Recently I have been drawn to the fifties, cooking, aprons, baking, and other such nonsense. I have never been a great, or even good cook at that, but when my mother dearest mentioned wanting an apron and I began browsing, I was met with an onslaught of adorable and vintage inspired aprons. I knew immediately I must possess one. But, I was not sure I deserved such an apron, especially when I thought back to the fifties when the women who wore such garments were household masterminds. Their house (at least in my imagination and on the tele) were immaculate, their cooking superb, their husbands happy, and their children were well mannered and well groomed, all the while wearing a splendid pair of heels, and of course, a coordinating apron. So, with that in mind, I set out a few tests to see if I was a worth candidate for such a charming apron. Since I am neither a wife nor a mother (to humans, to dogs I am a mother) I figured my trials should revolve around the kitchen, cooking and baking to be exact, because as I mentioned before, neither of these are my strong suits. I decided I would attempt three recipes: the first was a pasta dish where I actually had to chop vegetable (fresh from the farmer’s market) and I had to peel and cook fresh garlic, for the first time ever. My next task was to make a quiche; my quiche of choice was a green chile, mushroom, onion, and blue cheese quiche. And last was my mission to bake something other than just a cake out of a box; so I made cake pops! All of the dishes were successful, and I will later be posting the recipes and how the actual experience of cooking went for me, because now my main focus is the prize of the apron! So I began browsing for my apron...
There was this adorable cupcake inspired one from Flirty Aprons
Or this black and white gingham with red accents, which is a very classic option, from Vintage Aprons
I decided on the last one, not because it was the cutest, because they were pretty much tied in my book, but because of convenience. I went down to the store and took it home instead of waiting to have one shipped! I was just that excited.
That got me thinking about other inspiration from that era, and how I can incorporate the awesomeness of vintage style, home and fashion, into my daily life. Here are a few pictures of what I would like to be like as a mom and wife, perhaps not quite so naughty, or perhaps that naughty, one never knows….
I mean, that picture up there is just so frigging adorable.
I loved the idea of this picture,
My modernized version of this would be me, in a retro-inspired kitchen with appliances from
My ideal kitchen would look something like this
or this, sans the red paint,
And I could be wearing something this stunning
With my hair up like this
Or for a more modern version, without the poof....
Ahhh, it seems like a dream to have that kind of kitchen, to look that elegant while cooking, and to maintain such a high standard of flawlessness without turning into a wretched, wicked Stepford wife...
Black and White Christmas Porch
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