Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Heritage Brands: Pendleton

The interwebs are abuzz with news that Pendleton is introducing a new line for next fall with slimmer fits, and a more modern look, dubbed the 'Portland Collection'. I'm going back and forth on this one. The early 90's saw a lot of the horse blanket + silver work button look. I'm not sure I'm reay to go back-- what about you?
There is a lot of vintage Pendleton around these days-- some lovely finds (if the nouveau stuff isn't you're cuppa).
Blanket Coat

Friday, December 17, 2010

Designer to Know: Hucklebones

Hucklebones, UK. I know this is a kid's clothing line out of London, but sheesh - if they made these things in big people sizes, I'd wear every one of these outfits. The colors are perfect and the designs all vintage inspired without feeling overdone. That first white blouse is to die for...

Check out the full lookbook here.

(spotted on Say Yes to Hoboken)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shop Preview - Holiday Cheer!

We've got a few dresses for the holidays and other treats hitting the shop this week. Make sure to follow us on Twitter to know the second that we post something new. Last day for shipping before Christmas will be December 21!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Animal Head Shower Cap

Thank you, Urban Outfitters, for allowing me the opportunity to stay true to my Animal Head Vintage brand even in the shower, and enabling me to preserve my sexy (read: dirty) bed head day after day.

Animal Head Shower Caps, $8, available at

(Bonus - Get $25 off a purchase of $100 with code HEREYOUGO at checkout - but hurry, it expires tonight at midnight EST, 12/8)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday - get 20% off!

Looks like Etsy has just made coupon codes available, so Ima jump on the bandwagon and give this thing a try.

If there is anything in the shop you've been considering, snag it now!

20% off anything in the shop with coupon code CYBERMONDAY.

Hurry - offer ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, November 29.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Vintage Renewal - Car seats

I always like to see some creative reuse for everyday objects that would otherwise go to waste. These companies are putting good use to the interiors of cars that have seen their last U-turn:

Platinum Dirt makes leather jackets out of leather Cadillac seats. Each VIN Jacket is handmade and completely unique. The $1200 price point is a little steep ... but I guess it is cheaper than actually owning a Caddie. The ladies can always pick up an oddly shaped purse or clutch as well. I like that they keep the Cadillac insignia on the leather, and use the hood ornaments and other decals as zipper pulls:

Kim White uses the interiors of anything from a Mustang to a Volkswagon to create these surprisingly stylish clutches and handbags (some more subtle than others, right Camaro bag?):

Monday, November 15, 2010

Shop Preview: Hard to Choose - coats, dresses n shoes!

We've got some good stuff coming to the shop this week. Here is a peek at just some of the fun comin' your way:



Dresses made to Party!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Talking Pictures

My darling mother sent me a link to a column on mentalfloss by a dude named Ransom Riggs called Talking Pictures. He started collecting old photos at swapmeets and antique stores that had writing on the back of them. Though often it is just boring identifying information, sometimes you find really funny, revealing, emotional, surprising notes that transform the photo from something kind of anonymous into something really personal.

Here are a few of my favorites, though there are so many good ones it is hard to choose the best:

"This lipstick is mine. Always, Anna."

"This is the bum Gloria is in love with."

"From Billy Smith, To Thelma, my SweetHeart."

"In the sun."

"1968. Esther. New teeth."

"I think I'll marry this one. He is beautiful and brings out the best in me."

"Aint I a stinker?"

Doesn't it make you want to turn over every photo that you find? See more of his Talking Picture treasures archived here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DIY: Vintage Tin Candles

I have a huge collection of vintage tins - many from my grandmother, and many that were just too pretty not to buy. I store all sorts of odds and ends inside of them, but loved this easy Design Sponge project on making your own candles out of vintage tins. Can you say my new go-to homemade gift?

You can find lots of lovely old tins on ebay and etsy to make your own.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vintage Renewal - The BOOMcase

Every generation has worked to make music portable. I am always on the hunt for old record players that run on batteries, perfect for taking to the lake for picnics. And the 80's had the boombox-on-shoulder thing down. So it is only logical that we'd get some portable speakers for our iPod generation as well.

Check out these stylish numbers, or "BoomCases," made by Sacramento-based sound wizard Dominic "Si-Mo." He embeds 30-, 50- and 200-watt speaker systems into awesomely vintage found luggage, and says that the sound from these babies could power an entire houseparty, which means bringing the tunes to your next picnic will be ... a picnic.

If you are someone who is handy with tools and things with wires, you may be able to make your own. Otherwise, prices for the BoomCase start at $250 for a plug-in, or $300 for a battery/plug-in case (though most look to have sold for closer to $400).

(via Thrillist)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Hunt

I've become obsessed with finding the PERFECT Cheetah or Leopard print coat** this year (faux fur only, please). I'd like a classic chubbie style (yah, that's the technical term). Short + swingy. A big collar would be nice. Oh, and a vintage bargain is the dream.

Kate Spade's version has a great bow on the back:

Shopping at Buckle would make me feel like a teen-- but the price is right:

Etsy always has good options-- but the dream is a little shorter:

Have you found the perfect faux fur outerwear this year? Let us know!

