Category Archives: 70’s fashion

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

 

Love Me Some Leopard

Leopard Love - $14.99

Leopard Love - $14.99

Okay, leopard print is the token pattern of the Rockabilly world (and of course, the Cheetah Girls), but you don’t have to identify with any particular crowd to throw a little animal into your wardrobe. 

For those who are feeling a little wild, check out these new leopard patterned vintage finds I just put in my etsy shop at www.lovedovevintage.etsy.com.

 

Rockabilly Repeat Coat - $18.99

Rockabilly Repeat Coat - $18.99

Wandering Through Grey Gardens

I’m not sure what rock I’ve been living under, but one of my friends in San Francisco recently turned me on to Grey Gardens — the documentary about Big Edith and Little Edith Bouvier Beale – bohemian recluses and relatives of former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onasis, who garnered the spotlight when it was revealed that they were living as recluses in a crumbling mansion.

I am totally obsessed with learning more about these mesmerizing women! They lived in squalor, their home was falling in on itself, and although the two women were living in prestigious East Hampton, their house was overrun with animals, insects and, once the documentary premiered, curious onlookers.

Little Edie Beale was a stunning woman in her youth, and in her eccentric middle age, she took to wearing head dresses and fashioning some of the most unusual outfits imaginable. Fashion designers have often drawn inspiration from Edie’s fashion forwardness.

Perhaps the most endearing aspect of the Beale ladies is the love/hate relationship between mother and daughter. Despite it all, these two women were totally devoted to and dependent on each other, and this dynamic was completely unwavering.

I haven’t actually seen Grey Gardens yet, I’m waiting on my copy to arrive from Amazon. I went on a buying spree about all things Grey Gardens, buying two DVDs and a book. The first to arrive was the follow on documentary created by the Maysles brothers who filmed the original “Grey Gardens.” This movie, titled “The Beales of Grey Gardens,” is comprised of footage that wasn’t used in the original, but nonetheless, absolutely fascinating. I can’t wait for my “Grey Gardens” DVD to arrive. Albert Maysles, one of the original documentarians, said in the opening of the “Beales of Grey Gardens” film that this resurrected footage brings these two ladies back to life. It most certainly does, and what a life they had!

You have to wonder after all these years (the original was filmed in 1976), what has become of the rambling dilapidated mansion known as Grey Gardens. I found a news clip on You Tube that returns to Grey Gardens on the 30th anniversary of the film’s debut.

Join the official fan site at www.greygardens.com.

Read a fascinating article by New York Magazine.

Little Edie’s Obituary: A fascinating read from The Guardian.

Reinvented & Reconstructed Spring Flings

By now it’s clear that I love vintage jewelry–but I also love the artistry behind reconstructing and reinventing new creations from vintage jewels. Here are my current favorites that I spotted recently. The best part? These are one of a kind treasures that you can get at the mall!

Pequitobun‘s mantra is “vintage reinvented” and they love to be creative–and it shows. Check out these vintage glam somewhat victorian grunge girl hippie chick creations.

Shakespeare in love ($99)

Punk rock princess ($129)

Save the last dance ($85)

The grant lily be my witness ($39)

Bendywho Makes Fantastic Flauntables!

Admittedly, when it comes to charm bracelets, my wallet has a tendency to fly open and my cash spontaneously disappears. But I always end up with some really cool jewels. Case in point. I went a little crazy shopping on etsy last night and found a new jewelry designer (Bendywho) who has some really amazing creations made with vintage and newer finds.  I bought the two bracelets (below) from her and will probably be standing by the mailbox until they are sitting on my wrists.

Bendywho also has some other creations that anyone who appreciates one-of-a-kind jewelry will undoubtedly love. Check them out below or click here to visit her store. The picks below are a sampling of some of the new creations she’s added — charm bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Simply gorgeous!!!

Cardinal Rules Charm bracelet ($115)

Romantic Love Earrings ($124)

Honeydew Asian Necklace ($135)

Leading a “Plastic” Charmed Life

I just spent the weekend in San Francisco, where I always find plenty of fashion inspiration! One example is my friend Jessie who is currently designing vintage and retro inspired plastic and lucite jewelry out of salvaged and new parts  crafted from vintage molds. While she is currently ramping up to offer her goods online, I was lucky enough to score one of the rings that she made…and quite a few compliments on my ring, too.

Jessie’s creativity piqued my curiosity, so I set out in search of other plastic costume jewelry that borders on kitschy creativity.

My first find was Gee Lizzie, who has some really cute vintage plastic charm bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and earrings that have cute little plastic trinkets that have your strolling down memory lane before you know it. The charming necklace below is only $14 — well worth a trip down memory lane.

These cute little scotty dog earrings are a find for $6.50 — at Gee Lizzie, too.

Or how about this adorable pendant from Gee Lizzie for $11.00.

Who can pass up these vintage plastic doll charms from AtomicVeggiecom that are straight out of the 1960s.  (Tell me your friends won’t be Jealous!)

Totally in love with this bracelet from SassyFrass, which is made from vintage plastic flowers and Swaroski crystals. A little pricier at $80, but truly one of a kind and perfect for the Spring!

Get “in the pink” with this pink and yellow plastic “bunny love” dangle necklace from angelovepink, priced at $55.

Salvage Inspiration Keeps it “Green”

Now here’s an online boutique that was “born out of a love for all things vintage, and a disgust for the disposable society we live in” — Salvage Life. Finding inspiration in all things vintage and retro, SalvageLife not only has fantastic vintage finds, they are also helping promote green living by discouraging wastefulness and promoting sustainable buying practices. It all sounds great…and it is! This shop is cute and below are some of my fav things they offer.

A totally girly “Sweet Army” trench coat ($58).

“Weighing the Odds” chunky gold vintage necklace ($12).

Super cute “black and white” organic print vintage tote ($32).