Saturday, August 31, 2019

Clothes Calls

Another week in retro fashion! My goal is to wear more of what makes me happy but chose not to do crinolines this week because I wasn't feelin' it.

When I dress like this strangers stop to tell me how cute my outfits are. Most common is You are adorable. I don't know if that counts as a compliment or just a statement of fact. After all, I Am adorable!  Just see for yourself:

Oh, the things you see in a toy store!

That Girl aspirations with Golden Girls reality.

40s feeling in black and attitude.

Whenever I wear this dress I feel like I should be working in a hospital office.. Since I love bossing people around, I like that.

I didn't wear this out but did have fun channeling Mrs. Brady in prep for time traveling back to 1970 next week

What I often wear when I go out thrifting. My Parks and Recreation t shirt. Why do Bubbles suddenly appear every time I am near? Can't be my bubbly personality! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Curious Curator - You Tube Edition

The Curious Curator - I watch crap so... you can too! Frankly, I cannot fathom why I've been put on this earth if not to share what I love and what I've learned with others.
Yes, even if the 'others' could care less or would rather I keep my opinions to myself.

Who better? Unlike those dopes on radio or so-called influencers who only have their own self interests at heart, Auntie Helen wants to make the world a better place. Because Auntie Helen has to live here too.

With that in mind, (watching crap, sharing, making the planet a better place for Helen to live) let me tell you what awesome things I've discovered this week. Some may have been around awhile but Helen has just now fallen in love with them. My criteria for making this list is that simple. I like it, I've watched it in the past week. Today's curiosity: YouTube.

I cannot believe I didn't know there were whole channels of people trying on cheap wigs for our amazement! Here is my absolute fav find this week, and not just because she reminds me so much of me. Well, okay, that's a lot of it. But also, CHEAP WIGS!!

I try never to flip my wig. I only own the one and wouldn't want it getting caught on the ceiling fan! (Because it would stay there a year before I finally got a broom and batted it down)

And Randy Feltface. My son made me watch it. As an author and general person who like wicked humor I fell in love. Bad language bonus points ;)

Pete Holmes. Just put the name in the YouTube Search bar and listen. He's a stitch and can be so honest and thoughtful. I couldn't pick one.

I've seen this, or ones like it a ton of times. But I watched this one 2xs last week, so thought you'd love it too.

The Westinghouse All Electric Home

Those 70s commercials - doing research for a 1970s project and found these gems. Enjoy!

Sue Anne Nivens... I mean BETTY WHITE! I'll have what she's having... to clean my kitchen.

Those are my recommendations. I watched a lot more. YouTube is like picking a fight with me over who's supposed to put the laundry away. If I'm home for more than a half an hour, It's ON.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

HATS OFF! And on.

I love hats. I mean, waaaaay too much for this day and age. Meaning the days when people think of hats as red flags or camouflage and this age... my age, which long ago moved from sweet young thing to sassy senior. Still, I love them and I love wearing them. I love the looks I get, which are not always approving.

That's okay. The only time I seek approval is when I've swiped my card at the vintage shop. That emphatic APPROVED is all I need.

For this I staged some but others needed to be modeled. I tried to convince my dogs to do it but I couldn't reach an agreement with their agent, the cat. Meow-ch.

So hang on to your hat... because if it's cute, I may steal it! And here we go:

That 70's look

A beaded beauty

Audrey would approve, don't you think?
Audrey again.
For a lady who has had way too many breakfasts, (none at Tiffany's sadly), I do love trying to look like
 Miss Holly Golightly

Aunt Bea and her pal Clara

I remember ladies wearing this kind of hat and love it but haven't found a reason to wear it.

1960s GOLD number.  Not easy to get a good photo of it but it's tres chic.

The hat that has gotten the most wear this summer.

Pink pillbox. So sweet. The hat, not the person wearing it.

Last Week in Wardrobe

 What I wore, all a mix of vintage and vintage inspired clothes and accessories.

Can't decide whether to call this dres Martina, because it looks a bit like a tennis dress or Mrs. Lazenbee because it looks like the kind of dress a neighbor back in the day would wear. 
I call this dress LUCY, for obvious reasons. I have an Ethyl but I didn't wear her this week.

The pajama game. With vintage bed jacket. People really should wear more matching jammies and jackets, don't you think?

