Friday, March 29, 2013

Then & Now ~ Black Sparkles

Then


Ball Gown  1898  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Almost Now


Almost Now Evening Ensemble  Arnold Scaasi, 1958  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now



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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Then & Now ~ Black Lace

Then


 Evening Dress  1906-1908  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now



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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Office Inspires Fashion

I'm still so in love with my new office decorating extravaganza it's rather percolating into everything, Fashionable Reader. So I thought I might go with it. The office is basically, downstairs, dark green and creams. So here are some before and after pictures combined with picks on clothes and vintage pieces. (The interior design images are mostly from Houzz.)

The Office

 Before & After: Entry

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At Mysterious Galaxy

Alexander McQueen metal bow belt from AlexanderMcQueen.com.

Stella & Dot Liz drop earrings at stelladot.com

The Office


 Corner: Before & After

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Rose gold plated sterling silver drop earrings from goldenmine.com

 1910s  via Antique Dress



The Office


 Before & After: Food Area


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Tourmaline Pendant  Doyle Auctions


Lulu Frost gold and silver-plated crystal necklace at net-a-porter.com


Power Stud bodycon dress at topshop.com

Tiffany & Co. via Christie’s

 1954 Dress  Norman Norell  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Office


The Ambassador in his new home

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via Refinery 29 on Pinterest

From Pookaqueen on Etsy

Earrings  1stdibs.com

For My Characters:


Sophronia, after the Finishing School books


1866-1868  Les Arts Décoratifs

Alexia in Timeless


1875 Afternoon Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ivy after events in the Parasol Protectorate books


 1888 Court Presentation Ensemble  Charles Fredrick Worth  The Indianapolis Museum of Art

1880 Tourmaline Ring  1stdibs.com

Prudence & Primrose in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series


 1904  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 1909-1911  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fuzzy pillow!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Then & Now ~ White

Inspired by my newly decorated office . . .


Then


1904 Ensemble  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Now



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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Outfits ~ Heartless Purple

Today, Fashionable Reader, I present to you outfits, vintage pieces and retro looks that match the cover of the fourth Parasol Protectorate Book, Heartless.


 This cover has Alexia looking very girly in front of Woolsey Castle wearing a fetching purple combination the background mostly greys. Here are a few picks from my closet to go with this cover.

A casual look pairing a plaid BCBG fishtail pencil skirt ($50) with a jersey cowl top (Marshalls $20) my favorite cream textured Via Spiga peep toe stilettos (Nordstrom Rack $50) a vintage green bag (Hubba Hubba $35) and a jellyfish bracelet, gift.

A more formal option with a print blouse (Kohl's $20), floaty Donna Karen skirt (now gone), bow earrings (can't remember), Miz Mooz boots (Nordstrom Rack $75), cream hat (Bone Marche $15), a vintage vinyl purse (moon Zoom $20), white gloves ($20), and a silver chain rose necklace, gift.

A few little pieces to go with this cover.

 Retro bathing suit. Very flattering.


 Ombre tights. I really want some of these. 

Prabal Gurung Spring 2012
 1940s Dress Clips  Sotheby’s

 1939 La Sirène  Charles James  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1910s Earrings   1stdibs.com

Octopus tentacle handkerchief, gift from a reader.

Flower arrangement from Mum's tea party.

And now . . .

Something for the characters to wear!

For Lord Akeldama...

1770s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For Alexia pre-Biffy...

1872-1876  Manchester City Galleries

For Alexia post-Biffy...

1878 Charles Fredrick Worth,  The Kyoto Costume Institute

A gift for Alexia from Conall...

1870s Bracelet  Sotheby’s

For Ivy after Timeless...

1883-1889  The Goldstein Museum of Design

A hat to go with it...

1909 Dinner Toque  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some sparkles...

1880s Suite   Christie’s

And a fan...

1885-1895 Fan The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And for Evilyn...

 1885  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 1900  Toque  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Something Prudence to wear...

1899  The Victoria & Albert Museum

And for underneath...

1890s  Augusta Auctions

Something for Lady Linette in the Finishing School series...

1840  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Sophronia...

1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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