Aug 15, 2009

Wardrobe Staples, The perfect white blouse

There are a few things a girl can't do without regarding necessities in her wardrobe. One of these essentials is the perfect white blouse. After searching the virtual racks on Etsy, I found these lovely beauties that span from the 1940's to the 1980's. This classic wardrobe staple comes in so many shapes and styles and is perfect for every season. It can be worn so many different ways: layered with a jumper, worn under a sweater, coupled with a cute skirt, or just paired with your favorite jeans!

Classy and modest.


My favorite, the secretary top with a bow at the neck.


Inspired by the Victorian era, Gunne Sax made the beautiful and feminine fitted prairie blouse popular in the 70's.

Ruffles, lace, and polka dots. This white blouse from the big hair era of the 80's depicts a time when being a little over the top was the norm.

Hope you find a versatile vintage white blouse that suits you!
More wardrobe staples coming later this week.

Aug 14, 2009

Novelty Print of the Day -- Whimsical HORSES 50's Day Dress

Look at these happy horses frolicking among the flowers! My dad has had horses ever since I was a little girl, so I've been fond of these beautiful animals pretty much my whole life.

I love the cut and colors of this feminine 50's dress. Currently for sale on Etsy by Planetclairevintage.

5 more novelty prints featured next week. Stay tuned!


Aug 13, 2009

80's Night Out

Imagine your ideal night out with the gals. I was able to experience that little dream of mine last Saturday when a couple of my girlfriends and I traveled to metro Detroit to experience this cover band called The Mega 80's. I have forever wanted a night to get all dressed up crazy and mix-matched, pick up the gals, and go dancing to my favorite songs from growing up!

This was the outfit I initially wanted to wear, however, the skirt was a tidbit too snug, so. . .

. . . this is what I ended up wearing. Aahh, much more comfortable, and definitely tons more colorful.

My fun friends. Getting ready is almost the best part!

Ready to dance!

The band played all sorts of fun 80's pop rock during the 1st part of the show.

It's Maverick and Iceman. We developed a lil' crush on these cool guys that dressed up like the Top Gun boys.

There's just something about those aviator sunglasses. . .

The 2nd half of the show was dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock. So the band members came out with new outfits. Bring on the big hair!

Tired gals. We danced ALL NIGHT LONG and worried we might lose our voice the next day from singing so hard.

I hope to go back very soon. I'm so attached to the 80's because when I was a little girl I used to watch some of my aunts spend hours getting ready to go out. I remember thinking that I couldn't wait to be grown up so I could dress all pretty and go out dancing too. :) The memory of their pale eyeshadow, great lash mascara, and pastel pumps will never leave me! (and all of those songs from Saturday night were ALWAYS playing in the background. . . )


Novelty Print of the Day -- Birds on a Branch 50's SILK Skirt Set!

Who doesn't have a soft spot for birds? They've been waking me up every morning since spring, and I love it. :) So when I found this adorable set on Etsy, of course I had to smile. Teeny tiny pink, blue, and green birdies-on-a-branch print all over this 50's SILK skirt set. One word, adorable. For sale now on Etsy by Mikkiriff.

Share your novelty prints! Send a link via any post, I'd love to see them. :)

Aug 12, 2009

Wednesday Wishlist, Inspired by the Brilliance of Balmain!

A few days ago you could find me nearly drooling while flipping through the pages of Elle Collections in B & N. I'm in love with the brilliance that is Balmain for Fall 09. In the magazine, they called it BALMAINIA. My favorite is the silver metallic sharp shoulders dress, so futuristic and H-O-T!

Inspired by all of those pictures of luxe and luminosity, I needed to do a little virtual window shopping and found these amazing vintage items on Etsy. Although these pieces are not fresh off of the catwalk, I think they are definitely runway-worthy!







Photo credit: Balmain Runway -

Novelty Print of the Day -- Peacock Feather DVF 70's Maxi Skirt

This fabulous skirt on Etsy is currently for sale by greygardensvintage. The black feathers really pop out against the white. There's also colorful little detail in hot pink & bright yellow in the shape of hearts! Seller shows how to style the skirt as a dress in the other pics. By Diane Von Furstenberg. Blissfully bohemian!

Aug 11, 2009

Novelty Print of the Day -- Birds in Flight Sheer Red 80's Dress

I've had my eye on this one for a while! With that eye-popping deep red color, sheer thin fabric, and those airbrushed birds in flight on the skirt, this 80's dress is lovely! For sale by PlanetClaireVintage on Etsy.

More featured prints coming for the rest of the week! :)

Aug 10, 2009


My friends keep telling me, "Stop wishing for fall!" But I can't help it, it's one of Michigan's most beautiful times of the year, AND I'm such a sucker for apple cider and doughnuts! ;) Fall also means I'll be returning to my real job, possibly only part-time this school year, now that I'm so in love with Etsy!

Here are a few updated items from the shop that I thought were perfect for the Back-to-school theme. What's your favorite fall item? When it starts getting chilly I can't wait to retrieve all of my favorite vintage sweaters out of storage! Some I've had for years, and they're not in what I'd call excellent condition by any means but there's just something special about putting on your favorite old cozy warm sweater when it gets cold. . . we've all got one, I'm almost sure of it.

For those of you not looking forward to sweater weather at all, don't worry, we've got plenty of hot days left. AND. . . remember that incredibly warm October we had not long ago? That was AMAZING.

Novelty Print of the Day -- Pirate Ships 60's Mini Dress!

Another darling number from The Vested Gentress! This adorable little mini dress features pirate ships at sea, in green and blue on a white background. There's a little green bow at the right shoulder too. Currently for sale on Ebay by MakiMaki Vintage. Ahoy, Matey!

Please don't hesitate to share links to your novelty print items, I would love to see them! :)
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