Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Flapper's~ Random Pictures~

It's been so dark and rainy here in Atlanta, I haven't been able to take any pictures. So,  I thought I would share some random photos with you. I'm a women's hat designer, also known as a Milliner, and in a couple of the photos above you can see some of my earlier work. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

1930's Inspired ~Wool Cape~

Okay, so for the last couple of weeks I haven't been able to get my mind off of vintage capes. 
I've been watching so many classic movies, inspiration for my hat designs, I couldn't help but notice all the beautiful capes these women were wearing in these films.
 It just looks so classic, and chic.
 Then it seemed like every time I would get dressed, and was over looking my outfit, I would feel like something was missing~ like a cute little cape. 
  Searched, and searched for something resembling to a vintage looking cape, and found nothing.
So this last weekend I asked my boss, whose the fashion designer for Rene` Rene`~
 what would be the best way, and the easiest way to make a vintage cape?
She told me to just go find a button up circle skirt from a thrift store, cut to the lenght you want, hem, and presto~ a vintage inspired cape. 
 Kind of neat!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Flapper's Night Out~

I don't know about you, but I had a fantastic Saturday Night out with my fabulous friend Cherelle Jay, who invited me to BEFFTA's nomination party, held at Midtown's Aurum Lounge.
 A black tie affair, with celebrities, and tons of press, Cherelle and I we're the life of the party.
 We tried to meet everyone at this event, for you never know who you may bump into.
 Everyone loved my hats, and can't wait to see more!
I even ran into Dwight, from Atlanta's Real Housewives, on Bravo. We we're both rockin' the fur.
 It was great to meet all sorts of people in the industry who love vintage fashion, and loved my look.
It was so much fun~ and at the end, I ended up in some group shots with some of Atlanta's elite celebrities.

My dress was a thrift find, at the last mintue of this party.
 I thought it looked like a 1930's Mae West dress, one she would have worn in, I'm No Angel.
 I found it just as I had searched through the whole store for something that looked atleast a little bit black tie.
 But when my eyes fell on this dress, I knew it was the one.
Floor length, and hand beaded. Looks like a million bucks.
I even had a random fan at the party call me "Marilyn". He had the right idea!
I want to thank my friend Cherelle Jay for inviting me to this event, and everyone should check out her blog:

Til' next time...

Monday, January 10, 2011

~ 1920's Frenchie Wool Beret~

It began to snow last night, just as my boyfriend and I we're leaving a nice birthday dinner at a Buckhead restaurant called, Chops.
 Very glamorous, and very 1920's looking interior~ just my style. But a perfect way to end a wonderful evening.
 Plus, seeing all the wonderful snow fall, I knew I would take advantage of it in the morning.

So I got up this very white morning, and through on my new, but very old, sheep's wool coat. Which I think it might be from the 40's or early 50's. But it really keeps me warm!!

I zipped up some leather boots, and topped my locks with a cream coloured 1920's looking French beret.

Placing the beret a little bit to the side I added and made a cute ruby red rosette to sew to the side of the hat, which gives it an ultra flapper look.

Super chic, super simple, and it keeps your curls dry.

A Modern Day Flapper's~ Must Have~  for a cold winter.

Friday, January 7, 2011

~1930's Brown Noir ~

For some stange reason I'm really into wearing the colour brown. I know that fall is over and done with, but with this winter, I'm not feeling the light blues, and whites.

 I  love this blouse with it's brown and black pasliey print, ruffled neckline, and ruffled out sleeves~ makes it look like it's straight out of the 1930's.

 I came across these little brown leather heels at a local vintage shop just around the cornor from where I live. They caught my eye looking very 1940's Rita Hayworth style to me, with the over laying and round toe look. And they we're actually my size!~ Which is so rare since I think most average women wear a size 8 or so. They have no name within the sole, but they are fairly new. Super cheap too~ costing a ruff $2.50. Can't beat that.

My cocktail hat is of a simple design, black ruffles, with a cute hat pin I made. I found the little metal hand jewelry piece, on the hat pin, in my back yard.

 Funny what you may find just in your back yard.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

~1930's Silky Bow-Tie Blouse~

My thirft find # 2~ I found this little number just by chance, at a local Value Village, for a $1.29. I love the look of an oversized bow attached to a blouse, I feel it makes a vintage statement.

 The blouse has a beautiful 1930's floral design on the silk fabric, with pops of color. I paired my long black pencil skirt, and a cropped button up sweater to complete the look.

Although when I bought this blouse, I knew it was going to be a bit large on me, for it being a size 11/12, I needed to sew the sides of the blouse in about an inch or so, right under the sleeves to give it more of a fitted look.  I do that with a lot of the clothing I end up buying at thrift stores. If I love the look of a perticular piece of clothing, and I know it's too big, it's real easy for me to just run it through my sewing machine, and have it fit me, than to go on and not have it at all.

My cocktail hat has a simple floral beaded 30's look to it, (sorry you can only really see it in picture #1) and a bit smaller in size, compaired to my other hat designs. But this one can go with anything, and is so easy to wear.

 The beautiful vintage sunglasses were a cool find about 5 months ago, at a local second hand store, near Rene` Rene`~ called Rag-O-Rama. They were oringinally reading glasses, coming with the oringinal case, but I took them into a percription eye glass store, and asked to get them made into sunglasses. They were done in less than a week!
Super cute~ 

I have more thrift finds coming up, and one being a vintage 1950's ivory umbrella. Can't wait for a rainy day off!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Modern Day Flapper's ~ Sweater Dress

Happy New Years to all of my Modern Day Flappers!!! I had a beautiful, but chilly day off yesterday, and my man and I decided to hit up some thift stores we haven't been to before here in Atlanta. I found this dark brown sweater dress, with  long sleeves, and a really cute collar, for about $4 bucks. I spend my new years catching up on HBO's Boardwalk Empire~ and I thought this dress would fit right into the era. I paired with the dress, a chunky gold belt, an envelope vintage purse, fur collar stole, and an antique gold locket. The cocktail hat is a new creation, with silk brown flowers, amber ostrich feathers, and light brown net veiling, the perfect touch for a modern day flapper.

Check out and see the write up on Amore. Hats, Millinery in Little Five Points, and me!