Happy 2015!

debutante clothing vintage

I have to be honest. I’m so glad 2014 is done. It wasn’t the best of years for me creatively or personally. That’s what’s great about a new year. As soon as it strikes 12, you can start over. Like starting with an A at the semester in school. And of course resolutions are mandatory. But I have decided that I only have three for Debutante Clothing this year:

1. List a ton more vintage treasures (because I was hoarding last year)

2. Start creating my own vintage inspired T shirts (which I already started)

3. Talk you more (which I sucked at last year and I apologize)

Easy. It think it’s manageable. And they say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Cheers to day 1!

This is what I did for NYE. I'm wearing 1950s copper lurex dress. Glam punk!

This is what I did for NYE. I’m wearing 1950s copper lurex dress. Glam punk!

What are your goals for this year – vintage or otherwise?

January 6, 2015   No Comments

Vintage Home Decor & Accessories at Chairish.com

Debutante Clothing Collection | Chairish

If you have an obsession with vintage jewelry and accessories, chances are your home is accessorized in vintage too. One King Lane was one of the first home decor marketplaces to carry vintage jewelry and accessories. Chairish.com is the newest online marketplace that offers all vintage home decor, lighting, furniture and vintage jewelry and accessories.

The site is really beautiful and easy to navigate. The selection very well curated, with each piece being approved by specialized curators. Prices are reasonable for the caliber of the selection. Designer labels are mixed with unique and collectible pieces. Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Monet – you name it.

I am completely addicted to Chairish now. Not only do I get my vintage accessories fix, but now I can drool over the furniture and decor as well.

And I’m super excited to be part of the curated collection. Debutante Clothing has a few pieces for sale, with many more coming. Check out my selections!



Let me know how you like the site in the comments below!

December 10, 2014   1 Comment

Link Love

Jayne Mansfield

I hope you are had a great week. My week was made sweeter by these links all about vintage! Enjoy!

History of Blond Bombshells

Best Vintage Shopping Apps

100 Years of Hairstyles in Under 1 minute

Leslie Hindman Vintage Fashion Auction Catalog

This guy sells killer mid century modern furniture out of his pop up shop home!

image: Getty/via thefashionspot.com


December 5, 2014   No Comments

Vintage Links


Expert vintage hunters share their fave finds and business tips

Vintage beauty tutorials

Nasty Gal is selling a collection of vintage Chanel

Eight awesome vintage jewelry dealers on Etsy

Surprisingly non-typical opinions of men on women’s style



November 14, 2014   No Comments

Vintage Inspired Layers

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?

Femme Punk Layers

Lace shirt

High heel boots

Green purse

Wedding jewelry

Chain necklace

Beanie hat

November 14, 2014   No Comments

How to Find a Dry Cleaner For Your Vintage Clothing

how to dry clean vintage clothing

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Vintage Loves

Old Fashioneds

Old Fashioneds at Seven Grand, Downtown Los Angeles

5 Places to Buy Vintage Furniture

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

High Fashion Vintage Paper Dolls

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.

vintage Paper dolls by Dover publishing

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.

Chanel Fashion Review Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney, Dover Publishing

vintage Paper dolls by Dover publishing. Greta Garbo, Golden Age of Hollywood

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   4 Comments

What I Am Loving


pink roses

from my garden

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

What I Am Loving


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!

mom1960s momnow

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!

3. Planks

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