Month: March 2016

Fashion Icon: Judy Garland

Sunday evening I watched one of my most favorite musicals…Easter Parade.  I always look for it to be on TV around Easter, and was happy to find it once again!  While it does deal loosely with Easter, the majority of it surrounds dancing duo Judy Garland and Fred Astaire as they work to make it big.  Of course the whole film capitulates with the yearly Easter Parade, where women don the most extravagant hats and stroll around town.  Lovely! So I am clearly still on a Judy Garland high and felt that a special post was in order.  Now there is a large amount of research, articles, and books written on Miss Garland, and this is in no way another one.  Instead, I thought I would find a few photos of the talented actress in a few lovely outfits and share them with all of you! So here we go! I adore this blouse and skirt combo.  The skirt appears to consist of several gores that meet at the waist.  Adorable! Not only does the fun ooze …

One Dress – Three Ways

About three weeks ago I was reading an article in which a fashion guru of the 1930’s explained the beauty of purchasing one dress for many functions.  Through the careful selection of accessories, that simple dress can be made up or down to wear at a variety of functions.  The guru explained the process using a simple black dress, and listed out color tones and accessories that I would never have thought to include or use on an outfit.  It was quite refreshing to view a single dress as such a multifaceted item. I decided to take the challenge myself and took a simple dress (one I have been eyeing online for quite a while) and made it up three different ways.  I decided to give myself three specific locations/ events that would guide my creativity. Casual/Outdoor – something perfect for meeting friends for lunch or shopping. Work – on those days when your boss comes in for a meeting, or you are being observed for some report. An Evening Out – Not necessarily hitting the …

An Interview with Vintage Shop Owner Christina McAlpine of PrettyBluEyes Vintage

A few months ago, as I was scouring the internet for vintage clothes, I delightfully stumbled upon PrettyBluEyesVintage run by the very sweet and talented Christina McAlpine.  I spent some time browsing through her shop and admired the lovely photographs of all the items she had for sell.  Well, after a few weeks, I wanted to learn more about her and went ahead and reached out with the hopes of being able to interview her.  Well, she delightfully said yes, and I couldn’t be happier.   After your read the thoughtful answers to the interview questions, you can feel the passion Christina has to reintroduce these vintage pieces into one’s everyday wardrobe.  Christina’s energy and drive are palpable in all parts of her business, and she shares some absolutely golden truths about running and owning your own business!  So get ready to meet and learn more about this fascinating and inspiring woman! What led you to the world of selling vintage fashion? PrettyBluEyesVintage was born from my personal love for vintage, a desire to share that love, and …

Fun with Vintage Sewing Patterns

When I was in high school….ehhh…maybe more like in Jr. High, I loved receiving clothing catalogues in the mail.  When I received the catalogues, I would pour over them with an intensity I should have given to my math homework, but of course, one must have one’s priorities in the correct order.  Never being able to afford everything I wanted (which, believe me was a lot), I was quite content with choosing what I would purchase if I had an unlimited amount of funds.  It was a harmless activity that helped me identify my style and the creativity to design outfits out of what I already owned. As I have become older, and the money pot hasn’t really expanded as much as one would always like, I find myself still searching out the ideal outfits and turning once more to my closet or my sewing machine for an satisfactory alternative.  It was through this train of thought that I began trying this with vintage sewing patterns.  If I was planning a wardrobe during the 1930’s, …

Easter Eggs and an Easter Cake!

I haven’t made Easter eggs in years. You see, before my cat passed away, she viewed each and every egg as her personal toy.  All of this was discovered during her first Easter with us.  As usual, a week before Easter, I boiled a dozen eggs, dyed and decorated them to my heart’s content, and then placed them in a basket on the kitchen table.  A few hours later, as I walked past the table, I notice one egg had rolled out of the basket and onto the floor.  As it was cracked, I threw it away slightly puzzled as to what exactly happened.  For the next three days I discovered one little runaway egg that had somehow made it out of the basket and landed somewhere on the floor.  I was becoming annoyed and began to suspect the furry feline in the house. Well, day four rolled around and I caught her right in the act.  Paws deep in the basket struggling to get one rather large lime-green egg out.  I scooted her away …

A Love for “What-Not” Shelves

I had never heard of the term “what-not” to explain a shelf until I was in my teen years shopping around an antique store.  The shelves that earned this name were usually made of wood and often were painted white.  A few had graduated shelving sizes while others were uniform and made to mount on a wall.  Similar to this style… While shelves from the 1880’s-1950’s varied in size, style, and location, their purpose never changed: to display one’s most treasured items! While the term “what-not” isn’t used as often, the technique is still very much alive, and with even more creative shelving styles!  I have collected several of my favorite examples of shelves featured in a variety of places in the home. Here we go! These open shelves in a kitchen, are perfect to display dishes and treasured pottery! Image from Adorn Inc. Suitcases are a great option for an office or above a small desk in a bedroom. Available for purchase from PB Teen. This display is ideal for those true Victorian lovers…look …

On My Inspiration Board: Polka Dots

Polka dots.  The fashion world’s happiest fabric.  Who would have thought that by placing circles on a piece of cloth, one would instantly be able to brighten up a mood or even a room!   Just like many types of fabric patterns, polka dots had limited appeal in the early 19th century, gradually becoming more common as each decade past.  The wonderful thing about polk dots is it’s ability to transform from casual wear to evening wear, by letting the size of the dot, the lay of the fabric, and the design of the gown dictate it’s level of formality. Even artists have seen the marvelous appeal of the polka dot.  In my opinion, the most famous painting of a polka dot dress is Albert Bartholomé’s Dans la Serre (1881), a stunning piece of work featuring the artist’s wife. The dress itself, has been saved and put on display, not only for it’s artistic value but it’s fashion design as well. Over the past 100 years, the appeal of the polka dot has not diminished …

The Art of Shopping

” You know what you want to buy for your home and you have the money required.  You carefully prepare a list of the articles needed and this seems to you to be all the preparation for your shopping expedition any one could ask.  But the professional decorator will tell you that there are in this ‘game’ certain rules which if followed give the buyer double the value for money spent.  We would give as the first and most important rule for shopping the careful preparation of your lists and as the second rule a conscientious sticking to your list until the articles on it have been bought.  It is by observing this second rules that the expert shopper saves time and money. If you are buying cretonnes, chintzes, or brocades for your rooms wear imaginary ‘blinders’ and keep on walking past the counters which show table linen.  First get those things you came for; that is good ‘technique,’ there is something clean cut about this method.  If you still have time lift you can …