As we approach New Years Eve, I want to take a moment to wish all of my readers..that is YOU, a Happy New Year! It has been quite a year for everyone and I’m so happy that my little blog has been a source of distraction and enjoyment for many of you. On my side it has been a pleasure and a joy to put together these vintage posts and I look forward to many more in 2018.
So thank you for being such loyal readers and I hope you stick with my blog as I have many exciting topics, images and fun ahead.
Today was supposed to be a Vintage Travel To-do-List Post but then I got some exciting news from Feedspot this week and that changed up my plans. I won a Vintage Blogger Award Friends! Some of you already know this but I wanted to share it with my readers who might not follow my accounts on Social Media.
I’m particularly excited about this award because it was won by looking at stats and then cross referencing it with an editorial team and expert review. Here is how the award came to be…
These blogs were ranked based on following criteria
Google reputation and Google search ranking
Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
Quality and consistency of posts.
Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
The Social Media geek in me was ecstatic that my hard work to boost my views, ranking and readership has worked! Did you know that from 2014-2015 when I really focused on m;y blog that I increased my blog views by 800%? And this year it went up by another 136%, that is pretty darn amazing! My subscribers have also gone up as well this last year, so thank you to all of you for helping me get to those numbers, you are truly the best followers/friends ever!
I’m also super excited to share this space with some of my favorite bloggers AND with so many new ones that I’m itching to follow now (thank goodness I’m currently looking for work, I have some free time to do blog reading).
Here are just a sampling of who is on the list. Make sure you check it out yourself to find some new cool bloggers to get your daily dose of vintage fix.
The amount of times I have used this website for my personal 1940’s style help, has to be in the thousands. With vintage fashion and beauty images from the 1900’s-1960’s you are bound to find what something that inspires you here.
I love the Atomic Readhead’s blog because she has wonderful vintage style, loves Disneyland and will feature her adventures there on many of her posts. Her images are really beautiful and her blog posts are fun reads. Check her out today!
Emily’s blog is brand new to me, but first look I’m very intrigued and looking forward to exploring her beautiful blog. Emily’s main focus is the 18th century but she loves the classy look of the 1920s, through the 1950s. Emily enjoys researching, collecting, and creating historic clothing just for fun.
Once again Friends, thank you so much for following my little passion piece. I love how the Vintage Inn has brought my little vintage world closer together. Also thank you to Feedspot for adding me to this list, this was a great way to start 2017.
The Toronto Vintage Society this Saturday will be throwing our last party ever for the vintage community in Toronto. But don’t worry we aren’t going anywhere, we will still be online telling you all the fun vintage events to attend and of course we will be at many of them ourselves! We just felt it was time to pass the vintage party gauntlet onto the community that has grown in leaps and bounds since we started our events 3 years ago. So that said, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane to our past parties as we prepare to have our ”Last Dance”.
Warning..lots of awesome fun photos ahead!
First Up..a big THANK YOU to Jacquie the creator of TVS and the main brain (and worker) behind every one of our events. Jacquie’s dream was to find more friends to attend cool vintage events with and she accomplished that and much more.
The Parties & Events:
Mad Men Viewing Party 2013- The First Official TVS Event
And now we come to our final party this Saturday. Obviously no pictures but as per usual follow me on Instagram to see the party in action.
Final Words. Being part of the TVS events team has been so much fun and I will be honest, I will be sad to hangup my MC microphone for the last time this Saturday. BUT as I said before this is not the end of TVS only the beginning and I’m very excited to see what the future brings.
Final Final Words..To all our fans and supporters over the years..THANK YOU!
I’m off to a German function in Las Vegas on Thursday and since that is technically a trip I thought I would finally share with you the new sites I saw on my last visit back to Havana, Cuba, to keep with a “travel” theme for today’s post.
The Barcadi Building-Art Deco Gem
I have missed this building every-time I visit Havana, but this time I made sure I saw it. Unfortunately we could only get into the lobby but what a lobby it was.
The building was designed by architects Rafael Fernández Ruenes, Esteban Rodríguez Castell and José Menéndez, for the Bacardi rum company. The art deco landmark was completed in 1930 and was at the time the largest building in the city.
After the Cuban revolution and the departure of Bacardi from Cuba, the building continued to be used for offices. At the end of the 1990s it was renovated by the city historian’s office (source).
