West Coast vintage/modern fashion blogs

20 03 2011

For those of you who are into the blog scene, I thought I’d recommend two West Coast blogs that focus on vintage and alternative fashion.

The first is a blog called, ‘Calivintage‘ which is a personal style blog compiled by Erin from California. Each day, you can find outfit posts along with fashion inspiration, from antique jewelry finds to high-end fashion shoots and ad campaigns. Erin is also a writer for ModCloth and keeps a Tumblr, which is perfect for a quick, fashion fix during the day. Here is a posting Erin did as a guest blogger for Rebecca Minkoff’s blog, Minkette. The model is Erin, and the clothes are all hers.

hat: vintage wool hat from mars mercantile jacket: thrifted vintage corduroy oscar de la renta blazer top: silk blouse from pixie market jeans: j brand from gilt groupe shoes: seychelles

The other blog is called, ‘Clever Nettle,’ which is the product of anja louise verdugo, a Canadian living in Portland, Oregon. The blog includes interviews with local fashionistas, adorable spreads by anja herself, and photo shoots. Anja also  sells vintage clothing and art in her Etsy store. Her Tumblr can be found here. This is a spread anja made for her blog in celebration of the supermoon last night. She also compiled a gorgeous layout for an amber-hued supermoon.

illesteva glasses / vpl sweater / mm6 by maison martin margiela ring / surface to air shirt / opening ceremony pants / repetto flats

I just love the flair of both of these gal’s blogs. Each blog is a perfect mix of modern and vintage fashion inspiration. And the fact they are both creating their own spreads and content is exciting. Check them out, and maybe, your daily get-up will become a bit funkier! Calivintage and Clever Nettle; spreading fierce fashion to everyday women.

xo Grace


strong women in vintage film

7 02 2011

With fashion playing a more obvious role in such recent blockbuster hits as Black Swan, The King’s Speech and True Grit, I’ve been thinking more about my favorite old movies, and the strong woman who defined them, most certainly through the character, but visually through their bold dress.

I love 1938’s “Bringing Up Baby“, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Katherine’s clothes were characterized by definitive necklines and blousy, feminine fitting tops. I adore this floorlength, billowing silk number. It is so fitting for a woman bold enough to walk her tiger around town. And her ringlet-ed hair makes her simply ethereal striding beside Cary Grant.

The lovely Katherine Hepburn walking Baby

Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) is an obvious fashion film choice for me. Everyone knows Audrey Hepburn’s LBD with her bow-rimmed black hat and pearls, but her clothing throughout the film is stunning. I love Audrey in her casual sweater and pants outfit when she sings Moon River on the fire escape. Take this cocktail party dress, which is draped so elegantly over her slim figure. I love the updo with the waist-cinched gown. The George Peppard’s classic looks complement Ms. Hepburn’s wonderful fashion.

Can I get a light?

I find comforting inspiration from the fashion in “Barefoot in the Park” (1967) with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. The flirty relationship between Fonda and Redford helps define the fashion in the film. The downtown, cozy love shack sets the scene for Fonda’s effortless looks. I love this candy-colored pink shift Fonda wears in the film. The casual up-do complements the perfectly pink dress and adds to Fonda’s sweet demeanor.

Jane Fonda in bubble-gum pink

Barbra Streisand’s looks in 1972’s “What’s Up Doc?” with Ryan O’Neil are oh-so-sexy and oh-so-seventies. Babs is perfectly sunkissed and super sassy, thus naturally she wears fierce, brightly colored duds. I love her doe-eyes, long, wavy locks and strappy, fitted top in this look. This fast-talking siren can outsmart Ryan O’Neil any day.

Sassy-looking Barbra Streisand

It’s that time of year when you may find yourself in a style rut. It’s too easy to throw on jeans, a shirt and a cardigan each morning when you’re cold and sleepy. Curl up on the couch next weekend and watch these movies as well as your favorites to find new inspiration in vintage film fashion. Share your personal picks here!

Be wonderful.


A Scottish delight

22 01 2011

I wanted to share a bit about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of my favorite architects/artists/designers. I figured Roulette fans would appreciate the fanciful nature of this designer, who many know little about.

Mackintosh lived and worked in Glasgow, Scotland for most of his life. He designed the Glasgow School of Art and the Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland. I would highly recommend reading about the troubled visionary’s life and work. But alas, it’s his work that lives on, however little of it that may be.

Mackintosh’s creations came at the beginning of the 20th century. This is most surprising. Glancing over the playful rooms, motifs and furniture, one may easily mistake his body of work as a product of the Art Deco or Arts and Craft movements. This is what fascinates me so.

Look at the library in the Mackintosh-designed building in the Glasgow School of Art. Mackintosh made it to look like a forest, with strips of wood dripping down from the ceiling, detailed with wooden cut-outs. Tiny, purple stained-glass squares decorated the desks with red, green, and blue gems embelishing bits of the paneling.

Second story view of the library.

