Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A poem for Spring....

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves
Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn our faces southward, love,
Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire to shafted grove
And wide-mouthed orchids smile.

And we will seek the quiet hill
Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
And works the droning bee.
And we will build a cottage there
Beside an open glade,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
And ferns that never fade.

— “After the Winter,” Claude McKay

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Mirror....

Dear Readers - I had a very fascinating moment two days ago. I was trying on all of my vintage clothes just for fun (I do this a lot when I've been feeling discouraged with the modern world). the first thing I put on was my gorgeous sky blue, strapless, tulle prom dress from the 1950s. As I was standing in front of my mirror, putting on my lipstick, a thought crossed my mind: I wonder who originally stood in front of their mirror, putting on lipstick and wearing this dress when it was brand new? I wonder where this dress is originally from and how it ended up in an antique store in Tallahassee, Fl.? I wonder if the woman who first owned this dress is still out there. I wonder if there is a picture of the woman wearing this dress at the event she wore it to? And, I wonder how many fascinating stories this dress could tell if it could talk. I consider this experience to be a life changing moment. I will never think of clothes (especially vintage clothes) the same! I felt so happy, when I was putting on my diamond earrings and my necklace, thinking of what shoes and jewelry the woman would have worn with this dress....after all the wondering about where the woman is I started to think about something else, I wonder if the woman is wondering where her dress is....?

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Dear readers - I hope everyone is enjoying this spring weather (and spring break!). It was warm enough to wear shorts yesterday so in my opinion, it's officially spring-time! I would love to hear about your resent vintage (and non-vintage) finds and your plans for spring break. I recently found a gorgeous silk dress from the 1930s (pictures to come soon) and when I go traveling later in the week, I'm hoping to find some
goodies in all the antique shops!