Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com) is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. Handbag lover. Avid Jazzerciser. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Choc-aholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Book and Bag w Vicki Batman - It’s really Simplicity, isn’t it? @Simplicitypatterns #craftingwithmom #readromance #MFRWauthor


My sisters and I grew up with Mom making our clothes and hers as well. It made money sense to do so and back then, my parents were all about stretching every penny. There were huge fabric stores like Cloth World and Hancock’s. Sometimes, we would go with Mom to those stores and go through the pattern books, like Simplicity, McCalls, and Butterick, but never Vogue because those were more complicated and she had little time for that. 
Patterns allowed people to create their own clothing. The books we thumbed through were our version of stylish fashion magazines and offered a glimpse of glamor. We could imagine ourselves garbed in gorgeous outfits. Mom often made us matching dresses for Easter, like these: 


Aren't we cute? 
We would help my mom lay the printed tissue on the fabric and learned how to pin it into place. If we could cut straight (not me, Mom said), we cut along the lines. Mom pinned the pieces together and then sewed them. One time, I did try to make a dress with her help. She was a tough teacher, and mostly, I learned how to rip and sew again. And again. Since ripping was not fun, my creativity did not go into sewing.
After I graduated from college, I worked for a local department store. I desperately needed new work clothes. Who did I turn to? Mom! She made me several Chanel-styled suits in various fabrics, sometimes, dresses, and special evening wear. I loved them!
In 2018 while shopping in my favorite Joann’s, I ran across several Simplicity collectibles. Memories crowded my head and of course, I purchased a few items, like these: 
Are you into sewing clothes?


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Book and Bag guest: #author Dana Ross - Which handbags are her guilty pleasure? #designeraccessories #readromance #MFRWauthor

Tignanello purses are my guilty pleasure. I first discovered the brand at Macy’s and the two bags I purchased were a dream. Roomy pockets, soft, supple leather, but the best part was the comfy shoulder strap. While traveling, I stash a lot of goodies: makeup, hand wipes, business card case, and other “mommy paraphernalia.” After hours of trekking around cities, whilst lugging around a heavy purse, one can get shoulder aches, but my Tagnanello purses combatted the problem by offering a smooth all-leather strap, sans metal embellishments. Yay!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Book and Bag: An Unforgettable Valentine's Day in Paris #readromance #travelstoParis #shortstories

Happy Valentine's Day! Handsome and I were chatting and something was said about Paris. He mentioned how long ago we'd gone and how he would love to go back. 

For Christmas that year, Handsome had given me two unusual gifts: a girly Walther (I know!!!) and lessons. But the one that surprised me the most was an envelope with tickets to Paris inside. He'd already planned the whole trip with a departure of February 13. 

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