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November 14, 2014 No Comments
The weather is cooling down here in California – finally! I can’t wait to wear my comfy sweaters and coats. I teamed up with ModCloth to create a Polyvore style board of some of my favorite layering pieces for fall! I am completely in love with all these pieces. The plaid coat is so Vivienne Westwood meets Gwen Stefani!
What are you going to be wearing this Fall?
November 14, 2014 No Comments
Trusting your vintage dresses or vintage fur coats to a dry cleaner causes as much anxiety as finding a baby sitter. In my book. Who do you trust with your precious vintage? Do they know how be careful around that metal zipper or how to handle delicate chiffon? And those beads and rhinestone buttons and sequins? Daunting.
I found my dry cleaner locally. I am happy with them 99% if the time. Sometimes I expect miracles and that just can’t happen. I went through several dry cleaners before I found my current one. It’s like finding a hair stylist or colorist – you ask your friends who you know have had good results or you go with trial and error. But finding a cleaning fairy doesn’t have to be so stressful. Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Call and ask some telling questions: Do you know how to clean vintage clothing? Do you have experience with older fabrics? Do you clean in house or send out? If they answer with “What do you mean?”, “like from the 70s?”, or “We send it out to be cleaned” – NEXT!
- Get something less valuable dry cleaned to test them out – if they totally botch it up, at least you didn’t lose something priceless or rare.
- Find out what their policy is – hopefully the cleaner is up front about whether or not they can get that stain out or if they are willing to clean your silk dress. If they give you a confident “SURE we can clean that!” and it comes back in shreds, do they hit you with a “We are NOT responsible…” clause? Find out first.
- Stick with the good ones – if you do find a good dry cleaner, stick with them. Bring them all your business, not just your vintage. Leave a positive review on Yelp! or Four Square or Facebook. And let them know you did so ! Good dry cleaners are hard to find. They may even start giving you a bulk discount like mine!
If you happen to live in the Inland Empire/Pomona Valley in California, please check out my dry cleaner Rocky’s in Claremont, CA. They’re the best!
photo credit: drawingthecircle.com
November 7, 2014 2 Comments
Looking for vintage treasures in LA? Here are the best Flea Markets in Los Angeles.
I don’t mind looking costumey as long as I look like a pin up! But if you are more low key, here’s how you can make vintage clothing feel more modern.
Gorgeous interior, hot bartenders and stiff whiskey drinks at Seven Grand. Probably my best date ever!
August 1, 2014 No Comments
When I was a kid, I loved playing with dolls – Barbie, Cabbage Patch Kids, you name it. One Christmas I received a strange gift – a flat doll made of paper. My eight year old brain thought it was a coloring book until I saw the little tabs on the paper clothing.
So when Dover Publications asked me if i would be interested in reviewing their Vintage Fashion paper doll collection, I squealed! Because while the 8 year old in me would have been happy with a Barbie knock off paper doll, the designer crazy grown up in me wants to play with some Chanel and Dior. The level of artistry of these paper dolls and their glamorous flat outfits are truly stunning. They are more like fashion plates than paper dolls.
And the details! Greta Garbo’s gown is covered in copper glitter.
I can’t wait to order more paper doll books for my nieces (and by nieces I mean myself). Hopefully I can influence them to love the beauty of classic fashion as an art form. Because these paper dolls are truly works of art!
If you would like to order some collectible fashion paper dolls of your own, you can get an exclusive Debutante Clothing discount of 25% off on your order! This discount is good until August 16, 2014. Or click on the ad in the right hand column.
July 29, 2014 2 Comments
Gala Darling was transformed into Elizabeth Taylor! Check out her video.
My friend Rebecca and I went to Viva Las Vegas #17 (a long hiatus for me) and we took a really cute picture with one of her customers who blogs at Like a Tree in the Desert. Rebecca own Desi Roo Clothing, a vintage clothing line using modern and vintage fabrics.
Janie Bryant talks about the costumes on the latest episode of Mad Men. Dirty hippies galore!
