365 Vintage Days: Museum of Natural Sciences

A day at the museum of Natural Sciences, with our god-daughter. Walking among dinosauruses and other natural wonders felt like being a child again. And even more so when we ended in a playground… and had fun with the swings. How fun can one have with a 6-year-old.

I was wearing a grey and pink woolen skirt, with a matching wrap, a pink cashmere sweater and a grey wool jacket. I had pink plastic jewelry and black ballerinas as well as a grey purse (I am still looking for matching grey ballerinas or wedges).

I found the skirt and wrap set last Spring from a small vintage shop in San Bernardino, California but I almost did not buy it: the reason? it was badly damaged by moths and full of holes, especially the wrap! Yet, the fabric is such that the holes are not easily seen, unless you look for them. The price -10 dollars -convinced me to give it a try. I had to do a lot of mending and I may be able to use the set only a couple of times. I also have to be ready for damage when I wash or dry-clean it but I am happy I bought it.
The pink cashmere sweater is from Rainbow Vintage, at Viva Las Vegas weekender, also last spring. The jacket is from Tamara and Cyril’s vintage stall at a R’n’R weekender in the UK a couple of years ago (they also have an etsyshop: dixiefried). The pink plastic earrings are from France and purchased in the late 80’s or early 90’s and the bracelet… well I do not recall. The grey and funny shaped purse is from a vintage stall at the ”Talvi Heikki” vintage and curiosa event in Turku, last March. The ballerinas are modern ones.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Paris

Back from a long break again… the end of the year has been busy, with Christmas in France and organising our traditional New Year’s Eve party at home. And above all, I have been, and I am still strugling to get rid of a long and tough flue. I have been wearing vintage, as usual, including a number of outfits that I have not posted yet but I did not get pictures. Hence, I’ll be again presenting outfits from a little older pictures, such as this one.

The center piece of this outfit is a black, long sleeved blouse, with hand painted Paris cityscapes and rhinestones. The sleeves button like with cuff-links and all the buttons are like small clocks.
I wore the blouse with dark turquoise cigarette pants and a slim belt with metal hinges. Then black penny loafers, a black bucket bag and turquoise blue charm bracelet and earrings.

I purchased the skirt on etsy from my friend Coralie (her shop is called ”MademoiselleCoco”) a couple of years ago. I love it but I try not to wear it too often: I am afraid that the paintings would fade from too frequent washing. The pants are from ebay. The penny loafers are modern ones, but a classical model and I added the necessary pennies. The purse is from an Antique mall in Oregon or in Washington state two years ago. The bracelet is from a vintage shop in Saint Augustine (Florida) and the belt from the ”Apparel from the past” vintage shop in Baroda, Michigan.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Turquoise and white separate set

Lately I have not had much time to take pictures on outfits and the weather has not really helped me either…

Luckily, I have pictures of outfits taken earlier this year but not presented yet. Here is one, with pics dating from late May 2013, at the Oiler’s MCC vintage flea market. I was wearing a woolen skirt and top set, in white and turquoise. I love matching separate sets and this one was a really nice find.

The skirt looks like a straight pencil skirt on the front, with nice detailed pockets, but the back has a great flare and a A-line. Really nicely designed. The sweater is short sleeved, with turquoise details at the sleeves and collar. I also had a vinyl padded and scalloped belt, a vinyl purse and simple white ballerinas. The final touch came from a large turquoise bangle and plastic turquoise and white triffari’s earrings.

Most of the pics were taken in front of our friend’s 65 Dodge Monaco.

I found this great set from the ”2nd street antique mall” in Milwaukee in September 2012. The belt is from VintagEija’s, in July or August 2012. The purse is from an antique mall in Vancouver (Washington) in spring 2012 and the bangle from an antique mall in California a few years earlier. I have owned the earrings for so many years that I do not remember where I got them from. The ballerinas are modern ones.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Animal print and felt

Ooops… I ’ve been away for some time, basically due to too much business travelling and busy times at work. But I am back now!

