Saturday, October 31, 2009
Here's a few of my favorites, which range from bohemian style to more polished military style:
60s Vintage Red and Black Military Cape, Violetville Vintage
60s Vintage Deadstock Butterscotch Suede Saks Fifth Avenue Cape, Market Publique
80s Vintage Red Italian Shawl Cape, Lady Days Vintage
Avant Garde Vintage 80s Fox Tails Cape, Scarletbird Vintage
Friday, October 30, 2009
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I support the "reuse, reduce, recycle" campaign whole heartedly. Even to the point that I, a city dweller, have free ranging chickens in the backyard. Yep. I asked my hubby one day to build me a chicken coop...and he did of course. Slowly, together as a family we have been incorporating greener ways of living into our every day lives. I am not talking about shutting off the electricity and building our house from the left over aluminum foil in the fridge. There are ways that each of us can enjoy a simpler, healthier way of life without burdening our already hectic lifestyles.
While I do garden, as often as possible (which is incidentally not often enough to keep many living plants), there are several things that we do not grow here at the house. So in order to stock our cabinets and set our meals we attend the Farmer's Market once or twice a week. I try to take my kids with me as often as possible. Both of them enjoy it and I usually enjoy taking them as well. That is until my 4 yr old starts to "sample" the homemade soaps. I can still picture his puckered little face. Darling I tell you. Memorable for the both of us to say the least..well, and probably the soap maker as well.
Some of you may be fortunate enough to live in an area where the Farmer's Market is available year round. Unfortunately, I do not. However throughout my many years attending the event I have made several farmer friends in which I can visit to stock up on items that they may have in season. I have compiled a short and sweet list for you to get started on your own venture to the market today.
The first thing you will need is this adorable Vintage Market list. Made from wood in Japan this pre set list ensures that nothing is ever forgotten. Simply remove a peg and place it next to the item you need. perfectly adorable and fully functional this Market Minder is available in the Trumperies shop for only $10.00. What a great gift for the vintage lovers kitchen too!
The next thing you will need of course is a great dress! I adore this Sapphire blue and embroidery dress from Smitten Clothing. The peasant style cut and bohemian accents make it the perfect Farmer's Market dress. Get out, enjoy the fresh air. Fall in love with the wavoring scent of homegrown, ripe vegetables. And do it all in perfect non fussy fashion. This blue beauty is listed for $25.00.
The weather here can never make up it's mind. The morning may start out at a bone chilling 20 degrees, only to find the afternoon to bring rays in the high 80's. Most Farmer's Markets are in the morning, so make sure to always have a jacket or coat handy. I love this vibrant Pumpkin Coat. The print alone is quite eye catching, but the tailored design makes it a must have. Available in the AdVintageous shop for $40.00 to most, but not you. AlleyKat readers get 15% OFF of total order!! Simply mention this blog when purchasing. Kudos to AdVintageous for having great vintage pieces, and making them available to us!order! Thanks AdVintageous!!"
This next item should be a household staple whether you frequent the market or not. If you don't have one, it is okay..I found one for you. This wicker basket bag is available in the MySecretCloset shop for $18.00. I am somewhat of a handbag collector and the wicker bags are personal favorites of mine. I have them in every shape imaginable. I love how you can dress them up or let them be casual, as they speak for themselves. Classic in styling, wicker bags are always in fashion. Snag this case up now..at this price it won't last long!
The last item I have is one that requires imagination. Part of what makes vintage pieces so neat is that we all have different reasons for loving it, we all have unique uses for them. Use that imagination and come up with something unique and creative. Take a little reminder of the Farmer's Market with you with these Six, 12 x 12" squares of fabric. I know that a lot of you know how to sew..what about a great half apron? A kitchen cafe curtain? The fabric pieces are available in the StitchinPost shop for $10.00. What would you use them for?
Are you hungry yet? I am and I plan on hitting the market first thing on Sat morning. If you are a regular, congrats and keep it up. If you have never been before, give it a whirl..I know you will find something you like. We all like food right?
Good night All
(All pictures are used with permission. For more information on the items listed or the sellers featured please click on the pictures above or contact us directly. Quick reminder that AlleyKat's will be taking Sat off for the holidays. So the next discount blog post will be appearing on Wed.)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Pair up a vintage double knit maxi dress from the 70s with today's black leggings and a pair of patent leather heels.
There's nothing old about this vintage look.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This and many other bridal choices can be found at What-I-Found - Sewing Patterns!
And for my latest vintage adventure, check out The Vintage Traveler .
Monday, October 26, 2009
This is a lot of assorted jewelry for resale, personal use or crafting, which ends tomorrow. It is also from the same estate, and except for the watch, unsigned. The photo does not do it justice, but the price is only $4.99! Check it out!
Remember, it ends tomorrow! Earrings, brooches, a necklace and a watch, for the taking.
Simon and Garfunkel
vintage mohair plaid sweater coat. Fuzzy. Purple.
SHOP THE STORE NOW. AUCTIONS END THIS THURSDAY. HAPPY HALLOWEEN.
It's Makeup Monday time with our resident Pro PinUp Miss Amanda Lee!!
Last week’s installment discussed the creation of your makeup canvas, and this week we’ll take a look at the next layer of color: Blush and contouring!
I’ll start with a little history on the concept of contouring. This method uses light and dark to shade the planes of the face, adding depth to bring out the various features of one’s face. It is this subtle depth that prevents your makeup from looking flat. The famous Westmores invented the concept of contouring; this family team of makeup artists was highly sought after during the heyday of Hollywood and revolutionized the art of face makeup. The Westmores used contouring the add balance and enhance or downplay the features of the famous actresses of the time. By adding balance, we mean to add symmetry to one’s face—soften a square jaw or add width to the temples and jaw line of a diamond-shaped face.
Contouring is a subtle art, especially when used for your daily face! In other words, this is not the racing stripe blush so popular in the 80s. The most commonly contoured facial feature is the cheekbones, though; adding shadow to the underside and highlight above this area enhances or brings out the bone structure. Contouring can also be used to subtly narrow the width of the nose or add fullness to one’s upper lip. It’s a fascinating art form, to say the least!
(All information is per Miss Amanda Lee)
Vintage Green And Blue Floral F.W. Woolworth Nylon Scarf
(often referred to as Woolworth's) was a retail company that was one of the original American five-and-dime stores. The first Woolworth's store was founded, with a loan of $300, in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth. Despite growing to be one of the largest retail chains in the world through most of the 20th century, increased competition led to its decline beginning in the 1980s. In 1997, F. W. Woolworth Company converted itself into a sporting goods retailer, closing its remaining retail stores operating under the "Woolworth's" brand name and renaming itself Venator Group. By 2001, the company focused exclusively on the sporting goods market, changing its name to the present Foot Locker Inc.
By Woolworth’s 100th anniversary in 1979, it had become the largest department store chain in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Vintage 1950s Navy Blue Straw Platter Hat with Clip Underside
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