I had a great time pretend acting as personal shopper to both Megan and Betty from Mad Men. For the last in this series I of course had to work with Joan and found both vintage and modern items to dress her in. Joan is definitely one of my favorite characters on the show. I love how confident she is around both men and women. It is so refreshing to see a woman on T.V. who is not a stick figure and actually looks like a woman should look. I love how she chooses to wear clothing that shows off her figure rather than hide it. And I love how you can always find her in bright colors and her signature pencil necklace while in the office. Below are the items I chose for Joan. Click on my pinterest board for links on where to buy them.
I am a big fan of the wiggle dress. I love how it is sexy but not over the top and it shows off the right parts of a womans figure. Joan always looks amazing in them.
Shoes and Purses
For Joans accessories I used a mixture of both vintage and modern staying true to her style. I went bold with color to give her outfits a punch.
For jewelry I used all vintage costume and chose pieces that were statement makers in the red, blue, green, and coral family. Those colors look amazing with her bright red hair.
I love watching the show Million Dollar Listing seeing all of the beautiful and crazy expensive homes in Los Angeles. My favorite part of the show though is Edith Flagg, Josh’s grandmother. She has the cutest personality, a really crazy condo, and was a clothing designer from the 1950′s through the 90′s. When I heard that I ran to my Ipad to check out her designs. And found so many vintage ones on Etsy for sale. Below are some of my favorites. I really hope I find some of her dresses from the 60′s when I am out on a thrifting adventure.
so unusual to see a tropical print in a brown shade from the 1960′s
1970′s floral maxi dress.
love the crazy pattern and colors of this 60′s dress
1960′s green dress with built-in scarf collar
1960′s day dress with matching coat
love the embellished sleeves on this 70′s dress
60′s wiggle dress that I can see Joan from Mad Men wearing
1970′s polka dot maxi. I really like how the different patterns of dots work so well together
Last week I had a great time pretend styling Megan Draper in a mixture of both vintage and modern fashions. I had even more fun working on Betty this week because I love her feminine style. Betty reminds me of a doll with her light blonde locks and big poofy tea style dresses. She always looks polished and very put together. The looks that I found for Betty are really reminiscent of the first couple seasons of Mad Men when she was married to Don and went to a lot of work functions and parties. I really enjoyed her character and was pretty disappointed when they gave her less and less screen time the last couple of seasons. I think my favorite Betty moment is when she accused Don of having an affair and spent days in her party dress wandering around the house in tears snooping through his things. have a look below at the clothing and accessories I would love to style Betty in. Click on my pinterest board for links of all the items.
favorite Betty moment
My favorite vintage dress here is the white with over sized pink and green flowers. It is such a princess dress and perfect for Betty who is like a real life Barbie doll. I especially love the giant velvet green bow tie right underneath the breast.
Shoes and Purses
I decided to go with modern shoes and vintage purses for betty’s accessories. Since the dresses she wears have a lot of color and pattern already I wanted the accessories to be more neutral but still feminine. I chose pieces that had rhinestone, glitter, beading, and floral.
My favorite part of dressing Betty is of course the vintage jewelry I found. I love to see Betty in a big statement necklace such as a the three strand pearl above. The strawberry necklace adds a little humor to her put together style.
Stay tuned next week for the last of the Mad Men series. Who do you think I have decided to style?
Even though the Mad Men season ended weeks ago, I am still so inspired by the ladies fashion each and every day. Whenever I go vintage shopping I always keep the girls styles in mind. Especially if I find a cute 60′s dress or vintage jewels. I thought it would be fun to make style collages for some of my favorite female characters. I picked both a mixture of vintage and modern clothing and accessories and broke it all down into categories. The items can all be mixed and matched together for different outfits. Please click on my pinterest board for links to all of the items since everything is indeed for sale.
I definitely love Megan’s style the most because she dresses so young and carefree. The perfect clothing for an aspiring actress in her twenties. She wears a ton of cute mod style dresses as well as fun psychedelic maxi style dresses too and always looks amazing when she goes to an important work dinner. My favorite Megan outfit of all time though was when she wore the coral dress with matching white and coral coat. It looked amazing and I gasped in excitement when I saw it on-screen.
The dresses I chose are all vintage, my favorites are the short black with metal trim and the stripe suit. I just love the color combo of red, blue, and black. The maxi dress would be perfect for one of Megan’s dinners that she is always dragged to.
Shoes and Purses
Almost all of the shoes are modern but I chose them because they have such a fun 1960′s feel to them. I love the black pair with the oversized buckles and the gold capped toe shoe as well. The purses are all vintage and are all so elegant and chic.
You know me, I am a vintage jewelry gal so this is my favorite category. I would love to add those vintage lucite bracelets to my collection. I love the contrast with the rhinestone, they are so fun. The turquoise egyptian revival bib necklace is also another fave of mine and would look so good paired with the maxi dress.
Stay tuned next week for another favorite Mad Men character of mine
One of my favorite things about travelling is checking out some vintage stores while away. You know me, I love to shop and I love my vintage so I always have to find some vintage destinations along the way. We hit up some fun vintage stores in both Memphis and Dallas. I allowed myself to buy one thing, a leather purse from the 80′s and I took a lot of pictures. When shopping, I am not only on the look out for vintage clothing and accessories but also home accessories as well. I am building quite the collection of vintage glassware, figurines, dishware and just love how it adds so much character to our home.
amazing neon clock. I would love to have a clock collection gallery style of different shapes and sizes
vintage cat art
1950′s vintage poodle party
how amazing would this look in a kitchen
vintage arm party
love collecting vintage lady head vases
gone with the wind plate
my one purchase, vintage 80′s bag
love all of the colors in this clutch from the 80′s
the perfect summer dress
cool sign, great store in Dallas
I think the vintage light would scare me even as an adult
What are your favorite things to buy when vintage shopping?