Look at those Elevators! Oh Wow!
I have shown this image before but I still love this sign.
La Moderna Poesia: Owned by the López Serrano family–who evidently had a preference for Art Deco–this bookstore has been the “insignia” bookstore of the city (Source).
We took time to check out the Havana Club Museum. It was a fun little tour and perfect for when the weather is crummy (which it was that day).
I managed to capture this beautiful sunset over Havana after the rain went away.
On one of the days we decided to take a walk along the Malecon towards Vedado an area of Havana we have never seen and holds such famous structures like the Hotel Nacional De Cuba.
The walk ended up taking us 40 minutes in 30 degree heat and was really dumb to do because we were dying of thirst and realized later on our way home that a cab was 8 minutes for like $4Cdn (oops!), BUT worth it once we arrived!
Then the Hotel appeared before us….on a hill (Just fantastic).
But we made it up the hill and boy were we in for a real treat.
Brief History of the Hotel:
Opened December 30th, 1930.
Famous Guests: Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Mickey Mantle, Buster Keaton, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando and Ernest Hemingway. Plus: Winston Churchill and the Duke & Duchess of Windsor.
December 1946 the hotel hosted the Havana Conference, an infamous mob summit run by Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. Francis Ford Coppola memorably dramatized the conference in his film The Godfather Part II.
In 1956, singer Nat King Cole was contracted to perform in Cuba and wanted to stay at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba but was not allowed to because he was black. Cole honored his contract, and the concert at the Tropicana was a huge success. The following year, he returned to Cuba for another concert, singing many songs in Spanish. There is now a tribute to him in the form of a bust and a jukebox in the Hotel Nacional.
In the 1950s a casino and club were added onto the Hotel and were a huge success.
After the Revolution, the hotel manly housed visiting diplomats and foreign government officials. In the 90s when Cuba opened it’s doors to tourism the hotel was restored and even though has not returned to its former glory is still is a fantastic piece of history (Source).
More cool elevators. I love that in many old hotels the elevators have some of the best details.
We then ventured outside for a drink, cigar and some people watching.
The Nacional and then below is the Breakers. See the resemblance?
Look a Canada Car!
After we had our drink and our break we started to wander the area called Vedado.
Vedado is very different from Old Havana, as it’s a central business district and an urban neighborhood and a great way to see Havana outside of the traditional tourist area. There are tons of things to do including great restaurants, bars and sites. We really liked this area and will go back to finish exploring in the near future.
One of the buildings I wanted to see was FOCSA Building– The Tallest Building in Cuba.
It is considered one of the seven wonders of Cuban civil engineering. Its construction took about 2 years and 4 months. At completion in 1956 it was considered a national sensation due to its modern technology and it signalled the start of a wave of construction of tall buildings in Havana.
In an era when concrete construction of buildings more than 18 storeys tall was considered unaffordable, the FOCSA was only the second project of its kind in the world (Source).
Next up the famous Coppelia in Havana. The Coppelia is an ice cream chain with the one in Havana being the largest Ice Cream Parlor in the world, holding 1000 guests.
The Lineups are long for the ice cream here and when we got there, they were lined up for miles. Then I remembered a tip for from a travel book I read that there was a “tourist section” where you pay more than the Cubans but the lineups are short. We chose to go that route.
And here is the ice cream…yummy.
After we got our chill on we decided to walk the neighbourhood because I read there was some large mansions and wonderful architecture in the area, and we were not disappointed.
What a year this has been and how fast it has gone as well. I literally feel like I just started 2015 and now it’s coming to an end. Well the one thing I do know is that 2015 was a busy and fun year and I would love to share with you some of the adventures I got into with you. Here is my 2015 in review.
January: Every year I attend a big German Karneval (mardi gras) function called GAMGA in Las Vegas. It’s 2 days of costume parties, after parties and then a big Gala. It’s super fun and something I have been doing with my parents since I was a kid.
February: I was lucky to be able to attend the premier of the 1940s new Canadian TV show called ‘X Company‘. I have never been part of a premier and it was a cool experience and we even got to meet the host of the event and get our pictures taken with the cast and producers.
I attend a 1920s Speakeasy party at the famous and beautiful Palais Royale in Toronto.
