365 Vintage Days: End of the High Rockabilly party

For the last evening of the High Rockabilly weekender in September, I wore a Shaheen silk teatimer dress, cream colored with mainly red and blue fan prints. This kind of dress is opened on the side up to the hips and hence normally worn with pedal pushers or capris. This one did not have the matching pedal pushers anymore so VintagEija’s had to make new ones, in blue.
This dress, which I purchased from etsy a couple of years ago is easy to match with blue or red but also has greens and black in the print. For the High Rockabilly I had chosen blue costume jewelry and red ballerinas and purse.

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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: Celebrating 100th birthday

Today let me bring you back to late August, when two of our friends organised a Rock ’n Roll party in Helsinki to celebrate their 50 + 50 birthdays, hence 100th.
We enjoyed three great bands and the presence of many friends, in a former movie theater.
I was wearing a yellow ”Alix of Miami” linen-like dress, with white and green embroidered cotton flowers and leaves. I also had yellow and green costume jewelry set, yellow and green sling back heels and a green box purse.

This dress is one of my best finds, from an Antique Mall, in Michigan City, Indiana: it is really nice, just my size, in pristine condition and cost me less than what two movie tickets would cost in Helsinki. Together with this great dress, I also bought a few others, from the same dealer, in that same antique mall, in September 2012. A couple of days later I found the heels from ”Apparel from the past”, in Baroda, Michigan. The purse is from ebay. The jewelry set is from a small vintage jewelry shop on Newport Avenue in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego, California.

For this birthday, I was not the only one dressing up, all the guys and gals dressed smart, like my friends Erru and Taru, who took the pictures for this post.

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: Red Shaheen dress

I rarely wear a new outfit the day I buy it… I’d rather wait to be back home and for the next good opportunity. So, party outfits that I have bought for example at the Viva Las Vegas weekender in spring would be taken out of my closet only in early summer at the earliest. Yet, there are exceptions to any ”rule”.

I made one such exception for a red and black shaheen sarong dress which I purchased at the High Rockabilly’s fleamarket this year: within hours of my purchase I was already strolling on the beach in my new treasure.

I just love this dress! It is in fair condition, although missing a side tab that would normally keep the sarong side in place (it’s now on my repair list). And that same day I also bought a resin necklace, in black, red and white, newly made using vintage resin elements and a vintage chain. Of course, I needed to have also matching shoes, purse, earrings and bangles… black and red… which I had luckily packed with me from Finland, to complement some other outfits.

I can’t wait for next summer to wear this dress again…

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: Black and Gold Hawaian Style

This black and gold Hawaian dress, with the one-shoulder scarf was one of my great finds at the Rockabilly Rave’s vintage flea market. For sure, it was not a dress I got for a fiver but I was very happy to buy it. It’s in pristine condition, Hawaian /Oriental style and yet different.

I paired it with my gold tone ”Florida handbags” labeled lucite purse and my black and gold costume jewelry set. For a real nice look I should have had gold tone high heels or springolators but I opted for simple – and comfortable – gold tone remix repro wedges. And that’s because we were at the High Rockabilly weekender and I wanted to dance!

I bought the purse from an antique mall in Florida a couple of years ago and the costume jewelry set from another antique mall, in Portland, Oregon, in spring 2012.

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: Nylon dress

Nylon was a revolutionnary fibre in the 1950’s and advertised for its ease of care, easy to clean, not need to iron… Those of you who have worn nylon blouses or dresses may remember that these are not always as confortable as advertised or even easy to care for and get really clean. And finding a nylon dress or blouse in pristine condition can be surprisingly difficult… On the other end, what is more symbolic of the 1950’s than a transparent full skirt nylon dress, with a matching slip?

Back in the early 1990’s I had one gorgeous yellow nylon dress, missing the slip and hence pretty difficult to use. I wore it a couple of times and ended up selling it. In the early 2000’s I bought another nylon dress, baby blue this time, without its slip, from a shop in Seattle, and ended up selling it too…. Until this summer I did not have any nylon dress in my closet.

Then Fran visited Helsinki early June and we went shopping. In Nasta Vintage shop I found – well – an aqua and white nylon dress in very good condition, still with the matching slip. It was a little too large for me but that was not an issue at all for my friend Eija of VintagEija’s.

I wore the dress for the first time at the High Rockabilly weekender, together with a recently purchased aqua purse, baby blue heels and a white jewelry set.

I purchased the purse from ebay in August, the heels from the Rhythm Riot’s vintage flea market last November and the white enamelled metal costume jewelry set from an antique mall in the US some years ago. I also had a white orlon bolero, purchased from a friend 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: Blue bugs

I hate bugs! Especially the ones that bite. Yet, I have several pieces of clothing decorated with bugs and presented earlier in this blog , a dress and a blouse .

And I keep on buying clothes with bugs, like this mexican made black dress and poncho set, with embroidered and beaded turquoise bugs which I wore on Thursday night at the High Rockabilly weekender.