Monday, August 19, 2019

What the World Needs Now...

For the umpteenth time I am giving up writing. Not all writing. There will still be grocery lists, and goofy notes to my kids, social media posts and hopefully blog entries. But books?
I'm done.

Once, upon finding out I had so many books published (42? 43? 46? - not sure), a young woman said to me (dreamily) I've never met anyone who actually had their dream come true! It is pretty amazing, isn't it? (Dreams coming true, not meeting me - though that can be a trip too)
I've worked hard at sustaining that dream for the last couple of decades but I do not discount  the roll dumb luck and never giving up because I was too dumb to know how impossible it was played in it all.
Maybe my luck and dumbness has run out. Well, luck at least.
I suspect I have plenty of dumb stockpiled and if I don't I know a lot of people working hard on developing new streams of it every day. Either way, I'm leaving the literary life. Again. This time, though, I think it will stick.
Here's why -
Walked into Barnes and Noble the other day and got that old shiver of delight and expectation at being among so many ideas, insights. Wow. So much creativity and effort. SO much!

Every shelf, every bin, every display was crowded with books (well, those not crammed with toys, games, collectibles, etc), each with an author whose hopes for readers, recognition, and perhaps riches equaled my own, I'm sure.

The idea of trying to make my 'voice' heard above it all is just overwhelming. Not that I haven't tried, and had success with both traditional and independent publishing. But, in all honesty, I've begun to wonder what's the point? There are so many stories out there now, so many characters, so many pages filled with print or screens filled with text. I asked myself if the world really needed more from me.
Except this one, of course. The world needs this one more book!

But if it doesn't (need more books) then... what was the purpose of me? My kids are grown. My husband is relatively self sufficient. My dogs sleep all day. My part time job is lovely but expendable. What do I do with my time that actually matters?

Well, I'm funny. And frank. Sometimes I try to make people think, or feel better about themselves and others (or to not let 'others' make them feel bad about themselves). I make friends. Most of those I will never meet in person but they are friends just the same. And I hope I make people's day brighter. Now THAT's a dream I wouldn't mind making come true for a long time to come. That's what the world needs more of... at least from me.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Topical Paradise

Click to Read Topic List!
I spent most of my adult life wondering when the real grown ups would show up and help me figure things out.
Looking back they were there all along in role models like my mom, my aunts, my friends and family. I found them in my faith, my community and my entertainment (books, Tv, Movies, songs, plays). So now it's my turn. I'm finally grown up (ISH) and here to help, if I can.
With that in mind I hope to create a format of topics to keep the focus on learning, growing, laughing and helping. Or at least reading about those things from the comfort of wherever you put up your pink glitter tennis shoes and open a screen.

Here's a sample of what I hope to include from time to time:

Never Wear a Bikini in the Secretarial Pool - When work isn't working, or you aren't, or your coworkers are more like co-slakers, Helen is here for you with tips and giggles.
Let a Smile Be Your Cocktail Umbrella - Just a little crazy mixed up mixology with that little ol' whine maker, Helen.
Men Only Want One Thing, Dinner/What to Make When Your Pot Luck Has Run Out - A retro recipe revival
Come Thrift With Me - When your ho-hum day needs a lift, come along with Helen and find some thrifts!
Hel's Kitsch'N'Sink - A summary of the week, with a little bit of everything.
Missed Manners - Life is full of rude awakenings, Helen tries to help you avoid a few.
The Curious Curator - A collection of things found on the web, memes, videos, articles, views on entertainment, books, movies, people I see while I'm out that just need talking about. And so on.
Going Out of IN Style - retro fashion
 Everything Old is New Again - repurposing old things. Hubby Hartman, beware!
HELEN HELPS! - Ask Helen anything, she may just tell you a thing or two.

If you are grown up or hoping to be so one day, make a suggestion for a topic. I'd love to hear from you.

Monday, August 5, 2019

When Life Throws You A Curve - Learn From It.

I don't have a long learning curve so much as a long overthinking everything curve. I have a list. I have some thoughts. I'll get this done. There may be some false starts but false starts are better than not starting at all. Right?
Right now I'm making lists, checking them twice... then twice again. Got big plans, great ideas, and hope to use this space to figure it all out.