Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blog Awards

I was so delighted to return from my Thanksgiving weekend at The Shady Dell in Bisbee AZ, to find two blog awards waiting for me! The first one is from the lovely Miss Amanda Lee-AKA Jitterbugdoll! and the second is from the delightful Dizzy Dame. Both of these gals are loyal readers of my blog, as I am theirs and I deeply appreciate their kindness, sending an award my way! I'm sure most of you would agree that choosing blogs to pass forward the awards, is extremely hard. I enjoy reading so many amazing blogs on a daily basis. It would be very challenging to list them all. Everyone has an award in my book, there are so many creative, talented people in the blogging world!

Here are the questions and answers to my first award from Jitterbugdoll and the first round of picks!

I'm to award this to 10 lucky blogs:

1. Andi B. Goode

2. Vintage Starlet

3. Diary of a Vintage Girl

4. Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife

5. Chronically Vintage

6. Wearing History

7. Dizzy Dame

8. Matilda's Delights

9. Pretty Little Things

10. The Adventures of Gingeyginge

And now I get to answer 35 questions in one word:

1.Where is your phone? Purse

2.Your hair? Brown

3.Your Mother? Amazing

4.Your Father? Sweet

5.Your favourite food? Breakfast

6.Your dream last night? Forgotten

7.Your favourite drink? Coke

8.Your dream/goal?Many

9.What room are you in? Living

10.Your hobbie? Collecting

11.Your fear? Loss

12.Where do you want to be in six years?Happy

13.Where were you last night? Home

14.Something that your not? Lonely

15.Muffins? Banana

16.Wishlist item?Chevy

17.Where did you grow up? Arizona

18.Last thing you did? Wash

19.What are you wearing? Nightgown

20.Your TV? Off

21.Your pets?

22.Friends? Swell

23.Your life? Love

24.Your mood? Content

25.Missing someone?

26.Vehicle? VW

27.Something your not wearing?Jewelry

28.Your favourite store? Razzle

29.Your Favourite colour? Red

30.When was the last time you laughed? Today

31.The last time you cried?Month

32.Your best friend? Hubby

33.One place that I go to over and over?Many

34.Facebook? Yes!

35.Favourite place to eat? Dot's

My next award is the Vintage style award from Dizzy Dame!

The rules of this award are easy peasy. I pass it on to 7 others who in turn must pass it on to 7 others whose blogs they admire, link to the blogger who gave it to them and let whoever they've given it to know that they've given them an award...

1. Casey's Musings

2. It"ll take the Snap out of your Garter's

3. The Frivolous Flapper

4. From Betsy with Love

5. Beauty is a Thing of the Past

6. Gingerella

7.Vintage Vixen

Thank you! to both of the lovely gals who gave me the awards, I am delighted!

Syd Divine

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Feather your Fancy"- Queens of Vintage

Extra, Extra! Real all about it!

Thanksgiving inspired 1940's fashions!

Just to add another post to the Thanksgiving spirit. I have just been notified that the fashion article I recently wrote for Queens of Vintage, has been published today!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, make sure to go have a look. There are plenty of Thanksgiving inspired fashions to excite you into getting dressed for the dinner table! In 1940's glamour girl style of course!

Please feel free to leave comments and feedback, I appreciate each one of them!

Syd Divine

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post to wish all of my lovely blog readers, a Happy Thanksgiving! I believe that everyday is a day to reflect on what you should be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving time. Thanksgiving time to me, is about taking time out of our busy lives to relax, share a meal and make memories with your loved ones!

I hope each and every one of you has a day that is blessed with family, friends and plenty of food!

I would also like to THANK all of my blog readers for taking the time out of their days to spend a moment reading my blog. I truly appreciate all of your interest, comments and feedback, and I hope you continue to enjoy my entries for years to come!

Happy Turkey Day!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Outfit Post

Happy Monday!

I have brainstormed a couple new posts for this week. Just a few things I observed and took in for inspiration. For now, I will publish yet another wardrobe post! Even though, I am inspired all the time with ideas and things I would like to share. When I am running short of time (which is most of the time) or juicy things to talk about. I always turn to the good old wardrobe pictures.

