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4 Daily Cleaning Checklists To Make Your Life Easier

In practicing my New Year's Resolution of, "habits = happiness" I began a very extensive search into cleaning checklists. I'll reiterate something I've said it other posts -  It’s not that I want to be Susie Homemaker, but I fully recognize that fact that a huge pile of laundry is stressful to me. It is obvious to me now that I become giddy at the sight of a well-made bed. One day at a time works better for me than letting my home's accouterments scatter around the household until I have to spend and entire day (or two) trying to put things back together. I refuse to treat my house like humpty-dumpty.

Better yet, I like that idea that anyone can drop by my home at almost anytime and I'm not frantically cramming the mess into a closet to hide now, then sort a year from now. 

A home kept daily means more time to do things like this (which is a #lifegoal for me. Duh:)


I've been experimenting with 2 different methods:
1. Focus on one room per week 
2. Focus o…
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Vintage Summer Trend: Market Basket

In the Earth conscious city of Austin, it's required to bring bags with you at all times for any shopping you might encounter through-out your day. While stores have bags to offer, they cost extra money, and you are left with that gritty feeling of having wasted something. I've cultivated the habit of keeping bags that I LOVE in my cars, draped over the back-kitchen door, and over the hook in the entry way so I'm never stuck without my grocery bags!

A trick I've learned from my travels in France is that oh-so-chic French Market Bag. It's a woven classic that looks great with any outfit and any shopping is made instantly more glamorous just by being placed inside of it!
5 Uses for The French Market Bag: 1. Grocery Items 2. Daily Shopping 3. Your new fav Summer Purse 4. Beach Bag 5. Overnight/Weekend Stays 
Trust me! You'll love the way a baguette looks sticking out of the top and you'll adore the feeling of pulling your newest dress and shoes from it! 
This…

1950s Etiquette : Social Manners : Etiquette Series

In today's world it's a hardy task navigating etiquette. The rules that once applied to social situations in the 1950s don't always apply today. Some social expectations from then are in fact unacceptable today.  We've grown, and that's a good thing! With that in mind, I'm starting this series of observing etiquette from different decades in order to fully understand what place etiquette has in our lives today! The purpose here is to scour my many etiquette sources to find practical guidelines for the vintage-loving modern person.


Today's guidelines concern social graces and come from Amy Vanderbilt's 1952 "Complete Book of Etiquette."


5 Social Etiquette Rules From Amy Vanderbilt That Apply Today 1. In greeting people say, "How do you do?" We do not really expect an answer, but it is alright to reply, "Very well, thank you." You may also reply, "How do you do?"
2. If you cannot remember a name it's kind to gi…

Easy Vintage Summer Hair Style!

Here in Austin, Texas things are really heating up! And I don't mean just on the burlesque stage - it's too darn hot! For us vintage enthusiasts that can mean a summer struggle concerning our hair. Too dry for cute hair, too humid for cute hair, too sticky for cute hair, too sweaty for cute hair! So, lately I've been playing with different styles of up-do's that still give me a retro look. I'm particular though. If I'm wearing a 1940s dress/outfit I don't really want to sport a rockabilly pomp. If I'm wearing a 1950s cocktail dress, I don't really want to rock a WWII swing style.  I'd like to provide for you some ideas for hair this week, so that you can be as silly as I about summer hair!

Today, I'm sharing one of my favs for rockabilly/greaser days. It's really simple and the tutorial is by a gal I discovered a long time ago, when I was just a little Jolie searching the internet for gals like me who love vintage style. Even if this tut…

My recipe: Brown-butter peaches, Crème Fraîche, and Blueberries

When the weather warms I always look forward to the bountiful summer produce. Last week I woke up wanting to use peaches and blueberries so I made up this recipe for a little elegant breakfast. And made it again for dessert. And I made it once more for the Jigglewatts when they were here at the lake house, receiving lots of happy "mmm's" and "ooo's." So I feel very excited and confident now to share my made-up summer fruit recipe with you today.

Brown-butter peaches, Crème Fraîche, and Blueberries:
6 sliced peaches
a large package of blueberries
14oz Crème Fraîche
vanilla
butter
sugar

On medium heat, brown 2 tablespoons of butter. Add peaches to butter followed with a light sprinkling of sugar and stir often.
While the peaches cook, whip 2 Tablespoons (or more to taste) of vanilla and one teaspoon of sugar with Crème Fraîche.  
Once the peaches have completely softened, spoon the peaches and juices from the pan into a small bowl. Top with Crème Fraîche
and blueberrie…

The Best Parts of Our Selves

I'm spending the week at the lake house, beginning with a retreat with my favorite burlesque family. It's important every once in a while for artists (in this modern world especially) to escape to a place of tranquility and so to escape together as a group was magnificent. Burlesque is a world of different opinions and ideals (both a blessing and a perpetual issue.) Therefore, there are times when it is essential for a group of burlesque artists to re-find common ground and to make an effort to really share the best parts of our selves. I truly feel that we've come out the other side of this brief interlude as better troupe members and there is no denying that the Jigglewatts are simply unique. There are very few troupes who function as we do - a group of headliners, who come together to preserve and to create resulting in something wonderful. I feel lucky indeed to be a part of a sensation so rare.

We've nourished our minds, bodies and souls with positivity, laughter…

Summer Stripes

Summer is here! And though the rainy weather seems to be dominant, that hasn't stopped the heat from arriving in waves. Once the warmth, the cicadas, and So You Think You Can Dance make their summer appearance I know its time to change the linens, store my winter coats, and fill the entry way with sunglasses and citronella.

I'm finding myself gravitating not only to the usual corals and nautical trimmings of the season, but also to a certain kind of boho blue & white trend. I'm falling in love with textiles that come from Mexico and Peru, but also Greece and Morocco. Something about blue and white creates a calming and cooling effect, as if they are suggesting "you don't mind the heat so much, it's actually quite elegant."

I can't wait to add these touches into my home today! Stay cool everyone -- xo, Jolie