Dita, perfume debut, vintage 40’s

this is Dita in a beautiful late 40’s Howard Greer gown.


she’s at a cocktail reception for the launch of her new parfum, Femme Totale – which nom i hope is, at least in part, a vicious mockery of that horrible 1970’s evangelical monstrosity, The Total Woman.

it just fits her as if it were made for her. just a beautiful picture. i can’t imagine Mr. Greer could possibly be more pleased.

she purchased it from our divine friends at Dorothea’s Closet fine vintage clothing, in beautiful downtown Des Moines! we’re so excited for them.

just a match made by the divine intervention of whatever powers be what control and dispense timeless beauty and feminine elegance.

check out the shop and find yourself something beautiful:



and their scrumptious little little artisanal hat boutique:




on a more positive note, i quite like this shop:

Silhouettes Prints Ephemera Original Arts & by BarkingMadArts



very much.


things to make yourself

i like the Frenzy ladies – i met them both at Anomnomcon – but this is ridiculous.






it’s not that it’s a dumb idea – i’ve got two i made myself, and they *are* warm if you add a little more coverage front and back – but as i recall, mine couldn’t possibly have taken more than around five or six dollars in supplies, and it’s the kind of thing you can crochet while you’re watching tv in an evening.
not to mention that there have to be hundreds of free patterns available for similar things on the internet, many of them highly adaptable if you want to recreate this exact item; many of them are better to start with (i like that last one, myself). use a slender-gauge yarn if you don’t like the chunkiness factor, or combine two yarns for the variegated effect. use different buttons, or more buttons, or some other kind of closure like knot toggles.

but, Miss N, you squeal. I cannot crochet or knit!
never fear, reader, go to Hancock’s and get yourself half a yard of polar fleece. it probably takes a quarter yard to make one of these, double-thick and topstitched. how much does that and thirty minutes at the sewing machine cost you?

i wish *i* could get paid $45 an hour, don’t you?

Frenzy Universe. Victorian Scarflet Ruffle Neck Warmer – Pink and Pearl.

spring trend maxiskirts – Polyvore

… – Polyvore.

i kind of love this.


by Natasha11™ featuring a jersey tank

i would wear tan oxfords with a heel and carry a purse made from a hollowed book, perhaps.

Victorian Punk Purses – The Old Junkyard Boutique Creates the Unique Steampunk Clutch (GALLERY)

Victorian Punk Purses – The Old Junkyard Boutique Creates the Unique Steampunk Clutch (GALLERY).



this is probably one of the best upcycled pieces i’ve ever seen.

that said, i believe gimmick purses go best either with utterly gimmicky ensembles, or utterly straight ones. preferably the latter – i mean, nothing makes a statement like a severe black suit and a bright red patent purse in the shape of a giant cherry. and thus also for this.


although, it can be said for this that one could attach it to the belt and wear it as a sort of pseudo-grenade. i mean, who’s going to know?


The New Victorians | PLASTICLAND

The New Victorians | PLASTICLAND.









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