Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Holidays, and a Wonderful New Year!

Hi everyone-- I hope you had a fantastic holiday this year.  Things are just starting to calm down a little, or at least will once the near year's in.  This year I was able to celebrate Christmas with my family, pull a few holiday shifts, and visit my girlfriend's family in Philadelphia, along with Philly's great Christmas market and their awesome mulled wine.  My holiday retail job ended yesterday (free time!) and today I'm headed to PA with the girlfriend for New Year's, so I thought I'd take a moment to show you guys a couple of the awesome vintage-themed gifts I received, because this year, my seriously generous family nailed it.

Tequila Mockingbird 



So this isn't technically vintage-themed, but it's perfect for a lover of classic literature and a good cocktail--and let's be honest, that's every vintage girl out there.  For you noir fans:


And my personal favorite:


Hysterical-- no pun intended!



Vintage Notions 


One of my sisters gave me this book, and I'll continue to be wowed by it throughout the year.  "An inspirational guide to needlework, cooking, sewing, fashion, and fun," Vintage Notions is a beautiful book that's based on the work of the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, a school for women ran by Mary Brooks Picken from 1916-1934 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  It was a really remarkable school, and the first of its kind to be dedicated to the education of women, both as preparation for home life and as a way to learn a useful, profitable trade.  The author, Amy Barickman, pieced together the Institute's newsletters to create an amazing snapshot of the period, and the book includes recipes, sewing patterns, essays, and fashion articles-- it's really amazing.




This article I find particularly interesting-- it's of course a great look into the evolution of fashion, but even more fascinating, it's a look at how garments would have been refashioned, giving some hints toward correct dating.



My grandmother's class ring



This present means so much to me.  I've said before, I'm not much into jewelry, but this ring is an exception.  It was my paternal grandmother's class ring, and besides just being a beautiful vintage piece, it's so wonderful to have something of hers, particularly since she's no longer with us.






I also received a gorgeous silk blouse from my sister and a 1940s suit jacket from my brother that I'll show you all in an outfit post, once I've gotten in a few more yoga classes and a few fewer holiday desserts.  My girlfriend also got me some wonderful vintage-appropriate foundation garments that I uh, won't necessarily model, but which you'll see at work in future posts!  

I'm really excited to ring in the new year tomorrow--2013's been a challenge, but it's also brought me to some awesome people and opportunities.  I have a few things planned for 2014 that I hope will make this year even better, and I wish the same for you all--a wonderful new year, full of hope and promise!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas Sweaters: On the Twelfth Day...

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Sweaters,
My friend gave to me--
A Dickensian couple skating…




…a creepy peeping Santa...


the French word for Christmas...


                    
…trees and trees and trees...
a sequin Santa Claus...
a classy Christmas tree!

…beaded holly leaves...

…and a white, sequined icicle frieze!


Sweatpants + No Makeup = Holiday Attire.

My last sweater for the series is a couple skating in a winter wonderland.  I saved it for last because of its immense detail and high quality.


Their cheeks are pink sequins!


Each package on the bench has an actual bow, and the gentleman's
spats have actual beads, and have a patent finish!

The lower back has this adorable detail, skates and a  little carrying case!
My friend Jaime bought this for me in Boston, and I love every single part of it.  There's small shoulder pads for structure, and it's a very sturdy knit, with all the original embellishments still present.  It's my most intricate sweater, and the finale to my Twelve Days of Christmas Sweaters series.  So Merry Christmas to all, Happy Holidays, and hey-- make the yuletide gay!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas Sweaters: On the Eleventh Day...

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas Sweaters,
The Eighties gave to me--
A creepy peeping Santa…







the French word for Christmas...





…lots of red poinsettias...
                    
…trees and trees and trees...
European Santas...

a festive beaded vest… 
a classy Christmas tree!




a sequin Santa Claus...
…beaded holly leaves...
…knit poinsettias...
…and a white, sequined icicle frieze!


This is, at one and the same time, one of my best and creepiest sweaters, and I had to post I on Christmas Eve, the very day Santa Claus comes to visit. Because Santa peering in your window before delivering gifts?  You better watch out, indeed.



Never has that song sounded more like the tag line to a slasher film. 

Seriously, he's pressing a mittened hand against the window. I'm getting creeped out as I type. Obviously, I had to buy this sweater when I found it in Baltimore three years ago, and I'm proud to say this little weirdo actually began my collection. 

So hey, happy holidays everybody, and check back in tomorrow for the finale of the Twelve Days of Christmas Sweaters!



Monday, December 23, 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas Sweaters: On the Tenth Day...


On the Tenth Day of Christmas Sweaters,
Santa gave to me--
The French word for "Christmas"…










…lots of red poinsettias...
                    
…trees and trees and trees...
European Santas...

a festive beaded vest… 
a classy Christmas tree!



a sequin Santa Claus...
…beaded holly leaves...
…knit poinsettias...
…and a white, sequined icicle frieze!



I really hate flash, but today's such a gross, overcast day, I had no choice.  This is one of those sweaters I'm unashamed to say I'll be wearing again, once I have a tad more choice about what to wear it with!  It has such a great 40s shape to it, I think it'd look great with a skirt, pumps, and a 40s updo.

Flash is the worst.  But check out those shoulders!



Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas Sweaters: On the Ninth Day...

On the Ninth Day of Christmas Sweaters,
Brooklyn gave to me--
Even more poinsettias...







                    
…trees and trees and trees...
European Santas...

a festive beaded vest… 
a classy Christmas tree!



a sequin Santa Claus...
…beaded holly leaves...
…knit poinsettias...
…and a white, sequined icicle frieze!


I found this sweet, bright poinsettia sweater at the first Brooklyn Night Bazaar of the year.  I'm really glad it was there, because other than this sweater (and the Third Day's sweater, which I bought together), the bazaar was a bust--mostly artisan pickle sellers and 90s duds.  And 90s clothes are great, but I need to get over having worn them the first time around.

This knit is so bright and happy, with gold flecks, it'll be a nice antidote to the overcast (but warm!) weather today.


Today's unseasonable warm in New York--we're talking a balmy 70 degrees out, the world is basically ending--so I'll actually be able to just wear this sweater over my black dress to work, maybe with a trench coat.  Having a holiday retail job's been great in a number of ways, but boy, I'll be glad to go back to wearing anything but black!