Monday, December 24, 2007

Vintage Christmas Eve!

Happy Christmas Eve from the lovely Vera Ellen, and me of course! I love this vintage pin-up picture of Vera in her pre-anorexic days. She actually looks healthy!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Beautiful Vintage Coats

Well it is the season for coats, so I thought I'd post a few pics of some lovely ones I found on Ebay this morning. Apparently all these vintage coats are from the 1940's. Which one is your favorite? I can hardly decide because they're all such different styles! It's almost like morning, afternoon and evening. Three coats per day would definitely work for me!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Vintage Dress Oops

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has accidentally ruined/ripped or destroyed a beautiful vintage clothing piece! I was actually doing pretty good for awhile. There had been a period about a year ago, where a few of my items had been damaged accidentally. Usually I am extremely careful, but what can you do if you touch the lace on a 1940's dress and it disintegrates before your eyes! Then I go to try on my beautiful bias cut satin slip, and what do I hear? Tearing! No! I just bought it! I hadn't even worn it yet. It's only a tiny rip in the back, but still!! I guess sometimes theres nothing you can do. Of course I will try to replace these items as best I can, after all its a good excuse for more shopping!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Vintage Starlet of the Day

Joan Bennett's glamorous style has peaked my interest lately. She was the younger sister of Constance Bennett, and also had her fair share of movie parts. Joan appeared in films throughout the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. I've only seen her 1940's film noir parts, but I would love to see more. She was one of the actresses who actually gained more stardom and better roles when she dyed her hair from blonde to brunette. Which is great I thought, because it usually seems to be the other way around. She has two completely opposite looks. Do you like Joan better as a blonde or brunette?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Vintage 70's Boots

I just don't post enough pictures of boots, so here we go. These are hot. Leather knee high 1970's vintage boots. Think these would look better with a mini dress or with jeans? I have a bit of a vintage dress obsession, so I'm gonna go with a super short 60's mini dress.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Vintage Thanksgiving!

Just wishing you ladies a happy Thanksgiving! I must say I'm thankful for all the beautiful vintage clothing I found this year! If you're going to be cooking, will you be wearing an apron? I found this gorgeous vintage apron on Ebay this afternoon. I have a vintage apron that's not quite as nice, but I'll need to start cooking in order to use it!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

My 1940's Vintage Dress

Ooh lala. Remember that 40's dress I found at that vintage clothing store? The one where they accidentally hung it up in the 70's section by mistake? For a way cheaper price? Well, here it is! Gorgeous black velvet with a red flower design throughout. It also has this attached little cape from the shoulders around the back. I adore this gown. It's one of my top choices for New Years Eve!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Vintage Hats to Match your Vintage Clothing

I'm in love with this picture. Not because its absolutely sweet, but check out her fashion sense! I do have some pretty nice vintage hats, but none that were made to go with an outfit so perfectly! The detail and workmanship in the top she's wearing is just beautiful. The sleeves, the neck, the pattern, it's just so classy and gorgeous at the same time. Why doesn't anyone wear hats anymore? Well I do sometimes...but not enough. Hats just seem to add that touch of elegance that seems to be missing nowadays.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Vintage Musicals and Fashion

I watched "Moon Over Miami" the other night. It stars Betty Grable and Carole Landis as gold digging sisters, and it's pretty cute. I'm not usually that into musicals, but with these two ladies and all the costume changes, its eye candy that you can't resist. Vintage clothing lovers, watch this film for some feel good numbers and eccentric 40's fashion. These girls must have had so much fun making this movie.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

50's Vintage Sweater

Wow, this is the cutest little 1950's sweater! I was checking out Ebay for vintage clothing and there it was. I love the puffy little sleeves, and the pink and gold contrast. This just may be my favorite sweater yet!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween vintage ladies! I hope that some of you dress up this year since I'm missing out! I will however, make every effort to wear as much vintage clothing as possible from here on! Does anyone know anything about the girl in the photo? I was trying to figure out if the picture was from a movie or advertisement, but so far I have no clues. What I do know though, is that I love that pumpkins face!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lovely Vintage Clothing Sets

I seem to be able to find 1940's dresses now and then. They're rare, but not impossible to find. However, I never seem to be able to find a 40's sweater and skirt set. I love the outfit on the right, but where are these clothes hidden? I did find a skirt on it's own, but no luck in the vintage sweater department. I guess it's not that easy to find sets of vintage clothing that haven't been separated over the years. I won't give up though!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vintage Clothing Deals

