Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fashionable History: Rainwear

April showers are here! How did one stay stylish on a rainy day in the past? 
Let's have a look:

I really enjoy this shot of a 1920's puddle jumper! There's not much keeping these ladies dry and the men, well, they aren't so helpful!

In the 1940's tailored trenches and capes are a wardrobe staple. In some old movies, they are worn even when it's not raining. Natural fabrics like crepe de chine, oiled silk, cotton gabardine and tweed are the mainstays. Rubber is introduced for rainwear in the 30's so that pops up too. I will take the "Scott" cape-coat, please!

Stylish ladies in the 1950's. I love the green with the hood!

 And let's not forget accessories! I am not stylish with the umbrella. Honestly, I will use what ever I can get my hands on. Living in New York City, we lose them and gain them so fast. I never know where my umbrellas even come from. But these are nice...and safe in traffic!

I succumbed to the modern rain boot trend last year. It has been worth it, as my shoes I adore are preserved. However, these galoshes are the real way to go!

What do you wear in the rain?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Pink Lady

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.

Soft pastels and vintage cars! Numéro Russia creates a retro moody editorial for it's April issue that suggests the early rains of Spring with a yearning for warmer days. 

Model: Cora Emmanuel 
Photographer: Francesco Carrozzini


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Shop News: The Ma Cherie Series

It's Bridal Season! Some of my best selling items in my Etsy shop, The Sparkling Cocktail, are my handmade bridal garters.  I have created garters in several different series that come in different colors. All of my garters are made up of a minimum of 5 parts; two kinds of laces, satin ribbon on the front and back and elastic in the casing. No stretch lace here! 

Today I'm featuring my series called Ma Cherie. The trim on this series is a pretty vintage lace bow in ivory with a pearl bead center. Hanging down are three ivory satin tassels. 
Here is a highlight of some of the colors available. All listings are for sets. Single tossers can also be requested.

Dark Emerald Velvet! Perfect for a winter wedding, should you be planning ahead!

Black and Ivory. With a rose pearl. I love this combination! 

Which one is your favorite? Other colors are available in my shop. Have a look here to see the current listings for this series!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mid-Week Inspiration: Jean Harlow Colorized

I stumbled upon this colorized image of Jean Harlow on Pinterest. It is stunning! I simply adore everything about it!

For more inspiration, any day of the week, follow me on Pinterest. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Projects: Miss Sailorette

Sometimes an unexpected trim can make a project change personality. Or at least lend itself to a new name. While in progress, these were simply called Red Lace Fingerless Gloves. Now I introduce to you Miss Sailorette!

While trim shopping last week, I fell in love with these anchor buttons and thought they would be perfect for these gloves. These gloves are lightweight enough for spring and really add some life and color after a grey and cold winter.

This is also a great pattern to learn or practice lace stitching. You could almost replace that stitch with any other to create your own version!

What do you think? What other colors would you like? 

For pattern and yarn information visit my Ravelry or Craftsy page. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Caprices

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.

The 70's does '40's is well represented in this fashion spread from Grazia France-September 2013. I love that mixture and this spread keeps it girly and spirited. 

Model: Ola Rudnicka
Photographer:Richard Bernardin

I now want my wallpaper to match my bedding!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Vintage Vanity: New Finds For My Dresser Top

I've recently purchased a few vintage pieces for my bedroom on Etsy. The first is a vintage mirror tray that was painted white to give it a cottage look. I have it displayed on my dresser top. I've wanted one for awhile, and always wished I had kept mine from childhood. I wasn't sure I wanted to stray away from the common brass edgings, but I'm thrilled with the white!
You can see a little bit of the white edging here. I love displaying my ring swan on it!

Perfumes and other girly items belong on a mirror tray. 

Here you can get a better look at how well the white trim goes with the decor. I found this mirror tray at Tarnished Hinge. 

This lovely lady, is my first head vase. A Napco in pretty yellow and gold! Isn't she pretty? 

She is housing my make-up brushes on my vanity. A perfect spot for her! I found her in the Etsy shop Reminisce47.

Have you made any good vintage purchases lately? Please share!