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Holiday Gift Idea-Vintage Watch Pendant Necklaces

I have become totally obsessed with vintage watch  necklaces ever since I happened upon this 1966 Vogue ad.  I really love these Sheffield pendants, in particular,  with their sleek mid century modern  lines.  This company made inexpensive costume jewelry type watches, but they sure are cute! And many of them are still working today.  I’m thinking one of these woudl make a  fabulously fun and  unique Christmas gift for some vintage loving gal.   So I scoured the internets to bring you some of my favorites, in good working condition only!    Of course if any of my family members are reading this post, please take the hint:)

Sheffield Vintage Watch Pendant Necklaces

Sheffield Vintage Watch Pendant Necklaces 1966 Vogue Ad

This silver toned geometric beauty is available from Etsy seller Vermont Jewelry   $24.50

Vintage watch pendant

Vintage watch pendant

Vintage goldtone tear drop shaped Sheffield watch pendant necklace offered as a Buy it Now on Ebay by Jewelry  Box Jewelry  $30.00

Goldtone Sheffield Watch Pendant

Goldtone Sheffield Watch Pendant

Pretty  mid century modern style diamond shaped Sheffield pendant watch from Etsy seller StarryVisions  $29.97

Sheffield pendant watch

Diamond shape Sheffield pendant watch

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Retro Gifts and Invitations-Now available from What’s Buzzin

Every year I buy vintage inspired Christmas cards  from a company called “What’s Buzzin”.  They are so cute and unique that everyone who receives one alway comments on them.

So I was very happy to find out that the friendly folks at What’s Buzzin have now expanded into a line of retro gifts and invitations imprinted with even more fabulously fun vintage graphics.

Here’s a  sample below.  But there is much more!  The invitations can also be customized by adding your own photos and text. And there are even volume discounts.  I like these so much,  I’m tempted to plan a party just so I can order some!

retro invitations whats buzzin

Retro Invitations from What's Buzzin

There is also an impressive line of products you can order, including t-shirts, aprons, mousepads, ties, coffee mugs, art prints, tote bags, etc  with graphics based on various themes like mod,  swing dancing, retro housewife, retro toys, vintage fashion, and music lovers.

retro gifts

Retro Gifts from What's Buzzin

So  be sure to check out Retro Gift Ideas next time you’re looking for a unique gift for that vintage loving someone. Or even a little something for yourself just to make you smile!

 

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Interview with Trixie Lane of Old School Pinups Photography

Ever fantasize about what it would be like to get primped, pampered and dolled up to look like a vintage calender girl? Well, Trixie Lane and Lance Wagner, of Old School Pinups Photography Studio in Seattle, are experts  in helping women of all ages, shapes and sizes channel their inner Betty Grable.

With Lance’s 30 years of professional photography experience and Trixie’s background in cabaret and burlesque, they are the dynamic duo of  the retro glamour shoot.  Providing five different sets and a complete hair, makeup and wardrobe makeover, they’ll magically transform you into the pinup girl of your dreams.

Old School Pinups

Old School Pin up Shots

The lovely Trixie Lane was kind enough to answer a bunch of questions I had about her business.  So you can get a fascinating look  into what goes on during a shoot and what motivates her clientele.  Hopefully it will encourage more ladies to strike a pose the old school way!

Is pinup photography just for young women or do you see a wide range of ages in the ladies who book your shoots?

Our oldest client was 67! Her husband choked us all up at her edit as he cried and said she was as beautiful as the day he laid eyes on her!

No matter the age, weight, or reason, you will come away with a new sense of sexy in a confidence building session that will yield the most beautiful images you ever imagined.

What do you think it is about pinup photography that makes it so popular?

When done right, the photos are classic and timeless and will never go out of style. Also I think people are nostalgic for pin ups over the “in your face” sexuality portrayed in today’s media and “Boudoir” photography.  Perhaps we all crave a little mystery.

What are some of the main reasons ladies want to do a pinup shoot?Do  most clients want photos just to keep for  themselves or do they have them done to give to their boyfriends, husbands, etc?

