Monday, June 20, 2011

Outfit Inspiration: Vintage Slip as a Dress

I saw this outfit post last week on a Beautiful Mess, and fell in love with the vintage-slip-as-a-dress look she perfected. Seriously, some of the lacy vintage wonders that I come across seem too pretty to hide under dresses and inside bedrooms, and I'm glad to see this one worn outside for the world to see in such perfection.

We've got a few pretty slips coming to AHV this week too. Sneak peek for you:

Estate Sale Finds: Matching Undies

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Pop-up Shop over the weekend! We made some new friends and had a grand old time getting to see all of our dresses hanging up and being looked at in person.

I'll have some photos to share of the event, but in the meantime, I had to share my favorite estate find of last week. I stumbled upon the home of a woman who loved pretty slips and square dancing. I had to bring home this matching set - a big poofy crinoline for optimal skirt volume, and the matching ruffled undies for when she did that move where you get pulled through your partners legs and then do a flip. You know the one.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pop-Up Shop - ceramics sneak peek

No, seriously, San Francisco. You want to come to our first ever Pop-Up Shop.

As proof, I provide a peek at one of Amanda Smith's designs to the left. She is a fabulous ceramics artists, and paints these devious little girls on everything. For sales like this one, she has a line of one-of-a-kind vintage dishes (plates, bowls, platters, etc) that she has produced with her girls on them, and priced really affordably.

Come get your hands on some:

Saturday, June 18
10:00am - 2:00pm
The Ferney Art Studio
766 Valencia Street
, SF

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pop-Up Shop - San Francisco

I don't really sell vintage in-person, so this is something new for me:

Two of my favorite artists and friends are moving and selling some of their art before they go, so we decided to hold a one day Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco. They'll be selling their artwork, and I'll be there with a big pile of vintage clothing.

Please come by and check it out! I'll have lots of stuff that hasn't made it to the shop yet, and a big bargain bin full of other ferociously fine goodies to paw through.

Saturday, June 18
10:00am - 2:00pm

The Ferney Art Studio
766 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California



Animal Head Vintage, by yours truly, with a smörgåsbord of vintage fashions to peruse.

Ceramics by Amanda Smith (she's got lots of vintage plates and cups with her cute and cunning girls gracing the sides that she made for the sale - to die for!) *

Paintings, drawings, and collages by Casey Jex Smith *

* (older work pictured here for reference)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Vintage Wedding Dresses

I've been meaning to share some of the vintage details of my wedding here on this blog. I tried to incorporate vintage touches wherever I could in the wedding, so I'm sure I'll have a few posts to share.

For now, I want to talk about my dress - I already knew I wanted a vintage dress, so when I stumbled upon the perfect ruffled knee-length white dress, I bought it immediately (even though technically I wasn't even engaged yet - it was too good to let go):

(dress : Timeless Vixen | shoes : jrenee | belt: club monaco)

I'm a huge fan of the short wedding dress trend, but mostly just like that people seem to be doing whatever they want to with their dresses these days. Long, short, plain or colorful - its all okay, as long as the dress just screams "you". The dress I bought wasn't technically a "wedding" dress - I think it was a 50s prom number, but it worked.

if you want to go vintage for your wedding, we've got some fun vintage wedding-ish dresses hitting the shop this week:

Make sure to follow us on Twitter for an alert every time we post something new.


Looking for a vintage wedding dress, or want to design your own? These are some of my favorite other Vintage Wedding Dress Resources:

Posh Girl Vintage - Vintage wedding dresses to die for (lots of short 50's/60's wedding dresses)
Timeless Vixen Vintage - a well selected bunch of fancy-wear, wedding or not.
Dolly Couture - Reproduction/Vintage-inspired wedding dresses
Your Fairytale Wedding - Custom/Vintage-inspired wedding dresses
Angels Bridal Boutique - Custom Wedding Dresses

Friday, June 10, 2011

Estate Sale Finds: Gas Shaver

One of my favorite things to find in my estate sale wanderings is old weird gadgets that at the time were probably try to be the "next big thing" but never quite made it. Usually the packaging is beautiful, and whatever odd contraption they came up with to sell looks like it might have done more harm than good.

Case in point: The Gas Shaver

Always good when the electronic you are placing close to your face every day warns you to discontinue use if skin rashes or unusual disturbances occur.
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