Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Moonrise Kingdom Inspiration

 I am a huge fan of all things Wes Anderson. I love the muted tones and the rich beautiful worlds he places his characters in. When I first learned that Moonrise Kingdom would be released I was ecstatic- another world to ponder. I wasn't disappointed.

This weekend I scoured Etsy for Moonsrise inspired items and to my surprise, I found quite a few. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day Love List

I have never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day. In high school students would sell carnations or chocolates in the cafeteria during our lunch period. The popularity of female students could be seen in the number of flowers or Hershey Kiss hearts they carried through the halls. 

As I have matured I have developed a begrudging fondness for Valentine's Day. I love the kitschy cute vintage Valentines that grace the counters at antique shops and the fussy over decorated Valentine candy boxes of decades past. But what about V Day in 2013? What is a modern girl with a vintage heart to do? 

Somewhere in my subconscious I have this desire for the perfect Valentine's Day- cocktails, dinner, romance,  and maybe even a little gift? So I decided to create a Love List for Valentine's Day. It is close enough to the date now that I will not have to worry about a certain Mr. Liu feeling pressured.  

Of course I feel that the best gifts are always handmade. (And usually the most thoughtful) 

1. African Violet: Who wouldn't love more plants?
  2. Tissue Pouch: Anyone who knows me knows that I use a lot of tissues!
 3. Love Note Tea Bags: A sweet personalized romantic gesture

Monday, February 11, 2013

Royal Tenenbaums Inspiration

Here are some Margot Tenenbaum inspired collections for your Monday viewing pleasure. Be sure to check out the lovely vintage shops featured!

1. Fox Fur Coat 2. 1960s Striped Dress 3. Margot & Richie Tenenbaum

1. Tent  2. Suitcase 3. Margot and Richie in their tent

1. Record Player 2. Kelly Bag 3. Margot and Richie as children

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Estate Sale Finds

This week I was fortunate enough to receive a call from a man who had sadly lost his mother. She passed away at the age of 97 and left behind a house full of items... The house looked very small from the road, but when inside there were two floors and several bed rooms! 

I love visiting estates. It is so interesting to hear the stories of the person who once lived there and this house was no exception. The family moved there following World War II.

I was so excited to find an assortment of 1960s clothing, shoes, and accessories. I am still sorting out the items, but these are a few finds. The Dooney bag was in great condition. I also found a tower of 60s shoes in their original boxes.

When touring the entire house and almost had a heart attack when I entered the all-original kitchen. I have been looking for a complete set of vintage canisters for my kitchen counter for a very long time. I should say that I have found plenty of them, but never exactly what I was looking for. After noticing these canisters with the pretty mid century design I knew they would look great on my formica counter. 

Some of the 60s clothing items will be making their way into the shop this week! In the mean time remember to enter to win the vintage 1950s Chinese souvenir scarf on the blog and Happy Lunar New Year! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chinese New Year Give Away

As many of you may know I was recently married last September to my husband, Lei. Having been born in China and living there until the age of six, he fondly remembers celebrating Chinese New Year with his family and community. Each year we spend Chinese New year with his parents, taking in a show including the dragon dance, singing and other performances, and a feast of traditional Chinese dishes.  

This year I thought it would be fun to offer this vintage 1950s Chinese souvenir scarf as a give away. The scarf  features cute illustrations of tourist scenes and a prominent phoenix and dragon. To enter in the giveaway mention what you do to celebrate Chinese New Year in the comments section. A winner will be randomly selected this Sunday, February 10th, the beginning of Chinese New Year.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Weekend Road Trip Plans

I am always looking for new vintage clothing shops to explore. When I finished browsing through antique shops in rural Upstate last week I searched for a new shop to visit. I wasn't looking for vintage clothing in particular, but when I found Clementine Vintage I knew that I would have to make a visit.

Unfortunately it was too late to make a trip and arrive before shop hours closed so I am hoping to pay a visit tomorrow. Here are some shots from their website. It looks very promising :)

I will definitely post photos and details from our trip!