Monday, July 6, 2015

i spy: pink Gothic, a wall of fire, and amazing fashion

An almost futuristic Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a wall of fire depicted in a dreamy photograph, a pink Gothic interior, a stitched-up park, and amazing fashions from Louella Ballerino.  

See more on my Pinterest and Tumblr.

clockwise, starting upper left:
* The Grand Gallery in the Gothic Revival Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham, London, built in 1749 by Horace Walpole. | English Castles and Manor Houses
* Geez, these Louella Ballerino looks, from a 1946 ad, are just amazing.  If you follow my link to the FIDM blog, you can see photos of the top on the right in full color and worn by a woman who owned the top, as well as a little background on crop/midriff tops. | FIDM Museum blog
* A photograph of artist Yves Klein and his work, Mur de feu (Wall of fire), January 1961. | Smithsonian Archives of American Art
* A totally charming embroidered depiction of New York City's Washington Square Park, by Marcia Stebbins, 1930s. | Cooper Hewitt
* Portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, ca. 1890. That dress and headpiece are just incredible! | Smithsonian Archives of American Art


Friday, July 3, 2015

shop accessories update: big bags, cat eye glasses and antique boots

Supersized bags, early 20th century boots, 1950s eyewear and more coming to the shop!

1960s large black wicker box purse with goldtone clasp.

1960s floral tapestry bag by Kadin.

1960s pink tweed oversize purse by Morris Moskowitz.

1910s women's black leather lace-up boots by Peters Shoe Co. Diamond Brand.

1970s brown leather brogue stacked heel pumps.

1950s etched aluminum cat eye glasses by Art-Craft.

1970s-80s Interlochen belt buckle.

1970s chunky brass snowflake belt buckle.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

shop preview: hearts, clover, medieval kings, and golden whales

This week's shop preview has so many great prints, I can barely keep track:  clover and hearts, golden whales, batik and tiki abstracts, a medieval king's court.  And there's an utterly fantastic 1960s bikini coming, too!

The first two items are already in the shop, and the rest will be arriving shortly.

1950s Crazy Beat shirtwaist dress.

1960s chevron striped bikini by Alix of Miami.

1950s black and white gingham cotton dress with red piping and pockets.

1960s old timey car print blouse by Land 'n Sea.

1960s floral print cotton canvas sheath dress.

1950s tiki print pleated full skirt with rick rack trim.

1950s pink plaid seersucker sundress by Jonathan Logan.

1960s batik print cotton sleeveless blouse by Blouse Beautiful.

1950s Maharashtra golden whale print cotton dress from Spiegel.

1960s Medieval Court print cotton blouse by Lady Preston.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

shop preview: summer fun wear!

Although fall and winter fashions tend to be my favorites to wear, summer clothes are definitely the most fun to sell!  They are colorful, with all kinds of prints and textures, and photographing them is (usually) a breeze.  This week's shop preview features a swell array of summer items:  swimwear, loungewear, an old timey car novelty print blouse, colorful taffeta stripes, and a romper with a Klee-like print.  (And it's just by chance that there are three very different items--a dress, a swimsuit and a robe--made from that quintessentially summer fabric, seersucker, in this update!)  All items begin arriving in the shop starting today.

1960s Heart Garden cotton romper/playsuit.

1950s Catalina red, white and blue seersucker strapless swimsuit.

1970s colorful daisy print sheer seersucker maxi dress.

1970s blue chambray blouse with floral embroidered sleeves.

1950s nautical red swimsuit, by Petti/Glen Junior Sportswear.

1960s old timey car novelty print blouse, by Land 'n Sea.

1940s floral print seersucker cotton robe.

1950s colorfully striped taffeta full skirt, by Emmy Richards Fashions Boston.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

shop preview: purple pansies, champagne charmeuse and berry colored plaid

Coming to the shop this week:  purple pansies, batiste cotton and lace, champagne charmeuse, gray accordion pleats, and black and white chrysanthemums!  All items begin arriving in the shop today.

1950s purple pansy print sundress, by Serbin.

1940s white lace and batiste Judy Bond blouse.

1950s black & white chrysanthemum print polished cotton Plutzer Prize Winner dress.

1940s plum geometric weave skirt with buttons.

1950s pink gingham sundress with flower appliques.

1940s champagne charmeuse and lace dressing gown/robe.

1950s daisy grid print cotton dress with rick rack trim, by Princess Peggy.

1960s daisy medallion print cotton shift dress.

1950s orange floral print cotton dress with piping.

1970s abstract print cotton tunic with obi sash, by Catherine Ogust.

1940s-1950s berry plaid dress with great pocket details, by Hattie Leeds.

1940s gray accordion pleat skirt, Tailored by Eton.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

shop accessories preview: Converse, bags, eyewear, and colorful clogs

Vintage Converse Chuck Taylors, a couple of great handbags, eyewear, a towel for crybabies, and some colorful clogs are all coming to the shop!

1980s lavender Converse Chuck Taylor high tops.

Vintage made in USA white Converse low top sneakers.

1980s red plaid Jantzen sneakers.

Yellow and black polka dot Olof Daughters by Ulla clogs, made in Sweden.

1980s sky blue square toe clogs, by Tretorn Trälett.

1960s leafy vine tapestry handbag.

1940s black leather barrel shaped purse, Michel Original by Coronet.

1940s snakeskin pattern eyeglasses, by Bausch & Lomb.

1950s etched silver browline half frame glases with cable temples, by Shuron.

1970s Praise the Lord Jesus brass belt buckle.

1978 affectionate pigs silvertone belt buckle, by Rachelle.

1970s brass arrowhead belt buckle.

1950s silly novelty linen Crying Towel.



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