Category Archives: vintage

New at my Etsy Store – Vintage Jewelry!

OMG PILE OF SPARKLY

Still in time to order for the holidays, I’m now offering lovely vintage jewelry for sale at my Etsy store! Check out all that’s for sale by clicking here.

And don’t forget – everything is still 25% off from now through Christmas, with free shipping on orders over $50! Jewelry and scarves are fool-proof gift ideas for the one-of-a-kind vintage loving lady in your life (especially if that lady is you!).

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Hell yeah, it’s a holiday sale!

NOW THROUGH CHRISTMAS, at my Etsy shop!

 

Party on! Right now, everything in my shop is 25% off, which is a great start to a happy holidays for you and the vintage lovers in your life! Better still, all orders of $50 and more get FREE SHIPPING within the US!

Treat yourself to holiday gems, like this early 1960s mink trimmed suit.

Was $145.00, now only $109.00!

Or this warm and stylish velvet and tweed cape from Raymond of London!

Was $70.00, now only $52.50!

Turn up the holiday bling in this Victoria Royal sweater:

Regular price $29.99, now only $22.50

Splurge on yourself with this incredible and rare 1950s/60s Louisa Spagnoli dress:

Regular $175.00, now only $130.00

Or show off a perky pink version of holiday cheer in this Lilli Diamond party dress!

Marked down from $50.00 to only $37.50

There’s no wrong way to save money, and it’s not naughty to be nice to yourself! So give the gift of vintage – scarves and handbags are a great one-size-fits all stocking stuffer, and you can always find something in your size (no matter large or small!) and start dropping links and hints on your Secret Santa!

So get shopping already!

Guess who’s back!

I’m back, from outer space! (or, from Alabama.)

So, about all that blogging I was planning on doing on the joys of costuming? Didn’t happen. For the last couple months, I’ve been so busy I barely had time to keep up with my email, much less my blog. But, I had a great time in spite of the stress and challenges, and most importantly, the show looked FANTASTIC. I know I am a bit biased, but the costumes were excellent and the cast looked gorgeous.

And now, life is back to normal.

Which means that my Etsy shop is back to normal, too! Most importantly, my shipping schedule is back to normal. I have about a million new things to post, so check back here or at my store for the latest. Expect a major sale in the very near future, as well – it’s a little late for spring cleaning (at least in Florida, anyway), but I’m ready to clean house all the same! I will, of course, post all about it when the time comes.

I feel like I’m slowly reacquainting myself with the internet at large – I’ve had such limited time to keep myself informed about the fashion world and what’s going on in the realm of vintage clothes. Here are a few things that caught my eye of late:

Couture Allure’s 4 part series looking at the designs of Luis Estevez – so gorgeous:

1960 Part 1

1960 Part 2

1961 Part 1

1961 Part 2


The Sartorialist has been running a vintage photo contest, with some really stunning selections. They’re peppered throughout his blog, but check out some of my favorites:

“With the Boys”

“Majorca”

“Eatmore”

“Alejandro & Mom”


Michelle Obama in Peter Soronen, on Mrs. O:

She’s so pretty! Click the picture for the full link, with more shots of this beautiful ensemble.


The FIDM Museum Blog posted a great interview with Deborah Cook, costume designer for the animated film Coraline: read it here.


That’s all for now. I’m glad to be back! Don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop for pretty vintage things!

New Book! Vera: The Art And Life Of An Icon

The Vera Company’s blog announced today that their new book, “Vera: The Art And Life Of An Icon”, is now available for purchase on Anthropologie.com. The book is described as, “a chronicle of the career of the incomparable designer, artist and entrepreneur Vera Neumann, who built her company on the philosophy that fine art should be available to everyone.” Vintage fashion enthusiasts, as well as many others who enjoy textile and graphic design, have long since loved Vera Neumann and her bold prints. I can’t wait to check this book out and see what gems it contains!

Link via The Vera Company; book available for purchase from Anthropologie.

Cheap Vintage Stuff! New Markdowns on Etsy

I’m going from non-existent to friggin’ prolific. Two blog posts in one day! What is the world coming to? But enough about my avalanche of motivation – there’s cheap stuff to be had.

Look @ the Sale section on Heavenly Vintage!

Here’s a sampling of the recent markdowns:

Mondi Scarf
40% off this red silk scarf from German fashion house Mondi – Regular $13.00, now only $8.00

Miss Hong Dress
50% off this celery green XL shirtwaist sheath dress – Regular $22.00, now $11.00

Fabrice Dress
25% off this rare Fabrice beaded pop art mini dress – Regular $60.00, now $45.00

Dior Track Jacket
30% off this vintage track jacket from Christian Dior Le Connaisseur – Regular $25.00, now $17.50

Miss Elliette Dress
25% off this fabulous floral 60s gown from Miss Elliette – Regular $45.00, now $33.00

Schrader
50% off this slinky disco wrap dress from Abe Schrader – Regular $25.00, now $12.50

But wait – there’s more! No, really, there are more good deals in my Etsy store. And, since I’m a productivity train that just can’t stop, expect to see more lowered prices in addition to new items very soon.

