Thursday, August 16, 2012

Feeling Just a Tiny Bit Retro...and a Little Treat

The school work year begins for me on Monday.  I'm very excited and also have some jitters about meeting the new students I'm teaching and the professors for the classes I am taking.
I have had a great and simple summer.  I loved taking time to get reacquainted with my hometown.  Its so lovely and I don't think I've ever appreciated it as much as I have this summer.


New York and Company Flare Trousers;  Limited top, thrifted; Lia Sophia necklace and pin, John Wind necklace; Nine West shoes
It was very dark and rainy today and I wasn't feeling a dress.  I've worn a dress almost every day this summer, but to attend a training session today at the University I felt I would be most comfortable in trousers.

Pose per request of 7 year old photographer
Still, I wanted to be a little retro-y so I wore this pin dotted button up blouse and added the red shoes.

Lia Sophia pin....I love their jewelry!

I clipped the pin to a Lia Sophia two toned glass pearl necklace (from their most recent catalog).
Two strand pearl and chain necklace by John Wind; my favorite piece of jewelry.

Nine West
I think these red shoes have a bit of a retro feel.

Stop, don't stop......swoon...silent screen pose
Again, my son and I went to lunch 'on the square' as the historical town square is known.  Since we chose to eat at Valentino's ice cream parlor (named after silent screen star Rudolph) I decided to strike a silent screen pose......

This is a very bored photographer.




Got a few more shots of some of the beautiful architecture that I have never noticed before in all the years I've spent in this town....


....and a few shots of the old jail.  This is the one I had mentioned in a past post.  John Dillinger busted out of it with a fake gun and made it famous...Johnny Depp filmed a part of Public Enemy here.

I love this view of the window with the bars....I wonder how many inmates have peered through these bars.



Since I'm feeling just a bit retro today, I thought I would treat you to a couple of photos of Brooke, a local dance instructor who has a perfected the retro/pin-up style.
I attended her Argentine Tango group lesson and dance party last Saturday and really loved her outfit.  She graciously agreed to allow me to photograph her to share this lovely outfit with you.  
In this photo its difficult to see the detail of the trousers, but they have tiny pleats at the waist and look a bit like a modified palazzo pant.  I would expect Katherine Hepburn to wear these pants.

I love her unique style!

The weekend is approaching and I will be dancing again.....my goal is to attend two parties this weekend; my last truly free weekend.  

Wishing all of you a stress free weekend!


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  1. I love those shoes. Are they dancing shoes? Also love the outfit especially the broach:)

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    1. Thank you Joanna. They are not dance shoes. I have seen dance shoes very similar though.

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  2. Love the way you pinned your broach on your top. That is a fun and different way to wear one. I have one very similar and will have to give that a try! Have a fun and relaxing last free weekend :) Heather

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    1. Hi Heather, Actually...the brooch is pinned to another necklace! I tucked the necklace under the collar.....you can see a little bit of it peeking out, it's a glass pearl necklace...and boy is it heavy. I actually took it off halfway through the day and pinned the brooch to my other necklace.

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  3. Cute look, especially with the red shoes! I'm glad you had a good summer, I have too, and I'm about ready to move on, but not without just a few more fun events...

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  4. Good luck for your job and have fun at the parties!!!!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I love the red shoes with the black ensemble.
    I am back at college on Wednesday. I trained as an English teacher but now have a non-teaching pastoral role. What do you teach?

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    1. I'm a Master's Degree student in Human Development and Addictions Studies and I'm currently teaching the Introduction to Human Development as part of a paid teaching assistantship. I really love it...I think teaching is my niche.

      I really love those red shoes too....when I saw them it was love at first site!

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  6. You did a perfect job of injecting that retro vibe Lisa....gorgeous!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! All the time spent in my 'retro' hometown have inspired me in the retro direction!

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  7. Brooke is adorbs- love the red polka dots on her! And I am loving the broach and pearls. Those shoes do speak retro and your outfit is sweet and lovely!

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    1. Thank you Bella! Brooke does have an amazing flair for fashion.

      When I found those shoes....it was like love at first sight. They beckoned.

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  8. You're so good at posing - it must be all the dance. Love your retro look (the shoes are perfect), and Brooke's as well.

    I really like all the architecture shots - so lovely.

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    1. Thank you Sheila.....I don't think I'm so good at it...LOL...you should see the reject photos!

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  9. I have to agree, she has such a retro look ! i love how she did her hair.
    Think you look well put together and ready to take them all!

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    1. Thank you Lorena. Brooke always has really cool retro hair. I can't do it to my own hair as much as I've tried. I really admire her style.

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  10. I'd say you succeeded with your retro look! I have a day of meetings all next Monday and classes begin in earnest on Tuesday...

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    1. Ready or not........right, Terri? I'm so ready to start school and yet, so reluctant to leave the leisure of summer behind. One I get past the first week, I'm all in.

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  11. Brooke looks lovely! Great post Lisa! I am laughing at your bored photographer...mine get like that too:) Have a lovely weekend!
    ~Anne

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    1. Thanks, Anne. I'm just lucky that my bored photographer has been willing to take pictures for me. Not sure if we will be able to pull it off during the school week.

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  12. I love your photos and so wish I could see them larger. I love your poses with movement. They're great!

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    1. For some reason I didn't post my reply to you comment as a reply...but my reply shows up below. As always, thank you for being such a loyal reader.

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  13. Thanks Joni...I wish I could make them larger! I don't know if you click on the photo...but that enlarges it a bit. I just try to have fun with it.

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