Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Shop Talk – Sugar Plum

Holiday Hair Crown #holiday #hair #christmas #wreath

Personality: The Jolly and Joyful
Places you'll find yourself: Spreading the fun of the holiday spirit!

Adorable Holiday Hair Wreath #holiday #hair #christmas #hairstyle

Okay, it is officially December tomorrow so I'm sharing this! How cute and festive is this hair wreath! I was just bursting at the seams to show you! I made this holiday half wreath or crown using reproduction vintage mint candies in classic red and green. Then I added the prettiest little beaded berries in deep raspberry red and plum to emphasize the sugary winter wonderland feel. The ends are tied with pretty ivory and green floral ribbon (you'll have to forgive my bow, I tied it behind my head and didn't realize I pulled the loop all the through until the photos were already taken!). It is so cute! I just wanna wear it every day of December!

Christmas Hair Wreath with Candies! #christmas #hair #holiday #hairstyle

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!! 
A fun and full bellied holiday to you!!!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Treasury Tuesday – The Many Colors of Fall

One of my favorite parts of the changing seasons is the new colors each brings. Autumn in particular exemplifies this with its absolute burst of vivid shades against the soft neutral palette of earthy bark and stone. This multi-tone treasury, curated by Gloria of Bow Tweet Babies, gives a glimpse of the array of colors that fan out during the fall. My earrings, "Sail on Sailor", typically make me think of summer, but they fit right in with these pretty autumnal hues!

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Colors of Autumn Gift Guide #autumn #gifts #holiday #fall

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Sunday Snag – Picked Me a Plum

Mixing 1940s with Modern #1940s #fashion #40s #style

Oh this is a fun one no? Tell me you wouldn't feel jaunty in this! The dictionary defines jaunty as crisp and dapper and that is exactly how I would define my mood in this outfit. The ensemble is a hodge podge of eras (usually just how I like it) and the colors remind me of a ripe berry ready to be picked. Personally, at first glance, the emerald and wine colors tend to make me think of Poison Ivy (the lady), but I just felt too chipper to look dangerous this day!

The individual pieces in this look weirdly seemed made for one another, but I acquired them all at very different times over a period of months from all manner of places. All the vintage pieces in this getup were purchased at ridiculously low prices, RIDICULOUS I tell you! I came across some sales that were sprinkled with truly beautiful pieces and I was one lucky duck for snatching these up before anyone else did!

My 1940s Hat & Jacket Detail #vintage #fashion #1940s #style #hat

How to Mix Vintage Pieces into your Wardrobe #vintage #style #fashion

The jacket was a 60% off snatch-a-roo from The Paraders during their moving sale. It is a lovely 1940s, much worn and loved piece in a wine burgundy berry type of color with the most glorious of woven toggle button closures! They even put one on the back as a cinch for the waist! Ugh, I want to kiss you 1940s! There is some discoloration and fading throughout but do you see me caring? I have never been one to need a pristine piece of vintage clothing. Part of the charm is that it has been loved and lived in before it ever came into my life. I love feeling the wear and bit of fray along the tops of the pockets where I know dainty hands from decades past slipped in and out. 

The structure of the jacket seemed perfect for a riding type look, so I slipped on my modern jeans and riding boots. Remember how I said in a previous post that I had one pair of Anthropologie jeans that my wonderful sister gave me for my birthday? And that I never wore anything else since? Well that is partly true. I actually have two pairs of Anthropologie jeans because after wearing the ones my sister gave me for a few days I knew I wouldn't wear anything else, so my hubs very generously took me back and got me another pair in a non-cropped style. So I actually have two pairs of jeans, but they are my only ones and I've just worn one or the other every time I've worn jeans in the last year. This pair is the non-cropped version and in a slightly lighter wash. 

My Vintage Riding Outfit #1940s #riding #outfit #vintage #style

Vintage Fashion Detailing #40s #fashion #vintage #style #jacket #cane

My boots were also purchased while with my sister. She is an enabler and a bad influence! My wallet never hurts so good as when I'm with her! But I didn't have a single pair of boots people! Not one! So these were picked up last year at the after Christmas sales at an outlet shoe store. I pretty much wear them every day in the fall and winter.

