Swirls, leaves, lines and flourishes: I love the old-fashioned use of decorative touches on functional items. Aren’t these beautiful?
1. An elaborate letter A. From here.
2. A beautiful little ad. From Paper Scraps.
3. An ornate texture, from PlayingWithBrushes Flickr feed.
4. Printed initials in rich black. From here.
5. A bold yet delicate border. From PlayingWithBrushes.
Posted by thefty on 12/06/2012
I love geometric shapes. In my head, they all have personalities. Triangles, for example, are more playful than rectangles. Triangles hang out with the other cool shapes, including hexagons and parallelograms. (Right angles are for squares…har har.)
1. ‘Bees and Triangles’. A digital print created from repurposed vintage artwork! By Bonjour Frenchie Art.
2. Vintage Fabric Buttons. Found in ColinBoy’s shop.
3. ‘Mountains’ greeting card, by Katy Goutefangia.
4. A colourful print by Owl You Need Is Love.
5. Tiny brass earrings, by Saffron and Saege.
Posted by thefty on 29/05/2012
I’m on a roll with vintage imagery at the moment. After I found the first image, I had to keep digging for more soup gold! Enjoy them.
1. Lipton’s Sip’n'sup! Looks pretty watery but the colours and soup dishes are beautiful! By Alsis35
2. My Matzos ball soup is looking at me! Photo by Bart.
3. Man, they wore anything in the 60s. By Wackystuff.
4. Instant Rosehip Soup. Only in Sweden? (I really want to try some.) From Justin Kerr Sheckler.
5. Soup kitchen boys. A flea market find by Luise.
Posted by thefty on 03/05/2012
Oh, Disco! You are so fabulously ridiculous! There are so many more photos I wanted to include in this TOP 5, such as Disco Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes, and Miss Understood.
1. The beautiful age of disco! (Although the lady in the middle doesn’t seem so excited.) Photo by David Zellaby.
2. There is nothing more magical than a light-up dance floor. Photo by PT Greg.
3. Worshipping the glitter ball. Photo by me.
4. Camp Galore! By Pat Padua.
5. Vintage records. Photo by Emiliano.
Posted by thefty on 02/05/2012
I was browsing on Etsy today and came across a huge amount of intensely printed vintage fabric. Here are five of my favourite florals.
1. Pink Mod Floral, from VintageHeartHandHome
2. Ambrosia Vintage Fabric by Paper Hill Fabrics
3. Hawaiian vintage, by Wit Sister.
4. A pastel vintage fabric, from VintageHeartHandHome
5. Purple quilting fabric, by Busy Bee Quilting
Posted by thefty on 29/03/2012
Pucker up, ladies and gents!
1. This inspired image comes from 16 Magazine from 1965 . Ringo’s are my favourite, and John needed some serious Chapstick therapy.
2. Mega red lips, by Michele Molinari. (Is that a hint of ‘tache I spy?)
3. ‘That night in August’. Seems like quite the night, indeed.
4. Sugar lips, literally. By Eli Santana.
5. One day, I’ll own a Lulu Guinness Fuchsia Metallic Snakeskin lips clutch. Sometimes I go to Selfridges and just look at them.
Posted by thefty on 20/03/2012
Hello! COLLECTIVE 5 is a weekly project involving readers’ photos. Anyone can join in! The rules, as well as next week’s COLLECTIVE 5 theme, can be found over here.
This is one of the few times that I haven’t received enough to make a full album! I’ve noticed that this happens with very open-ended themes. Clearly, I need to keep you guys on the straight and narrow, and not give you too much freedom! Hopefully, next week’s theme will be easier!
Here are this week’s photos:
1. My Rays and My Coffee. By Nicole Kizi.
2. Photo of a Puffetee doodle. By Lili Schick. (It’s a toy Lili got when she was born.)
3. This is Meredith Root-Bernstein’s little toy truck.
4. Here’s one from me: My vintage cake stand, bought from the market last week.
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Posted by thefty on 08/07/2011
My love for vintage clothing revolves around the thrill of the chase. I’ll happily dig through mountains of frumpy, ill-fitting frocks, because I know that a Eureka moment is never too far away. My favourite places for vintage are London’s markets: Portobello on a Saturday, and the Sunday Upmarket on a Sunday. Bliss.
