Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Depression Era Chic

Looking for unique vintage pieces from a bygone era?  Stop by Noble Savage Vintage on Ruby Lane.  We offer great day dresses, wedding dresses, romantic garden party dresses, and glamorous evening wear.  Here are a few brand new additions from the 1930's.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Vintage Summer clothes

Hello Vintage Lovers,
I hope you are having a great time this Bank Holiday weekend.
We have New In items for Summertime...Weddings, Festivals, Holidays and for other special events. At www.SoLovesVintage.com we have dresses for any occasion...
This 70s metallic maxi is great for bohemian look for an outdoor event.
The 50s white dress is perfect for Ascot or any summer party.
And this piece is an all time favourite for a cool and trendy gal.
For more 70s vintage dresses, or 50s chick mixed with 80s glmaour check our website:www.solovesvintage.com or for more news join our new facebook page.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Items Recently Listed at SLV

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Last Chance Sale at Couture Allure

Don't miss out on a fabulous bargain during the famous Couture Allure Last Chance Sale!  There are just 2 more days left to grab a vintage dress for $50.00 or a vintage accessory for $10.00.  These items will disappear forever soon!  Here are a few of the great deals on offer.  Click on the link above to see all of the items on sale!

1960s gold brocade evening gown just $50.00!

1950s sheer lilac dress just $50.00!

1960s Schiaparelli scarf just $10.00!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weekly eBay Roundup of Vintage Clothing Finds

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay Roundup of Vintage Clothing Finds.

This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of their uniqueness, contemporary feel or highly collectible nature.

As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.

This week's finds include pieces by YSL, Gucci, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld and Roger Vivier. Be sure to check out the rare and oh-so-beautiful 1930s Gallenga stenciled velvet jacket.

Which item is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know.



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Vintage 1950s Sarong Sundress (millstreetvintage) | Vintage Leather & Crocodile Handbag (am-pmauctions) | Vintage 1970s DVF Skirt and Blouse (bustownmodern) | Vintage 1950s Rose Marie Reid Swimsuit (pmainstudio) | Vintage 1950s Hawaiian Sundress (heartnsoul1) | Vintage 1970s Pleated Tier Lace Gown (kukuvintage) | Vintage Petit Point Jeweled Purse (gem32) | Vintage 1970s North Beach Leather Dress (indiecultvintage) | Vintage Egyptian Print Maxi Dress (redhousevintage) | Vintage 1960s Cape (mmg0731) | Vintage 1950s Ceil Chapman Silk Organza Dress (tomorrows_envy) | Vintage Linen and Leather Handbag (melraeb3) | Vintage 1970s Crochet Dress (tinroofvintage) | Vintage Lanvin Necklace (rhinestone-diva) | Vintage 1950s Beaded Knit Dress (cheapthrillsvintage) | Vintage Velvet Coat with Ermine Trim (e_vigilante) | Vintage 1920s Flapper Wedding Dress (timetwister) | Vintage 1980s Oscar de la Renta Dress (thriftwares) | Vintage Lucite Necklace (rhinestone-diva) | Vintage 1960s Ruffle Nightgown (natsfolks) | Vintage Leonard Silk Dress (koko1954) | Vintage Lanvin Polka Dot Party Dress (encoreconsignment) | Vintage 1970s Ossie Clark Dress (charlotte.twinkletoes) | Vintage Christian Dior Necklace and Earrings (trifari.com)| (Disclosure: Editorial selections are made by Zuburbia without promotional consideration from Bay sellers. Zuburbia is an affiliate member of the eBay Partner Network).

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Friday, May 27, 2011

It is Memorial Day Weekend!
You have a long, relaxing weekend to shop online.
Here's some offerings from the Reflections of Vintage Group. Please follow the links to our individual stores for more vintage fashions.

