Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Mullet......and I don't mean the fish kind....

I was thinking the other day about that unique hair style.  The one they call a mullet.  You know, "business in the front and party in the back"?  Where did it come from and when did it come into style?  So, I looked it up:

.....The mullet is a hairstyle that is short at the front and sides, and long in the back. Often ridiculed as a lowbrow and unappealing hairstyle, the mullet began to appear in popular media in the 1960s and 1970s but did not become generally well-known until the early 1980s. It continued to be popular until the mid-1990s....

.....The modern mullet began to appear in the late 1960s, with Welsh pop singer Tom Jones sporting one. Glam rock artist David Bowie wore a proto-mullet in the early 1970s. Florence Henderson featured a mullet in the opening sequence of the television sitcom The Brady Bunch (1972–3 season).......

She's still totally cute though!

1980s Michael Bolton

In Canada and the USA the mullet is particularly associated with blue collar men (or women), fans of country and ice hockey players.

Business in the front and partay in the back fo sho!!!

Did you know?
That the mullet has been banned in Iran?

This information from Wikipedia:
"In July 2010, the Islamic regime of Iran issued grooming guidelines to men supplementing the existing modesty stipulations to women. Among the new regulations is a ban of the mullet hairstyle. The ban on mullets is one of the measures that Iran has deployed to "confront the cultural assault by the West." The regime aims to promote a set of new Islamic hairstyles that were unveiled at the Hijab and Chastity Festival of 2010."

he's still a cutie with those adorable dimples!

I'm proud to say that I never sported the mullet haircut, even in the 80s when they were at their height!  Did you ever have one?

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

SassySisterVintage in Paris

......a piece of vintage clothing from SassySisterVintage that is.

This past May I was visiting Buffalo, NY and happened upon a fabulous estate sale packed with some really great vintage clothing. I was one of the first people into the estate and was packing the vintage clothing high! One lady asked me why I was taking all of the clothing without trying it on first. Uh, none of your business lady ;-) I'm just kidding, I didn't say that. Just told her I collected vintage clothing.

Karia, who has been a regular customer of mine sent me a picture of her in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, at least that's what it looks like to me. She's wearing one of the dresses that I bought at the estate sale. One of my favorite dresses ever I might add. And she looks awesome in it!

And here's some of the newer items in the shop:

Have a great week and thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

L'Aiglon Dresses

L'Aiglon dresses have always been some of my favorite vintage dresses.  At times I've been able to spot one without looking at the tag.  Currently I have two in my shop.

Both of them can be found right here.

Here's one I had in my shop earlier this year that my mom found for me while visiting my sister in Illinois.  She fought for this one and some more at an auction (she did good!):

Here's a history:

L’Aiglon was founded in 1919 in Philadelphia as part of Biberman Brothers, Inc. The company’s original label read “Biberman Make” but changed in 1919 to “L’Aiglon”. On those early labels you will find “Biberman Make” in small letters. Biberman Make dresses were “wash dresses”, or washable. “Tubable” was the word of the era. Biberman also made bathrobes and uniforms for maids and nurses.

Its founder, Joseph Biberman, committed suicide in 1933 as a result of financial difficulties during the Great Depression. The company, however, survived, and continued to make inexpensive but stylish and attractive dresses for women and juniors. During the 1950s, L’Aiglon dresses were used as costumes on the soap opera, The Edge of Night. The company produced dresses until about 1968.

~~~~I would *Love* to find a piece with the "Biberman Make" tag!~~~~

To date your L'Aiglon dress look to the Vintage Fashion Guild that lists the various L'Aiglon tags by decade.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sofa Revival

I decided to check out craiglist last week just because you never know what you're gonna find. Posted in the garage sale section was this amazing sofa from the 1920s. It was sitting inside an old brick building that was previously a train depot station. It's now on schedule to be torn down. And, it was only several miles from my house so I thought that it wouldn't hurt to go down and take a look at it.

So, I'm really not into stuffy old grandma antiques and I have visions of funk-i-fying this gem. I've been drooling over several sofas on Anthropologie.com but they're well out of my price range.

My plans are to paint this sofa a glossy black and cover it in gray linen fabric.  Many people may think it's  crazy to paint the wood, however, I believe this gives it a more modern appeal that I'm looking for.  I've chose a neutral fabric because I don't want anything too trendy and it's gotta match a lot of different stuff.  I haven't decided if my mother and I are going to upholster it or if I'm going to find someone.

Okay, here's the best part.  I got this couch for $45!  It's structurally in fine shape (including the springs that are still strong).  The only issue being one leg needs to be put back on.   I had to keep the sofa at the train depot for several days before picking it up and someone offered him $500 for it!  Okay, so I'm glad I went and got it before he changed his mind and gave me my money back!  I know he's kicking his self.

I will give updates on the progress of this project so check back soon!