Well, May has been a bit of hectic month, the day job has been insanely busy, I’ve got full into sewing my own clothes again, which means I can create all those vintage style garments I’ve been fruitlessly searching for, and I’ve spent just about every weekend vintage shopping. My bank account’s not too impressed, that’s for sure! But I haven’t neglected my endless search for interesting blogs to read, shops to peruse and interesting articles to enjoy all with our most favourite topic in mind, vintage! So, here’s my collection of May’s Vintage on the Web.
The Fiercest Lilliputian blog is run by the adorable Emma from Nashville, USA who, like me, loves anything from the 1920s up to the early 1960s. Her style is very much what I aspire to, elegant, unfussy and totally wearable, and I’ve been following her blog for quite a while now, although Emma doesn’t post so much these days. However, this month she’s posted twice because she had purchased two incredible 1930s inspired outfits from The Gold Hatted Lovers and wanted to show them off.
Now, if you’re a regular reader of this blog then you’ll know I have an obsession with all things 1930s and I cannot tell you how much I love her chosen outfits and stunning photos. Her hair, which she’s grown from a pixie crop, is now very much in a 1930s style so looks just perfect with them. (Can you tell I’m jealous?!). I really hope she continues to post now because I’d love to see more things like this from her as it’ll be great inspiration for my on-going obsession.
WARNING! Do not click on the link for the 1940’s/1950’s Most Marvellous Meet Ups if you wish to have a life. This Facebook group has grown to over 2000 members in just a few months and you can’t help but be sucked in as everyone talks about vintage, all the time. It’s main premise is to allow people up and down the country who love vintage to meet up with others who share the same interest. Of course, being Facebook, there’s also a lot of chatter online too.
There’s a huge mixture of vintage lovers, those who go full on, top to toe, no holds barred genuine vintage right through to those who love the pin-up style and prefer to wear modern interpretations from high street shops. Whatever you’re own interest within the 40s and 50s world you can bet your life they’ll be someone else on there that loves it too. But you have been warned.
I came across the Costică Acsinte Flickr account after repinning the beautiful photograph above on Pinterest. Costică Acsinte was a Romanian war photographer during WWI, right up until 1920, and from there he went on to open up his own studio. His photographs from during this time have been archived by Romanian photographer Cezar Popescu for the Ialomița County Museum, Romania.
These photographs are absolutely stunning and are such an incredible snapshot of the inter war years in a country that was so different from our own. There’s group wedding shots, men in their military uniforms, beautiful young ladies in their best dresses, children in traditional costumes and even some beautiful outdoor shots, although just about everyone looks really serious. But if you want some real 1920s and 1930s style inspiration this is your place. Oh, some of the dresses are to die for!
I love my Swedish Hasbeens, they’re so cute and, once broken in, they are so comfortable to wear but are darned expensive and not something I could lavish myself in every colour with. So, imagine how excited I was when someone (I can’t remember who) on Instagram mentioned Lotta from Stockholm and I looked on their site to see that their clogs are half the price!
They offer such a huge range of colours as well as different styles, including the lovely peep toe sandal that we all know and love, as well as the traditional clog. There’s even a selection of clog boots, yes, boots with a wooden sole. I have completely fallen in love with about three pairs of their shoes already. Sorry, bank account!
I have a huge obsession with gloves and am completely addicted to picking up vintage leather gloves at vintage fairs in all different colours to wear during the winter. I also have a small collection of vintage day and evening gloves that just sit in my drawer and never see the light of day. So, when I came across Retro Rover’s blog post Vintage Collectables – Gloves I was super excited. Glove porn!
Retro Rover’s fab post explores different styles from the 1920s up to the 1960s and 70s and gives her a chance to show off her own amazing collection of vintage gloves. I cannot tell you how many times I swooned over some of them and it has inspired me to wear my day gloves a bit more. She also includes links to two posts by Chronically Vintage about how to size vintage gloves and top tips for glove etiquette which are also a fantastic read.
Hopefully by now everyone has caught up with the last ever episode of Mad Man but if you haven’t then I would recommend you watch it before clicking on the link to this next find. So, what’s your opinion on the last series, or half a series? I found it a little disappointing myself, I expected more. Of what, I don’t know, just more. It seemed to just go through the motions towards the end. However, I was very happy with the conclusions to some of the story lines, particularly Joan’s and Peggy’s.
The Buzzfeed post is just a bit of fun for all us Mad Men fans who just can’t let go and some of them really did make me laugh, particularly the Draper kids! However, I think it would be a fantastic idea to make a one-off in the future to see where all of our characters end up in the 80s or 90s. Come on AMC, you know you want to!
And lastly, I leave you will this fabulous post, also from Buzzfeed, featuring some of the glamorous vintage gals that grace Instagram and make us all green with envy at just how swoon-worthy they are.
Have you come across any interesting blogs, articles or online shops in May? I’d love to know what you’ve discovered, so leave a comment below.