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Bringing You Shabby Chic Inspiration from The Vintage Garden, Arcadia Florida

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Store Sign Vintage Garden Arcadia Florida

Store Sign Vintage Garden Arcadia Florida

When travelling through the middle of Florida, one of my favorite shopping stops is Arcadia, a small town whose main street is filled with quaint antique shops that offer something for every collector. You can see my previous post about shopping Arcadia by clicking here.

On my most recent visit I stopped in another of my favorite stores, “The Vintage Garden ” a shabby chic lover’s dream! This is one of the most beautifully merchandised shops I’ve seen and it really captures the romance of the vintage shabby chic style aesthetic.  Even if you never decorated this way, it’s hard not to start envisioning a home makeover after visiting this charming gem of a store. It’s full of authentic vintage fashion and home decor all artfully displayed, which offers all sorts of inspiration for decorating ideas.

So here is some shabby chic eye candy that may inspire you to add a touch of feminine vintage romance to your home.

Vintage Garden hallway view

Vintage Garden hallway view

From the main entrance room of the store you travel down a hallway off of which are rooms each with their own distinct personalities and themes.

Vintage shabby chic table and chairs

Vintage shabby chic table and chairs

Love the distressed wood table and chairs mixed with the  flower covered wrought iron chairs. I envision ladies sipping tea in a garden wearing pretty vintage sundresses and wide brimmed hats!

Vintage slip display

Vintage slip display

A lovely idea for displaying a vintage slip collection either in your bedroom, or, if you’re really fortunate, your large dressing room! Also, notice the distressed picture frame in the background. A wire was attached so that a collection of vintage heels could be hung across. A piece of lace fabric is tacked at the top and drapes down behind the shoes.  This is a fantastic way to display those damaged or extra small vintage shoes that no one can fit into anymore.  They can often be found inexpensively at flea markets and many are just too pretty to discard. Working them into your decor gives them a new life, so they can still be admired!

Shabby chic boudoir inspiration

Shabby chic boudoir inspiration

Inspiration here for a shabby chic look for your boudoir.  Vintage hats, linens, fabric boxes, flower print lampshades are used as accents to create a soft, feminine ambiance.  The tufted pink chair is TDF! And the wire dress form wrapped in tulle with a large silk rose pinned to it would be a fabulous focal point in a shabby chic bedroom.

Mirror display

Mirror display

Rescue an old mirror that came from an antique dresser by painting it and propping on a narrow table or shelf.   Accessorize accordingly!  And the vintage rose print wallpaper complements the ornate carved frame perfectly.

Vintage jewelry table display

Vintage jewelry table display

Antique shadow box table is a great way to display a vintage jewelry collection or any other small collectibles. You can make your own with salvaged vintage wooden boxes or old dresser drawers. Paint and distress for a shabby chic look.  Attach some interesting legs (again salvaged)  or even attach boxes or drawers to an old end table,  then set a piece of glass on the top. Voila! Fabulous shadow box display.

Vintage apron display

Vintage apron display

Now here’s an easy idea if you collect vintage aprons.  They’re so cute, they need to be out in the open, not in a drawer!  So string up a clothesline against a wall in your kitchen and use old clothespins to hang your favorite aprons for all to admire!

Birdbath with glass marbles

Birdbath with glass stones

A vintage birdbath filled with glass stones would be an eyecatching focal point in a foyer, on a porch or in a sunroom.  Use for displaying plants or even place candles in glass candleholders of varying heights.

Vintage planter display

Vintage planter display

A vintage wicker planter box would be a great accent in a shabby chic bedroom or bath. This one is filled with branches of silk flowers, a framed vintage photo and flower adorned straw hat. Would be fun to change out according to season or holidays.

Vintage vanity display

Vintage vanity display

No shabby chic boudoir is complete without some kind of vanity table to display your bottles and baubles.  Old tufted satin glove box used as an organizer really adds a charming vintage touch and  gives a lovely item from the past a new use.

Clipboard display

Clipboard display

Cute way to display a collection of old postcards and greeting cards.  Gluing bits of lace and broken pieces of vintage jewelry adds a nice, feminine touch.

Well, I hope my photos of The Vintage Garden got you psyched to try some shabby chic decorating.  Unfortunately they don’t have an ecommerce site. But  if you’re ever anywhere near central Florida, I strongly suggest you make a trip to this shop.I guarantee you won’t leave there without something fabulously shabby and chic!

Have a glamorous day!

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New Year, New You: Four Style Ideas to Add Vintage Glam to Your Look

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Ladies in 1940s dresses

 

Image source NY Public Library

It’s a whole new year with a chance to be a whole new you. Here are four ways you can put your best vintage fashion foot forward as you step ahead—or should we say back?!—into vintage 2014!

1. Pick styles that make you feel great One of the best things about vintage clothes is they never go out of style. While trendy looks don’t necessarily work for everyone, vintage silhouettes are flattering to many body types, and you can pick and choose among the vintage styles of different eras to find the ones that fit your personality.

choose-classic-silhouettes

2. Add some flair Stylish clothes are great but you know what they say: accessories really make the outfit. Spend some time—check Pinterest for ideas!—and find the perfect vintage piece, whether it be jewelry, scarf, purse, gloves, or shoes to make your outfit really sing. You can go completely vintage glam or add just an element or two to highlight your look. Pay special attention to your hair—look for that perfect pinup style and complement with a gorgeous comb, hair flower or maybe even a snood, those fun crocheted hairnets from the 40s!

