Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Year’s in Vintage


I thought I would explain how a girl like me lives her life in vintage completely.  My favorite go to evening shoes are these fabulous vintage Daniel Green Comfy damask style black slippers with satin bows.  I’m not joking, the name of the shoes are “Comfy” and they are.  They tend to go with everything I wear, mainly black.  I purchased them a couple of years ago on eBay and am still looking for another pair.   The vintage beaded purse was a thoughtful Christmas gift from my husband when he was in the vintage thinking mode.



Next up, is the vintage lamb’s wool coat that I found at The Corner Shoppe in LaGrange.  It fit perfectly and had my name written all over it.  The jacket is from Chicago furrier Thomas E. McElroy who operated in Chicago for 66 years before closing their doors in 1994.  It is warm, stylish and a one of a kind for New Year’s Eve.  I love it and will be wearing it this evening.



Last Christmas, my U of Mich daughter surprised me with this lovely vintage smoke colored aurora borealis necklace from a local Ann Arbor antique shop.  It has a beautiful clasp, 3 strands and I wear it as much as possible and especially on New Year’s for a little glitter and a lot of glam.



At an earlier One of a Kind Show in Chicago I picked up this fun dangling bracelet that has a little bit of everything going on along with a few vintage beads thrown in for good luck



My mother gave me the vintage champagne glass pin one Christmas.  I remember to pull out and wear every New Year’s Eve whether it matches my outfit or not.



Finally, it wouldn’t be New Year’s without some champagne punch that we serve up in our vintage thumbprint punch bowl and glasses.



I’m looking forward to dinner tonight served in vintage or not. And to my young adult children, friends and family, I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year.

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The Nutcracker Chicago






My 24 year old daughter surprised me with tickets for just the two of us to attend The Nutcracker the day after Christmas.  It was the 25th anniversary show of the Joffrey Ballet’s performance with the Chicago Philharmonic orchestra.  She was 7 the last time we saw the show together.  We attended the matinee performance which was filled with mothers and daughters of all ages then headed down Michigan avenue for a stroll with all the other after Christmas shoppers.  What a treat.  Thanks Elle Belle.

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Merry Christmas!


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Midnight Mass St. John Cantius






Last year we attended the midnight mass at St. John Cantius in Chicago.  It was one of the most beautiful spiritual services that I have ever attended in my Catholic life.  I will never forget the entire parish lighting candles and singing Silent Night at the end of the mass and the sense of peace that was felt as we left the church and headed home into the cold of the night.

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The Rockettes



Radio City Music


Radio City Music 1

Family Christmas Outing 2012:  Radio City Musical Hall Christmas Spectacular

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Christmas Angels


Sharing my vintage cranberry angels with A Favorite Thing at Mockingbird Hill Cottage.

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Date Night Chicago

Book of Mormon

Dinner and a date just what I need about now.  Can’t wait to see what EVERYONE has been talking about.  This is sold out until March.  Let’s just hope the snow storms holds off until the end of the play.

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Napco Christmas Girls


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Christmas Gift Idea: Jawbone Jambox


For everyone running around looking for that elusive Christmas gift, give the Jawbone Jambox wireless speakers.  I got this idea from Erin at Just Grand and we all fight over who gets to play their music.  Jambox is on sale today with free 2 day shipping arriving by Dec. 24th.  You can even mix and match your colors for your person.  It’s a great gift.  We use it with our iPad and iPhone and it moves all over the house.  I wish I could take credit for the picture above, but it came in my virtual mailbox today from Jawbone.  Click Here.

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Christmas in the Kitchen






Today is a cooking day.  Everything is stacked up and after one more trip to the grocery store, we are good to go.  I’ve always loved the picture over the stove.  It reminds me to try and  contain myself over the holidays.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked yet.

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Noel Candleholders Part II














My collection of Noel Candleholders.  Noel Candleholders Part I is here.

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Christmas Tablecloths


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