Today was finally warm enough outside for slightly lighter outwear, so I layered my navy 30s spring coat (yes, this ridiculous person before you has bought yet *another* coat) over my favourite 30s knit dress for a leisurely walk to the post office. Wore different booties but since these 30s/40s shoes were waiting for me (bought from Dear Golden), I had to try them on as soon as I got home. It was so nice to feel sunlight warming my face!!! Note to self: re-secure those wild buttons. They seem to rotate with wear.
Monday, February 28, 2011
A perennial colour favourite of mine that promises to dominate my wardrobe: navy blue! Just added a glorious navy & white floral 1930s NRA label dress to the shop that I wish I could keep in my own closet, but my hips won't let me :). Ah well, wouldn't it go perfectly with the 30s Selbys also in the shop? Ah, where's that size-shifter magic wand when a girl needs it?
Friday, February 25, 2011
Even though it is going to be quite some time until it will be warm enough to imagine wearing shorts and summer dresses (especially since ANOTHER winter snow storm came through today), my mind has been on warm weather vintage resort fashions for some time now. I decided to let this obsession filter into the shop today, as I just listed a darling 30s/40s Graff Hollywood label playsuit. I've got a couple other vintage playsuits to add to the shop and have decided to list those early beach pajamas I had shown on the blog before, so if your mind is also on warm weather clothes, stay tuned!!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
While I was visiting my mother-in-law, Sadie, we got talking about some of the home-made remedies and some of the home-made beauty treatments her mother, Violet, had taught her about. Here are a couple that I've since tried out and found astonishingly effective!
1: Do your hands feel dry, flaky, and less than smooth? Try using some sugar as an effective exfoliant (I used white). I quickly washed and then dry patted my hands with water and then placed about a tablespoon in the palm of my hand and began wringing and rubbing and scrubbing both sides of both hands. I then rinsed the sugar off with warm water, patted dry, and applied my favourite hand creme, but Sadie suggested one could just as easily apply olive oil or almond oil instead! You may not want to repeat this treatment every day, but I plan to do it once or twice a week at least to keep my hands looking and feeling as baby soft as they have been since first doing this sugar exfoliation.
2: I have been plagued by dark under eye circles for quite a while now. However, since using Sadie's secret home remedy of almond oil applied to the undereye area on a q-tip just before bedtime, I have noticed a difference!! I probably can't yet go without concealer, but will diligently continue to apply this natural treatment nightly!
3. Do you have dry, cracked lips? Try daubing a little brown sugar on them. Rub your lips together to get the exfoliating and moisturizing effects of the sugar!
Monday, February 21, 2011
I'm baaaaack!!! Can't wait to catch on everyone's blogs and get back into my own shop n' blog groove. In the mean-time, here's a short post relating to the upcoming HBO remake of Mildred Pierce. Last year, I posted some drool-worthy costume snaps and thought I would share a few more I dug up online to tide us over until the show airs beginning on March 27, 2011.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
A big thanks to my twitter pal, iliveinmylab, for finding this pattern image. Appears that back in the 1930s, THIS was the pattern the creator of the 'valentine' gown in my shop used to make her glorious frock! So, if you have this pattern in your stash, you can make your own! LOVE it!
Friday, February 11, 2011
After three hours of dancing at last night's Valentine's Social, I am exhausted. I don't even have any cute photos from the event, as the place was packed and the lights were dimmed, and a person would get mowed over by other amazing dancers if you stopped to snap a pic! Some other time! Anyway, I'm off for the weekend and thought I'd post another valentinesy vintage pic that has captured my fancy. I think it should be entitled "Officer of Hearts" (which is actually the name of a song by Montreal Band, the "Handsome Furs," though the song really has nothing to do with the picture. Just a random fact). Hope everyone has a love-ly weekend!! Over and out!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Be still, my beating heart! This is probably the most amazing "valentines" 30s gown I will ever offer in my shop. Yes, that's right... this little beauty is made of a white cotton voile type fabric with cinnamon red hearts printed all over it!!! If this fit me, I would never be letting it go, but alas, it's 'tres petite," (it just barely fit on "Hazel," the dress form's 35.5-26.6-36 figure) and therefore it is destined to be the dream frock of some other!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Thanks to loads of home-made carrot ginger soup, dozens of vintage movies, and the well- wishings of family, friends, and virtual strangers, I am happy to report that I am pretty much back "in the pink," as it were. Well, almost...I'm still a bit pale and fatigued. Still, I thought I would share two pretty pink items which arrived in time to brighten my day yesterday: first, a lovely daffodil printed pink 30s dress, which I purchased from Wildfell Hall Vintage, and which I am going to wear to a special Valentine's social at my dance class on Thurs (breaking my "don't dance in vintage rule" just this once, with the aid of dress shields). Next, an amazing little hand mirror from the estate of Lana Turner & Besame lippy sample, a wonderful little valentine's gift from a dear friend. When I was a little girl, my whole world was pink. I was a total girly-girl. I had a pink canopy bed and most of my clothes (99% of which were dresses) were pink. I think my grandmother started this pink obsession, as I was the only grand-daughter and she didn't want anyone mistaking her new grand-baby for a boy, so she made sure I was always draped in pink! Anyway, this frock brings me back to those girlish days. Feminine is fun sometimes!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Laid low by a nasty cold/flu bug and a little burst blood vessel in my eye, the blog posts may be fewer and far between for the next few days. For now, I leave you with some vintage pattern images of the only fashion I feel able to wear right now: Pajamas and nightgowns! Looks like blondie at right just below has the sniffles, too, much to the dismay of her brunette friend.
sources: carbonated and sewvintagepatterns
Friday, February 4, 2011
Joan Crawford's flouncy ruffled Adrian gown in 1932's Letty Lynton may have sparked this 30s fashion style, but it appears Katharine Hepburn's ensembles in 1935's Alice Adams fanned the flames of desire for such dreamy organdy confections. I watched this movie last night and must say I was charmed by it...in no small part due to how well a young Kate H. donned her darling girlish frocks! Apparently, so were the Hollywood Patterns creators, because a *very* Alice Adams inspired gown design was released by them in the 30s. At one point, K's character wears the most perfect little sailor dress...with an ascot and anchor pin that is pretty much identical to the look worn by Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet (1936)--looks like Bernard Newman copied Walter Plunkett? I also saw a real-life version of this same style of dress sold over at Posh Girl Vintage at some point. WOW! All in all, it was the perfect movie to watch while staying in bed with a sore throat. Apparently, I woke my husband in the night with feverish jibberjabber that ostensibly related to me trying to describe the amazing flounces and bows on Alice's costumes. YIKES!