14.6.11

ladies in waiting


(Outfit: 1940s dress; antique collar; thrifted basket purse; Vigoss oxfords)

Because I'm a first-rate pack rat collector, my bedroom is like a wonderful collage of old bits and bobs. I have all these little portraits of lovely ladies from the past tucked everywhere; my old photographs provide me with endless inspiration as to how real, everyday women in the early 20th century did their hair and wore their clothes. As I'm getting acquainted with my new cropped 'do (I promise I'll stop obsessing over it soon, hehe!) my little clippings and photographs of '20s and '30s girls give me a good look at easy and pretty styles to try. Plus they're just all such gorgeous gals, I thought I'd share some of my favorites!

Here's a real elegant lady; I like her fur, very glamourous!


A clipping from a 1933 Montgomery-Ward catalog (don't fret, the catalog was all torn and ruined, I wouldn't have cut it up otherwise!)

A cute li'l '20s girl with a Louise Brooksian bob. 

A '20s or '30s advertisement. I wish I could look like this every day!

This woman's stunning dress, high heels, and immaculate finger waves had me in raptures! 

And now here's a familiar face; I just wanted to show off my "new" antique crochet lace collar, it's darling! It's hard to date these things, but I'd guess it to be from the first quarter of the 20th century, and it just cost me one dollar.

So sorry all these pictures are a bit out-of-focus; I dropped my good camera and broke the lens a few weeks ago, so I've been making do with our old cheap camera... and, well, it doesn't take kindly to indoor lighting!

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20 comments:

  1. You look so beautiful I love the dress and the collar is adorable, I do feel I need some collars in my wardrobe. Those pictures you have are great, I agree 'real' women are far more inspiring.x

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  2. such neat objects and photos! your outfit is so cute and you look beautiful!

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  3. Your outfit is so cute!! and such lovely pictures!!

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  4. Love love this dress! Great pics too, you have an awesome book collection! :)

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  5. You are my idol, Dakota <3

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  6. I absolutely love your outfits and you're so pretty. (:

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  7. Oh, I love your photos! I am so obsessed with collecting old photographs. They always inspire me, and I can't help but wonder who they were. You look like you belong in one of those photos, especially with your new 'do! Your collar is gorgeous - what a find!

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  8. I have the same leather change purse! (The little brown one, 5th picture down). My grandma gave it to me. Where did you get yours and do you know what era it's from?

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  9. my goodness you're sweet! this makes me want to get a decent head scarf xxxx

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  10. What a steal! You seem to always find amazing deals! :)

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  11. Thank you, thank you ladies!! <3

    Sarah, I'm the same way... I always wonder who these people were, and who they were when the grew old. Imagine their shock if they'd of known their photos would end up being oohed and awwed over on some internet blog eighty years later, haha!

    Miss Virginia, I wish I knew more about that little leather coin purse, but I found it (along with the metal mesh one) in our old 1830s-built barn. The chain purse has a 1912 patent number and appears to be of about that era, so perhaps the leather purse is as well? Who knows!

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  12. I love all those ladies I too love having them around.You must visit my blog later am doing a post I know/think you will love

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  13. Love your dress! You're so cute. Amazing styling darling

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  14. What wonderful treasures you have in your room:)))). And oh my, what beautiful big brown eyes you have!! I love vintage collars and have a few that I wear with dresses too. This one is incredibly beautiful - so delicate, it suits your amazing style:)). Damn shame about the camera - it happened to me a few months ago but I didn't have a back up, so you're lucky you've got another one to use in the meantime. xo

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  15. You are gorgeous. Love all these bobbed photos you posted. They have lovely hair. Very pretty dress as always and I think the collar is quite becoming!!!

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  16. Such neat old things! My bedroom is similar, I am the ultimate hoarder, but I like to call it 'collecting'. I adore your outfit too, what a sweet dress!

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  17. Your hair is looking super cute!!

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  18. Such lovely pictures, I love the Art Deco frame in the last one. I am a fellow hoarder so picures like these get my heart racing. xx

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  19. Hello! I found your blog through Miss Amethyst from the pink powder room. Congrats on being the blog of the month!
    You do have quite the collection of swell things!

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