Wednesday, May 7, 2014

KORAFLORA on Etsy! Pretty, pretty things that could be YOURS.

Greetings, all! 
I just lowered some of the prices on the most delicious vintage items in my Etsy shop! Check out these and my other items at KORAFLORA Vintage  
I've reduced prices on the following items. 
Vintage Mexican embroidered wool jacket

 1950's crepe and silk panier cocktail dress

 Late 60's boho gown with velvet bodice

 INCREDIBLE 1930's bakelite cameo neckace

70's senorita flamenco Bradley Doll

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Etsy items!

Greetings, Friends!
Long time, no see. I've been at sea searching for the lost caves of the ancient Wawa Nana people.
Our journey proved fruitless, but we ate some really lovely mangoes and gave rides to five hitchhiking sharks, respectively.

Hey, are my pants on fire? Anyway, I'm back on the wagon (until my next quest) and ready to share 
my latest vintage treats up for grabs in my Etsy shop!

This adorable 1960's pop art sweater vest 
featuring flapper girl profiles flanked by the word "Vogue".

This amazing 1940's black wool Mexican jacket 
featuring colorful floral embroidery.

Oh my! This jaw dropping 1950's black cocktail dress
with billowing panier pockets. 

Just a few of the items I have listed in my Etsy shop. 
Stop in for a look. Stay for tea.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Under The Boardwalk, Gown By The Sea

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If you're fortunate enough, you know the experience of taking a dip in the ocean on a warm summer day. In most places, though quite fun, it isn't exactly as serene as one may think. Turbulent waters sloshing all around your body, pushing you to and fro. Waves crashing onto your head, taking accidental gulps of salty water, often through your nose. You've gotta be somewhat strong and nimble to take on the mighty ocean. 

Now imagine taking on this sea-bullying in a multi-layer WOOL dress, billowing knee length pantaloons, and stockings, all of which are trimmed in ribbons and lace. Oh, and let's not forget the weights sewn into the hems as to avoid the lifting of the skirt as one entered the water. Sexy. This was the reality of the Victorian lady swimmer. How in the world did the poor dears not sink?

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The rigid Victorian fashion guidelines for women are over a hundred years behind us. The swimwear donned by the woman of today leaves less to the imagination than even the skimpiest victorian undergarments! Still, I can't help but feel such a need to own one of these whimsical, archaic swimming ensembles. Only instead of taking it out to sea, (did I mention they were made of wool?) I would love to wear this nautical number out and about. Perhaps on a brisk autumn day, a cool evening stroll on the Santa Monica Pier, or maybe out in the front yard to build a snowman in a blizzard. (again, wool.)

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While I could never imagine swimming in one of these babies, if you're fortunate enough to find one in good condition, why not bring it back to life as a super cute day time fall ensemble? 

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Or not. Either way, wouldn't you just love to own one?
As for these gents...

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Let's talk about that another day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Well HELLO, Stranger!

My, my, my....

The CRAZY level has spiked for this lady! The last few weeks have been filled with chaos, and stress, and nervousness. But fortunately, GOOD things account for at least half of it. 

I'm in a play, I'm trying to make a good impression on a new writing gig, (awesome) on the hunt for a new horse drawn chariot to replace my worn out one, work, life. Madness, I tell you. 

I will soon continue my musings. Just sit tight, and enjoy Ms. Marianne. Cheers!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Egyptian Influence In The West

GORGEOUS Egyptian inspired headpiece

Americans were walking like Egyptians long before The Bangles told us too. Well, maybe not walking, but Egyptian architecture, interior design, and fashion has sparked our inspiration for over 100 years.

1920's Egyptian Revival Broach (

 Americans became enchanted and inspired by the mysterious east around the late 1800's. Already obsessed with opulence, victorians at The 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair got their first look at belly dancing in the form of "Little Egypt" and her dancers. How exotic! How sensual and powerful! A little risque for it's time, no doubt. Those sheer flowing fabrics, those dark eyes, that sparkling jewelry! Who could resist? Between that, and the recent Orientalist movement in fashion and art, a trend was born.
1920's dress made from assuit, an Egyptian fabric composed of a thin mesh and tiny pieces of metal "pinched" into the fabric forming elaborate designs. (

Vintage "winged pharaoh" celluloid purse frame (

Theda Bara portrays Cleopatra in 1917 (

In 1922, King Tut's tomb was discovered, the worlds attention turned to Egypt, and the country quickly came down with a serious case of Egyptian fever! One cannot deny the heavy Egyptian influence on the look of the flapper with her elaborately beaded dresses, decorated headpieces, Cleopatra style bob haircut and dark makeup. Even magazine product ads used illustrated images of exotic eastern beauties to sell everything from cigarettes to beauty soap.




