Ooh, my favorite!

May 15, 2012, 9:40 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home, Vintage

One of my very favorite touches in my apartment are my antique glass doorknobs. Why did we ever move away from these? When even opening a door can be made more charming and special, why?!

My little rant on cheap, mass-produced door knobs aside I had no idea there were other options available for antique glass…like amethyst! (Apparently most everything before 1913 was sun-colored amethyst and after the 1930’s the color and style had changed and were machine-made.) This guy here is for sale on Etsy. Gorgeous!

Vintage Victorian Amethyst glass door knob – Etsy seller ThirdShift


“Beautiful Girls in New York”
May 1, 2012, 7:06 am
Filed under: Fashion, Nostalgia, Vintage

Beatrice Rorke

The only thing better than ogling the latest street fashion photography is finding these images from the LIFE magazine archives…all the way back from 1944! Alfred Eisenstaedt (perhaps most well-known for the V-J Day Kiss in Times Square) photographed these ladies in front of Rockefeller Center as part of a series called Beautiful Girls in New York.

I have a small collection of vintage dresses that I adore and each time I wear one I feel effortlessly stylish and elegant, just like these lovely ladies do here. There’s something magical…even ethereal about vintage dresses that just can’t be duplicated with something new.  And don’t you find it so interesting that each of these outfits is still completely relevant today? (By the way, I’ve got some great vintage shops to share if anyone’s interested.)

Oh, and can we talk about the hats, gloves, and shoes? Polished from head to fingers and toes!

Delma Byron

Eileen Moore

Ginger Sokoll

Iris Abel

[via Happiness is…]

March 29, 2012, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Vintage, Yes please

I’m often disillusioned with the easily accessible. I mean, if you think about it, how can a typical store carry enough of anything to represent you and you alone? Impossible, right! There’s so much more than what’s a mall’s drive away; so, so, so much more. And this precisely why I love visiting Antiquaria, a lovely e-shop filled with beautifully curated vintage pieces.

I’ve been busy searching for vintage glassware, but Antiquaria has also inspired me to think so much deeper and to appreciate the lovely gift of fine china and the lost tradition of heirlooms. I haven’t moved on to fine china just yet, but I fantasize about it often. Dinner parties, afternoon snacks, breakfast in bed…all would be so special on pieces like this. Sigh.

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