Friday, December 31, 2010

Three Lovely Things!

I've always been partial to images of women, especially when it is a group of three. I think it always reminds me of my Mother and her two older sisters. I have a file for just these "Three Muses" kind of images, and somewhere I found this one which is a kind of a 1950's fashion-y version of John Singer Sargent's Wyndham Sisters. I think they are just divine, don't you?

Here are three more lovely things I found to share. Hope you like them, too!

From Vintage Flowers is this exquisite bridal hankie embroidered with the most intricate flowers and cut work. Sewn on the sheerest cotton batiste, this turn of the century treasure would also be wonderful in a beautiful frame.

This stunning French rose gold cross is highlighted by the the prettiest seed pearl embellishments. It's from about 1880, and would still look wonderful today on a delicate chain or a length of satin ribbon. From Paisley Rae.

My Mom and her sisters were raised in a small farm town in Kansas where smiling sunflowers dot the fields and gardens; no wonder it is the state flower. They also decorate this Victorian quadruple plated soup tureen, along with other floral motifs. What a lovely way to serve your guests at dinner or just use for a magnificent flower arrangement. Either way, it is a showstopper from Magpie Antiques.

Have a Lovely Day!

--Lee Ann

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rose Red!

Who doesn't love the intensity of the deepest rose red...the velvety texture of the scarlet petals against the creamiest of complexions...the mystery of the darkest of hair against the boldness of the bloom itself...

Fluffy Pink Bunnies offers this amazing vintage 1950's velvet party dress with stunning twisted satin rosette details. I love the color combination on this's sexy but still a little girlie. It would be a perfect little cocktail dress for a work function, attending a wedding, or just something special for a dinner with your Valentine sweetie!

These fabulous pumps will dress up any outfit with their exploding blossoms embellishing their black mesh backgrounds. Now these are some sexy shoes, ladies! From Needs Good Home.

So ladylike is this charming French evening bag made of black satin and decorated with the loveliest red rose even has a little lipstick and compact pocket inside! Available through The Dusty Dog.

These handmade earrings from the 1950's-60's are really unique and special pieces. Made from shells that have been dyed red, each one has a sparkling rhinestone center to light up your face with just the right bit of glitz! Although the seller is The Pattern Shop, don't let the name fool you...she has lots of other wonderful things to offer that are just delightful!

Buy Yourself a Single Red Rose Today!

--Lee Ann

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Beautiful Brides!

After many years in the wedding and special occasion business, I still can't resist really beautiful bridal items that I run across. This photo of actress Ida Lupino from 1936 is just so charming, I had to share it with you. Don't you love how her pretty little ruffle frames her face like an angelic halo...and it cascades completely down the length of the veil encircling the delicate embroidery at the bottom!

( Photo via My Vintage Vogue)

Now take a look at this lovely antique Brussels lace bridal veil from Antique Lace Heirlooms in England. This is truly a piece to hand down from generation to generation with its hand worked flowers, scrolls and leaves. She has a small but beautiful etsy store with magnificent items, including the most charming flapper rhinestone headband for the unique and stylish bride.

Wear A Little Lace Today!

--Lee Ann

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's Not Too Late!

Just a few more days until we bid goodbye to 2010 and ring in the New Year!

And there is still just enough time to be ready for celebrating in style if you move quickly, my dears, to snatch up a few last minuet essentials for a fabulous party!

How can you NOT have fun in this fully beaded fringe party dress from Gonna Wanna Wear It?

This silver metallic cocktail dress, from Cloud Nine Vintage, says "I want to dance 'til dawn"!

Even a touch of glitz on a simple black dress, like this 14K brooch, marks a special evening. I love how the bubbles are actually champagne and white diamonds! From Phoebe Delia's Mercantile.

We can't forget the fabulous men in our lives, now can we? He deserves a wonderful vintage tuxedo for this special evening, and this classic tux from the 1940's is forever divine! It's from Time Bomb Vintage.

How much fun to show off a Perrier Jouet Champagne from 1973 to your friends! Maybe even use in in a centerpiece on a table...just make sure everyone knows this is a collectible only, from Bunny Rabbit Vintage!

You could chill the bubbly you will be serving in this lovely silver plate champagne cooler. Made by the Boardman Silver Company from Meridan, CT, this classic piece is available from Gilded Age Affaires.

Your guests will know they are special when you serve them in these over-the-top champagne saucers! The frosted stems feature Bacchus holding up up the saucer tops with grape and leaf details! There are eight of these gems for you to entertain with, and they are from Luna's Loot on etsy.

You'll need something to serve it all on, so why not this beautiful Sheffield silver plate gallery tray? I believe you can't have too many of these kind of pieces, whether you are serving goodies to your guests, breakfast in bed to your sweetheart, or using for a decorator piece. From HWilliamson.

