Friday, September 14, 2012

Fashion Friday - Fall

There is a chill in the air and the aspen leaves are starting to turn yellow in Denver. It's fall, and as beautiful as the yellowed aspen are, for me they will never compare to the splendid colors of the east coast. The found memories of reds, purples, and oranges of the leaves inspired today's post; an outfit for the fall.
I am an avid dress wearer but when the weather starts to turn, I love to wear 1940's swing pants. The lines are attractive on every form, hugging the smallest part of your waist and the beautifully flowing down your body. I have a few pairs of swing pants but none like this pair. They are a gorgeous dark blue and have large red buttons. They come from a Finish designer, Cherise. ($136.45)
I would pair my swing pants with a blouse. In today's world, temperature can range wildly depending on whose home or what office or building you are visiting. I wouldn't want to be sweating into my sweater. I knew as soon as I saw The Better Blouse by Harriet Sue, that it would look stunning with the other items I had chosen (though secretly I was wishing it was silk).  It has rhinestones and faux pearls on the sheer pleated bodice and buttons up the back. ($120.00)

Now obviously, some places you go will be too cold to just be in a sheer blouse. You, of course, will need a cardigan. So why not wear this reminder of the end of summer, an embroidered Doreen Loh cardigan. It has red and white piping, embroidered strawberries, and silk lining. ($64.00)

For my feet, I need real shoes. In Colorado, the temperature and weather can turn very quickly. For that reason a girl needs to be reasonable while being fashionable. I couldn't get over the shoes a few weeks ago and I still cannot now. I, predictably, choose the red suede Monaco with faux fur trim. How could I not? ($162.21)

The last item, I will call my piece de resistance, a Bakelite clamper with carved red strawberries! ($780.00)

How will you change your wardrobe with the impending season change?

Baci Tutti!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Fashion Friday - Emma Domb

Happy Fashion Friday (or Saturday if you are in Australia) everyone!

I am sure that most of you have heard of and about the ever so fabulous Emma Domb. But for those that have not, she was a designer that got her start in California in 1939. She and her partner Lorraine Domb Steinberg started their San Francisco based company, Domb Manufacturing Company. They designed wedding, party, and prom dresses until the late 1950’s. They continued designing until the 1970’s but shifted to floor length dresses, pencil dresses, and suits.

As you may have concluded, I am a bit top heavy for a lot of vintage prom dreses. With that in mind, I was only able to find five dresses that would fit.

The first is a 1950's pink taffeta party dress. The dress has a cummerbund waist, gathered taffeta back that has a bustle effect, and silver thread embroidered bust ($300.00). 

The second dress is a 1950's lace party dress. This dress has a lace illusion bodice with clear rhinestones, velvet waist tie, and a beautiful black and white printed tulle skirt ($286.00).

The third dress is a 1950's gold rhinstone and pearl chiffon dress ($225.00).

The fourth dress is a 1950's silver wiggle ribbon dress. I can not get over this fabric, I absolutely love the texture ($160.00).

The final dress is of course a 1950's party dress. This black taffeta dress has blue panels covered in black lace, a double bow back, and puff sleeves. It is also from the "Party Line" ($250.00).

Are you one of the fortunate girls that owns an Emma Domb dress?

Baci Tutti!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

1950's Tiki Ball & Miss Voodoo Pinup Contest

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

The 1950's Tiki Ball and Miss Voodoo Pinup Contest were this weekend. I didn't win the contest; it was a fair loss as far as I am concerned. Regardless of the contest results, it was a wonderful event. I was lucky enough to meet one of my readers at the event. I was so ridiculously excited to meet her that I didn't catch her name. If she is reading this now, it was so wonderful to meet you. Sorry I was a blabbering fool, I was just so excited!

Anyway, let us get on with the picture heavy post.

Here are pictures of my absolutely stunning Deweese swimming suit. Seriously, how lucky of a find?

My hair was done by my wonderful girlfriend Marie. We opted for hairstyle number one from the blog post last week. What do you think? I think she did a fabulous job.

My hair flowers were all designed by Steve el Roca (Uncle Fetzer's Flowers). He makes masterpieces. If you need his information just let me know.

If you are curious about how tongue tied and nervous I was, here is a video for you to see exactly how it went.

A video of the contest.

And now, a million pictures from the event.

The gal in the red suit (far right) won the competition.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Baci tutii