Vintage Inspired Style – Spring 2012

Yesterday we talked to you about how much we love Michelle Williams and her vintage-inspired style. We showed you some of our favorites of her red carpet looks in which she wore current designers who have heavy retro influence in their collections. Today we want to gush over such designers who have been bringing a mid-century ladylike appearance back into style.

Now, we know the Fall 2012 shows are walking right now, but let’s just focus on the present, and talk about this spring, shall we?

SS12 Runway Vintage Inspired

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Hats for a Lady

We have a few listings coming up this week that we thought we’d share with you! A few very lovely, ladylike hats from the 50’s and 60’s.

This felt fur Breton is already up:

Lorelei - Ivory Felt Fur Breton Hat 50's-60's

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Scarf Tutorial 2 – Rosette Turban

We’re back today with another scarf tutorial!

This has been a popular year for turbans and head-wraps among the trendy. We have seen a lot of wonderful how-to’s out there for basic, easy, turban-inspired styles. Rather than give you a repeat, today we’d like to show you a more complicated trick – a full turban with a rosette on the side! This look takes a little practice to perfect, but the effort is worth it.

Use a long rectangle scarf for this, or a large square folded over into a triangle.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 1

Put the middle of the folded edge of the triangle (or the middle of the rectangle) at your forehead, with the point at your back.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 2

Leaving the middle corner loose, take the other two corners and tie them on one side of your head.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 3

Tuck and fold the back in neatly!

Rosette Turban Tutorial 4

Now double that tie on the side to make a knot. Take the smaller end of the tie and twist it.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 5

Wrap the twist around the other end of the tie, and around the knot in a spiral, tucking the end into the knot.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 6

Repeat with the other tie, tucking in well.

Rosette Turban Tutorial 7

Adjust, and enjoy your gorgeous little turban!

For this technique we liked the softer colors of our ‘Alice’ scarf – a silk/rayon blend from the 1950’s, patterned with puffs of thistle colored flowers.

Eye Candy

Can we just drool for a moment over Alice + Olivia’s Spring 2012 presentation that debuted yesterday?

The brand is always applying vintage looking touches to their modern looks, but this season just hits it out of the park for us. Candy colored retro styles blend most of our favorite era’s for fashion – 20’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s – all into one collection. The shoes, the hats, the sunglasses! Neither Lise nor Katina are girly girls, but these pastels and florals are looking pretty tempting for this spring.

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Images from Style.com

If you’re as inspired by these looks as we are and want a head-start on a couple of pieces to wear come spring, try searching Etsy for things like “1960s enamel brooch“, “bright geometric scarf” or “1970s floral pants“. And remember to keep an eye on our store too for similar pieces coming closer to spring (and of course relevant pieces for this season as well!)

– Lise + Katina

This week

Good morning! This week we’re giving you a full preview of what we’ll be listing each day! Our need to squeeze all kinds of fun into the last weeks of summer was our inspiration for our selections this week, so we went with a couple of color blocking basics, a couple of saturated florals with loads of swirly fabric, and a one-of-a-kind bohemian locket.

In our shop already is this beautiful floor-length caftan by Susie Q of California:

Susie Q Electric Pink Caftan

Over the next couple of days we’ll have these beauties ready for sale:

Kelly Green Pencil Skirt

Jonathan Logan Floral Dress

Red Pendleton Blazer

Goldette Medallion Locket

These are some of the pieces we were the most excited about finding – ones that we have a hard time not keeping for ourselves! We hope you love them as much as we do!

-Lise + Katina

Casual Clutches

We have a another pair of listings for you this Friday! Take a peek at the shop and let us know what you think of our two super cute clutches!

Friday Clutches

The adorable black one was made by Nordstrom in the 1980’s, and the gorgeous powder blue is a mid-century Harry Levine.

Enjoy!

-Lise + Katina

New Friends

It’s Friday, and we have doubled up on the items we’re listing today before we run away for the weekend!

Today we’re featuring brooches with an animal theme.

First is a truly unique gold-tone brooch shaped like a two-headed eagle. This piece is as mysterious as it looks – we haven’t been able to find anything quite like it!

Then we have a pair of mice – a set of scatter pins from the 1950’s. Often pins like these would have been set with faux pearl cabochons, but ours have lovely foil backed stones that shimmer from purple to green to blue and give an effect like dichrotic art glass.

We hope you’re as charmed by the character of these pieces as we are!

-Lise + Katina

Daylight Savings

As you know, our Etsy shop went live yesterday. Today we’d like to talk a little bit more about two of our favorite items!

We are featuring two pocket watches from the 1950’s: a Westclox “Dax” and a Westclox “Bull’s Eye”. Watches like these were made throughout the 20th century as “dollar watches” – watches that were so cheap that anyone could afford one. These two are both nickel plated, with plastic crystals and metal faces; both with snap backs and pendant style loops. They are both mechanical, and work quite well! Vintage pocket watches are very popular lately with collectors and crafters alike, and it’s easy to see why – with even the cheapest models there is a certain charm and character that modern watches just don’t have.

Many people collect these for display, or for parts. However, we always love to wear our vintage finds! Certainly these would look great strung on a chain as intended, but right now we are obsessed with the contrast between a classic metal watch, and a fun or funky ribbon necklace!

For this style we used a thin, silk scarf belt, but you could create any combination of looks from different thicknesses and patterns of ribbons and scarves. Layering with other silver-toned necklaces finishes off the look (We used a vintage nickle-plated beaded chain). If you give it a try, please send us your pictures! We would LOVE to see how you style it!

– Lise + Katina