Sunday, November 10, 2013

1940s Shiny Brite Christmas Ornament Preview plus a Few Blog Changes A- Comin'

Hi Dolls, 

So today's post will be short and sweet. I just wanted to let you guys in on a few things that are going on.

Well, first things first. 

Let's talk about my super cute 1940s Shiny Brite ornaments that I scored through Ebay a couple of weeks ago! 

Sooo cute! I have a few more boxes on the way as we speak!! YAY!

They desperately need to be cleaned before the holidays. They can't be cleaned with water because of the paint on them so I have to do a little research about how to get them cleaned safely. If anyone out there knows how to clean these without damaging them let me know!!!

I'm thinking of putting the apartment decorations up on the day before Thanksgiving. The tree will have to wait since we always get a fresh one but I want to have all of the ornaments cleaned and organized by Thanksgiving. This saves me from having a panic attack and making a mess a week later when the tree goes up!

Today Honey and I begin the process of setting up our Thanksgiving menu. 

This usually takes about a week of our time. With Honey being an indecisive Libra and me being the perfectionist that I am, it's usually hard to nail things down. This year my mother may come to visit for the holiday, so that adds an element of "OH MY GOD! THIS HAS TO BE JUST RIGHT!!". My mom hasn't visited NYC since 2007. I want to make it a memorable holiday for her! 

Now on to blog business.

You may or may not have noticed that since the summer ended I have been blogging a little less. At one point I was doing about 3 to 4 posts a week. Now I'm down to 1. 

Well, I  couldn't put my finger on why I haven't really felt inspired to post more...Then it hit me!!! When Daffny over at A Vintage Nerd announced she was reinventing her blog to make it more her, I was like DING!!! That's it!!!

I love my blog and everyone who follows and those I follow back. But I'm an ever changing person. I think it's the Leo in me. While I still ADORE vintage clothing (you will NEVER find me wearing anything other than something vintage or vintage looking) and EVERYTHING relating to the past, my everyday life is thoroughly modern! 

Through this blogging and vintage style journey I have become painfully aware that it is almost totally impractical for me to wear pure vintage on a daily basis. No matter how much I wish I could. The job of ballet teacher followed by my long commute, late hours and the NYC bitter cold have made me face this reality. Although I must admit that I can't leave my house until I am satisfied that I at least look a little pin up-y.

So, I've decided that most future (starting in January) posts will be about that. How to marry my love for vintage with my modern lifestyle! This way I am more myself.

It may seem like a small change but it's a big one for me. Kind of like an AHA moment.

Most of the blog will stay as it is. I love doing the historical posts so those will stay. I think the Housewife posts will be mostly recipes, and with the holidays coming I'm sure I'll have many more to post in the next few weeks. I guess this is more about a personal style evolution than anything.

With all of this said,  I still plan on having many key outfits that are pure vintage. I mean a girl needs something to wear to next year's Viva Las Vegas, right?

 I also hope to have a new look for the blog to go along with it. Something a little cleaner and catchier. My sister does a little web designing for a living. If I can pull her away from her busy schedule between work and 3 kids still living at home I hope to have her help me with this.

There will also be a new Twitter account and a Facebook page separate from my private one! I feel like the end of the year is the season of change. And with my 1 year blogging anniversary coming up on Januray 1st, that will be the perfect time to make the changes. I just thought I would give you a heads up ahead of time! Until then, you KNOW that I have to keep posting my Christmas prep posts! YAY! This is such an exciting time of the year!!

If you have a blog, how long did it take you to be totally yourself on your blog? Did you ever change your blogging style or is it the same today as when you started???


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  1. Vintage mixed with contemporary plus a dash of whimsy is my favorite style. I can't wait to see what you come up with! I know it will be great. HappyThanksgiving planning!!! mmmmmmmashed potatoes.

  2. I think it is a great idea for you to change your style to match your interest because if you don't you loose the interest of your blog. I'm like you in that it would be impractical to be every day in vintage. I think partly because I am so partial to the vintage that has an artistic side to it and I certainly don't want to drop my afternoon tea on a Lilli Ann suit:) But, at the same time, I gravitate towards vintage styles whenever I see them in a shop or if I'm lucky enough to pick up a nice vintage sweater online I feel blessed. I'll be very interested to see how you incorporate modern into your vintage style:)

  3. That's awesome, honey! There is no better or easier path, in my experience, to immense happiness than being as true as possible to yourself at whatever stage you're at in your life (and with your blog). Can't wait to the exciting new changes you have in store here!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. I am so excited and proud of you and yayyyyyyy very excited! Doesn't it feel good to evolve as a blogger? I love it! Cannot wait to see it all! Muah!

  5. I have several shiny brite ornaments as well, and I can't seem to find good info on how to clean them, but they are still lovely as is :D

  6. I'm so excited that I found this blog. Your style and love for vintage is everything that is amazing (if that makes any sense...)

  7. im so obsessed with all vintage things too!0,0

  8. ooooh, those bulbs are beautiful! the hubby just sold a bunch of boxes with this kind of bulbs on ebay ... sniff. it's sad to let them go ... (otherwise we turn into christmas decoration hoarders).


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