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! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Talking Mad "The Strategy"

After what many perceived to be a lackluster episode 5, this past week Mad Men responded with what could very well be one of the best episode the series has ever aired.  "The Strategy" provided so much interaction between so many characters, delving into story lines that had gone quiet and giving us some of the most heartfelt scenes  the series has ever produced.  Needless to say, I am so pumped for 10pm!

Need to catch up before then?  Listen to "The Strategy" Podcast

This week had some really great looks, but my favorite had to be Megan's purple crochet dress set.  I loved everything about this look; from the bag and shoes, to the hair fall and all the rings.  Say what you will about the likeness of Megan, but Janie Bryant sure does dress her to the nines each week.  hands down, the look of the week.

Speaking of which, many people, including Tom and Lorenzo, weren't big fans of Joan's blue look above.  I personally love this "relaxed" type look for Joan.  It's very period correct for a woman of her age and situation.  Plus, it's the perfect 1969 option for a woman who still wanted to accentuate her hourglass shape -- something Joan has always been conscious of.

Here's a few fashion features I really enjoyed this week:

- The Mad Men Fashion File had some really great insights this week, but I do believe that Barbie has made an appearance before, in Season Three when Sally gets a present from Baby Gene.

- Check out the real Burger Chef they used to shoot the scenes

- And I will leave you with this, my favorite scene from last week:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Winner of the "Vintage Trailer Style" Book!

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Congratulations Heather!  
Random.org selected number 14 and you were the 14th comment. 

Please email me (livinvintage at hotmail dot com) and I will get your winnings to you!

Thank you to everyone who entered!  More giveaways to come!   

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Journey Back to Vintage Vol. 2

It's been a little over two months since I shared my desire to get back into my vintage closet again.  I am happy to report that I am a third of the way to my final goal and slowly being able to wear all my fabulous dresses again.  It's all still a work in progress, but I feel so much better than I did just a few months ago.  And, it's been a lot more fun getting dressed these days!

| 50s dress: Oh La La Group; 60s chunky heels: gift; belt: gift; bakelite: estate sales, eBay |

For the first time in a very long time, I am actually really excited for summer!