My shirt underneath the jacket is a modern knit from a Banana Republic outlet at those same after holiday sales with my sis. It was from their Mad Men collection which suited my tastes perfectly. I wore it here to add just a touch of green, so that it would pick up the color of my hat.

1940s Hat Detail #40s #hat #vintage #accessory #feather #green

My hat!! I won't tell you how obscenely little I paid for this wonder. Plus I purchased it from one of my favorite vintage shops and sponsors, Raleigh Vintage. I've gotten to personally know the two owners, Andi and Isaac, and they really are just the nicest, most wonderful people! They recently had a super sale locally here in Raleigh to clean out some of their back inventory and you better believe I was one of the first people there digging through the piles! I found a big bag full of goodies that went home with me and one of the finds was this delicious hat. It is a 1940s woven tilt with an almost crown like brim, an asymmetrical spray of green feathers, and a black veiled back. The reason it was on super sale was that the feathers are a little tattered and the veiling was torn. I think it is still a pretty creamy peach of a vintage topper and I was happy to take it! The feather wear didn't bother me in the least and I just pinned the veiling together to mask the holes. Plus, the green of the hat actually makes my eyes take on a green cast too!!! I've always loved green eyes (my hubby is a green eyed handsome devil too!). Mine are a gray blue, but they were greenish for this day!

I was so excited about my accessories in this outfit too! I had wanted a micro mosaic brooch for a few months but those little beauties can be quite expensive. I love them so much because they are handmade with tiny little pieces of colored tile arranged to create a picture. Mine (like many) is of a floral arrangement. I really liked this one because it is on a black tile background, which I haven't seen as many of in my searches. I paid less than $5 (a steal!), so it was well worth the wait and search. My ring is soon to be in my shop and is a real stunner with a Victorian gilt brass button.

My Antique German Walking Cane #antique #cane #dapper #accessory

My cane was acquired just days ago at Goldbug Studios local liquidation sale. This beautiful cane came home with me for free with another purchase! I already had my purchase in hand and asked about the cane. The lovely proprietress Ashley, who is over-the-top nice and extremely generous, just smiled with bright eyes and said to take it home with me! Yay!!! Now I didn't know even an inkling about canes, so I did a little research about this one and it has such a great story! It is an antique German walking cane. There are two brass "badges", which were nailed on after the walker completed a hike for a specific place. Mine has Molkenhaus and Brocken which are two hiking trails in Germany. The Molkenhaus brass piece is of a beautiful stag head and the Brocken brass piece is of some sort of castle or building with a woman flying over on a broomstick! It also says 1142 M., which I assume is the length or elevation of the hike. How cool is that?! This little cane has definitely seen and been on some wonderful adventures! 

Vintage Jewel Tones #1940s #fashion #vintage #style #jewel

Outfit Details
Jacket: 1940s from The Paraders
Jeans: Anthropologie
Boots: Riding style boot, outlet (can't remember which)
Blouse: Green Knit from Banana Republic Outlet
Hat: 1940s Tilt from Raleigh Vintage
Brooch: 1950s Micro Mosaic from Ebay
Ring: Antique Gilt Brass coming soon to my shop ChatterBlossom
Cane: Antique German Walking Cane from Goldbug Studios

My Vintage Riding Outfit #vintage #style #1940s #fashion #40s

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Shop Talk – Morning Bluebird

Velvet Holiday Hair Flower #poinsettia #hair #holiday #style

Personality: The Unexpected Beauty
Places you'll find yourself: Surprising loved ones with an unexpected visit

Perfect Holiday Hair Flower #poinsettia #hairstyle #vintage #christmas

This pretty hair flower was made with velvet poinsettia petals in the retro festive color of turquoise. I've made multiples and each one has a unique silver vintage button center. I think these little beauties would be perfect for a holiday hairstyle, don't you?!
Velvet Poinsettia Hair Clip #holiday #hairstyle #vintage #christmas