So there's this really expensive vintage store that I like to frequent. They have an incredible selection of gorgeous items, but they're anything but cheap.
Anyhow, they have a bunch of sections. You know, one section of 1940's dresses, one of 1950's dresses, 1960's and so on. Of course the older the garment, the higher the price. It makes sense.
I notice that every so often, some of the clothing gets mixed up. For instance, once in awhile I'll find a 50's dress in the 70's section, which means it's marked at the 70's clothing price. I don't know how they get them mixed up, but they do.
So when I got there this weekend, I headed right for the 1970's section. After flipping through about 50 polyester dresses, I see it. A long velvet gown with a floral design and sweetheart neckline. I knew right away that this was no 70's dress. It was very similar to the gown pictured, except it was black and red. I examined it further, and concluded that it was from the 40's. Price? $45. It was after all on the seventies rack. The 40's rack averages around $100-$300. Obviously I was going to buy the dress either way, but what made it even better is that it actually fit. When I brought it up to the register to pay, I asked the sales girl how old the dress was. She looked at it and confirmed that it was forties, and then said "you better buy this right away, it was in the wrong section!". That made my weekend for sure. She then told me how she went to this thrift shop not long ago, and found an authentic flapper dress for 3.99! Anyone else found amazing deals on vintage clothes?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Vintage Starlet of the Day

The perfection that is Carole Lombard. Now, why can't I ever find a vintage swimsuit like that? Stunningly beautiful and funny, Carole was the queen of comedies in the 1930's. She was also famous for her sassy language. Director Mitchell Leisen called her: "The profane angel, because she looked like an angel and swore like a sailor." Gotta love her.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

1940's Vintage Blouse

I've been looking all over the vintage clothing stores for a nice blouse, but it's been a challenge! I did however, find this gorgeous 1940's vintage blouse online. It would be perfect with a black pencil skirt, and some matching black 40's platforms. Oh so lovely.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Vintage Clothing and Antique Furniture

I went to stay with my sister this weekend, and what did we do? Check out vintage clothing and furniture stores of course! As if there was any doubt!
My sister just moved to a really small town, and the place is overflowing with antique shops. I fell in love with 2 vintage dressers, and I can't stop thinking about them. The first was a 1920's French dressing table. It had these attached rectangular mirrors that move back and forth. It also came with a gorgeous little matching bench. Then there was a beautiful 1940's dressing table with a large circular mirror, no matching bench, but half the price of the other one. Hmmm. I'll have to see if I can find a little bench that would match somewhat.
Oh, and then I bought the most lovely crocheted vintage gloves. They're cream colored, and I was told they were either 1930's or 1940's. They look exactly like the gloves pictured above, except mine have a much larger ruffle around the wrist. Did I mention I also found a cream colored vintage hat to match? The trip was a success.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Faux Fur Vintage Coat

I'm starting to forget about bathing suits now, and focus on warmer vintage clothing. Such as this hot leopard print vintage coat! I love this. The faux fur trim is my favorite part. I'm not sure how old this is, maybe 1960's? Maybe newer. Either way, I must find one. I bought a similar style coat about a year ago, but had to sells it because it didn't fit me.
I love big fuzzy coats.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Vintage Flapper Shoes

Alright, so I'm on a mission for a full vintage flapper outfit. So far I bought these sparkling 1920's vintage shoes. I lucked out for sure. They're worn, but overall in great condition for their age, and they fit me perfectly! Finding a 1920's dress has not been as easy though. At least finding one for an affordable price, that isnt full of holes. Oh well, I'll keep searching in the vintage clothing stores, my dress is out there somewhere!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Vintage Clothing Treasures

So, I discovered this hidden vintage clothing shop in the small town where I'm staying. You know, one of those places that doesn't advertise, and is basically an old door with a hand written sign on it, and is only open a few days a week. Anyhow, once I opened the wooden door I was faced with a huge old staircase that creaked every step of the way up. Who knew what would await me? I honestly didn't think it would be more than a consignment shop with maybe some 70's clothing. After all, I don't remember the sign even saying anything about vintage. When I reached the top, it looked like a huge vintage dressing room from heaven. It was absolutely beautiful, with all the vintage mirrors, draped fabric and antique dressing tables. There was case after case of vintage hats, shoes, and every other type of clothing and accessories you could imagine. It wasn't the typical vintage store, with the racks of vintage clothes lined up. Every item in this place was just displayed so perfectly, and you could tell how much time was put into setting up the shop. Could this be the reason the it's only open 4 days a week? I wouldn't doubt it. Anyhow, half the store was vintage and the other half consignment I think. My only disappointment was that some of the vintage items weren't for sale, and only for display! Why do they do that? If I wanted to go to a museum I would! If they don't want to sell their favorite items, my suggestion would be to price them so high that it would be impossible to sell them!
What I do like though is the 1940's ladies suit jacket I found. Pure class. In perfect condition, black, nice big shoulder pads, and so Lauren Bacall. The best part though? The price, $20.
Oh, and that's my darling Carloe Landis in the photo.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Vintage Starlet of the Day