For the most part they are looking for a special gift for a loved one. For grooms’ gifts, Valentine’s Day, birthdays;

But often  they come to us to boost their self esteem after a divorce and even prior to mastectomies and post reconstruction in breast cancer survivors. Also, celebrating weight loss , turning 30 or 40 or just because they are lovers of vintage style and fashion.

Military wives especially love purchasing a keep sake book for the sweethearts serving abroad. They want intimate within the realms of good taste and not something they will be embarrassed of, but rather something they will consider a keepsake.

I’ll bet there are  lots of girls out there who would love to try this, but don’t feel confident they can get the poses right.  What do you do to help them feel more comfortable with that?

We guide our clients through the entire process. The Old School Pin Ups Experience entails Lance and myself making our clients comfortable, helping them choose the set that is right for them, finding the perfect lingerie or costume that enhances their figure, designing the perfect retro hairstyle, and the classic pin up make up to bring out their best look.

I have the opportunity to get to know the client while we are working in my Silver Star Dressing Room, so that I can prepare Lance during the shoot for little things that make all the difference.

I help them with pin up facial expressions and poses before we go onto the set. Lance verbally guides them into their poses. He lights each pose with old fashion hot lights.   If she is struggling with the pose, I am there to demonstrate or put her in them. I assure them that both Lance and I are watching every detail concerning their hair and costume so that every detail is perfect. Also, Lance is a perfect gentleman.  If costume adjustments need to be made, he turns his back or leaves the room till we’re set.

What is your favorite era(s) to recreate for a shoot and why?

I particularly  love the 40′s and the early 60′s. I adore “constructing” the hair. Victory Rolls and Barrel Curls and Bouffants are an area in which I LOVE to show off and delight the client who did not think their hair would style that way.  I often joke that hair does anything I want it too. No matter the texture or the length, it will purr like a kitten for me. But mostly, I think women look so beautiful in those styles and they’re positively giddy when they see their hair like that for the first time! It puts a light in their eyes for the photos.

Can you give us a little run down on what a girl can expect when she shows up for her first shoot?

We help choose her set first, if she has not already decided, then bring her into my Dressing Room/ Pin Up Salon and get started on her choosing her costume. Based on our discussions about body issues and era I pull a lot of things for her to try on. I give her privacy and wait till she wants my opinion.   Then it’s on to her hair & make up.

During that time Lance is preparing her set. Once she is dressed in her pin up outfit, I pop a pretty hair flower in her hair (I create those),  then on to the set  to pose in about 12 to 14 poses and about 300 frames.

When we’ve completed her shoot, Lance does a quick edit of the photos as she gets into her street clothes. I then give her a hair flower of her choice. While she is viewing the slide show on our 30 inch monitor with me, Lance creates two “Peek-A-Boo” viewers, a novelty key chain viewer with her image inside, to take home as a memento of her shoot.

When she is ready, she can return to the studio for an hour long edit with Lance to choose the perfect photos for her printing options, which includes books, calendars, playing cards, beautiful metallic based prints, jigsaw puzzles, zippo like lighters, bbq aprons, car license plates, coasters and much much more to choose from. She is welcome to bring her sweetheart or friend during the editing process or she can trust Lance’s male sensibilities and editing experience to help her choose the perfect pin up images she’ll always treasure.

Old school pinups

Old School Pinup Shots

Trixie also mentioned that because many couples have little private  jokes or stories between them,  she and Lance also enjoy helping ladies add more personalization to their shoots by incorporating little extras  that have special meaning for them.

For example, one client was a military wife to be.   She and her deployed fiance’ were not able to see much of each other during their engagement and he was  sent to war again just a month after their wedding. During one of his brief visits home they took a bubble bath using “Sponge Bob” bubble bath,  the only stuff they could find at the local drug store.  They saved the plastic tops off the bottles and  keep the little SB toys with them when talking on the phone, so they can remember that happy time together. We placed the toy in the backgrounds of her shoot. A sweet little private joke between them.

