If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know how much I love color. I love bright and bold colors and pastels too. Wearing color energizes me and gives me life!! My sweet hubby Gary and I did a photoshoot recently on how to wear a rainbow 🌈 where I mixed and matched cardigans, shoes, hair bows, and earrings with dress.
I have been wanting to write this blog post for a while now and it was actually my husband Gary that came up with the idea of why don’t we get dressed up for quarantine dinner instead of sitting around in the same athleisure we’ve been wearing for months and make dinner an experience.
Once we went into lock-down, we, like most other folks in California, didn’t really leave the house except for essentials. We got comfortable in our athleisure and even eating dinner on the couch. So I actually got really excited at the idea of dressing up for quarantine dinner. Being a modern day Pinup I used to spend a lot of time on styling my outfits, doing my hair and makeup and making sure I had just the right accessories for dinner out with my husband or a day out in the city. But, dressing for quarantine dinners doesn’t have to mean a very fancy outfit and ladies can wear a dress or skirt and guys can put on a nice shirt or sweater. Putting some effort in your dinner appearance really goes a long way with the family, your spouse, or significant other and instantly makes everyone perk-up and emotions uplift almost immediately and this is the time we could all use some uplifted feelings.
Here are some of my favorite quarantine dinner outfits over the past several months and I even got to pull out my vintage Pyrex and I can tell you that everything really does taste better when it is cooked in vintage Pyrex!! I felt like the Marvelous Mrs. Maisal!! I am using my super rare Australian Turquoise Pyrex Picket Fence or White Spears pattern, my Turquoise Snowflake Pyrex, my Pink Scroll Pyrex, and even my red Catherineholm Lotus Bowl that are all from the 1950s-1960s and are mid-century modern. Not all our meals were fancy, we sure do enjoy a pizza or even takeout but eating it in an outfit you spent a little time getting yourself into really does make it all taste yummy and it creates memories too!!
A few years ago Gary and I took a trip to Lake Como, Italy. The Lake Como region is absolutely stunning and we got to see elegant palazzos, gorgeous villas, explore several of the small towns that span up and down the lake, experience lovely lakeside restaurants and take in stunning lake views almost everywhere we’d look. What we ate at these lakeside restaurants was pizza. We are pizza lovers by nature so getting to indulge in pizza almost everyday of our trip was one big dream come true. We can remember that every town had their own take and way of making pizza and the ingredients would be different. If you liked pepperoni for example, your pizza would have different pepperoni (small pepperoni slices, or larger slices, or small and spicy slices) depending on the little town you were at. This really intrigued us. I wish today we had documented more of those experiences (we have a lot of photos of the beautiful locations, but back then it wasn’t as acceptable to whip out your iPhone and take pictures of your meal for social media like it is today so, only a few of those photos exist) but hopefully one day soon (when the pandemic is gone) we can re-take that magical Lake Como vacation and document all the pizzas for you.
The one thing that hasn’t changed is our love and enjoyment of pizza. And, we have quite a few pizza places right here in our wonderful city by the bay San Francisco that we can share with you. In fact, you will find a monthly series on my blog “The Great San Francisco Pizza Tour of 2021” where I’ll be sharing our pizza adventures with you all as we search for the best pizza in San Francisco so sit back and enjoy and apologies in advance if these posts make you hungry.[Read more…]
I am really excited to share my vintage Norcrest Blue Cat collection with you all today and share some tips for collecting and finding pieces from this set. The darling kitty cat set has whimsical pieces like a butter dish that has a cute blue kitty cat sleeping on a fluffy pillow, the tea bag holder that says “I Will Hold The Bag” and a pair of oil and vinegar cruets that have cutest little cat faces. This set brings a smile to my face everyday!!
The Norcrest Blue Cat set was manufactured in Japan in the mid to late 1950s and possibly early 1960s by the PY/Miyao company and was sold by Norcrest. The Norcrest Blue Cat set is elusive in some ways to complete as it was not produced in mass quantities in Japan like so many other ceramics of the era. Each piece is usually numbered on the bottom that starts with a “CT” and if you can find a piece that still has its original Norcrest foil label then that makes it even more fabulous. The kitty cat pieces are absolutely adorable and you can see why any collector would rather not part with their collection.[Read more…]
Being a curvy girl I used to shy away from bright colors and statement jewelry pieces because I wasn’t sure I could pull them off. I learned that I sure can pull them off because it is all about wearing the right colors for my skin tone, wearing the right silhouette for my curvy figure, and accessorizing with the right scale jewelry pieces.
A great color combo that I especially like are yellow and green. I am wearing my lovely daisy floral dress from Heart of Haute that has lots of yellows and greens and paired it with a bright yellow cardigan. Because the dress top fits like a wrap (perfect for big boobs) I added this gorgeous bee necklace to accessorize my outfit with. I love a great retro inspired dress or Pinup dress because the styles from the 1950s are extremely flattering and Heart of Haute is also size inclusive. I think it just screams Spring and it makes me excited that warmer weather and sunshine are on the way.
My bee necklace is a large scale pendant that fits very nicely on a plus size curvy figure. If the bee pendant were smaller it would get lost on me, but, having the right scale pendant really makes a difference on a curvy figure. Also, the necklace is adjustable so it can be made longer or shorter and having length as an option is a really nice feature. I also paired my necklace with matching bee earrings to complete the set. My jewelry is from Erstwilder and they make very high quality pieces that flatter all bodies, especially curvy full figures.
Reach out to me on Instagram @crazy4me and let me know what your favorite color combinations are or combos you might not be sure how to wear, and even tell me your favorite pieces of jewelry and how you style them.
All pics by my sweet hubby Gary.
Hello again my friends, I hope you all had a marvelous Christmas and that Santa was good to you all!! As I put the finishing touches on post number six, the final post of our Vintage Christmas Collecting series, it’s New Year’s Eve as I sit at my desk surrounded by my vintage treasures (vintage Santa’s, snowmen, shopper girls, bottle brush trees and my vintage candy cane holders) and want to thank you all for your lovely comments and questions along the way of the collecting series. I have truly enjoyed putting the series together and hope you’ve benefited from some of my tips and enjoyed seeing pictures of my collections. I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2021 is good to us all!!
I collect vintage Christmas all year round. As you know from my previous posts, I am obsessed with vintage Christmas items and the hunt is really part of the fun. As our digital worlds keep moving forward, it actually makes searching for vintage Christmas items a little easier and simpler as we have access to wonderful resources that are available 24/7 and 365 days a year and spans the entire globe!![Read more…]