It doesn’t happen often but as a vintage seller sometimes you find an identical vintage dress in your buying journey! Luckily it happened to be one of my most watched dresses ever, a beautiful lace 1970’s maxi dress perfect for prancing around a Californian desert or even as a bohemian bride! I had no idea I had two of them until I went to photograph the dress and my mind was doing a double take “no…..I sold that one…..this one has a ribbon belt………it’s DIFFERENT!” 😉 Silly Meg!
April 22, 2014 marked the anniversary of the NY 1964 World’s Fair opening. On this special day for the first time in many years, people were invited to tour the World’s Fair Pavilion. My mother and uncle were children in 1964 and Swedish danced at the fair and were photographed in an article in the newspaper for the event. So with my family’s connection to the fair and also my own fascination with vintage clothing and local history I had to check it out! So a friend and I embarked on the journey from Eastern Long Island to the fairgrounds in Queens. When we arrived that afternoon we were greeted with the longest line we had ever seen with thousands in attendance just to get a 10 minute peak into the pavilion, donned in construction hats. But we stuck it out, I reveled in sharing the same experience with my friend and strangers, ate some World’s Fair waffles from a food truck, took shelter from a rain shower and sometime around 5pm we got in!
Some appropriate music to accompany this post:
It was so fun to get a peak inside 😀
My mom was positive that there wouldn’t be any map tiles left in the pavilion, sure and funny enough the first tile I saw had a familiar town:
Wardrobe: 1950’s dress – Ebay ♥ Vintage trench coat – thrifted
Except for photo of the line, photography is by Nicolai Patrick
Looking for more 1964 World’s Fair fun? Check out this It’s A Small World video!
There are a few vintage items I have wished and longed for, for quite some time. To my surprise I made 2 of these long awaited fines while antiquing on a trip upstate When I first laid eyes on this rather odd piece of artwork(pictured above) I immediately recognized the females face as the same from the paintings in the amusement park I grew up going to since infancy. The antique owner was impressed that I had even recognized what it was and told me it came from Storytown founders, Charles Wood’s estate! Despite the weird albeit cool subject matter, I had to take it home with me as a sweet reminder of the other paintings that used to be throughout the park and served as inspiration for me for years.
I also picked this top hat off a very tall antique store cabinet, almost out of reach and barely visible. Although I never intend to wear it, as a huge Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers(2 of my cats are even named after them) its a rare piece of history and style that I only want to sit on my shelf! All the other top hats I have found throughout the years were $90+, in rougher shape and didn’t have the great texture this one has with the beaver fur. It just goes to show that if you keep an eye out you never know what you will discover!
I recently located these photos I took at The Magic Forest a few years back and noticed just how eery some of the characters look in Polaroid form!
My Halloween costume stemmed from a food shopping trip to ShopRite with my mama a few months ago where I picked up this adorable shopping bag featuring the ShopRite can can girls. I posted a pic of the bag on Instagram and realized that the new can-can girl kinda resembles me! Living on Long Island my whole life I was no stranger to the can-can sale commercials growing up, I admired their long legs, their glamorous outfits and loved that catchy song! I am certainly not a dancer but I’ve been interested in the can-can/saloon style all my life and luckily my mama is an excellent seamstress and helped me whip up this fun dress!
I even won a costume contest with my boyfriend/Griff from Back to the Future 2..
Wardrobe: Dress & Bow – Handmade ♥ Choker – Party City ♥ Feather & Eyelashes – Joann’s ♥ Gloves – Windsor(had these forever) ♥ Heels – XOXO(also have had these forever and never wore them!)
I was invited to a party the weekend before Halloween and needed a quick costume to wear while my actual Halloween costume was still being made. So, I decided to dip into my Halloween costume vault and resurrect a costume I only wore once in 2008. The resurrection began with removing gum from the skirt(don’t know how that got there but it was a wild night in NYC!) as seen in this Instagram photo.
Luckily the gum removal was a success but I realized that I no longer had the gold sequin headband/crown I wore that night(wild night). So I went on the hunt for a new gold crown. In a pinch the day before I stopped by a dollar store and Party City. I had no luck at the dollar store and was having no luck at the packed Party City store there was just no gold colored crowns besides one with Aurora’s face on a jewel fit for a child. I went up and down each aisle hoping to find an appropriate crown in the bachelorette party section. I was about to throw in the towel when I came upon a greeting card aisle and spotted a section of different sized gold stars:
I grabbed the largest size which comes in a 5 pack of gold stars for $6.99 and made my way to checkout. I figured I would just freehand the crown but thanks to the kind wonder of the internet there was a Aurora crown template online! Now everyone can make a Sleeping Beauty Aurora crown on a budget!
Large pack of 5 gold stars, mine was purchased at Party City
Printed online Aurora template, the one I used is from here
Heavy duty scissors, mine are from Ikea
Pair of finer pointed scissors (optional)
1. Print a template(or free-hand design)
2. Line template up on top of a star, tracing around it
3. Cut shape out with sturdy scissors. Optional: Leave the inner curls of the crown for the finer pointed scissors as the paper can get ragged cutting that part out
4. Repeat steps to make a second cut out. Tip: Extend the ends to ensure it fits and give some extra room for closure
5. Line up the sides of the crown leaving any pen marked sides on the inside of the crown and staple them together. Bobby pin it to your hair. Extra Points: Use blonde bobby pins so they aren’t visible. Add red jewels to make it look like the jeweled version of the crown. Use the leftover stars to make a matching necklace! Or be like me and find a vintage necklace that works right as you are headed out to your carriage 😉
BAM! You’re Princess Aurora! Have a lovely evening and a Happy Halloween, Princess!
I’m a 20 something year old female but I’m a total kid at heart. This is especially noticeable when I am in someplace new and in nature. Like when my boyfriend and I went out to Montauk last month and I had to run around in the water and pick up lots of rocks and shells…
Sometimes when I’m thrifting and see a great piece, I can’t grab it off the rack fast enough. The same goes for when I’m shopping on Etsy and spot a vintage Cat skirt. With 4 indoor cats + 1 outside cat/cat mother to my babies, I am a total cat lady and sucker to the feline printed items. When this great wrap skirt arrived in the mail, it surely did not disappoint ♥
Wardrobe: Shirt – Anthropologie ♥ Cat Skirt – vintage, GGMM Vintage ♥ Clip-On Earrings(that have a little pretzel shape in them) – vintage ♥ Heels – Bass
I fell in love with a little vintage storefront, its in the sweetest little town where there are more vacant buildings than filled…I started dreaming up what I would do with it. Oh the things I would do and create in a storefront…someday, someday.
Wardrobe: Dress – vintage ♥ Jewelry – vintage ♥ Sandals – BC Footwear
My name is Meg and I’m a mini golf master 😉 Okay, maybe not a master per say but I do love the sport! Yes, it is a sport just because I can wear heels and skirts and mini golf places are usually in such adorable surroundings does not disqualify it from being deemed one! ;p Anyway after I played, I met up with an old friend, Mr. Clown and we shared some laughs…god I am such a dork.