Thinking Spring+Channeling the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Where to begin? For the last few months I’ve packed and/or purged the contents of my  Florida home, which included a large addition that housed my vintage business of 16 years. This has been the culmination of my downsizing/semi retirement plan my husband and I have been working towards for a couple of years now. What we didn’t plan on is that we would sell our house and have to move in the middle of a pandemic.

We moved into a smaller place and then drove up to our apartment north of Boston, where we spend 1/2 the year. My husband drove a Penske truck with the vintage inventory in it. I drove my car with my two kitties. And in order not to have to stop at fast food places on the road I brought coolers full of prepared food. I also stocked an anti-COVID arsenal of home sewn masks, rubber gloves, our own linens, several cans of Lysol spray, Clorox Cleanup, sani-wipes and paper towels. Before settling in each night we cleaned every hotel room we stayed in until it was as sterile as a surgical suite!

After arriving north the vintage stock had to be moved into a warehouse space. This included hundreds of dresses on hangers and over 50 large plastic bins of various vintage clothes and accessories. Oh, and did I mention I had injured by back during this whole mess? That just added to the fun of the 1300 mile drive. I arrived here two weeks ago and am just starting to feel like my old self.  That had to be one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done in my life.

While recovering from this nightmare, I started binge watching shows. In need of some escapism, something lighthearted and silly, I turned to the The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a 50s housewife who starts a career in stand up comedy.  With it’s zany characters and great mid century fashion it was perfect to take my mind off of the daily influx of depressing news.

It gave me the idea for my first blog post in months. Being as it is springtime and I’m loving Midge Maisel’s look, I was thinking floral prints and the classic ladylike fashions of the 50s and early 60s. Something light, airy, feminine.

 

My wardrobe for the last several weeks has consisted of T-shirts, tunics and leggings. Stuff that was comfortable to wear while packing, cleaning, and lugging stuff around. I really miss being able to dress up and go out to a swing dance, a nice restaurant or a vintage themed event. But I try not to dwell on that too much, as there are a lot of people out there who have much more to worry about, unfortunately.


One thing about packing to move, you find things you had totally forgotten about. I re-discovered this off white beaded 50s cardigan, which I paired with an early 60s blue floral nylon organza dress.

One of the things I like about these type of dresses from that era is the linings of the dresses were often the same print as the sheer overlay, creating an interesting dimensional effect.

Rummaged through my hat collection and found this darling vintage hat covered in blue, turquoise and white flowers. A lovely little spring chapeau. Like wearing a little garden on your head. Just looking at it cheered me up!

The blue suede pumps are from the 80s, but work with the late 50s/early 60s look.

Blue beaded vintage bracelet, triple strand necklace and crystal clip on earrings to complete the outfit.

Hope Mrs. Maisel would approve!

 

Even during this trying time, I can still enjoy my vintage fashion by playing dress up. You’re really never too old for that, right?  I can put outfits together in anticipation of socializing in a post-pandemic world. I think it’s important to concentrate on the little things. Things that you normally take for granted, but now you appreciate more for the way they help you add some positive energy to your day.

How about you? What little things have you been doing to help combat the coronavirus blues?

 

 

 

Linkups

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By | 2020-05-22T08:50:21-04:00 May 16th, 2020|Fashion, My Vintage Style|8 Comments

About the Author:

Theresa
Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.

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  1. Theresa
    Theresa May 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you, Kimberly. Cross country move? I would have totally lost it, for sure!

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    Kimberly F Malkiewicz May 22, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    That is such a fabulous vintage look. Everything looks like it was made to go together. What a move! A dear friend of mine moved cross country during this time and did the same things you did (packed food, disinfected hotel room) what a chore! (She didn’t have a truck full of dresses!). I’m glad you’re feeling yourself, again.

  3. Theresa
    Theresa May 21, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Not something I care to repeat any time soon, that’s for sure! My body felt like it was run over by a truck. Thank you for your compliments on my outfit. Very much appreciated!

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    jess jannenga May 21, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Hello Theresa,
    Oh my! What a journey! The thought of driving 1300 miles just makes me sore and tired! I commed you for doing that and bet you are glad to be settled a bit. Glad to see you here! I know moving takes a lot of energy and time.
    Your outfit would do Mrs Maisel proud! I love this baby blue on you, so pretty! The flower hat is joyful and so perfect with the dress as if they were to be together!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you for your kind words, Ann. If anyone is a master of accessorizing, it is you!

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    Theresa Campbell May 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks, Vix. And I agree playing with clothes is a great way to distract ourselves. I notice you certainly excel at it. You are an inspiration during these trying times.

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    Ann May 17, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, dear, your move sounds like something straight out of a nightmare. I guess it would have been stressful at the best of time, but it must have been absolutely nerve wracking doing all this in the middle of the pandemic. I haven’t heard of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but if you are channeling her style here, she must be really marvelous indeed! Your fresh Spring outfit is making my heart sing. Your dress is stunning and I love how you’ve accessorized it to the hilt. Totally gorgeous! xxx

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    Vix May 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    What a time to move house! So glad you managed it and are safe and well now.
    That dress looks so pretty on you and matches the wall perfectly. I do like that shade of bluwe on brunettes.
    Now is the time to play dress up, shop our wardrobes and have fun.
    I’ve seen that programme advertised but us paupers only have freeview TV so it might be years before it reaches our screens! xx

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