Thursday, August 21, 2014

End of Summer Sale

While I eagerly await the crisp fall weather, let's have a sale in the shop!

Now through Sunday the shop is 35% off.
No reserves, layaways, or coupons can be used during this sale.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Okay to Change


For as long as I can remember, most of my inspiration when it came to fashion and home design came from either the 1940s or the 1950s.  The clothes, the furniture, the films -- just everything about these two decades felt like home to me.  But lately, I am being pulled in a different direction and am finding that the vintage world has much more to offer than just that of the early mid century eras that I had restricted myself to for all these years.

The challenge I face now is allowing myself to embrace this new direction.  Self admittedly, I am very hard on myself and I have been struggling with convincing myself that it's okay to change what you like.  I think one of the downsides to living a vintage lifestyle is the strange connection we have to our stuff.  I often find myself feeling a certain responsibility to my vintage possessions, making it really hard for me to let things go. 

Now I know what you're thinking, "...but Emily, you sell vintage clothing.  How can you let go of those items and not others?" All I can say is somehow, it's different.  There is a mental divide between my shop items and my personal items -- I don't form attachments to the vintage clothing and accessories I offer for sale in my shop, most of which were bought with that purpose in mind.

I've taken this move (which I actually have a move-in date for now -- yay!) as an opportunity to severely downside and weed through my stuff, attempting to narrow it down to include only items I really truly love and actually use on a somewhat regular basis.  Because, this gal doesn't want to be featured on an episode of "Hoarders" anytime soon.  I know I will feel much better once I have a small load of stuff, but the road to get there hasn't come easy.

So this is a reminder to myself, but also for anyone else who is struggling with letting go: It's okay to change what you like.  It's okay to get rid of vintage items that no longer serve your aesthetic.  It's okay to change.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Dollar Dress

When I was little and just getting into sewing, my grandma used to tell me the story of her collection of dollar dresses she sewed during the 1950s.  At the time, you could get three yards of fabric for $1 -- just the right amount for a simple day dress.  Not only were these dresses practical, but they also allowed for the frugal housewife to add to her wardrobe without breaking the bank.

| my grandma in 1955 wearing one of her dollar dresses |

Although I didn't know it at the time, my grandma was teaching me an important life lesson when it comes to the value of a dollar and how to make it stretch.  And, while I would be hard pressed to make a dress for today's equivalent of $8.89 to 1955's $1.00, I definitely have adapted this concept to 2014 living.

| 1950s sundress, thrifted for $5 |

It never occurred to me, until a few weeks ago, that all my thrifted dresses were kind of the modern equivalent.  For the most part, you can walk into any thrift store and find many dresses marked $8.99 or below.  Even if I were to walk up one morning and decide that I was done with wearing vintage clothing, I still would be a regular thrift store shopper.  I always find it so thrilling to see how far I can stretch the $20 bill in my wallet and what amazing treasures await me.  So Grandma, wherever you are, thank you for sharing the gift of spending wisely on fashion.  I know you'd be proud.  :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Horizons

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 Lots of changes over here since the last time I checked in.  Long story short, I had to pass on my dream apartment and I am still on the look for a new place to call home.  I know it was for the best, but apartment hunting is hard!!  

Here I am shopping in The Get Up's tent at the Ann Arbor Art Fair

Meanwhile, I have been burring the candle at both ends packing up my house, moving the business to a new location, and keeping the shop filled with lots of pretty vintage dresses!  I hope to be back here soon to start sharing the backlog of photos that have piled up while I was away.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Moving Sale

This week, it's moving crunch time.  There will be lots of packing, moving, and an estate sale too.

While all that's going on behind the computer screen, I'm having a virtual "estate sale" of sorts in the shop.  From now until the 22nd, take 25% off of the whole shop -- including the sale and clearance section!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Calling all Vintage Bloggers!

I am looking for a few fabulous vintage bloggers to help me get through my up coming move.  At the end of this month, I will be embarking on a new journey and would love to fill this space with lots of great content while I pack, move, and set up my new place.

If you are interested, please email me with your post idea.  Guest post are open to any topic you'd like, but since this is a vintage blog, my only request is that it is vintage related.  I am looking for 5-8 guest posts which will go live here the week of June 23rd.  Guest post copy and images must be submitted by June 19th. 

Thanks in advance!  Can't wait to share this new adventure with you!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Thoughts on The Grass is Greener (1960)

One of the things I was looking forward to most this year was getting back into the swing of watching old movies again. Classic film is probably one of my earliest if not the earliest passion in my life, but with so much quality television shows on the air right now (Mad Men, Game of Thrones, The Americans, etc) it has been really hard to fit movies into all of that.  What can I say, I am always going to be a Cinema Studies student at heart.  :)

So in January, I accepted the challenge to watch 10 classic I haven't seen before.  So far, I have watched three of the ten films and I can't wait to get through the list.  It has definitely reignited my love for classic film!

Having little expectations for it, I started with The Grass is Greener (Cary Grant was really the only draw for me).  The premise sounded pretty funny and I was immediately even more interested after seeing Christian Dior's name on the credits for supplying Jean Simmon's wardrobe. 

It was a delight to see many of Dior's early 60s designs modeled on the beautiful Simmons and really made the film worth watching, if only for the amazing fashion.  However, I think the best part of the film is during the above scene, when a split screen Grant and Mitchum are both on the phone.  Grant has such great comedic timing and this scene certainly highlights that.

LV Rating: ***
See it for the clothes and Cary Grant is always dreamy!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Wrap Dress Glamour

| Fleur Wrap Dress | Sugar Flats | 80s does 60s Cat-eye Sunglasses |

This past Saturday marked the beginning of flea market season here in the Mitten -- truly one of my favorite times of year!  I don't normally take the 2 hour trek to Midland in June (I like that their September show is right after the DIY, so I have some extra spending money), but it was just so beautiful out!  And after one of the worst Michigan winters on record, I've been taking any chance I get to enjoy this pleasant weather we've been having. 

It's been great to be able to wear all my summertime dresses.  I just got this Fleur Wrap Dress and I was itching to wear it out to see how it compares to my original Swirl dresses.  I am happy to report that it was just a easy to wear as my Swirls and I could hardly tell the difference.  My only complaint is that the pockets on this dress are too high up and not nearly enough wide, making it hard to use them.  However, I love having a black wrap dress in my rotation now, since it is my go to color lately.

I didn't score much this trip for myself, but the shop has some real beauties coming soon.  The one small purchase I did made for myself was this 1957 Fredericks of Hollywood catalog.  My vintage catalog collection has been long over due for a Fredericks catalog.  Now I'm hooked!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shop the Mad Men Collection

Now that Mad Man has wrapped up for this year (more on that later!) why not add a little late 60s to your life?  I was really inspired by Janie Bryant's vision this season, packing the shop full of fabulous late 60s pieces, and I cannot wait to see how she finishes the series.  What I love most about Bryant as a costumer is that she often uses vintage pieces to get that period accurate look.  And you can too! 

I've put together a Mad Men inspired collection that's now live in the shop.  Here are five of my favorite looks using the real deal -- vintage dresses!

Peggy and later Joan both wore dresses with a metal chain detail at the waist.  In both cases, this signified a sense of power for each woman.

We saw a fair amount of drop waisted dresses so far this season, Peggy being one of the women on the show to really rock this look.  I could definitely see Peggy wearing this brown dress to the office.

Trudy only made one appearance this season, but man was it a good one!  While this green chiffon party dress isn't an exact copy of Trudy's, it certainly something I could see her wearing.

From a fashion standpoint, Bonnie was a welcome new addition this season, bringing a lot of bright colors into the fold.  I especially loved her jumpsuit in her introductory shot.

I also really loved this look Bonnie wore on her "vacation" to New York.  This 60s dress in the shop is a very close copy, but just don't wear sandals with it or you're bound to get a bad case of hippie-foot.

The secretary pool has aways had some of the best looks this show has ever produced and this season was no different.  Shirley likes to sport the shortest skirts in the office and you can too!  I've stocked the shop with several 60s mini dresses, but this one might just be my favorite, the the flutter sleeves and zip front.  So cute!

Love these looks?  Readers can take 15% off the entire shop with the code MADSTYLE.  Valid through June 1st 2014.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge

After being a student for nearly my whole life, I finally feel like I have had enough time off from all the crazy deadlines and never ending reading lists to pick back up reading for enjoyment.  So this summer I am taking part in Raquel's Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge and I am pretty excited to get a few titles checked off my list. 

Here's what I'll be reading:
  • Confessions of an Ex-Fan Magazine Writer by Jane Wilkie
  • Hollywood Hoopla: Creating Stars and Selling Movies in the Golden Age of Hollywood by Robert S. Sennett
  • Conversations with Joan Crawford by Roy Newquist
  • The Way We Wore: Styles of the 1930s and '40s and Our World Since Then by Marsha Hunt
  • Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939 by Mark A. Vieira
  • Hollywood Canteen: Where the Greatest Generation Danced with the Most Beautiful Girls in the World by Lisa Mitchell

A few of my selections are for pure enjoyment and a few are for some projects I am working on -- what can I say, it's really hard to fully leave the world of academia.  Now to pour a glass of lemonade and relax on my patio chaise lounge!