Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Summer Elopement.

Liam and I were planning our wedding for a year and a half and by planning, I mean avoiding planning anything because of the high costs of planning a wedding. We were interested in getting married at Ravenwood Castle in Hocking Hills, Ohio and doing a woodland castle theme. We are still considering this for a renewing of our vows maybe in the not too distant future.

As many of you may know we are planning to adopt a child from Africa and in the end it mattered more to us to be able to begin this journey than to have a fancy wedding, so we decided to elope on the summer solstice. It was fun keeping it a secret and being surprising!

I wore an antique dress circa 1919, a victorian wax bud tiara, victorian heels. a 1920s celluloid feather fan in place of a bouquet, a 1920s beaded handbag, and a 1910s necklace. I had about 5 vintage dresses to choose from and decided on this elegant lace one because it made me feel ethereal and goddess-y.
Liam put on his best shirt, tie and pants and shoes. :)

Here are some photos from the special day.


It turned out to be perfect just the two of us and later we went to the beach and enjoyed the sunny 85 degree heat.  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Tree of Life

I created this neat Africa tree chart which I will periodically update to demonstrate our progress. As you can see we are down there in the roots right now, but that's a start! We have just begun fundraising so we can only go up from there right? Don't let the numbers scare ya. It will be fun to fill this in as time goes on. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Original FIERCE!

Have you seen this amazing photo circulating the web? 
I think I will find a higher resolution, have it printed and framed and put in my office. My house was built in 1928, so I'm especially fond of this. If only I could 3D print all of these shoes and outfits. -sigh-


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Congo Fundraiser: Organic Women's Tee

Just received mine in the mail today! I'm going to wear it this weekend! 

Congo Awareness Organic Women's T-Shirt $35  $24.99 on sale now! 
purchase here. 
There are about 100 other items with this design to purchase. Large buttons are only $4
Designed by Liam & me. proceeds support our adoption fund. Thank you! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sammy Davis Vintage 100 Best Vintage Shop #12

I'm really totally honored to be featured in Sammy Davis's Best 100 vintage shops online. Revivalhouse made a comeback in 2012 and we're still going strong. and look at the "$" price tag! With rising costs of shipping and rising costs for vintage, my goal was to work towards creating the feel in my shop that customers were browsing with delight through an antique mall. You can find a great deal and it won't cost you a hole in your wallet. We're not boutique-ey. We're not a fancy place. A modest 3 bedroom 1928 colonial in the heart of Cleveland, spreading the story of history one garment at a time. I'll be continuing to bring in a lot of beautiful antique garments for your enjoyment this year. Thank you everyone for the support and continuing to share my passion for all things "old"

and please buy Sammy Davis's e-book. it's a very small price to pay this lovely lady who spent hours making this amazing booklet, and truly that's a woman who cares about vintage, and purveyors of vintage. She deserves a round of applause for this. Buy it here!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Shop Update!

and these were the flowers my fiance brought me for Valentine's day yesterday. a little bit of spring today while it snows outside. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

The One....

Remember the wax bud crown and this pretty lady? I sold the crown.

this is her dress! and now my dress....

I was re-securing a couple snaps on the side and I just fell in love. the lace is actually in really great shape. I found only three small breaks along the bottom hem and some splitting in the shoulders and underarms where you would expect it. It's a bit wrinkled right now, but I can really see how lovely it is. the zig zag waist. the sheer lace shoulders and neckline and the hanky hem is darling to match the zig zag waist detail. there's a sheer muslin slip underneath the skirt. what a beauty. the veil didn't age as well, darker lace now and several holes. that's okay. I think this was paired with satin gloves. I vaguely remember that I might have them somewhere. I will have to look for them.

I already purchased a dress that's pretty exceptional silk and heavily beaded from around the same time period.

but the lace one has stolen my heart. So that's how it goes. :)