Psssst.....CLEARANCE SALE at The Red Velvet Shoe

Clearance Sale at the red velvet shoe

Yes, it's that rare time of year I go into my Pay Pal Buttons and do some serious "mark-downs"...just started last night and will continue to mark things down through tomorrow evening...everything in this collage is under $20.00 and we've already had 250 hits on them today as well as inquiries to hold...better grab it while you can. 

If there's an item you've been eyeing and I haven't already marked it down, leave a comment on the item page and I'll see what I can do for you!  xx

xx ~ Michelle


What Lies Beneath

1940s Nelie Bologna black lace front hook long line bustier  (7)

1930s Lady Duff Black Silk & Lace Tap Pants French Knickers (2)

1940's bias cut sheer black lace nightgown pink bow (17)

1980s Vanity Fair Flesh Tone Strapless Lace Bra 34B  (2)

 

 

We've been stocking up our "Vintage Lingerie/Boudoir" Floor of the boutique this week...click on any of the photos above for more details about the item.  And remember: 

 

Keep calm

(photo courtesy of thelingerieaddict.com)

(For more lovely vintage lingerie check out this great article by We Heart Vintage.)

xx ~ Michelle


Paul Stuart ~ Houndstooth, Herringbone, Tweed & Twill & A Giveaway (Victoria Magazine November 1996)

1 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (570x800) 

 

Velvet riding jacket, Han Feng; Blue & White Striped Shirt, Cego; Cuff Links, Paul Stuart ; Silk slacks, Nicole Farhi; Brown Hat, Lola Millinery ; Velvet lace-up boots, Emporio Armani.

 

2 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics 

 

Tea time at The Lord Thompson Manor, Thompson, CT.

 

3 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (570x800) 

 

All furniture, Marie Albert; desk-chair fabric, Schumacher.

 

4 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (556x800) 

 

Jacket & Yellow Ascot, Paul Stuart; Ivory Blouse with french cuffs, Romeo Gigli ; Pants, Ralph Lauren; Velvet Shoes, Emporio Armani ;  throw, Pendleton.

 

5 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (570x800) 

 

Jacket (which I am coveting), Escada Sport; Skirt (also love), Rodney Vaughn Telford; Hat, Brenda Lynn, Suede lace-up boots, Ralph Lauren; Shirt, Flatiron Workshop

 

6 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (557x800) 

 

Edwardian Sofa; Vintage plaid pillow, English Country Antiques

 

7 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (563x800) 

 

Desk as sideboard & Ottoman, Marie Albert; "Medeival Red" Velvet Paisley Fabric, Ralph Lauren; Camel Shawl, Ballantyne Cashmere

 

8 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (566x800)

 

Coat & bias-cut velvet skirt, Zuzka for Fabricology; Antique Bakelite pin, Rin Tin Pin; Velvet Shoes, Donald J. Pliner; Porcelain Cup & Saucer, "Vulcain" by Bernardaud; "Antique Velvet" on chaise longue, Schumacher;  "Herringbone" crystal stemware, Ralph Lauren

 

9 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (568x800) 

 

Blue shirt, Cego; Pocket Square & Suspenders, Paul Stuart; c1880 Toiletry Set, The Mill at West Hampton

 

10 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (573x800) 

 

Striped shirts in armoire, Flatiron Workshop ; Houndstooth Leather Bag (want!), Ghurka; Shoes (from left): Donald J. Pliner, Emporio Armani, Cole-Haan ; Leather Bag, Coach ; Blankets, Donegal Tweed, Faribault & Pendleton.  All furniture, Marie Albert

 

11 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (563x800)

 

Irish plaid lamb's wool scarves, Foxford ; Paisley silk scarf, olive green hat & wool plaid bag, Paul Stuart.

 

12 Victoria Magazine November 1996 featuring Ralph Lauren fabrics (575x800) 

Brown stripe shirt, Cego ; Red Ascot, walking sticks,striped umbrella & tortoise cuff links, Paul Stuart ; Double breasted jacket & pants, Ralph Lauren ; Vest, Pendleton ; Shoes, Cole Haan ; Ankle Length Coat, Rodney Vaughn Telford; Driving Gloves, Joseph Abboud.

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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.  

It's a gorgeous issue featuring articles such as "A Colette Pilgrim's Progress" by Judith Thurman for all my fellow Francophiles, an article on "Creating A Timeless Toy" featuring English toymaker Tom Cobley, "Come Gather At Our Table" just in time for Thanksgiving, and, my favorite, painstakingly scanned & researched in the above photo collection: "Fabrics We Love for Home & Fashion ~~ Houndstooth, Herringbone, Tweed & Twill".  It features some lovely treasures, many from Paul Stuart, who, "since 1938, has been the leading arbiter of taste, style, and fashion for luxury menswear in the United States".

All photos featured here by Toshi Otsuki. Taken on location at The Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, CT (my childhood stomping grounds).

 

~~ If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this issue of
Victoria Magazine, 
please leave a comment on this blog post.  
The winner will be announced on
Monday, 18 November ~~

 

 

 

xx ~ Michelle


Grand Opening Soirée

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (25)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (5)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (6)

 

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (13)

(Photo courtesy of Carmen & Ginger)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (22)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (1)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (20)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (23)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (10)
With Deb of Vintage Haven

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (14)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (28) (640x427)

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (2) 

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (29) (640x360) 

Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (26)
With my friend & amazing photographer Irene Zawadowicz (all photos hers unless otherwise noted)
Grand Opening Soiree at The Red Velvet Shoe (16) (437x800)
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.  

xx ~ Michelle


Six Year Anniversary = Cosmetic Surgery

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:

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (17)

Welcome to The Red Velvet Shoe ~ Boutique

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (9)

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (7)

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (8)

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (4)

The dressing room...

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (10)

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (21)

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (24)

The sitting area...

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (11)

The Red Velvet Shoe fireplace makeover pictures (13)

The "Gothic Amethyst" fireplace doubling as a bar...(click Here to see the before photo)

The Red Velvet Shoe workspace & office  (1)

My worktable & reference library.

The Red Velvet Shoe workspace & office  (4)

My desk & sewing table.

1930s Art Deco Lightolier 3 tier crystal chandelier (12)

The crystals to the 1930s Lightolier Chandelier prior to cleaning...

1930s Art Deco Lightolier 3 tier crystal chandelier (13)

and after....my favorite piece in the entire shop!

The Red Velvet Shoe boutique makeover (18)

Next on the agenda: "Grand Opening "Soirée in The Shoe" ...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xx ~ Michelle


Kicking Off Fashion Week at Brown University!

UVB Invite by Brown

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 

RSVP & Directions  Here ~~ Don't Forget to Share the Event & Invite Friends!


Urban Vintage Bazaar Banner



xx ~ Michelle


Vintage Elizabeth Arden, Anyone?

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.

Elizabeth Arden 1950s 60s Black Boucle Suit

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.  

1950s vintage Teena Paige Black Velvet & Ivory Lace Bodice Dress

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:

Kenneth Cole ivory satin bridal pumps floral detail

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.

SAVE THE DATE:  21 April 2013 we'll be setting up shop once again at The Urban Vintage Bazaar in Providence, RI ....more details to follow.

 

xx ~ Michelle