Wednesday, April 15, 2015

shop preview: a lion, mushrooms, and corn (oh my!)

This week's shop update is full of amazing prints--spinning tops, mushrooms, fruit and flowers, corn!--and some wonderfully dramatic dresses, from a 1920s black lace number to a Marimekko-esque maxi.  Oh, and the gold lion belt buckle/decoration on that Howard Wolf dress is just the bee's knees, isn't it?

All items are arriving in the shop starting today.

1950s Spinning Top print rayon blouse and skirt set.

1950s speckled green sweater, by Kerrybrooke.

1950s green gingham dress with lace trim.

1950s Penny Corn print cotton blouse, by Russ.

1960s pink and orange floral print maxi dress.

1950s fruit and flower print blouse, by Carol Brent.

1970s green and white linen maxi dress with accordion pleat skirt and lion belt, by Howard Wolf Boutique.

1960s mushroom, flower, and ladybug print cotton blouse with pintucks.

1920s Raven Feathers black sheer lace dress.

1950s tattersall check sleeveless Confetti Hearts blouse, by Dapper Duds.

1960s marine blue and lime green polished cotton shift dress, Rhapsody by Glazier.

1960s Berry and Bloom print cotton blouse, by Miss Fashionality.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Roger Sterling: "It's a mistake to be conspicuously happy. Some people don't like it."

Roger Sterling.  So suave, so naughty, so old school, and yet . . . kind of modern.  Roger is a contradiction.  He can be stuck in the past (ask him about his Navy days), but he embraces the future, at least in the form of very modern office decor and acid tripping (both thanks to his second wife, Jane).  He's a hard drinker who seems to hate to work ("Well, I gotta go learn a bunch of people's names before I fire them") . . . but he's usually the force behind all the major deal-making that occurs in the office.  He is a serious womanizer ("When God closes a door, he opens a dress"), but seems to have real and deep love (respect, even) for all the important women in his life, including his daughter.  I imagine there are people who would likely disagree with me on this point, but I always think of an early scene he has with Peggy, where she asks him for her own office.  He is simultaneously patronizing and admiring of her, telling her both that she's "cute" and "has balls."  I feel like that's Roger in a nutshell.  (She gets the office.)

  Roger not only has the best office decor, he also gets all the best lines on the show ("Why don't you take a nap?  Your face looks like a bag of walnuts").  It makes sense: this is, after all, the author of Sterling's Gold.

* "And you always said I never take you anywhere!" | The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe from BEATBOOKBONANZA
* 1960s mod Viking Glass ashtray | retrosymphony
* When I see a jacket like this with an ascot in the pocket or at the neck, my brain automatically sticks Roger's head on it. | double breasted men's jacket from CompanyMan
* 1968 Madison Avenue Datebook | CollectionSelection
* op art print | DELTANOVA
* "I can't say I know my furs that well.  I know my mother had a chinchilla; I was always on the verge of a romantic relationship with it." | 1960s Barbie fur stole from CalloohCallay
* "Have a drink.  It'll make me look younger." | Guzzini acrylic ice bucket from PopBam
* "Have another.  It's 9:30 for God's sake!" | mid century cocktail glasses from AlegriaCollection
* "It's incredible what passes for heroism these days.  I'd like ticker tape for pulling out of my driveway and going around the block three times." | 1944 U.S. Naval Training Center graduation photo from ElsieSaysSo
* Roger doesn't cry when he finds out his mother has died, or at her funeral.  But he does break down when he finds out that the building's shoeshine guy, Giorgio, has died, and that Giorgio's family had asked that Roger have his shoeshine kit. | 1960s shoeshine kit from WhimzyTime
 * 1960s Galaxy lounge chair attributed to Alf Svensson and Yngvar Sandström | 20cModern


 Updated to include photos of Roger!  I can't believe I forgot them.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

shop accessories preview: velvet pumps, a telephone cord bag, and sparkle!

A smart little collection of 1940s-1960s bags and shoes coming to the shop, starting today!

1940s black velvet pumps, by Palter DeLiso for DeLiso Debs.

1940s red fabric pumps, by QualiCraft.

1960s black heels with rhinestones, 

1950s black suede heels with removable elastic mary jane straps.

Mod 1960s silver heels with bows, by Beck.

1960s wicker and marbleized lucite box purse.

Extra large tooled leather bag, made in Mexico by Beatriz.

1940s-50s telephone cord/plastic coil purse.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

shop preview: 1920s liquid satin, 1950s gingham and plaid, Shaheen pussy willows

Coming to the shop this week:  stunning 1920s liquid satin, a Shaheen pussy willow print, summer-ready ginghams and plaids, and cute sweaters for layering with spring and summer dresses!  All items begin arriving in the shop today.

1950s Carousel Summer gingham dress with beading and rhinestones, by Jack Squire.

1960s monochrome flower cardigan, by Parisienne.

1920s Kir Royale liquid satin dress.