Wishing you a great holiday weekend...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Mom's Stuff: Vintage Patterns and Modern Sizes

My mom gave me a few vintage clothing patterns to put in my Etsy Shop.  Not only do I love to see what house wives were sewing for themselves in the past, but I love to read the sizing information on the back of the envelope.  

I have heard many people make the claim that Marilyn Monroe wore a size 18!  Somehow that makes it seem as if the iconic blonde bombshell was a plus-sized gal like the rest of us.  I hate to burst your bubble, but Marilyn Monroe was no "Large Marge".  I hate to admit it, but I have gained a considerable amount of weight since I got married nearly 24 years ago.  Oddly, I wear only 2 sizes bigger than I did in 1987.  Having access to my mother's collection of retro and vintage clothes, I have tried some of them on and see that the dress my mother wore to my wedding in 1987 (which is just a little big on me) is really about 6 sizes bigger than my 1987 wedding dress.  Sadly, gals, the fashion industry is messing with our minds.  

Read the back of this vintage pattern.  It lays out the bust, waist and hip measurements of the sizes the pattern comes in.  This size 18 pattern says you should have a 32 inch waist, a 41 inch hip and a 38 inch bust.  A quick search of what those measurements would be today tells me that is now a size 12.  Yet, in the 1940's, the pattern tells me that a size 12 means you have a 26 1/2 inch waist, a 30 inch bust and a 34 inch hip.  We have given in to vanity sizing in the fashion industry and happily played along with it.  

I have also discovered that the more upscale the store, the smaller the size I wear. Kirstie Alley has been telling everyone that her stint on Dancing With The Stars has knocked her down to a size 6.  Seriously?  If she's a size 6 then Gwyneth Paltrow is into the negative double digits.  Who does she REALLY think believes it and what store is she buying her clothes at?  It's frustrating because women never REALLY know what size they are and sometimes, we give into our own vanity and squeeze ourselves into that wrong size because we REFUSE to budge.  Sizes are not really standardized and the result is a whole lot of confusion.

I have always maintained that women's clothing needs to be sized like men's.  My husband can buy his jeans anywhere because the length and waist measurements can't lie.  The same goes for his neck and arm measurements with dress shirts.  How many of us would want to see our waist size on the jeans though?  But, after spending the better part of last Winter trying to find jeans that fit me, I'd be all for it.  I spent hundreds of hours hunting for jeans that fit.  The fashion industry thinks all plus-sized women are apples with short legs.  I am both plus-sized AND tall - a deadly fashion combo for buying pants that actually get close to the tops of your shoes.  

Please, fashion industry - stop messing with us.  Pretty soon, I'm going to be in to the single digits without dieting.  Not that I would like that, but I know it's just a fantasy.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wallflower Vintage Presents: Summer Dressing for Everyone

Add a bold necklace (or two).

1960s Mad Men dress.

Vintage separates can be worn together or made more modern by adding jeans or a cardi.

1960s Bobbie Brooks two-piece set.

Patterns slim lines.

1960s printed shift.

Modern earrings and shoes turn this dress to sizzling!

1960s Eva Carver dress

Wallflower Vintage: Sizes xx-small to xx-large

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

New at Couture Allure - Vintage 1920s Dresses and More

New at Couture Allure this week....well we've got loads of new goodies for you.  The best 1920s beaded dress I've ever had, 1950s and 60s dresses for daytime and nighttime, and some wonderful Vera scarves.  Be sure to check our What's New page to see all the latest additions to the site!

1920s ombre silk beaded flapper era dress.

1920s sheer silk floral day dress with draping.

1950s shantung wiggle dress with bolero jacket.

1960s apricot chiffon pleated party dress.

1950s Alix of Miami illusion lace dress.

Rare 1980s Jean Charles de Castelbajac hooded cotton dress.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Vintage Lingerie IN THE PINK

PINK PINK PINK! What more could a girl want!? Lots of pink vintage lingerie. Thinking for a summer bride? How about a treat for you for the hot summer nights ahead! Check out these little lovelies at Sweet Cherry Vintage

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The world didn't end, but these AMAZING vintage items will soon be gone forever! Hurry to our store to place your bids so you don't miss out!

