Back to bloggin…

So after quite possible the longest blog break ever I’m back. I had some health and personal issues, none worth posting about. I’ve actually been in the mind set to return for some time just didn’t know how.  I hadn’t many posts or had many readers to begin with so I wasn’t sure there was a point.  But I like bloggin so I’m back.

Ok there’s my lameass apology and explanation.  Since I’m basically starting over I’ll reintroduce myself with a 20 things about me post.  I promise I’m not a narcissist, I think the reason it’s a popular blog topic and forwarded email, is the sense of comfort it gives people when they read the odd or quirky ones and and identify or feel better about their own…

20 THINGS ABOUT ME

1. I can stand on my head for several minutes

2. At home I drink out of Mason bell jars.  I swear we have proper drinkware I just prefer them. Probably because my Nana had all the kids drink of of jelly jars(remember those with the characters painted on them?) My husband of fifteen years still doesn’t understand this one.

3. I have a jade ring and three jade bangles that I haven’t taken off in years. I don’t mean I wear every day I mean I really never take them off.  I love jade and I love the sound they make but I’ll never sneak up on anyone…

4. I eat a pint of ice cream almost every night. Yup a WHOLE pint. AND it’s not yogurt, “light”, or sorbet. Haagen Daz. Coffee. I drink diet coke or water and eat light/watch what I eat all day to make it possible so that it’s probably about half of my caloric intake but hey it’s make from milk right? Calcium, vitamin D etc? Right?!

5. I only wash my body with soap once a week.  HOWEVER I take a shower every day(sometimes twice) and wash with soap those areas which need it. Once I week I do a vigorous head to toes exfoliation with a pumice soap and a japanese salux cloth. If you haven’t yet tried one, please do.Awesome exfoliation, mounds of lather and it makes solo back scrubbing a breeze. It dries quicky. mildew resistant, and machine washable. I swear it’s the best addition to showering since the terry washcloth. It won the Japanese award for best invention! And you know they invent tons of cool shit! I also soak in an epsom salt bath once a week. I read an article by a dermatologist when I was a teenager suggesting this for healthy skin and those little bumps on my upper arms( I now know is keratosis pilaris) went away. As did the need for applying copious amounts of body lotion daily. I was sold. I’ve since seen this regime mentioned in beauty mags. Shampoo? Once a week as well.

6. Speaking of showering I brush my teeth in the shower every morning. So if you’re at my house and can’t find the toothpaste look in the shower.

7. I have a metal rod in me that runs the entire length of my thigh. Got this thanks to a broken femur about twenty years ago. No, I’ve never set off a metal detector because of it.

8.I spend a LOT of time at work on the internet. In fact I’m at work right now…

9. With regards to the above I swear I’m a stellar employee. I’m punctual, dependable, all work done on time and I rarely make errors or need help. Actually that’s why I have so much free time. Being a mom I’m a pro at time management.

10. In addition to not being able sleep while wearing socks at least one foot must be out from under the covers at all times.

11. One of the stupidest things I’ve ever done was having a small beauty mark/mole removed from my lower left cheek. I hated it as a teenager and my boyfriend would tease me about the “piece of doo-doo” on my face. I now draw one on when doing occasion make-up.

12.Speaking of drawing on and stupid decisions and my questionable fashion sense as a teenager I mistakenly thought a very thin eyebrow was tres chic. Years of overplucking has left me with a permanent 1920’s brow. Stray hairs/shape only girls!

13. I watch and enjoy Phineas and Ferb a cartoon show on Disney. Dr Doofenshmirtz is the shit!

14. As a young girl I had a crush on Leo from the movie Fame. I clearly had NO gaydar yet…

15.I have one stray hair that if unattended will sprout six inches from my neck

16. I breastfed my last child until she was four…technically. She was turning five the next day and I told her I would get in trouble if she was still on “bubby”. I swear it wasn’t my choice she truly seemed to need it and the closeness. My breasts were her “comfort item”. She sang songs to them and will still come lay her head on my chest when she needs it.

17. Speaking of this she slept in the bed with us until five as well. So did my other children. No we didn’t have and “intimacy” issues. You move them to another bed or you move… They didn’t stay forever. They moved out willingly and as big kids probably wouldn’t even have slept with us for money. Apparently I raised my children “child-led” or “attachment parenting” style. I had no idea what these concepts were I just went with my instinct on what felt right to me.

18. I hate American Cheese.

19.In addition to having a really strong intuition, I’ve had several instances of accurate premonitions in my life.

