Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Satan Day!!


Yes we celebrate Satan's birthday around here.
sigh...
Screw you evangelicals, leave Halloween alone and let the rest of us have our fun.

Vintage Halloween pictures maybe some of the creepiest things ever.




Have a fun Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vintage Links


Detail of Vera Scarf


*Vintage Fashion Guild's "Fresh Vintage" where "VFG trade members will be posting a few of their newest listings."

* Atomic Tuesday over at The Girl Can't Help It.

* Fashion Bulletin Board over at Kickshaw Productions

* Fuzzy Lizzie has a couple of interesting posts one on Vera Neumann and the other on intarsia knit sweaters.


* Smart interview with Holly of Past Perfect Vintage is up at blog catalog, nice and concise tips on buying vintage clothing.

* Another post on the Vintage Fashion Guild is this week's Fashion Parade; Back-To-Black.

New Arrivals at Sew-Retro Vintage Patterns

Just a few of the new vintage patterns available at Sew-Retro Vintage Patterns.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hey, yes that is an advertiser!!!




Jesus, I think I forgot to welcome Tina, What-I-Found Sewing Patterns, as my first real advertiser.
Seriously, she's the bomb and I am not just saying that because she paid me.
"I travel all over the country finding great sewing patterns, both old and new for all ages, sizes and eras. I think vintage sewing patterns are art, I think they are history, I think vintage and new sewing patterns are practical."

Great patterns, great prices and she is pretty darn nice too.
Now go by and take a few patterns off her hands.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nikki Heat

I love Firefly.
I love Nathen Fillion which means I find Castle* a nice little show.
I love mysteries, which means every time the show is on I tell my husband "I wish Castle was a real series of mystery novels."

But look.
Not books about Castle and Beckett, she of the

oh
so
many
awesome
coats*,
but Heat Wave the Nikki Heat novel Castle has written with Beckett as his muse.
AARRRGGGGHHH
Can NOT believe I missed this.
And now I am broke and the new Dresden Files is coming out and I.Must.Own.Both.

Wonder just who is the author writing under the nom de plume of Richard Castle.

*If you watch the show, you will know what I mean. My theory on the coats is that she buy very basic clothes, shoes and has a no nonsense purse, but what she splurges on is awesome jackets and coats.
**You also know this means that if I had a Kindle already I could have downloaded a copy and would be reading it right now.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cheif

Here he is under my desk.
Kitty Paws!



Off to watch Dollhouse and drink a very tall Kahlua and Cream.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Christmas is Coming

My list for Christmas was going to be quite easy.
A flat screen monitor and a Dell Mini.
I had decided the Mini would be perfect for me to surf the internet on the sofa and download e-books to read.
I've flirted with the idea of a Kindle, but I'm just.not.sure.

Now all I want is the Nook from Barnes and Noble.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Think Pink


Think Pink in October.
10% of the proceeds from each pink (or with a touch of pink)
will be donated to the Susan G. Koman Foundation for The Cure
in honor of Mary Catherine Lamb.


Pink 50's Nightgown Bust 44

Pink and Silver Vintage 50's Prom Dress



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What I'm Reading


Every night before I go to bed I take my Ambien and read for about 45 minutes.
While the pills help me stay asleep it still takes a some time for me to get sleepy so I'd rather read until I pass out then stare at a dark room.

I don't do "chick lit" or political books, it is mostly mysteries and a bit of supernatural stuff.

I am working my way though the Kurt Wallender books by Henning Mankill a Swedish author. Wallender is tenacious, brooding and a bit of a mess.
The novels are really quite good though at times the dialogue can seem stilted, but I wonder if that is more of a problem with translating them into English then Mankill's writing.
Still they keep my attention and in my head Wallender looks like Kenneth Branagh, so that's a plus.
One Step Behind and Firewall are in my pile now.

Let's see, I also got a copy of Hands of Flame which is book 3 of The Negotiator series from Paperspine today. I'm kinda "meh" about the heroine, Margrit Knight and her on again off again Gargoyle boyfriend, but the mythos of the "Old Races" along with a hot dragon dude and interesting vampire (even if the author fucks with vampire lore and that always annoys me) have kept me reading.

