Friday, October 29, 2010

Boutique Week!

Boutique Week is fashion-tabulous!  A semi-annual event , Boutique Week brings America's LOCAL boutiques together "for a week of incredible sales and discounts."

From now until October 31, receive:



Look up your City or zip code here for savings!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Brighton - Hearts In All the Right Places

If there's one thing we love just as much as vintage, it's a family-owned company - in the USA!  

Initially launched as a company with a single collection of belts, in the last 19 years Brighton has added to their collections with an array of designs in:

most recently - Luggage!


as well as...

Later Gator Hinged Bangle

Peace Train Readers $60

Vacaville Bangle Watch $125

All items are made at the factory in the USA, and designers watch over the production process, from creation to completion.  Each product features the famous Brighton Silver Heart!

Find Brighton products at over 6,000 family-owned specialty stores nationwide, as well as more than 100 Brighton Collectible stores from coast to coast, or shop online here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday Random Find Giveaway - Roller Skate Piggy Bank

This Wednesday's FREE "Random Find" Giveaway is a retro, hand painted piggy bank in the shape of a retro roller skate!  Complete with rubber stopper on bottom - just add change!

What year did Roller Skating make it to the Olympics?

Simply comment on this blog with your answer.  ALL correct answers will be placed into a hat for ONE winner.  Entries accepted until 4pm PST.  Answers also accepted on Twitter and our Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vintage Shoe Designer - L.A. Gear

They were a hot item in the early and mid 1980s.  An athletic shoe for the average person and celebrity endorsed.... L.A. Gear.

Friday, October 22, 2010

LACMA Exhibit: Fashioning Fashion

Not missing this one!  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA - presents:

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915.

View European fashions as far back as The Enlightment era and up to WW1 @ LACMA, now until March 6, 2011!

Today's rock goddesses are known to strut around the concert stage in these. But in England in about 1900, this was an undergarment: a corset.
Corset Undergarment, ca 1900s

It took an architecture of undergarments to create the silhouette of this dress from England in 1765.
from England, ca 1765

French designer Paul Poiret came up with this turban in 1911 for an Arabian nights themed ball.
ca 1911; turban by French designer Paul Poiret

Leather and metal are components of a corset from England, about 1900.
Leather and Metal Corset, London, ca 1900

European men were peacocks in the 18th and 19th centuries, but in the early 20th century, the look changed to sober businessman's gray, such as this example from London in 1911, and has remained largely unchanged ever since.
Men's Suit from London, 1911

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, home to a notable collection of historical fashions, is giving the clothing a chance to do what it was made to do: circulate in public. A sampling from that collection will be on view when the museum's Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion opens Oct. 2. Among the  dazzlers of "Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915" is this dress from about 1845. It belonged to Queen Maria II of Portugal.
dress once belonged to Queen Maria II of Portugal, ca 1845

Tickets are $15/each ($10 w/ student ID or Seniors), and Kids 17 and under are FREE! Purchase your tickets here, which grants you access to ALL the other exhibits!

Not in the area?  That's ok - buy the Catalog here!

all pics borrowed from LA Times.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Urban Craft Center - Santa Monica

A couple months ago, we were lucky enough to attend an April Winchell book signing.  You know, the gal that created Regretsy?  So not only was that awesome, but so was the place of the signing!

The Urban Craft Center is a place for social gathering for the crafter.  They have free club nights once a week, as well as an open studio night once a month.  Check out their calendar of events here.

Mexican Sugar Skulls Class on October 19, 2010

You can work on all your projects there!  For only $6 an hour, or a monthly fee of $65, you're granted full access to the endless tools in the studio.  Check out all the details here.

Shop in person or online from their vast selection of unique materials, supplies and books.  Shop here!

and...they're handicap accessible!  if you can, check 'em out in person.  if you're not in the area, visit their site for supplies.  either way, you'll be glad you did.

they hosted the Los Angeles party for the Martha Stewart Cupcake Tour!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday Random Find Giveaway - Designer Pocket Mirror

Every Wednesday we host a "Random Find Giveaway," where we give away a random retro item to one lucky winner!  The rules are simple: post your answer on this post, reply on our facebook page or on twitter.  Contest is open until 4pm PST.  ALL correct answers are placed in a hat and one winner is picked.  Good Luck!

What brand does this logo represent?  Answer correctly for your chance to win!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Vintage Clothing Designer - Z. Cavaricci

It was the early 1990s...I can still the guys now (and some girls); long and lanky, with their high-waist line know, the ones adorned with a ridiculous and unnecessary amount of belt loops, topped with a vertical logo and finished off with a baggy thigh and tight ankle.  Apparently it was all about the pleat with The Z. Cavaricci Pant.  


Monday, October 18, 2010

I Heart Your Blog - Blog Swap on Swap-Bot

So I enjoy a good "swappin'" every now and then.  What's that you ask?  Well, there's this site called Swap Bot, where you swap basically anything you like with people all across the world!  I've swapped vintage photographs, thrift store finds and ATC cards among many website swaps!  So here's a blog about the 7 fantastic blogs I was assigned to "swap" with! (in no particular order)

1) Mother of 3, Kimberly Jones writes a fun blog righteously titled "Keeping Up with the Joneses," where you do just that!  From snippets about her home life to arts and crafts and awesomely, heads up on giveaways!!

2) Happy Birthday Hippo Fairy!  October is her birfday month, so go shorty!  The queen of swaps, check out her blog for all the awesome items she's received for FREE!

3) CF Live, Love, Laugh, and Be Happy has such a CUTE blog.  I want to run through the flowers and eat the clouds that look like cotton candy.  It's a slice of life from the other side of the world!

4) Craft Obsessor Hedgehog and Rabbit was a love of mine prior to this swap.  From the cute name to the cute handmade finds for sale, LOVE them!
ONLY $7!!!  

5) Imagine my excitement when I discovered another woman gutsy enough to use the word NAKED in her name, just like us!  Butt Naked Woman tells the tales of trails of a woman and her life, through pics and text.

6) We enjoy visiting Riechan's World, which includes an adorable online shop that sells the cutest rings!  Don't believe it?  Well here's the proof!

8 euro!

7) Major babbling about random thoughts and projects from a Bella in Italia, Rock N Roll Stop's The Traffic is Fun, fun, fun!!!