20. When I started this list it was 25 and I changed it to 20 because I couldn’t think of anything else….

Published in: on May 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beyond victory rolls and wiggle dresses

So if you’re reading this you’re most likely at least a little interested in vintage style as this blog is mostly devoted to that. And yes this is for the most part a superficial blog and that’s what you came for.  I understand completely.  Then was better than now aesthetically. You’re not looking for essays. And I agree then was better than now aesthetically.

There are many of us believe this. I enjoy reading blogs and forums of like minded folks. But every once in while I see a thought or comment, stating how someone wishes they lived back then. Or regarding a vintage photo, a statement mentioning how cool it was they all look glamourous.The lack of individuality is rarely noted. They all look glamourous sure but notice how they all have if not exactly the same very similar hair and attire. We admire it because yes those styles were great. But I’m glad the rigid conformity(all around,not just attire) of the past is gone. While I long for the styles of past, I try not to romanticize it.I am glad I live right now.  Racial and religous intoleracy. Being blacklisted for “leftist” views. Such rigid social standards that many were forced to live lies.  We all watch movies and old tv and being a pretty little housewife with an immaculate floor and ironed sheets looks appealing but think about and I’m sure as hell not knocking mom’s who stay home, but just imagine for a minute if it wasn’t really your choice.  Even if you’re educated, smart and really wanted a great career there really wasn’t much opportunity for you. And everyone you knew expected you to stay home with your children and cater to your husband. Depression was widepread so much that for the the women who didn’t self medicate with alcohol the nickname mother’s little helper was given to valium. I could go on and on but you get the point.

In my mind the a close to perfect world would be styled in the golden age, today. Since I can’t have my idea of perfection I will do what I can to preserve what I love. Besides style and decor I patronize the small shops in town. Even though the little hardware shop around the corner charges twice as much as home depot for my soap making lye and the screws I need, I shop there. And you know how cheap I am! I am help supporting the shops so that they aren’t replaced with Subway. Furthermore, if I need help with a project more often than not, the employee at home depot doesn’t have the knowledge to help me. The 3rd generation hardware shop owner does.  I also take my son to an old barber shop in town. He charges $10 as opposed to great clips $8, but he’s a great and I want his shop to stay. I am all for any restore opposed to rebuild and vote that way when possible. I get to know my neighbors and do things for them and they do the same. I write thank you  notes and mail them. I send my children to play outside. I don’t schedule our lifes so full that we don’t have time to get bored and think up something fun. Nothing to do is good for them. Even if they waste the day laying in the grass staring and the sun and looking for a four leafted clover,  and don’t come up with something creative. While I try not to romanticize the past, we’ve made a lot of progress, I hope to preserve a little more of the past than style. I am going to look back and hold on to all the good I see, but not with rose tinted glasses.

Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Travel Coffee Mugs Suck!!!!!!!!

I hate travel mugs.Quick rant and totally uncategorizable or related to my blog but I must go on. The powers that be at my office are complete and total freaks about the carpeting here. The fact that we have carpets is ridiculous anyway. We have very high through traffic coming and going through a warehouse. If you’ve ever worked in or near a warehouse you know what I am saying. But everyone likes to think the stains are coming from coffee spills as if we’re preschoolers walking our styrafoam cups of juice to our desks. Anyway several years ago, after a big fat important MEETING ABOUT THE CARPET, I decided I will no longer use a mug I’ll use a to go cup. I picked up one that no one claimed out of the kitchen, washed it and it became mine. It was a cheap Krispy Kreme giveaway deal, insulated plastic. I used it every day at work and never thought about it again. My cup and me had a perfect relationship. He kept my coffee hot, and every time the carpet discussion came up at work he backed me up. I had no part in those stains, remember I have a cup? Have you ever seen me without my cup? Of course my cup, secure in the relationship let himelf go of the by way of losing the  krispy kreme logo, gaining a few scratches. I didn’t care, inside he was still the same.

Outside of work I’ve cheated a few times, x-mas gift mugs, freeebies, I never liked them as much and besides I don’t really need to travel with coffee that much on the weekend.

So several weeks ago my boss and I both whom love thrifting, went to check out a new store during lunch. I wasn’t quite finished with cup # 2(now a neccesity( yes it’s underlined by spell check, too lazy and I’m sure you can figure it out). So I decided to bring it with me.  Being it was 50% percent off everything day, the store was crowded. No carts available. We had to tote piles of clothes around the store. I asked the clerk to hold my goodies for me while I helped my boss find a coat for her girlfriend. Yes her girlfriend.  I don’t care what the bible says, do you live your entire life according to the bible? You don’t get to pick and choose and you also don’t get to judge. Period. Okay so while doing this I set my mug on the counter and forgot about it.

