Monday, February 28, 2011

I've got a sweeth tooth for the cotton candy colors of the 1930s

I dig this gal's beanie and corn cob pipe too.
Flower vendors along Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC
love these colors together.
cotton candy
her gown is made from grapefruit peels, in celebration of the beginning of harvest in the fertile Rio Grand Delta.
Wearing a gown made from grapefruit peels, a girl in Weslaco, TX, celebrates the beginning of harvest in the fertile Rio Grand Delta

these colorful beach robes were made in Anniston, Alabama, from the state's wealth of raw cotton.
Colorful beach robes were made in Anniston, Alabama, from the state's wealth of raw cotton
teal and pink is another sweet color combo I'm gonna have to try out more often.
strawberry harvest, Hammond district of Louisiana, 1930
I adore the patterns on these 1930s dresses, worn by students of Ashley Hall girls' school in Charleston, SC. I own two 1930's dresses, one I've yet to show you. My wardrobe is calling out for more, but they're pretty hard to find, especially in my size, and within my budget.
Students smile through the gates of Ashley Hall girls' school, Charleston, SC 1939

now, doesn't this post make you wanna stuff your faces with strawberry short cake and mint and chip ice-cream?

all images scanned from "In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits"

jesse's bday weekend

pampas grass
Jesse’s bday weekend was so much fun. I was pretty decadent and stuffed my face with all kinds of sugar, including Amanda’s homemade cookies. I really flipped my lid when I took my first bite to discover an oreo cookie inside the chocolate chip cookie. I’m gonna try and lay off the sugar this week to make up for this weekend’s gluttony. The mixed-cd music swap was a success, and Pete & I came home with tons of new music. Elliott stayed the night on Friday, and after my photography class on Saturday, we all hung out, just like old times. We went to Joe Jost’s and played Canadian shuffle board, then we went thrift store shopping, and,
lastly, to Fingerprint’s Record Store. I bought Kate Bush's "The Kick Inside", which I really wanted on record.

Pete and I did some tag team photo snapping to capture these moments. We both shot with Minolta point & shoot film cameras, but mine is really big and awkward looking, kind of like how cell phones used to look when they first came out. I bought it for $2 at a flea market barn.

For Jesse’s party, I dressed somewhat Amish- like (my rendition), in honor of the Mexican-Amish look he used to sport so often.

the next day

I hope ya'll had an equally delightful weekend.

Outfit: 80s knit top, vintage wool pleated maxi skirt, ankle cowboy boots (thrifted), bullet & cross necklace (LB Flea Market)

Friday, February 25, 2011


Porter Wagoner 1927-2007
Jesse is having a mixed-cd swap party tonight in honor of his birthday. I think this may be my best mixed cd to date. I don’t know how to post this playlist online for ya’ll, but if you’d like me to send you a copy, send me an email, and I’d be delighted. Life Rides the Train playlist is listed below.

1. O Day - Bessie Jones 2. I’m a Hard Working Man - Abner Jay
3.Life Rides The Train – Porter Wagoner 4. She Done Gone – Charlie Feathers
5. Bus Fare to Kentucky – Skeeter Davis 6. Car Song – Woody Guthrie
7. Come on – Chuck Berry 8. Foot Stompin” – The Dovells
9. Games People Play – Waylon Jennings & The Kimberlys 10. It Will Stand – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
11. Going Up to the Country – Kitty, Daisy & Lewis 12. I’m Going Back Home – Nina Simone 13. In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine & Iris DeMent 14. Junior – Simon Stokes
15. Words of Love – The Crickets 16. Sweet Dream Woman – Waylon Jennings
17. Long Black Veil - Alice Gerrad & Hazel Dickens 18. Lungs – Townes Van Zandt
19. Sigue Adelante – Lydia Mendoza 20. Cripple Creek – Buffy Sainte-Marie
21. Streets of Bakersfield - Buck Owens 22. Three Nights Drunk – J.E. Mainer and Group
23. Give the Fiddler a Dram – Carter Brothers & Son 24. Worried Man Blues – Carter Family

Here's some of my favorite photos of Jesse and I:
Here he is intensifying my hangover and matching my outfit:
on our Pedalphiles do Europe bicycle tour. Jesse isn't much of a drinker.
Exuberant on a summer night: (my dress was too tight so I unzipped it)

Happy Friday, friends & Happy Birthday, Jesse!

These top two photos are taken from Judy Gloom's flickr. thanks Gloom.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

i rode my bicycle [backwards] passed your window last night

But for the freakishly cold weather, and the hat lady vendor who must have repeated “Get a hat, get ahead” about 1000 times to passers by, and within ear shot of us, Stacy & I had a fun time selling vintage clothing last Sunday at the Long Beach Flea Market.  I wore one of my all time favorite vintage sweaters, a treasured gift from Mikey, who gave it to me when I turned 19 years old.  She found it at the thrift store, of course. It features a lanky gal with flowers coming out of her hair, riding backwards on a bicycle. I think it pretty much sums up my personality.






