Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day ,Lets Play Google image Fashion Stylist!

In honor of a day we should all focus on the many wonderful ways our life is AMAZING.... I would like to reach back into the archives of JDP and propose a round of my Google Image Fashion Stylist game. Remember I do NOT own any of these treasures ,except in my own google-able fantasies!
...and I wish I owned this turkey dress!!!!!! This image was sent to me by my adorable and dear friend Timothy of the crazy cool and always opinionated site The Epistle of Timothy. Could I ever have some fun in this vintage dream dress!

I typed in turkey + necklace and found this delightfully doomed Tom!

I typed in Black vintage purse and eventually settled on this gem!

I cheated and actually grabbed this image from The Victorian Trading Company

Thee little black booty shoes are perfect!
...and last but not least I would top it off with this spectacular example of a vintage leopard coat. I actually have 2 leopard beauties myself. ...but... can you imagine your entrance for Thanksgiving luncheon with your dreamy turkey dress peeking out the bottom?
I wish you all such a beautiful day of reflecting on the wonder of your own lives!

Friday, November 21, 2008

New Treasures(atleast to me)That Are Inspiring Me.

I know......JDP blogging twice in one month? Am I feeling OK?
My answer would have to be an emphatic yes!My mood is much improved and I am really trying to take care of myself rather than being overwhelmed by my family's busy schedules.
I am trying my best to reignite my creative passions.
One beautiful step in the right direction was the recent acquisition of this lovely dress form. I have wanted one for EVAH!I have been faithfully stalking Craigs List for the perfect specimen(I much preferred it to be ecru and neutral).
I purchased it from a lovely older lady who had used it as a dress form in her Nevada resale shop in Carson city. She regaled me with wonderful tales of selling the SAME wedding dress over and over. I guess it was a convenient stop on the way in and out of that Vegas wedding!
My hope is that this little gal will help me bring to life some of the visions that have been dancing in my head. She presently resides in my magic closet. Hey, any ideas for her name?
A more regular workout schedule and keeping a much better eye on my diet has already resulted in weight loss.....
Thus making me step away from the overalls and back into some wonderful thrifted treasures.
Like this yellow shirt dress from the 60's for 3 bux!
Heres how it looks in the floor collection:
Thrifted Yellow shirt dress
Black Cardi with silver embroidery from the 50's ,inherited from my Grandma
Vintage Barbie bag used as purse,antique mall
Black tights,DKNY (always the best brand)
...and old school Doc Martens ,thrifted!

Heres how it looks on,snapped after a long day of school volunteering and mommy taxi cab driving!This look is what I called, "Worship of the Ugly" ,back in my college days and it still feels right.I gotta be me ,and silly discarded thrift store vintage(somewhat different than meticulously curated vintage clothing store vintage) never fails to inspire me.

This little straw bag will certainly see some action in the Spring,but these crazy Sci Fi dollies are really making me "wanna rock and roll and party every day"(especially the star spangled cutie on the right). Hmm,,,perhaps they could guest star in one of my Dollie Doppleganger stories!All thrifted for practically no money.

I have always loved these stackable mid century modern chairs designed by truly inspiring Danish Architect Arne Jacobsen.

Imagine my surprise and delight when I found these pint size copies at Target!
....and on sale for 14 dollars each! They are perfect for my Wee Petal.Soon I should devote an entire post to her own burgeoning style. Her room is merely an extension of her old fashioned girl meets edgy punk-ette(I am lovin' the tiny Vans she is rocking at school each day)!

Ah heck,how 'bout a sneak preview?
This stove was a Christmas present a couple of X-mas'es ago. I bought it at an Antique mall for under 50 bux!It will certainly become an heirloom toy for the generations.You see ,I have a philosophy when it comes to childrens toys.I believe that any chance you get to buy something beautiful do it!I much prefer to see wooden food strewn about my house to the plastic variety!Give me Groovy Girls over Barbie(give ME the vintage Barbies!) whenever possible.
I realize this is not always a possibility. Baby gear can tend to be on the plastic-ee side,and then there are always the plastic tiny pony addiction that atleast can be gathered and hidden!

