Spring has sprung here in Texas. Today is sunny and warm with just a hint of a gentle breeze to cool you off. We all know that this will not last long and the long hot summer days are just around the corner. New in our Vintage Retreauxgirl shop are Spring and Summer Fashions galore. Lightweight and bright graphic prints are the order of the day.
Growing up. in the 1970s we wore several different costumes. I remember being a devil one year and wearing the plastic costume and mask and it being very hot. I also recall dressing as a gypsy several years with things from my mothers glamorous closet, and I have to say that was always the most fun. I still dress as a gypsy for Halloween or when I go to the Renaissance Festival. Its still as fun today as it was back then.
Here are a few ideas from my Retreauxgirl Vintage Shop inside Holland House on Historic Boston Avenue in Nederland Texas. Instead of being a Sexy Witch or Sexy Policewoman, why don't you try something unique and classy
Rudi Gernreich (August 8, 1922 – April 21, 1985) was an Austrian-born American fashion designer whose avant-garde clothing designs are generally regarded as the most innovative and dynamic fashion of the 1960s. He was the first to use cutouts, vinyl, and plastic in clothing. He designed unisex clothing, the first swimsuit without a built-in bra, the minimalist, soft, transparent No-Bra, and the topless Monokini. He was a four-time recipient of the Coty American Fashion Critics Award. He produced what is regarded as the first fashion video, Basic Black: William Claxton w/ Peggy Moffitt”, in 1966. He had a long, unconventional, and trend-setting career in fashion design.
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There are so many fashion designers throughout history that it is almost impossible to know them all. I discover new and interesting designers everyday. I hope to pass on a little knowledge your way that you find compelling.
I recently acquired the front window at Holland House on Historic Boston Avenue in Nederland.There is just something about the natural light that makes everything look amazing.
I made a little makshift try on space in the corner. its hidden but there in case someone needs to try on an item. There is also a mirror there
This Jacket is embelished front and back. It is in amazing condition and worthy of every penny $65
Little skirt made from scarves.......an idea I totally stole from Pinterest!! Love it though!
I started watching Mad Men towards the end of Season One. I had seen the ads on television and it looked interesting, so I looked it up on my On Demand and watched S1E1 and was immediately hooked. The opening visual is the definition of Mad Men, which is what Advertising Executives on Madison Avenue were called in the 60s. From the very first scene which comes up on the back of the beautiful Don Drapers (played by Jon Hamm) head sitting in a bar, following him throughout his day of cheating, drinking, smoking, landing Lucky Strike account and ending the day with the last shot of him sitting on his children's beds cradling their heads while his beautiful wife looks on, and the music playing in the background was so haunting. I immediately watched it again, and again. I would say that I have watched that first episode at least 10 times, each and every time finding something new that I hadn't seen before
I have watched religiously ever since. I own every Season on DVD and have watched it several times, yes, the entire series. I admit I am obsessed, I know each and every character inside and out. If I had to pick a favorite character I don't think I could, its like asking me who my favorite child is. Every one of them is so complex, flawed and after watching them for so long I feel like I know them. Character development by the writers on this show is amazing. Roger delivers the best one liners ever.
Costume Designer Janie Bryant really outdoes herself with each and every episode, picking and choosing the most beautiful and great fitting clothes I have ever seen. As someone who deals in Vintage Clothing this show is like the Holy Grail. This peignoir set on Betty Draper (played by the stunning January Jones) is really amazing. Just look at this shot, which is one of my favorite scenes. Betty in a beautiful nightgown, holding a rifle, with a cigarette dangling from her lips, perfect hair and nails to boot. Perfection
There are only 6 more episodes left. I wonder how it will all end? Don, Betty, Roger, Joan, Peggy and Pete are all characters that I will miss terribly. I was born in 1966 so I don't remember anything about the 60s and so many things happened in that decade that I feel like I lived them, through these characters. Kennedy/Nixon campaign, Kennedy, MLK, and Robert Kennedy assignations, Vietnam.......just to name a few. I know I can watch old episodes anytime, but somehow knowing that the story is ending makes me terribly sad.
