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How To Tell If You’re Looking at Antique China

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If you’ve inherited a set of China from a relative, or you’ve got you’re eye on a complete set of antique China in the window of a local antique store, chances are, you’ll be curious as to how old the pieces are, and perhaps more importantly, how much the antique China is worth.

Some antique China has  managed to stay completely intact for generations, and has been passed down through a single family for decades. It’s not uncommon for rare Victorian dinnerware to turn up complete, in a house clearance or car boot sale, without attracting attention to its possible value. (more…)

April 16, 2014 |

Ten Steps to Decorating in an Eclectic Style

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One of the biggest buzzwords in interior design right now is, eclectic. Eclectic style is a swirl of vintage and modern styles mixed with well thought out details that brings the two sides together, and is set to be one of the biggest trends in home and living over the next few years.

But what exactly is eclectic style? From the outside, the word seems to have been coined to describe the act of mashing everything together, but a lot more consideration goes into eclecticism to find a coherent whole in a room with lots of elements.

Eclectic style goes against the idea that a room has to fit a single theme. Classic trends such as minimal, retro, traditional, arts & crafts and shabby chic are mixed together to create something completely unique. (more…)

April 14, 2014 |

Megan Dickson: Blogger of the Month for March 2014

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With March barely behind us, it’s time to reflect upon our guest bloggers’ marvelous contributions for the month. March saw a lovely mix of topics that took us to Russia for vintage shopping and Los Angeles for Art Deco architectural tours. And of course, we also took a trip back in time for a look at school uniforms in the 1960s, how to setup your vintage wardrobe with clothes from bygone eras, and how to throw era parties. We also continued to expand our vintage focus by interviewing the talented retro blues hall-of-fame singer, April Snow.

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March 31, 2014 |

Choosing Essential Clothing For Your Vintage Wardrobe

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Building a vintage wardrobe can be a daunting process, with so many garments available it can be easy to get it wrong. The key to building any solid wardrobe is by investing in 70% classic pieces, 10% trend pieces and 20% statement or ‘wow’ pieces. By going back to the basics, you have a number of outfits that can be mixed and matched for any occasion and they will never become outdated. For example, a Little Black Dress can be worn at work under a blazer jacket with boots, and then transformed for night time, by adding court pumps and pearls. Likewise, you should never base a wardrobe around a trend, as the clothes will soon be unfashionable, whereas true vintage basics will never be. However, the most important thing to consider is that personal style should always be a reflection of who you are as person, so your vintage wardrobe should include clothing that you personally love to wear. (more…)

March 31, 2014 |

The Ladybug Takes a Sip of Russian Vintage

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A few weeks ago I had the chance to make one of my biggest dreams come true. I know it may seem strange, but for many years I have been dreaming with a fervid curiosity and interest in the hugely contradictory and controversial country called Russia.

I’ve always dreamed of visiting the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. But more than anything, I was curious to see what life meant there, how people lived and of course what vintage life means to Russians and where the coolest spots for vintage hunting were! (more…)

March 28, 2014 |

Vintage Accessories For A Bold Spring Statement

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Though the weather may not hint it yet, the spring is not far away and we can all hardly wait for it to come. Spring is the time when we shed off the heavy clothing and enjoy the sun and the warmer weather. Of course, our wardrobe calls for rearranging and renewal in the Spring, too. And what better way to flaunt your one-of-a-kind vintage style than by wearing a few unique vintage accessories that no one else can boast about possessing?!

If you too are a person who likes vintage styles and you want to convey your own style statement, a few vintage accessories could be your perfect aid in this task this spring. No matter if you choose gentle romantic pieces or more bold ones, if you combine them well with your style, you will surely stand out in the crowd. Here are a few suggestions that can help you match vintage accessories with your Spring outfit: (more…)

March 26, 2014 |

Thrift Shopper’s Guide To Buying Used Furniture

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You are strolling down the street when you spy a unique looking sofa in a thrift store. But you hesitate to take a closer look because you are unsure whether buying it is wise. How do you know that you are making the right decision when purchasing used furniture? How do you sort through a good bargain from a bad purchase? Here is a simple guide to ensure that your used furniture purchase is worth your investment.

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March 19, 2014 |

An Interview with Art Deco Diva, Lara Scott

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What does a radio host and a lifestyle writer have in common? Art Deco! Lara Scott and Cori Linder are two Ladies – the Art Deco Divas – ready to tell you all about the hottest, chicest, oldest Art Deco and Old Hollywood inspired spots. In fact, they have self-published a book, From The Corner Of Hollywood and diVine. From what I gather, the Art Deco Divas know their history and their geography. Vintage Shopper did some snooping around and nicked an interview with the delightful Art Deco Diva, Lara Scott. (more…)

March 14, 2014 |

The French Maid Before She Was Sexy

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The term “French maid” has been dubbed as a favorite Halloween costume and even a top lingerie choice for years, but there is much more to this role than merely a costume. In fact, you may be surprised to know that a French maid was at one time anything but a sex symbol.  The French maid has quite the history and has evolved over the years, transforming the way we view the term. (more…)

March 13, 2014 |

How To Throw Era Parties The Right Way

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Era parties are some of the best parties around! You get to don clothes and costumes from another time, listen to great classic songs, and experience living the life in a particular era… at least for a night! No other parties are quite like era parties – they’re the only parties that revolve around real trends and happenings of the past, and almost everyone can hop in and enjoy an era-themed party.

So how can you successfully throw era parties? First of all, you have to pick an era. The 20s, 60s, 70s and 80s are among the most popular and picked eras for parties because of their distinct culture and trends. Get to know more about how you can organize your own era-themed party by following these tips below: (more…)

March 12, 2014 |

Vintage School Uniforms

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What do you think of when someone mentions school uniforms? Most of us in the U.S., first think of traditional catholic school or private school uniforms. Girls in plaid jumpers with a white blouse underneath. Knee socks and plain, sensible shoes. Boys in dark slacks, white shirt, tie and crested blazer. Again with the dark sensible shoes.

The emotions tied to those two words are equally as strong as the images that flood our minds.  For many that wore school uniforms during the heyday of polyester, well, they understandably have strong negative emotions about school uniforms.  Think of itchy, nearly indestructible fabrics and policies that required everyone to wear the exact same items regardless of body type or style. But for others, the thought of school uniforms bring back happy memories of childhood, simpler times, and innocence.

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March 12, 2014 |