Month: May 2015

In the Kitchen: Colorful and Cool Desserts

Is it getting warm where you are?  It certainly is in the northeast of the U.S. and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I find myself craving watermelon, ice cream, and ice frappucinos most of the time.  I am a big believer that food, especially dessert, should reflect the weather and the temperature. I have collected over the years quite a few vintage cookbooks from as early as 1896 to 1980.  They are my pride and joy and each one I find is a cherished addition to my collection.  When it came to deciding posts for this month, I was nervous that my cooking ability would inhibit the beauty that this month is all about.  Therefore, I decided to just share the recipe I was planning on making of Rainbow Meringue Torte  from one of my 1950’s cookbooks, with the hope that you all might try it yourselves…without letting my, perhaps, poor attempt stop you. So whether you are sitting out on a patio, front porch, or chilling in front of the AC, I hope all …

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HSM Practicality: 1920’s Kimono

Nothing says practicality more than a robe….but that doesn’t mean it has to be a practical looking robe.  So for this month’s challenge, I decided to create a 1920’s Kimono robe…a blending of both the HSM theme and my personal blog’s theme of “All Things Beautiful.”  While this was not one of my more adventurous projects, it was nonetheless enjoyable, especially since I knew that this particular fabric would create an elegant robe. I used a variety of patterns, mostly from descriptions in magazines, to create the basic shape of the robe, along with some well placed tucks on both the front and the back to give it a bit more shape.  While I can’t imagine this being a warm wrap in the winter, it is the perfect weight for the heat of the summer. Here are a few sample kimonos from which I took inspiration: And now for the details: Challenge: Practicality Fabric: 4 yards sheer poly blend fabric Pattern: Created based off of primary source descriptions and pictures Year: 1920’s Notions: 2 yards …

may hair comb

The Beauty of Hair Combs

A child of the eighties, I always had something in my hair.  A barrette, headband, scrunchie, or those strange banana hair clips that turned the back of your head into some strange cascade of curls, were all used at some point in my life.  While I thought of myself as something special with my ribbon barrettes clipped into my pigtails, I am sure I was not nearly as sophisticated as those women who adorn their carefully constructed coifs with hair combs such as these. The hair comb has seen itself reimagined and used in all cultures of the world, and it is no wonder, as these small little dainties add such beauty.  While my favorites are bedecked with cameos or jewels, there are so many varieties to satisfy any taste or hair length that the possibilities are endless. So whether small or large, bone or shell, jeweled or painted, hair combs are a wonderful way to add extra beauty to your hair. To see more styles and looks, please visit my Pinterest page. ~Aimee

may letter

The Beauty of Letter Writing

I thoroughly enjoy sending letters and cards.  Not that I do it all that often, but when I do, it is a delightful process which requires my best handwriting, prettiest stationary, and the inevitable search in the catch-all drawer for stamps.  To some, letter writing is outdated, to others, it only happens on certain occasions, and to a few, it is apart of their daily connection with friends and family.  Whatever your fancy, letter writing is a centuries old tradition with as many rules and regulations as one could imagine. Below are a few selected excerpts on the proper behaviour of letter writing for women. The Writing Materials “The selection of the paper ought to always to be in the keeping with the person, age, sex, and circumstances of the correspondents….It is extremely impolite to write upon a single leaf of paper, even it it is a billet; it should always be double, even though we write only two or three lines.”   Spacing the Letter “If we are writing to a superior, we should …

Look Well to This Day

The manipulation of time may be, in my opinion, the one power that every human would want.  To rewind to the good days, fast forward through the bad ones, change past mistakes or take missed opportunities would be a miraculous gift.  If you add in the fact that I am obsessed with history and the future becomes an unstoppable source of frustration. Sometimes I think too much.  Well, most of the time I think too much, and I struggle with the overwhelming feeling of time slipping by and my life with it.  To try to compensate, I have made changes in my life both mental and physical.  There are so many things in my life that I have no control over, despite my, at times, desperate attempts.  But I know what I do like, what I want, need, wish and therefore all choices I make must be true to who I am.  Easier said then done?  Sometimes, but often, these choices are quite natural…therefore, easy. I am a stubborn individual.  I have had to be at …

may makeup routine

1920’s Makeup Routine

“When we were sixteen, we desire prettiness; ten years later; good looks. A refreshing appearance, however is much more essential than either, and if we would present ourselves to the world, as all-around, modern women, we must keep up on all matters of dress and personal grooming; as well as on home arts, children, literature, politics, etc. A delicate use of cosmetics is desirable; a burlesque-type use is vulgar and detracts a hundred times more than it adds. Too much rouge, too much powder, like chewing gum, is seldom evidence by woman of refinement. Keep folks guessing: don’t tell your secret. Rouge so cleverly that everyone will wonder whether your color is real. Here are some basic rules to follow: 1. Comb out your hair and brush it lightly. if you have curlers in the night before, the amount of combing and brushing should be measured by the length of hair and the ‘permanency of the wave.’ Next, pin the hair back out of the way and give attention to the face. 2. A little …

May scarves

1930’s Inspired Scarf Tutorials

A toss here, a gentle tug there and any outfit can go from simply thrown together to a complete ensemble.  But what is this magic piece of the puzzle?  A scarf, of course!  One of the long standing pieces in a woman’s closet, scarves can offer a multitude of styles for a very reasonable price. Here are a few tutorials I put together for the vintage loving female!  Based off of 1930’s looks, I hope they add to your wardrobe creations both modern and historical! Enjoy and play away!! ~Aimee

may lace

On My Inspiration Board: The Allure of Lace

Whether your wear it, decorate with it, or filter sunlight with it, lace is one of those fabrics that can deliver a mood or emotion more than any other.  It is also one of the only fabrics that can be worn casual with jeans, or delicately drapped over the most elegant of wedding gowns.  Lace says dainty, elegant, and luxurious.  Lace can soften the look of a room, add warmth to one’s complexion, and can become a cherished heirloom that is passed from generation to generation. Originally handmade, lace was a fabric which very few could afford until machine made laces became more common.  While it never fully went out of style, lace gowns fluctuated in popularity, with the most full lace ensembles peaking at the turn of the 20th century. From collars to cuffs, gloves to petticoats, and veils to full gowns, lace adds it’s own beauty to anything or anyone.  So in honor of May and all things elegant and beautiful, enjoy this selection of lace gowns.   To see more lace gowns, …