Friday, May 25, 2012

Outfit post: rayon, peplums & jewelry fun

Two posts in one day! 

Lucky you!

When I started this, I knew what my "blog strengths" were: my insane hoarder-status wardrobe, my always growing knowledge of what I actually have, and what exists/ existed. 

Oh, and sometimes I'm charming, but mostly in real life.

What I didn't think too much about was a matter of logistics. I'm a pretty lone wolf. I work a LOT, I live by myself, and I often go out by myself, because my schedule is so random it's hard to make plans. 

So all that's *wonderful* as far as I'm concerned, but when it comes to you know, capturing an outfit.... what to do? Carry around a tripod all the time? If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

Thus, here is an outfit post taken over the course of a day! Some taken by me, some via tripod, some via friend-I-run-into.

Even as I squint into the sun, I still love this outfit.

Two-piece '40s rayon set, with amazing colors & buttons.

Not to mention, my favorite thing ever: a peplum.

Peplums always make me want to be a nerd, and do this. Plus - bonus round! - they accent waists, while minimizing tummy curves. Something to be said about clothes that were actually made for curves. What a concept!

Love these buttons! Mother of pearl, plus rhinestones? You twisted my arm.

Not vintage, but still love 'em.

New (to me) bakelite earrings. Love, love, love! The clips are a bit loose, so I'm never allowed to wear them when I go out at night, or sad events will occur. 

Bakelite loss is the worst kind of first-world-problem.

Extra amazing sterling bracelet. 

A 1930s friendship bracelet - the clasp is dated May 30, 1934. 
Etched in each charm is a name of a friend. This one was obviously owned by a child - First, I had to add an extra link to make it fit a grown up wrist. Second, all the names are family members. No one that is not a child is adding "Aunt Irene" and "Grandma" to her friendship bracelet... Just sayin'.

Then, during the War, someone added a new link! V for Victory! FTW!

One of a kind, in the best mish-mash sort of way.

Last but not least, a picture that underlines why I love this color palatte - it makes my eyes look fantastically blue! Yay!

1940s skirt suit set: Ray's Ragtime
1940s bakelite earrings: No Parking
1930s - 40s friendship bracelet: Rhinestone Rosie
Shoes: by Jeffrey Campbell, from Edie's

But really guys, besides having people follow me around all day, suggestions for picture taking would be lovely <3

The Holiday

Hello lovelies!

Yesterday, my dear friend Nicole & I took a trip to The Grand Illusion Cinema, to go see my hands down favorite Katharine Hepburn movie - The Holiday. 

Classic rom com + thinly veiled social commentary + a brand spankin' new print = yes, please.

Oh yeah, and there is also some Cary Grant involved....

.... Needless to say, I was downright giddy.

Usually Nicole is a total '70s babe, but in honor of the occasion, she let me coerce her into a bit of fashion fun. She stuck with the pants, because "it is Katharine Hepburn after all."

Touche, my friend.  

We meant to get real outfit shots, but were running late (totally my fault, of course) and failed to truly catch how snazzy we looked. 

We snapped one, and headed off to sneak into the back seats of the theatre. 

Good thing we got the back seats, because I doubt anyone would want to sit behind my hat!

I've seen this movie 10,000 times, but never in a theatre. It was like seeing it for the first time. I even cried at the end when (surprise!) he makes the right decision and ends up with Ms. Hepburn. There is something so intense about seeing something on a real screen, in a dark room of strangers. 
Remember when movies used to be like magic? 
Yeah, me neither, but it's how last night made me feel.

Serious swoon!

Of course, the clothes were amazing, but what really killed me was the jewelry. 


Then my pal, the internet, told me it was done by Joseff of Hollywood, and it all made sense. 
I should've known.

We caught a drink after, because I was still feeling very emotional. 
I'm getting emotional again even writing about it!
Must be that female hysteria I keep hearing about.

We should all talk Nicole into rocking this look more often! She looks great!

I took one more pic when I got home, since my rolls turned out okay, and I'm in love with this hat. It has bows on either side of the crown. And for $14.... yeah, duh.
New York Creations, of course - gets me every time!

Not my best post, but if it makes you watch the Holiday, then I'm happy.

Also, you should read this article on Katharine Hepburn, as well as The Holiday. Pretty much summarizes, and elaborates on, why you should adore her for always. 

Oh, and everything else in this Scandals of Classic Hollywood series, because it's to die for.  It will make you both laugh uncontrollably by yourself - like to the point you need to take a break from the article - as well as offer an intelligent (and much needed) feminist view on the past.

On Nicole:
1940s hat: I completely forget, haha.
1940s blouse: Red Light .... on their sale rack.... for $3?!?! Alright then.
1930s necklace: A fruit stand / antique store in Yakima, WA. Probably the only time I'll ever buy '30s brass and local jam in the same transaction.

On me:
1940s hat: New York Creations, Red Light
1940s rayon jersey dress: Uhhh... somewhere?
1940s rhinestone studded box purse: Lucky Vintage
1940s snake skin shoes: Red Light

Monday, May 21, 2012

Czech Red

Why hello, internet! First off, let me introduce myself - my name is Sara, I live in Seattle WA, and I have a problem. Luckily, it's a fun problem to have -an addiction to all the pretty things of the past. Terrible, right? So instead of harassing my friends all the time with omglookatthisomg, I'm going to share with you all! 


As a gal who lives in possibly the gloomiest place on earth, I end up wearing a lot of black. It's just easy to do! But I've been forcing myself lately to embrace the sunnier shades of life. Not that I've been following it, but my Summer shopping rule involves: sheer fabrics, layers, color, flowers, and bias cut. I swooned when i saw this dress, because it met all of my requirements! Plus, I adore poppies. 

So flowey & drapey, it makes me want to twirl around forever!

Unfortunately, my favorite detail of this dress's construction is also what may kill it in the end. There's a stiff section of horsehair at the top of the shoulders, to give it that perfect late '30s peak.... let's just say the horsehair and the silk are not friends. 

The necklace is a favorite, I guarantee you will see it again. LOVE this color of glass - Czech red. Slightly orange, slightly red, slightly neon. Always looks amazing against old brass. I'd bet money on this being an unsigned Miriam Haskell piece.

Miriam Haskell, especially her early work, just knocks my socks off every time. She'll be another post, I promise. Look at that brass filigree! And all the hand wired beads! Omg!

Obviously not vintage, but me and Jeffrey Campbell seem to get along. Ignore the runs in my stockings, they are pretty much always there. I've basically given up on having nice stockings - choosing my battles.

Of course, someone gave me a poppy today, two days too late. Dangit!

Dress - Le Frock
Necklace - estate sale
Blazer - Red Light (it came with a matching dress!)
Shoes - by Jeffrey Campbell, from Edie's