Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pixelated

By the time you've started reading this I will leaving for Europe: going to a wedding in a castle, Paris, and London. Shopping at vintage and thrift stores everywhere I go. Living the dream basically. There will be loads of pictures when I get back on September first. I'm extremely nervous/excited.
On to clothing... I thrifted this Zara dress a couple of weeks ago. I'm completely in love with it. It's a hundred percent silk, the lightest I've ever worn. Not that it has stopped me from sweating in this horrendous heat wave we've been having. The clogs are Lotta from Stockholm. You'll be seeing a lot of them here. I own very few pairs of shoes.
Anyway, wish me luck! See you on the flip side and all that.

(Pictures by Amelia.) 







Monday, August 11, 2014

Inspiration: Poirot

  Many vintage lovers seem to obsess over the looks of Miss Lemon, Poirot's personal secretary. Personally, I prefer the clothing worn by minor female characters, and the ensembles pulled together by the divine Ariadne Oliver. Miss Oliver is an absentminded mystery writer guided by intuition and is to Poirot a more intelligent Watson (or Hastings, Poirot's usual Watson-like sidekick). 

  If you are not watching it already, a) Poirot has been running off and on for 25! years, where have you been? b ) it is based on the books of Agatha Christie, a.k.a one of the best writers ever. So start immediately. The last two episodes ever are on the PBS website and you can find the other seasons on DVD. If I can't convince you, I hope my crappy caps will. 

Feast your eyes on the gorgeous 30s/40s costuming. 








Ariadne Oliver (above and below) 




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bound to pack it up

  These pictures were taken at the preschool by my house. The evening sun caused these photographs to be overexposed, but I kinda like it.
 I'm wearing a thrifted shirt and 90s skirt. My clogs are by Lotta from Stockholm.
 I originally bought Swedish Hasbeens and they were hideously uncomfortable. If you have wide or medium width feet I think Lottas are a much better bet. I'm sorry if this is a little dull, but when I was looking for clogs this would've been such useful info to know. I hope this post will help at least one person. 

Pictures by the lovely Amelia.





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sometimes

It is worth posting something just because you like your outfit in the pictures, even if the pictures themselves could be more flattering. 

Back story: Amelia and I had just gone to Pike Place Market. She had bought some raspberries as a snack and we were eating them. For some reason or another she took my picture.

My blouse is handmade using a pattern from the 1910s and lace from the early 1930s. My jumper is from the 90s. My purse, which I carry everywhere (because it is the perfect size and weight for me to pretend I'm not wearing a purse) is from a church sale. My army jacket is from the antique store in Pike Place.







Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Flapper girl

  My family and I always go to this event at the Paramound Theatre called Silent Movie Mondays. Considering I had just found a 1920s dress the day before, I couldn't resist a chance to wear it to this week's showing of the Charlie Chaplin film, "The Circus." It was the most crowded and enthusiastic Silent Movie Monday I've ever been to. I found the movie's ending to be sad because (spoiler alert!) the Tramp doesn't get the girl. We arrived early and ended up sitting towards the back. 

  Pre-show I persuaded my mother to take my picture using the theatre as a backdrop. I look pretty uncomfortable because people kept walking by as my picture was being taken. A passerby told me she liked my dress, which made my discomfort almost worth it. I'm positive that this dress is the best thing I own. Owning a twenties dress has been a dream of mine since I was twelve years old (when I first discovered vintage clothing). 

  After the movie we went for a walk through Capitol Hill and I photographed some of my favorite old buildings. 











Sunday, June 29, 2014

Beautiful things

There's nothing quite like a bouquet of flowers you picked by the freeway after seeing an intresting movie or a beaded 1920s dress, and over this past weekend I got both. I also found a curling iron from 1917 ("Functional?!" You may ask. Who knows!), a series of 1940s National Geographics, and a patch for my letter sweater. And today started with eating pancakes and finding out that I didn't have to work today after all.

Not that I'm bragging. Just trying to remind my pessimistic self that summer is a beautiful time. Because it is. 







Sunday, June 1, 2014

You made me love you

  These photographs were taken the Saturday before last, shortly after I found a 1940s dress in my favorite color at a garage sale. It was one dollar! I also bought the matching shoes (brown leather pumps) for another dollar because I'm a sap. They're way too small for me of course, even though the dress fits like a glove. I read up a little bit on my dress' designer, Dorothy O'Hara. She designed for the stars and started her line in the 1940s. I think it ended in the 60s. 
As I've said before, there are few benefits to living in the suburbs that almost make up for the fact that it is boring here. Very boring. 

Dress: 1940s, Fashion Forecast by Dorothy O'Hara
Sunglasses: 1960s, belong to my aunt
Shoes: Sofft, thrifted