Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sailor Dresses

I don't know what it is about sailor dresses but I just love them! I added this beauty to my shop today {picture is linked}.  This dress is probably from the late 70s but the sailor style is so classic its timeless. To prove my point, here are some very early photos of women & children in sailor dresses.

I'll take both dresses please!

Seventeen Magazine - 1952

I'm guessing these might have been Navy issued

okay, I'm not messing with these gals!

Just adorable!!!

I couldn't get three kids to dress alike and still smile for a photo!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hollywood Witches

Since I can no longer pull off the princess costume, when I dress up for Halloween it's usually as a witch. I find it a simple costume to make, a slinky black dress and a witches hat is all you really need. One year I was quite ambitious and created a beautiful sequin encrusted tiered dress (yes, I stitched all the sequins on by hand) and with my husband in tow as my Munchkin, went to a party as Glinda from Wicked.  When you do a couples costume you are almost forced to stand next to one another the entire night.  Even so, we had to explain our costumes.  It got a bit tiring having to repeat over and over that my husband, who was dressed in striped socks, a bow tie and cap, green pants and carrying a large sucker, was part of the Lollipop Guild!  Glinda is still my favorite witch, but here are some other Hollywood Witches worth re-creating this Halloween.

Anne Nagel

Barbara Stanwyck
maybe not a witch but a great costume

Dusty Anderson

Veronica Lake

Ava Gardner

Billie Burke

and the most famous Hollywood witch of all......

Margaret Hamilton

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Has Arrived For Good

Pleated Skirts 1, 2, & 6 coming to the shop this week

Suddenly it feels like fall!  Columbus weekend is always a good time for me to switch out my closets.  Down come the cosy sweaters and coats from their attic retreat and away go the colorful dresses and skirts.  This annual dance I do is a bit of a hassle but when you live in a house built in the 1920s you sacrifice closet space for charm.  Actually, since I always forget what I have stored away it feels a little bit like Christmas every time I open a bin!  I have some exiting new items to add to the shop this week as well, so stay tuned!!  And, don't forget to take advantage of my Marathon sale - YES, the Baltimore Marathon is THIS WEEKEND!!! - take 26% off your purchase by using the code MARATHON at checkout.  The sale will be running (get it?) thru Mon. 10/15.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Marathon Sale

You might be wondering what happened to me in September since I've been fairly consistent about updating this blog.  Well the second week I took some time off to enjoy the last warm days of summer at Cape Cod, and the first week I spent preparing for our vacation.
That's me tying to capture a sunset at the bay
The rest of the month I've been training for a marathon.  In addition to my weekly runs, I ran 17, 18, 19, and 21 miles on consecutive Saturdays in September.  Needless to say training has left me exhausted and with little spare time for blogging.  But it has all been worth it!  On Saturday October 13, I will be running in the Baltimore Marathon. I actually began my training in early June and I will admit,  it’s been a long, sometimes hard, and often boring four months. Hard work does pay off -  I’m ready for race day and to be honest, very excited! I’ll be running with my training partner aka, my husband. We have had a lot of "together" time so If you are there and see a couple bickering at the 20 mile mark, that’s us! Not to worry, we believe in the old adage "couples that run together stay together" and its worked so far.  Look for me in the Michigan visor since it's also game day - Go Blue!  In honor of our feet feat, I’m running a sale at Duncan Loves Tess from now until October 14. Use the code MARATHON and get 26% off. Yes folks, I’m doing the full marathon which is 26.2 miles!   For more info on the Baltimore Running Festival check out their website here:  
and congrats to all the runners participaing in the marathon, half marathon, team relays,  5K , and kids fun run! It’s going to be a great day!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

You Have To Walk The Walk

before you talk the talk, or however that saying goes.  Since I posted my 10 tips on how to wear vintage for the woman of a "certain age",  I decided to prove I "walk the walk".

