Friday, July 30, 2010

Weekend Reading: Links a la Mode

links a la mode

Looking back, moving forward?

Edited by: Florrie Clarke of Intrinsically Florrie.

This week's links bound across time as we go from the first incarnations of the handbag, to both the glamour and reality of the mid-20th Century and the modern phenomenon of online shopping. And when, in all this, will women be happy with their bodies? Debenhams may now be using unretouched images alongside the photoshopped, but the Daily Mail and the UK's new equalities minister have decreed a new, and for a lot of us unattainable, body shape for us to aim for.

Links à la Mode: July 29th

    Thursday, July 29, 2010

    And The Winner Is....

    Whoo hooo! It's time to announce the winners of my Foster Grant sunglasses give away! To enter one had to choose which pair of Foster Grants they wanted. Entries were divided into two lists, one for each pair. Using I had a number randomly generated for each list.
    Drum Roll please.....

    The winner of the Reinvent pair is...


    The winner of the Guy pair is.....

    Sanna S. !!!!!

    Congratuations to the two winners and thank you to all that have entered! There will be more give-aways in the stay tuned!

    SaraGardens, I know how to contact you, so I will be in touch!
    Sanna S. please email me your contact info to femmefatalevintage at gmail dot com. Thank you!

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010

    Mid-Week Inspiration: Like a Virgin

    Some inspiration for Bridal Accessories for my Etsy shop, The Sparkling Cocktail, with an 80's twist.

    I want those boots!

    Model-Tiiu Kuik
    Photographer- Michelle Ferrara
    Featured in Vogue Novias F/W 2010

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    Reminder! The Foster Grant Give Away Ends Tomorrow Night!

    Who's that behind those Foster Grants? It could be you!
    If you haven't already entered in my Foster Grant give away, what are you waiting for?
    Go to the original post to enter, this contest ends tomorrow night!

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Retro Looks In The Modern World: Louis Vuitton Fall 2010

    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 Fall 2010 ad campaign for Louis Vuitton features Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianove, and Karen Elson in pretty Classic Era style frocks with gloves and gorgeous handbags. I love this ad campaign!
    Photography by Steven Meisel.

    I also now want to wear a pretty curled pony tail!

    images from

    Friday, July 23, 2010

    Weekend Reading: Links a la Mode

    links a la mode

    More than a Fashion Blogger

    Edited by: Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista

    Whatever your thoughts are about fashion bloggers, this week's links a'la mode reads were quite evocative. Hardly does an article leave me questioning my own thoughts or ideals, especially when talking fashion. I may be moved to buy, but deeper? (sans any type of societal injustice) These bloggers brought more to the table, as Vogue Gone Rogue did with her declaration of the coexistence of feminism and fashion. Yet, I was proud to be an entrepreneur after glimpsing into the world of a bridal consultants leap into fashion design.In a world where a new fashion blog is born everyday and everyone is a critic. Confessions of a Fashion Editor interviews an outspoken blogger critic while Guacamole & Toast ponders if we should even care what others say. Whether you read because of the pretty pictures, fun reads, or fashion tips, know your authors are more than fashion bloggers.

    • 365 Fashion Rehab- The Cost/Quality Conundrum. Three tops in three different price ranges: How do you really know if the quality of a garment matches its price tag?

    • A La Modest- Thrifting Down the Mainstream: "With this new wave rave for vintage, even Goodwill is raising their prices because the more affluent kids are ransacking their racks for one-of-a-kind retro rompers and sixties sandals."

    • Bachmans Sparrow- Transform your basic tanks into beautiful, statement pieces with just a little lace. Check it out in my easy DIY tutorial!

    • Bobbins And Bombshells: Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants? Part fashion history part give away!

    • Confessions of a Fashion Editor- Nati Hell, of 'Fashion Bloggers Why?!' Answers Back

    • Cuffington- The Tale of the Tape- A chance encounter with an old handmade mix tape cover (crafted nine years ago from a page torn from an issue of W) takes me back to the very moment when I truly became interested in fashion, and what fashion was capable of.

    • Denim Debutante: Paula's Denim Dear John Letter

    • Eva Lu- Tame those Bangs! 3 ways to keep your hair looking pretty while cycling through the city.

    • Fashionizehaus- Style vs. Fashion: Tips on Developing the Fomer

    • French Leaving- Lovely Clusters of Beige: A collage of selected Etsy/Lovely Clusters picks of beige items.

    • Hello Beauty Blog- Bobbi gets a little rock 'n roll with her latest collection, Denim & Rose.

    • Independent Fashion Bloggers: When Words Attack Bloggers

    • Living Embellished- Unmask Italia: Learn of the wonders that lay in the Venetian Masks

    • Miss Jones and Me- Binary Opposition: Applying the device to my life and my wardrobe

    • Parker and Muse- Balancing my day job as a bridal consultant/photo editor with starting a fashion line: The economics of pursuing my passion.

    • Style it You- Condé Nast recently rejected Mario Epaya's proposal for Vogue Africa. Will fashion ever embrace diversity in beauty?

    • The Curvy Fashionista- Christian Siriano for Payless for Fall 2010: From Runway to Realway?

    • The Haute Hoosier- Supermodels are Dead: Introducing the Catwalk Queens You've Never Heard Of- A round up of some of today's hottest catwalk queens.

    • The Vintages Contemplations on caring about public opinion and considering the potential success of the typical blog - one with a blogger who is not particularly glamorous, rich, or thrifty, only average, as most of us are.

