Friday, August 31, 2012

Smitten!

This isn't so much an "outfit post", as it is a dress post.

I don't really think I need to get into why I love this dress.... it's fairly self explanatory.




Can all my clothes fit this well? Seriously.


!!!!
 

 
After these were taken, I found a pile of french Vogue magazines in my alley... Winning!

1940s dress: Lucky Vintage
1940s wedges: Red Light

All photos courtesy of Irene Wang (of Heirloom Attire)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Golden Lights

Whew! Slight delay in posting this - it's been a crazy week.
But in a good way, I promise. (Work, play, work, play.)

I tried so hard to get today off & attend the 1938 Picnic, in my hometown of Vancouver WA.
It would've been great to see everyone dressed to the nines! Oh, and to see my mom, of course. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. (Whine)

Ok, enough of that. Let's fast forward past the war, and bring on some bright & sparkly late 1940s fun.
 
 
 
It's no secret that I'm a sucker for sequins & rayon, so this blouse is an obvious winner.




Adore this '50s Renoir copper belt, even if it's a tough match.


A story:
You know when you find something pre-1950s & it's miraculously never been worn?
It's such a good feeling! So here's what you shouldn't do with that glee - get cocky. 
If you get cocky, you might *refuse* to change out of your deadstock '40s suede babydoll heels, even though you are going to a house show. They will undoubtedly get beer spilled all over them... 4 hours after you bought them.


Two years later, and I'm still shaking my head at myself. Ah well, I suppose getting them spotty was inevitable. After all, it's suede. In Seattle.
 
xoxo

1940s blouse: Red Light
1940s gabardine skirt: Pretty Parlor (keep your eyes peeled for the matching blazer! It's killer!)
1950s copper belt & 1940s box purse: Lucky Vintage
1940s heels: West Seattle Antique Mall
 
All photos courtesy of Irene Wang (of Heirloom Attire)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

1940s does 1980s

Yes, you read that correctly - I did say 1940s does 1980s.
 I realize this is not *actually* a thing, as that is an impossibility. 

But I still use this phrase hilariously often, because my favorite '40s clothes tend to be those that they ripped off when the '80s rolled around. I mean, think about it - skirt suits for working women, crazy shoulder pads, peplums, bright novelty prints, over the top giant jewelry... it's definitely a thing.

If you doubt me, meet this outfit. 
How '80s is this? Oh wait, it's not. It's all '40s. 
....Ok, maybe not the belt, that might actually be '80s, lol.


See what I mean?

This is one of my favorite "go to" dresses. The peplum is insane! And has pockets!




This is my new favorite hat. My mom & I went antiquing in Snohomish, WA (a magical land), and I walked out with not one, but three insane New York Creation hats... Needless to say, it was a good day for me. 

I almost overlooked this one. It was sitting on a stool, I glanced down and thought "80s", then did a double take, and laughed at myself. No dummy, that is '40s. Good grief. It has a strap, but I can't quite figure out if it works better as a tilt strap (hat worn forward) or a snood strap (hat worn back). Both look great, so I guess it'll depend on my mood (read: hair).

It's woven of ribbon that I can only describe as.... shiny, plastic gift-wrap ribbon. I don't really know how else to articulate it, because I've never seen such a thing! And that thick netting around the brim? Fantastic!


Fitting the '80s theme, there is my Depeche Mode tattoo. Nerd fest, 2012.

Meet my favorite unsigned Miriam Haskell piece! It's about 4" long, and consists of so much glass beading I have to pin it to my bra strap to keep it from sagging/tearing giant holes in my clothes. It's kind of a bully.


This is my one and only lucite purse. While I think they are super pretty, I've never been very drawn to them, because I'm too careless and I would just.... break them. But after meeting this one, I made an exception. I've had it for quite a while, and so far so good. *Knock on wood*


1940s shoes! Nothing too special, but then they are the most comfortable shoes I own, including contemporary ones! Weird, huh?



