Wednesday, November 30, 2011

♥ Custard Heart Girl ♥

time for another edition of "girls in custard heart vintage" where i find out a little bit more about who exactly is keeping me in business.  this time i'm chatting with striking redhead, rebecca crowther, a classic girl with a classic name, who resides in sacramento, california. she's a lady with some serious style who knows exactly what she likes and exactly what works for her. case in point: check her out in the navy silk number she bought from the shop. she's also got an amazing selection of vintage in her adorably entitled etsy shop, "have love will travel."

who are you with in the photos?  That’s Liv and Alex, two of my closest companions. Liv is brilliant and goofy and directs a successful arts center in Sacramento, CA. Alex is brilliant and goofy, too, and has helped a lot with my Etsy shop. He’s taught me a great deal about men’s attire and sewing. The photos, I should mention, were taken at a beautiful cruise boat wedding on the San Francisco bay.

what’s your favorite decade for vintage and why? I have a tough time selecting one decade only, so I’m going to bend the rules a bit here. My personal taste runs from about 1930 to 1964! For myself, I like a wardrobe that is classically tailored and colored, nothing fussy or terribly severe.

least favorite decade? I have friends that successfully work a late 60s/early 70s look and look gorgeous doing so. For me though, the bright colors and synthetic fibers of those eras just don’t work. With my mounds of red hair, I feel like I already come in a stand-out package. I try and cut that distinction some by wearing clothing that doesn’t scream at the onlooker.

if you could raid anyone’s closet, dead or alive who would it be and why?  All the Hitchcock girls from all the Hitchcock movies. Some of the frocks are dream frocks and in reality, are probably a little fancy for my taste. I adore the structured bodice of Grace Kelly’s red lace dress in ‘Dial M for Murder’ and everything worn by Ingrid Bergman in ‘Notorious’. I’d raid the closets of the Hitchcock boys, too. Cary Grant’s red neckerchief and striped shirt in ‘To Catch A Thief’ is just superb.

do you have a very favorite item of clothing in your closet?  I really do LOVE my blue silk Custard Heart dress that I'm wearing in these photos.   I also purchased a mid-century Lanz dress from Oma Vintage that adds a special bit of beauty to my closet. Last year, I came across an immaculate early 60s Lilli Ann coat that’s my exact fit. I also own a really charming creamy white coat by Roos Atkins that gets plenty of wear and compliments.

describe your daily uniform.  Here I am talking about all this dressy attire, when my daily uniform is not always so dressy. Professionally, I work in the archives/museum field and may be required to do things like move an antique automobile or forklift a large painting (seriously, I’m a trained forklift operator!) I have to dress for the job, which sometimes consists of a simple tee, jeans, and sneakers. On days that I work directly with the public, the prettier clothing comes out.

what vintage pieces will you be scouring etsy for this fall/winter?  I’d be thrilled if I could find a smaller-sized men’s wool sweater from the 1930s. Boys in those days were wearing nice cropped sweaters with oversized high waist trousers, a thick leather belt, and work boots. I like that utilitarian look and wouldn’t mind creating a more feminine version of it.

if you have a photo of yourself in something you've bought from the shop, send it over to and you'll receive not only my undying affection, but a 15% off coupon for your next purchase as well. ♥

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cambria, CA

gray coat- vintage 1960s jonathan logan
dress- topshop
tights- topshop
boots- rachel comey
"bemused" expression- 5 hours spent in the car with my mom

these were taken on a little overnight trip with my mom this past weekend.  we drove about 4 hours south to a pretty little town called cambria that's full of antique shops and right on the ocean.  i had been there with damien over fourth of july and wanted to go back with my mom as she's a vintage/thrift huntress just like me.  despite the fact that i was just getting over being a little under the weather, we had a fab time eating and shopping, with just a minimal amount of bickering.  mainly it was totally fun and we both came home with quite a few treasures and lots of new information we can blackmail each other with in the future (should it ever come down to that). some people call it bonding i guess. 
you may recognize the coat i've got on-- it was in the shop, but i made the fatal mistake of trying it on (oops!) with navy blue and marigold and discovered my new favorite color combo.  so now it lives with me permanently.  it's suprisingly rare that i do that: once i commit something to the shop it usually stays there, but this one was just calling too loudly.  don't worry there's lots of other coats that i promise not to try on right here.

and don't forget, the thanksgiving sale continues through monday night: 20% off the entire shop with the coupon code, WISHBONE.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

♥ Shop Update: Holiday Brights! ♥

Sure, black is always chic, but it's these days it's more fun to go bright for the holidays, don't you think?  All these pieces are in the shop right now.  Just click on the photo to see all the details. ♥

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In Technicolor

jumper- 1960s vintage
shirt- 1960s vintage Burberry
tights- Hue
shoes- Ferragamo
bag- Chloe

i found this little checked shirt at the mother of all  flea markets last weekend and i instantly fell in love with the collar and french cuffs.  it turned out to be just the right piece to pair with this little mod jumper dress i've had for ages but never found the right thing to wear underneath it. in this particular getup i felt very "1960s british schoolgirl in a musical" and like i was about to hop on the back of a vespa at any second (instead of the back of a muni bus). 

p.s. has anyone else tried a "gel manicure?"  i got my first one a few months ago and now i'm just an addict.  it lasts forever with no chips whatsoever.   i don't think i'll ever pay for a regular manicure again!

Friday, November 18, 2011

♥ Shop Update: Fall Glory ♥


before the "winter brights extravaganza" hits the shop, here's the last group (at least for the moment anyway) of  the essential fall palette. each piece is linked up so click on the photo to see the listing.  as always, this is only a smattering of what's new so be sure to head over to the shop to see the full collection.
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