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Iron Orchid Vintage: July 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Etsy Shop Update: The 1960's in Bold Bright Color

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Etsy Shop Preview: Colorful Cotton Summer Dresses

Here's a sneak preview of the dresses that will be going into the shop tomorrow. I love every one of these colorful prints! Don't you?
Vintage 1960's Checker Print Full Skirt Day Dress
Vintage 1960's Lime Green Ruffled Day Dress
Vintage 1970's Tiered Skirt Day Dress
Vintage 1970's Scalloped Hem Dancing Dress
Vintage 1950's Gingham Organza Trim Criss Cross Dress
Vintage 1970's Polka Dots and Powder Blue Circle Skirt 

Vintage 1980's Sailor Dress
Vintage 1960's Primary Paisley Drop-waist Dress
Vintage 1960's Pastel Paisley Drop-waist Dress

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

July Iron Orchid Vintage Giveaway Hosted By Bombshell Bettie's Vintage

I just love it when the Mrs. behind Bombshell Bettie's Vintage models for us, and this time she's modeling some fantastic giveaway items for you!
Repro Cateye Sunglasses and a Vintage Purse 

Ok, now you know what you can win,
find out how to win it....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Simple Vintage Summer Skirt

My lovely sister brought me some bright orange Stargazers she picked up at a local Farmer's Market this weekend, and the simple monotone palette has been influencing my daily wardrobe. Inspired by the simplicity of single color tones, I went with an easy vintage 1970's circle skirt. I've been pretty obsessed with the simplicity of flirty beauties like this lately, and you can expect to see a bunch of full, feminine skirts and dresses (in this vibe, too) making their way into the shop this week.
Outfit Details:
Top: Threadless
Skirt: Vintage Circle Skirt
Belt: H&M
Shoes: Pink

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Yellow Ribbon Sundress, and a Primary Pop

When I found this dress it was the last in its size, and I crossed my fingers all the way to the dressing room that it would zip up easily. Made of soft and durable cotton, the kind that billows like sheets on a line when you walk, it sustained a super windy day and did not blow uncomfortably high in any strong breeze. The little details, like the metal zipper closure up the back and the grosgrain ribbon trim make me feel like I am actually wearing a vintage dress. Which brings me to the question: How do you feel about vintage reproduction? I think it is a great alternative to the real thing, especially for ladies (and gentlemen, too!) who often have difficulty with the sizing. 
A few months ago I remember mentioning that I didn't have a single basic cardigan. Well that has changed! Destined to become a sweater girl, I've made a few basic additions to my closet, but am currently on the prowl for a sweater chain. I saw a girl at the Bettie Page store wearing a vintage one the other week, and I just about shrieked in delight. Speaking of the Bettie Page store (and repro for that matter!), I got some amazing retro pieces there at a very reasonable price. A few of the items will have to wait until winter, but the vintage inspired trousers I could not go home without. Hopefully I'll get around to sharing some photos with you soon.  
Outfit Details:
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Dress: Moulinette Soeurs
Espadrilles Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
Necklace: Elizabeth Gillett NYC
Ring: Saks Fifth Avenue
Earrings: Ralph Lauren
Bracelets and purse: Vintage

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Etsy Shop Preview: Summer Casuals, Whites and Blues

Here's a little look at items going up in the shop this weekend. The theme, for the most part is blue. There are also a few tops here that are suitable for both "Ladies or Gents".

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Red Piping, like a Classic Carnation

I've always been drawn to pieces that feature piping. There's just something about that little detail that I adore playing off of. In this case, I reached deep into the back of my closet and unearthed this lovely pencil skirt. True to form, I added a bright red top and a splash of red lipstick. Keeping my accessories relatively low-key, I opted for this western inspired bow-tie choker, which has an adorable little rose print button in the center. Doesn't the color scheme of the skirt and top remind you of a classic red and white Carnation?
Outfit Details:
Tie-Waist Top: Co-Operative
Skirt: Jill Michelle
Camisole: Felina
Necklace: Betsey Johnson
Bracelet: Juicy Couture
Ring: Saks Fifth Ave
Shoes: UO

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Freshly Laundered Cotton and Menswear Prints

What's the next best thing to a cotton, shirtwaist dress? A cotton, dress-shirt skirt! I know I'm not the only lady who loves slipping on a freshly laundered blouse, but what about this menswear inspired skirt? I just love the preppy vibe of it. A couple of (specific) things that I've been browsing Etsy shops for lately are: 1) A 1950's circle skirt and blouse set, and  2) A 1950's pale blue shirtwaist dress. While I haven't found either in my exact measurements yet, it is kind of nice to get to get my fix out by using pieces already in my closet. 
Outfit Details:
Hook-&-Eye Blouse: True Meaning
Striped Cotton Wrap Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger
Bow Belt: Betsey Johnson
Wedge Heels: Tommy Hilfiger
Ring & Earrings: Marahlago Larimar Jewelry
Bracelet: Brighton
Sunglasses: Moschino
Featured below: Two Ladies Brooks Bro's shirts, and the skirt from above

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vintage 1960's Chiffon Dress

I hope you all had a happy Fourth of July! Don't forget that there's a sale on in the shop that ends tonight at midnight. This past weekend I made a trip into the city for a little shopping and brunch. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that every once in a while I enjoy popping into the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus for a light lunch. The glass domed ceiling, which is photographed below, was originally built in 1909 and was salvaged from the demolition of a building only blocks away. The light it produces is enchantingly soft, and soothing - something old world and decadent, too.
I was too shy to take a photograph at the table, but I did have a moment to share a photo of this darling vintage dress that I picked up on Etsy once I got out into the city. In retrospect, billowy chiffon layers were not the best choice for the breezy San Francisco streets, but I just couldn't help myself from wearing this dress out! The teardrop print is a sweet change-up from standard polka dots. 
Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage 1960's Lilli Diamond, California - from Pink Vintage Boudoir
Shoes: Banana Republic
Jewelry: Gifts, Artisan

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Enjoying the holiday weekend? Feel free to shop the Iron Orchid Vintage Etsy shop Sale, going on now through July 5th at Midnight EST.

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