Retro housewife, that's me.

Mama’s Losin’ It

If you could live in any era of history, what would it be? List 10 reasons why.

You know, if I were a better, deeper person,  I'd be able to talk to you about times of cultural and historical significance, but the truth is, my dream alternate historical self is all about the accessories.  For as long as I can remember I've been been utterly obsessed with the 50s and 60s, and to be totally specific, I would have loved to be a housewife. While that might not sound terribly glamorous to you, it appeals to me on so, so many levels.   Let me tell you why.

1. Aprons 

I'm crazy about aprons.  I wear them.  I make them.  I covet them.  Sometimes I even give them away.  A quick trip to my Aprons, Aprons, APRONS! Pinterest board will give you a glimpse into my fascination with them.  I would really like to wear one every day of my life. 

2. Kitchens 

Forget all this newfangled stuff like microwave ovens and whatnot.  I want a retro 50s and 60s kitchen like the one above, except grown-up sized, please.  I love the lines.  I love the robin's egg blue and reds that were so predominant.  If you want to take a real look at what I mean, check out my Pinterest board and you'll fall in love with it too.  

3. Furniture

I have this step stool in my kitchen.  

I have this clock in my dining room.

Someday, I'm going to have this table and chairs in my basement bar area.  Sadly though, all these are reproductions, and I would have loved to shop for these things when they were new and shiny and so, so modern.

4. Housewife mentality

Ok, don't burn me at the stake for saying this, because I'm a feminist at heart, but there is something sort of refreshing about the whole housewife mentality of that era.  I would be totally content spending my days puttering in my garden, hosting Tupperware parties, making Jello salads, raising my kids, and fetching cocktails for my hard working husband when he comes home every night.  Oh wait.  I am already living that life.  No wonder I'm so drawn to it :) 

5. Dresses

The dresses of that era were TO DIE FOR.  

Think Jackie O meets Audrey Hepburn meets a little bit of rockabilly, and you have my ideal style.  

6.  Cars

You've all met Hugh, right?  Well, 'nuff said then, I guess.

7.  Simplicity

I love my internet more than I should.  I have a co-dependent relationship with my iPhone.  My Tivo box and I are besties.  But I've always wondered what it would be like to live in an era that was mainly... disconnected.  You might chat with your neighbors over morning coffee, or talk to the butcher when you picked up your roast, and I'm sure you would watch the 6 o'clock news to keep up with the happenings in the world, but for the most part you would be left alone with your thoughts and your family, to live in your own mind.  How refreshing would that be?  

8. Hobbies 

Since this was before the internet was around to suck your life force away, people had time to actually DO things.  I could garden.  Sew my own clothes.  Make quilts.  Can all the food from my garden.  Read lots and lots and lots of books.  Cook a good meal from scratch every night.   Even now, these are all things I love to do but that I struggle to find the time for.  With the slower pace of life (and the necessity, of course) I could do this kind of stuff every day. 

9. Music

Country was Hank Williams and Kitty Wells, Rock was Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, and all of it was fabulous and revolutionary.  It's still the kind of music I gravitate toward today.  How exciting would it have been to be around when it was new? 

10. Hairstyles

Beehive, anyone?  And if you beehive just won't... hive, you could wrap a scarf around it and call it a fashion accessory. The hair and makeup of that era was as gorgeous as the clothes.  I love it all.

So there you go - if I could live in any other era, it would be the not too distant past, and my days could be filled with carhops, records, swishy swirly dressed and fabulous home decor.

How about you?  If you could live in any other era, what would it be? 

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