Probably the most important performer and producer in silent film, Mary Pickford. A fashionable and beautiful workaholic. By the time she was 20 years old, Mary had appeared in 176 films! She then started writing and producing. In 1919, along with Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith, and her husband Douglas Fairbanks, Mary helped form United Artists. She was also an academy award winner, and the first actress to earn over a million dollars per year.
Fun fact:
In 1928 Mary got her famous golden curls cut off in front of journalists. It caused a media frenzy and became headline news!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Vintage 1940's Dress

I ordered this lovely full length vintage gown a few days ago. Gorgeous white taffetta with black sequined trim, and a cute little black flower. I'm lucking out lately, everything is in my size! I have to admit though, my place is getting out of control. I need another room just for my vintage clothing!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Vitnage Hat Box Suitcase

I love these 1950's or 1960's carry on bags. I'm thinking they were for vintage hats, but I just use mine for anything. I wish I could find more vintage luggage like this. I need an actual suitcase to match. So far I just have a dark blue hat carry on exactly like the one pictured above. Anyone else have any vintage luggage?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Vintage Champaign

Ladies, sorry for the lack of posts and sudden changes. My blog template suddenly dissappeared on me, so I had to scramble to put something together. I should just create my own blog template, but that would take time away from my vintage clothes shopping. You know how it is. Anyhow, the theme of this post is Champaign, color that is. First of all, we know you can never have too many pairs of vintage shoes. So here is yet another pair I just ordered off Ebay. I would say they're around 1940's to 1950's, and they even come with the original box!
Next is this magnificent vintage gown that was a few hundred dollars too much for me this week. Isn't the back of it gorgeous? I've never seen anything quite like it. Wow.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Vintage 50's Poodle Skirt

Does anybody actually have an original 1950's vintage poodle skirt?
Saw this picture of one online today. I see the costumes everywhere, but it must be rare to find an original poodle skirt.
I have something better though. I have a authentic 50's gingham poodle dress with little rhinestones on it! It's the most unique and adorable vintage dress, but unfortunately I don't have a picture yet! I know, excuses, excuses. But seriously, once I finally move, I'll unpack the rest of my vintage clothing and post it!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Vintage 1980's Jumpsuit

Too be honest, I'm not the hugest 80's fan. Or terry cloth fan for that matter. But this cute little vintage playsuit definitely gets my approval. Maybe it's the colors? I don't know, but I would definitely rock this outfit with some knee high socks. So bad it's good.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Vintage Starlet of the Day

The glamorous Myrna Loy. Myrna started her acting career off in the silent films of the 1920's, usually cast as an exotic vamp. She then went on to become a huge success in the talking films of the 1930's, often cast as the perfect wife.
Famous quote: "Some perfect wife I am," she said, referring to her typecasting. "I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg."

Did you know that Venice High School had a statue of Myrna out in their front lawn for decades? It was created in 1921, before she was famous. Myrna was just a 16 year old student when she was chosen to pose for the art work that was being done for the school. If you watch the movie "Grease", which features Venice High School, you will see the statue of Myrna out front. Sadly, the statue was recently taken down for "repairs", but was spotted laying out in the schools scrap yard, with the head missing.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Gorgeous Vintage Heels

I won these beautiful vintage shoes on Ebay this morning. I thought they were 1940's, but the listing said 1930's. Either way they're gorgeous. The material on the outside is this textured floral fabric. Oooh, can't wait to get them! Lets just hope they fit!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Vintage Lingerie

Love it or hate it? I absolutely love vintage lingerie. Which is hillarious, because my sister and I used to kill ourselves laughing at my grandmas old bullet bras. We honestly thought it was the funniest thing in the world. Now I find myself searching online for them.
I found the nicest 1950's bra the other day, it was still in its original package with a cute little brochure. Typically, I went to find it again and it had sold!
I need to start being more of an impulse buyer, all this sitting around and thinking it over is not helping my vintage collection grow!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

1950's Vintage Sweater

I was browsing online today for vintage clothing, (even though I planned on banning myself from vintage shopping this week) and I came across this 1950's sweater. It looks like one of those old school team sweaters. I don't know why, but I love it.
Question: Do you think it's a girls or guys sweater? Or does it matter? I think I would wear it either way, but I'm curious to know.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

More Vintage Bathing Suits

I thought I would end August off with these 2 gorgeous vintage swimsuits. They are both 1950's, and the bikini is mine! Well, hopefully the blue one will be mine in 2 days, but that's up to my bank account. Check out the bottoms on my bikini, it has these cute cutouts on the side. So unique. But I absolutely love the gathering on the blue one, it's so flattering.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Vintage Starlet of the Day