    • Guacamole & Toast When the day is going bad just hop on your bike and ride out into the sunset. Your worry's will melt away as the sun sets! Let the wind blow all the cares away! And do it in style of course!

    • Vogue gone Rogue- A closer take on feminism and fashion.

    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants? It Could Be You!

    Just a reminder! If you haven't entered my Foster Grant Sunglasses Give-Away you better get to it!! Go to the original post to enter. The give away ends Wednesday July 28th at Midnight (EST).

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    My Vintage Vanity: 1940's Dress

    *A peek into my permanent vintage collection!*

    One of my favorite dresses! This one is a 1940's floral printed rayon dress in teal, pink, white and black. Hard to see here but it has a gathered peplum at the waist. I bought it in Chicago at Very Best Vintage, a shop my wallet is grateful to be many many miles away! I am wearing the dress with my vintage smokey grey straw purse I bought in St. Louis, nude hose with black back seam, and Faryl Robin shoes I scored at DSW.

    Monday, July 19, 2010

    Retro Looks In The Modern World: Gaultier Couture 2010

    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.
    Gaultier's Couture runway shown in Paris a few weeks ago was heavily influenced by the 1940's. Strong shoulders, femme fatales, and sculptured hats ruled.


    Dita again in the finale showstopper!

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    Weekend Reading: Links a la Mode

    Couture Today: An Exploration

    Edited by: Ann Colville Somma of Holier than Now

    Couture: clothes painstakingly custom-made from the finest materials; alternatively, something Juicy - or even Filthy. It's hard not to chafe at the degradation of the term, which is technically reserved for members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (houses that create made-to-order pieces for private clients, amongst other criteria). Looking at creations recently sent down the runways, it's sad to think artisanal techniques like hand beading may not survive in a world of rhinestoned terry sweatsuits.

    But in fact, the handmade movement is ever gaining steam with the support of many bloggers. "Couture" may be associated with impossibly high prices, but in your own hands it's an affordable way to obtain one-of-a-kind style. This week, review Couture Week round ups from The Well-Appointed Catwalk, La Chanelfile and more - then become your own private client, with tips from Fashion Butter, The Fashion Planner, and Twitch Vintage.

    Links à la Mode: July 15th

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Fashionable History: Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants? Give Away!!

    If you read my earlier Fashionable History post on sunglasses you already know that Foster Grant is one of the oldest brands of mass produced sunglasses in America. Still in business they are still making very affordable shades for under $30!! Not only are they affordable but they are also extremely sturdy, fashionable, and well made. I should know, Foster Grant sent me a few pairs to test drive and I am amazed at how fabulous they actually are. Good news for you, in this post I am going to be giving away a pair to TWO winners! But first some more fashionable history...
    Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants? That is the question the company has been asking for decades now. The answer has included several starlets, actors, directors, and models. I thought it would be fun to share some of those ads. Raquel Welch, who is still involved with promoting Foster Grant is pictured above. Check out her tattoo!
    The glamorous Carroll Baker.

    Elke Sommer. Umm how cute are those white ones?

    And Cindy Crawford.
    Now it's your turn to be the one that's behind THESE Foster Grants! If you are feeling creative you can also enter in the Foster Grant Facebook video contest showing yourself behind your Foster Grants with your prize from this give-away! The prize from that contest is a big trip for two! So break out that video camera!
    Here's how to enter my give away:
    *For one entry leave a comment on this post stating which pair of Foster Grants you would like. Either the classic aviator "Guy" or the classic "Reinvent".
    All entries will be divided into two groups and one winner will be chosen from each. The winner will receive the glasses they chose, so don't put "either one" or " I like them both" as your entry. You must decide!
    *For a second entry tweet a link to this post on Twitter and put a link to your tweet in a new post below. Your second entry will be put in the original sunglass group you chose. That gives you two chances to win the pair you want! It would also be sweet if you followed me on twitter @BobbinBombshell and Foster Grant @FosterGrant1929.


    *This contest will close on Wednesday July 28th at midnight NYC time. The winner will be announced on Thursday July 29th. Be sure to check back in to see if you won so you can contact me with your mailing info!
    Good Luck!

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Mid-Week Inspiration: Wendy Bevan's Butterflies

    Photogprapher Wendy Bevan does it again! I love the dreamy quality of her photos and I love the tulle dresses and the butterflies.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    On My Wishlist: Chie Mahara

    I lust after Chie Mahara's shoes season after season. I don't own a pair yet. This has got to change!

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    Retro Looks In The Modern World: Aime Le Cinema

    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.

    Lily Cole looks amazing in this editorial called " Aime Le Cinema" featured in Elle France (May 2010). Photographer Kayt Jones has exquisitely captured a true film noir cinematic quality here and the clothes and hair styles are to die for!

    image via

    Friday, July 9, 2010

    Weekend Reading: Links a la Mode

    links a la mode

    Questions, questions

    Edited by: Jennine Jacob, IFB

    They say the only dumb question is one you don't ask, and these days the questions keep coming and the answers? Well, we try. In the fashion world... Lady Gaga, is she really doing it for the girls? What does working with Terry Richardson do for/against her cred? Should we question the ethnic headdress trend? Has fashion blogging become overloaded and narcissistic? What's the real price of our clothing? And more importantly what should we wear to a movie date!?! Oh man, the questions they keep coming. Luckily this week's roundup has some answers.

    Links à la Mode: July 8