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dear mae,

i’ve got an itch for some new glasses. i’m thinking i need a pair of 1960’s round frames. they aren’t exactly in my budget right now, but i still had fun trying on a few pairs of frames at hollywood vintage.  i’m thinking a new pair would make a fantastic christmas gift from my loving husband (are you reading this?).  these were a few of my favorites:

my desire for round frames is inspired by edith head, and winston churchill. can you have classier inspiration? i think not. the third pair is my favorite. or maybe it’s just that picture, what do you think? do they suit me?

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

for mother’s day (my first one!) tom took me into portland for breakfast and some light shopping (before i got super pooped and had to go home).  he stepped into lush with me and said, “yeah, just get whatever you want, i have to wait outside. it’s smelly in here.” awe, how sweet…. but really it is, that’s his way of saying “i love you, darling, why don’t you treat yourself to some lovely soaps and such, and i’ll wait outside so as not to deter or rush you, whatever you want, love.”

so, i took my time and smelled each bath bomb and picked a few that i loved from past experiences, and a couple of new ones, and gabbed and sampled and lusted and came away with a bunch of goodies. so much fun to shop there, if sometimes a little overwhelming (and a little smelly).

anywho, today i started my maternity leave, and doggoneit, i started it right.  had a gal pal and her baby over for dinner, watched peter davison defeat some cybermen while i painted my nails, and then bath time.  right now bath time is a bit of a double edged sword in that i can’t have the water too hot, my belly can’t fit under the water (apartment bathtub grrr) and it’s very hard to get in and out of, but on the other hand, i can appreciate it so much more, my muscles feel so relaxed and i can sit in there for an hour without even thinking about getting out.

tonight i went for a rosy theme, which happens to be one of my favorite scents of all time. i’m longing for some of the rose tea i got from the test gardens last summer with my mom.  first i ran my bath over the madame butterfly reusabubble bubble bar filling my bath with pink suds and a rosy aroma, yet shortly after getting into the tub i was left with nothing but pink water (this product is no longer availible on lush’s website, maybe this is why).   so when that was done with i tossed in a tisty tosty bath bomb because i was feeling a bit jipped, and this totaly did the trick. it smells so good i felt like it was a waste to drain the sweet smelling water.  something in it reminds me of tinker bell makeup from when i was a kid, but i can’t place it.  and now it’s time to relax with a cup of tea and some granny squares.  i keep sniffing my arms, i smell so good….

those are real little rosebuds in there! maybe i’ll remember to take them out of the tub before tom steps on them thinking they are weird wet dead bugs in the bath. or maybe i won’t.

i know the rest of my maternity leave isn’t going to smell nearly this pleasant or be this relaxing, but i’m wholeheartedly looking forward to it. tomorrow i’m having some professional photos taken but other than that i’ve got nothing on my calender but baby birthing and child rearing! 

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

i’m getting down to the wire, and to be honest, it’s boring. this may or may not be the last time in my entire life that i can actually claim boredom.  i put together a nice “mom look” today to go run some errands and clean house (i hate the term nesting).  i put my hair up in a turban threw on some eyeliner and lipstick (as i was running out the door to catch the bus), i’m really stretching my maternity wardrobe now (literally, these pants are barley holding at the seams, i didn’t realize that this big belly came with a matching butt and thighs).

vintage scarf courtesy of a new dress a day giveaway!

holy crap stunned look on my face.  that is a huge belly.

and nothing better than a wack-a-doodle self portrait to make your own mom look more normal.

anyway, i’m down to the final stretch, only 23 days until my due date, so basically any day now! i can hardly believe it! i’ve made a few minor adjustments in the nursery i plan on sharing with you before the week is through assuming i don’t get caught up in the rest of my to do list, or something even more exciting!

❤ betty

p.s. have you seen my nursery on apartment therapy? i’m pretty proud!

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dear mae,

my hair and i have become rather close lately.  i’ve become a near pro at the the art of the beehive, and sport one whenever i wake up early enough.  i love it when gals on the street stop me to tell me “that is the best hair i’ve ever seen” (true story! eek!) but then i get a little sad when they say “i could never do that.” i assure you you can! it just takes at least medium length hair, loads of teasing and hairspray and a hand full of bobby pins.  i like to zazz mine up with a scarf or a ribbon, mostly because the back of my hair ends up falling out by the end of the day.  i owe my big hair to a one miss kerry from yours truly, x.

please excuse the fearful look in my eye, i hate taking self portraits, they always look weird.

this is my favorite workday hairdo, my boss says it makes me look fast, like my head is on fire or something.

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

it’s a good thing i’ve redone my bathroom, because i’ve been spending a lot of time in there.  not like that. i’ve been trying for about a week to perfect the victory roll.  my hair is just getting long enough now that it’s super fun to play with all kinds of vintage hairstyles, and latley i’m enamored with the victory roll.  it took me about forty minutes this morning, and about a dozen youtube tutorials, but i finally got it!

it’s a little sloppy, but i just need some more practice.

ladies in the 1940’s sported this look, along with many more to perk up their rationed wardrobes.  women were joining the workforce in droves and pulled themselves into boring work-a-day uniforms, and needed an outlet for some style and creativity.  i can definitely relate to wanting to spunk up boring work clothes.

❤ betty

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dearest maemers,

when i started this job, i was slightly down-trodden by the extremely strict dress code: black and white. maybe khaki.  no tattoos, no piercings, no self expression at all. or so i thought.  i’ve lately become obsessed with trying to show off some personal style in the workplace, mostly by way of hair and makeup.  you can tell me what to wear, but you can’t dictate how i wear it! except for the tucked in shirt thing, which i will never understand.  i’ve made myself a high-waisted black pencil skirt and pair it with a white collared shirt most days.

i picked myself up a curling iron and some red lipstick and i feel like myself again.  now instead of spending twenty minutes trying to decide what to wear in the morning i spend that time hopelessly trying to get some rolls to work in my too short hair.

❤ 4 ever,

betty

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dear mae,

tom always buys the best gifts! this year for my birthday he bought me a bunch of bath goodies from lush, and i can’t get enough of bathtime! last night i tried the dorothy bubble bar, and i have to say, it was amazing.  it was like when you were a kid and got in trouble for using way too much bubble bath.  the bubbles were thick as latte foam and rose over the top of my tub.  i felt like a glamorous pin up soaking and scrubbing.  the bar runs about $6, but if you break it into thirds (i didn’t think of this, but got a damn good bath out of it) you get a little more bang for your buck.

i was so sudsy when i got out of the bath i had to shower to rinse all of the bubbles off myself and out of my tub,  but when i got out i put on my favorite jim-jams and ate popcorn and watched a movie with tom.  so lovely….

❤ betty

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