Few television shows have had quite as much visual impact as Mad Men since its premiere in 2007. I surprisingly got on the Mad Men boat only 4 or 5 seasons into it and watched it live while going back and watching older episodes. I immediately was taken by the show visually and by the intelligent, strong and beautiful character of Joan Holloway. I mean name a girl that doesn’t have a crush on her, she doesn’t exist! The show never failed to deliver on outstanding storyline brought to life with incredible sets and wardrobe that helped transform the characters from the pilot all the way to part 2 of the final 7th season. When I found out that there would be an exhibit titled Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men at the Museum of Modern Image with costumes and sets from the show I knew I HAD to make the trip out to Astoria as a fan of the show and costume design in general!
I’d like to officially welcome Marie & Mirabelle to team Storyland Vintage! Mirabelle needed a little love and “rustoration” in the form of canvas to cover her naked form that my mom masterfully pinned and sewed onto her. After that all she needed was a little elbow grease from me on her wood base and now she’s ready for her close up, Ms. Demille! 😉 Both Marie & Mirabelle are lovingly named after my next door neighbor in East Meadow, NY. She was a very hardworking woman that kept her household impeccably neat. She would sweep the driveway every day and I remember thinking that it was so silly because she had two cans at the end with a broom laying on top so that no one could pull a u-turn into the driveway at the end of our dead-end street. I would often walk into their garage, getting on my knees and peering into the basement window, watching and smelling her cook “supper” like the little 6 year old creep that I was. But I guess I wasn’t too much of a nuisance, as Marie and her husband Sal both seemed to enjoy my company/harassment and in that loving memory I name these two dress forms after her. ♥
This St. Patrick’s Day I decided to don a gorgeous 1940’s dress & capelet set that I had in my closet for years but never wore. Even if all I got was a photograph in my green outfit, I finished off my night with a green frozen lime daiquiri, yum! Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day whether you are of Irish decent or Irish just for the day as they say 😀
Wardrobe: Green Lace Print Dress & Capelet – 1940’s vintage, Varsity Junior ♥ Clip on’s – vintage ♥ Cat-eye Sunglasses – used a birthday giftcard to purchase these, Ralph Lauren RL8110 Sunglasses-54488E Black/White(Grad Green Lens)-55mm
I hope you had a beautiful holiday season and shared it with loved ones! I spent my Christmas at home with family, eating and drinking lots of yummy stuff I had a lot of fun this year putting together my Christmas looks and wanted to share them from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day!
My Moms Swedish Dad, my Pop Pop worked in computers for the aerospace company, Grumman that was here on Long Island. He was technologically savvy and also loved taking family videos. On Halloween day in 1994 he finally let my big brother Shanon, for what we believe was the first time step behind his camera and film. That film footage was of me dancing around in the Belle costume my Mother made me. Shanon ended up going to film school when he was older, interned for a sound company while at school and ending up becoming a television editor. I guess you can say the love of film and that kind of creativity runs in my family. Ever since I earned my associates degree online in fashion merchandising from The Fashion Institute of Technology and entered the bachelors program, I was excited for the day I could begin the search for credit internships which was necessary for my degree. A few years ago I toured Warner Brothers studios and saw costumes, movie sets and Conan O’Brien’s parking spot up close. Combine that with a deep love of Halloween and dressing up as mostly film characters I had the goal in mind to get my internship in costume for a television show. As a HUGE Conan O’Brien fan I especially longed to spend a semester in California and work in the costumes and props department alongside Bill Tull 😉 I wanted it so badly, I literally had dreams about it. But while I have my brother and his family in CA, putting my degree on hold for a semester and the planning behind that with a slim chance of actually getting the internship, wasn’t going to work itself out. But luckily FIT had a few connections in the TV realm of costume and before I even met my internship counselor I let my intention be known. I wanted an internship in costume, I wanted to learn the process of script to screen and most importantly for me I wanted to learn how they sourced the fashion and hopefully vintage! Luckily I had an incredibly awesome counselor and she rallied for me sending emails to companies. I had to narrow my interests down to 2 companies which for me were two television shows. But I didn’t hear back from either of them and began searching elsewhere. As an aquariums I am a natural born settler, I’ll usually settle for less than I deserve but for once I was confident in telling myself that if I didn’t find something I loved, I would wait because I did not want to waste my one internship opportunity. Not to mention I commute very far from Eastern Long Island just to get to my classes in NYC, so I really have to want to be there! I had a couple interviews set up including one in NYC for a huge sporting company in eCommerce. I had zero interest in going on this interview but my counselor thought I would be a good fit so I gave it a shot. I remember it felt like 10 degrees out that morning and getting on a train with the morning rush for an interview during winter break was torturous. But despite being completely out of my element being a vintage loving gal in a sporting world(lol) and terribly anxious in interviews I felt so great about myself after the interview I had with the people that worked there because for the first time in my whole life, I could dork out about eCommerce and they applauded me for my knowledge! I was actually reconsidering the whole television internship because I was positive they were going to choose me despite having a not as great interview with someone different afterwards, but later I heard back I hadn’t been chosen. But as one door closes, another one opens and I received the phone call from my #1 choice, a costume internship at the television show, The Good Wife. And funny yet luckily enough, I hadn’t even interviewed with them.
