September 30, 2009 is my favorite "look-but-don't-touch" online vintage store mostly because the price tags on most of these pieces are more than the average take home paycheck.

But, no harm in looking, eh? So, here are few designer vintage pieces I am currently lusting over.

Sources: 1.] Christian Dior Bowler Hat 2.] Wool Navy Coat $775 3.] Fabiani Silk Dress 4.] French Beaded Clutch $395
September 29, 2009
How ironic is this...

My camera decides to get all crazy on me about 10 minutes after these were snapped and now I am without a camera and have to wait for a new NIKON body in the mail. (4-21 days...oh torture!)

It's funny the last pictures my camera took are pictures of pictures and a picture of me taking a picture.

I know it's not really a clear photo, but so far it's really the only one I have with short hair. But I must say, I really love the new cut. It's definitely the shortest my hair has ever been! But I was so tired of the long hair.

This morning I tried pin curls, turned out cute, a little puffy though. Oh, well. Once the camera is back in order, I'll take some photos of vintage inspired hairstyles I've been trying out.

And this was my hair at the end of April...

And a bit of a shorter 1940s hairstyle in July... Au revoir long hair!
Here is a brief look into the 1930s fashion silhouettes and styles. The 1930s we saw the return of the female form. Remember, the decade prior straight cut drop-waist flapper dresses were the height of fashion...the waist had disappeared! In the 30s, the waistline was popular once again, a natural waist on all dresses, skirts, and pants.

Clothing was neat and tidy and most of all practical. In the 1930s the emergence of "sports wear" (now we refer to it as "ready to wear") became popular. Women became much busier and worked more than before therefore the need for clothing that allowed easy movement throughout the day was much needed.

Glamour was reserved for the evenings. Gowns with a low cut back were very popular. (Think Keira Knightley's green dress in 'Atonement') Fabrics that were popular included chiffon, silk, crepe-de-chines, and satin cut across the fabric to create gentle fluidity in the garments.

Sources: Nearly all these images were scanned in by carbonated on Flickr. A couple are from Etsy (sorry, the images were saved awhile ago, so I don't know which profile they are from)
I am so smitten by the Built By Wendy Fall collection. Also love the Fall LOOKBOOK pictures photographed by Annabel Mehran

The clothing evokes a bit of that 60s innocence, the raised waist dresses and sheaths paired with tights. I simply adore it!

The Rib Ballet Top is a wardrobe must have. I need to stock up on a few ballet inspired tops. I wish I had kept all my ballet leotards from when I was younger!

Be yourself as you are and as you want to be. The frocks you wear will achieve this ambition for you. You can create a charmed circle of admiration wherever you go simply by the way you dress.

Happiness in wearing clothes is dependent, however, on some homely and revealing facts. You must know what you are really like. No one else, however, need know the whole truth about you.

You must have a long mirror and use it unsparingly in the best possible light. Unflattering daylight is essential. Then examine your contours and your proportions with the same critical eye with which Hollywood examines applicants for bathing beauty contests.

If all people reacted the same way to colors we could just give you a set of rules about what happens when one wears red, for instance, and all you would have to do is memorize the rules and be assured that all would be well. But we can't do it that way since no two people are exactly alike. Do you know anyone exactly like you except possibly your twin sister? No two people have exactly the same combination of coloring of hair, eyes and skin together with build and facial expression. In other words, no two personalities are exactly alike. But what about "types" you say? It's a comfortable theory but it just doesn't work when you start out to select your own best colors. Few of us are types, most of us are a mixture of characteristics found in a number of so-called types.

The exact coloring of your own hair, eyes and skin as well as your own special personally must be taken into account in accurately determining which colors are best for you.

Source: Paris Frocks At Home published in 1930 by Butterick Publishing, New York. Excerpts from Photo from IMDB from "Coco Before Chanel" starring Audrey Tautou.
September 28, 2009
Loosely based on real life events, The Edge of Love stars Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller in a love triangle plot set in the 1940s.

The clothes are both feminine and sporty with Lands End inspired cable knit sweaters and wellies paired with floral dresses and patterned blouses.