So we get back to work and I realize I don’t have my mug nor do I have the fabulous Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe framed print that I found for $2 with a tiny crack in the glass. My boss assured me not to worry, she was going back after work to pick up the chair she bought for her brother she’d get both. I called the store asked the clerk to hold both items. She assured me the mug was still on the counter, the Marilyn print behind it with a Sold sign.

So if you haven’t guessed by now by cup was not there when my boss went. The print wasn’t there either, I guess sold means unless someone else want’s to buy it there. The cup was NOT  in the trash(she checked). It was either sold or someone just helped themself to some old cold coffee.

She bought me another, which dribbles. I checked each and every mug in the house, bought another at Kroger. I hated them all, my husband brought home his from work, he works second shift and rarely uses it. I hated it.

Why do some travel coffee mugs have no handle? That would be a travel coffee cup technically I guess but I swear the tag said travel coffee mug.  ON A CUP WITHOUT A HANDLE. That is not a mug. I guess a lot of people complained the mug style didn’t fit in their drink holder compartment of their car, so the travel coffee mug people decided not to raise the handle, just get rid of it. But hey we’ll still call it a mug, because hey we already paid for all those tags. Might as well use them up. And yeah we’ll still keep the exterior metal which conducts heat. I mean it’s not hot enough to burn anyone, just  warm em up a bit.

Why do some travel mugs have a drinking spout so small a full swig only yields a half a baby sip? Why do some dribble unless you really concentrate on not dribbling. I don’t know about you but some mornings I am just unable accomplish this before my coffee.

Why is it that so many travel mugs at the fully tightened mark end up with the drinking spout directly above the handle? So that when you take a sip in the morning(full lipstick) you end up with a you lip hitting the handle and leaving a lip print? Did they not test it? I would think in the coffee mug factory this should be a pretty high priority in manufacturing. Apparently the coffee mug people don’t think so.

Why also do the coffee mug people not realize that tons of tiny grooves are not a good thing in a beverage container. They are a pain in the ass to clean.I really don’t want to have to break out an old toothbrush to clean my mug everyday.

Was it really necessary to make engrave the word open with a little arrow on it, so we know that when we push the thingy back and see the spout the mug is open? Really?

I hope whoever now has my old Krispy Kreme travel coffee mug appreciates what a good mug he or she has.

If there are any Travel Coffee Mug people out there on the internets world wide web, and you feel I’m hurting your industry you know like when Oprah said she doesn’t eat beef, I will post a disclaimer.

Better yet just in case. Results not typical. Most consumers have no problems with travel coffee mugs and just drink their coffee.

Published in: on September 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm  Comments (2)  
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Pretty Girls Vintage Photos

Sigh, this photo is absolute perfection. While this photo is of a pretty girl back in the day she was a model. I much more enjoy looking at vintage photos of regular girls.

Here is a link to a site you may have heard of Shorpys, the pretty girls gallery. My absolute favorites are the Bathing beauty pageants with just regular girls.

Check out the lovely ladies here

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Apology and Makeup Offer, Free Vintage Hairstyle!

okay, so I know it’s been a while since I last posted.  I returned to cosmetology school after a loong (21 year) break.  I have been so totally exhausted. I still work full time, still have three kid under 13, one over 40 plus school. I love school, but must admit the green eyed monster takes over me while I’m there. So many of the young girls come full time, and have tons of time at home for practicing. I go 15 to 20 a hours a week and almost no time to practice at home. I do however study my textbooks at work in the morning 🙂  I am the first in the office and I get a good 30 minutes in every day. I also study vintage hairstyle directions online. Alright enough excuses. The good news is if you live in the atlanta area and would like a vintage hairstyle done for free, leave a comment and I will get back with you. I need practice on live people, most clients want highlights, long layers , maybe a blowout. I do get a few roller sets from seasoned ladies who come in,but they usually want their hair set the same way every week in a basic style set to last until the next week.  This offer is risk free as we are talking a set or style not a cut or chemical.

Since I have 0  readers. this offer will probably go unnoticed but I gotta give it a shot.

Published in: on September 9, 2010 at 11:29 am  Comments (12)  

Happy 4th!

Ribs, Chicken, Hotdogs, Potato Salad, Watermelon, Cornonthecob,Lemondade, on a three day weekend here I come!. Enjoy the holiday!

Published in: on July 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kate Winslet to star in HBO remake of “Mildred Pierce”

Yesterday’s post had pics of Joan Crawford herself as well as f Faye Dunaway portraying her in Mommy Dearest. Joan is probably best known for her Oscar winning role in Mildred Pierce. I just read that HBO is set to air a remake starring Kate Winslet whom I just adore. Titanic is most certainly in my top ten favorite movies of all time possible number one. I know some folks objected to her in the role but I think she killed it( I know I’m too damn old for slang I want to write like I talk, read over my few posts a little stuffy). She’s a modern actress who I feel has a little bit of a vintage vibe going on. I’m certain she’ll do the role justice. I’ll be on the lookout for air dates and post when I see them.