The discovery of this yellow vintage dress was one I will never forget. My mom and I stumbled upon an estate sale 40 minutes before closing time and I entered a bedroom where time had clearly stopped and everything was vintage. I was in absolute heaven. I grabbed everything between a vintage corset, kids Hop-along Cassidy gloves and 2 new with tag 1950’s floral blouses one for me and one for you. I was on a mad dash filling boxes with vintage everything and had only minutes left when I discovered there was a basement. That basement is where I spotted this yellow striped beauty on a pile of crap. The basement appeared to have been flooded and the vintage items that encompassed it left to rot long after the water was pumped out. But despite the skirt looking absolutely disgusting and covered in so many brown spots I decided to take a chance on her and PEELED her off the pile. My mother lovingly gave it so many trials of elbow grease and treatments and at one point I thought the embroidery was ruined but she pressed on and now its in near perfect condition with a small spot on the bodice as a reminder of where she had been and what she went through.
Like my dress, I’ve been through a healthy amount of struggle in my life and i’ve had this blog forever it seems but realized recently that I have never really written anything personal at all. So I have decided that I am going to share a more personal story, in hopes that someone may read it and get inspired like I did and have..
Please drink champagne, don’t bathe in it! “Waste-not want not.” ;p Sometimes Meg gets silly ideas, then has to go have a little photo-shoot for fun.
The look of love…
Wardrobe: Dress – 1980’s vintage ♥ Tights – American Apparel ♥ Heels – Born
Ps. Drink responsibly and don’t break the internet, kiddos!
This Halloween I decided to emulate one of my favorite television shows, from my favorite season of the show and one bad*** of a character, Lana Winters from American Horror Story Asylum. She is such an intelligent character and I admire her strength, persistence, bravery, talent and badd***ery! As a vintage clothing seller, I wasn’t about to wear the standard blue Briarcliffe patient dress and red sweater, I had to go for the great green plaid 1950’s suit she wears as a reporter looking for a meeting with Bloodyface. Plus, I’m naturally a blonde and wearing pale makeup and a brunette wig wouldn’t have done anything for my face ;p! As you may have already read, I really lucked out on finding my suit in a sort of kismet experience. Just like the creators of the show I am a Lana fan and went from Lana Del Rey in 2012 to Lana Del Gay in 2014 ;p. I had a ton of fun emulating Lana Banana for the photos and 2 fun Halloween nights out despite getting called: Jackie Kennedy, Laverne from Laverne & Shirley, Margaret Thatcher and the actress from The Birds and not Lana Winters. View more photos below but *WARNING* spoiler alert if you haven’t watched the end of the season..
Something crazy awesome happened recently! Want to know what it was? Well come closer ;)…I was on the way driving upstate for a few days with my mother and she asked me if I wanted to stop at a thrift store we used to go to a lot in the past, but hadn’t been to in awhile. But if I went there I wouldn’t be able to go to a antique store, because the thrift store was kinda out of the way. I was feeling the thrift so off we went. Before I got in the store I was thinking about how it would be great if I could just find the suit I needed for my Halloween costume and told my Mom to keep an eye out whenever we were out shopping in the coming weeks for it.
When we got to the store it was completely renovated and immediately I wasn’t feeling like my trip would be to prosperous, usually cleaner thrift stores suck in my opinion. In years past I’d come out of there with several bags but unfortunately I just wasn’t finding anything. But as I was making my way to the front of the store to leave I began looking through the womens suits and my Mom told me she looked through them already. But, right in front of me there was a suit set eerily similar to the one I was looking for, it even had an olive green blouse underneath the plaid suit jacket. My Mom said “that wasn’t there a minute ago” and so I grabbed it, tried the jacket on and it fit!!! I couldn’t believe it, I found pretty much exactly what I was looking for! How often does that happen when thrifting for a vintage suit and minutes after putting it into the universe?! I then walked over to the shoe section and picked up a brown pair of heels that looked as though them may fit, and those fit too! I happily trotted to the register to discover the suit set was half-off, BAM! Halloween costume under $20! I put it out there on that trip that I was looking for a matching pink 1950’s lady lamp, the board-game Seance and other random things, but sadly those wishes have yet to be answered 😉 😀
Ps. I don’t usually reveal anything of my Halloween costume before the big day, but I just had to share this story behind it! Stay tuned for the full fledged Halloween costume post after the big day.
My family has a habit of holding on to stuff. The good part about this is occasionally i’ll get the organizing bug and find myself digging through boxes of old stuff from a grandparents home. Recently I dug up my mothers homemaking notebooks from when she was in grade school. Inside are lists for how to run a home, definitions of various interior decorating and home building vocabulary but most importantly, vintage interior decorating clippings from magazines! My mom had *mostly* good taste and picked some great mid-century early 1960’s rooms and modern homes that I dig and then some real kooky rainbowfied rooms which are fun to look at! I am going to post them on the Storyland Vintage Tumblr page as I do with my vintage scans, but enjoy this sneak peak