It’s mid-morning and you’ve just finished washing, drying and putting away the breakfast dishes. “Whitehall 1212” is playing and you pour another cup of coffee so that you can linger at the kitchen table to hear the thrilling conclusion.
Mary and Russel Wright’s Guide to Easier Living, originally published in 1950, proposed a change in the way the modern home was furnished, organized and managed. Before 1950, many families still had big houses, formal parlors with the heavy and ornate Victorian-style furniture that had been popular for decades, and sometimes even a servant or a “day girl” to help with some of the heavier work. But with houses getting smaller and post-war design leaning toward streamlined, modern and efficient, Mary and Russel Wright’s Guide to Easier Living was a perfectly-timed capitalization on the new and rapidly rising trend of simplicity.
Well, I ran into complications in the middle of my Retro Reboot… right around Wednesday, I got hit with all sorts of girl troubles and ended up with two sick days home from work. Overall, though, I’m still calling the vintage Reboot a success. Here’s how things shook down:
Hello and happy Monday! Just a quick check-in to lay out the Retro Reboot plan and what I’ve done so far…
It’s been a while since I’ve checked in. As usual, as far as New Years goals go, I got overenthusiastic and tried to tackle all of them, only to get overwhelmed and bomb. I might have mentioned before, I’m used to this type of behavior (I’ve known myself for 36 years now) and it doesn’t bother me. I’ve had fun and I’ve kept up on a few of my vintage habits, as well as established new ones, like my transition to a mostly all vintage-inspired wardrobe.
Just one quick post to break the radio silence before I head to my waiting homework…
My vintage wardrobe has arrived and here’s a quick peek at three outfits I’ve worn to work so far:
I’m trying not to feel guilty about this… but I’ve ordered a wardrobe. An entire, full-on vintage inspired wardrobe, from top to toes. Undergarments, nylons, dresses, shrugs, cardigans, shoes, accessories–10 days’ worth–to rotate through during my work weeks. In my defense, I’m a stalwart thrift-store shopper and have spent far less on clothing in the last two decades than your average American, and though it feels like I’ve dropped a lot of money at once, $488.00 is not unreasonable for a complete spring wardrobe.