Monday, January 28, 2013

My Beekeeping Friends

My beekeeping friends

I ran across a wonderful article in The Blender which is the Williams-Sonoma blog, the article is about my beekeeping friends Matt and Jill. They are a husband and wife beekeeping team. I first met them before they were married in 2006 when they were a part of the vintage gang that would meet and get together in Portland Oregon. We would get together about once a month and go on many fun vintage excursions. For example we would go have lunch or cocktails at Huber's which is Portland's oldest bar and restaurant (it used to be a speakeasy at one time), or to the Palmer Wirf's Antique show which is the largest in the USA, or to a local tiki bar for food and cool beverage, or to see Christmas lights on a historic lane. Our group all met on The Fedora Lounge online forum for vintage lovers (there is a link on my blog page). On The Fedora Lounge they went by the names of Beaucaillou and Cacklewack. Any who they now make and sell bee hives to people all over the world and they have about 30 hives all around SE Portland. I am very fascinated with bees, I even love them! I have wanted my own bee hives ever since I was a little girl-I grew up in the burbs-my next door neighbor and his wife (they were old enough to be my grandparents) had bee hives.

You can read the article here: williams-sonoma.



Monday, January 21, 2013

Vintage Fashion Inspiration From The Movies!

Okay folks I promised you that I would make my vintage fashion inspiration from the movies a regular feature so here it is! Before we get to that I need to make mention of this, last month I asked my blog followers what they wanted to see more of and Dr Blood of Dr Bloods Video Vault  blog: drbloodsvideovault  left me a nice message letting me know that he would like to see more fashion inspiration from the movies (types of posts) however he added a different spin to it and requested that they be from horror and film noir movies. Okay film noir is right up my alley but horror, I never really thought of featuring this genre in a fashion post. So he has posed a challenge for me and I do like a good challenge....but how can one blend vintage and horror??? A light bulb went off in my head and I thought of all the really great Hitchcock movies over the years! Brilliant!!!

So without further ado I present to you....

The Lady Vanishes
Starring Margarette Lockwood & Michael Redgrave
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

I saw this movie about a year ago and it was listed as a horror movie but it was not that horrible. It was still a good movie, I enjoyed it. It is an Alfred Hitchcock film from 1938. Here are some pictures, stills and images from the movie. Of course I will do my usual fashion commentary along the way. All images from google.

So far it looks good and mysterious 

Look at these snazzy dames they look quite stylish with their cocktails!

Fabulous fur and great hairstyle, the epitome of the 1930's.

Wow! I LOVE both of their outfits here! Look at all the stunning little details!

Sweet little slip that can double as a nightie.

Outfits with monograms need to come back into fashion.

More fashion goodness on both men and the ladies in this film!

A well made ladies wool suite is always fabulous! Don't forget the little details such as the hat, gloves and broach/corsage. 

Well that is it for now! Also thank you so much Dr Blood for your great suggestion, I am going to have some fun with this!



Monday, January 14, 2013

When My Mom Came Out West

I have had this idea for quite sometime to tell about the story of when my mom came out west. For a few years it has been popping in and out of my head. Every time I think about it I shoot the idea down... why would anybody want and need to hear this story except for a family member? Then I think to myself someone in the world of vintage might like it, even if only just for nostalgia sake. So here we go, on with the story, I hope someone likes it!

The year is 1943, the war is on and my mom is 11 years old. At that time she was living with her mom and dad (my grandparents) and her younger brother (my uncle) in Indiana. They decided they needed a change so they packed up everything in their Airstream Trailer (which I nicknamed the Silver Bullet) and drove across the United States to Portland Oregon. They parked the Silver Bullet in a trailer park (this park was on 82nd and Division Street at the time) and took up residence there for a while.

My grandpa was a shoe maker, he used to make clogs-the ones that are closed in the back-with a wooden sole for the Rosie the Riveters that worked at the shipyards in Portland. My mom said some of the Rosie the Riveters lived in the trailer park and that they were real nice ladies. My grandpa made clogs in every color under the sun, for my mom to go with all of her outfits. When my mom was 14 years old she started high school at Franklin High the clogs were quite popular in the North West at that time and she found most kids to be envious because she had clogs in every color. When some of the kids found out she lived in a trailer park some of them called her trailer trash (imagine that back in those days referring to someone as trailer trash!), I think they were just jealous of her huge clog collection!

When my mom was 15 years old halfway through her sophomore year in high school her parents bought a house and small farm in a tiny town called Willamina (which was even further out west in Oregon). Then she started high school at Sheridan High, she says she remembers sack dresses being all the rage in Portland (the big city). All of the girls thought she was quite ahead of the times and fashionable because she was wearing the sack dresses with her handy dandy clogs! The sack dresses had not hit the town of Willamina yet! This was when she met my dad, at first they were just friends. Then they started dating when my mom was 16 and my dad was almost 18 (in 1948). My mom graduated from high school in 1950, that was when my dad joined the army and fought in the Korean War. In 1953 my mom and dad got married on July 3rd. The Korean War finally ended and my dad was out of the army and a free man!

My mom and dad were high school sweet hearts and were married for 56 years until my dad passed away in 2009. My mom is still alive and lives on the Oregon Coast and will be 81 in May of this year. I did a blog post with a picture of her back in October:

Here I am dressed up like a Rosie the Riveter with my clogs sitting on my grandpa's trunk from when he was in the Merchant Marines. 



Friday, January 11, 2013

Blog Contest - Win A Snood!

Over at hauterockabillyfashionista blog there is a contest going on. Click on the link above for all of the details!

Rosie the Riveters wearing snoods in 1942, picture from Wikipedia. 


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dear Readers

I hope you like my new blog make over, I felt it was in need of something fresh and new. My goal for this new year is to blog on a weekly basis, so far I am off to a good start considering my last post was on this past Monday. Whoo hoo let's see if I can keep it up!

I know lately my posts have been a bit brief and they may continue to be for a little while because even though I am now settled into small town USA living with my boyfriend, I have acquired a 2128 sq. foot house to take care of, Jeffrey a 17 year old and Jelly Bean a 3 1/2 lb, 8 year old female chihuahua (who's wardrobe, even though it is not vintage rivals my own in amount!). Plus we are in the process of giving the house an overhaul inside and out. I will be popping in with updates on my adventures and of course with more vintage goodness along the way!

I know it's not a vintage house or a classic car but I can still dream!

Here is Jelly Bean and Jeffrey (Jeffrey is a little camera shy)!