So here it is; the handy dandy wardrobe post!

1940's red & yellow floral print rayon dress- Buffalo Exchange
Late 1930's or early 40's red felt hat- Desert Vintage

1940's red purse- Desert Vintage

Red Vintage inspired t-strap pumps by Steve Madden- Dillard's Department Store

1940's Ivory earrings- thrifted

This is what I wore today! I had much business to attend to and not enough time in a day to do it! All in a pair of seamed stockings and high heels! As for right this minute, what was left undone today, I will worry about tomorrow. I am looking forward to getting comfortable, eating a nice homemade dinner and spending some cozy time with my family!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blue Betty

Just one more little picture from my shoot with Skwid Inc. Photography! I am completely aware of the fact that I am not a striking blonde like Betty Grable was, nor do I have million dollar legs lol! but that doesn't mean I can't do the pose! It is just a pose right? The most important part is, we were having so much fun! Just being a couple of silly gals playing dress up in my living room! We just threw this one in!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Outfit Post

Yesterday, was a nice, bright sunny day in Tucson! There was a calm chill in the air, but it definitely did not feel like winter. The weather just bounces all over the place here! So I decided to wear a favorite thrift find of mine! Would you believe I only paid $2.50 for this dress at a yard sale this past summer. It is in perfect condition inside and out! I did have to take it in a little, but no biggie. It is a 1940's rayon floral and navy print, with shutter style pleats, and includes my favorite pop of yellow color!

My accessories included; my 1940's Ivory earrings and bracelet, nude fully fashioned seamed stockings, cream colored belt and cream1940's inspired peep toe pumps. I enjoyed a lovely Sunday service and a good breakfast brunch with my husband, son and parents!

I hope that everyone had a swell weekend and a fabulous ahead!

Syd Divine

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Queen of the Desert!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

It's the Golden Girl of the West!

Last week, I had a photo shoot with the fabulous crew of Skwid Inc. Photography. I have just received a few of the Desert Spanish Senorita images we shot. You are first to see a sneak peak into the series and life of "The Queen of the Desert!"

Syd Divine

The rest of the images, must be unseen and unpublished for a future feature in a fantastic publication! Shh! it's a secret! "I won't tell, that would be cheating!" quote: Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, ha! ha! ha! sorry I thought that was funny, and I was just humoring myself. You will just have to wait and see.....but you will be the first to know I promise!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dia de los Muertos

Yesterday, in Tucson Arizona. The annual All Souls Procession parade took place on 4th Avenue. Created by local artist Susan Johnson in 1990, she was inspired to remember and celebrate the passing of her father, through art, and to recreate the celebration of festivals that have taken place in Mexico for thousands of years.

This ritual is called Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The indigenous people of Mexico created this colorful celebration to remember, honor, mourn, and pray for the souls of their passed on loved ones. Since we are so close to Mexico, this celebration has ventured over to the people living in the valley and to nearby towns in Arizona, and it's surrounding states for many years. It is a big part of the cultural history here. We in Tucson, have this very similar celebration, which is called the All Souls Procession.

Thousands of Tucson participants join in the ancient spiritual celebration, to exercise their creativity, by using Dia de los Muertos inspired skull masks, floats, Mexico inspired costumes and any other pieces that represent the passing of their loved ones. The "lady & man of the dead" and sugar skull masks are the most familiar images to this celebration. The sugar skulls were used to symbolize death and rebirth. The creativity and design of each individual skull was used to honor a loved one. They were called sugar skulls, because they were made of a candy substance and then eaten by a relative of the family. The indigenous people of Mexico believed that death was not the end of life. Rather that the celebration of death, was the continuation of life. They did not fear death, but rather celebrated and embraced it.

