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Dear Friends,

I found this dress 3 years ago in the 8th Avenue Antique Mall in Nashville.  I tried it on and fell in love, but they were asking $80 for it and just could bring myself to spend that kind of money on it.  I returned one week later with intentions of bitting the bullet and buying it despite the price tag, but it was gone!  I’ve searched for it there many times since that day to no avail.

Then, a few months ago, I was driving past one of my favorite East Nashville vintage shops – Fanny’s House of Music – on a Saturday.  They had rack upon rack of vintage clothing set-up on the lawn outside the shop.  I parked my car and started searching through the beautiful pieces.  I was shocked when I slid aside a polyester 70’s jumper and revealed this beautiful dress!  It found me!

Beautiful Blue 1940’s Waitress uniform
This dress truly has an ingenious design.  It’s a wrap dress and it has interchangeable front pieces.  So, if you spill coffee on the front of your uniform, you can just go into the back, undo the buttons, switch up the wrap, and voila!  You have a clean uniform on again!

I love the color and the durable cotton material.  I do feel a bit like a Disney Character in it though as I mention in the H&M Life fashion Feature Video:

Thanks for reading Friends!

Best,
Nora Jane

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Dear Friends,

I am at the 77th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia camping with my dad and PJ and many of my best friends. While visiting with dear friends Johnny & Mary, Mary told me she had brought one of her mother’s dresses from the 50’s with her to show me. So tried it on and my oh my, what a beautiful garment! She told me I need to take it home with me. Thank you so much Mary!

I did feel a little overdressed next to the mallard camper….

Thanks for reading friends!
Nora Jane

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Dear Friends,

For about a year now, I have been gawking at hand painted Mexican circle skirts on EBay but I’ve never bid on one as they’re always up in the hundreds of dollars. Today I found three beautiful skirts at Mars in Berkeley, CA– all under 50 bucks. I would most certainly taken one home with me if they had been darker/brighter colors (which work best on stage.).

I will continue my search.

Thanks for reading friends!!

Best,
Nora Jane

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Dear Friends,

This beautiful hand-made 1940’s house dress belonged to a woman named Nora, the great-grandmother of a good friend of mine, Ms. Macon Gurley.  Nora lived in north-eastern Virginia and she was a darn good seamstress with impeccable taste in fabric.    This is a wrap dress featuring a side tie, collar, and pocket.  Primary colored flowers pop out on a teal and white stripe backdrop.

Thanks Nora!  And thanks for reading friends.

Best, Nora Jane

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