April 26, 2014

Stars On Bikes...

Hi! How is everyone?
Sometime ago the girls and I went to Warner Brothers Studios, (more details on that will be in another post). When we were taking our private tour I noticed people riding around on bicycles, people that worked for the studio. I remembered that back in the day to get around the large lot of the movies studios the classic stars would ride bikes to get to point A to point B.

That's why the theme of today's post is "Stars on Bikes", I found a few neat pictures of celebrities at the studio and out and about hope you enjoy them!


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Robert Taylor
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David Niven

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Gene Tierney

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James Stewart and Grace Kelly

Humphrey Bogart
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Mary Pickford

Cary Grant

The End!

Sincerely, Vera

February 24, 2014

2nd Liebster Award

 
Hi!!!
We have been nominated the the Liebster blog award by the vintage home sewist! She is a lovely blogger from Georgia who blogs about her sewing adventures.
 
Here are the 11 questions!
 
1. What inspired you to start your blog?
I enjoyed reading other girls blogs about sewing and vintage fashion. We have a mini library of many vintage books on sewing, decor and lifestyle and thought it would be nice to contribute to the blogging world.
 
2. How long have you been blogging?
I think its been about two years maybe three.
 
3. What motivates you to get things done?
I love to accomplish things- so the satisfaction of completing something Ive stared is a big motivator.
 
4. Do you have a favorite old movie?
Its hard to pick just one- lately my favorite movie has been 12 Angry Men. That movie is superb!
 
5. If you could be any fruit, which fruit would you be and why?
A pineapple- its might seem hard on the outside but its all goodness on the inside.
 
6. What is an oddball fact about yourself?
I sweep the kitchen everyday- sometimes multiple times a day.
 
7. Why did you choose the name of your blog?
The girls and I made it up while watching a Burt Lancaster movie and like the sound of it.
 
8. What is your favorite book?
I actually don't have a favorite book, but I do love a good vintage mystery.
 
9. What is your main goal for 2014?
Sew up a new wardrobe!
 
10. What color eyes do you have?
Light brown
 
11. What is something that makes you really happy?
Spending time with my sisters 
 
Los Angeles skyline view from the Hollywood Hills
 
Okay now for 11 facts!
 
1. I'm the youngest sister.
2. I've never died my hair.
3. Ive only lived in California
 4. My favorite decade is the 1930's and 1960's
5. I learned to sew at 15yrs old .
6 I enjoy having an Etsy shop
7. I'm addicted to thrifting
8. I enjoy listing to 60's rock and big band music
9. I know a little bit of American Sign Language
10. I have two cats
11. I enjoy creative writing.  
 
Thank you Bessie!
 
Sincerly, Vera

January 29, 2014

The Mod Factory

 Hello! How is everyone?
 
 
This week we opened a new shop on Etsy- The Mod Factory! This was an idea we've had for a long time, even before we started this blog. On this shop we will sell items for the 1960'-1970's that encapsulate mod and groovy style. We search the west coast looking for high quality,striking and unique clothing. Find out more about the story of the shop on the About section on our Etsy.
 
Feel free to take a look!

Till next time--
Sincerly, Vera



December 26, 2013

Vintage on the Web: Free Paterns and More

Its been difficult to keep up with blog reading, but I thought it would be nice to share what I enjoyed recently.

 Britany from Va-Voom Vintage has a great selection of FREE  PDF patterns including one for a fabulous 1940s handbag & hat!
 
Our Etsy shop Brentwood Lane Vintage is having a SALE
vintage 1930s 1940s fedora via Brentwood Lane Vintage
This item SOLD see more here
Get Tippy Hendren's look from The Birds! Make Up Artist Lisa Eldrige shows how.
 
Wearing vintage gloves this winter but don't know your size? Jessica from Chronically Vintage makes it simple to understand in her gloves post.
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Have a great day!
--Viola

December 10, 2013

Back With A Primary Pop- Mod Monday

Hello! Hello! Everyone, we are very sorry that we have been absent from our blog. We have been excitedly working on our Etsy shops (Brentwoodlanevintage and The Modd Shoppe-under construction). 
 
Since today is Monday, we wanted to kick off the week with a Mod Monday post. These photos were taken in September when it was much warmer.

 
 We're all familiar with the primary colors: red, blue and yellow, most of us learn about them in grade school. What I find so cool about vintage clothes is the color combinations. Although daring, color combos today aren't executed in the same manner and don't create the same look. Initially, when I think of red, blue and yellow it reminds me of kindergarten or clowns or something else, but not a cool looking top! I love how these primary colors, when combined with a geometric pattern, make such a statement. The top came with a tie belt but I used it as a neck-tie instead.   
 

had to throw in a crazy pic
vintage top: thrift store
vintage skirt: thrift store
earrings: Old Navy
shoes: Nordstrom
 

 
*PHOTOS taken by Viola*

Thanks for reading! 
Sincerely, Vera 

October 24, 2013

A Quick Look at September's Vintage Finds

We'd gone to a few estate sales and thrift stores in September and came home with a few goodies. Too bad none of them had vintage patterns--this was probably for the best because I think we may have V.P.S....Vintage Pattern Syndrome. I don't want to know how many we have....
One of the estate sales we went to was in a really cool 50s-60s house that the owners used as a "party house". It had a blend of mid-century and Japanese decor and many of the items for sale were made in Japan. The owners also had good taste in music, so we bought a bunch of records.
vintage xavier cugat tango records via Brentwood Lane

vintage italian straw purse via Brentwood Lane
This italian purse was only $1!!


vintage italian straw purse via Brentwood Lane
BEFORE
Scuffed with filthy shoelaces...

vintage white nurse shoes via Brentwood Lane
AFTER!
Like new! And those are the same laces by the way...
 
vintage 50s-60s Bausch and Lomb browline glasses Brentwood Lane
1960s Bausch & Lomb glasses

vintage 50s-60s Bausch and Lomb browline glasses Brentwood Lane

1950s vintage ivory pillbox hat via Brentwood Lane
...Recognize this hat from Instagram?

1960s brown leather driving gloves via Brentwood Lane
Driving gloves!!

1960s brown leather driving gloves via Brentwood Lane

1940s black suede box purse via Brentwood Lane

I geeked out when I saw this purse. I love the box purses of the 1940s-and now I have one!!
1940s black suede box purse interior via Brentwood Lane

vintage gaudy bathroom scale via Brentwood Lane


That's it for September. Happy thrifing!

--Viola



October 21, 2013

Tell Me...Do You Know Andre?

Many apologies for being terrible about blogging--as you well know, life can get in the way!
But today I am excited to spotlight the Andre Studio Collections, which are available to view online.
Some of you may recognize the site from our links page, whrereas others may already know of this wonderful collection of sketches from 1930-1941. This was part of a project, as the New York Public Library and Special Collections of the FIT Archives put it, to "virtually unite a collection of spectacular quality and historical significance".
When I originally stumbled upon this site, I was thrilled at the orginization of the collection, and quality of the sketches. The collection consists of original, hand-colored and reproduced fashion drawings from Andre Studios, a small desgin company that competed to sell their designs to manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. It's safe to say I was mildly obsessed with it, dreaming of sewing up my own versions of almost everything I clicked on...
To search for something specific is very simple, you can choose to browse their labels/categories or type in the search box. And its easy to share or print 'em out for personal use. You may just click on every one!
 Happy browsing!


--Viola