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Vintage Avon Flea Market Finds & That Evening Glow

the artyologist image of evening sunshine

One of the most beautiful times of day, is at the end of it, when the sun is setting and it creates that beautiful evening glow. It was just so last Thursday, when we took these pictures. It kind of wreaked havoc on the photo-taking, since it was so bright– and I was trying desperately not to squint, but oh well- it was a gorgeous day nonetheless, and the photos we did manage to get have a lovely golden tint to them.

the artyologist image of vintage 1950's outfit with vera pelle purse

Last Thursday was our local community garage sale. I had never attended before, but had heard good things about it, and although I was hoping to come away with a lot of great flea market finds, I only found a few. Unfortunately there were no clothes at the sale, so I wasn’t really expecting to find much great vintage stuff, but I did find these three cute clutches.

the artyologist image of vintage clutches and avon makeup set

I really don’t know why I love clutches so much since they are so impractical for my life, since I never go out in the evening, and tiny purses don’t hold anything. Maybe I have this deep seated desire to be that woman who goes to all the ritzy clubs each night in my diamonds and furs and dances the night away, like every movie from the 50’s tells us life is like. And then I realize that I do not live that life- but I keep compulsively buying clutches anyways. . .

the artyologist image of golden glow and vintage black evening clutch

Anyways, I had recently been thinking that I would love to find a black evening bag, and now I’ve found it! It is not vintage, but it is a great classic style, so maybe if I do ever go out in the evening, I’ll be able to use it.

the artyologist image of vintage avon instant mocha lipstick and compact set

The gold clutch and the polka dot glitter rose gold case are vintage though. And even better- the dotted glitter purse is a vintage Avon make-up set including the original untouched powder compact and lipstick. I can’t find much information out about this set, unfortunately. The lipstick colour is Avon Products Montreal “Instant Mocha”, and the compact is only labeled Avon Products New York. The best I can discover is that it is from the 1970’s. 40 year old lipstick anyone? Haha- I think I’ll stick with my new stuff, and leave the vintage love for clothes!

the artyologist image of vintage avon instant mocha lipstick and compact set

the artyologist image of vintage style outfit and vera pelle purse

the artyologist vintage gold evening bag

Vintage Styled Wax Print

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

Do you ever have that situation where all of your favourite clothes suddenly decide to simultaneously die premature deaths?

One day you look at your wardrobe and you think to yourself, “Wow, my wardrobe is really coming together, I think I’ve got all the bases covered.” and the next thing you know you’ve got stains and rips on everything. No? Anyone? Just me? (To offer an excuse: I used to work in a hardware store, which was pretty hard on clothes, and I wasn’t always smart, and I wore “good” clothes to work. Ahem.) Anyways, I recently had to remove a bunch of garments from circulation as they had all hit the end of their life, and I really needed some clothes that were not gungy, especially with the change in season.

My other issue with my wardrobe, is that I am a slow and distracted seamstress, so I don’t add clothes as quickly to my closet as they sometimes get taken away. Those “Easy 2 Hour” patterns, are more like “2 Week” projects. 🙁 So, I decided that it was time to sew up something quick, and bolstered by the success of my last black floral skirt, which came together quite easily, I decided to make another pleated skirt. And this one actually turned out even better. (I guess I made most of the mistakes the first time around!) And it only took about 6 hours spread out over two days, so that meant there is one less “gap” to fill.

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt paired with blue purse

So, here is my new favourite skirt. (Yes, even though I have only had it for three days, I have worn it twice already! Actually I am wearing it right now as I type this.) It is made out of a Dutch wax print fabric I found at the thrift store, (I will tell you more about that later this week.) and is the perfect thing to wear everyday, but I was able to dress it up nicely for church on Sunday. It is quite a bold fabric, but by pairing it with a cardigan, navy blue heels and purse the outfit still had a classic, vintage look to it.

Oh- and look at that would you- the grass is starting to turn green, and the trees are budding!

the artyologist- image of vintage styled gold black and navy coloured wax print skirt

the artyologist- image of sparkly black earring

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the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

the artyologist- image of a country road and spring in the prairies

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(The Sentinels of the Prairies)

A Multitude of Birds

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790Apparently Sunday was bird celebration day, judging by my outfit. This Butterick 4790 dress, which I’ve already worn on the blog, is covered in hummingbirds, and continuing the theme, (because you know you might as well go all in where these things are considered) I topped off the outfit with my owl pendant necklace. Too bad my hat didn’t have feathers on it!

