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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Liebster blog award .. came my way. Yay!

Hello there!

Most bloggers, at some point, have heard of or received the Liebster award. I have attempted to learn about this award, I have visited a lot of blogs and I found the following information:

  • This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.
  • It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend (really?)
  • It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people.
  • The choice lies within each of us to ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby STOPPING or INTERRUPTING the chain
Here are the rules:

1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & Paste the award to your blog.
4. Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 3000 followers.
5. Inform them of their nomination by leaving comment on their blog.

I was ever so fortunate to receive the lovely award from darling Porcelina and as the rules imply; I hereby give her a huge hug & a "thank you, darling!" (follow the link to see her award ... and visit her lovely blog - she deserves your attention).

Here's the award she gave me(and my A's to her Q's):

1. Do you have a party trick?
Naturally, I do have a trick or two. Here's how I found my way around those awkvard situations where you're invited to a party where you don't know anyone (you know those..). I ask the host if I can help with the serving/drinks. When you serve drinks - there's no way you'll stay unnoticed. Everyone will engage a conversation, ask for "the best choice" and you will not end up pushed in a corner.
2. What was the last book you read?
Last book I read was Brigitte Schwaiger's "How does the Salt get into the Sea?" - I highly recommend it. It's quite strange take on love and relationship; and it was refreshing.
3. The desert island question - if you were stranded, what 3 items would you want with you?
I came prepared: Firstly my glasses (not only do they help me see, but they can also help me make fire). Second, I'd have to say a knife (naturally) and let me get something elaborate to put in third place - pearl necklace (a girl needs to be glamorous no matter WHERE she is)
4. Who is your favourite classical composer and why?
Not just because he seems to be everyone's first hint on the word "classical" - it's Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and it's because of his 1812 Overture, that he called "very loud and noisy, but I wrote it with no warm feeling of love, and therefore there will probably be no artistic merits in it."
5. What's the best thing about where you live?
The space that lacks people on a Sunday afternoon, when I take my walks. The clear air and the absence of sounds makes it just serene. 
6. What celebrities have you ever met?
Sadly, I can't say I met any. I did saw some of our local famous folk - but nobody "huge". I guess I don't "mingle" enough.
7. What beauty products do you use on a daily basis?
Cold cream. I swear, it keeps my skin in order - and it's been a problem for a long time. No "posh" products in my cabinet, dear friends. Just a good old cold cream. (I'll post about it)
8. What's your favourite thing to cook?
I don't cook ("How is that possible" I hear you say). I live with my mom and dad. I do bake. My favorite is (and I've wrote this before) strudel.
9. Do you have a career separate to blogging?
My blog is my diary. I don't consider myself a blogger (I'm just a Senior Associate for Environmental Issues in a municipal administration that blogges on occasion)
10. Do you have any phobias?
Why - yes, yes I do. Here it is: Misophonia, literally "hatred of sound", is a neurological disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds. Mine is munching and slurping of foods.
11. What do you know about your family history and ancestors?
Some days I believe I know nothing about my family. The truth is: I know quite much (minus the parts of my grandpa's life in WWII - he never ever said a word to anyone about those years)


OK. Let me chose five friendly bloggers (that are in NO OBLIGATION what so ever to receive this award) to answer my 11 questions.

The bloggers are:
  1. Joanna from Dividing Vintage Moments
  2. Susan from Susan's Diary
  3. Annie from Story She Wrote
  4. Sara from Lilies and Remains  and
  5. Linsay from Linday Lane's Timewrap 

And, allow me to ask you:
  1.  If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?
  2. What did you do on your 21st birthday?
  3. If you were going to write a book, what would you call it and what would it be about?
  4. How do you feel about public speaking?
  5. Who's your favourite Villain/Baddie?
  6.  Do you often read your horoscope?
  7. If a loved one was to serenade you, what song would you most like them to sing? Oh, and WHY?
  8. Whats your favourite personality trait you like about yourself?
  9. Do you have to wear glasses?
  10.  How do you handle a surprise party (if you had any – how did you react, if you haven’t had one – would you like to and why)
  11. And, naturally, my ever so famous question: Cat or a Dog?

I would like to invite you all to participate (it's fun!) and please, let me know about it - so that I can see what you had to say on these questions.

Have a lovely weekend, my dear friends.

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Thursday, 28 November 2013

First snow of the season - we must sing about it.

Hello there.