New On Etsy

Lots of New Stuff @ Heavenly Vintage!

Well, guess who decided to finally come back from her vacation and get some work done. Click the pics below to look at all the pretty new shinies on Etsy – and there’s more to come, so check back soon!

Dots Secretary Dress
Pop Art Mod 90s Bodycon Dress 60s Dress by Alan Phillips for Jeremy
Tori Richard Fritzi of California
Tori Richard Atomic Tiki Maxi Fritzi of California Sexy Secretary Blouse
Kasper ASL Kilt
80s Minimalist Chic Sheath Dress Bannockbane Tartan Wool Kilt
Catalina Mehndi
60s Catalina Swimsuit Cover Up Maxi Indian Mehndi Print Curvy Sheath Dress

Link Explosion – Dialing it in for the New Year

My natural laziness and the holiday blitz have conspired to keep me away from blogging recently, and in fact are still conspiring to keep me from doing any meaningful blogging now. Instead I’ve compiled a link-tastic link-splosion of deliciously linky links to the fashion-related whatnot that’s caught my eye of late. By badly generalized category, let’s begin with…

SHAMELESS BUDDY PROMOTION:


image from Fucked at the Ballet

Go get Fucked at the Ballet! It’s a smart(ass) blog for smart(ass) dancers, written by my homegirl. Read it if you are a dancer, if you were a dancer, if you are dating a dancer, or if you watched Center Stage and have since been tempted to end all arguments by rudely declaring, “I am the best goddamn dancer at the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you? Nobody.”


BLOGGING HYPERBOLE:

The New York Times explains how Prada (and others) don’t know how to use these mysterious inter-nets; and did you know Alexander McQueen did a live broadcast of his most recent runway show? Had you heard that mentioned before? Maybe once, or twice, or all the goddamn time?

The New York Times would also like to know if you have heard of these “fashion bloggers”? The fashion industry has!


image from Gawker

Gawker has, too, in this hilariously spot-on rebuttal to the above NYT article. They say it better than I could, so go read theirs and imagine me saying, “Yeah, uh huh, exactly that!” at the end.


EVERYTHING OLD [IS STILL OLD, BUT THAT’S COOL, TOO]:

Mad Men provides fodder for yet another fashion related article; this time for aspiring Roger Sterlings and the re-emergence of the well dressed young man, specifically in contrast to the particularly unfashionable older generation. My dad’s style icon is Brett Favre, so yeah, this article is pretty spot on.


image from FIDM Museum & Galleries

The FIDM Museum & Galleries blog serves up some tasty 70s Marimekko treats. This blog is always full of both eye and brain candy, and I adore Marimekko anything. Yum yum yum!

Lizzie at The Vintage Traveler posted
an interview with Theresa LeQuay, a vintage pattern collector and designer. It’s a great piece that combines a few of my favorite things – sewing, designing, and collecting vintage.


OMG SO PRETTY:


image via The Glossy

The Glossy has pictures of Balenciaga’s Spring 06 collection, illuminated over glowing mannequins that highlight their impeccable design and fantastically sculptural shapes. The photos were taken for Pop Magazine, because I apparently needed an excuse to hunt down one more overpriced, picture heavy fashion mag for my ever-expanding stash.


image via sandrabacklund.com

Worn Through looks at some of Sandra Backlund’s mind blowing knit designs. Bonus points for the picture of glamorous alien Tilda Swinton looking like one of the yarn people of Nylar 4 (and double bonus points to you if you catch that reference).

An all-too-quick look into the workshop/laboratory of Maison Martin Margiela. Anybody that’s ever saved an innocuous piece of junk from a trash can, and then fired up the hot glue gun with the intention of gluing that piece of junk to another piece of junk to create a new, larger, more creative piece of junk, wishes that they got these kind of results. It’s really the highest attainable state for every duct-tape-prom-dress-wearing-crafty-so-and-so that ever dreamed the dream of making something from nothing. Myself included, minus the duct tape prom dress.


image via The Pipeline

The Pipeline on Refinery29 shows off hand made papercut origami wig hats. So pretty. I haven’t even gotten into my eternal and abiding love for all things origami on this blog, but suffice to say, origami FTW.


Those links should keep you busy for a while – at least long enough for me to cowboy up and get back on the blogging train. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the last dregs of your holiday season, and enjoy your new year with tidings of comfort, joy, and all the cheap champagne you can get your grubby paws on, you lush.

Dressing the Vintage Man (part one: fitting suits; mustaches optional)

Men Cover
Hey, bro! Tom Selleck called! He wants his musta…oh, wait…no, hang on…sorry, he says he wants to know where you got your suit. My bad, I got my messages mixed up. It’s my first day; I’m just a temp.

I picked up this little gem at a thrift store a while back, and just recently got around to scanning in the photos. It’s called “Sewing for Men and Boys,” with a copyright date of 1973, and it has a lot of practical advice in regards to its creatively named title. It also has some hilariously dated pictures of dudes, and some fashion ensembles that make me feel a little funny because I think they might have gone right around the bend of being “so retro it hurts” into the territory of “possibly wearable today, by the right man in the right situation with the right attitude.” I’m going to use these pics as blog fodder over a series of a few posts, mainly because I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with the potency of the doubleknit polyester that’s to come. You can click the “Dressing the Vintage Man” tag at the bottom of this post to list the whole series.

