I've written about my adored collection of (almost vintage) Victoria Magazines a few times over the years here at "Tales". For all the times I've looked through them, I never tire of them. (If only people were that way...) I just brought out my stack of November issues, ranging from 1990-2002, and found that I have some duplicates, November 1996 being one of them.
With my friend & amazing photographer Irene Zawadowicz (all photos hers unless otherwise noted)
Lovely sunflowers from Carmen & Ginger
Better late than never...on Friday, 28 June, we had our "Grand Opening Soirée" at The Red Velvet Shoe...a sort of private opening for family, friends, neighbors & local clientele to take a peek at our newly renovated Boutique. We had yummy foods, lots of wine & champagne, and a fabulous turnout...the hour got late, the girls got silly, and a grand time was had by all.
Six years ago this month The Red Velvet Shoe opened the doors to it's virtual vintage boutique. If you read this blog, you know my dream is to, someday, unlock the doors to a brick & mortar store-front in addition to our online boutique. You also know that all along I've been sneaking things into the house & past husband that I could someday use in said shop. Sadly, I had to let some beautiful things that didn't fall into the "sneak-past-husband" category go, but even so, my collection of "Someday Shop Stuff" grew into a collection that was becoming difficult to hide. When I overheard him muttering "clean that basement out...DUMPSTER..." I knew my days were numbered and I had to do something STAT.
After a great day setting up shop at Urban Vintage Bazaar on 21 April , I decided since much of my inventory was already packed up and out of my workspace, it was the perfect time to give The Red Velvet Shoe a major facelift. My workspace & shop are in my basement, and although it's a finished basement, it wasn't exactly my dream office & workspace, to say the least. Not knowing remotely when I would be in a position to use all my treasures in an actual store front, I decided to use them in the space I have and make it my dream office, workspace & boutique...that was a month ago yesterday, and while not 100% complete, I decided it was high time to show you what I've been doing for the past month:
Welcome to The Red Velvet Shoe ~ Boutique
The dressing room...
The sitting area...
The "Gothic Amethyst" fireplace doubling as a bar...(click Here to see the before photo)
My worktable & reference library.
My desk & sewing table.
The crystals to the 1930s Lightolier Chandelier prior to cleaning...
and after....my favorite piece in the entire shop!
Next on the agenda: "Grand Opening "Soirée in The Shoe" ...
The Red Velvet Shoe will be setting up shop today at Urban Vintage Bazaar at Brown University, Providence, RI! This Vintage Fashion & Style Event is kicking off Fashion at Brown's annual Fashion Week...see you there!
Today! Sunday, 21 April 2013 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm Faunce Hall ~ Brown University Corner of Waterman St. & Brown St. Providence, RI
Absence makes the heart grow fonder...and I return with three beautiful treasures to show off and hopefully make up for my lack of posts about vintage as of late.
This rather amazing late 1950s/early 60s Elizabeth Arden New York suit will be availabe soon...Arden spent a rather limited time in the fashion world compared to many designers, but her work and that of her designers is considered to be among the finest.
We also found this sweet Teena Paige 1950s Vintage ivory lace bodice & black velvet cocktail dress...my daughter has put her claim on it, but I told her we'll see...so if you have to have it, speak now or forever hold your peace....which, ironically leads me to:
this beautiful pair of Kenneth Cole ivory bridal satin pumps with floral garland detail...size 8. My size, but since I've already walked down that long aisle twice, I'm going to let them go to another bride to be.
Today was an absolute "Wellie-Weather" day here in Massachusetts. If you're a New Englander, you probably have a pair sitting at the back door, if not at every door of your home. We have wellies with whales, wellies with autumn leaves, navy blue wellies with super warm snow boot-like lining, and my new favorites: Tommy Hilfiger Women's Viktoria Wellie Boots.
But I'm letting you in on a little secret (part of why you still read this blog, I hope): I paid $19.99 for them at Burlington Coat Factory earlier this week...I know it's crappy out, but if that's not going to get you to get out of the house this afternoon then I don't know what will.
You purchased this vintage men's dressing gown from me at Christmas time and on Friday morning I received an email from you claiming the parcel had not yet arrived. I have attempted to reply to your email 8 times since then, to the email address from which you corresponded and that is on your Pay Pal account. Every one has come back with a "Failure to Deliver - Invalid Email Address" notice. I have spoken with Pay Pal, and they, too, have attempted to contact you regarding this. Would you be so kind as to provide a valid email address so we can attempt to resolve this matter?
Michelle @ The Red Velvet Shoe
(If you happen to read this and know Mr. T, could you please refer him to this post? Thank you.)