There are probably many differences in the way Autumn officiates itself in each State, but I think that last week marked the “full bloom” of the season here in Southern Ohio. Every Summer I anticipate this time of year with many wonderings and thoughts about what vibrant colors the leaves will show, and thankfully I have yet to be disappointed by the autumnal pallet. I was quite inspired by what I was observing out our windows last week, thus it was without much hesitation that I plucked this dress off its hanger to wear it to Sunday service.
Many moons ago my kind mother made this 50’s dress for me. It was around this time of year too, and I couldn’t help but think that it was missing a layer of warmth. Being a very singular style of dress, I new my outfit needed a jacket that looked 50’s, and so I convinced Mom to make the same bodice, and just shorten the skirt piece to about hip length. And that is how I got my Autumn 50’s Sunday best. I love it. Have loved it. Will continue to love it. The lines spell perfection, no?
My hair is another story… I wasn’t even certain that it would turn out to be acceptable no matter how I styled it! Eventually my fingers found the right way to flip and pin it in place and in the end I got a rather 40’s looking hair do. Hmm. I told myself that nobody at Church would notice the difference in eras I was wearing, but for you vintage fanatics out there, I have a suspicion that you would think very differently. Haha! Oh well. Sometimes my hair begs to be put in a particular style depending on how I slept on it the night before, so I don’t think I would have gotten anywhere with any other approach. ;P
These lovely heels were a GoodWill find from several years ago… actually I think I found them around the same time my dress was finished! I completely forgot about that coincidence! Anyhoo, although they are not the most comfortable footwear, they do add a completeness to any vintage outfit, and that is why I like them.
Perhaps a little update on the current happenings here in the Boyer home is needed at this time? We three have had one of the most difficult weeks in our history of singing. Namely, we have come down with very bad colds, and we were supposed to have performed on Thursday at a retirement home, and again on Friday night at a retirement Village (with dinner provided), and to top it all off we were supposed to have appeared at another singing engagement tonight at a Church Social (also provided with dinner)! All had to be cancelled! Can you believe the irony in that? This was going to be one of our fullest weeks this Fall, and now it has turned into a week of staying home, relaxing with a hot cup of tea and tissues in either hand.
I can’t say that we enjoyed making those “let-them-all-down” phone calls, but thanks to Brigi, we did. There were tears shed, and our hearts were needlessly filled with guilt. “Guilt?” Well, yes, but only because this was the first time we have had to make such a big let-down. “But you can’t sing when your head is falling off from sneezing and coughing!” Yes, we know, but it doesn’t eliminate the fact that many people over the course of three nights will have had to change their agendas because three young singers were ill. *sigh* It’s just not fun…
On a contemplative note, we could have been spared from a car crash. We could have lost our voices. Something could have happened that would be far worse that what is happening now. What I am trying to say is, God is ultimately in control of everything that is happening all over the world presently, and we can’t lift a finger without His will being done! This is the biggest comfort of all–we couldn’t have done anything, even if we tried, to keep from getting this cold! I’ll be honest with you, we do a lot of things to keep ourselves as healthy as possible to make these gigs, but this time the Lord decided we needed to stay home.
CREDITS // Author: Jessica Boyer; Photography: Charlotte Boyer; Photos edited with VSCO Presets