Friday, January 6, 2012

I love the Seventies!

Those who live in my immediate world are well aware that I love the 1970's. I resonate with the fashion and the influence behind its expression, idealize the simplicity sans technology in daily life, and much of the overall culture strikes me as... well just FUN.

Of course, those days were also laced with grief born of chaos: A terrible war that bled into the early years bringing an unspeakable aftermath, deadly anti-war protests, presdential blunders, echoing sadness from the assasination of MLK just a couple of years earlier...

Yet in the midst of strife was civil rights advancement, Women's 'Liberation', increased concern for the Earth, positive psychological trends (I'm OK, You're OK), and a generalized seeking of spiritual meaning in every day life which was expressed through literature, art, performance, and fashion.

In some ways, I feel that the 7th decade was a bridge from the Fifties to a new way of thinking- a breaking open of sorts- as the radical views of the hippies in the 1960's became quite maintream in the 1970's (which in turn were well represented in fashion trends).

My take away from the Seventies is: free-spiritness, wanderlust, spiritual undertones in daily life, an 'earthiness' that is more felt than expressed, appreciation & caring for our planet, a perspective of reasoning as to why people do whatever it is that they do, simpified technological lifestyle...

This has been reflected in my wardrobe over the years (with an exception of the New Wave phase of the early Eighties which, to be quite honest, was my replacement for Disco as I was finally at an age to embrace the party!) with core pieces including: High waisted bell bottom jeans (light wash!), wood sandals (Bear Traps, Candies), Aztec sweaters, suede fringe, Cherokees and Famolare Hi There's.

I intermittently add a splash of fun & color, inspired by current trends yet always with a hint of seventies, which I lovingly refer to as 'My Disco'.

What decade inspires you?

Photos clockwise:
1. 1974 Halter tops & flares
2. 1994 suede fringe
3. 2007 Aztec sweater from my own collection (sold)
4. 2010 At an eighties reunion party~ vintage gold jewelry & 70's wrap skirt)
5. 2010 A random day with my brother~ 70's leather jacket with Target High Rise Super Flares


Friday, September 2, 2011

Gunne Sax = True Love Always

The Gunne Sax is my greatest fashion-love in life, & she has haunted me since 1979~ feminine, artistic, ethereal, curvy, and most of all, enchanting.
In Junior High, I begged my mom for one...but, "No... it is not in the budget." Several months later, she whipped up a replica on her vintage Singer... I was grateful.
Springtime of 1981 and the thrift brought to me a navy blue & lace, beauty. Can you imagine- the real thing was finally mine. I wore and loved and wore (and loved !) that corset dress.
When the Sax left the runways, I sadly gave way, though secretly relished a reunion on Halloween, 1985, as Glenda Good Witch~ in the loveliest McClintock.
By the time I was thirty, I was wearing whatever I wanted (as in: these then out of fashion dresses) and, luckily for me, Gunnies were still 2nd hand abundant.

Some didn't get it, I didn't care.

These days Vintage is Modern, and I am more accepted in my lace up beauties.
None of it matters as long as I can be decorated with calico & lace & curves &..oh yes, the corset laces. xo

What vintage beauty haunts You?

1980 Junior High replica (thx Mom!)
1981 Summer prior to high school (thrift)
1985 Halloween (one night stand)
2009 E bay purchase (I have since raised the hemline)
2010 Freestyle Vintage Co (sold)
2011 Last week on my back deck (summertime wine & hor d' oeuvres)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


a pic from my salon...

Jessie is responsible for my pink & brown 'do. She is such an artistic person, in every way... she inspires me to be as creative as I can be in this life (maybe I should tell her!).
Who inspires you?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Skoochies Resurrection

A couple of weeks ago I attended the reunion party of a popular 1980's Seattle dance club, Skoochies. I practically lived there from '83 - until it closed in 1986. Fun times! And just as fun was reuniting with sooo many old friends, and reconnecting with a few whom I should have never lost touch with!

My hotel roomy & I had a prefunk in our room with a huge turnout. It became so big that it spilled out into the hallway and I was actually afraid we'd get kicked out (just like in the '80's, haha).

A big part of Skoochies was, of course, the fashion. It was *the* reason to thrift each week to create the weekend's outfit.

At the Resurrection, I wanted to be comfortable so I could dance for hours & hours, which I did. I paired Superflare jeans from Target with a super cute tweed vest from Decades on Etsy and an assortment of vintage jewelry that I've worn since (and was already vintage in) the 1980's. (I ditched my cherished 70's Candies mules early on in the evening for some more dance appropriate wedges.)
Our Skoochie's Resurrection night raised $6,200 for YouthCare!!!

Above are a few pics from the Resurrection, plus some oldies from Skoochies & related parties, circa 1984~
All 80's clothes compliments of the thrift (I wish I still had that black 1940's hat!).


Friday, September 18, 2009

Road Trip, Music, & Vintage

I recently went on a little road trip to Jacksonville, Oregon.
I already knew Oregon to be a thrift heaven, but Jacksonville turned out to be vintage bliss!

I felt like I had stepped back thru time. We stayed at the cutest bed & breakfast (decorated w/ antiques, of course), wandered the town, and saw Tommy Emanuelle at the Amphitheater.

To top it off, an outdoor vintage auction took place outside our B & B window~it was the perfect 'background music' as I prettied up for the concert!
We detoured to Crater Lake on the drive home, beautiful.

My favorite Jacksonville moment was wandering thru the old cemetary one morning...
Pretty rayon & fishnet dress from
Jacksonville is dreamy, I could live there...

Monday, September 14, 2009

A blog to watch~

I recently discovered cute shop, stocked with an amazing assortment of vintage threads. ~owned and operated by the ever so creative Lily.
Check her blog for fashion ideas and all around cuteness!

x ~Sue

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Vintage 70's Famolare Get There BOOTS!!!

I am in love w/ these boots! '09 is the year of the Summer Boot, and these pretties are just perfect, not to mention a collectable~