Thursday, September 10, 2009
It's been a whirlwind summer , we moved the shop - which was so much harder than I could have imagined- to a bigger and better location , hosted a fashion show at a local city event and now we're getting geared up for the Rockabilly Rave. yep folks, we'll be there , hustling vintage , knocking back a few and loving the music - hope to see you there ! For now I'm off on a buying trip- my favorite part of this job... wish me luck !
Before I go please enjoy a few shots from our fashion show.....
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We are saving our pennies here at SH HQ and can't bear to see these not go to a good home . They would match perfectly with a sparkly lucite purse In my collection but I must stay strong !
Besides, i already own an incredible pair that bring me great joy, I'd feel like I was cheating on them if i purchased and equally fab pair. It would be like cheating on a lover .
I think they are a bargain at $46 ! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26899947
Monday, June 22, 2009
I had the misfortune to hit the local newstand and see this publication "rebel Rodz" (Rods are infiniltey cooler when spelled with a Z - wacky !) Having bowed out of the last 3 VLV 's I was slightly horrified to see what it all has come to. These pics don't show the worst of it, one of their "viva las vegas" girls not shown here- is wearing an outfit more appropriate for a Judds concert circa 1987. Patchwork Denim over-the -knee boots anyone ?
I for one often wear a Diner costume to Viva - when I am not wearing my pink poodle skirt and plastic rhinestone cat eye glasses or course !
Wait, is that Mariah Carey in the gold 70s swimsuit ?
Really now, has it gotten this bad? All costume and polyester shadow of real rockin style ? Say it isn't so.
I will say there were no less than 10 " retro, rat rod, rockabilly" type magazines at the newstand . This one is by the same publishers as Easyriders, the bitches on back biker magazine thats been around since the 70s at least. If they are jumping on this trend it must be pretty mainstream.
Viva used to be amazingly fun, the first few years, and maybe it still is if you stay away from the car show. Which is sad beacuse the car show used to be great too - back when the lot was half full !
Maybe I'm a snob ! I kinda feel okay about that. I realize they'll move on to the next bandwagon, and we'll still be here when they do.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The quest for really great vintage shoes is never ending, I was looking for comfortable 40s wedgies , and i think im good there, but my real never ending quest is 50s flat leather sandals - I sold this pair a few years back and can't get them out of my mind ! They were a sz 6 and i actually tried to fool myself into believing my 8 1/2 foot looked perfectly fine in them . Needless to say delusions are impractical and I had to let them go.... I search vintage shops/ ebay etc and just can't seem to some up with a great pair in my size ...
The other empty place in my heart is in the shape of a great pair of 50s flats ! I am selling this pair on my website but sadly for me they are a sz 7 ! Suede with a rhinestone starburst on the vamp -they really are the shoes of my dreams !
So I'm putting it out there to the universe . I've just donated 8 or 9 pairs of shoes I don't love in order to leave room for my dream shoes. Thanks universe, i'll be here waiting .....
Thursday, April 23, 2009
My prom in the early 90s was a parade of gag inducing Jessica McClintocks and hella huge hair !
Me, I was in my black phase, I wore a lace off the shoulder dress , it was short, with a full skirt .
My hair was an asymetrical chin length bob that I wore with the ends flipped up !
My date was my first love , our local rock star and record store nerd, and he had approximately the same haircut , minus the flipped ends !
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
http://www.pbs.org/thepowderandtheglory/ . Plenty of eye candy in this too, deco compacts and purses, fabulous clothing, vintage footage and more.
If this interests you be sure and read up on Madam C.J. Walker (b 1867 d.1919) she became the first female self made millionare in American history by developing and selling hair care products .
Seriously ? I ask you dress; are you seriously so amazing ? From every angle late 1940s couture quality , elegant , quirky, sexy without being too revealing, and that pop of color ! Pinch me!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This issue of Bazaar from 1952 features some wonderful editorial shots but the ads are gorgeous too and feature some of the Vintage worlds favorite labels and designers. In 1952 these labels would have been out of reach for most Americans , but through the magic of Vintage shopping you can purchase these works of art for what amounts to a song when you consider the quality of the fabrics and construction and the timeless designs. A quick search on the web will find you many of these names for under $100 !
Lilli Ann - this suit was $100 (approx $800 today) in 1952 made of imported French fabric of the highest quality . The bell sleeve is breathtaking !
Jerry Parnis - A label I've been lucky enough to posess now and then, always uber-flattering , with simple but lovely prints. 100% New Look early 50s beauty ! ( In fact check out this Jerry Parnis sz 18 pattern on ebay - for 6.99 ! 200309693014)
Talk about an atomic bombshell , this suit was built like a rocket ship !This was $23 - equivalent to $175 today ! If you are lucky enough to have owned a Cole you'll know its worth every penny, if not go get yourself one !
This breathtaking Nelly De Grab Number in lush yards of lace is another you'd be so lucky to own today. Notice the tie-in to a silver pattern ! Seventeen and Junior Bazaar magazines had pages of ads encouraging teen women to add that special piece of silver to their trousseau . Its only slightly disturbing how much Marriage at such an early age was encouraged and glamourized. Its interesting to notice the same Seventeen magazines from 1968 have nary a fork or serving spoon in sight , rather full page spreads on Pontiac GTOs for the gal on the go !!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Emerald Green 50s swimsuit Large (vintage sz 16 modern 12 ish)
Tina Leser Sun dress Late 40s
40s Rayon sarong 2 piece S/M
Red Hot Valentines dress Circa 50s
Website, ebay or my boutique, you'll be seeing these numbers in the coming weeks.....
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This pretty number reminds me of home in many ways, it recalls my fathers proud family who worked in the citrus crops and packing houses of the central valley . I remember the drive to grandmas house in Woodlake California was always surrounded on either side by the endless citrus orchards. Grandpa had a few trees in the back yard , I still think of him when I see them .
I still look forward every year to the winter crop of juicy oranges .
This watercolor print modernistic purse is as sweet as any orange i've ever had! Circa 50s to early 60s its roomy - another thing I love/need in my vintage bags .
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The El Rancho Tropicana hotel resort was a sprawling complex here in Santa Rosa - sadly bulldozed int he mid 90s to be replaced by a Target, best buy , costco old navy, Trader Joes etc... What used to be a place of architectural interest , with multiple cocktail lounges, pools and restaurants is now a carbon copy of every other town you've ever been to. Sigh...
Yours truly was lucky enough to pick up a 50s hawaiian Sarong for myself this week . Its a sarong style with pineapples and little fishies and I found it at Decades on Haight street . I was happy to see that their prices are much more resonable than I remember , but they still have an amazing selection of mostly pre 70s vintage, so you dont have to dig through a bunch of 80s like many vintage shops these days !
We HEART this pretty rayon 40s blouse .we think this is perfect for your Valentines day outfit , and what better way to celebrate love - or looking for love? (In my opinion , the fun part !) .
its a silky rayon - maybe silk , but I am so over doing burn tests on everything . Its a roomy XL so curvy sweethearts take note !
Available at our shop Skirt Chaser Vintage Santa Rosa Ca...
OR online at www.senoritahollywood.com