Retro Closet Staples from Collectif

Recently I was contacted by UK based retro inspired clothing brand Collectif to do a product review. Because I often get questions about where to buy vintage inspired clothing, especially where to get 40s style pants and plus size garments, I enjoy working with and exploring these types of brands. Let’s talk about sizes and…

Glitter like the Galaxy with Once a Moon and Your Moon Phase Accessories

Almost every aspect of design in the 1950s and 60s was influenced by the Space Race. Think about the rocket ship like fins on cars, the atom style design of my dish pattern Franciscan Starburst, and the Sputnik inspired designs of many lamps. This intergalactic styling is something I’ve always loved about the mid-20th century…

Stand Out this Holiday Season with Shinesty

Recently I was contacted by Shinesty to do a product review, and when I visited their website, I was wowed by their fantastically outrageous variety of prints offered. With a brand new winter holiday collection that just launched, I chose a handful of items, and they arrived just in time for me to wear one…

Book Review: The Evergleam Book

In 1959 one of the most iconic pieces of mid-century Christmas decorations was introduced, the aluminum Christmas tree. Once it stepped on the scene, many companies ventured to produce variants, but one was king, Evergleam. In The Evergleam Book, 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, author Theron Georges dives into the origins of the aluminum tree, its…

Book Review: Holiday Jubilee

In his latest book, Holiday Jubilee, Charles Phoenix, the Ambassador of Americana, celebrates the holidays in all of their mid-century glory, arguing that the “holidays are so retro!” And, you know what? I think he’s right! While holidays have been around for thousands of years, it was in the mid-20th century that they came into…

Book Review: Walt Disney’s Disneyland

So, in case it wasn’t obvious enough, I love Disneyland. And I love any book that really showcases the history of Disneyland, especially when it’s big and includes lots and lots of pictures. So Chris Nichols’ latest book, Walt Disney’s Disneyland was literally a dream come true. Nichols’ book covers Disneyland from its infancy through…