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When pre-loved cost a fortune…

16 May

When I read an article about how much Marilyn Monroe’s cocktail dress sold for at an auction in LA , I finally had an actual proof that my shopping habits aren’t actually just a waste of money. I have repeatedly told my family and friends who keep nagging me about how much money I waste on shopping and things that I don’t need, that it isn’t a waste of money but it is in a form of investment! Now, I know I’m no Marilyn or Audrey whose second hand clothing sells for a fortune, but one can hope that someday one will be able to also sell their pre-loved goodies for a decent figure!

A black cocktail dress worn by Marilyn Monroe at a cocktail party in 1958 has surpassed its presale estimate of $20,000 – $30,000 and sold for a record breaking $348,000 on the 8th of May at an auction. It’s a beautiful black crepe cocktail dress with deep V-neck and low-cut back, with pouf hemline. The interior label reads “front” to identify the front of the dress. The “front” was a common addition to custom made garments from that era.


Last year the iconic pink satin dress Marilyn wore in the famous film “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” sold for $313,000. The size 14 gown in which Monroe sings “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend” beat its expected asking price of $170,000 in one of Hollywood’s largest auctions.


Also up for sale at this last auction where Marilyn’s dress sold for $348,000, was the straw hat worn by Audrey Hepburn in ‘Funny Face’, which was estimated to sell for $2,000 – $3,000 and sold for an amazing $15,360. Elizabeth Taylor’s throne from the 1963 movie ‘Cleopatra’ was estimated to sell for $1,000 – $1,500 and settled for  $7,040.



So my lovelies, don’t feel guilty about your last purchase as you might be able to get thousands in return for it. Maybe wishful thinking, but you never know! 😉




Jonathan Saunders in town…

5 Apr

No, not the man himself, but his designs are.


When you think of Jonathan Saunders, you probably think; amazing colorful prints and pretty little dresses, maybe a little a bit costly…. And of course the strong Scottish accent. But Vintage inspired collection would probably not be the first thought.


Prior to making his own debut in 2003, Jonathan Saunders designed prints for big names such as Alexander McQueen and enlisted as a consultant for fashion houses Chloé, and Pucci. In addition to designing for his own label these days, he is also the creative director of Milan-based fashion house Pollini.


Though these are all big names some of us might not be able to afford, Jonathan has also designed ranges for retail chains such as Topshop and Target. The other good news…  Jonathan Saunders has recently designed a collection for Debenhams which you can get your hands on at the Henry Street, Dublin store. His collections are part of Debenhams “Edition” series which is priced from €28 to €294 and available exclusively to Debenhams Henry Street, and online at










And if this collection doesn’t tickle your fancy but you still want to get your hands on a few of his affordable designs, fear not my friends…. because this amazingly talented designer is going to be working with Debenhams for a minimum of four seasons!


But the reason why I’m sharing this with you is not only because he’s just designed a collection for Debenhams, but because of his last spring/ summer 2011 collection at the London Fashion week. I know Jonathan Saunders doesn’t exclusively design vintage inspired items, but his Spring/ Summer 2011 collection is just right up my alley. In his own words this collection is “the gorgeous picture-postcard beauty” of the women in Erwin Blumenfeld’s fashion photography of the forties and fifties.


I loved every single item he showed on that runway. For me, this collection was just pure love at first sight! The colors, the prints, the colors, the cuts, the colors just scream summer and you can’t help but smile when you look at these dresses. Oh did I mention the colors?!?! As I was watching the show and thought one of the dresses was simply my favorite, the next model would walk out with something I loved even more. I think this collection is made for every woman out there who knows exactly what look she wants this summer… just enough edge to look current but still wants to stay true to her vintage inspired looks while being a girly girl! Check out some of these fabulous dresses! Don’t you just love these?!?!




The Bernie Dexter Line

28 Mar

Anybody who’s into retro and Pin-up looks knows who Bernie Dexter is! And even if you do not know her by name you would surely have seen her pictures, as she has modeled for every reproduction of vintage and Rockabilly designers out there. Famous for her very curvaceous and petit figure and her Bettie Page look, Bernie Dexter is currently one of the most established pin-up models of our time!

Bernie’s mother was a burlesque dancer, and already as a small child she was fascinated by her mother’s transformation from girl next door to a sexy vixen, that Bernie decided to become a makeup artist when she grew up and worked in a salon and also worked as a makeup artist with M.A.C. Cosmetics.

She finally decided to do some freelance work at photoshoots as a makeup artist and hairstylist, where she herself got the chance to test model in 2002. That was the beginning of her skyrocketed modeling career.


And why did I decide to write about her?!? Well, she has recently launched her own Pinup/ Rockabilly clothing line that is definitely worth checking out, so I wanted to share that with you! Though it hasn’t hit the stores in Ireland yet, you can order whatever your little heart desires on


She offers amazing vamp curve flattering dresses, knit pullover tops, high waist Pencil skirts, flirty pinup dresses, high waist dungaree jeans and classic high waist Capri pants and much much more. Check out some of the items I totally heart!





































































Common Love For Vintage, Like Little Old Us

25 Mar

If there are any siblings out there that are equally stylish, it would have to be the one and only pocket-sized twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Always rocking their “homeless” look, oversized shades and handbags you can fit the both of them in, they have made the bohemian chic look runway worthy!


They started their “career” at the age of SIX MONTHS which is when they were hired to star in the television series Full House, and were hugely successful and popular in the 80’s. Both sisters played the same character, taking turns during the tapings in order to comply with child labor laws.



Though the twins have always been marketed well for their age and have had huge success merchandising their image and selling their brands to teenagers, it was only after they started with their couture clothing line The Row that the fashion world took notice. Their first company Dualstar started when they were six and by the age of twelve they had a collection with Walmart which is one of the reasons why they have been on the Forbes “The Celebrity 100 list” since 2002, and in 2007, Forbes ranked them, collectively, as the eleventh-richest women in entertainment! The 24-year-olds are currently in charge of an empire with retail sales of $1 billion!! How much did you say?!?! Yes ONE BILLION DOLLARS!


(I totally heart this dress)

Mary-Kate and Ashley have been criticized by animal rights groups for their use of fur in their fashion line, The Row and a while ago Mary-Kate was criticized by every tabloid magazine for her dramatic weight loss and drug use. But the rest of us vintage lovers can’t help but admire their creativity in their work and of course their senses of style and fashion, but MOST IMPORTANTLY their common love for vintage, like little old us!!!!


Check out some of their (The Row) Pre-Fall and Fall 2011 collection from  New York fashion week!




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