreamy is that room pictured up above (spotted here)? I’m totally having a heart wall in my next house.

If you’ve resolved (like me!) to be less distracted by checking your phone in 2013, you might also find this seven-step article extremely helpful. I sure did.

Best thing I’ve seen all week: A photo tour of the world’s grandmas sharing their home-cooked meals via The Kitchn.

Two helpful cleaning how-tos for thrifters: Tips for cleaning white- and cream-colored leather and cleaning old flasks.

Did y’all cook a lot over the holidays? Here are a handful of recipes I pinned, made and loved: Muffin Tin Tacos, Pomegranate Margaritas, Banana Bread French Toast, Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes, Oatmeal-Chocolate-Banana Bites.

Speaking of the holiday, I treated myself to an Arcona enzyme facial with Savita at Spot Spa over the break, and oh my goodness, my skin hasn’t been so glowy in I don’t know how long. If your complexion is in the market for a nice little pick-me-up, I’d definitely recommend this treatment!

In other exciting beauty news, especially if you’re a for ’90s babies like me, Herbal Essences is bringing back their old bottles and scents, updating them to be sulfate- and silicone-free. Oh yeah!



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Exciting news in the beauty department: Drew Barrymore is launching a cosmetics line (181 products strong!) exclusively for Wal-Mart. I am pumped.

Wholeheartedly in agreement with these five reasons to love Dolly Parton.

The branding evolution of Ms. von Teese.

Is sick the new black? Yikes, I hope not.

Three food gifts I pinned, made and loved this week: peppermint bark hearts, pineapple jam and coconut banana bread.

This lovely round-up of recipes for Christmas morning came at the perfect time. Do y’all know what your making?

And lastly, the best movie news I’ve heard all year.



P.S. The beautiful Edward Runci pin-up was found here.

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I kicked off my birthday week last night with a visit to a hippie/punk alley pizza party that happens on Sundays at a house a few blocks from my house. My pal Dana and I had a ball, stuffing ourselves silly with delicious ‘za (favorite one pictured above was topped with squash sauce, sauerkraut, apple, ricotta & blue cheese…so yummy!) and cheap beers. It was a perfect end to the long weekend that’s for sure.

Check out the delightful styling put out by Antipast, a Japanese stocking company. I love the balance of brights and neutrals.(You can find more lookbook images from them here!)

Good question: Is our retro obsession ruining everything?

Thank you for this, Srsly Liz: How to not spend a million dollars at Target.

Three recipes I’ve pinned, made and loved this past week: Slow Cooker Bacon-Apple-BBQ Chicken (TO DIE FOR), Tomato Tortellini Soup (I swapped out the cream cheese for this and added a can of lightly draned diced tomatoes—so good and so easy!) and Pumpkin-Cider Beertails (sweet, spicy and dangerously easy to drink).

Have y’all heard of Retro Roadmap? I can see it being a super handy resource for summer road trips.

There’s a lot of inspiration to be had in the home tour of 100-year-old artist Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht.

I need to find some wall space at home ASAP so I can snap up this Veronica Lake print guilt-free. I’m smitten with it!

And finally, I was surprised (and humbled) to be named the no. 1 thrifting blog in this top ten list. Thanks!

I hope you all have wonderful Mondays. The birthday week celebration continues tonight with yet another lady date. Two of my favorite blondies and I are going to see my favorite Marilyn Monroe movie, followed by pie. I can’t wait!
Have good ones, loves!



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In the super duper exciting life news department, my very first Vintage Betty post went live over on this week. In it, I shared an easy classic Betty brunch recipe that’s been a family favorite of mine for ages. If you have a minute, please do go check it out!

 Have you guys heard about For the Makers yet? It’s this slick service that delivers materials for four DIYs for the super reasonable price of $29 AND provides online tutorials showing you what you can make with your batch of supplies. Definitely a fab gift idea to squirrel away, I’d say.

 As you all can probably guess, I don’t know squat about fine art. I do know, however, that this installation, made of 50,000 colored plastic balls, is pretty darn awesome to look at.

 This video may be a few weeks old, but it’s powerful and worth a watch. I saw it this week in a work presentation and teared up in two seconds flat.

 On a (much, much) lighter note, I added this Honeycrisp & Bourbon Spiked Cider to my list of Thanksgiving must-makes today. (How cute are those lil stars?) How are your menus coming along?