And just because:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Look At That Cadillac


Swanky.
Another picture from the estate sale last week.
The notation reads;

THE LE MANS — Cadillac's most exclusive experimental creation highlights the General Motors Motorama of 1953. Named for famous Le Mans — scene of the world-famed road race — this plastic fiberglass car powered by a 250 h.p, engine. Racy sports styling is combined with rare elegance — featuring specially embossed seat leather and jeweler engraved hood emblem, wheel discs and instrument panel surfaces. This single seat car is 5 1/2 lower than the standard Cadillac convertible, The Le Mans, according to Don E. Ahrens, Vice President of General Motors and General Manager of Cadillac Car Division, is regarded as the most advanced interpretation of American luxury-sports car styling.

The models outfit looks very Clare Mcardle-ish. A lot of designers would lend their designs and names to advertisements for luxury cars.

Bonus!
Look at That Cadillac from the Stray Cats, Live at the Savoy in 1983.
God we were all so young....

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Dior Noir and Vintage Couture

Wenda Parkinson in Christian Dior’s 1949 hussar-style velvet-and-wool tailleur and black-fox muff, in Paris


John Galliano showed his newest collection for Dior this week.
Very Dior, Very Noir, Very Lauren Bacall:
"Galliano said he found the cinematic cue while thinking about Lauren Bacall. "She was a great Dior client; there are amazing photos of her in the salon with Bogart. It was that and Arletty in Hôtel du Nord," he said. That central character—a provocative, smoldering femme fatale with a side-parted, over-one-eye hairdo and red lips—gave him free reign to script a wardrobe narrative. It started with abbreviated wartime trenchcoats, flipped through silver lamé dresses, arrived at a sequence in which the heroine is seen in her scanties, and then followed her out to make a drop-dead entrance in some nightclub or other."


I like very much.
Well, except for the tacky socks and I hope he has gotten the whole underwear as outerwear thing out of his system.

September's Vanity Fair had an interesting article that both fashionistas and vintage lovers will find interesting.
"With the house of Lacroix filing for bankruptcy, and Yves Saint Laurent gone, some fear that haute couture is finished. But Paris's fashion phoenix has survived world war, cultural revolution and economic meltdown, reshaped to fit the times. (that is a really poorly worded sentence, no?) Tracing its lineage- Worth, Poiret, Chanel, Dior and onward- Amy Fine Collins describes the current incarnation: spectacular shows accessible to millions on the Internet and a new global client base in the Middle East, India and China."


Which is true.
I just went to Style.com and saw a collection that I would have never seen before the advent of the Internet without traveling to Paris or London.
The article is an interesting read on the history of haute couture with a nice collection of vintage fashion photographs.

If you have time click though Vivienne Westwood's RTW, it is of course crazy awesome, but she really has some great tailored pieces too.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Vintage Lips

I got this pictures today at the sale.
I love vintage pictures of woman and have been collecting them for awhile.
I just thought she looked lovely.
Bare eyes with defined lips.
Hair waved to perfection.
And her dress looks like it was Divine.

But the look in her eyes is haunting.

Estate Sale Shoes


Too Cute!
Tomato Red Suede Dancin' Shoes.
40's or early 50's.
Rhythm Step Shoes

Pinup Cube is actually The Porn Cube™


This was a fun estate sale in a 1930's bungalow located in North Little Rock, AR.
Now I put that picture there so those of you who do not want to see naked women from the 70's can advert your eyes.
You have been warned.

I got some great vintage that I'll blog about latter, but first we need to get to what I referred to as the "pinup cube" but what is in reality a Porn Cube™.
Look y'all.


How creepy are those legs just floating in air.
Not sure what Elizabeth Taylor and Bobby Sherman have to do with porn, but maybe they like watching?
And yes, there is something just wrong about naked twins.
So, so wrong.
Yes, it was fabulous, no I did not buy the damn thing....but now I wished I had.
$4, all that awesomeness for $4.

So if you live in Little Rock y'all need to go to this sale that Roy Dudley is running and buy the Porn Cube™ .
Now.
Oh, and if you are a smaller dude there are hats and 60's tight swim trunks (I picked one pair up, they have a velveteen cheetah print, rawrah!meow) and some great 70's shirts.
Yes I did buy the blue dress with the polka dot cape.