Category Archives: vintage fashion

ROCKING THE VOTE – The Retro Way

It’s November 4, 2008, and all I can say is…I thought this day would NEVER get here! I’m so anxious for the votes to be tallied to see who the next president will be that I can’t even bear the thought of turning on the TV and suffering through endless hours of projections. I just want to know and get on with it!

So, to pass some time, I set off to find some patriotic vintage wearables that celebrate the red, white and blue in a most patriotic way, while also fitting into darn near anyone’s budget. Here’s what I came up with:

Go visit HeidiJo1 at etsy for a fab patriotic retro belt – only $8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear your patriotism short and sassy in this vintage dress from whatcirca @ etsy – priced at $22

How about this awesome retro GOP pin from Daschiefriend @ etsy – a mere $8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show the patriotic flower power with this pin from VintageReRun @ etsy – $8

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Magnolia Pearl on My Back!

Okay, I went insane a month or so ago and went on a little shopping binge at Magnolia Pearl. I almost escaped without a purchase, but the bohemian hipstress gods wouldn’t let me leave without a purchase. So, I am now the proud owner of a most fabulous and luxurious Magnolia Pearl Backpack. It is absolutely stunning and very ornate and everything you would expect from Ms. Brown. $830 later, it was at my doorstep in a matter of days. The only flaw is that the snap at the top of the backpack doesn’t stay closed when you carry it around. Robin…if you see this, what can I do to make it better?

My new lovely is still pictured on the MP web site, so I’ve linked to it because it’s gorgeous and I love it! I have another Magnolia Pearl purse that I bought a couple of years ago when she was just getting started and I love that one too! This one is far more elaborate, but they are both wonderful!

Yes, I worship at the alter of Magnolia Pearl and hope to one day visit her fabulous place in Bandera!

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.

What’s Behind Door No. 4?

Perhaps the name is a spin on the oh-so-trendy “Let’s Make a Deal” game show that graced the small screen back in the ’70s, but I have to tell you Door Number 4 is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. Being that I’m on a serious Peacock kick, I found the most amazing 60s seed bead covered oversized peacock purse ever at Door No. 4 and it sealed the deal. I’m keeping an eye on this shop. No I won’t be giving up my precious bag anytime soon (see pic below), but I will say that there are lots of mod and retro trendy goods to be had behind those doors.

My latest aquisition:

As of today, some of the super cool retro chic things you’ll find behind the Door include:

Super chic ’80s butterfly sweater: $68

A pair of matching “Go Go Madness” sunglasses: $30

Or how about an Aquarium around your neck for inspiration? $46

It’s Hip to be Hipster

I got the greatest email from Stacey at Hipsterville, an extension of FashionFollower.com. Love their site and you will too! Here’s Stacey’s note verbatim, below:

OMG, loving Vinty! Just wanted to let you know about our little online shop.

Hipsterville is the one-stop destination for smashing vintage gear with a rock-n-pop edge.  Inspired by the musical icons of the past, we only stock our shop with pieces that are colorful & quirky and always with a nod to current fashion trends.

I know what you’re thinking.  ANOTHER eBay vintage shop?  Everyone and their brother’s-girlfriend’s-sister’s-best friend has an eBay vintage shop these days.  But face it, you just can’t get enough and we think that you’ll dig our point-of-view, which is all about dancing to the beat of a different drummer.   

Hipsterville is an extension of the FashionFollower.com web magazine where music & fashion were always our passion and our vintage selection reflects this.  Every piece in the shop is named after a song and many of them have been modified to fit the shape of modern girlie style so you never look like you’re wearing a costume, just a fab little frock that will totally turn heads. 

We also craft customized pieces with darling little embroidery & appliqués using recycled fabrics under our label 28 Crash! (loads of owls, and birds, and horses…OH MY!)   Stop by your local Urban Outfitters and you may find our stuff on their Urban Renewal rack.  Or you can just go to our online shop! 

So make sure to check us out, be prepared to SMILE!  And if you want to swap plugs and links, make sure to contact us so we can spread the word about YOU as well.

Rock on with your bad self!

Stacey

Editor-in-Chief/ Creative Director Extraordinaire

Super Mod Chick Garnish

Everything mod is fun again and Canadian artist Colleen Baran has designed some of the most fascinating  mod jewelry around. I’m a recent proud owner of the ring below–and while it took a while to finally arrive– it was well worth the wait. Colleen is attracting all types of attention–being featured in jewelry books and magazine articles, but she is modest about these achievements.

My super cool ring from the Bubble Lace Series ($129)  is below:

Check out some of her many different jewelry designs at her etsy shop. She works with multiple materials like silver and she recently unveiled a line of felted jewelry.

Bubble Lace Hoop Earrings $169

Floating Saucer Ring $54

Framework Series Ring $64

Crochet Makes a Comeback!

Who doesn’t remember visiting grandma’s house and finding all kinds of crochet goodies strategically placed around the house? I certainly do!!! You may flashback and think, that stuff was hideous! But crochet is making a comeback, and this time, it’s cool, artsy and dare I say…hip! Check out some of the crochet wonders I found recently that are both vintage and vintage inspired and get hooked up!

Haute Hooked Designs is one of my favorite new finds! Super cute vintage inspired capelets, scarves, and lariats. Check out the HauteHookedDesigns store on Etsy, and a peek at my most fav creations from this designer:

Ice Queen $48

Soho Scarf in SubLime $40

LoveDoveVintage

Vintage Handmade Cape/Poncho $22.99

Ezra’s Cousin

 Vintage style capelet $40

Lovely Things

Burgundy Cape $72