Monday, February 25, 2013

Fight For Air Climb

I have been asked many times over the past year why I tend to disappear for periods of time. During that time, I am typically doing something that I don't feel readers would be that interested in. I typically don't read blogs that are word heavy or of serious content because I read them to "get away". So, what has caused me to disappear for the last week or so outside of being swamped at work (and possibly planning for VLV 16)?

I have previously stated that my dream job would be doing anything that made a positive difference in someone's life. I am also of the mindset that if you are able bodied, that you should use your body to help others. There are hundreds of races and events where you can support individuals that are not as physically lucky as you (you are luckier than you know). Most  of these events require little of you other than your time and a little commitment. 

This last Sunday, my colleagues and I participated in The Fight for Air Climb. The goal is for each participant to walk up 1,098 stairs (56 story building) and raise money for the American Lung Association in doing so. Thus, I drove myself through a snowstorm into downtown Denver to ascend the Republic Plaza stairs with my team (to be fair it was still only 19 blocks).

I completed the 741 foot ascent in 19:43. Although not impressive by most standards, I didn't train at all for this climb and was satisfied to just finish. I also did this event in memory of my late Uncle Dick who died last year of lung cancer.

Me second from the right. The white out behind us is the aforementioned snowstorm.
The view from 53 stories up

Do you participate in activities that help others? Do you do things in your spare time that you think would be uninteresting or unappealing to those that read your blog?

Baci Tutti!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What Katie Did Seamed Hosiery Sale

Remember how in my last post I told you it was worth the splurge to purchase quality hosiery? Well from now until February 22, 2013, What Katie Did is hosting a sale on their retro seamed hosiery.

You can receive 20% off you purchase with coupon code temperley17.

Go now and purchase yourself a beautiful set of pantyhose or thigh highs. Make sure you grab at least one pair of the 15 denier, regardless of which style you select. I know that I absolutely will be doing some stocking up. Oh puns!

Baci Tutti!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ten Vintage Items Worth the Splurge

I suppose that I have been feeling rather chatty as of recent and rather uninspired. I think it is the cold weather and sporadically dreary days we have been having in Colorado. It does tend to make it difficult to get out of bed and put your best self together. I find myself reading more blogs and books, doing crossword puzzles on the couch under a blanket, and drink copious amounts of hot beverages mostly while dressed in some dastardly sweat shirt and pants combination.

I just have been unable to shake this winter funk until today when I decided to participate in Joanna's giveaway. I felt that choosing ten splurge items would really test my creativity and decision making. As a vintage enthusiast, it was hard to for me to select ten separate items that would warrant a splurge. Wardrobe cornerstones are the items that I decided upon after pondering this question for a few days. For me, the items that would truly get the most wear are the items that you should really spend the extra money on. I did, however, make a few exceptions for a glamour piece or two.

So, here are my ten vintage (or vintage inspired) items that I feel are worthy of a splurge.

1. Nylons/Silk Stockings 

If you are going to wear stockings you might as well spend a little extra money and purchase a pair that are going to last. I own a beautiful pair of  fifteen denier contrast seamed stockings. They are made from 100% non-stretch nylon.

I don't know about you but I love tights and stockings. I love the eccentric prints, the colors, and the way they make my legs looks. In the past, I have been known to purchase stockings made of nylon and mystery material. Have you also been the girl whose skirt or dress won't stop sticking to your tights and is probably riding up? I most certain, and sadly, have been.

Since I began to splurge on real nylons, this problem has disappeared completely. 


2.  Lilli Ann Coat

Lilli Ann coats (and suits) are known for the beauty, timelessness, and durability. An investment in a L.A. coat will pay in dividends over decades if you treat her right.


3.  Martin Van Schaak Handbag

Mr. Van Schaak's high end handbags have been around since the 1950's. One very famous client of Mr. Van Schaak was Marlene Dietrich. For more information on this man and his divine creations, visit Lost In A Spotless Mind (she has so much information about him on her website).

I find his creations to be elegant and forever stylish.

4.  Undergarments

Often a last purchase or last thought for women, undergarments are an item you should splurge on. They are literally the base of everything you will place on top of them and will shape the way those items lay and look. 

I wear a girdle with many of my outfits; particularly wiggle dresses. I personally feel like I am more put together, thinner, and stand more erectly. I'd say the vintage ad below depicts me in an accurate light. Ask my mother, I am the queen of slouching. 

I also wear my bullet bras when I am in full vintage attire. They really lend that something extra to your outfit.




5. Ceil Chapman Evening Dress/Gown

Ceil Chapman made dresses for the 1950's Hollywood elite. She was a favorite of Monroe, Taylor, and Kerr. If you are lucky enough to find a Chapman dress and it fits you, you had better purchase it on spot as they are rare and coveted these days.


6. Prada 2012 Runway Shoes

I realize that these 2012 Prada shoes are not vintage; not even close. I love the fake taillights, the Cadillac inspired fins and faux fire details that were quite obviously inspired from vintage cars. I'd absolutely wear a pair of these with a vintage dress.

