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Happy Halloween! Have a wonderful holiday weekend! :)

Dennisons Bogie Book

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"In Victorian times and throughout the first three decades of the 20th century, Halloween parties were immensely popular. Because these parties were targeted specifically toward adults, many of the earliest Halloween decorations employed frightening and highly complex imagery of devils, witches, skeletons and ghosts. In later years, as the holiday became increasingly geared toward children, Halloween imagery was toned down by manufacturers to appeal to a broader market and "cute" decorations gradually replaced the scary themes. The heyday of Halloween parties in the early 1900s gave birth to a commercial market for Halloween memorabilia. Dazzlingly designed candy containers, noisemakers and decorations were imported from Germany and eagerly purchased by American hostesses planning their annual parties.

Beginning in 1909 and continuing through 1934, Dennison Manufacturing Company of Framingham, Massachusetts entered the Halloween party niche with their colorful party supply catalogs, appropriately named Bogie Books. The 1909 Dennison's Bogie Book is the first and rarest issue, with only a handful of copies extant. The profusely illustrated pages introduced the hostess to party menus, game suggestions and innovative decorating ideas all made possible with paper products manufactured and sold by Dennison."

- from bookthink.com

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I used to be a lot like you but now I'm only me I'm only me...*

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photos by Tom b.

top: 30s sweater
skirt: vintage (shortened by me)
shoes: UO
hat: vintage wool beret
* listening to: Boy Sets Fire - After the Eulogy "Rookie"

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Swedish Hasbeens

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Right now a pair of Swedish Hasbeens jodhpurs is on the top of my never-going-to-be-able-to-afford wishlist. They're running about $375 a pair (ouch!) on the UO site. But they're sooo lovely. All simple and utilitarian and stylish all at the same time. And the other boots are nothing to sniff at!

Come summer I'm sure I'll be just as smitten with their line of simple 70s inspired sandals. And their website is a charming as the shoes, doling out pieces of advise like "the shoes will last longer if you don't use them everyday, all of the time."
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I've been wandering around, making up movies in my head...*

10-26-09

sweater: thrifted men's
skirt: vintage
coat: vintage girl's duffle coat
shoes: vintage ankle boots
purse: vintage Coach bag
hat: vintage wool beret
* listening to: Circa Survive - Juturna "Meet Me In Montauk"

Looking back at the beginnings of this blog, I can't believe I stopped to take an outfit photo every single day. But, then again, that's when I was living in LA and going to a "real job" everyday so it was easier to stop along the way and snap a few photos. Now it seems I'm lucky to squeeze in only one or two outfits a week - something I'm going to try to get better about going forward.

Here's an example of a "casual day" outfit that I normally wouldn't stop to take photos in. I was inspired by the APC collections and wanted to do something sort of classic all-American (which, I know is a bit ironic since APC is French). The duffle coat was in a pile of to-be-sold items but I think I'll be selfishly hanging onto it for myself for now.

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Sneak Peek for the Etsy Boutique

Here's a little sneak peek at the items I'll be working on for today's update in the shop; the perfect hand knitted Nordic sweater, a trio of lovely box pleated skirts, a handful of pretty dresses, vintage winter coats for the upcoming cold weather and a three piece wool tweed set.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by! :)

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APC Winter

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More looks to admire from APC. This time from their winter collection. There's not much more to say here, as they impress me each and every time they have new looks come out. I'm officially convinced that I need to start incorporating a pair of flat ankle boots into my wardrobe. I also really love the plaid shorts (winter shorts are definitely on my wishlist) and the boxy sweater with the skirt.

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One cold damp evening the world stood still...*

10-25-09

photos by Tom b.

dress: Fletcher by Lyell
tights: thrifted
shoes: UO
hat: vintage wool beret
purse: vintage Bond Street bag
*listening to: The Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge "Second Skin"

Tonight Tom and I went on an honest to goodness date. I can't even remember the last time we did that. Since before we bought the house, for sure. We went to a Hershey Bears hockey game, ate bad pizza and nachos, cheered for every power play and never once discussed paint colors or door knobs or what we need to buy on our next trip to Lowes. Then we came home to eat cookies and milk while we crashed on the couch to watch Mad Men. Perfection.

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Editorials

I'm completely incompetent when it comes to trolling sites like The Fashion Spot and where ever else one might go to look for scans of fashion editorials from around the world. I honestly have no idea how those threads work and can't for the life of me figure out how to search for something specific among the sites. That little snag results in very few editorials reposted here on my blog, which is fine with me since I rarely see ones that resonate with me anyway. But when I saw this one posted on Lungfuls (a wonderful blog I discovered from Anja), I was instantly smitten. I love all the hats! And the woolly layers, and the sort of Edwardian feel to the looks and the fact that the girls are all in comfy boots rather than crazy high heels. I'm also really loving the collaging on the photos which is giving me all sorts of ideas for my own photos.