*** bonus points if you can tell me the difference between these two animal prints.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wear Everything All The Time

I read a post by Sal of Already Pretty today (via Yes and Yes) that really resonated with me. Maybe it is because I am in the midst of moving all of my things, and am realizing how much stuff I own that I love and just don't use. I really enjoyed her musings on making use of the things we own - otherwise, what is the point of owning them?

(paraphrased and edited a tad below - full text here)

When I wear white, I eat spaghetti. Or drink coffee. Or munch on Cheetos. Or write with Sharpies or open cans of motor oil or serve grape juice to passing children or basically do any and everything possible to STAIN THE LIVING BEJEEZUS OUT OF MY CLOTHING. But I wear white anyway because what’s the point of owning it if it doesn’t get worn?

I am trying to apply this philosophy to my fancy and special-occasion garments, too. Why should those languish just because they’re flashy, or dressy, or stylized, or a wee bit more delicate than my standard boots and tee-shirts? As many have said before me, none of my clothes are "too good" for me to wear them. If I own something, it should be fair game.

But how can flashy, dressy, stylized, or delicate items get worked into daily outfits?

Don’t worry about it: ...If I am so worried about ruining something that I won’t ever wear it, I might as well not own it at all. It’s relegated to closet candy and what they hell good is that? If something gets worn and damaged, it can generally be repaired somehow. If something gets worn and ruined, well, them’s the breaks. I realize that’s some tough love, especially when we might be talking heirloom garments or investment pieces … but you hear me, right? You might as well have set your money on fire if you’ve bought a garment or accessory only to let it gather dust.

Create balance: Whatever your superspecial item may be, make sure it’s the only superspecial thing about your outfit. This is particularly important if you’re dressing down a formal garment. Balance is created when you pair that sequined bustier with jeans and a black blazer, or when you wear your gigantic rhinestone bib necklace with a simple tee and black pencil skirt. Make sure there is plenty of casual and commonplace to counteract the jolt of formal and unusual.

Layer, layer, layer: The more stuff you've got on, the more a formal or flashy piece just looks like part of the mix. And even in summer, lightweight layers can help tone down a loud item. A mondo necklace is much less mondo when it's peeking out from a button-down shirt with a shrunken corduroy blazer thrown over it. A slinky formal dress becomes a sassy skirt when you pile a cowlneck sweater and cozy wrap on top. Those special occasion pieces will be far comfier if they have a wide variety of OTHER pieces to play amongst.

None of your clothes are better than you: Who exactly owns whom, I ask yas? If you've laid down your hard-earned cash for a piece of clothing, it had better earn its keep. It's something you liked, something that fit your figure and suited your personal style, and it's something that made you feel good. So allow it to make you feel good more than just once or twice in your lifetime. YOU'RE gorgeous and special, beautiful and luminous. Why not wear the items you own that make you feel that way?

I love this post. I first experienced this concept at a young age, when I kept my first bottle of perfume hidden away in my dresser. I loved the smell of it, and would pull it out and wear it only on what I deemed "special" occasions. Well, five years passed, and that bottle was still in my dresser, and still depressingly full. At that point, I didn't even love the scent any more and ended up getting rid of it. It was a tangible reminder that every occasion should be as special as you want it to be, and that if you hold something back and save it for what you think is the "right time", you get a whole lot less use out of it than if you just wore it when you wanted to. If you love something ... use it!

I'm not sure why, but after reading the blog post, the photo spread of Emma Watson in the August 2009 Teen Vogue popped into my head. I think when I first saw these photos, I loved how casual these otherwise fancy-pants skirts and dresses were turned with a deftly placed teeshirt or blazer or pair of funky tights.

Do you make an effort to wear your most beloved pieces as often as possible?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Animal Head Art - Black Apple

I always love whatever the Black Apple has up her sleeve, and she doesn't disappoint with this little round of animal headed folk, painted onto little scalloped wooden plaques. She is putting them up for sale at noon PST/3pm EST tomorrow (Wed, Oct 27), and I am sure they will go like hotcakes, though that won't stop me from trying to buy the birdhead boy for myself.

If we are lucky, she will turn them into a postcard set for all of us to enjoy.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

No Sweat - Shop Preview

Since the weather is getting chilly, we've got some sweaters hitting the shop this week as well. Here's a few cardigans and crew necks to whet your wooly appetite:

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Dress to Impress - Shop Preview

Aight, guys. I know things have been slow around here at AHV, but I think things have settled enough after the wedding that we are ready to get back into the swing of things. I'm really excited about all the stuff we have stockpiled to finally make it into the shop. Dresses and jackets and sweaters and boots!

For your eyes only ... here is a peek at some of the dresses we've got coming your way:

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Designers to Know: Lauren Moffatt

I stumbled upon the wonderful Lauren Moffatt when I was researching new capes (my weakness!) and had to share some of her outerwear, since we are heading into Fall. She knows her way around contrasting piping, peter pan collars, bold buttons and sharp silhouettes.

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