Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gal Pals, 1944

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! I certainly did, such a lucky gal. I had the pleasure of hanging out at my grandmother's place, eating an absurd amount of food, opening some lovely goodies (both old & new), and gaining access to an insane amount of family photos. Seriously guys, an entire trunk full. I about died. 

I'm still in the process of scanning these all, but let me just say - my family is full of some very fascinating and handsome folks. I can't wait to share! I've scanned hundreds already, but still have quite a few to get through. And then there is organizing... That's going to be an endeavor. But worth it, obviously.

Anywho, I digress from what I'd like to share today. Those of you who follow me may remember my post sharing the 1940s artwork of my very talented grandmother, Dorothy. Several months later, I got a message from a classmate of my grandma's, Sylvia Berge (nee Livingston). Umm, wow?! My grandma & her got back in touch - after 60 something years! Sylvia was sweet enough to send us some photos of a trip they took with some friends to Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, in 1944. I believe this is where their friend Jeannie Hauser was from.

I can't handle how adorable these gals are, and it's such an extreme honor to have copies of these!

My grandma is on the far right <3

And this is Sylvia - adore her suit, of course. I wonder what color it was...

Oh hey, bombshell. I don't know her real name, but grandma says they called her "Blondie". Omg.

And then there's some sleepover shenanigans..

Love this! Ahaha.

Ummm.... are they all wearing aprons here? Cute overload!

A giant thank you to Sylvia for sending these our way. I mean, my grandma hadn't seen these in 68 years. Crazy! It made our whole family super happy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I hope your holidays were festive and fun, and Happy Soon-to-be New Year!

xo Sara

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

1943 Army & Navy Humor

 I picked up this gem publication the other day - The Scrapbook of Army - Navy Humor (1943)

Chock full of not-so-funny jokes, '40s babes, slight homoeroticism (*ahem*, see cover) & old timey WWII racism. I ignored the last bit, and scanned some snippets for your viewing pleasure.


Duh, there is a centerfold.

My favorite...

A gal can dream;)

I hope all ya'll are doing fabulous... I've been oh-so-busy at my new job. Who knew setting up a vintage store was so time consuming? I can't wait to share what all the hard work's been about, it's getting painfully close!

What happens after steaming clothes for hours & hours... exhaustion.


Friday, November 30, 2012

November Spawned a Monster

Hiya guys! 

I guess you haven't heard from me in a while... it's been a weird month. 
Mega apologies for dropping off the face of the planet! I truly didn't mean to, it just.. happened. Oops.

Last week, I took time off work & went to Denver for Thanksgiving. 
Not only did I have a grand ol' time hanging out with my dad & his partner, I also ate an obscene amount of yummy food, and scoured many an antique store for goodies.

I got in some trouble.

I had to take a hat box home with me as my "personal item". o_O.

It was pouring in Seattle when I took off... but it was almost 70° & sunny in Colorado. 

This is a pretty typical "lazy day poking around shops" kind of outfit. 1940s sweater & skirt, toss on some jewelry & we're done.

That being said, I am pretty smitten over this sweater. I pined for it all summer!

Freshly lacquered nails.
My dad & I got pedicures (& a manicure for me). Despite my major inhibitions about germs, I love getting my nails done. Even if I immediately chip them, which I did.

New '40s wedgies! I need more of these. I want to wear them everydayever.

They remind me of these, from 1945. (Sidenote: these women have no toes!)


That's really as far as this outfit post goes. Blech. It was one of those "well it's either this, or it's nothing" sort of moments, so I went with the "this".

More posts to come soon. Apparently, I'm going to have more time on my hands coming up reaaaal soon here. This wasn't intentional, rather it's a result of how the universe kind of ****ed me threw me for a loop this month.

The story: 
I had two jobs - one retail, one in a restaurant. I am starting a new job in the next few weeks (more on that later), so I put in a month's notice at my retail job. I thought I'd work my new job, and keep my restaurant shifts. Perfect, right? Except 2 weeks after I quit my retail gig (and after we've hired & trained my replacement)... The restaurant found out they have to close. The landlords are kicking them out, after 36 years, so they can build condos. Nooooo!