Another client, a High School English Teacher, relayed to me that she and her husband R.I.B., I shook my head and asked what she was talking about, “Read In Bed!” she exclaimed! So we set her up with a funny vintage Trashy dime novel called “Flesh Baron” (one of our many many props) and put a martini in her hand and shot a really sexy and tongue in cheek photo she adores.

We have had military wives bring their husbands coats and we’ll place them on a chair in the foreground, slightly out of focus to indicate he is in the room. I always suggest to our clients they bring something personal along to work it into the photos without being obvious.

So, ladies, next time you’re trying to  come up with a unique way to gift a special someone or commemorate a special event in your life, why not try this fun, empowering , nostalgic way to celebrate your love for  yourself or your sweetheart?

Many, many thanks to Trixie Lane for taking the time to give us this inside scoop on the pin up shoot. It was very enlightening!

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The Nostalgic Appeal of Vintage Gift Sets

During the holiday season you’re bound to see mountains of  gift sets displayed at every department store.   Delicious combinations of fragrances, bath products and beauty creams make for the perfect present of pampering.   Though the  packaging tends to be colorful, feminine and glitzy,  most of them don’t entice me to buy.  But that’s because I much prefer the look of packaging from the past!  I just can’t resist any beauty product that’s boxed up to look like something out of an old apothecary or even a Woolworth’s store in the 1950s.

Check out these vintage holiday gift set ads to see what I mean. They’re adorable!

cheramy gift sets ad

1947 Vintage advertisement-Cheramy Perfumer Gift Sets

Coty Holiday Gift Ad

Coty Holiday Gift Ad-1947

shulton holiday gift ad

1950 Vintage Ad-Shulton Holiday Gift Sets

coty gift set ad

2 page 1950 Vintage Ad-Coty Holiday Gift Sets

See what I mean?  But good luck trying to find any of these original sets,especially  intact and in great condition! So I did a little research to see if I could find any modern gift sets that evoke that same warm and fuzzy nostalgic feeling. And here’s what I came up with.   Beautifully packaged in all their vintage girly girl glory!

vintage inspired gift sets

Vintage inspired gift sets

1. Penhalgion Bath and Body  gift sets at Lucky Scents-$60.00

2. Perfect Lil Pinup Pamper Yourself gift set from HH Essentials-$69.00

3. MOR  Cosmetics Pretty in Pink Gift Set at Ron Robinson-$44.00

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Retro Easter Owl Mugs

Move over Easter Bunny, the Easter Owl is coming to town! The folks at Rock Scissor Paper are now offering the cutest limited edition retro mugs. Their  signature  kitschy 70′s Groovy Owl Mug has been redesigned especially for Easter and is available in three delicious  jelly bean colors.   An adorable gift for nostalgia lovers.

Available only through April 4 and they even come filled with Easter candy!

pink retro owl mug

pink retro owl mug

Purple retro owl mug

Purple retro owl mug

Green retro owl mug

Green retro owl mug

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Vintage Style Shoes from Dancestore.com

Just got my latest newsletter from Dancestore.com and they’ve got some fab new styles of  Aris Allen dance shoes.  I already own several pairs in some of their other styles, so I can attest to their quality.

I’m totally smitten with these 1930s inspired T straps.  They also come in white and black, with a choice of either a synthetic or suede sole. Very reasonably priced at $74.95.

Aris Allen 30s style T strap shoes

Aris Allen 30s style T strap shoes

Then there are these adorable 40s inspired black velvet and mesh mary janes.  A spectacular vintage look for  just $69.95.

Aris Allen black velvet and mesh Mary Janes

Aris Allen black velvet and mesh Mary Janes

Heck, even if  not into dancing, these beauties are a perfect period correct look for anyone to wear with their vintage or retro  fashions.

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Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas Contest

Attention all retro glamour gals, classy dames and pinup dolls!  Want a chance to win some killer prizes this holiday season, including a $100 gift certificate from Blue Velvet Vintage?   The super stylish Candice DeVille, who is the genius behind the fabulously entertaining Super Kawaii Mama blog,  is running a contest where entrants must write  how they’d create the perfect vintage Christmas.  The lucky winner gets a vintage prize pack of gift vouchers from participating online vendors . So get your vintage style  luvin’ butt over there now for more details on this Very Vintage Christmas Competition.