Kate Winslet on set in "Mildred Pierce"

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 8:58 am  Leave a Comment  

Imitation of Life

In case you haven’t noticed the title of my blog. I named it so as sort of a tribute to one of my all time favorite movies Imitation of Life starring the fabulous Lana Turner. It doesn’t get much more glamorous than her. Here is Ms. Turner with a perfect summer look that is suprisingly very current. Rompers and such are huge this year. But as usual vintage and Lana did it better.

She was and is an absolutely beautiful woman. I watched Imitation recently with my now 40 year old eyes and realized she was actually probably very close to my age when that movie was made.

While I was searching for a pic of Lana I found this and decided I was going to try this look at the beach this summer. I would have never thought a boxy boyfriend style blazer(again very current) over a swimsuit was a vintage look but here stands proof. I have recently been looking at tons of vintage fashion photos and can say I am shocked at how contemporary so many of the looks are.

Published in: on June 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hello-World!

Welcome to Imitation of Vintage Life!  First off let me tell you a bit about myself. I work for time for what was a mail order business now a dot.com as well.  The company I work for is very small(around 30 employees) but probably the largest in our industry. It’s not a secret but since most of the time I am posting from work I will leave it at that. I grew up in New York between Middle Westchester County and the Bronx. I am a New Yorker at heart. Love everything about it. However I have lived in Atlanta for the past 15 years.  I have a son ’97 and two daughters ’99 & ’05. I’m sure at least a post or two will be about them.  We also have an 8 or nine(found as an adult) year old mixed breed shepard female named Spike(the cartoon Rugrats was HUGE in my house at the time we found her). I am not an animal lover. Don’t get me wrong I love Spike and have loved many other animals dearly in my life it’s just they are like people to me. Some I like some I don’t,  and even if I do like someone , I don’t necessarily want to live with them.

I am obsessed with all things old.  What is now called antique or vintage.  The word is getting a bit overstretched though dontcha think?  I search for vintage clothing on ebay and etsy quite often and when  I see “Vintage 90’s” it annoys  be a bit. IMO the term vintage should be applied only to quality items 30 to 90 years old. Its my understanding that although the word antique is to be applied only to items 100 years older or more. considering the scarcity and demand 1920’s items can and are correctly labeled antique.  If only ebay and such would post a guideline for selling so I don’t have to weed though 90’s babydolls, or 80’s high waisted mom jeans( I just don’t believe there will ever be a demand for those). Another quick ebay suggestion is more of a direction for the seller to list reproductions as such.  I am no purist I love reproductions or vintage inspired( affordable AND much more accessable) just put them where they belong.

Speaking of vintage clothing, one of the reasons I started this blog is my etsy store where I will  be selling vintage and v.i. (vintage inspired) along with jewelry some handmade or refashioned by yours truly. I believe I have a good eye for good pieces and as anyone who knows me will tell you I most certainly have a good eye for a good buy.  As soon as I get enough items inventoried I’ll post a link.  The shops name is Adama a thriftique and my user name is dmoran227. As of this moment I have 0 items. I have promised myself 2 items a day.  I’ll let you know you know how this goes.

On and off topic, I really don’t know who “you” is. I haven’t told anyone about this blog yet. I need to feel myself around a bit first. For instance this first about me post is ALL over the place and a bit run-on. I promise to improve.

Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hello world!About

Thoughts of a girl who loves all things “old” including but not limited to, Vintage everything,a bargain,  Hollywood golden era, 1920 though 1940’s fashion and makeup, art deco, perfume,  old jade, menthol cigarettes, diet coke- caffiene free only, coffee, ice cream(coffee flavor), reading, 80s and 90s east coast hip-hop, soul music, 70’s music period, reading, genuine people, laughing, older New York ladies, crime tv with a special shout out to Spencer Reed and Bobby Goren, people who when arguing use facts not opinions, and if arguing opinions have the ability to consider another, beaches, and most of all my family.
I decided to start a blog not because I have any radical thoughts or ideas, or a huge talent but I realized those are not the blogs I enjoy most. Hopefully someone will enjoy. A quick note, while bad grammar, punctuation, and misspelled words annoy the shit out of me when I read them, I basically only have a 9th grade formal education and I am lazy. So if that sort of thing bothers you as well,  I apologize in advance.  Hypocritical of me but the truth

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm  Comments (1)