Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Distractions

Olga Spessiva in Swan Lake costume, 1934 / photographer Sydney Fox Studio, 3rd Floor, 88 King St, Sydney

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For the last two days i have been procrastinating, well i give myself the excuse of trying to find' inspiration' to sit my rump down and list thirty dresses by Friday, however every time I've attempted to sit down at my computer and focus on Etsy i get distracted! Its everything and anything that distracts me, mainly my trip next week to Burning Man and all the fun things i want to wear while dancing the night away! Its just been so much fun preparing for my trip next week that i sort of accidently put Etsy on the back burner, while i instead play dress up at all hours of the day and night. Last night i stayed up till the wee hours of the morning trying on every vaudeville burlesque circus piece i have and if that wasn't enough i spent a good portion of today prancing around in my ballet point slippers while wearing a 1920s teddy pretending to be anything as cool as these images, which i have been so incredibly inspired by and the feelings they provoke for my costume inspiration for Burning Man. Although i wont actually be wearing anything as stunning at these images but a girl can dream, right?

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However, i will be wearing my vintage ballet slippers and more 1920s lingerie teddies and slips than one could imagine for the week! So far i have packed everything i own in the shade of pastel pink, cream and anything with antique lace! Burning Man is the perfect place to get away with wearing nothing but vintage lingerie with a antique gentleman's top hat while dancing with a vintage umbrella in one hand and a drink in the other! If you have not been and are obsessed with costumes, art, the circus, and live performance, i highly reccomend you put Burning Man on your bucket list as a must do!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

new beginnings



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Although these photos aren't quite new,they are from a small adventure up to the Santa Monica Pier with my best friend while she was in town visiting earlier this summer. It was probably the funniest time i ever had at the Santa Monica Pier in years. We wasted no time getting ourselves a few ride passes for the roller coaster, the scrambler, and of course the Ferris wheel, but not before getting ourselves nice and stuffed on hot dogs and cotton candy! It was so much fun just to be be silly,eat and eat n' eat, and watch the sun go down with a picture perfect sunset!





while summer and its long beautiful sunsets are nearly coming to and end, and the new beginnings of fall will then soon be starting to turn over. Now,i am definitely not one to say an easy goodbye to summer, but I am very much looking forward to the seasons changes and the new beginnings for myself. Perhaps the biggest change but yet most challenging, will be me heading back to school! The decision for me to go back to school and finish my studies has been a very long and daunting decision i have tortured myself with thinking, and over thinking if even going back to school at this time was right for me. Its scary to admit but i have spent many days while i was in school and even this summer thinking that going back and finishing school this fall was just not the right thing for me at this time. I'm good at convincing myself out of things, however; at the end of the day and no matter how many times i have doubts about if this is the right thing for me, i'm also not ready to throw in the towel and make that decision without giving it another good run! That being said, i have no idea what the outlook for sib vintage holds as far as how many or how little updates that will be happen this fall, but what i can tell you is that lots of new and exciting things for the shops future are in the works and i'm even in the beginning stages of working on an entirely new and different endeavor but its what I'm MOST excited to share with you all in the future!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

When Things Were Pretty












These are some of my newest treasures from the 20s that the postman brought to me yesterday. Oh, how i wish he could bring things like this to me everyday, but don't we all? Lately i have noted how much my buying habits are so different than say someone who just doesn't wear vintage. For example; Earlier this week i wasn't able to rationalize myself going to Target and spending a few buckaroos for a pair of knee high stockings but i was quick to jump at spending $25 on one pair of old 1930s knee high stockings that have a few holes in them, need to be worn with care and can only be cleaned if i hand washed them. They were nearly identical to the ones offered at Target but didn't have what others would consider 'cons' when buying an item but what i would consider just to be character. Its silly, i know, but most of the time i really cant bring myself to spend my money on something new or reproduced when i know i can find something vintage(old, brittle and dirty) to spend my piggy bank on instead and come home much happier! To me things are that well worn, or scattered with holes or even stained are always more of an eye catcher than say something new new and fancy. Some of my most beloved treasures are the most damaged things i own.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Goodbye July



Hello kittens! I cant believe July is already over and August is here. Summer for me is just flying bye! These last couple of weeks i have sort of put myself in hiding. Since i had quite a hectic and wonderfully exciting beginning of summer with so much traveling and adventures, and now that everything is finally winding down and im slowly back to my routines, i have taken quite alot of time to just enjoy being a quiet hermit, day dreaming of all things pretty, and being swept away by the short stories and imagination of Joan Didion.






However, yesterday there was a small vintage show and it was every opportunity to pull back my covers, get out of bed, and mingle with society. The 1920s straw cloche hat in the first two photos is one of the treasures i brought home with me yesterday, but only after i had to put up a small fight to get it. The funny thing is I saw this very hat last year at the same show being sold by a different seller who only wanted pennies for this hat compared to what the lady who bought it and was now reselling it for yesterday. I remeber going home last year beating myself up for not snagging it when i first saw it, since then it has literally been one of the peices that has been haunting me in the back of mind and when i saw it yesterday from across the room my heart begin to flutter with excitement, and i quickly ran over to reunite with it. As i was walking over i was determined not to let this hat get away again. Unfortunately i had to suck it up and pay almost three times as much than when i first saw it for sale. But, im not too worried because i plan on wearing this for the rest of the summer flocking under the sun on the beach, while catching up on my reading!
I hope July was just as kind to you, as it was to me! Hello August.