It doesn’t have feathers on it, but this black straw saucer style hat is covered in pearl dotted black veiling (which I tucked up under the brim). I paired the dress with my favourite black mary jane pumps, a faux patent leopard print purse, and light black knitted bolero as it is warm enough to go without a coat.

As for these photos- they were taken in between clouds. 🙂 The sun was so incredibly bright on Sunday, and far be it from me to complain about the sunshine, but it does wreck havoc on photos! We couldn’t find any good spot in the shade to take the pictures, but the sky was dotted with just enough big puffy clouds to cover the sun long enough to take a few photos where I wasn’t squinting in the bright light.

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and black saucer hat

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and faux patent leopard clutch

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and faux patent leopard clutch

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and miz mooz mary jane shoes

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and black saucer hat

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the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and owl pendant necklace

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790

Sunday Style: Easter Bonnet

the artyologist image of vogue 1044 in front of school

Easter Sunday dawned with clear blue skies, a bright shining sun, and a cool breeze, and it was perfect: as we couldn’t very well have bad weather on Easter Sunday, could we? It was a perfect chance for the “sundresses” I keep wanting to wear, we didn’t even wear coats, and had to wear sunglasses as it was so bright!

the artyologist image of vogue 1044 on steps, no sunglasses, easter sunday

I made this dress from a Vogue 1044 reproduction pattern. I love how so many of the pattern companies have reissued their vintage patterns, as it is an easy way to get an authentic vintage look without having actual vintage- although, half of this dress was actually made from vintage material.

This dress might just squeak in under the “make do” section of “make do and mend”. The bodice and skirt of this dress were made of different fabrics, although they match so closely it would seem they were made to go together! The bodice is made of a pinstriped remnant of fabric my mom had left over from the 70’s, and the skirt is made of new eyelet material I purchased several years ago. I (foolishly) didn’t purchase enough of the material to do much of anything with, but was just able to squeeze the bodice pattern on the other remnant, and then use the entire piece of the new material for the skirt. It turned out well, and made a great Easter Sunday dress, paired with my off-white straw hat and thrifted rattan purse.

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theartyologist image of vintage vogue 1044 easter dress and white sunglasses sitting on steps of school

the artyologist image of school building and steps 1950's vintage vogue 1044 easter outfit

the artyologist image of franco sarto shoes, vintage rattan purse and white sunglasses

the artyologist image of vintage 1950's easter bonnet with white sunglasses and pearls

Sunday Style: Peacock Plumage and a Velvet Bow

the artyologist image of new vintage wool and hat with velvet bow
Just in time for Spring I recently acquired three winter hats. Of course, even though they are now out of season, I had to wear at least one of them before I put them away for the winter! I am getting a little tired of wearing my cold weather clothes, as that is pretty much all I’ve been wearing for the last few months, but now that I’ve got these new hats I want to wear them all! Sigh. I think that this hat will be a good winter staple, as it is a simple shape made of wool, adorned with just a nice soft velvet bow. I guess I’ll just have to wait until next year! Patience. . . This will be the last cold weather outfit I’ll wear until fall, even though it’s always a bit tricky to wear spring appropriate outfits when the weather doesn’t seem to cooperate very well- I will persevere! The cold and snow will not stop me!

I wore the hat on Sunday, and paired it with my vintage peacock plumage patterned pleated wool skirt, (wow that is a tongue twister if I ever heard one!) and black velvet blazer. Sparkly earrings and a fish brooch dressed it up a bit, and my favourite mary jane’s completed the look.

the artyologist image of vintage peacock skirt and black velvet blazer

the artyologist image of vintage fish brooch

the artyologist image of baby's breath flowers and portrait with velvet blazer and vintage hat

the artyologist image of vintage hat and peacock skirt

the artyologist image of vintage red rose teapot knick knack

the artyologist image of vintage wool hat with velvet bow

the artyologist image of velvet blazer, hat with velvet bow and mary jane miz mooz shoes