dressed up like a lady: Erotica Domestica

Jan 21, 2011

Erotica Domestica

MC and I recently started taking a Swing Dancing class -- and we LOVE it! So in honor of our new found love: an outfit inspired by both mid-century style, and social dancing (you'll see what I mean!)

Pink cashmere cardigan: Thrifted
3/4 Sleeve scoopneck top (underneath cardi): Ancient JCrew
Full circle skirt: Cricketcapers via Etsy
Gloves: Vintage, gifted
Patent leather mary janes: Colin Stuart via Victoria's Secret
Apron: Vintage via the antique store across the street

When baking vegan chocolate chip cookies, it is vital to dress appropriately.


50's housewife fashion never seems to get old for me, all those dainty cardis, full skirts and heels. It's a pretty hot look -- especially when it's 2011, and you're not forced to dress this way by the rigors of conservative society!

Cammila's "I'm (Kind Of) Watching My Figure" Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Based on a recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

1/4 cup Truvia
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil (warmed to liquid or semi-liquid state by setting on top of the pre-heating oven)
1/3 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
1 tablespoon tapioca flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup white, all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (Kroger's Organic house brand, Private Selection Organics, is my favorite -- and it's cheap!)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two cookie sheets.

Mix together sugar, Truvia, oil, milk, pumpkin, and tapioca flour in a mixing bowl. Beat vigorously with a fork for about 2 minutes, until the mixture is totally smooth. This is an important step, so really put some energy into it! Add the vanilla.

Mix your two flours together. Now add 1 cup of the flour mixture to the sugar/oil mixture, along with the baking soda and salt. Gently stir with a spatula or big spoon until well incorporated. Mix in the rest of the flour, and add the chocolate chips. The dough might be a little dry, but that's okay.

Roll your dough into little golf balls, place them on the cookie sheets, and squish them down with wet fingers so they're 2-3 inches. Bake for about 8 minutes, until they start to brown. Let them cool on the sheet for a few minutes before moving them to the cooling rack, and eating them as soon as they won't burn your tongue.

The apron is cute, but I'd be lying if I didn't tell you: I always wear an apron with this skirt, whether I'm baking cookies or not! I am REALLY CLUMSY, and I sure as shit don't trust myself with a white skirt and no protection. When it comes to that vintage inspired New Look silhouette -- with a cinched waist and voluminous circle skirt -- I find the next best thing to a real vintage skirt is a square-dancing skirt. Which is what this is.

Square dancing skirts are made for maximum poof -- I'm not even wearing a crinoline with this one! They're also comfortable daywear -- made of durable cotton. You must be willing to pore through the options to find the cute designs, but really pretty ones are plentiful! Just click here and see what I mean!

Whether you're baking or dancing this weekend, be sure to have fun, and tell me all about it. MC is playing horn with Timothy Monger State Park tonight at the Dreamland Theater, just half a block from our apartment, so if you find yourself in Ypsi, come out to the show.


  1. I don't mean to be rude, but I have a question. If you are vegan, why do you wear leather, cashmere, wool, etc.? I know different people have different reasons for becoming vegan, but generally being vegan translates into more than just food choices. I really don't mean to offend you, I've just been following you for a while and have always wondered!

  2. Hi Jen, I don't mind your comment at all! Obviously, choices like this are complex, but to summarize my own veganism: my attraction to the diet as an extension of basic vegetarianism has been transitional over the past few years. My interest in veganism springs from concerns about health, and a strong love of baking and cooking around challenges and restrictions.

    However, ethics and compassion for animals are also strong factors in my diet. In some ways, the fact that I've been in a process of transition has accounted for some of the remaining animal-related products in my life. I continue to evaluate things I already have and do, to decide what I am comfortable keeping around and what I'm not.

    At the same time, I also believe that it's important to be self-examinate in this regard. Living in modern society does mean contributing at least indirectly, to the harm of other creatures -- from driving a car to using film in a camera (kind of an old example!)

    So instead of saying "Well I can't possibly stop causing any harm at all to other creatures, so why bother changing my habits at all?!" I think it's vital to pick what point on the continuum of harm you are comfortable taking responsibility for, spiritually and morally. Let's say every burger you ate equals directly contributing to the slaughtering of one cow. If you ate 1 burger a day, that's 365 cows a year. Maybe that seems like more unnecessary suffering than you think is morally justified, so you switch to veggie burgers, and cut 365 cows out of your yearly net harm.

    But maybe you feel that buying 1 new pair of leather shoes a year -- 1 cow per year -- is within the spectrum of your own moral code. Or alternatively, maybe you feel that financially contributing to the death of that one Shoe Cow a year (by paying the shoe company to kill the cow and make the shoe) is still too excessively destructive, but you feel that if you buy the leather shoes second-hand, that's acceptable -- the cow is dead, but the company that had it slaughtered never saw your money.

    These are just some examples. I understand that the word "vegan" is often used as a specific designation to describe an exhaustive set of principles on all these questions, but to me, you have to answer each one yourself -- something I'm in the process of doing. In the meantime, "vegan" is a quick way to describe recipes that contain no meat, dairy, or eggs. :)

    Thanks for asking, Jen. Never be scared to pipe up like that, I appreciate your interest!

  3. I do not believe that you baked those cookies wearing high heels! Haha just kidding. I will try to look this cool the next time I make my gf cookies.

  4. It was interesting to read your stance on veganism!

    Vegan or not, those cookies look DeeeelLLiissshHH! :)

  5. I love the last photo with a cat, Tottoro and iron in the backgroung :D I love your blog and follow you for some time now! Regards from Poland.


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