  If I knew how to work a drill, I’d totally put these shelves with built-in planters up in my bedroom. So brilliant!

 My current home is chock-full of girly everything (hello Dolly Parton themed bathroom!), but I envision a very ’70s vibe for my next home. Which is exactly why I’m saving posts like this one from SF Girl by Bay as deco inspo for my next go around. (On the same topic of decorating, this mood-board how-to on Decor8 knocked my nylons off.)

I hope you all have had wonderful weeks…it’s been a busy one for me, but I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend that’s 100-percent free of work. Fingers crossed I can make it happen!



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 Why is Stevie Nicks doing karate? I don’t really care because these photos are amazing.

Speaking of pictures I love, Nylon mag approved this picture of Amy Adams and so do I.

 What the heck is going on in my home state? (Really though, WTF.)

In other lady news, what do you think of this list of the 10 greatest working-women in pop culture history? Can you guess which one’s my favorite? (Hint: it’s no. 7.)

 I started following Richard Simons on Twitter not too long ago and boy was it a great decision. He’s just so darn peppy, it’s not hard to smile when you read his tweets.

 I’ve been working my slow cooker overtime ever since my oven died. Some recipes I’ll for sure be making again include: Asian Pork with Mushrooms via SkinnytasteDutch Apple Pudding Cake via Better Homes & Gardens and a Beef & Broccoli via Table for Two that gives my favorite Chinese restaurant a run for its money.

Speaking of food, I recently went on an organizing spree over on the ole’ Pinterest, making dedicated boards to bundt cakes, pound cakes and Thanksgiving. I’ve already got plans in the works for boards devoted to pot pies, dogs in costume and other important things of that nature.

How great are these images from a 1957 Better Homes guide to flower arranging? I just want to hang out in those rooms.

 Did you see that a writer from The Cut gave Marilyn Monroe’s diet a try? Bravo to you, lady…I for one, couldn’t stomach all the raw eggs.

 Honest posts like this one from Holly encourage me to keep keeping things real ’round here. Very refreshing.

On the topic of honest bloggers, I read Mary Beth’s post on her journey as a runner start to finish and just wanted to hug her when I was done. Super sweet and inspiring stuff.

And finally, I was so humbled to be featured as a Model Citizen over on MSP’s Style Parlor blog last week. And yes, the only comment on it is from my mom! (Love you!)

Sorry that list got a titch long…there’s a lot of catching up to do, what can I say. I’m out the door to treat my two favorite ladies to a birthday dinner in their honor at a fancy restaurant donwtown. Are you taking advantage of any Restaurant Week deals? There’s still time to if you’ve slacked on arrangement-making!



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♥ I can’t stop myself from re-pinning goodies from Quincy West lately. Take the image above of Priscilla Presley for instance..what a fox.

♥ Amen to all of this, right?

♥ Many thanks to Maegen for connecting me to La Perla lingerie’s stunning spring/summer campaign. From the beehive hairdos to the impeccable makeup, it’s all so, so pretty.

 Are y’all following Industry of One yet? They sure do find some inspiring people to profile, and the photos accompanying each Q & A are stunning enough to stand alone.

 I don’t know about you, but I found this video featuring Betty Glasgow, hairdresser for the movie “A Hard Day’s Night,” totally interesting.

♥ Gosh darnit if I don’t want a new pair of jeans after reading Adore Vintage’s love letter to Levi’s post. (Bird Trouble’s bell bottoms also got me to lustin’ this week.)

 If I had a limitless checking account, I would snap up every single one of these Fela-inspired purses. For real.

♥ Really digging the looks of this iPhone app that lets users feel what the weather’s like by using warm and cool colors, instead of hour-by-hour projections.

I really enjoyed this slideshow of retro hairstyles and their accompanying how-tos. Very useful stuff.

 Speaking of hair, how pretty is this half-up, half-down, half rolled style that Alli from The Vintage Valley rocked. I’m lovin’ it.

And lastly, in food news, here are three recipes I’ve tried and loved this week: Mexican black bean burgers, strawberries ‘n’ cream pie pops and spaghetti in garlic gravy with cherry tomatoes, chicken & herbs. I’ve really been enjoying cooking at home since I got back from my trip!

I hope your week’s are shaping up all right so far. It’s another busy one for me, with Mighty Swell’s rummage/bake sale around the corner, but I’m hanging in. Some weeks that’s all you can do!