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P.S. I'm not sure what magazine these were original published in... something Italian? If you know, pass it along and I'll credit them. Thanks!

An Education

Whenever new movies come out, I tend to put them in one of two categories; movies to see in the theater and movies to put on my Netflix list. I remember reading a review of An Education recently (in Rolling Stone maybe?) and thinking it would fall into the Netflix column. It sounded like a film I'd want to check out, but nothing I was in a hurry to see or that would be impressive on the big screen. After seeing these still shots from the movie, I'm reconsidering.

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An Education

Whenever new movies come out, I tend to put them in one of two categories; movies to see in the theater and movies to put on my Netflix list. I remember reading a review of An Education recently (in Rolling Stone maybe?) and thinking it would fall into the Netflix column. It sounded like a film I'd want to check out, but nothing I was in a hurry to see or that would be impressive on the big screen. After seeing these still shots from the movie, I'm reconsidering.

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There's a sound then it fades, turn it down make it stay...*

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photos by Tom b.

dress: Anthropologie
shoes: vintage
purse: vintage John Romain
hat: vintage wool beret
*listening to: Ours - Precious "Realize"

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There's a sound then it fades, turn it down make it stay...*

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photos by Tom b.

dress: Anthropologie
shoes: vintage
purse: vintage John Romain
hat: vintage wool beret
*listening to: Ours - Precious "Realize"

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Etsy Update

Lots of new pieces going into the Etsy shop today! Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

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Etsy Update

Lots of new pieces going into the Etsy shop today! Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

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A Reason To Go To New York

Gigi Gaston was the prototypical 60s French pop star. Her life was full of the dramas which seem to plague only the rich and famous; her Gypsy family’s escape from Bulgaria, an affair with her stepbrother, her rise and fall up the pop charts, a marriage that ended in infidelity and murder.

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In 1974 Normal Mailer wrote, “Could this Black Flower with a voice like Piaf have guessed that when she bloomed into a teenage singing idol for post-war European youth, and later became the Continental fashion icon and sexy French pin-up girl on the bedroom walls of the hippest kids, that the future would strangle her dreams of normalcy, like the protagonists in one her romantically fatalistic songs? No, of course not. Because the characters of Greek tragedies are always the last to know their fates.”

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The only problem? She never existed! She's the brainchild of artist Josh Gosfield who invented her entire existence. The ephemera, the stories, the persona... all fictional.

Genius, no?

*Gigi Gaston: The Black Flower will be on view October 22nd through November 25th, 2009. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011.Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6pm.

A Reason To Go To New York

Gigi Gaston was the prototypical 60s French pop star. Her life was full of the dramas which seem to plague only the rich and famous; her Gypsy family’s escape from Bulgaria, an affair with her stepbrother, her rise and fall up the pop charts, a marriage that ended in infidelity and murder.

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In 1974 Normal Mailer wrote, “Could this Black Flower with a voice like Piaf have guessed that when she bloomed into a teenage singing idol for post-war European youth, and later became the Continental fashion icon and sexy French pin-up girl on the bedroom walls of the hippest kids, that the future would strangle her dreams of normalcy, like the protagonists in one her romantically fatalistic songs? No, of course not. Because the characters of Greek tragedies are always the last to know their fates.”

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The only problem? She never existed! She's the brainchild of artist Josh Gosfield who invented her entire existence. The ephemera, the stories, the persona... all fictional.

Genius, no?

*Gigi Gaston: The Black Flower will be on view October 22nd through November 25th, 2009. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011.Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6pm.

And take what you will tonight, I'll give it as fast...*

10-19-09

jacket: H&M
sweater: vintage
shorts: 60s wool shorts
tights: thrifted
shoes: 60s mary-janes
hat: vintage wool beret
* Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days "Cinder and Smoke"

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And take what you will tonight, I'll give it as fast...*

10-19-09

jacket: H&M
sweater: vintage
shorts: 60s wool shorts
tights: thrifted
shoes: 60s mary-janes
hat: vintage wool beret
* Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days "Cinder and Smoke"

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Sally Scott

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After discovering these photos from Sally Scott on Left Hand Endeavor, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist reposting them here. Not only are the clothes adorable, reminding me a bit of Orla Kiely (which is a very good thing), but the click-and-come-to-life photos on the site are oh-so-charming. They're sort of like looking at a Harry Potter photo album. Seeing each piece in motion only makes them more tempting.

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