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Modern Gent's Guide to Basic Hat Etiquette, Bro.

A Modern Gent's Guide to Basic Hat Etiquette, Bro.

From the dawn of civilization to around the 1960's, people wore hats, ALWAYS. Men wore 'em, women wore 'em. Everyday. It was only polite, after all. Proper. I have read many speculations on why this tradition fell out of favor. Anything from JFK's hatless head at his inauguration (this is a myth. It was a top hat, though he didn't wear it the whole time), elaborate hairstyles such as Elvis's pompadour coming into vogue, or the shrinking of car interiors. We may never know for sure. 

Fortunately, today, more and more dudes are going dapper, reclaiming this gentlemanly custom. We are seeing all of the standard styles of yesteryear: fedoras, porkpies, derbies, homburgs, berets and flat caps. All relevant to the wardrobe of todays stylish gent. I, for one, couldn't be more delighted over this phenomenon! 

But with great hat comes great responsibility. It would behoove you menfolk to learn to do it proper. If you want to don the hat of a classic gentleman, you must adopt some of the hat wearing etiquette of a classic gentleman. Now don't get me wrong, I realize we live in the modern era. I'm not suggesting that you remove your brimmed companion each time an American flag crosses your path, or that you de-hat whenever in the presence of a lady. While both instances are appropriate times to remove your signature accessory, doing so won't damage your reputation as a polite gent as it might have in the past.

There are oodles of sites out there that educate men on proper hat etiquette. One of my favorites is "Evil Swede's Guide To Proper Hat Etiquette". This site has ALL the do's and don'ts of the hat ritual. I have taken it upon myself to condense what I've learned from this, and other sources, into a basic "how to" for the modern hat wearing male. There are many hardcore rules that seem not only hard to remember, but  also pretty irrelevant in the 21st century. Die-hards may refer to the mentioned site for further instruction. In my opinion, as a modern-fused-with-classic type gal, here's all you need to know.

Tip that hat!
Done by barely lifting your hat off of your head with your dominant hand, by the crown of a soft hat, or the brim of a stiff one. And for hell's sake, take that cigarette out of your mouth first!

-Tip that hat to a lady whom you're just meeting, or who thanks you after your assistance. She's instantly charmed. Good first impression, check.

-Begging pardon to a woman stranger? Perhaps you've just bumped into her forcing her to spill her drink. You've just become the scum of the earth. Tip that hat as you pardon your blunder, you'll get a smile in return. 

-If another guy shows courtesy to your lady companion, tip that hat to him! You'll be winning admiration from both of them with your old-timey class. Chicks dig old-timey class.

-A tug or pinch of the brim is a general polite gesture to ladies passing by as you make eye contact. Just watch out for paranoid male escorts. They may mistake this for a flirt. Just use common sense. 

Ditch that hat!
The classic rule is that you always ditch the hat when you step indoors. For the modern guy, I don't believe this is always necessary, but if you want to be staunch about it, own it! There are some situations, however, where you must do it, lest you be scorned.

-Sitting down for a meal? The damn thing is going to get in your way anyway, so do the polite thing, ditch the hat.

-Meeting the parents of a friend or girlfriend? Earn major points by ditching the hat as you enter their home. In an outdoor setting, ditch the hat for the actual introduction, then go ahead and re-hat after the formalities are over. 

-I shouldn't have to tell you to ditch the hat in a place of worship. Even if you're not a member of that religion, it's only respectful. People dig respectfulness. 

-Funeral, ditch the hat, period. Wedding, obviously you're de-hatting if it takes place indoors. Outdoor wedding, ditch it during the procession at least, if not the whole ceremony. 

Now that you've mastered that, you may be asking what to do with it after you take it off? There doesn't seem to be any specific rule on this. It is advisable, if your holding it, to keep it in your non-dominant hand to allow your dominant one the freedom to shake hands, open doors for ladies (duh), or inflict a playful, non lethal strike upon a familiar fellow as you greet him. (A strange guy ritual I don't understand, but respect) 

As I said, there are a wealth of resources online that guys can consult on properly wielding a hat. But for those who just need to know the basics, this is a good start. I don't contradict or discount any of the standard practices, but I don't think you should have to subscribe to them ALL. If you choose to, more power to you. Being a gentleman is always fashionable. Happy hatting! 

Information on hat etiquette courtesy of Evil Swede's Guide To Proper Hat Etiquette