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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.

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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

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

jergens

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!

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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

Vintage Inspired Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba Vintage Inspired Ralph Lauren

Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic

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

New Vintage E-shop Coming Soon!

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:

debutante clothing vintage e shop

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

Letting go

Letting-go

 

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.

love,

Sandra

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2014   5 Comments

Vintage Link Love

vintage secretary vintage links

 

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

Vintage Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – Style & Travel

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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

Thrifted Thursday – Mid Century Brass Desk Lamp

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!

mid century brass desk lamp

mid century brass desk lamp

mid century brass desk lamp

June 27, 2013   2 Comments