April 27, 2015

INSTAGRAM DISCOVERY- Five Star Soda

When it comes to soda packaging, the aluminum can and plastic bottle are what we have become accustomed to. The glass bottle, however, is best for handcrafted soda, without plastic or aluminum to jeopardize the integrity of the flavor. The right amount of fizz and unique label graphics makes bottled soda not just a novelty, but a timeless classic.  
 
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Over at Five Star Soda, each soda is rated using a five star scale, complete with notes on flavor, aroma and overall taste. These well-written reviews include soda pop classics and handcrafted originals. Discovering new sodas to enjoy and reading the creatively written reviews makes Five Star Soda my favorite Instagram discovery so far!
 
Find out what they're about here and enjoy perusing their website!

Stay thirsty my friends!
Sincerely, Vera
 
 
 

April 20, 2015

REVIEW SF Vintage Shops- Pretty Penny & Haight Ashbury

 
I'd like to start off this post by saying that I am not a San Francisco native and I've only been to the Bay Area twice. But while I was there in March, these were the two places that stood out to me as great places to find vintage at affordable prices. I'm sure there are many more! 
 



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at the Mission District store
 1.) Pretty Penny Clothing
Oakland & Mission District (SF)
 
THE INFO
Open from 11am-7pm 7 days a week
1930's- Contemporary
Buys Clothing
*NOTE* I noticed on Yelp Oakland store is $$ and the SF store is $
 
THE HIGLIGHTS
They have a great collection of vintage clothing mostly from the 1950s-1970s. I enjoyed their nice selection of dresses and unique pieces. The causal atmosphere makes it pleasant to shop. You don't have people hounding you to buy something. The prices are reasonable, especially for being in San Francisco. To get the vibe of their shop be sure to check them out on Instagram @prettypennyclothing

LOWPOINTS
The San Francisco store is small and I had a hard time finding something that would fit- it was either too small or too big. The gal that worked there said they tend to carry more causal clothing compared to the Oakland store.  
 



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Snapshot of the area
 2.) Goodwill
 
THE INFO
Goodwill  Haight-Ashbury
Accepts Credit Cards
Modern & Vintage
 
THE HIGLIGHTS
I know what you're thinking "Goodwill is a thrift shop, not a vintage store" and I would agree with you. But this Goodwill is awesome! I was a little disheartened after going into some vintage stores on Haight Street and finding everything too expensive for my budget. So we sauntered into Goodwill, and they had a nice selection of vintage clothing 1960's-1980's. I bought three 60's dress, a 60's top and a colorful tunic. My sister bought a blouse and a dress- both red!
 
LOWPOINTS
Although this shop was dramatically cheaper than the vintage stores in Haight-Ashbury it wasn't the usual Goodwill prices. Instead of $7.95 for a dress it was more like $13.95 or $16.95 which is still a decent in my book.
 
 
Are there some great vintage spots you've found while on vacation?
Feel free to share in the comments!
 
Thanks for reading lovelies!
 
Sincerely,
Vera
 
 
 

April 13, 2015

REVIEW- LA Flea Markets- Rock n Roll Flea Market


Downtown LA Vintage
 
THE INFO
Rock n Roll Flea Market
Every 1st Sunday
The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angles
10AM-3PM
$2.00 Entrance Fee
 
FEATURES
Drinks
Vintage Clothing
Vinyl Dealers
 
THE OVERVIEW
I stumbled upon The Rock n Roll Flea Market on Instagram (@rnrflea) early in 2015. This event is relatively new, so my sister and I went on March 1st, unsure of what to expect. Built in 1914, The Regent theater is over 100 years old.  Cement floors and black painted walls create the feel. The ambiance is a bit dim. Vintage clothing vendors are the first to great you as you walk in, as well as the blaring rock n roll music being mixed by the DJ accompanied with projected footage of concerts from bands like ACDC and the Rolling Stones. There is a balcony upstairs with additional vendors and downstairs is a pizza place and a small bar that we didn't get a chance to check out. There is a fair share of vinyl record dealers, most of them reasonably priced. The vintage vendors cater to boho, hippie and hipster style. Most of the vendors take credit cards via Square but some are cash only.
 

A few business cards we picked up
 

Odds & Sods- To Sir With Love- Sgt Pepper
 
HIGHLIGHTS
The clothing vendors weren't my style but my favorite clothing vender there was Hellhound Vintage, they had a handful of mod mini dresses and an excellent selection of quality ethnic wear (tunics, vests etc.) We also picked up a few records that we've been looking for at a decent price.

LOW POINTS
Parking is a challenge! There is street parking, which is FREE on Sundays but it's difficult to find a spot. The only other option would be to park in a lot and walk to the venue.

 
Hope this was informative!
Till next time my friends!
 
Sincerely,
Vera

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