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I’ve Got the Blues

28 Oct

Today, I am feeling blue. Not in a bad way though. I’ve recently been in love with all things nautical. (Which I am now convinced is mandatory for any vintage loving gal.) I’ve amassed several such items over the years and to keep from overflowing, I’ve added many pieces of my personal collection to the shop. Here are just a few that are there, and keep a look out for more!!

Navy Shoes Blues

Navy Shoes Blues: Canvas shoes are the perfect laid back answer to stilettos. Unfortunately for me, they were a little to snug for anything but taking pictures.

Mod Hatter

The Mod Hatter: I acquired this hat several years ago, but because I’m more Elizabeth Taylor rather than Twiggy, it got little use. I still think it’s lovely, but it needs someone to love it.

Blue Belle

Blue Belle: This dress is a great canvas for all your nautical looks. I wore it with a ‘kerchief around my neck a la’ retro flight stewardess. It’s really an easy care piece; throw it on and go, toss it in the wash, dry and repeat!

Nautical Juice Glasses

Nautical Juice Glasses: These pulled together my love for all things nautical and retro in my kitchen. Would be perfect in your coastal kitchen or on your yacht, of course.

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So Lovely Feature

1 Oct

I was thrilled today when I got a message in my inbox that an item from The Atomic Squirrel had been featured on Oh So Lovely Vintage’s¬†blog. Today’s post was about vintage bar ware! TONS of retro eye candy. If you’ve never checked out their site, you should. These vintage loving gal’s have good taste, clearly they picked one of my items.

Funky Floral 60s Ice Bucket from The Atomic Squirrel

Dashed Daydreams

21 Mar

So excited when I saw this. I envisioned it in my loft. Friends over, sitting, laughing, cocktails, movie night with Thomas,…..

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…..and then my dreams were dashed!

It had to have been in some formal living room, covered in plastic, since it was brought home. PERFECT. Went to the counter, I told the lady I wanted it….someone had just bought them. They literally just seconds before paid for it.

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So I just went and took pictures, then tried to buy it off the man who purchased it. No luck….at least it was cheaper this way and I didn’t have to haul them and carry them up my stairs.

Baby’s Got Her Blue Dress On.

27 Apr

A few weeks ago I bought a group of dresses for the shop, and sometimes I Just can’t help but indulge myself in a wear before it goes up. This was one of those items. Another thing that keeps me from putting stuff up…lack of a photographer and/or a mannequin to put things on. I listed my first item yesterday, more for the experience than anything, so it’s not my best work as I am actually quite handy with a camera. It took me all of about 8 minutes photos and all.

I like this dress, Love the collar and the pleated bust, but it wasn’t made for curvy girls…even though Thomas said I looked pretty in it and he like it on me.

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So there’s you a preview of what will be in the shop soon. I guess I’ll have to bribe one of my friends with food in exchange for having to watch me change clothes and take about 300 pictures one afternoon. Who’s up for that? ūüėÄ
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Today’s thrift run

19 Jan

Today I made a run to the local thrift store. Around East Tennessee, this is usually a bust…quite honestly, it’s always a bust. Today was different!

I found quite a few things I’ll start with the clothing. Below from left:

  • An early 50’s cream cardigan (I need to shrink it just a tiny bit) and cherry red wiggle skirt.
  • The shoes are just my favorite pair of Steve Madden heels. (not from today)
  • My favorite modern shirt and lacy cardy (not from today)
  • The saddest thing I found was a 1940’s black rayon dress with wonderful hip detail (as seen below), that had been hemmed to hit above the knee. It fit me and my boobs which is SO hard to find, so I was devastated when I got home and tried it on and discovered it was so short. Not really sure what to do with it. Should I take it back.

I am putting together my Valentines day outfit! I think I have an adorable little white hat with strawberries that will go with my new skirt. I’m super excited. ‚̧

Secondly, I found some great little house hold items.Clockwise, from upper left:

  • This really¬†kitschy¬†pineapple souvenir mug from Hawaii
  • My FAVORITE find…a chrome Lincoln BeautyWare canister set from the 50’s in excellent condition.
  • A¬†lacquered¬†vanity powder box, late 50’s.

I’m making plans to bring back all my hats! I think I’ll do a tutorial on how to freshen up tired veils on hats soon.

So, what should I do with the dress that has been hemmed? It’s not as desirable at that length. Also, What type of tutorials would you be interested in seeing? Leave me a note in the comments below!