Thursday, February 28, 2013

I'm Going Back To Cali! Sale

The Spy Who Loved It Patent Leather Peplum Jacket - $50
After two whole years of living in Macedonia, I am finally moving back to California (yay!). I have waaayyy too many clothes on my hands, and some things that no longer fit, so I have decided to post a few items here,  just in case anyone is interested. This jacket is the patent leather peplum jacket featured in "The Spy Who Loved It" campaign by Bebe. It is in good condition, XS, a few minor scratches on the back (but not on the leather, just on the surface, so it doesn't show), it originally sold for around $200 but I will let it go for $50. The only reason I am letting this baby go is because it is (once again) too tight in the bust ( it would be best for someone B cup or less ). If anyone is interested, feel free to email me at: I also have other Bebe items that are XS, S, 2 if you would like pictures. Thank you for looking!

Comrade Von Pussycat

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Inspiration: Vintage Cuba!

Gente Haciendo Nada (People doing nothing), ca 1947

Sally García at Hotel Rancho San Vicente, Pinar del Rio - 1959

Rosa at the market - Havana 1956

Girl on the street - 1940's
Fiesta Guajira (Country folk theme party) circa 1951
Despedida de Soltera (Bachelorette Party) circa 1954
Havana, 1950s
A family in Havana in the 1940s
Olga Chorens, early 50s. From the book: “El Libro de Oro de la Television.” Published in 1954
Debutante Maria Dolores Carrillo at Baile de Carnaval.
Aline Johnson de Menocal, 1946
Footloose and fancy free, 1950
Poolside Paradise, 1946
Photo credit: Vintage Cuba

Spring is in the details

Spring is on its way, and I have officially caught Spring fever! It happens every year, Spring is my absolute favorite season, even though it lasts for about a minute! I have been on the hunt for months to find the perfect pretty yet sensible shoes, and when I saw these babies, I just knew that my search was over. I looked at about fifty different shoes all around the city, but these were the most feminine and I love the contrast between the dusty cocoa suede and the dark chocolate leather. I can't wait for the rain to stop to take them out for their official debut!
I can't wait to wear them with my cafe au lait colored wool skirt!
Its all about the details!
Spring favorites: bright aqua nail polish and carved rose earrings (I bought them for my civil ceremony, they are so dear to me!)

What are some of your Spring favorites?

Comrade Von Pussycat

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

21 Questions on Vintage Style!

1. Who are your style icons?
I draw a lot of inspiration from characters in films rather than specific individuals (Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8", Tura Satana in "Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!", Ann Margret in "Viva Las Vegas!", Julie Newmar as Catwoman in the Batman series, Ann Baxter in "The Ten Commandments", Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief", Ursula Andress in "Dr. No", pretty much every character in any Bond or Hitchcock film! ). Of course, that being said, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Ann Margret, Marilyn Monroe, Josephine Baker ( especially when she was accompanied by Chiquita, her pet cheetah!), Carmen Miranda, Frida Kahlo, Yul Brynner, Humphrey Bogart and Elvis are some of my style icons. 
Lauren Bacall
Marilyn Monroe

Ann Margret and Elvis in "Viva Las Vegas"
Carmen Miranda, who always inspires shoe envy!
Josephine Baker and Chiquita the cheetah
Ann Margret - what an inspiration!
2. What is your favorite way to get inspired?
Mostly by watching old films! I love TCM and AMC :)

3. What's your most-used hair tool? 
Probably my bubblegum pink foam rollers!

4. What's your favorite hair tool?
Shiny black bobby pins :)

5. Updo, down, or half-and-half?
Half-and-half...I love to do mini victory rolls on a day to day basis, but for special occasions I like it down.

6. Is vintage something you do every day, on weekends, or for special occasions?
A little something every day, but I really need to get better at taking pictures! Unfortunately the weather has been so dark and gloomy here in Macedonia lately, so I haven't been out that much
Fur for springtime! How glamorous :)
Les adorables!
Carmen Miranda

7. What's your favorite blush and lipstick?
I don't wear blush on a daily basis, but I do like Love Rocks from MAC. I love lipstick though! MAC Snob and Pink Nouveau are my favorites! 

8. Dress, skirt, or pants? Heels or flats?
Dresses and 1940's platforms :)
They aren't vintage, but I do so love my Prada heels!

9. Off-the-rack or homemade?
Off-the-rack mostly, but I would like to start making a few things to add to my wardrobe like a 1940's inspired playsuit for example.

10. Do you swing dance?
I do not. I prefer latin dance.

11. Extreme vintage or subtle touches?
I prefer extreme vintage, but I ain't got enough dough to sate all of my vintage cravings! I desperately need to purchase a proper bullet bra and waist cincher so I can be my vintage best.

