Monthly Archives: September 2010

Grab Bag- Florist Frogs

Vintage metal florist frogs make great holders for photographs.

(Photo- Martha B.)

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A Page From…

…French Vogue Fall 1990′s.

Fashion- Victoire velvet suit jacket with print blouse from Bali Barret. Earrings by Françoise Montague.

(Photo- Emmanuelle Hauguel)

Victorian Inspired Wedding Dresses

At last! A departure from all the strapless wedding gowns! These Victorian inspired dresses have high necks, long or short sleeves, and loads of frothy lace to indulge the true romantic.

Long sleeve lace dress by Cymbeline (left), vintage high neck ivory dress worn underneath a lace empire waist gown from Jesus Peiro (middle), and Charlotte Casadejus ivory lace dress (right). Straw boaters available at Lock & Co.

An ivory chiffon gown from Jasmine Bridal worn over vintage dotted swiss dress.

V-neck tulle/lace dress by Kula Tsurdiu (left), Malene Birger lilac ruffle blouse layered under Ulrich Engler‘s sleeveless dress (middle).  Another blouse from Malene Birger & Kula Tsurdiu daisy-strap dress (right).

Peach cotton top by Malene Birger. Full length lace tiered skirt at Delphine Manivet.

(Photos- Chiara Romagnoli & Stylist- Sally Dixon for British Cosmopolitan Bride)

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Behind The Seams…

…With Photographer Tim Walker.

I always find it intriguing to see how an artist, musician or author struggles to  work out their creative ideas on paper. But so much of that is obsolete now with  the use of the computer. Hit the delete button and it’s gone. We never get to see any of the journey from concept to finished product. Tim Walker, however, is one of those rare photographers that puts his concepts on paper to clarify his plans. His latest project for W Magazine was inspired by a yellow post-it note! And the finished photo shoot- Walker’s own eccentric version of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

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Women In Menswear

Looking back at Fall 1977- British Vogue’s Fall mantra is lots of menswear in wool tweeds, checks and plaids. A brown herringbone coat and check jacket both from Wallis (left). Box pleat skirt and matching jacket by C&A. with Nostalgia fair isle vest and Lotus leather loafers (right).

Looking back at Fall 1977- Mustard yellow/brown tweed jacket and needlecord pants both at Peter Robinson (left). Sheraton bold check coat with another equally bold jacket from Stirling Cooper (right).

Looking back at Fall 1977- Herringbone overcoat with corduroy collar at Richards (left). Vogue Paris Sewing Pattern for double-breasted wool suits (middle & right).

Looking forward to Fall 2010- British Love Magazine shows the subtle charm of women in menswear. Model (above) wears jacket by Comme des Garcons Homme Plus with shirt from Frankie Morello and Nicole Farhi tie.

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Margaret Howell overcoat & brogues with Pringle of Scotland shirt, Juicy Couture jacket and Hermes pants (left). Tom Ford coat & tie, Chloe pants with Church brogues (right).

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Kenzo wool suit and Ralph Lauren Sweater.

(Top photos- Eric Boman. Bottom photos- Boo George)

Get The Look #8: Case Study

Inspiration- Artist Frank Faulkner decided to help his friends and homeowners Jerry and Maxine Schwartz breathe new life into their 1890s Victorian home. In the old study, he sponge painted the walls to look like limestone and added rope trim molding at the ceiling line. Dated upholstered pieces got a new lease on life with white cotton slipcovers. The stage was now set for Faulkner’s creative editing of objects- an antique marble bust, a retro floor lamp, African Kuba cloth pillows, a wonderful collection of artifacts and books to fill the shelves!

Get The Look!

1.  Armchair – Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell

2. Kuba cloth pillows- Wisteria

3.  Painted plaster bust of President Lincoln- Andrew Spindler Antiques

4.  Display case- Griffin Trading

5.  ‘Century’ book by Bruce Bernard- Amazon

6. Floorlamp- Gallery L7

(Photo- House Beautiful. Collage- Martha B.)

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Get The Looks- Dressing Room, Modern Country Bathroom, Tiny Home Office


Twiggy’s Outfit #10: Fall Cape

A few summers ago, I went to a local antique fair and bought a paper doll set. Not just any paper doll, but a vintage Twiggy paper doll from 1967. In her box were two uncut sheets of clothing. Talk about fun! Then I came up with the quirky idea of having the paper doll model some outfits for ‘Nibs.’ Loyal Twiggy fans- you’ll be happy to hear she’s back from her long hiatus. And where is our famous paper doll going today? More importantly- what is she going to wear? :)

Twiggy takes to the streets of London in this season’s must-have coat,  the cape! Here’s a similar one.

(Top photos- Look Magazine and Vogue, 1967. Background- Google Images.  Collages- Martha B.)

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Hair- Quick Time Pin Up

1. Section off two inches of hair at each side of center part. Twist the hair at nape.

2. Lift the twisted coil in back, pin into place and secure the ends into a topknot.

3. Bring the two-inch sections up softly. Let them drape on either side of your face and cross them in front of the topknot.

4. Relax long ends at crown, coil around topknot and secure. Free a few wisps at the sides and let dangle.

(Illustrations and instructions- Seventeen Guide to Hair, 1969/70)

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The Short Wedding Dress Club- September 2010

What started out as a fun article on short wedding dresses became an email club for almost two years. As of this September, the monthly inspirational short dress is instead a regular feature on my blog ‘Nibs.’  

Fashion details- Lace dress by Alex Perry (ready-to-wear s/s collection). Susan O’Rourke hat with vintage braid and Christian Dior shoes.

(Photo- Max Doyle for AU Vogue)

Update- You can now view all the previous SWDC cards here!

Garden Note #66: Whimsical Gazebo

I bought a collection of old photographs off of ebay recently, and there were quite a few views of this garden gazebo.

The lattice  structure is beautifully crafted with a detailed ceiling and radial rafter tails.  Like a cherry on top of a scoop of ice cream… the builders placed a big, round finial in the center of the roof!

What a treat to have this shot of the inside!

(Vintage photos, c. 1920- my collection)