30 April 2010
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23 April 2010
my favorite way to carry around a credit card, a $20 bill and a lipgloss (once the cake makeup is cleared out) in an evening bag. the more sparkle, the better.
clockwise from top left: jewelboxtreasures, aestheticsandoldlace, retrosplurge, welchva, gildedageaffairs, trendvintage.
22 April 2010
21 April 2010
20 April 2010
19 April 2010
15 April 2010
we up and left on an impromptu weekend, tucked away in a house with green rolling hills in every which direction. the drive up (for once) was a breeze and we're already feeling the city behind us.
the house we're sleeping in is a couple hundred plus years old with buckling, twelve inch floorboards to prove it (and may be haunted, though I'm trying not to think too hard about it).
13 April 2010
12 April 2010
09 April 2010
we're not too big on overly sweet and overly priced bottled iced tea drinks, especially when it's so easy to make our own. there are tons of great recipes for homemade brew, but since we're almost through our third gallon this week (it's finally warm out!), I thought I'd share mine:
• heat four cups of water to almost boiling (I microwave the h2o in a heat safe glass beaker so pouring's easy)
• remove the tags from four black tea bags and tie the strings together
• steep the tea until it's strong (this is your base)
• if desired, add a tablespoon or two of sugar while the water is still warm
• pour into your serving pitcher and top off with six or seven cups of plain, cold water to dilute
• add ice
et voila! limitless iced tea and endless variations! I sometimes add a single bag of peach or raspberry tea for extra flavor and always, always add fresh slices of lemon.
above: marta cooler from cb2, thrifted 1940s glass pitcher.
08 April 2010
I saw the trailer to this amazing looking 1930s era movie last year and then completely forgot about it until seeing the gorgeous screen shots posted on SJV last week. now, I really cannot wait to see it in full (and hopefully won't forget this time).
07 April 2010
06 April 2010
I bought this book for the chapter on fabric identification (more on that later) but was pleasantly surprised by the dozens of sassy illustrations scattered throughout the pages of the 1961 edition.
(and also by the fact that I am not alone in describing overly full skirted dresses as frothy!)
04 April 2010
a rare and special early 1950s madeleine fauth cotton sundress just in time for the dressiest day of april.
(and for those of you who follow this blog, you may remember its twin in pink!)
from top: a madeleine fauth/acrilan ad from a march 1954 issue of time magazine, 1950s new moon dress (in the shop now!).
03 April 2010
02 April 2010
ever have one of those moments where you'd give everything else up in exchange for that one perfectly exquisite piece?
that's how I feel about this ca. 1939 madeleine vionnet evening gown from the costume institute collection at the met.
more than two hundred select pieces from the collection can also be viewed online here.
01 April 2010
the combination of grey and yellow does not get nearly the sort of attention it deserves. this dress gets me in about a million different ways. the muted scribbly print, the splashes of aqua scattered throughout, the scalloped neckline...it goes on and on.