1. Spitalfields Market on a Thursday is a multicoloured goldmine.
2. A common sight around London’s Brick Lane.
3. Onesie swimsuit + fur? A cracking combination.
3. I like the yellow ones!
4. Retro-glam by Georgia Nash. Saucy!
Posted by thefty on 13/04/2011
My mother doesn’t understand the appeal of wearing old clothes. Once, when I told her my jacket was second hand, she gave me a pitying look and said ‘Do you need more money, dear?’
1. Beautiful, old-school tin robots.
2. Those Ferregamo shoes were – tragically – too small. (At Rokit Vintage.)
3. Crazy jumpers at the market, probably knitted by a grandma.
4. One of the lovely shops at Kingly Court, London.
5. A rather sinister looking space hopper.
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Posted by thefty on 23/06/2010
I love shopping at markets. Unlike a mall or a high street, market stalls constantly change, and there’s always something new to see. East London is my favourite destination because a series of markets are clustered within walking distance, from Spitalfields, and up Brick Lane to Columbia Road. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday (or my £££).
1. The Sunday Upmarket on Brick Lane for ultra-cool things to wear.
2. Borough Market for things to munch (and things to take home and cook).
3. Old Spitalfields for vintage and antiques.
4. Cabbages and Frocks for snacks and trinkets in a swanky location.
5. Columbia Road for streets lined with flowers (and excellent indie shops).
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Posted by thefty on 13/05/2010
‘When I was your age, phones didn’t have internet, only Snake.’
1. Etch-a-Sketch is the definition of Lo-fi.
2. Gameboy! Yesterday I realised that I remember all 3 songs from Tetris.
3. Satin bows and puffy leather jackets are what 80s dreams are made of.
4. My childhood is retro. (I’m the little one in the stripes.)
5. Flannel shirt, denim jacket, Walkman. It can only be the 90s.
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Posted by thefty on 08/04/2010
One thing I love about London is that it gives me plenty of opportunities to indulge my vintage-glamour fantasies. These photos were taken at two different events, here and here. Both involved feathers, pearls, and moonshine served in teacups. (Next time, I think I’d be up for a 1940s party, just to switch things up a bit.)
1. Londoners take fancy dress very seriously. I respect that.
2. All that’s missing here is a long cigarette filter and a brassy attitude.
3. Modern flappers wear PVC frills.
4. The lady on the right won first prize in the pageant, FYI. Well done, miss.
5. Perfection. Feather head dresses are very underrated in this day and age.
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Posted by thefty on 12/03/2010
I’ve never been a pastel sort of girl, I’ve always gone for reds and blacks and acidic greens. Lately though, things are changing. I blame you, and you, and you.
1. The retro-kitsch ceiling of East London’s Troxy ballroom.
2. Shallow water.
3. Rose cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery.
4. Dainty frocks at Rokit Vintage.
5. Misty pink blooms in London Zoo’s butterfly garden.
Posted by thefty on 19/12/2009
I associate sunglasses with airports. This is because I usually travel alone, get bored, and end up loitering in Duty Free shops where I try on many, many pairs of sunglasses. I rarely buy a pair, but I feel that this activity is good background research for the next purchase I make. Yah? Yah.
1. ‘Fly Eyes’: Sold in a toy shop near you, and guaranteed to make you dizzy.
2. Glasses: Not just for the living.
3. A glamorous pair we dug up at Spitalfields Market.
4. Putting on her specs at exactly 11:46pm (see watch).
5. black and white accessories: frames, lenses, nails, and cig.
Posted by thefty on 18/12/2009
My mother says that hats don’t suit her, thanks to her skinny skinny face. My mother is also convinced that all hats suit me, and so keeps buying me more of them (in order to live her hat-life vicariously through me). This suits me just fine, frankly. I love hats.
1. A pink beauty from the vintage store.
2. A gent, properly attired.
3. A classic Panama hat at the beach.
4. Friendly advice: ‘Beware of the DUCK HAT baring, indie-rocker’.
5. In England it’s a woolly hat. In Canada, it’s a tuque. In Australia, a beanie.
Posted by thefty on 27/11/2009