Wednesday, June 29, 2011

☆ SHOP PREVIEW ☆

Summer will be over before it starts, so in the next coming weeks I will be cranking out the last of our bright colored pieces for the season in the sun. Here a few photos of the dresses, shoes, and purses that will be in the store this week, so stay tuned....













 Let us know if you see anything you like! 

xoxo, besos
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.
SHOP www.twirlvintageco.etsy.com


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vintage Girl Group Crush: The Supremes

One of my biggest vintage obsessions is Girl Groups! You name it, the Supremes, Martha Reeves and Vandellas, the Ronettes, The Runaways...it doesn't matter, I am just absolutely obsessed with these ladies!! I don't know if its the pop sound of teen agst and heartache or the subtle lolita-esque style and vocally liberated defiance. I just yearn for the whole melodic experience. That is why I will be starting a weekly series called Vintage Girl Group Crush! This week I will be honoring the FIRST LADIES of Girl Group Hall of Fame: THE SUPREMES!

Big on Motown sound and high on style, these ladies charted the path for some of today's most successful girl groups . They were not only one of the most vocally talented pop groups of the 60s, but they were also the most stylistically influential group of women to grace the world's stage.....














Besos, xoxo
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Celebrating the Wedding Season Marilyn and Joe style

We are in the midst of the big wedding season at my full time job and it never fails to amaze me how large an industry this wedding business has become.  I plan GINORMOUS weddings for a living, so it was naturally assumed that I would have a GINORMOUS wedding of my own.  I must admit, as a teen girl I dreamed vividly of an all white ceremony similar to the royal wedding in April with pink and white peonies and thousands of white votive candles to warm the reception room. But as I grew older and wiser, my focus narrowed and my priorities leaned more towards an event that would be personal, romantic, and true to who we were as a couple. As my husband and I planned for our move to the South, we decided that a civil ceremony would be the most practical solution for a couple HOT on being husband and wife and NOT set on having a wedding that would rival Will and Kate.  With a Celebrant in tow and a small intimate list of family and friends, we became man and wife and it was by far one of the most romantic moments of our lives. Gone was the pomp and circumstance or the frustration of deciding on an endless list of details such as "should we print the save the dates on bond paper or embossed?" or "should we get pin - tuck linens or high sheen?" We were just absolutely smitten and in love with each other and that was just that. Funny enough, as I was planning that day, my mind kept playing back the old wedding photos of the Marilyn Monroe and Joe Di Maggio nuptials in 1954 in the San Francisco City Hall. Both of them were BIG stars at the time and could have easily planned a huge wedding, but instead they opted for a no frills civil ceremony. She in her dark brown broadcloth suit with an ermine collar, and he in his blue suit complete with a blue and white checked tie (said to have been chosen as it was the suit he wore on their first date).  Yes it was low on all the wedding pomp, but it was high on love and romance and you can tell that although this marriage lasted no more than 9 months, they were smitten and it was ALL about them. My advice to any couple planning a wedding, large or small, make sure that this day is not just her day, but our day. Make it all about you two and nothing else....





And make sure you do an awful lot of kissin too....wink.

Besos, xoxo,
Sincerely,
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

☆Camera Shy☆

So I'm constantly e-mailed by wonderful readers who want to know what I look like (a face that a mother could love), what I dress like (cross between Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop), and what my home looks like (naked as I am still furnishing it).  While I admire the bravery and personal style of Solanah (Vixen Vintage), Sammy D (Sammy D Vintage), Karla Deras (Karla's Closet) and Lauren (Dear Golden Vintage); I am not there yet... you can say that I am bit camera shy. In fact, I am painfully camera shy and what's more I don't really believe that I'm photogenic; and whilst I believe that the blog world has given birth to a new generation of biologically defiant models, I still feel safest previewing the shop or chronicling my thrifting and the little inspirations that I find on my trips. I know that eventually I will share more on this personal journey and that this blog will become a space where I will become more comfortable showcasing my own personal style,  but for now I will settle on these two pics a friend of mine captured on a trip to Jamaica. The aperture was barely open and the shots were taken after a full day of floating in the ocean with the sun at my face. 

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Besos, xoxo, 
Sincerely, 
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 
SHOP www.twirlvintageco.etsy.com 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Beach Bunnies, Water Vixens, and Stud Muffins: The Glamourous World of Janzten Swimsuits

What began as the Portland Knitting Company in 1910, Jantzen was known for its heavy wool sweaters, gloves, and socks. Founders, Carl Jantzen and Roy Zehntbauer started making swimsuits in 1918 and then changed the company to Jantzen Knitting Mills. Their first bathing suit was made of wool! By the 1920s and the 1930s, the Jantzen company changed the basic swimsuit into something more modern and glamourous. Below are a few examples of the awesomely illustrated retro ads that have made Jantzen the leader in marketing since the 1920s!