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Little Black Dresses-Recent additions at Blue Velvet Vintage

The little black dress is a classic wardrobe staple and shopping for  new often leaves  you with a choice of cookie cutter styles.   And who wants to look like everyone else at their next cocktail party? But  if you choose a black vintage dress,  they are usually unique enough in construction, fabric and design details that you’re sure to stand out in that sea of LBDs.  Here are some of our recent additions that will help you show your individuality. Please visit our What’s New page for more little black dresses from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Known for their chic, ladylike elegance, Herbert Sondheim manufactured dresses,  inspired by Paris fashions,  from the 30s through the 60s.  Jackie Kennedy even wore his dresses! He also taught at the Parson School of Design.

Herbert Sondheim black silk vintage dress-38/30

Herbert Sondheim black silk 60s vintage dress-38/30

A very sophisticated early 60s vintage cocktail dress reminiscent of the classic style of Audrey Hepburn. The plunging back with the big satin bow accent will make you look fabulous coming and going!

Audrey Hepburn style vintage cocktail dress

Audrey Hepburn style vintage cocktail dress-38/28

If you want to look like you just stepped out of a 1940s film noir, then this vintage cocktail dress is for you!

Old hollywood style 1940s cocktail dress in sequined black crepe.

Old hollywood style 1940s cocktail dress in sequined black crepe.-34/26

1950s bombshell  black form fitting  cocktail dress is completely covered in a swirling soutache embroidered design and black satin with bow accent encircles the hip area.

1950s curve hugging little black dress.

1950s curve hugging little black dress.

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New dresses just listed at Blue Velvet Vintage

Got more adorable 50′s day dresses and some vintage style party dresses and glamorous gowns that we just listed over at Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing and Retro Fashions.

Have a look!

1950s day dresses

1950s day dresses

1. 60′s floral print sundress-36/28

2. 50′s black,white, gray toile floral swing dress-38/28

3. Vintage Lanz sundress- yellow windowpane check floral-38/30

4. Blue cotton 50s day dress w/pintucking and crochet lace-38/28

5. Beautiful floral print 50s halter dress-38/30

Retro glamour gowns and vintage inspired party dresses

Retro glamour gowns and vintage inspired party dresses

1. Ivory beaded satin vintage style wedding gown or prom dress

2. Rhinestone embellished champagne satin and tulle 50′s style tea length party dress

3. Flirty little strapless vintage inspired party dress in silver satin, black lace and tulle

4. Golden vintage inspired strapless glamour gown with shimmery metallic lace, beading and satin applique

5. Same gorgeous dress as #4 only in a silver satin and lace.

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Vintage Spring Fashion Fever

Spring is in the air and it’s time to think  fun, flirty and floral.  I’ve been frantically adding all kinds of pretty vintage dresses to my site that are perfect for daytime, dinner dates, informal weddings, garden parties, or anywhere you want to look retroliciously ravishing!!!

Here’s a little peek at some stuff I’ve just added.  Aside from the fact that these dresses from the 50s  are so cute,  most of them came from an estate where the woman left a closet full of clothes that were unworn with original tags hanging on them. Of course, because I’m a clean freak, I removed the tags from most of them to launder the dresses, because I don’t like sending customers dusty vintage clothing smelling of old closets.  Oh, did I mention most are larger sizes, with waist measurements of 29-32″?   Hard to find really stylish vintage dresses in these sizes.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I acquired these.

So, vintage stylistas, feast your eyes on some of my latest offerings.

1950s-vintage-dresses

1950's vintage dresses

I’ve also just added some  new 50s pinup style dresses from the

Bettie Page Clothing Company.

Bettie Page Dresses

Bettie Page Dresses

And  a gorgeous 1940′s gown in a romantic floral print.

Perfectly lovely for a vintage wedding.

DuBarry 1940's floral print vintage gown

DuBarry 1940's floral print vintage gown

See the Blue Velvet Vintage “What’s New” page for additional information

on these newly listed spring fashions.   Plenty more to come!

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