July 30, 2009
So it is official... we are relocating to the West Coast! After 3+ yrs in Orlando, we're packing everything up over the next few weeks and hopefully settling into our new digs by the end of August. Woo-hoo!

Photo by Dok1

I am excited for the sunshiney California weather! Not to mention The Vintage Expo in Santa Monica in September! Eek! (Dita Von Teese has been known to browse the vintage wares... oh goodness, a chance to meet see the gorgeous Dita?!)

So, over the next couple of weeks I will continue to add a few vintage goodies to the shop, but for the most part the studio does need to be packed up...so shop updates will be slow for the next month. If you've placed an order recently in the shop, I must say I will be slow getting items shipped out from now until we move due to all the moving hubbub going on around here ^_^.

I'll still be updating the blog regularly with vintage inspirations, sewing patterns, celebrity style, and any thing else that strikes my vintage fancy.
July 27, 2009
A bit of a background story: 5 years ago I met another vintage loving gal online (Kim) and throughout the years we've chatted about how much we love vintage, the strange similarities between our Mothers, and the daily ups and downs of life. So fast forward to this past weekend, we finally met in NYC for an afternoon at the MOMA. And here we are in our vintage wares (*hehe*) snapped in the streets of New York.
Kim is wearing a vintage floral 50s dress (lovely!) and a vintage ostrich leather handbag. I'm wearing a vintage 40s navy dress and carrying a 60s patent leather purse.

Here is a great decorating idea for your vintage magazine covers. You could even frame vintage advertisements (this is what I did for our bathroom, I framed vintage advertisements for soap, shaving cream, bathroom fixtures...etc)
This image is from Blueprint Magazine (no longer in print). Instead of framing the covers, they were inserted into plastic sleeves so you can switch them out easily whenever you want to. So clever!
Here are a few quick tips for dating vintage jewelry that I've found out about and thought I would share for those of you who collect or sell vintage jewelry.


You can look for vintage advertisements in magazines and also catalogs to get a feel for the age of the piece and also to familiarize yourself with what was in style during that time period.

Snake Bracelets - LIFE magazine 1964

CORO Faux Pearls - Mademoiselle 1964

CORO Nature + Insects - 1950

The copyright symbol on a piece of jewelry indicates a date of 1956 or later. In 1956 it became much more cost effective to register a design Copyright which led designers to abandoned the expensive patent registration process. From Penelope's Pearls
Click on image for full size and print it out!

I came across this on Facebook and thought you might be interested. Who wouldn't want a free pastry? Mmmm... I'll be setting my alarm clock to make sure I get one of their buttery croissants!
Spotted from the "She Wears Vintage" pool. Wearing all vintage dresses, how lovely is she? You can find of Scarletgeryon outfits on her Flickr.

dress- vintage, ebay
shoes- thrifted

vintage 50s strawberry dress- ebay forever ago
vintage belt- thrifted
polkadot socks- sockdreams
red vintage mary janes- cactus flower

vintage dress- ebay
cardigan- stolen from my mother
shoes- target
I spotted this beautiful lace necklace on someone else's blog (sorry, I can't remember which it was) and immediately fell in love and had to make it mine. They have a Victorian, old world romance look to them, don't they? A little piece of yesteryear...

Tea Time in the Garden Necklace - $27.00

Here are a few of my other favorites from the White Owl shop on Etsy. (Isn't the product photography also lovely? I am so inspired!)

When the package arrived it came neatly wrapped in tissue and ribbons, really lovely! And the girls behind White Owl are so sweet and offer great customer service.
I meant to post this awhile back... but never got around to it. I was browsing around the internet for cute vintage sundresses and happened along this one. unfortunately it's sold out...

I can't remember for the life of me where this dress is from since I've had these pictures for nearly a year now. If anyone knows, please do tell!

Dita photo courtesy of Perez Hilton