Thursday, June 15, 2017

MAAM WWII Weekend 2017 - Pt1

Well, here I am finally sitting down to write a proper blog post! I'm going to make this a two part because I have so many photos I want to share. But I don't think any of you will mind. ;)

I've blogged a few times in the past about attending the Mid Atlantic Air Museum's annual WWII Weekend. (You can read all my past posts here!) Seriously! If you have a chance to attend, do so! This three day event has something to offer everyone. It's part air show, part reenactment and thoroughly educational! This year was by far the most fun for me. Over my many years of reenacting, I've come to know some great people and many of them I only get to see once or twice a year at events like this. This year was extra fun because I hand to chance to spend time with Emileigh of Flashback Summer! We've been online friends for a few years now, having met through our blogs and chatting more online. Hooray for finally getting to meet people in real life! lol! Emileigh had never attended a reenactment so I invited her to come a camp with my group. She fit in perfectly!

So here's our humble little home for the weekend. My husband and I normally camp when we attend 18th century events but our tent and gear for that time period wont work for 1940s/WWII style  camping. So we invested in a small Army wall tent a few years back. Best thing ever! We even set up a wash station behind the tent so Emileigh and I had some place to sit and do our hair and makeup in the mornings.

This is my favorite arts-y shot from the weekend!

A good amount of our time was spent exploring the different military camps, homefront display, French village, shopping at the vendors and visiting with friends.

Emileigh and I with Elizabeth of @archivecollection 

Emileigh and I with Beth (@onesweetthread), Jessica, and Michelle (@myvintageloveblog)

I'm slowly building my collecting of WWII WAVES uniforms and with the help of Sara of @iliveinmylab/wwiiwaves, I was able to track down a set of whites. The whites are the summer uniform for the WAVES, and let me tell you, SO COMFORTABLE!! They could use another soak before I wear them to my next event but over all I'm super happy with them. I also need to add a white cover for my purse. It's pretty interesting to note that the same black leather purse is used with both the summer and winter uniforms. The only change is to remove the strap and add the white cover when worn with the whites. Sara is going to help me with that as well. Oddly, the true color of the uniform is more of an off white or egg shell even though they are worn with a bright white blouse.

I loaned my set of blues to Emileigh to wear to the hanger dance Saturday night. She totally caught the reenacting bug because she asked me to help her pick out a uniform when we hit the vendors the next day!! We had a great time dancing and visiting with friends.

I have some additional photos from around camp that I will save for another post. In the mean time, hope over to Emileigh's blog and check out her post about the event.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Vintage Fashion Challenge

Hello all! No I haven't totally disappeared from the blogger world, I have just been slacking when it comes to my blog this year. There are a variety of reasons but I won't get into them now. I have been a bit more active on Instagram as some of you may have seen. This is due largely to some awesome ladies in the blogging/vintage world. Sara, Carla and Jenny created the Vintage Fashion Challenge and I decided to play along.

I'm sharing just a few of my posts from the challenge, to see more hop on over to my Instagram page.

 I have several exciting posts planned for June (with TONS of photos!!!) so stay tuned as I dive back into blogging!!
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