Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Advertise in November: Holiday Shopping Ads

It's that time of year, when everyone starts to think about holiday shopping and gift giving.  Now is the perfect time to buy an ad for your shop, website, or blog -- especially since I will be doing some holiday shopping guides and will be using my sponsors products in each guide.

Also, if you buy an ad for November and December, you will get January FREE!!*

Ads come in three sizes and run for 30 days, rotating with each page load to allow for equal exposure for each sponsor.  If you need help designing an ad, I would be more than happy to help!

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I am always open to sponsored outfit posts and vintage related product reviews.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Birthday Sale

It's my birthday today and I'm celebrating with a sale in the shop.  
Save now until Tuesday the 29th at 11p.m. EST

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Saving Style: A New Series on Livin' Vintage

Like many vintage clothing collectors, I have a large collection of vintage photos.  I am helplessly drawn to the ability to peer into the lives of average people of the past.  In an effort to share and digitally catalog my collection, I have decided to start a new series on Livin' Vintage called Saving Style.  Every so often I will share a photo or two from my collection, documenting the fabulous style that the average women of the past had.

This photo above was pulled from an estate sale and I ended up with nearly a whole album from this woman.  Here it looks like they are at a fair or maybe even a Coney Island type place.  I just love the print on her dress and the man on the right's pocket full of pens! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Free Vintage Halloween Place Card Printable

I love party planning, especially vintage themed parties!  I found this 1920s Halloween themed image and altered it into a fun place card.  I am offering a sheet of place cards in a free printable download for all my readers.

This is for your personal use only.  If you love this place card and want to share, feel free to pin on pinterest, link to this page, or send your friends here.  Please do not repost, redistribute, or reproduce for sale.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

6 Classic Film Inspired Halloween Costumes

With Halloween right around the corner, I am starting to think about what I can dress up as without losing my vintage appeal.  One of the ways you can stay true to your vintage look, but still look more costume-y than your everyday attire is dressing up like an iconic film character.  Here are my six picks for easy yet retro costumes inspired by films from the 1920s to the 1970s.

1920s: Maria from Metropolis (1927)
For this look, I would wear my favorite 20s frock and alter a headband to look like the contraption above.

1930s: Mamie from The Public Enemy (1931)
Love the 30s and have a glamorous robe?  Why not dress up as Mamie from The Public Enemy.  Just don't forget your grapefruit!

1940s: Phyllis from Double Indemnity (1944)
I have a soft spot for the 40s, and this classic film character would be very easy to replicate with items you probably already have laying around!  Just add a blonde wig and sunglasses and you're set! 

1950s: Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard (1950)
I have tons of 50s party dresses that never seem to get enough wear.  To really make yourself look like Norma, get some face lift tape to have that shocking wide eye look and don't forget to let everyone know you are ready for your close up!

1960s: Rosemary from Rosemary's Baby (1968)
This film gets a lot of attention during Halloween, considering it's erie plot.  What will make this look complete is a butcher knife and a vintage pram (if you have one).  Plus, what would be more comfortable than romping around in a 60s nylon robe all night?

1970s: Annie from Annie Hall (1977)
Probably the most iconic 1970s female film characters!  Borrow one of your beau's ties and sport a menswear look.  This would be an awesome couples costume!

Monday, October 21, 2013


...this dress is so pretty, I kinda want to hang onto it.  But it will be in the shop soon.

...let myself keep this red bakelite bar pin out of a lot of vintage costume jewelry I just got for the store.

...Saturday's show at the Rust Belt.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Free Pattern Friday

Free Pattern Friday is back!  I am so excited about this monthly series on the blog.  Check back November 15th for another free pattern!

Feel free to link to this pattern, pin on pinterest, or send your friends here.  This pattern may NOT be reproduced for sale or reposted/redistributed in any form.  The hat and bag MAY be made for sale from this pattern, but please give credit to Livin' Vintage for the use of the pattern.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Where you can find me this weekend

This Saturday I will be doing my first "pop up shop" with the Metro Detroit Etsy Team.  I am super excited and almost have my collection put together.  Expect to see lots of fall items, like coats, sweaters, and wool skirts; as well as lots of vintage kids and baby clothes.