If you ask my calendar, it's still Autumn; however, if you take a look out the window - you'll see snow on the streets. The sharp air makes a good brisk walk put a color to my cheeks.

I know it's unusual for me to ask of you to read poetry, but this little poem found me (not the other way around). It's as clear and clean as the snow outside my window:

The Snowman
by Wallace Stevens (1921)

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

I'm not much of a winter-person. I prefer Autumn.
But on a clear day such as this one, I can't help but loving the inspiration it gives.

May you have a wonderful day!
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

BURDA Wednestay

Hello there.

My week is going in such a rush, that I've just noticed it's Wednesday - BURDA day. Without further ado, I'm letting you enjoy the "latest" from July 1952.
(again, the set is ruined, so a lot of the pages are missing. I know, I'd want them to be there for you all, but it is what it is.. as my folks here like to say "Better some-thing than no-thing".

Absolute hit in the 1950s is the polka dot. But this is not just a polka dot. The pattern of love-bugs, the color of Sun. Perfect representative of summer.

Paterened dresses. 
Their lovely shape (hugging the waist and falling freely down) gives a lady freedom of movement.. I'd have to say it here: it's a freedom no pants can provide.

Another set of lovely trio. I don't know would I be brave enough to wear such a bold design as the one in the middle.

THESE I'd wear any day.

Embroidery was quite popular back in 1950's. Every girl was able to sew, knit and emboider for herself and her dear ones. Not to mention, there was no TV (those who had it were considered posh) and no PC, so there was no distraction.

 Ready for your picnic? Or maybe a sail on a friend's boat?
I know I would not mind, especially not today, since it's muddy, wet, rainy, snowy day.

Elaborate exclusive models.
They represent lovely speciments of afternoon outfit.

This would be so lovely to have and wear to work.


For the end, let's sing it out:

She was afraid to come out of the locker
she was as nervous as she could be
she was afraid to come out of the locker
she was afraid that somebody would see

Two three four
tell the people what she wore

It was an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
that she wore for the first time today
an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
so in the locker she wanted to stay

Two three four
stick around well tell you more

She was afraid to come out in the open
so a blanket around her she wore
she was afraid to come out in the open
and so she sat bundled up on the shore

Two three four
tell the people what she wore

It was an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
that she wore for the first time today
an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
so in the blanket she wanted to stay

Two three four
stick around well tell you more

Now she's afraid to come out of the water
and i wonder what she's gunna do
now she's afraid to come out of the water
and the poor little girls turning blue

Two three four
tell the people what she wore

It was an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
that she wore for the first time today
an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
so in the water she wanted to stay

From the locker to the blanket
from the blanket to the shore
from the shore to the water
yes there isn't any more

Have a lovely day!
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Monday, 25 November 2013

Parisien chic - a gems from Tublr

Hey there!
Happy Monday everybody!

(take a look at the end of this post, I'll be introducing you to something new on Vintage - brought to my attention by my dear friend Jessica's post - go see her, how she shines!)

But, before that, let me show you another set of lovely 1930's gals from Paris. Without doubt, these are my all time favorite garment-style.

Green, violet and marine-blue style dresses, something I'd love to own and wear to work on my spring days. The detailing is precious, it makes all the difference to the ever-so-popular shirt dress.

These two garments would be perfect for a day like this - it's raining outside (I think I notices a bit of snow coming down, togehter with the rain).
These would make this ghastly weather feeli lot better.

Absolute elegance - white afternoon dress with purple cut-in details combined with fur (no one sais that it has to be REAL fur - as long as it's fluffy, it's divine).

More elaborate afternoon dresses. I'd say, these are for quite the formal gatherings, since their cut is conservative and their colors are black. The olive-green, however, is more appealing to me, and I'd chose it for a matinee.

Evning dresses.
Pink dress is build so it suits any gal, but the black one requires it's owner to be sleek and slender, since it's sleeves and the botton add deffinition and volume to the look.

These would suit us all. I can imagine the girl on the righ holding a dance card in her hands, meaning she's ready to fill it with names of her dance partners for the evening.
Wouldn't it be fabulous if we had the chance to be proud owners of such a card (and to be lucky enought to fill it up with names of handsome fellas) :)

Afternoon summer dresses - there's no mistake there. They simply state "I am your afternoon dress, do wear me to your date and have some ice-cream, dear".

About the New & Wonderful:
There's a new magazine out there!

It's called V&OAK (meaning Vintage & One Of A Kind style). Go, see it HERE.