And here is again a felt skirt: simple black with large asymetrical animal print pockets. Stylish, isn’t it? Of course I have to wear it with a black top and animal print accessories: a belt, earrings and purse. When the pics were taken, I had not yet purchased animal print ballerinas… hence the simple black ones and black bakelite bangles.

I have used this outfit at several occasions but got pictures of it only once, last may. It was at a car show – again – in Tampere and in front of a friend’s hot rod project.

I bought the skirt last spring at the Meow vintage shop in Long Beach, California. The belt is from ebay-UK, the purse from ebay-US and the earrings I would say from a vintage dealer at the Viva Las Vegas weekender last spring. The belt is unfortunately dark navy blue and not black but so nice otherwise that I wear it also with black. The sweater is an old purchase, which is so versatile that I often wear it.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Collecting stamps?

Today is not about a felt skirt but about a flannel skirt – also quite warm – with a stamp collection print. I have used this skirt a couple of times, with different accessories: salmon pink or pink. The first time was at a vintage fair last spring in Helsinki at the Savoy Theater and a second time in October, at an American car show in Lahti.
I paired the skirt with a pink cashmere sweater, or a pink and salmon long sleeve cashmere cardigan, a pink belt with Chess figures and pink costume jewelry.
Here at the Savoy:

And in Lahti:

I cannot tell which are the best accessories to enhance to print of the skirt. I think both go well: pink or salmon?

I purchased this skirt last March from the Swellegant vintage shop in Newport beach, south of Los Angeles. The pink sweater is from Rainbow Vintage’s stall at the Viva Las Vegas weekender last spring. The belt is from etsy and is a recent purchase. The salmon ballerinas and purse are from a vintage shop in Stockholm, a couple of years ago. The pink purse is from an internet dealer, years ago. The pink clamp bracelet is from an antique mall in Mannitowoc, Wisconsin, in August 2012. The pink and salmon cardigan has been in my collection for over 20 years and was purchased in Paris.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Souvenir from Ottawa

Mid-October I went to Ontario on business and had to spend the weekend in Ottawa. I visited the parliament and the Natural Sciences Museum and also did some shopping. I had no time to really prepare for this part of my trip, appart from a quick internet search into vintage shops in Ottawa. I found five shops that seemed promising. My shopping day was a small disapointment: of the five shops I picked up from my internet search, three did not exist anymore, one was selling only 70’s to 90’s vintage and one – Ragtime Vintage Clothing (43 Flora St.) – did have nice 30’s to 80’s clothing. Including a couple of really great pieces that were unfortunately much too big for me.
My only purchase was a black felt skirt, with colorful felt flowers all around. A nice skirt indeed!

I wore it a week after purchase, at a R’n’R party in Hyvinkää, north of Helsinki, together with a baby blue cashmere sweater, baby blue shoes (heels at the beginning of the party, canvas wedges at the end), baby blue purse, costume jewelry and a black leather belt with multicolor rhinestones.

My baby blue purse has a flower lock, so I thought it would be a nice match with a flower skirt. I bought it on ebay, together with an identical pink one, early 2010. The belt is also from ebay. The blue plastic loop earrings are from a shop called the ”Vintage Vortex” in Hollywood and purchased last April. The charm bracelet is one of my first ones, bought in 1999 from a small antique shop on Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas. The baby blue wedges are from Nina Peltonen’s vintage stall at the Classic Car show in Lahti, in May 2012. The baby blue cashmere sweater is from Boss Vintage stall at the Viva Las Vegas weekender in 2011.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Tragedia and Comedia

I am in a middle of a felt skirt fever and I have been purchasing 4 new ones during the past couple of months. And wearing felt skirts ”all the time”. Hence, be prepared to see a few of them in my next posts. The first of my new acquisitions is a dark grey felt skirt with a red tragedia mask and a white comedia mask and red, yellow, green ribbons. I wore it early October at the Oilers’ flea market in Helsinki, together with a yellow sweater, a red belt, purse and balerinas, red loop earrings and a gold tone and red charm bracelet, with comedia-tragedia mask charms.