AND I traveled to Seattle, Washington for a long weekend to visit a good friends parents and see uber cool Seattle. I did a blog post all about it HERE.
March: I did nothing really blog post worthy. WHAT?? lol
April: VIVA Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend! I did several posts on that big adventure which can be found HERE.
May: Vintage Spectacular Dance with the GTA Swing Band. This was a super night of dancing, dressing up and great Big Band Music. The image below is some of the lovely ladies of TVS and the lead singer of the Band (she is soooo good).
I was very lucky to be part of a cool experience in May with a favorite Rockabilly band in Toronto called “The Millwinders“. Myself and few friends were filmed dancing in front of a green screen for use for future videos. Here are a couple of pictures from that day.
Lastly Toronto Lindy Hop (that I’m part of) put on a full weekend of Lindy hop, classes, history lessons and live music dances all weekend long called ‘Toronto World Lindy Hop Day’. I played host and it was such a good weekend 🙂
The images below are with 2 living legends in the Lindy Hop World. Chazz Young the son of one of the founders of Lindy Hop-Frankie Manning (and a talent as well) AND Dawn Hamptonthe Queen of the Cabaret and a little firecracker (her image is on the shirts we are wearing).
Summer (June, July and August): I did a full blog post on all the events I attended (tiki party, UK Adventure, Horse race event plus much more), so check that out HERE.
September: Weekend visit to Havana, Cuba
This was not my first visit to Havana, but this was definitely the first time I visited areas outside of the Old part and it was fantastic. I still have to do a blog post on all the new things I saw but for now here is a collage of some of the highlights.
October: Halloween and a friend’s Wedding Reception Toga Party (yes a toga party). For Halloween the hubby and I went as Amazing Race Contestants. The outfits were big hits.
November: ‘Swing Out To Victory’. Once again I helped my friend Dean with hosting duties as a third of the beautiful “Dominion Belles”.
The throwing of the candies 🙂
Here I am with 2 friends from the Toronto Vintage Society. Both created their outfits from scratch and Joy on the left, won the best dressed because she recreated the “Swing Time” outfit from the movie with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Opening of Toronto’s first ‘Shameful Tiki Room‘ (literally around the corner from my apartment). Now one of my local hangouts.
The official Tiki mug for Shameful. Very Canadian with the Beaver 🙂
I dj’d my first Rock N Roll social dance night for my friends 50s dance studio ‘Soda Pop Hop‘. Such a fun night!
December: Toronto Vintage Society annual Kitschmas Party. I played host once again at the party and it was another huge success. Here are the winners of the title of Kitschmas King and Queen. Make sure you check out the blog called “Flipsville” because she made these outfits!
And that my friends is a general overview of my 2015 year. I hope you had a wonderful year and I wish all of you a Happy 2016! Thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting and just being wonderful readers, I love and appreciate each and everyone of you.
So I have decided that this year for the Holiday’s I’m going to try to be more crafty. I want to fill my home and my life with things I have made, even if they look like they were created by a 2-year-old (I seriously am terrible with the technical side of things). I will try though and maybe even post some of my ventures here or on Instagram…maybe (see note above lol).
My friend Jacquie created these last year and I am madly in love with them and would love to recreate one for myself. Unfortunately this year I dropped the ball on it as I have no vintage Christmas decor to use, but I will start collecting for next year.
Nobody can avoid the fact that this Saturday is Halloween! How fun! I love this holiday as I know many of you do as well. My husband and I are going out with some friends to a party and I can’t wait to see what everyone is wearing (follow me on Instagram to see what my costume is this year).
For today’s post, I decided to do a post with a mishmash of Halloween “things” to get you in the spirit of the day and maybe possibly help you out with last-minute ideas on whatever you’re looking for.
Let the Halloween Roundup Party Begin!
First up, every vintage Halloween loving gal (or guy) needs a broom brooch. This is not yet a pin but with one quick fix that can change.
Brooms not your thing. How about black cats with hats?
Everywhere you look Halloween advertising is all around you, here is a small selection of some vintage ones I found.
(p.s. last year I did a post on vintage Halloween candy advertising HERE).
Vintage Halloween Cards. Do you send Halloween cards to friends and family? I know I don’t and I don’t believe I have ever received one either.
How cute is this card? NOW I want to send one to my friends.
And one more.
Leave it up to the Saturday Evening Post to give you the warm and fuzzies, even during the scariest time of the year.
