30 November, 2009
the SwaneeGRACE blog will be on break from now until the new year, enabling me to focus whatever energy I have (after working a 50+ hour work week) on stocking the shop with goodies galore.
but first, a little holiday advice:
1. avoid scenes like the above --shop handmade and vintage online. give good gift.
2. when in doubt on what to wear to the holiday office party, go with a little black dress. it's the fail-safe option gals have been turning to for over a century. and not without reason -- it's timeless, chic and yes, slimming.
3. drink copious amounts of eggnog. spiked, of course ( just not at the holiday office party.)
I wish all of you a merry, merry christmas and the happiest of happy holidays.
(above images from shorpy.com, an amazing photo blog well worth a visit)
11 November, 2009
the purpose of this post is not to tell the story of Lee Miller (pictured above). although, if you aren't familiar with the name, I urge you to get acquainted with her . just go here and here and delve into one of the most fascinating life stories of the 20th century.
rather, in honor of veteran's day, I want to share with you an organization I recently discovered that literally brought tears to my eyes. founded in 2003 by an army veteran who wanted to help his son stationed in Iraq, Any Soldier is a non-profit organization that now relies on volunteers and donations to ensure that soldiers stationed at dangerous deployments far away can feel closer to home. the fantastic site easily walks you through the how, what and where of sending either a letter, a care package, or even a beanie baby.
click on the below logo for more info.
(photo of lee miller by david e. scherman, found via telegraph.co.uk)
08 November, 2009
picked up at an estate sale recently, this vintage 1970's sweatshirt has quickly become my go-to on days off. it's super soft, and oh-so cozy. and, it reealllly makes me want to go camping....at starlite, circa 1969. although the vibe is much different now I'm sure, starlite still exists and sounds like big fun: "red neck bingo, folk music up at the cement pond, root beer float socials, late night swims, hot dog roasts, muzzle loader shooting"... suddenly, I find myself super excited for the 2010 camping season. check it here.
25 October, 2009
24 October, 2009
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so, start improving your vocabulary today at thefuckingwordoftheday.com.
16 October, 2009
I'm a major sucker for seasonal somethings -- be it a seasonal cocktail, a seasonal snack, or a seasonal song. the latter is debatable, but I do believe certain music not only evokes specific seasons but somehow sounds better in said season. (I guess it's pretty obvious what season the above are inspired by).
my preference for scents, personal or of the home variety, is also heavily influenced by time of year. my new le cherche midi No. 20 candle, which you can find here, is the most appropriate autumnal scent. it proved to be the perfect candle for a rainy october evening spent indoors, steaming frocks. truth be told, the verbiage on the box had me hooked immediately. just imagine the scene: "...reveals warmly lit corners where whispered conversations are surrounded by dark wood, leather-bound books, and cedar-wood fire."
14 October, 2009
chancing upon the above dress this evening, (which can be found here), my heart went pitter-patter. it is exactly how I remember my lost love and it most certainly was the prettiest in that pile. luckily, I know where the new owner sells, and I plan on paying her a visit in the hopes of getting that dress back. now, I can't help but wonder if it is a sophie gimbel original. I'll keep you posted...
(above image taken from antiquedress)
11 October, 2009
10 October, 2009
04 October, 2009
Despite the fact that my to do list for the shop is a mile high, I snuck out of the city last night in the hopes of getting some much needed r&r. Home and hosed, I am happy to report, mission accomplished! (Not surprisingly, I just could not resist a quick peek-n-poke 'round the ole elephant's trunk, one of my favorites fleas.)
28 September, 2009
27 September, 2009
in my opinion, yard sales are great because there's a good chance you will actually meet your newest treasure's original owner (or at least someone who knew them), increasing the odds you may score a bit of its personal history. this, I love! I still have a dress I purchased from a lady who wore it to her first day of work in manhattan in 1967. I think of her every time I wear it and can't help but smile.
this website will help you plan your very own yard sale itinerary. a gps wouldn't hurt either.
helpful tip: if you see lots of stuffed animals and baby clothes piled up high, it's almost always a drive by.