I purchased this skirt on etsy mid september and it had just been delivered a few days before the flea market. The sweater is also from etsy but is a much older acquisition. The charm bracelet is from the US, probably from an antique mall, last spring. My red purse is an ebay find, dating back years ago. My red leather belt is from Rainbow Vintage’s stall at the Viva Las Vegas R’n’R weekender.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Business in Blue and Brown

Vintage suits form the base of my business style. I have different ones, in different colours and this blue one with brown fur accent at the collar is one of my favorite fall suits. It is slightly too large for me but altering it would probably be a difficult job. On the other hand, I like it too much to sell it away. So I wear it!

I have no one to take pictures of my outfits at work, so these pictures were taken at home, after work… That day, I also wore a brown sweater (repro), brown heels, belt and I had a brown purse. I keep jewelry at a low level at work, so I only had gold loop earrings.

The skirt is a simple one but the jacket has bat-wing sleeves and a nice blouse-back. The warm and soft fur collar has been added later and can be removed for dry cleaning. I am a real fan of blue and brown color combination so this suit was really a great find. For a bargain price, in September 2012, at and antique mall in Atlantic City (Illinois).

I purchased the heels from a small vintage shop Rue des Rosiers, in the Paris Clignancourt flea market area years ago. The purse is from the Oilers’ flea market last spring.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Window shopping at VintagEija’s

Last weekend, we travelled to Turku. On sunday we went to the RetroMarket & Brunch vintage event (Retrotori & Brunssi), organised for the 13th time in a preserved 1940’s industrial setting. More exactly, in the canteen of the former Hellas factory (later Leaf), which produced candies and chocolates well known to all the Finnish kids since the early years of the 20th century. Hellas factory’s production lines stopped late 2006, as the production was relocated abroad. Fortunately the buildings have remained, home to many small companies, including a vintage shop: Evergreen garderobi and the canteen is still in its original shape and still serving food. The RetroMarket & Brunch is a really cool event, with good food for the brunch, good music (mainly 1950’s and 60’s), a vintage fashion show and good vintage shopping.

On saturday, we spent some time at VintagEija’s shop (Eerinkinkatu 37, Turku) and took a couple of pictures of the day’s outfit in front of the shop.
I was wearing a simple blue and white woolen dress, with faux buttons, looking like one would have a blue coat with a white dress under. I also had blue costume jewelry and white ballerinas and box purse. My hair was a bit messy, after trying on clothes in the shop… By the way, the mannequins in the window are both vintage ones… and aren’t they nicely dressed?

I bought this dress last spring from Sneaky Tiki vintage shop in Long Beach. The purse if from Debby’s vintage stall at the Rockabilly Rave (or at the Rhythm Riot) weekender in the UK some years ago. The blue lucite bracelet and earrings are from Flash Harry’s vintage stall at the Rockabilly Rave this june.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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365 Vintage Days: Office wear

My work involves a lot of meetings, planning and writing so I spend most of my time inside a clean and nice office. I often wear vintage suits, or skirts and sweaters. This type of outfit is easy, comfortable, very suitable for the office and does not rise eyebrows. I have summer, fall and winter suits, in different colours and materials.

One on my late summer suit is made of red slightly shinny cotton with black details. Since I bought it in spring 2012 in Portland, I have used it pretty often, that is when the weather is warm enough. I have now stored it for winter (Helsinki is already experiencing freezing temperatures).

Pictures were taken late September on the way back home and at home, after a long day at work and dinner in town with my husband. My coat is a red and black light satin like material, with a princess cut, purchased this summer from a friend. It fits really nicely with my suit but it is really more a coat for summer evenings than for winter so I also had to store it away, waiting for spring.

I also had a red and black purse that I use very often to go to work, because it is roomy and practical. I also had black heels, red gloves and a black sweater. And black loop earrings but no bracelet as I find charm bracelets or bangles unpractical when using a computer and mouse.

365 Vintage Days

365 vintage days was a bet and a challenge. From March 2011 to March 2012, during 365 days, I published every day a new post with a different vintage outfit and had you witnessing the challenge. I have been buying and wearing 50’s clothing and accessories – most of it casual - for more than twenty years and I am still doing so. This blog now continues ...

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