Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Vintage Leather Handbags and Purses

Leather Handbags are always a big hit for vintage seekers. It is a great way to make a unique fashion statement tht is all your own. It does not matter if the leather shows wear, sometimes that adds appeal to the purse, giving it an authentic vintage appeal. The top picture is my favorite purse find of all time, a very unique, glitzy, purse by Lido Handbags. The last purse pictured is my second favorite - a hand tooled purse from the 1950's. These pictures are a collection of purses I have sold and purses that I have in my store:
DejaBlonde Vintage

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vintage Pieces that were hard to say Goodbye to

Vintage clothing and accessories are a strong passion for myself going all the way back to high school. The thrill of the find is what it is all about - whether I am keeping the vintage piece for myself or selling it online. Every vintage piece comes with its' own unique energy and look. A true fashionista has a few good vintage garments in here closet, it sets her apart from the rest while capturing style from the past. I have been dealing with vintage items for 8 years now and I still have a hard time letting go of certain pieces. Over the years I have had some killer things pass through my hands and in this post I have selected some within the last year that I have been saddened to say goodbye too. They are now somewhere else in the world being sported by a true fashionista!

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Allure of Vintage Lingerie

Vintage lingerie has always been cherished but it is rising like a Phoenix lately. There have been independent fashion shows with the only thing gracing the catwalk is vintage lingerie. With all of the over commercialized junk out there it is an art to sport vintage lingerie. Vintage lingerie was well made and has intricate detail that cannot be replicated. This is also a way to be unique in your expression of femininity. I love finding piece of vintage lingerie and have 6 pieces in my Etsy store :
Vintage Lingerie Section : DejaBlonde

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

DejaBlonde's Packages Travel on Stella Scooter via Route 66

After you make your purchase from DejaBlonde's vintage store your package takes a trip on Route 66 in Arizona on a rebuilt 2003 Stella Vintage style Scooter. Your packages are handled with care and scoot down one of America's most famous highways! Not only are scooters fun they are gentle on the environment, you can know that DejaBlonde is enviro friendly with your packing and delivery. Beyond shipping, your package handler is the reluctant male model of DejaBlonde's men's vintage. DejaBlonde believes is lightning fast shipping - all packages unless requested otherwise are shipped within 24-48 hours of payment and shipped via USPS priority mail which takes 2-3 days. DejaBlonde's feedback says it all.

His scooter has a rebuilt Malossi 177 Engine, work done by Curtis @ EuroGeek

EuroGeek Motorsports of Flagstaff, AZ

DejaBlonde Vintage Clothing & Boots

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Vintage Candles outlast the Rest!

I am addicted to taper candles these days and can't go an evening without burning them. I am very cautious about modern taper candles being full of toxic junk so I usually buy Soy. Soy candles are high priced so I have turned to Thrift Stores to find my tapers. I only buy them if they are vintage and I have been finding a lot of them. First of all, I am amazed at how long they burn in comparison to modern tapers. I can just tell that they are made better and not full of toxic junk as it is a clean burn. When I blow them out there is not much smoke. My modern taper candles burn up in one evening compared to their vintage counterparts which I can use up to 3 nights! I try to find candles that appear vintage or have a wrapper that is 20 years older - before the influx of everything being made in China. I love all kinds of vintage candles but I must have my tapers! This is not only a cheaper way to get candles but also not toxic like candles being sold in the big box stores today :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

All Things Hand Tooled and Vintage

I love all things Vintage and Hand Tooled. Women in the 1960s and 1950s that traveled to Mexico came back with these one of a kind handbags and purses. I love to look at all of the intricate details that were carefully crafted by small tools and human hands. I found two handbags with Mayan and Aztec calendars carefully hand tooled into a small circle. Not only do these pieces have intricate detail they also are of fine leathers. I have been lucky to find many hand tooled pieces and love to share! You can find all of these pieces in my Etsy store:

Vintage Hand Tooled items at DejaBlonde Vintage

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Vintage Finds that are variations of Blue

I love the color blue and all of the variations it comes in. My favorite blue is Cornflower blue from the crayola box. I put up most of the blue items in my store on this post. Leather and blue is such a great combination and I love the way distressed blue leather looks. This is a post for all of you fashionistas that love blue and love vintage!