1960s Pumpkin Curry blouse, by Miss Jordan.

1960s blue and purple plaid dress with pockets, by Penney's Brentwood Frocks.

1960s quilted floral print skirt, by The Villager.

1970s country floral print cotton dress.

1960s blue and yellow floral print cotton blouse, by Judy Bond.

1950s pussy willow print dress, by Shaheen's of Honolulu.

1950s jade and silver quilted full circle skirt.

1950s black and gray plaid dress with pockets.

1960s pink passementerie trimmed short sleeve cardigan.


Monday, April 6, 2015

i spy: a tin lady, Paul Poiret's dining room, a folkloric 1930s dress

A lovely if haunting winter scene and a spring green interior . . . some inspiration from the last month.  See more by following me on Pinterest and Tumblr.

clockwise, from upper left:

* The dining room in the Paris apartment of Paul Poiret, 1913.  Those leafy/fern-like designs (painted?) on the walls are so gorgeous. | University of Heidelberg
* I love Charles Burchfield's paintings; this one really captures the end of winter snowmelt period.  Street Vista in Winter, by Charles E. Burchfield, 1957-1960. | Burchfield Penney Art Center
* The tin lady?  This funny little cabinet card is circa 1870-1890, and advertises a hardware store in Cadillac, Michigan. (And it sold for over $500.00!) | Cowan's Auctions
* A very pretty folkloric wool dress, by Luelle Ballerino, 1938. | FIDM Museum
* A page from Floriated Ornament: a series of thirty-one designs, by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, 1849. | Clark | Mary Ann Beinecke Collection


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Joan Holloway: "You were crying in the break room, which I have specifically forbidden."

Ah, Joanie!  She's a sexy bombshell with a core of steel.  She's tough and no-nonsense, sometimes even to the point of being a bit frightening, but her advice is always correct ("You want to be taken seriously, stop dressing like a little girl.").  Joan can also be tender, though, and her talents aren't relegated to running the office: she plays the accordion!  

And though Joan generally seems to not take the casual misogyny of the men at Sterling Cooper too seriously, she still suffers from it--and gets angry about it ("You want to be a big shot.  Well, no matter how powerful we get around here, they can still just draw a cartoon.")  When her dream of becoming a wife and mother blows up, she does not just give up.  She focuses her attention on work, and gets herself a partnership in the business.  And in the end we learn that this tough dame is a true romantic at heart.  She won't marry Bob Benson ("Bob, put that away.").  She will only marry again--if she does--for love.

* 1950s silk floral print dress from Bonwit Tiller | missfarfalla
* accordion linocut print poster | thebigharumph
* Avon starburst brooch | Fabvintage1
* vintage ledger book | 86home
* Avon compact with mirror | CrissieGirl
* 1960s Sears manual typewriter | StoryTellersVintage
* 1930s San Francisco Examiner newsroom file cabinet | Nachokitty
* 1950s Naturalizer purse | reconstitutions
* 1950s wooden desk organizer | WhimzyTime
* 1950s high heel pumps | pastoria


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pete Campbell: "why can't i get anything good all at once?"

So I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that Mad Men is ending, a fact which has become extra hard to accept after I spent the last several months re-watching the series from the beginning, and falling even deeper in love with these wonderfully written and beautifully portrayed characters.  
Perhaps making small tributes to my favorites on the show will help me through the grieving process.

Let's start with Pete--Peter Dyckman Campbell, that is.  This smarmy fellow has somehow found a place in my heart, and that's a real testament to Matthew Weiner's writing and Vincent Kartheiser's excellent acting.  Pete can be condescending and irritating; he lacks charm.  He can also be hilarous, even though we laugh at him more than with him.  And despite all that, you kind of have to feel for him.  He's insecure and doesn't really hide it.  He wants to be Don, but he just can't.  Ah, Pete, I like you despite myself.

* "Not great, Bob!" This along with "The clients want to live, too, Ted!" is probably my favorite Pete catchphrase. | letterpress card from ModelCitizenPress
* Remember when Pete and Trudy did the Charleston at Roger and Jane's wedding? | print of an Erte illustration from printsandpastimes
* Pete seems to be a magnet for travel-related tragedy.  His father dies in a plane crash and his mother disappears while on an ocean cruise with man servant Manolo. | 1960s airplane photo from SnapshotVintage
* Dartmouth is Pete's alma mater. | 1950s Dartmouth pennant from MoonstruckVintageAZ
* Pete once said, "If I'm going to die, I want to die in Manhattan."  However, California Pete seems pretty damn happy. | mid century orange juice pitcher from TheRustyScarecrow
* Preppy Pete has been seen in some excellent casual wear, from polo shirts with artfully draped sweaters, to plaid sportcoats and pants. | 1960s madras plaid pants from heartoftexasvintage
* "It's a chip 'n' dip!" | 1950s chip and dip bowl set from BeeJayKay



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