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Vintage For Prom

By , 5 April, 2014, No Comment

All women want to look special and unique — especially when it comes to special occasions like prom. There’s no better way to achieve that special and unique look than with vintage.

You can look for a complete vintage formal look with vintage formal wear. This vintage Montgomery Ward formal dress with jacket appeals to me because it has plenty of that American Victorian Prairie that was so popular in the 1970s and early 1980s (typified by Gunne Sax).

1970's Light Blue Montgomery Ward Gunne Sax Style Formal Polyester Prom Dress

If you’ve found a prom dress you like, vintage or contemporary, a vintage bed jacket worn over it is a great way to make your prom ensemble unique. This one is very romantic with those large rose appliques — and it would be great over a vintage slip, for prom or any night out, really.

Vintage Van Raalte Myth Bed Jacket Pink With Pink Floral Rose Appliques

(More on vintage bed jackets here.)

Once you find the special dress, don’t forget to look for vintage jewelry!

A Flurry Of Vintage Wedding Posts

By , 4 January, 2014, No Comment

Just in from a dear friend’s wedding, and I am not tired — I am too wired to sleep!

There’s just something so magical about weddings. They are like snowflakes, with no two alike.

Speaking of snowflakes, how fabulous is this vintage white rhinestone choker necklace?! A trio of white lacy layers make this stunning piece of vintage costume jewelry perfect for a winter bride. (Or, if you see flowers more than snowflakes — or just have a summer wedding planned, it will work that way too!)

Anyway, while I have weddings on my mind (and try to make myself sleepy), I’m going to make a “flurry” of vintage wedding themed posts. *wink*

Snowflake-Floral Pattern Vintage Necklace For The Bride

Make A Mata Hari Headdress

By , 14 March, 2012, No Comment

Catherine, founder of Kiss Me Deadly lingerie, shows how to make a Mata Hari Headdress.

Mata Hari Headdress & Lingerie From Kiss Me Deadly

Mata Hari

This glamorous craft idea can be easily modified to make other styles, including one like Lana Turner wore in MGM’s Diane, a period piece made in 1956.

Pearl Headdress Lana Turner Wore In Diane

I found this lovely DIY project idea via this post at A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe; and the photo of Mata Hari is from Mata-Hari.com.

Who Doesn’t Love Rhinestones? Especially When On Sale!

By , 3 February, 2012, No Comment

Authentic vintage glamour with this rhinestone bracelet by Betsey Johnson. This pretty bracelet, part of Betsey’s Iconic Mesh Bows Collection, is now on sale — half price! Sale found via Shop It To Me.

Betsey Johnson Rhinestone & Chain Bracelet with Mesh Bows

Classic Maltese Cross Bangle On Sale

By , 14 December, 2011, No Comment

The Large Cross Hinge Bangle Bracelet by Betsey Johnson is a classic big black bangle bracelet with a big Maltese Cross — and it’s on sale for just $35.99. (Sale found via my Sale Mail Alert from Shop It To Me.)

Betsey Johnson Black Bangle Bracelet Wih Maltese Cross

White Diamonds

By , 7 December, 2011, No Comment

This post is inspired in part by those annoying commercials for brown “chocolate” diamonds (yuck!) and the passing of Liz Taylor. Too many people, in my real world, still only remember Liz from her White Diamonds perfume commercials. Yes, that means they recall the old Liz, the “fat” Liz, but they also are thinking of her in terms of the large more gaudy jewelry too.

White Diamonds Ad

When Liz launched White Diamonds, it was the end of 80s — and big hair still ruled. At least for the ruling class, the rich and mighty as shown on the small screen in shows like Dynasty. Big jewelry was required to balance out that hair and to show the opulence. But that is not the imagery I have in my mind of Liz…

Elegant Elizabeth Taylor

No, I recall the more elegant Elizabeth Taylor. One who’s jewelry was more refined, simple, and was in proportion not only to her hair, her wardrobe, her figure, but her person. She was the exquisite stone to be set off — not covered-up — by what she wore. It’s what we’d call a more classical look.

The Simple Elegance Of Liz Taylor

The great news about this is that with such demure proportions, nearly any fashionista, going for vintage glamour or not, can afford to have diamonds like Elizabeth Taylor.