I also had a turquoise fabric belt, which actually belongs to another dress but had just the perfect colour for this set (none my leather turquoise belts matched that well). And then, a turquoise box purse (turquoise is not the original colour, it has been painted by one previous owner), turquoise and teal repro wedges, turquoise bangle and turquoise and black earrings.

I purchased the dress and poncho from Boss Vintage at the Viva Las Vegas vintage market last April. The purse is from the vintage flea market at the High Rockabilly weekender last September. My wedges are remix’s repros, from Remix’s own shop on Beverly Boulevard, in Hollywood. The bangle is from an antique mall in Fresno a couple of years ago and my earrings also from an antique mall somewhere in California.

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: Tarragona and the Romans

Tarragona, like Barcelona, was already a city in Roman times and offers really interesting remains: a amphitheater, a horserace circus, city walls, a roman forum, an aquaduct … just to name a few interresting sites. Hence, we continued our touristic journey before the High Rockabilly with a day in Tarragona.

I was wearing a floral print skirt, with a salmon pink blouse, pink accessories and plastic jewelry.

I found the skirt last September from a vintage shop called ”Apparel from the Past” located in Baroda, Michigan. The blouse is from the Power big meet’s swap meet in Västerås, and purchased a few years ago. The pink canvas wedges are from VintagEija’s, the pink purse is from ebay, the belt from Etsy. The pink plastic clamp bracelet is from an Antique mall in Wisconsin, the earrings are from … well I can’t remember.

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: Tourists in Barcelona

Before heading to the High Rockabilly Weekender, our friends and us spent a couple of days sightseeing in Barcelona. Barcelona has a lot to offer so we had to prioritize to make the most of it in a limited time. We focused on the great work of Architect Antonió Gaudi and visited two of the famous houses that he has designed: the Casa Pedrera and the Casa Batlló. We were not successful visiting the Sagrada Familia church, due to endless lines.

Here are a few pictures taken on the roof terrace of the Casa Pedrera.

I was wearing very simple yellow and black stripe capris, with a nice button detail at the leg, with a black blouse, black ballerinas, purse and gold loop earrings.

I purchased these capris from VintagEija’s. They were originally long cigarette pants but I wanted to have them shortened. Afterwards, I have been thinking that these would have been very cool in their original lenght too… But it is too late and they’re fine as capris.

I purchased the purse from the Viva Las Vegas car show last April.

The next day, we visited the Casa Batlló. A wonderful place! I was wearing a pink skirt, with a pink, white, black blouse with a cocktail theme. I also had a black belt and similar accessories as the day before.

I bought the skirt from a vintage shop in New York (Star Struck Vintage) years ago and the blouse from VintagEija’s in Spring 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: Holidays in Catalonia

I just recently landed back from a nice holiday in Catalonia, enjoying beautiful sites, great beaches and last but not least, the fantastic High Rockabilly Weekender. Although the weather this year was not as great as it normally is, we really had good time with our friends.

The next few posts will give an overview of the outfits I wore during the holiday, starting with our last day, at the beach.

I was wearing a pretty unusual cotton bathing suit, looking like a two piecer from the front, but actually a one piecer on the back. I also had red shorts, red ballerinas and a red beach bag. Because we were going to swim I limited my jewelry to my gold loop earrings. And my hair got messy from swimming… But it was so nice to have a swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean.

I bought this lovely swimming suit from a vintage shop called ”Night and Day” in Chicago (on Belmont Avenue) in September 2012. I heard that the shop would be closed now, and I do hope it’s only a rumour. It’s so sad to see so many good vintage shops closing down one after the other.
I bought the shorts from the High Rockabilly Flea Market, just a day before the pictures were taken. I do have other red shorts but I have been putting on so much extra weight that I had to buy bigger ones. The beach bag is a purchase from the Hemsby Rock ’n’ Roll weekender, over ten years ago.

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: Car Show at the Hamina Bastion

Hamina’s own american car club, the ”Hamina Street Cars” celebrated its 25th birthday and organised a Car Show at the Hamina Bastion. Our car was invited to the show and hence we spent a nice weekend in Hamina.
The show had more than 60 carefully selected classic and custom cars and bikes and was held at the Bastion, with is a covered outdoor area. And this was really a good thing because it rained almost all day.

After the car show, we spent the evening at one of our friend’s place, took a ride in his 1938 Cadillac Business Coupé and then headed to the city center to meet more friends.

Then we spent the night at the Karhula Manor, a few kilometers away.

I was wearing turquoise high waisted capris, with a calypso print white blouse, turquoise and black bangles and earrings, a black purse and ballerinas. As a back-drop for the pictures, I chose one of our friend’s 1959 Ford Fairlane 500, in turquoise and white.

I bought the capris from my friend Chatja early July, the blouse is from Sneaky Tiki, last September, the black box purse is from an Antique Mall in Milwaukee last August, the black bakelite bangle is from the Long Beach Flea Market, the turquoise ones (plastic) are from Sivletto. The black and turquoise earrings are from an antique mall in California.

And my picture, taken by a local journalist, Tarja Autio, ended up in the newpaper the next day.

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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