This is a great casual shirt style dress from the 1950's or 60s.  Made of tartan plaid in a comfortable light weight cotton it is just perfect for running errands in suburbia (which I did today) or to wear to the office. For a more professional look just add a sweater or a belt.

Dress: Vintage Nancy Frock
Shoes: Sofft Sandals

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

D i s t r a c t i o n

So this is what happens when I get bored.....

Above photos have been digitally altered, the original items (shown in their natural state) are available in my Etsy shop {here}

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Ya-Ya Sisters

or something akin to it

Me in a vintage Banana Republic linen dress with my favorite blue vintage rhinestone brooch.
Sister in Lilly Pulitzer & cool Jackie O style sunnies
Matching sun hats...aka...University of Hartford commencement programs.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Went To A Garden Party.......

At Etsy we like to curate mosaics of other peoples items, we call them Treasuries.  I've been fortunate to have had many of my items included in some lovely treasuries, but I'm not fond of creating them myself. Perhaps I am intimidated by the real artists at Etsy who understand color and balance and whose treasuries always look like they belong in a glossy magazine.   Yesterday after spending most of the day working in my garden I sat down to browse through the day's activity on Etsy and came across this lovely planter.  Inspired by the plants and colors I decided to create a treasury dedicated to the garden.  So here is my little curated work of which I'm kinda proud......{click on the picture for a link to the treasury}.... I hope you enjoy it too!

Succulent Plant Dish by Succulent Oasis

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Who Doesn't Love A Sale!!

On May 5th and 6th select members of the Vintage Fashion Team (VFT) on Etsy will be holding a special spring sale, just in time for Mother's Day I might add.  On those days you can receive 10% off items in participating shops simply by using the coupon code VFTSPRINGSALE at checkout.  Being a mother myself, I though I'd highlight some my my favorite items from my fellow Estonians participating in the sale.  A full list of shops with direct links can be found {here}

80's Lanz Sundress

John Romain Woven Handbag

Vintage 60's Paisley Dress

Art Deco Shoe

Antique Charm Bracelet

Green Button Upcycled Hair Pins

This is just a sampling, there are so many great shops with wonderful items I wish I had time to highlight more.  Maybe I'll get around to another post later this week, so check back.  And of course Duncan Loves Tess will be participating!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Style Icon Iris Apfel

Undoubtedly you have probably seen these pictures before of the iconic Iris Apfel, at least the second one for MAC.  Much has been written about her life and at 90 she is one of the world's most fashionable women. She is known for her high style/low fashion or in other words, her ability to mix expensive couture with lower priced pieces, most notably colorful costume jewelry (many found at flea markets by the way).  She has described her personal style as "throwaway chic"which refers more to her wanting to keep her costumes fun, not that she wears an outfit once and tosses it.  On the contrary, over the years she has amassed a hugh collection of clothing, jewelry and accessories, some of which she has generously donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for all of us to enjoy.

Ms Apfel's home is as colorful and exuberant as her personal style, would you expect less?

Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collection at the Met

Photo's from,,, and

Friday, February 17, 2012

Perfect Polyester!

Recently I've blogged about my love for polyester from the 60's (here) and 70's (here).  I grew up wearing polyester but as a "yuppie" in the 80's would not have been caught dead in it!  Now I can't seem get enough of this spirited, easy to care for fabric. Some more great examples from the archives of Augusta Auctions.

Sargent Pepper Dress
1950 - 1967
Designed by Michael Mott for Paraphernalia
Polyester Knit

Wool Knit Day Dresses
Rudi Gernreich

I've included some examples of wool knit dresses because they are sometimes hard to tell from poly knit. One way to tell them apart is to try the dress on, poly usually is not scratchy.  

Op Art Dress
Rudy Gernreich
Wool Knit

Two Dresses
Late 1960's
Rudi Gernreich for Harman Knitwear (purple)
Betsy Johnson for Paraphernalia (green/yellow)

Polyester Jeweled Gown
Oscar de la Renta for I. Magnin

Cocktail Dress
Bob Mackie
Black Polyester & Beads