Christmas Linkage

Here are a few links I’ve found online that are Christmas related some are amusing others are useful. I didn’t want to want any longer since its already December but if I do find anything else I will be sure to make another post. Hopefully these get you into the spirit of the season, personally I’m thinking where did hell did the year go!

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The Art of Dancing a hilarious website that is a virtual advent calendar featuring a dancing duo. So far I love their songs choices.

Screen Shot 2011-12-03 at 12.13.08 AM.jpg Free to download and print vintage christmas gift tags on the blog My Girl Thursday.

Screen Shot 2011-12-05 at 3.03.51 PM.jpg A themed gift guide that based around all the hard things 2011 faces, most of the items are fun and interesting, the core77 gift guide.

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How to give and receive with honesty, love, and no guilt. A logo and movement that is trying to remove the social stigma of regifting. Regifting is okay with me, I don’t think that people try to gift you something you’re never going to use. What to do feel about regifting?


Etsy Finds: Scarves

For this Etsy Finds, I decided to feature handmade scarves, the most necessary winter accessory. I really never knew how warm and useful scarves are until I first experienced actual cold weather, winter in LA is pretty tame. I think a scarf can really add something to a simple outfit especially if the scarf has a print or an interesting design.

il_fullxfull.jpeg 1. Cat Print Scarf $12

il_fullxfull-9.jpeg 2. Hand Crocheted Hooded Scarf-Navy Blue $12

il_fullxfull-8.jpeg 3. Knit Ascot scarf 50s style retro scarflette $26

il_fullxfull-7.jpeg 4. Infinity Scarf SOLE GRANDE All Season Scarf Pebble $16

il_fullxfull-6.jpeg 5. Fall Fashion Cotton ruffle LACE knit fabric $22

il_fullxfull-5.jpeg 6. Pompom Scarf Crochet Lariat Necklace Neckwarmer Scarf $14.99

il_fullxfull-4.jpeg 7. Southwestern Navajo Print Faux Wool Infinity Circle Scarf Sewn & Washable $16

il_fullxfull-3.jpeg 8. Crochet Multicolored Granny Square Scarf $30

il_fullxfull-2.jpeg 9. Short Scarf with Buttons – Versatile Buttoned Scarflette $29

il_fullxfull-10.jpeg 10. Red Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf Choker $20

Let me know which scarf you liked or didn’t like. I plan to post another Etsy Finds next week, another winter themed one please check back or let me know what sort of finds you’re looking for. See you in my next post.

Ana Serrano’s Salon of Beauty

Salon of Beauty from Mark & Angela Walley on Vimeo.

I found this to be a very interesting artwork, this artist is inspired by Los Angeles and uses very simple materials to make sculpture facade of a city block.

More Info.

What do you think?

Etsy Finds: Winter Coats!

We’re all so sorry about the very long absence! Sometimes life is just so time consuming. We hope to start regularly posting twice a week, we have many plans for this space and we’re excited to share them with you.

I am actually living aboard in France at the moment, and have been experiencing my first actual winter season. I am starting to get bored of the clothing I packed, and in this post I am going to share winter coats, that I wish I could have. I am going to start a series of Etsy Finds posts with items for the winter season I hope to keep it under $100 and include both vintage and homemade items.

il_fullxfull.jpeg 1. Vintage Joseph Magnin Coat – Black Jacquard Coat/Cape $28

il_fullxfull-1.jpeg 2. 70s sherlock trench coat (s – m) $48

il_fullxfull7.jpeg 3. Winter coat sale Plaid WOOL coat Small $75

il_fullxfull-9.jpeg 4. Wool Princess Coat, Fitted with Navy Velvet, XS S $50

il_fullxfull-8.jpeg 5. Evan Picone Long Pea Coat Womens Medium Navy and Cream $32

il_fullxfull-5.jpeg 6. Princess Coat with Fur Trim Collar $82

il_fullxfull-6.jpeg 7. Chocolate Fur Collar Swing Coat $69

il_fullxfull-4.jpeg 8. 1950s Cashmere Coat / Vintage 50s Black Cashmere $58

il_fullxfull-2.jpeg 9. Vintage 60s Butte Knit Navy Pea Coat. Nautical. $55

il_fullxfull-3.jpeg 10. gorgeous camel fur collar coat M L $95

And an extra, mainly because its a cape! I don’t think its exactly a coat but its a really unique cape thats reversible.

il_fullxfull-7.jpeg 11. Vintage 1960s 1970s Plaid Reversible Cape $89

Whats your favorite coat? I can’t decide! Please support these sellers if you like the coats, I don’t know any of them personally but I do love these coats.

Why not sport a monocle??

I’d like to start this post by saying… Please excuse our absence! We know it’s been a while since our last post, but we have some delightful surprises coming your way so stay tuned to find out!

So, in my eternal quest in finding the best glasses without burning a whole through my wallet, I found Warby Parker! They are bringing back the monocle and have everything I could ask for in a pair of glasses: low prices, vintage inspired, FREE home try-ons, and if you buy a pair they donate another to someone in need, which is a definite plus! They are a breath of fresh air amongst the sea of over priced and “cookie cutter” style frames.

Warby Parker was formed by four friends with a passion for vintage things, outrageous outfits , and making the world a better place. Their name is inspired by the writer and poet Jack Kerouac. They are partnered with Visonspring, a non-profit organization that helps women entrepreneurs start their business selling affordable glasses, repairs, and prescription adjustments to low people.

Their glasses run at $95 with Rx lenses which is a difficult price to beat… PLUS you can choose 5 pairs to have sent to your home so you can try them on before you buy them. So I will be ordering my home try-ons soon.

So why not sport a monocle? You’ll stand out from the crowd, save money and be making a difference at the same time!

Vintage style!

Have you ever watched a vintage movie and wondered how the women did their amazing hair? Rita Hayworth is my favorite actress and I’ve always wanted to emulate her style. I recently stumbled on a couple books that sum up the basic hair styles and make-up methods used between 1930 and 1960. They’re called “Vintage Hairstyling”  and “Retro Make-up” by Lauren Rennells, she is a hair and make-up artist.

They both start with an overview of what you will need, followed by the basic techniques, and step by step instructions on how to style and apply make-up. These books are so colorful and have beautiful pictures of the resulting look. I always thought these hairstyles took a professional hand to do but they are surprisingly easy to do yourself! I highly recommend these books to any vintage enthusiast.

What’s your favorite vintage movie actor or actress?

Friday Muse: I Love Lucy

For today’s (late) Friday Muse I have embarked on mini project of watching the whole series of I Love Lucy and since today marks the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy and the Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday it seems more than appropriate to take the time to do mini retrospect of the series so far.

I Love Lucy starred real-life husband and wife Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, who throughout most of the series lived in a modest New York apartment house managed by their best friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Cuban-born Ricky was the bandleader at the Tropicana Club; redheaded Lucy was a housewife who yearned to break into show business or, failing that, to become fabulously wealthy through some hair-brained get-rich-quick scheme or other, usually hatched in collaboration with her partner in crime, Ethel.

Before watching I Love Lucy I was worried that I would not find it as funny due to the series being from the 50’s, but onthe contrary the show has been the utmost funny and entertaining five seasons so far. I am always eager to play the next episode. The sitcom always finds creative ways to infuse comedy into every episode; of course as it is to be expected some episodes are better than others. Overall as a series it has kept me laughing; now I know why it was ranked second on TV Guide’s list of television’s greatest shows.