Monday, May 19, 2014

Life's A Beach

Beaches make me seasick.

You're welcome for that gross peek into my life. It's just another thing that makes everyone I meet think I'm incredibly appealing. I don't know why they do (perhaps it's the direct sunlight, motion of the ocean, salty air, or the fact that I am a wimp?), they just do and for that reason I have not owned a swimsuit since I was 11.

"Wait, what about pools?" you might say.

To coincide with my irrational fear of beaches I also have a strange phobia of public pools. It's something about being in front of strangers in a bathing suit, I think. But this has more to do with the options we have nowadays rather than any unfortunate vertigo I might experience.

Now, if we time-warped back to 1949, I'd probably have no issue slapping on a swimsuit and high-tailing it to the pool when the thermometer cracked the upper 90s (as it is want to do come mid-May).

There's something about vintage swimsuits that I love. Designers seemed to pay more attention to design, pattern, print, cut, and detail rather than focusing on making them as small as possible, you know? Plus, they were often paired with cover-up jackets or skirts to create entire ensembles, which is always amazing. They were made to be worn like outfits instead of just swimwear.

Bathing suits from the middle part of the 20th century prove that a person doesn't have to show everything in order to look really alluring and cute. 

I know that there are modern options that have vintage-inspired looks, and those are fabulous, but they aren't always easy to find and when you have lots of necessary particulars (like me) it makes it even harder to locate the perfect one. I need a certain length and coverage in order to feel comfortable, as well as straps, and a cute novelty print or special detail like pom-poms or ruffles would be nice. And, of course, you need it to fit and be flattering.

If it came with some gold doubloons or a unicorn, that'd be great too.

So, I'm still on the lookout for the right suit. Maybe then I'll be a total beach bunny.

Head down to the shore, looking fierce, bucket in hand to make sandcastles with...

oh, and probably to hurl in.

(Again, you're welcome.)

-Melissa

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Estate Sale Weekend #4

There hasn't been an estate sale weekend post for a few weeks now and it's mainly because they have been pretty bad. A tchotchke here, a random vase there. Just not much of anything.
But this weekend was terrific! My mother and I each got a load of wonderful things. She scored a bunch of mid century pottery and paintings all for a really great price. We both ended up with some amazing pieces of jewelry, so it definitely made up for the last couple of weekends.


We actually went out on a Thursday (a rare occurrence for us) and it was awful. We did end up scoring some cleaning supplies and bobby pins for cheap...so...there was that.

Friday was not much better. The sales were scarce and not at all promising. I did find some cool novelty fabric I hope to make a blouse or skirt from!


But Saturday was the best. We only went to two sales, which is really all you need when they are actually good. Actually, one sale suffices if it really blows your mind (like The Shop Lady or other sales where I've found vintage clothes). 

At the first sale where we got the jewelry, we were the only ones there for awhile and the people were so nice!
All of this belonged to a pair of 100 year old ladies who apparently loved modernist style things and Indian jewelry. Along with some Mexican sterling and artisan-type pieces, we found a Georg Jensen sterling bracelet (my mother nearly hypervenilated) and a lovely Joseff of Hollywood sun brooch. This is just the tip of the iceberg as we got a whole box full, but I tried to pick out some of the best to show.








At the second sale that day my mother got some great vintage sterling flatware, candlesticks, and antique books.

Goes to show that if you're dedicated to getting up at the crack of crack of dawn every weekend, it'll hopefully work out!

However, judging by how our days usually go next weekend will probably be ripe with Cool Whip tubs and dog crates.

But hey, you never know, right? :-)

-Melissa 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Summer Separates and Sets

There are some great separates and sets for summer heading to the shop this week! Including some of my faves (look at that first skirt...wow!)

High waist novelty print cotton skirts: Check!
Sleeveless cotton summer blouses: Check!
Adorable gingham and nautical sets: Check!
Amazing deadstock 50s shorts: Double Check!













Keep an eye on the shop all spring and summer long for even more vintage loveliness!

-Melissa

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sorry Coco

When I was in high school I had to wear a uniform. Granted, it was a pretty lax uniform policy, but it still limited what clothing I could wear (if I never see another polo shirt again, it'll be too soon). 
So, I learned to accessorize the living daylights out of my outfits.
Didn't Coco Chanel say to remove one accessory before leaving the house?

Wrong.

I say put one more on!

Fashion is supposed to be fun, right? There's nothing more fun than a bunch of quirky accessories all piled on top of one another. I think if you coordinate them well and there's a specific color or theme tying them together, there's absolutely nothing wrong with wearing as many as you'd like.

So I paired together some of my favorites! My "Mario Mushroom" earrings, weird parrot necklace, fruit print socks, faux snake skin bangle, and my Airplane! pin. And making their second appearance: my vintage red oxfords, which I love to wear with fun socks!










Sweater - Kohls (curse you, Lauren Conrad and your adorable, moderately-priced clothes!)
Blouse - Forever 21
Pants - Kohls
Shoes - Vintage via a garage sale
Socks - Forever 21
Pin, Necklace, Bracelet, Ring - Vintage via sales

This isn't a super "vintage" outfit, but I tend to lean more "casual" when I want to go really wild with the accessories.

Speaking of leaning...yes, I had to steady myself on the fence for every picture.

I have the balance of a Weeble Wobble, except I will fall down.

-Melissa

Friday, May 2, 2014

Someone Else's Road Trip

I mentioned a little while back that I found an old collection of vintage matchbooks at an estate sale. Matchbooks are great representations of mid century advertising as they usually feature some great atomic era imagery or fun slogans. 
The collector must of had quite a trip up and down the East Coast. It's interesting how common matchbook collecting was- I guess they were pretty easy and accessible souvenirs! 

Plus, they didn't take up any room in your luggage.




Read on for a lot more pictures!