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Monica Haehl
Interests: lindy hop, diy, vintage style, cooking, sewing, baking, crochet, interior design, coffee, 1930s, charleston
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this is breath taking!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2011 on The "Homage to Elizabeth" Slip at The Sew Weekly
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First, I love Particularly their palette yarn. 100% wool yarn in dozens of gorgeous bright colors for $1.99 a ball. Its too good. Their big thing is affordable luxury knitting, and they are really good at it. My birthday was last weekend (21, woohoo!) and I decided to treat myself to a yarn stash-expansion and some new books that I had been eyeing for ages. Mason-Dixon Knitting and The Big Book Of Socks. I am most excited about the basic fingering weight tube socks (from The Big Book Of Socks) and the After Dark Robe from Mason-Dixon Knitting. Because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at Monica Haehl's blog
Lindy Hop isn't just another dance. Its not something the gum chomping little girls rattle off as their after school activities like “taaaapjazzandballet”. When you don't embrace the history. When you proclaim how ugly vintage clothing is, when you think watching clips is a waste of time, you make it just another dance. Its not. I can't dress vintage everyday. For me it's just not practical, but I like to whenever I can. When I dress vintage I remember my grandmothers and great grandmothers. I remember the women who made this dance great. If you want to wear skinny jeans... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
Alright Victoria Secret, I can appreciate your $2.99 panty sales as much as the next gal,I will admit that you make very supportive bras (even if the sizing runs small),and my friends that wear your perfume always smell delightful. However, none of these things can make up for this image. I can expect to see unusually protruding collar bones and over-injected faces. I can expect for most of your models to look 17,but this? Such blatant glorification of eating disorders? I CAN SEE HER IT'S WHOLE PELVIS.'re not even trying to make your models look healthy anymore. Back in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
This time of year I have a tendency to not want to leave my bed or get out of my pajamas. When I do leave the house I feel super frumpy, because I'm wearing my boyfriend's old sweater, yoga pants,sneakers, no get the idea This season I have made it my goal to avoid depression clothing in an "Eat This Not That" style. 1. I wear cardigans and pashminas instead of hoodies and my boyfriend's old sweaters. I just bought a really cute light gray one for this. 2. I will only leave the house wearing real pants, not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
I have been meaning to write about this for awhile because its something I feel quite strongly about.Making the switch from disposable menstrual products to reusable ones. As a teenager the idea of reusable products was never attractive to me. The only menstrual cup I had heard of was the keeper, which is brown and ugly. Reusable pads seemed icky. Something someones hippie mom came up with.Being tired of spending $12 a box ever month for "the nice kind" of tampons and after having a few lovely tampon-induced yeast infections I decided it was time. I did a bunch of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
6 or 7 years ago I tried really hard to learn to knit. I had started some anti-depressants that turned me into a total insomniac and spent my time not sleeping watching how to knit instructional videos on youtube. I was much less patient then and convinced it was my left handedness keeping me back once again. I was certain that I would never be able to learn, like rolling your tongue it was probably a dominant gene that I had not received. My Aunt Monica taught me to crochet not long after that. It was so easy to pick... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
I am challenging myself to not breakdown and buy a pair of cheap flip flops to wear all summer. Even around the house. They are not at all stylish and I kinda have this thing about strangers seeing my bare feet, but that is neither here nor there. I have been wanting a pair of 40s style wedge sandals, but most of the ones I find look way geriatric and cost $200. Even though I am totally willing to not cheap out on shoes, that is simply too much. Despite being crocs brand, I think these are pretty cute and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
First, I love this skirt. I am pretty sure I can mash Simplcity 4044 and Simplicity 5259. Not quite sure though, I might need some help. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
So for a really long time I have been lusting after the American Apparel Fine Jersey T dress. Which is fine and lovely, but is basically a rectangle with armholes and definitely not worth $26. Yes, yes I understand the whole "this is expensive because its sweat-free" thing. But I think its more adult-olescent hipsters will pay anything for something cool. I'm hacking up a couple tshirts tonight and making a few of this dress. I will absolutely post results. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
I fail at pantyhose. I can never keep a pair for longer than a wear and a half. First its a pain to find something that is light enough but not white, usually the "Ivory" is a tad too white and usually too opaque. On top of that, They always run when I pull them over my butt the second time, and this is with the right size.So,Usually I just wear tights when I have to. I have a pair of nude fishnets I got a few years ago at target for $2. I wear them all the time. But... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
I absolutely adore stop staring dresses. However, I can never see myself spending $140 on a dress. This is the dress I want. Stop staring Ashley dress in dove grey. This is the dress I'm going to make. McCall's cut to fit 5975 I would love it in grey with a burgundy belt and in light, almost tiffany blue with a cherry red belt. *sigh* Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
Lately I have been a little obsessed with vintage-style lounging pajamas. I used to have a 1950s long silk robe with a very loud floral print, but something bad happened to it and it now has the ugliest stain on it ever. I really miss having a silk robe, poly-satin just isn't the same. It doesn't have the same loft or warmth. What I really want is something like this. Short, silk,full sleeves. However, I don't have $215 lying around to drop on a dressing gown. I am planning to make a robe from Shelia Brennan's Book One Piece Wearables... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
Quit turning Marilyn Monroe into a feminist Icon. I mean it. I am done with hearing “Marilyn Monroe was a size 12”,”Marilyn Monroe was a size 14” and ”Marilyn Monroe wouldn't get a job in movies today”. This was a woman on the first cover of playboy and one of the first celebrities to undergo plastic surgery. But not the first to claim “perfect” measurements (36,24,36),marry for money, have multiple husbands,get in trouble for posing nude,compulsively bleach her hair, die of a prescription drug and booze cocktail. She did nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary for her time,or ours.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at Monica Haehl's blog
I have tried to stop carrying a purse. I tend to forget it palaces or lose it in my own house. On top of that my favorite one is starting to look a little ratty and I want to keep it longer. I have found out I can almost get away with just my little wallet and lipstick.I made myself a cute little wallet from this tutorial l and it has held up pretty well. Yesterday when I spent too much time at the mall in search of a dress that could pass off as "flapper". I found a few... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Monica Haehl's blog
So I have been trimming my own bangs for awhile now. This is mostly because I am impatient and when I notice my bangs looking shaggy,I like to head directly toward the bathroom and spend 10 minutes cussing at myself...Just kidding...sort of. Finding the "right" length has been interesting and I'm still not quite sure that I've found it. I think they need to be short enough to be kind of retro,and not look too hipster. I like it to be somewhere between Claudette Colbert in Cleopatra (1934),Jane Birkin, and Anna Karina. Any shorter It looks just like they did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Monica Haehl's blog
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