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Lav Nandlall: Blogger Of The Month For July 2014


Lav Nandlall has been with us quite a while now, and she’s made significant contributions through her interviews with vintage thought leaders and personalities. She has shown an uncanny ability to ask simple yet probing questions — the kind of questions that bring out the personality and candid thoughts of the interviewee. It’s because of this unwavering professionalism, quality of work, commitment and grace, that we hand the Vintage Shopper Blogger Of The Month Award to Lav.

August 19, 2014 |

Vintage Finds Around The Web (Vol. 3)


Oscar Dresses – Every dress worn by the winners of the Best Actress category (since 1929)

UK consultancy Media Run Digital has put together this fun chart of Oscar Dresses from 1929 to 2013. Everyone from Bette Davis to Jennifer Lawrence, from Irene to Armani, is represented. It’s a palette of glamorous dresses from some of the 20th and 21st century’s most famous designers.

But you’ll note that many actresses opted to wear dresses from non-famous designers. In 1929, the very first Best Actress Award was handed over to Janet Gaynor who wore a demure off-the-rack number. In 1989, when Jodie Foster won an Academy Award for The Accused, she supposedly wore a mass-produced gown. (more…)

August 18, 2014 |

Natural Beauties: A 1940s Makeup Tutorial

Ingride Bergman - 1940s makeup

Learn how to apply 1940s makeup by watching our makeup tutorial video, inspired by the vintage ladies of the 1940s!  I used the same techniques on my beautiful model, Nicky. All styling was done by me.

When there wasn’t much in the way of makeup, just a bit of Pond’s cream and a dab of lipstick, and the women were beautiful….

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Ingrid Bergman - 1940s makeup

Original studio publicity photo of Ingrid Bergman for film Adam Had Four Sons. A great example of 1940s makeup.

August 18, 2014 |

Vintage Look (Vol. 2)


Welcome to Volume 2 of our Vintage Look Project. In this edition, we’re excited to include Miss Ruby Red from Germany in her 1950s flared dress, Greek wardrobe stylist Filareti Kirou, Kirstie Gadd in her 1950s look, and Martha Winhaber looking glamorous in her retro pinup look.  (more…)

August 15, 2014 |

The Evolution Of The Cowboy Boot


Cowboy boots symbolize a mysterious independence, rebellion and a rough-and-tumble zest for life; all while living on the edge and turning heads. As we look at their origins, cowboy boots were literally attached to the cowboys of the Wild West, and cannot be separated from other timeless western metaphors, such as spurs digging into a horses sweaty side, the clanking of cowboy boots on weathered saloon floors and their support the steel-nerved gun fighter’s stance. Cowboys literally stood in their boots, waiting to kill or be killed. In fact, they slept in their boots, were buried in their boots, bathed in their boots, and more than likely enjoyed the odd saloon girl – why yes, in their cowboy boots.  (more…)

August 12, 2014 |

Why “Ethan Allen” Is A Bad Word In Our House


Newlyweds pay attention – It would be wise to run expensive purchases (say things over $1,000) by your spouse before you buy. I learned the hard way.

Here’s the deal – One day I bought an Ethan Allen couch. It was $1,200. I know what you’re thinking, that’s not too shocking considering today’s price tags, but this was 11 years ago. Even more shocking to my husband was when I announced it was being delivered. “What’s being delivered?” he asked. “Oh…..didn’t I tell you….” (more…)

August 7, 2014 |

Vintage Finds Around The Web (Vol. 1)


Welcome to our very first Vintage Finds Around The Web volume. Each week, we will bring to you outstanding, newsworthy, amusing, interesting and offbeat vintage related articles, photos and videos. Sure, we share these on our Twitter and Facebook pages too, but this will give you a great recap and keep you in the loop if you missed out. So here we go, volume 1 brings you Women in photo-booths, Teddy Girls, shopping advice and more!


August 1, 2014 |

Vintage Look (Vol. 1)


Welcome to the very first volume of our Vintage Look Project. If you haven’t heard, we’ve just recently launched this project with the goal to uncourage participation from models, photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and wardrobe stylists of the vintage persuasion. You can learn more about the Vintage Look Project and how you can get involved, and show off your vintage look – whether you’re the model or the talent that helped create the vintage look. Submit your photo now!

August 1, 2014 |

Blue Velvet Vintage: From Tragedy to Triumph

Photo Credit: Blue Velvet Vintage

Theresa Campbell once had a dream to start a glamorous boutique that dealt with one of a kind vintage pieces. That dream became reality and is named Blue Velvet Vintage. The boutique offers an arrangement of timeless mid-century pieces as well as personal style assistance and special customized items. Blue Velvet Vintage is based in Florida but the growing online store makes it accessible to vintage lovers around the Globe. Vintage Shopper chats to the founder of Blue Velvet Vintage, Theresa Campbell, about influence, femininity and the power of being media savvy. (more…)

July 29, 2014 |

Borotalco: The Green Box of Italian Nostalgia

Cicogna con bambino (anni 60)

I know the Internet can sometimes be a weapon of mass destruction with all of the viruses, rumors, over-sharing and drive toward celebrity status. But I still have this kind of retro thought, which visualizes the Internet as being a “global community,” giving life to the Disney theme – it is a small world after all. And this is important, because I can read and share new things to expand or shrink my Italian world. For example, some time ago I reminded my Italian readers about THE label that for us, is not just a brand, but part of our recent history. That label is Borotalco. (more…)

July 23, 2014 |

A Guide to Cleaning Antique Furniture


Cleaning antique furniture takes time, but can be enjoyable especially when your finished product is brought back to life. After years of exposure to dirt, dust and fumes, antique furniture can become coated in a layer of grime – this is referred to as the antique’s “patina”. Follow these steps for cleaning antique furniture. This guide will help you remove the dirt and oily grime without damaging the finish or wood. (more…)

July 22, 2014 |

The Vintage Look Project

vintage look

It cannot be denied, we love the vintage look. We dress in vintage or vintage-inspired clothing because it’s fun, creative, and a great way to extend our personalities into our wardrobe. After all, some of us were most certainly born in the wrong generation. Or so we’re told.  But wrong generation or not, casual or serious, if you enjoy swapping ideas and borrowing vintage looks from each other, we’ve got a treat for you! Which brings us to our announcement – the unveiling of the Vintage Look Project.

It shouldn’t take too many head-scratches to figure this one out. The twist here is we’re asking you and the vintage community to create a Vintage Look and send us a photo of yourself. So this is how the Vintage Look Project works, in a nutshell: (more…)

July 16, 2014 |

Lola Montgomery: Blogger of the Month for June 2014


We saw some new faces contribute to our blog in June. A huge warm welcome to Sally, Gloria and Tom! If you haven’t checked out their posts, they are fascinating reads that show you how to distress your guitar and use the popular virtual word, Second Life, to create vintage themed interiors. Also, be sure to take a trip down memory lane with Lola’s, How to be a Ye-Ye girl, and learn how to make use of your vintage dresser with tips from Tom Watts.

July 11, 2014 |