Liz Taylor Wearing Chandelier Drop Earrings

White Gold Chandelier Drop Diamond Earrings

And you just know that with all of Liz’s glamour, she’s wearing sweet little diamond drop earrings or diamond studs — even if we can’t see them!

Elizabeth Taylor Glamorous In Red Dress & White Fur (Are Diamond Earrings Hiding There?)

Elizabeth Taylor: Natural Elegance

Image credits: While gold Chandelier drop diamond earrings like Elizabeth Taylor wore from Seven Seven Diamonds.

Sometimes You Just Can’t Get That Authentic Vintage Look

By , 3 November, 2011, 1 Comment

Sometimes you just can’t replicate the look — not on my budget, anyway. Exhibit A: Peggy Hopkins Joyce.

Peggy Hopkins Joyce

On the back of the vintage photo, the reasons why most of us can’t get this look: “Peggy Hopkins Joyce, star of Earl Carroll’s Vanities of 1923 wearing a $6,000 gown of rhinestones and chinchilla and her million and a half dollars in jewels”.

Description Of Fashions

The seller offers this history on Joyce:

Famous mainly for being famous — and for marrying and divorcing (or merely dating) a dizzying array of millionaires — blonde-bobbed Peggy Hopkins Joyce (born Marguerite Upton) had been in the Follies and Earl Carroll’s Vanities when the famous illustrator James Montgomery Flagg directed her in a series of short subjects in the 1910s. She would descend on Hollywood at intervals in the 1910s, 1920s, and early ’30s but managed mainly to prove that she was no actress. Her most notorious film appearance was also her last, playing an internationally famous gold digger in International House (1933), a hodgepodge Paramount comedy in which she earned top billing over the likes of George Burns, Gracie Allen, and W. C. Fields. The latter supplied the film’s biggest laugh and most notorious moment in a scene that has to be seen to be believed, but which included the suggestive discussion of the whereabouts of a cat. Her life an endless series of tabloid headlines, Peggy Hopkins Joyce is believed to have been the inspiration for the character of the mercenary Lorelei Lee in Anita Loos’ twice-filmed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. One of her contemporaries perhaps best summed up her appeal; said nightclub hostess Texas Guinan: “Peggy Hopkins Joyce should not be buried like other folks, or cremated, or anything like that, but just be put into Tiffany’s window to sparkle forever.” ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

I Want To Be A Star Like Hedy Lamarr

By , 8 September, 2011, 1 Comment

I keep looking at this photo of Hedy and wondering how I can surround myself with stars too…

Hedy Lamarr Surrounded By Stars

I figure I should at least be able to make myself a three-layered necklace of stars… Maybe starting with these 33 x 33mm gold-plated star drops?

Gold-plated Drop Star 33x33mm

Great Sale Mail News!

By , 7 April, 2010, No Comment

You know I prefer vintage clothing, lingerie, shoes, jewelry, and accessories; but sometimes, when rarity and/or availability prevents me from having my way, I have to count on getting some classic pieces by modern makers. (And, I’ll be honest, sometimes issues of fit and fabric care make contemporary pieces not only a more convenient purchase but a more practical one to live with — and that’s before we even get to the rest of the members of the family!)

For ease in finding my favorite brands — and in the sizes my family needs — I count on Sale Mail from Shop It To Me for alerts to sales and deals online. This probably doesn’t surprise you as I mention many of the fabulous Sale Mail finds here quite often — but I have (even more) good news!

Now there’s Shop It To Me for those in the United Kingdom — which helps not only those in the UK but all members find the deals on the hot Brit styles and British designers!

If you already have a Shop It To Me membership, you can login and select the UK brands and designers you want to receive sale alerts for — and you can upgrade to the new UK service simply by emailing support@shopittome.co.uk.

If you’re not already a member, you can sign up for your free Shop It To Me Sale Mail alerts here. (Click the US or UK flag at the top right side to specify your location.)

Shop It To Me Goes British!

Shop It To Me Goes British!

High Five Friday: Vintage Film & Fashion Fun

By , 15 January, 2010, No Comment