12. Favorite perfume?
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot and Aquolina Pink Sugar, mostly because they bring back memories of the summer I met my Love, the Bear.I was on vacation in Ohrid, Macedonia (where I grew up) and we spent wonderful days together. I love him SO much! We were apart for 11 months the first time, but we always made sure to send each other love letters...mine were always sealed with a kiss (MAC Pink Nouveau!)and scented with Aquolina Pink Sugar :) 

13. Favorite skincare product?
 Definitely jojoba oil! It is a miracle worker on my skin. I love to find natural ingredients to use on my skin. If you haven't tried jojoba oil, definitely give it a shot, it is inexpensive and more effective than a more expensive product.

14. What does your family think of your style?
They are pretty accepting, but usually think that I am overdressed. I think that my love of vintage secretly makes my grandmother happy...I remember when I was a young girl she always tried to make me try on more classic styles :) I have vivid memories of my great grandmother coming to Sunday night dinners and always being best dressed: white hair always impeccably smooth curled under, cocoa tweed skirt suit, elegant chocolate brown pumps, nylons, and a whimsical brooch. I hope that I can look that chic in my 80's!

15. Favorite accessory?
A pair of peeptoe espadrilles or a flower hair accessory! Flowers always make me feel more beautiful.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo
16. Do you find the vintage community welcoming or snobby?
I have only come across the loveliest people, and I am so thrilled to meet more of the vintage community! Vintage should be fun, not snobbish, and I appreciate anyone who admires vintage style.

17. What drew you to vintage style?
Many factors. I have always been drawn to the style of old films. When I was a young girl I preferred to watch old Bond films over anything else, but my family loved watching "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Bringing Up Baby", "Some Like It Hot", "The Maltese Falcon", "Casablanca", and many more classic films. Also, I have a classic hourglass figure (34C, 23", 35"), which means that modern clothing nearly always needs to be altered, unlike most vintage. One of my pet peeves with modern clothing is that it is always too tight in the bust and too big on my waist. Wearing vintage solves that problem!
Tura Satana in "Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!"

18. Favorite places to shop vintage?
You know, the usual, etsy and ebay...but then again, there are no vintage shops where I live currently! I do love to scour the antique shops here though! They have a ton of old Yugoslavian and USSR relics, which delights my inner Bond girl :)

19. What vintage eras are your favorite?
Definitely the 1940's and the 1950's, but if I had more of a boyish figure I would dress like a hippie...I love California style, it just doesn't suit my figure. I will always wear flowers in my hair though ;)

20. Most glamorous film stars?
Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly...there are too many!

21. Favorite vintage object that you own?
My 1940's trapunto skirt suit in dark grape velvet! It was a steal at $35! Best birthday gift ever. 
                I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Feel free to copy the questions and fill it out for yourself, I would enjoy reading all of your answers! Добар ден до сите!

Comrade Von Pussycat

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Presley! Does it get any more romantic than this?
Happy Valentine's Day to all of my lovely readers! Today also happens to be St. Trifun here in Macedonia (where MY Valentine comes from!) and it just happens to involve drinking copious amounts of wine. Lucky me!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

10 Vintage Things Worth The VINTAGE Splurge

 I was just visiting the blog Dividing Vintage Moments, and saw this wonderful list of "10 Vintage Things Worth The VINTAGE Splurge". Here are my top 10:
1. A large fox fur (vintage)
Isn't he too cute?

2. A 1940's rayon dress
One of my first vintage items: a 1940's floral print rayon day dress
 3. A wool skirt suit
A beautiful cocoa mohair skirt suit that I scored for a mere $24!
I just love the detail in the back :)
 This one is on my wishlist:
*le sigh* maybe a birthday giftie?
It just oozes glamour, doesn't it?

4. A pair of 1940's platforms (which are oh so difficult to find in my size!)
A gorgeous pair of chocolate croc pumps!

5. A gingham dress
I can't wait until the weather is warmer to wear it!
I just LOVE the crochet details and the little bow!

6.  A Bakelite touch
How fun is this banana necklace? Definitely wishlist material!
 7. A 1950's wool dress
This is my dream dress, I am so sad that I missed out on it! If anyone sees anything like it, please let me know!
 8. A wiggle dress

I missed out on this baby, too. Oh the tragedy!
 9. A glamorous bathing suit
Ann Baxter in a very glamorous bathing suit
 10. And a very feminine piece just for fun!

 There is also a giveaway on her page, so be sure to stop by and leave a comment!

Comrade Von Pussycat