But first, we’ve got a mustache to discuss:

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Click for bigger. Bigger moustache, that is!

If anyone is able to get past the ferret sleeping on this dapper dude’s face, you might actually notice that the suit is pretty slick, if slightly dated. I’m a real sucker for a pinstripe, but it definitely takes a certain amount of je ne sais quoi* in the je ne sais où** to go for the stripe-on-stripe-on-stripe trifecta for the suit, shirt, and tie (and is that a polka dot pocket square? be still, my heart). Overall, I think if this guy were coming on to me at a bar (smelling like the bucket seat in an Alfa Romeo and ordering me Harvey Wallbanger after Harvey Wallbanger), I would give the 3-punch combo of his Fruit Stripe ensemble a thumbs up, and at the very least, a big fat E for effort. Right before the GHB kicked in and I fell off my barstool.

Whether or not the suit is to your taste, I think the fitting advice is still pretty solid. We may not have a lot of use for info about bell bottom trousers for men, but if one is so inclined to wear them, at least he now knows the guidelines for the way they ought to fit.

I’ll let everyone mull over this sartorial splendor and practical advice for now, and we’ll revisit this time capsule soon. Discuss amongst yourself if you mentally used the term “Italian Stallion” while gazing at our be-facial-haired model above.

*brass
**balls

Sh!t I Can’t Afford Sunday – Velvet Edition

The holidays make me crave velvet. And rum-spiked eggnog, but that’s another story. Anyway, I’ve rounded up a few pieces that are making me consider a North Pole hostile takeover scheme – I’m assuming there must be elves up there with the sewing capabilities of a Hong Kong bespoke tailor – so that Santa and I can discuss my Christmas list face to face. Starting with this piece from my imaginary boyfriend Alexander McQueen (we’re very in love):

Seriously, you guys. This. Dress. It’s killing me. I want it so hard. I keep trying to think of something clever to say about it but I’m getting stymied by the fact that every time I look at it, my heart aches in a manner normally induced by surprised kittens and Welsh Corgi puppies. Here’s more pictures; weep with me:
Red McqueenRed Mcqueen
images from Alexander McQueen
Now burst into tears, because it costs $3,395.00 oh no wait it’s on sale for $2,039.00.
Ugh. I can’t even talk about this one. Moving on.
Because I’m a glutton for punishment, here’s another McQueen piece. This time in navy, and cocktail length, but still with the 30s inspired silk velvet drape.
Alexander Mcqueen BlueAlexander Mcqueen Blue
images from Net-A-Porter
This one’s on Net-a-Porter, for the low, low price of $1,638. Merry Christmas, everybody! You don’t own this dress.
You also probably don’t own this dress from Diane Von Fursternberg, but it’s at least slightly more attainable at $325.00.
DVF DVF
images from Net-A-Porter
While it’s out of my price range, it’s juuuust close enough to where it’s got me considering credit cards and limits and payment plans. I’m either going to need more or less rum – and fast – or I’m going to get into trouble.
On the vintage side of things, I need this in my life:
1920s Opera Coat
image from Unforgettable Vintage
From Unforgettable Vintage on Etsy, this reversible velvet and metallic brocade opera coat from the 1920s will set you back 1,400 bucks, but my goodness! Unforgettable, indeed!

Well, with my amazon.com wish list updated and the ninth commandment well and thoroughly broken (that’s the one about coveting your neighbor’s ass, ya’ll), I’m going to bring this to a close. I have a few red velvet Christmas bows left over from decorating, so I think I’ll go stick them to my head and pretend to be glamorous. Til next time!

Decade Hopping on Style.com – Get the Look

Decade Hopping with Tommy Ton
Over on Style.com, photographer Tommy Ton tracks the return of the eighties and seventies to street style. See some of the key elements and how to wear the looks after the jump.
Tommy Ton Leather DressTommy Ton Over The Knee Boots

Eighties looks include leather, zippers, and tall boots, with the ubiquitous biker jackets that are cropping up everywhere. Get the look with a zip front leather mini dress or over the knee suede boots, both available at Heavenly Vintage on Etsy.

Studded Leather Dress Over The Knee Boots


Seventies styles are softer and more relaxed, like these slouchy trench and safari style jackets. Neutral palettes make them chic and casual.

 

Tommy Ton CoatTommy Ton Coat

Get the look with this reversible black and tan trenchcoat, or a simple khaki windbreaker with ruching and buckle details.

Black and Tan Reversible Trench Tan Windbreaker


Blazers are also a key seventies look. Nicely tailored detail looks perfect when paired with bohemian skirts or cowl necklines.
Tommy Ton BlazerTommy Ton Blazer

 

Get the look with this smart velvet blazer from the famous Paris label Rodier.
Rodier Velvet Blazer


Fashion is always looking back as it moves ahead; use these opportunites to flaunt one-of-a-kind vintage pieces with contemporary pairings!