Buying vintage and couture as an investment
A lovely eclectic decor mix of her Victorian porch at Making it Lovely
May 9, 2014 No Comments
1. Jergens Face Cream
Just like vintage, when it comes to beauty the old stuff is always better than the new stuff. I rediscovered Jergens Face Cream, or as my Mexcian mom would call it, “la crema de las caritas”. Translation: the cream with the little faces. This stuff WORKS! I use it to remove all my makeup at night and my face is perfectly dewey and clean in the morning. My mom used it up until about 10 years ago and look at her now at 70!
2. Galadarling’s New Design
The lovely Gala Darling has a brand new look and I am so in love with it! It makes sense that I would because Nubbytwiglet designed it. Shauna is an amazing designer that listens to what you want and transforms your jumbled mess in your head and creates something gorgeous. I am so impressed. As a side note, Shauna designed DebutanteClothing.com as well!
I have been working out. Not like crazy, but I learned to embrace my thick legs and large bum. So why not make them the very best they can be? Enter planks. Planks are known for their belly flattening power, but they also strengthen your quads. And your arms! I am all about the multitasking. Oh my goodness do I love this super workout. I started off with just 30 seconds but have now worked up to 60 seconds, 3 times. Now I am going to try one legged planks. I lasted 10 seconds. Ha!
4. Mid Century Lighting
I am obsessed with vintage or vintage inspired pendant lighting right now. I have to replace the tacky 1970s ceiling fans in my house. I fell in love with this mid century style chandelier at West Elm and there are a few Mid Century styles at Lowes too! I am trying to stay away from the very typical Mid Century sputnik look, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!
April 11, 2014 No Comments
Oh I want to recreate this outfit that Jessica Alba wore to the Ralph Lauren show. I’m not quite sure if it IS Ralph Lauren. I have the patent bag, and a tight, cropped black sweater. Now I just need a romantic chiffon pink skirt. Probably shorter because I am waaaay curvier than Ms. Alba so I would look like a fancy piñata if I wore that length.
What do you think of this outfit?
March 28, 2014 3 Comments
I haven’t been posting on the blog lately because I have been working really hard (fun work) on the new e-shop for Debutante Clothing. Here’s a sneak pic of what it will look like:
I have moved the the Shopify platform. After checking with a few vintage colleagues on how they like it, I played around with it and LOVED it instantly. So easy to use and as a shopper, I think you will love it too. I was able to create a navigation bar that I think delivers everything you want and need. Shop by apparel type, shop by size, shop by era! Awesome right?
If you would like to know when I launch the ecommerce site, please make sure you sign up for the newsletter located on that right side over there. Click SUBSCRIBE. If you are already subscribed, don’t worry – you will know too.
Oh! And if you are local to the Pomona, CA area, you can always shop in person at my vintage showroom.
Thanks for your patience. I promise it will be worth it.
March 27, 2014 2 Comments
I was sorting through bins upon bins of vintage clothing I have collected over the years and realized I needed to let go of some of my treasures which I logically call inventory. Selling vintage is a very difficult process for those of us that see the beauty in items that others might not. We want to rescue it all – give it new life. We want to show it love and attention. We ignore the stains and rips and tell it it is beautiful in our eyes.
Sometimes I find a vintage garment or home good and I am conscious of its flaws. I know it will take some work to revive it or make it presentable. I know it’s probably best to pass it up. Just say no. But the potential! But it’s rare! But it’s almost perfect.
And as much mending, polishing, re-dying, re-painting as I put in, it is still going to be worth much less to everyone else than it is to me.
And my most valuable pieces? Yes, this is how hoarding starts my friends. They are too beautiful and too valuable to let go. It’s time to decide if I am a collector or dealer – a fine line always.
This is all a parallel of what my personal life has been for almost a year, which is why you haven’t heard from me. Letting go has been a painful process. It seems that as soon as you let go of one important thing in your life, it’s soon time to let go of another.
So I took some time off to let go of many things. And I realized that when I let go of personal human treasures from the past, it made me focus on letting go of the physical vintage treasures piling up and reviving the activities that make me happy like blogging and discussing vintage.
So I’m back.
The blog will be taking a new direction – not just focused on vintage clothing, but home and lifestyle as well. I hope you will revisit me and come along for the ride.
For now, I am letting go of the guilt of not blogging, letting go of a ton of vintage treasures, and letting go of any goals and expectations that aren’t a direct reflection of who I am and what I love. I hope you love it too.
February 13, 2014 5 Comments