Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Still Out Of Commission! An Update

It's been exactly two weeks today since I fell, resulting in 8 stitches in my hand. I thought I'd be back to work by now but that is not the case. Last Friday, I had surgery on my hand to check for and fix possible nerve damage caused by the glass that cut through me. So now my right hand is wrapped up like a mummy in about 10lbs. of guaze, cotton, and a stint! As you can see from the photo above, I'm not able to do much of anything! I have been keeping it rested on my pillow there that I made from vintage 1950's fabric awhile back. Some of you may remember that post.
I have learned that I can type fairly well and fast with my left hand. After the Thanksgiving break I will attempt to return to my blogging schedule. I have really missed it. And with time to peruse the internet more than ever I have found some fun things to share. In the meantime, I have been very active on twitter and you can chat with me there @BobbinBombshell.
I have also marked down several items in my two Etsy shops. I won't be able to list new items for awhile so take advantage of this Holiday sale while I recover!
25% off ALL items in my retro-inspired handmade shop; The Sparkling Cocktail.
20% off my vintage collection (except sewing patterns) in my shop; Femme Fatale Vintage.
These sales last through January 3rd! Happy Holidays!!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Out Of Commission!

I've gone and busted my right hand! It is sewn together with 8 stitches so for a short while I will be out of commission. It's most frustrating because with my time off I can't catch up on my sewing and crochet. I was planning on filling you all in on some exciting new projects I have in the works but now it will have to wait! But don't worry I will return with more inspirational posts as soon as I can. In the meantime, I will rest and catch up on my reading.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vintage Finds of the Week: Tablecloths

A year ago I bought a lovely vintage tablecloth on Etsy. I love it so much and use it on a daily basis. I am constantly afraid to ruin it with some kind of horrible stain so now I am on the hunt for a back-up tablecloth or two! For this week's Etsy vintage finds I am showcasing some tablecloths that I love but don't quite match my kitchen colors. While I continue my search for the perfect one, I hope these will work for you!

Vintage Tablecloth Tropical Thistle Fabulous Jadite-$34.99-unclebunkstrunk

Most Adorable Butterfly Tablecloth and Napkins-$15.50- jenscloset

Funky Vintage Green and Blue Retro Print Tablecloth -$50-sweetgrassvintage

Eames Era MOD Fruit Vegetable Tablecloth-$34-randomretro

Monday, November 9, 2009

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Style Noir

I love film noir so when I discovered this editorial from the November issue of Italian Vogue I nearly died! Here is model Lara Stone photographed with every shade of hair color and bleached eyebrows by Paolo Roversi in "Style Noir".

Friday, November 6, 2009

Weekend Reading: Links a la Mode

links a la mode

Go Fashion Bloggers, Go!

Edited by Debutante Clothing

As more and more print magazines fold, bloggers seem to be growing in professionalism and media legitimacy. When bloggers such as Previously Owned and kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS can get the scoop on international designers, you know the fashion playing field is being leveled. If bloggers can host great giveaways like Retro Chick’s, I wonder why the FTC needs to play big brother. Fashion Pulse Daily wants to know if you even care. It seems we are becoming the pretty, little websites that could. Yay bloggers!

Links à la Mode : November 5th

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Basic Setting Patterns for Vintage Hairdos by Pete

Guest blogger, Pete from incurlers, is back with the second installment in a series about classic hairdressing and wet sets. If you haven't read the first article on Basic Wet Sets, please do before continuing.
The whole idea of a wet set is for the hair to retain some of the shape given to it by being wrapped around curlers as it drys. As you can imagine, the pattern of how you set the rollers does have an effect on the finished hairstyle, but not as much as you might think. The combing and teasing can significantly shape the final hairdo. The great thing about this is that even if you are new at wet sets, and you curlers aren't as neatly set as you might want them to be, you can still turn the result into a great hairstyle.
There are probably about four basic setting patterns. Perhaps the most common and easiest to do is the one shown below:

Set 'n Style 1976

Set 'n Style 1976

To set your hair this way, comb you hair from the forehead back, and then left and right towards each of your ears, leaving about a roller's width of hair going back from you forehead. Start with the roller at your forehead and add one after another going back till you run out if hair at your neck. Once done with that row, put an extra pik though each adjacent pair of rollers if you feel any are in danger of falling out.
Now do the left and right rows in a similar way, and then fill in the spaces in the back with rows if possible. Once dried, this is often used as the foundation for hairdos with a lot of volume on top,and/or a bit of flip on either side. Comb back and sideways for a style as shown. You can vary the set with different size rollers or the direction in which you roll them. If you want a very curly tousled look, try rolling smaller adjacent curlers in alternate directions.
The second most common is the halo pattern:

Set 'n Style, Winter, 1982 Set 'n Style, Winter, 1982

As you can see for the diagram, its called a halo because a row of curlers forms a halo around your face. The rows are wound towards the ears left and right from where you want the part in your hair to be. The back then filled in with neat rows. A setting like this often lends itself to itself to beautiful gently flowing waves combed left and tight from the part as shown in the photograph. Be sure to wind the curlers left and right form where you want the part, otherwise you will end up fighting the set when trying when combing out you hair.

