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Vintage Hat Friday! Baby, It's Coooooold Outside.

Honeychiles, it is COLD outside.
So when I carefully planned my Vintage Hat Friday ensemble (read: five seconds before jumping into shower), I was inspired by the freezing Arctic temperatures we are enduring this week.

Hence, I present, in honor of all of you contractors and crew working in bitter temperatures:

Copeland: Dr. Zhivago, Dr. Seuss.
Zhivago: The coat was a vintage gift from Handsome Hubby who proudly noted it was from Iceland. He found it in a local Goodwill and could not believe it had made it all the way to Virginia.

The boots? Timberland, who puts their commitment to being environmentally friendly right on the box. I chose these with the outfit because I certainly didn't imagine Dr. Z's Julie Christie would be tramping through snow drifts in HEELS, would she? Once these boots no longer look nice, I then reuse them as my "land" boots- to wade through mud, prevent copperheads from reaching my delicate limbs, and hold up to tough work on the land.

The Hat? Estate sale purchase, along with the gloves, reused from our Halloween Vintage Hat Friday... : )

Seuss: And then there's the dress. I have long called this dress my "Dr. Seuss dress."

Note the collar and cuffs- oh yeah, baby, that's real um... carpet? Amy says it's not shag rug but possibly hook-n-loop. She always knows 'bout stuff like that...

But I've always loved this dress, and despite it's Dr. Seuss imagery and carpets on the edges, it always makes me feel... elegant! Really!

So... VOTE FOR ME!!!!!

Amy: “Man About Town”

This week my outfit is negligible. Yes, most of it is from thrift/vintage stores… Pants are from the local diversity thrift store, vest, shoes and shirt are from Goodwill. The vest is actually vintage, a “Lord & Taylor’s ‘Country Clothes” piece that I have adored ever since I found it late last summer. The shoes are kind of nifty, since they resemble men’s dress shoes from the front, but give me an extra inch or two of height discreetly in the heel. But this week, it’s all about the hat.

This hat belonged to my paternal grandfather, Eulion. The black and white picture I’ve brought along this week is over 50 years old, and you can see my grandfather wearing this hat, standing in the middle of the other two gentlemen. At that time my grandfather owned a general store, my grandmother Edith made clothing alternations in the back of the store while she watched their children.

While I was growing up there were a few of his hats around our house that my brothers and I played with (and argued over). His fishing hat, his tweed hat, and his ‘fancy’ hat. Somehow or other I seem to have ended up with the coveted “fancy hat.”

I’ve accessorized with his bamboo walking cane…with which I might have tripped a childhood friend in a misguided emulation of the classic Looney Toons “pull someone offstage with a cane” trick. I also might have been put in time out for 45 minutes for that shenanigan…ahem.

Anyway, have a wonderful weekend, and VOTE FOR MEEEE!




At 1/16/09, 11:58 AM , Blogger George said...

I don't care how cute, pretty, and attractive a girl is, dressing like a man is always going to forfeit to feminine and and sexy! Sorry Amy, Copeland wins hands down.

At 1/16/09, 11:58 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

oh, Love the Amy's

At 1/16/09, 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very vintage vote for Amy!

At 1/16/09, 12:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Amy

At 1/16/09, 12:55 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I think it's a tie this week - you both look wonderful!!

At 1/16/09, 1:13 PM , Blogger Kyanite Acres Farm said...

I vote for Amy in honor of her Grandfather...

At 1/16/09, 2:08 PM , Blogger Sharkpuncher said...

well, as much as I feel that accessorizing with carpet is a lost art of the groovy 60-70s, I'm gonna give my vote to the fancy-hatted Amy because I like pinstripes and vests

At 1/16/09, 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of vests, so my vote goes to Amy!

At 1/16/09, 4:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copeland you look great but the boots have to go.

At 1/16/09, 5:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carpet has never looked so good. I vote for Copeland!

At 1/16/09, 6:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Amy - as much as I love the hat, you look like you're ready to go on stage. Copeland's outfit is fantastic! She's ready to brave the cold in style! I vote for her this week.

At 1/16/09, 6:38 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Amy and I were just talking today about how some outfits look amazing in real life but don't translate well to web- today, her outfit was pulled together and also looked amazing in real life (Plus the hat! The history! The dog! The newspaper! The cane!)

(No don't take that as a VOTE, missy!
; ) )

Thought I'd also throw this in from Peggy- 'cept I can't tell for whom her vote counts-

"\I have to confess this is truly a difficult decision!! Dr Zhivago was one of my favorite movies--especially the soundtrack though I did not admire him for leaving his sweet little wife in her "condition" and hook up with Julie! I would put the soundtrack on (old 78s in the stereo), open my drapes and gaze at the Alaskan landscape while feeling I was actually in Russia while listening. I have to say Amy's outfit would not have been complete if she hadn't had the cane to accessarize! Have a great weekend. p"

At 1/16/09, 7:21 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

FINE a vote for AMY from her AUNT:
"I vote for Amy, Edith L.
p.s. that's a really nice outfit."

Fine. If that's the way yer gonna play...
"Child 1! Child 2! Come Here!
Who are you going to vote for, sweeties?"

Child 2: "Ummmmm YOU."
Me: "Don't you want to see the outfits?"
Child 2: "Suuuuuuure. Uhm, you."
Me: "Why?" (Thinking 4 year old is going to say I look like a princess...)
Child 2: "Because you never win."
Child 1: "I vote for you, momma, write that down."
Me: "Why are you voting for me?"
Child 1: (changes voice as public declaration:) "I vote for my mom because she is pretty instead of cool."
(Hops off... literally, hops off...aaaaand away...hop hop hop...)

Ehrm... OK Amy, I'll take those votes but to be fair I'll give you my earlier vote that I said didn't count so I think it's even. ; )

At 1/16/09, 11:10 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Amy has brought the thunder this week. Fantastic outfit :)
Votes from Tony & Lily!
(...Lily says Xiao He votes for Amy as well, but I don't think cats have voting rights...)


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