The lovely Adele Jergens. Wow, the dress she's wearing above is breathtaking.
Since I recently posted the picture (a few posts ago) from the 1948 film "Ladies of the Chorus", I thought I should feature Adele. She was the blonde in the middle. Adele was only 9 years older than Marilyn Monroe, but in that film she played Marilyns mother!
Some fun facts about Adele:
She started off as a burlesque dancer when she was just 14 years old!
She was named "Miss World's Fairest" at the 1939 World's Fair in New York.
In the 1950's she became a bit of a b-movie queen, starring in films such as "The Day the World Ended", "Runaway Daughters" and "Girls In Prison".
What Happens To Women Without Men? I LOVE b-movie posters!

Value Village Vintage Score

Well, I hadn't been to VV in quite some time so I figured I'd just go and take a look. I honestly didn't expect to find any vintage, but all of the sudden I'm piling dress after dress over my arm. The next thing you know, I'm in the change room trying on 8 different things! Anyhow, I ended up walking out with a 1940's green taffeta gown (!!!! I still can't believe it!!!!), it was in their Halloween section, a polka-dot rockabilly style halter dress, a leopard print scarf, and a cute polka dot tank top! Sorry, no time for pictures right now, but I thought you might enjoy vintage leopard print barbie.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

1960's Crocheted Babydoll Dress

Wow, if I knew how to crochet, this is what I would be making! I love 60's babydoll dresses, but this is just so much more unique. I wouldn't normally expect that color to look so good either, but with the texture it looks amazing. I wonder how long this would take to make?

To My Vintage Clothing Readers

I just wanted to thank all you beautiful ladies who take the time out to read this blog!
Unfortunately, none of my friends share my passion for vintage - so it's great that I can come on here and talk about my obsession!
Much love to you all,
PS - Can you spot Marilyn above?
PSS - I love the shoes.

Monday, August 13, 2007

My Newest Vintage Dress

Just purchased this 1940's beauty, and yes, my size! Full length blue/green taffeta evening gown with a gorgeous big bow in the back. Where will I wear this to you ask? That's not the point, the point is it's mine, all mine!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Vintage Starlet of the Day

Miss Barbara Stanwyck. Has anyone else seen "Baby Face"? I just watched it for the first time, and its definitely one of my favorite movies from the 1930's. It's one of the more racy films that was made before the Hays Code was put into effect in 1934. The Hays Code dictated what could and couldn't be shown on film, and pretty much censored everything. After the code, "Baby Face" was completely changed, scenes were taken out & I think they even gave it a different ending.
Anyhow, the original is back, and Barbara is incredible as Lily Powers, a woman who sleeps her way to the top. I love the fact that Barbara has a completely different look and style in every movie I've seen her in.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Case of the Missing Vintage Gloves

How could this have happened? To me?! I'm always so careful and paranoid about my vintage items, but somehow my gloves got away.
They disappeared somewhere between getting out of my friends car and walking into her house. I don't even know how thats possible. All I can think of is that the wind blew them away. Yeah right, especially considering how it wasn't windy at all.
Did they not like me? I don't understand. I took them out every weekend, let them hold drinks, go to see great bands play, let them pose for pictures, and after all that, this is the thanks I get. But the mourning period has now ended. I found some similar vintage gloves on Ebay (pictured above) and ordered them right away. The description said they're 1920's, but I thought they looked more 1950's. To be honest though, I know nothing about gloves. I just wear them, and lose them apparently.

The Bathing Suit that got Away

Well I tried and tried, but I was outbid! This gorgeous vintage swimsuit must now go to someone else. I love the light pink color, the gathered fabric, and the fact that it's strapless. It has such a pinup look. Oh, it's not fair!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Vintage Sixties Style

I finally saw Factory Girl. I know, I'm way behind in the times but I've been trying to catch up on my 1930's movies! So, of course I loved this movie because of the vintage clothes! I think Sienna Miller did a pretty decent job as Edie Sedgwick. Her 1960's makeup was incredible, and I love how every outfit was accessorized! Not one article of clothing looked plain, or boring. I notice that in most newer movies, people are dressed nice but boring. Plain shirt, plain pants, etc. Do you know what I mean? Or maybe I'm just obsessed with every other era except the one I live in.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Vintage Hawaiian Dreams

I swear I found a 1950's vintage dress & bolero almost identical to this one in a vintage store. For some dumb reason, I didn't buy it and decided to think about it for a few days - bad idea. So I finally decide yes, I must have it, I need it now! Obviously I go back and it's gone! Why does my brain do this to me?! Of course I haven't seen anything like it since, except on Ebay and never my size. Lesson #1, never say no to vintage.