Thursday, April 29, 2010

And the winners are...

Congratulations to Thirty-Six Ten and Celene for winning our April Giveaway! Please send us your addresses to
This was a rather tough decision to make since we received so many great responses. I gave up, closed my eyes and pointed to two names on the list. How's that for random luck?! If you didn't win this one there is always next month's giveaway. We wish all of you a bright sunshiny day!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A face only a mother could love...

I am sure with a different expression any of these babies could be in the running for the next Gerber baby. However, these vintage photos from Getty Images have so much more character as they are. I can not help but wonder what the little guys were thinking when these photos were taken. The first baby looks like he has a lot on his mind and could very well grow up to be a senator. The third babe seems like he was born with a good sense of humor... possibly a future Chris Farley? The second little guy, well I will let you fill in your own answer on that one.

Friday, April 23, 2010

April Giveaway!

Yeah, hooray! It is time for our April giveaway from Farouche. We are proud to be giving away a Bright Sunshiny Day print to two lucky winners! For your chance to win you must either be a follower of this blog -or- a fan of our facebook page. To enter please leave us a comment about one of your favorite things to do on a bright, sunshiny day. Contest ends Wednesday, April 28th. The winners will be announced Thursday, April 29th so make sure and check back to see if you have won!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I want to ride my bicycle...

I want to ride my bike! Did you notice the second image above? It is a bicycle head badge, I never knew they had a name for those things. I always wanted a vintage bicycle with a tan leather seat, tons of shiny spokes and a head badge. The great thing is that I found them all today. Click on the images for a link to some great vintage shops and photographers.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's good to be loved...

I have the most wonderful Grandmother, all of the flowers in the arrangement above are from her yard. Since I have had a lingering cough for the last three weeks she sent Joe home with an array of beautiful flowers and homemade cornbread to go with my chicken soup. Oh yeah, and enough oranges to last us a month. How friggin' cute is that?! Our house now smells like heirloom roses, freesia and honeysuckle. There is nothing in the world like a dose of Grandmotherly love.


Like a cool breeze just swept by, these photos from Shlomit Ofir's spring line of clothes are so refreshing. I am smitten with the vintage color palette and use of lace details. For more swing by her shop here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vintage Straw Handbags

I have a soft spot for vintage straw handbags like these. They remind me of old photos of dreamy vacations to Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta. I found so many lovely ones that I just couldn't decide which not to share. If you are stuck in the office today, take a second to imagine the sound of the surf hitting the shore while we sip our Pina Coladas with those silly little umbrellas in them. I swear, imaginary vacations are the easiest on the budget and you don't have to worry about losing your luggage.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Love

I just spied these over at bookity. They are so fun I thought I should share them. Have a great week everyone!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pay It Forward In Style

Have you ever wanted to know how to create glamorous hairstyles like the starlets and bombshell pinups of the 40's? Here's your chance! The book, 1940's Hairstyles by Daniela Turudich may be the holy grail of vintage beauty books, with an original selling for well over a hundred dollars. You can get a pdf copy of this wonderful how-to at Joei Reed Custom Milllinery. Your copy is free for personal use was long as you promise to pay it forward. Thanks Joei, for making the world more stylish and kind one woman at a time!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Greetings from the California coast. I was so happy to escape the studio the other day and get to watch a sunset with Joe. I often forget that this view is only fifteen minutes from our house. It has been far too long since the last time we took a break from everything and simply watched a sunset. We were even lucky enough to see a few otters and a whale.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Shadows On the Wall

Do you remember when you were a kid and it seemed that you could amuse yourself with just about anything? Sure you may have begged your parents for the new, bright and flashy, all-my-friends-have-it toy. You probably still remember that one thing you had to have the most. At the time you were certain you might die without having one of your own... or at least nobody would want to play with you anymore. Without it, you might have end up wandering the outskirts of the playground alone and friendless, forever.
Cue the violin.

For me, one item stands out the most. I must have been five when all of my friends had a Cabbage Patch Kid. I pleaded with my parents for at least one. It's not that I was greedy, it's just that my best friend already owned four. Therefore my parents were surely slacking. In December I put "Cabbage Patch" on the top of my Christmas list. When the 25th came around my Mom handed me a special box from under the tree. I could tell by her smile that it must be my very own Cabbage Patch doll. With glee I ripped off the paper and opened the lid. There laying in the box was indeed a doll but, not a Cabbage Patch doll. Something must have gone terribly wrong in the gift giving department. I looked up at my mother and in a confused voice said, "This isn't a Cabbage Patch doll." She assured me that it was and that this doll was an even better, more expensive version, since it was handmade. I doubt I new the word "swindled" at the time but, I sure thought my mom had been. (It's hard to rationalize the value of handmade to a five year old.)

Granted this doll had the correct number of appendages and facial features. It was about the same size and had yarn hair similar to a Cabbage Patch. However, this doll's skin was made from pasty white flour sack cloth and had embroidered eyes which made it look like voodoo doll. Not to offend my mother for her naivety as to what a Cabbage Patch Kid was I tried my best to explain...
"Real Cabbage Patch Kids are born in a cabbage patch, hence the name. You know they are authentic since they come with a birth certificate and Xavier Roberts signature is on their bum. Oh, and they have a nice smell too."

Needless to say I never got a real Cabbage Patch Kid and now I am so glad I didn't. I learned many lessons from that gift... I soon realized that I will not parish if I don't get exactly what I want. Another lesson learned is that children really don't need special toys to be happy. Since I hid that creepy voodoo doll at first chance, I had hours of fun finding other ways to entertain myself. Making shadow puppets on the wall, building forts in the living room and building my own car out of a skateboard and a cardboard box. Did you know a cardboard box can be anything you want to make it?! *

*Except a real Cabbage Patch Kid. Registered trademark, look for the name Xavier Roberts on the bum.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Grab your picnic basket and let's go! The sun is finally out and I am itchin' to spend a day laying blissfully in the grass. I'll bring the sandwiches if you make some lemonade. We should remember to take some extra bread to feed the ducks at the pond. That way I don't feed them half of my sandwich this time and want a bite of yours.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

And the winners are...

Congratulations to Merium and Anna Maria, they are our winners for this giveaway. Please email us at with your address and which poster you would like.
Thank you to everyone that entered for with wonderful comments. You made our day! It was a tough decision to make with so many thoughtful responses. If you didn't win this one don't worry, there will be plenty more chances in the future, so check back from time to time. Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Little April Showers

For the last few days we have been having little rain showers here in the Bay Area. They must have prompted this song to get stuck in my head this morning. Today I found a Norwegian version that I couldn't resist sharing with you. The picture quality may not be the best but, I think the singers make up for it. Where ever you are, I hope you are warm and dry and have a delightful day.


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