A Sparkling Vintage Life

Reflections on an Evening Bag

I found this gorgeous beaded evening bag in a consignment shop in Geneva, Illinois. It’s a reproduction, but so au courant for the 1920s that I’m sure Marjorie would approve. I very seldom get the opportunity to carry an evening bag, as I don’t go to...

Sunday Serenade: Give Me That Old Time Religion

Don’t you hate it when ad jingles take over a completely innocent song? I confess, I can’t listen to “Give Me That Old Time Religion, It’s Good Enough for Me” without hearing “I Am Stuck On Band-Aids, ‘cuz Band-Aid’s...

Fashionable Friday: Too, Too Tulle

I was browsing through a vintage style book when I ran across this choice paragraph about party clothes: “You should always determine whether a party calls for an evening length skirt or for daytime clothes. Sunday night suppers often find women in long skirts...

Retro Recipe Wednesday: HAM-SEASONED PEAS

During the Great Depression, food budgets were tight, and meat had to stretch a long way. In this 1930s-era dish, the ham plays a supporting role, not a starring one. It’s a great way to use up leftovers. The ham-and-pea combination always makes me think of...