I really wish the below pamphlet was intact as I would have loved to have heard the suggestions on how to run a successful 1946 Halloween party.
Here is a fantastic image from the 1940s on what could be found in a store around Halloween to help decorate for your party. Not too much has changed has it?
Looking for that perfect vintage item for you Halloween party today? How about this 1950’s Paper Jack O Lantern that is double-faced and can shine from either side. COOL!
Need some Halloween Costume ideas? Inspiration from 1924.
In the 1930s you could have gone as a Gypsy. Still a great option even for today.
I just adore all of these Spanish style costume ideas from the 1940s.
And of course you cannot expect Liz the lover of Vintage images to not share a couple of gems I found, so here they are (they are good ones).
Winner for the best pumpkin…THIS FAMILY!
And with that image we have come to the end of the Halloween Roundup Party because I have to run off and finish my costume. Enjoy your Halloween friends!
But one last item..Question Time: Will you be going out for Halloween? And if so as what?
I don’t blog that much about my favorite dance “The Lindy Hop“, but for today’s post I want to share with you an event that is close to my heart-ULHS…The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans. And why today? Well this weekend marks the very last time this event will run, as the organizer is hanging up her hat (after 14 years) and letting it become a slightly different event called the New Orleans Swing Dance Festival.
What was ULHS? Well simply, it was a weekend in New Orleans (birthplace of Jazz) that featured Lindy Hop Dance competitions, Live New Orleans music, jazz club dance crawls, Second Line Parades, cool vintage buildings for dance venues and so much dancing! It was pure magic and one of the best events I have every attended.
Check out this AMAZING Video created for its 10th Anniversary that features outstanding Lindy Hop and takes you from its original start in Minneapolis to its final stop in New Orleans (seriously..watch this video).
Now for today’s blog I wanted to fill it up with pictures and some videos of the weekends I attended (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) to create one big I LOVE ULHS post.
We ate at so many yummy restaurants, like our favorite Coop’s.
And another favorite of ours “Yo Mama’s” even at one point had a very interestingly placed pole in their dining room (it sadly is behind a wall now).
The Music and Second Line Parades
The Competitions & the Dancing
In 2009 at my first ULHS I was able to dance in the WW2 museum in the city. Simply..Amazing.
The Fun-Ohhh the fun! I was lucky that every time I went to this event, many of my Swing Dancing friends were attending as well so it always turned into a good party. Here a collection of some of those images.
New Orleans is always a party and you just never know who might grab you to dance.
We even were able to dance on a historic Paddlewheeler-The Creole Queen one year.
My husband always manages to get in all the photos with the pretty ladies haha 🙂
My turn with all the handsome men…man…and ummm…..
Love this photo. Taking a break at a super outdoor market on Frenchmen street with a dear friend.
I’m going to end my post with a video from one of the late night dances on Bourbon Street in 2009. The band is the fantastic Loose Marbles at the bar Fritzels.
Thanks for the fun Amy Johnson and Team!
Question Time: Have you been to New Orleans? Or maybe you attended ULHS yourself and if so how was your experience?
Well it’s officially..summer is over here in North America and I just heard on the radio that I’m in for a cold cold winter. Wonderful. So before this hits I wanted to look back and remember all the fun times I had before I’m crying in my bed to make the cold and snow disappear (I’m becoming a wimpy Canadian).
My summer started off with my big trip to Glasgow, Scotland, UK to visit my husband’s family and then London,UK to visit friends and do some site-seeing (I have never been). It was a fantastic trip and I’m eager to go back and see all the things I missed (In both cities).
(Note: I was kind of obsessed with my new Vivien of Holloway dress and you will see it again in this post..sorry! lol)
I spent a weekend with a bunch of Swing Dancers in cabins up north called ‘Lindystock’ run by Toronto Lindy Hop (that I do the Social Media for). I had so much fun! We swam, we played games, we did a bit of drinking, had campfires and just hung out. I wore no makeup all weekend, did not do my hair and I was super happy.
Toronto was lucky this year to play host to the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games. My husband and I saw Squash at the Pan Am and took my nephew to see Wheelchair Basketball at the Parapan am. Coolest experience ever!
Toronto Vintage Society along with the Gladstone Hotel held a “Vintage Night Market”.