These great ads should put you in the mood for a summer swim!! But before you head to the beach, check out our swimsuit inventory at Twirl Vintage Co.

xoxo! Besos!


Sincerely, 
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

NEW Twirl Co. Store, Sew Twirl

When we started Twirl Vintage Co., we had a vision of stocking only the best vintage clothes, accessories, housewears, and vintage sewing patterns. When we counted our pattern inventory and realized that it was in the 1,000s, we decided that it definitly needed its own store. So this year, we have opened a fun little shop called Sew Twirl! Sew Twirl is a wonderful store stocked with vintage sewing patterns from the 40s - early 90s.  We will also feature vintage craft and sewing books as well as notions, fabrics, and more. Please stop by, as we will be adding inventory this month!


xoxo, besos!


Sincerely,
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.
SHOP http://www.twirlvintageco.etsy.com/
         http://www.sewtwirl.etsy.com/

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Todays Double Feature: Valley of the Dolls/Beyond the Valley of the Dolls!!!


So today, I plan to check out from reality completely and watch a major double feature of retro camp wonderfullness! Valley of the Dolls and Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. If you have never had the pleasure of watching either of these films, I insist that you watch both; back to back. They are both the most delicious cheese - fest you will ever consume BAR-NONE! Thanks to the passion of author Jacqueline Susan, we have one of the 60s most salacious books turned to movie in a DVD set.  They couldn't be more different in execution: Valley of the Dolls is set in the sweet 60s and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is set in the "free love" 70s.  Both movies feature the lives of 3 women aspiring to fame and the pitfalls that they face as they succumb to the EVILS of fame, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Classic 60s/70s shamefest....here are some stills; by the way, the fashion is absolutely stellar...

Meet the beautiful Anne, Jennifer, and Neely, 3 girls headed for film stardom in 
Valley of the Dolls.

Meet the "Kelly Affair", 3 (lft. to rt. - Pet, Kelly, and Casey) girls in Hollywood during the psychadelic 70s, just trying their pretty little hands at a life of rock and roll in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

 More sweet than sour, the 1960s version concentrated on the eroding innocence of the characters played by actresses Sharon Tate, Patty Duke, and Barbara Parkins.

However, the Russell Meyers version focused on the sex charged free love energy of the 70s and served the story up a little hotter. 


As history would dictate, that would be the signature Meyers touch with famous sexploitation films such as Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill!, and Supervixens to his directorial credit. Earlier critics were not fans and deemed Meyers films as sexually exploitive and "low budget". Current sentiment has credited Meyers films as being the king of satire and b-movie schlock with a heavy influence on homage paying directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. 



Well my popcorn is ready.....check out time!

xoxo. Smooches!

Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 
SHOP www.twirlvintageco.etsy.com

Tropical Summer

Tropical Summer

Tropical Summer by TwirlVintageCo featuring a bow hat


I really love this Polyvore site. It really takes me back to the days when would turn or entire room into a mood board with clips from or favorite fashion magazines. This has to be one of the most inspiring sites ever!!! Look for more sets from Twirl Vintage Co. as we add some of our own vintage items to keep you posted on what's new at Twirl!


xoxo! Besos!


Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 
SHOP www.twirlvintageco.etsy.com

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Antique Mart Inspirations!!

I am currently trying my best to complete and furnish the Twirl Vintage Co. main Headquarters ( AKA - our House) and by GOLLY the choices are just endless! The first challenge is that I don't know if I'm a "shabby chic girl" or a "retro modern girl". The hubs thinks that "shabby chic" is just a froo froo way of saying "old and tattered", but I much prefer the romance of it all and I find myself often inspired by my weekend trips to the charming little antique marts of the South. Infact, here are some pictures from a mart that I stumbled upon during a recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia....
This handmade table is just too delicious for words. I adore the white washed table legs and chairs. It is a bit too long for our dining room, but a "shabby chic girl" can dream....
Still not the size we are looking for, but equally as beauitful.  The white cotton chair covers are so grand...they give the room a romantically fresh and clean look.
More handmade gorgeousness from this dealer. Now this vanity would fit perfectly in my closet...
And then there are the other distractions when I find myself waundering the antique marts...there are just so many curiosities and inspirations that I find myself circling the mart at least 4 times before I leave....
 Classic lady vases....
 Beautiful early 19th Century Mother Of Pearl Encased Opera Glasses
Love, love, love this retro 1950s jewelry tray..so pink and dainty
Hubs says "N-O!" to the fringed lamps, but they kind of remind me of antique dresses!
Mags of the past....especially love the one with the Kennedy Kids...

Feel free to give a shout out to one of your favorite Antique Marts in the comments line, or share some inspiring pictures from one of your many visits...

XOXO! Besos!
Yours in Vintage!
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.