September 24, 2018

Marble Mocambo

So I was writing a scene recently where I wanted to call back to a very noir drenched, old hollywood, 1940's nostalgic vibe. In this effort I was researching nightclubs in 1940's Los Angeles, and came across the Mocambo nightclub, a themed nightclub visited by the stars on Sunset Boulevard from 1941-1958. Check out some photos here, but in general-- I think this more evening yet still vaguely tropical outfit would have fit in pretty well overall. Though I'm not one for nightclubs much usually ;)

Of course really I just wanted to get a bit dressed up in order to wear my new Zella satin shoes from Royal Vintage!  I have been after a pair of 1940's evening shoes for a while now, never quite finding a pair to my liking, and these satin beauties fit the bill perfectly! They are of course quite comfortable, though I haven't tried (and indeed, never will try) dancing the night away in them (as I categorically do not dance you see), but they are just as comfortable as my other wonderful pairs of Royal Vintage shoes. The only minor issue I seem to have is that the two straps over the top of the foot really do not want to stay separated, sliding together almost instantly, but that could very well be due to the way I have them buckled being not ideal, and/or my feet just being a certain shape that causes the straps to do this. Either way the shoes are very beautiful, and I am so pleased to have them in my closet now!

I paired my new Zella's with a rayon taffeta dress I made last year and some long ruched white gloves. The flower hair clip is from Alternate Normality, and honestly I would love this same clip in every color because it is somehow just perfectly balanced. Not that it is flower season here anymore, I've already switched to wool berets in just the few days since!

As for other recent happenings, I'm afraid I don't have too much to share, as I spent much of the weekend writing (ahem, as usual). I did visit the mountains as well to get some photos with the golden aspens, but the trees had already shed their leaves on one side of the pass and hadn't yet turned on the other, so apparently my timing was terrible this year! I've of course got a million things to do this week, but when isn't that the case? Hopefully you will be seeing me again soon, but until then I wish you all both motivation and restful sleep, as I have plenty of the first at present but have been struggling fiercely with the later <3

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Zella from Royal Vintage Shoes
Hosiery: What Katie Did
Handbag, Necklace (gifted), Belt, & Gloves: Vintage
Hair Flower: Alternate Normality

September 20, 2018

Fall Styling Inspiration 2018

Just some lovely images, colors, textures, and moods that are inspiring my styling choices for this fall. Anyone want to knit me a bunch of fair isle sweaters?

September 19, 2018

Cataloging Catalogs: MW Spring/Summer 1950 Sportswear

Finally I've got some more Montgomery Wards pages for you all! Today it's more pages from the Spring/Summer 1950 catalog with Active Sportwear to start. A selection of skirts, blouses, and even some swimsuits, though it's a bit late in the year for those!

I hope you enjoy these pages, and as always feel free to pin them, save them, or distribute them as you please. I just want to make these catalogs an open resource for all us vintage lovers :)

September 17, 2018

Houndstooth and Crocodile Skins

Well, faux crocodile skins, embossed leather really. These brown heels from Remix have been one of the best investments over the last year, they really add some old school luxury to a look. If only this same shoe came in dark navy blue leather and solid darkest brown leather too...but I always ask for that.

I finished another big edit through the manuscript last week so I took a break the rest of the week and this past weekend to recharge a bit. I went out shopping with a good friend on Saturday and picked up a pair of leather saddle shoes at DSW of all places that I can't wait to wear. They have super cushy memory foam in the foot bed which swayed me into purchasing them so I could have retro appropriate comfy shoes to wear to work. Though now I really want to get my hands on some Freddies of Pinewood jeans to wear them with, and a plaid pendleton jacket for the full 40's casual look. 

This week is going to be front loaded with a lot of day job work, so if things are a bit extra quiet around, that will be why. Though later in the week I have an excursion into the mountains to admire the fall leaves (no doubt fully turned already up there in the higher elevations) planned, so I shall look forward to that! Is it starting to look like fall yet where you live?

Fall for me this year seems to have arrived quite quickly. I've simply got to get one last edit of the book finished (run through one last time for now, which I say all the time, but I've really gotta let go...) and get query letters out finally. I'm a broken record. So predictable, or is it reliable? Yeah lets go with reliable :)

Suit: Made by me
Blouse: Thrifted (Forever 21)
Handbag, Gloves, Brooch, & Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Remix Vintage Shoes

September 16, 2018

Video : How to Shop for Vintage

Okay, so this may not be how you shop for vintage, but this is exactly how I shop for vintage. This isn't funny business you guys, this is serious strategy all right? Building a vintage wardrobe ain't for the faint of heart kids! All jokes aside, while shopping can be fun and an enjoyable hobby in itself, I have reached the point in building my wardrobe where I do plan most of my purchases so I though I would detail my process for those looking to implement a bit more structure into their own habits as well.

Then again I bought two pairs of shoes this weekend that I totally hadn't planned to, so just because I have a strategy doesn't mean I always manage to stick to it ;)

September 13, 2018

Garden Gate Glow

Just a simple outfit I wore for an evening jaunt around the Denver Botanic Gardens! This new garden tucked in the corner behind the main entrance is just delightful, only a winding little path and an old iron gate, but so well executed. The beds planted full of flowers in shades of purple and deep fuchsia with pops of yellow, the sun setting behind the trees, the whole place was just magical. My dad and I were standing there trying to think of how we could dig up our whole garden at home to recreate this one instead!

I had yet to show you all this particular plasticflex clutch I picked up online earlier this year, isn't she a beauty? Nice large size, unique tile pattern (the outside tiles look like little ice cubes floating in water or something?), and in a lighter shade with no large staining, all cues for me to hit buy now with little delay! The clutch is a little later in style than the rest of this rather 30's ensemble, being from the 1940's of course, but that's the joy of wearing vintage now, getting to mix and match as you please :)

This bolero suit is made out of the same rayon/linen blend that the red dress I wore in Monday's post is made from, and even if I can never quite get boleros to fit me correctly, I still think it works. Does anyone know of a great bolero pattern for large busted gals? I just can't seem to get it right drafting them on my own. This blouse however is a real favorite as I just love the colors and print, even if it is made from polyester which we all know I'm not a huge fan of (who is really?). I really need to stop slacking and make more blouses like this one, but we all know how much sewing I'm getting done this year...

I'm off since I've got bunches to do tonight, but I hope you all have had a good week!

Suit & Blouse: Made by me
Hat, Clutch, & Gloves: Vintage
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes

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