Thursday, May 30, 2013

Big Fall Hats, 1945

While it's definitely not fall (unless you are in Australia!), I couldn't help but share this article I found the other day in a Life Magazine, August 6, 1945. I think you'll agree, it was too fabulous to keep to myself <3

Big Fall Hats

New York Milliners show "balloon silhouettes," "curlicue crowns" and "jelly rolls gone glamorous"

During the hot week of July 9 some 300 professional hat buyers, stylists and fashion reporters saw, at a series of $6 luncheons held in New York, a review of what the leading millinery designers are plotting for the fall season. If these designers have their way, American women will be wearing top-heavy hillocks and hummocks of fabric and fluff which depend on startling silhouettes, and not fancy trimmings, for their effect. Among the specimens shown were, in the milliners own words: "hats with derby crowns as big as a house" (John-Frederics), "puffed or tambourine shapes" (Madame Reine), "fisherman's shovel brims" (Anita Andra), "balloon silhouettes" (Hattie Carnegie), "hour-glass cloches" (Peg Fischer), "souffle bulges" (Sally Victor), and "curlicue crowns and jelly rolls gone glamorous" (Braagaard). 

Although only relatively few audacious ladies will wear exact copies of these outsized oddities, most women this fall will be wearing hats which, compared with last year's peewees, will look big and hatty because they perform at least the basic function of a hat, i.e., to cover the head. Shown on these pages are six hats representing each milliner's selection of what he considers his one "most important" fall hat.

Designer Northridge picks a "Patton Gold" high tricorn and Lilly Dache a spiraling fez turban as their top contributions to fall millinery.

 Scuttle-brim hat of "Ike Blue" has a crown like a medieval huntsman's cap. Anita Andra selected this one from all her hats for its "simplicity and flattering crown."

 "Yoo Hoo" is Walter Florell's name for his 1945 fall favorite. Made of pink and blue, it is, in his opinion, a "grown-up bonnet, perfect for welcoming home the boys."
"Global", one of a series which John-Frederics has termed "big as a house" hats, is made of blue felt, has a rolled edge which fits the head and a blown-up crown.

Cap-beret is an entry of Sally Victor, one of the few bigtime milliners featuring small hats. She predicts that among young women hats like this will outsell big ones.

Which one was your favorite? My was the Lilly Dache turban, hands down. Good gracious: striped turban, covered with studs? Shut the front door. I'm sitting here daydreaming about what colors it may have been. 
Can't hurt to dream... except it kind of does.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tied & Twist

Hi guys! Admittedly, this is a bit of a meh post. 
Jaynie is out of town, so I've been left to my lonesome the past week.
So... I broke out the tripod in my apartment. I've been working on blogging more consistently, thus I'd rather have a so-so post than none at all.

I suppose this is the first peek of my newish apartment as well!
Meet my favorite lil corner:)

I got a new scarf the other day. I may get obsessive about dresses and hats, but sometimes a bit of fabric is just as squee-worthy. I mean, it has a freaking mermaid on it.

I was just about to run off to my cafe job when I took these.
I'm always on the hunt for new easy updos for work (or you know, lazy life), so I was pretty gleeful when I learned this scarf roll from Tasha at By Gum By Golly. It's a cinch to do, but *seems* time consuming - my favorite kind of hairstyle.

Debating whether I should bring this brooch to Rhinestone Rosie & get it fixed up. I know I paid a buck or two for it though, and am torn about whether it's worth the cost of repairs. So many dead, discolored, or missing stones. For now, I'm happy with its shabby state.

Hopefully the tripod selfies weren't too unbearable!
In better news, Jaynie gets back tomorrow (thank god.)


1930s slip (worn as skirt), 1940s scarf & 1940s blouse: Lucky Vintage
1930s beaded purse: Red Light
1940s brooch: some jewelry bargain tray somewhere

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

From The Bottom Of My Heart

Hello lovelies!

I got to work today, and realized today is the one year anniversary of this blog!
Obviously, I didn't plan ahead, and basically have nothing to share, but I still wanted to post and say


It's been great fun sharing a slice of my life with you all, and I'm looking forward to the future!
The internet is double edged, for while there is certainly a sense of anonymity, there is also the blessing of getting to "meet" girls out there with shared passions. It's a bit funny I suppose, but I want you to know I consider many of you friends, even if we've never met in real life. 

I also wanted to use this opportunity to ask you for feedback or questions!
Is there anything you want to see a post on? Tutorials, perhaps? Favorite designers or films?
Or, is there anything you'd like to know about me? I try not to overshare, which sometimes results in an undershare... So feel free to ask me anything!