Wanted to check in here and wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend! I have been a busy bee trying to get our new apartment in order. I love the way it is turning out and plan on taking lots of photos for the blog once it is completed. I am planning on returning to a somewhat normal posting schedule after next week. We are having lots of technical difficulties lately with our site which hosts both the blog and our shop so it may not be possible yet, but I will be writing again much more often. And do look forward to re designs on both the shop and the blog which I will be devoting all of my time to this summer. When I think of this holiday of course the colors red, white, and blue pop up in my head. I thought it would be fun to window shop on 1st Dibs and show you some of my favorite vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry in those hues.
1960′s Lanvin coat and dress, so Mad Men. I love it!
70′s Gucci Leather purse
love this 1940′s red party dress
1950′s floral party dress. Would be perfect for a memorial day party
Living in Texas, every girl needs a pair of vintage cow boy boots, especially in baby blue
1960′s purse, perfect to bring to a picnic this weekend
deco 1920′s ring
1980s Tifffany Opal earrings. seriously in love
Have a great Holiday! Craig and I will be spending most of it at home decorating our apartment.
I spent a little time over the weekend in Connecticut doing a little closet clean out. I looked through my vintage purse collection to weed out any of the bags I no longer loved. A few items made it out of my closet and as I get older I only want to keep those items that I truly love. And it also makes room to add new purses one day. I did a little browsing on 1st Dibs and here are some favorites I am loving at the moment.
amazing lion head
love 1940′s emerald green velvet
vintage 1960′s Pucci
Josef jeweled bag
1920′s silk purse
vintage Guggi clutch
1920′s beaded purse
50′s evening bag
50′s embroidered bag
Over the weekend Craig sent me a link to a new blog he discovered called Classic Film Heroines. The blog is dedicated to classic film women from the 1900′s to 1960′s. I have been having so much fun scrolling through the archives and gaining inspiration from these beautiful womans style. Of course the 1920′s and 1930′s pics are my favorite. I love looking at the way these woman styled themselves in their real life and movie lives.
in love with this necklace 1926
Today is my 30th birthday and I am very excited to be pretend styling myself for the occasion in black tie looks! Tonight we are celebrating by going to the play Sleep No More and I seriously can not wait. I think it would be really fun to dress up but we will be on our feet for three hours exploring so that won’t happen. Will have to be comfort dressing all the way. Below are three different looks that I styled for different faux parties. If I learned anything from Rachel Zoe it would be that you need to have many options and different looks. Each theme is a mix of modern and vintage clothing and accessories. Please feel free to click on my pinterest for links.
This is the outfit that I would wear to see Sleep No More if money was of no concern and I had the strength to spend three hours in heels. I went with a vintage flapper dress for the occasion since the play is supposed to take place in the 20′s or 30′s. With some Deco jewelry and crazy spike shoes. This outfit is a little bit Victorian goth and I love it!
For my second party I would love to spend it on a cruise vacation. My birthday would fall on formal night and we would dress up for a fancy dinner and then go to the broadway style show afterwards. The day would have been spent on the beach in the Bahamas. I went with a loud color blocking dress since I love to wear long colorful dresses on vacation. The more color the better with lots of beautiful vintage stunning jewelry and a vintage shawl for even more pop!
For my last party I went with a bohemian but lux outfit with the long kaftan style dress. And a mix of beautiful silver accessories. I think it is perfectly ok to mix gold with silver and opted for vintage gold jewelry with emeralds. This party would be spent somewhere exotic like in Greece which is one of the spots we hit on our honeymoon two years ago. It was so beautiful there and I miss it. I am definitely dreaming of my next vacation even though I have no idea when that will be happening.
This winter in NYC has been crazy. One day it is super cold, in the 20′s and the next it is 60 degrees out in February. Crazy I tell you and also making it difficult deciding on which winter jacket to wear every day. I must admit I am not a fan of my winter coats. I hate them in fact. I have three brown puffer coats that I use for different temps. I mean who has three brown coats, I couldn’t find any black ones and that is what came home with me. I wear those ugly puffers becuase i hate the cold and they are the only things that keep me warm. But I feel dowdy and ugly in them and wish I had a coat closet full of really beautiful vintage ones. The ladies from the 40′s, 50′s, and 60′s sure knew how to dress up their outerwear. Their coats were so lady like and pretty and they dressed them up with fancy brooches pinned to their lapels. I did a little digging on 1st Dibs and here are some of my favorites.
1. faux 60′s leopord
2. 1960′s Tiger Mink, love the stripes
3. Camel with fox fur collar 1960′s
4. 1960′s lynx
1. Muskrat 1960′s. Love the mix if fur and leather
2. 1920′s blue velvet and white fox collar
3. 1960′s dyed beaver. The stripes are pretty amazing
4. 1950′s purple fox
1. 1980′s Navajo, love the pattern and it even has beading
2. Orange Jean Patou 1960′s looks like it moves like a dress
3. Sable and leather 1970′s
4. Missoni from the 80′s. Love the color blocking
If I move to warmer climates one day wear a cold day is in the high 40′s I will be on a mad search for similar coats!