Vintage Inspiration: Norman Norell for Hattie Carnegie, c. 1932 Dress

I can’t seem to get enough of this dress lately!  I’ve pinned it multiple times over the last few days and each time, a message pops up that I already have included it in a previous collection.  I must be head over heels for this flirty little 1930s number!  It is a simple silhouette by Norman Norell for the Hattie Carnegie design house.  The dress is belted at the waist to accent a lady’s curves and the perfect amount of flair swishes delicately at the hemline.

WISE LIVING: Pillows Make a Room Pop

I recently switched up our couch pillows in the sunroom and it completely changed the atmosphere of the room.  We cut down from 8 mismatched, colorful pillows to 4 simple pillows (one printed and one solid) split between the two couches.  Honestly, it brought the room from college-fun into adulthood.  Side note: I’ve been out of college for several years now, but my pillows apparently never got the memo.  Dillon asked if we were getting rid of them and I laughed, “Of course not, they’re going upstairs!”  Obviously, they won’t fit on our bed because we’re overrun with pillows there, so on to the guest room where they will certainly add even more color to my high school comforter.  Yes, my high school comforter is in our guest room.  No, I do not currently have any children that would warrant a lime green comforter.  No, we don’t have guests much.  Anyway, that room is a different project!

Where were we?  Right, the pillows and your room.  Pillows are a great way to add a pop of color, texture, and print to a room.  If you’re a pillow hoarder like myself, just make sure you pull from the same color palette to keep things consistent and you leave room enough to sit on your couch.  You can mix and match patterns and solid colors to create the look of your choice.  Add a personal touch with a pillow with a message or an important date, like the one below.

Style Icon Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall Oscar

Lauren Bacall was a dedicated actress, a talented singer, a true beauty, and a style icon. Her film debut in Howard Hawks’ To Have and Have Not made her famous, especially with the iconic line, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?  You just put your lips together and blow.”  Her marriage to Humphrey Bogart in 1945 brought great happiness.  The two met on To Have and Have Not and could not deny their chemistry for one another.  They went on to star in several other films together after their marriage.  In the years after his death in 1957, she became the ultimate single, working mother as she went on to further her film career.  In her nearly 70 year career, she worked on 72 films and was heavily involved in the theatre.  She was an admirable woman, an inspiration of hard work, and utterly stylish.  Here are a few of my favorite snapshots.



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