You can find these blue pieces in my store - DejaBlonde Vintage

Friday, March 27, 2009

My Love of Vintage Frye Campus Boots

Frye boots are special in so many ways! They are not only well made and gorgeous, they come from a company with a rich American history. Frye Boot Company has been around since the mid 19th century and soldiers on both sides of the civil war wore them. John Frye was a shoe maker that immigrated from England and ran the company here in the U.S. for 50 years until he died. You can still see the quality in the Frye Boots made today. I love the Frye boots from the 60's and 70's and in particular the campus style like these boots in the picture. When Frye was ready to expand the style of their boots in the 60's they came out with the "Campus Boot". They come in many different styles and heights - they look great with flowery skirts or tight jeans. Vintage Frye Boots are a versatile and a must have for the discriminating fashionista! They are very bohemian yet slightly rugged western which is a beautiful combination. Frye boots are truely golden!

You can get the boots here - DejaBlonde Vintage

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo shoes!

I love Salvatore Ferragamo as a designer and lately have been lucky to find a lot of them in good condition. The Ferragamo style is classic, elegant, and made in Italy. Ferragamo worked with many stars of Hollywood in the 1920's and then went back to Italy to work on these gorgeous hand crafted shoes. He is known for having great passion for his shoes and you can clearly see it in the design and craftmanship. I love his story because he went bankrupt once but rebuilt himself and his shoes to go on to hire 700 employees! I have four vintage pair of Ferragamo heels in my store here:
DejaBlonde Vintage - Ferragamo Shoes

Monday, March 9, 2009

Exquisite Hand Tooled purse from the 1950's

Wow! This handbag is simply amazing. This is strictly a hand bag but it is a large hand bag. Very bohemian and very 1950's. In the 50's and 60's american women visiting mexico would come back with these handbags and purses. They were very expensive even back then. This is a triangle style with the top closing together and the base being wide and big. There are so many compartments in and on this purse. On the outside of each side there are slits where you can slide things into. The inside has 2 main compartments and zippers. The bag is 13 inches long and 10 inches tall. The width of the bag will go to 7 inches. The bag is very thick and detailed leather and weighs 2 lbs. The bottom of the bag has tooled design as well..this bag is in great vintage condition.. The only wear is on the leather buttons where the strap meets the purse. You can see it in the pictures. Beautiful detail!

You can buy this bag Here

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My Favorite Vintage Boots - Dexter

These Dexter boots in the picture are my all time favorite vintage boots of all time! I will never give them up! These oxblood classic cowgirl style boot from Dexter is timeless. These have a stacked wooden heel and pull up straps. These were fun to use during the whole photo shoot. It is amazing how well they went with just about anything, including a vintage prom dress. Thanks for looking! Had to share!

Monday, February 16, 2009

How I started with Vintage continued.......

After college I became savvy with html. I was still shopping at Goodwill and started doing it with a dear friend for fun. It was something we would look forward to. Having coffee and heading off to find treasures. I could no longer just bring home things of my size...there were some things that could not be left behind. Then (around 2002) I though of combining my computer skills with my eye for vintage fashion. I started with ebay and then had my own domain eventually. After awhile life changed that path for my friend and I and I pursued other things. While in Seattle I became interested in the Apparel Design program at SCCC and took the beginning class for the program. I learned so much about the design of clothing further enhancing my love for vintage. Modern apparel is not constructed with the care and design that vintage was. Now with Etsy on the scene it has brought me back. It is a great place to sell and share vintage treasures. I look forward to sharing my passion with everyone!

How I started with vintage

In highschool I grew tired of shopping at Maurices, Gap, and other mass producers. I lived in a small area so sometimes several girls at school would be wearing the same thing. I had to go to Goodwill for a donation and started looking around. I found unique purses, distressed Levi's, 1960's dresses, and vests that no one else had. I knew I could pull it off - despite my mall riden friends reaction. I became a regular at goodwill and started structuring my wardrobe around it. It was simple....i would have a shirt or skirt no one....i would pair it with a high quality modern started working. In my senior year I was put in the yearbook sporting some of my outfit creations. I could no longer do malls...only for a few items. I dared to be different and it was fun through vintage be continued.....

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Feb 14th first blog

Hello! Looking forward to sharing my vintage clothing obsession!