Thursday, October 31, 2013

Danse Macabre

I couldn't resist doing another Halloween post.
Didn't have time to prepare for this one, but felt inspired to share the bit I have regardless. 
So here we go: costume photos from my family collection, from oldest to newest.

My great grandmother, on the left.

HOW adorable is my grandfather?!

Even when being mauled by her goofball husband, Great Aunt Barbie is still the cutest.

This last one is my favorite (the colors!), which is yours?

On a completely unrelated note:

It's amusing being such a 40s girl, people assume all kinds of humorously skewed things - when really I'm a foul mouthed, snarky, rather morbid, secret goth girl. So while I know you are here for vintage, I'm coming to realize more and more that I don't necessarily have to edit out everything else that I'm into. I'm not the only one who nerds out on Adrian as well as Siouxsie. So let's watch some dark music videos! I was going for "Halloween" themes, but ended up throwing a few extras in there as well. While these aren't necessarily my "favorite" music videos (um, hello Anton Corbin), they are perfect examples of internet magic: when music I love is paired with old film. It's a match made in vintage goth heaven.

Bauhaus - The Man With The X-Ray Eyes // The Skeleton Dance
Fun fact. Lilies & Remains = a Bauhaus reference. (Except spelled right.) 
It perfectly encompasses what I love about vintage, the beauty of course, but also the undeniable fact that it is the remains of past people's lives. Sometimes it's the only evidence they were ever here in the first place. When I think something is spectacular, I'm also respecting the person who picked it out in the first place. It's a connection to someone I can never know, but can honor their life by loving it like they did. Everyday dress is a memento mori, and there is something absolutely magical about that. 

Trisomie 21 - The Last Song
This is my favorite vintage/music video on youtube. Once it gets to Grant & Hepburn in The Holiday (ca. 3:55), I die a thousand deaths.

Sisters of Mercy - Body Electric // Metropolis

Suicide - Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne // Adrian, The Women
The Women (favorite movie) + Adrian (favorite designer) + Suicide
= fklgajnbegrh

Clan of Xymox - Louise // Louise Brooks Tribute

I'm curious to see who actually watches these;)

Happy Halloween, dark darlings.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Everyday Is Halloween

I planned on doing an actual costume post for Halloween, but haven't even used my costume yet. Then it occurred to me, I treat every day like it's Halloween. Regardless of the occasional obnoxious offhand comments (are you in a play? what are you so dressed up for? are you going to a party?) - I'm going to wear whatever I want. And if that means I look like I'm in a costume, then the hell with it.

Life is too short to not wear what makes you happy, or care what other people think.
Plus, wearing dead peoples clothes everyday is pretty freaking macabre, hello.

So here's my (everyday is) Halloween post.

Since I'm obviously referencing Ministry, I'll end with this video up on youtube right now, using early Disney shorts. Bravo to whoever made this!

Happy Halloween one and all! Have fun and be safe!


1940s lily pad novelty dress: gift from a lovely friend
1940s platforms & late 30s - early 40s hat: Lucky Vintage / Lucky Dry Goods
1940s beaded purse: Red Light

All photos courtesy of Jaynie Healy

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Detonation Boulevard

Seems like it's time for an outfit post, yes? Yes.

Sometimes it's the writing bit of blogging that's hardest, keeping it simple the week.
Words, who needs em?


1940s wool suit, pinstriped fleck coat & leather purse: Lucky Vintage
1940s Red Cross shoes: Le Frock
1940s wood elephant brooch: Antique store

All photos courtesy of Jaynie Healy

Friday, October 18, 2013

Peek, 1942

Anyone who likes vintage has seen their fair share of pinups. I mean, hello. But at this point, it's usually the same old, same old. Pretty girl, in a cheesecake pose, in different states of undress, perhaps with a theme. Today, I'm sharing a few articles from a Peek Quarterly, summer 1942. While a lot of the same applies, there's something a bit different about these. The "themes" are quirkier, and instead of just a photo, you get the added bonus of the hilarious(ly misogynistic*) commentary - what else would you expect? It's terrible and funny, at the same time. (... My favorite.)

*You should pay special attention to the "Blackout" story, and how it ends on a "is it justified to smack your wife?" query. *headdesk*

And we're off!

What did you guys think? Are these just the same ol same ol? Which is your favorite? Dead Eyed Judy Jons is certainly my favorite (uhh... the last photo? Ha!) The hiccups are a close second - obviously because I want to steal their clothes & shoes for myself. *shrug*


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hot For Teacher

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to a new love in my life: 
the "hot for teacher" dress.

Purchased from the oh-so-wonderful Amy at Wildfell Hall, I couldn't be more happy to have such a beaut! I'm not a huge online shopper. I'm constantly trolling etsy and ebay, but I really rarely buy anything. Usually, online prices are simply way higher than I can find locally. But - if there's two things I'm a giant sucker for, it's peplums & novelty print. Add books & pencils themed print? I'm in.

It was suggested to me the print also looks a lot like vampire stakes & giant cleavers. Perhaps it doesn't, and someone just knows me that well. Regardless, it made me smile.

There's a vicious cancer spreading in Seattle right now. It's condos, and they are eating away at everything historical, beautifully old, or culturally significant. I can't even begin to get into it, it's horrifying to see the soul of your city rot away. In any case, Jaynie and I shot these photos a few days before a landmark coffeeshop closed its doors. Seemed like a very appropriate location for the print's theme...

Do you guys shop online? Is it more expensive than your local haunts, or more cost effective? Curious, for I'm sure it has to do with geography!


All photos courtesy of Jaynie Healy

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Fall is amazing. Cold weather wardrobe reemerges, the clouds roll back in, birthday, Halloween, etc.... but know what else I really really love? The return of television. It's a big deal. (Ok so maybe I watch a lot of tv, errr.) But guys! New Boardwalk Empire & new Downton Abbey. That's all I need to say.

In that vein, I was feeling 20s inspired, and jumped back in time further than usual. 
A bit of a rumpled mess in these - the blustery wet day left me a bit well, wrinkly. Ah well.

I'm infatuated with this 20s coat. Granted, it's seen much, much better days. The lining is in tatters, and it has a sad hole on the front.... but I couldn't care less. It was $7, and it can be pried from my cold dead hands. Look at the lines on those raccoon cuffs!

I quickly braved the chill to reveal this '30s treasure. Mid 30s Fashion Originators Guild label, some very odd zippers, pretty textured rayon.... and freaking bejeweled tassels.

Are you watching anything inspiring this fall?
I'd love to hear any recommendations!


1930s fedora (worn as cloche), dress, and belt: Lucky Vintage
1930s shoes: Red Light
1920s coat: long story, total score.

All photos courtesy of Jaynie Healy <3