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Department Store Memories & How Their Past May Help Their Future

By | 2018-09-27T09:15:18-04:00 September 26th, 2018|Nostalgia|

Bullocks Wilshire 1937 Bullocks Wilshire Los Angeles 1937

Recently I read an interesting post from one of my favorite style bloggers, Suzanne Carillo, on the demise of brick and mortar retail shopping.  This got me to thinking about the thousands of department stores that have gone out of business in the last 10 to 15 years.. We all know online shopping has something to […]

My Vintage Style-Casual Jazz Era Inspired Look

By | 2018-06-21T09:37:58-04:00 June 18th, 2018|Fashion, My Vintage Style|

 

1940s wide leg pants outfit

In previous posts I’ve mentioned that I get a lot of inspiration for outfits by studying vintage fashion magazines or following fashion bloggers who incorporate vintage into their wardrobe. Another way I get inspiration is to collect online images of favorite vintage looks and save them on  Pinterest boards.

Polyvore used to be one of my favorite ways to create mood boards […]

Mail Order Memories-1955 Spring/Summer Spiegel Catalog (Part 1)

By | 2018-05-15T08:40:35-04:00 May 15th, 2018|Fashion|

speigel catalog cover 1955

Am so very excited about my recent flea market finds.  I came across not one, but two,  Spiegel catalogs from 1955 and 1956.  I frequently find vintage fashion magazines to purchase,  but it’s pretty darn rare to find mail order catalogs in good condition and at bargain prices,  never mind two on the same day. Needless to say I was stoked!

In […]

Company’s Coming! Vintage Inspired Hostess Dressing

By | 2017-12-14T19:21:18-04:00 December 10th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|

40s inspired lounging outfit

A 1940s lounging pajama set I own inspired me to put together an outfit that would be perfect for holiday parties at home. Knowing I’d be having friends and family stopping over for cocktails and appetizers, I wanted to look festive, but still be comfortable.

The set actually comes with black satin wide leg pants, which unfortunately don’t fit me. But luckily […]

From Weird to Wonderful-Shopping the Brimfield Antique Flea Market

By | 2017-10-08T20:16:15-04:00 September 12th, 2017|Events|

Brimfield Flea Market

Just back from another trip out to the Brimfield, Mass. Flea Market, which is a week long event held in May, July and September . Without a doubt, this is the ultimate vintage and antique lovers dream shopping adventure. Though I’ve been going there for almost 20 years, I’ve never shared many photos or commentary on what it is like to shop […]

Masters of Mesh-The History of Whiting and Davis

By | 2017-09-08T15:21:02-04:00 September 8th, 2017|Fashion|

Whiting and Davis History

On my shopping trip to Brimfield Antique Show this summer I came across a bunch of Whiting and Davis mesh bags sitting in the bottom of a box full of other vintage purses. The dealer offered me a great price for taking the lot. Since I’ve always been attracted to their shimmer and smooth, slinky, liquid metal feel, how could I […]

My Top 20 Favorite Products for Vintage Clothing Care

By | 2017-03-13T14:09:53-04:00 March 13th, 2017|Fashion|

Top 20 favorite products for the care and cleaning of vintage clothing

Thought I’d share some of of the  products I use to spruce up, clean or maintain the vintage clothes I either sell or keep in my own collection.  Since I’ve been buying vintage clothing for a few decades I’ve had the opportunity to try dozens of  products, many recommended by others in the […]

Visions of Supper Clubs Dance in My Head

By | 2016-12-07T10:21:48-04:00 December 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Golden Age of Supper Clubs

You know the kind of places I mean?  A nightspot like the ones that were popular from the 30s to the 60s where grownups went out for a night of fine dining and dancing.  Places where you could hear great jazz or big band music or the latest national singing sensation.   Places where you had to get dressed up or […]

Fashion Flashback- Elegant Holiday Style Trends of 1947

By | 2016-11-23T13:31:17-04:00 November 23rd, 2016|Fashion|

Florence Gainor design- draped dress november 1947 vogue Draped, ruched blouse. Florence Gainor design.

Last fall I did a post on “New Look” holiday fashions from 1947.  It featured those waist whittling fit and flared silhouettes that Dior made famous.  And  because I’ve recently acquired a Vogue Magazine from November 1947,  I thought I’d show you some more elegant fall/winter fashions from the late 40s. […]

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