So, if you're going to be in the Metro Detroit area this Saturday, stop by the Rust Belt and say hi!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall into Some Vintage

Even though the trendsetters have already forecasted what will be in for fall 2013, it's only now that Michigan has started to feel the crisp breeze of autumn.  It seems that many other areas of the US are also experiencing an Indian Summer, so while we are packing away our summer clothes, lets see what modern trends we can sprinkle into our vintage wardrobe.

Here are my five fall trends that lend themselves to vintage dressing:

This is a traditional fall staple that has made its way back for yet another season. There is lots of vintage garments out there that are constructed of velvet.  From velvet dresses to velvet tops, there are lots of options to bring some velvet into your wardrobe.  Why not try a jacket with a velvet collar or a 1940s velvet dress with a peplum, another trend for this fall.

Emerald Green

Shades of emerald green seems to be the top fall 2013 trend.  Color trends are normally the easiest way for vintage dressers to look a little less costume-y and a little more modern.  There are lots of emerald green items on etsy, like this 50s dress that's currently in the shop.

Plaids/Classic Patterns
 Apparently designers have sought the basics again and plaid and other classic patterns are what's in this season.  I adore the slight pattern mixing on this 50s plaid skirt that's in the shop right now.  But, if that's not your cup of tea, why not try a vintage 49ers jacket (most often found in plaid) or any other item made by Pendleton. 

Statement Outerwear
This is one of those trends that I feel really lends itself to vintage.  Almost every single one of my coats are vintage and they are all different; with a key sense of detail and construction.  It was great to see the runways having some fun with outerwear, something you can find with many vintage coats.  I especially love this Lilli Ann coat (which is apart of a set); it also embodies another trend, color/fabric blocking.

Winter White
Wearing white after Labor Day hasn't been a no no for a while now and it was great to see this trend being utilized in more than just coats.  While I love a good off white coat for the fall/winter season, I simply adore this color in dress, such as this 60s wool dress.  These are definitely the new LBD -- where you are dress them up or down.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Sponsor Salute

Dalena Vintage stocks some really drool worthy vintage dress and accessories in their etsy shop.  Based out of Austin, Texas, Dalena Vintage aims to bring a vintage dreamland to their customers and I have to say, I think they are quite successful!

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I just love what Jess has been stocking in her shop for fall.  I especially love the dress above!  Jessamity Vintage has a large selection of vintage clothing and accessories as well as some handmade jewelry.  Also, stop by her blog to see the ongoings of her recent theatre warehouse buy! 

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Quick Vintage Artwork Project

Last week's estate sales yielded this Beatles record for $5.  While it is from 1967, it's not a first pressing, but for $5 I'm not complaining.

Inside, I found this 12" x 12" paper cutout which I instantly fell in love with.  A while back, I had bought a couple record frames from Joann Fabrics and never got around to using them.  (I have a few Beatles record sleeves without the records I thought would make some fun artwork).  This insert fit perfectly inside the frame.  Now to decide where to hang it.  Maybe it will find a home in my studio.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last lately post!  I'm looking into a different system for comments so I can actually reply to them!

Last week was pretty busy and I didn't get to snap too many photos for instagram, but here's a small look at what my week looked like.

bunches of asparagus at Eastern Market, Detroit

super cool hutch/sideboard spotted while out thrifting

I have been on the hunt for these for maybe close to a decade.  I finally got a set!  It pays to ask if things behind the counter are for sale at the thrift.

Monday was the first fall like day here and I felt it was finally time to put up some decorations

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BIG News!

Livin' Vintage Shop is MOVING!!!

That's right!  I'm getting a studio to house the shop.  I am SO excited!

I 've outgrown my space at home, so it's time to move out and move up.

I have so many ideas on how I envision the place -- and this is kind of my mood board for the space.  

I love the use of bookcases in Rodellee's old studio, something I plan on implementing in my own space.  I also am in love with these vintage metal desks and am currently hunting one down via craigslist.  If I don't find one by move in, I might just use my 50s yellow formica dinette table that I use in my home office now.  I also really love what Beth did with her studio space; check it out HERE.

Do you have a studio workspace?  What tips or tricks do you use in that space?  Any recommendations?