Animal ilustrations (my favorite birds and bears), old photographs of Paris (again), unusual prints (of strangely beautiful monsters), and lovely book covers (Art Nouveau book cover at ist best) in calming shades of green. A dose of serene greene. Enjoy.
There was a big Vintage Fashion Expo in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday. A couple of our friends were going and I so desperately wanted to go also (vintage-clothes-shoes-jewelry-all-in-one-spot-85 booths-damn!), but was feeling really rather poorly from my cold and not in any state to go Saturday. I didn't really expect to be able to go at all, but by Sunday afternoon I started to feel better and decided to visit the fair for an hour. And Terry graciously agreed to take me even though vintage fashion expo's are not on his "love to do" list. This expo only happens once a year so I would have been a bit sad if I missed it.
We got there at about 3 (the expo was closing at 5) and luckily there was a cafe conveniently located in the same building so Terry didn't have to come along look at the dresses. He was very happy about that. I was on my way, in total vintage bliss. I strolled and browsed for about an hour, which was plenty. There were so many stalls and things to look at, clothes and accessories form late 1800s to 1960s, vintage fabric and trims, jewelry... one can get quite mad and dizzy from it. I'm sure the best things were sold on day one of the show (and at the early morning preview showing), but the advantage of coming for the last couple of hours is that most of the prices were slashed almost in half.
I was most in awe by 20s and 30s dresses - the fabric and the detail is so amazing - but even reduced they were quite pricey. On top of it all they were in an unusually small sizes. These ladies must have been willow thin!
Anyway, I managed to find a couple of things I truly liked and get a huge discount, so I was pretty happy with my visit.
My finds were a 50s circle skirt with a Parisian street type scene and a delicate, colorful 40s necklace.
The lady modeling the necklace is a gorgeous black haired blue eyed doll, part of my Salon of Broken Ladies doll collection.
Love seeing all of these colors together. And against her alabaster skin.:)
I've always wanted to own a 50s full circle skirt. I love this photo of women wearing circle skirts by Nina Leen called Conversation Skirts.
Lovely colors, and beautiful design. And I quite like that green speck of paint on the paper that was conveniently there and matched the colors on the necklace.
Although it feels like we already had our Autumn, here in San Francisco, instead of our summer - what with the unusually low temperatures, and more than our usual share of fog - I am still looking forward to Autumn and eagerly awaiting it. Beautiful colors and smells, pumpkins, chestnuts, crunchy leaves under my feet, shorter days and cozy evenings, hot tea, wind, beautiful Autumn colors. And scarves. I have a sudden desire to wrap a soft warm scarf around my neck. But that may be because I have a cold and a sore throat and am in need of something soft and warm to keep me under the illusion of being comfortable.
I'm also in the mood for some Autumn shopping. Will you join me?
Recently there has been a sighting of a rare red fox in the Sierras. I think it must have been this little fellow. He looks quite dapper in his little outfit. As if he's taken special care to look his best now that he's venturing into the world again.
Antique 1900 Victorian Edwardian leather lace up military steampunk boots (at simplicityisbliss)
Worn by explorers, adventurous, dare devils and an occasional wartime nurse.
These are may absolute dream boots. Unfortunately they are both too small and rather pricey. Ah well. Good thing I won't be going gallivanting through the jungles of Borneo any time soon and therefore won't be in desparate need of such boots.
Vintage 60s boho Autumn floral tapestry blazer at (jessamity)
I haven't thought about tapestry coats, bags and other tapestry related items for a while now. There was a time (way waay back) when I was very much into it. But after seeing the latest Sherlock Holmes several months ago and the travel tapestry bags they carried back then, I'm back on that train.
I'm so in love with these kind of pants. Very feminine and very flattering. Don't they just make you want to put on the reddest lipstic you have and go jitterbugging? Sailor pantsare also a favorite.
Homespun hand embroidered linen bag at (5gardenias)
For your this and that. I'm so addicted to my over-sized bags, as I have a need to carry tons of stuff with me wherever I go. Stuff I never use. It would be liberating to just grab this lovely thing containing your lipstick, a coin purse, some candy and be on your way.
All things Victorian seem to be catching my eyes these days. This bracelet is so unique and very romantic. Beautifully handcrafted. Perhaps it used to belong to a beautiful, free spirited, somewhat haunted thinker, writer and philosopher, with an eye for unusual jewelry.
Violet - 20s or 30s oil painting portrait deco Hollywood style at (dixielarue)
Subtle, autumnal, sepia tones enveloping this lovely portrait. Would look lovely as a part of my portrait wall. One day! Violet somehow suits her well, don't you think?
And... last, I think I would really like to sweep my kitchen floor this Autumn with some...
Hello. I've been fighting a wee cold this week. Sore throat and annoying body ache and headache. I promised myself that the next time I'm down with a cold I will only take some natural remedies - like drinking buckets of ginger-sage-lemon-honey tea. But I succumbed yet again and reached for the over the counter cold medicine. Which made me overstimulated and hyperactive. So, instead of lying down I've been rearranging the house again today, decoupaging plant pots (out of all things), repotting the plants, doing the shopping on foot as our car wouldn't start and making a big pot of thai noodles that will last us a week. Now I still fill overstimulated, slightly bulgy eyed, a tidbit insane and plenty exhausted. With a sore throat.
So, to calm myself down a bit before bedtime, unwind and decompress, I've been looking through some vintage photo collections on ye olde flickr. I often search for something unexpected, but most always find just people posing. I guess that's nothing unusual, since cameras were rare back then, in the 1910-1930s, and photos weren't just taken any old time, like they are now.
Tonight I found a collection of vintage photos that is truly worth my envy.
Oh, why can't I ever find a vintage photo as priceless as this one...