Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Horse and Stagecoach

I love novelty and border print circle skirts from the 1950s! Who doesn't, really?

The problem is you rarely see them pop up and when you do they aren't usually ever in my size.

So when I saw this baby I knew I had to grab it (even if it was a little more than I typically like to spend on myself).












Details
Skirt - Vintage via eBay
Blouse - Vintage from awhile ago
Purse - Vintage via an estate sale (of one awesome woman whom I call The Sweater Lady...I'll have to make a post about her one day!)
All Jewelry and Watch - Vintage via garage sales
Shoes - Vintage via garage sale
Belt - Vintage via garage sale

The skirt is labeled 'Cherni Creations". I'm pretty sure it's a John Wolf fabric (who made great western prints including this Overland Mail Company one) and it's just fabulous- so detailed and interesting! Plus, it has a great fall color palette that will be fun to pair with a lot of different things!

I went super western with it today and accessorized it with a lot of my favorite cowboy and country-themed jewelry.

I think this is the most pictures I've included of an outfit in a post before, so it's a testament to how much I love this skirt! Plus, my mother did a wonderful job as photographer!

Now I'm sort of addicted to these scenic print skirts and will definitely be trying to nab a few more in the future! I've seen New York skyline prints and even the Grand Canyon- hello! :-)

-Melissa

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Orange is the New Red

Whenever I wear something navy blue and white my first instinct is to add on red accessories. Perhaps I'm just super patriotic, but there's something so easy about red, white, and blue.

It's a little nautical, a little retro, a little bit country (and I'm a little bit rock n' roll...sorry, I had to).

But this time I decided to think outside the box and push the boundaries of accessorizing.

I paired navy blue and white with orange.

Whoa! I know! I'm a visionary!

Orange isn't too far of a stretch from red and I think it's a nice twist on the classic. Plus, a lovely shade of pumpkin orange can take a typically summer outfit into autumn very easily!









Details
Dress - 1940s Vintage (deadstock! woo!) via The Shop Lady
Bakelite Bracelets - Vintage via garage sales
Bakelite Rings and Pink Ring - Vintage via garage/estate sales
White Ring - Forever 21
Brooches and Earrings - Vintage via garage sales
Shoes - So old I can't remember
Tights - Ditto
Sunglasses - Vintage Ray-Bans via garage sale

I kind of also look like I'm about to go plow the fields or something, but hey, it's almost fall-ish so maybe I am!

I probably need some better shoes first, though.

-Melissa

P.S. I'm pretty sure my grandma loved this outfit because the second she saw me she said "I don't like that on you". So...it's a win for me.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Poor Bleeding Heart

If you are a fan of vintage, and in particular late 1940s fashion, I'm sure you've seen this picture or variations of it:

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Well, I came across it in one of my endless scrolls through Pinterest and fell in love with the design.
This sweater and others with different designs were created by Suse in the 1940s for starlets like Esther Williams and Barbara Stanwyck.

You can learn a little more about this designer and her fabulous sweaters through a LIFE Magazine article discussed here on Tuppence Ha'penny.

Seeing as these sweaters cost the equivalent of 600 to 1,000 of today's dollars, the odds of ever finding a real one are very, very slim.

(Unless Esther Williams had a secret summer home in the bowels of Disney World...)

So, I decided to recreate one of my very own.




Luckily I had my grandmother's collection of vintage beads and pearls and some felt laying around, so I didn't really need to purchase much. I also lucked out that I found a black sweater top just a few weekends ago at a garage sale- yay for hoarding!

The process was a combo of fairly simple and very difficult (I have the stabbed fingertips to prove it :-P), but I think the effort was definitely worth it.

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It's still too warm to wear it out and about right now, but I couldn't wait to share it as I'm quite proud of the final result! My version is a little different as I only had black and white pictures to go from and the supplies I had access to (plus my limited abilities), but I think I got it pretty close! :-)

I'm looking forward to incorporating it into some outfits come the fall!

-Melissa