evintage blog tag - Halters

Its Blog Tag Wednesday at the eVintage Society!.
Temperatures are rising and its time to show some skin! The halter neckline is a great way to leave a little to the imagination while exposing enough to stay cool and stylish. Lets talk halters!

1) Show us your favorite halter dress or top in your inventory
For an evening out on the town, I have this Black Velvet Halter Dress with Rhinestones

2)Marilyn rocked the halter bodice back in the 50s, but it came back big in the 70s…..which is your favorite era for the halter?
Def the 1950s, glamorous and sexy! The 70s make me think of hippies with saggy titties and hairy underarms! (just kidding hippie girls) Although 1970s Disco halters were pretty hot.

3)Bare backs are vulnerable, what’s your suggestion for protecting skin from the sun?
A little shawl that you could let slip off your shoulder now and then. A pretty parasol if you are outside most of the day. Or yummy coconut smelling sun tan lotion.

4)Halter as top or dress, whats your preference?
I like the look of both. I've always had a hard time wearing a halter though. One because I refuse to go without a bra and also because I have a big squishy mole on my back.

5)A bra can be a challenge…..best suggestion for support?
A challenge indeed. I never go out without a bra, so this has always been hard for me. Strapless bras uusally leave me pulling them up all day. I bought one of those bras with clear plastic straps from Victoria's Secret a few years ago. But the plastic is shiny and very obvious looking, so I never wore the bra. I need a halter that has built in support that doesn't move around. I bought a halter bathing suit top from Old Navy that does have cup support and I actually wore that out in the yard this weekend, leaving me with a halter strap tanline!

Check out the eVintage Blog Tag every Wednesday. Follow the links to read the posts from all of the participating blogs. I was tagged by Vintage Joy and now I'm tagging Diary of a Mad Vintage Addict

Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It's big deal in Jersey because it's the official start of Summer here! and I'm at the shore for the weekend.
On Friday we went to an antique dealer's pole barn to see a china cupboard. We didn't buy the cupboard, but I nosed around and spotted this cool old wicker desk. I also went through a few bags of textiles and got some slips, smalls and this cool vintage beach towel -
The desk has already been scrubbed, stained and squeezed into the cottage here, with my laptop on top and the sewing machine tucked underneath, waiting for me to use it to sew all those dresses that I promised it I would be sewing. I put the towl over the cedar chest that's in the kitchen. Yeah, there's a cedar chest in the kitchen. There's no storage here, so I need the chest and there's just nowhere else to put it.

Here's the wall in the livingroom of the cottage. Decorated with framed vintage images that I copied, and a hatbox that I hung on the wall with a hat on top.

Two more hatboxes hung with the tops open and my mermaid dolls stuck inside of them. I thought this was a pretty clever idea!

OK, I ended up buying anoher vintage cover for my sofa cushions. I am happy with the final results.

Finally, I looooooove the way my table looks in the kitchen. I still have to paint two of the chairs and the white underneath of the table. Plus I am going to pinstripe the chairs. I keep looking in there and loving it. But now, the carpet in there looks crappy next to the pretty table. The floor will be a project for next year, because I don't have the time now that Summer has started (or the money)

It's that time of year again . . .

Time for the rhododendruns to bloom. And time to drag Boris out there and try to get him to pose in front of them for a photo. There he is, Little Doggie, feeling perfectly fine now, no breathing trouble at all. Super engergetic and rarin' to go! My Dad had to sit next to him to keep him still long enough for a photo.

It's that time of year again . . .

Time for the rhododendruns to bloom. And time to drag Boris out there and try to get him to pose in front of them. There he is, Little doggie, feeling perfectly fine now, no breathing trouble at all. Super engergetic and rarin' to go!

evintage Blog Tag - Slips!

1) Show us your favorite vintage slip in your inventory -
Zoinks, there are so many that I love - I have 14 pages of Slips currently for sale! There's a great selection, many came from the estate of the same lady, who loved lingerie in pretty colors.
My current very favorite slip is this pale blue-green by Aristocraft. It has beautiful lace around the bottom.

And then here are some more pretties that I can't resist showing off.

2) Lace trim or chiffon trim? Whats your favorite?
The lacier the better!

3)Colors or neutrals, whats your preference?
I love the pretty colors of slips, but to be honest, the ones I wear myself are usually ivory or black.