You can see a lot of the Dia de los Muertos art displayed all around these days. It has become a popular form of Mexican folk art on symbols, figurines, paintings, logos, tattoos, etc. This is just a brief overview of the rich history and culture of Day of the Dead. If you are interested in a detailed outline, here is a good website to research. If you are ever in Tucson around early November, make sure to check out this celebration. It gets bigger every year, and is full of fascinating creativity and culture. One of my favorite parts of the parade is when the Mariachi's play. I just love to listen to the sweet serenade of mariachi music.

Here are some pictures we took before this years event started. My son wanted to have his face painted like a sugar skull. I don't have a fancy camera yet (just a point & shoot), so by the time the parade and the grand finale took place. My camera was not cooperating with the lighting, movements, and such. Here is the website to the event organizers page. Hopefully, there will be some great pictures and videos posted. Our good friends Jennifer and Justin, who own The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Park down in Bisbee, AZ were excited to come up to Tucson and see this event for the first time. We all had a great time!

My Outfit:

*late 1940s Mexican circle skirt and matching shawl- Desert Vintage
*red vintage Mexican fiesta blouse- thrifted
*late 1940s vintage tooled leather cinch belt- Razzle Dazzle Vintage
*brown 1940s vintage tooled leather purse- Buffalo Exchange
*brown reproduction 1940s tooled leather wedges- Olvera St. in Los Angeles, CA
*vintage 1950s fruit basket jewelry set- from my lovely gal pal Jennifer Hayes
*a red rose placed on the side of my bottom roll- handmade

The Boys:

To represent the spirit of Mexico, I made sure the boys wore their guayabera's. My husband has this fabulous kelly green colored one, that I found for him a few years back. It matched the green color in my skirt just perfectly! My son wore his light blue guayabera that I purchased for him on Olvera street, on our last trip to Los Angeles, CA. Per usual, they sported their Levi's denims and black converse sneakers.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

A few announcments!

Just a quick little info session to report that, I have an article published on the Queens of Vintage Daily Global Magazine's front page today! Be sure to go check it out! It will definitely get you in the mood for the winter season! I don't remember if I ever mentioned this news here on my blog; but I am also the number 25 Vintage Queen on their top 100 list! I am so honored to be a part of such an amazing Vintage lifestyle Magazine and talented, beautiful group of women!

Next item in my report: I will also be a featured writer, and part of the crew over at AlleyKat's Vintage store! My weekly contribution will take place every Friday and is set to be filled with lots of yummy Vintage fashions! Please go take a look at the website and browse around for some fabulous Vintage items & tips of their own! My first fashion feature will take place tomorrow! Please feel free to leave feedback and comments, they are very much appreciated!

So, to sign off for the day! Here is a little more wardrobe inspiration! This is what I sported today! I'm telling you; I just can't get enough of my plaid skirts!

Syd Divine

Outfit details:
*1940's Vintage grey and black plaid wool skirt- thrifted
*Vintage inspired white and black ruffle blouse- Forever 21
*Vintage 1950's black cardigan- thrifted
*Black fully fashion seamed stockings- What Katie Did
*Vintage inspired reproduction spat boots- Target
*Vintage 1940's black purse- Desert Vintage
*Vintage 1940's black glass beaded earrings-Razzle Dazzle Vintage

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009

I managed to have my friend Kathleen over at Desert Vintage snap one picture of me and my son on Halloween night, before we headed out to all of the festivities going on 4th avenue! I really intended to take much more of our silly night. But it didn't turn out that way. The night was full of chaos and candy! Then before I knew it, our sugar high was gone and we were pooped and tucked in bed.

Here is Carmen Miranda and the little zombie solider. That was completely his idea by the way. I really think he got the creative gene in him! My costume came out a little differently than I had originally anticipated, but I ran out of time and I think it turned out great. My husband dressed up as Dracula. He wasn't in this picture, but it was too funny! We kind of threw his costume together last minute because he said he didn't feel like dressing up this year (yeah right!). Of course, his black slacks were no where to be found, so we used his black Levi's and black converse! We then said; "You could be ghetto Dracula" lol! I think someone got a picture I will have to hunt down.

I hope everyone had a fun and spooky Halloween!

Syd Divine