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 No 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
Because I love to curate vintage news too…
The history of the Birkin bag – DoYouRemember.com give a history lesson on the most iconic luxury bag, the Hermes Birkin
The Department Store Museum is a great resource for learning about the history of department stores
$15 Flea Market Find to Fetch $300,000 – A rare Alexander Calder necklace from the 30s was found at a flea market and going to auction
Fashion journalist and owner of the vintage clothing shop Lovely’s Vintage Emporium shares her vintage shopping tips with Marie Claire UK (P.S. Lynnette Peck Bateman is also featured in my social media for vintage dealers guide)
A great feature and interview with Katie Thomas of vintage lingerie shop What Katie Did
image source: Exhile or Exhibit
August 16, 2013 No Comments
I’ve always said that I wish we could dress for travel. They way people used to dress before leggings and sweat pants were acceptable to board a plane. Well I’m not alone! A few weeks ago, I attended the opening of a new exhibition at the FIDM Museum. My friend Jessica Hastings of MyVintageVogue.com collaborated with Dave Temple, owner of Clever Vintage and the Helms Vintage Show, to create a super fun exhibit of travel styles and travel advertisements and fashion photography throughout the decades.
The exhibit is fabulous! Refined suits, practical and stylish luggage and wonderful images all depicting stylish and well traveled families jetsetting and road tripping.
The exhibition is still going on at the FIDM Museum. But hurry, it ends July 19. You’ll love it!
July 12, 2013 1 Comment
I love it when I am shopping for one thing, but I find something even better instead. I practically sprinted for this AMAZING mid century brass lamp last week. The brass color, the patina, the stylish bulbous head, the sexy curves. Oh it’s soooo good! And it works! The only thing is that it requires small round bulbs, like for chandeliers. So that’s a bit of an extra expense. But she is so worth it. She’s too pretty not to use. I have not rewired it. I don’t think I will either because the cord is in perfect condition and the base is covered in the hard plastic so I don’t think there is any damage. I love to shop at thrift stores for my home!
Do you rewire your vintage lamps? Leave me a comment!
June 27, 2013 2 Comments
I’m so excited to announce the launch of a new project – Vintagepreneur! Vintagepreneur.com is a platform for vintage and antiques dealers who really want to embrace social media, blogging and online marketing but are a bit overwhelmed. Owning a vintage business is overwhelming. Most dealers are too busy or overwhelmed to deal with social media and online marketing. But it’s sort of a catch 22 for most dealers – how will people find you and your merchandise if you aren’t putting yourself out there?
I’m a teacher by trade, so I have always tried to teach and coach my vintage colleagues about blogging and how to use these really cool internet tools to help them with business. So this new site came sort of organically. I teach so why not teach something I am passionate about – social media and vintage! I even adopted the title of Vintagepreneur. I think it describes me well! I am so excited about the possibilities for the platform. Mostly I wanted to create a space where I could share all the stuff I have learned, the mistakes I have made (and how to avoid them), and help people use social media to grow grow grow!
So if you are a vintage or antiques dealer, currently or aspiring, or know someone who is, please send them the link to Vintagepreneur.com. I’m really hoping, as vintage and antiques folks, we can learn from each other.
And I have a special launch gift. When you sign up for the mailing list, you get a free eguide! FREE! It’s my top three must use social media sites for your vintage business. I even give you examples of vintage dealers and influencers who are using the sites very effectively.
This is a scary, exciting, thrilling, feels right, announcement. Thank you for all your support and I look forward to seeing some of you vinties on the other site!
June 26, 2013 3 Comments