Look for vintage or vintage inspired floral tea dresses, blouses with feminine details such as embroidery, appliqué, and peter pan collars. Menswear inspired cardigans and sweaters in thick cable knit, stripes, or fair isle patterns.

Sources: 1.] floral tea dress 2.] Far Fetch 3.] 4.] mytheresa 5.] Dolce and Gabbana silk blouse mytheresa 6.] J. Crew

Pictures from "The Edge of Love" movie

September 27, 2009
What is a Peter Pan Collar?
A Peter Pan collar is a specific type of shirt collar, usually found on women's and girl's clothing. The shape and name of the Peter Pan collar appear to have originated in the mid-twentieth century. The design became very popular for school uniforms, and began to spill over into popular culture. Despite being named after a masculine character, the Peter Pan collar is associated primarily with feminine wear, and rarely appears in men's fashion.
Credit: Wise Geek

Sources: Collectoratorone, Devon Smith, Annabelle Rose, Carl's Old Photos,

I feel like I've really stepped out of my element lately, and in a good way. Usually I am a fanatic for anything bright, boldly patterned, and to be a honest, a bit on the fussy mussy side.

But for Autumn, my inspirations are coming from men inspired clothing, preppy stripes, and soft clean lines.

Sources (T to B): 1.] thefashionspot 2.] Emma Watson for teenvogue 3.] clockwise witness 4.] fashiongonerogue 5.] Chloe Fall 2009 LookBook PopBee 6.] Helios Gallery flickr
September 26, 2009

T to B, L to R: Vintage Proxy Pumps from My Grandma's Closet. Vintage Liz Claiborne Sandals from Ramblin Vintage. Vintage Blue Skimmers from TinyGirl. Vintage Snakeskin Blue Loafers from Smelly Shoes Vintage

I adore the Liza Claiborne sandals and the snakeskin and suede loafers so very much! These rich blue hues would add a bit of punch to your wardrobe.

And just for fun... another cobalt blue inspiration...

Lady in Cobalt Blue (Autumn/Winter 07/08)
photographed by Katya De Grunwald for Megan Park
I dearly love simple sketch drawings that are softly colored in a bit outside the lines. And I also love Fairy Tales. So it wasn't much of a surprise that I would like the work of Horst Lemke. A current favorite, Horst Lemke was a German illustrator and commercial artist born in Berlin in 1922.

Tom Thumb

The Frog King (Iron Heinrich)

The Goose Girl (Die Gänsemagd)

One Eyes, Two Eyes, and Three Eyes (Einäuglein, Zweiäuglein und Dreiäuglein)

Brother & Sister (Brüderchen und Schwesterchen)

All of these illustrations are from "Die schönsten Märchen der Brüder Grimm" and are courtesy of shanta who scanned in the images from the book. You can read Grimm's Fairy Tales online.
Upon seeing the bright and cheery reupholstered vintage chairs and sofas I was immediately smitten by the decor shop Spruce Your Home on etsy.

The fabrics they use for the pillows and furniture border on quirky with a Domino centric aesthetic. I currently covet the White Knight Victorian Sofa which would look fantastic in my make believe Parisian foyer. (Ahh, one can dream, no?)
September 22, 2009
SNIP! SNIPPITY! SNIP! I am making a hair appointment next week so I can finally stop being a chicken and go for a short do.

My two biggest hair inspirations at the moment are Alexa Chung and Keira Knightley. Both have more square/strong jawlines (which I have) and both seem to have naturally wavy hair (which I also have) so let's hope this cut works with my hair texture *crosses fingers*

September 19, 2009
There is nothing sweeter in the world than a kiss. A kiss from your beloved, a child, a friend. I'm quite an affectionate person and usually upon meeting you will give you a hug. My Grandmother always said hugs and kisses were very special and should be given out often.

So for today's "Saturday Vintage Inspiration", a series of old photographs of just that. X's and O's!

Photo courtesy of ATypicalArt

Photo courtesy of Striderv

Photo courtesy of Lutherblissett71

Photo courtesy of Wookie

Photo courtesy of Snapscot