July 24, 2009

Five for Friday {July 24, 2009}

...This weekend is in need of uplifting serenity, respite from nagging worries, gentle moments spent listening to the breeze, and something fantastically sweet to take the occasionally bitter tinge off of everyday life...

{To keep you both cool and gorgeous at night}

{For everyday where I prefer nightgowns that veer towards gamine, charming pieces that could almost pass for the lightest of summer dresses, like this charming vintage number. 1950s Sweet Maiden white cotton nightgown, $45.00 (US) from Heavenly Vintage Lingerie.}

{To breathe new life into vintage linens}

{I spotted the incredibly cute idea of turning vintage pillowcases into children’s dresses at my sweet friend Karyn’s blog and have been thinking about it ever since. I fully believe that you could turn a pillow case into an adult size skirt too (perhaps with the addition of a second fabric), and am enamoured by idea now.}

{To celebrate the fact that cherry season is too short not to make the very best out of it!}

{One the most refreshing, perfectly suited to July recipes you could ever hope to encounter: cherry ice cream profiteroles with almond granita. Photo from, and recipe to be found on, the brilliant culinary blog, Dessert first.}

{To ensure one of the best elements of summer lives on all year long}

{The scent of line-dried or piping hot from the dryer cotton is one of the most relaxing and beautiful on earth, something that I wish I could have at the ready constantly. Fortunately, as this beautiful perfume attests to, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Clean Warm Cotton eau de perfume, $69.00 (US) from Clean Perfume.}

{To remind you of all the truly amazing everyday beauty in this world}

{Any and every photograph from the astonishingly fantastic, deeply gorgeous Flickr group Joyful Simplicities. 1. Untitled, 2. The butterfly room at Phipps Conservatory, 3. A warm welcome, 4. Lavender Harvest. Please click on a link to see a larger version of a particular image and/or for photographer information.}

Wishing you each a weekend filled whatever brings your heart bliss, days spilling over with tranquility and star-kissed evenings.


  1. I have been wanting to try warm cotton perfume for ages but I couldn't find it anywhere because I'd forgotten the full name (with what I remembered not even google was any help).

    The nighty is absolutely beautiful. I don't think you just couldn't have a bad night's sleep in that :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. that perfume sounds good :-) I love those pillowcase dresses for girls!

  3. Lovely post!!!
    That 1950s nightgown is just to die for. I just love it, and you're right it could easily pass for a cute little dress as well.
    Such beautiful pictures, indeed great inspiration.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Lovely post and the nightgown is divine! I was trying to figure out what size pillowcase I am??? As long as I'm not a king size, I'll be happy!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  5. What a wonderful post! I collect vintage night gowns and slips and will have to check out that site. Thanks for the weekend bliss wishes:)

  6. Thank you, wishing you a beautiful weekend.

    Lovely post,

    xxx DJ

  7. How relaxing and peaceful! Excellent choice of five this week!

  8. I love your Five for Fridays. You always pick such gorgeous images and products. I love the nightgown. And of course the cherry treat lucks delicious.

  9. Dear Jessica!
    Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

    Lovely post as always,

    xxLOL LOLA:)
    PS Your sidebar followers list is missing too - throughout blogland it seems...!:( Grrh!!

  10. Argh, I hate you for posting that deliciously vintage, super cute, absolutely gorgeous nightgown! :)
    You made me want it sooo badly!, but I've already got much more nightgowns than I will be able to wear in all my life!
    Hmmm, now I wonder if I could turn one of my old cotton ones into something similar.
    Maybe, with a little bit of pretty blue ribbon and a couple of hours (er, days - weeks?) of work over the sewing machine...

  11. I forgot to say, I added your lovely graphic to my page, hope you don't mind! I tried to send you an e-mail (I didn't want to post two comments one after the other) but my diabolical PC apparently won't let me...

  12. What a great post! It was relaxing and I never heard of the fragrance but it sounds devine

  13. @ Shallow Mallow, I'm so happy I was able to reunite you with Warm Cotton perfume! If you ever need a more wallet friendly way to enjoy the smell of toasty laundry, the brand "Yankee Candle" makes an awesome, similar scent in candle form called Clean Cotton (I've bought it before and find it really helps revive my spirit in the harsh winter months when sunshine and the smells of summer seem a million miles away).

    @ Kathie, I haven't tried that perfume, but goodness do I want to. If one of us does give it a go, we should definitely let the other know what we thought of it.

    @ Lizzy, thank you very much, sweet heart! I keep looking at that nightgown and imagine myself wearing it to help combat the humid, sticky heat hear at the moment. Sure would be awesome if pieces like that were still readily available (at affordable prices) in the shops these days.

    @ Karyn, that's a really good question! Hmmmm, do pillow cases come in many sizes? I've seen standard and king before, but that makes me wonder, are our modern day pillow cases the same size as vintage ones? Were different names used for their sizes in the past?

    @ Kelly Anne, you're very welcome, my dear! What an awesome thing to collect, I hope to add some of both of those to my wardrobe in the future. I had some vintage nightgowns in the past, but had to downsize everything I owned when I moved to Europe for a while and ended up parting with them.

    @ Dustjacket Attic, thank you, sweet soul. I hope you had a gorgeous weekend.

    @ Maggi, thank you very much, honey! BTW, I absolutely adored your Christmas in July posts this week! (If anyone is reading this and you haven't popped by to celebrate Xmas in the middle of the summer at Maggi's blog, be sure to do so, she threw an awesome blog party there this weekend!)

    @ Amanda, awwww, thank you very much, honey! I love that nightgown too, it's so feminine and sweet, like something Doris Day might have worn.

    @ Nora & Lola, hi you wonderful blogging duo you, thank you for the sweet words and letting me know that my list was missing. It appears to be up that moment, so let's keep our fingers (and paws) crossed that everyone's followers lists stay put!

    @ PaperDoll, ciao Giulia dear, thank you for both of your comments. You're so fortunate to have a large collection of vintage nightgowns! Thank you very, very much for adding my graphic to your blog, what a beautiful honour. If you create a graphic for your wonderful site, please let me know right away and I will post on my blog, too.

    @ The Crazy Suburban Mom, thank you very much! I agree, the scent of clean, freshly dried laundry has to be one of the most soothing smells on earth. I wonder if it hearkens back to being wrapped in clean cotton blankets when we were babies?

    Thank you each very much for your terrific comments, my fantastic vintage dears. I hope you're each doing splendidly and that your Sunday will be a beautiful one!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica