November 24, 2009
Because the number one cooking holiday is fast approaching, I thought it would be quite fitting to post some vintage advertisements from the 40s and 50s for cooking utensils, housewares, and other kitchen goods.

I wish I looked this stylish while cooking! (I do wear a vintage apron every once in awhile though ^_^) And the "Truffled Turkey" isn't from the 50s or 60s... but I just had to share it... it sounds so gross, LOL!

Sources: 1.] Gas Cooking Ad via saltycotton, 2.] Fabulous Foodarama by Kelvinator 1956 via zero discipline, 3.] Wear-Ever Aluminum via saltycotton, 4.] Martha Logan Says Make Meat Go Further by Cooking S-l-o-w-l-y via JBcurious, 5.] Cooking perfection via saltycotton, 6.] Stove and wall mounted oven via I'll take your photo 7.] Truffled turkey from Missouri History Museum, 8.] Space Age Advance Frigidair via Janfromseattle, 9.] 1960s Retro Kitchen via sunsetflame, 10.] Kelvinator Ad from 1965 via Gatochy
November 23, 2009

In the past couple years I have amassed quite a collection of vintage nightgowns, slips and robes that it got me thinking... perhaps I should bring back the 'Vintage Intimates' section of Adore Vintage?

I always wonder if women would want to buy these and actually wear them, but then a light bulb went off, I myself buy and wear vintage slips and robes... so why wouldn't others? I've actually worn a few slips as dresses before, they're just so pretty!

I have to figure out how to photograph the slips though since most of them are all quite sheer. I suppose just on the dress form will do, but I kind of like the appearance of them laid flat as if thrown casually on the floor. *hehe*

Will play around with the camera tomorrow to see how it goes.

Image credits (in order): Sugar Pie Honeybunch. What Makes the Pie Shop Tick,
I love vintage dresses so much and wish I had the chance to snag these up before they were sold (and also won some money in the lottery since some of these are a bit out of my price range...*hehe*)

Late 1950's Lee Claire gold flowered cocktail dress from Hemlock Vintage - Sold

Early 40s sheer violet crepe silk dress with floral print from Dorothea's Vintage - $215

Emma Domb Vintage 1950s red halter dress from Vintageous - $265 (sold)

1930's Unique Print Gauzy Gown from Antique Dress $485 (sold)

VINTAGE 1950's YELLOW ROSE PRINT CHIFFON PROM DRESS from Freudian Slips Vintage - £125

1950's Vintage Serbin Designer Couture Deco-Fish Novelty Print Rockabilly Bombshell Sun Dress from Timeless Vixen Vintage Etsy (sold)

Vintage 1970s PLAIN JANE FLORALETTE dress from Posh Vintage - $165

Romantic vintage 1970s off-white
triple tier lace dress from Allen Company Inc - Etsy (sold)

Vintage 1950s Flirty Organdy Peplum Dress from Memphis Vintage (sold)

Vintage 1970s Ossie Clark Dress from Vintage A Peel - £395

Scans from vintage Seventeen magazines dating from the late 60s and early 70s (1969, 1970, and 1971 to be exact). I love the clothing from this time period, so I thought I would share. My favorite ad is probably the one for Yardley's 'Devonshire Cream lipstick'. So pretty!

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Some Autumn/Winter outfit ideas from the 1970s




Sorry some of them are cut off. My scanner is quite tiny compared to the magazines themselves. Vintage Seventeen magazines measure about 13.5" x 10" compared to our standard 11" x 8.5" issues now.
November 13, 2009
She was a supermodel before "supermodel" existed. The 1950s model was discovered on the streets of New York and worked closely with fashion photographer Richard Avedon. Dovima was an overnight success and was the highest paid model of her time.

The famous "Dovima with Elephants" Paris 1955 shot by Richard Avedon

Dovima's story is actually quite sad. I'm surprised there hasn't been a movie made about her life. She was born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba (the name Dovima comes from the first two letters of each of her names DO-VI-MA). I always assumed Dovima had this very glamourous life, but in reality, her life was the opposite of the beauty and luxury she portrayed on film. She was involved in abusive relationships, lost custody of her one and only child after being accused of kidnapping her, and spent the rest of her years after retiring from modeling selling cosmetics and working as a hostess at various restaurants in Florida. Dovima appeared in a few films (most noted in "Funny Face" with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire)

Richard Avedon said of Dovima after her death, "She was the last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties... the most remarkable and unconventional beauty of her time."