November 27, 2009

Five for Friday {November 27, 2009}

...Less than a month before the magical jingle of sleigh bells once again fills the air, still plenty of time to get everything done – or so at least it seems on paper! One strategy I find works well is to try and check off as many of your big tasks three or four weeks ahead of time as you can. Shop and wrap gifts, bake and freeze goodies, decorate your home, trim the tree, and send out your cards in the coming days, thus helping to relieve the amount of things to do long before the 25th rolls into clear sight. Some of those very activities are filling my upcoming weekend, coupled with catching up on this week’s wonderful blog comments, and devoting plenty of time to just relaxing and savouring the last few inklings of autumn that remain....

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{To jazz up any wall in your house with a hefty dose of
gorgeous vintage art}

{Sporting a classic burlesque poster entitled “Casiono de Paris”, this 24 inch wide by 32 inch long canvas stretches across a wooden frame, ready to be hung anyplace you please – from the bedroom to the powder room. Its sultry image of a pretty redheaded dancer and serene pallet of night time hues is sure to look breath-taking in any corner of the house. Vintage print on canvas, $90.35 (Cnd) from}

{To add sizzle and grace to your holiday party wardrobe}

{In cool blue tones that channel pure serenity and elegance, this chic 1950s floral brocade evening dress is as charming as it is timeless. Perfect for everything from office Christmas parities to New Year’s Eve celebrations, this dress would become a perpetual favourite in your closet year after year. 1950s blue brocade dress, fits up to a 39” bust/33” waist, £40.00 (UK pounds) from online vintage seller, Martha’s Closet.}

{To keep thoughts of spring, with birds melodically chirping from the blossom clad branches, close to your heart all year long}

{A sweet little bluebird perches atop a gold tone branch in this lovely and playfully enjoyable necklace that is sure to make all who come in contact with it burst into a smile (after all, how can you not love a cute vintage looking birdie?) “Necklace of Happiness” metal bird charm and chain, $14.99 (US), from ModCloth.}

{To ensure you have plenty of extra seating whenever company drops by}

{Looking as though it could have traveled through time straight from the counter of a 1950s malt shop, this sleek chrome and turquoise bar stool would make a welcome addition to many a vintage lover’s home decor. “Blue Retro Bar Stool”, £85.00 (pounds), from Dotcomgiftshop.}

{To carry the necessary “must haves” and assorted sundries of everyday life in charming vintage style}

{This beautiful little woven wicker handbag in a deeply classic navy blue hue would look just as amazing during the summer with a sundress as it would nestled against your favourite wool skirt all winter long – and at the bargain price of just $15.00 (US), how can you not find yourself drawn to this vintage purse? “Le Amiche” 1950s or early 60s handbag available from etsy seller Thirteen Bees Vintage.}

How are you each on this lovely last Friday in November, sweet dears? I’m busy as a bee, whipping up a chocolate coconut custard cake (say that five times fast! :D), doing a good once over of the apartment before the weekend (I try to tidy every day, but especially like things to be neat on the weekend, when my husband and I are both home, so that we can just relax and not think about what chores might need to be done), and addressing my holiday cards to go out in the mail (hopefully no later than the start of this coming week).

The snow has held off here so far, despite the fact that it’s looked as though a blizzard could burst forth from the heavens at any moment all week. With the anticipation of snow in the air, the approaching holiday season seems all the more festive, and has me in a jolly mood!

I really hope that you’re also in happy spirits, and that this weekend will be a gorgeous and very fun filled one for everybody!


  1. Nice finds!!! I want the dress, the bag, the stool ....... everything actually!!
    Have a great weekend :-)

  2. Fabulous finds, Jessica! I NEED that stool! Hope your evening is wonderful!

  3. Hi Jessica!!! I love that dress...I'm tempted to buy it :-) Wonderful finds!

  4. Wonderful Friday finds. I love those stools, they are fantastic!

    Have a wonderful weekend :)


  5. Hi Jessica,
    Its funny, I'm a procrastinator by nature. Last year at Christmastime, I tried what you have suggested here. Do the big things you more time to enjoy later. Problem for me was that once the big chores were accomplished, I became so complacent...that I never got any of the little details done. Some day I'll get it right! Meanwhile, I've enjoyed looking at your photos and now I'm wanting that lovely vintage looking stool to spin around on ;)

  6. Lovely finds!
    That blue dress is so gorgeous, it looks like a dress that Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly would own.
    I adore that navy wicker handbag, that is too lovely!
    I hope that you have a fabulous weekend dear!

  7. That dress, it's beautiful. I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

  8. What a beautiful post, Jessica! Love the beautiful BLUES especially the blue gown...totally fantastic! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Coralie

  9. Jessica, Thanks for sharing the vintage finds! enjoy your weekend!

  10. Oh how I'm drooling over that dress! Now if I only had a 33"! It's so easy to get in the holiday spirit when it feels like snow, doesn't it? Yesterday it was so warm here one didn't need a jacket outside, not Christmas-y feeling at all. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  11. I will take everything listed here please, thank you. lol Love it all!

  12. Love the stool, especially it's colour - it's so bright and just wow, catchingly fab!

    Have a lovely weekend! No snow here either just rain, and more rain, and oh even more!

  13. I am in fabulous spirits after this lovely holiday weekend! I hope you're having a great one as well. I am in love with that bar stool!

  14. Good morning, sweetest dears, thank you each for your fantastic comments, I always love hearing from you and sharing in our mutual adoration of the past together :)

    Many wishes for a splendid Sunday to one and all!
    ♥ Jessica

  15. You're always able to perfectly describe the best of every season! I'm so in the mood for holiday season now!!

  16. Hi Kristin and AlicePleasance, thank you for your beautifully sweet comments, my dears, they mean so very much to me!

    Scores of hugs & joyful wishes for the coming week,
    ♥ Jessica

  17. Really love the shape of the dress.