Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Va-Voom Vintage Shop Now Open!


I've had a lot of emails from readers over the past few months, asking where my shop went. Over the winter, I went back to working outside of the home part time and between work, taking care of the house, the kids and blogging, I couldn't keep up on everything! Its very wise to know your limits and priorities so I closed to the shop to take something off my plate so I could give attention to the really important things and adjust to a new schedule.


Now that its spring and I've been taking things in a different direction and doing a lot of simplifying, which I love!! The vintage clothing shop is closed although I still have lots of inventory, I'll be purging it here and there in vintage sales on my facebook and instagram pages throughout the year.


My new shop is now open and I'm really excited about it! I'm spending the next several weeks listing automatic downloads in pdf form for vintage beauty books, knitting and crochet patterns, home making booklets, ecourses and ebooks and vintage clip art. I personally love automatic downloads because I'm very impatient and don't like to wait for things to ship to me- and also because they preserve rare and crumbling papers to be shared and enjoyed by everyone.

Today and yesterday, I posted two booklets and I'm working on scanning my spring and summer collections of vintage knitting and crochet patterns.



Easy to Make Gifts for the Small Budget                                   1947 Blue and Silver Sweater





Also purchase my ecourse on blogging in the new shop



New items will be added every few days so check back or follow on facebook, twitter or instagram for updates!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Afternoon at the Science Center

Today is Rhys's 3rd birthday! Pj was off work today so we took the kids to the St Louis Science Center for a day of play.


 The Planetarium is full of retro space-age memorabilia, kitsch and artifacts. Its funny seeing things that you own in a museum setting! I have those dishes and a very similar brooch!







 Olivia is terrified of tornadoes and any kind of bad weather so it was fun for her to get to be up close to a tiny tornado and learn how it works. There's slots in the side so kids can reach in and feel the air swirl around.

After playing at the Science Center, we had a picnic in Forest Park under a beautiful tree by a lake.



Rhys picked a flower for me and hoarded the muffins



Olivia played in the dirt



I made silly faces



As we were packing up, these three funny ducks came over to snag a few bites.






Outfit
vintage bowling shirt- thirfted
lucite B brooch- ebay (see my tutorial to make your own)
capri pants- Family Dollar
black flats- Walmart

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Giveaway: Vintage Caravan Style



Every few weeks, Pj and I pack the kids up and take a short road trip to visit my parents at their home in the country. We love to go on nature walks or fish and swim in the river. Often times, my sister and her family come or other extended members of the family join us and it makes for a lot of fun...and a very full house!! My parent's country home is right next door to my grandparent's country home with a barn and pasture between the two. Although both houses have a lot of room for guests, we're all planning to fix up my grand parent's beautiful vintage Airstream as a mini guest house to sit between the properties.



Last Sunday, we had a little peek inside


This darling sofa folds out into a 2nd bed. There's also a bed towards the back of the Airstream, near the bathroom.


I love all of the original knobs and controls for the radio and kitchenette. It has a lot of work to be done on the inside, since the mice have gotten to it. The ladies will have a lot of long hours scrubbing and sewing and finding retro decor while the guys work on wiring and all of that mechanical stuff. When the hard work is over, we'll all have a really adorable camper to enjoy on the weekends and grandma even has a pair of original pink flamingos for the outside!



Giveaway!
Throughout April and May, Sticth Craft Create is hosting the Vintage Caravan Style Blog Hop to celebrate the new book from Lisa Mora, Vintage Caravan Style.


Lisa is the editor of Vintage Caravan Magazine.  If you love glamping as much as I do, pop over to Stitch Craft Create to check out all of the vintage caravan features from my fellow bloggers this month, including some shots of their own caravans!

To Enter
One Va-Voom Vintage reader will win a copy of Vintage Caravan Style. Please leave a comment with a way to contact you if you win! Entries open worldwide. The giveaway will end next Friday and the winner will be announced then.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shop Talk: April

Hello all! I've been having a wonderful afternoon working on a new design for Va-Voom Vintage! I'm so excited to give the blog a makeover again. I love to play with fonts and colors but this time, I'm really focused on re-organizing my content so its easier to find things for all of you!

While you're waiting for my lovely new look, pop over and say hello to this month's blog sponsors

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Patterns from the Past is an amazing resource for vintage seamstresses. Here, you can find sewing patterns from the 1920s to modern out-of-print patterns. Women's dress patterns are categorized by era, making it easy to find the perfect frock.



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Love That Lingers is a hand-picked vintage boutique, curating retro treasures for the modern girl. Owner, Dawn is getting ready for summer with her new collections of vintage swimwear and sunny separates. Be sure to like on Facebook for coupons and flash sales!

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Bloomers and Frocks is a beautiful online vintage clothing boutique from fellow blogger, Rebekka Adams. Rebekka has curated a whole section of plus sized vintage clothing, my favorites featured in the gallery above. Also, don't miss the exquisite lingerie section for slips, girdles, corsets, bras and lounge wear.



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Perfectly Posh Vintage is a California-based vintage shop with "a little bit of everything"! Perfectly Posh carries affordably priced vintage clothing, home decor, accessories, books and ephemera. Be sure to check out the fantastic selection of luggage, military bags and purses! Stay tuned later this month for a lovely giveaway from Perfectly Posh but in the mean time, you can save 20% off everything in the shop with code "vavoom" now through May 16th 2014


1940's make-up Guides
Vintage Makeup Guides is a must-have resource for an authentic look. Learn to style hair and apply makeup with original instructions from the 1920s-1950s. I especially love the 1940s makeup guide, which covers makeup for your skin type, do's and don't s for your face shape, corrective makeup and hair styles for your face shape. Download all 4 guides for $20!


If you have a blog, business or website, get featured in May's Shop Talk post by sponsoring Va-Voom Vintage . Email me at Brittany@vavoomvintageblog.com for questions or information

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Girl in the Barn



It was a beautiful weekend at my parent's home in the country. We celebrated Easter and took the kids on a hayride Easter egg hunt.

On Sunday morning, Pj and I took a walk and explored the barn. I wore my beautiful new dress, sent to me by eShakti. I have a couple of their dresses and always get compliments when I wear them. Rhys came running in the house, yelling "Mommy!" and when he saw me he stopped and said "you wook pwetty!"



This is the Caroline dress and it is my absolute favorite! It has pockets and a full skirt with elastic smocking on the back waist area. The upper back has a lovely cut-out with a fabric covered button. I had this dress made to my measurements with puff sleeves.



 The dress is made in cotton poplin which wrinkles very easily and is difficult to iron but I tossed it in the dryer with a damp towel and that did the trick! The waist is fitted with pleats that flare out at the hip.  I'm hoping to treat myself to another in a different color- maybe blue or green next time! New customers receive $25 off your first order.

 


Caroline dress c/o eShakti

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

12 Elegant Ways to Decorate an Easter Egg

12 elegant and sophisticated easter egg decorating ideas


I have always loved decorating Easter eggs. As a kid, my mom was so creative and came up with all kinds of unique ideas to decorate that didn't involve store bought kits. For a memorable springtime celebration, here are 12 elegant ways to decorate an Easter egg


12 elegant and sophisticated ways to decorate an easter egg


12 elegant and sophisticated ways to decorate an easter egg
       Natural Egg Dyes: Waldorf Today                    Neon Dipped Eggs: Oh Joy!            Decoupage Napkin Eggs:Ameblo


12 elegant and sophisticated ways to decorate an easter egg
Silhouettes: Le Papier Studio                          White Pen Eggs: Joy Ever After            Wreath Eggs: Flax and Twine

12 elegant and sophisticated ways to decorate an easter egg



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Words to Live By: April

I've been making some pretty quotes to share with you all. Sometimes when I have a really terrible day, some silly thing like this that I see on Facebook or Instagram will totally change my outlook on life and help me get through a rough time. I hope that they inspire, lift you up or just make you smile. Please feel free to share!

there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind via vavoomvintage

the besy accessory a girl can own is confidence via va voom vintage

rita hayworth too glam to give a damn via va voom vintage

he does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship? via va voom vintage

you dont need a certain number of friends just a number of friends you can be certain of via va voom vintage

wherever you go, no matter the weather always bring your own sunshine via va voom vintage

faashion is what you buy. style is what you do with it via va voom vintage

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fruity Fashion, Vintage Style



With summer around the corner, fruity inspired looks are popping up everywhere. Vintage girls enjoy bakelite cherries, fruit embellished hats, shoe clips, fruit salad jewelry and cherry print sun dresses.

I was poking around on Modcloth yesterday when I spotted the wonderfully kitschy fruit collection, just in time for picnics and farmers markets.










Va-Voom Vintage is an affiliate of Modcloth



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