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!

mary rosemary roses

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.


mary flower hat

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

rose tina

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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!


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(Thanks to Mary Van Note for these photos!)


A nite of feathers, art deco and film noir: Maltese Falcon at the Paramount


This past Friday I attended Classic Movie Nite at the GORGEOUS Paramount Theater in Oakland. The movie of the month was the fabulous film noir The Maltese Falcon.

I was joined by the wonderful and glamorous Mary Van Note and our gents (you can spot a quick glimpse of Derek below, but Mary’s fella Ben stayed behind the lens).

Paramount Theater

We gussied up in gorgeous feathers, provided by Mary (you can buy the one I’m wearing in her etsy shop!) and our forties best. It was great fun and the movie was wonderful! Humphrey Bogart can do no wrong in my eyes…plus he’s a total dreamboat.

Enough blabbing…..feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping beauty of this theater!!

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If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Paramount Theater in Oakland, don’t pass it up! It is truly breathtaking. They offer tours as well as events such as the classic movie night.

What a wonderful night!!

Thanks to the lovely Mary Van Note for these photos and her boyfriend Ben for graciously photographing us in a crowded theater!



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The most amazing blouse ever made.


Vintage lovin’ friends, be warned.

You may faint or at least swoon a great deal at the sight of this glorious blouse.

vintage bow blouse

Isn’t is lovely?

I tried this blouse on at the San Francisco Vintage Expo & it was love at first sight. I had to have it.

Luckily, the price was reasonable so I jumped on it.

vintage bow blouse collar

I love this double collar. It’s so interesting! The bottom one is tacked down & the top collar is free.

vintage bow blouse close up

Those bows! Those buttons! Oh dear….

vintage bow blouse belt

Check out the lovely matching belt…sigh.

Now for a peek at the back! (via horribly lit photos…..)

vintage bow blouse: back

The back buttons all the way up & this is the only way to get into the blouse! I amazingly buttoned myself into it one day, but  having an assistant is quite helpful.

vintage bow blouse: back detail

Here I am wearing the blouse on the second day of the expo with my lovely pal Mary Van Note!

SF vintage expo

(Thanks to Christina of Skirt Chaser Vintage for this photo!)

Until next time friends, keep your eye out for those special vintage treasures…you never know when you’ll find the perfect piece!



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Feeling Western..



I’ve been really inspired by vintage western wear lately & based today’s outfit on a casual western look.

Since I moved to California a few years ago, I’ve fallen in love with the vintage western style. Everything about it appeals to me: the idea of the Golden West, desert motifs, bright colors, casual & wearable clothes for gals such as jeans & plaid blouses, arrowhead tacks, smile pockets, fringe….the list goes on & on!


I’m wearing:

1950’s vintage western jeans by Saddle Busters : gift

White cotton blouse: thrifted in Florida

1950’s red & grey wool ’49er jacket by Woodsman Outerwear: vintage expo

Vintage tooled leather belt: thrifted in Nevada

Brown moccasins by Minnetonka: bought new in New Mexico

Burgundy tooled leather carrying case: Alameda Antique Faire

Burgundy tooled leather handbag: thrifted in Arizona



Until next time readers, Happy Trails!




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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!



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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!



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sights of the Alameda Antique Faire!

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Today Derek & I spent an astounding 6 hours wandering the monthly Alameda Antique Faire! It was amazing, as usual! I snapped photos of the sights…..Enjoy!

(the treasures we bought are in the post just before this one!)



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