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Sunday, October 24, 2010

My weekend in brief

This weekend in brief:

1. Spent time writing

2. Had my friends Jeanny and Larry over for brunch. I made waffles with my favorite waffle recipe (I add some additional spices to mine):

I also tried a new whole wheat sunflower seed quick bread recipe from Joy the Baker. Unfortunately, I was so tired when I started baking that instead of 2 cups of wheat flour, I used 2 cups of bread flour. And it turned out the sunflower seeds I bought weren't pre-shelled! Whoops. So no wheat or sunflower seeds in my whole wheat sunflower seed bread. HA!

I ended up adding sesame seeds and cardamom (my favorite spice). The bread came out ok (albeit bit dry), and its cardamom fragrance made me want to eat it with tea! But I still want to try the recipe the correct way sometime.

3. This weekend I also thrifted several vintage items:

a vintage Pyrex Juice carafe ($3),

vintage Pyrex mixing bowl in the cool art deco-like Horizon Blue pattern ($2).

I also found this beautiful vintage casserole, but I asked Jeanny to buy it since my house is overflowing with vintage Pyrex casseroles.

But the big news is that I actually thrifted some vintage clothes - and I rarely find vintage clothes I like where I thrift.

Meagan from Spunky Chateau asked about tips for dating vintage finds. I'm not sure if she was referring to clothes specifically. I have very little experience dating clothes, but I found a few good references (here, here, and here). There seems to be a lot about looking at zippers and seams. That's all very complicated. I just took a look at the tag. The tag says it's made by Mr. Bob of California, lol.

A quick glance around the internets looking at other pieces by Mr. Bob suggests this dress may have been made sometime in the 50s and 60s. (Mr Bob of California didn't turn up as a registered trademark on TESS, so I wasn't able to get a date range that way). Not entirely surprising given the style. EXCEPT, that it feels current today too. Anjali of Goldenmeans just posted some of her favorite looks from Kate Spade's new 2011 collection. She pointed out this Melody Dress from the upcoming line:

It is quite beautiful! But it also reminds me A LOT of my dress by Mr. Bob (lol, I kinda love that's the brand). There are some obvious differences such as K.S.' more sophisticated dot pattern and colorway, but the style is certainly similar. Of course the Melody dress costs $445, whereas my vintage find put me back $4.80!

I found other fun vintage clothes but I guess I'll just surprise y'all with them when I wear them!

okay, gotta go back and work on #1 - more writing!!

How was y'alls weekends?


Peggy said...

Major score on your Mr. Bob dress! I love it!! And we had the orange juice pitcher growing up I remember it well!

Matt said...

That dress is an awesome find!! So cute! And the food and the other finds are really awesome too! And meeting friends is always fun! I hope you have a great week!

Mystery Bruises said...

yum yum yum
that pink dress is amazing!
keep up the good stuff

SRP said...

those are great finds! Mr. Bob really knows how to create a dress!
My weekend was fantastic and I'm sad it's over... I ran, cooked vegan samosas and broccoli/lentil dal, strolled around the city, cleaned the casa ...and did a lot of relaxing!

Have a great monday!

vintageglam1234 said...

Hey Lori, those waffles look yummo!
I think the vintage polka dot dress is soooo cute. And what a bargain at $4.80! I love the Kate Spade Melody dress, but geee....the price. Hope we'll get to see the dress on you soon!

LilMissSeamstress said...

Wow Lori,

You really are the master of Thrifting! More you blog about the thrify ideas and finds, I am more intrigued, perhaps I should be more pro-active and search and dig deep!

Lucky you on the pick dot dress! it looks precious! Can't wait to see you in it!


Debbie said...

Waffles, yum! It looks like you got some great vintage items. I love old Pyrex stuff too. It reminds me of my Gram's kitchen. :-) I love that vintage dress too!

Jessica said...

What a beautiful dress and I can't wait to see it on you! Great score!

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