Thursday, September 26, 2013

My Closet is Clean!!!

My apartment is simple, functional and exactly what I need in order to pursue my passions. When you have a small space to sleep, cook, eat, live and store your clothes and accessories in you have to make the most of each square foot. To that end I embarked on cleaning my modest walk in closet last week. It ends up being the 'catch all' when I want my place sparkling clean or when guests are coming for dinner. Over the course of the last year and a half it has come to house lots of bins containing what I have thought is essential to life. 

What a good cleansing will do for the soul!! I started by taking most everything out of my closet and then weeding through what I can give away, what I can sell and what I have to keep. I've been patting myself on the back ever since the cleanse. I have this lovely rack that I found in the trash a few years ago that I cleaned thoroughly and then hung on the wall of my closet. This rack houses the scores of vintage, antique and contemporary necklaces and bracelets I own.  When I go through these cleansing periods I go through each piece. Touching it, trying it on, weighing whether I need it or not. 

This photo is just a small sampling of what jewelry I am keeping. Each piece has a story. Each piece has a life of it's own. If you see me wearing one of these bracelets, ask me what it's story is. I am always happy to oblige in sharing it's history and the good memory I associate with it. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vintage 1960's Vicuna Fur Coat

This coat is just about the softest fur coat you'll ever feel. Made from vicuna fur, a cousin of the llama. Read more details about vicnua fur in the listing for this coat in my Etsy shop.

Coming Soon!

I very recently picked up these three beauty's!

Chiffon is one of my favorite fabrics and it usually comes with lots of volume and ruching to create a gorgeous flowing, figure flattering silhouette. And these three are no exception!

These dresses will be coming to my Etsy shop this week.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It's in the Details

I often find that one seemingly small feature on an article of clothing can be all it takes to make it something really special. The photos below are close ups of pieces I will be listing on Etsy this week. The pink tulle strapless dress would be lovely on it's own but the pink satin 'leaves' coming out of the bust give it that 'wow' factor. 

The second photo of the 1950's ivory lace wedding dress shows the beautifully scalloped neckline dotted with small pearls. The third photo displays a 1960's brown knit top with white stripes and gold flecks. The buttons are perfectly suitable in a clear lucite with gold specks. And lastly, a 1960's Mike Benet ivory sequin and chiffon halter gown with the most thoughtful empire waist line. 

These dresses and top while quite different from each other, share a very common thread - the beauty of detail. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

We Love This Girl!

My sister and I are crazy over our niece. She is the only child of our younger brother and sister-in-law. She is at the very fun age where you can see a distinct personality emerging. We get to be the doting aunties who don't need to discipline but can shower her with love and attention. My brother frequently sends us short videos of her that we play over and over and over. And then when we talk on the phone we repeat every little thing she said in the video! We enjoy her immensely and will do just about anything for her. This photo is a great example of the lengths we will go to please her. This is my sis on the 'bike'!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tapas and Wine

This shot was taken at Sevilla in Long Beach, California. A restaurant that serves the most delicious tapas. I indulged in a glass of Malbec that I enjoyed only second to my favorite Malbec, Kaiken. I dined there a few nights ago with mostly family and a couple friends. It wasn't until we were three quarters done with the meal that it dawned on me the ceiling was mirrored. I became fixated and then was consumed with getting just the right shot. I do believe this was it!

I would recommend the short ribs, by far, and the warm goat cheese with oregano, chili and peppers and the beef empanada were wonderful. I don't think you can go wrong with what you order and for me, wine was definitely the perfect compliment.

Here is to an evening of light conversation, romantic lighting and decor, delicious food and people I love!! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Who Knew? Blue Cheese!!!

Earlier this year a close friend of mine was moving to New York. What better place to go than the Original Phillipe's in Los Angeles to send him off?!!
Several of us got together there on a Wednesday evening to eat, give well wishes, bestow him with gifts and did I mention, eat!
He couldn't have been happier or more surprised. The cash gifts, down coat and long johns would be a reminder that even though he was 3,000 miles away he was truly loved by his friends. 

I have treasured photos from the evening and memories that won't fade but I also scored in the food department. As a young girl I remember going to Phillipe's with my parents and siblings. We would always get the beef dipped sandwich. This time was no exception. I ordered the same thing I did when I was 7 years old. However, one of my friends ordered her sandwich with blue cheese. I had always seen that cheese was an option but since I knew how delicious a 'plain' sandwich tasted it never occurred to me to order cheese on it. A few weeks later I found myself roaming the streets of L.A. and ending right back up at Phillipe's. This time I ordered my same beef sandwich but with blue cheese. I couldn't believe my taste buds!! It was delicious!! It taught me a good lesson. I question every menu choice I make now. And as I go through the process of deciding what to order I ask myself, 'Could it be better with something else that I never would have considered adding?' 

Who knew? Blue cheese!!! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

My Sweet Niece

At two and a half years old this girl just loves to help.

If it's with her mom in the kitchen she insists on helping prepare the food. And when she comes to visit me she wants to be in the middle of any work I'm doing. This summer as I was working on my herb garden she had to help plant and water. I would fill a stock pot of water and gave her a little hello kitty cup so she could dip it into the pot of water and then pour it onto the plants. I went about doing it with this method hoping that it would take her longer to get through the pot of water so she wouldn't completely drown my herbs!

A few weeks ago she came over while I was in the middle of taking photos for my Etsy shop. She came across my sewing basket so I took and break and spent a bit of time explaining to her what 'thread' is. We went through every spool of thread I own and talked about each color. She couldn't quite grasp the concept of rewinding the thread so in an effort not to have all of my thread strewn about I told her to pick one color of thread that she wanted to hold. She picked one shade of pink for herself and another shade of pink for me. She held on to that for a while until I went back to photo taking. She saw me fluffing the skirt of one of the dresses and she then went around the entire skirt 'puffing' it out. Since I had camera in hand I shot the whole episode. Grams came and finally escorted her away. And a little later in the day I was happily reminded of our time together when I came across an unwound pink spool of thread :)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Go Figure!

Trying to understand the taste of a 16 year old.

Just when I think that my daughter will absolutely love some article of clothing I have picked out for her, I bring it home with such excitement only to be met with a facial expression of 'Nah, not gonna ever wear it.'
And then as I show her finds I picked up at the flea market she'll flip out over something and say, "That is mine!" Go figure! Cause I sure can't.

And while I know what my daughter's style is and think it is darling I just can't seem to peg picking out the right thing for her. For instance, last month I came home with two pairs of 1950's capri's. One was black ribbed with small colorful embroidered flowers. The other pair was black cotton with folded up cuffs of red and white bandana fabric. They were both very small and I knew would fit her just right. I was banking on the red, white and black bandana pair. Nope, she fell in love with the embroidered floral pair. And there they sit in her closet now while the bandana pair is listed in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My beautiful niece got married last October in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Clinton Library.
It was a modern wedding and yet despite there being no vintage (except quite possibly Aunt Georgia's silver long sweater dress) I was so drawn to the location and the clean lines of the event. My niece wore a strapless white gown and her bridesmaids wore black. I was honored to take their photos. As I have taken other family members wedding photos it is work but it is an event that I get to share with them on another level. There is an intimacy of taking photos of such a special time in ones life. And it is me that gets to share it with my most wonderful niece's. I love these girls and have such special memories of them and their weddings have added another fiber to our bond.

Here are a few shots from the wedding.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things....

Here are some of my current favorite listings on Etsy!