New Tattoo & Odds and Ends

Sorry for not posting for so long, but I have been extremely busy and still dealing with my friend’s death. I have decided that I probably want to go back into the military – probably the Marine Corps, and I have already visited a recruiter and just need a few more papers and to get medically cleared and I may be good to go. There is one other factour, but it’s not something I feel like should be discussed via such a public medium, so I hope you understand. I also checked into the Navy, and may join the Medical Corps, for obvious reasons. I don’t want to waste my education, you know? Yes, I could always finish school later, but why not have the Navy pay for it and when I get out I will be good to go, and feel good about having gotten back into the military like I have wanted for years, but have been feeling more of a yearning for since my buddy’s brother’s death. I told the Navy recruiter I want to work in the FMF, with the Marines – no debate, no discussion there. She understands, and is a badass b*tch that I feel like I can trust will work to get me what I want and really, essentially, NEED 🙂

So, now, on to new business. I have a new tattoo, y’all! It was one I had wanted for years, ever since I got out of the Corps. I researched and researched, and found Supernova Tattoo. Leo “Bulldog” greeted me as soon as I walked in, and this place is just super rad – rockabilly music playing over the loud speaker, Japanese art pieces all over the place, and amazing tattoo art plastered on the walls made by the those who worked there. I had shown Leo a picture of a general idea of what I wanted, but explained some specific differences I wanted for it to fit my ideal piece.

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So Leo drew up the general idea, and showed me. It was perfect! I did not alter anything in his drawing, and he plastered the stenciling on.

It took an hour and a half to get it all done. The entire time Leo and I were just chatting up about rockabilly – we both love it, and were talking about Viva Las Vegas, and how we love Johnny Cash. We were talking about how much we hate stupid people, love tattoos, and about martial arts (he’s involved, and I know MCMAP – which isn’t really martial arts, but whatever…). I felt super comfortable and didn’t really feel a thing on my arm, and was either totally agreeing with Leo on something, laughing, or whatever. I was actually sad that it was all over, and wanted to say to Leo, “Yo, dude, tat me up more, this shit has been awesome.”

And here it is, the final product!

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It is really scanning up right now, and is rather gnarly looking. I almost don’t wanna show it off, but I just love it too much 🙂

What do all y’all think?!

Outfit of the Day: 08 February

So yesterday I had an early day – I had a 9:30 appointment for my orthopaedic surgeon. We had quite the snow storm/blizzard here from yesterday afternoon into today, and the rain and sleet BS had already started even by the morning. So I was just super excited to go out in all of that crap. I also had a lab class from 3 to 6, but the forecast said the real crap would flow between that exact time span, so there was no way in hell I was going.

So what was a girl to do? Hit the streets still looking vintage fabulous, of course! I recently bought an absolutely stunning 1940s WWII suit that – get this – was made in Great Britain during the war. To me that just upped the fabulousness factour to an 11!

And since it was still colder outside than Dick Cheney’s heart, I decided to wear some black thermal leggings/stockings to aid in keeping me toasty. I’m still not sure if they looked alright with the suit, but I’m sure all of you can help me decide 🙂

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Isn’t the suit just to die for?! And I’m sure you haven’t noticed all of the little details such as the interweaved colours, pocket bling, and cuff fold details. But here are some extra pictures so you can further inspect 😉

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And here is a more scrutinizing picture of the pocket bling/intricacies and ornate yet glamourous weaves of colour detail for all y’all to oogle over:

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And guess how much this beauty cost me? Only $45! I saw it on eBay about a month ago from the seller VogueVintageVixen and the start bid was at $40 with the Buy It Now at $45. Now I am not that stupid to just disregard the BIN option and just fight with people until the bitter end and watch the price just climb to nearly $150 or $200 easily. This is a perfect example of when having saved searches is the most genius idea – Diane had just listed this beauty not even a half an hour prior to my discovering it. Imagine if I hadn’t? I would have missed out on a huge opportunity to own one of the items from my Christmas Vintage Wish List – and it was number two on my list, so it was pretty important for me 🙂

In addition to the amazing suit, I had busted out my new brown loafers, which is one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own now. I know the brown wasn’t an exact match, but I felt it offered a decent contrast to the black leggings and the colour was represented in a small amount within the suit. One of my own personal “fashion rules” is to wear accessories that go with the minor/accent colours, such as with my loafers here and the yellow dahlia and blue rose earrings I had on, as well as my bakelite bangles. I feel following this rule really makes an outfit comes together in a much more natural, subdued, and amazing way.

As some of you may have noticed if you have been following my blog for a bit now, is that I usually am not a wearer of hats. At first I figured, “I would rather have more dresses, tops, skirts…” meaning more actual clothing in and of itself, rather than hats. Then I figured, “Meh, I don’t really look so hot in hats.” I’ve seen hundreds of pictures of my maternal grandmother from around this era of dressing, and she really knocked wearing hats way out of the ballpark. Then I decided, “Hats are really a necessary staple for most vintage wardrobes”, and I started hunting. I’ve gotten just four hats in the past month alone, all for first cheap on eBay. eBay has really become my main source for vintage clothing, because if you save searches and play your cards right, you can save some major money on these things! Most of the vintage items I have bought on eBay have been at least half or even a fifth of what it “should”/”would” be on Etsy. Just remember – perseverance and saved searches! To figure out my bidding strategy that has worked so well for me (for the most part! LOL) you can click here to read my previous post.

