Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mid-Week Inspiration: Tweed

When ever thoughts of  an ideal Autumn or Winter wardrobe come to mind, as they do this time of year, I gravitate toward tweeds. I love the texture, flecks of color, and sturdy warmth it provides. I also love the classic styling that always looks chic.

Dita Von Teese in vintage Dior. 

Classic Chanel. 1950's. 

Menswear inspired. Biba. 1960's/70's. 

Sears. 1950's. Yes! To each of those pencil skirts!

What fabric are you drawn to time and time again? What is your go to Autumn wardrobe staple?

All images found on pinterest. Follow me for inspiration, any day of the week. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Retro Looks In The Modern World: My Generation

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

1960's looks are all over the September issues. Elle Canada is giving us Twiggy inspired beauty in this spread called My Generation

Photographer: Owen Bruce


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Style Icon: Sophia Loren

Sophia is a true bombshell, in the classic sense of the word. She's most known for her curves and those eyes but she also has sense of style that enhanced her god-given features. 

Born Sofia Scicolone in Italy in 1934, she started her career at the age of 14 when she entered a beauty pageant. She didn't win, but it did lead to acting lessons. She got bit parts here and there until the 1950's when she signed a 5 picture contract with Paramount that launched her international career. She then changed her name to Sophia Loren. 
She was the first woman to win a Best Actress Oscar in a foreign language film for the film Two Women in 1962. 

Here she is with Clark Gable in It Started in Naples (1959).

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." - Sophia Loren

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shop News: Vintage Lingerie Listings!

I've added more vintage lingerie listings to my Etsy shop The Sparkling Cocktail.  Here's a viewing of the new items. Lot's more in the shop!

Betty Blue. Floaty double layered nylon chiffon robe. Vintage 1950s Radcliff.  

Robin's egg blue. Crystal pleating and lace make this slip swoon worthy.  Vintage 1960's Vanity Fair. 

Pink Puffett. Stay cozy and cute while you read in bed. Vintage 1950's Barbizon bed jacket. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Chelsea Girl

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

60's inspired looks for Fall graces the pages of the September issue of Vogue Australia. I love this look (and hair!) and am looking forward to cooler days when I can pull on my knee high boots! 

Model: Amanda Wellsh
Photographer: Sebastian Kim


Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Projects: White Swiss Dot Peasant Blouse

You may remember my Peasant Blouse Series from last Summer. This Summer, I discovered some white Swiss dot in my fabric stash and decided to make one more peasant blouse. This is also an entry for the vintage pledge!

I used this vintage pattern. Butterick 9768. 

Here it is! Photos taken early morning at home before heading off to work. 
I paired it with an olive green pencil skirt that I also made at the beginning of the season. I made the skirt from a rub-off pattern of a favorite skirt of mine. Stay tuned for more information and a tutorial on that project! 

Accessories include a vintage turquoise necklace that was a gift from my husband and a leopard belt. The blouse is also quite sheer, even though you can't tell from the photos. I wore a pretty floral longline bra underneath, which made this outfit one of my favorites this Summer!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My View: Summer Summer!

I am back from a brief blogging break after a hectic but fun-filled Summer! The past few months have been filled with trips for work, family visits, and an unexpected move to a new apartment. I have worked on some sewing and knitting projects along the way and I will share them soon. In the meantime, here are some shots from my instagram feed from the past few months.

Visited some family in Boston and enjoyed some sweet treats at a street festival!

We moved to Bay Ridge! I am enjoying the proximity to New York Harbor and have taken my vintage Raleigh, or the Rusty Lady, out for several rides. 

I went to Newport, RI for work and tried to capture the beauty of the super moon on the beach.

The roof top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in NYC, offers wonderful views and wine!  I went to see the Charles James exhibit. I hope you saw it! 

I spent July 4th weekend in Montauk for work selling swimwear in our 1970's Land Yacht airstream. So much fun! 

I hope you all are enjoying your summer! To keep the "insta" in instagram follow me @bobbinbombshell.