Saturday, July 31, 2010

I WANT This!

How dreamy is this dress?? seriously! You know the more I handle vintage the less easy it is to find something that really excites me but this is very e-x-c-i-t-i-n-g. If only it fit me... Eyelet detailing is a personal favorite of mine and this is a certain type of eyelet that I have'nt come across yet. I also love this faded powder blue color. But what I think is most desirable about this dress is that it's totally wearable today without having this heavy 1960s look attached to it. Pictures lead you to shop page.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Busy Weekend

Oh my I have so much to do. I must confess that even though I'm a hard worker and I enjoy being busy more than I enjoy doing nothing or resting, when I have to much to do my head starts getting hazy and I don't really know what I need to do, I only feel this mess going on up there and it makes me quite uncomfortable. But this is to be expected because of my newly cramped schedule.

My first week doing my new job has been alright. I don't really enjoy beginnings no matter what so I need to wait a little while longer to see if I really want this job or not. The place I work at though is amazing so I really must take a camera and share some pictures. This with daily rehearsals have made my days very long with a very small amount of energy at the end of them. Energy I really need for doing other important things like working on my shop and maybe, finishing my degree cause I still have two papers left... BUT there's also a small amount of time to play.

The other week I received a much anticipated package in the mail from Kristina at allencompanyinc, one of my all time favorite vintage shops. I received a beautiful 1940s two-tone day dress that is just pretty much perfection and fits me so well. This is my second 1940s dress and I can't wait to make my 40s collection much much bigger. Slowly but surely.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's not even 8am here and I'm already up and about, have taken a shower and am trying to revive myself after a very long and busy two days. I wanted to thank everyone for their new-job wishes, it's very sweet and also comforting to know someone actually reads this blog :) So far so good (job wise I mean).

Anyway, I only have a few minutes to spare. I hope I'll get used to my new pace of life quickly enough so my bloggyness does not suffer. My lovely costumer Allison was gracious enough to send me pictures of her in a dress-coat she recently bought from me, and was even more gracious in allowing me to share them here. I often see how shop owners who are also bloggers get excited about this kind of thing, as we should. Seeing our items in use is one of the most rewarding things possible especially since we sell on the internet and our interactions with costumers is very small and distant.

So I leave you with the pretty Allison who looks so good in her recent purchase, I'm delighted that she's pleased!




Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Black is the New Black

I'm starting a new job on Monday. It actually has a lot of great potential especially with my tight schedule and need for a steady paycheck. It requires black clothes. I've always LOVED black, always. In fact my metal-head friends from highschool used to call me a blacker (a name heavy metal fans were called in my highschool) even though the 'heaviest' music I was listening to at the time was Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. The blacker nickname was appearntly because I used to wear black often. However, now when I will be "forced" into black everyday, and even a little fancy black because it's a quite a fancy workplace, I find I don't have much black in my closet and this surprises me. Looking through my very long wishlist on Etsy, I can't find much black there either.

When did I become so color-drawn? Where have my angsty and heavy outfits gone to? My emotions are still the same (sometimes even blah-er) and yet I find reds and yellows and blues and patterns and all kinds of color blends, but not much black. And since I don't want to wear just any kind of black but want to blend in my own vintage and layer-loving touches, I'll need to work on my black inventory if this job works out, and I'm hoping it will.

In the meanwhile - some of the most fabulous and wearable black items on my wishlist: (clicking the item sends you to the items shop page)

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Create Your Own International Signature

I'm happy to write a business related post since I don't often do this. I will try to do this from time to time. As you might or might not know, my mother and her business partner own one of the most successful vintage and second hand shops in Israel so they often get invited to help move people out of their houses or go through estate items. When I can, I often join my mother who always lets me handle the clothes and accessories 'department', I choose things for her shop and mine. Anyway, the other day this lovely old lady moved into an elderly housing community and her family asked us to come and take a look. Besides the wonderful ceramics, glasswear, paintings and so on, I also found two old atlases.


Any of you who have bought something from my shop know that I use old atlas pages to write my thank-you notes. It's not just any atlas, but hebrew written, Israeli printted atlasses - so finding these atlasses was a great thing for me personaly. Also and wonderfuly enough, my efforts have been noticed and many of my clients have written to me about this unique way of writing thank-you and how exotic and special it makes their purchase.

The reason I'm sharing this is because I feel it's very crucial to find your own signature when it comes to your shop. Because I don't make things and can't attach labels to my items I find that this is my signature - it represents both my aesthetics and my country.

A few months ago I posted a thread on the Etsy forums called Being a Foreign Seller on Etsy or How to Make the Most of Your Shop, noting a few points about being an international seller. I also stated that these points were as relevent for US sellers, especially if they sell worldwide.
Selling worldwide is such a special thing to me and one of the main reasons I opened my Etsy shop - being able to reach people of the other side of the ocean is amazing. I'm proud of where I come from (in my own way) and I think the way I say thank you represents that.



I can only recommend that if you are a shop owner - try and find your own international signature. Most buyers are fascinated by other languages, views and aesthetics that represent their sellers and where they are from. It does'nt have to be a thank you note, it can be anything really - be creative! Besides being a special treat it will also bring you and your buyer closer together, something that is sometimes hard to achieve through the internet. Who knows, maybe they will recommend you for it, check out your shop again and even buy something.

Those are my 2 cents anyway...

Billie Burke

I'm doing a paper on "The Wizard of Oz" (not as fun as it might seem), so I watched the movie again after not seeing it for nearly 15 years (damn that makes me seem very old). It was a delight to be honest, really, go watch it again and again. Anyway, for those of you who remember the movie, there is a good witch named Glinda who helps Dorthy out, Glinda was played by actress Billie Burke. In my internet search about the movie I can across some images of her, she was just so gorgeous I had to share them.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lanvin Neck Couture

Even though I rarely wear jewelry (though I often admire it) and I don't really show much interest in menswear (though, I value aesthetics in real life menswear a little too much), I couldn't help but be drawn to the chunky, kind of steam-punk necklaces shown in the most recent Lanvin menswear runway show (photos by the lovely Jack & Jil blog I adore).
There's something very dark and alluring about them don't you think? and they work so well with the rich textures and colors Lanvin show so well.




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shop Update



A lot ha? I have'nt done an update post in a while. Shame on me.

Monday, July 19, 2010

How fabulous are these images from the Sartorialist taken at the Jazz-Age dance party on Governors Island? I've been following this blog for quite a few years now and I also wait for this time of year to see what people come up with, and I wish I were there EVERY TIME.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

In Need of Some Wind(ing)

It's been pretty much scorching hot here these past few days. Thinking that we're only halfway through July and have August ahead does'nt make me feel any better. I despise summer. I really really do. I love fall and winter. Give me rain. Give me layers. Give me long sleeves, tights and boots. Anyway, this heat has been pretty bad for my photoshoots - because I take my pictures outside I really do cook myself out there and besides sweating heavily, the heat also ruins my hair, makeup and mood. Summer sucks. I leave you with this pretty winding picture from my photoshoot the other day, even though my hair looks like it's been tortured.