Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lust Objects & Acquisitions ~ Blue & Cream


Been seeing and loving blue lately. I think this has to do with the weather. As the world heats up, I crave cool blue colors.

Miz Mooz

These Miz Mooz blue sandals were gifted to me by someone who has smaller feet and purchased these thinking they would fit her. They didn't, they fit me. So she gave them to me. Yes!


I rediscovered these stretch cream gloves when I was sorting through my costume closet. I liberated them from the Rococo outfit I rarely have reason to wear anymore and popped them in with my other event gloves. Nice to have a lightweight fancy pair for hot days.

Cream Crochet Gloves $20

Although I just spotted these ones which are awfully pretty and come in blue, black, and yellow. Warning on the net gloves: they tend to run smaller, I don't think of myself as having tiny hands (not like some of my friends) but they certainly aren't big. In modern times I wear small-medium gloves.

Blue and cream scarf with hedgehogs on it ~ gift

This was a birthday present from my bestest, she knows me well.





These two scarves were part of the New Zealand head scarf haul. I think I have most of the accessory bases covered now so you should expect to see me with a scarf over my curls more frequently now. It's so much easier than all that fuss.


Found this baby on Amazon and just loved it. It's small enough to travel well but still be a talking piece. Comes in a whole bunch of other colors, too, for $15. 

This purchasing craze inspired by...

 2014 BCBG dress; 2014 Prabal Gurung printed tiered organza dress at modaoperandi.com

 2014 Rosie Assoulin silk-faille ruffled skirt at modaoperandi.com; 2014 Elie Saab


Retro Rack is also on Facebook, where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Acquisitions ~ Red Red Red!


So despite the fact that I have been trying to be Very Good and not buy stuff, Fashionable Reader, what can I say? I am a consumer. It seems that I have been feeling the red recently.


Cotton pleated knee length red skirt. I got this because it could work double duty as both a petticoat and a skirt in its own right, and because it has pleats it'll pack well without too many wrinkles. I already have a red petticoat, so this replaces that item. I hope.

Draped red cardy. I've been digging the draped cardy for flights. I have two cashmere ones in grey, one heavy and one lightweight, but I wanted one additional lightweight one to round out the collection. I found this red one on consignment and couldn't resist.


I don't think of myself as a velvet blazer kind of girl. The one I found at Goodwill, however, has a bit of a fish tail, which makes it perfect for steampunk as well as everyday. I finally got rid of the leather blazer I've been holding onto while waiting for something similar to replace it. I have been hunting for a red jacket for a while, I hope this one fulfills all my needs.


I do already have red beads but this strand can be doubled as a choker, or worn single as a long necklace. It makes it a bit more versatile than my existing princess length beads, as it works with more necklines.


Finally rounding out my red accessory collection with a clutch! I have a day bag but nothing for evening because I really want something these days that can hold a cell phone and a few other items, and has a chain strap when needed. This one ticks all the boxes for a cool $12.

Burgundy head scarf. Got this in New Zealand, rounding out my head scarf collection with something that will also work with my steampunk stuff.

BCBG Plaid Maxi Skirt $31

I love a nice light weight maxi skirt in the summer, and this one appeals to my latent Goth tendencies. You know why I love a maxi skirt? Shaving. And I'll say no more about that.

Fashion Design Stylish High Quality Reusable Shower cap $8

I decided Grown Up Gails should have grown up shower caps, and not keep using the same sad thin ones they scoop from hotels. So I invested in this puppy. Love it. Comes in many other ridiculous girly patterns.

Retro Rack is also on Facebook, where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fashion Listicals


Because I have so much to do, of course, I decided it's vitally important that I make listicals on Amazon instead. I don't understand either, Fashionable Reader. I blame jet lag.

Anyway, there are a ton of book related lists, and then these three fashion-related ones:

Travel Dork
My Steampunk
My Wardrobe

The last is the one that may interest you the most. Now, if there is something in particular you would like to see on these lists, please do let me know? Unfortunately, clothing is not like books in that these things go out of stock much quicker and easier, but I will try to keep an eye on them.

In non list related life, here is:

Retro Rack is also on Facebook, where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lust Objects Black & Gold

Just a few things I've run across and loved recently.

2014 Cléopatra by Huit
Like it would ever fit me, but a girl can dream.

2014 Kate Spade Lana heels at katespade.com
 I actually like pointy shoes, I just struggle to find ones that are comfortable.

2014 Tom Ford Grid Choker at tomford.com

Alice + Olivia Bain pleated long coat at shopbop.com; Red Valentino flared wool-blend felt coat at theOutnet.com (I actually have one like this)

By the Beauty of the Candle by PeteAndVeronicas

Bec & Bridge Vagabond leather skirt at shopbop.com; Reed Krakoff asymmetric leather skirt (OH HOW MUCH DO I WANT THIS!)

Paula Mendoza Hera gold-plated cuff

Diane von Furstenberg Rail quilt gloves at shopbop.com

"Never be seen in the street without gloves; and never let your gloves be of any material that is not kid or calf. Worsted of cotton gloves are unutterably vulgar."
~ Routledge's Etiquette for Gentlemen (c. 1850)

Inspiration from the past...


1950s via amo-vintage tumblr

Recently acquired because of this mood...


Vintage 1950s black beaded cardy


Modern draped blazer

Black crochet net gloves $20

Although I just found these other ones I think are equally pretty and only $10.

Replacement necklace watch

This is to replace my bigger one that broke. It's smaller than I thought, and the catch is a bit sticky. Plus it seems to be out of stock so I won't link to it.

Retro Rack is also on Facebook, where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Steampunk Inspiration


I am off to the Steampunk World's Fair soon in New Jersey, so I thought this would be an apt time to give you some steampunk inspiration.

1790 Riding Habit   The Victoria & Albert Museum

1890 Jacket  Redfern, late 19th century-early 20th century  The Goldstein Museum of Design

1900  Walking Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1902-1904  Dress  Bon Marché, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1908  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1910  Reception Dress  Callot Soeurs, The Philadelphia Museum of Art

1914  Evening Dress  Callot Soeurs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1933 Golf Suit  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1940s  Suit  Lanvin  The Kyoto Costume Institute

1988  Vivienne Westwood  The Victoria & Albert Museum; Autumn_Winter 2007-2008  Vivienne Westwood  IMA

2014 Alexander McQueen cutout wool coat at net-a-porter.com; 2014 Auden Lennox fringe necklace at shopbop.com

2014 Delpozo woven cape-effect cropped jacket at modaoperandi.com

Steampunk in Magazine Marc Jacobs military inspired dress

2014 via steamxlove tumblr Measuring tape ring by Ollipop
Spotted in a magazine on a plane

late 19th century  Belt   The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2014 Spotted in a magazine on a plane

Photographed by Stephen Meisel for Vogue 2009
For both your parasol and bumbershoot needs

Parasol case for iPhone

Retro Rack is also on Facebook, where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.