Friday, August 27, 2010

Wine Tasting Invitation!

I recently received a wonderful invitation to a wine tasting given by several of my friends! These are usually an "all girl event" with us, and we always have the best time catching up on girlfriend gossip! I thought it would be a hoot to see what great stuff I could find using vintage items for the party...........

We could start with these fun retro invitations from Cottage Wear to get everyone the details of the event. Don't you love getting an old fashioned invite in the mail?

Loved these French cut crystal wine goblets from Pink Willy 506. These are Baccarat Crystal in the Massena pattern and catch the light beautifully!

Ms Michigan Roux offers this crystal decanter from Poland for a lovely presentation of your favorite wine!

Everyone will be so impressed with your Versace for Rosenthal bottle stopper with Medusa's image in frosted crystal. Available from Camelot Glass.

These hand painted porcelain wine coasters feature lovely bathing beauties and are just too gorgeous to not have on display all the time. Vintage Guinea has a large Etsy shop, and if you are lucky enough to spend some time there, expect to stay awhile! She has dreamy things!

What an adorable way to give a gift of a bottle of wine! This wine choker is two gifts in one...the recipient also gets the brooch to wear as a memento of a fabulous evening! I found this from
I can't say enough about Sadie Olive's wonderful Etsy store! I think this wine bucket is such an elegant way to chill your favorite wine, and fill with your favorite flowers tomorrow!

This coaster and bottle stopper from Two Vintage Avenue will keep your precious tabletops from getting those nasty rings from the bottle. It's all about the presentation!

Jessica Sparkles offers this decanter and goblet set in the most luscious shade of sapphire blue that truly highlights the incredible cut design!

My parents had one of these cool decanters in the 60's that always sat on their Danish Modern Teak Mid-Century Modern! This one is from Shuk Girl.

If Provencal is more your style, you'll love this old French wine carrier. It's from Belou 492, and I think it would be a wonderful housewarming gift filled with bottles of your favorite wines.

Wow! I'd love to peruse the engravings in this gem of a wine making book! From Germany, this late 1880's guide is over 600 pages. What a wonderful gift for a real wine lover or book collector!
Visit Elizabeth 100 to find out more!

I've seen so much acrylic Hollywood Regency furniture out there, I thought this great little wine rack would be fun to share, from Cathode Blue.

And finally, what better item to end with than the perfect little dress for a wine tasting party? From Kitten Teeth, I am loving this little cocktail in the color of the evening...Wine! What else?


Lee Ann

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The French Maid!

I just couldn't resist sharing some of these vintage items available that are a wonderful homage to the French Maid. Who can resist the woman who's organized, neat as a pin, keeps the world the same, is oh so chic, and who knows all of the house secrets...

I have a thing for ephemera, and this charming old label is so sweet. It came from an old broom factory warehouse. It's from Element Lux.

This linen parlor apron is a wonderful example of a piece from the Victorian-Edwardian period. It would have been used by the maid to serve dinner. It is availabe at Pat Studio.

You must visit the shop of Sadie Olive. If you've never heard of her, you should check out her huge store. You'll enjoy the beautiful photography of each piece and reading about each unique item.

Luv Me Two Times is an Etsy store with over 1000 items! She offers several styles of gloves, but I love these for giving the white glove treatment, French Maid style!

Can you believe this crazy antique feather duster? How fun is this? No good French Maid would be caught with out one! From Im So Vintage.

Vintage Sesibilities has lots of great clothing, including this old uniform with cute, puffy sleeves.

You can find this lovely white lace collar at Kims Cottage. Its of sheer organza and lace, and very feminine!

Kathys Sewing Room is a wonderful source for collectors of sewing notions. This little maid holds four spools of thread.

These charming old decals from The Spectrum would be great for a kitchen project!

Even this 1940's black dress has a definite influence of the French Maid Uniform, with it's white collar. It's from Lady Moon Vintage.

How about a little frilly apron to wear the next time your serving cocktails? This adorable, cotton gauze piece is from Eye Spy Goods.

Who doesn't love a classic pin-up girl? Gypsys Vardo has a whole collection that hung on the wall of a restaurant.

Have Fun Today!

Lee Ann

Monday, August 2, 2010

Vintage Inspiration!

You may have seen these wonderful photos taken of the fabulous designer Maria Lucia Hohan's atelier in Bucarest.

She has a wonderful website that is worth getting lost in if you love beautiful wedding and special occasion fashion.

Everything is very feminine...for the girly-girl who loves fashion!

Even down to the tiniest of details.

Soft, muted colors are predominant.

Intricate layerings of ruffles and tiers sweep the floor

Dramatic bows and sashes highlight glamorous gowns!

Jewels embellish satin shoulder straps!

Delicious, frothy fabrics to maximize dance floor drama!

And just the right sparkling touches to bring added glam!

This place could rival Carrie Bradshaw's closet!

The photos were taken via The Cherry Blossom Girl. If you've never read her blog, you're in for a real fashion treat! Grab a cherry'll be there awhile!

Okay, so this had me inspired to check out the fabulous vintage offerings on Etsy. See what you think...........

From Catseye Vintage, this chiffon ball gown features rouching and beaded embellishments at the bodice with a dramatic watteau back.

How about a fun lilac flapper dress to party all night in! If you can't have fun in this dress, you just need to stay home! From Smitten Clothing.

I'm crazy about this cap sleeved gown from Salvaged Soul. The peachy, rayon frock is highlighted with lace insets and a tiny bow at the neckline.

What a fun, young party dress! This is from Starlet Vintage and is made of white sheer lace with asymetrical ruffling and a soft bow accenting the hipline.

Okay, people...I remember selling this dress at a high end salon that I worked at. This dress is about 20 years old. I loved it then, and I love it now! From Fabulous Mess Vintage.

Doesn't this just scream Marilyn Monroe? It's actually a soft blushy-beige floor length gown in floaty chiffon. From where else, but the Chiffon Lounge.

Are you brave enough to wear this nightie as a slipdress? With the right undergarment, it would be fun to show off the empire waist accented by a sweet bow, from Crabapple Vintage.

Layers of chiffon over tulle over silk make this dress seem like a yummy confection! Check out the great items at Poor Jean.

I think this would be great at the Kentucky Derby with the right hat. This pretty accordian pleated dress is available from Gogo Vintage.

Even this little nightie from Grandma Flies A Broom is sculpted with soft gathers and bows!

This would be a great dress to wear to attend a garden wedding! Pretty frosted pink rosettes adorn the one shoulder, atop a ruched bodice and flared cocktail length skirt. Verite Vintage.

Have fun with fashion!

Lee Ann