If your sweetie pie loves toy pots and pans, I say thrift the real thing! They are cheaper more durable and more pleasing on the eyes!

Speaking of Christmas these new to me vintage pieces will be fun tiny inspiration for this years holiday.Can you believe the print on the vintage X-mas tree skirt? I think it might look better as a little girls skirt!

This handmade vintage felt wreath was lovingly created by some pair of sweet hands and now it will be loved again at my house!
...and what treasures are inspiring you?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

My Own Vintage Clothing Fashion Magazine,November 2008:Let Freedom Ring!

It has been a big week for America,and honestly,I just can't seem to wipe the smile off my face.
It is indeed a new day!
While feeling in a celebratory mood,I decided to resurrect my online fashion zine and share my election day garb!I voted early,(another day I smiled quite a bit)but worked a shift at the wee petals school for their Bake Sale(I made peanut butter blossom cookies!!)on election day. Could'ja get anymore "all American" than an old fashioned election day bake sale?
I had to put my own patriotic spin on things,so this is what I wore(click to enlarge any photo)!
A 1.55 thrifted 1980's secretary dress!It fit like a dream,and of course I added my own JDP touches,tooled leather belt ,matching cowboy boots,and bag,and my Obama button! I got the extra bonus of having the admiration of my beautiful Sweet AND Sour 12 year old daughter(Crooked Halo) when I picked her up from school. She very sweetly showered me with compliments on my look! It was quite unseasonably warm here,or ,if it had been colder,I might have chosen.....
My trusty overalls and a light blue lace vintage PJ top,cinched with a wide reproduction 50's belt,and topped off with a favorite Pendleton Wool jacket from the 40's with REAL mother of pearl buttons.For extra festive-ness and flash I would have worn my red boots and my Frida-esque tortured heart necklace!
My denim jacket with the absolute PERFECT patina is shown here adorned 80's style with an array of vintage campaign buttons.
I have collected these buttons over the years from garage sales and flea markets.
I am a life long Democrat ,but do not discriminate when I see a presidential campaign button. If you look close will see some really old ones. They are reproductions,but I still adore them!The Nixon and Humphrey buttons are original(and of course the Obama button).
...and what to wear in this unseasonably warm fall?
While I am continuing to clock lots of hours at the gym ,and cut muey carbohydrates(YAY me!)... I am still quite shackled to my overalls(much like I believe America has been feeling lately under the current administration!). Good thing I LOVE my overalls!
Here I added a newly thrifted for 2.55 bucks,ecru and green lace PJ top,brown vintage Cowboy boots,and a vintage crocodile bag( a recent gift from my mother).Although I feel its a bit odd to carry a croc bag,the purse is older than I am so I say let the poor gator have its moment in the sun again!
This is my new favorite necklace(also a recent gift from my Mom).I am Ka-Razy for portrait pendants and this is one of the prettiest I have ever seen!
...and what should I wear on Thanksgiving?
How about this shell pink lace dress? Yet ANOTHER recent gift from my mother(does she know me or does she know me!)!Oh,and she got it at a garage sale for 1 dollar!
Its actually a bit big,but I'll think of something and the there is a spot on the bodice anyone with spot cleaning advice?Worn with vintage boots,my Grandmothers Pagoda bag,and topped off(if it happens to be cold)with my very own Diffa Jacket. I won this little cape at a silent auction at Diffa (Design Industries Fights Aids) one year.The Dallas chapter gives designers ,artists and celebrities the opportunity to reimagine a denim jacket in whatever form they choose. I happen to love a variation on a theme!
My "capelet" is reversible patchwork leather ,and was the contribution of Nordstroms.To me it was absolutely the best offering that year!
Madonna contributes a jacket every year. She usually slaps a brooch on it and pairs it with an antique bed!
Here I am modeling my dear friend David Nelsons Ball Gown interpretation.

One year I even sang at it! I was Christina in the Lady Marmalade song! We opened for The Weather Girls, it was pretty cool!
Now thats what i call freedom of expression!


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