Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thrifting Like Mad!!!


I'm out thrifting right now and just thought I would share one of my finds. This vest is so cute!!! I will make sure to share the rest of my finds when I get a minute.  I've been traveling recently, so it has been most difficult to send out consistent updates. Thanks for hanging in there with me. 

xoxo, besos!
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Banana Republic's Mad Men Style

I am so thrilled about the new Madmen inspired collection being featured at Banana Republic. They launched the line on August 11, 2011 and it is now available for purchase in store and on - line.


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Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 






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Friday, August 12, 2011

Is Bella Our New Bridget Bardot?!

Let me first start out by saying that I am not a Twilight fan at all. While I love a good Vampire flick, this one does not cut it with me and in fact I much prefer the Vampire Sucks spoof because it is on par with my feelings of disdain for this little teen vamp movie series.  That said, I know good photography when I see it and when I tell you I almost didn't recognize her; I mean I thought she was someone shiny and new on the horizon, not Kristin Stewart. But in fact it is she and these 60s Bombshell inspired shotsare just INSANE. Check it out in the new W.







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Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 






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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Unspoken Friendship of Ella and Marilyn




I recently located these pictures of two very iconic women, film legend Ms. Marilyn Monroe and Jazz legend, Ms. Ella Fitzgerald sitting together like old gossipy girlfriends.  I almost fell out of my seat! Who knew that these two ladies were BFFs!? What might they even be saying to one another in that first picture anyway?! Well apparently the story goes like this:

Marilyn was a HUGE Jazz fan and an equally HUGE fan of the talented Ella Fitzgerald. When she discovered that Ella was not allowed to perform at certain Jazz and Lounge  clubs due to the color bar; she made a deal with the manager of her favorite hotspot, The Macambo in Los Angeles, that if he allowed Ella to perform, she would sit in the front row of his club 5 nights a week in exchange. This was an offer that even the manager could not deny. He lifted the bar and welcomed Ella; marking a major breakthrough in Fitzgerald's successful career. 

Over time, both women discovered that their bond was built not only out of a mutual admiration, but also out of a common pain that revealed a past mired with child abuse, domestic abuse, loss, a desire to be accepted as they were, and a life sometimes burdened with the pressures of an unfair and often demanding entertainment industry. Although neither women spoke a great deal of this friendship in their respective biographies, it is said that Ella had spoken of "owing Marilyn and great debt" and that in this unlikely friendship, what these ladies had was very real and endearing. 


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Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Zipper Behind the Music: The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers Album Cover

Voted by VH1 TV as the "No. 1 Greatest Album Cover" of all time, "zippin" through memory lane is the Rolling Stones' cover to cover album, Sticky Fingers. This "fashionable" album cover made quite the ripple; as it featured a close-up shot of an unidentified male's crotch in tight blue jeans, with a mock belt buckle and an actual working zipper, that when unzipped, revealed the model's white cotton briefs.  The artistic concept was created by none other than 70s pop artist, Andy Warhol. It was said that the model may have been his then lover, Jed Johnson, but it was later revealed that there were several models shot for the cover and the final candidate was only known by Warhol himself. The cover art was deemed provocative and sexually suggestive; but above all else, groundbreaking.

The original cover underwent a few physical changes in its second pressing, as it was said that retailers complained that the zipper was actually damaging their vinyl stock when stacked in storage. The zipper was then modified to zip only half wa in effort to minimize this issue.  This album is highly collectible especially if the zipper is actually working. Consumer past playfulness makes a "working zipper" almost a rare feature, but it is said to have massive worth on the collector's market valuing as high as $200.00 plus dollars depending upon press date and album and cover condition.  

Sticky Fingers was the Stones' first album of the 70s and it was and forever remains a classic; ranking #63 on Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greatest Albums" of all time list in 2003.  Featuring chart topping hits like "Brown Sugar" and  "Wild Horses", Sticky Fingers would go down in musical history as a world wide massive classic rock success. Photo Credit: Billy Name. Design Credit: Craig Braun.

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Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Va Va Va Va Vespa!!!

I remember, it was on the campus of Howard University when I spotted my first Vespa; and it was pink! I FELL IN LOVE! There vrooommin up a hill was a petite girl perched on the seat of her stylish little scooter venturing to her next class and I thought how CUTE; the Vespa I mean. At that point I became obsessed with having one, but the concrete turain and congested traffic of urban living made it an impractical purchase.  Plus after drooling over frame after frame of Roman Holiday, I had finally determined that the city is not the most attractive backdrop for the va,va,voom of a Vespa; oh no! In fact the compact curves of a Vespa are best appreciated on the artisan lined streets of Rome or Paris! Below are few vintage lifestyle shots and advertisements featuring my favorite little motorscooter! Look at how much it has changed from era to ear.








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Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lilli Diamond at Twirl Vintage Co.

 I absolutely ADORE anything by Lilli Diamond! You can usually count on her dresses being timely, fashionable, and just California chic! Based out of California, she started her label in the 1950s.  This dress featured below is actually in the Twirl Vintage Boutique right now and it is just absolutely gorgeous in person. Not only is it a wonderful summer 1970s white frock, but it is a perfect alternative to a beach themed wedding!


beautiful waffle textured poly/cotton blended fabric, knitted floral applique affixed to the front with sheer nylon overlay, halter circular neck closure, empire waist, moderately low cut back, great wedding dress alternative. The midi version of this dress is priced higher than my maxi version. 
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size marked: 
circa: 1960s/1970s
shoulder: n/a
bust: 29"
waist: 27"
hips: 38"
length: 55"
sleeves: n/a
brand/maker: Lilli Diamond California
condition: very good vintage

notes: should be sent to the cleaners to achieve maximum brightness, especially at the lower hem. 


1970s's Lilli Diamond California Label 

1960s Lilli Diamond Dress

xoxo,besos!
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co. 
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Esty OMG: Forgotten Muse

Forgotten Muse is a retro shop that I just discovered on Etsy and I am absolutely gaga over their style! Fresh from Greensboro, NC and featuring vintage finds from the 50s all the way to the 80s, this store's style and great photography are bound to catch your eye.  Check out two of my personal favs.....

 
Charcoal gray wool dress with black Persian lamb trim winter holiday wear -$265.00

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Monday, August 1, 2011

In My Wildest Dreams....


Dreaming of DiorPlanning the Fall picks as we speak, but still pumping out the swimwear and remaining frocks. In the meantime, I have to share this book with you all because it has so inspired me!! Dreaming of Dior is the true and remarkable story of author Charlotte Smith and the 5,500 piece vintage collection that she inherited from her "fairy" Godmother, Doris Darnell. It represents over 23 different countries and is considered to be one of the largest private collections in Australia.

The collection features several highly reconizable 20th century designers such as Lucile, Vionnet, Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga, Pucci, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Westwood, Versace, Dolce & Gabana and Jil Sander among many other names.

I have a dream that I absolutely adore and it goes like this... I walk into an estate sale on the Upper East Side of New York City. I am the first attendee to arrive and there sits a frustrated grandson looking at the heaps and heaps of vintage Chanel, Dior, etc. that have been left in the estate of his deceased grandmother. He looks to me with an overwhelmed look in his eye and says, "Will you take it all off of my hands, I'll give it to your for $1.00, 50 cents even" and then I wake up. Suffice to say that Ms. Smith is living my wildest dream!! If you are a TRUE lover of Fashion, this book is a must have. It is fashion to the CORE with beautiful illustrations by renowned fashion illustrator, Grant Cowan and personal anecdotes about each dress that any woman can relate to. 







Happy reading!!

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Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.

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