How To Buy Elegant Spectacles In The 1950s

How To Buy Elegant Spectacles In The 1950s (via Jezebel), circa 1955.

i already have a number of cateye frames – even my everyday glasses are vintage cateyes. this is very cute, though, and one must agree that it *would* be nice to have a little personal assistance from someone who knows about facial shapes and complementary frames.

personally, i feel the style goes very well with a more or less neovictorian wardrobe, as long as the lines of one’s garments are streamlined and not overly fussy.

there was some discussion between Your Diarist and a vintage-loving friend about the relative merits of costuming as Aurore Interligator, for Halloween, or whatever. I feel she’s an excellent example of someone who pulls off cateye frames with a non-era-specific wardrobe, although of course the entire package was calculated as part of her characterization.

she is, of course, mad as a hatter, although it’s a product of an intense gaslighting campaign.
it would actually be a challenging costuming job; to really put the point across, you’d have to build some kind of chryselephantinely complex rubegoldbergian suicide machine, and it would have to be the kind of thing you could take around with you, so it’d have to be attached, portable, AND noninterfering. that’s a bit of a tall order, but it’s fun to contemplate.

if you haven’t seen Delicatessen, i recommend it. it’s a predecessor and companion piece to Micmacs a Tiré-Largot, my other Jeunet favorite. both are dystopian movies, although both manage to convey that uniquely French whimsical light-heartedness, and both are beautifully costumed.


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:

PBS Arts : H.M.S Pinafore: Costume Sketches

Infamous Women Paper Dolls

Dear Internet,

if you loved me,

you would buy me this.






Infamous Women Paper Dolls


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.

the Boyfriend [apparel item] trend



it’s been around longer than you think.

just the lines, ma’am



an extinct etsy listing found on Kaboodle. the lines of this hit me like a revelation.

Time Traveling in the Steampunk Subway

Arts et Métiers Metro stop

via Time Traveling in the Steampunk Subway.

what an unspeakably amazing place.  not just for a photo shoot, either.



…. screw you, Paris.

melanie bilenker jewelry | chatelaine

melanie bilenker jewelry | chatelaine.



i absolutely love this. i don’t know exactly what i’d do with it other than wear it and love it – it’s definitely an art piece – but it’s just amazing.

miz bilenker makes modern, exquisitely beautiful hair jewelry.


i’ll never be able to afford any of it.

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