Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vintage Clothing Mega Sale at C.Madeleine's - New Pieces for the Shop!

A few drool worthy pieces from C. Madeleine's
C.Madeleine's is a vintage institution in Miami and a frequent source of goodies for hollywood stylists.  The store holds 10,000 square feet of garments and accessories spanning 15 decades. The carefully curated selection is pretty pricey and I'm restricted to window shopping, often at home (where it's safe!) on their website. If you'd like to learn more about the store and its fabulous owner, Madeleine Kirsh, check out this great profile piece from the blog Stylelikeu.

Now the really exciting news! This past weekend the store had its annual yard sale! When she begins to overflow with inventory, Madeleine discounts some of her treasures for the rest of us.  After a  two hour car ride and an anticipated scurry to the racks I am so excited with the pieces I snagged for the shop. Thanks C. Madeleine's! I can't wait for next year!

C.Madeline's Miami

See what I snagged for the shop after the jump! 

(Summer dresses, embroidered skirts, beack cover ups, 40s and 50s party dresses, and not to name drop, but... Ceil Chapman, Alfred Shaheen...)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

1930s Old Hollywood Scrapbook

Grandma, a few years later in 1941,
enjoying a beer? with her girlfriends
Over the weekend I began working on a vintage summer / swimwear post for the blog. I wanted to feature a few of the 1940s beach photographs I have of my grandma, so I got out the photo box and stumbled upon a treasure I had completely forgotten I had.  In 1933/34, as a 16 or 17 year old girl my grandma was restricted to bed rest for several months. (Feeling fine but stuck in her room she actually taught herself to write with her non dominant hand!) During this time she also created a celebrity scrapbook I feel so grateful to still have.

Many of the photographs are from a 1930 / 31 issue of the "New Movie Magazine's Gallery of the Stars" which wasn't very far removed from today's tabloids. It was fun to see that relationships, weight, style,  and snarky quotes filled the pages then too, albeit with a lot more glamour and grace.

1930s old hollywood movie stars

See a many more of my favorite pages after the jump! ...including a very young Cary Grant, some juicy gossip on Mae West,  stinging criticism for Marlene Dietrich, the most beautiful pictures of Bette Davis and Mae Clark, and a page of the actresses' weight and measurements!