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Photo Swoon – Right to the Tippy Top

Glorious 1930s Hat #1930s #hat #fashion #30s #style

Hats, fascinators, headbands, and hair accessories. They all woo me with their romantic, whimsical, flirtatious, masculine, feminine, magical charms. I never wore hats or much of anything in my hair for most of my life, thinking that they didn't look good on me or that I couldn't pull them off somehow. Now I'm convinced that like most fashion, it isn't that it doesn't look good on me, it's that I just haven't found the right fit or style yet. I've given up giving up on certain fashion pieces. I feel like it puts an unrealistic wall up that cages you in and blinds you to change. And the "I just can't pull that look off" nonsense? I've given that up too! If I love something and I think it works, then I'll damn well wear it with confidence!

As inspiration to wear what you love, I'm sharing some beautiful ladies in daring and glorious hats from the 20s and 30s. Every time I see these images, I feel magic in me. Before, I would stifle that and say "if only I could pull that off" or "if only people dressed like this now, I would...", but now! Now I say, "I love this" and "I should try that" and "I would rock that!" and let the magic these images conjure up finally find expression in me!

What about you? What do you say that stifles the magic within?

Joan Meredith - 1920s #20s #hat #1920s #fashion
Magical 20s Fascinator Cap #1920s #accessory #20s #fashion #hair
1925 - Naomi Johnson by Alfred Cheney Johnston #1920s #photography #20s #portrait
1920s - Clara Bow #20s #fashion #1920s #style #cloche
Jean Harlow - Bombshell (1933) #1930s #hat #30s #fashion #harlow
Peggy Shannon, 1930s #30s #fashion #hat #1930s
Benita Hume #1930s #fashion #30s #style #hat
Gorgeous 1930s Gal #1930s #fashion #portrait #30s #style #hat
Late 30s/Early 40s Hat Fabulousness! #vintage #hat #1930s
Loretta Young #1930s #hat #30s #dress #vintage #fashion
1920s/30s Greta Garbo #vintage #fashion #30s #style #garbo #1920s

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Thrill – Topaz

Golden Autumn ~ Lily Shih Photography #autumn #leaves

November, happiest of all her sibling months, frolics and plays, dances and sways among the lost leaves of Summer. Friend for the lonely, she gathers the fallen in her golden embrace, whispering sweet lullabies, easing each into their long and peaceful sleep.


Sunny Vintage Dress #1980s #1940s #vintage #style
Autumn Leaf ~ Photography by Lori H. #autumn #leaf
Fun Vintage High Waist Pants #vintage #style #fashion #yellow
Early 1900s 20 Carat Citrine Brooch #antique #jewelry #citrine
Vintage Silk Blouse #vintage #clothing #fashion #citrine #topaz
Antique Thistle Brooch #antique #jewelry #thistle #Scotland
Fun 1980s Mustard Coat #vintage #style #fashion #coat #yellow
Regency Style Dish #midcentury #regency #dish #decor
Bohemian Infinity Scarf #yellow #gold #scarf #bohemian
Vintage Beaded Chain #citrine #topaz #yellow
Autumn Trees ~ ND Trivette Photography #autumn #trees
1950s Party Dress Perfection! #1950s #dress #50s #fashion #vintage #yellow
Autumn Leaves ~ Journey's Eye Photography #autumn #leaves

"Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun!
One mellow smile through the soft vapoury air, 
Ere, o'er the frozen earth, the loud winds ran,
Or snows are sifted o'er the meadows bare.
One smile on the brown hills and naked trees,
And the dark rocks whose summer wreaths are cast,

And the blue Gentian flower, that, in the breeze,
Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last. 
Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee
Shall murmur by the hedge that skim the way,
The cricket chirp upon the russet lea,
And man delight to linger in thy ray.
Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear 
The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air.

-William Cullen Bryant

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