Finally got some Freddie’s!

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Hey there friends,

I’ve been on the hunt for a great pair of vintage or reproduction jeans for quite a while. I am happy to say that I have found the perfect pair:  Freddie’s of Pinewood Jeanies!  You may have seen me wearing them in my last post that featured photos from my trip to Bodie, Ca.

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I just love these jeans. They are comfortable yet totally adorable. The shape is so flattering but not at all fussy.

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I love the look of a cropped & cuffed jean and was happily surprised that the Jeanies were the perfect length on a short gal like me (I’m about 5′).  These are a 26″ waist, which is very true to size for me.

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I was worried before trying these jeans that I would have to settle for the “long butt” or “saggy butt” that many high waisted jeans seem to give. However, I think that these actually give quite a cute shape to the rear view area!

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I was hesitant about ordering Freddie’s jeans online from the U.K. because I wouldn’t be able to try them in advance. I thought all hope was lost until I found out that local  shop owner Marissa of Chick-a-Boom Vintage (in Petaluma, Ca)  carried a full range of the jeans in her shop! I couldn’t wait to get over there & try on some Freddie’s!  She was super sweet and helped me choose the perfect pair.  Oh, and to top it all off, they were considerably cheaper than the online plus shipping price I would have paid otherwise!

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I highly recommend Freddie’s of Pinewood jeans and I know a lot of you gals are already believers too. However, if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect pair of vintage style jeans: Freddie’s may be your answer!

until next time! xoxo, Tina

until next time! xoxo, Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Rose Garden Gals

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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!

xoxo,
Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

(Thanks to Mary Van Note for these photos!)

A peek into a traditional Sign Painter’s shop.

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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!

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Dandy? Its sure is..works like a charm.

Dandy? It sure is! Works like a charm.

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the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

vintage matchbooks

vintage matchbooks

hi-di-hi-di-ho!

hi-di-hi-di-ho!

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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!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Feeling Western..

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Howdy!

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!

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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

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Until next time readers, Happy Trails!

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xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Shorpy: Historic Photo Archive

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Hello readers!

I have a favorite website that I want to share with you. If you don’t know about Shorpy, boy are you are in for a treat!

This site is a gold mine of amazing historic photography. Most of the photos are from plate negatives and are therefore extremely high quality. You can click on any photo to enlarge & look at the tiniest details. It is truly wonderful…and addictive. Prepare to go on an extensive photo-saving spree once you browse their collection.

Looking at these photos gives you a feeling of really knowing the people in them and experiencing what life was like in their time.

Below are just a few of my favorites.

Washington Hot Shoppe Restaurant. 1941.

Washington Hot Shoppe Restaurant. 1941.

Nancy Hamilton. 1926.

Nancy Hamilton. 1926.

WWII Aviation plant clerk. 1942.

WWII Aviation plant clerk. 1942.

Saratoga Springs, NY. 1915.

Saratoga Springs, NY. 1915.

South Side Chicago. 1941.

South Side Chicago. 1941.

Lanier Hotel, New York. 1921.

Lanier Hotel, New York. 1921.

Detroit Yacht Club, Venetian Night Party. 1940.

Detroit Yacht Club, “Venetian Night” Party. 1940.

Chicago cabaret. 1941.

Chicago cabaret. 1941.

Goodyear Aircraft Corp. employee. 1941.

Goodyear Aircraft Corp. employee. 1941.

Coney Island. 1905.

Coney Island. 1905.

Lumber worker and wife. 1939.

Lumber worker and wife. 1939.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Art Department. 1941.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Art Department. 1941.

Marine. 1942.

United States Marine. 1942.

People's Drug Store, Washington D.C. 1909.

People’s Drug Store, Washington D.C. 1909.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Detroit. 1941.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Detroit. 1941.

Marilyn Miller. 1921.

Marilyn Miller. 1921.

Louisiana musicians. 1938.

Louisiana musicians. 1938.

San Francisco. 1941.

San Francisco. 1941.

Metal Salvage Plant Worker. 1942.

Metal Salvage Plant worker (and crafty gal, I might add). 1942.

There are so many more wonderful images on their site, I truly hope you all enjoy them.

xoxo,

Tina

vintage lovin’ gal

Winter Fashions of 1954 – Sears style!

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Hello everyone!

I have another round of photos from the Sears Roebuck Co. 1954 catalog to share with you.

This time I’ve chosen some lovely winter clothing, including coats and sweaters for ladies and gents!

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I just love the pockets on this first coat!

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Ohh..and the seam lines on the back of this one are dreamy!
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1950’s glamour personified below…lovely.
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Odd choice of purse-holding position, but lovely coats.
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Cute, Cute, CUTE!

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This one with the large diamond shaped buttons & pick stitched collar is my favorite! It’s simply designed yet has unique details.

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Here are a few for the fellas…

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On to sweaters!

Pink with the pom poms….I WANT IT!

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Some lovely twin sets. These are truly adorable!

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Can’t forget about the guys!

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Hope you’re all staying cozy out there!

xoxo from me & the Sears delivery man,

Tina

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vintage lovin’ gal

Handbags from Sears catalog: 1954!

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It’s that time again friends, I bring you another set of images from the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Fall and Winter 1954 catalog!

This time we focus on something that is popular with ladies far & wide: handbags!

Feast your eyes on these beauties:

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I always hold my purse like that…don’t you?

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Why doesn’t this exist anymore? What a great idea!! I want one…

Hope you all enjoy these as much as I do!

xoxo,

Tina

vintage lovin’ gal