Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Girls in BBV Dec. 7th

The gorgeous & well-dressed Mary Van Note, first wearing a mint green bangle from the shop & then pictured wearing a 1950's leaf print dress.
Mary, your pairings inspire me! 

& the dress:

Photos courtesy of Mary Van Note

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Girls in BBV Nov 3rd

I received these gorgeous photos from Christine in Greece, who wore my 1950's blue lace dress on her wedding day in Rome. 

Isn't she stunning?! & her groom coordinates so wonderfully with her blues. 

Ah, I do love working with you brides!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Summer 1933

I picked up this Lane Bryant Summer 1933 Catalog the other day at an antique mall. I have been squealing to myself over these images, so I thought I would share them with you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Girls in BBV Oct 5th

Awhile back I shipped this 50's dress out to Brandy, the genius behind Of The Fountain on Etsy (Seriously, her work is divine. I highly recommend checking it out. You're going to fall in love!)
This was one of those dresses that I couldn't help but fall for. The color looks like Caribbean water & the skirt is delightfully full. I think she wears it perfectly!

Photo courtesy of "Of The Fountain" blog

On another note, the shop is stocked with over 230+ items. Check out all of the newbies here

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tips on Hat Wearing

I am frequently asked about hat wearing, & in particular, which hats stand out to me from each decade  & how to pair them with vintage/modern finds. 
Well, my dears, here are my favorites from the 1920s-1970s.

Vilma Banky circa 1920s, sporting a cloche. Cloches can be worn with just about anything, & make your hair look so pretty (just a peek, that's all!) Think denim & sweaters, or simple dresses.

Greta Garbo circa 1930s, wearing a head scarf. Ladies, these are so easy to learn & look gorgeous/chic/effortless. You can use a newer scarf, but the vintage ones tend to have a romantic look from age.

Lana Turner circa 1940s, showing off a structured pom pom hat. I love this outfit exactly as it is (suit, hat, scarf) but these pretty 40s hats can be worn with cocktail dresses or more casual outfits as well (think high waist denim & sweet blouses). The 40s are my personal favorite for headwear. So architectural! So fabulous!

Marilyn Monroe circa 1950s, sporting a birdcage veil. This may be the most elusive hat to some of you. I am often asked how to wear it, & really it just depends on what you like. I adore the way Marilyn wears it back over her updo. You can also wear it partially over your face, or affixed to a chignon.

Brigitte Bardot circa 1960s, wearing a simple bow headband. This may be one of the easiest & sweetest looks to pull off. Wear it a bit farther back on the head, add height at the crown with back combing & you're all set.

Jane Birkin circa 1970s, donning a newsboy cap. Ah, I love everything about this photo. The menswear, the sneakers, the big grin. I would recommend channeling Jane here, but to dress it up perhaps add a wool skirt instead of pants, or a peter pan collar blouse under a more fitted sweater.

All photos courtesy of We Heart It.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hair + Vintage Dresses

I can't wait to try out this tutorial from The Beauty Department with some vintage dresses this autumn!
Photo courtesy of The Beauty Department

I am so loving the 60 degree weather here. It's heaven!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Girls in BBV September 8th

Wow- I can't believe it has been SO long since I've done a blog post. Time to get back on schedule, kittens!
Today I have for you a peek of The Owl Utopia blog, with this lovely girl wearing a hat from the shop

Photo Courtesy of The Owl Utopia

Monday, July 25, 2011


I love this photo of my grandmother from the late 1940s. Isn't it funny how jeans & a white top never go out of style?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Girls in BBV + Something Yummy

I can't believe it's been 9 days since I've blogged- shame on me!
It has been a whirlwind of the past few weeks, but I'm back.
I wanted to share pretty picture sent by the owner of Iron Orchid Vintage, wearing a hat from the shop. I love her color scheme- so classic with a modern twist.

&, I found out about Smitten Kitchen today from A Cup of Jo & am in love. Check out this recipe (doesn't it look divine, & worthy of a Sunday breakfast in bed?!)

 Photo Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Girls in BBV July 3rd

Another post from the gorgeous Nicole of Fashion Forestry. She is sporting the jacket part of a 1940's suit from the shop. I love her color pairings!

On another note, I hope everyone here in the states is having a safe & happy Independence Day Weekend!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Girls in BBV June 26th

The gorgeous Mary Van Note wearing a pink '60s dress from the shop. I love her dark hair with the pale pink, such a pretty combination! Check out her blog, it is always a favorite of mine :)

Photo Courtesy of Mary Van Note

 Photo Courtesy of Mary Van Note

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

How sweet is this cake? Such a simple design, with fresh flowers & stacked round layers. 
It inspired me for the newest studio set-up I've got a cluster of millinery flowers tucked in the driftwood. No denying that the photo also inspired my sweet tooth :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Day of Summer

Happy First Day of Summer! It's raining here (boo!) so I've been cooped up all day, but tried to make the most of it indoors.
I celebrated by buying these shoes from Anthropologie,
Drank this cocktail,
Wore this face color from Bare Minerals,
& Watched this movie.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Girls in BBV June 19th

I have been a long time sponsor & reader of Fancy Fine & have thoroughly enjoyed seeing items from the shop make their way into Ashley's outfit posts. Her love for pretty vintage shows, she wears it so well! I highly recommend checking out her blog- you will not be disappointed!

Below, a vintage hat & pair of sunnies from BBV
Photo Courtesy of Fancy Fine

 Photo Courtesy of Fancy Fine

Friday, June 17, 2011


 I indulged a bit today & tried macarons from Sparkles Kitchen. I was sent four yummy flavors: rose, lavender, vanilla & coconut. They were all so delicious & wrapped up so sweetly, but I have to say that the lavender was my favorite-such a unique taste! 

I felt so delightfully French eating these pastel treats & listening to Brigitte Bardot on my iPod :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Collection

Being a lover of all things old, it's only natural that I have a collection or two. I was fortunate to find three identical pieces of the mint green/diamond blue tweed Samsonite luggage awhile back & have been searching around for the last pieces of the collection ever since. This morning eBay gave me a treat when the hat box was up for auction (just like the one in the photo above). One down! I'm still so upset I didn't snag one of the smaller sizes on Etsy that sold in '09. If any of you see another again I will amass you with hugs & pretty vintage!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tips & Tricks June 13th

I've got a little tip for your Monday to help preserve your current garments + any vintage that you own. Most of us have fallen victim to or have seen the tell-tale yellow underarms of a vintage dress or blouse. A huge disappointment! The yellowing is caused by antiperspirants, which, if not allowed to dry properly before putting on your clothes, will leave a yellow stain. Antiperspirants contain aluminum which will stick to the fabric trapping in oil, dirt, etc, causing the discoloration. I highly, highly recommend switching to a deodorant. Deodorants are more water soluble than antiperspirants & are aluminum-free. Tom's of Maine has a few excellent options. My favorite is the wild lavender, which has a sweet & subtle scent. 
I promise, you will be thanking yourself over & over again!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Girls in BBV June 11th

The beautiful Rebecca of Black Swan's Pond wearing a 1940's dress from the shop. Rebecca was the winner of the Bohemian Bisoux Vintage + Calivintage giveaway!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


I found this pattern today from The Way We We Wear on Etsy  & am smitten. I can imagine so many ways to wear this blouse, & so more importantly so many fabrics I'd like to use in the construction. Wouldn't it be chic with a pair of high waist denim?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Girls in BBV June 4th

My apologies for the lull in posts! This has been a crazy/exciting/hectic week but I can tell you that next week will slow down a bit so I can resume normal posting :)
Here is Rebecca of The Clothes Horse wearing a '50s dress from the shop.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Shoes on Sale

The 30% off shop sale is running until tomorrow evening at 7PM CST. I wanted to post my favorite vintage shoes offered at the discounted price (all are linked to their individual listings!)

The Sienna, 1940s, US size 8.5-9 narrow

The Megan, 1970s, US size 8 medium

The Rosie, 1950s, US size 7 medium

 The Betty, 1950s, US size 6.5-7 medium

The Gemma, 1960s, US size 8.5 medium