July 12, 2009

Pretty Link Roundup {July 12th}

Happy Sunday, one and all! How are things in your neck of the woods? I hope that you’ve each had a fabulous weekend (and that the heat in your neck of the woods hasn’t been too unbearable!). Many happy goings-on have transpired here this week, thanks in large part to my 25th birthday on Friday. It proved to be a special, fun-filled day from sun-up until sun-down, and I really must thank my darling husband for everything he did to make this my best birthday in ages!

{Jubilant, colourful and sweetly wonderful, this photo from Simply Claudia on Flickr, perfectly captures the spirit of how my birthday felt this year.}

On the blog front there’s been no shortage of activity either! The links this weekend feature everything from what to look for when buying Lucite purses to photos of charmingly pretty old school belly dancers. Our Youtube clip of the week is a definite must-watch for those who love vintage Hawaaii looks, as it features instructions on how to achieve a terrific luau approved hairstyle. I hope you enjoy these fantastic links - I would love to hear about any other must-read posts you’ve encountered recently.

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* Sewing on a budget: Nine seriously handy tips to help keep your sewing costs down that any sewer or crafter is bound to appreciate.

* From Towel to Beach Coat in Five Easy Steps: A simple-as-pie vintage pattern and five quick steps is all it takes to transformed a pair of beach towels into a darling beach cover-up with loads of summer style appeal!

* Vintage Belly Dance: With a history stretching back to the days of Babylon, belly dancing is an ancient, beautiful art that still turns heads to this day! To see what belly dancers looked like in the mid-twentieth century, be sure to check out the lovely photos in this post.

* Five Tips Towards Glamorousness: A handful of easy, quick tips (like wearing lipstick and using an eyelash curler) that can help any gal feel even more glamorous.

* Get back to work Mama!: Fashionista extraordinaire Super Kawaii Mama shares her thoroughly useful tips, ideas and outfits (care of beautiful Polyvore sets) to help moms everywhere transition back into the work world while putting their their best fashion foot forward.

* A Guide to Vintage Lucite Purses: A lovely, detailed, well written article that explores the beauty of Lucite purses and guides fellow fans towards knowing what to look for when shopping for these handbag gems.

* Polka Dot Vintage Dresses: Couture Allure gathers up a marvelous assortment of dresses decked out in timelessly pretty polka dots. (Each one is a treasure, but the 1950s Jonathan Logan number really caught my eye!)

Street-style Stars Take a Lesson From Old Hollywood Elite
: A fun side-by-side comparison of some modern day street fashion lovelies next to images of old school Hollywood stars with whom their outfits share a lot in common.

* Finding Ginger: Care of the terrific site Old Hollywood Glamour, I recently discovered a blog devoted entirely to the immortally gorgeous starlet Ginger Rogers. Be sure to stop by for fun facts about this talented actress and for oodles of great 30s, 40s, and 50s fashion inspiration.

This week’s video clip features the lovely Iris of All the girlie things as she takes viewers through a very thorough step-by-step tutorial on how to create an adorable vintage Hawaiian girl inspired hairstyle, that would be perfect for any luaus or other tropical get-togethers (or getaways) you might have on the horizon.

{Luau Hair Pinup Doll}

The highlight of this past week was definitely my birthday on Friday, but the joyful spirit that swirled throughout all of it really helped to establish summer on the right foot. I hope that each of you are encountering many reasons in your own lives to celebrate, and that your summer days will be filled with many vintage delights!


  1. I will be checking out the links for sure,(it's such a great idea of your's) what a sweet lady Iris is!

    take care, xxxx

  2. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! (Thats me singing LOL!) Hope you had a fabulous day! Thanks so much for the links I am off to enjoy X

  3. Lovely links, I'm glad you had such a terrific birthday!

  4. Great links as usual. I hope your week has started off well. Cheers!

  5. Hi Jessica!

    Fabulous links as usual! I'm off too to enjoy...!!

    Have a great week & see you again soon!

    xoxo LOL LOLA:)

  6. @ Dustjacket Attic, thank you, honey! I agree, Iris is such a fabulous (and talented!) person!

    @ The Vintage Kitten and Farce Herself, thank you so, so much for the birthday wishes, sweet dears!!!

    @ Keith, thank you! The weather actually mellowed out here today a bit (aka, it's not hot enough to fry an egg on the hardwood floors), which is definitely a nice start of the week treat.

    @ Nora & Lola, thank you very much, my lovely blogging duet!

    Many thanks to you each for your terrific comments, I hope you all have a bright and beautiful week!

    ♥ Jessica

  7. I love iris' tutorials, even though I'm pretty bad at actually trying out any myself. But she has so pretty hair it's just nice to watch :)

    Great that yo had a great b-day! (I remember that my 25th also was a really nice one..)

  8. @ the freelancer's fashionblog, thank you, sweetie! I agree, Iris' hair is amazing, it is the polar opposite of mine (which is thin, sparse and straight as a board).

    Thank you for your comment, I hope that you have a really wonderful weekend!

    ♥ Jessica