I was so inspired by this idea that I made 4 necklaces in two days, which is a lot for me. Making a necklace usually takes days of trials and errors and usually it involves me walking out of the room in frustration because something isn't working right. But these came together so easily I think because I could see the potential of this concept
Then I got the idea of using other peoples things to make memory necklaces, or Gathered Treasures is what my sister came up with. I know that people have little things lying around that are meaningful and have some memory attached to them, but they don't know what to do with them, like an old vintage bracelet that grandma gave them but maybe isn't fashion forward for today, or an old blouse she wore with pretty vintage buttons that I could take and dangle from a necklace.
I took some cufflinks that I have been holding onto for years because I just didn't know what to do with them, and I dangled them from different lengths of chains and made a memory full of what could've been grandpas cufflinks into a necklace that can be worn today. This one was really fun to make because I finally found a use for all of those cufflinks. I even found one from 1923 that was engraved. I always wonder what the stories are of these people. Did they receive the cufflinks as a present for a birthday, graduation, or wedding? What was happening in 1923?
Here is a sample of just a few vintage jewelry pieces. A large gold locket, with two pairs of earrings. I found all of these at an estate sale.
This one isn't dangling from chains, I like that this one doesn't have as much movement. In fact I've worn it a few times to "test drive" as I call it, and it is light and pretty.
You would just mail me a few small trinkets, I would come up with some ideas, we would converse via phone or email and come up with something you would wear around your neck, your wrist or even something to decorate your home. The possibilities are endless. Prices start at $50.
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I unearthed two JCPenney catalogs from my bookshelf, one from 1964 and this one from 1972
Last night I sat up in bed and had the best time looking at his catalog I just knew I had to share it with you today.
Here are some pictures from my world in 1972. I was 6 years old.
Momma and her girls.....Im the one on the bottom. All wearing Maxi dresses!!
First Day of School 1972Oh Yes Mam!! That is a patent leather Barbie Lunchbox! My red shoes are so cool!
My sister was so cool, check out her mini-dress and that handbag
The other day I was at an Estate Sale with my sister, and in one corner of the room there was a group of ladies talking about a piece of furniture and I overheard one of them say "Well, it doesn't blow my skirt up".
After laughing out loud and then repeating what she said to my sister, I realized that (1) I had never heard that expression before and (2) I wanted to start saying it because I love it!
What Blows Your Skirt Up?
What inspires you and gets you jumping out of the bed in the morning?
For me, there are several things that I am inspired by, things that I want to share with you in hopes that they spark you in one way or another. Welcome to my blog.
1) Antiquing, Junking, Vintage Hunting- Finding that one or several special items really gets me going. Discovering a piece of hardware that will make a new necklace interesting and unique or a dress from the 60's that looks like it would've been worn in Mad Men (obsessed much?) or just the feeling of walking though the fields in Round Top and Warrenton twice a year gives me enough inspiration to make it through until the next shows. #skirtblown
2) Fashion- Vintage To Today, I love the idea of using vintage and second hand clothing in a new and current way. Taking a vintage cotton print skirt and partnering it with a simple tee shirt, and blinging it out with some unique jewelry, some cute sandals........thrills me to no end. Using what we already have is not a new idea, but an idea that needs to be Re-Launched for sure! #skirtblown
3) Movies- I have enjoyed the movies all my life. I love everything about them, starting with he experience of going to the theater and being totally immersed in another world for two hours. Very therapeutic. I have a special reverence for costume design and screenplay, and now since watching movies with my son who is in Radio, Television, Film program at UT he has opened my eyes to screenshots and looking at the movie through the film makers eyes. I should also warn you that the day of the Oscars is sacred in my home, everyone has to be quiet and leave me alone all day. The grandeur, history, the gowns. #skirtblown
4) Books- I read every night before bed, it helps relax my brain and I have no problem going to sleep at night. Normally I am juggling 3-4 books at a time depending on my mood, usually about fashion, decorating or The Classics. Right now I have The Artist Way-Julia Cameron, I'll Drink to That-Betty Halbreich, The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men-Janie Bryant, and a copy of Breakfast at Tiffanys- Truman Capote #skirt blown
5) Repurposed Jewelry- last but certainly not least. I love creating one of a kind jewelry pieces from pretty old hardware and vintage jewelry. This is the one thing that brings me the most joy and also what I struggle with creatively and personally. Sometimes when I hit the sweetspot of designing its worth the weeks of struggle. #skirtblown
I hope you stop in every now and then and take a look and that you get inspired in some way and even better get your skirt blown up.