February 28, 2011
Last week I played catch up which proved harder when you've got a cold. Boo. Being sick is never fun. I think I'm on the brink of the end of it, so hopefully this week is much more chipper and productive.

So to start off the week I am posting a few lovely images that are currently inspiring me, whether it be a moment, a hairstyle, perhaps even just a color.

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Image Credits: 1.] Designlovefest.com, 2.] The Vamoose, 3.] HoneyKennedy.com, 4.] Japanese Craft Book, 5.] Two Hares, 6.] Gaby J Photography, 7.] Montreal, 8.] Oncewed.com, 9.] BulgerGallery.com
February 25, 2011
It's our second "How to Wear Vintage" post and this time around we're featuring the gorgeous 1950s bombshell "Cobalt Nightingale" sundress.

How to Wear Vintage: Bombshell Picnic

Bombshell Picnic: Who says you can't be glamorous when going on a picnic? We love this vintage dress paired with a silk floral print scarf worn around your head (think Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn) and then with retro inspired glasses. The chunky platforms has that modern vintage look and we're suckers for cork heels!

The Shopping List:
1.] Vintage 1950s dress from Adorevintage.com
2.] Chloe sunglasses from TheOutnet.com
3.] Eco Picnic Basket from UncommonGoods.com
4.] Jaques Vert Peony Bloom Scarf from Debenhams
5.] Iris Platforms from Kurt Geiger
Boleros were mostly popular in the late 30s and into the 40s and there was a sprinkling of it into the early 1950s. They were almost always an accompaniment to a dress or suit but we've seen boleros with summer playsuits and pant suits.

Definition of Bolero: A short cropped jacket ending above or at the waist and worn open. Most boleros do not have a collar or lapels.

Vintage boleros from the 1930s to the early 1950s.

So what exactly is a bolero? Usually when one thinks of a bolero visions of a Spanish matador come into mind, which is correct as the bolero jacket was derived from this fashion. (At least to the best of our knowledge!) To keep it simple, just remember that a bolero never has closures. If it does then it's a cropped jacket, not a bolero.
February 24, 2011
It's our first treasury on Etsy, and I must say this was quite fun (and fairly addicting) but, I will control myself and will only create this one Etsy treasury (although frankly I'm inspired to do quite a few more today, but the work schedule is jam packed with playing catch up...)

The inspiration for today's Vintage Edwardian treasury comes from the growing collection of lovely lace Edwardian clothing we've had arrive in the studio. Some pieces are in need of repair and will be sold in "as is" condition and a few other pieces are stunning and nearly mint. Isn't that crazy? A dress that is about 100 years old that looks brand new? I've grown quite attached to all these lovely delicate antique clothes though, so perhaps they won't be arriving in the shop too soon... but we'll see!
February 15, 2011

I collect vintage photographs. There is something about an old photo that tugs at my heartstrings. I can't quite put a finger on it, but it's the same feeling I get when I listen to "Clair De Lune" by Claude Debussy (my all time favorite song if you ever did wonder)

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I do not know the stories behind the photos, but I place them in a little notebook where I draw little doodles and conjure up tales of love, of lost, of hope, of dreams.

What do you collect?
February 13, 2011

I love the tiny floral prints from Alexander Berardi's Spring 2011 collection which reminds me so much of vintage Cacharel and even Liberty of London (but much more muted). The styles are very reminscent of the mid to late 1970s when fluttery shoulders and butterfly sleeves were very popular. Aren't the dresses so very David Hamilton as well?

Image Credits: Elle.com