I am having a grand time enjoying my vintage mermaid and fish collection. These pictures are some of my collection I wanted to share with you. 1950s mermaids are so fabulously retro and kitschy that I am completely obsessed with them and have spent years scouring antique shops, flea markets, estate sales and online market places for the hopes of finding one of these rare sirens of the sea.
From world-class wineries to Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Brown, the Northern California towns of Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay, Healdsburg, and Petaluma are like no other, each with their own personality and character. Below are my top 5 Best Instagramable spots of Sonoma County Calfornia and some travel tips and hot spots too.
15 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles from San Francisco is the quaint town of Sebastopol. You will find several antique shops, art galleries, artisan restaurants and bakeries in Sebastopol. Tourists flock to this little gem of a town and the atmosphere is very laid back and unpretentious. Locals that live in Sebastopol know they are blessed and are as friendly as can be. Florence Avenue is a cute section with cottages and lots of neat sculptures that decorate the yards known as junk art and I will do a post about that soon. But I want to share these two super cute blue walls located at the intersection of Bodega Ave. and Edman Way. The wall with the bees and the wall with the colorful pipes are Instagram perfect!! Shops and restaurants are very close by and there are those fabulous junk art sculptures all over making for even more Instagram pic goodness.
Sebastopol also has the campus of a tech and learning company O’Reilly Media that has gardens and grounds open to the community. You can drive up and take a lovely nature walk and snap Instragramable pics on your adventure. There is a new trendy section in Sebastopol called The Barlow and there are some cool metal corrugated walls, lots of artisan restaurants, shops, and communal areas that make for great Instagramable pics. Have your breakfast, lunch or dinner while you explore. Also the super neat old Purina factory and feed store is across the street and has some a mural and lots of country charm that would be great for Instagram pics.
I have always wanted to wear dresses and skirts, beautiful girly blouses too but, with my ample bosom, small waist and curvy hips, No Way could I walk into my local Macy’s and walk out with something gorgeous that hugged my curves in a lady-like way and made me feel and look beautiful. Ladies with my curvy figure, you know what I am talking about. If the dress top fits then it is so big and unflattering in the middle, you look like you are expecting, or, if you can find a blouse that buttons across your breasts, the rest is so big in the waist and sides that you just want to yank it off.
It was this recent Spring, thanks to my husband ( he has a real knack for these things), that I discovered a couple sources for beautifully made clothing, styled after the 1950s-1960s, and had the right looks, colors and cuts to accentuate my curvy figure while making me feel so pretty and lady-like. Here is one of my favorite sources (I will post up additional sources in part 2)
This site has sizes in XS- 4X, all clothing is made in the USA too!! They make couture for every body and really support and promote body confidence for women. I started out with the below dresses buying them in a 2X so that they fit my ample breasts and then I add a belt around the middle to accentuate my waist/hips. The fabric is so luxurious, all I want to do is twirl, twirl, twirl. And let me warn you, if you are not accustomed to receiving compliments, you better prepare yourself as you will!! I receive non-stop compliments when I wear these beautiful clothes. You can see more of my outfits on my Instagram page –
Jenny Dress in Snow White Print. The colors are incredible on this sundress and it is boned and fused through the bodice to give it amazing structure. I actually wore it for the first time to a high-profile work event, topped with a sunny yellow cardigan.
Evelyn dress in yellow and black vintage rose print. This dress is a vintage style party dress with a gathered bust, side zipper, and matching removable bolero shrug. The peasant-style bodice flatters a range of bust sizes, has a slimming fit through the waist, and then opens up in a full vintage style skirt I have a photo shoot next weekend and will definitely be wearing this stunning dress (stay tuned for pics to come).
Wore this one yesterday and it is my FAVORITE!! The Nancy dress in Blue Lemonade print. It has adjustable straps, a shallow sweetheart neckline trimmed with a tiny lace ruffle, two decorative heart buttons, and a slightly padded bust with a ruched line down the middle creates definition and coverage and a full skirt. Non-stop compliments!! The pattern and colors are so gorgeous, you feel incredible wearing it. Pic of me sitting by a fountain and it was so incredibly windy!!
The Birdie Dress in blue with yellow peony flowers. This was my very first dress from pinupgirlclothing. When it arrived I was so excited to put it on. The fit was really incredible, it hugged me just where I needed it to and all I wanted to do was twirl. The dress has a full skirt, wide notched collar creating a classic, polished silhouette. Finished off with a side zipper and wide matching belt, this lovely dress is made of a rich cotton sateen. I really felt like I was wearing a magical creation from the 1950s (stay tuned for pics, I will wear it at my photo shoot next week).
Part 2 Coming Soon!!