A Glimpse of Spring

the artyologist- dramatic portrait of hyacinth

Spring is on it’s way now, as evidenced by the fact that forced bulbs are showing up in the grocery stores. We got this beautiful hyacinth for my mom the other day, and it is such a lovely spot of colour when winter seems to have no end in sight. the artyologist- image of hyacinth in spring
the artyologist- image of artistic hyacinth portrait

the artyologist- image of purple hyacinth

Vintage Vogue Covers

the artyologist- profile portrait in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

In the spirit of vintage Vogue magazine covers, I decided to do the photos of what I wore on Sunday in a rather artistic manner. Thanks to my sister for the lovely images- these are straight out of the camera no photo editing required!

I received for Christmas a few years ago a copy of “Vogue: The Covers” edited by Dodie Kazanjian, and have consistently been impressed by how completely artistic the covers of Vogue used to be- not glamour shots of famous celebrities, but rather dramatically composed canvases in which to showcase fashion and style.

For these photos I was inspired by the image of the hands from 1939, and since I was wearing an early 1940’s style outfit, the mood worked perfectly. (Except for the part where I was trying to make the hands not look like a murderer reaching out to strangle someone! It’s harder than it looks!)

the artyologist- image of vintage vogue magazine covers 1939

the artyologist- image of hands and brass indian jewelry in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

(The strangler is coming for you!)

the artyologist- portrait in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

the artyologist- image of clutch done in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

the artyologist- portrait in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

(The hands slowly reach around her neck.)

the artyologist- image of hands and brass jewelry in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

the artyologist- image of cream clutch in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

(She’s a goner. Feet in the air.)

the artyologist- image of shoes in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

An Everyday Style

the artyologist- image of a 1940's vintage everyday look with a trenchcoat, rayon dress and beret

The 1940’s is one of the easiest era’s to wear everyday.

When I used to work in a hardware store, I consistently wore early 1940’s style clothing, so I could get that vintage look without the delicate fussiness of the 30’s and 50’s getting in my way. I think this style is so easy to wear, because the workwear of the war years was designed to be hardwearing, simple, and not get in the way of your work- whether it was efficiently typing out reports, planting a victory garden or welding together a ship! There was a war to win, and it was not the time to fuss about full ruffled petticoat!

So, for day to day, 1940’s it is.

This is a mildly vintage 40’s casual look I wore the other day to town. I say mildly vintage because none of it is actually vintage, but is inspired by, and makes me feel like I am in the era:  A printed rayon dress I got at a flea market, which started out as a ghastly 90’s housedress, transformed with some darts and shorter hem (make do and mend?), layered with a puffed sleeve cardigan (for the strong shouldered 40’s silhouette), a utilitarian trench coat, a no nonsense cross body purse (it reminds me of a binocular case, which are perhaps needed to spot enemy invasion), low heeled boots for ease of walking, and a leopard print beret (the requisite winter toque, but with a bit more flair).

the artyologist- 1940's inspired leopard beret and yellow scarf

the artyologist- image of a 1940's inspired everyday look with leopard hat, floral rayon dress and cardigan

Practicing the fierce model look.

the artyologist- image of an everyday 1940's look floral rayon dress

the artyologist- image of a 1940's inspired everyday vintage look with leopard print beret

Please excuse the lint. I think it came from the scarf. 🙁

the artyologist- image of a vera pelle italy binocular case shaped purse

the artyologist- 1940's inspired look leopard beret

 

Sunday Style: 1960’s Swing

the artyologist- imag of a peggy french couture vintage 1960's swing coat

On Sunday I decided to curl my hair with a flat iron in order to get carefree and tousled waves for a fresh, modern look. Instead I ended up with 1960’s bouffant hair. What can I say? Even when I try to do modern I end up with vintage. So, I decided to go with it and pulled out the swing coat and shift dress.

This is one of my favourite coats. OK. I say that about every coat, but this really is a lovely one. It is a Peggy French Couture swing coat, which I am guessing to be 1960’s by the style and limited internet research I have conducted. I love the unique collar it has, with the front snap hidden under the collar tie detail. It is teal coloured wool, and I think it was custom made, since it has measurements on the tag. I found it at Goodwill, back in the day when they used to have great finds. Sigh, those were the days.

Anyways, I paired it with an East Indian tunic I wear as a shift dress, a snakeskin patterned clutch and some sparkly rhinestone earrings. Oh, and of course, with a look this 60’s inspired, the white sunglasses were a must.

the artyologist- image of a peggy french couture vintage 1960's swing coat paired with white sunglasses

the artyologist- image of a tan faux snakeskin clutch

the artyologist- imag of a peggy french couture vintage 1960's swing coat and tan snakeskin clutch

the artyolgist- image of a collar detail from a peggy french couture 1960's swing coat

the artyologist- image of a peggy french 1960's swing coat paired with a brown floral dress

the artyologist- image of vintage teal naturalizer high heeled peep toe pumps

the artyologist- image of a peggy french couture tag for 1960's swing coat