Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thrifting with JFK & my Brother

A day of thrifting with JFK and my brother...

Today was spent as a thrifting day with my little brother, Ethan. Doesn't he look dapper in his vintage cashmere coat? We grabbed lunch at a local diner, the Skylark. The interior is entirely original with amazing corn flower blue tables and booths with chrome accents- yeah, that's my tomato soup :)

We went thrifting after and found a great portrait of JFK looking sporty on the beach . It would have been mine if it had not been for the high price of $400. 

More pictures of the diner, and pics of the retro motel directly behind the restaurant. I also found this vintage Chinese souvenir scarf- I will be posting more pics of my thrifty finds. I came home with a car full!

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Imaginary Vintage Boyfriend

After spending a snowy day inside watching 1930s talkies snuggling with my puppy, I decided that it was time to select this week's imaginary vintage boyfriend- The gorgeous Gary Cooper. 

Imagine the conversations...errr...political arguments we would have over dinner. I could not imagine that I would stand for his staunch support for the Republican party or his activities on the House Committee on Un-American Activities. 

Perhaps it would have been one date, dinner followed by a walk by the water. Once the inevitable arguments had occurred we would have to say goodnight. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Why I Want to Move to Portland

Imagine, one day you wake up and you realize... "I live in Upstate New York."

Surrounded by farmlands and natural beauty you are quickly sucked into the type of aesthetic 19th Century novelists dreamt of. However if you are like me and you have lived among the sprawling corn fields and post-industrial ruins, wearing vintage for your whole life, you may have realized that you were alone.

It isn't that I am unable to appreciate the beauty that surrounds me or the ability to scour amazing antique malls. It is just that feeling of being alone, the type of sinking feeling one might have when realizing no one else can see their imaginary friend.

So sometimes I dream of moving to Portland, and this is a list of why...

1. Um.....What?!? There is a real estate agent devoted solely to mid-century homes. Amazing!

2. Twist & Play vintage Vespa scooter club: A vintage Vespa scooter club? Count me in! 

3. Atomic Ranch Magazine: Published in Portland, Atomic Ranch promises to:

"Atomic Ranch celebrates midcentury houses—from 1940s ranch tracts to 1960s architect-designed modernist homes. With an emphasis on affordable solutions and homeowner renovations, our quarterly magazine shows you how to make your house cool, both inside and out."

4. Vintage Clothing: You had to know that this would be on the list, right? With so many vintage clothing stores/dealers in the Portland area the shopping would be spectacular. Where there are vintage shops there are vintage ladies dressed in their finery. So many of my fellow Etsy shops peddling Mid-Century vintage wares are from the Portland area. Twila Jean Vintage and Fab Gabs come to mind right away. 

5. Tiki Bars: I know that this may come as a surprise, but there are no tiki bars in Upstate New York...None that I am aware of at least. This is the amazing Hale Pele tiki bar. 

6. Fun Vintage Friends: I am lucky enough to have some very nice friends, but our interests and hobbies are light years apart. It would be amazing to have a group of friends who would be interested in vintage picnics, cocktail parties and flick nights. Check out this amazing 1938 picnic hosted by the talented Solanah of Vixen Vintage. Any takers out there in upstate?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My Imaginary Vintage Boyfriend

A little feature that I will call "My Imaginary Vintage Boyfriend" that I hope to continue posting approximately once a week.

I am sure this gentleman would have all kinds of amazing stories to share. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Little Jaunt

Playing at collages with the flu... No the best way to spend a birthday, but I suppose it could be worse. This is a little ensemble of what I would like to be wearing thrifting today, but alas, I am stuck inside at home.

A Little Jaunt

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Throw Me A Curve

This collection was inspired by the classic Besame cosmetic line. If you have never tried Besame before I would highly recommend it! I have been a huge fan of their red lipsticks and vintage inspired compacts for years. On another note- It always amazes me how much designer pieces actually cost. All of the pieces in this collection, with the exception of the cosmetics, could be found at much more reasonable prices thrifting or in Etsy vintage shops. Not that I am without the ability to appreciate designer pieces, but when something is vintage inspired, why not own the real thing.
Throw me a Curve

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole

I have meant to create some fashion collages for a while. This "Down the Rabbit Hole" collection is an outfit that I might put together to run to the library on a Saturday afternoon- not exactly vintage glam, but comfy and functional for a wintry walk, wearing a coat of course.

Down the Rabbit Hole