I did, however, have one ’40s hat. I bought it back in December 2011, soon after I had my shoulder surgery. It screamed at me constantly to buy it, and plus it was only $10 due to the netting being all torn n’ worn. I’m not a big fan of having a net over my face anyway, so when I received it, it was promptly removed. But have I worn it since I bought it over a year ago? Nope. Not even once. I was even thinking about selling it. But as soon as I saw that suit, the whole status of the hat changed as well. It now has a life! And it was given many compliments during its outing today. I am sure all of my other hats (I keep wanting to say “covers” instead of “hats” – old military habits die hard LOL) are quite jealous. I will get to the rest of you my lovelies, no worries, as I now have a newfound love of hats thanks to this spectacular little brown number that took me 14 months to wear:

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Isn’t it beautiful? I have no idea why I never wore it before other than my firm belief I had nothing to wear with it, which was an invalid idea even before getting this suit – I had a few dresses with some brown in them prior, so I don’t know where my mind was for 14 months in regards to this hat!

The seller of this suit also had several other items she needed/wanted to unload, as she really isn’t going to sell anymore because she just said being a seller, especially on eBay, is just too much BS anymore (to which I agreed, as I’ve had my own issues). Then she went on to say she would send me a few other vintage goodies for me, since we seemed to have the same measurements. She sent me a 60’s black sheath dress with incredible beading and jeweled detail at the neckline, a 50’s nude lace skirt and top set, again with great neckline detail also. And last but not least, she sent me a tea length black 50’s fully lined coat with mink fur at the collar and around the a cuffs, made in the USA by the union(s). Isn’t all of that amazing?! I must take pictures for all of you to see, because it is just breathtaking, all of what she sent me. I thought about selling the 60’s dress and 50’s shirt/skirt set, but I just can’t because they have sentimental value now – it reestablished my faith in humanity and the kindness of strangers in a way; it made me smile to know that there are still some decent people out there that you are fortunate to come in contact with once in a while 🙂

So despite this heinous weather we are having now, I still made an effort. Like I said in my first outfit post – I try to look the best I can to look presentable and dress the way that I always feel best in – true vintage or rockabilly style 🙂

DON’T FORGET! The VALENTINES DAY GIVEAWAY is still available to enter until the 12th! Click HERE to enter for your chance to win!

Some Vintage Fun in Queens & Giveaway WINNER!

WARNING: Another pic heavy (and awesome) post ahead!

Hi dolls! Today I have a great entry about my “vintage voyage” on this past Friday to random areas in Queens. I initially told my boyfriend I was going to take HIM on a date to the Jim Henson/Muppets exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. We got there, and ended up getting side tracked on the first floor, which contained a whole exhibit on makeup, hair, and the costuming/dress in movies and television. I got pulled in immediately when I saw a whole wall blanketed in actors of the Old Hollywood era.
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Not too long after that quilt of quality, they had an amazing assortment of tools of the trade during this time, from Bette Davis’ wig holder to vintage hair rollers, bobby pins, and styling irons from around 1945:

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There was a bunch of great vintage memorabilia from the 1910s through the 1960s and ’70s, including this card of Rudolph Valentino, and magazines with Betty Grable & Rita Hayworth on the covers:

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There were also a bunch of great pictures of movie legends (I had to take a picture with Mr. Cary Grant!) as well as some old nickelodeons that you can actually view. You can even make your own flip book and buy it in the gift shop (which I did! LOL), making your own personal little nickelodeon movie. It was a very cool and very interactive display, allowing you to interact when it comes to movie editing and many other things:

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There is also a whole room dedicated to vintage televisions, from some of the earliest that were available to the 1980s. It was really amazing to see how absolutely massive the TVs themselves were, and how comparatively small the screens were to the rest of the appliance – in some cases only about 4 or 5 inches!

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Most of these were from the 1940s and 1950s that I took pictures of, with the exception of the next to last picture, being from the 1970s. It had such a different design to it that I had to take a picture of it!

I also had the chance to go to a thrift store that was within walking distance, and spent a lot of time digging through the vast amount of clothing they had there. It was a lot of work, especially after just having had shoulder surgery, but I found two vintage blouses that I nearly screamed out of excitement at having found them! I never tried them on, because I figured that if they didn’t fit me, I could always sell them on my online stores on eBay and Etsy. But when I tired them on, I was beyond elated yet again to find out that they fit! I would date these shirts at around the ’30s or ’40s. Both for around $7 a shirt! How can you resist?! It takes a lot of work to find anything at thrift stores, but when you find something it can be one of the best moments, and feels so exciting finding these great pieces at great prices.

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All in all, a very fun day, leaving me with a huge smile on my face!

GIVEAWAY WINNER

And now, what you have all been waiting for – the giveaway winner! I would like to thank everyone for their entries, and I hope you all go and buy something from Michele!

And the winner is…Frances Veenstra!

Congratulations Frances! All you need to do now is just send me an e-mail to holly (at) veronicavintage.com with your address so the bag can be shipped out to you. I just need your information within 2 days, or otherwise I will be forced to choose another winner.

Thank you so much to everyone involved! And keep checking back for more giveaways!