7. Alfred Shaheen Dress

I'll be shocked if you aren't already obsessed with this man and his prints. If you want to know a little more about the Mr. Shaheen visit this website.

I personally love that the Hawaiian and Asian patterns; I find them to still be very exotic.

8. Emma Domb Dress

You can judge me all that you want but I love Domb prom and wiggle dresses. Yes, they are completely over the top and that is why I love them!

9. Guilloche Compact

Guilloche is a decorative engraving technique in which a very precise and intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. It was used frequently in the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. I think it is stunning and thus, you are getting three beautiful examples.

10. Bakelite Brooch

Bakelite is akin to vintage as hats, petticoats, sarong dresses, and the new look dress. I'm a fan of brooches so that was my choice.

What are your ten items worth the splurge?

Baci Tutti!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Liebster Blog Award 2.0

Jordan from Jordan's Vintage Kitchen nominated me for a Liebster Award. I'm glad she did because now I am cued into her blog!

It's a two part award: First, I get to nominate five other bloggers who have under 200 followers (not to be repeated from the first time I received the Liebster Blog Award) and second to answer a few questions.

Here are my nominees (though I wish I could have doubled the number):

  1. Joanna at Dividing Vintage Moments is so darned divine with her classic vintage style. I absolutely love her.
  2. Mr. Tiny at Wacky Tacky can sew! He is enviously good. He also goes on these fantastic adventures and blogs about them. Trust me, he's great.
  3. Technicolor Cutie has some of the best outfits I have seen. She also is a hairstylist and so her hair will make you jealous.
  4. Doll in Sugar Coma has an appropriately named blog. She is so beautiful that she reminds me of a doll. Her fashion is on point and she is ever so sweet.
  5. Ruby Armoire hairstyles are absolutely killing me! I don't know where she gets the inspiration everyday but she is inspiring me and will inspire you.

Now, on with the questions...

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because of peer pressure! Two of my girlfriends thought it would a great idea for me to start a fashion blog (they even helped me come up with my blog name). I thought they were crazy but decided to give it a shot.

These are the culprits.

2. What item to you feel is essential to every wardrobe?

A great pair of classic black heels that you can wear with almost every outfit. 

Re-Mix Ritz Heels

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I have been very, very lucky to have traveled a lot during my twenties. I lived in Naples Italy (Napoli Italia) for three years; I would truly classify those years as the luckiest years of my life. I will be returning in the spring of 2014 to my hearts home and couldn't be happier about it.

My home in Napoli

The view from my home (sigh), I miss it so very much

Outside of that I would literally like to travel everywhere. Australia, Thailand, China, Russia, Iceland, Brazil, etc. These places would be the tip of the iceberg.

I truly believe that you’ll never regret the things you did and the places you visited, only those that you didn't. 

4. What is the best item you've ever purchased?

I must pick my navy blue with white polka dot wiggle dress. It's has white sequined neckline, bow back, and a train. It is over-the-top and yet simple. It can be dressed up or down and look elegant. It was one of my first real vintage pieces and has been a mainstay since.

5. What is your dream job?

My dream job would be doing anything that made a positive difference in someone else's life. Preferably something outdoors as well.

6. What are your favorite blogs to read?

I read well over a hundred blogs and I won't bore you with all of their names. They all offer something to me as the reader and I enjoy each one immensely.

7. Who is your style icon?

I am opting to skip this question as I answered one very similar last week during my 21 Vintage Lifestyle Questions & Answers.

Baci Tutti!

Friday, February 08, 2013

21 Vintage Lifestyle Questions & Answers

Jessica at Chronically Vintage played a little game of vintage tag this week. I loved reading her answers so much that I thought I would participate.

1. Who are your style icons?

Wow, style icons. I mean can anyone point at the Haus of Dior around the 1950’s and claim that it is not a source of inspiration?  Everything Dior were producing back then was absolutely stunning. Try googling 1950's Dior; the timelessness and glamour of the styles will blow your mind.

YSL designs for Dior in the 1950's

I suppose my other big style icons would have to be Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. I probably like them because I subconsciously think they are exotic and that because they are busty that I can identify more with their style.


2. What is your favorite way to get inspired?
I am often inspired by pictures and blogs of others as well as current day runway. A lot of the recent couture lines have had some serious vintage inspiration.

Dior 2012

3. What's your most-used hair tool? 
My most used hair tool, beside my hair brush, would have to be my ceramic curlers from Conair.

I wash my hair every two to three days and I must sleep terribly because each morning I look much more like this than a lady.

Those curlers have me looking prime and proper in a matter of fifteen minutes.

4. What's your favorite hair tool?
My favorite hair tool that I don't use very often is my standing hair dryer.

My favorite hair tool that I use pretty frequently would be my pin curler. It's a huge help in getting all my victory rolls the same shape and similar size; ditto on my actually pin curls.

Purchased at Sally's for about $2.00

5. Updo, down, or half-and-half?

For me, updo is first, half and half is second, and down is last. I figit with my hair all the time so getting it away from my face helps me stop. 

6. Is vintage something you do every day, on weekends, or for special occasions?

I try to dress in my vintage beauties as often as possible. My work place is not an appropriate place for many of my vintage outfits and so I'm more of a correct occasion wearer I suppose.