So... now I need another job. 
 Grumble grumble.

In other news, I signed up for an Instagram yesterday!
It's basically just gonna be pics of old timey wearables.

Follow me here!

 Here's some sneak peeks of goodies I got in Denver:

1940s carved bakelite cherry brooch

New bakelite bangles - the top one is painted!

Massive 1940s lady head brooch

New novelty print. 
Thanks to some confusion over some terrible '80s shoulder pads ("1940s style dress"), this genuine '40s number was a hilarious steal. 

Okie dokey, that's enough for today.
Follow me on Instagram!
Wish me luck on the job hunt, wah waaah.

Friday, October 26, 2012

La Passion Des Jours

Hello, darlings!

This week has been....insane. But not necessarily in a bad way. It basically went: Moving! Working! Birthday! Dancing! No sleep! Fresh starts! New opportunities! Sooooo much Red Bull!

The move went well, despite it being my birthday & having too much stuff. My mom (the best) helped me, which truly aided me in maintaining my sanity. Sometimes you just need that person around to make fun of the situation. (Quote of the day: "Mom, I'm not a hoarder, I'm a collector!" ...Total lie.) I've literally unpacked nothing, and our apartment is... hilariously messy. Whoops. Last night I finally got a free evening to work on it, but instead I went to a Depeche Mode night. Priorities, ya know?

Despite things being in complete disarray, I'm super stoked on life right now. Long term, things are looking up up up. Short term, this week is going to be amazing. Halloween! My favorite holiday, duh. Shows & parties tomorrow, three dark '80s dance nights (one of which is a Siouxsie night, hell yeah), and my friend bought me a ticket to go see Berlin next Friday!! Holy crap! Can't wait. <3

Anywho, onto other things that make me smile - like this dress. I don't know what I did to deserve such luck, but the novelty print gods have been on my side lately. Win.

...These shoulder pads are out of control, lol.

Victorian ladies, bustles, parasols & a squiggly lil dog friend!

Total dork.

A little shab never hurt anybody.

I found these shoes last time I was in Portland, they rule. While they are pretty stereotypically '40s in a lot of ways, there's still something uniquely charming about the details. Plus, they are compliment magnets.


Also: there is this from last night.
Putting the hood to good use.

Happy Almost Halloween!!

May all your dark wishes come true:)

1940s dress: Red Light
1940s shoes: House of Vintage, PDX

All photos courtesy of Irene Wang

Friday, October 19, 2012


Why, hello there!

Apologies for the delay in outfit posts lately. I've been the busiest little bee this month! Working constantly & getting ready to move next week.... Oh man, I hate moving. I mean, ok, who doesn't? But still... Barf. 
Anyhow, it'll be over soon, so I shouldn't whine;)

Okie dokie, onto fun stuff. Like this '40s dress. With star novelty print... Uhh, yeah.


 Can you tell I finally re-dyed & cut my hair? Feels so much better!

Oh yeah, aaand I got a perm. Which basically did nothing, except now my pin curls stay in slightly better. And I suppose it definitely has more body now. Silly straight hair, I'm doomed to chase elusive curls for the rest of eternity.

Love it! 
Also, speaking of love.... I opened my birthday present from my dad yesterday, and almost had a heart attack. I should save this for an outfit post - but it's too good not to share! - even if it's only an iPhone photo.

Black bakelite perfection, *squee!*

 He did good, yeah?

1940s dress & bakelite earrings: Lucky Vintage
1940s shoes: West Seattle Antique Mall
1940s bakelite brooch: Rhinestone Rosie

All photos courtesy of Irene Wang

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Great Aunt Barbie

Hello lovelies!

Today I wanted to share some family photos lent to me by my wonderful Aunt Wanda.
She's been the keeper of family records & photos for quite a while, and she's been generously sharing them with me over the last year. Her collection is a gold mine, I'm such a lucky gal!

While her collection dates back to the 1800s, today I'd like to share one special lady with you - my Great Aunt Barbie. I had a hard time weeding out photos... She was quite possibly the cutest person ever.