The brick pattern is a slightly harder to do setting pattern:

American Hairdresser, July 1971

American Hairdresser, July 1971

This pattern is either for more solid styles, or curls all over. It is of course called a brick pattern because every row or rollers is often offset by half a roller length, so they resemble bricks in a wall (although in the example picture this is not the case). To set you hair like this, start with a neat ring of curlers around your face, then work back row by row. It gets harder to keep the rollers in the required pattern as you get towards the back. If you are lucky enough to have half length rollers (common in the 60s, rare today) you can use them to re-position your row of curlers. Otherwise , just make do – its less critical in the back anyway. Like the other settings, if some of your curlers are in danger of falling out place a pik though a few rollers to hold them in place. Comb upwards for a style like in the diagram.

And finally random rollers, the easiest to do:

Over 200 New Hair Setting Patterns 1969
Great for lots of “mussed up” waves or curls, pick smaller rollers for curls, and larger ones for waves, and set them in no particular order. Just make sure that all of you hair is in in curlers, and and try an keep most of the rollers the same size for best results. Easy to do, and great results!

Slight variations on each of the above can be done to emphasize certain styles, often by placing rollers in front in slightly different directions. An example is shown below:

Set 'n Style, Winter, 1982
Set 'n Style, Winter, 1982

Notice how the two angles rollers on the forehead adds just a bit of curl to the part in her hair and looks great!

The best source of more information about setting patterns and how they relate to hairstyles are vintage magazines. The ones to look out for are titles like “200 Setting patterns”, “Set 'n Style” and some issues of “Woman's Day” and similar household magazines. eBay is a good place to look if your interested, but be warned: sometimes people seem to go a little bidding crazy – you really shouldn't pay more than $15 or so for a vintage magazine. If you can get one of these vintage magazines that is devoted to setting patterns, you will have about the best piece of reference material you can find. And remember, don't hesitate to experiment: the great thing about a wet set is you can always wash it out if you don't like it.

Thanks Pete for another informative and inspirational article!! I myself can't wait to try the Halo Setting. I think it will work well with my long hair.
Dear readers, don't hesitate to send me pics of your settings and styles that you have learned here. I'd love to feature you!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween and Vintage Shopping in Phoenix

This past weekend my beau and I went to Phoenix for a wedding on Halloween! Of course I can't travel without doing a little vintage shopping. Here are a few photos from the trip plus a listing of some fantastic vintage stores I visited for you to check out if you find yourself in town. The photo above is of me overlooking the beautiful Arizona landscape. As an East Coast girl, I was continually amazed by the desert and hills and felt like I was on a different planet! On this day we drove from Phoenix to Sedona and stopped to take this pic along the way. I am wearing my favorite 1940's rayon day dress.
At the masquerade Halloween wedding reception, my sweetie and I dressed as Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth. I've always wanted to be a platinum blonde and wearing this wig satisfied my desire for the night. Yes, blondes have more fun.

My "Beth" manicure! I've never worn fake nails before! A highlight for me!

Shopping in Phoenix was a blast! I treated myself very well, especially at the wonderful Hollywood Regency! This store is gorgeous with amazing displays of vintage clothing, shoes, purses, furniture....oooh I was in heaven! Clockwise from top left: A view of the shop displays. Gal Friday and my new friend, Jenny, striking a pose with Lance. She handmade her wonderful Halloween outfit from vintage patterns. She also invited us to her Halloween party and introduced me to my other new friend Lolita Haze. The party was a lot of fun and I'm still amazed at how friendly Phoenix is! Miss Lolita has some pics from the party on her blog; Vintage Starlet, where they both look adorable! Back to the bottom right is a 50's lucite clutch I bought and to the left is a photo of me quickly taken in the fitting room wearing my new favorite 50's sundress. Not pictured, I also purchased two pairs of gloves and a killer pair of 1950's gunmetal leather pumps with rhinestones. These were a real steal as I am a size 10 and rarely find vintage shoes in my size. Thank you Jenny!

Another gorgeous store is Nostalgic Alley pictured above. I had a lot of fun here and bought the gorgeous straw bag pictured in the bottom right. Shop owner Veronica is adorable and has a fantastic collection!

Here's my mini Phoenix vintage shopping guide. If in town, rent a car. Phoenix is spread out and not as walkable as New York City like I am used to. Also, most shops are not open 7 days a week and close by 6pm or earlier so plan accordingly.
Hollywood Regency: 708 W. Montecito Avenue. 602-277-5765
Nostalgic Alley: 4532 N. 7th St. #102 623-241-7432
Retro Ranch: 4303 N. 7th Ave. 602-297-1971
(not pictured but I bought a beautiful 1950's cardigan with fur shawl collar there)
Mint: 201 E. Camelback 602-256-9620
(not pictured but they have a good selection of clothes and a huge selection of MOD furniture)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Retro Looks In The Modern World: the Chic and the Cars

I'm dying over this editorial from the October issue of Vogue Gioiello. It really speaks for itself!
By Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello.