Rose Garden Gals


The ever lovely Mary Van Note & I had a wonderful day picnicking in the springtime sun and taking in the sights of the Berkeley Rose Garden!

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The Berkeley Rose Garden is a gorgeous garden in the Berkeley Hills that features 3,000 rose bushes and 250 varieties of roses! It was completed in 1937 and was one of the first Civil Works Progress Projects built under the WPA.

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Mary wore a gorgeous lavender 1940’s floral day dress with off-the-shoulder ruffles and a button back,  white espadrilles, adorable wicker purse shaped like an umbrella, cute vintage sunglasses and an AMAZING magenta felt hat!

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I wore a lovely 1950’s floral day dress that I bought years ago at a little vintage shop in Hawaii; 1940’s navy peep toe shoes, my 1920’s/1930’s sunglasses and a white wicker purse that was a birthday gift from my mom.


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peek-a-boo! Mary’s hat helps her to blend into the floral surroundings…

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I had such a great time frolicking around with Mary, wearing our pretty dresses and smelling roses! I can’t think of many better ways to spend a beautiful spring day!


Vintage Lovin’ Gal

(Thanks to Mary Van Note for these photos!)


A peek into a traditional Sign Painter’s shop.


Hello friends,

I have the pleasure to live with and experience an age-old trade on a daily basis.

That trade is Sign Painting.

Before the time of computers, all signs were created by hand, by a sign painter.

My boyfriend, Derek, is a talented sign painter that runs his own business called Golden West Sign Arts. I assist in the shop & help with anything and everything.

Isn't he handsome?

Isn’t he handsome?

Everything in our shop is done the old fashioned way, without the use of computers (aside from email). All signs are painted by hand, from drawn patterns. Derek is also a specialist in the art of gilding with genuine gold leaf.

Our shop is an interesting place that I thought some of you may like to see. Here are tons of photos…

that's 23 karat gold!

that’s 23 karat gold!

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Bob & Derek: best pals.

Bob & Derek: best pals.

such a handsome pair.

such a handsome pair.

Now, let’s have a peek at the inside of the shop!


Dandy? Its sure like a charm.

Dandy? It sure is! Works like a charm.


the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

vintage matchbooks

vintage matchbooks




Here are a few more shots of the dashing Sign Painter for your viewing pleasure.

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Check out our website to see examples of the sign work we’ve done!

Here is a wonderful video shot for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey of Derek painting for their ad campaign this summer. It turned out great!

thank you!



Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Gloomy Weather Style



Today is another gloomy day in the East Bay of California, which calls for a sweaters & tights! Since it’s rarely cold here, there is still some allure for me in wearing tights and bundling up.


My silk shirtwaist dress is from Betsey Johnson , who I worked for in NYC for a few years.

{Wow, I could have ironed my dress. That’s pretty telling of my personality…I love dressing up & looking put together, however I’ll go out with a wrinkled dress on. Silly, I know.}

Sweater is a vintage cashmere, beaded gem given to me by my sweet pal Brittany.

Tights are also Betsey Johnson.

1940’s oxfords are from a seller on Etsy a few years back.



I decided to get fancy with my hair today, just for fun!


Hope you’re all staying warm!



vintage lovin’ gal

Stormy Weather


This morning was a rainy one here in Berkeley, Ca. It seemed like the perfect occasion to pull out some cozy cold weather  vintage!

(These photos were taken inside of the hand painted sign shop that I run with my boyfriend, more on that later!)

sweater: vintage, hand knit

cat pin: grandma’s jewelry box

brown plaid bias skirt: thrifted in Florida

mocassins: minnetonka, bought on a road trip in New Mexico

hair scarf: grandma’s

brown leather belt: thrifted in Reno, NV

Stay warm & dry out there friends!



vintage lovin’ gal