4)Favorite label in vintage lingerie? (Vintage Vanity Fair, Vassarette, Movie Star, Barbizon?.)
I love Van Raalte slips. They are always beautiful designs, pretty colors and easy to spot quality. As soon as you touch a Van Raalte, you know it's one before you even spot the label.

5)Full slip or half?
For myself I'd say full slips under dresses. Mainly because a full slip means less around the waist and I get bothered by elastic around my waist.

6)Slips worn as dresses in public?..yea or nay?
Sure. I've never worn a slip as a dress myself, but I have worn opaque half slips as skirts on many occasions in the Summer. I lreally like the look of an older silk or rayon slip worn as a dress. As long as it's done nicely, and not trashy.

Check out the eVintage Blog Tag every Wednesday. Follow the links to read the posts from all of the participating blogs. I was tagged by Vintage Joy and now I'm tagging Diary of a Mad Vintage Addict

Names and songs

Do you ever hear a name, and have a song pop into your mind? Or am I just a dork?
Last week I shipped out a package to 'Hey, Hey, Paula' Today I have a package going out to 'Sweet Loretta Martin' and on Monday I shipped a package to 'There's Jan, calling from the rooftops'

Wow. Watching that video, it's 1983, I'm 16 and totally in love with Michael Hutchence. I thought he was the most beautiful thing on the planet back then.

The results are in . . . .

Lulu asked her blog readers to vote for their favorite vintage websites. And the winners are...

Dorothea's Closet Vintage
Sweet Cherry Vintage
Dandelion Vintage
Daisy Fairbanks
Damn Good Vintage
Vintage Secret
Fast Eddie's Retro Rags
Sydneys Vintage Clothing

'Old School' vintage rocks!
Thank you to everyone who voted for Dandelion Vintage. There are some great sites on the list.

Little Yellow Bird

I was eating cereal on the porch this morning and I spotted a yellow bird trying to eat out of the hummingbird feeder. Whenever I see a yellow bird out in the yard, I think of this song - Angela Landsbury singing 'Goodbye Little Yellow Bird' in the Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Also, Boris is doing much better. We still don't know what was wrong with him. The vet wants to wait another week to take x-rays. It was most likely a touch of pneumonia from aspirating on something, probably food because he inhales it without chewing. He has been very active lately, must be the steroids. He's perfectly back to normal with no signs of breathing trouble.

evintage blog tag - Frank Sinatra

'Its Blog Tag Wednesday at the eVintage Society!.
Out of 50,000 suggested faces to place on a United States Postage stamp each year, only 20 are selected. This year, on the 10 year anniversary of
FRANK SINATRA’S death, the USPS issued a stamp honoring Ol’ Blue Eyes. '

Well, I am not a Sinatra fan, but here we go.
1) Show your favorite Rat Pack look in your inventory (early 60s suit, fedora, tie, cufflinks, loop collar shirt…..)
I don't know about 'Rat Pack' but here is a very cool vintage mens silk shirt that I currently have for sale -

2) Favorite Sinatra song? I don't have one. They did play 'Come Fly with Me' in a Rocko cartoon once. I liked that. But I don't know if it was actually Sinatra singing or a cover version.
3) Favorite Rat Pack member? (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr. or Peter Lawford) I'm not a follower of those guys, so I'm not a fan of any of them.
4) Best Sinatra “era”? (40s young & skinny, 50s swingin’ crooner or 60s Rat Pack suave?) I don't know. I only think of him as being Old and cranky.
5) Favorite Sinatra wife? (Nancy, Ava Gardner, Mia Farrow or Barbara) Again, I don't know. I don't know anything about Nancy or Barbara. Mia Farrow obviously had bad taste in men.
6) Been to Vegas, how many times and best Vegas story (keep it clean!) Never been to Vegas, not my kind of town. (I'm a hermit, I'm happy in Jersey)

Check out the eVintage Blog Tag every Wednesday. Follow the links to read the posts from all of the participating blogs. I was tagged by Vintage Joy and now I'm tagging Diary of a Mad Vintage Addict


What a week. We went through a horrible scare with Boris on Thursday morning. He threw up a little in the morning and then he was having trouble breathing. He was breathing a little harder and faster than usual. So we took him to the vet, which is only a few minutes up the road from us. By then he was barely walking and was kind of out of it. They did bloodwork, took x-rays, he had no fever, and they found nothing obvious wrong with him. They kepy him overnight and put him in an oxygen cage and gave him an i.v. and steriod shots. The vet said since it wasn't anything obvious, it was probably serious.