Welp, that's enough blathering on for one day, I hope ya'll enjoy this outfit as much as I do!

1940s dress: Lucky Vintage
1940s patent oxfords: Kaleidoscope Vision
1930s Miriam Haskell brooch: Rhinestone Rosie
1940s hat: antique store
1950s Llewellyn lucite purse: Le Frock

All photos courtesy of Irene Wang (of Heirloom Attire)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Heart & Soul

First off. 
Check out my new blog header! Supposedly I'm a real blogger now! (Ok, so give me a bit more time with that statement.) My pal Irene Wang did it, she is the best. Not only has she been taking outfit posts for me lately & making me smile with her never-ending enthusiasm, but she is also a talented graphic designer.
I mean really, look for yourself.

Spoiler! Look forward to an upcoming post starring Irene! She is going to share some of her favorite vintage wardrobe items, and I get to take the photos for once! But that is in the works <3

Irene & I are getting together today to take some pics, and I'm doing it without a cast! After more than a month of being broken.... and bummed about it.... I'm back in full careful force. (Thank god.)

.........

I was definitely wearing this outfit when I broke my foot.
No one will ever again see this outfit in this form. I kept resisting hemming these pants, because they don't drag on the ground if I wear my tallest platforms. Yeah.... I'm way too clumsy for this combination. Sad.


Even if they were my undoing, I love these pants! My friend at Red Light texted me & said she put some pants on hold for me.... and all I could think was, "Wait, pants? Really?" When I showed up, and it all became crystal clear.





Pretty lace, prettier bakelite heart.




I had to take off my scarf to show you all the novelty print, it's too good!


This is essentially a story in three parts - waiting for the train, the train coming, and the aftermath.
Every time I inspect it, I notice something new.

This is my favorite sequence:


Hahaha, so awesome.


Who knows what my scarf is doing. Consider this an anti-tutorial in tying a turban. *Shrug*

Trousers - Red Light (by Spiegel)
Bakelite pin, 1940s clutch, 1930s scarf, 1950s blouse: Lucky Vintage

All photos courtesy of Irene Wang (of Heirloom Attire)



Friday, August 3, 2012

Audrey & William

It's photo sharing time!
Warning: these are way too cute, and it makes me a bit emotional.

Hopefully some of you remember this purse, which contained this telegram.


 (Sorry to any new followers, I'm being a bit too lazy to recap!)
The telegram made it safely home to Maryland, and I've had the pleasure of keeping in touch with Audrey & William's family for the past month or so. I was dying to see some pictures of them when they were young, because I'm such a nerd history buff.
So here they are, William Poffenberger & Audrey Moser.



This gem was sent to William when he was fighting in the Pacific... Hug from across the world!
So cool!


Plus, how drool-worthy are those shoes?

Last but not least, here is the happy couple!


Their daughter, Bev, told me she has a very early memory of her mother wearing this purse & a long leopard skin cape. Louie's beady glass eyes scared her, but she got cuddled up in the cape safely.... Oh, so cute. I cannot even fathom how glamorous that outfit was, crazy gator and leopard? Wowza! I bet she was stunning! Bev told me I have something that was owned by a very special woman. I don't doubt that for a split second, I wish I could've met her!

Thank you so much to Kelli & Bev (and the rest of you guys!) for letting me share your family photos. Seriously, such an honor.

It's hard to explain just how great it's been to be in touch with these folks, and return the telegram. How to describe such a mixed up ball of emotions? I don't know, but there have been a few messages that choked me up. I hope they know I'm so thankful to have randomly stumbled into their lives.

This was a humungous reminder of why vintage is so great. Sure, there are many factors (fabulousness, thrill of the hunt, finding something extra rare, quality, nostalgia, etc) - but when it comes down to it, it's a matter of owning history. I may never know the "story" of most of what I own, but what I do know is this: every item was owned by someone before me. That person had people they love, and who loved them... and to me, that makes it all meaningful.