Category Archives: 1950s

Clutch on to the Past and Hold on to Your Cash

I adore clutch purses. They are high on the desirability scale and are the perfect compliment to any wardrobe. And seriously, who can ever  have enough purses?  Inexpensive and funky are two qualities that I look for on a regular basis.  Check out these adorable vintage clutches that can you be yours for less than $5.00 each!

Madonna Gold from Circa2009 – only $2.00 (yes, you read it right)

 

Brocade by Garay from rachelpink27 – only $3.25


 

Red, Red Wine from retroheart – Only $4.00

Wicked Wicker from TriciaRenee – $4.50

 

White Wonder from helenshassack – Only $4.99

 

Saddle Up from bassamundovintage – Only $4.99

 

Lovin the Little [VINTAGE] Black Dress

Super cool that LoveDove Vintage (my etsy shop) was featured on the “Daily Swank” at Vintage Indie today.

Lovin’ on the little black dress, they picked out some super cute and oh-so-vintage party dresses that are perfect for the season.

See the article at Vintage Indie.

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Vegas on my mind

I’ve been off in Vegas amid the glittering lights and gulches of sin. Now that the clanging of the slot machines has subsided in my head, and the smoke from my mind has cleared, I’m ready to present an homage to the Vegas that once was. Where has the Rat Pack gone? Bugsy Segal and the tempting harlots that adorned his arms? Swanky 50s dining amid lots of glittering jewels and perfectly coiffed hair?  Bring back Dean-o and the boys, the crooners, the gangsters and the glamour (and the goofy skits).

1950’s Homemaking tips — a crash course

The 1950’s really were the era of June and Ward Cleaver! Check out this excerpt from a 1950’s Home Economics textbook, compiled by Ms. Leslie Blankenship, that clearly defines the role of homemaker and wife…as if!

Have dinner ready: Plan ahead even the night before to have a delicious meal on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-wary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

Clear away the clutter: Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.

Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

Minimize all noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quite. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him. Some don’ts: Don’t greet him with problems or complaints. Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.

Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax-unwind.

Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

Jeannie C. Riley – HARPER VALLEY PTA

Naughty but nice

Naughty Lulu has some of the cutest handmade vintage style wares ever that are currently on my most favorite of sites–Etsy.  Some of her items that I truly love and think are just adorable are the knitted corsets (check them out below). For a mere $22, you can add them to your wardrobe–I think they would be really cute worn over a skinny t-shirt and jeans. But use your imagination. She also has some burlesque hats ($20) that are fab, too!

Aqua Corset with Black Vinyl

Black Pinstripe Bustier

Add the hat for the entire look:

Burlesque Top Hat

Brown Burlesque Top Hat

A time for zombies

Jessie, a good friend of mine who lives in San Francisco (the hub of all things cool) recently enlightened me to the coolness factor of zombies–and zombie movies and paraphenalia. Naturally, this set me on the course to find cool zombie crafted wares that had a vintage flare, and were just plain cool. Here’s what I uncovered:

Zombie wallet — (how many of your exes are listed on this little gem?) Created by Tinymeat, it’s a cool $14.

Zombie Attack belt buckle — Wear this with pride and scare your friends! Created by underthebigtop, it’s a brainy $20.

This one is a bit whack–Voodoo Toe Necklace. An unique spin on morbid, created by TorsoCorsoDesigns, you can have five more toes for a mere $56.

 

Zombie Hand Hair Barrettes — Creepy? Yes! Created by BulletsandBrains, you can put a whole new spin on accessorizing for a boney $5.99.

I Scream Tote – does it get any better than ice cream eating screaming zombies? Check out this great tote from ViciousEdge, priced at $40.

Zombie Heads on Fire — Scare your boss and coworkers with this zombie tie! Created by MixedSpecies, it can adorn your neck for $29.

All eyes on the ears!

One of my favorite jewelry designers Wendy of Bendywho, puts together lovely creations that are very organic and oh-so unique! I’m completely in love with her jewelry and would buy them all up if I could. I am the proud owner of two of her fabulous 50’s inspired chunky charm bracelets and recently paraded them around Vegas for plenty of compliments!

Now Wendy has some awesome new earrings that have caught my eye, which are crafted out of vintage and newer baubles. Check them out and visit her shop to get your own Bendywho creation!

Warrior Rose Assymetric Earrings

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Rosebud Copper Earrings

Old Venetian Style Assymetric Earrings