What made it even harder was that we went though almost the same thing with our old gal Ms. Fatty 5 years ago. She suddenly had trouble breathing too and the vet didn't know what was wrong with her. They gave her meds and sent her home. She responded well the first 24 hours and then got evn worse. She died in the car on the way back to the vet.
So that's all we could think about with Boris and we had a miserable night worrying about him. Our house was empty, quiet and miserable without him. The next morning I called the vet, expecting the worst, but they said he was responding well and was doing better. I went up to see him and he was much better, walking around responding to me and people.
They did a 2nd set of x-rays but still cannot figure out why he isn't getting enough air into his lungs. This time they did see that his esophagus is slightly enlarged and that could possibly be the problem. They also mentioned that he could have inflammation of the lungs, or he could have tumors in his lungs.
Happily we were able to take him home Friday night with special food, antibiotics and steriods. We were just so happy to have him home and sat watching him do his regular things was such a relief. He's just breathing a little bit faster than usual, but he's up to his regular naughtiness around the house and out in the yard. Me, my blood pressure was sky-high and my stomach was all a jumble.
We go back this week to get another set of x-rays to see if they can see anything clearer in his lungs.
So because of this I didn't get any vintage work done. Well, that and my camera broke earlier in the week and I was waiting for the new one to arrive, so I didn't get any vintage work done.

Vote for Dandelion Vintage!

I posted about this in the Vintage Bulletin last week, but didn't post about it here!

Vote for Your Favorite Vintage Site at Lulu's Vintage Blog -
Lulu's Vintage Blog is putting together her Top 10 Vintage Websites list, and this year she is also taking votes for The People's Choice for the Top 10 Vintage Websites.So go vote for your favorite (Dandelion Vintage) over at Lulu's Vintage Blog

evintage blog tag - Swimsuits!

Its time for Wednesday blog tag again! The temps are on the rise and its time to think about swimwear….what better way to stand out on the beach than in a vintage swimsuit?

Lets hit the beach!

I got nothin', na-da, zippo. But I do have this cool vintage grass skirt with rayon bandau from the 1940-50s. Complete with leis and the original box. And I have a bunch of shorts and a few Summer dresses in my Summer Department

For the best vintage swimwear, you have to check out Glamoursurf - for great swimsuits like this one -

I love 1930s and 1940s swimwear. I super-love 40s swimwear because it's just so glamorous.

Rose Marie Reid


I don't sit poolside, I don't drink cocktails. Come on, you know I'm a hermit.

Neither. I haven't worn a swimsuit in over 10 years. See a few posts below 'I don't have a swimsuit'

Check out the eVintage Blog Tag every Wednesday. Follow the links to read the posts from all of the participating blogs. I was tagged by Vintage Joy and now I'm tagging Diary of a Mad Vintage Addict

97 aprons, Wayward Nancy Anns

This week I got 97 vintage aprons! There are some really pretty ones in the lot too. So it looks like I'll be busy with aprons for awhile! I've already got about 70 of them washed and the first batch of 20 have been ironed and photographed, and today I'm typing them up to be added to the website on Monday (along with some dresses that are already finished)
I like aprons, because they are fun little items and they are easy to work with to get ready to sell and they are easy to pack and ship out too.

5 more Gals showed up this week at the 'Home for Wayward Nancy Ann Dolls'. There's another 3 on the way too! I hope this isn't turning into an obsession. I promised them I would do their hair and make them some pretty clothes. No buying anymore until I get these fixed up. They'll be fun Summer projects on the weekends. These gals came with some spare arms, so I think I can figure out how to string the good arms onto these.

I mentioned in my email update that I had set up a shop on etsy - http://dandelionvintage.etsy.com/- So far I only have 20-some items listed there and it's all stuff that's already available on the website, but I may list some different things in the future.

While browsing on etsy, I spotted this sweet necklace with a beach theme, that I just had to buy from Tickle Me Pink Boutique - it came today and I really love it. Check out her website here too - http://www.ticklemepinkboutique.com/index.htm