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Reflections of Vintage - Weekend Eye Candy

Memorial Day, the first big Summer holiday, is right around the corner and the members of the Reflections of Vintage seller's network have the perfect dresses, hats, Bermuda shorts, and a fabulous Pali hand print rayon men's Hawaiian shirt for your consideration. Please visit our shops for more beautiful vintage clothes and accessories!

Vintage 70s Purple Hibiscus on Semi Sheer White Wrap Shirt Dress -- Size M to L from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage 1940s Navy and White Dotted Swiss Summer Full Skirt Dress B36 from ALLEY CATS VINTAGE


Vintage 50s Designer High Waist Checked Bermuda Shorts, Rockabilly, XS Sm from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Vintage 50s Mens Pali Hawaiian Style Hand Print Cold Rayon Tropical Floral Print Aloha Blue Hawaii Shirt - Made in Japan - Looped Collar - Size XL to XXL from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage Navy Blue Straw Bucket Style Hat with White Roses from ALLEY CATS VINTAGE


Vintage Wicker Picnic Fruit Basket Box Purse Handbag from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Friday, May 20, 2011

Lucille Ball - Actress, Comedian, Executive, and Style Icon

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedian, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy. One of the most popular and influential stars in America during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television, Ball began acting in the 1930s, becoming both a radio actress and B-movie star in the 1940s, and then a television star during the 1950s. She was still making films in the 1960s and 1970s.


Ball received thirteen Emmy Award nominations and four wins. In 1977 Ball was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986 and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989.


In 1929, Ball landed work as a model and later began her performing career on Broadway using the stage name Dianne Belmont. She appeared in many small movie roles in the 1930s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures. Ball was labeled as the "Queen of the Bs" (referring to her many roles in B-films). In 1951, Ball was pivotal in the creation of the television series I Love Lucy. The show co-starred her then husband, Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as Ethel and Fred Mertz, the Ricardos' landlords and friends. The show ended in 1957 after 180 episodes. They then changed the format a little - lengthening the time of the show from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (the first one went 75 mins), adding some characters, altering the storyline somewhat, and renaming the show from "I Love Lucy" to "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", which ran for three seasons (1957–1960) and 13 episodes. Ball went on to star in two more successful television series: The Lucy Show, which ran on CBS from 1962 to 1968 (156 Episodes), and Here's Lucy from 1968 to 1974 (144 episodes). Her last attempt at a television series was a 1986 show called Life with Lucy - which failed miserably after 8 episodes aired although 13 were produced.

Ball met and eloped with Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940. On July 17, 1951, almost 40 years old, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Désirée Arnaz. A year and a half later, Ball gave birth to their second child, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV, known as Desi Arnaz, Jr. Ball and Arnaz divorced on May 4, 1960.


On April 26, 1989, Ball died of a dissecting aortic aneurysm at age 77. At the time of her death she had been married to her second husband, standup comedian and business partner Gary Morton, for twenty-eight years.

The sellers of the Reflections of Vintage network are pleased offer the following Lucy inspired fashions.

Catseye Vintage has this Vintage 50s Floral Print Full Skirted Polished Cotton VLV Party Dress Embellished with Bows and this Vintage 50s Peach Silk Jacquard Roses Full Skirted Cocktail Party Shirt Dress in her Etsy Shop CATSEYE VINTAGE


After Dark Vintage has this Vintage 1950s Sundress Celery Green with Rhinestones and this Vintage 1950s Full Circle Rockabilly Shades of Pink Skirt in her Artfire Shop AFTER DARK VINTAGE


My Vintage Cocktail has this Vintage 1950s Lucy Hat with Floppy Bow, Fun and Quirky and this Vintage 40s Whimsical Straw Tilt Hat Perch Hat w/ Bow, So Lucy in her Etsy shop MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL