28 July 2010

butterfly ball gown.

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as if the visuals alone weren't enough to make us dizzy, according to the brooklyn museum (see full text above), this charles james butterfly gown is constructed from twenty-five yards of tulle and weighs eighteen pounds.

27 July 2010

lemon meringue.

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all this pretty 50s tulle party dress needs is a dollop of whipped cream. tart, sweet and lovely, all at once.

vintage 1950s a girl in a million dress in the shop now.

26 July 2010

pretty lacy.

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a pretty, lacy vintage lingerie update - all listed now in the shop.

from top: 1970s le jour se leve nightgown, 1950s hot water nightie, 1970s the missing guest silk romper, 1950s the girl in white nightgown.

24 July 2010

13bees giveaway at sally jane vintage!


pop on over to the lovely sally jane vintage where you can leave a comment to win this sweet vintage 70s crocheted summer bag from the shop!

23 July 2010

friday tomatos.


the tomatoes in the garden this year are multiplying exponentially and getting redder by the minute. since I could get high on that leafy green smell alone, summer evenings in the backyard are kind of like heaven around here.

(when we're not in the midst of ripening tomato season, I get by quite happily with this.)

20 July 2010

little things.


I found this at the bottom of my sewing box this morning and was reminded that they really don't make 'em like they used to, especially with the smallest of things.

16 July 2010

summer's favorite dresses.

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three new 1940s and 1950s summer stunners to be listed later today in the shop.

15 July 2010

mexican chocolate.

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I hopped on the ice cream makin' train and finally bought one of these to go with my kitchenaid. the only mystery that remains is why it took us until now to start making our own ice cream at home. it's pretty darn amazing.

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on this afternoon's ladies lunch menu: mexican dark chocolate with toasted almonds:

(adapted from bruce weinstein's the ultimate ice cream book)

1 c sugar
3 large eggs
1 c good cocoa powder
1 1/2 c whole milk
1 c heavy cream
1 tb vanilla extract
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 c toasted sliced almonds

bring the milk to a slow boil over low heat in a medium saucepan. remove from heat and add the sugar, cocoa and eggs, whisking until smooth (I used an immersion blender, which worked wonders). return the pot to the stove over low heat and stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly.

remove from stove and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. allow to cool slightly, then stir in heavy cream, cinnamon and vanilla. cover and refrigerate overnight or until very cold.

freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. about five minutes before the ice cream is done, slowly add the toasted almonds and allow the machine to mix them in. ice cream will be soft, but ready to eat. if a harder consistency is preferred, cover and freeze for another two hours. y-u-m.

14 July 2010

gym class, ca. 1963.


I don't remember having anywhere near as much fun in gym class as these ladies from the university of iowa seals club seemed to.

image via rg, via nothing is new.

13 July 2010

scenes from a wedding.

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and last but hardly least, this photo....dozens of sparklers at once. in mw's words: "not the best idea you've ever had."

(aaaannnnd...the winner of thursday's shabby apple
giveaway is innessfree! please be in touch with your info so we can get your new dress to you asap!)

09 July 2010

before we go.


a small update with some 70s and 80s summer favorites....all listed in the shop now.

(and don't forget to comment below to win a dress!)

lovely weekends, everyone!

08 July 2010



when I am not sure what to wear, I always reach for a dress...which is why it's so fitting that our first giveaway at 13bees is a for a spectacular one from the lovely ladies at shabby apple.

this crisp and easy vintage 1940s hollywood inspired frock is just the thing for the dog days of summer (like this week...). a sweet and not-too-short silhouette that's alluring yet still totally demure.

visit shabby apple and have a look around (enter 13bees10off for a 10% discount) and be sure to leave a comment below. the winner will be chosen randomly this monday tuesday.

bonne chance!

07 July 2010

amateur couture.

diana cooper

(diana cooper, balenciaga)

suzanne mcclelland
m williamson

(suzanne mcclelland, matthew williamson)

Missoni Resort

(pablo picasso, missoni)

this, this, this is brilliant.

keep up with her here.

06 July 2010

miu miu fall 2010.

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give me extreme 60s mod, deep goldenrod yellow, peaked shoulders, textured tights and a giant, top handle frame bag and I'll be pretty well set for fall, I think.

all images via miu miu.

02 July 2010

grass, shade and vintage.


just like me, this sweet 1940s dress I found this morning at an estate prefers to spend the day lazing in the shady grass (though I've got a cool glass of lemonade in hand).

and thus, the long weekend begins. have an amazing one!

01 July 2010


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lovely new wallpaper from the folks at uk based missprint, all inspired by midcentury patterns.