Sunday, August 31, 2008

I Can't Let Go of Summer...Not Yet!

I can't do it. I just can't. That is...letting go of summer. The Labor Day weekend is here in Canada which means the official end of summer vacation, kids back to school and fall fashions in the air.

We had such a rainy, cool summer that I refuse to let summer leave without taking in every moment of sunshine available. This weekend happens to be perfect weather.

As soon as the weather turns cold, I will be thinking of my next holiday. Spain was wonderful this year, and my niece wants me to take her to Hawaii next year. How can I refuse such a reasonable request! :-)

So to celebrate our trip to Hawaii, here is a gorgeous cotton maxi dress by Ui-Maikai. White cotton with stunning pink hibiscus flowers and an attached train at the back. When I found this dress, I just loved how perfect the flowers were and could easily see myself wearing it in Hawaii. Then.....

a month later found a matching gent's shirt! Lightening really can strike twice in the same place!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Vintage Market is Coming...

Hi everybody, it's Vintage Market time! Starting tomorrow Sunday, August 31st at 10:00am EST to Sept. 1st 10:00am, Future Hippie, along with several other Etsy Vintage shops, are having a huge sale! You will find great deals from all of the shops participating! Future Hippie will be marking down everything in the "FABULOUS GIRLS" and "GROOVY GUYS" sections, to 25% off! Also, there will be a new section called "MAKE ME AN OFFER", where you can make an offer and get a great deal. No reasonable offer will be refused!!!

All you have to do is mention the discount in the "message to seller" section as you checkout, wait for a revised notice, and you will receive your revised price. If you don't have an Etsy account, it's free to register, and then you're ready to shop away!

We have cool vintage clothes for both guys and girls, from the 60's, 70's and 80's!

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Sydney's Vintage Clothing Opens in Auburn

Sydney's Vintage clothing has opened the doors and expanded her business located in Auburn, AL. I decided that it was time to offer my collection of inventory to the public on a showroom floor and we re-located to Auburn, AL to bring hot vintage fashion to War Eagle Country! I am located at 420 S Gay Street just one block behind the presidents home of Auburn University, a few doors down from the spectacular Amsterdam Cafe. At the moment the tentative store hours are from Mon.-Fri. 11-9 and Sat. 11-10. Stop by and say hello and if you found us on this blog, mention the "vintage bulletin" for a 10% discount of your total purchase!

Many of you have asked what does this mean for Glad you asked, this website will still be open for business and we will start adding more products, but the items on the website and the items on the showroom floor are two separate inventories! So all in all you have about 5000 items to choose from with more to come!! Fabulous vintage suits, vintage dresses, jewelry, etc.

Here is a peek on the inside of the showroom floor:

Friday, August 29, 2008

Designer Spotlight - Emauel Ungaro

Photobucket Born to Italian parents who had fled to France from Francavilla Fontana,Brindisi because of the fascist Italian government. As a young boy, Emanuel Ungaro took to sewing like his father, Cosimo.

At the age of 22, he moved to Paris and three years later, he began designing for the House of Cristobal Balenciaga for three years before quitting to work for Courrèges. Four years later, in 1965 with the assistance of Swiss artist Sonja Knapp, Emanuel Ungaro opened his own fashion house in Paris.

In 1968, he created his first pret-a-porter collection, Parallèle and opened a boutique at 2, avenue Montaigne in Paris. During the next 30 years, the Emanuel Ungaro House expanded to include boutiques and licensing agreements worldwide.

This week, we are so very proud to able to offer 3 of his vintage dresses in our store! All 3 are exquisite examples of 80s style, Parisian quality, and Italian design!

Our first is this STUNNING Silk Asian Avant-Garde Ruched Mini Dress:

Next is this EXQUISITE Silk Cummerbund Waist Yellow Floral Mini Dress:

And last, but not least, is this Bright Floral Ruched Piping Rose Mini Dress:

We were very lucky to receive them all from one owner, who most likely purchased them at Bergdorf Goodman's In New York. So please come and take a peek at more pictures of the dresses and put in a max bid early. These have been posted with International Site Visibility, so are SURE to not last long!

Plus, we have many more exquisite vintage items! It's time to UPDATE your Fall wardrobe, so better snatch them up fast before they are gone gone gone!


'Elsewhere Vintage' opens in Orange CA!!

Elsewhere Vintage -

NOW OPEN in Old Town Orange, CA

The "Antique Capitol of California"!
111 N. Olive St
Orange, CA 92866

Click here for a Map!

Elsewhere Vintage
111 N Olive St
Orange, CA 92866

Store hours are still tentative - but right now they're at LEAST - 11-6 Tuesday - Sunday.

Evolution of Women's Career Suits

With more women entering the work force during World War II, the clerical jobs formerly occupied by men were filled with women. Trying to maintain some status and not look frivolous in the serious world of commerce and industry, women adopted a Masculine Look with Wide padded shoulders and complete covering from neck to below the knee. But you will notice that they did manage to keep a semblance of femininity with a very fitted waistline and peplum jackets that emphasized their hips.

This lovely Gabardine suit, found on Babylon Mall, is completely dart fitted in front and back and the peplum jacket flares nicely over a pencil slim skirt.

After Johnny Came Marching Home, women we reluctant to give up their new found status in the professional world and some managed to keep their jobs and opened new employment opportunities for young women who wanted a career instead of a life of domestic bliss (notice that both was seldom an option at this time.)

The 50's ushered in a similar but softening look in career wear. These three suits have a less structured feel although in the first shoulder pads are still prominent but smaller. The waist is softened with velvet trim on the jacket and a velvet pocket. The Pumpkin Spice flecked suit is boxy over a still slim skirt. But the fabric flows and shows all those feminine curves within the box. And the 3rd in this series is Femininity Personified. Fitted waist, small peplum that is enhanced with ruched trim and a full flared skirt and don't forget the lower V neckline.

The 60's brought us a very new look with the influence of Jackie Kennedy. Her taste and particular figure requirements brought us the A line skirt and short boxy yet softer jackets. Less emphasis on the waistline and more emphasis on the Total LOOK!

These three beauties are all distinctly tailored for that Classic Chic Jackie Style.

The first is a pink brocade with glittery buttons. The 2nd is a blue shantung with heavily beaded collar and the last is a heavy slubbed silk in pink with cranberry trim and a ruffled cranberry collar.

Just prior to the British Invasion and the MOD era, swingy pleated skirts and lowered waistlines were not only casual and comfy but practical and just plain fun to wear. This fab suit from Donavan Galvani is a cranberry and wine combo. The skirt is pleated and the jacket is semi fitted in the waist with a belt. Shawl collar and ribbed sleeves finish off the look.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vintage Blow Out Sale 8/28-9/4

Search VBO - on ebay for great vintage bargains from August 28th to September 4th

Project Runway - Cars

This week's challenge started on the roof of a parking garage with several cars, provided by advertiser Saturn of course. The cars were filled with materials that were used to make the cars, and the designers had to grab whatever they could out of the cars, and fill their little flea market carts (Those carts used to drive me crazy at the flea markets, shoppers use them as weapons and bulldozers to try to beat you to the good stuff, and it's impossible to get around them in a crowd) At first, I wasn't expecting much from this challenge because the materials were all tan and black with some shiny pieces here and there. But the resulting designs were actually quite good. Most of them anyway.
Leanne won this challenge with a dress sculpted from vinyl. Korto was in 2nd place with a jacket made from woven seatbelts, and Jerell was 3rd in a futuristic outfit made from vinyl and plastic silver trims - I didn't care for the model's make-up and hair though, it kind of took away from the outfit. Jerell is the only man who seems to occasionally do interesting designs this season. So far none of the men have really stood out or been consistant in their designs. My prediction is that the final 3/4 will be all gals. Korto has GOT to be in the finals because she usually provides a very good design.
Keith from the Utah Hood was out, finally. Did you feel sorry for all the mean things that you said about him after he cried at the end? No, neither did I. Next on my hit list - Blayne.

Of course I'm not going to be able to find any vintage clothing made from car materials to go with this week's post, so I took the easy route and found some cool items with car prints.

1. Vintage 70s Slinky Disco Novelty Antique Car Shirt - from Retrochic Vintage for $14.00.
2. Racing Print Paganne dress - from Dorothea's Vintage Closet.
3. 1950's~COTTON~Japanamai~BLOUSE~Made In JAPAN~CARS~Print - from Eclectic Collage.
4. Vintage Purse-Wooden Purse-Man, Woman, Car and Beads! from thetreasuredpast.

Bye for now, Carol

Do You Know Who Eva Rosencrans Is?

She designed this dress.

How about Leslie Morris. Do you know who she is?

She designed this coat.

Check out the Couture Allure Blog to find out about these two designers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Thrill of The Hunt...Now What?

Hi, everybody -

I almost feel like I should apologize for not advertising my wares here, but these days I've been far too busy to list anything. The apartment cleanout is almost done. The deceased was not only a hoarder, she hid her best things way in the backs of closets wrapped in paper bags. When I'm at home, I'm constantly doing hand laundry, but the results are worth it!

This kind of work immerses you in another family's history and traditions. There was a pre-World War One Singer Sewing Machine used as a computer table in the husband's combination ham radio station/office/workshop. Photographs dating back to before the turn of the century, when the family lived in Vienna. Many, many objects pertaining to Jewish traditions and rituals. And one of the coolest vintage bars I've ever seen in the entryway:

A group of college guys bought the bar, of course.

Among the clothes I came across, there was this beautiful mink ski jacket, lined in quilted blue:

This fox-collared jacket:

And so much more! I'm going to take the Labor Day weekend off, float in the ocean, and luxuriate in time spent with my husband and my dog, Bucky.


PS If you want my further thoughts on Ebay changes, check out my blog.

Lace Ruffles and Pearls oh my!

We've been busy listing some pretty vintage dresses, sweaters, seperates and patterns over at A few of our just listed items include:

Vintage 50's Blue Illusion lace Dress with Pearl Beaded Waist

Vintage 50's Bombshell Gold Beaded Sweater

Vintage 50's Light Pink Sheer Nylon Ruffled Sleeve Top Blouse M B38

Make a swanky coverup with this Vintage 50's Stole and Capes Pattern One Size UNCUT

Come by and visit us soon!

There's no such thing as too many purses!

I love vintage purses ~ unique and interesting ~ and a fabulous way to slip a little vintage into my everyday wardrobe! I just popped these two into Ebay today:
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That marvelous tote has space galore~ room for everything a girl needs. The clutch is made of a luscious velveteen in a timeless paisley pattern. I'll be adding even more beautiful bags to my Etsy shop today also~ be sure to stop in and take a look!

Vintage Designer Handbags at Rice and Beans Vintage

Here are two very special vintage designer handbags at Rice and Beans Vintage.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

School Has Started and Fall is just Around the Corner.

And cool morning and warm afternoons give us a need to layer. This great dress and coat set from Garguilo for Smith & Jones still has it's original Hang tag and is ready to go at La Dolce Vintage on Babylon Mall.

For the MOD Squad, we have a pair of square toed pilgrim shoes and matching handbag with the neatest brass studs.

And if the Renaissance Faire is your cup of tea, this gorgeous corset front maxi dress with huge lace belled sleeves from Roberta of California, is just the item you are looking for.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bohemian Charm at Living Doll Vintage

Charming and romantic~ what more could you ask for? Just listed today is this pale blue peasant / hippie dress. Sweet and sexy at the same time.
At Living Doll Vintage on Etsy you can find some great jewelry and accessories to compliment this wonderful dress.

You can find these fabulous Gypsy earrings and cork wedgie heel sandals at Living Doll Vintage
on Etsy and Ebay~

New at Dandelion Vintage

New at Dandelion Vintage this week -
I just listed several great Dressy Dresses and Black Dresses from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Check out the What's New Page at Dandelion Vintage to get a first look at the new vintage stock each Monday morning. You can also join my mailing list at to receive weekly notices of the new stock, and special sales.

What's new -
Dressy Dresses -
Black Dresses -

Bye for now, Carol

Friday, August 22, 2008

New for Fall at Kissmyvintage!

New to KISSMYVINTAGE (click here to go see!)....(which, during the course of this new logo making, I have decided to eventually redo as well and rename "ScarletbirdVintage", but thats a ways off....)....

Fabulous Paganne mini dress in luxe Quiana.....

80s strawberry print dress...

Fantastic 70s leather mini trench with round, mod inspired pockets...

Western glam, 70s fringed suede coat by "Ms. Pioneer"....

Funky novelty print jersey 70s dress with stylized Alice in Wonderland meets Holly Hobbie amidst mushrooms and florals....

70s "Young Edwardian" micro mini in faux suede...

Hippie dress with smocked waist and macrame trim hem....

(PS, those 70s platforms are available on the website now!)...