This is what they say about them:
V&OAK is devoted exclusively to Vintage & One of A Kind style. Fashion, homeware, and lifestyle based on the unique, the handmade, customised, and rediscovered. We’re not about recreating looks from certain decades. We’re about mixing it up for timeless, individual style. If you share our ethos, don’t forget to subscribe to our emails, to get the latest stories from the world of Vintage & One of A Kind style direct to your inbox. We also offer several opportunities for getting involved with V&OAK.
This little gem is twice-a-year publishing, so don't miss it out.

My week will be a heptic one (so, I'm trying to prepare as much as I can now)
I hope you have a wonderful week.
Many hugs!
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Love story: I married a Good Time Charlie

Happy Sunday to everyone!

A week has passed quite quickly. It's time for another one of Heart throbs magazine's little gems. A love story indeed.

"Isn't Fran Skyes lucky?", people would say about me. "Imagine being married to the most popular man in town". Oh, it did seem exciting, to be the wife of Gordy Skyes, whose wonderful personality won over everyone who met him. But no one knew pf the pain that seared my heart, the aching loneliness that became my lot the day I married the Good Time Charlie.
..and here's the story:

 All is well that ends well.
Next week, I'll be quite busy with work (since I'm obligated to attend forums, seminars and a business fair); but I'll try to keep up with what's new in the "old" world.

Have a lovely Sunday my dear friends!

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Single girl's Do & Don't - when asked out on a date you...

Hello there.

I'm a bit inspired today, so I'm writing on a subject I'm closely related to (being single girl myself). It's a matter of etiquette on an evening out with a fella.
This little pictorial advices looked both funny and logical, so I've decided to share them with you (regardles of the fact8 that I know you've most probably seen them before)

Let's start our date, shall we?

Believe it or not, I've seen most of these.

Yesterday, I went on a friend-date
(it's one of those strange things to the outsider's eye).
I've met my male friend and we chatted for two hours. I'm a firm believer in an absolute possibility of male - female friendship.

Those ations would not be strange if, just before I met my friend,
I went on a book promotion. The book was about three male - female friendships that turn into love.
Author stood firm on her statement:
"Friendship between men and women are impossible". 

What do you you about it?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Will Fashions become utterly Fantastic - article from autumn 1942.

Hey there.

In the search for some hat history, I came across an article on The Old Magazine Articles. So, I'd say it's reading time.

The celebrated milliner John Harberger (1902 – 1993: a.k.a. John-Frederics or Mr John and John P. John) was a force in American fashion throughout much of the Forties and Fifties. He had a long and illustrious list of clients that was far too long to stuff into this little box - but you may be interested to know that two and a half years prior to the appearance of this article, he had gained even greater notoriety for designing one of the hats worn by Vivian Leigh in MGM's Gone with the Wind.

Fashion designer/mode philosopher Elizabeth Hawes (1903 – 1971) wrote the attached review - she was a great admirer of the fellow - illustrated with photos picturing nine of his hats from that autumn, the first autumn of the war (for the Americans). No mention was made concerning the rationing of fabrics.

CLICK on the images for a larger view, dearies.

Interesting, no?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

BURDA Wednesday

Hello dear friends.

Here's another Wednesday, and here's another set of images from Burda magazine. Yet again, it's a damaged issue, so the number of images is scarce.

Let us begin:

 Absolutely adorable polka-dot dress. 
Allow me to divert yout attention to the collar - it's very geometrical and suitable.

 Most amazing and most suitable for an afternoon date.
Gloves are such a contrast to the pastel dress.
The bag is charming, lovely color.

 Colorful dresses.
May is the month of bold patterns (the entire spring is the pattern - time)

 Afternoon dresses.
When indoors, take the blazer off. When outdooors, put it on.
The blazers of May were cut in a diferent fashion - just take a look at
the edges and large buttons.

 Bath time.
Ladies looked glamourous even when applying their toiletry.

 Gloves, lovely ladies hand craft.
At the bottom right - dress made of washable silk.
It's quite innocent.

 By now, we must realized - the fashion for May is blue and white.
Again, the blazer is elaborate, with large buttons and an interesitng cut.
The dress on the bottom right has a transparent upper part and the lovely collar.

Like mother - like daughter.
My mom and I had a matching sweateres. They were bright red. 
I loved the days when mom weared hers and then I simply HAD to put on mine
(even if we weren't at the same place I knew we looked the same)

I hope you enjoy this set of images.
Have a lovely week!

♥♥ Pinky Honey