You won't be a second late when using this stopwatch for the big countdown! This Swiss timepiece is a 1960's Minerva from Aquavit, and is sure to become the focal point of many New Year's countdowns to come!

Ring in the New Year in Style!

--Lee Ann

What Would Marie Antoinette Do?

What spectacular jewelry will Marie Antoinette choose to wear with her new melon colored tapestry ball gown embroidered with golden thread and lace?

Why, this antique 18K gold and platinum ring with a stunning Italian coral cabachon center, surrounded by 10 sparkling white diamonds, of course!

Oh, and the earrings to match!

(From Aawsomblei Jewelry on etsy)

Have a Peachy Day!

--Lee Ann

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Wonderland!

The lovely gift left by Mother Nature on Christmas Day of a snowy blanket of white is still with us today! The warm sun is doing it's best to melt what is left on our lawns, and the job should be complete in just a few hours. Although many other parts of the country are in the thick of it all right now, we seem to be finished with what ever we were going to get in this round, and if we are lucky, it will be all we get this season. Probably wishful thinking, even though we don't usually get more than one or two snowfalls a year in our part of the South anyway!

There is something so romantic about a light snowfall like the one we received...just makes me want to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a quiet evening with my sweetie...and a few other cozy things I found today! So put on your favorite fuzzy socks, sit back and enjoy!

Isn't this vintage handmade bolero the perfect little thing to throw over your shoulders? I love the idea of something other than a scarf or bulky sweater over a bare top for a dinner for two. We love to do piping hot clam chowder served in bread bowls with a salad and a bottle of wine for a winter supper, and this is the perfect sexy sweater to wear for just such an occasion, don't you think? From The Bag Basement. This seller has a huge etsy store with terrific prices on a whole lot of fun accessories!

How about finishing up the dinner with homemade hot chocolate served in this Bavarian set decorated with silver roses on a translucent white background? This set is from the 1920's or 30's, and is just as lovely today. Although it's a service for 12 originally from a New York estate, there's no reason not to use it to make even a weeknight at home special. From Magpie Treasure.

This wonderful heirloom quality bedspread is so pretty with its hobnail chenille's double size is great for wrapping up on the sofa together on long, cold winter nights. It's from Great2bme on etsy.

Even this little snow owl wants to come in from the cold! Made of porcelain, this cute little guy is perched on a branch and would be a wonderful addition to your home this winter. I love his sweet expression...he's from Red Truck Designs.

I always love a winter scene, and this icy landscape was captured by artist Doris Rohr, a California Plein Air artist who was born in 1896. This canvas on board piece has such pretty can find out more from Spruced Roost.

A girl has to always be prepared for the electricity going out, and this canister style oil or kerosene lamp it so adorable with it's wintry snow scene front! It's an estate piece from the early 1900's and available through Mayberry General Store. Who wouldn't look ravishing in that light?!

Although these vintage snow shoes are the real thing, I think they would be so great as an art piece on the wall in a man's office or family game room. Even leaning against a fireplace would be charming! You can learn all about them through Vintage A Mania.

Finally, I couldn't resist including these really incredible handmade soft sculpture dolls. Made by artist Linda Watts in the 1980's, this "cool" couple still has the original hanging tags explaining all about Ice Kingdom "Ice People". With their glamorous costumes, you don't have to be a little girl to appreciate these dolls. They are available through Uncommon Eye, a seller that specializes in vintage and mid-century modern collectibles and other unique items. You'll have lots of fun browsing this shop!

Be A Snow Bunny Tonight!

--Lee Ann

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Overload!

Whew! Is anyone else feeling the effects of the busy holiday season?

Yesterday was a whirlwind of dinner with family, exchanging gifts, a walk in the snow with my sweetheart and coming home to a wonderful decadent dessert and libation by the fire, followed by a movie on the sofa in our new pajamas! In other words, perfection! I so hope you had a jolly time with those you love!

(Photo via Dust Jacket Attic)

I've been away a while, but am so excited to visit with all you glamour pusses again! I've missed hearing from old friends and making new ones, and I promise to start posting again on a regular basis, sharing lots of wonderful and fun vintage finds. There are so many great things out there, and so available to us all on this glorious tangled world wide web! Here are just a few things a found today that I think are just great...hope you'll visit these vendors and show them some love!

Isn't this necklace just stunning? It's actually a repurposed blossom on three strands of lovely glass pearls. From Sora Designs.

From Doriz Gem is this great Versace tote...I love a classic tote that never seems to go out of style!

Love, love, love this coat done in luxurious black velvet! Swing styles are so great, too, as they don't squish any pretty ruffles or bows or other lovely embellishments on your outfit underneath. This one is from Swing Kats Vintage.

Pretty, lady like gloves in lots of pretty colors are great to add to your accessory collection! They are the perfect thing to add just the right element of surprise! Show off your individual style with this lovelies from Meres MarketPlace.

Happy Boxing Day!

Lee Ann