Monday, May 20, 2013

A Question of Time

This is round two of the Outfit Adventures of Hannah & Sara. 

I swear we didn't intend to match this day, but somehow we did, for we both just wore black & red. 
(I took off the red coat for the pictures, you guys have seen it enough times.) 

I thought this was a good post to talk about something I've been meaning to address for a while. So yeah, obviously I'm a bit of a 30s - 40s gal. But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate other eras. No era is "better" than any other, for it's all a matter of subjectivity. People should wear what makes them happy and what they feel good in. I love wearing the late 30s & 40s, because the clothes make me feel comfortable. It's not a matter of being a snob about liking stuff, because I freaking adore tons of vintage eras. It's just... what I feel best in? I still *squee* over cute mod dresses, flowy 70s maxi dresses & completely absurd sparkly 80s ensembles all the time. I just don't feel as... ME in them. Yes, confidence comes from within, but I'd be lying if I said a well-fitted 40s dress didn't make me feel like a hundred bucks.

I really respect (and envy, if I'm being honest!) girls who rock a bunch of different eras seamlessly in one outfit. Solanah of Vixen Vintage, Mary Van Note, Dakota of Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and Nicole of Fashion Forestry all seem to pull this off effortlessly, and I'm always awed. I think it's a true reflection of having a strong sense of style when your wardrobe doesn't fit in a box of a 15 year fashion span. This is something I'm trying to work on, but seem to revert back to my comfort zone time & time again. For some silly reason, I'm just way more comfortable in a completely man-repellent avant garde 40s hat than I am in a sexy black 50s wiggle dress. What the hell is that even?!

Hannah is another person, like those listed above, that makes me question my relationship with clothes. Girl will be rocking an epitome-of-1939 outfit one day, and the next she'll be wearing all the crazy 80s clothes she wants. I'm envious of that liberation. It's a reminder to keep forcing myself out of my sartorial comfort zone.

So after all that ranting, here's me in my late 30s & 40s business, and here's Hannah rocking the crap out of some 80s. Sigh.

This hat has some boo boos in front, but it's so dang cute, it wasn't a deal breaker.
Of course, New York Creation.

Let's all ignore the safety pin clasp on this necklace. 
The next day, it went to Rhinestone Rosie for repairs:(

The late 30s dress was originally a gown, and I'm terrible and hemmed it. I know I know, but now I actually wear it. It has one of my favorite tags, The Fashion Originator's Guild. The guild was established in 1933, in an attempt to eliminate the "copying" of designs. You basically had to register your design, and they would straight up boycott stores who carried "knock offs". It was supposedly effective, but they ended up in trouble with the FTC over Sherman Antitrust issues, and the Supreme Court ruled it away in 1941. 

Feeling a little guilty over cutting off a foot of fabric.... but something that fits this well does not belong neglected in my closet.

Now... This freaking 80s jacket. I die.


1930s dress: Indian Summer
1940s oxfords: Lucky Dry Goods
1930s bakelite necklace: antique store
1940s hat: Coming Up Roses
1950s lucite purse: Le Frock

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

For Novelty's Sake

This past week, I had the great pleasure of being visited by my dear friend, Hannah.
I don't know if this is normal, but this gal is one of my very best friends, and yet we've literally never lived in the same place. We were basically fated to be friends. In 2010, she was a customer of mine at a vintage place I was working at in San Francisco. We traded info, and somehow here we are, 3 years later, being snarky vintage soul mates. Gf lives back on the East Coast these days, so it was a relief to see her after almost a year. 

We did a lot of shopping, of course. On Saturday, we borrowed a car & went out to Snohomish for some antiquing. Luckily, the overwhelmingly adorable shop Coming Up Roses was open, and she got me in lots of beautiful trouble. I'm going to have to go back in a few paychecks, because WOW. I can't even believe her inventory exists. And all in one place?! I wanted to buy everything, but I can't.

But I got this 40s novelty print dress & feathery 40s hat (plus two other hats... like I said, trouble.)

It's hard to see, but it's cat & the fiddle print! In my two favorite colors, chartreuse & coral. 


I bought these platforms while my foot was still broken. Talk about wishful thinking, they are almost 6" heels! Hahaha. 

One novelty print down, one to go.
Meet Hannah, and her 40s pegasus dress.

Outtakes are always the best.

With our powers combined.... Unstoppable.


1940s dress & hat: Coming Up Roses
1940s platforms: Lucky Vintage
Bakelite heart: Lucky Dry Goods

As always, thanks to my other best friend, Jaynie Healy, for taking the best pictures.