Archive for the ‘Etsy Favorites’ Category
Handmade bow ties & pocket squares for every gentleman. See more at the April Look shop.
Love these prints from fellow Portland designers Our Little Words, featuring some of our favorite song lyrics by The Smiths, The Magnetic Fields and The Cure (yes, that’s a whole lot of “The”s).
With Halloween around the corner, we’re deep into our marathon of classic horror movies. This past weekend featured Son of Frankenstein, the 1939 Universal classic featuring Boris Karlof and Béla Luogsi. Filled with angular architecture and suggestive shadows, the set design took center stage with its Hollywood take on German Expressionism.
These handmade papercuts by German artist Reev Papercuts evoke a similar tone of spookiness, telling a complicated story in a single scene.
What better way to shield the Fall rain than with a hooded cape. Suited for the Little Red Riding Hood in us all…
My love of vintage buttons knows no bounds. My collection is scattered around the studio in assorted apothecary jars and vintage tins – some to be used for packaging our invitations and some to just admire. So it’s no surprise that I was drawn to the dainty edibles made by Andie’s Specialty Sweets. These bite-size buttons would be lovely scattered on a tray as part of a centerpiece or as an elegant embellishment to a simple layer cake. And Andie’s creations aren’t limited to buttons – the Etsy shop features gorgeous replicas of gears, scrabble tiles, and even botanical wonders.
I’m a sucker for great photography, so it’s no wonder I stopped in my tracks when I saw these striking shots found in a fellow Steam Team member’s Etsy shop. I love the theatrics applied to tart up what could be simple product shots. They perfectly evoke the allure of Choklit’s Belle Époque~inspired accessories.
Oh, TotusMel, how I love your tatted ways. You may remember the intricate work of TotusMel from the tatted ankle corsets and collars we featured last year. Needless to say, I was happy to discover her lapel pins (and matching wrist cuffs for women) – a welcome alternative to a traditional flower boutonniere. What lovely (and re-wearable!) keepsakes for a bridal party.
Cyberoptix Tie Lab, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
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I’m excited to share another local, vintage clothing Etsy shop that offers fun, gorgeous pieces from decades past. Fab Gabs Vintage offers a mix of casual and fancy dresses, suits and accessories. There’s even a special section for boudoir vintage lingerie! Whether you’re going for a Mad Men style, rockabilly or an “old Hollywood” wedding, there’s plenty of guys and dames fashions to be found here. The ’50s-era polka dot dress below would look amazing with one of these crinoline petticoats we featured last summer.
… and there’s still a week left to enter Teh Fab Gabs Vintage Giveaway. Head over to the blog for details.
Lately, I’ve lacked the time and patience to shop in actual stores. While this may be great for my wallet, it also means I’m missing out on some fabulous finds at the awesome vintage stores here in Portland. Luckily, Twitter has led me to a few local vintage shops that sell their wares online. This means all of you who don’t live in the NW can take advantage of some of our fine shops.
We’ll be featuring a couple of them this week, so if you’re planning an art deco, 1920s/1930s, Victorian or other period-inspired wedding, be sure to check back.
The first of our new vintage clothing discoveries is Prance and Swagger, a relatively new Etsy shop based in Portland, Oregon. Prance and Swagger specializes in classic his and hers vintage clothing, offering everything from pill box hats to 1950s prom dresses to Victorian caplets and Oxford ankle boots.
I may have found them too late to grab this goregous Victorian scarf, but their shop is full of unique and interesting finds that just might make up for it.
There’s no denying that the holidays are quickly approaching. In the stores, holiday music is already on heavy rotation and the obligatory Christmas trees and lights are on display. And yes, it’s not even Thanksgiving. I typically have a general rule that I don’t even think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving in order to give the turkey (and my birthday month) its fair share. But after stumbling upon the “Holiday Art Exchange” post on Haute Macabre, I decided to break my rule.
I typically design my own wacky holiday cards with aliens, pirates or other atypical holiday figures, but since we’re busy here at Royal Steamline working on a slew of new designs to launch in the new year, I was worried I wouldn’t have the time. Now I don’t have to worry. These zombie holiday cards have just the right amount of nostalgia and comic relief that will put a smile on the face of the recipient. And really, isn’t that what the season’s all about?
Thank you tinaseamonster for making this awesome zombie holiday card and saving me from having to design my own!
Winter is almost here and there’s no reason you have to cover up your lovely dress with a jacket or plain sweater. And what better way to accessorize your wedding dress than with a complementary shrug? I love the shrug Holly Stalder made for me so much (the flower was made out of fabric from my dress!), I still find excuses to wear it on every day occasions. Here are some of my favorite shrugs on Etsy.
We featured Louise Black’s cameo corsets a little while back (before she made it to Project Runway), but have you seen her clothing line? I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous dress for quite a while…