Wednesday, February 26, 2014

shop preview: black florals and copper embroidery

Black floral dresses, copper embroidery, and some incredible knits--all coming to the shop this week!

1930s leaf print dress by Puritan Forever Young.

Star Quilt pattern hand knit sweater.

1950s Brownie Points buffalo plaid and buttons dress.

Blue wool princess coat with fur collar by Holly Gab.

1960s green floral print linen dress with pouch pocket.

Fringed alpaca wool cape/poncho with tribal motif.

1960s black tiny floral print cotton dress with rick rack trim by Carmen Lee.

1950s woven wool bohemian full skirt.

1950s copper embroidered cocktail dress by Tailored Junior.

1950s black and teal jacquard sunflower cardigan by Jantzen.


Friday, February 21, 2014

shop accessories preview: metallic flats, a plaid bag, and an adorable apron

Shoes and boots, bags, scarves, and a cute-as-heck apron are all coming to the shop!

Black leather riding boots.

1960s mod alligator textured leather pumps, by Andrew Geller.

1960s olive green suede kiltie buckle flats by Risqué.

1960s blush metallic lace-up flats by Johansen.

Tapestry print canvas and leather bag.

Small tooled leather bag with belt buckle adjustable shoulder strap.

1960s blue and red plaid bag by Margaret Smith.

1950s black plissé satin evening bag.

Puppies and kittens novelty print apron.

1950s pastel plaid mohair scarf, made in Scotland by Creagaran Mills.

1960s Vera Neumann peacock park print scarf.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

shop preview: nautical stripes, lots of lace, a wisp of a floral dress, and a fox hunt sweater

Spring and winter are mixing it up in the shop this coming week:  slate gray 1940s knitwear, sheer 1950s floral chiffon, a fantastic fox hunt sweater, and nautical stripes from the 1960s and 1940s.

All items arriving in the shop starting today!

1940s slate gray wool bouclé knit dress set by Kims Kimberly Knitwear.

1940s lightweight women's plaid overcoat.

1960s sage green knit dress with embroidered collar and cuffs by Domino.

1960s blue and white striped wool cardigan by The Villager.

1960s ivy green shantung dress with lace bodice.

Wool Fox Hunt sweater, made in England by Jan Horrox.

1960s charcoal stripe dress with chevron pockets by Cay Artley.

1970s striped space dyed sweater by Kenwyn.

1940s black crepe dress with white lace and rhinestone collar by Polly Brief.

1940s blue cotton sailor pants with red and white stripes.

1950s sheer chiffon floral print dress.

1950s cream lace blouse, Blouse de Jour by Saab.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

i spy: snow (duh), neon signs, a cozy fire, and architects in costume

January.  Snow, ice, fireplaces, neon lights, and the best costumes for a ball ever!  Take a look and see if you agree.  (For more of this, follow me on Tumblr or Pinterest.)

clockwise, from upper left:
*a beautiful stone fireplace in a found photo / sctatepdx Flickr
*leaf from an 1896 Dutch Art Nouveau calender by Theodor Willem Nieuwenhuis / Wolfsonian FIU Library blog
*Karlavägen street in central Stockholm in snow, January 1922, photo by Berit Wallenberg / Swedish National Heritage Board on Flickr
*Ice Glare by Charles Burchfield, 1933 / Whitney Museum of American Art
*Après-ski photo by Robert Capa of a woman at an ice bar in Zürs, Austria.  (© Robert Capa and International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos) / Vanity Fair

clockwise, from upper left:
*The Abandoned City, pastel and crayon drawing by Fernand Khnopff, 1904 / Wikipedia
*Painted glass window fragment, England, 15th century / V&A
*a 1970 nighttime shot of Kärntner Straße in Vienna (© KommR Helmut Prem private archive) / Vintage Vienna
*screenshot I took of a GIF showing architect William Van Alen dressed in costume as his Chrysler Building for the 1931 Beaux-Arts Ball in NYC. / Smithsonian Archives of American Art
*a photo of the beautiful Richmond Stamp sign in downtown Grand Rapids, by Conspectus / Conspectus


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

shop preview: spring flowers, celadon wool, printed silk

Spring flowers, celadon wool, black velvet, printed silk, Delft blue linen...  All items arriving in the shop starting today.

1950s blue rose print dress with rhinestone button.

1960s gray wool knit dress and coat set, by Carriage Trade.

1950s speckled brown tweed coat with scalloped collar and pale pink buttons.

1940s celadon green wool suit by Moordale Junior Suits.

Flower embroidered cardigan.

Mod 1960s afghan blanket weave dress.

1960s black velvet cropped jacket.

1950s Delft blue embroidered linen dress by House of Lords.

Soft moss green wool box pleated skirt.

1950s silk basketweave print dress with bow belt by Leslie Fay.

Rust and moss space dyed cable knit sweater.


Friday, February 7, 2014

frozen road trip

When you work for yourself, you tend to work seven days a week, and way more than the standard eight hours a day.  But you can set your own hours.  And if you feel like taking off for a day to hit a bunch of thrift stores (yes, work...but the fun part) and look at frozen Lake Michigan, you can do that.

The temperature was somewhere in the teens yesterday.  It was cold, but not too uncomfortable.  However, the winds near the lake made it arctic.  There was no question of actually venturing out on a stroll on the frozen lake. 

So we got back in the warm truck and headed back down the road.  Where we found a little tavern that served good beer.

And then we saw the most amazing sunset on the lake.  The frozen snow made this photo look like it was taken from an airplane flying between cloud banks.  But it's just the beauty of a frozen Lake Michigan.

(You've already seen these photos if you follow me on Instagram.  If you want to see more shots from road trips, sneak peeks of new items, and the occasional photo of a cocktail I've made, follow me there!)



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