Mackintosh’s furniture mirrors the elaborate woodwork he was so drawn to in each room he designed. Long, clean lines dominate most of Mackintosh’s furniture pieces, with higher-use pieces including more subtle detailing.

Wide seat chair by Mackintosh

Mackintosh desk at Hous'hill

And now for my favorites. I am in love with Mackintosh’s rose motif, which he incorporated into built-ins, furniture, stained glass and textile designs.

Until next time,


Master bedroom in Hill House by Mackintosh.

Music room in House for an Art Lover. Created using Mackintosh plans.

Mackintosh stained glass rose

Mackintosh textile design

Orchard House

24 12 2010

I have been fascinated with Louisa May Alcott since I was in the 3rd grade, when I did a report on her. When I learned of her home in Concord, Massachusetts, I was immediately set on visiting the mid-18 century Alcott family home. I moved from Maine about four years ago, and so it’s been more difficult to accomplish this wish, but today I visited Orchard House with my sister and father.

Lily and Tom in the front of Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts

Louisa May Alcott lived in the home with her parents Bronson and Abigail, her younger sister May and her older sister Anna in the mid-1800s. Louisa wrote “Little Women” at a built-in desk her father made for her in her room on the second floor on the far right of the house.

Bronson and Abigail's bedroom windows

I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside, so I’ll try to describe my favorite things. The walls of the house are covered in May Alcott’s paintings. Her bedroom walls and window trims are covered in little sketches she did of fantastical beings. Her parents allowed her to paint and draw on her bedroom walls, with the expectation that each new addition be an improvement from the previous one. I fell in love with a fairy-like creature holding a star at the top corner of one of the windows. May also painted a baby owl in the center of the fireplace in Louisa’s room.

May Alcott's baby owl on Louisa's fireplace-- very Roulette!

Louisa must have loved owls. Along with this fireplace painting, May also painted a picture of a bard owl that hangs in Louisa’s room. An a bronze owl ink container sits on the mantle.

It was the perfect holiday outing. The sun glistened on the snow frosting the ground. Orchard House is a simple New England style home, but it is absolutely striking against the forest background.

The sun shines through the trees adjacent to the house

I hope everyone is warm and happy at home with their families. Enjoy the time together and cherish your loved ones. Happy holidays!


Orchard House

lipstick love

18 11 2010

Color is especially noteworthy in the fall months.

The color of pumpkin pie, the color of early morning light on crisp, fallen leaves, the color of flushed cheeks.

Autumn color is rich & bold. So you should be too.

I’m talking about your lips. Why open your mouth when a bright, rich shade can do all the talking for you? (Kara, this is for you.)

Jane Russell can do it

And don’t get me started on how perfect a colored-lip looks with a vintage dress. It’s simply ethereal. First-off, you’re wearing something totally one-of-a-kind. To top it off, you’re embracing your femininity with a bright lipstick, and releasing your inner bombshell. With shades in bright red, ruby orange, violet, peony and fuchsia, how can you resist?

I can do it

If we can do it, why can’t you? Wear a bold lip and a vintage number this holiday season and snap a photo and send it to us. We want to see Carrboro women looking sharp. Tis’ the season to be marvelous, so while you’re holiday shopping, treat yourself to a little bit of lovely.

Be wonderful.


timeless accessories

7 11 2010

Winter accessories echo decades past. You can keep people guessing when you mix modern basics with back seam tights, felt, floppy hats and leather driver’s gloves.

1940s style back seam tights are so feminine. They look great on all women’s legs- long or short. Pair them with a vintage dress and classic pumps for a delightful Thanksgiving dinner outfit.

Gipsy French Back Seam Tights from asos.com

Add a 70s style floppy, felt hat. Let your locks flow down your back for a mysterious look. Find a vintage one, and you’ll be oh-so-pretty. If you’re feeling especially bold, swipe on a fuchsia lipstick.

Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat from asos.com

To keep your fingers warm, slide on leather, driver’s gloves for a sleek look. For a treat, find a vintage pair for buttery-soft leather.

ASOS Leather Driver Gloves from asos.com

Find inspiration in accessories from the past and stir things up. Be elegant. Be wonderful.


warm winter wool

2 11 2010

I’m Grace, the new marketing intern. The temperatures are dropping- how will you stay warm?

I visited the State Fair and was inspired by the thick wool blanketing the sheep. It’s really such a neat thing- you can use the sheep’s wool without harming the animal in the process.

barnyard nap

sheep sleeping in the afternoon light

Wool may have a bad rep. I have unpleasant memories of wearing wool sweaters as a child. Forgot those painful childhood memories! Wool can be stylish, and it’s so functional. You can feel good about investing in a nice wool sweater, because you know you’ll come back to it each winter.

me wearing a Riverbasin Outfitters reworked button-up

We are always getting in wool sweaters. Find one in a bright color to spice up your cold weather-wear.

Do you know any artisans in the area making wonderful sweaters out of local wool? Let’s hear about it!’

Be wonderful. Wear Wool.

Happy Tuesday!


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