perky-snood-crocheted-hair-nets

3. Go for the perfect fit Women back in day, if they didn’t sew their own clothes, often relied on a trusted seamstress to ensure a perfect fit. They understood that well fitting clothing was the key to a more polished, classy look. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape…then resolve to make sure your clothes follow suit. Go through your wardrobe and discard clothes that no longer fit and find yourself a professional alteration person that you can depend on to make your clothing flatter your figure. You’ll look better (and feel better, too!). Also, remember there are no sizing standards in today’s garment industry and sizing conventions have changed over time. Make sure to have your measurements handy for your online orders and bring a tape measure when out shopping to save time when trying on clothes.

measurement-by-seamstress

4. Make sure make-up is flawless No matter how classy your clothes are, style can fall flat when your make-up isn’t working for you. Plus, this is where you can really have some fun. Your make-up style can reflect the vintage times. Classic red lip and nails, a defined brow, the proper matte foundation and powder, and even trying the cat eye look with your liner can really make you stand out.

vintage-make-up-tips

Have yourself a glamorous New Year and set the world on fire with style in 2014. Don’t forget to make fashion fun!

And if you have any style tips of your own, please feel free to share:)

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Nautical Fashions 1957

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Ladylike nautical inspired resort fashions from 1957. Taken at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. Richard Rutledge photographer.  Though the pix are in B&W, the clothing is navy and white, a classic color combination for summer, no matter what decade!

The white linen sheath dress  by Mr. Mort is topped by a navy blue  Heller worsted jersey sailor jacket. Hat by Madcaps. White opera pumps by Julianelli

Mr Mort Dress Vogue 1957

Mr Mort Dress Vogue 1957

Fashion Editor, Gail Dugas, said of Oleg Cassini’s 1957 resort collection
“He likes curvy, fitted clothes that play up  a woman’s waistline.
He’s partial to wide, fitted, midriffs and makes frequent use of belts, placing them where they should be, around the waist!
He also shows clothes with a rounded bosom line and a moulded hipline.
In short he thinks clothes should be feminine, beguiling and fun to wear.”

A smart white knitted wool  dress with navy blue satin trim by Oleg Cassini. Hat by Madcaps. Shoes by Julianelli. Bag by Ronay.

Oleg Cassini dress Vogue 1957

Oleg Cassini dress Vogue 1957

I love this outfit. The casual navy blue  jersey t shirt worn with a full white chiffon skirt. And that polka dot head scarf looks fab!

Junior Sophisticates, Bendel’s Youngtimers. Sandals I Miller.

Navy Blue jersey T and white chiffon skirt Vogue 1957

Navy Blue jersey T and white chiffon skirt Vogue 1957

 

 

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Cute and Punny Vintage Valentines

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Here are some cute vintage valentines for your viewing pleasure.

This ones a little racy. You have to lift up her skirt to see the rest of the message!

 

Hula Valentine

Hula Valentine

Vintage Hula Valentine Part 2

Hula Valentine Part 2

A vintage valentine for  doggie lovers.

 

Vintage Valentine License to Love

Vintage Valentine License to Love

Vintage Valentine Run around with you

Vintage Valentine "Run around with you"

 

From the girl who’s been hiding her wilder side under a prim and proper exterior.  And she’s willing to show it to him, if he’ll be her Valentine!

Not Straighlaced Vintage Valentine

Not Straighlaced Vintage Valentine

Not straghtlaced vintage valentine part 2

Happy Valentines Day, to all!

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Slippers and Robes

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Back in the old days robes and slippers were a very traditional gift to give at Christmas time.  Today not so much because every one is too busy tracking down the newest, latest electronic gadget to give someone.  Practical, comfortable loungewear no longer gets the respect it deserves. Bathrobes and slippers have become the Rodney Dangerfield of Christmas presents!

But you have to admit, you can’t wrap yourself up in an electronic gadget to keep out the winter chill.  And surely you need something comfy and cozy to relax in while you’re playing Angry Birds or checking your Facebook news feed.

Do you remember whenever anyone unwrapped brand new bathrobes and slippers, how they would immediately put them on and then proceed to hang around the house in them all day? It’s THE classic Christmas Day outfit! Or maybe it was just my wacky family.

Of course, I’m partial to vintage loungewear and I think it makes a nice, nostalgic gift, sort of like wearable comfort food! Why not wrap a vintage chenille robe around a Kindle Fire or Nook? Or slip an Ipod into the toe of a pair of vintage slippers?

Here are some pictures to perhaps inspire you to give the gift of vintage loungewear this year, or any year for that matter!

Even in their robes this family looks more formal than many people look today, even when they go to church!  Love how the Dad has a shirt and tie on and I seriously covet the Mom’s blue robe with leopard collar.

Christmas robes 1961

Here’s a Mom and her little girl in  cute matching pink quilted robes. The mother /daughter matchy, matchy thing was big back then.

Pink Mother Daugher Bathrobes 1963

Pink Mother Daugher Bathrobes 1963

And my all time favorite, the chenille bathrobe.  My husband gave me a beautiful vintage blue chenille robe for Christmas, way back when we were dating. That’s when I knew he was a keeper!

This is a Four Queens chenille robe, “for that pinup girl glamour.”  Notice the soldier in the bottom left corner.  World War II was nearing the end, but like  many of the ads in the 40s it still includes a reminder that our soldiers were risking their lives overseas.

Chenille Robe 1945

Chenille Robe 1945

And then, of course, there are the slippers!.  I prefer the more glamorous type rather than those big, fuzzy things that look like sasquatch feet! And nobody did glamorous slippers better than the Daniel Green Company.

Daniel Green Slippers 1942

Daniel Green Slippers 1942

Here are  ads for some very adorable Oomphies from 1944 and Ripons from 1950. Does anyone remember those slipper socks?  Not very glamorous, but certainly cozy, comfy and warm!

Vintage Slippers Advertisement

Vintage Slippers Advertisement

 

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