Single Ladies Valentine’s Tea

the artyologist- image of floral porcelain teacup at valentine's tea party

I am not married or in a relationship, but this in no way hinders me from loving Valentine’s day as my favourite holiday of the year. Not only does Valentine’s day have a sweet history, from when it was first formed to the Victorian’s invention of the modern Valentine’s we know today, but what other day of the year do we purposefully bake heart shaped cakes, exchange cards, and dress in pink and red, and generally “prettify” everything around us?

I’ve never understood the Valentine’s hate some people have. Nor have I understood people who say they’ll simply show love all year- they don’t need one day to do it. To that I say, what’s wrong with going all out on one day? To me, Valentine’s doesn’t have to be about only romantic love. I take it as a day to celebrate my friends and family. And bake a heart shaped cake 🙂

In this particular year, I hosted a Valentine’s party for all the young single women in our church. It was a perfect excuse to get out all the fancy teacups, linen and bake pretty desserts.

So this year, if you are not going out with a significant other, why not use Valentine’s for a celebration of a different kind?

the artyologist- image of making heart shaped cookies with vintage cookie cutter for valentine's day party

Heart cookie preparation.

the artyologist- image of china teacups spread out on buffet for valentine's

the artyologist- image of mason jar candleholders with lace and ribbon for valentine's tea party

Lace wrapped around mason jars for tealight candleholders.

the artyologist- image of heart wreath and ice candle decorations for valentines party

Ice candles and lanterns lead the way to the heart wreath adorned front door.

the artyologist- image of dessert buffet for valentine's party

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the artyologist- image of dessert spread for valentines tea party

The heart shaped cake. And cookies. And chocolate.

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the artyologist- image of message candy hearts for valentines

And what Valentine’s celebration would be complete without some chalky tasting candy with tacky sayings written on them?

Hope your Valentine’s Day, however you celebrate it, is a sweet one!

Sunday Style, and New Polka Dot Tights

the artyologist - image of vintage 1940's style outfit with wool grey skirt, polka dot tights and feathered hat

The weather was so nice this weekend, that it was the perfect opportunity to wear this lightweight velvet blazer of mine, since I didn’t have to wear a coat over it. You can see in the photo above that it was a bit windy though- the feathers in my hat are blowing all over the place!

The colour scheme for my outfit came from the hat- a cream wool cap topped with black and white feathers, and kind of went from there. Sometimes hats can kind of be an afterthought, but often I find when I choose accessories- such as my jacket, shoes or hat first, the rest of the outfit comes together a bit more easily and more coordinated.

the artyologist - image of vintage 1940's style outfit with silk scarf, velvet jacket and feathered hat

the artyologist - image of vintage 1940's style outfit with wool grey skirt, velvet jacket and cream clutch

I just ordered these seamed polka-dot tights from What Katie Did, and this was my first time wearing them. I love the quality of their lingerie. Did you know that their stockings and tights are knitted on one of the few vintage knitting machines left in Italy that were used after WWII? These polka dot tights were lovely to wear and added a bit of fun to my outfit, although it is always tricky getting the seams straight!

the artyologist - image of vintage 1940's style outfit with wool grey skirt, what katie did polka dot tights , and suede shoes

Well, I was glad for this chance to wear a lighter outfit, since the temperature will drop again and we’ll be back to warm winter coats!

the artyologist - image of vintage 1940's style outfit with wool grey skirt, what katie did polka dot tights and feathered hat

Vintage Astra Fur

the artyologist- vintage 1967 astra fur coat with real fur collar

I don’t own very much vintage; most of what I wear is reproduction I have made myself, but I do have a few real vintage pieces. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be this Astra Fur 1967 faux astrakhan fur coat with a real fur collar, which I wore in my last post.

the artyologist- vintage 1967 astra fur coat with real fur collar full length picture

I found it for a song at a Goodwill thrift store a few years ago, in surprisingly good shape. The black dot on the left side of the collar is actually a button- there is a buttonhole on the other side of the collar.

So, why is this coat my favourite? Not only because it is fabulous 🙂 but because I found an advertisement for this exact coat in a magazine called “Woman and Home” from 1967. (Were you wondering how I could date it so precisely?) It’s always neat when you find original advertisements, and especially when it is for something that you own!

the artyologist- image of advertisement for vintage 1967 astra fur coat from Woman and Home magazine

the artyologist- image of Astra Furs Paris label inside vintage astrakhan coat

That Girl

the artyologist- image of vintage astra fur coat and turbanSometimes I struggle with being that girl.

The girl who wears high heels and dresses daily. The girl who wears fur coats and hats. The girl who wears cat eye liner and bleaches her hair blonde, or perhaps dyes it pink. The girl who stands out from pretty much everyone else around her, because she wears vintage. And lets face it- in Alberta that is not really as common a sight as other areas of the world.

Usually I don’t notice it. I just wear what I want and don’t take a second thought. But then sometimes I wonder to myself- what do other people think?

Sometimes when I go out, especially with my friends or family, my first instinct is to grab my vintage fur, or my widest brimmed hat, but then I end up backing out and wearing something relatively “normal” and unobtrusive. None of my friends wear vintage; most of them live in jeans and a t-shirt (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), and so I sometimes think that I will stand out from them and look strange. It’s not like anyone actually thinks that- that’s just my own self consciousness and doubt, but it’s kind of hard to be different sometimes.

But, I am coming to realize that vintage fashion is my “thing”. Fashion is supposed to be fun. And fun for me is a ridiculously full skirted dress or a fluffy feathery fascinator. Just because that’s not everyone else’s thing, doesn’t mean it can’t be mine. And, whenever I do dress up, I enjoy it so much more.

So on days like that, when I doubt, I instead decide to wrap my hair up in a turban and pull out my best fur coat. And I do love it. It’s my thing. I’m just that girl.

the artyologist- image of vintage astra fur coat, skinny jeans and turban

the artyologist- image of lace up boots, skinny jeans and classic vintage navy blue purse

the artyologist- image of vintage astra fur coat and turban

the artyologist- image of casual and dressy mix of vintage astra fur coat and skinny jeans