Sunday, April 29, 2012

Day 13: Show Me Your Circus

So, I believe I've mentioned that my boyfriend Jesse is an acrobat. That means that his friends are clowns, hand balancers, fire spinners, unicyclists - etc. I know, you can hear "Dream of the 90s" in the background, right? We really do live the dream of the 90's here. I'll do a post about that soon.

Last night, one of his friends, a fire-juggling clown - had his 30th birthday party, and required that guests come in circus themed costumes or attire. I wish I fit my novelty CLOWN PRINT dress, but I don't, so I made do. (The 40's would be so proud of me.)

Are you sick of my bakelite photos yet? It's okay, you can be honest.

I didn't take photos at the party because... well, I sort of want to ease you into it! The circus scene is such a counterpoint to my vintage crowd. They're all really good people. But let's just say - I was under-dressed. People who came without bringing their circus got pie'd in the face, and I'll admit, I was a little nervous. But WHEW! for a skirt covered with birthday balloons!

On another note, you really can't tell but I had an amazingly good hair day, and those little Betty Grable rolls just rolled right up and stayed there. Stayed SO WELL that I wrapped my hair in a silk scarf last night, and am rocking' the style for day two, so you'll get a better look at them than this, which makes them look sort of weird.

I feel like I should make regular weight-loss updates, as well, at least when there is something interesting to report. This one will make me sound like even more of a weirdo! Anyway, I realized yesterday that the World Naked Bike Ride was precisely 7 weeks away. I did it last year with Jesse, wearing a bikini. I don't have even a sort-of bikini friendly body this year. So I am working harder at the gym than I'd initially planned, to work on toning to help complement whatever weight loss I achieve between now and then.

My routine, for the next 7 weeks:
1. Leg Press with heavier weights, reps of 12, 10, 8, 6
2. 15 minutes on the rowing machine
3. 7 weight machines, alternating upper body and lower body days
4. 60 minutes on the elliptical, stair climber, treadmill, or bike (rotating.)
8. Optional - playing with the hula hoop in the aerobics room
9. Stretching.

I did this yesterday, and still managed to have time to clean house and measure items that are going into the shop today. I feel really good this morning, too!

Scarf: TORSO Vintages, back when they were in Portland. I was 16!
Barrette: Gift from Lisa
Sweater: Estate sale? Probably also with Lisa
Skirt: Found by Sarah of Stutterin' Mama for me.
Shoes: Thrift Store find - they're cuter with shoe clips, but I was afraid of losing one or both at the party
Belt: Estate sale, and one of my FAVORITES that own. Buttery soft 1950s leather!


  1. Seriously you must have the best collection of skirts I have ever seen!!


  2. No,never sick of the Bakelite photos!Vintage costume jewelry porn,there always needs to be more of it!

  3. I love all of the bright colors! Oh, I bet it'd be weird to be under dressed for a change. Ever since I've gotten into vintage, I've gotten used to being the best dressed person in the room. lol. And yay for a good hair day! :)

  4. Gorgeous outfit, the colours are lovely. I'm currently regreting on-selling my circus dres that I handmade years ago from a cute 1960s curtain.

  5. You ARE gonna do WNBR then? YAY! Me too, but you knew that already.

    This outfit is SO cute, I will never tire of your Bakelite photos, and that hair is amazing in both posts (as is the gold outift... omg)!

  6. Julie, I will do it if I'm happy with where I'm at in 7 weeks. And with a bikini or similar. I will be in silver or gold with Jesse.