7. What's your favorite blush and lipstick?

I am currently using a MAC shade for my blush and it is okay... definitely not in love with it. My favorite blush of recent memory has to be the Physician Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush. The colors work great on my pale skin and the bonus is that you can use each of the different little colors for eye shadow (and in a pinch you can add a little to your lip gloss and BAM! tinted lip gloss).

As for lipstick, I'm like almost every other vintage loving girl, MAC's Russian Red is my staple.

8. Dress, skirt, or pants? Heels or flats?
I absolutely hate the way most pants fit and so my default is a dress. Plus a dress is just so easy.
Heels or flats... well that depends on the outfit. Though, if you were to look at my shoe collection, you would come to the instant conclusion that heels were my preference.

9. Off-the-rack or homemade?
If off-the-rack is means to be store bought and homemade is to imply that I made it, then obviously with my near-the-existent sewing skills I'll have to go with off-the-rack.

10. Do you swing dance?
You bet your bottom dollar I do! I absolutely love it and will always strive to be get better at it. It's a great way to meet new friends, stay in shape, a cheap date, and the list could go on and on.

11. Extreme vintage or subtle touches?
Extreme vintage when I have the time (like weekends or special events) and subtle touches the rest of the time.

Weekend dance

Weekday work with some vintage touches

12. Favorite perfume?

I truly do not have one. Though after listening to Jessica's description of Dior's Hypnotic Poison... I think I'll have to try that one. Maybe that can be my favorite in the future? My current scent is DVT and it is beautiful and romantic but I don't think it is my scent.

13. Favorite skincare product?

This is going to sound a little weird but I swear by... coconut oil. It's a makeup remover and moisturizer plus it smells great, is completely natural, cheap, and it can also be used for cooking (ha!).

I had actually read an interview with one of the Victoria's Secret models from Brazil. She had disclosed that her hair and skin regiment secret was coconut oil. I decided to give it a try since I had some in the kitchen cabinet and, for me, it has been amazing. I use it to remove my makeup at night, as a lotion for my hands, and as a deep conditioner on my hair ends.

14. What does your family think of your style?

My mom thinks I am normally overdressed but does seem to think my style is interesting. She checks out my blog... Hi mom!! She came to the 1940's Christmas Ball to cheer me on and generally does ask about my wardrobe. I'd say she is probably the most interested and supportive in my family.
My step-dad thinks I need a television series but that has more to do with my overall personality, activities, and not just my style choices... though I am sure they attribute.

My dad seems loves my style. He sends me pictures of his side of the family from the 1950's and before.

My brother thinks I am weird but I am pretty sure that is his job.

My grandmother and great grandmother have both attributed to my overall style. I have vintage items from both and they are some of my more cherished items (i.e. my grandmother's wedding suit and my great grandmother's blue coat).

15. Favorite accessory?
Current favorite accessory is going to be my unique mink scarf. Sorry mom, I know it freaks you out.

Furs were a sign of wealth, glamour, and elegance from a bygone era. I don't wear it often but I do love it.

16. Do you find the vintage community welcoming or snobby?
Every community has it's snobs and the vintage community is no different. I'd like to say that I am never snobby but I definitely have had my moments... why lie?

17. What drew you to vintage style?
There were many variables that drew me to vintage initially  The glamorous women of yore, the fit of the clothing, the uniqueness of each vintage piece. I suppose though that it all started when I purchased  a  reproduction dress a few years ago from Pinup Girl Clothing. The dress that started it all for me was the rose print Birdie dress.

I loved the way it fit my body and that it made me look like my bust was even bigger, my waist smaller, and almost like I had a behind.

Today, my wardrobe has grown to the point that it may be time to really determine what looks good and give away or sell the rest.

18. Favorite places to shop vintage?

Etsy, Ebay, and locally. As for Denver locations it's going to be Regal Vintage, Boss, and Night & Day Vintage (the later being my current favorite). I also love to go to the thrift stores and antique stores; you never know what treasures you will find

19. What vintage eras are your favorite?
I hate this question because I love everything from the early 1930's through the early 1960's. I am also not above the 1970's throwbacks to the 1940's and some of the 1990's vintage inspired clothes.
If I had to choose, it is going to be either 1939 or 1954 runway (see first pictures from the 1954 Dior years). 

Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, and Co. for the 1939 world premiere of "Gone With The Wind"
in Atlanta Georgia. Look at those outfits.
Ava  Gardner  - The Barefoot Contessa - 1954

Grace Kelly - Dial M for Murder - 1954

20. Most glamorous film stars?
My all time favorite film star is Gene Kelly hands down. I think is his divine in every facet of the word. Tell me another man that could make a sweatshirt look glamorous.

As for the most glamorous lady, for me it is Lauren Bacall. The voice probably has a lot to do with that decision. There is some so sexy, smoldering, and appealing about her though that cannot be ignored.

21. Favorite vintage object that you own?
My great grandmother's blue coat. The picture below isn't her coat, rather my coat now, but is it's twin as far as I can tell. 

Shew, that's enough about me. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Baci Tutti!