Fancy Disaster & Nakedcowgirl Vintage will be selling at the Long Beach Flea Market next month too, so if you missed out on this one, and you live nearby, you’re in luck.


Outfit: vintage 70s suede jacket, 70s sweater, vintage olive-green skirt, vintage Bass oxfords (thrifted), book necklace (etsy), Rodarte for Target tights. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

new friendships


Jesse and I had nieces’ day yesterday, and think we may have forged a new friendship between our nieces. Not to sound overly sentimental, but it’s so nice to see how easily children can make friends. At the end of the play date, Jesse asked the kids, “So now are you guys best friends?” Anna, my niece, instantly replied “Yes, we love each other.” Embarrassed by the mushiness (and I don’t blame her), Penelope, Jesse’s niece, hid her head behind the heart patterned fabric of her doll’s knit cap, claiming “the sun is in my eyes.” When Jesse then asked his niece if she loved Anna, she said from beneath the fabric “yes.” In recent years, Jesse has become increasingly mushy, which has made me want to cover my eyes in embarrassment too. Yet, I still hold the hope in my heart that my niece will have true & solid friends in her life, and I do believe nieces’ day was a good start.






I took so many adorable photographs of these two, but I am resisting the urge to share them all, so as not to appear a ridiculously doting auntie. We had tons of fun, playing in the arcade, traversing bridges, playing hide and go seek, blowing bubbles, coloring, eating pizza, taking photo booth pictures, singing and dancing. My niece did her solo rendition of Annie’s “Tomorrow”. It’s the cutest thing to watch; she looks so sincere when she sings, like she’s been transported to the stage. Needless to say, I cannot get that song out of my head. Stacy, my friend & Jesse’s girlfriend, joined us in the fun. It was pretty awesome having a 3 adult to 2 kids ratio – smooth sailing.

The girls are wearing vintage dresses from my collection. I am wearing vintage 70s levi’s (Flashback’s vintage) 70s rainbow striped shirt, 70s platforms (thrifted), vintage skate key necklace (made by Pete), book necklace (Etsy)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

the back side of dallas

Oh hi.
I've had this 50s tan dress forever & I'm always on the fence about whether I should keep it or sale it. Today, it was hanging on the rack to be sold at tomorrow's Flea Market sale, but I tried it on, and now I can't sell it again. I didn't do much today, except eat Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles for breakfast w/Pete, family and friends, then get ready for tomorrow's sale while listening to country records. It's been raining like crazy all day & the palm trees are beating on my windows. It's the perfect time for hanging in doors. In these pictures, I'm lounging in the "back room" which also serves as my wardrobe room, library, sewing room, and general disaster area. Big eyed creatures line the walls.

This is one of my all time favorite country music songs, sang by the beautiful Jeannie C. Riley. I remember first hearing her on the backside of a Johnny Cash record, when I was probably 19 years old. It was one of my first records, and likely the most influential. I felt I could relate to her songs about growing up poor and becoming tough and rowdy. You could hear the grit in her voice, and I loved to listen and sing along, and still do. What a lover and a fighter, Ms. Jeannie C. Riley.

See you on the back side of somewhere.

Outfit: 50s floral tan dress, Bass oxford shoes, vintage butterfly brooch (thrifted), Rodarte for Target tights.

Friday, February 18, 2011

this 50s suit is straight outta Compton

Compton thrift store, that is. By the way, did you get my allusion to the N.W.A. song? I'm harder than I look. haha. Speaking of hard, it's getting harder & harder to find 50s clothing at the thrift store, so when I found this 50s suit in pristine condition, I nearly dropped to my knees, and thanked the thrift store gods right there & then. Unfortunately, it's just a tad too big in the skirt, so it may be for sale soon.






Outfit: Vintage 50s suit, 60s pink Mohair Sweater, (thrifted), Stuart Weitzman pumps (Nordstrom's Rack), floral socks (Urban Outfitters)

Have a great weekend! Remember, I'll be selling vintage clothing this Sunday at the Long Beach Flea Market at Veteran's Stadium. We'll be in the front section space # G231.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

hot pink and polka dots make me happy







After seeing this editorial of Rose McGowan donning a gaudy hot pink polka dot dress, I rummaged through my wardrobe to find something similar to wear. Why the heck am I wearing a vintage wedding veil? Well, because it’s fun. I will always love hot pink because it’s friendly and happy, and I always wanna aspire to be these things.

Thanks to Stacy at Fancy Disaster for taking my photo! By the way folks, nakedcowgirl vintage will be joining forces with Fancy Disaster this Sunday when we’ll be selling vintage at the Long Beach Flea Market at Veteran’s Stadium. I hope to see you there.

vintage 80s bandage hot pink polka dot dress, 70s maxi hot pink polka dot skirt, white tshirt (thrifted), 1930s wedding veil (Etsy)

Source: Rose McGowan for Contributor Magazine F/W 2010 by Yu Tsai, via Fashion Gone Rogue
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